Somerford Keynes A Parish in the Cotswold Water Park
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Poldark in Somerford Keynes

In November 2016 a location film crew of 60 staff worked to film scenes for the third series of Poldark. They used as the location the inside of our church, specifically the Pulpit, with an actor priest and also scenes in the graveyard next to the porch. They also filmed the outside of the manor house. Shots were used throughout the series to mark a change of scene. The production company returned in 2017 for a few more shots.

Lake 99 “Village Lake” Opening 2016

This item is now moved to a new page celebrating the Village Lake

HM The Queen 90th Birthday April 21 2016

A crowd of about 70 villagers converged on the village hall to join the birthday celebrations. After the barbecue food was eaten, bubbly was passed round by some very young waitresses, ready for the loyal toast. Sarah Powell, Parish Council chairman welcomed all and introduced Ron Munro to read out a letter from HRH Prince Charles. The beacon was then lit, and burned brightly much more quickly than Her Majesty’s at Windsor, due to our use of a chemist, rather than an electrician, to light it. Most people then retired into the village hall to end the evening putting the world to rights. Mike Mckeown has put the pictures that he took on his Facebook album. If you are on Facebook you can find them here.  

Defibrillator or AED The defibrillator (also called an AED -for

Automated External Defibrillator) is in a bright yellow box on the Village

Hall. To use it, dial 999 for an ambulance, ask the emergency service to call

your “buddy” ( a neighbour you have agreed to help you and vice versa) to

fetch it while you stay with the patient and do CPR   An ambulance will be

called. A leaflet about the defibrillator is here. This advice will be updated

as more is known. Two training sessions for all have been held in the Village

Hall, the latest on 26th November 2015. Meanwhile checkout that CPR link

above. It may save a life.

The machine is provided by Southwest Ambulance Trust and the case by Community Heartbeat Trust. The Village Hall committee and Parish Council have donated ancillary costs. Two generous contributions from villagers have covered all outstanding costs. There are other defibrillators nearby: Lower Mill Estate has one, Waterland has two, Keynes Country Park has one. These are only available during opening hours, but the staff are trained to use  them.

Cotswold Water Park Trust News

The Trust AGM was held on Thursday 12th October, with about 40 members present at the De Vere Hotel. There have been a number of changes of those running the Trust. Sir David John has taken over as CEO, Matthew Millett now concentrates on development, Jill Bewley has left, as have both the rangers. Two new rangers have been appointed. Part of Jill’s job is being handled by Davina Stirland, and part by new to the office Helen. Davina handles website and marketing. Educational work is on hold. The Trust are no longer lessees of the Gateway Centre, (sold to the CO-OP by Dennis Grant) as from 20 July. Relish now have a new ten year lease, which will allow for modernisation. (The current waste system costs £30K a year to empty). The information centre run by volunteers from SK and other villages will remain. The owner of the mammoth skull (Cullimore Ltd) has removed it from display, much to the disappointment of many visitors. As local authorities have now all withdrawn all funding for the Trust, CWPT have introduced parking charges at all its car parks, except Gateway [not owned by the Trust]. This has now taken place and charges have gone up for longer stays, and includes 24 hour and up to 3 day parking. In the meantime you can join the Trust if you are not already a member, for free parking, [and discounts at Relish Gateway and Cotswold Outdoor!]. The Trust also offered the lake set aside for a rowing course for sale, as it realises it does not have the ability to move this forward with its current skill set or resources. (Now removed from sale). It has bought a plot south of the old concrete plant, and has permission to refill it to gain vehicle access to the Cleveland Lakes.

Website helps solve a crime. Part of Operation Icarus

Police in Hereford, together with the Met, have found our stolen treasure. The Saxon stone stolen from the church in October 2012 has been recognised from the picture on the church page among a large number of religious pieces recovered during investigations, which are now complete. West Mercia Police returned the stone, which was displayed at the Annual Parish meeting in April 2015. The stone is now held in Corinium Museum. A faculty now (March 2016) allows the museum to hold the stone. It will probably be on show in a new Saxon display soon. Christopher Cooper (from Wales) appeared at Worcester Crown Court on the 8th February to plead guilty to 7 counts of theft, 4 of fraud and 1 of dealing in tainted antiques and asked for 30 other thefts to be taken into consideration. On 6th May he was sentenced at Hereford Crown Court to 3 years 8 months in custody, after being remorseful. The thefts (considerably more than thirty) and other crimes were carried out throughout the British Isles. Most items were stolen to order for two “unsuspecting” collectors, who are considerably out of pocket. The culprit came to light after one of the collectors was caught trading something illegal, and showed the Met what else he had. Mr Cooper claims to have no assets, having spent all his ill-gotten gains.

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