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Diary Of Events Regular Events Monday Tuesdays

Wednesdays Thursdays

University Of The 3rd Age (U3A) 2pm – 4:15pm. Parish Hall. Bathford Link 10:30 – 11:30am. Community Rooms (M. Wood). Music, Movement, Dance & Drama for the under 5's 9:45 –10:45am. Parish Hall. Bathford Baby & Toddler Group 10am – 12pm. Parish Hall. Hope & Homes For Children 10:30am – 12pm. Parish Hall. Keep Fit Class 7:30pm – 8:30pm. Parish Hall. Cost £4.00.

January 2008 Saturday 12th Hope & Homes For Children Quiz Night Bathford Parish Hall. 7pm. Tickets £6 including light supper. 01225 858 042. Thursday 17th Parish Hall Management Meeting Bathford Parish Hall. 8pm – 10pm Saturday 19th “Sam” - Keyboard Player. 8pm Onwards. Bathford British Legion. Entry £3.00 Monday 21st Bathford Parish Council Meeting The Parish Office. 7.30pm Members of the public welcome! Saturday 26th “Rob Sherwood” Guitarist. 8pm Onwards. Bathford British Legion. Entry £3.00 Twinning Association Social Evening. Bathford Parish Hall. 7:15pm for 7:30pm Tickets £7, incl supper, glass of wine & entertainment Monday 28th The Bathford Society “The Big Spenders”. Bathford Parish Hall. 7:30pm - 10:30pm.

The Bulletin Is Changing! You may have heard that The Bathford Bulletin is undergoing radical changes in its production. In future the production will be within the village and there will be a much greater opportunity for readers and contributors to have a say in what they want, including the production of larger, more colourful editorial online. We would like to thank Ken Spencer for all his tireless work producing the Bulletin over the last 15 years. I'm sure you'll all agree that this is a considerable achievement and we wish him all the best for the future. Looking to the future! This is your Bulletin and we want your input and ideas to help us expand it. Is there something you would like to see in its pages or online? This is an opportunity for the whole community to be involved with the Bulletin's production. Why not visit our new website and let us know your thoughts and feelings. The Bathford Communications Group

The deadine for receiving copy for the February 2008 Bulletin is 15th Jan. Please drop your items into the Bulletin Box in the Village Shop or you can email items to Page 8

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The Bathford Bulletin January 2008 The Monthly Magazine For The Parish Of Bathford For Over 100 Years

Wishing You A

Happy New Year

St. Swithun’s Church Bathford The Reverend Tim Ling, The Vicarage, 27 Church Street, Bathford (01225) 858 325 | Everyone Is Warmly Welcome! We have the following groups for children during our Sunday Services: Crèche (0-3); Children’s Church (3-10); Rock Solid Youth Group (10+). Churchwardens: Readers: Sundays 8:15am 10:00am


Gill Miller 858 402 Gerry Miller 858 402 Gill Gilbert 858 927

Fenella Avison 851 154 Michael Craine 858 613 Dennis Pearson 858 293

Holy Communion First Sunday - Family Sunday 2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday - Holy Communion 3rd Sunday - Morning Worship (No Communion) First Sunday - Holy Communion Other Sundays Evensong

Mondays 9:15-10am Prayer Time In Church 2:00pm 2nd Monday - Service Community Room Wednesdays After the Church Family Service at 2:30pm House Groups Details from the Vicar, Churchwarden or Notices. From The Parish Register Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals are by arrangement with the Vicar Baptisms Zachary Patton 2nd December, 2007 Adam Hassan 2nd December, 2007 Joseph Hassan 2nd December, 2007 Funerals Llewellyn Perry 29th November, 2007

The Old Chapel – High Street Bathford Pastor - Paul Ivory. 01225 761954 and 07989 400606 First Sunday of each month: 6pm-8pm Outreach Service, with a Guest Speaker Second Sunday of each month: 10:30am-noon Family Service Sundays (except 2nd Sunday): 6:00-7:45pm Evening Service Tuesday: 10:00am-noon Coffee drop-in Help-line: Anyone needing help may telephone the Pastor. The Chapel is evangelical in outlook & charismatic in worship. Prayers are offered for the sick. Page 2

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Bathford Cricket Club The 1st XI, captained by Paul Jackson, finished 7th in Division 3 and secured its position in it, having gained promotion from Division 4 only at the end of 2006. Steve Ball produced the performance of the year with a sparkling 75 and Andrew Murray was voted the players' “Player of the Year” for both his batting and bowling prowess. Paul Jackson was named "Clubman of the Year". The 2nd XI, captained by Steve Hunt, finished 5th in Division 7, which was sufficient to gain them promotion to Division 6 for 2008. Mathew Hunter was the team's leading bowler with 23 wickets and was not only voted the players' “Player of the Year”, but also produced the performance of the year with his 5 for 24 in the victory over Chippenham 4th XI. Junior cricket is also flourishing at the club. The U15 XI played 10 matches, winning 4, whilst the U11s were introduced to 8-a-side "cricket-proper". In 2008, the U11s will step up to U13, playing 11-a-side under the guidance of Paul Merrett. A new U9 team will appear next season and the club is delighted to welcome Jo Stoker as manager of this new venture and wishes her every success. Luke Abbott was named "Junior Clubman of the Year". Next season opens with our indoor nets at King Edwards School in North Road, where the sessions (from 6pm on Thursdays) start on 21st February for the U11s / U9s and on 6th March for seniors. New players are welcome either at KES or during the season itself. A merry Christmas and a successful new year to all. L M Mackenzie, Bathford CC.

Dorothy House Hospice The Coffee Morning held on 7th December in Church Street in aid of Dorothy House Hospice raised £350. Hope and Homes for Children The recent Auction of Promises in aid of Hope and Homes for Children raised the magnificent sum of £8,702.50. Our grateful thanks to all donors and bidders. Keith Masdin Hope & Homes For Children Bathford Royal British Legion Club We had our AGM on Thursday the 29th of November, the only real change is that Mr Hugh Baker is now the membership secretary and I send my thanks to Karen Starr for all her previous hard work and effort during the year. The main officers for the branch were returned unopposed and a list of them is pinned on the Branch notice board. I recently received a poem from a colleague that originated from one of our chaps out in the desert, its written on the same lines as “A Night Before Christmas” but has a different theme, I've pinned it on the board by the bar if you get five minutes have a read, it says a lot of what we are about. It just leaves me to say to you all, have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year and thanks for all the support that I have enjoyed through out the year, you know who you are. And finally during the new year, please remember our boys and girls still out there and raise a glass and wish them well, and a safe return home. Chris Skelton, Chairman, Bathford Branch RBL. 01179 454 193 - 07919 628 315

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Bathford Guides Visit To London We arrived at Bath Spa Station to get the train to Paddington. When we arrived in London we walked through Hyde Park, St James Park and Green Park. We saw lots of horses and Meg chased the ducks and pigeons! We stopped for a break, because it was Mrs Wright’s birthday, she gave us some birthday cake that she had been carrying! We walked onto Buckingham palace which was great as they were changing the guards. However, there were people everywhere so we had to link arms or hold onto each other because we didn’t want to get lost! We then walked to the London Eye where there was a massive queue, but we only had to wait about ten minutes, However, one Guide thought it took half an hour but she still said, “it was worth it, you could see loads of London and we took some really good pictures”. We then ate lunch and walked to the Tate Modern we looked at the ‘crack’ all along the floor which was part of an exhibition. We had a hot chocolate to warm ourselves up then walked to Tower Bridge and went up inside which was really great, it was turning dark and was fun because there were loads of lights and really good views. When we came down we heard that the bridge was going to be raised so we managed to see the bridge moving We ate dinner at Nandos, it was delicious and as it was Mrs Wright’s birthday we sang to her during dinner. We then got the tube and had a short walk to the Youth Hostel where we had hot chocolate and more birthday cake before making cards by ‘quilling’ and then to bed! On Sunday we woke up at 7am, after breakfast we got the tube to the Science Page 6

museum which was great fun, we did everything, some things we did twice! We had lunch in the café , then a few more activities, we couldn’t look round all of it because we took too long looking at all of the fantastic exhibitions that we liked the most. We then got the tube back to Paddington where we had tea, before we took the train back to Bath. We would definitely go again! Becky, Meg, Flo, Rosie and Holly Bathford Guides Bathford Players Trouble In Pantoland "There's something wrong with the Wicked Queen's magic mirror and Cinderella has been left standing at the altar, waiting in vain for her Prince Charming. For He-Whose-Name-NoOne Can Remember, a seriously evil wizard has invaded pantoland and all the heroes have disappeared. What will the Wicked Queen do with no hero to save the day?” The show will be performed at the Parish Hall from: 21st to 23rd Feb at 7:30pm. With a 2pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets on sale in The Village Shop from the end of Jan, and can also be bought by calling the Box Office on 01225 859111. Tickets cost £6 Adult and £4 Children. Lennie Almond, The Bathford Players The Bathford Society The talk on the 28th January, 2008, will be "The Big Spenders - Beckfords and the Slave Trade" by Amy Frost. How the Beckfords used the profits of slavery in their search for power and possessions. Amy is Curator of Beckford’s Tower and Museum. David Howells, The Bathford Society.

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Letter From The Reverend Tim Ling Vicar At St Swithuns Church Dear Friends Well, we all got back safely from India! I would like to say thank you and how touched I have been by the interest and concern I have encountered from so many people around the village since I have been back. Actually, I have found it quite hard to talk about my trip. India is an overwhelming country in so many ways! 400 million people live on the internationally agreed poverty line of a dollar a day; 400 million people live below even that line, eating a meal only every other day. One unusually severe Delhi winter when people were dying because of the cold, members of the Delhi Bible Institute took blankets out to the slums. The next night when they went back with more, they found the people had sold them to be able to buy food. The other day somebody said that the sad thing about going to India is knowing that, no matter what you do, in ten years time these people will be in exactly the same position. Then you look at the amount of building and development going on in Delhi and you wonder whether, in fact, they will be in the same position in ten years from now. Wealth is coming to India. Western ways are coming to India. Consumerism, greed, envy, overwork, stress, discontent are coming to India. The people amongst whom we lived and worked are convinced that they possess the only thing that can bring lasting change to India. They are convinced of this because they believe it is the only thing with the power to change the

hearts of the people of India. They believe that the Word of God is the word of life, with the power to change lives. They believe this because they are seeing it happen in extraordinary ways. You cannot be a nominal Christian in India. You cannot be a ‘church-goer’. It is so hard to become a Christian and to be a Christian in north India that you will only do it if you are convinced it is true; so convinced that you will then want to live as if it is true. The people we met are very ordinary people: people with very few possessions to speak of and little education; but they are convinced that they have a message that can change the hearts and lives of their neighbours. They are convinced of this because it has happened to them. And they are committed to sharing this message and living this message in the communities where they live and beyond. They do this often at great cost to themselves. It was truly humbling and inspiring and an enormous privilege to spend time with such people. At the beginning of another year it challenges me to ask myself how committed am I to sharing this message and living this message. But it also inspires me to think that we possess the same life-changing message they do, and that a year from now we don’t have to be in the same place we are today. I wish you a very happy new year.

Tim Ling Vicar At St Swithuns

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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS 852486, 859007

Is Green Belt Important? B&NES is proposing to ‘suspend’ the Green Belt designation to the South East of the city whilst it determines the location for the 1,500 homes to be built there, and then to ‘reinstate’ the Green Belt on what is left. The Bathford Parish Council feels that this action is unprecedented and dangerous. We fully accept the need to provide more housing, and particularly housing which is more affordable. However, we feel strongly that such compromise can only be entertained as an absolute last resort. Our letter of objection to B&NES on this aspect of the Core Strategy is on the website and further information, and an online survey can be found at We have also written to the Chronicle and the Western Daily Press. What are your views? * * * Bathford Parish Council would like to extend our best wishes and offer full support to the Bathford Communication Group in their new venture with the Bathford Bulletin. Several organisations are involved in the development programme and we look forward to the involvement of other groups within the Parish in the future development of the Bulletin and its sister website. Ruth Holding, Clerk Bathford Parish Council Page 4

Somer Community Housing Trust Tenant Representation Somer Tenants who have unresolved concerns regarding any of the services delivered by the trust are requested to contact their tenant representatives who will be pleased to assist them. Tenants Reps are volunteer tenants who are authorised by Somer to represent the views of their tenants’ and to act on their behalf. I am the representative for the Somer Housing stock in Bathford except Sheltered housing and tenants can contact me on 01225 852 080. The representative for Sheltered Housing is John Fleming tel No 01225 851 362. It is through John’s hard work and persistence that gas central heating will shortly be installed in the sheltered accommodation and I feel he is to be commended for his efforts. Thank you John! I know many people have had concerns regarding lack of Sheltered Housing Officer cover at times and also the poor reception during daily phone calls to residents. I understand from John that the phone system has now been righted and the reception is good. Regular meetings are held with senior Somer staff and it is only with your feedback that we can appraise them of shortcomings in areas of their business and discuss how things might be improved. The Bath North Area Panel are able vote sums of monies each year through the Neighbourhood Impact Grant. If you have an idea for a project which would be beneficial to the community please let me know of your ideas. Rosemary Taylor, Tenants’ Representative, Chair - Bath North Area Panel

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Bathford Link The 13th Annual General Meeting of Link took place on Thursday 22 November in the Community Room. The Chairman, Jack Mackay, recorded with sorrow the death during the year of David Geeve. David had served Link well, both as a driver and a Trustee. He went on to report a successful year in which 819 journeys had been undertaken - 140 more than last year. Criminal Records Bureau clearance had been carried out for Trustees and that for drivers would follow soon. He thanked all those who had helped with the running of the organisation. The Secretary reported on a complete overhaul of records and documentation used by Link. Driver numbers were down but new ones were in the pipeline. A lunch for drivers would be held in the New Year as a gesture of thanks for their invaluable contribution. Following bad weather, the Garden Party would in future become a Link Tea Party in the Parish Hall. The Treasurer, John Lees, presented Audited Accounts which showed a second year of healthy improvement in the capital reserves, thanks to low expenses and generous donations. Monica Stockwell reported on behalf of the Co-ordinators & Marion Wilkinson for the Social Activities group. All Officers and Co-ordinators were reelected for the year. Existing Committee members were also re-elected & the 2 vacancies filled by Tony Evans & Bob Palmer. Tony Woodcock (859132) Bathford Link

Twinning News - AGM Speaking at the Association’s 5th AGM, Maureen Breeze (Chair) recorded a year in which the contact with Artannes had been further developed. Perhaps the most important development had been the visit by a party of young people from Bathford to Artannes. This youth involvement had long been the aim of the Association and had now started to come to fruition. It would be further cemented in early July 2008 when a large group of primary school children would make a reciprocal visit here. The other major event had been the highly successful visit of people from the Artannes area to see a selection of English Country House Gardens. Thanks were recorded to Colin & Pam Priston who had arranged the event. Finances were in a solid state; the major expenditure of the year being money used to promote youth visit activity. In elections, all officers were re-elected for 2007/08. Derek Brown has resigned from the committee but Freddie & Sian Connolly have joined to strengthen the team. Social Evening On Saturday 26 January, there will be a Social Evening at 7.15 for 7.30pm in the Parish Hall. Open to all members and to any interested residents of Bathford & Kingsdown, tickets are £7 and available from the Shop, John Lees, Julia Masdin and Jenny Matthews in Kingsdown. Get rid of the winter blues by joining us for a Film, Supper and a glass of wine, Music - all included in the price! Tony Woodcock (859132) Bathford Twinning Association

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