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Autumn 2014 - Issue 10

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ello and welcome to the Autumn Keynsham News from your Town Council.

An interesting sign it’s autumn is the welcome return of warmer weather and a blue sky after the chill and grey skies of August. Our weather is always a topic of discussion due to its variability and capability of producing similar conditions at any time of the year. In mid-September we welcome Philippe Buisson the Mayor of our twinned town Libourne to Keynsham when we will strengthen our warm relationship so hopefully the elements won’t let us down. Development at the new Centre continues apace with Sainsbury’s providing the core retail unit due to open in November. Consultation with the residents will take place over the autumn by newly appointed illustrator David Mackie about a timeline that will extend up the path commencing opposite the Park gates and leading into the rear of the new precinct. This new feature will provide an excellent opportunity for local people, organisations and schools to input detail to a chronicle of the rich history of our town. Renewed consultation will also take place commencing this September with Sebastien Boyesen who in our summer poll was the successful artist elected to deliver our new clock. By liaising with a wide cross section of our community Sebastien will finalise his design prior to construction. The new clock will I’m sure provide a prime focus in the Centre when installed in Spring 2015. This Autumn should see the the restoration of something approaching normality with traffic flows in Keynsham to be further aided when the A431 to Bath through Bitton is also repaired as promised by the end of the year. The gridlock we have witnessed throughout the town is very frustrating and economically damaging. Given our planned growth as a community both Town and B&NES Councillors are determined that we must have an effective transport policy currently being drafted by B&NES. Best wishes,

Cllr Clive Fricker Chair of Keynsham Town Council























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he project to erect a new clock tower in the regenerated town centre has moved forward on three fronts. Following feedback from the public consultation, discussions were held with the site developers in order to ensure that the clock tower and its clock could be clearly seen down the High Street. It was subsequently agreed that the clock tower will be positioned right at the forefront of the development – like the prow of a ship – and be clearly visible on three fronts.

Clock tower As shown in the image, the clock tower will be located at the ‘end of a triangle’, creating some challenge to the square design originally submitted. Consequently, the shape was reviewed and a three sided approach was agreed. The faces of the clock will be clearly seen from the High Street, Bath Hill and Temple Street.

The application for planning permission has formally been lodged and it is hoped that this will be approved during October. The successful artist Sebastien Boyesen, will be holding workshops with the people of Keynsham in order to ‘fill in the detail of design’ for the panels. He will be meeting with local community groups and also holding open ‘Meet the Artist’ sessions on • Tuesday 30th September 4 – 7.00pm Upstairs, Key Centre, High Street • Wednesday 15th October 4 – 7.00pm Upstairs, Key Centre, High Street • Monday 27th October 10am – 1pm @67 (Queens Road, Keynsham)

Lisa O’Brien, Chair of the Arts Advisory Group said “He is looking forward to meeting as many residents as possible, so bring your memories, photographs and ideas along to share with him. Remember this is not just about Keynsham’s past, it is also about the present and future!”


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of Keynsham’s performing A consortium arts groups has been formed to promote and ensure public performances in Keynsham’s new “Community Space” in the new civic centre. The new space, with raked seating for an audience of 120, is due to open in November, along with the rest of the eagerly awaited new centre. The consortium will be ready to begin promoting a programme of performances as soon as final details for booking become available. The founders of this initiative, Simon Day of Keynsham Film Works and Ric Davison of Keynsham Music Festival, are keen to ensure that the Community Space will be able to offer Keynsham a range of high quality shows covering all performing arts genres from both local groups and professional artistes. Local groups already part of the consortium include, Keynsham Orchestra, Keynsham Action Network, StageCoach, Performance Dance School, Keynsham Light Opera Group, Phoenix Youth Theatre and Totally Maracas. For further information contact ric@keynshamfest.co.uk




he Town Council has commissioned a Pilot Project to investigate if the young people of Keynsham would like to be involved in a Youth Council. If successful, it would be the first in B&NES. Broadlands, Wellsway, Butterflies, @one, Elim Church, Scouts, Mencap, Keynsham Town Football Team, Frys, Air and Army Cadets have had discussions with TimeOut, Community and B&NES representatives. From these discussions, there was much enthusiastic support for giving young people in Keynsham a voice. The trick now is finding a method which will encourage a significant number of youngsters to want to take it further.


In August 2014, the first introductory meeting in the Council Chamber took place where adults representing KAN, TimeOut, The Youth Parliament, Community@67 and Keynsham Music Festival met with 14 young people, twelve of whom were from Keynsham together with 2 members of B&NES Youth Parliament. Discussions with the young people centred on community and making a difference. To work towards the session, the Keynsham Young people were asked to consider one issue for the Youth Council. After some discussion which included transport, the High Street and promoting young people, they divided and settled on four issues. These were Campaigning about causes that effect young people, illegal drug taking in Keynsham, anti-bullying and equality of punishment if young people break the law. These will be taken forward to the second preparatory meeting.

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Walking Football made it’s debut in Keynsham on Friday 15th August with 15 participants getting involved in the session including ex-Oxford Utd all time top goal scorer Graham Atkinson. The session has been met with a great amount of positivity from players and coaches. The sessions look to keep growing and help also strengthen the Keynsham community. Walking Football has grown in popularity recently with many football clubs across the country including Bristol City, Portsmouth, Manchester City, Stoke, Blackpool all setting up sessions in their local communities as well as being supported by the FA. It was also recently featured on BBC Breakfast which has prompted an increase in demand for these sessions up and down the country. The sessions take place on the 5-a-side courts in Keynsham Memorial Park on Friday mornings from 10-11. If you fancy getting involved in sessions then please contact Nick Dewfall. 0741 101 3516 or nickdewfall@aol.co.uk


KEYNSHAM & DISTRICT TWINNING ASSOCIATION This year we welcome members from Libourne near Bordeaux France to Keynsham. Our visitors are all home hosted and a programme is organised which we trust will be enjoyed.


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The programme aims to screen films that have been overlooked by the mainstream cinemas completely or had very short runs and may have been easily missed.

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As a member you can view any of the films in the season with no pre-booking necessary. There is free parking, wheelchair access and a bar.


For further information and to see a trailer of the upcoming films you can visit www. keynshamfilmworks.co.uk or email info@ keynshamfilmworks.co.uk or you can write to Keynsham Film Works, 5 Tamar Drive, Keynsham, BS31 1RA.

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the threatening Hurricane Bertha, which did not materialize, and those that ventured forth were rewarded with clear blue skies and superb views from various vantage points along the route and was much enjoyed by those taking part. Alternating between short themed walks and longer hikes, September sees us setting off from our usual point at the café in the Memorial Park, and heading for a guided 3 mile walk to the Manor Road Woodlands and back looking at flora and fauna along the way. This will take place on Sunday 28th September meeting at 9.30am for a 10.00am start, and everybody is welcome, including children and dogs under control - suitable footwear is essential.


eynsham Walkers are Welcome have been in operation for some time now, with several monthly walks already organised with varying degrees of success. Junes’ launch walk to Saltford and the Manor Road Woodland was well supported but would have been even better, but the hot weather was too much for some walkers. In July, a good crowd turned out for a visit to a selection of the gardens entered in the recent Keynsham in Bloom competition. We were treated to excellent floral displays, and refreshment at most of the stops, which was all much appreciated by the walkers. On our third walk to Compton Dando and Burnett, the numbers were reduced because of

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he Best Festival Yet?

Over 200 Keynsham residents performed at the 2014 Festival in a range of musical genres. 15,000 people attended the Sunday in the Park, 40 acts performed for them with Keynsham people on every stage - as well as performers from Australia and Italy. Over 1,200 people were involved in events on the Friday night - including around 700 at the Cinema Under the Stars. 14 venues in the town hosted events. Was this the best Festival yet? Many have said so. Here is a range of comments made by the public, performers, and managers:

Glenn Skinner, Manager of Bela Takes Chase said, “Fantastic day, magnificent organisation too. You did a brilliant job. We’ve done a lot of festivals and this is easily one of the very best”. “Wonderful day, wonderful weather, spectacular bands and artists. Well done to all involved. Bandstand stage venue this year was outstanding.” “Brill day but better if it was on the Saturday!! As getting up for work on the Monday was hard going - lol.” “Again, can I just say the biggest thank you. It’s been more reviving for me (an older music lover) and more inspiring than any world cruise. Thanks, thanks, thanks, I just wanted to say that



I thoroughly enjoyed the festival... and what excellent weather - very different to my time at Glastonbury the week before! Congratulations to all of the organisers, staff and performers”. Jet Pack said, “Just wanted to say a massive thank you to Seb, Miffy and the team for having us at the weekend. We had a blast and it was great to be at an event with such professional organisation.” “Hi - We just wanted to thank you for all you did behind the scenes to make the Festival yet another resounding success. We come down rain or shine and as usual we had a great time. Plenty of choice of music and half the fun is making the effort to see and listen to new groups and new sounds!”.

“Well done to you and colleagues for a great festival day yesterday, all running very smoothly and some great music.” Ann Cullis, Arts Development Manager, Bath and North East Somerset Council Smokey B (one part of the South West Squad) said, “Big up everyone at the Music Festival last night, couldn’t believe the turn out!” “Great day @keynshamFest yesterday with the NeighbourHoodies - lots of fab ideas to make the difference in our neighbourhoods.”

THE CREATIVE ARENA: “Really great. Year after year this is my daughters favourite part of the festival.. Thank you!” “Fabulous. Many thanks for the fun idea.” Val (dementia care worker). “Very good idea for all the little children, and mum enjoyed it too. Come back next year 2015” “Many thanks for everything. I enjoyed the evening very much and hope to do it again in Keynsham in the future. Kind regards” Alan Taylor; Guitar recital at The Old Manor. “Hi Ric, It’s no problem at all I think everybody does a wonderful job and it’s the best Keynsham has to offer, but maybe next year we can work out a way to get me and my car out before 9.30pm.”

“What a lovely sunny day it was and such a fabulous event and all free! Hooray. We would be honoured to return next year. I will get in touch with Ric and see if we can work something out. Thank you.” Caitlin (Roving Crows). “Hello, just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for all your hard work towards this year’s music festival. I loved the events in the week before, and the cleverly sited bunting which gave an instant festival feel. The local artists at the Jelli Records stage were great. Looking forward to next year.”


Next year? A tall order - but plans for some major Festival projects for 2015 are already underway! More volunteers and ideas are always needed! Watch out for public meetings and keep in touch with us via @KeynshamFest FaceBook keynshammusicfestival.com Contact: Organiser Ric Site Manager Jade ric@keynshamfest.co.uk




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WHAT’S ON OCTOBER 1st - Sid and Roz Gately Dance nights at the Fry Club, Keynsham for Ballroom dancing 8pm to 11pm.

7th - Quiz Night at the Fry Club from 7.30pm. All welcome with teams of up to 6 people. Contact John on 0117 956 9113. 11th - Keynsham R.B.L.W.S Jumble sale at the Royal British Legion Club in Keynsham. All welcome, 20p entry. 13th - Planning Development Committee meeting in the Town Council office, 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham.

2nd - Quiz night at Keynsham Rugby Football Club. 7pm, £2 per person max 6 in a team. Prize for the winning team.

14th - Keynsham Town Council meeting at the Council Chamber, 3rd Floor, North Block, Riverside, Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol commencing at 7.30pm.

3rd - Free electric blanket testing at St John’s Main Hall, Keynsham. Is your electric blanket over 3 years old? If so, it is time to get it tested. At each session

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he annual presentation of Town Council grants took place on Wednesday 23rd July 2014 in St. John’s Church Hall. Over 70 people representing the different community organisations attended this very successful evening. Grant application forms for 2015 will be available in mid-April, next year. Go to www.keynsham–tc.gov.uk for more information. The following organisations received a grant.

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n 10th and 11th July, gardens belonging to community groups, schools and youth groups, churches, business and members of the public together with local allotments were judged in this year’s In Bloom competition. The results are to be announced at a presentation evening on Tuesday 23rd September at 7.00pm at St. John’s Church Hall, Keynsham. Here is a selection of photos of this year’s entries:

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SOUTH WEST IN BLOOM Community groups joined the Keynsham In Bloom Community Group in making sure the town was looking its best on July 9th, when the South West in Bloom judges arrived. The judges Michael Foy and John Noble had a guided tour of the town, inspecting St. Dunstan’s Church, Old Vicarage Green, the new planters on the High Street, the Baptist Church (floral display exhibition), Keynsham Scout H.Q., Sirona Day Care Group, Keynsham Guide Group (poppy display), Sherwood Close Community Project, Castle Primary School, Keynsham Allotments, Manor Road Woodland, Keynsham Memorial Park, Transition Keynsham’s community vegetable patch and the Lion’s Trough. The tour finished at Keynsham Bowls Club.

The In Bloom Community Group have lots of projects planned for 2015 to make the town look bright, clean and welcoming and to have that WOW factor when the judges come visiting. In order to carry out all these little projects, we need more volunteers whether you are a keen gardener or just someone that would be willing to offer a few hours volunteering we would love to hear from you. Any help would be much appreciated. Alternatively, you may have a small communal area you may wish to enhance yourselves, but require a little support and guidance, we can work with you to help you create and enhance your local area. Please contact Dawn Drury Secretary of Keynsham In Bloom Community Group on 0117 9868683.

The town now awaits the results which will be announced at an award ceremony on 18th September at Trowbridge Civic Centre.


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eynsham Victorian evening has been re-launched as the Keynsham Winter Festival. Plans are now underway for the Christmas Lights switch on and this year’s event will have a Winter Wonderland theme. Look out for our posters and adverts giving details of pre and on the night activities e.g. our annual children’s colouring competition (Winter Wonderland theme), the Businesses and Traders window competition, children’s craft workshops and an on the night glitter and sparkle fancy dress competition.

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Youth Group meets on a Monday night and is open to all young people in school year 8 and above. From 7pm to 9pm at St John’s Youth and Community Centre. Keynsham Elim Church Toddler group at 9.30am.

TUESDAY MONDAY Keynsham Short Mat Bowls Group meet every Monday from September to May between 1.45 and 4 pm. For more information call 0117-986 4014. Keynsham’s community singing group meet every Monday between 7.15pm to 9.30pm at Castle School. Contact Roy on 0117 949 8587 for more information. Free community play sessions are being held on Mondays in Downfield Park, Cleeve Grove, Keynsham between 3.30pm and 6pm. The sessions are arranged by Wansdyke Play Association. For more information, contact admin@wpg-play.com. ChoirJam pop choir meets on Mondays 7.30 – 9pm, Wellsway School, Keynsham. Fun choir for adults of all ages. For details/to book a taster call Emma Hutchinson 07793 983040 www.choirjam.co.uk. Baby Massage at Keynsham Children’s centre. For more information please contact the Health Visitors on 0117 9461000. Babies Group from 11.00am-12.30pm. For mums and dads with babies up to 18 months. Pregnant women and partners welcome at Keynsham Children’s Centre. Open drop in session at TimeOut where you can take part in a variety of activities. From 7pm to 9.30pm every week. Ages 13 to 19 welcome at 1-2 River Terrace, Temple Street.

St Keyna Townswomens Guild meet every second Tuesday of the month between 9.45 am and 11.45 am in the Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham. There are always lots of interesting speakers covering wide ranging subjects. Sub groups meet on other days and these include Art, Books, Outings, Skittles, Walkers, Scrabble and many more. It is most enjoyable way to make new friends or embark on a new hobby so do come along to our next meeting - enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and you will be made most welcome. Keynsham Old Time Dance Club meet at The Fear Hall High Street, Keynsham (Sept – May). 7.30pm to 10pm. Professional Teachers; easy friendly social atmosphere. Visitors and New Members welcome. Further details on 0117 986 4014 or 0117 986 2819. The Fry Club joggers meet every Tuesday at 7pm in the entrance foyer to the club. For more information contact 0117 986 4785. Make new friends at the Keynsham Older People Social Group, they meet on the first Tuesday of every month between 2pm and 3pm at the Community @67 in Queens Road. For more information contact 0117 986 8623. Childminding Group from 9.30am-11.30am on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Keynsham Children’s centre. Contact Sarah Allum on 01225 396071 or 07530 233002. Early Support Stay & Play Sessions from 9.30am11.15am on 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month. Contact Keynsham Children’s Centre 01225 395400



ChoirJam pop choir meets on Tuesdays 7.30 – 9pm, Wellsway School, Keynsham. Fun choir for adults of all ages. For details/to book a taster call Emma Hutchinson 07793 983040 www.choirjam.co.uk. Get sorted at TimeOut from 10am to 3pm. Bored? Take time out to Get Sorted! If you’re aged 16-18 and not doing anything with your day, drop in and see us at 1-2 River Terrace, Temple Street. Holy Communion at Keynsham Baptist Church every third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30am to 8pm. Queens Road toddler group meet every Tuesday from 1pm to 2.30pm. Boxercise class at Keynsham Rugby Club from 7.30pm, for more information visit www.Studiofit.info Martial Arts at Keynsham Sports Centre from 7pm to 9pm.

WEDNESDAY The Community@67 Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 7pm to 9pm. The 2014 season has started and our members have been introduced to a number of new authors and a wide variety of different categories. The new year gives the opportunity to welcome joining members so anyone interested can ring 0772 762 6794 or just come along. The Book Club meets at 67 Queens Rd, Keynsham. Keynsham Photographic Society meets weekly between September and April,upstairs in The Fear Hall, 7.30pm. For more information visit www.keynshamphotograhicsociety.co.uk ChoirJam pop choir meets on Wednesdays 11.30am – 1pm, Wellsway School, Keynsham. Fun choir for adults of all ages. For details/to book a taster call Emma Hutchinson 07793 983040 www.choirjam.co.uk.

Project night at TimeOut, Project based session aimed at developing young people’s life skills. from 7pm to 9pm every week. Ages 13 to 19 welcome at 1-2 River Terrace, Temple Street. Speech & Language Toddler Time 10am-12noon (referrals only). Telephone 01225 831752 or speak to your health visitor. Maths@67 runs every Wednesday in term time from 4pm to 5pm for children in years 5 and 6. For more information contact community@67 on 0117 9863961. Keynsham Elim Church Toddler group at 9.30am. Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30am to 4pm. Keynsham Ladies Running Group every week from 7pm, for more information visit www.Studiofit.info. Kickboxing at Keynsham Sports Centre from 7pm to 8.30pm

THURSDAY Stay and Play (for 0-5 years) from 9.30am to 11.00am at Keynsham Children’s Centre. Play and development opportunities for parents and children to meet and have fun. Open drop in session at TimeOut where you can take part in a variety of activities. From 7pm to 9.30pm every week. Ages 13 to 19 welcome at 1-2 River Terrace, Temple Street. Keynsham Film Works meet on the first Thursday of every month (except in July and August) at the Fry Club, Keynsham at 7.45pm. Keynsham Elim Church Toddler group at 9.30am. Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30am to 11am and 12pm to 6.30pm. Keynsham Bootcamp at 6.30pm, for more information visit www.Studiofit.info. Aqua Aerobics at Keynsham Sports centre from 10.30am and 7pm.


Housing Advise Service is held in the Keynsham Town Council offices, 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham on Thursdays between 9.00 and 12.30. Housing Officers from Bath and North East Somerset Council are available for short consultations on a first come first serve basis. For further information contact the Housing Options and Homelessness Team on 01225 396296. Slimming World Classes at Keynsham Baptist Church, High street at 9.0am, 11.0am 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Call Ann for more information on 07900 245304.

FRIDAY Crafty chats if you are interested in crafts and meeting likeminded people, come along to the Labbott Community Room between 11am and 1pm every week.


Keynsham Short Mat Bowls group meet every Friday between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, for more information contact 0117 986 4014. Parent Support Group from 9.30am-11.30am, Term Time Only Drop in group for parents/carers, get support, meet other parents and learn practical tips. A creche is available for 0-5 year olds. Places must be booked in advance, at Keynsham Children’s Centre. Keynsham Elim Church Toddler group at 9.30am. Keynsham Country Market, Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham. Every Friday 10.30am – 12pm. Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 7pm. Gentle Exercise to build strength and tone at The River Suite from 11am for 60 minutes.

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Energise and Burn exercise class at The River Suite from 10am for 45 minutes.

Zumba at the River Suite from 6.40pm every week for 50 minutes.

Pay and Play badminton at Keynsham Sports Centre from 5pm to 7pm.

Keynsham Leisure Centre run multi-sport drop in session on Fridays from 10 - 12noon where you can play badminton, squash or table tennis and have a swim. No need to book. Just turn up. Equipment is provided if you do not have your own.

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SATURDAY Keynsham Town’s under 13’s football team train every Saturday between 10am and 12noon. Contact Darren on 07904 036483 for more information. Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 8.00am to 3.30pm.

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SUNDAY Inflatable play in the Swimming pool at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 3.45pm to 4.45pm Holy communion/morning prayer at St John the Baptist Church at 9.30am. Open door service at St John the Baptist Church at 11.15am. Holy Communion at Keynsham Baptist Church at 10am. Sunday morning service at Keynsham Methodist Church at 10am.


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TIMELINE PROJECT GATHERS PACE The Timeline Project - creating a testament to Keynsham’s historic past - is progressing well. Using the newly created ‘Bath Hill Steps’ as a backdrop, all the local schools will be involved, each having been given a specific period on which to focus. With background research provided by Keynsham & Saltford Local History Society and Keynsham Civic Society, students will be able to use their imagination to cultivate ideas and reinterpret the events of the time.

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Bridgwater construction firm Pollards has now finished erecting the bulk of the steelwork forming the main structure of the new Fry Club building, which will include changing rooms, five flexible function rooms, a large sports bar with a skittle alley and a multi-activity room for the various groups that use us as a base. Sports facilities will include 13 full-size football pitches – one of which will be an FA-standard floodlit pitch – plus two junior pitches, four cricket pitches and a nine-hole golf course, while the existing bowling green and tennis courts are being retained. Work on the project started in May with ground clearance and foundations being laid, but now the steelwork has gone up, visitors to the site can really see the shape of what’s to come. Kevin Thatcher, Chairman of the Fry Club, says: “It is exciting to see the new building taking shape with the steelwork now in place, providing such a visual impact, but I’m expecting it to be a more gradual process from now on. There are lots of contractors involved – bricklayers, electricians, plasterers and so on – and there’s still a lot to be done. “Everything is on track and we’re expecting to be able to start moving things in by the end of April next year. We’re hoping the new main football pitch will be ready at more or less the same time. “As the new building becomes available we will gradually transfer activities across and we’ll be working on a plan over the next few weeks looking

at how this happens to keep business continuity. We’re really looking forward to getting into the new building and starting life down there.” Functions in the existing Fry Club building will continue as normal while the sports and social club’s new home is built – but the club is already looking at ways of making the most of the exciting new opportunity the move offers to extend its role within the wider Keynsham community. “The club’s history is part of the former Fry/ Cadbury and more recently Kraft businesses. It is still used by ex employees, long term members and many local sports teams,” explains Kevin. “With the new homes and facilities at Somerdale being built around us, we now want to appeal to a wider audience and make sure we’re seen as welcoming and friendly, not as an exclusive members-only club. “At the same time as moving into the new building, we’ll be creating a charitable trust to manage the club and a company that will manage the day-today running on its behalf, and we’re hoping to be able to apply for charitable grants which we weren’t able to before. It’s a whole new beginning.” The club currently has about 1,400 members, including about 250 juniors, and offers a wide range of sports including football, bowls, tennis, cricket, netball and golf, while there are also various social functions organised including dances and entertainment. The new state-of-the-art facilities will help the club in its plan to play an even wider role within the new community at Somerdale. Kevin says, “The new club has been designed to enable a good flow of people around the building. There will be different function rooms available for


a range of different uses and we’re also looking to include a soft play area for children. “We want the Fry Club to be a place within the development where people want to come and bring their children, relax, take in the scenery, watch the cricket and where children can feel part of it all.” The new mixed-use development on the former Cadbury factory site is set to deliver up to 700 new homes, including a mix of apartments and houses, together with a primary school, employment space, plus a range of community and sports facilities. A local centre is also included in the masterplan for the site, including a small number of retail units, a medical centre, a riverside cafe and a care home, as well as a new 210-place primary school and nursery. A riverside walk will be created with a cycle/ pedestrian bridge over the River Avon, while substantial areas of public open space, including


a wetland area for wildlife, are to be established. Some existing factory buildings will be used to create 120,000 sq ft of employment space. Commuters will appreciate that Keynsham has its own railway station just a short stroll from the new development with direct services to Bristol, Southampton and London Waterloo, while Bristol city centre lies only six miles from home. The development is well located for access to the A4, the M32 and the M4. The Somerdale Sales and Information Centre is located off Somerdale Road, Keynsham, BS31 2AU, and open daily 11am until 5.30pm. Alternatively, the Sales Executive can be contacted on 0117 3707 231. Further information about Taylor Wimpey developments across the region is available by calling 01454 628484 or visiting the website at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk.



MALE VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED! Bath and North East Somerset’s Book Bugs project, which is hoping to train male volunteers as reading companions for young children in pre-schools and reception classes in Radstock and Keynsham, is still in urgent need of more volunteers. Cllr Dine Romero (Lib-Dem, Southdown), the Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children, and Youth, said; “We have had an encouraging response from the appeal for volunteers that we launched earlier last month. “A number of men have asked for more details and we really hope they will be applying to become Book Bugs volunteers.

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“By visiting a nursery or school once a week for just an hour to share books, stories and conversations with the children, either one to one or in small groups, they will be encouraging young boys to take an active interest in the world of books and stories.” Book Bugs is an early years programme linking male volunteers with youngsters in their preschool, nursery or reception class. It builds on a successful pilot held last year in Paulton and aims to increase boys’ interest in books and support their early reading skills. The Book Bugs project is now looking for a team of 24 volunteers to help expand the initiative into Radstock and Keynsham. Jane Southwell, Early Years Consultant and Book Bugs project leader added: “We have schools and nurseries keen to welcome Book Bugs volunteers to visit, but not enough volunteers. We will be offering a short training programme and ongoing support for suitable volunteers who come forward. Please help us; we really need your support!” The Book Bugs project hopes visits can begin in early November. If you can spare an hour a week for this valuable voluntary work and would like further details, please contact Jane Southwell by Friday 12 September at Jane_southwell@bathnes.gov.uk or call 07977 228316.

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HOME GROWN PULP FICTION SEARCH Thousands of people take stories out of Bath & North East Somerset Council libraries – now the library wants residents to bring stories to them. This year the Library Service is teaming up with A Word in Your Ear and Kilter for its annual writing competition. Once again it is kindly sponsored by The Bath Chronicle. The theme is noir. That could be a classic story; sinister, moody, perhaps with a twisting narrative and set in shadowy underworlds. Or it could be influenced by contemporary Scandinavian Noir. The competition is now open, free to enter and open to all adults. The winning stories will be read at the Story Fridays event on 7 November at Burdall’s Yard, Bath. Book token prizes of £20 and £10 to be won.


Cllr David Dixon, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods (Lib Dem, Oldfield), said, “The annual short story competition from Bath & North East Somerset Council’s library service has always proved popular.” There is a maximum word count of 2,000 words and remember that this competition is for stories written for reading out so bear this in mind when you are writing. The closing date for entries is Wednesday 22 October. Hand in your entry at any Bath & North East Somerset Council library attaching an entry form, these are available at all libraries, or submit it on the Word in Your Ear website at www. awordinyourear.o rg.uk. There is also information on the library events web page at www.bathnes.gov.uk.




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Q. What do you feel are the worst things about Keynsham? A. It would be great if Keynsham had a local cinema.

Q: What do you feel the future holds for Keynsham’s Youth Service? A: A positive future with the new building that the workers and young people are hugely excited about moving into. It will enable us to continue to offer the young people somewhere to go and develop their skills. Q. Away from work what are your hobbies/ interests? A: My hobbies include playing/watching rugby, long distance running, music, watching films, travelling, smoking meat and doing food challenges. Q. What do you feel are the best things about Keynsham? A: It has a great community feel with lots of local events i.e., the Music Festival, the Victorian Evening (now Keynsham Winter Festival) and a regular Farmer’s Market.

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COMMUNITIES CELEBRATE GREEN FLAG STATUS Four local green spaces have been awarded Green Flag status, thanks to local communities working closely with Bath & North East Somerset Council. The award, presented by the Keep Britain Tidy Group, is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK. This year Keynsham Memorial Park; Silver Street Local Nature Reserve, Midsomer Norton; and Haycombe Cemetery and Royal Victoria Park in Bath have received the award.

Keynsham Memorial Park has lots of attractions including children’s play areas, a café, a picnic area and ball sports. There is also an ecological zone with a duck pond, a bug garden and the River Chew flowing through. Keynsham Town Council manages events at the bandstand and regular entertainment is provided throughout the summer. Keynsham Memorial Park is also the venue for the annual Keynsham Music Festival. In 2014 Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Parks Team has created colourful new flower displays which have been welcomed by Keynsham residents and the Green Flag judges. Find out more about the local parks maintained by the Council at www.bathnes.gov.uk/parks.

Councillor David Dixon (Lib-Dem, Oldfield), Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “It is excellent news that four green spaces managed by Bath & North East Somerset Council working with local communities have achieved the Green Flag once again. WARMLEY • BITTON • OLDHAM COMMON • STOCKWOOD


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ARTS GRANTS the Town Council Arts Grants were considered T hisat theyearsame time as the Town Council annual grants and awards were presented on Wednesday 23rd July 2014 in St. John’s Church Hall. It was a pleasure to invite those receiving arts grants to join other community organisations on this special occasion. Art Grant application forms for 2015 will be available in mid-April next year. Go to www.keynsham–tc.gov.uk for more information.


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The following organisations received an arts grant:


Purpose of grant


@One Youth & Community Centre

To provide band practice & music lessons/classes for aspiring performers (on a low income)


Baby Comes Too

To purchase toys and contribute towards the cost of craft materials


Golden Oldies Charity

Part funding for Keynsham Golden Oldies singing sessions (session leader costs and new song books)


Keynsham Brass Band

Purchase of reconditioned brass instrument - Tenor horn


Keynsham Light Opera Group (KLOG)

To purchase a star cloth ( black curtain containing lights) and a comb binder (for producing bound packs of music)


Phoenix Keynsham Youth Theatre

To launch a new amateur Musical theatre group for Keynsham young people


St. Francis’ Community Crafts

To purchase materials for craft afternoons (2)





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he Chairman of Bath and North East Somerset Council, Councillor Martin Veal, held a reception to launch a Photographic Exhibition by Young People in Keynsham and TimeOut on Wednesday 3rd September 2014 in the Chairman’s Room, Guildhall, Bath. The aim of the project is to raise awareness that often the images we see in the media are not true likenesses and have been altered, and to help others understand the pressure these images can have on how people view themselves and their appearance.

THE PROJECT BRIEF FOR “SupermodelMe” To take “before and after” photos of young people (who are willing and have parental consent) The First image: ‘Normal portrait’ no adjustments, digital or cosmetic. The Second image: ‘SupermodelMe’ portrait after make-up and hair (by Tilly and Catlin). The Third image: Digital ‘perfection’ enhanced through photo editing copying techniques used by the commercial media and entertainment industry.

THE AIM OF THE PROJECT • For young people to understand and be aware that often the pictures they see of people in magazines/ advertising have been digitally augmented and is not a ‘true’ likeness through the process and looking at the before and after portraits.

• For young people to understand the pressure these images can have on how we view ourselves, how we look and feel about our shape. • To help build a healthy sense of self-esteem and acceptance of body image.

WHY? The SupermodelMe project is to show how the media changes images of celebrities especially in advertising. This can create unreal expectations for young people to live up to, especially young women and who decides what perfect looks like anyway! We think this is not acceptable. Girls all around the world are trying to copy these unrealistic images. This creates unnecessary pressure on their lives. So the message we want to put across in this project is “Don’t forget to love your natural self” “It is important to show what you see in magazines is not real”. “This project is important to me because the way women are portrayed in the media today is horrendous, nothing is real and people really need to see that!” “Being involved in the SupermodelMe project is important to me because I think girls worry too much about their image and have low selfconfidence. This is because of the images in magazines and adverts. There is an increasing trend of people using apps to beautify images before uploading “selfies” pictures of themselves on social media sites.



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KEYNSHAM TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS 2014 Monthly meetings are held on Tuesday evenings at the Council Chamber, 3rd Floor, North Block, Riverside, Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol, commencing at 7.30pm.

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COUNCILLORS Keynsham Town Councillors are elected to help you. If you have any problems or want action taken on a local issue which concerns you contact one of your local Councillors below.

Dave Biddleston Labour (South) Tel: 0117 9870081

Tony Crouch Labour (East) Tel: 0117 9864648

Chris Davis Labour (South) Tel: 0117 9861947

Carole Duckett Conservative (North) Tel: 0117 9865350

Clive Fricker (Chair) Conservative (East) Tel: 0117 9869250

Gill Hellier Independent (East) Tel: 0117 9862945

Brian Jenkins

Keith Kirwan Liberal Democrat (North)

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David Johnson Conservative (South) Tel: 0117 3292346

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Aubrey Matthews Conservative (North) Tel: 0117 9861339

Lisa O’Brien Conservative (North) Tel: 07867906163

Steve Rossiter Labour (South) Tel: 0117 9860692

Brian Simmons Conservative (North) Tel: 0117 9096596

Kate Simmons Conservative (South) Tel: 0117 9081783

Roy Staddon Labour (East) Tel: 0117 9867447

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