NEWS IN BRIEF & DIARY DATES

Crewkerne Museum would like to hear from anyone who was billeted in the area, as an evacuee during the Second World War, or who remembers the children staying in Crewkerne and surrounding villages with foster families during this time period. The request for information follows an enquiry from a gentleman, who is now in his late 80’s, who was among a group of over 200 children that came from Brockley in south east London to Crewkerne. Code-named Operation Pied Piper, the national evacuation programme for children and vulnerable people living in the inner cities and shipping ports, was initiated to protect them from aerial bombing raids. Crewkerne Museum & Heritage Centre have newspaper cuttings from the time, referring to how the children should be looked after and snippets of other information but would like to know more about the family homes where the children stayed and where they went to school. Crewkerne Museum can be contacted via email to crewkernemuseum@hotmail.co.uk 
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Concerts in the West are back at The Dance House in North Street on Saturday July 6th. As part of their July concert tour in the area, young talented pianist Clare Hammond, who is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances, will be entertaining the audience with a powerful programme that includes the world premiere of Michael Zev Gordon’s Diary Pieces as well as sonatas by Josef Myslivecek and Rachmaninov. Director of Concerts in the West, Catherine Hodgson said: “We are delighted to welcome Clare Hammond to the depths of the west country. She has a great interest in contemporary piano music.” Clare has recently performed Panufrik with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Roxburgh with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chopin with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall. Clare’s most recent disc for BIS records, of music by Kenneth Hesketh, has been widely praised with the Observer describing her as a “star interpreter of contemporary music.” Tickets for the concert, which begins at 7.30 pm cost £15 and are available in advance from the LIC in the town hall, by texting 07776995789, emailing concertsinthewest@gmail.com or on the night, when doors open at 6.45 pm.
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A proposal by Councillor Ben Hartshorn to establish an Environment Working Group, received unanimous support at the June meeting of Crewkerne Town Council. Cllr. Hartshorn gave a short presentation on climate change and referred to climate emergency motions that are being passed by many councils to reduce carbon output by green waste recycling, water fountains and other eco-friendly methods. Councillors agreed that this was an important issue that needed a working party to carry out further research and come back to the council with a report and suggestions. Cllr. Jo Roundell Green said it was important to get the community involved, especially groups such as dog walkers and sports clubs. Cllr Dan Wakeman advised that there was still funding available for a Youth Council and said, “they are our legacy.” Cllr. Hartshorn agreed to be the lead councillor on the Environment Working Group.

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