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Spring 2016 - Issue 16

Produced for Keynsham Town Council

NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN LAUNCH Have your say about Keynsham (see page 9)


he calendar tells us that Spring has arrived – let’s hope the weather gets to hear the news as well! However, despite enduring the wind and rain of winter, we have been able to experience some rays of metaphorical sunshine from events taking place around town. A pop-up art and craft centre ‘Art Space’ in the Civic Centre was established for the month of December. Around 2500 people visited overall, a third of whom came from outside Keynsham. Art and a variety of crafts from jewellery to pottery, all produced by local artists, were exhibited, gaining a warm public response. Many visitors made a return visit, spending more time (and money) in our town centre. This project, supported by the Town Council, BANES and the Arts Trail demonstrated the power and vitality that such an enterprise can offer a local environment. The work of Keynsham Arts consortium in bringing diverse performances to ‘The Space’ in the Civic Centre has also encouraged the emergence of Keynsham as a cultural hub. To assist with this and to encourage greater use of ‘The Space’ (above the library in the Civic Centre) we have managed to negotiate a 25% discount on bookings on a Sunday from 1st March for the rest of this year (see details further in this newsletter). With many more places to eat, drink and be entertained in the evening, Keynsham can really offer a ‘good night out. Cheers!

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SUNDAY 19TH JUNE 1PM-5PM The Festival of Nature is the UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world, and this year it will be visiting Keynsham for the first time, bringing with it the wonderful Dreamshed Theatre for a unique performance of Wind in the Willows. Pull up a seat at the bandstand to follow the wild and wacky adventures of Ratty, Mole, Badger and of course the ever-eccentric Mr Toad, then join them for handson workshops and activities around the park, where you can unveil some of the best kept secrets of the riverbank. What will you discover? For more information and performance times visit www.festivalofnature.org.uk


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he Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Community Award winners were announced on the 4th February at a celebration event in the Banqueting Room in the Guildhall. The event highlighted some previous Award winners, Adrian Inker and Matt Humberstone in a film about their volunteering work. The Chairman honoured a local man who sadly passed away last year, Peter Duppa Miller, who had dedicated his life to the community and has renamed the Lifetime Achievement Awards in his honour. New to this year’s awards was the Carer of the Year Award. Sirona Care and Health partnered with the Council to help highlight the important roles that carers undertake on a daily basis, providing support for their family and friends.

year. They are also seen at a number of key events in the Town helping ensure the events are pleasant places for all to enjoy. They have installed a series of “Womble Watch Area” signs in places where they regularly carry out their litter picks. The signs aim to educate people about their project and create a sense of community pride. Keynsham Town Council, who nominated the team, said “The Wombles are a voluntary group of positive people who work tirelessly for the good of Keynsham. They believe that removing litter from the streets has a positive impact and reduces crime such as vandalism”.

Winner of the Neighbourhood Team of the Year were Keynsham Wombles. Keynsham Wombles are a group of local people who regularly help to keep areas of Keynsham litter free. They also organise large litter picks, “The Big Womble” in specific places or problem areas once or twice a

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rom small beginnings, registered charity Golden-Oldies has exciting plans for 2016 which include the opening of its first Goldies Charity Shop in Keynsham later in March. The Goldies Shop with an authentic juke box in the window is on the Bath Hill roundabout. Formerly a greengrocers, Goldies founder Grenville Jones says, “Forget sprouts & spuds it will soon be Songs & Smiles!” Years of conducting choirs by Bath-based music man Grenville Jones illustrated to him how the joy of singing and belonging to a group had huge social advantages. Eight years ago in January 2008 Grenville started four daytime fun singing sessions for older people in Bath and Bristol and one was in Keynsham. Now that session location number will soon reach 150. Golden sessions bring fun singing and activity that give older people a REASON to get out, to be with others and, most importantly, to sing and to smile to the popular memory evoking tunes of the 50s onwards. There will be regular sessions taking place in the Goldies Shop.

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Mike Richardson is the Chair of the Goldies Trustees. He said; “With Dorothy House as our partners the first Goldies Shop will give us a presence in the community and, if successful, we hope to introduce more shops across the Goldies areas in the years ahead. This is a major step forward for our charity and the income will help us to sustain and introduce more daytime singing and activity sessions.” www.golden-oldies.org.uk





embers of Keynsham in Bloom recently travelled down to University of Exeter to collect a 5 star Pride in Parks award at the RHS South West in Bloom Spring Seminar. The event saw 40 parks throughout the South West Region, receiving the awards as part of the Pride in Parks Initiative. The awards scheme was piloted in conjunction with the RHS and South West in Bloom in 2014 and is now being rolled out across the UK. The park was one of 27 parks who achieved the 5 star status out of the 40 who entered, including the famous Gyllyngdune

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Gardens in Falmouth and Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth. Alexandra Park in Bath was the only other park in Bath & North East Somerset to enter the awards, and received a 4 star rating. It is a similar scheme to the Green Flag initiative, but the key focus being on community use. Park groups across the South West were invited to enter the award scheme, judges looked at a number of aspects including how it is used by the local community, as well as maintenance, development and environment, with the main focus being on communities. Jon Wheatley chair of RHS South West and RHS judge met with over 12 community groups who regularly use the park, during his two hour tour. He praised both the community groups and also the parks maintenance team for the works being carried out throughout the park. “It was a pleasure to meet with the groups, it is evident that this is a well-loved and much used community green space. Keynsham should be very proud of having access to such a wonderful park, it is a great asset not only for the residents of Keynsham, but also to visitors to the town, it is clear the park plays an important role in the local community”. Denise James – Chair of Keynsham in Bloom said “This is a wonderful achievement both for Keynsham and for B&NES. Keynsham is fortunate to have such a great park, which is well used by the local community and is clearly one of the best parks outside of Bath. We will be looking forward to entering the park for the 2016 Pride in Parks awards, as well as showcasing our park to the South West in Bloom judges, when Keynsham is being judged as part of the Britain in Bloom awards”.





All Keynsham Residents welcome!

HAVE YOUR SAY about the future of KEYNSHAM

Thursday 21 April 2016 at 7.30pm, in The Space, Market Walk.

Please come along on Friday 8th April, 1pm to 8pm or Saturday 9th April from 9am to 1pm to the open consultation events in The Space, above Keynsham Library or send your comments by email or by post to the NDP Steering Group

Guest Speakers: Hugh Evans and Mike Burt “A CADBURY-FRY PIC AND MIX” Plus the presentation of the Keynsham Good Citizen Award 2015. An agenda for the meeting will be available from the Town Council office or on the website www.keynsham-tc.gov.uk and from Keynsham Library.

Email: ndp@keynsham-tc.gov.uk Post: Keynsham Town Council, 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1HF by 29th April 2016 The Keynsham Neighbourhood Development Plan is a Town Council & Community Plan which will guide the future growth and development of Keynsham.

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KEYNSHAMNOW AWARD NOMINATION After only being in existence for a little more than a year KeynshamNow, the Youth Council for Keynsham, have been nominated for the Bath Pride Award in the Young People of the Year Category. We have no idea who nominated us. The result will be announced on April 16th at a rather posh do at Bath Racecourse. We also had an anonymous donation of £40.00 to support our work. Maybe, there is a link there. Who knows? At our recent meeting on March 2nd in The Space, we discussed the forthcoming Mayor for B&NES referendum, most were generally against and the Euro Referendum in June. Opinions were more divided with most saying they didn’t fully understand the issues sufficiently to be able to form a firm opinion. There was, however, a unanimous view all 16 and 17 years olds should be allowed to vote as they did in the Scottish Independence Referendum, clearly, the decision will affect the KeynshamNow age group more than any other.


group of KeynshamNow members who went to St Keyna Primary School to discuss their bullying procedures. The group were generally impressed with the way the staff at St Keyna dealt with antisocial behaviour, particularly the ex-pupils present, and Mrs Morris and some of her pupils will be present at the May meeting. The second report was from the UNICEF Child Centred City event which was to seek opinions as to how Bath could achieve Child Centred City status. The KeynshamNow members didn’t feel that the focus was right for the event and some claimed to be a little bored by it, important though child safety is. KeynshamNow welcomes observers between the ages of 13 and 20 to participate in our meetings though only KeynshamNow members can vote. The next meeting of KeynshamNow is in The Space on April 6th starting at 5.30pm.

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Andy Wait, lead mentor of KeynshamNow wants the Chair, Millie Gregg, to be on the Euro Debate panel for the proposed Euro Elections Debate, organised by the Council of Churches. The main item on the agenda was a discussion led by Jayne Lewis, temporary youth worker at TimeOut, around issues to do with mental health and in particular the link between mental health and drug taking. The session was very informative with some members being prepared to talk of their own experiences of stress, anxiety and depression. The young people had a mixed view of the NHS Mental Health services but most felt the schools were a little out of their depth when dealing with children suffering from mental illness. Another problem was the ten week wait for CAMHS which some had experienced. We received two reports back on other activities involving our members. The first was from a

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this year. On 5th March Wombles started litter picking at various points all over Keynsham and then Keynsham Wombles have had a busy start to 2016! Their year started with a party, which has become a converged on the Bowls Club New Year tradition and helps Wombles get to know at Keynsham Memorial Park each other and at the B&NES Chairman’s Community for tea and cake! Awards in February, Keynsham Wombles won the There are several ‘Big ‘Neighbourhood Team’ award! Wombles’ every year, litter picking at the Keynsham There was a ‘Big Womble’ on 17th February and Music Festival and also at despite the appalling weather and an attempt to cancel, 15 Wombles turned up and collected a huge the Winter Festival. Womble HQ can provide litter pile of rubbish from the river bank near to the Lock grabbers, hi-vis jackets, gloves and lurid orange spray paint to spray on dog poo. Keeper pub. A special mention to 2 little girls, who were the most enthusiastic Womblers and just didn’t If you would like to join this up and coming group want to stop! (there are currently about 100), you can contact Erica Davies at womble@transitionkeynsham.org or phone The next ‘Big Womble’ event was in conjuction with Keep Britain Tidy in their ‘Clean for the Queen’ her on 07713417974. There is also a Facebook page and Twitter feed – just search Keynsham Wombles. event, to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday



Planning applications How they are processed. (A resident’s guide) 1.

10. Applicants may appeal against a decision made by Bath and North East Somerset Council but members of the public have no right to appeal against a decision

An application is submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES)

2. The application is registered and listed on the B&NES Planning Portal.

9. The Keynsham Town Council decision is sent to B&NES who considers all comments and makes a final decision to approve or refuse. Usually a Planning Case Officer or in more complex cases Planning Development Committee makes the decision.


15 – 17 Temple Street Keynsham BS31 1HF For information on planning applications in Keynsham contact Keynsham Town Council on 0117 9868683 To speak with a Planning Officer telephone Bath & North East Somerset Council on 01225 394041

8. At the meeting each application will be considered and a decision made to either support, object or comment.

7. Members of the public may address the Committee on any one item on the agenda for a maximum of 2 minutes. Prior to the meeting anyone wishing to speak at the meeting should contact the Deputy Town Clerk on 0117 9868683

B&NES notify immediate neighbours and send notice to applicant to display. The planning applications are advertised in the local press

4. A copy of the planning application is sent to the Town Council and is available to view by members of the public in the Town Council Office

6. An agenda details applications to be considered at the Committe meeting. This is available one week before the meeting via the Town Council website or on request from the Town Council

5. Keynsham Town Council Planning & Development Committee views applications and may make a site visit

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eynsham Town Council now have one annual award of grant funding which incorporates both general and art applications. These grants will also assist in the finance of special activities within local groups.

for the benefit of Keynsham residents, are entitled to apply. Town Council staff will assist in the completion of grant application forms if required.

Last year, many local organisations/charities benefited from grants ranging in size from £100 to £1,000.

This year, the Town Council will again be allocating approximately £25,000 to support local groups and organisations and grants of up to £1,000 are available. If you think your group might benefit from a grant please contact:

Application packs are available from the Town Council office or website www.keynsham-tc.gov.uk from 4th - 15th April 2016. Any charity, voluntary or public sector organisation, working in Keynsham

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Time (Approx. finish time)

Sun 1st May

Free Range Acappella


Sun 8th May

Dodington Parish Band


Sun 15th May



Sun 22nd May

Midsomer Norton & Radstock Silver Band


Fri 27th May

Bath Music Festival Event (curated by bath College)


Sun 5th June

Marshfield Band


Sun 12th June

Bath Vintage Brass


Sun 19th June

Festival of Nature—Park Event 1 - 5pm

2.00pm - 3.00pm

Sun 26th June

Bristol East & Kingswood Band


Sun 10th July

Bath Spa Band


Sat 16th July

Church Community & Family Event


Sun 17th July

Salvation Army Hymns in the Park


Sun 24th July

Keynsham Brass Band


Sun 31st July

Wotton Silver Band


Sat 6th August

Oldland Brass


Sat 13th August

Helen James & Paul Barclay—Folk Music


Sun 14th August

City of Bristol Brass Band


Sun 21st August

Clevedon Brass


Sat 27th August

Performance 1—Pheonix River Band Performance 2—Ria Timkin


Sat 3rd September

Bristol Fashion Chorus


Sun 4th September

Paulton Concert Band

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Sun 11th September

Have-A-Word—Story Telling & Craft


Sun 25th September

Midsomer Norton & Radstock Silver Band


Sun 2nd October

Keynsham Light Opera Group


For booking information and further details on performances please contact Keynsham Town Council on 0117 9868683 or email deputytownclerk@keynsham-tc.gov.uk



KEYNSHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL an excited Keynsham resident phoned W hen the Keynsham Community Radio recently to ask if they had really heard the band Albany Down from London being played and were they actually coming to Keynsham we had to think very seriously about their application! Once again the mail box has been overflowing with performers from all over the place and providing enough music potential for three Festivals, even though we now have the Saturday and midweek events to offer too. The ArtSpace, successful in every way last December will return to Keynsham for the Festival. St Monica Trust who are “sponsoring” this installation at the Music Festival are particularly interested in fostering relationships with local artists, with a view to future possibilities for working together with their new art facilities in the new Somerdale premises. This includes studio space, art lessons for residents and art therapy sessions etc etc. They are very enthusiastic about the potential and this is an exciting development for local artists. St Monica’s will have their own stand inside the ArtSpace and will be well placed for introductions and meeting local artists. On Friday night Keynsham Choir Festival returns this year after its great success two years ago – and the question we are all asking, is one of Grenville Jones’ new Keynsham initiatives going to be joining ChoirJam et al ? Booked for the Festival Friday evening’s Keynsham Action Network (Live Simply) event this year are two powerful speakers – and for the first time they are both female!

Eve Poole, formerly a theologian, and author of the highly influential “Capitalism’s Toxic Assumptions - Redefining Next Generation Economics” offers alternative views for a healthier system. Market Capitalism depends on seven big ideas: competition, the ‘invisible hand’, utility, agency theory, pricing, shareholder value, and limited liability. These served the world well in the past, but over the years they have become cancerous, and are slowly killing the system as a whole. Writer and well know film-maker Kate Rawles, (buzz words: clarity, passion and change) is an exponent of the concept Outdoor Philosophy combing careful, critical thinking about the environment and our impact on it, with the emotional engagement necessary for change. In 2006, ‘outdoor philosopher’ Kate, cycled 4553 miles from Texas to Alaska, following the spine of the Rocky Mountains as closely as possible. Her story of this trip became an award winning book: ‘Kate Rawles sets out to discover about global warming the hard way.’ Michael Palin. Eve is a clever and thought provoking first rate speaker; Kate is wacky, active and inspiring. This should be a first rate evening for all those interested in life-style and our future. Friday 1st July in the Top Marquee in The Park, tickets on sale later this year. Also on the Friday evening will be the Cinema in The Park – to have a say on which film – some kind of musical – join the suggestion on the Festival Face Book (Keynsham Music Festival) page or use Streetlife. The Saturday of Festival week is planned to build on last year’s development with the Folk-Festival


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being bigger and better – in The Park and around the town. But how do you replace the Keynsham Orchestra – who wish to have a deserved year off - for the Gala Concert? We think it needs to be something completely different – and so it will be!

Charitable status will hold enormous benefits for the Association – especially when funding cuts are increasingly likely. “Many new doors will be open to us, especially trust funds who specialise in music and arts, but who only award funds to registered charities” says John Aldridge, (Association Secretary). Meanwhile the funding for this summer looks good with no cuts from either Keynsham Town Council or B&NES, generous support pledged again by Taylor Wimpey and a warm welcome to the Keynsham Community for The St. Monica Trust, currently developing the old Fry’s factory site and exploring ways to support the Festival, both this year and in partnership with Keynsham Arts interests in the future.

The Bristol Fantasy Orchestra have everything you could wish for, their own choir and wigs, bizarre clothes and an extraordinary repertoire. They have to be seen to be believed before their growing fame takes them away from the area. As this goes to press the Keynsham Music Festival Association Ltd are awaiting news of their bid to gain charitable company status. Keynsham’s Music

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he new TimeOut building on Bath Hill will be opening soon with new state of the art equipment and a fully equipped Music Room. Further details on this and the sessions available will be in the summer newsletter. Please telephone 0117 9868683 to speak to the temporary Youth Worker if you would like any further information.


COMMUNITY NETWORKING Keynsham Town Council will be holding another Community Networking Event on Thursday 12th May from 7pm to 9pm at the Scout HQ, Ashton Way, Keynsham. This is an open event for members of the public to come along and find out about local clubs, sporting groups and voluntary organisations that are available to the community. Refreshments will be on sale. For further information contact Dawn Drury, Deputy Town Clerk on 0117 9868683 or email deputytownclerk@keynsham-tc.gov.uk.



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Children & dogs where allowed must be kept under control at all times. The Walk Leader is in charge of all walks and their decision is final. Each walker must be capable of completing the walk, and they will be held personally responsible for their fitness to partake, and do so at their own risk. Every attempt is made to comply with all regulations but the Committee and sponsors accept no liability for any loss, accident or injury incurred by any persons during the Festival.

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Walk No 2 10.15am start

We start the festival with a 6 mile round walk to Bitton, stopping for refreshments at the station, then head towards Swineford, stopping for a picnic. Bring packed lunch.

We head along the River Avon to Willsbridge, and its nature reserve, then head back to Keynsham. This is a 6 mile walk, which will include a refreshment stop.

Difficulty 2. Adults only. Starting from Bath Hill East car park - fairly flat.

Difficulty 2. Adults only. Starting at the new Lower Station Car Park—fairly flat.



Walk No 3 1.00pm start

Walk No 4 2.30pm start

This is a 5.5 mile history walk, heading to Queen Charlton, where we stop for refreshments. Continue on to Chewton Keynsham and back to Keynsham. Saltford and Keynsham Local History Society are our guides on this walk.

A 2 mile guided photographically themed walk around Manor Road Community Woodland, with Andrew Wells as our expert guide.

Difficulty 3. No dogs . Start Memorial Park café. Hilly in parts - some road walking.

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Difficulty 1. Adults, Children and dogs. A flat walk across town to the woodland. Don’t forget your cameras!



SUNDAY 10 APRIL Walk No 5 9.30am start

Walk No 6 10.30am start

A 6.5 mile walk, heads along the River Avon, back along the cycle path, cut across the fields to Hanham Court and back.

An 8 mile walk, starting at the Memorial Park Cafe to Compton Dando and Burnett.

Difficulty 2. Adults only. Starting at the Lower Station Car Park. A fairly flat walk. WALK ORGANISED BY SOMERDALE RAMBLERS

Difficulty 4. Adults, children and dogs. A hilly walk along the banks of the River Avon to Compton Dando, up the hill to Burnett and back across the fields to Keynsham.

Walk No 7 12.00 noon start

Walk No 8 1.30pm start

A short 2 mile nature themed walk to Abbotts Wood, with the members of the Avon Wildlife Trust as our guides.

A fun event for all the family, with a children’s treasure hunt around the Memorial Park.

Difficulty 1. Children and dogs allowed.


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FARMERS MARKET DATES FOR 2016 Market Walk, Keynsham on Saturdays 9th April 2016 14th May 2016 11th June 2016 9th July 2016 13th August 2016 10th September 2016 8th October 2016 12th November 2016 10th December 2016 Tim Ledbury and Jo Hayers Market Coordinators 01934 837285

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9th - 10th Walkers Are Welcome Walking Festival

WHAT’S ON APRIL 4th - Planning and Development Committee meeting at the Town Council Offices, 15 – 17 Temple Street, Keynsham commencing at 7.30pm. 8th - 9th - Neighbourhood Development Plan drop in launch. Have your say. Friday 1pm - 8pm, Saturday 9am - 1pm. The Space, Market Walk. 9th - Keynsham Farmers Market held in Market Walk, Keynsham from 9am.

12th - St Kenya Townswomen Guild meeting at Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham from 9.45am to 11.45am, The speaker is Sue Farrance from Operation Christmas Child (The Shoebox Appeal). 19th - Town Council Meeting at The Space, Civic Centre, Market Walk, Keynsham commencing at 7.30pm. 21st - Keynsham Annual Town Meeting held at The Space, Market Walk, Keynsham at 7.30pm. Guest speakers are Hugh Evans and Mike Burt ‘A Cadbury-Fry Pic and Mix’ and the presentation of the Good Citizens Award. 25th - Planning and Development Committee meeting at the Town Council Offices, 15 – 17 Temple Street, Keynsham commencing at 7.30pm. 27th - Somerdale Souls meet at Somerdale Pavilion, Cross Street, Keynsham 10am to 12pm. A



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social meeting for meeting new friends, tackling loneliness and social isolation. Call 0117 9865787.

14th - Keynsham Farmers Market held in Market Walk, Keynsham from 9am.

29th - Goldies Sing and Smile at The Key Centre, Charlton Road, Keynsham from 2pm to 3pm. Come along and sing along to some popular songs of the 50’s and onwards.

14th - Keynsham Scout Plant Sale at the Scout HQ, Ashton Way, Keynsham from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

MAY 12th - Community Networking Event held by Keynsham Town Council at the Scout HQ, Ashton way, Keynsham from 7pm to 9pm. This is an open event for members of the public to come along and find out about local clubs, sporting groups and voluntary organisations that are available to the community. Refreshments will be on sale. For further information contact Dawn Drury – Deputy Town Clerk on 0117-9868683 email deputytownclerk@keynsham-tc.gov.uk

16th - Planning and Development Committee meeting at the Town Council Offices, 15 – 17 Temple Street, Keynsham commencing at 7.30pm. 17th - Town Council Meeting at The Community Space, Civic Centre, Market Walk, Keynsham commencing at 7.30pm. 25th - Somerdale Souls meet at Somerdale Pavilion, Cross Street, Keynsham from 10am to 12 noon. A social meeting with the aim of meeting new friends and tackling loneliness and social isolation. For more information call 0117 9865787. 27th - Goldies Sing and Smile at The Key Centre, Charlton Road, Keynsham from 2pm to 3pm. Sing along to some popular songs of the 50’s onwards.


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A truly scrumptious feast of musical song and dance awaits in the premier production from the newly formed youth theatre company Phoenix-KYT. Serving up a mix of well known family favourites such as The Lion King, Matilda, Bugsy and Beauty and the Beast to name but a few, there is something to suit all tastes. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a sweet treat of musical delight from this talented company. Running from Thursday 31st March to Sat 3rd April with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm at Broadlands Academy, Keynsham. Tickets are available from the box office on 07437958046 or by emailing Phoenixkyt@outlook.com Tickets are £8 and £6 or a family ticket at £25 (for 2 adults and 2 children) is available.

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Position: Assistant Support Youth Worker Service: TimeOut, Keynsham Youth Service Q. Do you live in Keynsham? A. No, I’m from London but I moved to Bath for my degree, and now I live in North Somerset. I’d never rule out living in Keynsham though as it’s a great place to live and work. Q. What is your experience as an Youth Worker? A. My experience has been amazing. I joined the Youth Service as a volunteer in March 2015 and all the staff were so welcoming and supportive I was hooked from the start. One month later and I was a full member of the team and I knew it was the right place for me because of all the new friends I had made, and because I was being given the opportunity to get creative and have a real impact on the service. Over the summer I was involved with an incredible programme which included the allotment project, trips to Longleat Safari Park and Cheddar Gorge, and new activities like kayaking, stenciling and foraging. The team has had a few challenges and lost some core members due to family commitments, but we’ve always supported each other, embraced new people and made sure we are putting our members first, and that has seen us through those times. Q: What do you enjoy about your work with the Keynsham Youth Service? A: Everything! I’ve just started my Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice which is awesome and it’s going to help me to become a better youth worker. We have an amazing team of paid staff and volunteers and this means we can offer more to our members as they all bring their own energy, skill set and creativity to the

programme. My favourite activities at TimeOut are the cooking sessions which I prepare and supervise, our current focus is on nutritious and delicious meals and we also try to tie in with the food calendar of national and international events. It’s been very successful so far. I created a running club which has been surprisingly popular and very fun, and I look forward to some warmer, dryer, lighter evenings so we can continue with that. I’m excited about our plans for the future, for our members and for the community. Q: What are your hobbies/interests? A: I’m a keen runner, currently training for the Bath Half Marathon this month, and hoping to raise £250 for Off The Record, the young people’s charity in BANES. Q. What do you think are the best things about Keynsham? A: Most of all it’s the people who make it so great. Also the fact that there is a dynamic, diverse, growing youth service which has achieved a lot in the last year, and I’m proud to be a part of it. The other best things are the Memorial Park and the Skate Park, and the proximity to Bristol and Bath. The future in Keynsham is exciting as we are moving to a new, state-of-the-art youth centre opposite the Park in Bath Hill and will be getting some new equipment too. There is a strong sense of community in Keynsham and new partnerships are always being forged, I look forward to seeing how this bright new future develops and feel lucky to be a part of it all.




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

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 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 the new TimeOut building 16 Bath Hill. Contact a Youth Worker on 0117 9868 683. 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, 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 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. Mixed ability yoga class at Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road from 8pm to 9.30pm. Tel 01761 472616. Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30am to 8pm. 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 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 the new TimeOut building 16 Bath Hill. Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30am to 4pm.



ChoirJam pop choir meets on Wednesday mornings 11am – 12.30pm, Fear Hall, Keynsham. Fun choir for adults aged 18 - 80+ (disabled access). Come and have fun singing and make new friends! No experience necessary. For details or to book a FREE taster call Emma Hutchinson 07793 983040 or email emma@choirjam.co.uk. 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. 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. 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. Keynsham Elim Church Toddler group at 9.30am. 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. 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. Integral Hatha Yoga suitable for beginners at Saint Francis Hall, Warwick road, Keynsham from 7pm to 8pm call 07789 880415 for more details. 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.

FRIDAY Crafty chats if you are interested in crafts and meeting likeminded people, come along to the Labbott Community Room between 11am and 1pm every week. Keynsham Short Mat Bowls group meet every Friday between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, for more information contact 0117 986 4014. Parent Support Group from 9.30am-11.30am, Term Time Only Drop in group for parents/carers, get support, meet other parents and learn practical tips. A creche is available for 0-5 year olds. Places must be booked in advance, at Keynsham Children’s Centre. 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. Yoga class at Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road (some experience is beneficial) 10am to 11.30am call 01761 472616. 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 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. 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 ‘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. Circuit training at the Club Lounge from 5:30pm for 55 minutes.

SUNDAY Inflatable play in the Swimming pool at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 3.45pm to 4.45pm. Mass at St Dunstan’s Catholic Church at 10.30am. 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 to 8pm.

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KEYNSHAM TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS KEYNSHAM RESIDENTS are welcome to attend Town Council meetings in the Community Space, Civic Centre, Market Walk, Keynsham at 7.30pm. TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS Tuesdays - 19 April, 17 May, 14 June and 19 July

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


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



held in the Town Council office 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham at 7.30pm. Mondays - 4 April, 25 April, 16 May, 13 June, 4 July and 25th July Thursday 21 April 2016 - 7.30pm - Community Space, Market Walk, Keynsham.

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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






John Douglas Conservative (East) Tel: 07774 622105

Carole Duckett Conservative (North) Tel: 0117 9865350

Siri Edwards Conservative (South) Tel: 0117 9869686

Clive Fricker Conservative (East) Tel: 0117 986 9250

Lisa O’Brien (Chair) Conservative (North) Tel: 07867 906163






Brian Simmons Conservative (North) Tel: 0117 9096596

Kate Simmons (Vice Chair) Allan Sinclair Conservative (South) Conservative (South) Tel: 07798 831020 Tel: 07707 013746

Sam Waite Conservative (East)

Zoe Wilkins Conservative (North) Tel: 0117 9044254






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