“Members trip to St Audries Bay Holiday Park”

Our members enjoyed a day out on 30th October and had use of the swimming pool and took part in a Nature Trail a lovely lunch was provided by our hosts. Numerous members took the opportunity to walk down to the sea front and generally had a good time.

Our members enjoying a lovely lunch
The amazing buffet table
The lucky winners of the Nature Trail Competition

Exe Valley Walk

On the last leg, nine of our members accompanied a very challenging eight-mile walk along the Exe Valley today. The start of the walk involved some fairly difficult and slippery terrain, including scrambling over and around lots of fallen logs and trees. Everyone worked as a team to help and support each other. They had fun, felt uplifted and showed that they had more resilience than they had realised. 

After a very nice light lunch at a beautiful pub and restaurant next to the Exe at Bickleigh.(just what you need if you’re walking again in the afternoon), we continued on our way, this time on roads. We knew there was a hill coming, but we didn’t realise how steep and how long. Although the going got tough, the tough got going! Again, members worked together to look after each other and to offer support and encouragement.
I am so impressed at how, when faced with problems or difficulties, members come together in support. So very much in the ethos of WATCH.
We would like to thank Amanda Broom, who with her husband Wayne helped with all the logistics of the walk,  Jeff Townsend and Julie Bingham for allowing us to join one day of their much larger walk!
We will post very soon how much Julie, Jeff and the members and volunteers have raised for Chard WATCH
Julie Matthews / Richard Miller / Kevin Townsend

We are moving our office!


On Friday 25th October 2019 we are moving our office to:


                 Snowdon House,  High Street, Chard, Somerset

TA20 1QS

Our temporary phone number in office hours will be: 01460 391596                                                               Out of hours number: 07506 238540

Our new office hours are: Monday to Friday 9m-1pm

This office unfortunately cannot accommodate visitors so if you have an enquiry please ring or write to us as stated above. We would like to take this opportunity to give heartfelt thanks to all at Forefront Community Centre and Church for the support they have given us since 2008 when we started as a small peer group made up of adults with mental health issues.  Watch would not be where we are today with the wonderful work Forefront do. We will continue to work as closely as ever with Forefront in the heart of Chard making valuable connections.  – Julie Matthews


CHARD WATCH are delighted to be involved in the new Somerset Wellbeing Learning Community –somersetwlc.co.uk

We are producing and co-facilitating a course for SWALC in Chard. Julie and Rani met today to plan their four week course. Titled “Exploration of inner blue sky” The course details can be found here:



Update on Exe Valley Walk

Julie and Jeff are now completing the walk on Tuesday 22nd October from Tiverton to Thorverton with a stop-over for lunch at The Fishermans Cot at Bickleigh. A huge thanks to Julie and Jeff for the effort they have put in and of course the money that has been raised. Members and volunteers will be joining the walk. Lets hope for a dry day! 

Exe Valley walk update

Jeff, Julie & Maya have been out walking some of the Exe Valley Way routes when the weather has permitted. Having both arranged to have this week off (Sunday 29th Sept – Thursday 4th October), they have been dodging rain & the swelling Exe to get as much done as possible. The aim will be to complete the Tiverton to Bickleigh section, with the 10 members who wanted to join in, as soon as it is safe to do so.

Whilst on their walks, photos are being taken to show all the places they have visited – we’re not really sure we expected to see Jeff crawling under a fence whilst lost! At least we didn’t have any members on that part of the walk!!

As soon as the new date is confirmed we will let you all know. So far, over £500 has been pledged to Chard Watch which is just brilliant. If you would like to donate, please follow the Just Giving link below, we also have sponsor forms if you don’t wish to use Just Giving, please contact PaulaMoon.Watchproject@gmail.com


Walking the Exe Valley Way

Due to the unprecedented rainfall over the weekend on Exmoor, with more expected tonight the walk has been postponed. New details of when the members walk from Tiverton to Bickleigh will be confirmed ASAP. We’re hopeful the walk can be completed before the end of Autumn, but should it be impossible it will be completed in early Spring 2020. Thank you to everyone for your support & understanding. The River Exe in spate is a beautiful sight, but not one to walk along 🙂 

ProWatch – A New Initiative

We are always surprised to hear that there are many people in and around Chard who haven’t heard about the amazing project we run. We don’t just want to promote the project, it’s making sure we can reach everyone who can BENEFIT from becoming involved with us.

Our ProWatch initiative will run over an eight month period, and has been made possible by a grant from Chard Town Council. We will be using this grant to review and update our promotional and marketing material. We will be improving our website, enhancing our use of social media and targeting the local press/radio to help promote our weekly project.

In addition, we will be using the money to enhance our display boards & promotional literature – this will help promote the project at community events, networking meetings & promotional events. Thank you Chard Town Council, for supporting us to help make a difference to people in the community we all share.

Walking the Exe Valley Way – preparations continue

Jeff, Julie & Maya have been out and about getting ready for their walk to raise money for Chard Watch project. A weekend jaunt saw them walking from the source of the River Exe to Exford & it certainly whetted their appetite to start the whole walk in a couple of weeks.

Amanda Broom, Friends Coordinator joined them for this initial leg and said “They are certainly going to have fun keeping Maya out of the River Exe! We had a beautiful day to go through the plans for the walk and do the source section, support for the walk has been brilliant – we have lots of people joining in and over £200 has already been raised – if you can help by sponsoring them then please do so”.

The walk starts on Sunday 29th September and will continue for 5 days when they get to Starcross. If you want more information on how you can get involved then please contact Amanda by email: amandabroom.watchproject@gmail.com

If you would like to sponsor Jeff, Julie & Maya to help raise money for Chard Watch the Just Giving page is: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/chard-watch