NEWS IN BRIEF & DIARY DATES

The Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion are inviting the community of Severalls Park Avenue to join them for a WW1 Thank You Parade and service at the war memorial of the lone infantryman, followed by a Tea Party on the nearby green, on Saturday September 1st. The parade will begin at 11 am before a short service by the Reverend Stuart Huntley which will include a silence, the Last Post, Kohima and the Reveille.

Members of the local branch of the RBL tidied up the area around the war memorial and planted flowers in June, which have been kept refreshed during the heat wave by water kindly supplied by Mrs Lacey and Norman Brookes.
A sculpture made by Rob Beckinsale and donated by Crewkerne Town Council will be placed at the foot of the war memorial and pebbles with each Fallen persons name will be placed around the Tommy.

This year marks the centenary of the end of WW1. RBL Branch secretary Alice Samuel said: “The Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion invite people as their guests to join them on this day to help them say thank you to the Fallen of Crewkerne. We will not forget their bravery and loyalty to this country, but we would also like to say a thank you to their families. WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.”
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Crewkerne Charter Fair, formerly known as St Bartholomew’s Street Fair, takes place on Friday September 7th and Saturday 8th. The Charter Fair which dates back to Saxon times is organised by the Rotary Club of Crewkerne District. This year’s fair offers something for everyone with a street market, entertainment and a Fun Fair hosted by Edward W Danter with free ride ticket giveaways available, which will be opened officially by the town Mayor, Cllr Kathy Head at 5.45 pm on the Friday. Fair organiser Sandra Shore said: “We are now fully booked for market stalls. We have space for buskers and are happy to coordinate events with local organisations. We are hoping that this year will be better than ever for everybody. We have changed the name of the fair this year to bring it more up-to-date while retaining its origins.”

Residents and visitors are asked to be aware of the traffic restrictions that will be in place from Thursday September 6th at 17:30 hrs until 23:30 hrs on Saturday 8th. These include one way traffic systems in force along North Street running northwards from the town centre and East Street running west into the town centre. Ashlands Road will offer a diversion route avoiding the town centre. Other traffic restrictions include: No right turn from South Street into Market Street, No right turn from Church Street into Market Street and No right turn from East Street/Market Street into Market Square. The east side of Market Square by the town hall will be closed and parking bays on Market Street and Market Square will be closed while the fun fair is in town.

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