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A lot has changed in the last 3 months, not least the landscape in the town centre! The demolition is virtually complete and the start of a new beginning for Keynsham is emerging. Plans for the Somerdale site were shown in the Key Centre at the Methodist Church in February and planning submission for Fry Club and the houses, together with outline permission for the other areas, will be sought within the next couple of months. Another very successful Victorian Evening took place at the end of November and moving the fairground rides to Ashton Way was seen to be a positive step and seemed to make the High Street less crowded. It was very rewarding to see so many attending the Town Council Community Networking evening on 26th February and we hope that you all found it useful in promoting your groups and finding new contacts. We would love to see more entries in the Keynsham in Bloom competition this year in the various categories and a form is enclosed with this newsletter, so all you need is a pen and a few pots or containers (if you haven’t got a garden!) to enter. All we need is a summer, unlike last year, to encourage a “Blooming Keynsham”!

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Annual Town Meeting


Community Veg Plot Would you like to join in?

TimeOut Youth Centre


When do we meet?

Keynsham Music Festival 2013


The plans

What’s On


A packed calendar of events

Council Tax 2013/14


The details

Things to Do


Community events for all

The Train Station Project


Can you support a planter?

Keynsham Cemetery


An unwelcome resurrection

Meet the Team


Find out more about Town Council employee Kelly Duckett


Fairtrade in Keynsham Where to go


Your Town Councillors Contact details for your Town Councillors

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KEYNSHAM GOOD CITIZENS AWARD Do you know anyone who makes a real difference to people’s lives? Keynsham Town Council Citizens Award publicly acknowledges and gives thanks to residents who make a real difference to people’s lives and positively contribute to the community in Keynsham. Further information and nomination forms are available from the Town Council Office, 15-17 Temple Street. Forms should be received in the Town Council Offices by the end of December 2013. The awards will be given out at the Annual Town Meeting in April 2014.

COMMUNITY vegetables Transition Keynsham has a Community Veg Plot in the park. We are creating a friendly and welcoming garden for anyone who would like to join in the gardening or who would like to learn about how to grow food and meet like-minded people in the area. We want to grow seasonal vegetable crops, to share skills and knowledge and welcome anyone who would like to get involved or who just want to come along, have a look and have a chat. We will choose fruit and veg which are easy to grow, look lovely and most of all taste great. Alongside them we will be growing beautiful flowers and herbs to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. We will of course be sharing the harvest.

Transition Keynsham is also still looking after the Wellsway Wildflower patch. The patch can be found on the Wellsway at the junction of Manor Road. We plan another beautiful display to delight passersby and the pollinators who need our help. Both these projects will be part of Keynsham’s entry into South West in Bloom.

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TIMEOUT Youth Centre 1-2 River Terrace, Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1HE (Opposite Keynsham Leisure Centre)

Keynsham Town Council is running youth club sessions at the TimeOut Centre which will be open 3 nights a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).

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Open drop in session at TimeOut. Young people can have access to arts and crafts, issue based projects, cooking in the kitchen, wide screen television, Xbox live, pool table, video projector and whiteboard for Wii games and movies and a quiet area chillout room. There is also a computer with internet access and a printer, so if they need to print something out, send an email or write something up they can do it. As well as having Mac computers, there is software Final Cut Express and iMovie for film and stop motion animation making and special software. Logic pro studio and garage band is available to make music, mp3’s or own ringtones and there are computers and access to the internet to do homework. The issue based activities young people can participate in explore topics like, relationships, drug & alcohol misuse, racism, homophobia, sex, healthy living and making a difference in your community. TimeOut also run trips and put on events, such as Keynsham music mash-up, local band nights, sports activities, art, photography, film making, dance workshops, graffiti, and provide cv support.

These Detached sessions extend Youth Work provision to a wider range of young people into a wider variety of settings on their own territory. MEMBERSHIP to TimeOut Youth Centre is free for 13-19 year olds (you can join from when you start year 8 and the evening sessions cost 50p a night).

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This is a project based session aimed at developing young people’s life skills and can include workshops on confidence, bullying, cyber-bullying, health, drugs, personal effectiveness, team work, arts and creative school development, baby sitting course, first aid course, healthy eating and nutrition, communication, film making, dance workshops and decision making, politics, counselling, befriending and advice training, skills for life and independent living.

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The TimeOut Stage is going to be bigger and better this year and is now going to be managed by a group of former and current Wellsway school students – three of them currently completing Event Management degree courses at universities.

A tremendous start to the Festival this year with now over 220 acts having applied to perform. There are now far more than we can take for all four stages! These range from the local community groups to local bands, national professional bands and, a new development, international bands and artistes. Amongst those we hope might actually perform at the Festival are a South African township band, the great latin-tango based Violentango from Buenos Aries, and the winner of the 2011 Hungarian X Factor! But we have some fabulous up and coming musicians from all over the UK too. We haven’t forgotten local bands, Keynsham, Bristol and Bath should be well represented in the final line up. We promise there will be something for everybody! The deluge of applications has meant we have saved money on advertising and made a more extensive use of the social media for our publicity. The week leading up to the festival will also be very exciting with events happening every night and quite often more than one event per night. Keynsham Orchestra will be back this year, so will Opera in the Park and the late night Cinema Under the Stars. We welcome the involvement and support of The Talbot and The Ship as venues. Thanks to Transition Keynsham there will be a second film night during the week and, with Keynsham Action Network, we have a completely new and potentially huge event with Satish Kumar in the Park on the Friday evening. That could mean five Festival events on the Friday night!

Events will be publicised as they become confirmed – watch the Festival website currently being re-vamped for this year, thanks to Simon at SOS Design, and for more immediate news follow developments and see snippets of some of the possible bands on Twitter and Facebook. Have your say too! www.keynshammusicfestival.co.uk Email: info@keynshamfest.co.uk Facebook: search Keynsham Music festival 2012 Twitter: @keynshamfest

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Another new feature this year will be a showcase evening of acoustic music by Steve Parkhouse of Bristol’s Jelli Records at The Ship – probably on the Tuesday night. Steve of course manages our Bandstand stage on the Sunday. Also on the cards are workshops in the local schools and the involvement of Keynsham Leisure Centre. Even better news is Ian McGill Transport and Taylor-Wimpey have agreed to their continued and generous support of the Festival and we hope our other sponsors will soon follow, and will be joined by new sponsors such as CURO and Car Quip.

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Keynsham Town Council is again offering grants to help voluntary, charity or public sector groups. Any organisations working for the benefit of Keynsham residents are entitled to apply. Application forms can be picked up from the Town council office at 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham or download from www.keynsham-tc.gov.uk Application forms are available from April 2013. Keynsham Town Council Tel 01179 868683

2013 is the 10th Anniversary of Keynsham & District Dial-a-Ride who provides affordable, safe and reliable transport locally and to the surrounding villages. Dial-a-Ride operate a door to door service in Keynsham and Saltford between 8am and 6pm from Monday to Friday, Bank Holidays are excluded. Between April and June there will be a Dial-a-Ride service operating on the 2nd Saturday of the month to coincide with the Farmers Market and the Arts/ Crafts event at the Scout Hut in Ashton Way. The Saturday service will operate from 9am to 12.30pm To use the Dial-a-Ride service you must be a registered member which is FREE. Mini Bus Hire is available to groups and organisations where you can hire a vehicle to take members out on a half or full day trip or perhaps you would like to go and see a show in the theatre.

CHOIRJAM POP CHOIR Would you like to join a fun pop choir in Keynsham and make new friends? ChoirJam meets on Mondays and Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9pm and Wednesdays 11.30am – 1pm during term-time at Wellsway School, Chandag Rd, Keynsham. We sing everything from the ELO to Olly Murs and perform with a live band! Adults of all ages are welcome to join, there’s no audition and no experience necessary – just lots of enthusiasm and a love of singing! Cost is £8.00 per session. To book a taster session, call Emma Hutchinson 07793 983040, email emma@choirjam.co.uk or visit www.choirjam.co.uk.

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Free use of Tennis Courts at Keynsham Multi-Sports Do you fancy getting fit but don’t want to spend time indoors? Then have you considered using the Keynsham Multi sports pitches in the Memorial Park? The hire of tennis courts is FREE week days. The gates will be unlocked Monday-Friday, 10am-3.45pm. They are also available evenings/weekends, by collecting a key (refundable deposit £10 required) from the Council offices at 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham, between 9.00am and 4.00pm Mondays to Fridays. The multi sports site also caters for five a side football and netball (refundable key deposit £20 required). The costs of hiring these courts are: Five a side/netball court £10.70 per hour per court - adults £6.60 per hour per court - juniors Floodlights - £3.00 extra for adults and £1.70 for juniors. Juniors under the age of 12 will need adult supervision at all times. If you are interested in booking the courts or require further information contact Keynsham Town Council on 0117 986 8683 or e-mail reception@keynsham-tc.gov.uk .

KEYNSHAM YOUTH FEST 2013 After the successful Youth Fest held on 22nd September last year another event is planned for September 2013. The aim of the event is to: • allow the many youth organisations of Keynsham to come together to show off their skills and talents. • raise the awareness of the positive opportunities that are available for young people to participate in. • promote the wide range of services and organizations that are available to young people. • provide a Festival setting for young people. If you would like further information on this event or would like to become involved in the event please contact Mark Willcox, Youth Worker, Keynsham Town Council. Tel: 0117 9868683, Mobile: 07534 071 466 Email: youthworker@keynsham-tc.gov.uk

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13th Farmers Market at Ashton Way Car Park 9am – 1pm 15th -27th Priscilla Queen of the Desert Tour at the

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26th Totally Elton; a tribute night to Elton John at Fry Club & Conference Centre. Starts at 8pm. Tickets £8 members and £10 non-members. Tickets can be booked in advance by calling 0117 9865787

22nd Mick Hucknall at the Colston Hall. Start time


22nd Annual Keynsham Town Meeting at 7.30pm

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19th Kabin Rock at Fry Club & Conference Centre.

An evening of Rock and Roll. Starts at 8pm. Tickets £7 members, £8 non-members. Tables can be booked in advance by calling 0117 9865787 7.30pm. Tickets £35, £40, £50 and available by calling 0117 922 3686

at Keynsham Baptist Church. All Keynsham residents welcome. Guest speaker: Sue Mountstevens, Police & Crime Commissioner, Avon & Somerset Constabulary. Agenda for the meeting will be available from the Town Council offices, Keynsham Library or by visiting www.keynsham-tc.gov.uk

23rd Saltford Floral Club Practice Class ‘Wooden Wonders’

2nd Keynsham Film Works presents Incendies

5th Elemental Creative at Keynsham Memorial Bandstand from 2.00pm to 3.30pm

8th Sid & Roz Gateley Dance Nights at Fry Club

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10th The Alligators at Fry Club & Conference Centre. An evening of Rock and Roll. Starts at 8pm. Tickets £7 members, £8 non-members. Tables can be booked in advance by calling 0117 9865787

15th Boxcar Kelly & The Railroaders plus Alan Britton

11th Farmers Market at Ashton Way Car Park 9am – 1pm 11th Keynsham Scouts Saturday market from 9am to 1pm 11th Stonecold Country plus Pedro at Fry Club &

16th Brejeiro are performing at The Keynsham

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18th Keynsham Methodist Church Ramblers Walk and Pub Lunch. Meet at 9.45am at The Queens Road Centre car park. For further information you can call 0117 9149408 or visit www.keynshammethodistchurch.co.uk

14th Quiz Night at Fry Club & Conference Centre.

25th Saltford Floral Club Demonstration - ROUND & ABOUT -2-15pm. Find out more about it - Shirley Hobbs on 0117 9862924

18th-19th Freedom Youth Dance Company

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KEYNSHAM TOWN COUNCIL Your house pays £1.54 per week towards your community Based on an average Band D property

This is how the weekly amount of £1.54 is spent...




Outdoor Costs


Grants & Contributions


Sports Facilities


Victorian Evening & Christmas Lights


Keynsham Cemetery


Keynsham Music Festival


Capital Projects


Activities & Services


Youth Provision






Office running costs, salaries, training, IT/WEB

Over 30 groups benefitted last year. See our website if you wish to apply www.keynsham-tc.gov.uk

Friday, 29th November 2013

Sunday, 7th July 2013

Keynsham In Bloom, South West in Bloom, Dial-a-Ride & Farmers Market.

Funding for Arts Development work/projects, Bandstand programme and much more.

Groundsmen salaries, Council vans, workshop, maintenance. Play Areas, Skateboard Park.

Five football pitches at Manor Road, Multi Sports Facilities at Memorial Park.

The Town Council maintains the Cemetery and the Grade II listed Chapel.

Play area resurfacing and replacement equipment etc.

Youth Service including TimeOut, Youth Fest and more.

This can be various projects or ‘one off’ expenditure.

COUNCIL TAX 2013 - 2014 2012 / 2013

2013 / 2014







Grants & Contributions






Outdoor Costs



Sports Facilities



Capital Projects























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Keynsham short mat bowls group, meet every Monday between 1.45pm and 4pm, 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 Baby Massage at Keynsham Children’s Centre. For more information please contact the Health Visitors on 0117 9461000.

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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. 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. Slimming World classes at the Methodist Key Centre, Charlton Road, Keynsham from 6.30pm call Kerry on 01179 863068 for more information. Keynsham Elim Church Toddler group at 9.30am. Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30am to 6pm. ChoirJam pop choir meets on Mondays 7.30pm – 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.


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. Get sorted at TimeOut from 10am - 3pm. Bored? Take TimeOut to Get Sorted! If you’re aged 16-18 and not doing any-thing 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 - 8pm. Queens Road toddler group meet every Tuesday from 1pm - 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 - 9pm. ChoirJam pop choir meets on Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9 pm, 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


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. Keynsham Photographic Society meets weekly between September and April,upstairs in The Fear Hall, 7.30pm. For more information visit www.keynshamphotographicsociety.co.uk. Zumba class at Chandag Junior school, at 6.45pm. Project night at TimeOut, Project based session aimed at developing young people’s life skills. From 7pm - 9.00pm every week. Ages 13 to 19 welcome at 1-2 River Terrace, Temple Street. New Zumba Class – St. John’s Church Hall, High Street, Keynsham every Wednesday from 6.15pm - 7.00pm £4. Speech & Language Toddler Time 10am - 12noon (referrals only) telephone 01225 831752 or speak to your health visitor. Keynsham Elim Church Toddler group at 9.30am. Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30am - 4pm. Keynsham Ladies Running Group, every week from 7pm, for more information visit www.Studiofit.info. Kickboxing at Keynsham Sports Centre from 7pm 8.30pm. Maths@67 runs every Wednesday in term time from 4pm - 5pm for children in years 5 and 6. For more information contact community@67 on 0117 9863961.


Stay and Play (for 0-5 years) from 9.45am11.45am 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. Slimming World Classes at Keynsham Baptist Church, High Street at 9.00am and 1.00am and also 5.30pm and 7.30pm, call Ann for more information on 01179 245304. Keynsham Film works, meet on the first Thursday of every month 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 - 11am and 12noon - 6.30pm. Keynsham Bootcamp at 6.30pm, for more information visit www.Studiofit.info. Aqua Aerobics at Keynsham Sports centre at 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.


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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 – 12 noon. Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30am - 12pm and 1pm - 7pm. Gentle Exercise to build strength and tone at The River Suite from 11am for 60 minutes. Body sculpt to build strength and tone at the Club Lounge from 5.45pm for 55 minutes. Zumba at the River Suite from 6.40pm every week for 50 minutes. Keynsham Leisure Cente run multi-sport drop in session on Fridays from 10 - 12 noon 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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Inflatable play in the Swimming pool at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 3.45pm - 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. 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 - 8pm. Energise and Burn exercise class at the River Suits from 10:00am for 45 minutes.

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KEYNSHAM train station project In 2013, the Keynsham in Bloom Working Party in conjunction with Severnside Community Rail Partnership will be tidying up Keynsham Train Station and making it a more welcoming place for visitors as they arrive in Keynsham. One part of the train station project is to include some planting schemes including barrier baskets. We would very much like the businesses and community groups of Keynsham to be part of our project by sponsoring a planter. The sum of £100 will secure sponsorship of a barrier basket for future years. Plus, this initial sum will also cover the cost of planting in the first year. Future planting will be supported by the In Bloom Working Party, Keynsham Town Council and fundraising activities. The intention is to attach a plaque to each basket detailing those companies who offer sponsorship. Please will you kindly help us to make our train station a better place by offering sponsorship of a barrier basket? Your support will be very much appreciated. For further information contact Dawn Drury – Deputy Town Clerk, Keynsham Town Council, 15 – 17 Temple Street, Keynsham Bristol BS31 1HF. Telephone: 0117 9868683 Email: deputytownclerk@keynsham-tc.gov.uk

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Keynsham Town Council has launched this year’s annual Keynsham In Bloom competition and are looking for entrants for the following prize categories: Schools and other groups of young people Floral display by a community group Private garden visible from the pavement Private area visible from pavement with container planting Private garden not visible from the pavement Best allotment Best business premises. Places of worship Most humorous vegetable If you or your organisation would like to enter, a booking form can be obtained by calling into the Town Council office at 15 – 17 Temple Street, Keynsham or by telephoning 0117 986 8683 or email deputytownclerk@keynsham-tc.gov.uk The closing date for entrants is Friday 21st June 2013 and judging of the garden/allotment/flower displays will take place on 11th & 12th July 2013.

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an unwelcome resurrection

Photo by Rick Crowley (Saltford) In the Winter newsletter an article on Keynsham Cemetery – the beginning was printed relating to the choice of site for a new Cemetery during 1875/6. It ended with “It is thought, by the experts, that this villa was large enough to be classed as a palace – but that is another story...”

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This is an extract from that other story:The decision by the Vestry Meeting to buy two and a half acres of land on Durley Hill was made on 23 February 1877. As soon as work began on the foundations of the mortuary chapel the builders encountered the remains of a Roman building. Long afterwards it was written “regretted that when it was first discovered that the foundations of a Roman house of great size were within the area of the new purchase, no steps were taken to preserve it. That these remains were known to exist in 1877 there is clear evidence”. Despite evidence of potential problems ahead, burials began at once in the lower (eastern) half of the Cemetery and continued for over 40 years until most of two magnificent corridors, with their adjacent rooms containing fine tessellated floors, were destroyed. One fortunate circumstance prevented the destruction from extending to the whole of the site. When the land was bought in 1877 the owner of adjoining property on the western side managed to get an embargo or restriction placed on the use of the upper part for burials. This restriction lasted until 1908 when Keynsham Parish Council paid a sum of money for it to be removed. It was not until 12 years later that this part of the site began to be used for interments. In June 1921 a respected Somerset historian and archaeologist, heard by accident of the difficulty the grave diggers were having in Keynsham. They complained of the hard work because of old floors that had to be “bumped through” and of walls that had to be pulled out. He visited the Cemetery and watched the sexton, who was making a grave, destroy the ends of a

flight of steps that came in the way. What could be done? There were too many burials for an ordinary excavation to expose and preserve what remained of the building. However, help was at hand by chance, from an unexpected quarter. In 1921, J.S. Fry & Sons bought land on the Hams in Keynsham to build a factory. When preparing the foundations, two Roman stone coffins were discovered. They contained a male and female skeleton, and that containing the male was lined with lead. This was the burial of important and wealthy persons. A leading archaeologist was called in to excavate the burials. The coffins were on view for some time and aroused great local interest. It is thought that this find was a major factor in influencing Keynsham Parish Council to allow excavations to be made in the Cemetery. Soon after the discovery of the coffins, further work on the foundations of Fry’s new factory uncovered a Roman building. It was much smaller than the villa in the Cemetery but was equipped with a bath suite appropriate to the civilised Roman way of life. Clearly there would be advantages in combining excavation of this site with the larger operation in the Cemetery. In the end, it turned out that Fry’s was the major source of funds. It is doubtful if Keynsham alone would have raised enough to complete the excavation at the cemetery, and certainly not enough to lift and conserve the fine mosaic panels. This work alone was said to have cost £600 (a lot of money in 1924) was paid for entirely

by Fry’s (although the items were and remain the property of the Local Authority). An excavation committee was set up to raise fund and manage the work which ended in July 1924. – and that was the end of the Keynsham Roman Villa.It was published “it is a matter for regret that this Roman house could not be preserved in situ, after it had been excavated, but it was obviously impossible in the circumstances. Its position in a public cemetery where the ground was badly need for burials made its destruction inevitable, and all that could be done was to uncover what remained and make as complete a record of it as possible before the burials encroached on it any further. All the tessellated floors that were sufficiently intact to be worth preserving have been carefully taken up and the wall foundations have been removed by the cemetery authorities to make the ground more fit for its purpose. The regret is felt perhaps even more keenly today. Archaeologists now recognise that Keynsham Villa was not just one of your average villas, but in size and quality of its architecture and mosaic floors can better be described as a “palace”. It seems fitting that the estate attached to the villa eventually descended to ownership by Edith, last Anglo-Saxon Queen of England. Information provided by Margaret Whitehead, Keynsham History Society.

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POMEGRANATE cafe and restaurant The smell of freshly brewed coffee, a smiling owner and a colourful background of works by local artists provided a welcoming atmosphere for our interview with Nedim Orak, the owner of Pomegranate. Nedim comes from Kurdistan in Eastern Turkey where it is common practice for children to learn traditional and local business from an early age. As one of seven children, he started working as a nine year old schoolboy in local cafés and restaurants earning much needed ‘pocket money’. He not only ran errands but waited tables and it was this which inspired him to gain experience further afield than his village, working in restaurants in Turkey and eventually in England. In May 2007, with a Kurdish friend as a partner, 19 Temple Street was renovated and transformed into Pomegranate. He is now sole owner of the café, employing a chef to help with the ever increasing number of patrons. Recipes are readily adapted and modified, dependent upon whatever local and Fairtrade produce is available, to provide a delicious array of Middle Eastern/ Mediterranean dishes.

Why Fairtrade? Coming from a rural, less developed part of the world, Nedim, as a child, was aware of the inequalities that existed in rural Turkey, had first-hand experience of poverty and the desire to improve conditions for local communities. He first became aware of the Fairtrade Movement about 8 years ago after watching the film ‘Black Gold’, which shows how consumers can improve the well-being of producers in the developing world, by choosing to buy Fairtrade Products. With this in mind and his awareness of the importance of using locally produced meat and vegetables, Nedim purchases all his meat from the Newton St. Loe Farm, and sources his vegetables from the Keynsham based ‘Severn Project’. The ‘Orchard Pig’ company supplies his apple juice, using only Somerset apples. He uses Fairtrade sugar and his honey comes from ‘Heavenly Hedgerows’ in Keynsham and herbal teas and hot chocolate from an ethical company in Fishponds, the ‘Essential Workers Cooperative’. The coffee beans are roasted by ‘Extract Coffee Roasters’ based in Iron Acton.

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Kelly Duckett Position: Support Youth Worker Service with Keynsham Town Council since April 2011.

Q. Do you live in Keynsham? A. Although I have never lived in Keynsham I have grown up here as my nan lives here. I have always lived in Bristol. Q. How long have you been a youth worker? A. I started volunteering at my local youth centre in Bristol when I was 19, but I have been a youth worker in Keynsham since February 2004.

Q. What are the main challenges you face in your job? A. Going from a teenager into adulthood is hard for them to understand what they want to do. Young people can be challenging and hard to engage but it is finding that common ground to work on. I have been verbally abused and witnessed other aggressive behaviour, but it is about how to prevent it reaching that stage.

Q. What do you think the best things are about Keynsham? Q. What interested you in the job? A. I enjoy working with young people, helping them A. I really enjoy the fact Keynsham comes together as a ONLY £5 class to sort out issues. I feel I can relate to them as I used to Communityperto for hold different events i.e. Keynsham Music non-members Memberships attend a youth centre as a young person and have helped Festival and the Youth Fest. There is a welcoming feel at these events. many young people through different issues when I ONLY attended.


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KEYNSHAM town council Where are we?

Keynsham Town Council Meetings Monthly meetings are held on Tuesday evenings at the Council Chamber, 3rd Floor, North Block, Riverside, Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol, commencing at 7.30pm.

The office of Keynsham Town Council is situated at 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1HF We are open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and are happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.

Dates for the 2013 municipal year are as follows:


You can contact us by : Telephone: 0117 986 8683 Fax: 0117 986 6359 Email: townclerk@keynsham-tc.gov.uk

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