CHARD NEWS: Cresta pool public meeting aims to galvanize amazing community spirit

CHARD NEWS: Cresta pool public meeting aims to galvanize amazing community spirit

Posted: 4th October 2018
A SPECIAL public meeting will be held later this month for campaigners feeling angry and dejected after Somerset County Council rejected their bid to save the Cresta swimming pool in Chard from permanent closure. People were left devastated when Somerset County Council turned down their bid to keep the pool open. Public feeling continues to run high in the area about the…

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CHARD NEWS: Council rejects Cresta business plan put forward by campaigners

CHARD NEWS: Council rejects Cresta business plan put forward by campaigners

Posted: 25th September 2018
SOMERSET County Council has informed campaigners hoping to take on the running of the Cresta swimming pool in Chard that it has “regrettably” been unable to accept their business case.  The authority recognises the ambition, efforts and intentions of the Kingfisher Community Pool campaign group and the enthusiasm shown by the local community. Before transferring any…

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CHARD NEWS: Rhys Fest at The Choughs

CHARD NEWS: Rhys Fest at The Choughs

Posted: 3rd September 2018
A FAMILY has been left overwhelmed by the support it has received from people who have been helping to raise money to send a brave six-year-old lad on a trip-of-a-lifetime to Disneyland. Chard’s very own little superhero, six-year-old Rhys Rodway, has been diagnosed with a brain tumour and so family and friends have been raising money to help fund a trip for him to meet…

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CHARD NEWS: Council happy to support community Save Cresta group

CHARD NEWS: Council happy to support community Save Cresta group

Posted: 30th August 2018
SOMERSET County Council has said it will consider viable plans for a community-run Cresta pool in Chard. The pool, which is owned by the council, has outlived its planned lifespan by more than a decade and now needs more than £1m of investment to replace failing equipment and to bring it up to standard. The council faces significant financial pressures and is not in a…

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CHARD NEWS: Mayor backs plans to save Cresta pool from closing

CHARD NEWS: Mayor backs plans to save Cresta pool from closing

Posted: 10th August 2018
THE Mayor of Chard, Cllr Garry Shortland, said that he would ask Chard Town Council to give £10,000 towards the fundraising effort to save the Cresta swimming pool from closure. Cllr Shortland was speaking at a public meeting held on Thursday (August 9) to discuss the planned Somerset County Council closure of the pool and with a view to the community taking it on. “I…

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CHARD NEWS: Community taking on Cresta would be a challenge – but possible

CHARD NEWS: Community taking on Cresta would be a challenge – but possible

Posted: 10th August 2018
CHARD residents could buy the town’s swimming pool for £1 if the county council accepts that they have a good enough business case to run it. Somerset County Council announced on July 11 that it was intending to close the Cresta leisure centre on Zembard Lane in September, arguing that it could no longer afford to maintain it. The council said that it was willing to look…

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CHARD NEWS: Community meeting to save Cresta swimming pool

CHARD NEWS: Community meeting to save to Cresta swimming pool

Posted: 9th August 2018
A PUBLIC meeting will be held in Chard this evening (Thursday, August 9, 2018) to discuss the future of the town’s swimming pool. Somerset County Council announced last month that it was intending to close the Cresta leisure centre on Zembard Lane in September, stating that it could no longer afford to maintain it. Amanda Broom, who represents Chard on the council, led…

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CHARD AREA NEWS: Football club officials left upset after break-in

CHARD AREA NEWS: Football club officials left upset after break-in

Posted: 16th July 2018
PLAYERS, team managers and volunteers at Combe St Nicholas Football Club have been left reeling after masked thieves broke into their clubhouse at the weekend. Police were called when the club was found to have been targeted in the early hours of Sunday (July 15, 2018) morning. The alarm had been ripped from the wall and put in a bucket of water, while CCTV images…

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CHARD NEWS: Cresta swimming pool to close

CHARD NEWS: Cresta swimming pool to close

Posted: 11th July 2018
THE Cresta swimming pool at Chard looks set to be closed for good by Somerset County Council in the face of £1m repair and refurbishment costs. The pool – which has been blighted by technical issues in recent times - will close at the end of the summer following 30 years of service. A survey has estimated what needs to be spent to replace failing pumps and other…

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SOUTH SOMERSET NEWS: Chard Reservoir attack victim on TV Crimewatch Roadshow

SOUTH SOMERSET NEWS: Chard Reservoir attack victim on TV Crimewatch Roadshow

Posted: 11th June 2018
THE brutal attack on a woman walking at Chard Reservoir will be featured on BBC TV later this week. Tracey Howard was left with serious head injuries following the attack on August 4, 2017, when she was out walking her dog. She has now bravely posted this photograph of herself – taken in hospital following the assault – on Facebook in the hope that it might lead to new…

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