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

Gold Medalist Jason Gardener visited Bathford School

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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.


8:1 5am 1 0:00am

6:30pm 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.

St Swithun's Church Evening Service Times

From Sunday 4 March the evening service will return to 6:30pm.

Cappella Nova

A local Chamber Choir will be singing evensong on 25 March 6:30pm. All are welcome

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Letter from a Licensed Lay Reader It was just an ordinary school day until the Head came into assembly and announced that the King had died in his sleep. He then offered prayers for the Royal family. We all felt sad and some shed tears. Only a few days earlier the King, looking frail, had bid farewell to Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip as they left for a royal tour of East Africa. Other older readers may recall similar experiences as they heard the news. With hindsight I think our response also reflected our wartime experiences. Most of our fathers had been called up: some never to return, others wounded and some never the same again. We all felt that the Royal family had shared our fears and dangers by remaining in London during the Blitz and giving personal support to those who suffered loss. We also appreciated the King's Christmas broadcasts offering encouragement as he sought to overcome his stutter. It was the sense of dedication and affection for their people that the Queen inherited from her parents. 1 952 was still a time of rationing and slow economic recovery and the world remained a dangerous place. We were a serious generation looking to change. The Queen's accession offered a real opportunity for a fresh start. My generation has had the privilege of sharing all of the Queen's 60 years' reign: for those younger she has always been part of the life blood of the nation. Her commitment to the United Kingdom and Commonwealth has been so dedicated that it is all too easy to take her for granted. She has not sought the limelight but, given her role, could not avoid it. I suspect few of us would want her job!

At 85 how does she manage to do it all with very little let up? The Queen herself has provided some answers: the example of loving parents, the sterling support of Prince Philip and her Christian faith. One commentator put it neatly, “she is driven by duty, sustained by faith”. What is it that inspires you and me in our lives?

Best wishes Gerry Miller

Lent Lunches

St Swithun’s is again running the popular Lent Lunches in the Parish Rooms starting on 28 Feb from 1 2:30pm to 2:00pm and then each Wednesday up to and including 28 March. These consist of a simple meal made from a variety of homemade soups with bread. There will also be cheese and fruit. Everybody is welcome. Please come and have an enjoyable time. Payment by donation, all of which will be given to charity. Please sign up if you can help on the list by the main door of the church.

Contact Derek for any queries on 859886.

Women's World Day of Prayer

On Friday 2 March a Service will be held at Swithun's Church at 2:1 5pm. The Speaker will be Catherine Vaughan. All welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Barbara Jack

Film Club

Fim club as usual, Last Monday of the Month, Film for March to be announced Please note new tel. no. for transport. Robert (01 225 851 390) or Pam

Priston (01 225 743499).

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BATHFORD LINK What does Link do?

In spite of the fact that Bathford Link has been serving the Bathford community since 1 994, we still find those who say they don’t know what we do. It is also not always appreciated that this service does include Meadow Park and the south side of Morris Lane (even numbers). In the main, we provide help with transport for those who, for reasons of health or age, need to visit: hospitals, doctors, opticians, dentists, day centres and clubs We also have a daily collection and delivery service for prescriptions. We can assist with shopping, getting to the hairdresser or to visit family in hospital. There is a regular Link Coffee Morning in the Mountain Wood Community Centre – every Tuesday from 1 0.30 – 11 .30am. This is a popular and informal place for coffee and a chat. We finance ourselves entirely by donations from clients and well-wishers. Our devoted group of volunteer drivers and co-ordinators provide a much appreciated service.

Can we help you?

If you need help in these or other ways, give us a call by ringing:

07870 666 582

You will reach our duty co-ordinator who will be pleased to consider your needs. There is an answering facility on this line so, if necessary, leave a message and you will receive a prompt reply.

Can you help us?

New drivers are always welcome. However, we are seriously in need of offers to serve on our management committee from people who would like to help in running the organisation and who, Page 4

in due course, could fill the offices (Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer etc.) of the Committee. Our present management committee is concerned that we are an ageing group and we need new people to join us now to ensure that Link can continue offering its services into the future. Serving on the committee is not an onerous task – it meets only four times per year. It is however, a very rewarding activity and provides vital help to those who most need it. If you think you can help, please give me a ring and I will provide further information.

Tony Woodcock – Chairman (8591 32)

Bathford Society

The talk this month on 26 March is by Tim Ryan. His subject is 'The Aust to Beachley Ferry – the rescue of the Severn Princess'. Tim was Deputy Head teacher at Wyedean Comprehensive School in Chepstow. As usual the talk starts at 8:00pm with coffee from 7:30pm.

David Howells

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.

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Bathford Village Shop A Community Co-operative

Things are changing at the village shop’s community café. If you have been in the shop recently, you may have noticed some changes being made in the café to the service and menus. We are pleased and excited that things are starting to move and over the next few months we hope to develop the it into a busy place that we all like to visit and enjoy, with both eat-in and some take-away food. We will keep you informed as plans progress. Audrey Way is our new part-time café manager. She has lots of ideas and would welcome any you have - do call in and chat to her. We need your help! The café needs its own set of dedicated volunteers separate from those in the shop. Could you find an hour or two on a regular basis? The period 1 2 – 2pm would be especially useful, to help serve and clear up after lunches. Do let Audrey or Kevin the shop manager know, by leaving your details at the shop or emailing Maybe you cannot give your time but could support its development by donating towards any of the following: 2 X new A boards/blackboards to be used to promote the café @ £75 each Electric radiator @ £70 Electric hob @ £200, Milk frother @ £1 5 Tradesmen time @ £1 5 per hour Small commercial dishwasher, expensive We also need some funds to change the shop sign to include the café (£1 00) and also to have some brown road signs erected by the Council, signposting the village shop and café (2 @ £1 00).

Jason Gardener sprints into Bathford Primary School

Children from Bathford Primary were delighted to have Olympic champion Jason Gardener visit their school last Friday 4 February. Jason is an Olympic gold medallist who triumphed at the Athens games of 2004, running the victorious first leg of the 4 x 1 00 metres for the Great Britain team. Jason spoke to parents, teachers and children in assembly, sharing his Olympic experiences and the lessons that his athletic experiences have taught him. The clear messages were: surround yourself with positive people, work hard, overcome obstacles in your path, and most importantly of all, follow your dreams! Headteacher Diane Grebby commented: "It was a great privilege to have someone like Jason come and speak to the whole school in this special year. He inspired us all with his courage, determination and vision. We gave him and all of Team GB one of our special Bathford School three Cheers!" A lucky few children even got to touch a real-life Olympic Gold Medal! Jason’s visit was truly inspirational in this Olympic year. Jason wowed the audience throughout with his unforgettable story and all at the school were impressed by how friendly, approachable and kind he was with the children.

Matt Stone

Can you help? Please talk to Kevin if so.

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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS 01 225 859007 Annual Parish Meeting (APM) 1 6 April

– the APM will take place on Monday 1 6 April at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall, Church Street. All residents are welcome to attend to hear a review of parish council activities and speakers on a number of subjects which it is hoped will include plans for the new Youth Club, litter picking/community clean-ups and a review of the snow warden pilot scheme. If any resident would like to propose an issue for discussion then please send the details in writing to the Clerk before 1 April 201 2.

Local Jubilee celebrations - a group

has met to co-ordinate local events to mark the Jubilee. Lots of activities are planned for the Jubilee weekend and more volunteers to help with the organisation of these events would be very welcome. If you would like to get involved then please send your contact details to the Clerk. If you are planning a Jubilee event then the Parish Council would be grateful to have the details, particularly the time and the place so that these can be added to the village events calendar.

Large flower planters – BANES has

you can help send your details to the Clerk.

Tetra Paks can now be recycled – you

can now put Tetra Paks out with the weekly kerbside recycling collection. Tetra Paks should be washed and squashed and put out with the cardboard in the blue bag.

New scheme to cut heating oil bills –

the West of England Rural Network is forming a local buying syndicate for domestic heating oil to get the benefit of bulk buying discounts. Membership of the scheme costs £20 for domestic households (£30 for community groups, £1 00 for businesses) and average savings of around £40 on a 500 litre order could be achieved. If you want to find out more then visit the website or ring 01 275 333701 for details.

Date of Next Meeting – The next meeting will be held on Monday 1 9 March 201 2 at 7.30pm in 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

given Bathford Parish Council three large disused flower planters for use in the parish. It is suggested that one should be placed on the triangle at the bottom of Bathford Hill. If you have a suggestion for the location of a flower planter then please send your ideas to the Clerk. The council would also welcome volunteers to maintain the pots by watering, weeding them etc. Again if Page 6 The Bathford Bulletin

Advertisement for the Clerk of Governors for Bathford Primary School.

We are looking to appoint a Clerk to work with our committed Governing Body from the beginning of March 201 2 as part of this ‘outstanding’ village Primary School. The role is to provide administrative support to the Governing Body and to help ensure compliance with the statutory duties ofthe Governing Body.

The principal responsibilities include;

Taking minutes at FGB (Full Governing Body) and committee meetings. •Liaising with the LEA to ensure that the FGB is complying with its statutory duties (full support is provided by the LEA in this) •Preparing the agenda for the FGB meetings in conjunction with the Chair •Liaising with the Finance Officer regarding the Financial Reporting to the FGB •Dealing with all correspondence to and from the FGB. This might include the Local Education Authority, Parents and the Local Community. A full job description will be provided on application. Full training would be provided by the retiring Clerk, who remains as Finance Officer at the School, and the LEA. The role attracts a payment for services of £350 per annum. This role would suit someone who is free of commitments in the evening and has an interest in education and the local community. It would certainly help us if you are personable, approachable, have good attention to detail, flexible, committed, and an effective written and verbal communicator.

All applicants must be able to;

•attend 6 ordinary Governing Body meetings per year (normally in the evening lasting about 2-3 hours) •attend committee meetings as required (usually before the main FGB) •attend Extraordinary Governing Body meetings (a rare requirement) •have access to own computer and email to type up minutes and distribute them to Governors and School via email, and deal with correspondence. (normally between 2-4 hours per month)

If you wish to apply, please call the school with your contact details on 01 225 858776 or email: . We look forward to hearing from you.

Quiz Night at the Parish Hall Friday 23 March at 7:45p.m. A fundraiser for Bathford Cricket Club 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 the booking sheet in the village shop Bar & Raffle on the night. Last quiz before the autumn! Tables limited - don’t leave it too late

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Bathampton, Batheaston & Bathford Joint Jubilee Celebrations Three villages, Four days, Events that will be remembered forever!

The three parishes of Bathampton, Batheaston & Bathford are joining forces to help create and run events to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June this year. Plans are already well under way for what look to be some of the most exciting events and biggest celebrations ever to be staged in this area.

Get Involved

Home Energy Project Celebration

When: Thursday, 29 March 201 2 Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm Venue: Bathford Primary School Hall You are cordially invited to the household energy project final celebration event, hosted by the Bathford Energy Group (BEG), with help from Bathford School Year 6. Refreshments will be provided to make this a celebration of the community's achievements through active involvement in the projects' activities. Thank you from BEG. We hope that you can join us. For further details, please contact BEG 859022 / 852689.

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Are you itching to run an event or have you an amazing idea for an event? Are you bursting with ideas? Then get in touch. These really are going to be events for the people by the people and we need lots of willing volunteers to help us on our way. These are YOUR events so your input it really important to us. Would you be interested in sponsoring an event or having your advert in our programme? We can offer you some great publicity throughout all three Parishes. Please contact us for more info.

Event suggestions so far include:

Live music in the George & Dragon car park on Sat 4 June, inter-village activities including football, tug-of-war, cricket, quizzes etc, open gardens, art displays,flower displays, photo trails around the three villages with prizes for winners, lighting up of the Church in each of the three parishes, joint bellringing, a music and events day on Bathford Folly field organised by Avonvale Rugby Club, Big Lunches and street parties. All information will be published in a full glossy jubilee programme listing all the events, competitions and much, much more.

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We are having regular meetings to discuss ideas so please do get in touch and come along and put your ideas forward.

For More Information:

For Bathford events contact: Wendy Chambers on 85951 9 or For advertising and programme enquiries then please contact : or phone 07939 4031 59. All info and updates will be listed on the Bathford Festival website: or via our Twitter account (@bathfordfest) and Facebook page (search BathfordFest).

Exhibition of Paintings

A new exhibition of paintings will be on view at The Little Gallery at Bathford’s Community CafÊ from 1 April. Penny Johnson is a local artist who will be familiar to many people. She has lived in the village of Bathford for twelve years and has shown some of her work in local venues. The new paintings she is planning to exhibit pursue the theme of animal portraiture but she has chosen to feature less familiar subjects. If you would like to display your own work at the Gallery please contact

Gillian on 01 225 858490

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Thank you very much!

Many thanks to all who attended the fundraiser quiz for Bathford Church in January. The quiz was a sell-out and raised £500 towards Church funds. The next quiz on 23 March will be the last before we are back to summer evenings. Thanks for the support for all the quiz nights we have enjoyed during the ‘dark’ months. During this season of quiz nights we will have raised some £2500 of funding for local groups – and hopefully enjoyed ourselves at the same time!

See you in the autumn, Stan Cherry

Bathford Passion Play Update

Well over half the cast for our Passion Play (performances 1 4 and 1 5 July 201 2) has been chosen, a Steering Committee has been set up and arrangements for fundraising, music, costumes, dancers, singers etc are under way. The Passion Play will, we hope, raise a lot of money for charity as well as being a remarkable experience! But... ... we need MEN! Men to play Disciples, Soldiers, Shepherds, Priests and Passers-by. There are half a dozen parts still to be filled. Most have very few words to say; you need no acting experience and it doesn’t matter what age you are. Please ring 01 225 8521 24 promptly if you would like to take part. There will be a read-through for the whole cast at 7:30pm on Thursday 29 March at St Swithun’s Church. Please make every effort to attend so that you can meet your fellow-actors and gain an overview of the script. Refreshments will be provided. If you are not in the cast but would still like to know what it’s all about, please ring us on 8521 24; or simply turn up on the 29th. Everyone welcome!

Come and enjoy an afternoon of Bridge Tues 3 April 1 :30pm Bathford Parish Hall £1 0 to include cream tea (proceeds support the Bathford Passion Play) Tel: Jenny Matthews 01 225 7421 33 for info/tickets Page 1 0

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Litter picking

The Parish Council has had a very good response to the request last month for litter picking volunteers. We now have eight volunteers who will cover: Church St, Pump Lane, Court Lane, Titan Barrow and the playing field footpath, Manor Drive, Manor Field, Birdcage Walk, the lower bungalows, School gate area to Dovers Pk entrance, footpath to shop and village Green, Prospect and Pleasant Places, Ashley Road to bottom of Garstons and the top level of Dovers Park. If your area of Bathford is not covered by this list – would you like to help as part of the team? The equipment is provided to the Parish Council by B&NES (consisting of litterpicking tool, gloves and special bags). We log it out to volunteers who can cover their patch in their own time and the rubbish is collected separately by B&NES. Volunteers should contact the the Clerk at the parish office or by email on

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Diary Of Events

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

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