No White Peaks: Remembrance Sunday

“No White Peaks was written in 1969 by one of our members, Peter Kayne, when he was performing at the American air base in South Ruislip, Middlesex after seeing men from the United States armed forces who had been returned on their journey home to the U.S.A following serious injuries inflicted during the Vietnam war.

Having done his show in the officers’ mess, Peter, a singer, songwriter and entertainer, was asked by the commanding officer if he would visit the hospital ward to cheer up the injured veterans. Peter was horrified by the injuries that he saw inflicted on the men, and wrote No White Peaks the following day.

Many years later, Peter Cushing recorded the poem in Canterbury. Peter Cushing, the true gentleman he was, felt the words were worthy enough to record with just one take in the studio.

Peter Kayne is a proud member of Chard WATCH CIC – A small community project in Somerset designed to encourage isolated individuals form valuable peer relationships and help them feel connected when things feel impossible.

With armistice upon us, we ask that you listen and hear the words contained inside this beautiful poem at a time the world needs more unity than ever,

If you are able to offer to anyone in your neighbourhood a couple of hours of support (whether they have served or not) we strongly encourage it. We’re all in this together and we will remember them.”

– Julie Matthews (Project Manager)

Somerset Community Foundation: Annual Celebration Event (2018)

Chard WATCH CIC’s very own Project Manager, Julie Matthews, spoke at the 2018 Annual Celebration of Somerset Community Foundation on the 25th October. You may spot some other recogniseable faces attached to the pictures below — including our friend, Jusin Sargent (CEO of SCF) who actually spoke at the WATCH Annual General Meeting this year.

You can read more about the event itself on the Somerset Community Foundation website here. 🙂

National Lottery: Reaching Communities Grant

Fantastic news!!! Chard Watch has been awarded a Reaching Communities grant by the National Lottery spread over the next 3 years. This will make a massive difference to this community project and ensure that we continue to reach out and help and support many more people in the Chard area.

Peer Support Workshops in Taunton & Yeovil

If you have mild to moderate mental health issues and wish to participate in a Peer Support Group, become a volunteer or a support worker for one, follow these links to learn more about some of the workshops we have on offer.

Don’t miss out and apply today! 🙂

Taunton – St James Church Hall

1. Peer Support Awareness workshop: 22nd October 2018 @ 7pm
2. Learning Peer Support workshop: 23rd, 30th of November & 7th, 14th December 2018 @ 1pm

Yeovil – Baptist Church Hall

1. Peer Support Awareness workshop: 29th October 2018 @ 7pm
2. Learning Peer Support workshop: 20th, 27th November and 4th and 11th December 2018 @ 1.30pm

Stain Glass Painted Jam Jars (on the Art Table)

“I really enjoyed the art table this week as we did stain glass painting for the first time, turning old jam jars into decorative pieces for multi-use purposes.” – Sarah L.












[I was going to let Sarah and the members artwork speak for itself, but thought it was very important to add that our members collected these jam jars and organised this creative adventure entirely by themselves! 🙂  – M@thew]

Jobs Fair and Health and Wellbeing event

Chard WATCH CIC will be attending the Jobs Fair and Health and Wellbeing event at Taunton Mecca Bingo Hall on September 10th (11am-3pm).

If any of our members would like to participate (whether it’s representing the WATCH Project or simply attending) please let us know in all the usual places!  🙂