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Winter 2014 - Issue 11

Produced for Keynsham Town Council

Keynsham Winter Festival Friday 28th November 6pm - 9pm See pages 23 - 25 for details




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eep into Autumn and enjoying the warm weather I reflect on having overcome one of my main hurdles at the end of British summer time. My challenge was changing time clocks all over the house including central heating and our space age cooker. Invariably I forget a sequence which prolongs this procedure making the whole process one I could well be excused. My personal hope is that increasing pressure by MP’s and academics rids us of this annoying event. Congratulations are due to the Keynsham in Bloom Community Group which has again coordinated our great success in the South West in Bloom Awards. Our Silver Gilt award recognised not only the fantastic displays but also the initiative driven by many groups and individuals across the community – I’m delighted to say a regular Keynsham occurrence. Keynsham in Bloom awarded a variety of well deserved awards to individuals and groups including a super childrens competition in painting and sun-flower growing. Thinking of our younger residents exciting things are also happening with the development of a Keynsham Town Youth Council – Keynsham Now - which has already had its first meeting. We in the Town Council welcome having these young peoples views and working with them to address threats and opportunities impacting our town. We look forward to seeing you at our renamed Winter Festival along the High Street on Friday 28 November. This great family event was always successful as the Victorian Evening when we celebrate the illumination of our Christmas lights. However its new name will more accurately reflect the way this enjoyable community evening has evolved.

Kindest regards

Cllr Clive Fricker Chair of Keynsham Town Council























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rtist Sebastien Boyesen, working on our new Clock Tower hailed the community workshops held during September and October as making a very significant contribution to details of Keynsham and its environment. He met with representatives of the Local History Society, Civic Society, Manor Road Woodland Group, and young people at TimeOut. In addition, during the ‘Meet the Artist’ sessions he had new opportunities to gain valuable insight into both past memories and present day thoughts from residents of all ages and

longevity of stay. One resident, who has lived here all her life, recalled the blacksmith working at the top of Bath Hill and also taking her children to the animal market ‘across the way’. It also provided a chance to discuss clock face alternatives. The public consultation feedback emphatically required that the clock face must be clear and easy to read. Most opinion rejected ‘Roman’ numerals in favour of a more modern approach but one which had style. Examples of these, along with other images of Keynsham can be found on ...http://www.pinterest.com/sboyesen/ keynsham-clock-tower/ Sebastien commented “The response has been especially positive and informative. Residents have really contributed to the development and on-going design of the clock tower”. If you were not able to attend the workshops and have memories, photographs, ideas as to the images that might in some way appear on the Clock Tower please email dianahatton@btinternet.com by the end of November.


ST KEYNA TOWNSWOMENS GUILD Townswomen’s Guild celebrated its 85 birthday and to commemorate the occasion one of our members baked a beautiful cake which was cut during our October meeting.

and numerous sub-group outings and activities. The next meeting is on Tuesday 9th December 2014 for their Christmas Lunch at a local venue with Mr Tim Mayo on the subject ‘There is Nothing Like a Dame!’.

The nominated charity for this year is “The Lullaby Trust” who provide specialist support to bereaved families following sudden infant and cot deaths. At the end of the year a donation will be made to this very special charity rasied from various fundraising events throughout the year. St Keyna Townswomens Guild meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Fear Hall, Keynsham between 9.45am and 11.45am. A friendly, outgoing group of ladies who enjoy interesting speakers

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SOUTH WEST IN BLOOM AWARDS 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 results were announced at an award ceremony on 18th September at Trowbridge Civic Centre.

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Keynsham was awarded a Silver Gilt in the South West in Bloom 2014 competition.

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n September, we hosted sixteen friends from Libourne. Together we visited Castle Combe, Avebury and Berkeley. Social events included a buffet meal with entertainment from KLOGS & the newly formed Phoenix Keynsham Youth Theatre and a meal at Stockwood Vale Golf Club. This left time for outings with host families, which included visits to Bristol, Bath, Clevedon, Wells, Chew Valley and garden centres. Twinning members will pay a return visit to Libourne for a week in June 2015, when the Libourne Music Festival takes place (over weekend of 20/21 June). Why not join the association and put your name forward? Libourne is also twinned with towns in Germany and Spain. Official guests from the town visited Wellsway School, toured the new civic centre and met representatives of local organisations who plan to arrange visits for their members to groups with similar interests: the Scouts, Keynsham Orchestra & KLOGs and Avon County Rowing Club. If you belong to a club or organisation which would like to ‘twin’ with a similar group in Libourne, the association could help to set this up.

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The Christmas Farmers Market will take place on Saturday 13th December 9am-1pm in Ashton Way Car Park and if all is going to plan it will also be our last market in this venue before re-launching in 2015 in Market Walk in the Town Centre. The December Market is always a special event and we will again be joined by Keynsham Brass Band whose Christmas repertoire generates a wonderful festive atmosphere. The market itself grows to accommodate additional producers who will be offering everything from handmade Christmas Wreaths to artisan salami’s and Greek Delight; very unusual stocking fillers! Traditional produce such as turkeys and

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local issues and as a way in which the Council and its partners can consult with local people on a range of topics. Those who attended the first meeting wanted to encourage members of the public to get involved and agreed to hold an Ask the Forum session before the main meeting in November. This will take place between 6.30pm-7.30pm, in the Community Room, Civic Centre, Market Walk, in Keynsham and will be followed by a formal meeting of the Forum from 7.30pm- 8.30pm. Forum meetings are open to the public, who may attend as observers. Members of the Keynsham Area Forum include Bath & North East Somerset Ward Councillors; representatives from local Town and Parish Councils, Chamber of Commerce and a range of community and voluntary organisations. If you live in the following parishes and have a question for Bath & North East Somerset Council, Avon & Somerset Police, Avon Fire & Rescue, your parish council or any other public service, please come along to the meeting. If you are unable to attend please email your questions to Mark_ Hayward@bathnes.gov.uk or call 01225 396975. Parishes include: Chelwood, Compton Dando, Corston, Farmborough, Keynsham, Saltford, Whitchurch, Marksbury.

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Thanks to all who performed at the Bandstand during the 2014 summer season and also to all those who attended.

The closing date for nominations for Keynsham Good Citizens Awards is 31st December 2014.

If any bands are interest in performing in 2015 please contact: Dawn Drury, Deputy Town Clerk, Keynsham Town Council, 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham BS31 1HF. Tel: 0117 9868683. Email:deputytownclerk@keynsham-tc.gov.uk

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WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER 18th - Keynsham Town Council meeting at the Council Chamber, 3rd Floor, North Block, Riverside, Temple Street, Keynsham, commencing at 7.30pm. 21st - Thai Curry Evening at Keynsham Baptist Church starts at 7.30pm. Ticket entry. 22nd - R.B.L.W.S. Xmas Fayre at the Royal British Legion Club in Keynsham.

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. 22nd - Keynsham Orchestra perform at St John’s Church. Keynsham at 7.30pm. 24th - Planning Development Committee meeting in the Town Council office, 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham. 28th - Keynsham Winter Festival (formerly the Keynsham Victorian Evening) 6pm to 9pm.

DECEMBER 4th - Quiz night at Keynsham Rugby Football Club. 7pm, £2 per person max 6 in a team. Prize for the winning team.

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4th - Keynsham Older Peoples Social at Community@67, Queens Road, Keynsham 2pm to 4pm. 4th - Keynsham Film Works showcase The Grand Budapest Hotel, visit www.keynshamfilmworks. co.uk for more info. 5th - R.B.L.W.S Xmas Show at the Royal British Legion Club in Keynsham. A ‘Cracker’ of a show with light supper. All welcome. 7th - Choir Jam perform at the Saltford Santa Dash. 9th - Quiz Night at the Fry Club from 7.30pm. All welcome with teams of up to 6 people. Contact John on 0117 956 9113. 10th - Book Club at Community@67, Queens Road, Keynsham 7pm to 9pm. 10-11th - The 2014 Christmas Show at the Fry Club with Christmas songs and carols. 13th - Somerset Farmers Market from 9am to 1pm in Ashton Way car Park. 13th- R.B.L.W.S Xmas Show at the Royal British Legion Club in Keynsham. A ‘Cracker’ of a show with light supper. All welcome. 14th - Gift Service at 10.30am at Keynsham Baptist Church - receiving presents for the homeless at Christmas. 15th - Planning Development Committee meeting in the Town Council office, 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham. 16th - Keynsham Town Council meeting at the Council Chamber, 3rd Floor, North Block, Riverside, Temple Street, Keynsham, commencing at 7.30pm. 16th - An Evening of Christmas Music at 7.30pm followed by light supper at Keynsham Baptist Church Ticket entry. 17th - Ballroom dancing at the Fry Club with Sid and Roz Gateley 8pm to 11pm.


21st - All-age Advent Service at 10.30am celebrating the Christmas message at Keynsham Baptist Church. 23rd - Carols by Candlelight at 7.30pm followed by mulled wine and mince pies at Keynsham Baptist Church. 23rd - Rock and Roll at the Fry Club with the Alligators. 24th - Christmas Eve party at the Fry Club with a visit from Father Christmas. 25th - Christmas Morning Service joined by Victoria Methodist Church at 10.00am at Keynsham Baptist Church. 31st - New Year’s Eve party at the Fry Club, Keynsham.

JANUARY 4th - Keynsham Older Peoples Social at Community@67, Queens Road, Keynsham 2pm to 4pm. 5th - Planning Development Committee meeting in the Town Council office, 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham. 8th - Keynsham Film Works showcase CaptainPhillips, visit www.keynshamfilmworks.co.uk for more info. 10th - Somerset Farmers Market from 9am to 1pm in Ashton Way car Park. 14th - Book Club at Community@67, Queens Road, Keynsham 7pm to 9pm. 20th - Keynsham Town Council meeting at the Council Chamber, 3rd Floor, North Block, Riverside, Temple Street, Keynsham, commencing at 7.30pm. 26th - Planning Development Committee meeting in the Town Council office, 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham.



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pecial guest appearance by Queen Elsa and Princess Anna (from the Disney Frozen movie) who will be the switching on of the Christmas Lights along with the winner of the Winter Wonderland colouring competition. This year’s procession includes local children, the Upshot Circus performers, the 2386 Air Cadet Squctation of prizes to this year’s competition winners will be followed by musical performances on the stage by Queen Elsa and Princess Anna accompanied by children from the Stagecoach Theatre, St. John’s Church Youth Choir, Keynsham Light Opera Group, Keynsham Brass Band, 2386 Air Cadet Squadron. Stage activities will be compered by Jimmy Mac. In and around the High Street there will be stalls, a craft fayre in the Fear Hall, entertainment in the Churches, a Punch and Judy show, on the night craft workshops, the Happy Play Bus, the Fun Fair on Ashton Way & much more. Road Closures include: the High Street and the bottom of Charlton Road. These will be closed to traffic from 3.30pm until 10.00pm.

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For more information contact Keynsham Town Council on 0117 986 8683 www.keynsham-tc.gov.uk




Winter Festival



Procession includes Town Crier, Santa, Air Cadets, Marching Band, Children with their Workshop snowflake/ icicles & Juggler/Stilt Walkers—starts at Back Lane and continues up Bath Hill and along High Street to the stage.



Cllr Clive Fricker, (Chairman, Keynsham Town Council), Cllr Martin Veal (Chairman B&NES), Children’s Competition Winners prize giving, Christmas Lights Switch On

Compere & balloon sculptor between acts



St John’s Junior Church Choir


Glitter & Sparkle Fancy Dress Judging


Keynsham Brass Band


Keynsham Light Opera Group


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Throughout the evening

Refreshments Cards/books & crafts, cakes & preserves Children’s face painting Dress up and “Step into the Nativity Story”!



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Carol singing


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Stilt Walkers, Jugglers


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rallying cry is being issued to shoppers to support local independent stores as this year’s Christmas shopping season gets under way. The run-up to Christmas is a crucial time for traders, and people are being urged to think of our locallyrun shops when looking for presents this year. Our local High Streets have a wonderful mix of unique independent stores and to make sure this

Lets buy Christmas presents from small local businesses and self-employed people from our neighborhood who sell online or a local craftsperson who make jewellery, the amazing local florist or the local bakers that make homemade cakes, buns and chocolates. The guys that run the café or salon, lets make sure that our money goes to individual people and not multinational companies. This way, more local people will have a better Christmas.

COMMUNITY SPACE The Consortium aiming to promote performances in Keynsham’s new community space has now received a funding grant from B&NES Arts Development. So it’s full steam ahead with the possibility of the first shows and performances happening in December. For information or enquiries contact ric@keynshamfest.co.uk





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.

Adult Craft Group on alternate Tuesdays: 10.00am - 12pm; 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Last this year: 9th December at Keynsham Baptist Church. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Junior Craft Group on the first Wednesday of each month: 4.00pm - 5.00pm. Last this year: 3rd December at Keynsham Baptist Church. The Community@67 Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 7pm to 9pm. Our members have been introduced to a number of new authors and a wide variety of different categories. Anyone interested can ring 07727626794 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.



FRIDAY 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 Advice Service is held in the Keynsham One Stop Shop Thursdays between 9am and 12pm and 1.30pm and 4pm. 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.

Tea and Tots on every term-time Friday morning: 9.30pm - 11.30pm: a popular, free, drop-in centre at Keynsham Baptist Church. 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.

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Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 7pm.

Keynsham Town’s under 13’s football team train every Saturday between 10am and 12noon. Contact Darren on 07904 036483 for more information.

Gentle Exercise to build strength and tone at The River Suite from 11am for 60 minutes.

Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 8.00am to 3.30pm.

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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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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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Keynsham Parish Players are looking for new members to join their happy band, both on and backstage. Rehearsals take place in the Parish Hall every other Sunday afternoon and often during the week, to join call 0117 986 3354. Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 8am to 11.30am and 12.30pm to 3pm. Aqua aerobics at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 7pm to 8pm. Energise and Burn exercise class at the River Suits from 10.00am for 45 minutes.




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400 guests were welcomed on the day including many of the sponsors and donors whose generosity enabled the project to go forward including British Rowing’s Anne-Marie Phelps and Di Ellis. The Mayor of Bath and the Lord Mayor of Bristol (himself a member of ACRC) were also in attendance. The day commenced with a row past by crews led by the Bristol Empire Dragon Boat Club and Avon Canoe Club, followed by crews from the Rowing Clubs. The biggest cheer went to an ACRC octuple comprising boys and girls representing their 8 local schools. The new buildings at Saltford provide a lot more space for boats as well as better access, proper changing rooms and a gym. There is also a large clubroom with a balcony overlooking the tranquil River Avon with a 4 km stretch of the best rowing water in the region. Rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave won his first trophy racing at the Saltford Regatta when he was at school in Marlow. “The first and the best,“ he says.

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Bath to open a new Register Office service for local residents starting Monday November 10, 2014. The new Register Office will operate two days a week, Mondays and Thursdays, from 9.30am to 4pm, to register births and deaths. It will be sited in Bath and Wessex House, Department B21, RUH. The idea was proposed by the Council’s Superintendent Registrar, Alison Manning, as part of the Council’s ‘10 in 100’ scheme, which encourages staff to look at new ways of working to improve services for customers.

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KEYNSHAM WALKERS ARE WELCOME After an Autumnal break the Keynsham Walkers are Welcome is back in action with monthly walks restarting in December - see local press and posters in public notice boards scattered around town for further details The idea of the Walkers are Welcome scheme, which has the backing of the Town Council and Keynsham Chamber of Commerce, is to promote Keynsham as a centre for walking, where residents and visitors alike can appreciate the beautiful scenery surrounding the town and the hospitality that the town and its’ traders provide. There are organised walks each month, either starting or finishing in the town, each with a walk leader on hand to supervise; and

there is always time allowed for a refreshment stop! The Steering Group have decided to alternate between a shorter themed walk, ie. nature, photographic, historical etc., which will have a expert to indicate out all relevant points of interest, and give advice on that particular theme. These will be interspersed with longer walks for the more serious walkers amongst you. We are always looking for interested people to assist us; either by suggesting a favourite walk, generally helping out, being a walk leader, or even joining the steering group to organise events. Contact us on wrwkeynsham@outlook.com or visit our website which is part of the community website:- e-voice, follow the link to community organisations and Keynsham Walkers are Welcome.

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a local charity providing social, leisure W eandaresports opportunities for children and adults with learning disabilities. We are very proud to announce we have just started a brand new social club called Go Explore. This new project is for young adults, aged 18 – 25 and is specifically targeted at providing age appropriate support and encouragement into adulthood. Go Explore runs on a Wednesday evening from 7 – 9pm. We currently run 4 clubs for children. Keynsham Junior Club runs on a Tuesday evening (5-11 year olds) and Thursday evening (11 – 18 years) at Somerdale Lodge at Fry’s from 5.45 – 7.15pm. We run a Saturday morning club in Bath, to which we provide transport from Keynsham, and a Tuesday evening club in Radstock for ages 11 – 18 to provide a weekly social activity to young people who live rurally. The 18+ Club is our social club for adults, and is a very popular club with 75 members and a waiting list of over 30.

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This year has seen us launch a new Boccia Club. After a trip to watch the Special Olympics at Bath University last summer, several of our members showed a keen interest with the game of Boccia. Played sitting down, it is a popular Paralympic sport and fully inclusive for all of our members.

Our junior members have had weekends away camping, annual trips to the YMCA centre where they took part in outdoor pursuits such as abseiling, zip wire and canoeing amongst others, and in May this year we took 20 of the children for a 2 night stay in Disneyland Paris.

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Everything we do is fully inclusive and is supported by our team of 94 volunteers. Last year our incredible volunteer team clocked up a massive 9,924 volunteering hours. We are always looking for new people to join our volunteering team. You do not need to have any experience, just a fun, friendly attitude and a commitment to your role.

The clubs we run offer all of our 165 members the opportunity to take part in social activities where they can meet new and old friends, and be fully supported and secure. The clubs also offer parents and carers regular respite from the demands of caring 24/7. In addition to the weekly clubs we run we also organise day trips, weekends away and holidays. We’ve been all over the UK and enjoy visiting different parts of the country.

You can find details of our clubs, volunteering opportunities and more about us on our website www.keynshammencap.org.uk Facebook: Keynsham Mencap Twitter: @keynsham_mencap




Position: Cemetery Attendant Service with Keynsham Town Council: 5 months Q. Do you live in Keynsham? A. No I live in Peasedown St John. Q: What is your experience as a Grounds Maintenance Worker? A: I have worked for various local Councils for around 25 years, maintaining public recreational/open spaces and buildings. I also have gained many qualifications enabling me to use my acquired skills to maintain the Council’s assets to a high standard.

Q. What do you feel are the worst things about Keynsham? A. Fearful Keynsham could lose its unique Town identity, being swallowed up and becoming a part of ‘greater Bristol’, a possible reality in the near future perhaps if City planners get their way?

Q: What do you enjoy most about the job? A: The team spirit within the Council’s outside workforce, everyone helps each other. Appreciative comments from members of the public, acknowledging your work efforts is a testament not just to myself but to the dedication of the Council’s Grounds Maintenance staff for all their hard work in helpingto maintain the Cemetery grounds. Q. What do you enjoy the least? A: Working in wet weather getting soaked through especially after prolonged heavy spells and your boots picking up all the mud and weighing you down! Q. What do you feel are Keynsham’s best assets? A: The various beauty spot locations beside the river in and around the outskirts of the Town, also the Memorial Park and vibrant High Street.



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Tuesdays & Thursdays 7 – 9.30pm Open drop in session at Timeout Arts and crafts, issue based projects, cooking, wide screen television, Xbox live, pool table, Wii games and movies on big screen, karaoke, air hockey, table tennis, skittles, quiet chill out room, Macs with internet access and a printer. Also Football in the 5-aside courts, Memorial Park. Wednesdays 7 – 9pm, Project Night Workshops and training for young people developing skills for life and independent living. Issue based projects that are young people focused. Providing information advice and guidance.

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• 5tbsp whisky • 225g (8oz) plain flour • pinch salt • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon • 1 tsp mixed spice • 1/2tsp freshly grated nutmeg • 225g (8oz) unsalted butter, softened

• 225g (8oz) soft dark brown sugar • 4 eggs, beaten • 65g (2 1/2oz) Brazil nuts, toasted and chopped • 1 tbsp black treacle • grated zest 1 lemon • grated zest 1 orange

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PREPARATION 1. Place 4 to 6 tablespoons apricot jam and 2 tablespoons water in a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Simmer for about a minute, remove and strain through a sieve. 2. To decorate the cake, brush the apricot glaze liberally over the top and sides of the cake. Marzipan and ice the cake around 4 days before Christmas. Roll out the marzipan to fit and cover the sides and top of the cake. It’s best to leave the marzipan to dry out overnight before icing. Roll out the fondant icing to fit and cover sides and top of the cake. 3. Sift the flour, salt and spices into a bowl and set aside. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixture and beat on high speed until very soft, fluffy and pale in colour. Gradually add the eggs to the mixture, beating well all the time until all the egg is incorporated. Don’t worry if the mixture looks a little curdled at this stage – it will be fine once you add the flour.

paper to cover the top of the cake so that it doesn’t brown too much. Make a hole in the centre of the bakewell paper the size of a £1 coin. 6. Place the cake on the lower shelf of the oven, and don’t be tempted to open the door until threequarters of the way through cooking. To check that the cake is cooked, insert a skewer through the centre, and if there’s no wet mixture clinging to the skewer, then the cake is cooked. If not, return to the oven and test again after 20 minutes or until cooked. 7. Leave the cake to cool in the tin before wrapping well in double greaseproof paper and storing in an airtight tin. Rich fruitcakes can take up to 4 hours to cool. To “feed” the cake with whisky, make a few holes in the top with a skewer and pour a couple of tea.

4. Gently fold in the flour and spices, being careful not to knock out too much air. Fold in the whiskysoaked fruits, plus the Brazil nuts, treacle and lemon and orange zest, then spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the surface. Make a small indentation with the back of a teaspoon in the centre of the cake, so that the centre doesn’t rise. You want a nice even top. 5. Place a band of brown paper around the outside of the tin and cut another double thickness of bakewell


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