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The Bathford Bulletin May 2010 The Monthly Magazine For The Parish Of Bathford

Bathford runners celebrating completion of the Bath Sport Relief Mile Do you have a photo or drawing you would like to see on the front of the Bulletin? This month we are looking for a interesting or unusual one of the village particularly one that captures a distinct character of the village or is from an from an unusual or unique vantage point. Please send your submissions to:

St. Swithun’s Church Bathford

During the vacancy please contact the Churchwardens Joy Craine 85861 3 or Derek Brown 859886

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. Sundays

8:1 5am 1 0:00am 6:30pm

Mondays 9:00-9:45am 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 every 1 st Wednesday. Details from the Churchwardens or Notices.

Bathford Baptist Chapel, High Street, Bathford Services will be held at 1 0.30am each Sunday. Followed by Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the Month Prayer Meeting Thursday Mornings at 1 0:00am If you require information or help then please call

01 225 833300 or 01 225 723246 or 01 249 782368 Page 2

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A General Election and a new Vicar!

You may perhaps never read this month’s Bathford Bulletin as it may be under a growing pile of political leaflets and manifestos on your coffee table! Whilst we are in a time of uncertainty as a country in the run up to the General Election, at least we already know who will take on the role of leading our village church. Mercifully the process of electing a new vicar is far less territorial and confrontational than our Parliamentary selection process. Nonetheless it has at every stage endeavoured to be transparent, and as far as possible, to reflect the diverse views kindly given by church and village folk who took time to complete a brief questionnaire last year. From the feedback received, a ‘Parish Profile’ was written (concerning the church and village), adverts were place nationally. Applications were received and shortlisted, informal and formal interviews were conducted by a panel reflecting the church, Deanery and Diocese and an appointment was made....... St Swithun’s Church is looking forward to welcoming its new vicar, the Revd Jane Burgess, her husband, Charles and sons, James and Sam. Jane joins us from Holy Trinity Church, Frome, where she is a Curate. Her welcome service takes place on Wednesday 28th July. Even in the absence of a vicar our church life has continued to thrive. Many people enjoyed the lent lunches which raised £572 (split between Bridgemead Day Care Centre and Médecins Sans Frontiéres). The Film Club runs monthly on a Monday afternoon in the church.

We have an exciting Children and Youth programme for all age groups at church on Saturdays and Sundays. Pebbles (3-7), Stepping Stones (7-11 ), Rock Solid (11 -1 5) and Scubed (1 5+). All are welcome. We feel certain that Jane will want to lead the church team as we continue to serve the community in practical ways. On July 11 th we are holding a service on the Village Green and on 1 8th July the Big Lunch will be held in the church. This forms part of the Bathford Summer Festival. In the meantime happy voting!

Derek Brown and Joy Craine

Bathford Ladies Group

Monday 1 7 May , 7:30pm St Swithun's Church. The subject for discussion this month will be what is Community Policing ?

Film Club

The next screening is Brigadoon. A magical musical romance set in a small village in Scotland, starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. Monday 24 May at 2:00pm St Swithun's Church. Transport available if required. Contact Robert Wolsey 851 390 Lovely tea and cakes, do come and join us.

Pam Priston

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Village of the Year Competition – please play your part

Things are moving ahead with Bathford’s entry to the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Village of the Year competition. BEFA+ is leading on our submission. The competition is not just about how attractive our village is. The description states, ‘ is about making the most of your environment by demonstrating that the village and its people are well cared for. The judges are impressed by tidiness but are also seeking a sense of community borne out by thriving societies, clubs and activities’. We have been gathering information to produce a written description under various categories and then the judges will anonymously visit between 1 June and 31 July to see for themselves. You can play your part in ensuring that the village looks its best by picking up litter and keeping the front of your properties tidy. The judges will also look at notice boards and judge the ‘vibrancy’ of the village by what they see on them. If you are responsible for notice boards, please take a look at yours and organisations, do update your posters and notices. Thanks. If you would like to know more please contact

Christian Aid Week 9 - 1 5 May

Christian Aid's goal and desire is to empower people... to determine their own furures and destinies. Joseph Maina who lives in Nairobi, Kenya is one such person. He was in a group of people who built sanitation blocks and with the income and help from Christian Aid they put down a deposit on a plot of land. In three years time they hope to move away from the slums and begin new lives. Please give generously and if you have an hour to spare become a collector.

Thank you Martin 858047

Parish Hall Management Committee Meeting

Thursday, 1 3 May 201 0 at 8 pm All Regular User representatives welcome

Shirley Beazer

Ieuan Green Carpenter & Roofing Specialist UPVC Gutterings & Fascia Firestone Flat Roofing System Maintenance Free No Flame Installation 40 Years Experience

Maureen Breeze 01 225 852444 BEFA+


Reference Available

In aid of

Tel.07929 91 4987

Friday 21 May 7:45 pm Bathford Parish Hall

Robin Gidman

Bathford Cricket Club Places £6 each which includes Ploughmans Supper To reserve a place or a table Please call

859344 or 85251 3

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Experienced Gardener With National Diploma In Horticulture Get Ready For Summer! Tel 01 225 744439

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BEFA+ and Transition

Bathford Enterprise For All have won a £2000 grant from Cooperatives UK to be part of the Greener Together campaign which looks to monitor householders green behaviour. Bathford is looking for 50 volunteers who will sign up to the campaign to make 2-3 small behavioural changes and monitor their progress. There are three questionnaires, one at the beginning, middle and end of the project designed to see how much you can change your household's carbon footprint in a short space of time. If you are interested in being involved in the project you can sign up at

Local Resident Jamie Colston is now running an energy saving scheme on behalf of Transition Bath which allows you to monitor the real time energy use (and the money you spend) in your home. There are 4 devices which are simple to install and can be loaned for 4 weeks for a fee of £5 and a £5 returnable deposit. Some people who have used these devices in the past have found that once they have used them they saved 20% on their electricity bills every month. If you would like more information please contact me Transition Bathford have launched a new website so that local residents can interact and inform each other of local green campaigns and events. The site is very easy to use and allows you to share video, photographs, and stories. Please sign up at

Bathford Summer Festival

Following the success of last years St. Swithun’s Day Street Party we are looking to hold a bigger Summer event this year from 4th - 1 8th July to include every organization in Bathford so if you have wanted to showcase your group this could be your big chance. There will be something to see in every venue, the Parish Hall, the Community Rooms, St. Swithun’s Church, the School, the Royal British Legion, the Community Shop and the Village Green. Art exhibitions, live music and concerts, street fair and fete, tea party, open gardens, fashion show, cricket, theatre, fun fair and much, much more. We would particularly like to hear what the younger generation would like during this event – is there something that you would like to do i.e. a disco, live music concert, sports events etc. Please get in touch and let us know. If you or your organisation would like to be involved, have a burning desire to perform or could give a helping hand please contact Luke on 07939 4031 59 or, Cas on 859956 or or Ian 858428. Or at the Bathford Summer Festival box office via the website: Look out for the Bathford Summer Festival Programme in May and if you would like to place an advert in the programme we are looking for businesses from the local area to sponsor pages, prices for a quarter page £30, half page £50 & full page £80. this will help us keep these events free or at a low cost to all.

Luke Emmett, Cas Gillard & Ian Phipps

Disabled Access to the Community Room

At last, and in time for the election, wheelchair access is now possible into the Community Rooms at Mountain Wood since the recent addition of a ramp at the doorway.

Shirley Beazer

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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS 852486, 859007

Annual Parish Meeting (APM)

Thank you to all the parishioners who came to the very well attended APM last month. The council is also grateful to the village organisations that displayed information at the meeting. The evening was divided into 3 parts. Firstly, parishioners heard presentations about the council’s work and achievements during the past year. This was followed by a brief talk from PCSO Vicky Jones who had news that arrests had been made for the shed burglaries in this area. Then June Brassington, from BANES Library Service, gave an informative talk about the current services offered by libraries, on-line innovations for reserving and renewing books, the Libraries West network and the review of library services which includes the provision of the mobile library service. A coffee break followed the talk, which allowed parishioners to see the displays and question parish councillors and the Ward Councillor informally about matters of concern. The final part of the evening gave parishioners the opportunity to ask questions and make comments on any matters of concern which included such issues as the proposal to replace the cricket pavilion, provision of the new school hall for community use and ways in which to improve the appearance of the village. Full minutes of the meeting will be published on the parish council’s website in due course.

Bonfires – to ensure that bonfires do not cause a nuisance to neighbours, residents are reminded to follow these guidelines:It is an offence to create smoke which becomes a nuisance to neighbours and those living nearby; Bonfires should be as far away from trees fences and buildings as possible and situated so that the prevailing wind carries

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smoke away from the buildings; Only dry material should be burned, green or moist material creates the greatest nuisance; Avoid lighting a fire in unsuitable weather conditions – smoke hangs in the air on damp, still days. If it is too windy, smoke blows into neighbours' gardens and windows and across roads Bonfires should never be left to smoulder overnight or unattended; Remember the dangers of bonfires and care should be taken when children are present. More guidance can be obtained online at

Notice Board – is there a volunteer who

would be willing to refurbish the Dovers Park notice board before it is moved to a position by the post box on Dovers Lane? The work would involve rubbing down and revarnishing. Please contact the Clerk if you can help.

Dog fouling – unpleasant dog mess in all

parts of the parish continues to be a frequent cause of complaints to the council. Dog owners are asked to please clear up after their dog.

Date of next meeting - this will be the

Annual Parish Council Meeting on Monday 1 7 May at 7pm in the parish office to be followed immediately by regular parish council business (please note earlier start time).

Thursday Coffee Morning

The regular coffee morning drinkers have agreed to change the start of their gatherings to 11 :00am every Thursday. During May, the charity to benefit will be Macmillan Nurses. In June we shall help the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

John Lees

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The Bathford Society

Following the last talk on the 26 April, there will be no talks until September 201 0. However, there will be a long awaited event in May - the publishing of our new local history book. The original local history book, 'Bathford, Past & Present' written by Godfrey Laurence and published 25 years ago has sold out. Over the past eighteen months or so I have written a revised and up dated version and, after much checking, it is now with the Printers. I am indebted to Fae Hall for all her suggestions and encouragement and to Steve Mackerness for all his work in incorporating proof-reading edits, producing the index, and generally preparing it for printing. All being well it should be on sale in the Bathford Village Shop during May. Look out for posters nearer the time giving the actual date of sale. It is in a slightly larger format with about twice as many pages, with 90 illustrations - many in colour, and includes the results of more recent research as well as recording the changes over the last quarter of a century.

David Howells


Saturday 8 May, 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Broadlands Orchard Children's activities Earth Oven Cooking - garlic bread Musicians especially welcome! Bring a picnic and enjoy the orchard in the springtime

Broadlands Orchard Share

It really is the 5th Annual General Meeting of BEFA (Bathford Enterprise For All) at 7:30pm on May 4 at the Royal British Legion The shop has become a valued asset, providing an ever expanding range of goods and services and something extra. It has that special friendly atmosphere which encourages shoppers to linger and chat and, increasingly, settle in the cafĂŠ corner to gossip (and even work, though quiet it is not!). All this has been achieved through the willing exertions of a committee and team of volunteers and very greatly due to the hard work of Paul Faulkner, our first Manager. His knowledge, enthusiasm, and cheerfulness have helped move the project on from a tentative beginning to an established part of village life. Paul will soon be retiring as manager but, happily, will not be losing touch with us. Bathford Enterprise For All was a carefully chosen name. Now that the shop is established, it is hoped to widen the scope of BEFA. There are real enthusiasms for projects (social and environmental) and local people keen to embark on these. BEFA+, a linked group, has also been active and will update us at our meeting. The AGM this year will be lively and interesting and the outcomes of importance to us all. We will be offering huge thanks to Paul and outlining future plans and ideas. Look out for your invitation and mark your diary!

Box WI

Our meeting on Tuesday 11 May is our "Resolutions" meeting to discuss food labeling. The meeting starts at 2:30pm at the Selwyn Hall Box, All visitors and new members are welcome

Jean Cherry

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Diary Of Events – May 201 0

If you run or attend an event that is not listed please contact us and we will add your event to the list. The deadline for receiving copy for the June 201 0 Bulletin is 1 5 May. Please put your items into the Bulletin Box in the Bathford Village Shop, email to: or post to:

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