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Hundreds back call to save High Street bank from axe Hundreds of people are backing a campaign to keep Keynsham’s NatWest bank open after the banking giant RBS revealed the town’s branch would be one of almost 260 nationwide to be axed next year. RBS announced the bank, in the High Street, would close

on June 4, saying the “difficult decision” had been taken as more and more people switched to internet banking. The branch has seen transactions fall by 34 per cent since 2012 with 70 customers visiting the bank per week, said a spokesperson, adding that there

were six posts at the branch and the firm was “working with our staff to consider their options”. However, Keynsham resident and town councillor David Biddleston is urging a rethink, saying the loss of face-to-face contact with their bank would Turn to Page 2

Quarter welcomes hospice’s team Staff at the Chocolate Quarter have welcomed the medical team from St Peter’s Hospice to their temporary base in Keynsham. Page 4

Pitches damaged in second attack Vandals have struck again at Manor Road playing fields in Keynsham, prompting the town council to look into fencing off the site. Page 6

Help redraw the political map Residents in Keynsham and Saltford are being asked for their views on plans to redraw the political map across Bath and North East Somerset. Page 12

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‘We shouldn’t take the loss of a vital service lying down’ From Page 1 affect many people. He said the decision should not be “taken lying down” and has launched a petition, which has so far been signed by more than 300 people online and has the backing of Keynsham Town Council. Mr Biddleston said: “It might well be the case that some of us do indeed bank online, but there are many Keynsham residents that cannot. At times, all of us need that face-to-face contact and this ought not mean a visit to a ‘remaining’ branch in Knowle West. “It certainly is not just our elderly residents that require face-to-face contact, many of our local businesses rely on the branch to deposit takings, we visit to arrange changes to accounts and mortgages, we rely on good managers with personal knowledge of the area that have understanding relationships with customers, and this list is by no means exhausted.” If the branch was to close, the nearest NatWest for Keynsham customers would be at Knowle – although no direct bus route is available, residents have pointed out. Comments on our Facebook page also questioned the decision to close a branch in a growing town like Keynsham. One user said: “I bet the majority of those 70 people [who visit the branch

per week] are older, who rely on the High Street bank. Seeing as Keynsham has a new residential home opening, surely the need will be increased.” Another added: “Three miles to Knowle doesn’t sound much but as far as I know there is no bus to Knowle from Keynsham so how will people with no car get there? “I think they will lose a lot of customers by shutting. With the current and proposed development in the town this seems like a short-sighted move. They should be canvassing for business not shutting up shop.” Keynsham Town Council voted in December to add its voice to calls to keep the branch open, writing to the CEO of the bank and making copies of the petition available to sign in the council offices in Temple Street. Town clerk Cheryl Scott said: “It’s not convenient for people to travel from Keynsham to Knowle. Contrary to the literature NatWest released, it is 5.6 miles by car and you can’t get there by public transport. We do not think they have taken into account the current and forecasted rate of population growth in Keynsham with the new developments nor the increase in business with some of the developments planned in the Pixash Lane area.

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Keynsham’s NatWest branch is due to close in June, RBS has announced Among the proposed closures “We feel that as a town locally are branches at Hanham, council residents would expect Chew Magna, Winterbourne, us to object, especially given the Chipping Sodbury and others in manner in which this is being Bristol. introduced without any type of The RBS spokesperson added: discussion with the community “We provide our customers at all.” with more ways to bank than RBS announced on December ever before – customers can 1 that in total it would be closing choose from a range of digital, 62 Royal Bank of Scotland face-to-face and local options. branches and 197 NatWest – with The way people bank with us the loss of 680 jobs nationally.

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“Since 2012 we have seen the way in which people use NatWest Keynsham branch change dramatically, with now 87 per cent of customers already banking in other ways locally. Transactions in NatWest Keynsham branch have reduced by 34 per cent since 2012 with now only 70 customers visiting the branch on a weekly basis. Sixty-one per cent of customers are now choosing to bank digitally with us on a regular basis instead. “We are communicating with our customers affected by the closure and proactively contacting vulnerable customers and regular branch users. “We have extended the time between announcing our decision and the branch closure to six months; this has been done so that we can ensure our customers have enough time to consider the right banking options for them and to give us time to support them one-to-one during the transition.” The online petition can be found at http://bit.ly/2oG1SUm

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Grandson son of Fry’s boss tours complex A man whose family founded Fry’s and moved their chocolate factory to Keynsham has visited the new £60 million development that has transformed the site. Cosmo Fry is the grandson of Cecil, who was the chairman of JS Fry and Sons from 1924 to 1952, overseeing the family business’s move from Bristol to Somerdale. On December 12, Mr Fry was given a tour of the Chocolate

Quarter the 1920s former factory buildings. The relationship between the Fry family and the Wills family, who founded St Monica Trust, dates back to the 19th century when they worked together on a campaign for a royal charter that led to the founding of Bristol University in 1909. During his tour, Mr Fry also visited the foundation stone bearing his family’s name, which he helped unveil last year.

Staff at the Chocolate Quarter have welcomed the medical team from St Peter’s Hospice to Keynsham. The charity has temporarily relocated its inpatient unit to St Monica Trust’s Charterhouse nursing home while its Brentry headquarters are completely rebuilt to create better facilities for patients and families. The charity expects to be at the Chocolate Quarter, at Somerdale, for 12 months, where its nurses and doctors will continue to provide specialist care. St Peter’s Hospice chief executive Simon Caraffi MBE said: “Relocating the inpatient unit to Charterhouse is allowing us to fulfil a long-held ambition to redevelop facilities and build a 21st-century hospice for Bristol. “St Monica Trust have leased us the space to help us rebuild and redesign the inpatient unit

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hospice team to the Quarter Medical staff from St Peter’s Hospice settle in at their temporary inpatient unit at Charterhouse care home

Charterhouse is a 93-bed care home that offers 24-hour care and is part of St Monica Trust’s

£60 million retirement village redevelopment of the former chocolate factory, which also

includes 136 apartments. David Williams, chief executive of St Monica Trust, said: “We are very glad to welcome the inpatient unit into the wonderful new facilities that we have created here at Charterhouse. “It has been a great opportunity to join together with another Bristol institution to help them to continue to provide an essential service for the local community.” Over the next 20 years St Peter’s Hospice’s redeveloped unit in Brentry is expected to support 6,250 patients and around 18,500 relatives and friends. The total cost of the project is £6.53m, and the hospice’s Room to Care Appeal aims to secure the final £1.53m during the next 12 months. To find out more about the charity’s appeal, visit roomtocare. co.uk or call 01275 391400.

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One arrest made after purse snatch Police investigating the theft of an elderly woman’s purse in a Keynsham shop say they have made a significant arrest. Officers released CCTV pictures of two women they wanted to trace following the incident in Iceland, Temple Street, on October 17. Keynshamvoice published the images in print and online, where they were viewed by more than 100,000 people on our Facebook page and police received several names as a result. One arrest has since been made, while another suspect has been identified. Police have thanked everyone who contacted them with information following the publication of the images.

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ASK THE VET with Keynsham Veterinary Centre The team from Co-op Funeralcare receive their awards from councillors Judith Cron and Clive Fricker

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f your pet has over-indulged this Christmas and is looking a little podgy, please remember that, like us, over time obesity in pets can lead to health issues such as heart and kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis and even some forms of cancer. As daunting as it can seem, weight loss doesn’t have to be difficult – here are some of our top tips to help your pet lose weight: l Regular exercise – don’t let the dark nights put you off. Even a quick walk around the block is better than nothing. If you can, take long leisurely walks at the weekend and play with your cat or rabbit to help keep their minds and their bodies active. l Weigh out your pet’s food – try not to guestimate how much food to give your pet, weigh it instead so you can monitor how much food they’re eating. l Use a weight loss food – there are many pet food diets that are proven to help your pet lose weight without them going hungry. Speak to a vet or nurse to find out which foods are most suitable for your pet. l Avoid “tit-bits” – human food is not for pets. Did you know that one biscuit for a medium-size dog is the equivalent to us eating a chocolate

Traders who brought some extra festive cheer to Keynsham town centre with themed window displays have been rewarded for their efforts. The overall winner of the annual competition organised by Keynsham Town Council to coincide with the Winter Festival was the display by Co-op Funeralcare. Polkadot and Cocoa Hair Salon were the Business Window runners-up. Charity shop window winner was Mind, with St Peter’s Hospice and Dorothy House runners-up. There was also an extra award for Best New Entry, which went to Kells Kitchen.

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Plan for fencing as pitches struck again bar? Keep food out of reach so they can’t be tempted to eat it when you’re not looking. Many high-fat foods, like butter and cheese, can lead to painful pancreatitis, and some human foods cannot be digested by animals. l Pet treats – there are plenty of treats available that are good for pets, which are low fat, low sugar and good for the teeth. Speak to a member of the team to see which treats we recommend. Book a free weight loss clinic with one of our veterinary nurses at Keynsham Veterinary Centre. The nurse will be able to tailor a diet and exercise plan to your pet and can schedule regular weigh-ins to monitor their progress. Call us on 0117 986 7700.

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Vandals have struck again at a public park in Keynsham, prompting the town council to look into fencing off the site ahead of a planned meeting on tackling rising antisocial behaviour. Two football pitches at Manor Road playing fields have been damaged by someone driving a vehicle across the ground on December 2, just weeks after a third pitch was targeted in the same way. The town council has contacted a specialist contractor to get the pitches repaired and back into use for the rest of the season while councillors also voted on December 12 to look into installing temporary fencing – with pedestrian access – to protect the site. At the same meeting, councillors also heard the Memorial Park bandstand had been damaged again and agreed to look at replacing the roof with more resistant material after

holes were cut in it with a sharp object in November. Measures have also been taken to restrict access to the roof, councillors were told. An appeal in December for a coordinated response to tackle a recent rise antisocial behaviour in the town prompted a number of residents and organisations including the police, Bath and North East Somerset Council officers and community groups to contact the town council and pledge their support. Town clerk Cheryl Scott said: “We will organise an initial meeting, in early January, and we are looking for the community to take over and decide how they would like to work together to find a solution.” A date has not yet been set for the meeting but will be publicised locally and online – anyone who would like to get involved can contact the council on 0117 986 8683.

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Extra time to have say on town’s future Residents are being invited to form “friends” groups for each of Keynsham’s parks to join a review of local play areas. As part of Keynsham’s Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), which gives residents more power over shaping the town’s future, improvements to the eight play areas will be looked at. Residents are already forming a group to support Manor Road play area and now the town council is looking for members of the community to join groups for Teviot Road, Park Road, Upper Memorial Park, Lower Memorial Park, Kelston Road, Holmoak Road and Downfields play areas. A spokesperson said: “One of the things we have promised Keynsham’s young residents is that we would take a closer look at the future and improvement of the play areas in our area. In order to get this moving, we would love to see each play area have its own ‘friends’ group,

and that each of these groups can be represented at the NDP Recreation and Leisure Topic Group meetings.” Meanwhile, the deadline for the public consultation on the NDP has been extended to January 19 with paper copies available from the town council office at 15-17 Temple Street and the online version still open via the NDP page at www.keynshamtc.gov.uk The spokesperson added: “We’ve had a very good response so far – more than 750 hard copies – but are keen to ensure everyone gets the chance to have their say about the future development of Keynsham. We are aware that some residences in Keynsham didn’t receive theirs until recently so we are keeping the consultation open until midJanuary. Everyone who either lives or works in Keynsham can fill in the survey and we would like to encourage you all to do so.”

As well as prompting discussion, the council says a number of people have asked why the issue of the authority’s precept – its share of each household’s council tax bill – is left until the end of the questionnaire. The spokesperson said that the main focus of the consultation was on how Keynsham should develop over the next 20 years in light of the planned increase in housing and to gather residents’ views. They added: “The final questions concern one possible action the town council ‘could’ take as a local government organisation in response to previous requests to provide further community facilities in Keynsham. “As you may be aware, the town council put in a bid for the fire station but was unsuccessful. Before the town council is given permission to draw down a public works loan from the

Department of Communities and Local Government, it has to have consulted with the residents on whether they would agree to an increase in precept to part-fund the loan repayments. “The town council could have sent round a separate survey on this issue, but decided to save costs by including it in the community consultation. It was placed at the end as it didn't want this particular topic to unduly influence any of the other responses.” Completed questionnaires can be handed in at the town council office, library, Community at 67, Keynsham Leisure Centre, Somerdale Pavilion reception area or in the Freepost envelope provided with delivered copies. To find out more about the NDP, consultation and play area review, or obtain a hard copy of the consultation, call the town council on 0117 986 8683, or email ndp@keynsham-tc.gov. uk

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CCTV image released after robbery in park Police are asking the public to help identify a man after a teenager was robbed in Keynsham Memorial Park. Officers have released a CCTV image taken from a nearby petrol station. The 17-year-old victim was talking to another young man in the park between 5.30pm and 6.45pm on Saturday, October 21, when the other man claimed to have a knife and demanded cash. No weapon was seen in the incident. The suspect is described as

of mixed race, about 6ft 3ins tall and of athletic build, with a moustache. The victim believed him to be aged around 17, but said he looked older. He was wearing a green jacket, black Nike fleece jogging bottoms and trainers. Anyone with any information that could help police inquiries is asked to get in touch online, at www.avonandsomerset.police. uk/contact, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5217240894. Alternatively ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Tricia rises to the Inca Trail challenge An adventurous Keynsham grandmother has completed a tough trek along the Inca Trail in memory of her husband Richard, raising thousands of pounds for research into the condition that claimed his life. Tricia Hembrough travelled to Peru and hiked at heights of up to 4,200 metres on her way to the famous Macchu Picchu citadel. Having already conquered Kilimanjaro and the Cotopaxi volcano, altitude sickness was Tricia’s major concern and she said she found breathing “really huff-and-puff” at times above 3,000 metres. There were also moments when the hikers had to climb on hands and knees and, as the oldest member of the group, Tricia said she felt she was entitled to feel a little more strain! Her most memorable moment was watching the sun rise through the Sun Gate before entering the cloud forest and

Tricia Hembrough at home and with fellow hikers at Macchu Picchu seeing a huge range of lizards, bees and butterflies. Tricia’s trek took place in what would have been her and husband Richard’s golden wedding anniversary year. Richard lived with Parkinson’s for 30 years and took part in experimental treatment for the condition. Richard was passionate about research into finding new treatments and, ultimately, a cure, said Tricia, whose trek has

raised £4,000 for Parkinson’s UK. A spokesperson for the Bath and District branch of the charity said: “Tricia wears her alpaca jacket which reminds her of the skills and traditions of the Inca way of life. She is now going back to her famous jam and pickle-making, which is sold on behalf of Parkinson’s UK Bath and District branch. Congratulations and well done, Tricia. We admire your courage, and feel privileged to have

you working so hard for the organisation.” Tricia says she isn’t hanging up her walking boots and would like to tackle Costa Rica’s coastto-coast hike as well as exploring the Grand Canyon on foot. Find out more about Parkinson’s UK at www. parkinsons.org.uk. Anyone in the Keynsham and Saltford area who would like to contact the local branch can call Hazel on 0117 336 0476.

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Somerdale Souls’ Barbara Thomson, centre, with Sue Mountstevens and nominator John Fricker

January, 2018 A woman who “puts her heart and soul” into tackling loneliness and isolation in the Keynsham area has been honoured with an award for her work in the community. Barbara Thomson founded Somerdale Souls social group in January 2016 to offer people activities and the chance to meet a host of friendly faces at Somerdale Pavilion once a month. Her efforts have had such an impact that she was nominated for the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Pride Awards by seven different people. Barbara said the nominations came as a surprise and she was delighted each of her supporters could attend the awards ceremony at Police and Fire Headquarters in Portishead on December 5. She said: “The whole reason my group is called Somerdale Souls is because I put my heart and soul into it. I just hope that more people now understand the issues I try to help, such as loneliness and homelessness.” Barbara was one of 16 “silent

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Kind soul Barbara is among the ‘silent stars’ honoured by police commissioner stars” honoured by PCC Sue Mountstevens at the event, a group which also included two volunteers from Keynsham’s Kelston Road community football project. Jake Derisz and Michael Robinson were nominated for their commitment to supporting the initiative, which offers free coaching to youngsters during the school holidays and is supported by the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund. The pair were nominated by Nick Dewfall, who runs the club and received his own Pride Award in 2016. They said: “It feels good to be recognised for doing something we love. Nick, our nominator, inspires both of us and we now both work in sport because of him. We will keep going with this and try to branch out to more communities.”

PCC Sue Mountstevens with Jake Derisz and Michael Robinson and nominator Nick Dewfall After the presentation of Pride Awards certificates and afternoon tea, the winners and their nominators, families and friends were taken on a tour of the Force Service Centre, where 101 and 999 calls are received. PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I consider it one of the best bits of my role, hosting the Pride Awards and hearing

more about how local people are going above and beyond in their communities. I am delighted that so many people have chosen to nominate these ‘silent stars’, all who go about their daily business with little or no recognition. “These awards highlight just some of the very special individuals we have living and working among us and their

exemplary efforts are hugely appreciated across Avon and Somerset. It’s important we take the time to celebrate these inspirational and selfless individuals, who work hard to help keep our communities safe and feeling safe.” PCC Pride Awards are presented every quarter and nominations are open year round. If you would like to nominate someone for a PCC Pride Award, visit www. avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/ Take-Part/PCCs-Pride-Awards. aspx Somerdale Souls has been gradually growing in size since January 2016 and people can pop in to meet others and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee on the last Wednesday of every month at Somerdale Pavilion from 10am to noon. Contact Somerdale Pavilion on 0117 986 5787.

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Voters asked for views as proposals to Residents in Keynsham and Saltford are being asked for their views on plans to redraw the political map across Bath and North East Somerset. As part of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s proposals, many voters in both communities would see changes that could affect the ward they live in and the councillors they vote for. The commission has unveiled proposals following public consultation that would see the number of B&NES councillors reduced from 65 to 59 and the number of council wards reduced by one to 36. A public consultation has begun and will run until February 19, with maps and the commission’s report available online and at council One-Stop Shops. Saltford would see one of the biggest shake-ups, with the ward expanding to cover a greater

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redraw political map unveiled area, taking in much of the current Farmborough ward to encompass Chewton Keynsham, Compton Dando, Queen Charlton and Corston, and the northern part of the current Bathavon West ward to include Newton St Loe. It would continue to be represented by two councillors. The commission’s report on its proposed changes said: “Respondents argued that Saltford should not be combined with Keynsham but with the parishes of Corston, Compton Dando and Newton St Loe. We agree that this combination would reflect the character of the area and local community connections.” Keynsham will retain its three wards, each represented by two councillors, but the boundaries between Keynsham North and Keynsham South will be shifted to balance out the number of voters in each, making Charlton Road and Sherwood Road the new dividing lines. Keynsham

Town Council ward boundaries will also be affected but the number of councillors will stay the same at 15. The aim of the boundary review is to tackle “electoral inequality” by balancing out the number of voters represented by each councillor, with the average being 2,257 voters per councillor under the proposals. Professor Colin Mellors, chair of the commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Bath and North East Somerset and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations. “Over the next eleven weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved. “Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in

council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live. “We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Bath and North East Somerset and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people. “We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole council area or just part of it.” To read the full report, view the maps and submit comments, visit www.lgbce.org.uk/currentreviews/south-west/somerset/ bath-and-north-east-somerset People can also send responses to The Review Officer (Bath and North East Somerset), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th floor, Millbank Tower, London, SW1P 4QP or by emailing reviews@lgbce.org.uk

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A half-a-million-pound traffic scheme to improve a busy junction used by many travelling to and from Keynsham has been completed. The congestion-busting project has seen carriageways at the Two Headed Man junction widened to two lanes to tackle queues caused by the previous single-lane design. Bath and North East Somerset Council said around 5,000 vehicles use the light-controlled junction every day. It connects the B3116 Wellsway/Burnett Hill road with the A39. Cllr Tim Warren, leader of B&NES Council, said: “The need to improve traffic on the A39, and at the Two Headed Man junction in particular, has been talked about locally for many years. These improvements form a key part of our wider plan to improve transport and tackle congestion across the B&NES area, and I would like to thank residents for their patience while work was being undertaken.”

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he buzz around Keynsham in recent weeks has been concerns over the rise in reported antisocial behaviour and other related offences. It was publicised quite heavily that concerned residents were going to attend the quarterly Connecting Communities meeting, which was held in The Space in the civic centre above the library. The main focus of the meeting was due to be about next year’s council budget, but with the publicity that had been gained the main focus at the start of the meeting was on local crime. I opened the meeting with my usual report, which compares crime figures from the previous year, looking at trends and the problemsolving measures that we are

putting in place. The policing team fielded questions from the floor but time ran away from us so we stayed to speak individuals about their issues. The feedback from the meeting has been positive and the town council is looking to have a dedicated meeting designed to get more of the public involved with no other agenda. Once I have details of this I will look to publicise them. The upshot has been that due to problem-solving measures that have been put in place we have been able to combat some of the issues. We have put out plain-clothed officers who have identified and detained offenders for various drug offences. We have also identified and dealt with some of our busiest antisocial behaviour offenders, which in turn has had a positive impact on our crime figures. n Our serious crime trend of robberies on the vulnerable is still occurring with another offence

against an elderly female that took place at around 10am on Friday, December 15. This occurred on the footpath between Keynsham’s main Tesco store and Culvers Road. If anyone has any information about this, then please either contact us on 101 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. The incident reference number is 5217286083. n I’d like to take the time to thank people who got in contact with us following the publication of CCTV showing two people suspected of a purse theft which occurred in Keynsham High Street. Following this we have made one significant arrest and have been able to identify another suspect who is currently being sought. n Around this time of year we publicise our drink-driving campaign Operation Tonic, which over recent years has evolved. Not only are we looking to identify drink drivers but also drug drivers. The second is, of course, much harder to get an obvious indicator

for, but we have recently received training enabling us to carry out roadside tests on drivers suspected of being under the influence of cannabis and cocaine. The courts have also identified the importance of this with the strong sentencing that they are imposing. I had a court result for an offender this month who was found to have been driving with cocaine in his system and he received a community order made for 12 months, he must carry out unpaid work for 150 hours within the next 12 months, pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £85, pay costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service and was disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for four years. For me, this highlights how seriously these offences are now being taken and the need for everyone who takes drugs to know what could happen and how it could affect your life for years. Pc James Evans 3803 Keynsham Beat Manager

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The Mendip Male Voice Choir performing at St John’s Church

Funds from choir triple bill helps two causes More than 200 people enjoyed a triple bill of choirs at a fundraising winter concert in Keynsham. Mendip Male Voice Choir was joined at St John’s Church by the Silver Ring Choir of Bath and Cantilena Young Singers on December 2 in a show hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Keynsham and Chelwood Bridge. The groups presented a mix of seasonal music, including carols that gave the audience the

chance to join in. The concert raised £1,800, which will be split between Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance and Children’s Hospice South West. A Rotary spokesperson said: “All gave great performances and Cantilena showed that there are some very good up-and-coming singers for the future. We are grateful to all who helped stage this event, including St John’s Parish Office and the Coventry Building Society.”

The highest number of new homes in more than two decades has been built in Bath and North East Somerset this year, the council has revealed. A total of 871 new properties has been built across the district in the 2016/17 financial year – the highest tally since B&NES was created in 1996 and much more than the yearly average of around 450. The majority of this year’s new homes are located on previously developed land (57 per cent), says the council, and 193 of them are affordable homes. Councillor Tim Warren, leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council, said one of the council’s top priorities was to deliver more local homes to both buy and rent. He added: “By building more new homes, particularly

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Nursery opens next door to secondary A new pre-school nursery is opening its doors in Keynsham in January in the grounds of Broadlands Academy. Broadlands Bears will cater for up to 30 children aged from 12 months to four years old and will be managed by Charlotte Miller, who has worked in a number of pre-schools, both private and local authority-run, for the past eight years. The nursery is in a selfcontained building to the side of the secondary school and was built following a proposal put together by Broadlands Academy. Charlotte Miller said: “My ambitions are to develop Broadlands Bears with the help of the fantastic team to provide personalised high-quality care and education for children under five.

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Early gift starts the festivities for Guides Rainbows, Brownies and Guides were delighted to be invited to Waitrose in Keynsham to collect a cheque from the Waitrose Community Matters scheme. Throughout October, Waitrose customers used their green tokens to vote for Saltford District Guides to receive a portion of the £1,000 sum available. Thank you very much to Waitrose and its customers for supporting Girlguiding in Saltford, the money will be used for vital repairs to their premises in Saltford. n 2nd Saltford Guides had an excellent time marshalling the Saltford Santa Dash on December 3. If you didn’t see our Christmas hats and our new personalised hi-vis jackets donated by Avon and Somerset Police, you will have certainly heard us! Guides did an excellent job of guiding the mini Santas towards the snacks and drinks at the end of the children’s race, followed by litter-picking the grounds, and some incredibly energetic cheering on the finishing straight of the five-mile race! Thank you so much to the Santa Dash organisers for allowing the girls to be involved. n 1st Saltford Guides have enjoyed a fantastic Christmasthemed sleepover at the Guide hut in Saltford, while 2nd Saltford Guides ventured to Bitton for a Thanksgivingthemed weekend away. Among many challenges and games, the girls assumed the role of

Rainbows meet Father Christmas, above; Guides marshalling at Saltford Santa Dash and collecting their Community Matters donation from Waitrose Keynsham, below

Pilgrims arriving in the New World. A great time was had by all. n 1st Saltford Brownies had a wonderful day out on the Santa Special at Avon Valley Railway, meeting Father Christmas and enjoying a walk along the railway path afterwards. 2nd Saltford

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Grant for pre-school Children at a Keynsham nursery are enjoying the great outdoors more thanks to a newly resurfaced play area, above. Staff at 3-2-4 Pre-School have said a big thank you to Tesco Keynsham and its customers after they received a donation of £5,000 towards the project as part of the store’s Bags of Help scheme. A spokesperson said: “We extend our sincere thanks to the public for voting for us in the ‘Blue Coin’ challenge – we are truly grateful, as are the parents and children. This has made a massive difference to the children’s outdoor playtime, with all of the children benefiting from a safer environment to play.”

Congratulations to all who took part in the recent Wansdyke District Cub Archery competition. More than 25 Cubs from all of the Cub packs in the area battled their way to the finals at Keynsham Scout HQ, where Keynsham Packs Chiltern, Cotswold and Quantock were all represented. We’d like to say a huge thank you to the leaders who have become qualified instructors to bring this activity to the young people.

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You might say it was the “icing on the cake” as Chiltern Cubs skated and slid their way around on the new Glice rink at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park. A fabulous time was had by all. Over the last 12 months, behind the scenes the management and staff at Avon Valley have been

Cubs and Scouts put their skills into practice to make decorations quietly supporting Scouting in Keynsham, working in partnership with the Scout leader team to bring adventure and activity to our young people. Rafting, kayaking and canoeing are just three examples plus, of course, animal-centred activities. Thank you so much to all at Avon Valley, but especially to Emily for providing the opportunities.

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International opportunities on the horizon In February’s Keynshamvoice we will be sharing news about some exciting international

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Take a journey into world of imagination Families in and around Keynsham are being invited to buckle up and enjoy “globe-trotting” show George and the Flight of the Imaginees after Christmas. Award-winning family theatre group Brave Bold Drama will be exploring just how far imagination can take you in their next production at The Space on December 30. George imagines everything from prehistoric beasts to mythical creatures in the confines of his bedroom – but then he is called on to use his powers to protect the Ancient Spirits of the Imaginees. With illuminations and original music, the show is suitable for ages four and up and will start at 2pm. Tickets, priced at £7.50 per adult and £5.50 per child, are available from the Box Office on 01225 477442 or at www.tickets ignite.com Brave Bold Drama has previously performed Hansel and Gretel, Alf the Highwayman and Peter Pan at The Space.

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LETTERS Can you support a Chernobyl child? Can you help? Could you make a difference to the life of a Chernobyl child? We are appealing for two host families to help us next summer (2018). Do you remember the Chernobyl disaster back in April 1986? The population of Belarus can never forget. They will be forever affected by the legacy of the world’s worst nuclear disaster – the radioactive fallout was nearly 400 times greater than the bombs dropped in 1945 on Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. The World Health Organisation has classified 500,000 of the children in Belarus as being “at risk” or, put another way, only six per cent are considered healthy. The Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity was established by Victor Mizzi OBE in 1992. Building on his example, we are

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KEYNSHAM IN BLOOM

Creative year ahead for Bloom The team behind Keynsham in Bloom are brimming with ideas for creative projects that will not only make the town look great but will also provide plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved – and don’t throw away your plastic bottle tops! Chair Denise James explains Wow – what an incredible year it has been for Keynsham in Bloom. A Gold for the fourth consecutive year, and two additional awards for our railway station garden and the Great Floral Bike Trail.

Looking ahead to new projects and ideas, we hope that 2018 will be even better. We are looking to get even more creative, working with budding local artists and asking for everyone to start collecting plastic bottle tops. The idea is that they will be transformed by community and young people’s groups and schools into pieces of artwork that can be put on display for the RHS judges’ visit in July. We saw the wonderful artwork that Portishead in Bloom had created and thought it was a great idea we could recreate here in Keynsham. Our Floral Bike Trail attracted so much community involvement and we are looking to create a scarecrow trail next year and hope that everyone will enjoy taking part in this as much as the bike trail. We recently met with Severnside Community Railway Partnership and they have

Some of Portishead in Bloom’s bottle top artwork

Keynsham in Bloom’s tree at Keynsham Christmas Tree Festival, left; detail from the tree, below right; Portishead in Bloom’s bottle top art put forward a number of new projects for next year, including working with our local Scouts and Guides on a recently introduced Railway Safety Badge, as well as edible planting displays and strawberry cream teas, all of which sound really exciting. Volunteers helped to decorate our tree for the Keynsham Christmas Tree Festival and we were invited to say a few words on the work of Keynsham in Bloom during the Sunday service. It was lovely to see so many groups coming together and decorating their themed trees. Our plea for help in Keynshamvoice in our December

article was successful and we had a number of people contact us to find out about getting involved. Our stall at the Winter Festival also attracted volunteers who would like to join our gardening projects. So, looking at the projects we have planned for next year, I’m sure we will all be very active. I would like to finish by thanking all our Keynsham in Bloom volunteers and everyone, along with our sponsors, who has helped and contributed to our success this year a happy new year. We are looking forward to prosperous and creative 2018.

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n NEWS by Transition Keynsham Patrick Holden, founder of the Sustainable Food Trust, and Ped Asgarian of the Community Farm spoke to an enthusiastic audience about how we can eat sustainably for our health and the health of the planet on Wednesday, December 6, at The Space, Ped explained how the Community Farm was set up to help people connect with their food and understand where and how it grows, offering volunteer days as well as their popular veg boxes. Patrick’s talk was a passionate argument for a less industrialised kind of farming. He advocates smaller farms, mixing arable and livestock, with crop rotation at their heart. These farms support the local community economically, and use fewer pesticides and fertilisers, which is better for our soils and the wider environment, he argued. Crucially, he explained that although our intensive farming system produces cheaper food, we aren’t paying for the true

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Patrick Holden and Ped Asgarian at The Space cost of the damage it does. The Sustainable Food Trust estimates that the true cost of cheap food is an extra £1 per £1 spent. We’re not picking that bill up

at the checkout, but the NHS is paying for it, in treating the huge increase in diet-related diseases like obesity and diabetes, he said. We’re lucky that locally we’ve

a number of great food suppliers, a number of whom were at the talk, offering tasters. We tried foods from G&D Free, Somerset Local Foods Direct, Fresh Range and Temple Street Canteen (using veg from the Community Farm). The local Fairtrade Group kindly supplied the drinks. Our take-away messages from Patrick and Ped’s talks are that we can buy our food locally, eating food that’s grown by people in our community. If we know our food producers we understand what methods have been used to produce our food. We’re also supporting our local economy. Supermarkets provide us with products we need – but we could change the way we shop in them, by purchasing brands that are traceably organic and/ or local.

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Challenges to start year on right foot

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Two challenges set by the Forever Friends Appeal will be the ideal motivation for anyone who has made getting more active their new year’s resolution. The charity, which raises funds for Bath’s hospitals, is urging people across the area to grab their walking boots in 2018 for two fundraising events. The first is a walking marathon along the Kennet and Avon Canal on Saturday, May 12, which will see walkers waved off on the 26.2-mile route from Bishops Cannings near Devizes by Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis. For those who want a shorter walk, there is also a 10-mile option from Bradford on Avon. Registration is £20 and last year the event raised £130,000 for a range of departments as well as the charity’s major Cancer Care centre and RNHRD and Therapies Centre campaign. The second challenge will take walkers much further afield, trekking the Grand Canyon over eight days and camping out under the stars. Departing on September 8, the trek will explore the Grand Canyon as well as Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon. Anyone who wants to find out more can come along to the Trek Information Evening on Tuesday, January 23, at 6.30pm at the RUH, when there will be a Q&A session with the walk leader and the charity. To find out more about either of these events, visit www. foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk or call the Events Office on 01225 821535.

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KEYNSHAM AND SALTFORD LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY Keynsham Abbey

At December’s meeting, society members heard archaeologist Verity Anthony give a detailed description of what is known of the buildings that comprised Keynsham Abbey, a large and impressive complex that dominated the town until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. Built around 1167, the abbey’s principal buildings were built to the highest standards. When they were dissolved, some similar buildings in remote locations decayed only gradually but, due to its proximity to Bristol, Keynsham was rapidly stripped of its bells and lead roofing, exposing the structure to the elements. The buildings were sold to Sir Thomas Bridges and passed to his descendants. They used some of the stone to build a mansion on the site and some to rebuild the tower of St John’s, but the rest soon disappeared to be reused around the village and further afield. Paradoxically, the most intricate and beautiful pieces of carved stone were the least valuable, as they could not easily be reused, so when the whole site was finally levelled and cleared in the 1770s quite a number of them remained buried among the rubble and accumulated detritus. When the villas along Abbey Park were built in Victorian times, little attention was paid to the stonework and tiled floors that were disturbed and destroyed, although some pieces found their way into gardens and rockeries. A report was written in 1875 but it was of limited value to later researchers. However, it was in this part of the abbey that one of the most interesting features was sited:

Remains of Keynsham Abbey today, left; below, two carved ceiling bosses and a scallop shell pilgrim badge from Spain

the tomb of Sir Jasper Tudor. Keynsham Abbey was of very high standing and before he died in 1495 Sir Jasper, uncle of Henry VII, specified that he should be buried in the abbey. Jasper Tudor was a key figure in Tudor history, although not well known today – we will write about him in a future issue. It was the construction of the Keynsham bypass in the 1960s that prompted the first extensive archaeological work on the site. Remarkable as it seems today, this was undertaken entirely by amateurs, following the earthmovers to record, measure and salvage what they

could. Some of the finds were of outstanding quality, one of the finest being the ceiling boss showing Samson subduing the lion: this was one of the pieces taken on a tour of museums across the world and was later adopted as the society’s logo. Another was a unique scallop shell badge, painted and pierced so it could be worn on a cord around the neck; this was found with a skeleton and marked the wearer as someone who had been on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. These finds, including a large collection of high-quality medieval tiles, are today mainly in the care of the B&NES Archaeology Service,

with some pieces and specimens of the tiles on display in Keynsham Library. Overall, very little of Keynsham Abbey has survived, but the evening drew attention to the excellent work of the 1960s archaeologists and the importance of conserving the relics that they saved from the bulldozers.

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Museum to reopen doors on factory life An exhibition chronicling the dramatic changes at the former Fry’s factory at Somerdale since chocolate production ended in March 2011 is the latest to feature at Frenchay Village Museum. Somerdale – Then and Now has been put together by a number of ex-Somerdale employees and will run at the museum until just before Easter. Cecil Fry, of the Grove, Frenchay, became chairman of Fry’s in 1924 when his father Roderick retired. Work on moving the Bristol factories to Keynsham had already begun when Cecil took over, and he laid the foundation stone of the office block at Somerdale in 1932. The ceremonial mason’s tools that Cecil used are now housed in Frenchay Village Museum. Following the closure of the Somerdale chocolate factory

Cecil Fry became the chairman of Fry’s in 1924 – the ceremonial tools he used to lay the foundation stone are housed in Frenchay Village Museum in 2011, the three original factory blocks were acquired by St Monica Trust to create retirement living community the Chocolate Quarter. In January 2016 Cecil’s grandson Cosmo Fry used the same ceremonial mason’s tools

to lay the foundation stone of the new St Monica’s facility. Although the exhibition will run for several months, a special event is planned for Sunday, January 28, when there’s a chance to meet some former Fry’s staff who promise to have a

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BOOKS OF THE MONTH with Judith Thomas from Keynsham Library Adult Fiction

Bring on the Blacks by Desmond Ward A copy of this book was kindly donated to Keynsham Library by the author himself. Using local knowledge and set against the racial discrimination of the 1960s, the author has written a story set among the bus workers of the Bristol Omnibus Company. It is 1963 and Bristol Omnibus Company is operating a colour bar and refusing to hire any West Indian or Asian drivers or conductors. There is a boycott and many demonstrations and marches in Bristol city centre. We meet Dabber, a young Bristolian conductor, and his girlfriend Melody, who is an activist in her own right; Ratso, a bus driver who has very strong views on the West Indian and Asian drivers and the numerous passengers that fill the buses throughout a busy drive through Bristol. The drivers are short-staffed and are met with antagonism from locals on their routes. As the protest continues, will the bus company ever change its rules? This is a good read about a part of Bristol’s history and very thought provoking, and there are many local references, from streets to pubs. An enjoyable read! The Muse by Jessie Burton From the author of The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton has created another gripping story. Initially set in 1967, we meet Odelle Bastien as she starts her job as a typist in a

London gallery with a very glamorous boss – Marjorie Quick. Marjorie soon unlocks a real future for Odelle. Then one day a mysterious lost masterpiece arrives at the gallery and Marjorie appears to know more about it than she lets on. Ever resourceful, Odelle is determined to find out more. Then the story switches to 1936 where we meet a very artistic family living in rural Spain – enjoying the sun, oranges and a nearby olive grove. The head of the family is a renowned art dealer, Harold Schloss, his wife is Sarah and Olive is their daughter, who in secret is an aspiring artist in her own right. Enter two strangers who overturn the Schlosses’ Mediterranean idyll with explosive results. As you continue with the book, you realise that these two stories are linked and this makes for a very interesting read – a real pageturner.

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Flat Belly Diet for Men by Liz Vaccariello Here is a book to help those of us who may have over-indulged over the festive period and feel that the new year is a time to start to think about losing those extra pounds. This book targets that male paunch

with gusto! It begins with the science section and explains which fats are good and which are bad. It then describes a four-day flat abs kickstart menu/shopping list, followed, of course, by an exercise plan, which appears quite straight forward. There is also an excellent recipe section with mouth-watering menu options such as almond, blueberry and brown sugar porridge; grilled chicken and cherry tomato pasta salad or dark chocolate pudding. These will definitely fill you up and boost your energy while trying to lose that weight.

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Dreamology by Lucy Keating During the day Alice is your typical everyday teenager, but while she sleeps, she delves into the realms of fantasy and imagination. One night she is starring in her very own cartoon adventure, the next she’s on a tour of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. What sets these dreams apart is her companion. Max has always been there during her nocturnal adventures, and over the years Alice has fallen for him and fallen hard. When she moves to a new town and a new school, Alice has to face not only the challenges of a new school, but a certain boy called Max, her Max. Is he real or is this all in Alice’s head? After all, it’s not every day you meet the boy of your dreams… Reviewed by Emilie Bioud, Keynsham Library assistant

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Ruby Redfort: Blink and you Die by Lauren Child This is the latest and final book in the very popular Ruby Redfort series. Ruby Redfort is no ordinary 13-year old – she is in fact an undercover agent. She is a codebreaking genius, gets into physical scrapes and even jumps out of planes. In this adventure Ruby is running scared – a group of people want her dead and, worst of all, one of them is on her own team! This is an exhilarating read and perfect for anyone who has been an avid Ruby Redfort fan, with a few surprises in store and a great finish to the series.

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l We are currently looking for volunteers to help at our popular Baby Bounce and Rhyme sessions on Tuesdays. If anyone is interested, please can you email lorraine_ corbishbly@bathnes.gov.uk. Baby Bounce and Rhyme is a chance for families to sing along to their favourite rhymes every Tuesday at Keynsham Library: Session 1 is held from 10am to10.30am and Session 2 at 11am to 11.30am l Come and listen to stories and rhymes at Story Time every Thursday during term time at Keynsham Library from 10am to 10.30am. l Saturday Craft sessions are held in Keynsham Library children’s area from 10.30am to 11.30am.

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ransition Keynsham wishes our community a very happy new year. We’re looking forward to what 2018 will bring. We were delighted by the success of the talk we helped put on in December, with Patrick Holden and Ped Asgarian explaining how we can eat sustainably for our health and the health of the planet. We’ll be working together with other local groups to put on more events on sustainability, climate change and the environment. Our Energy Group’s Community Energy Company will be offering shares in a local renewable energy scheme (rooftop solar) in early 2018. We’ll be prioritising local investors, and any profit we make will be ploughed back into energy saving schemes in Keynsham – specifically to alleviate fuel poverty. Our Dig In days at the veg plot in the park will continue. We extend a warm welcome to anyone who’d like to get fresh air and exercise and meet our friendly bunch of gardeners. Just pop along

Jogging and gardening have the benefits of keeping you fit and connecting you with nature on the first Saturday of the month at 10.30am. After all the indulgence of Christmas many people’s thoughts turn to exercise. Gardening’s a great way to do that. But there are other ways of getting fit. Here are a few suggestions, that – unlike the gym – get you out in nature too. Friends of Manor Road Community Woodland have

volunteer days, with all sort of physical tasks from cutting back brambles to repairing dry stone walls. Avon Wildlife Trust’s Keynsham branch offers walks and other outdoor activities as well as its very popular monthly talks. Walkers are Welcome also offer regular walks in the local area. Keynsham is a great place to go running or jogging. There are

running groups (Fry Club Runners and This Mum Runs Keynsham for starters), but you don’t need a group to get going. The NHS’s very popular Couch to 5K podcasts are an amazing way to get you started. That’s just a flavour of what’s on in Keynsham – the Voice, local noticeboards and Facebook have lots more ideas! http://transitionkeynsham.org/

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Tree festival proves to be a hit once again Hundreds of people once again made their way through the doors of St John’s Church in Keynsham for an early dose of festive spirit. Almost 60 local groups once again put their creative skills to the test to decorate Christmas trees to reflect their activities. From lollipop stick stars and handmade bees to sugarcraft snowflakes, there were plenty of original designs to admire. Visitors were also treated to a range of live entertainment during the festival, from December 8 to 10, including carols from Phoenix Youth Theatre and St John’s Choir, a jazz band, organ and piano recitals and recorder players from local primary schools. All money raised over the weekend will go to church funds and organisers also thanked St Monica Trust, Broadleaze Nursery, B&Q, Tesco, Waitrose and Greggs for their support.

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n WHAT’S ON December 21

n Singer-songwriter Becky Evans performs at Grounded, Keynsham High Street, from 7.30pm.

December 22

n Keynsham Comedy Club Christmas Special with Sally Anne Hayward, Pierre Hollins and Paul Tonkinson at The Space, 7.30pm, Tickets £11 (over-18s only) from https://keynshamtickets. cloudvenue.co.uk – bring a selection box to donate!

December 26

n Bristol Morris Men perform the historic Keynsham Mummers Play for the 40th year. Catch performances at St John the Baptist Church at 11am, at the clock tower in Market Walk at 11.30am and at the New Inn at noon.

December 30

n Brave Bold Drama presents family theatre show George and the Flight of the Imaginees at The Space, Keynsham, at 2pm. Tickets £7.50 adults, £5.50 children from 01225 477442 or www.ticketsignite. com. For ages 4+.

January 2

n Badminton Taster – a new year resolution! Get back in shape, meet people and have fun. No experience necessary. Drop into our pay and play, mixed badminton taster session for adults aged 18 to 80. Informal and friendly. Beginners on court 1, previous players and regulars on courts 2,3,4. 10am to noon, Keynsham Leisure Centre. £2.40. Rackets available. Just turn up or ring Clive on 0117 986 6793.

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be at the museum on January 28, with a ‘sweet surprise’.

January 7

n Sunday afternoon tea for those who would like some good company and a chat over a cuppa, Saltford Hall, 2-4pm.

January 9

n St Keyna Townswomen’s Guild welcomes speakers Tim Lewis and Sheila Furneaux, who will give a talk titled Around the World in 80 Days. The meeting is at the Fear Hall, Keynsham between 9.45am and 11.45am. n Badminton Taster – a new year resolution! Get back in shape, meet people and have fun. No experience necessary. Drop into our pay and play, mixed badminton taster session for adults aged 18 to 80. Informal and friendly. Beginners on court 1, previous players and regulars on courts 2,3,4. 10am to noon, Keynsham Leisure Centre. £2.40. Rackets available. Just turn up or ring Clive on 0117 986 6793. n Keynsham Walkers are Welcome organisers’ meeting at the Manor House Hotel, 6pm. Anyone interested is welcome to join us.

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n Nationally acclaimed play Don’t Leave Me Now comes to Keynsham Baptist Church in association with Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance, with performances at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. The play explores the impact of early onset dementia on family life and is by award-winning playwright Brian Daniels. Admission is free and tea/ coffee and biscuits will be available.

n Keynsham Film Works screens Night of the Hunter (12), a chilling 1955 film noir directed by Charles Laughton and starring Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters. Doors at The Space, Market Walk, Keynsham open at 7.15pm for 7.45pm start, bar available. Tickets £5 on the door for non-members, membership £30 for the 2017-18 season.

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n Keynsham Farmers’ Market, Market Walk, 9am to 1pm. Range of stalls selling local products. Visit www.somersetfarmersmarkets. co.uk for more information.

n Somerdale – Then and Now exhibition is at Frenchay Village Museum, Begbrook Road, BS16 1SZ, until Easter. It is open Saturdays and Sundays from 2-5pm, and Wednesdays 1-4pm. Entry is free. Former Fry’s staff will

n Keynsham Group, Avon Wildlife Trust hosts ‘The Swift – a Life on the Wing’ with Peter Bright, 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, BS31 1DS. Adults £2.50, £1 for under-16s. Refreshments, sales of secondhand books, bird food and seasonal items.

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History Society, illustrated talk by Peter Malpass on Homes of the Poor in Victorian Bristol, 7.30pm. St Dunstan’s Catholic Church Hall, Bristol Road, Keynsham. Visitors £4.

January 19

n Saltford Community Cinema screens Gifted (12A) starring Chris Evans and McKenna Grace, at Saltford Hall. Doors 6.45pm, screening 7.30pm, tickets £5. Bar and ice cream available. n Community Barn Dance at the Royal British Legion Club, Charlton Road, hosted by FGB Keynsham in aid of Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance. Music from Jig Mad Wolf, buffet by Cafe Creme, doors 7.30pm, tickets £17.50 to include supper from https:// keynshamtickets.cloudvenue.co.uk/ or call 0117 986 8683.

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n Keynsham Walkers are Welcome lead a circular five-mile walk to Saltford, meet at the Memorial Park cafe at 10am. Details at e-voice.org. uk/keynshamwalkersarewelcome/

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Walk, Keynsham open at 7.15pm for 7.45pm start, bar available. Tickets £5 on the door for nonmembers, membership £30 for the 2017-18 season.

n Antiques and Collectors’ Fair, Saltford Hall, 10am to 3pm, £1 admission, accompanied under-16s free. Refreshments available from the cafe. Details on 07835 300965.

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n Join Keynsham Wombles’ new year Big Womble as the volunteers tackle litter around the Wellsway School area, 11am to 1pm. More details from Erica at womble@ transitionkeynsham.org or on 0771 341 7974.

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n Saltford Panto Club presents Dick Whittington: Saviour of Old London Town at 7.15pm on January 31, February 1, February 2 and February 3, with matinee performances at 2.15pm on February 3 and 4. Tickets £9, child £7, concessions £7, family £25. Booking form available from Facebook at The Saltford Panto Club or visit Saltford Hall on Sundays from 2pm to 4pm.

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n Keynsham Film Works screens Frantz (12), a touching story set in 1919 involving a German war widow and a mysterious French stranger. This is a change from the advertised film My Friend From the Park. Doors at The Space, Market

n Sunday afternoon tea for those who would like some good company and a chat over a cuppa, Saltford Hall, 2-4pm.

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n Why not drop into Victoria Methodist Church on the High Street for a coffee or tea break, where you will receive a warm welcome. We are open every morning, Monday to Saturday, from 10am to noon. Pop in – we would love to see you.

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n Cardio Fit is a 45-minute, high-energy aerobics session at St Mary’s Church Hall, Saltford, 7.40pm. £5 per class, or 10 classes for £40. Check @CardioFit page on Facebook or contact Hannah on 07903367887 for further information. n Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society holds an illustrated talk on a topic of local interest at 7.30pm, usually on the third Monday of each month from October to April. The venue is St Dunstan’s Catholic Church Hall, Bristol Road, Keynsham. Admission

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n A new WI for Saltford. Come and find out what WI can offer. Enjoy friendship, activities, talks outings and much more. We look forward to meeting you on the third Monday of the month at 10am in the Avon Room at Saltford Hall. Call Maureen on 0117 937 4108. n Our woodworking group is an informal group of mostly retired people with a common interest in woodworking. We meet every Monday evening during term time at Wellsway School from 5-7.30pm. If you have a personal project or just want to give it a go or to develop your skills with help from colleagues, new members are welcome. Call Dave Vickery on 0117 986 8331. n Art class at 10am in the Fear Hall, Keynsham. Small friendly group with experienced teacher. Call 07784 839781 for details. n Beginners’ Pilates for back and core strength, 6-6.45pm, Broadlands Academy, St Francis Road, Keynsham (term time). Contact Sandhya on 07789 880415, at yogakeynsham@gmail.com or visit www.yogakeynsham.com n Improvers’ Yoga, 6.55- 7.55pm, Broadlands Academy, St Francis Road, Keynsham (term time). Contact Sandhya on 07789 880415, at yogakeynsham@gmail.com or visit www.yogakeynsham.com n Kettlercise class with instructor Mike Spiring, Mendip Hall at Wellsway School, 8-9pm. Kettlebell supplied for first month, sessions £5. See kettlercisekeynsham on Facebook or visit inspiringu.biz or call 07954 146851. n Short mat bowls. Learn to play with a really friendly mixed club at The Fear Hall, High Street Keynsham on Mondays, 1.30 to 4pm. September to May. Everyone welcome. Ring Alma on 0117 986 4014 or just turn up. n Keynsham Methodist Church Victoria Women’s Guild. We are a friendly group of older ladies who enjoy the fellowship of like-minded people, a relaxed programme of talks, fun, quizzes, and occasionally lunch or tea together. Our regular Monday afternoon meetings always finish with a welcome chat

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over a cup of tea. Any ladies who are interested will be warmly welcomed. The Fellowship Room, Key Centre, Victoria Centre, Keynsham Methodist Church. For details, call at the Church Office or phone 0117 914 9408. n Keynsham and District Lions Club meets the second Monday of every month, 7pm to 7.30pm at Saltford Hall. The group undertakes fundraising for various causes locally, nationally and internationally and supports community events. New members are welcome, Call 0117 9609446 or visit www.keynshamlions.org. uk. n Key Voices, Keynsham’s friendly community singing group, meets at St Dunstan’s Church, Bristol Road. New members welcome, rehearsals start at 7.30pm, £4.50 per session. Choir leader Ben Collings is an ex-music student from Bath Spa University. Call Roy on 0117 949 8587 for information. n Keynsham Creative Writers meet at Keynsham Baptist Church on the second and fourth Monday of the month, from 2.30-4pm. We are a small, friendly group and welcome new members of all abilities. For more information contact George on 0117 914 8654 or george. liddell@blueyonder.co.uk. n ChoirJam pop choir meets on Mondays, 7.30-9pm, at Somerdale Pavilion, Cross Road, Keynsham BS31 2FW. We sing everything from Fleetwood Mac to Adele and have a lot of fun doing it! Adults of all ages are welcome to join. We’re a friendly bunch and there’s no audition or experience necessary – you just need to be enthusiastic and to love singing. To book a free taster session, contact Emma Hutchinson on 07793 983040, email emma@choirjam.co.uk or visit www.choirjam.co.uk. n Badminton. Come and join a friendly, mixed adult group, young and old, who play badminton from 10 to noon at Keynsham Leisure Centre, £2.40 per person. Just come along and have some fun. n Saltford Scrabble Club meets in Saltford Hall every Monday (except bank holidays), 7-9pm. Playing for fun – all abilities. £2 per night, includes a drink. Call 01225 874259.

n Keynsham Wellbeing Walks with Age UK B&NES take place every Monday morning in Keynsham. To take part, call 01225 484510 or email active@ageukbanes.co.uk n Keynsham Bridge Club is a friendly local club which meets every Monday evening, 7pm, at the Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham. We play Duplicate Bridge in a relaxed and friendly environment, and would welcome new members who have just learned to play bridge, and others looking to improve their skills and enjoy an evening of bridge. Contact Pauline or Robert on 0117 985 8495. n 50+ Light and Easy Exercise classes would welcome new members to their group. Fun, friendly and social class on Mondays, 10-11am, at Keynsham Methodist Church, Key Centre. Cost £4 per session. Call Jenny for details on 0117 961 3327. n The Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion Keynsham would be delighted to welcome new members. They meet upstairs at the RBL Club on the first Monday of each month, 7.30pm. Occasionalspeakers, social events and outings. Come and meet new friends. n Keynsham Machine Knitting Club. We meet on the second Monday in the month at Stirling Way Community Centre, Keynsham, 2-4pm. We have two club machines to practice knitting. Help and tuition will be given to get you knitting again. We try to have at least four speakers/ demonstrators a year. Come along

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n Age UK B&NES hosts Tai Chi at Victoria Methodist Church, 2.15pm to 3.15pm, £4. To join, contact Ketyn Jepson or Michelle Tarrant on 01225 484510 or email active@ ageukbanes.co.uk n Age UK B&NES Cook & Eat sessions (alternate weeks when running), 10.30am to 12.30pm, Community@67, Queens Road, £5 per session. Contact Ketyn Jepson or Michelle Tarrant on 01225 484510 or email active@ ageukbanes.co.uk for dates. n Keynsham Writers is a small, friendly support group for people who have day jobs. We’re open to any type of writing, but particularly novelists serious about one day getting published. Generally the group meets on Tuesdays, sometimes other days for “quiet writing”. For the latest dates and times, we encourage members to check the Keynsham Writers Facebook page. Location is Bonzo Lounge, usually to the left of the bar unless otherwise stated. n Zumba Gold, lower impact Zumba. Ideal for over-50s, beginners. Royal British Legion, upstairs hall. Everyone welcome, and you’ll meet new people while having fun! 11.50am to 12.35pm. £3.50 per class. Contact Philomena on 07966 373089. www. zumbainbristol.co.uk n Age UK B&NES Book Club Meets on the last Tuesday of the month, Turn to Page 40

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From Page 39 10am to 11.30am at Keynsham Library, donation £3. Details from Ketyn Jepson or Michelle Tarrant on 01225 484510 or email active@ ageukbanes.co.uk n The Macular Degeneration Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Boots Opticians in Keynsham High Street. It is an opportunity to chat over coffee and get help and support from fellow sufferers. Call 0117 973 5292 for further information.

n Keynsham Older People’s Social Group (KOPS), first Tuesday of every month, 2-4pm at Community At 67, Queens Road. New members always welcome. Contact Michelle Tarrant at Age UK BaNES on 01225 484510 or active@ageukbanes. co.uk for more information. Website ageukbanes.co.uk n Keynsham Walking Football Club on the 3G pitch at Keynsham Town Football Club, for the over-65s, 1011am. The beautiful game played a little slower – turn up and play. Call Martin on 07754 543719. n Get out, meet people, have fun and keep fit! Really informal, friendly, mixed badminton club for adults 18 to 80. Beginners court 1, previous players/ regulars courts 2,3,4. Keynsham Leisure

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Centre,10am-noon, £2.40. Just drop in or ring Clive on 0117 986 6793. n Sing along to your favourite rhymes at Baby Bounce & Rhyme, every Tuesday at Keynsham Library: Session 1 – 10-10.30am; Session 2 – 11-11.30am. n Parkinson’s Bath & District Branch, Keynsham social coffee mornings – every last Tuesday in the month. 10.30am-noon at The Talbot Inn, Bath Road, Keynsham, BS31 1NP. Open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, a carer or friend wishing to support those with the disease, help in a voluntary capacity, or organise fundraising events. n Keynsham green drinks, every third Tuesday of the month, upstairs at The Ship Inn from 7.30pm, Temple Street. A friendly group of Keynsham residents interested in green and environmental issues, we get together monthly for a drink and a chat. New faces welcome! n ChoirJam pop choir meets on Tuesdays 7.30-9pm at the Fear Hall in the High Street. We sing everything from Fleetwood Mac to Adele and have a lot of fun doing it! Adults of all ages are welcome to join. We’re a friendly bunch and there’s no audition or experience

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necessary – you just need to be enthusiastic and to love singing. To book a free taster session contact Emma Hutchinson 07793 983040, emma@choirjam.co.uk or visit www.choirjam.co.uk. n Dance Tots for two to four-yearolds at Keynsham Leisure Centre, 10.30-11.15am. Courses run during term-time and are booked in 10week blocks. Visit the leisure centre reception or call 01225 439680. n The Ship Inn Petanque Club meets between 11am and 2pm at The Ship Inn, Temple Street. n New T-Jive modern jive class. Every Tuesday afternoon from 2-4pm at The Fear Hall, 30 High Street, Keynsham. Modern jive is one of the easiest partner dances to learn – based on rock’n roll but much smoother. Come on your own or with a friend or partner, there are several of us on hand to lead or follow. Tea and biscuits served frequently. All ages and abilities, beginners especially welcome. Free first lesson. For more details, contact Sue 07979 740702. n Keynsham and Saltford Gardeners’ Association meets on the first Tuesday of the month, except in June and July, at the Fear Hall in Keynsham High Street at 2pm. The group hears talks from speakers and goes on trips. All are welcome, drop in to find out more or call Betty on 0117 932 4045. n Saltford Floral Club meets on the fourth Tuesday each month at 2.15pm at Saltford Hall. Visitors welcome, demonstrations/practice. Contact Shirley Hobbs on 0117 986 2924. n Fry Club Joggers run every Tuesday, meeting at 7pm in the Somerdale Pavilion foyer. We jog/ run five to seven miles around the local area. Friendly club with members from 20s to 70s. New joiners always welcome. See frysjoggers.btck.co.uk. n St John’s Toddler Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday during term-time from 9.45-11.30am in St John’s Church Hall, Keynsham. Children aged 0-4 years can come and play with a wide range of toys and take part in craft activities and singing every week. Refreshments included. All welcome – first

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session free. Contact Anais Hall on 07545 391659. n Activity days at @One, St John’s Church, Keynsham. The activities are cookery or art in the morning (10am-2pm) then drama in the afternoon (2-4pm) for people with learning disabilities, £33.33 for full day, bring packed lunch. Call the Swallow office to book on 01761 414034 or email judy@ swallowcharity.org. n Wellsway Ladies’ Badminton Club, 7.30-9.30pm at Keynsham Leisure Centre. For more information, call Jenny on 0117 986 8331. n Residents’ Fellowship Association, based at Hawthorn Meeting Room in Carpenters Lane, 2-4pm. Different activities, such as luncheon, quiz, games, including darts, and a committee meeting. On Thursday afternoon we do crafts and we have a community garden. Contact Jim Lingard on 0117 986 1551. n St Keyna Townswomen’s Guild meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the Fear Hall, Keynsham between 9.45am and 11.45am. They are a friendly, outgoing group of ladies who enjoy interesting speakers and numerous sub-group outings and activities. Come along to our next meeting for a coffee/tea and biscuits, you will be welcome. n Popular sequence dances at The Fear Hall, Keynsham, 7.30-10pm. Anyone interested in dancing is welcome, friendly atmosphere, first visit free. Call 0117 986 2819/0117 986 4014.

Wednesday

n Move It or Lose It exercise classes, run by Age UK B&NES and led by physical training instructor Mike Spiring, at Keynsham Scout HQ, Ashton Way, £4. To join contact Ketyn Jepson or Michelle Tarrant on 01225 484510 or email active@ ageukbanes.co.uk n Improvers’ Yoga, 9.45am, Keynsham Baptist Church. Contact Sandhya on 07789 880415, at yogakeynsham@gmail.com or visit www.yogakeynsham.com n Kettlercise class with instructor Mike Spiring, Mendip Hall at Wellsway School, 8-9pm. Kettlebell supplied for first month, sessions

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£5 or reduced price of £2.50 for those attending the Monday class as well. See kettlercisekeynsham on Facebook or visit inspiringu.biz or call 07954 146851. n Age UK B&NES’ Walking Group, variable programme, often leaving around 10am. Cost is £18 per year, which allows you to go out with any of the walking groups in the area. Contact Ketyn Jepson or Michelle Tarrant on 01225 484510 or email active@ageukbanes.co.uk for details.

n Coffee and craft at Community at 67, Queens Road, 10am12.30pm. Do you enjoy crafting or like to learn new skills or teach others? All types of craft welcome, help plan trips and demonstrations. For more details, please contact Clare on 077 377 42300, email community67@gmail.com, follow us on Facebook. n Keynsham Good Afternoon Choir with music man Grenville Jones, 2-4pm at Victoria Methodist Church. No auditions and great songs with the accent on fun and friendship. £3.60 per session, come and meet us. Call 01761 472468 or visit www.goodafternoonchoir. org n ChoirJam pop choir meets on Wednesday mornings 11am12.30pm at the Fear Hall in the High Street. We sing everything from Fleetwood Mac to Adele and have a lot of fun doing it! Adults of all ages are welcome to join. We’re a friendly bunch and there’s no audition or experience necessary – you just need to be enthusiastic and to love singing. To book a free taster session contact Emma Hutchinson 07793 983040, emma@ choirjam.co.uk or visit www. choirjam.co.uk n Maths At 67, a small after-school fun maths club for Years 5 and 6 runs on Wednesdays in term time, 4-5pm at Community At 67. Call Sheila Crocombe on 0117 986 3961. n Baby Comes Too meets every Wednesday afternoon, in term time, from 1.15pm to 2.45pm upstairs in the Key Centre, Keynsham. All carers with children aged 0-4 years are welcome! We have a home corner, dressing up, books, jigsaws, plenty of play vehicles, Peppa Pig toys and lots more! Refreshments are included.

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Cost £1 per family per week. Please join us, the first session is free! See www.babycomestoo.btck. co.uk. n Badminton, 10am-noon. Very friendly ladies’ badminton club. Every Wednesday at Keynsham Leisure Centre. Previous experience needed, but we are a group of mixed abilities. First week free. n Keynsham Photographic Society meets at the Fear Hall at 7.30pm to enjoy all aspects of photography. We have visiting speakers; competitions; sessions to share and discuss our own photographs and opportunities to view the best amateur work from the South West. Find us online at www. keynshamphotographicsociety. co.uk and come along to share this enthralling hobby. n The Keynsham and Saltford branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild meets on the second Wednesday of every month, 7.15pm, at the Wick House Community Hall, Wick House Close, Saltford. Cake decorating demonstrations, workshops for all to join in, please just come along. Contact Iris Seymour on 01275 834233 to find out more. n Community At 67 Scrabble Club meets on Wednesday of each week from 2-4pm. New members welcome, ring 0773 774 2300 or come along. Meets at 67 Queens Road, Keynsham.

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n Music For The Mind at St Dunstan’s Church Hall on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, 10.30am to noon. Free entry. Open to all who have been diagnosed with dementia, with a carer if needed. Details from Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance on 0117 983 7923. n Cardio Fit is a 45-minute, highenergy aerobics session at St Mary’s Church Hall, Saltford, 7.20pm. See Monday entry for full details.

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n Badminton club – join a friendly club who play at Broadlands Academy on Thursday evenings, 7pm until 9pm. For more information contact Joan on 01761453169. n Come and listen to stories and rhymes for youngsters at Story Time every Thursday during term time at Keynsham Library, 1010.30am. n Age UK B&NES’ Walking Group, meets twice a month on a Thursday morning, currently has spaces for new walkers. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, exercise in the fresh air and discover your surrounding area whilst being led by trained and friendly volunteers. If you would like to know more please contact Michelle Tarrant on 01225 484510, or visit ageukbanes.co.uk n ASP Poetry Circle meets on the third Thursday of each month, from 7.30-8.30pm at Broadlands Academy. Free entry, bring a couple of poems, your own or by

another poet, to share. Contact Mary Lambert on 0117 986 2257 or email mandd@gentlyblown.co.uk. Visit http://totallymaracas.btck. co.uk/ASPPoets. n Saltford Sewing Group for clothes sewers of all ages and skills, sharing ideas and techniques and creating classic and unique garments. Group is held on Thursday afternoons. Contact June on 01225 872304. n Painting for pleasure club, we meet Thursday afternoons from 2-4pm at Saltford Hall. Contact Frances on 01225 873773. n St John’s Toddler Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday during term-time between 9.45am and 11.30am in St John’s Church Hall, Keynsham. Children 0-4 years can come and play with a wide range of toys and take part in craft activities and singing. Refreshments included. All welcome – first session free. Contact Anais Hall on 07545 391659. Turn to Page 42

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n Walking football for over-50s, 8-9pm, AJN Stadium, Keynsham. Call Martin on 07754 543719. n Yoga, St Francis Hall, Warwick Road, Keynsham, 6pm beginners, 7.10pm improvers. Contact Sandhya for more info: yogakeynsham@gmail.com or 07789 880 415.

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From Page 41 n Somerset Morris Dancers meet 8-10pm at Marksbury Village Hall. We are a women’s side and dance West Country Stave Dances and Cotswold Morris. New musicians always welcome, male and female, at 7.30pm. Call Jill on 01761 470773.

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n Avon Wildlife Trust, Keynsham Group hosts Winter Talks on the second Friday of each month between October and April, 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Keynsham, BS31 1DS. Adults £2.50, under-16s £1. Members and non-members of AWT welcome. Refreshments, sales of secondhand books, bird food and seasonal items. n Tea ‘n’ Tots meets 9.30-11.30am every Friday morning during term time in Keynsham Baptist Church hall. This is a free drop-in for babies, toddlers and their carers, with toys, craft, stories and

singing. For more information on the sessions, contact Hilary on 01225 874791. n Keynsham Walking Football Club on the 3G pitch at Keynsham Town Football Club, 10-11am. The beautiful game played a little slower – turn up and play. Details from Martin on 07754 543719. n Goldies Singing Sessions are held on the second and last Friday of each month. The group sing the hits of the Fifties onwards in a very relaxed and informal sing-a-long setting. Join us at The Hawthorns on the second Friday of the month from 10.30-11.30am and at the Key Centre on the last Friday of the month from 2-3pm. For details, call Abby on 01761 470006. n Soccer Tots for three to four-yearolds at Keynsham Leisure Centre, 1.15-2pm. Courses run during term-time and are booked in 10week blocks. Visit the leisure centre

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reception or call 01225 439680 for details. n Football Junior Development Courses at Keynsham Leisure Centre – 4-4.45pm for five to six-year-olds and 4.45-5.30pm for seven to nine-year-olds. Courses run during term-time and are booked in 10-week blocks. Visit the leisure centre reception or call 01225 439680 for more information. n CAMEO is a friendly group providing fellowship and a wide range of activities for those living on their own. We are open to all denominations or to those with no affiliations. We meet for coffee (10am-noon) at Victoria Methodist Church on the first Friday of the month. If you are interested, come for coffee or contact the Church Office on 0117 914 9408 or Christopher Bailey on 01225 872784. n Badminton. Join a very friendly mixed group who meet every Friday to play from 10am-noon at Keynsham Leisure Centre. All are welcome, regardless of ability. Just turn up or ring Clive on 0117 986 6793.

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n Children’s craft activities at 10.30am at Keynsham Library. n Weekend Wellness Saturdays, 10-11am, free (funded by the Wellbeing College) at Timeout, Keynsham. Visit www. yogakeynsham.com or email Yogakeynsham@gmail.com n Salt and Sham Cycle Club’s weekly 45km ride around Chew Valley Lake, starting at Ashton

Way car park in Keynsham at 7am and ending at Keynsham Cricket Club for refreshments. Visit www. saltandsham.co.uk. n Keynsham has a community veg plot to share. Anyone who would like to grow vegetables but doesn’t know how, doesn’t have a garden or just loves gardening and wants to meet other likeminded people can come along to the plot from 10.30am on the first Saturday of the month. You’ll find us behind the cafe in Keynsham Memorial Park. Call Aileen on 07854 149008. n Who Let the Dads Out, 1011.30am, third Saturday of the month. St John’s Church Hall, Keynsham. Dads, grandads, male carers and preschool kids. Bacon butties, toys, great coffee. Follow us on Twitter @ keynshamwltdo.

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s we get older, we often complain that we can no longer do the things we could “when we were young”, but most people want to enjoy an active lifestyle well into old age. In fact, it is important to maintain activity as this not only keeps our joints healthy and in good working order, but it also keeps other parts of our bodies healthy too. Mr Evert Smith, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Spire Bristol Hospital, finds that many of us believe that you have to be “of a certain age” to contemplate having a joint replacement. However, if a joint such as a hip or knee is no longer working properly, a joint replacement is sometimes the best option and putting off replacement surgery can often cause more problems. Mr Smith answers some frequently asked questions about joint health and joint replacement surgery: When seeking a specialist opinion, what do patients typically complain of and what can be done? Joint pain is increasingly common as we age. It is important that patients do not to ignore joint pain that is worsened by walking. Pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. However, many people ignore the warning signs and battle through the pain with the help of analgesics, or through sheer grit. Joint pain can be managed in many ways, and does not necessarily mean you will need a joint replacement operation. A course of physiotherapy may be all that is needed to get you back on track. The important thing is to get it checked out, first by your GP and then with a scan or x-ray investigation. Putting up with the pain is not a sensible option. Persistent or increasing pain is a warning sign and it should be investigated. What might happen if joint pain is ignored and can it worsen over time such that surgery becomes a necessity? It is a fact of life that as we get older our joints are likely to become stiffer and can cause pain. However, putting off treatment will only worsen the situation and may have a detrimental effect on other joints, as they try to take the strain of

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the malfunctioning or painful joint. For example, if you limp due to a painful knee, you are likely to alter the way you walk, and this in turn will put a strain on other joints such as your hips, your other knee or your back as these joints try to accommodate an altered posture or style of walking. This may be acceptable in the case of a short-term injury, but when this occurs over a prolonged period, it will affect other parts of your body. Do people stop undertaking physical activity to avoid the pain of damaged joints, and can this affect general health? If carrying out your normal everyday functions, such

as walking, exercising or performing ordinary tasks becomes too painful such that you avoid or stop doing things, it is important to get treatment because reducing activity can affect one’s health. For example, your heart and lungs can be adversely affected if you do not take regular exercise and you may also gain weight.

Benefits of joint replacement surgery Joint replacement operations have an excellent success rate. A new hip or knee can give you a completely new lease of life. Walking and other activities that you previously loved but could no longer do not only become possible again but are actually enjoyable.

Many people in their 50s and 60s who are suffering joint pain come to me having given up their favourite activity such as golf or tennis. Following successful surgery, they can return to their former favourite activities. Depending on age and general fitness, low-impact activities are possible. I always advise my patients not to let painful joints dictate their lifestyle when there are so many treatment options available to resolve these issues. Spire Bristol Hospital offers a range of diagnostic scans, including x-rays, MRI and CT scans, while providing access to a consultant of your choice. If you or someone you know is suffering from joint pain and needs to see a specialist, a private consultation can be an option for everyone. Spire Bristol Hospital is able to provide finance options through Zebra Health Finance. So, you don’t necessarily need to have private insurance to access private healthcare. Call Spire’s patient treatment advisors today on 0117 980 4080 or email info@spirebristol. com for more information on how to book an appointment or obtain information on the finance options available to you.

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ell over 20 festive revellers gathered at the Memorial Park cafe on Saturday, December 9, for the annual Christmas wreath-making walk. Armed with secateurs, and bags, we set off on what was a cold but walk-friendly day. Because we had decorated a tree in the St John's Church Christmas Tree Festival, our first stop was to view all the exhibits, in what is an enjoyable spectacle. After a brief stop we got down to the hard work of collecting greenery to make our wreaths. We then headed back to the Scout Hall for a demonstration on wreath-making by Ruth Hutchings, who we thank for giving up her Saturday morning to join in the fun. Mulled wine and mince pies were laid on to help with the festivities. We all had great fun comparing our attempts, which everyone took home at the end of the event. Our thanks go to Dawn Drury for organising the day Thanks also go to all the walkers who have taken part in all

Making festive wreaths with greenery collected during a walk; the Walkers are Welcome group’s tree the activities we have organised throughout the past 12 months, in what again was a very successful year for Keynsham Walkers are Welcome. We wish all our friends a very merry Christmas and happy new year. Visiting the Christmas Tree Festival

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BACK TO NATURE with Avon Wildlife Trust Keynsham Group

Smiles all round after ‘cracking’ set of talks! December saw members of Keynsham’s Avon Wildlife Trust group treated to a rich and varied evening’s entertainment – a real “Christmas cracker” – thanks to contributions from two committee members and one of our up-and-coming young local naturalists, writes chairman Dave Sage. The first talk, by local visits organiser Liz Wintle, took us to the Azores and Madeira, volcanic islands off the Atlantic west coast of North Africa, which she visited last April. Sharing with us the unusual and sometimes endangered exotic plants to be found in various botanical gardens, Liz was meticulous in her research and comparisons with species found in Bristol Botanical Gardens, where she works. Rueing the fact that her cruise was during the rainy season, she nevertheless produced some good photos. Notable plants were Strelitzia nicolae, the giant white bird of paradise plant, with huge banana-like leaves; Laurus azorica (the Macaronesian laurel) found above 500 metres in the cloud forest; Ficus macrophylla, a type of fig, with amazing buttress-like roots; and Echium candicans, the “Pride of Madeira”. After a break for a drink and mince pies, a quiz on the year’s walks and talks, and the chance to buy seasonal goodies, the second talk was by Jamie Kingscott, a former Wellsway school student and Green Team member, now an environmental science graduate of Cardiff University. Jamie shared with us brief details of his undergraduate study on badgers in the Keynsham area, which he completed two years ago. Delivered with the confidence, precision and wit unusual in

Charity treats group to pantomime trip The year is off to an exciting start for youngsters supported by a Keynsham charity who are being treated to a day out to the theatre. Members of Keynsham and District Mencap Society will

A wild dog and a lioness photographed by Martin Farrell in Zimanga someone of such tender age, showed evidence that badgers Jamie was able to give a clear and actively avoid cattle. This has unbiased account of the current been backed up by other studies debate over badgers, bovine TB, elsewhere and, while it doesn’t and the effectiveness of badger prove that badgers do not help culling in controlling the spread spread bovine TB in cattle, it of this dreadful disease. does weaken the case in favour of His clever study, monitoring what many feel is a barbaric and badger movements around unjustified campaign of culling. three setts near Keynsham, The final talk was by Kathy

Farrell, vice-chairman and treasurer, and it took us to some breathtaking parts of South Africa, on a splendid photographic safari completed by Kathy and husband Martin over the last few years. The first stop was along the “Garden Route” of the Western Cape, to Bontebok Park, named after the magnificent antelope that are found there, along with steenbok and grey rhesbok. This area is home to a huge variety of wildlife. We were soon whisked to the Cape coast, to witness some hair-raising footage of cage diving with great white sharks! From there, north and east to the Kruger national park, now so famous that, in Kathy’s words, some visits to see the big game were more like “bun fights”! The highlight of the trip and climax of the talk was the visit to Zimanga game reserve in Kwazulu-Natal, with a collection of unique observation hides designed by previous Wildlife Photographer of the Year Bence Maté, including the overnight hide, complete with bedroom and bathroom! Enthusiastic and highly talented photographers and film-makers, Kathy and Martin acquired some of their best shots and footage on this reserve, with lions, cheetahs, warthogs, wild dogs, porcupine and even aardvarks just a small selection of their total. An outstanding way to end a memorable evening and our thanks go to all three speakers for an excellent job. l Our next talk, The Swift: A Life on the Wing, is on Friday January 12, followed by Sharks: An Unfair Reputation, on Friday February 9. Our first trip is to the hides at Chew Valley Lake on Saturday, February 24. For further information, contact lizwintle@yahoo.co.uk

be enjoying a trip to Bristol Hippodrome on January 7 to see the pantomime Aladdin. The trip is being funded by Happy Days Children’s Charity, a national organisation that provides days out and activities to youngsters with additional needs. Happy Days Community

holidays, day trips, workshops and performances are a lifeline to children across the UK providing them with happiness and hope as well as important social and developmental skills.” For more information about Happy Days Children’s Charity, call 01582 651234 or visit www. happydayscharity.org

fundraiser Suffia Shah said: “We were able to support over 23,000 children and their families last year alone, but we couldn’t have done this without the amazing help of our volunteers and fundraisers. So we’d love to hear from anyone who would like to get involved and support our work. Our

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‘Angels’ drop in with surprise donation An early Christmas gift of £2,000 is music to the ears of a charity hoping to set up a music tuition project for people with learning disabilities. Keynsham and District Mencap Society was presented with a cheque to go towards the charity’s Music Man project by members of a now-defunct fundraising group called Fry’s Little Angels. Former “Angels” Pete Wilkins, Debbie Dyer and Sally Cox joined Mencap members at the Fear Hall for a tea party to hand over the funds – and tell the story of how 15 years after the fundraising group closed they were making a donation today. The group was set up by community-minded employees at the Fry’s factory in 1995 and ran until 2002, during which time they organised auctions, raffles, sports events, discos and more to help those in need, including buying a specially adapted wheelchair and funding home alterations for someone with cerebral palsy. Recently, Mr Wilkins came across the group’s old paying-in book and, determined to ensure any money still in the account went to a good cause, set about reclaiming access to the cash. After several months, his efforts paid off and he was delighted to discover the amount left over. He said: “We are delighted the money has gone to Keynsham Mencap. The Fry Club has had a long association supporting

Pete Wilkins, Debbie Dyer and Sally Cox join members of Keynsham Mencap at their Big Tea Party to deliver a special gift Keynsham Mencap over the years, therefore it seemed the right thing to do to support them once again. “We would also like to thank Fry Club members’ family and friends for their support and generosity down the years; and would like to wish Keynsham Mencap every success with the Music Man Project. It’s clear with their enthusiasm, drive, and passion, there’s no doubt it would be.” The project aims to enhance emotional well-being, basic skill development, self-discipline, teamwork, co-ordination, communication and social skills through the study of music.

Play tells true tale from occupied Holland The story of a family who helped Jewish people escape the clutches of the Nazis in occupied Holland will be told in a performance coming to Keynsham this month. Oddments Theatre Company is presenting The Hiding Place on Tuesday, January 23, at Victoria Methodist Church. It tells the true story of the Ten Boom family, who offered a safe haven to Jews and members of the Dutch Resistance in a secret room built behind a false wall in daughter Corrie’s bedroom. The book Corrie subsequently

wrote, the inspiration for the play, reveals how they were betrayed by an informer, arrested and then Corrie and her sister Betsie were taken to Ravensbruck concentration camp. Betsie was to die there but Corrie was released in 1944 as the result of a clerical error – just a week before all the women of her age imprisoned in the camp were killed. The show begins at 7pm and tickets are £8.50 and can be purchased from the Parish Office at St John’s Church or the Methodist Office at Victoria – mornings only.

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Keynsham & District Mencap Society provide weekly social clubs and sports and fitness sessions to children and adults with learning disabilities. We also arrange day trips and holidays for our members. We are looking for fun, friendly people to join our team of volunteers and help us deliver activities. No experience necessary, just plenty of enthusiasm! Training and on-going support provided. If you have a couple of hours to spare and want to get involved get in touch today. Contact us: 44 Bath Hill, Keynsham, BS31 1HG. Tel: 0117 9865659 E: laura@keynshammencap.org.uk W: www.keynshammencap.org.uk Facebbok: Keynsham Mencap Twitter: @keynsham_mencap

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Gym owner makes a special delivery As a personal trainer, Teresa Lovell is used to helping people reach their goals – but this year her clients have helped her beat her own target. Working together, members of Keynsham’s Love Fitness Studio helped Teresa raise £580 – enough money to buy 137 Christmas presents, which have been delivered to Keynsham Children’s Centre and will go to the children of local families in need. The total is almost three times the amount of presents the group was able to provide last year, when they donated 52 gifts – and Teresa said she will aim to beat the total every year. The group’s fundraising activities included cake and bread sales and raffles, selling fresh eggs, a collection at their Christmas party and Halloween-

themed exercise sessions and they also donated any unused toys from their own families. Teresa said the arrival of her daughter Betsy Alice, with partner Hayley, two years ago was what inspired her to support other families at Christmas. She said: “Betsy Alice changed my life and made me realise that Christmas is about children. As I talked to her about Christmas and Santa and presents, I realised that some children will wake up to nothing on Christmas morning. “It’s a very expensive time of year and some families don’t have enough money to buy presents so as a local business we wanted to help local people. “I don’t have enough money to buy every child in need a present but I realised I could use my contacts to help. People

Hayley, Teresa and Betsy Alice deliver the donated Christmas gifts have really come together as a community to support this and think about others who aren’t as fortunate.” Teresa said she was grateful to fellow local businesses IC Fleet Services for donating to the fund and to The Entertainer and

Snapdragons for adding to the toy collection. She also thanked Patsy Stocker for her organisational help and printing posters and fliers, Julie Sampson for making bread to sell and partner Hayley for her support.

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Film review with Harrison Thorne

Deep, funny reinvention of ageing film franchise Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12A) ever before have I left a screening of a movie needing a physical recovery from the emotional impact of the previous two hours. We’re now at the eighth (technically, ninth) instalment of the Star Wars franchise and writerdirector Rian Johnson has managed to craft a film that grabs you by the throat and does not let go, showing sides of characters that have never been seen, visuals that only a master of the craft could create and performances that have a chance of being recognised at next year’s Academy Awards. The film starts off minutes after the conclusion of The Force Awakens and we see Rey (Daisy Ridley) begin her Jedi training with legendary master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Meanwhile, the remaining members of the Resistance – Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) – attempt to fight off the First Order. Mark Hamill deserves an endless amount of praise for the reprisal

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of his career-defining role as Luke. He expertly conveys the loss and hopelessness that Luke feels as well as keeping what made the character memorable in the first place mixed in. Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley are both excellent in their roles as Kylo Ren and Rey, both of them doing spectacular jobs at presenting the incredible amount of inner conflict in their characters, Driver particularly giving a suitably nuanced performance with bursts of pure rage and emotion. Probably the best part of this film is the risky and unexpected story and character movement delivered by Rian Johnson, who takes the franchise in such a direction that I’m sure it will become the defining trait of this modern trilogy. In conclusion, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a terrific film filled with twists and turns that will throw even the most die-hard of fans off guard, all elevated by a career-best performance by Mark Hamill and bold direction by Rian Johnson.  4.5/5

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Theatre Royal in Bath

Snow White and pals back waste campaign The stars of the Theatre Royal’s pantomime have given their backing to a campaign to encourage residents to recycle as much as they can over Christmas and new year. Snow White and her “Magnificent Seven” – otherwise known as Devon Elise-Johnson, Jamie Legg, Simeon Dyer, Glynn Jones, Sarah Knowles, Mark Sealey, Steve Cox and Chris Chapman – have teamed up with Bath and North East Somerset Council to remind everyone of the top seven items that can be recycled over the festive period.

These are: paper, glass bottles and jars, foil, cans and aerosols, textiles, cardboard and electrical items. There will be no waste collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day so residents are advised to check their revised collection day online at www.bathnes.gov. uk/checkcollection or contact Council Connect on 01225 39 40 41. Residents can also take their waste to the council’s recycling centres. These will be open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Acclaimed play puts dementia in spotlight A nationally acclaimed play that explores the impact of dementia on family life is coming to Keynsham. Brian Daniels’ Don’t Leave Me Now is inspired by two real-life stories and is endorsed by major charities including Dementia UK, the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Pathfinders and Cruse Bereavement Care and Hospice UK. It is being brought to Keynsham Baptist Church on January 10 by Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance, with the aim of helping the community to develop a better understanding of the condition. Chairman of the DAA Alan Hale said: “I saw this play performed at a dementia event at Dorothy House and found it to be very powerful and educational as well as entertaining. “We just had to bring it to Keynsham and I am thankful to our sponsors Barchester Healthcare and B&NES Ward

Councillors’ Initiative Fund in enabling us to put it on.” A cast of six professionals will perform the play, which has been described as “subtly powerful, sympathetic and sharp, sad and funny” by Booker Prize-winning author Howard Jacobson. There will be two performances of Don’t Leave Me Now, at 2pm and 7pm, admission is free and tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. Kathryn Smith from FDC Law will also be on hand to talk about power of attorney. Mr Hale added: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to be enlightened as to the way dementia can affect lives. “It is a terrible disease but it is not the end of life, just a change for that person and their loved ones and we hope that we can encourage everyone to help us make Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Friendly – please take this opportunity to learn more.”

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Ex-City star drops in at fitness club Members of a Keynsham fitness club had a surprise preChristmas visit from someone who knows a thing or two about sport – former Bristol City player Scott Murray. The club favourite dropped in at Keynsham Mencap’s regular Monday night meeting to give four volunteers a very special surprise – tickets to City’s soldout Carabao Cup game against football giants Manchester United. In the run-up to the match, due to be played on December 20, City have been rewarding local people who give up their time to help others with free tickets. Keynsham Mencap’s nominees were: volunteer Phil, who trains the Keynsham Mencap football club; Georgia, who has volunteered at one of

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the children’s clubs for six years despite now also having a fulltime job; Jade, who has worked with the adult groups for five years and has changed careers since joining Mencap to become a support worker; and Mel, who has supported every holiday and residential trip enjoyed by members for the past few years. A Mencap spokesperson said: “Phil has done a lot of training and work with the South West Ability Counts League to enable the players to take part and play against other teams. Georgia has a wealth of knowledge and experience that she puts to good use, and has been a mentor to new volunteers. “Jade is always keen to help and do extra trips and activities, and has even recruited her husband into volunteering! And

Scott Murray meets members of Keynsham Mencap’s fitness club the holidays now just wouldn’t be the same without Mel – they are a huge commitment and Keynsham Mencap is grateful to everyone that can help on just one holiday, let alone all three.”

Far from staying on the sidelines, Scott Murray, now City’s kit manager, posed for photos and stayed to chat with fitness club members, while a camera crew filmed the visit.

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Keynsham Rugby battling it out in seventh as season reaches half-time The Tribute South West 1 League has developed a pattern in the last few weeks of recording close-fought encounters across the board in all matches and this trend continued when Drybrook RFC visited the Crown Field, writes our correspondent. It was nip and tuck for the first 25 minutes then the visitors got a foothold in the Keynsham 22 and after exerting some pressure were rewarded with the first points of the game from a penalty. Keynsham attacked straight away and, following a speculative kick and chase by winged Gaz Bradnock, it was their turn to squeeze the visitors’ defence. A yellow card for their wing forward gave Keynsham the edge they needed and from a catch and drive hooker Tom Lewis burrowed over the line; Sam Challenger slotted the conversion for a 7-3 lead and there it remained until half-time. The second half started as the first with the visitors in control for a long period until a breakaway saw Kit Timmins make a 70-metre dash. This eventually led to a penalty, slotted by Sam Challenger to make it 10-3. Keynsham then defended desperately but conceded another penalty for the visitors to close the gap at 10-6. With barely five minutes to go Keynsham’s defence was breached for the first time by a well worked move, aided by a rare missed tackle, leading to Drybrook taking the spoils with a final score of 10-13. The next game, away at Exeter University, saw the local side out-classed for the only time this season. But they did match the students in two important facets; the effort and determination shown throughout the side was truly commendable. At no stage did heads drop and the desire to play good rugby was there for all to see. A bonus point try and a 26 point to nil scoreline was the reward for the students in just 15 minutes as they left the blocks like rockets. A further seven points were added before, on the stroke of half-time, prop Ben Angell squeezed over for Keynsham’s only first-half points.

Action from Keynsham vs Thornbury

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Action from Exeter University vs Keynsham The second half was a much closer contest but the home side stretched to a 50-5 lead before Jack Weston crossed for a late try, converted by Sam Challenger to bring it to 50-12. Humour was not absent as skipper Weston was heard to ask the referee: “Does last try win the game, sir?” A home match followed,

which brought to an end the first cycle of games. Thornbury RFC were the visitors and yet another nail-biter was played out. The first five minutes showed the crowd that both sides were determined to play expansive, attractive rugby and the early exchanges were very even. After 15 minutes, following 8/10

phases moving left and right across the field Keynsham went ahead through a well-taken try by scrum-half John Pearce. The conversion by Sam Challenger made it 7-nil. Thornbury replied almost at once to tie the scores then Keynsham re-took the lead 14-7 through a try by Ben Angell from a smart pass thrown by Joe Davis and a Challenger conversion. An immediate response saw the scores again levelled, this time at 14-14. Kris Borthwick, Kit Timmins and Jack Weston all went close to scoring, but the pressure told and from a five-metre scrum, John Pearce fed Timmins who threw himself over the line. The conversion was missed and at half-time Keynsham had a narrow three-point lead. As good as the first half was, the second half failed to come close, the game reflecting the gloomy conditions. Whether the players had the same difficulties as the spectators in telling the sides apart, this 40 minutes was riddled with mistakes from both teams, and frustrations were apparent. Thornbury equalised yet again with a catch and drive penalty and it remained 19-19. Twenty-six minutes in and Keynsham scored their fourth, and bonus point, try by Jack Evans; this coming from a succession of drives following a line-out 15 metres from the line. There was a lot of grunt from both sides thereafter but nothing of note and we were all glad to hear the final whistle. The last match of this review was on December 16 when Matson RFC visited the Crown Field. A very poor game saw Keynsham win 16-7. Tries for Jack Weston and Jack Evans, playing as wing-forward/hooker, and two penalties from Sam Challenger did enough to gain four league points and deny the visitors what would have been a deserved losing bonus. So, after 14 games Keynsham have 34 league points and are in seventh position, four points behind Cullompton and level with Thornbury. Time for Christmas and a regroup.

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The sun sets over the Crown Fields as the Ks take on Portishead Town

Keynsham Town extend unbeaten run KEYNSHAM TOWN FC News from the Crown Fields Keynsham Town FC’s First Team continued their excellent form into December, recording three wins out of three and stretching their unbeaten record to 11 games in the Toolstation Western League Division One. They now sit proudly at the top of the table, with a four-point cushion to second place.

The month began with the Ks notching seven goals in a game for the second Saturday running, as they put Bishops Lydeard to the sword at Crown Fields. Midfielder Adey Harvey scored after only three minutes, before leading scorer Matt Brown then wowed the home fans with a spectacular bicycle kick into the top corner from 20 yards. Craig Wilson made it 3-0 before the break, before Harvey’s second of the afternoon and an own goal made it 5-0 within 10 minutes of the start of the second half. Despite the visitors notching a consolation goal, Brown scored his second on 87 minutes before

young James Ollis came on for his Keynsham Town debut at the tender age of 17 and rounded off a 7-1 victory with a well-taken injury time goal. Next up was a visit to Calne Town on a bitterly cold afternoon. Ks manager John Allen had to make several changes, but the visitors still dominated the opening exchanges, although they failed to take any chances in a goalless first half. The second half followed a similar pattern until James Ollis finally broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute with a calm finish from 12 yards. That deflated the home side, and a Jordan Anstey header followed by a fine solo goal by Matt Curnock rounded off a convincing 3-0 victory. Portishead Town were the Ks’ next opponents at Crown Fields, and the hosts ground out a hard-earned 1-0 victory. The visitors belied their foot-of-thetable position and with both goalkeepers in supreme form, it took a Matt Curnock goal on 35 minutes to separate the sides and keep Keynsham top of the pile. Off the pitch, Craig Wilson won the club’s November Player of the Month Award. The management team said: “Craig’s impressive performances during this period just gave him the edge and we feel he has found consistency to his game. A centre forward by trade, we have used Craig in a wider role in certain games, knowing that his appreciation of the

defensive side of the game and his selflessness to help his full back are impressive. He was outstanding against Bath City at both ends of the pitch and hit double figures for the season with two well-taken goals at Malmesbury Victoria. We are now seeing the best of Craig and I know his teammates appreciate his hold-up play, which gives us a platform to mount attacks. Special mention should also go to Nathan Curnock, who has also been very consistent both in defence and in attack, with his deep runs being a constant threat to the opposition.” Club Secretary Julian French said: “The committee are so pleased that we have continued to make progress this season, with John, Russ and Mark building on the foundations left by Chris King and Sean Day. The Ks’ forthcoming home games are as follows: Saturday, December 23 Ashton & Backwell United (First XI) 3pm kick-off Friday, December 29 Bishop Sutton (First XI) 7.45pm kick-off Saturday, January 6 Cutters Friday (Reserves) 3pm kick-off Monday, January 8 Ashton & Backwell (Under 18s)

With the excellent support of our local community, both from local businesses sponsoring us and individuals coming to Crown Fields on a regular basis, we are very optimistic about the club’s future. “I also have to mention how proud we are that young James Ollis is now playing First Team football for the Ks, which is especially poignant after the shock everyone involved with the club had in September when Ali Ollis sadly passed away. I am sure she is looking down on us with a smile on her face, and if we are successful in our goals come May, it would be a fitting tribute to her memory.” l You can follow the club’s fortunes on both Facebook (Keynsham Town Football Club) and Twitter (@ KeynshamTownFC). 7.45pm kick-off Saturday, January 13 Malmesbury Victoria (First XI) 3pm kick-off Saturday, January 20 Almondsbury (First XI) 3pm kick-off Monday, January 22 Odd Down (Under 18s) 7.45pm kick-off Saturday, January 27 Peasedown Miners Welfare (Reserves) 3pm kick-off

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Bowling club enjoys night of nostalgia During the closed season members of Keynsham Bowling Club meet every month for a coffee morning, writes our correspondent. December was no exception and the clubhouse was packed for Christmas fare plus the annual draw, with a selection of prizes on offer. During the morning the ladies’ and gents’ captains for the coming season, Ann Newbery and Beresford Parker, announced their charity for 2018 – the Jessie May Trust. One of the social members, Jenny Barrow, who worked for the trust for a number of years, gave a brief talk on its work among families who have a terminally ill child. The last social event before the end of the year was the much anticipated Christmas party. Numbers, due to space, were restricted to 60 and when the list appeared for members to add their names it was full within 24 hours – there were

many disappointed people. As members arrived they were greeted by Father Christmas, and the Social Committee provided the usual Christmas food of turkey and all its trimmings followed by profiteroles and mince pies. All of this swilled

down by a generous glass of mulled wine! The entertainment was a Cliff and the Shadows tribute show, with two brilliant vocalists/ guitarists led by Justin Jay, an ex-Radio One DJ and Radio Bristol presenter. As they played,

between them was positioned a screen showing shots not only of Cliff and the Shadows, but of many of the other pop stars of the Fifties and Sixties including, of course, the mighty Beatles. Much of the footage was in black and white. For those who liked to recall other events of the era, there were shots of the Queen’s Coronation, the first State Opening of Parliament to be screened in colour and other momentous events of that time. The show concluded with something that I guess most of us had forgotten – the BBC test card in black and white shown on the screen, as the only television channel that we had at the time closed down for the night at 10pm. An evening of good food, great entertainment and some super nostalgia for those of us who were lucky to be there. Just another feather in the cap for Keynsham Bowling Club.

Give baseball a try at club’s intro sessions Keynsham-based Bristol Baseball Club is holding two introductory sessions in the new year to give people a chance to try the sport. People of any level of experience are welcome to join the sessions, led by the club’s coaches, at Merchants Sports Academy in south Bristol on January 14 or at Kingswood School, Lansdown Road in Bath, on January 21. Both sessions run from 9.30am to noon and cost £5. Richard Evans, chairman of the club, which plays at

Somerdale Pavilion, said: “Anyone wanting to try their hand at this fantastic game, no matter their experience, is welcome. Our coaches will take everyone through the basics of the game and we provide all the equipment.” The club is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018 and the reigning South West Baseball League champions, the Bristol Badgers, will be playing on the national stage. Sign up for the sessions at www.bristolbaseball. co.uk

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Keynsham Town Ladies (in green) play Southampton Women, above; below left, Libby Sims and, right, Keka Vega in the Development side

Ladies’ FA Cup hopes are put to the test November and December were a time of mixed fortunes for Keynsham Town Ladies, in contrast to their successes of the previous two months, writes our correspondent. October finished with a 10-0 away win at Basingstoke Town, their second double-figures result of the season. Top scorer Kerry Bartlett added a further six to her tally to date. However, on the following Sunday they faced their first real test of the season, away to Plymouth Argyle, one of two other sides enjoying a 100 per cent success rate. The long trip proved to be fruitless, for although the scores were level at 2-2 after Keynsham equalised on 63 minutes, they went on to concede a further three goals, a situation not helped by a goalkeeper struggling with injury. The Ladies were on their travels again for the next fixture when they met Southampton Saints in the Women’s FA Cup First Round Proper. They fell behind to a 23rd-minute goal, but in an excellent performance for the remainder of the match, recovered to win 3-1 with goals coming from Katie Cook, Kerry Bartlett and Justine Lorton. The draw for the Second

Round on Sunday, December 3, coincidentally gave Keynsham a home draw with the other Southampton side, Southampton Women. They were outplayed early on and had their keeper to thank for two fine saves from one-on-one situations. Top scorer Kerry Bartlett gave Town the lead just after half time, latching onto a through ball from Rachel Cullen. However Southampton replied on 63 minutes, easily outpacing Nadine Grogan to slot the ball home.

With the prospect of extra time looming, Keynsham grabbed a second on 82 minutes, Justine Lorton shooting into an empty net from a Kerry Bartlett centre. Moments later there was relief when Southampton failed to score from a straightforward chance. The result was revenge for a league defeat the previous weekend away to the same opposition when they lost 1-0 to a 75th-minute goal. Their FA Women’s Premier League game away to Swindon Town was

postponed on December 10 and again the next Sunday due to the state of the pitch. Meanwhile the Keynsham Ladies Development side have struggled of late, losing four times out five in November and December. The team is mostly made up of 16 and 17-year-olds, and frequently face opposition who are rather more experienced. They gained an excellent victory on December 10, however, against Yeovil Town Intermediate with goals coming from Megan Wiltshire and star player Rhianna Ben-Carew. Megan stole in ahead of the Yeovil defence to meet a Rhianna cross on 75 minutes for 1-0, and Rhianna herself clinched it on 82 minutes, by lobbing the keeper. They met Buckland Athletic the next Sunday and were unlucky to lose 5-4 after leading 4-3 with three minutes remaining. The home goals came from Yasmin Pratt (2), Keka Vega and Libby Sims. Next up for the first team – after a Christmas/new year break – will be an exciting FA Cup Third Round fixture at home to local rivals Brislington on January 7 at 1pm. Admission with programme is just £3.

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