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The Bathford Bulletin July 2012 The Monthly Magazine For The Parish Of Bathford

Keith Masdin and the Pupils of Bathford School on their torch parade Photo By Liz Whitfield We are always 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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Everyone Is Warmly Welcome!

St. Swithun’s Church Bathford Rev Jane Burgess - Telephone: 858325 email: 851 095 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, 'Rock on Saturday', meets three times each month. For details please ring Michael Craine.


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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

6:30pm Mondays - Thursdays 9:00 - 9:30am Prayer Time In Church Mondays 2:00pm 2nd Monday – Service In The Community Room Wednesdays 2:30pm Holy Communion each 1 st Weds of the month at Shockerwick House Groups

House. Details from the Churchwardens or Notices.

From the Registers Baptism 27th May Joshua Nicholls

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From the Vicarage....

When I first arrived in Bathford one of the first stories I was told was about the wonderful Passion Play that had been put on in Bathford in 2004. Very quickly I was shown photographs of the event and soon realised what an ambitious and extraordinary event it had been. I couldn’t quite believe it then when I was told that many of the folk who were involved in the 2004 performance wanted to stage another Passion Play. I thought producing an event like this once in a lifetime would have been enough for anybody, but not for Cathy Adeane and her team. The enthusiasm amongst those involved in the Passion Play is amazing and I think we are going to be in for a treat as the Passion Play is staged on July 1 4 and 1 5 in the beautiful gardens of Sycamore House, the churchyard and Church. We will be joining a very long history of communities that have performed such plays. They began across Europe in the Middle Ages as Easter plays but by the fifteenth century they had moved away from the church, were translated from Latin into the vernacular and magnificent productions were staged in public squares, often lasting for days. With the Reformation, Passion Plays came to be performed more rarely and it was only at the end of the nineteenth century that they began to make a resurgence. The chief survivor of the original modern Passion Play is the Oberammergau Passion Play, first performed in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau in 1 634, and now performed every ten years. The town's residents vowed that if God spared them from the effects of the bubonic plague ravaging the region, they would produce a play every ten years thereafter, depicting the life and death of

Jesus. The play, lasting about seven hours, is now performed repeatedly over the course of five months during every year ending in zero (next in 2020). It involves over 2,000 performers, musicians, and stage technicians (about half of the village) and comprises spoken dramatic text, musical and choral accompaniment. Whilst not claiming to be quite as ambitious in terms of scale as the residents of Oberammergau, the 70 residents of Bathford taking part are equally passionate and committed. They hope to offer all who come to see the performances a unique and special experience of seeing the story of Jesus Christ come to life. You may be pleased to hear the performance will only last two and a half hours, not seven hours nor even seven days as some of the original ones did! Performances 2:00pm 1 4 July and repeated at 2:00pm 1 5 July beginning at Sycamore House garden. Tickets from the community Shop £5 adults £3 children

With warmest greetings Jane

Welcome Packs Have you any new neighbours?

St Swithun’s Church has made up welcome packs, to be delivered to all newcomers, welcoming them to our lovely village and containing information about our many various village organisations and activities, including The Bathford Bulletin, leaflets about the Shop and Café, Link, the Twinning Association. and St. Swithun’s Church. Please ring Pam Priston on 743499 and I will arrange for a welcome pack to be delivered to them.

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This year the AGM was a cheerful buzzing affair and well attended. There was much to report. There have been many changes and achievements in the last twelve months and much is planned for the year to come. The café is now open and the regular lunches, teas and events such as ‘Coffee plus Café’, are proving popular. The range of goods available in the shop is increasingly tempting and more and more items are locally sourced. BEFA+ is very active. This group aims to offer more services to the community, identifying and responding to needs as well as generally making Bathford an even better place to live and grow up in. Those impressive displays of art works in the café have been arranged by BEFA+. So please become a member of BEFA! You would be supporting a thriving venture and be part of something exciting and interesting. Only members can attend the AGM, be ’in the know’ and influence future developments. There is a once only joining fee of £1 0. Ask in the shop or tel: 8591 86.

BEFA (Bathford Enterprise for All) would love to have more members.

Breakfast is served!

The Bathford Community Shop Café is celebrating the summer by offering a cooked breakfast on Saturdays, starting 1 6 June. So if you like your eggs scrambled or fried, a delicious sausage or bacon sandwich or if you are ready for a "full English" then make your way to the Community Café and see what's cooking. The Café will also continue to offer its current breakfast selection including freshly baked croissant and pain au chocolat daily, Monday to Saturday from 9 am. And don't forget to try some of the delicious home-made cakes available to eat in or take away.

Little Gallery

Work by Shirley Bloomfield can be viewed at the Little Gallery at Bathford Community Café from 2 July. The artist began painting twelve years ago and likes to work in water colours, oils and pastels. Favourite subjects are landscapes including those of the local area as well as people and animals. Shirley belongs to two art groups and her work has been seen in various exhibitions including the Mayor of Bath's Annual Exhibition.

Are you a family needing a little help this summer?

Celine Angot is an 1 8 year old from Artannes who would like to spend the summer improving her English working as an au pair with a family in England. If you are interested or know of anyone who is, please contact me on 01 225 852444.

Maureen Breeze Bathford with Association Page 4

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Kingsdown Twinning

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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS 01 225 859007 Closure of A363 for resurfacing - The

A363, from its junction with the A4 Box Road roundabout, to the junction at Pinckney Green will be closed during the week commencing Monday 30 July. The road will be closed from 1 9:00 on July 30, and will remain closed 24 hours a day to through traffic until 06:00 on Fri 3 August. During the work access to and from Bathford via the Bathford Hill junction with the A363 may be restricted. A diversion will be in place via Box. A big thank you – The Parish Council would like to pass on its sincere thanks to everyone involved in the organisation of events to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The parish is fortunate to have so many people who are willing to give up their time for the benefit of the whole community. The Cream Tea, the Big Lunch, the Fun Run, the Fun Day on the playing field, the Heritage Walk, the Flower Festival and Art Exhibitions in the Church and School made for a marvellous weekend as the community got together to celebrate. Congratulations to all those who contributed to and participated in these memorable events.

check whether their scooter falls within the provisions of the Code. There are a number of conditions which need to be met. Anyone wanting more details about the carriage of mobility scooters on low floor buses should contact the Clerk who can send them a leaflet. Users of electric wheelchairs that do not exceed the standard reference wheelchair dimensions are not affected by the Code. Recycling of food waste – Residents are reminded that cooked and raw food waste can be recycled and is collected as part of the weekly kerbside collection. B&NES has provided all residents with a lockable black bin and a smaller caddy for the collection of food waste. The Parish Council would encourage all residents to use the food recycling service. Putting food waste in the lockable bin rather than in black sacks reduces the likelihood of refuse sacks being split by animals and birds which will in turn help to keep the village clean and tidy.

Red Cross Fire & Emergency Support Service – This Red Cross support

service is based in Keynsham. It provides practical and emotional support to people whose homes have been affected by fire, flood or other disaster. The service is staffed entirely by volunteers and the Red Cross is looking for new volunteers to support this Carriage of mobility Scooters on low service. If you would like to find out floor buses – The Confederation of more, then you can contact the Clerk or Passenger Transport has developed a Dan Spencer at the Red Cross on 011 7 voluntary Code of Conduct for the Use 301 261 9. and Acceptance of Mobility Scooters on Date of Next Meeting – This will be held Low Floor Buses as the design of on Monday 1 6 July 201 2 at 7:30pm in modern buses makes them suitable for the Parish Office. Parishioners are the carriage of mobility scooters not reminded that all Parish Council exceeding a specified size and weight. meetings are open to the public and Most major bus operators have adopted residents are welcome to attend as the Code. Any user of a Type 2 design observers or to bring matters of concern of a mobility scooter can request an to the attention of the Council in the first assessment with their bus operator to 5 minutes of the meeting. Page 6 The Bathford Bulletin

Would you like to join the Parish Council?

Bathford Parish Council has 1 vacant seat that can be filled by co-option. Applications for co-option would be welcome from anyone qualifying for the role of parish councillor. The qualifying criteria can be found on the Parish Council website If you would like to join the council, please contact the Clerk for an application form. The deadline for applications is Friday 31 August and applications will be considered at the meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 1 7 September. Ruth Holding, Clerk, Bathford Parish Council, c/o 54 Bathford Hill, Bathford, BA1 7SN

Tel: 01 225 859007 Email:

SO LONG AND FAREWELL… Your chance to say “Good Bye” to Mrs Grebby following many years of outstanding service to Bathford Primary School as Head Teacher. Come along to the School Fete on Saturday 7th July between 1 2pm and 3pm where FOBS will be presenting Mrs Grebby with a bouquet of flowers and the children will be singing a round of “For she’s a jolly good fellow” followed by 3 cheers, in the traditional Bathford way!

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Saturday 1 September 201 2 We have listened to our entrants and taken on board some suggestions. The Children's Classes have been split into two groups 3 - 7 years and 8 - 1 4 years on day of show, and a cup will be awarded to the winner of each group. The theme for the Decorated Egg Class this year is An Olympic Competitor, and a new class - A painting or drawing of your favourite toy (not to exceed A4 size) has been introduced. We hope that as many children as possible will take part and get busy on their entries during any wet days in the School Holidays! The floral section includes a new class "A Miniature Garden" in a standard size seed tray. We hope to see many creative and imaginative entries especially from armchair gardeners. A reminder to all cup holders, please return these to Bob Palmer at 49 Dover's Park, Bathford, Tel 859276, no later than 1 August 201 2. The Show Schedule and entry forms will be available from the Village Shop, Steve Marriott, The Crown or any Committee Member from 1 August.

We look forward to seeing you at the Show. Rosemary Drewett

Bathford Youth Club

The new Bathford Youth Club finishes for the summer break this month, there will be a the usual activities in St Swithun's Church on Monday 2 July 7:00 – 8:30pm and then we will be having an end of term disco in the Legion on Monday 9 July for members only. Our borrowed and ancient (but much loved!) table tennis table has not stood up to being moved every week and is sadly deceased! If anyone has a table tennis table that we could have we would be very grateful. The club is open to all children in Year 7 and above. It costs £2 which will be put towards club equipment and activities. If you need more information please contact the Youth Club on 0744 646 8025.

Val Stone, Michelle Williams and Kara Maylor

Are you a Social Media Addict ?

We are looking for a volunteer to help out with the Twitter and Facebook accounts for the Bulletin. Not a lot to it, just update the feed with what you think the followers will be interested in. Some is already automated with and posts to Facebook are also Tweeted. Should be fun and will get our Village on the Map. If you want to add others such as Instagram, Google+ etc that shouldn't be a problem. If you are interested then email or Tweet us @bathfordb

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Bathford Fun Run 201 2

Many thanks to everyone involved in the 201 2 Bathford Fun Run on 4 June, to everyone who entered and ran the course and to all who helped in some way. We enjoyed a fantastic event. Thanks to the Rugby Club for all their help during set-up and for help with the marshalling. I would like to apologise that the issuing of certificates was not as smooth as we had hoped. We were trying a new process in order to provide runners with their time and position. We've learnt a lot this year, which will help us improve things for next year. Times should now be on the Bulletin web-site and available in the shop. We are planning to organise the event again next year and we would very much appreciate 2 or 3 more volunteers to join the organising team and share the tasks. Please let us know soon if you would like to help as we will have one meeting soon to put in place an outline programme for next year's event.

Contact: John 079741 71 007


Photos By Vanessa Plain

Roll up, roll up...

The Olympic-themed Bathford Summer FĂŞte is coming to town on Sat 7 July. There will be over 30 stalls, incl. quad bikes, bouncy slide and bouncy castle and face painting. New this year are a children's assault course, tug of war, traditional children's races eg: egg and spoon and 3-legged, and a candy floss stall. Great raffle prizes are on offer and there will be food and drinks on sale. Look forward to seeing you. Big thank you to all those who helped and especially those who came to the Royal Jubilee Big Lunch in Church Street from the Barhford Summer Festival team


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Josh runs 7 Marathons in 7 days AUCTION OF PROMISES

The Crown Bathford, Tuesday 1 4 August from 6:30pm. Auction items already promised include: Bath Rugby kit signed by the team, GB Olympic kit signed by the British Modern Pentathlon team, lunch for 2 at the Royal Crescent Hotel, and champagne tea for 2 in the Pump Room. All proceeds will be split between Cancer Research UK and Dorothy House Hospice. If you are owner of a local business and are able to offer an item or service please contact Maggie Bone on 859226. Thank you to all those who have already promised items. should you wish to sponsor me.

Thank you. Josh.

Film Club

The next meeting of the Film Club will be on Monday 23 July at 2:00pm in St. Swithun’s Church. The film will be the Oscar winning THE IRON LADY starring Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent. An elderly Margaret Thatcher reminisces on her life. Do come along and join us for an enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment, followed by tea and cakes.

Transport available if required. Contact Robert Wolsey Tel. 851 390.

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Diary Of Events

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(Following National Curriculum Guidelines) FREE ‘TASTERS’ ages 5-1 3. The Parish Hall, Church Street, Bathford Check our website for dates and information. Or call Finn on 0781 0790039 Look forward to seeing you there! The deadline for receiving copy for the August 201 2 Bulletin is 1 5 July 201 2 Please put your items into the Bulletin Box in the Bathford Village Shop, email to:

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