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See the We have a Mobile Library Stop in Isle Brewers. Perhaps you are one of the 6 registered borrowers (see below).
The way Somerset County Council operates libraries and mobile libraries is about to change and a consultation document is accessible by following this link; and if you want to have your say about this, there is a questionnaire you can complete online.
Whereas some villages' Mobile Library Stops face closure in August 2015 (because the library stop is less than 3 miles from a library building), others, like Isle Brewers', 4.18 miles as the crow flies from the nearest library, do not face immediate closure.
In the table of 'Proposed impacts on Mobile Library visits based on criteria', I see that ours falls under category 5 - "Level of usage will be kept under regular review in future."
I do notice that we have only 6 registered borrowers, so next time you happen to see the Mobile library parked opposite the garage,why not enquire about registering as a borrower.
Just one thing - don't draw attention to the awful spelling error beautifully inscribed on the side of the van, as it's not there deliberately (as I thought when I asked the librarian) but was the fault of the sign writer.
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Isle Brewers will be commemorating the 370th anniversary of the Skirmish this July - watch this space
THE SKIRMISH AT ISLE MOORS, 9th July 1645
The skirmish that took place at Isle Moors on the day before the Battle of Langport played an important part in weakening both the Royalists' forces and their morale.
The following extract is from one of the standard works on the Battle of Langport -The Battle of Langport: a short historical account, by Graham Edwards, 1995, p.9-10 (available from the History Society).
"The fight at Isle Moors.
In the afternoon [of Wednesday 9th July 1645], hearing of a Royalist force at Isle Abbots, Massey divided his force and approached the area from two sides. He surprised George Porter's Royalist force, catching them quite unprepared, horses unsaddled and some men taking their ease in the meadows. The Royalists were completely routed and were pursued from Isle Moors almost to Langport itself. ...This disaster had important repercussions. Goring now realised that he had a strong enemy force at his rear west of the River Parrett, threatening encirclement and also his withdrawal route to Bridgwater. The morale of his cavalry was now at an even lower ebb than before."
A colourful account of the skirmish can be found in David Underdown's Somerset in the civil war and interregnum (1973) p.102
"Goring's strategy had collapsed, and his tactics now betrayed his desperation. On the morning of Tuesday the 8th he sent his bibulous brother-in-law, Lt-Gen Charles Porter, with most of the cavalry to make a thrust towards Taunton. Fairfax immediately sent Massey's brigade in pursuit. Some time the next day Porter's men were relaxing in the meadows of Isle Moor, some asleep, others bathing in the River Isle or strolling along its banks. The officers, as usual, were drinking, and no scouts had been sent out. The peaceful summer scene was ruined by the sudden arrival of Massey's force, who rounded up 500 startled prisoners and pursued the demoralised remnants across the moors. Goring brought new forces out of Langport to help them, but although he got some of the survivors across the Parrett to safety, he himself was slightly wounded and angrily blamed Porter for his negligence. The entire cavalry, Goring admitted, was 'very much shattered with the disorder that day'."
Langport & District History Society