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The Bathford Bulletin February 2012

The Monthly Magazine For The Parish Of Bathford

Lamb By Liz Whitfield Correction Last month's photograph of Gordon Drewitt was in fact taken by Liz Whitfield and not David Howells as printed. We apologise for this error and any embarrassment caused. Do you have a photo or drawing you would like to see on the front of the Bulletin? We are looking for interesting or unusual ones of the village; particularly any that capture a distinct character of the village or are from an unusual vantage point. Please send your submissions to:

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St. Swithun’s Church Bathford Rev Jane Burgess - Telephone: 858325 email: Churchwardens: Readers:

Derek Brown Gerry Miller Gill Gilbert

Everyone Is Warmly Welcome!

859886 858402 858927

Joy Craine 85861 3 Michael Craine 85861 3 Dennis Pearson 858293

We have the following groups for children during our Sunday Services: Crèche (0-3); Children’s Church (3-1 0); Rock Solid Youth Group (11 +). Our 1 4+ youth group, 'Scubed', meets three times each month. For details please ring Michael Craine.


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5pm Mondays - Thursdays 9:00 - 9:30am Mondays 2:00pm Wednesdays 2:30pm House Groups

Holy Communion First Sunday - Family Service 2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday - Holy Communion 3rd Sunday - Morning Worship (No Communion) First Sunday - Holy Communion - Other Sundays - Evensong Prayer Time In Church 2nd Monday – Service In The Community Room Holy Communion each 1 st Weds of the month. Details from the Churchwardens or Notices.

From the Parish Register: Funerals

4 January 1 2 January

St Swithun's Church Winter Service Times

Eric Ling Peggy Hartley

The St Swithun's Church evening service will be at 5pm during the winter until Sunday 4 March when it will return to 6:30pm.

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A letter from the Bishop of Taunton Celebrating our common humanity

celebrates the Feast of Candlemas and we hear again the prophetic message of Simeon who declares that Jesus is to be a light for all the nations – Jews and Gentiles. It is a radical message that requires all of us, in the words of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, ‘to see God’s image in the one who is not in our image.’ As the Bosnian born theologian, Miroslav Volf says in his award winning book, ‘Exclusion and Embrace’, it may not be too much to claim that the future of our world will depend on how we deal with identity and difference. So, on the feast of Candlemas let us light a candle in celebration of our common humanity.

I am surprised at how caught up I became in the Stephen Lawrence case which offered some closure to his family with the conviction of two of his killers at the turn of the year. I was a parish priest in South London at the time of Stephen’s murder and was Vicar of a parish in Surrey Docks in which racism was never too far from the surface – indeed for some black members of our congregation exposure to racism was a daily occurrence. Some commentators have suggested Peter Taunton that the Lawrence case marked a watershed for race relations in this country. ‘Britain’, said one, ‘is a much Film Club more tolerant and open country. We The next meeting of the Film Club will be have new laws to prevent the stirring of on Monday 27 February at 2:00pm in St racial hatred and our public institutions Swithun’s Church. are better representative of and The film will be Beaches starring Barbara responsive to all the people.’ It is Hershey and Bette Midler, an endearing certainly true that the determination of story about the friendship, spanning thirty Doreen Lawrence to get justice for her years, between two girls meeting when son did lead to a root and branch review they were eleven years old. of policing through the McPherson Inquiry and that has seen some change Come along and join us for an enjoyable afternoon, followed by tea and cakes. for good. However, as Doreen Lawrence herself Transport available if required. has said, ‘The fact is that racism and Please note new tel. no. for transport. racist attacks are still happening in this Robert (851 390) or Pam Priston country and the police should not use my (743499). son’s name to say that we can move on.’ Around the week that Stephen’s trial concluded a young Indian, Anuj Bidve, was shot and killed on the streets of Salford and a young black footballer from Oldham was racially abused by an opposing supporter at Liverpool’s ground. Why do I raise all of this now? At the beginning of February the church The Bathford Bulletin Page 3

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Fun Run 201 2 - Help Required

In 201 0, we ran for 1 mile. In 2011 , we ran for 2km (2000m). In 201 2, it's going to be 201 2m. We would very much appreciate help over the coming months from willing volunteers interested in getting involved in the organisation of the Bathford Olympic Year Fun Run. The run is scheduled for June but we need to start planning now. If you would like to help (whether a runner or a nonrunner) then to find out more please contact: John Malone on 859022.

Quiz Night at the Parish Hall Friday 24 Feb at 7:45pm A fundraiser for the 201 2 Bathford Festival Cost: £7 per person on the night including supper. To reserve places or a table for up to six people phone: Stan on 859344 or use the booking sheet in the village shop.

Friends Of Bathford School

Happy New Year! FOBS would like to thank everyone who helped, supported and came along to our events last year. We had a great start to the year with a term fundraising total of £2,757.64. We hope you all enjoyed the Bathford Christmas CD, which raised £890.00. It was lovely to hear the children and St Swithun's Children's Choir (not to mention the parents) singing their tracks at the school Christmas Fair and Christingle services. We really appreciate the support of the village shop in selling so many CDs to help raise money for the school, and Steve, the hairdresser too. The Christmas Fair made a huge £1 ,469.35, so thank you to all who attended and helped with it. Planning is underway for this term's FOBS events, which include a school disco in February and an annual Easter Egg hunt on Saturday 31 March. More details will be revealed nearer the time. Many thanks,

Bar & Raffle on the night.

Tables limited - don’t leave it too late!

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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS 01 225 859007 Snow Wardens – Volunteers still needed. A number of people have

stepped forward to join the Snow Pilot Scheme but we are looking for more volunteers, particularly in Meadow Park, to help with clearing snow should it come. The scheme is being coordinated by 2 Councillors appointed as snow wardens and we will provide salt and a manual salt spreader. Volunteers will need to make themselves available in advance when there is snow; we will give you 2 to 6 bags of salt. The bags are waterproof but should not be left outdoors. We aim to get the salt down before the snow falls and BANES will provide specialist forecasts 2-3 days in advance. We aim to work in daylight. 1 00 yards of level two lane highway takes about 1 0 minutes to spread and the spreader will distribute the correct amount of salt (one tablespoon to one square metre). If it is not available, use a stiff brush. Volunteers who work with this scheme will be insured under the Parish Council scheme. If you can help, please send your details to the Clerk with your name, address, phone number, mobile phone number, email address. We will set up a local emailing/text messaging list for volunteers to keep you informed.

Litter picking.




Concerns about the amount of litter in the Parish have prompted some residents to volunteer to collect litter in their immediate neighbourhood and the Parish Council would like to see a team of volunteer litter pickers in the Parish. The council will provide the appropriate litter picking tool, gloves and bags for Page 6

use by volunteers. If you would like to join the team, please send your contact details to the Clerk and say if you would be happy to volunteer to act as coordinator for the team. Dial-a-Ride Service – Did you know that the dial-a-ride service now extends to Bathford? This provides door-to-door community transport for residents who cannot access public transport. The service comes to Bathford on Mondays and Fridays (except Bank Holidays) between 9:30am and 2:30pm. It is available for people to go shopping, visit key city destinations and play an active part in community life. Any return journey will cost £4 and a single journey will cost £2. Diamond Travelcard holders are entitled to a 50% discount. You must register to be eligible to use the service. To find out whether you are eligible and to make a booking call 01 225 33501 9 between 1 0am and 1 2 noon. You can also find out more details at: Local Jubilee Celebrations - a group is meeting to organise and co-ordinate local events to mark the Jubilee. If you would like to join the group, particularly if you are already planning an event, then please send your contact details to the Clerk. It is hoped to hold events in the Parish and jointly with neighbouring Parishes.

Jubilee Celebrations Advice Available

B&NES have issued some useful information about organising a street party which residents might be considering to celebrate the Jubilee. If you would like a copy of the advice then please contact the Clerk. Further information can also be obtained from,, and

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Develop B&NES – Develop is an

organisation which provides support to the voluntary and community sector. The Parish Council receives a regular newsletter about the organisations activities, including opportunities for funding etc. Any resident with a connection to a voluntary or community organisation might like to look at the website to see whether grant funding or other support is available for your group. Date for your diary – the Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Monday 1 6 April at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall, Church Street. All residents are welcome to attend to hear about the Parish Council’s achievements during the past year and have your say on the Council’s future plans.

National changes for Blue Badge Scheme. A new Blue Badge for disabled

to take any calls by telephone or in person at Keynsham if there any queries regarding blue badges or if anyone needs assistance in completing their application; All Blue badges will be printed by a Government contractor and sent directly to the applicants. Anyone who loses their badge will have to wait for the replacement from the Government. BANES will not be able to offer a replacement service. The administration costs of the new scheme has increased to the local taxpayer and in early 201 2 BANES will consider proposals to introduce a £1 0 fee for the issue of a badge which is in line with all neighbouring local Councils. If you already have a blue badge you don’t need to do anything. A reminder will be sent to you before it expires. Date of Next Meeting – The next meeting will be held on Monday 20 February 201 2 at 7:30pm in the Parish Office, Bathford Hill. All Parish Council meetings are open to the public and residents are welcome to attend as observers or to bring matters of concern to the attention of the Council in the first 5 minutes of the meeting.

drivers was launched on 1 January 201 2 and B&NES is raising awareness of the new badge and the changes. From 1 January 201 2: There will be a new national helpline for general enquiries for Blue Badges. People will be able to apply for and renew a badge online via Directgov at Ruth Holding - Clerk Those applying and renewing online will be able to track the progress of their application. The address for people to use to access the online form will be There will also be an eligibility checker for those who want to find out if they are eligible for a badge; Those who use the on-line application form can sign up for text and email reminders at renewal time; All applicants can still apply by completing an application form and sending to the Council by post or delivering by hand. Staff will be available The Bathford Bulletin

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Bath Stone Quarries

Bath Stone Quarries is a new, large format, heavily illustrated book by Bathford photographer and historian Derek Hawkins. Derek’s book explores the history of the stone quarrying industry of Bath and north west Wiltshire which, for more than 200 years, provided the best building stone in the world and which was essential to the development of Georgian Bath. All this stone came from galleries one hundred feet underground. The local area was an important centre of this industry and hundreds of acres of such underground workings riddle the hillside above Bathford village and the fields of Monkton Farleigh. The book is illustrated with over 350 absolutely breathtaking photographs of this vast underground complex, along with fascinating aerial photographs, maps, plans and archive images. ‘BATH STONE QUARRIES’, ISBN 9780956440549, is published by Folly Books and is available from all good bookshops or online from , where much more information can be found.

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Valentine's At Bathford Café

A Valentine themed afternoon tea will launch the return of Thursday afternoon teas in the Bathford café . This will be on Thursday 1 6 February from 2pm. Come and join us for tea crumpets valentine cakes and a warm welcome! Bring your beau or just your friend or yourself.

Liz Whitfield

Bathford Village Shop Volunteer Opportunities Rota Assistant

An asistant is needed to help Diana Smith (tel: 858964) organise the rota for the shop. This can mostly be done from home and, shared, would not be onerous.

Café Volunteers

Would you be able to offer some time working in our friendly café to support the new Manageress? The café is an exciting venture and new menus and special events are being planned. Our Bathford enterprise is flourishing and joining the sociable team is, truly, rewarding and great fun.

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The Bathford Society

The talk this month is by Dr Alan Dodge. His subject is the 1 8th century agricultural labourer and his family: the agricultural year and work, family finances, housing and domestic life, entertainment & the security of the parish welfare state. Monday 27 February. The talk stats at 8:00pm with coffee from 7:30pm.

David Howells

Energy savings in Bathford

Interested in saving energy and reducing your household fuel bills? The Bathford Energy Group has organised a detailed home energy survey of one of the houses in Mountain Wood. This has just been completed. Please come along and hear all about the findings. The results and recommendations will help everyone learn more about saving energy and reducing bills in their own homes. Tuesday 21 February 201 2 7:30pm, Village cafĂŠ. For more information contact the Bathford Energy Group: 859022

John Malone

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BATHFORD’S ANNUAL PANTOMIME IS BACK JACK AND THE BEANSTALK FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT AT ITS BEST Everyone knows the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, or do they?! Bathford Players are putting on a new version of this old favourite during February half term (Thursday 1 6 – Saturday 1 8 February 201 2), including a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday so younger children can bring their parents along! Featuring a cow (of course) with some tricks up her udders and introducing a host of memorable characters: including a disaster-prone comedy duo, a fairy past her prime, an evil henchman and a beautiful maiden - could there be love in the air? The story focuses on Jack and his adventures when he sells his cow in return for some beans. Written, produced and directed by Jan Tatem, Bathford Players have pulled out all the stops to ensure this production delivers a really memorable ‘laugh a minute’ show so you can boo, hiss, and cheer to your heart’s content. The pantomime features many of our experienced actors from recent successful productions, and we are

Exhibition of Paintings

Local artist Natalie Game will be showing paintings at the Little Gallery at Bathford community shop from Saturday 1 8 February. She will bring her sketch pad to the café on Saturday 3 March from 11 .00 - 1 .00pm and will be offering to make on the spot portraits. She especially enjoys drawing children and can work from a photograph as well as from life.

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delighted to welcome new young talent to perform with us. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ in action during the February half-term!. New members are always welcome; there are many ways a person can support a production aside from acting, such as painting scenery; technical help with sound and lighting; costume design and prop design and construction; and make-up. Every January, students from Bathford School participate in a poster competition to advertise our annual pantomime, and this year is no exception. We really value this community support. The winner from each class year will have their poster displayed in a public place within Bathford and its environs, and win a free ticket to the Saturday matinee. Tickets will be on sale from early January in the Bathford Community Village Shop; online at, and the ticket hotline on 01 225 859111 . These productions are always a sell-out, so buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Jan Tatem

What Would You Do To Help?

The British Red Cross is holding a 2 hour first aid course on 2 March at Bathford Parish Hall 7:30pm - 9:30pm. The course will provide a quick and easy way to learn key first aid skills so that in just a couple of hours you can be a lifesaver! You will receive a certificate upon completion. 20 places are available. Cost: £1 0.50 per person. Contact Clr Maureen Millbank at either or Tel: 859250. The Bathford Bulletin

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Diary Of Events

The deadline for receiving copy for the March 201 2 Bulletin is 1 5 February 201 2 Please put your items into the Bulletin Box in the Bathford Village Shop, email to:

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