Sandbags used during Somerset floods counted up

Somerset County Gazette: Volunteers filling sandbags. Volunteers filling sandbags.

VOLUNTEERS from a church helped council staff fill 10,000 sandbags to protect homes from flooding.

Members of the Plymouth Brethren, which has a rapid response team, rolled their sleeves up at the DLO depot in Taunton.

Spokesman Tom Martin said: “Our team is there to help support emergency services in whatever way we can, providing food and drink or, in this case, filling sandbags.

“We have an enthusiastic young team and I think they filled about 1,500 bags through the day.”

Taunton Deane Council issued sandbags to private homes in imminent danger of flooding.

Last Wednesday (November 21), 2,653 sandbags were deployed, with 2,871 on Thursday, 1,795 on Friday, 1,843 on Saturday and 846 on Sunday.

Staff worked through Wednesday and Thursday night and until 4am on Sunday to get as many sandbags out as possible.

Council leader Cllr John Williams said: “This was one of the worst floods in living memory in Somerset and the West Country with torrential rain falling between Wednesday and Sunday.

“I can only say a very heartfelt thank you to our staff and to those volunteers who helped as well – that is what being part of the community means.”

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11:57am Fri 30 Nov 12

Open Brethren says...

This is very commendable but I wonder why they are seeking publicity about it ? O and a critical point missed in the article is that they are not Plymouth Brethren but they are the Exclusive Brethren led by Bruce Hales, trying to disguise themselves. To some this might be a pedantic point but the two groups are vastly different in the practice of their beliefs. The Exclusive Brethren separated from the Plymouth Brethren in 1848. I belong to Plymouth Brethren and we are nothing to do with this group. It is the Exclusive Brethren who are being challenged by the Charity Commission. It is the Excusive Brethren who are trying to confuse everyone about who they are.
This is very commendable but I wonder why they are seeking publicity about it ? O and a critical point missed in the article is that they are not Plymouth Brethren but they are the Exclusive Brethren led by Bruce Hales, trying to disguise themselves. To some this might be a pedantic point but the two groups are vastly different in the practice of their beliefs. The Exclusive Brethren separated from the Plymouth Brethren in 1848. I belong to Plymouth Brethren and we are nothing to do with this group. It is the Exclusive Brethren who are being challenged by the Charity Commission. It is the Excusive Brethren who are trying to confuse everyone about who they are. Open Brethren
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2:09pm Fri 30 Nov 12

localmcnocal says...

Why shouldnt they have been reconised publicly for their good work.
Why shouldnt they have been reconised publicly for their good work. localmcnocal
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11:12pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Vintage Gold says...

Good work lads, you are great guys. Dont take any notice of the' sour grapes' rubbish posted from the so called 'open type brethren' at 11.57am today - I doubt they even got out of bed that day! Why moan about good charitable works....I cant imagine they have ever done anything like what you lads did. What a pathetic thing to do - rubbish a great service to the flooded out people of Somerset. They should grow up and shut up, maybe they would sing a different song if their house was flooding!
Good work lads, you are great guys. Dont take any notice of the' sour grapes' rubbish posted from the so called 'open type brethren' at 11.57am today - I doubt they even got out of bed that day! Why moan about good charitable works....I cant imagine they have ever done anything like what you lads did. What a pathetic thing to do - rubbish a great service to the flooded out people of Somerset. They should grow up and shut up, maybe they would sing a different song if their house was flooding! Vintage Gold
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12:06am Sat 1 Dec 12

Open Brethren says...

"Vintage Gold", that’s a rather erroneous misleading statement isnt it. If you read my comments properly made at 11.57am, you will see that I didn’t have “sour grapes” or “moan about good Charitable works” or even “rubbish a great service”. I actually said what was done was commendable.

What I did ask was why the Exclusive Brethren are trying to disguise their identity by using the name Plymouth Brethren, a name that hasn’t been used by the EB since 1848, and why is the 1848 division which created the Exclusive Brethren and the Open Brethren not talked about on your new website ?
"Vintage Gold", that’s a rather erroneous misleading statement isnt it. If you read my comments properly made at 11.57am, you will see that I didn’t have “sour grapes” or “moan about good Charitable works” or even “rubbish a great service”. I actually said what was done was commendable. What I did ask was why the Exclusive Brethren are trying to disguise their identity by using the name Plymouth Brethren, a name that hasn’t been used by the EB since 1848, and why is the 1848 division which created the Exclusive Brethren and the Open Brethren not talked about on your new website ? Open Brethren
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10:40pm Sun 2 Dec 12

Vintage Gold says...

'Open brethren' I am confused. 25 years ago I worked for a Plymouth Brethren company; I proved them to be very honest and upright businessmen - a benefit to the local community in so many ways. If these brethren have a new website as you seem to suggest, please let me have the link as I would like to contact them again. I would like to know if any of the lads above are sons of my previous employer who also helped out in disasters like this. Do you have a website yourself?
'Open brethren' I am confused. 25 years ago I worked for a Plymouth Brethren company; I proved them to be very honest and upright businessmen - a benefit to the local community in so many ways. If these brethren have a new website as you seem to suggest, please let me have the link as I would like to contact them again. I would like to know if any of the lads above are sons of my previous employer who also helped out in disasters like this. Do you have a website yourself? Vintage Gold
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12:34pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Chuckee says...

www.plymouthbrethren
christianchurch.org

www.theplymouthbreth
ren.org
www.plymouthbrethren christianchurch.org www.theplymouthbreth ren.org Chuckee
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