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The Bathford Bulletin May 2011 The Monthly Magazine For The Parish Of Bathford

Leucojum by David Howells 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 or unique vantage point. Please send your submissions to:

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.

From the Parish Register: Marriage

Jonathan Waters and Kylie Whittaker

1 6 April, 2011

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From the Vicarage.....

Many of you will have heard of the Alpha course. Courses have been running since the 1 990s and there are now over 33,500 courses worldwide in 1 63 different countries. Alpha is a course run for all those, whether or not they are church goers who would like to explore questions about the Christian faith in an informal setting. People do Alpha for a wide variety of reasons - some want to investigate whether God exists; others are concerned about what happens after death. Some people have particular questions that they would like to discuss; others want to understand other people's beliefs or would like to explore what the purpose of life is. Many Alpha guests have never been to church; others may have but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith. The whole Alpha course lasts for 1 0 weeks with a day away in the middle. Each session begins with a meal and a chance to get to know others in the group. There is then a short talk, which looks at a different aspect of the Christian faith each week. This is followed by a time of discussion in small groups, where everyone is welcome to contribute their opinion, ask questions and discuss with the rest of the group. The emphasis is upon exploration and discovery in a relaxed and informal environment. The list of topics is shown below: More to Life? Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus die? How can we have faith? Why and how do I pray? How should I read the Bible? How does God guide us?

How can I resist evil? Does God heal today? What about the Church? Bear Grylls, TV Adventurer says ‘Alpha is a non pressured, and fun course, and it shows us how Christianity can be relevant and empowering to our lives’. St Swithun’s is going to run an Alpha course beginning Wednesday 4 May at 7:1 5pm finishing at 9:30pm, at 36 Morris Lane Bathford. All are very welcome and there is no charge for the course – why not try the first taster session with no obligation to attend the rest of the course. For more information please do feel free to contact me on 858325.

With warmest greetings Jane

Lent Lunches

Thanks to all who supported the Lent Lunches, as a result of which £51 3.66 which will be sent to Julian House and Genesis – both charities working with those who are homeless.

Christian Aid Week 1 5 - 21 May

CA take a three-pronged approach to ending poverty: funding long term development work, responding to emergencies and challenging the unjust systems that make and keep people poor. We work directly with local organisations in 45 countries. We never give money to governments. Please give generously. Thank you.

Martin Wright The Bathford Bulletin

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Bathford Film Club

Next meeting of the film club will be on 23 May at 2pm in St. Swithun's Church. The film will be LADIES IN LAVENDER starring two of our best loved actresses, Judi Dench & Maggie Smith. A heartwarming tale set in Cornwall in the 1 930s. Do come along and join us for an enjoyable afternoon's entertainment, followed by tea & cake. Transport available if required.

Contact Pam Priston: Tel. 743499 or Christine Colegate: Tel. 8591 95.

Bathford Village Shop

Members of Bathford Enterprise For All (BEFA) are warmly invited to our Annual General Meeting to be held in the British Legion on Tuesday 1 0 May at 7:30pm. This is an important meeting and should be most interesting as the shop is currently upgrading and expanding in an exciting fashion. It will be a chance for people attending to ask questions, comment and become actively involved. Attendance at the meeting is only open to members, but it will be possible (and easy) to join at the door. There will be a free drink from the bar. Do come and participate in Bathford's thriving community project.

Jeanette Kremer

The Royal British Legion Club Bathford

PLANT & CAKE SALE Saturday 21 May 2011 Admission Free 1 0am to 4pm

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Hearing Loss - Information D ays

Further sessions of small groups will be held on: 11 May, 2011 from 1 0:00am – 3:00pm at 7 Green Park Station, Bath, BA1 1 JB For an information pack and to book your FREE PLACE call 01 225 446555 or email Organised by deafPLUS working in partnership with NHS Hearing Therapy Services.

Hope and Homes for Children

A Concert by the Croydon Male Voice Choir will be held on Saturday 4 June in Batheaston Parish Church commencing at 7:30pm. Wine will be served in the interval. Tickets: £7 from Keith Masdin (01 225 858042;

Keith Masdin

Now Available from Warleigh Lodge Farm Bathford Boxed Meat Pork- £65.00 for min 1 2kilos of meat cut into joints chops and sausages Lamb- available to order from May Sausages- Plain pork or pork and cider £2.50 for 6 To enquire about any meat please call Rose or Julian on Tel: 01 225 859065

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News from the Bathford and Kingsdown Twinning Association Barn Dance

We danced! We laughed! We danced some more! The Barn Dance, held in the Parish Hall, was a sell-out and a resounding success. If you weren't there, you should have been! The supper was provided by a number of volunteers whose take on "the pie" was both delicious and interesting - and the puddings...... The Electric Lobsters minus one are called Kaboosh and their music during the meal and for the dancing was foottappingly robust and had almost everyone on their feet during the evening. With excellently called instruction no-one got lost, no-one felt foolish and we all had fun. Make sure you get there next time!

Safari Supper - Urgent! - Book Today!

What about food on the move? Come to our Safari Supper on 28 May and find out. You might like to be a host! You would be asked to prepare one course for 6 or 8 people, depending on the size of your table. But not everyone wants, or has, to be one. We all eat each course in a different house with a new group each time, making sure we meet lots of different people during the evening. And at the end we all join up for coffee. Everyone has their itinerary in advance. And if you decide to host your expenses will be covered. Places are limited so you need to ring Pam and Colin Priston no later than 1 0 May on 01 225 743499 to book, or for further information.

Visit to Artannes, 9 - 1 2 July 2011

This is our main visit to Artannes - they take place on alternate years. Anyone going will be hosted by a family in Artannes but will mainly be entertained with the whole group. Our gift to Artannes will, this time, be some singing and a "scratch" pantomime. Our friends in Artannes will have a programme of activities waiting for us too. Language is not an issue and those with limited or no French have no difficulty as there are almost always people around who speak English. If it's your first time you will be thrilled by the warmth of the welcome, the kindness you receive and the fun you will have. To find out more and confirm your participation ring Peter Rideal on 01 225 858322 .

And finally

Beer drinkers, look out for details of an extra visit in September when we introduce our visitors from Artannes to some of our glorious local beers. We know already that this is going to be a popular trip to Bathford so make sure you are part of it. More information will follow.

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Sole Sisters Don Bras For Charity

Sole Sisters Bathford, don their bras and take on the Moonwalk (a 26 mile midnight marathon) in aid of Breast Cancer! Sole Sisters, four mothers from Bathford School are taking part in the London Moonwalk on 1 4 May. Together with 1 5,000 other walkers, all wearing little more than their decorated bras, they will be embarking on a 26 mile marathon overnight to raise money and awareness for vital breast cancer causes. With 1 in 8 women in the UK expected to experience some form of breast cancer in their lifetime, there are not many of us that haven’t been touched by this disease. If you would like to sponsor them please visit the website below or contact any of them in the playground or Page 6

around the village. Any amount large or small would help this cause and be much appreciated. sally_mcleod

Natalie Game, Emma Horn, Katie Stoddart and Sally McLeod

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This year’s festival is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before. As always we have an eclectic mix of events for everyone in the community to get involved with. Below are a few highlights to watch out for:

Saturday 9 July - Village Market Day – Stall Holders Needed

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a village market on the green and on the pathway leading down to the shop. We are looking for different businesses and individuals who would like to have a stall at the market. You can sell whatever you like or even just set up a stall to tell people about your organisation. For more information please contact us on the numbers below.

or free is by getting companies and individuals to sponsor us or our events. It doesn’t have to be money either – maybe you can supply us with, for example tables and chairs or maybe you could help with selling tickets or marshalling the fun run. All of this is very valuable to us. If you are interested in getting involved in any way or would like to make a donation please contact us. Cas Gillard (07899 926080) or Luke John Emmett (07939 4031 59) or email:

Sunday 5 June brings The Big Lunch to towns and villages all over the UK. And Bathford is no exception. Earlier than expected, as it’s usually held in July, Bathford Summer Festival Thursday 1 4 July - Victorian Music saw the Big Lunch being a huge Hall Night success in 201 0. And what better way for a community to get together, than to Take a trip back to the past and visit the do it all again? old time music hall. Victorian fancy dress is a must. The event will be ticketed. We’ve all enjoyed the brilliant summer More details to follow soon but if you weather over recent weeks, so imagine need help getting a costume then we sitting out with the family and would recommend contacting Bath neighbours, while the children run Theatrical Hire in Frome 01 373 472786. around playing, as the sun beats down. Prizes for the best costumes. This really is a great way to spend a summer’s day. Sponsors / Advertisers So on Sunday 5 June, join us for this We will be producing a glossy festival simple act of community, friendship and brochure again this year with full fun. information on all the events and the popular photo treasure hunt (this year For more information contact the bigger and better with even more items Bathford Summer Festival on 07899 to find). The only way we can run the 926080 or head to The Big Lunch festival and keep the events affordable Website: The Bathford Bulletin Page 7

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS 852486, 859007

Annual Parish Meeting – Thank you to

all the parishioners who attended the Annual Parish Meeting on 1 8 April. The attendance sheet was signed by 34 people and the Parish Council is grateful for your support. In addition to the review of the Parish Council’s work, the meeting was addressed by a Trustee of the Old Chapel on the High Street who explained the changes to the Chapel’s ownership, its management and its change of purpose to make the building available for use for activities which are of value to the local community and are consistent with Christian values. The meeting also heard from a School Governor who outlined the work that the governing body is doing in preparation to make the new school hall available for community use in the next school year. The meeting was also asked to consider whether a new Parish plan should be developed as the first one was published over 5 years ago. The Parish Council is looking for a team of volunteers to take this project forward. If you would like to get involved in this project then please contact the Clerk. Following the coffee break residents contributed to a lively question and answer session which covered a number of subjects ranging from the presentation of financial information, management and use of the playing field and traffic calming measures. The discussion has raised several issues for the Council to consider in the coming year. Page 8

Planning Application 11 /00238/FUL


On 1 9 April word was received that permission had been granted, subject to a few conditions, for the new pavilion on the playing field and demolition, in due course, of the old stone shelter and lean to which the Cricket Club have been using as a home for the last 40 years. The Cricket Club can now go ahead strongly with fundraising for the new pavilion, which must be built within three years.

Stan Cherry,

Chair (Amenities Committee) Bathford Parish Council

Date of Next Meeting – The next meeting will be the Annual Parish Council Meeting on Monday 1 6 May 2011 at 7.00pm in the Parish Office. Please note earlier start time. Parishioners are reminded that 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.

Ruth Holding

Clerk, Bathford Parish Council

Parish Hall Management Committee Meeting Thursday 26 May 2011 at 8pm

Shirley Beazer

Secretary - Parish Hall Mgt Cttee

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Neighbourhood Watch

I would like to say thank you to all the people who attended the Neighbourhood Watch meeting on Tuesday 1 2 April. We are planning another meeting in September and will soon let you know the date. Jean Vesey One of the local Neighbourhood Watch coordinators, Peter Martin, wants to update his email list for people living in the following roads Box Road roundabout to - No 32; Morris Close; Westwoods; Avondale. The local coordinator passes on messages from the Police about local criminal incidents and passes messages back to the police if necessary. The email addresses will not be used for any other purpose than Neighbourhood Watch and will not be disclosed to anybody else i.e. messages will be passed on blind (email bcc). Please send your name, address and email to Please mark the email Neighbourhood


Bathford Cricket Club

Bathford Cricket Club will commence this summer's practice sessions for the junior section on Thursday 5 May at the Folly Field in Bathford. The sessions are: 6:30pm - 7:1 5pm - Under 9s 7:1 5pm - 8:00pm - Over 9s. The under 1 5s session will run from

6:30pm - 8:00pm.

Editors Required

The Bathford Bulletin is edited and proof read by a small group of volunteers. At the moment there are 3 editors but due to other commitments we will be loosing one in the near future. We are looking for some more people to help us to edit the Bulletin. No experience or special software is needed. All you need is Internet access and a computer. The software we use is called Scribus and it is free and available for PC, Mac and Linux operating systems. We will show you how to use it and assist installing it. It's only takes a couple of evenings a month to put the Bulletin together and we take it in turns editing so it would only be every 3 months at the most. If you are interested, (and the more editors the better), email us at:

Bathford Bulletin Articles Format Words In A Column

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Date Format

Date format should read as follows: Day, Number (no need for "st, th" etc) and Month. For example: Thursday 21 April.

Time Format

All times should be Number, Colon, Number and followed by "pm" or "am". For example: 7:33pm.

The cost will be ÂŁ2 per child and the sessons are planned and attended by a level 2 coach. Font & Typeface If you have any issues or questions, The font size we use is 1 0 and the please contact Paul Merrett 01 225 typeface is Arial. 85251 3 . Page 1 0 The Bathford Bulletin

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Diary Of Events

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 2011 Bulletin is 1 5 May 2011 Please put your items into the Bulletin Box in the Bathford Village Shop, email to: or post to: Bathford Bulletin c/o Bathford Village Shop, 54 Bathford Hill, Bathford, Bath BA1 7SN

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