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Autumn 2016 - Issue 18

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few weeks ago, I was privileged to attend the English premier screening of ‘Love Thy Nature’, a film written and directed by Sylvie Rokab and narrated by Liam Neeson. It examined how we interact with our natural world – flowers, trees, birds, animals - and suggested ways in which we might work to sustain our environment and repair the damage done recently to the climate. One observation made was how we as humans reap happiness and re-assurance from our surroundings – the original ‘feel-good’ factor. I often walk through our Memorial Park and enjoy seeing how many people of all ages gain pleasure from its beautiful, relaxing environment. Young mothers with their babies having picnics, families playing together with the play equipment or sports such as cricket or football, others walking or just sitting, gazing at the tranquil setting; it is a very special place in our community. An attractive environment is always enhanced by a lack of litter and it was encouraging to hear that the ‘South West in Bloom’ judges visiting our town recently remarked on how our neighbourhood roads were generally clean and litter free. Well done to everyone who picks litter up or doesn’t throw it down in the first place! It’s been a busy summer with another successful Music Festival week and increasing numbers of events at ‘The Space’. Film, operetta, plays and music; there have been encouraging attendances so far, but more support is needed if we are to develop Keynsham as a complete cultural experience. So, do please keep a look out for forthcoming events. You can find out what is going on by looking at the poster boards in the Town Council windows. Best wishes,

Cllr Lisa O’Brien Chair, Keynsham Town Council









































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KEYNSHAM GOOD CITIZEN AWARD Do you know anyone who makes a real difference to people’s lives in Keynsham? 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. 0117-9868683. Forms should be received in the Town Council Office by the end of December 2016. The awards will be given out at the Annual Town Meeting in April 2017.

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his popular community event, which thousands of local people attend, will follow a Festival of Lights theme and children from local primary schools will be invited to join workshops within their schools to make lanterns for this year’s procession. Following on with the light theme a special performance of Aladdin performed by Brave Bold Drama will be showing in the Space (above Keynsham Library). This year, we will be encouraging all age groups to come along and join in the town’s celebrations. A colourful and bright procession will take place along the whole of the High Street from in front of St. John’s Church down to the stage (which will be located in Temple Street) There will be numerous locations around the town where a variety of performances by local community groups will be available to entertain our community. There will also be a fun fair (which will be a few small rides on Market Walk) and stalls on Temple Street and the High Street. Shops and local businesses are being encouraged to stay open and join in the fun.


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Look out for our posters and adverts giving details of pre and on the night activities e.g. our annual children’s colouring competition and the Businesses and Traders window competition. The Committee would like to thank Waitrose, I J Mc Gill Transport, Keynsham Lions and Keynsham


Rotary for their support in kind towards making this year’s event special. Further support and sponsorship is being sought and any donations or offers would be greatly received. For further information please contact Dawn Drury (Deputy Town Clerk) on 0117 9868683 or email deputytownclerk@keynsham-tc.gov.uk


form. Alternatively, you can download a copy of the booking form from Keynsham Town Council website www.keynsham-tc.gov.uk (all stallholders must have their own Public Liability Insurance).

We are striving to get as many members of our community involved and have many stalls and umbrellas available for booking. All community groups, local societies and school parent/teacher associations are welcome to take part, so bring out your Christmas cakes, sweets, cookies et al as well as floral art displays, Christmas gifts, decorations and whatever else you can think of to offer on the night. We need you to make this a truly ‘Keynsham’ evening.

The Keynsham Winter Festival Planning Committee is working towards making this an exciting community event that can be enjoyed by all members of the family.

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Help yourself stay well this season Now that summer is turning to autumn, the Wellbeing College has a range of activities planned to help you stay positive


ow are you feeling now the summer is almost over? Could you do with some free support to help you stay well throughout the autumn and winter? Perhaps you live alone and tend to get isolated or maybe you have lost your job and could do with a hand up to get motivated again. You may have a long-term health condition and could do with some regular support, such as joining a gentle exercise or relaxation session. The Wellbeing College is here to provide you with opportunities to help you to help yourself, whatever your situation, as long as you are 16 or over and live in the Bath and North East Somerset area. Most of our courses and activities are free! In spite of our name we are nothing like school! We provide lots of fun and interesting things to learn and do at various accessible venues around Bath and North East Somerset. Our research shows that attending one of our free courses or activities significantly improves people’s wellbeing.

One of the favourites is the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ workshop, a session that explores key areas and how you can develop them to improve wellbeing. An attendee commented: “The course has made me more aware of how many positive ways I work towards maintaining my own wellbeing. It has given me confidence in my own skills.”

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his year’s Annual Candle of Remembrance Service will be held at Keynsham Methodist Church, Victoria Centre, High Street, on Saturday 12th November, starting at 3.00pm. This is an opportunity to remember babies and children who have died, whatever the age of your child, the circumstances and whether your loss was recent, or sometime ago. The service includes poems, music, prayers, songs, and a roll call of the children’s names. After the service refreshments are served in the hall. Everyone is welcome - children, parents, grandparents, family and friends. For more information please contact Jeff Sawyer on 0117 9754071 or email jeffsawyer@blueyonder.co.uk

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eynsham & District Talking Newspaper celebrates 1,500th edition

The Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset, Alan Hale, visited the studio of the Keynsham & District Talking Newspaper (on 30th June), to celebrate the 1,500th edition of the service. Alan commented, “The Keynsham Talking Newspaper has been a part of town life for so long and part of individuals’ lives for so many years. I am pleased to be able to help celebrate this massive milestone in their service and I would offer a very big thank you to all of the volunteers involved for the service they provide.” Started in 1983, the service is a free weekly audio magazine on memory stick, sent through the post to almost 100 listeners from Keynsham, Bristol & Bath and surrounding villages. The oldest listener was 105 in February and the longest-standing listener has been listening for 30 years. KTN was very pleased that Alan came to celebrate the 1,500th edition and to record an interview for listeners about his most interesting life and his work with B&NES, the Police, and with the Keynsham Food Bank and the Lions. If you or someone you know is unable to read newsprint, we would be delighted to supply them with the KTN service. If they do not have the means to play memory sticks, we can supply an easy-to-use box to play them on. New listeners are welcomed. Contact Listener Liaison on 0117 299 3021.


ABOUT THE TALKING NEWSPAPER Did you enjoy reading but now experience difficulty due to poor eyesight or blindness? The service is free to people who are unable to read newsprint. Enjoy our local news and our magazine section with a choice of topics from historic places, local personalities to recipes and information on changes in national benefits and entitlements. Local news and listeners come from Keynsham, Bristol & Bath. Including areas such as Bathwick, Brislington Camerton, Chew Magna, Downend, Farmborough, Farrington Gurney, High Littleton, Iron Acton, Paulton, Stockwood, Twerton, West Harptree, Willsbridge & Yate.





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Following the successful launch consultation events on 8th and 9th of February 2016 the data has been collated, analysed and a Vision for Keynsham has been formulated (see below). KEYNSHAM NDP VISION (DRAFT) Keynsham is a historic town from Roman times that occupies a strategically important location between Bristol and Bath. Embracing its expanding community it will continue to develop as a vibrant town acting as retail, market and service centre for the surrounding area. It will drive forward as a more significant business location given its key location in the Bristol to Bath creative corridor. This will be supported by appropriate development of road infrastructure and parking. The town shall continue to protect its conservation area and listed buildings whilst


retaining and enhancing its unique heritage. Accommodating a growing population the town must ensure it retains its independence. Consequently sustaining a separate identity in an attractive and green rural setting will remain a priority and Keynsham should become a more sustainable, accessible and well-connected place in which to live and work. An enhanced town centre inspired by its heritage will develop in a locality enriched by its park, rivers and green spaces. Encouraging a diverse art and culture sector shall continue to be a key objective. This will support the town as an on-going popular place to live and visit while strengthening a productive climate for creative industry. Keynsham will look and feel a ‘green’ town in every sense. This should include energy use, bio diversity and an infrastructure to encourage

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walking and cycling. The town must retain its secure and welcoming environment. The tremendous social enterprise and support will continue to be a key feature for residents and visitors. The next step is a series of introductory topic group meetings. The topic areas that the Neighbourhood Development Plan will cover include: Road, Transport, Parking and Infrastructure meeting on Wednesday 7th September at 6.45pm for 7.00pm. Heritage, Culture, Tourism, Marketing and Development for the Built Environment meeting on Wednesday 7th September at 7.45pm for 8.00pm. Recreation, Leisure, Sport, Health and Community Education meeting on Thursday 8th September at 6.45pm for 7.00pm. Sustainability, Environmental and Ecological meeting on Thursday 8th September at 7.45pm for 8.00pm. All meetings to be held in the Space (above Keynsham Library – entrance opposite Iceland). Refreshments will be provided on arrival. If you would like to attend any of these meetings please email or telephone (details below) to confirm a place.

The members of these topic groups, will, during the Autumn months, be looking at the strengths and weaknesses, objectives and threats for Keynsham to formulate a series of consultation surveys for the community of Keynsham to be involved in. All the data from these future consultations will be used to produce the policies that will form the Neighbourhood Development Plan. For the Business, Employment and Economic Growth topic group there is to be a separate business breakfast meeting which will be held at Somerdale Pavilion on 27th September 2016 from 8.00am – 9.15am. At future meetings of this topic group it is hoped that links for a business environment within the town will be created and other areas that will be looked at include employment skills requirements and the availability of facilities and working spaces for local businesses. Results from future discussions will help formulate business policies for the Neighbourhood Development Plan. The Town Council would be very pleased to meet all Keynsham business owners, employers and retailers at this meeting and if you would like to attend this business breakfast meeting or would be interested in getting involved in future topic group discussions, please email ndp@keysham-tc.gov.uk or phone 0117 9868683.

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eynsham & District Twinning Association has been busy! Our new Treasurer, Pete, organised on-line banking, which was a little tricky but now a success! The year also brought us great rewards not only in some new members but with our social activities. January - French Style coffee morning at The Fear Hall, was well supported and those attending enjoyed French coffee, pastries and many crepes cooked to order.

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Our next success came with a Valentine Barn Dance – hot supper served - all attending had a really fun evening. April – Quiz - again great support, lots of prizes and a good supper served to all. Grateful thanks go to those who supported the events – and the Committee for their time and efforts. The Twinning Association has supplied many items for the Time Capsule to be buried soon, who knows in future years if unearthed, residents of Keynsham will be able to see items and read all about Twinning! Next year 2017 brings a special anniversary 40 years of Keynsham and District Twinning Association, with our twin town Libourne, France. This very special event must not go unnoticed by Keynsham Town and its residents – it is a truly great achievement and one to continue. I trust that Keynsham will have flags and bunting from UK and France being on view all around our Town during the celebratory week. The Committee will be meeting shortly to organise a special programme for Libourne members 40th Anniversary Visit – anticipated to be during July 2017. New prospective members will be very welcome to attend our AGM. If you would like further information please contact: Carole Duckett on 0117 9865350.





fter a pre-festival week of horrendous weather, the 2016 Keynsham Music Festival exceeded pessimistic expectations and ended with a packed Park in glorious sunshine. Around 15,000 people spent the afternoon and evening in the park enjoying a huge range of original music with a local focus but with performers from as far away as Australia. In fact, over the whole Festival week the total attendance to musical performances was just under 20,000. Of the performers, 274 were Keynsham people, of which one third were young Keynsham people. Taking the immediate population as currently just around 18,000 these are extraordinary figures for a local community event albeit an event with a growing local and national prestige.

Chair of B&NES Alan Hale, with Bianca from Radio Bristol and Mike May, Chair of the KMF Association on the Festival Sunday.

The 2016 Festival was about consolidating the innovations of the previous two years, with high quality performances from a wide range of music during the week, and the development of Festival Saturday.

The Festival continues to maintain its quality, its inclusiveness and continues to give Keynsham the benefit of a very significant economic input, as recorded in some detail during the 2014 Festival. Morris dancing for all in the park on the Saturday afternoon

“Hope you get some chill time after all the organising! Thanks again for squashing us in, all went beautifully, we had a good crowd and some lovely feedback. Thank the sound techs, who were brilliant, great guys and hope we can apply again next year! Take care, Jane” (JJ GATSBY Band). “I just wanted to say as a previous mayor of Bradley Stoke, that it was a pleasure to chat to the Chairman of Bath and North East Somerset Council. It was my first time to discover the delights of the Park and the Keynsham Music Festival. A great event”. (Sandra Hobson - letter in The Voice). “Hi Seb, yes we used to live in Saltford but now live in Kansas City. We come back every year over the music fest weekend and LOVE IT. See you there”. (Facebook comment).



MIDWEEK This year the quality of the midweek performances from the baroque concert on the Tuesday evening to the cabaret jazz on the Wednesday reached a new height of excellence.

A super performance from Ros Cuthbert and her band of exceptional musicians at the Old Manor House Hotel. What an evening!

Visiting audience members

It is the success of the Sunday in Keynsham Park that allows these midweek performances to happen, and it is still a frustration to Festival organisers when people say that they didn’t know that things were happening.

A new feature of the Festival this year was the Grounded Garden seen here with Keynsham’s Emma Hutchins performing on the Saturday afternoon. A great and very successful way for more performers to take part on the Sunday and Saturday and to have a more intimate performance space. The Garden was pretty much full for most of the weekend.

But loyalty remains for the annual opera in The Park on the Festival Thursday, with over a 100 braving what was obviously going to be a wet evening! It was. The Festival Association’s determination to decorate the town for Festival week also took an upturn this year with wind defying bunting around Market Walk and the new street banners. So much so that the Association were asked to leave them intact for the Keynsham in Bloom judging a few weeks later.

“We came over from Bath, where music of this caliber is not easy to find except at Bath Festival time – so where is your audience?” “Your bunting and banners really livened up the town centre.” (Councillor Lisa O’Brien, Keynsham Town Council). “Dear Andy and Ric, thanks for the email Andy – I thought the Sunday festival was excellent. The site layout and the number of stalls etc gave it a really nice ‘village’ feel, and the weather was perfect. Well done to everyone, and good to hear the collection has raised a decent amount. I hope everything continued to go smoothly through the evening as well? Still humming Gian Piero Milanetti’s new anthem, sp-sp-sp-sp-sp-sp-sp-spaghetti, best wishes.” Ann Cullis.” (BANES Arts Development).





Also new this year was the pop-up installation by Keynsham’s ArtSpace movement offering a gallery and sales opportunity for local artists and workshops for the public on the Festival weekend: budding potters took the opportunity! Further art works aimed at young people (perhaps) was the StreetArt installation adjacent to the skate park.

The Saturday folk performance tent featured some local celebrities, not only nationally esteemed Bath Cellist Beth Porter, but also the managing director of St Monica’s Trust’s Keynsham development seen here with his band.

Once again the Festival Association would wish to thank everybody who took part, performers and amazing volunteers, our site crew, fresh from the mud of Glastonbury and our sponsors regular and new. Nothing of this magnitude could possibly happen without them.

The 2017 Keynsham Music Festival will be the 20th anniversary of the town’s Festival. Plans are already under way for something very special with a huge focus on Keynsham. Public meetings to discuss and generate ideas will begin this autumn – look out for dates and details and don’t miss a chance to put forward something to make the 2017 Festival very special indeed! Ric Davison, the organiser can be contacted at any time: info@keynshamfest.co.uk



Walkers on the way back from Pensford



nother busy few months for Keynsham Walkers are Welcome group. We have been averaging about 30 participants for the last few walks, which is very encouraging. May, June and July have seen us complete the circular Saltford/Manor Road woodland walk, a picturesque walk around the countryside by Midford, and a super trek back from Pensford. The last 2 walks, we have utilised the services of Diala-Ride to get us to our starting points. On each walk we were blessed with lovely weather. The coming months will see us visit some of the gardens that were entered in the recent Keynsham in Bloom competition. (Sunday August 21st). Another by train to Bradford-on-Avon to join in their Walking Festival (Sunday September 4th). This similar event last year attracted our biggest attendance to date. Tuesday September 27th we will be holding our AGM at the Manor House

Hotel commencing at 6.00pm, when a report on the year’s activities will be presented, and officers of the organisation will be elected. This is open to all Walkers who have taken part in the last year’s events. It will be followed by a meeting of the newly elected officers and organisers to plan the Winter programme. We would like to thank Keynsham Town Council for the award of a grant of £600 to help towards the costs of next years’ Walking Festival which will take place on April 8th-9th. We have been invited by Bath & North East Somerset Council to help in producing a leaflet for the Keynsham area in their series of walks along the River Avon Trail.




The book is available to purchase for the price of £3.00 from Keynsham Town Council Office at 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham BS31 1HF.

The Keynsham Clocktower Book tells the story of the town’s history through a patchwork of pictures on each of the 3 panels. Each panel has an iconic image at its base and a myriad of smaller images that reflect the history of Keynsham to the current day.

For further information please visit the Town Council’s website www.keynsham-tc.gov.uk or contact: Dr Cheryl Scott, Town Clerk at Keynsham Town Council, 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1HF, telephone 0117 9868683 or email: townclerk@keynsham-tc.gov.uk.

This very high quality, colourful and informative book about the Clocktower has been produced by the Keynsham Arts Advisory Group and published by B&NES, and shows the pictures in detail, together with associated explanations of the town’s history. This is a delightful publication for both Residents and Visitors alike and a great souvenir of Keynsham.




In Bloom K eynsham Children’s cress men growing competition. On Saturday 13th August 2016, some of the children that entered and won prizes in the In Bloom 2016 cress men growing competition attended Keynsham Farmer’s Market to collect their certificates and prizes. The overall winners prizes were presented to Laila and Casper Reynolds, runners up prizes were awarded to Sam Clough and Elin Carys Dickinson. Certificates and a small prize for entering were awarded to Ray Young, Braeden Wells, Matthew Wells, Nancy Burgoyne, Grace Barrow, Emily Trott, Mya Lily Dickinson, Max O’Sullivan, Louis Clay, Oscar Fitzgerald, Hugo Abrahams, Bertie Gilmore, Maria Wills, Sid Kennedy, Maxwell Gammon and Emily Clough. Those children who were unable to attend due to holiday and other commitments have been contacted and their prizes and certificates are available to collect from the Town Council office on Temple Street, Keynsham.




WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER 10th - Somerset Farmers Market held in Market Walk, Keynsham from 9am to 1pm. 10th - Heritage Open Day at Pixash Lane. Explore archaeological finds from Keynsham including objects from the Roman and Medieval periods. 11am to 3pm, free entry.


11th - Have-A-Word – story telling and crafts at the Keynsham Bandstand in the Memorial Park, Keynsham from 2.30pm to 4pm. 13th - Town Council Meeting at The Community Space, Civic Centre, Market Walk, Keynsham commencing at 7.30pm. 18th - Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Avon Valley Railway. Another chance for children to travel free if they bring their teddy bear. 21st to 25th - We’re going on a Bear Hunt at The Egg Theatre in Bath. 25th - Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band in the Keynsham Memorial Park Bandstand from 3pm to 5pm. 25th to 26th - 1940’s weekend at Avon Valley Railway, turn back the clock as we remember the importance of the railways in the War effort.



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26th - Planning and Development Committee Meeting at the Town Council Office, 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham commencing at 7.30pm.




3rd - Keynsham Film Works showing 45 Years at the Community Theatre Space. Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start.

2nd - River Dipping with Avon Wildlife Trust in/by the River Chew in Keynsham. Meet at Dapps Hill by the bridge at 2pm.

7th - Planning and Development Committee Meeting at the Town Council Office, 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham commencing at 7.30pm.

2nd - Keynsham Light Opera Group in the Keynsham Memorial Park Bandstand from 2pm to 4pm.

11th - Our Sea, Our Future talk at Wellsway School with Avon Wildlife Trust at 6.30pm.

5th - Open Day at IKB Academy for current year 9 & 11 students at 6.30pm. 6th - Keynsham Film Works showing Wild Tales at the Community Theatre Space. Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start. 6th - Open Evening at Wellsway School for current year 6 pupils. See website for details at www.wellswayschool.com. 7th to 9th - The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon at the Egg Theatre in Bath. Shows at 11.30am and 3pm. 8th - Somerset Farmers Market held in Market Walk, Keynsham from 9am to 1pm. 15th - Open Day – Rehoming at Horseworld. A great opportunity to see what goes on at Horseworld’s Welfare Department. Horseworld, Staunton Lane, Whitchurch, Bristol. 17th - Planning and Development Committee Meeting at the Town Council Office, 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham commencing at 7.30pm. 18th - Town Council Meeting at The Community Space, Civic Centre, Market Walk, Keynsham commencing at 7.30pm. 18th to 22nd - Pop - Best of British Keynsham Light Opera Group at Broadlands Academy at 7.30pm (Saturday matinee at 2.30pm). Contact Tracey on 07580 259757 or email klogs@hotmail.co.uk for tickets. Also see www.klogs.co.uk for more information.

12th - Somerset Farmers Market held in Market Walk, Keynsham from 9am to 1pm. 12th - Annual Candle of Remembrance Service at Keynsham Methodist Church, Victoria Centre, High Street, Keynsham commencing at 3.00pm. 15th - Town Council Meeting at The Community Space, Civic Centre, Market Walk, Keynsham commencing at 7.30pm. 25th - Keynsham Winter Festival from 6pm to 9pm in Keynsham High Street. A collection of events and stalls, not to be missed. 25th to 27th - Spooky half term train rides at Avon Valley Railway. 28th - Planning and Development Committee Meeting at the Town Council Office, 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham commencing at 7.30pm.

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ur Youth Council, KeynshamNow has completed its first two year cycle and in our September meeting on 14th in The Space at 5.30pm, we will have elections for all officers of the council. September is a time for new beginnings and so it is for us. But, before we move on, our thanks goes to those members leaving the group for making a Youth Council for Keynsham a reality. Particular thanks to Dan Crouch who was one of our mentors and is leaving to train for the priesthood. Also, Jacob Gregg-Harris who was our media coordinator. In June, two of our members Millie, our current Chair, and Steph our current Secretary spoke

for Remain and Leave at the Euro Referendum Debate in The Space. A panel of six argued for and against the EU, chaired by B&NES and Town Councillor, Lisa O’Brien. Millie and Steph spoke very well for 5 minutes each and received much praise and support from the packed in audience. It was wonderful to hear the young people’s opinions on a matter which will affect them more than anybody else. Neither of them could vote in the referendum which is one reason why KeynshamNow supports the reduction of the voting age to 16 years in all elections and referendums. In July, for the first time, we had a stall at the


Music Festival. We feel that we need to be better known so the stall was a way of raising our profile to the whole community. Our principle tasks were asking people to sign a petition for floodlights at the skateboard park which has been promised but still has not happened; to raise money for Butterflies, our chosen charity, by selling cakes and to seek the opinion of young people by finding out what is good and not so good about living in Keynsham. The stall had various members of KeynshamNow supporting it all day.


August’s meeting was about preparing for the year ahead and reflecting on our past events. KeynshamNow meets once a month in The Space and is always keen for young people from around 13 to 20 to join us. Our main purpose is to educate young people into how our democracy works and how we can use it to support the young. Any young person who lives in Keynsham is welcome to come to our meetings. There is always food. If you want to learn more, you can email Andy Wait, lead mentor, at waithere91@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page or twitter feed.

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GRANT AWARDS 2016 The following groups received a grant award from Keynsham Town Council at the grants presentation evening held on 20th July. 1st Keynsham Scout Group

Keynsham Explorer Scout Unit

Avon Wildlife Trust (Keynsham Branch)

Keynsham Life Saving Club

Baby Comes Too

Keynsham Methodist Church

Bristol Natural History Consortium

Keynsham Orchestra

Butterflies - Haven

Keynsham Town Walking Football

Combe Down Holiday Trust

Keynsham Wombles – Transition Project

Community @ 67

Queens Road Church Pre-School

Friends of St. Keyna Primary School

St Francis Church

Fry Club Netball

St. John’s Mother & Toddler Group

Golden Oldies

The Friends of Manor Road Woodland

Keyford Dancing School

Transition Keynsham Food Group

Keynsham Allotment Association

Triumph over Phobia

Keynsham & District Mencap Society

Walkers Are Welcome

Keynsham Bowling Club

The West of England MS Therapy Centre

Keynsham Community Energy Group




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Q: Away from work what are your hobbies/ interests? A: I am a keen golfer as well as Show Secretary for a local Orchid Society. I am also Chairman of the Warmley Flower Show Committee, and a keen horticulturist with a passion for orchids, tropical & sub-tropical plants. I also support the Bristol Botanic Gardens at Stoke Bishop up on the Downs. Q. What do you think are the best things about Keynsham? A: I think the residents of Keynsham are very lucky to have such a well kept park in the centre of town, I am also very impressed with the range of amenities on offer for all ages to enjoy!

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THINGS TO DO MONDAY Keynsham Duke of Edinburgh’s open award centre meet at Fry’s Club every Monday during term time from 7.30pm to 9pm for 14 to 25 year olds to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award. For more information email Cathryn_bartrum@ blueyonder.co.uk. 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 at Somerdale Pavilion, Cross Rd, Keynsham BS31 2FW. Singing everything from Fleetwood Mac to Adele and having a lot of fun doing it! Adults of all ages are welcome to join. A friendly bunch and there’s no audition or experience necessary – you just need to be enthusiastic and to love singing. To book a free taster session contact Emma Hutchinson 07793 983040, emma@choirjam.co.uk or visit 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.

Keynsham Elim Church Toddler group at 9.30am. 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.

TUESDAY Open drop in session for young people at Timeout where you can take part in a variety of activities. From 7pm to 9.30pm every week. Ages 11 to 19 welcome at the new TimeOut building 16 Bath Hill. Contact 0117 9868 683 for more information. 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. Slow and gentle Yoga for all abilities. Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road 01761 472616 6.15pm to 7.45pm. 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.


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 at the Fear Hall in the High St. Singing everything from Fleetwood Mac to Adele and having a lot of fun doing it! Adults of all ages are welcome to join. A friendly bunch and there’s no audition or experience necessary – you just need to be enthusiastic and to love singing. To book a free taster session contact Emma Hutchinson 07793 983040, emma@choirjam.co.uk or visit www.choirjam.co.uk. Holy Communion at Keynsham Baptist Church every third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Mixed ability yoga class at Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road from 8pm to 9.30pm. Tel 01761 472616.


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.

WEDNESDAY 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

Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30am to 8pm.

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Project night at TimeOut, Project based session aimed at developing young people’s life skills. from 7pm to 9pm every week. Ages 11 to 19 welcome at the new TimeOut building 16 Bath Hill.

Keynsham Film Works meet on the first Thursday of every month (except in July and August) at The Community Space, Civic Centre, Market Walk, Keynsham at 7.45pm.

Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30am to 4pm.

Keynsham Elim Church Toddler group at 9.30am.

ChoirJam pop choir meets on Wednesday mornings 11am – 12.30pm at the Fear Hall in the High St. Singing everything from Fleetwood Mac to Adele and having a lot of fun doing it! Adults of all ages are welcome to join. A friendly bunch and there’s no audition or experience necessary – you just need to be enthusiastic and to love singing. To book a free taster session contact Emma Hutchinson 07793 983040, emma@choirjam.co.uk or visit www.choirjam.co.uk.

Yoga class at Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road (some experience is beneficial) 6.15pm to 7.45pm call 01761 472616. 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.

Speech & Language Toddler Time 10am-12noon (referrals only). Telephone 01225 831752 or speak to your health visitor.

Slimming World Classes at Keynsham Baptist Church, High street at 9.00am, 11.00am, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Call Ann for more information on 07900 245304.

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.

Integral Hatha Yoga suitable for beginners at Saint Francis Hall, Warwick road, Keynsham from 7pm to 8pm call 07789 880415 for more details.

Keynsham Elim Church Toddler group at 9.30am. 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 ASP Poetry Circle meet on the 1st Thurday of every month at suite 7, Broadlands School, Keynsham from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. For more info www.totallymaracas.btck.co.uk/ASPPoets. 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.

Slow and gentle yoga for all abilities at Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road from 8pm to 9.30pm call 01761 472616. Childminding Group from 9.30am - 11.30am at Keynsham Children’s Centre. Contact Sarah Allum on 01225 396071 or 07530 233002. Open drop in session for young people at Timeout where you can take part in a variety of activities. From 7pm to 9.30pm every week. Ages 11 to 19 welcome at the new TimeOut building 16 Bath Hill. Contact 0117 9868 683 for more information.

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.


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. Mixed ability yoga class, beginners welcome at Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road from 11.45am to 1.15pm call 01761 472616. 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.


‘Grow your Own to Share”. For details call Aileen 0785 414 9008. Mass at St Dunstan’s Catholic Church at 6pm. 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. Energise and Burn exercise class at The River Suite from 10am for 45 minutes. Pay and Play badminton at Keynsham Sports Centre from 5pm to 7pm. Yoga Hatha at the River Suite from 11am for 60 mins.

Yoga class at Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road (some experience is beneficial) 10am to 11.30am call 01761 472616.

Circuit training at the Club Lounge from 5:30pm for 55 minutes.

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.

Inflatable play in the Swimming pool at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 3.45pm to 4.45pm.

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

Mass at St Dunstan’s Catholic Church at 10.30am.

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.

Open door service at St John the Baptist Church at 11.15am.

Integral Hatha Yoga suitable for beginners at Saint Francis Hall, Warwick road, Keynsham from 10am to 11am call 07789 880415 for more details.

SATURDAY Anyone who would like to grow vegetables and wants to meet other like-minded people, come along to the community plot from 10.30 a.m. the first Saturday of the month. You will find us behind the care in the Memorial Park. The plot is for anyone in the community with an interest in

Holy communion/morning prayer at St John the Baptist Church at 9.30am.

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 to 8pm.





he Society, fifty years old last year, is a well-established part of Keynsham life. Over the years we have run several exhibitions to mark particular events and anniversaries and published books on local history. At present, the Society is flourishing, with a range of activities that are well supported by our membership, currently at 130. The core of our annual programme is our evening talks, held on a Monday each month. These are on topics related to local history, interpreted fairly loosely, so they cover a range of subjects. In the coming year they will include a Keynsham Abbey and Chocolate Making in Greenbank. We also offer a variety of summer visits, this year including a coach trip to Kingston Lacy House near Wimborne and a visit to the unique Claverton Pumping Station near Bath. Some of our members take an active role in researching local history and the Society’s annual journal provides a permanent record of the work done, often including personal accounts by people who grew up in “old Keynsham”. A group

is also drafting pieces for a book on Keynsham history since the end of the War. Another project, now approaching completion, is a set of guided walks leaflets, each for a country walk of about 5 miles with details of the history to be found along the way. The first two of these were published in April, with support from Keynsham Town Council, and have proved very popular. They are available at Keynsham Library, the Town Council, or Community@67. Whether you are one of the newcomers to the town, or just looking for a new interest, this is the best time of year to join the Society, as our membership year runs from 1st September. Members have free admission to our lectures and the opportunity to take part in all the Society’s activities. You can find out more and download a membership form from our website at www.keysalthist.org.uk





t has been a busy Summer for The Space – Keynsham’s studio theatre aiming under the auspices of the Keynsham Arts Consortium to provide a platform for performing arts in the heart of Keynsham. Since work began over 4,000 people have attended events at The Space, ranging from concerts to professional touring theatre groups and light opera. This summer saw a sell-out audience for the film Love Thy Nature, together with an introduction from Brazilian film maker and director Sylvie Rokab. This was preceded by the nationally acclaimed Mikron Theatre Company with their production of “Pure” – a story of chocolate making from the 19th century until the corporate take over of the 21st. Then there was a threenight run of HMS Pinafore from the Stanilas Theatre Company, new, young and entirely energetic! Keynsham’s new online ticket facility, available for whole-community use has taken well over £4000 in ticket sales this summer, giving Keynsham a central place where tickets can be bought in a professional way.

Also in the near future there will be an upturn in presentation with improved signage on The Space’s evening door opposite Iceland in Temple Street, and better displays of advertising whats on. The whole thing is run by volunteers struggling to offer the town a pertinent and exciting range of cultural events. Over the autumn look out for a return visit of vocalist and musician Chris Hutch, and concert by our local light opera group KLOGs (September) and a recital from nationally acclaimed classical pianist An-Ting Chang (October), and Keynsham FilmWorks resume their monthly screenings on the first Thursday of the month in September. Details of all performances can be found in the Keynsham Town Council office and on posters in the Library and along the High Street.






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YOUR TOWN 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.

Keith Baker Conservative (North) Tel: 0117 9071090

Mathew Blankley Conservative (East) Tel: 07912 145900

Dave Biddleston Labour (South) Tel: 0117 9870081

Judith Cron Conservative (East) Tel: 07751 657370

Tony Crouch Labour (South) Tel: 0117 9864648






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Carole Duckett Conservative (North) Tel: 0117 9865350

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Clive Fricker (Vice Chair) Lisa O’Brien (Chair) Conservative (East) Conservative (North) Tel: 0117 986 9250 Tel: 07867 906163






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Kate Simmons Conservative (South) Tel: 07798 831020

Allan Sinclair Conservative (South) Tel: 07707 013746

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