Cerdic reports on behalf of Citizens
Hail to my kingdom. and to my capital
town, Chard. I am King and like it and I keep an eye on my subjects. In these
columns I still reign. 497 - 2006AD. I have seen a lot of changes and I am
sure there will be many more. European Federation ? Is that something new
? I think not - I am in charge here and I am a Saxon. Warnings to my
subjects will be covered by my Knight in Shining Armour. Welcome to www.wessex.me.uk,Camelot
and Wassail. I am always available by clicking here
From The Knight in Shining Armour
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 to
know about overcharging, bad workmanship & downright roguery. So we are
prepared to name & shame such traders. Your Knight in Shining armour will
report regularly on this page- don't be caught out be wary.
|COMING VERY SOON TO YOUR HIGH STREET
The Norman Wisdom Appreciation Society wishes to inform the good people of
Chardshire & the Bog Nothing Pissers of the imminent
arrival in your High Street of the Foreign Follies starring Dick Dutch (
Fiddler on The Roof) , Jerry Kanto ( The Schmockfather) &
Seb the Pimp( The Pollack) for we trust a very limited run. Look Out in this
column for full details & History.
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 business.
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
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
It has 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 passed
the money on - further he claims that the money was used to pay for his "Service
Contract" with that trader. Yet since the date he took the refrigerator away
he has failed to appear to do any service. (They have full receipts of the
service done prior to that date) He has been requested to produce documentation
but has failed to do so. Caveat Emptor- It is in the interests of the community
that the Knight in Shining Armour warns the people and businesses of
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 company,
The Carmichael Corporation, from offices in Bristol, offered people the chance
to invest in property options or plots of land in the Spanish resort of La
Manga. But soon after the operation began in 1996 "the whole thing was falling
to bits". Most of the investors never saw their money again including
one woman who lost £100,000. Despite a police raid on his offices in
1997, Carmichael continued to trade as normal, telling investors that it
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 of
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 on Sunday"
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 her
good wishes to employees 'during this difficult time'. The people really facing
difficulties though, are the customers like the couple in Buxton, Derbyshire,
who told me they paid £97 for a DVD recorder to be delivered by Christmas.
When it had not arrived by January, they cancelled, but months later were
still awaiting their refund. In the face of all this, OneTV boss Graham Avery,
61, will say absolutely nothing. Avery, who has half-a-dozen
other directorships, is probably too busy driving between his television
studio in Colchester and his home in Ipswich in his luxury Mercedes. But
at least he is more savoury than one of OneTV's owners, 45-year-old Selva
Carmichael - he prefers this to his real name, Selvaraj Narasimman ."
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 PLC. 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 of
spanish laws and things taking longer then our prediction we encountered financial
problems and we just ran out monies thus the predicment we got ourselves
into and some late investors losts monies and in any business there are risks
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
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 trust
you will remove it .Should anybody use it clearly you are responsible as
a manager of the pub and i will inform the authorities. I didnt come
to chard to con anybody as you portray and I trust you do understand . I
took the time to write this and when I am chard next I will pop in to see
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 soon.
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 where
the money he has to invest eminated from. It is all very well a man being
convicted on 9 counts, but in excess of £1 million disappeared never
to be found. Innocent citizens lost life savings and the perpetrator continues
on his merry way. From
1997 Mr Carmichael was asked to produce the purchased options & always
stated that they were elsewhere or some other feeble excuse. If he was innocent
he only had to produce them. He never did. By any chance we are a website
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 for
the community for over thirty years the ex-mayor is in need of funds and
obviously needs assistance from all those he has helped over the years. So
we ask all of you to give generously this festive season and think of the
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 ancestry
to 1st English king
Glenn Adams, Associated Press Writer | September 3, 2006
My Picture is copywrite of Juliet Davey.
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 confirmed.
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
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 state
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 the
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 throne.
"Many people have the pedigree, but they don't have the bloodline," he said.
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 may
have a familiar ring. Francis Harwood showed photos taken during his visit
a decade ago to what was long known as the Harwood Estate in a section of
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 the
United States lost contact with the Harwood family heirs in 1910. But if
they had stayed connected, the American Harwoods might have gotten a share
of real estate Harwood says is now "priceless."
A real estate
agent told Harwood that a one-bedroom flat was going for 350,000 pounds, or
about $750,000. But Harwood's quest isn't so much about money, it's more about
a ball with this thing," he said. "I love it."
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.
Harwood, Francis' great grandfather, settled on an expansive farm that was
something of a mini-estate itself in Augusta, Maine's capital city which borders
tiny Hallowell. The elder Harwood, bearded and gazing soberly in his portrait,
lived comfortably there off the family estate.
worked a day in his life," his descendant said with a grin.
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 Edward,
the Duke of Kent, who was Queen Victoria's father and the fourth son of King
If so, it
would prove that Harwood's great, great grandfather, British Lt. Col. Edward
Harwood, was the son of the Duke of Kent, said Harwood.
relationship has never been mentioned in family documentation, said Harwood,
who sees the omission as a cover up of an illegitimate birth.
have been a cover up for 198 years," Harwood said.
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.
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 make
provision for silence, upbringing, and posterity?"
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
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 the
blood of Jesus Christ during his crucifixion. After uniting the Kingdom, King
Arthur sends out his best and most valiant knights,
Lancelot, Gavian, and Parcifal among them, to quest for the Holy Grail. To
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 the
table is 10" in diameter. The Knights of the Round Table pewter sculptures
are 4"+ and are accompanied with chairs, which sit 1 1/4" tall and 1" wide.
Also, the knights have a pewter base and do not come a wood platform. King
Arthur has a prestigious throne to denote his station. The entire set makes
for a breathtaking scene of King Arthur and his noble knights.
The Cerdic Badge
Make Your Dog King For A Day With his own
Cerdic Wall Clock Its Been ticking since
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 vision.
Our vision is to prepare our youth to be white collar workers
instead of blue collar workers. To have have an educated centre of excellence
so that new companies want to come here to utilize that knowledge.
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 control.
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.chardnet.co.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 change.
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 laugh
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
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 South West.
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 www.wessex.me.uk has
been such a success I hear that King Offa of Mercia is opening a new competitive
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
Those people were brought back here and the lower classes were
hung somewhere near Tescos whilst others were beheaded near the toll house.
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 Holyrood Street!
Of course not
- There is only one way to bring people to Chard. That is to celebrate and
tell the world about me, Cerdic Von Wessex. I was the King of Wessex and
my descendant Alfred became King of England. The basis and stories of the
mythical Camelot were based on me. So if Camelot was anywhere it was here.
My escalibur sword should
be placed in a rock in the middle of Chard.
Newspaper Articles on King Arthur being Cerdic
whether King Alfred was based on Cerdic and whether Chard could be the site
of Camelot has produced much discussion locally with articles in :
& 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.
of Goble, sometime Gobel is believed to have been a comparitively recent variant
on the ancient Anglo-Saxon personal name of Godbold or Godbead. Godbold is
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 Arundel. Obviously
the Godbold ancestor came from Saxony and was connected with the Saxon conquest
of South East Briton. However we can not be sure that they were here at the
time of Cerdic.
Still Barry you were welcome to tarry at the Court. Are there any more applicants
for the round table?