Out and about in Street, Somerset, UK - a purely personal view.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

This Blog has moved

I have moved this StreetWise? blog to http://streetwise.blogware.com/blog. You will be able to read all the posts from this site, plus new ones, at the new address.

The chief advantage of the new site is that articles and pictures are grouped under topics, so making it easier to read all the articles on, say, Music and the Arts, or Picturesque Street, or Planning Issues.

This site will remain for the time being.

Please note that the only comments to this post are spam. Ignore them!

Friday, June 03, 2005

The local paper comments on the shootings

See the Editorial in the Central Somerset Gazette.

front page A very small picture of the front page is here.

The main news item is here.

The print edition contains a lot more.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

You paint my face and I'll paint yours. Children's Fest fun - though it looks quite a serious business. Posted by Hello

Children's Fest - Wednesday. Today the theme was Sudan. Posted by Hello

Is this a layer of blue lias? It is the site of a new house being built in Somerton Road. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Any Andrews out there who can help a US cousin?

e-mail received today at the Street Society:
My name is Robert Joseph Andrews, Jr. and I live in Westerville, Ohio, USA.

My Great-great-grandfather was Samuel Andrews 1808 - 1875.

Samuel was a foreman at the Clark Shoe Company and his wife was Sarah Moll.

The house where they lived was known as \"Stone Hill\".

One of their sons, Joseph, was my Great-grandfather.

He also worked at Clark Shoe. His wife was Emma Leah Grover.

They emigrated to America in 1875.

My Grandfather, Albert was five years old at the time and settled in Bellevue, Ohio.

I am trying to complete my family tree. Is there still members of the Andrews family in Street? Is it possible access an online family tree?

Thank you,


The Grange looks good through the trees. Posted by Hello

The new walls being built in Clarks Village are using local lias. Posted by Hello

Street gardens - multum in parvo (much in a little space) Posted by Hello

Street gardens - minimalist style Posted by Hello

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Police latest

updateUpdate - Tuesday, 31 May 2005 13:50

A 20-year-old man from Coxley near Wells was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but has now been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Enquiries into the incident are now ongoing.

Police would like to thank the local community for their co-operation throughout the early stages of this incident.

A 20-year-old man from the Street area has now been released from hospital while another man, also believed to be aged 20 from the Street area, remains at the Bristol Royal Infirmary recovering from his injuries.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Western Daily Press on the shooting

Today's Western Daily Press has a rather different slant on the dead man, Gary Stone. As opposed to The Sun, the WDP says that he was "a previously hard-working, well-behaved young man who was consumed and altered by a passion for alcohol and violence."

The fullest account, including a statement from the Stone family, is here.

The BBC TV local news says that Daniel Barker has now been allowed home from hospital.

ChildrensFest Japanese Day: flying a kite

ChildrensFest Japanese Day: flying the kite she has made.

ChildrensFest Japanese Day: kites 2

ChildrensFest Japanese Day: making kites stage 2

ChildrensFest Japanese Day: kites 1

ChildrensFest Japanese Day: making kites, stage 1

ChildrensFest Japanese Day: Children's gathering

ChildrensFest Japanese Day: Gathering to hear about the next activity. Posted by Hello

ChildrensFest Japanese Day: Staff uniform

ChildrensFest Japanese Day: Staff uniform. Helpers this year are wearing easily recognisable teashirts.

ChildrensFest Japanese Day: origami birds

ChildrensFest Japanese Day: origami birds Posted by Hello

ChildrensFest Japanese Day: fish

ChildrensFest Japanese Day: fish.

A three-day children's event in Street Parish Church began today, as the climax to TrinityFest 2005 or TF2. Eighty children pre-registered for the festival, which is 'visiting' three different countries on the three mornings.

From The Scotsman

This account inspires more confidence than The Sun's. It also gives reactions of eyewitnesses.

3:51pm (UK)
Gunman Named by Villagers

By David Hughes, PA

A gunman who shot two people before turning the gun on himself was today named by residents of the village where he carried out the attack.

The man, named locally as 20-year-old Gary Stone, brought terror to Street, Somerset, with the shotgun attack.

His victims, Luke Simmonds, 21 and builder Daniel Barker, 20, were shot on the village High Street at 10.30pm on Friday night.

Mr Barker staggered into the nearby Street Inn pub, where drinkers gave him first aid.

Mr Simmonds, who was hit in the chest, collapsed in the street outside.

An hour later Stone's body was found several miles away at Croscombe together with a shotgun. Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with his death.

Nobody would talk about the shootings at Stone's family home in Launcherley, near Wells.

A woman who answered the door said: "The family has got no comment to make."

A 20-year-old man arrested in connection with the shootings in Street has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

The two injured men are being treated for gunshot wounds at Yeovil District Hospital.

Mr Barker's father Kevin said: "He is in a lot of pain but he was a bit fortunate because he was turning away and the shotgun blast hit him in the side. He is now in a stable condition.

"He works as a builder and is a fit young lad. A lot of his friends have been to the hospital to see him."

He said both his son and Mr Simmonds were over the worst of their injuries.

Eye-witness Luke Peters, 20, said he believed the shootings on Street High Street were a "random attack".

He said he recognised Stone as the man with the shotgun.

Mr Peters was walking down the High Street and saw Mr Barker talking to a friend and Mr Simmonds talking to a man in a car.

Landscape gardener Mr Peters said: "I think we were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"I was in a daze, I was thinking he was firing blanks. You don’t expect someone to have a gun in Street."

When the shooting started, Mr Peters said he hid in a hedge until he heard a car wheel-spin away from the scene.

Superintendent Peter Kelk from Avon and Somerset Police said officers were trying to establish the relationship between the injured men, the dead man and the man they had arrested, who are all local.

He said police believed this was an isolated incident and they were examining a "complex series of events" that led up to the shootings.

He said: "We would like to reassure residents and emphasise how peaceful an area this is. This is very unusual for rural Somerset."

The double shooting happened at about the time pubs were beginning to shut.

Mr Kelk said: "It was quite busy that time of night on the High Street, it was potentially a very dangerous situation."

Kevin Strange, 54, whose son runs the Street Inn, said: "It was all a bit of a shock. One man who was shot in the shoulder came into the pub and was helped by an off-duty nurse. We locked all the doors to keep the gunman out.

"It’s such a quiet little village you don't expect anything like this to happen at all. It was very lucky the nurse was in the pub."

The Sun on the shootings

Contrasting with the police site's restraint, The Sun has all the details of Friday night's shootings, with photos of the dead man and one of the wounded.

MANIAC Gary Stone, who shot two men in a quiet village, walked down the street bare-chested brandishing his double-barrelled shotgun and screaming: "Who wants to be f***ing next?"

Farm hand Stone, 20, opened fire at Daniel Barker and Luke Simmonds in front of scores of stunned drinkers outside a busy pub.

He was found dead a few miles away after turning his weapon on himself.

Stone, described as a "troublemaker who loved his gun," was drinking heavily before his Friday night rampage.

It is believed he had appeared in court on an assault charge earlier in the day and was looking for the men he was accused of attacking.

Stone confronted Luke, 21, and Daniel, 20, in the village of Street, Somerset.

He blasted removals man Luke in the chest before shooting builder Daniel in the shoulder.

Daniel staggered into the pub where drinkers gave him first aid.

Chip shop owner Mary Ryan, said: "I saw a young, bare-chested lad walking down the road swinging a 12-bore shotgun around and shouting, 'who wants to be f***ing next?'"

Luke was last night in a serious but stable condition in Yeovil District Hospital where Daniel was said to be stable.

Luke's mum Susan last night said her son was "in the wrong place at the wrong time".

She said: "All he can remember is looking round and seeing the gunman point a gun. It all seemed random.

"He didn't know him and he doesn't know why he was shot."

Daniel's dad Kevin said: "He was a bit fortunate because he was turning away and the shotgun blast hit him in the side."

Stone's body was found an hour after the shootings on the A371 at Croscombe. His shotgun was by his side.

A woman who yesterday answered the door at his family home in Launcherley, near Wells, said she had no comment.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Police update on the shootings

This is from the police web site:
Update - Sunday, 29 May 2005 8:36

The man arrested during the firearms incident in Street, on the 27th May was released on Police bail, late last night, pending further enquiries.

Gossip and speculation add the suggestion that the wounded men had given evidence against the person who shot them and then, allegedly, killed himself. We really shall have to await a fuller report in local and regional papers.

Feeding the Multitude

Feeding (some of) the multitude. Most of them were busy at the buffet indoors. Posted by Hello

Expert chefs

Some of the expert group of barbecue chefs outside the Rectory. Posted by Hello

The target

It's an inner - just! Posted by Hello

Teaching by example

David Collins pulls an imaginary full-size bow as he teaches a young archer at the barbecue. Posted by Hello

The Big Fish

A beautifully barbecued salmon is unwrapped and put on the dish to feed the hungry crowd. Adrian and Sarah MacConnaughie are chief fish chefs. Posted by Hello

Bowmen of England

Bowmen of England: After the TrinityFest Songs of Praise and Barbecue some younger church members tried their hand at archery under the expert eye of David Collins. Posted by Hello

I remember when this was green fields ... (5)

When the Houndwood development has taken place, and four million houses (or however many it is) are built on the site, it may be interesting to look back at the time before building began. Posted by Hello

I remember when this was green fields ... (4) Posted by Hello

I remember when this was green fields ... (3) Posted by Hello

I remember when this was green fields ... (2) Posted by Hello

I remember when this was green fields ... (1) Posted by Hello

Fish and chips and honeysuckle Posted by Hello