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Winter 2015 - Issue 15

Produced for Keynsham Town Council

KEYNSHAM WINTER FESTIVAL - FRIDAY 27 NOVEMBER Details and event programme inside (pages 19-21)


he Autumn is well and truly upon us as the mornings get sharper and the evenings draw in. As the trees turn from green to gold, we must congratulate our Keynsham in Bloom Community Group for winning GOLD at the South West in Bloom awards. They have put in a tremendous effort to brighten up our environment, not only bringing colour to our town centre but clearing litter and tending floral displays at our railway station, providing that extra welcome to visitors and commuters alike. Congratulations also go to the many residents who participated in the Keynsham in Bloom awards. You demonstrated the wealth of ‘green fingers’ in our neighbourhoods, whether with simple pots or gardens. Well done to you all. Preparations are well underway for our Winter Festival to ‘take over’ our town centre on Friday 27th November. We have focussed exclusively on Keynsham businesses to supply food and refreshments and more community groups than ever before have taken up stalls for the festivities. We have a full programme in the Community Space above the library including the complete tale of ‘Peter Pan’ in 30 minutes! The whole of the Town Centre from the top of the High Street to Carpenters Lane will be filled with things to do, buy, eat and drink so we do hope you will come along to participate in the celebration of our town. Dial-a-Ride are running a free park and ride service, from Waitrose to Ashton Way. Finally, there has been much forceful debate regarding the location and content of our new leisure centre. Views have been taken on board and the Town Council will be urging further consultation and participation in deciding the facilities to be provided by BANES. With our population rising and a heightened sense of pride and passion in our community, Keynsham Town Council will continue to fight for your best interests. Best wishes

Chair, Keynsham Town Council



































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at a warm venue, where mince pies and mulled wine will be served and with the guidance of a professional florist there will be the opportunity to make your own Christmas wreath (a small donation towards materials will be requested). A date and time for this December walk has yet to be finalised but information will be released soon via posters around town e.g. the Memorial Park Café noticeboard, on the Walkers Are Welcome website e-voice.org. uk/keynshamwalkersarewelcome, by emailing wwkeynsham@outlook.com or via the Town Council facebook page.

Keynsham & District Mencap Society has been supporting local people with learning disabilities for 40 years. We run weekly social clubs for people to meet and socialise, children’s groups and sports and fitness classes. We organise day trips, residential trips and holidays for our members. We are currently welcoming new members. We are always looking for volunteers who can give a couple of hours a week to help support one of our clubs or projects. If you would like more information about becoming a member or a volunteer contact Laura on 0117 986 5659, or email laura@keynshammencap.org.uk Keynsham Mencap




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ince opening last November, Keynsham’s new Community Space, or “The Space” as it’s known for cultural events, has presented over 20 shows, and over 2000 people have attended the 120 seat theatre. There is a regular Keynsham Film Works screening each month, and the year has featured two visiting professional shows, music concerts and events by local groups. The Space has also seen the welcome return of Bath Festival concerts to Keynsham with two shows so far and children’s workshops for the

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After a second successful Community Networking event held on 28 May at the Keynsham Scout Hut, Ashton Way, Keynsham, a further Event will be held in 2016 (date and venue to be advised).

· Does your group/organisation need help with a project in 2016? · Can your group help others to fulfil a project in 2016? · Would you like to learn about other community groups in Keynsham? · Seek help and advice from local support agencies · Join an organisation For further information contact Dawn Drury, Deputy Town Clerk, Keynsham Town Council 0117-9868683 deputytownclerk@keynsham-tc.gov.uk







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Wednesdays TimeOut Youth Centre operate projects on Wednesday evenings 7pm – 9.30pm for 13-19 year olds. Entry to these are free however limited places are available. Projects over the winter season will include: drug awareness training, sexual health, mental health & wellbeing, photography, graffiti, T shirt designing, critter creations, nail & beauty session, cartoon magazine creation and bullying awareness. The Centre will also be piloting an afterschool club on Tuesdays for young people aged 10-13yrs from 4pm – 6pm. These sessions will have a focus around projects which will support young people in becoming young adults. TimeOut Youth Centre runs a project on Thursdays (4pm – 6pm) which is called ‘Around the World in 80 Meals’. This project has limited places and focuses each week on a different country. Within the session young people participate in cooking several meals from that country and also get involved with quizzes and cultural learning as well.

ALLOTMENT PROJECT The Allotment Project received two awards within the Keynsham In Bloom competition. We received a Gold award in the allotment category and also the Best New Entry award. As the winter heads in, our last session at the allotment was over the October half term and focused on putting in the wood edging around the beds, creating our compost area and the bee hotel. The Allotment Project has been very positive with young people. They have been able to grow and then cook with a vast range of vegetables, get to know other residents at the allotment and have started to foster good relationships with the older generations. We will be restarting the project in the new year.

KEYNSHAM NEIGHBOURHOOD TASK FORCE The ‘Hoodies’ received an award for the South West In Bloom ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ competition. The theme for the winter months will be ‘connecting with other generations’ with an aim of reaching out to those over this period who may feel isolated or alone. We will, like last year, be cooking mince pies and will be visiting several residential care homes with Christmas cards for the elderly residents. The Task Force will continue to do litter picks in the Memorial Park and will also liaise with Sainsburys to ensure the area around our new town clock is kept clean and maintained.

TACKLING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR We will be starting a six session project, running from November to January, working with young people identified as misusing substances in public (cannabis, cocaine, MDMA, legal highs & alcohol). The aims behind these projects will be education, harm reduction and exploring what is acceptable behaviour within society and the impact on others. For further information about TimeOut contact Damien Erangey, Youth Worker, on 0117 9868683.



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making their own community cider. We are very grateful to Keynsham Town Council for their grant to enable us to buy a press and apple picking equipment.

Transition Keynsham’s food group has been running an apple abundance project over the past couple of months – you may have seen them with our press at the farmers’ market or the food festival. They were collecting excess apples from people’s trees in Keynsham and Saltford and distributing them to Chandag Junior School, Charlton House Day Centre, Community @67 and Keynsham Children’s Centre.

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015 will see lots of new and exciting changes for the Keynsham Winter Festival and Christmas lights switch on. This is a popular community event which thousands of local people attend and will be themed around the pantomime of Peter Pan.

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

Street closures for 2015, from 3.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. on the night, include part of Charlton Road from This year, we are encouraging all age groups to the Tesco mini roundabout to the High Street, the come along and join in the town’s celebrations. whole of the High Street and part of Temple Street The procession will be taking on a new route for from Iceland to Carpenters Lane. If passing through 2015 and will leave Charlton Road at approximately the town, please use the diversion routes that will 6.15 p.m. It will proceed along the length of the be in operation. High Street crossing into Temple Street where it FREE PARK & RIDE SERVICE – available from will finish at the stage that will be positioned just 6.00pm to 9.30pm run by Keynsham Dial-A-Ride, before Carpenters Lane. linking the Waitrose car park at Broadmead Lane There will be a variety of entertainment by local with the Town Centre bus stop in Ashton Way. community groups on both the outdoor stage and The Winter Festival Committee would like to say a within the Community space. The programme of big thank you to Churches Together, Tesco Stores, entertainment can be found overleaf. Around town Waitrose, I J Mc Gill Transport, Keynsham Lions, there will be street entertainers, competitions and Keynsham Rotary, Jazz PC’s, Simply Carpets, Kit Co, activities in various locations. The fun fair is being Gregory’s, The Entertainer, FDC Law, St Monica Trust scaled down and shops and local businesses are and Barratt Homes, Coffee#1, Reflections, Davies being encouraged to stay open and join in the fun. and Way and Grafton Jones who have kindly made Look out for our posters and adverts giving details sponsorship donations and support in kind towards of pre and on the night activities e.g. our annual making this year’s event special. Any further children’s colouring competition, the Businesses donations or offers of support would be greatly and Traders window competition, children’s craft received, for further information please contact workshops and an on the night Peter Pan character Dawn Drury (Deputy Town Clerk) on 0117 9868683 fancy dress competition. or email deputytownclerk@keynsham-tc.gov.uk.




Procession includes Town Crier, Father Christmas, Air Cadets Marching Band, Children with their workshop wands/flags, Stilt Walkers and Pirates & Fairies (Scarlett Princesses). Starts at Charlton Road, continues along the High Street to the stage on Temple Street.


6.30pm - 9pm

Cllr Lisa O’Brien (Chairman, Keynsham Town Council), Cllr Gilchrist (Chairman B&NES), Cllr Paul Myers (Mayor of Mid-Somer Norton Council)

(at the junction of Carpenters Lane)

Children’s Competition Winners prize giving Christmas Lights Switch On Scarlett Princesses, Stagecoach children – Peter Pan Songs St John’s Junior Church Choir Keynsham Brass Band Keynsham Light Opera Group Scarlett Princesses 2386 Squadron Band HIGH STREET

Throughout the evening

Helter Skelter, Scouts Climbing Wall, Collywobbles play bus Donkeys Stalls – games, Christmas gifts, Stilt Walkers, Salvation Army Choir


7.30 and 8.15pm

Morris Dancers (In the British Legion if weather is wet.)


Throughout the evening

Refreshments, second-hand books

7.45 - 8.15pm

Choir, leading carol singing

Throughout the evening

Refreshments Tear Fund, Toilet Twinning Display

6.45 - 7.30pm

Carol singing


Key Voices Singing Group


Dress up and “Step into the Nativity Story” for your own photo! Face painting

Friday 27th November 6.00PM – 9.00PM Theme: Peter Pan Spot prizes on the night for Fancy Dress! KEYNSHAM WINTER FESTIVAL PROGRAMME FEAR HALL

6 - 9pm

Craft Fair – Lots of lovely Christmas gifts!

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Throughout the evening

Refreshments Crafts Cakes for sale


6 - 9pm

First Aid, Lost Children, Steward’s Information Point


Throughout the evening

Father Christmas, small funfair rides, stalls


7.15 - 8pm

Punch & Judy


Throughout the evening

Keyford Dancers, Phoenix Youth Theatre, Scarlett Princesses, Brave Bold Drama – Peter Pan in 30 minutes, ChoirJam


7 - 9pm



Throughout the evening

Youth Workers will be doing outreach work

Final programme available from Town Council office from Monday 23rd November




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Gold Award - Ray Griffin Gold Award - Clare Pollock Gold Award - Mr & Mrs Reynolds PRIVATE GARDEN NOT VISIBLE FROM THE PAVEMENT Overall Winner - Mrs M C Davies Silver Award - Mary Sampson Silver Gilt Award - Lisa Ann Silver Gilt Award - Homeavon House Silver Gilt Award - Clare Pollock Silver Gilt Award - Margaret Davies & Family Gold Award - Ginny Amblin Gold Award - Jane Manley Gold Award - Mrs C Davies Gold Award - Maureen Dickson Gold Award - Liz Fox Gold Award - Aileen Brown Gold Award - Paul Hopkin Gold Award - Ray Griffin Gold Award - Helen Lovell Gold Award - D P Oakman Gold Award - Larissa & Joss Roberts Gold Award - Sheila Dickinson Gold Award - Carole & Mike Lambern Gold Award - Janet Lane Gold Award - Pam Hallett Gold Award - Mr & Mrs Reynolds ALLOTMENTS Overall Winner - Ed Snow Plot 115 Silver Award - Mr Richard & Paul Hopkins Plot 3 Silver Award - Helen Lovell Plot 26 Silver Gilt Award - Steve Parish Plot 72 Silver Gilt Award - S Dickinson & P Quirke Plot 1 Gold Award - Mrs M C Davies - Charlton Park Plot Gold Award - Timeout Youth Service Plot 73 Gold Award - Ed Snow Plot 115 Gold Award - Mr B Withyman Plot 48 BUSINESS Overall winner - Keynsham Park Cafe Gold Award - Keynsham Park Cafe Gold Award - Temple Court


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ART IN THE LANDSCAPE Overall Winner - Mike and Carole Lambern Runner Up - Liz Fox Runner Up - Mo Dickinson SPECIAL AWARDS BEST NEW ENTRY Awarded for enthusiasm and hard work Timeout Youth Service - Allotment Plot 48

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WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER 10th - St Keyna Townswomen Guild at 9.45am to 11.45am at Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham, welcomes Mr Frank Areskog who will be talking about the Bristol Chocolate Trail. 14th - Keynsham Farmers Market, from 9am to 1pm at Market Walk. 15th - St John’s Church, Keynsham are hosting a band of bell ringers from Bristol who are

attempting a peal of 5,014 changes of Bristol major. From 1.30pm to 5pm approx. 16th - Planning and Development Committee meeting at Somerdale Pavilion, Cross Street, Keynsham, commencing at 7.30pm. 17th - Town Council meeting at The Community Space, Civic Centre, Market Walk, Keynsham commencing at 7.30pm. 20th - Charity concert- Aspects of Andrew Lloyd Webber at Keynsham Victoria Methodist Church, Charlton Rd, Keynsham. 24th - Saltford Floral Club welcome Jonathon Moseley ( International Demonstrator) at 2.15pm for Christmas decoration at Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road Tel – Janet Gough 01179771813. 27th - Keynsham Winter Festival from 6.15pm to 9pm in Keynsham High Street. A collection of events and stalls, not to be missed.





3rd - FilmWorks showcase Elle L’Adore at Community Theatre Space.

4th - Planning and Development Committee meeting at the Town Council offices, 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham, commencing at 7.30pm.

4th to 6th - Christmas Tree Fest, St Johns Church. 12th - Keynsham Farmers Market, from 9am to 1pm at Market Walk. 13th - Walkers Are Welcome. Christmas themed walk, contact 0117 9868683 for details. 14th - Planning and Development Committee meeting at the Town Council offices, 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham, commencing at 7.30pm. 15th - Town Council meeting at The Community Space, Civic Centre, Market Walk, Keynsham commencing at 7.30pm.

7th - FilmWorks showcase Testament of Youth at Community Theatre Space. 9th - Keynsham Farmers Market, from 9am to 1pm at Market Walk. 19th - Town Council meeting at The Community Space, Civic Centre, Market Walk, Keynsham commencing at 7.30pm (budget meeting). 25th - Planning and Development Committee meeting at the Town Council offices, 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham, commencing at 7.30pm.

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Community radio enables local people to develop a programme that is unique to their neighbourhood and provides a voice for the whole community. KTCR is really keen to get more people involved to help produce and extend programmes that are of interest to all ages and cover all aspects of the community, so any groups or people locally that are interested in making radio should get in touch. KTCR is currently accessible to people that have access to the internet or are in range of the Somer Valley frequency 97.5FM – at 1pm every Thursday. The Keynsham Hour is also available at any time on the ‘Listen Again’ facility available through the website: www.somervalleyfm.co.uk Click on ‘Listen Again’, search for ‘The Keynsham Hour’ on the right hand menu and you can listen to the last three shows. Follow their progress on Facebook www.facebook.com/ ktcradio and Twitter account @ktcradio. If you’re a local musician, author, poet or similar, post any materials you’d like featured to KTCR at their Facebook, Twitter or through the door at Community@67. Anyone interested in joining the team, and particularly local organisations who would like to feature on the Keynsham Hour, please contact George Morgan at keynshamhour@gmail.com, or via KTCR’s Twitter or Facebook. Slots for guests and new music are open now - tune in online or on the radio and support Keynsham’s hottest new media outlet!





JACKIE SYDENHAM Position: Administrative Assistant Service: 11 years Q. Do you live in Keynsham? A. I live a couple of miles away in Oldland Common. Q. What is your experience as an Admin Assistant? A. I have worked in various office environments over the years both in Glasgow and Bristol, I gained very differing administrative experience within each role. Although I took a break from full-time employment to bring up my family, I ran a secretarial service from my home for the self-employed, local Job Centres and students, this enabled me to keep up to date with office practice and dealing with the public. Q: What do you enjoy most about your work with the Town Council? A: I have been very impressed at how grateful and polite the residents of Keynsham are for any help you give them. They are always very friendly and thankful when you assist them with their enquiries or help them in any way. I could count on one hand any bad reactions I have received, this is a testament to the people of Keynsham as I have dealt with many telephone and face to face enquiries over the years. The variation in the work I undertake at the Council, be it customer service to arranging events, ensures each day is different and therefore the job does not get repetitive.

Q: Away from work what are your hobbies/ interests? A: The usual socialising with family and friends is important. Have enjoyed camping at some music festivals and intend to do more of this. Walking, music, gardening, eating out and city breaks all play a part in my free time. Q. What do you think are the best things about Keynsham? A: The voluntary groups in Keynsham are fantastic, too many to mention but they are all very passionate and extremely hard working, all for the good of Keynsham. The commitment and effort shown by individuals in these groups to improve and help make Keynsham a better place to live is outstanding. The events held in Keynsham are a real positive for the community, especially the Music Festival which is growing year on year.




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


Speech & Language Toddler Time 10am-12noon (referrals only). Telephone 01225 831752 or speak to your health visitor. Maths@67 runs every Wednesday in term time from 4pm to 5pm for children in years 5 and 6. For more information contact community@67 on 0117 9863961. Keynsham Elim Church Toddler group at 9.30am.

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

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

Boxercise class at Keynsham Rugby Club from 7.30pm, for more information visit www.Studiofit.info

Keynsham Ladies Running Group every week from 7pm, for more information visit www.Studiofit.info.

Martial Arts at Keynsham Sports Centre from 7pm to 9pm.

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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.

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.

Keynsham Photographic Society meets weekly between September and April, upstairs in The Fear Hall, 7.30pm. For more information visit www.keynshamphotograhicsociety.co.uk ChoirJam pop choir meets on 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. Project night at TimeOut, Project based session aimed at developing young people’s life skills. from 7pm to 9pm every week. Ages 13 to 19 welcome at 1-2 River Terrace, Temple Street.

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



Aqua Aerobics at Keynsham Sports centre from 10.30am and 7pm. 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. 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.

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Keynsham Short Mat Bowls group meet every Friday between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, for more information contact 0117 986 4014. Parent Support Group from 9.30am-11.30am, Term Time Only Drop in group for parents/carers, get support, meet other parents and learn practical tips. A creche is available for 0-5 year olds. Places must be booked in advance, at Keynsham Children’s Centre. Keynsham Elim Church Toddler group at 9.30am. Keynsham Country Market, Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham. Every Friday 10.30am – 12pm. Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 7pm. Gentle Exercise to build strength and tone at The River Suite from 11am for 60 minutes. Body sculpt to build strength and tone at the Club Lounge from 5.45pm for 55 minutes.

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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 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. Energise and Burn exercise class at the River Suits from 10:00am for 45 minutes.

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.


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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


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

Tuesdays - 17 November, 15 December, 19 January 2016 (budget meeting), 9 February, 15 March and 19 April. PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE held in the Town Council office 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham at 7.30pm. Mondays - 16 November (Somerdale Pavilion), 14 December, 4 January 2016, 25 January, 15 February, 7 March, 4 April and 25 April. ANNUAL TOWN MEETING - 2016 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

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

David Nelson Conservative (East) Tel: 07973 202058

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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