Cerdic reports on behalf of
Citizens of Chard.
to my kingdom. and to my
town, Chard. I am King and like it and I keep an eye on my subjects. In
columns I still reign. 497 - 2011AD. I have seen a lot of changes and I
sure there will be many more. European Federation ? Is that something
? I think not - I am in charge here and I am a Saxon. Warnings to
subjects will be covered by my Knight in Shining Armour. Welcome to
and Wassail. I am always available by
Oy vey we are all Jewish
a laugh I have been writing to one of those silly Jewish Conspiracy
sites who accuse the Royal Family of being Jewish because they had
their children circumcised by a Jewish surgeon. They also claim that
the British Aristocracy is Jewish & much more.
The word “Brit” apparently derives from the Hebrew for “pact” or
“covenant” ( i.e. the Jewish Covenant with God.)
They have been
comments from Cerdic Von Wessex, who denies he or his family are
Jewish! They are simple enough to not realize that a man who died in
534AD is writing to them- no wonder they believe such rubbish. Small
minds are easily led. Can
anyone direct them to the Synagogue in Chard? Their source is someone
with a surname that sounds like Madcow. Local farmers should be ready
for a cull.
Knight in Shining
In our area we
have found that whilst
goods are good value many of the services are overcharging mainly
because they feel
they have a monopoly in the area. We feel that consumers have the right
know about overcharging, bad workmanship & downright roguery. So we
prepared to name & shame such traders. Your Knight in Shining
report regularly on this page- don't be caught out be wary.
Avoiding a cowboy builder
or unqualified electrician has been made easier by the launch of a new
scheme to register and assess tradesman who work in your home or
Trustmark is a scheme
endorsed by the Government and Trading Standards that
can help you be sure that the tradesmen you ask to work in your home
are reputable and trustworthy.
Firms wanting to use the
Trustmark badge must satisfy the scheme operator that they are fit to
do the work proposed, have adequate insurance and operate a
user-friendly complaints procedure
in case anything goes wrong.
Many recent television programmes reveal ‘rogue traders’ or
‘dodgy builders’ and have the audience shaking their heads in disbelief
as to what they are witnessing. Many of us take it for granted that we
are not or will not be a victim.
The Office of Fair Trading
state that ‘cowboy builders’ and ‘rogue tradesmen’ are a £1.5
Billion problem, with 38% of the public not trusting tradesmen at all,
and 65% of people feeling uncomfortable about leaving trades people in
their home unaccompanied. Having trust in your tradesman is paramount
when you have to live with the final consequences
unfortunately been brought to our attention that a trader in Chard has
failed to meet his obligations in regards to another trader in Chard, Mr.
Jon Sloman trading as J.M.Refrigeration of 4 Leicester House, Crewkerne
Road, Chard, Somerset TA20 1HA who states " For All Your
Refrigeration Needs Sales & Service" took a Williams Refrigerator
from a well known local shop on the understanding that he would sell it
for the trader. It is believed that
he sold it for £300 well over a year ago. However he has never
the money on - further he claims that the money was used to pay for his
Contract" with that trader. Yet since the date he took the refrigerator
he has failed to appear to do any service. (They have full receipts of
service done prior to that date) He has been requested to produce
but has failed to do so. Caveat Emptor- It is in the interests of the
that the Knight in Shining Armour warns the people and businesses
Con-Man Selva Carmichael to star and produce
Bollywood Movie in Chard
after his earlier appearance at Bristol Jail!!!
Carmichael , real name Selvaraj Narasimman, 46,( Known as El Con by Daily
Mirror readers) who wooed investors with trips abroad and promises of a
quick return on their money, was jailed for four-and-a-half years in
Bristol Jail for cheating
investors in a Spanish property scam. Carmichael, who operated his
The Carmichael Corporation, from offices in Bristol, offered people the
to invest in property options or plots of land in the Spanish resort of
Manga. But soon after the operation began in 1996 "the whole thing was
to bits". Most of the investors never saw their money again
one woman who lost £100,000. Despite a police raid on his offices
1997, Carmichael continued to trade as normal, telling investors that
was "all a mistake" and blaming the police for his problems.
investors that he was going to transform the La Manga resort, the
self-proclaimed multi-millionaire, "wooed" his investors with
lavish trips to apartments in
Spain and promised them a 100% return within six months. Carmichael
pleaded guilty to nine counts of obtaining money transfers by deception
and one count of attempting to obtain property by deception. It was not
known what Carmichael had done with the money. After that
he conned people in the village
of Coin outside Marbella when he started managing the old BBC village
El Dorado. Stating that he was best friends with Richard Bransom
who he called Branston and that he rode with royalty. It did not
take long before he was exposed by the Daily Mirror and ousted from
Coin & El Dorado.
He also opened a
restaurant in Newcastle Upon Tyne and fell foul of the local health
authorities and was
Then this year from "the Mail
21 May 2006 by Tony Hetherington:
is a shambles. The Advertising Standards Authority upheld 65 complaints
against the company, all from viewers who said goods had not arrived
and OneTV had failed to refund their money. The company in Colchester,
Essex, whined that several top managers had quit. And it is true that
four directors have walked out in recent months, but that is just the
start of it. Trading in the company's shares has been suspended and
customers seeking reassurance from the friendly smiles of presenters
displayed on OneTV's website should know that some of them have jumped
ship as well. Debbie Flint is one of the bestknown faces on various TV
shopping channels, but despite appearing on OneTV's website, she quit
last month, announcing: 'I have decided not to present any more OneTV
for the time being.' Hinting at problems behind the scenes, she offered
good wishes to employees 'during this difficult time'. The people
difficulties though, are the customers like the couple in Buxton,
who told me they paid £97 for a DVD recorder to be delivered by
When it had not arrived by January, they cancelled, but months later
still awaiting their refund. In the face of all this, OneTV boss Graham
61, will say absolutely nothing. Avery, who has
other directorships, is probably too busy driving between his
studio in Colchester and his home in Ipswich in his luxury Mercedes.
at least he is more savoury than one of OneTV's owners, 45-year-old
Carmichael - he prefers this to his real name, Selvaraj Narasimman
found con-artist Selva Carmichael in a winebar in Chard on Wednesday
13th December 2006 spouting his next venture, and giving out his card
under the name of a dissolved company. ( He is banned as a Company
Director and been made bankrupt twice). Mr Selva Car
Michael is now self-styled President of SELVASCREEN INTERNATIONAL
His card reads:
|SELVASCREEN INTERNATIONAL PLC
Iver Heath ,
To The Manor Born
at Cricket St.Thomas
or is it another El Dorado?
or in OneTV's studio
Our Search shows: Company Details -
SELVA SCREEN INTERNATIONAL PLC Registered No. 05189862
Address: CGC 33-01 25 CANADA
SQUARE CANARY WHARF LONDON E14 5LB
Type: Public limited with share capital
Incorporation Date: 27/07/2004
Last Accounts Filed: - Last
Accounts Analysed: -
pays by American Express card No 374289252191009. He claims the
Company is owned by his wife and a friend, but it has been dissolved.
He arrived in
Chard on Wednesday 13th December & announced he will be filming and
starring as the Indian Prime Minister in his Bollywood spectacular in
February at Cricket
St.Thomas & that he wants to shut Holyrood Street for filming.
This article has been followed up by
the Western Daily Press see:
from Mr Selva Car Michael... alias of Selvaraj Narasimman
I will try
and reply the best whey I can and I trust this might clarify the
situation and I hope you reflect on it.
la manga , i felt that at the time there was a great potential in
acquiring land on option and hold them for a period of time and ofload
them for a profit and thus make monies for a small number of investors
. As you expect a large proportion of monies were laid out by myself ,
my immediate family and a small
group of friends, we started well but because our lack of understanding
spanish laws and things taking longer then our prediction we
problems and we just ran out monies thus the predicment we got
into and some late investors losts monies and in any business there are
for high returns.
since i owned the
company I am responsible for the outcome, To deal with spanish was
difficult enough but to be caught up in their system was even more
difficult. Because of non payment of promised dividends the police
became involved and their presence made in more difficult for us to
proceed to finalise matters on behalf of us and our small number of
investors and all we were delayed.
I pleaded non-guilty
to charges for over 5 years but on the trial week I was advised that
these matters were complicated for a simple jury to understand and
against my better judgement pleaded guilty. on sentencing i realised
that i should have pleaded not-guilty and tried very hard to change the
plea on the basis that i made a mistake but failed.
on you have pleaded
guilty you know the rest. I didnt wish to enter into something to lose
monies for me or my investors but these were circumstances beyond my
control. We were in La- Manga when a few people knew it ,its fair to
say its a popular resort.
I am involved in
other business including the one you potray , but as for One TV , i
invested in shares with Mr Graham Avery with a group of friends and
have no direct involvement in the management of One TV and have sold
that stock a long time before it surfaced the company was in trouble ,
unfortunately the reporters in papers concerned are not the most
credible and tend to make up their own stories and I taking legal
advise on how to handle it. I have new been the owner of
One TV or had anything to do with the management.
I took time to
respond to this, I have never said that I was closing any street for
filming, I am working on a film project and at cricket st -thomas
witness by two individuals and i am even more baffled why you placed my
card number and its a clear violation
of privacy , we came to your bar had drinks and paid for it and left. I
you will remove it .Should anybody use it clearly you are responsible
a manager of the pub and i will inform the authorities. I didnt
to chard to con anybody as you portray and I trust you do understand .
took the time to write this and when I am chard next I will pop in to
email from Selva Carmichael
I have e-mail
this article to my lawyers and asked them to look into the content as
its although you based in on article that are written are wholly
un-true and are under litigation you are demed liable for its content
and clearly gone to other receipient and liablious. will be in contact
Editoral Comment: We are amazed to learn that twice
bankrupt Selva Carmichael has money to invest in both a restaurant and
One TV whilst the poor investors who lost their money, when he failed
to buy the Spanish Land Options for them,
have not seen a penny in retribution. The authorities should look into
the money he has to invest eminated from. It is all very well a man
convicted on 9 counts, but in excess of £1 million disappeared
to be found. Innocent citizens lost life savings and the perpetrator
on his merry way. From
1997 Mr Carmichael was asked to produce the purchased options &
stated that they were elsewhere or some other feeble excuse. If he was
he only had to produce them. He never did. By any chance we are a
protecting unwary readers- not a pub
|Chard Is In The News
Yes, at last we have
fame in Chard with romance in the air. As you will see from the photo
adjoining this article it's all smiles as our happy couple proceed to
play bingo at the Lacemill. Unfortunately all is not as it seems as the
poor chap is a little
short of funds as a result of his passion for bingo. After working hard
the community for over thirty years the ex-mayor is in need of funds
obviously needs assistance from all those he has helped over the years.
we ask all of you to give generously this festive season and think of
poor. He has thought about you in the past.
My next story is about a newly found descendant of mine.
There has been a similar story in the Daily Mail on February
9th 2007 in regards to Albert James Turnbull from Newcastle-upon-Tyne,
written by Liz Hull, and incorporating my picture which was drawn for
this website by Juliet Davey.
Maine man traces
to 1st English king
Glenn Adams, Associated Press Writer | September 3, 2006
My Picture is copywrite of Juliet
For permission to reproduce:
| HALLOWELL, Maine --After countless hours in
libraries and on the Internet, painstaking searches through public
records and a couple of trips overseas, Francis Harwood says his direct
bloodline to England's first king more than a millennium ago is
Standing in his living room before a 4-foot framed diagram of his
family line, authenticated by the venerable College of Arms in London,
the 72-year-old Harwood smiled with satisfaction.
"I gave them a lot of information so they could connect the bloodline"
to King Egbert as well as all of the royal houses of Europe, the
white-haired Harwood said. That included copies of birth, marriage and
death certificates and wills.
Many of the records are from archives in London, but Harwood was able
to do much of his research in libraries of Maine's private colleges and
Along the way, he was gratified to draw information by meeting distant
cousins but he also encountered frustrations of finding that some
potentially useful records had been destroyed during World War II or
otherwise disposed of.
As blessed by College of Arms heralds, the bloodline takes Harwood
directly back to Egbert of Wessex, who is widely considered to be
England's first king
and died around 838. Also known as Egbert the Saxon, he unified all of
kingdoms of England under his rule in the early 800s.
The research even highlights ties, through Egbert's marriage, to the
emperor Charlemagne, in whose court Egbert is believed to have lived
during a period of exile from Britain.
Harwood said his direct tie to Egbert makes him a relative of the
present Queen Elizabeth II and her son Charles, who will assume the
"Many people have the pedigree, but they don't have the bloodline," he
Paul Milner, chairman of the British and Irish Forum for the National
Genealogical Society, said royal connections are not so unusual, but
it's not easy to prove
"If he's used the College of Arms, chances are he's got good
documentation, especially on the earlier generations," said Milner, who
was among more than 1,800 people attending a four-day Federation of
Genealogical Societies conference in Boston that concluded Saturday.
Milner said tens of thousands of people in America have royal English
ancestors, but many who try to prove it find that it gets harder to
make the connections the farther they go back.
To someone who's had occasion to spend time in London, the name Harwood
have a familiar ring. Francis Harwood showed photos taken during his
a decade ago to what was long known as the Harwood Estate in a section
the British capital that touches the Thames River.
Many of the hundreds of houses, shops, pubs and banks in the area were
occupied under 99-year leases, some of which expired in the 1990s, then
sold to lease holders, Harwood, a retired accountant, explained as he
spread out an old map of the sector.
He said the family in
United States lost contact with the Harwood family heirs in 1910. But
they had stayed connected, the American Harwoods might have gotten a
of real estate Harwood says is now "priceless."
estate agent told Harwood that a one-bedroom flat was going for 350,000
about $750,000. But Harwood's quest isn't so much about money, it's
had a ball with this thing," he said. "I love it."
recalled walking along Harwood and Tyrawley roads while visiting the
former estate in London in 1996. The latter name corresponds with the
middle name of the first Harwood to come to America, whose portrait
hangs over the fireplace in Francis Harwood's modest home.
Tyrawley Harwood, Francis' great grandfather, settled on an expansive
farm that was
something of a mini-estate itself in Augusta, Maine's capital city
tiny Hallowell. The elder Harwood, bearded and gazing soberly in his
lived comfortably there off the family estate.
never worked a day in his life," his descendant said with a grin.
invigorating Harwood's decades-long quest are still-unanswered
questions about his lineage. His research has led Harwood to seek a DNA
match with a German nobleman, Ernst
August, Prince of Hanover, to see if Harwood's roots go back to Prince
the Duke of Kent, who was Queen Victoria's father and the fourth son of
it would prove that Harwood's great, great grandfather, British Lt.
Harwood, was the son of the Duke of Kent, said Harwood.
father-son relationship has never been mentioned in family
documentation, said Harwood, who sees the omission as a cover up of an
would have been a cover up for 198 years," Harwood said.
matter drew the attention of Hereward Davies in his 1985 book "Channel
Crossing." The book goes into considerable detail about the Edward
Harwood and the London estate, while raising the question of how
Harwood came into all of his money.
was the origin of his wealth?" Davies' book asks. "If a deception
actually took place, can it be that the Duke was gratified to have
fathered an English son,
would have him named Edward, would cherish him discreetly, and would
provision for silence, upbringing, and posterity?"
illegitimate births were openly documented centuries back, genealogists
say. Paula Stuart-Warren of the Federation of Genealogical Societies
and herself a genealogist, advises people who are learning to trace
their lineages to be prepared to make uncomfortable discoveries.
tell people, if you're afraid of finding a skeleton in your family
tree, stop now,"
|Cerdic's Medieval Banqueting
soon the finest food in Wessex - straight from my banqueting hall
| King Arthur's Pewter Round Table
One of the greatest myths of medieval literature
certainly is the epic tale of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table
and their quest for the Holy Grail. In the writings of Chretien de
Troyes the quest for the Grail becomes a symbol for the medieval ideals
of knighthood, gallantry, and
chivalry. The Holy Grail is a cup in which Joseph of Arimathia gathered
blood of Jesus Christ during his crucifixion. After uniting the
Arthur sends out his best and most valiant
Lancelot, Gavian, and Parcifal among them, to quest for the Holy Grail.
share their adventures with their brethren the knights come together in the castle of Camelot
around a large round table where all are equal in honor. No one shall
fee superior to the other knights and all of them share a place of
equal prestige. Thus is formed the Brotherhood of the Knights of the
Round Table. Many of them will die on King Arthur's side in his last
battle against the evil Mordred. Only Galahad, the son of Lancelot and
the most noble and purest of all Knights will finally find and be
allowed to touch the Holy Grail. This replica of King Arthur and his
Knights of the Round Table is magnificent in detail and clarity and is
sure to be the centerpiece of hours of conversation. The table is a
pedestal table that is elevated higher than the stone floor on which it
sits. There is an
indention on the
stone floor to secure the round table. The floor is 18" in diameter and
table is 10" in diameter. The Knights of the Round Table pewter
are 4"+ and are accompanied with chairs, which sit 1 1/4" tall and 1"
Also, the knights have a pewter base and do not come a wood platform.
Arthur has a prestigious throne to denote his station. The entire set
for a breathtaking scene of King Arthur and his noble knights.
The Cerdic Badge
Make Your Dog King For A Day With his
Cerdic Wall Clock Its Been ticking
since 497 B.C.
Saxon Lager Drinking Vessel
click on Cerdic or the Blue Line to go to the purchase site.
Chard is a wonderful sleepy town in South Somerset. Having
come from the bustle and problems of Saxony I find it refreshing and
the people friendly and polite.
In summer one notices the beautifully kept flowers and the
pride that townsfolk have in their town. Whilst many townsfolk are
quick to show their discomfort in the problems of modern day living, on
the whole, there is an excellent quality of life here.
But one feels there is a burning question. Wither Chard? For
this one time market town, lace town, wool town, Capital of Wessex has
actually lost its "raison d'etre" in the 21st century.
Whilst there is an excellent industrial base here one should
realize that "industry" is a thing of the past in Britain. Dysan are
moving their industrial base abroad, many industrial companies find it
too expensive to continue in Britain. Will Numatic also think the same
way as Dysan?
Those that do
not understand that our industrial base will continue to wither have
their heads in the sand.
So what will replace it? What is the new revolution in the
21st century? As silicon valley has shown it is new technology. Today
one must embrace this new technology rapidly. Therefore Chard's future
is in our youth. They MUST be educated to face today's world. Our one
skill over developing nations is our education, knowledge, and
Our vision is to prepare our youth to be white collar
instead of blue collar workers. To have have an educated centre of
excellence so that new companies want to come here to utilize that
Now is the time to create that new generation that wants to
bring vision and prosperity to Chardshire rather than letting them go
elsewhere to seek it. Everyday we neglect this forward planning is
another day lost to other competitive areas.
Chard was, some time ago,
designated to be a town of 60,000 yet today only boasts 12,000
inhabitants. It is the largest and most important town between
Dorchester and Exeter. It is close to a motorway and the coast. What a
haven for tomorrow's entrepreneurs.
In Tower Hamlets, one of the most deprived areas of London, the local
council is awarding grants to companies of up to £10,000 for
computers and computer
training. The most available here is £700.
Over the last few years new towns have evolved like Telford and Milton
Keynes. Older towns like Peterborough, Runcorn and Cumbernauld have
refound themselves. One must ask themselves why a major company like
Thomas Cook went to Peterborough.
It was because their town council and particularly my old friend Jean
Barker realised the necessity for that change. Oh yes she was a
Conservative mayor and because of the influx of population Labour took
Fear of change is a disease that is terminal. Since We have been here
we have been attacked by a narrow minded civil servant for having the
audacity to start the www.wessextouristboard.org.uk website and we have
been attacked by a group of shopkeepers and bed & breakfast
internet dyslexics for unfounded and untrue morality reasons. In both
instances the real reason was the fear of constructive criticism and
Now they have sacked their
Independant Mayor for blowing a kiss at the town clerk & offering
her a holiday. That
was after he had given over 30 years fantastic service. One can only
at the dinasaurs who then banned him from holding public office.
John Wilkes was not the most popular of politicians but he upheld the
right to freely criticise and be constructive.
That is progress and we must expect some change.If we are to proceed
forward we need fresh blood, new ideas and a vibrant community. If we
don't then will
the last person in Chard remember to turn the lights out."
The centre of Chard is becoming
alive at night with new restaurants and cafes opening. Go to our
restaurant & cafe guide and select your favourite repast.
Coming soon are two new eateries.
A Pizza & Pasta restaurant in Fore Street and the glamourous
Cerdic's Banqueting Hall.
At Cerdic's there will be medieval banquets together with Court
Jesters, Musicians and gallons of scrumpy and mead. It is
rumoured that anyone found drunk in the centre of Chard will be placed
in the stocks to dry out.
We now have an
excellant Chinese & Continental establishment in Holyrood Street
and Gandhi's Indian eaterie. And the food at the Gallery at the
back of "Hooked on Books" has some of the finest British cooking in the
The new Vineyard restaurant behind the Dolphin Inn looks well
worth a visit. New York may have its restaurant row but Chard is
catching up fast.
AN OFFA YOU CAN NOT REFUSE
Now that our site
been such a success I hear that King Offa of Mercia is opening a new
site called www.mercia.me.uk
CLAIM TO FAME
Our claim to fame? Is it artificial limbs? Is it powered
flight? Is it the first woman Cabinet Minister? or is it that
Charles Ist tried to sue for peace from here before being defeated in
the Civil War. We could have a statue to him with or without his head.
Our research fails to show that Judge Jeffries ever came
through Chard. It seems that many people from Chard joined up with the
Duke Of Monmouth when he tried to wrest the throne from JamesII. The
result was that the Bloody Judge Jeffries sat in both Dorchester and
Taunton and condemned people from Chard to death. We thank the Chard
History Group for their help in providing background material.
Those people were brought back here and the lower classes
were hung somewhere near Tescos whilst others were beheaded near the
Who do we celebrate? What will bring the tourists to Chard?
Should we recall Judge Jeffries to deal with the crime in Chard to-day?
A few hangings and beheadings are cheaper than CCTV. Or we could let
them get a tongue lashing from that certain "polite" shopkeeper in
- There is only one way to bring people to Chard. That is to celebrate
tell the world about me, Cerdic Von Wessex. I was the King of Wessex
my descendant Alfred became King of England. The basis and stories of
mythical Camelot were based on me. So if Camelot was anywhere it was
here. My escalibur
be placed in a rock in the middle of Chard.
Newspaper Articles on King Arthur being Cerdic
on whether King Alfred was based on Cerdic and whether Chard could be
the site of Camelot has produced much discussion locally with articles
& Ilminster News
The Western Daily Press
Wessex Car Stickers Now Available
Wessex and CCTV in Chard by purchasing a Wessex Car Sticker. They are
now available in Chard at both The Tourist Office in the Guildhall in
Fore Street or from Hooked on Books in Holyrood Street at £1 each
A Knight's Tale
I had to let the drawbridge
down recently to entertain Barry Lawrence Goble of Boden Street, Chard.
He brought a copy of his coat of arms verified by the College of arms.
name of Goble, sometime Gobel is believed to have been a comparitively
on the ancient Anglo-Saxon personal name of Godbold or Godbead. Godbold
recorded in the "Doomsday Book" "as a previous Anglo-Saxon tenant".
It is believed that the family, which included the
Earl of Arundel" (beheaded by Elisabeth I for being Catholic) are
renowned through history and include Mamie Doud Eisenhower, wife of
President Dwight Eisenhower. The interesting part of all this is
that the crest includes the Wyvern
which, historically could only have been carried by the Royal Family of
Wessex. Note it is a green wyvern .
Heraldic records, however, seem to point more towards Sussex and
Burpham and Petworth. This ties in with the connection with the Earl of
the Godbold ancestor came from Saxony and was connected with the Saxon
of South East Briton. However we can not be sure that they were here at
time of Cerdic.
Still Barry you were welcome to tarry at the Court. Are there any more
applicants for the round table?
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