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The Bathford Bulletin November 2012

The Monthly Magazine For The Parish Of Bathford

The Bath U3A Photography group at the top of the Church Tower By Liz Whitfield We are always looking for interesting or unusual pictures 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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St. Swithun’s Church Bathford Rev Jane Burgess - Telephone: 858325 email: Churchwardens: Readers:

Alison Millar Gerry Miller Gill Gilbert

Everyone Is Warmly Welcome!

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

From the Registers Funeral

House. Details from the Churchwardens or Notices.

Susan Elliot

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A service of remembering those whom we have loved but lost through death

At St Swithun`s Church Sunday 4 November 4:00pm. Following the service refreshments will be served and at 6:00pm there will be a concert of sacred music including Faure’s Requiem by Capella Nova Choir. All are most welcome. Page 2

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From the Bishop of Bath and Wells

‘Are there really Food Banks in Somerset?’ enquired a parishioner at a Harvest Service I conducted recently. I assured him that there were. I also reflected that Food Banks were opening across the UK at the rate of some three per week. Chris Mould, Director of the Trussell Trust that wants to see a Food Bank in every town, has said, “Hunger is not relative. Hunger is the same the world over. A Briton who has not eaten for three days is no different from an African who has not eaten for three days.” One recent article in The Guardian by Nick Cohen reflected that “Food Banks are to the Great Stagnation what Hunger Marches were to the Great Depression of the 1 930s, an unavoidable demonstration of the negligence of the British government for all with eyes to see.” These are strong words. Whether we agree with them or not, what they reveal is that in a country with a Christian heritage, whose founder, Jesus, saw the feeding of the hungry as one of the marks of Christian nationhood, they cause us to think deeply about the state of our country. There is a perception that only those who are so often described as ‘benefit scroungers’ are the beneficiaries of the Food Banks. Not so. Out of every ten people accessing food from such sources, six are in employment. Many are in part-time employment, or working for inadequate wages, and as Oxfam has recorded, there has been a 40 per cent rise in food prices since 2005. Further, in order to be a beneficiary of supplies from a Food Bank, need has to be independently verified and authenticated by various authorities. In addition to official Food Banks, many

other charities and churches provide the equivalent of the Lord’s Larder. Charities such as the Prince’s Trust report that pupils are coming to school “dirty and hungry, struggling to concentrate”. In addition the Trust observed that “children were not there to learn but to stay warm and be fed.” When Jesus spoke in Matthew 25, of how the nations would be judged he observed that nations which ensured the welfare of their people “feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the prisoner” and so on found favour with God. They were perceived as fulfilling God’s vision for a humanity where all could live without fear of oppression, dehumanisation, death. Churches have been in the forefront of feeding the hungry. When I was chair of a homeless charity in London, our director used to say that he had not come to give his life to feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless, but to end the circumstances in which such privation was necessary. When Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you” this was not a counsel of despair, but rather an acknowledgment that wherever poverty and hunger are realities, the Church would be a place where they could always find succour. To feed the hungry is good. To campaign for an end to the circumstances that lead to hunger is better.

+Peter Bath and Wells

Thank you all for the very generous gifts of food that were given at harvest and have been given through the year in the collecting boxes at the shop and church. Bath food bank are very grateful as they are experiencing a very high demand for food at this time. Gifts can continue to be left at both the shop and the church.

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Bathford Society Annual General Meeting

This will be held as usual in the Parish Hall on Monday 26 November, starting at 8:00pm, with tea and coffee from 7:30pm. The annual Christmas Party will follow the AGM with drinks & nibbles. All are welcome.

David Howells

Quiz night Thank You.

A big thank you to everyone who attended the Bathford Shop Quiz Night in October. Following a great evening, the shop team report that over £600 was raised towards shop funds.

Stan Cherry

Film Club

The next meeting of the Film Club will be on Monday 26 November at 2:00pm in St. Swithun’s Church. The film will be WAR HORSE starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Emily Watson. Based on the heart rending true story of a horse purchased by the army for service in World War 1 and the attempts by his young owner to bring him home safely. 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 : 01 225851 390

Macmillan Nurses Coffee Morning

Many thanks to all villagers who supported the coffee morning on September 28 and particularly those who provided cakes for the event. A cheque for £238 has been dispatched. This represents a 70% increase on 2011 . No doubt a similar event will be held in 201 3 . See you there.

John C. Lees

Auction of Promises

Bathford Parish Hall on Saturday 24 November. Viewing 7:00pm sale starts 7:30pm. Tickets £3 to include canapes and a glass of wine. Catalogues available by e-mail before the event and bids taken beforehand if you are unable to attend. Included are holidays, Castle Combe racing, handymen, restaurant meals and many other items.

Logs now available for delivery cut to your own size and in quantities that are suitable for your needs (come and load your own!).

A large amount of crockery is available for parties, etc. for a small hire fee. This includes all types of plates, mugs, jugs, etc.

Contact Keith and Julia Masdin ( Bonfire Night at Dick Willows Farm Shop on Saturday 3 November from

5:30pm until 8:00pm, Mulled cider, soft drinks and barbecue food on sale. Adults £2, children £1 . Page 4

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Crumpets on Thursdays

Now we have reached the end of the summer, we will discontinue the cream teas in the shop. Instead we will meet on the 1 st Thursday of each month for tea, crumpets or tea cakes and chat, so do come along and join us.

Bathford Link Annual General Meeting

The 1 8th Annual General Meeting of Bathford Link will take place on Thursday 22 November 201 2 at 7:30pm in the Community Room in Mountain Wood.

Bathford Shop Cafe Christmas Lunches ********************* 2 Course traditional homemade Christmas lunches will be available for 3 days only. 5th, 1 3th and 1 7th December ********************* Please book in advance as numbers are limited.

Peter Staples Secretary, Bathford Link

The Little Gallery

The Little Gallery at Bathford Community Shop and Café will be showing paintings by John Menage from November 1 7. This exhibition of watercolours has Mediterranean landscapes and seascapes as its subject matter and will be a welcome reminder of sunshine and warmth as we head into winter.

Please see Audrey or tel: 8591 86 to book ********************* Adult £7.50 Child £3.50

Gillian Bebber

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Appointment of New Parish Clerk

Our best wishes for the future and sincere thanks for all the conscientious and hard work in her role as Parish Clerk, go to Ruth Holding as she leaves her post as Clerk to pursue an increased part time post in the NHS Response to our advertisement for a replacement Clerk has been positive and interviews will take place on 24 October 201 2, It is envisaged that the new Clerk will be in post by the beginning of November.

Police Non Emergency Number

In view of the recent spate of scams, nuisance calls and burglaries in the village, residents are again reminded that the new non emergency number is 1 01 . Other calls of an emergency nature continue to be 999. For those residents interested in crime statistics the Police have updated a map showing levels of crime in your area. If you go to you can see a map showing where, what and when!

Neighbourhood Watch Meeting

A meeting has been arranged in the Community Rooms, Mountain Wood, on Tuesday 6 November at 7:30pm. All residents of Bathford, including all of the present Neighbourhood Watch contacts, are invited to attend – more people are urgently needed to join the scheme. If you are interested please contact the Bathford Co-ordinator, Cllr. Maureen Millbank on 01 225 859250. In the last month three burglaries were identified by the various Neighbourhood Groups so please help to make our village safer – Page 6

this proves it really does work.

Verge Cutting

Although the verges in narrow lanes/streets have at last been cut, Councillors continue to lobby BANES for the 201 3 reinstatement of the two cut system. Councillors are aware of the Health and Safety concerns this 201 2 reduction in service has caused residents – particularly those living in outlying areas of the Parish - and are at pains to allay fears that this item has been laid to rest – pressure will continue to be applied to achieve a favourable result for next year’s cut.

Winter is on its way

Snow wardens are again wanted to maintain access to the village streets and outlying areas. Training will be given and, as anyone who joined last year’s snow patrol will confirm, it is a fun way to get to know people and be of service to the community. For further details contact Cllr. Peter Martin on 01 225 859856 or e mail on

Allotment Plots

There are some half plots available and priority will be given to Bathford residents. Why not go greener and grow your own. For further details contact Mr. M. Smith, Allotment Warden on 01 225 859454

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Monday 1 9 November at 7:30pm in the Parish Office. 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.

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Bulletin Editors / Compilers Required

Increased work, home commitments and one of the editors recently moving out of the Village has meant that the existing editors would like to hand over the reins for compilation and editing of the Bulletin to new hands in the new year. Full training will be given and all you need is a computer, the software is free and easy to use. It doesn't take long to put it together and all the checking is done by a great group of proof readers. There is no age limit or limit to how may editors there are. Please get in touch and contact us by email:

Office Cleaner required

For local company 1 0 - 20 hours per week. Please contact Julie Mouldar on 01 249 71 2457.

Bathford Allotments

This is the time of year that allotments are re-allocated. There is a waiting list for plots but Bathford residents are reminded that they have priority if they wish to take up a plot. For further information please contact either

Martin Wright on 858047 or Mike Smith on 859454.

Quiz Night at the Parish Hall Friday 1 6 Nov at 7:30pm 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: Call Stan on 859344 or use the booking sheet in the village shop Bar & Raffle on the night. Tables limited don’t leave it too late!

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Bathford RBL

The Annual Remembrance Day Parade will take place on Sunday 11 November. For those wishing to march we will form up at 9:30am in the Legion car park, and march to the Church for the 1 0:00am service, (those unable to march can wait at the Lych gate to enter with us at 9:50am). We will then have our act of Remembrance at 11 :00am at the war memorial in the churchyard. We will be joined this year by three classic motorcycle clubs who will join the parade to pay their respects to the fallen. Refreshments will be provided at the Royal British Legion after the service. There will be entertainment from 2:00pm onwards courtesy of Hot Dog Jackson; admission is free but a collection will be made for the Poppy Appeal. We hope to see as many as possible at this very moving service.

Chris Skelton, Branch Chairman.

Parish Hall Committee


A vacancy will exist in January for a new Booking Secretary. The duties take between 1 - 2 hours a week and include receiving payments from users, passing monies to the Treasurer, issuing receipts and arranging collection of hall key for non-regular users. A dedicated mobile phone is held by the secretary to take bookings and make calls as required. Please contact Monica Stockwell (859663) or Martin Wright (858047). Thank you.

Kelly Ann Designs Bespoke Picture Framing Dick Willows Cider Farm Bathford Bath A unique creative approach for all your picture framing needs Tel: 07971 341 090 Open Thursday to Saturday 1 0:00am. - 5:00pm and Sunday 11 :00am – 4:00pm Hoax Calls

Reports of hoax calls from a male stating that he is from the Police Service and is trying to sell security products has been received. Can we stress that the Police Service would not make telephone contact with people in the manner of cold calling to do this, any calls should be treated with the upmost caution. Please report any issues to Police through the normal lines of communication. If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 1 01 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111 . For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the website.

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Coffee Plus Café Mondays 1 2 and 26 November anytime from 11 .45am - 2:00pm

Bathford Community Shop Café We are serving coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cake and paninis and soup. Also sandwiches, smoothies and cake for children. A relaxed space to come and enjoy delicious food and good company. Toys and activities available for children to enjoy and help make them feel at home. Come and enjoy the buzz, all welcome.

Jake’s Guitar Tuition •All ages and abilities catered for, from complete beginner to refresher •FREE initial consultation •Bespoke lessons, designed around your preferences and abilities •Specialist in Rock Guitar •£20 per hour (half-hour lessons also available)


BOOK A COURSE OF 1 0 LESSONS AND PAY ONLY £1 50! For details and availability, please email Jake at

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We are frightfully house and garden in Bathford BA1 The workers’ vans are always here The task is never done. We’re tidying up the hedgerows We’re clearing every lane We’re hacking back the blackberries (That’s verging on insane). Controlling the environment We’re lopping back the trees No matter that our actions are Dislodging birds and bees. But... On the horns of a dilemma I’m impaled, I must confess. For though I rant and rave and moan My own patch is a MESS!

Fundraising Trek For Cancer

I am fund-raising for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and am trekking to Peru in May next year. My aim is to raise £5,000 through various events. I am holding a sale with teas, homemade cakes, lots of beautiful handmade items including soaps, dolls clothes, cards and knitted items as well as a book and DVD stall and a pink elephant table. All monies will be going to Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The sale is in Bathford Parish Hall Church Street on Sat 3 Nov 2pm til 5pm.

Frances Rose

Jean Krem

Saturday JUDO, 9-1 0 am

(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! Page 1 0

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Diary Of Events


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Bathford Bulletin November 2012  

The village newsletter of Bathford November 2012

Bathford Bulletin November 2012  

The village newsletter of Bathford November 2012