Keynsham News Winter 2019

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WINTER 2019 - Issue 31

Produced for Keynsham Town Council

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This time of year is often a time of reflection; our turbulent history of the two world wars is marked so generously by the people of Keynsham each year on Remembrance Sunday, the sad loss of our wonderful Keynsham in Bloom Chair, Denise James, who sadly passed away in October, will be in our thoughts and we’ll remember other meaningful events that have happened to us throughout the year. Looking forward, our Winter Festival returns on Friday 29th November; as usual we’ll be switching on the Christmas Lights and the event will play host to a wide variety of festive entertainment, stalls and activities at various venues throughout the Town. We are so grateful to the contributions from the community which help make the festival one of the highlights of the Keynsham calendar, ushering in the festive season in the town.

























hose of us who are gardeners will have noticed that as the seasons change, it is in our gardens that the greatest changes occur. Plants prepare for the colder weather in a variety of ways. Some, perhaps like us, refuse to admit that change is coming, some roses continue to flower well into December, but sadly, we can’t stop the colder weather and shorter days.



The Town Council and I wish you all the best for Christmas and hope that the New Year is full of joy and happiness for us all.

Cllr. Andy Wait, Chairman

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Youth Service Update


eynsham Town Council Youth Service offers activities for all young people across Keynsham that are fun, provide opportunities to learn new skills and meet new people. We run youth club nights, detached sessions at Community at 67 and outreach in the town centre. We recently relaunched sessions with a change in age ranges to encourage more young people to get involved. Our programme is as follows; Open sessions Tuesday 7pm – 9:30pm, Timeout Youth Centre, Bath Hill School years 6, 7 and 8 (ages 10-13) Cost: 50p Thursday 7pm – 9:30pm, Timeout Youth Centre, Bath Hill School years 9, 10, 11 and Sixth Form (ages 13 – 19) Cost: 50p

Cook and Chill Friday 4pm – 6:30pm, Community at 67, Queens Road School years 5, 6 and 7 (ages 8 – 11) Cost: 50p Open Music Studio & Youth Café 2nd Saturday of every month 12 noon -2:30pm TimeOut Youth Centre, Bath Hill Ages 10+ Cost: 50p What have we been doing? Over the October half term the youth service hosted a spooky Halloween film night at

Community at 67 and then an ‘eye-scream’ milkshake evening at Shake Express. There were also lots of spooky activities going on in the TimeOut Youth Centre with pumpkin carving and pinata making. What’s next? For the Keynsham Winter Festival, the youth service has organised a mobile climbing wall from Vertical Xtreme. The wall will be open to all young people aged 8 – 19 and we will be asking for donations that will help fund youth service events and activities in the future. There will be an abundance of activities this winter with Christmas quizzes, cooking and crafts; why not come down and have a go? On the streets The outreach team are out on the streets on Friday evenings. With the darker nights and colder weather, youth workers will predominantly be visiting Memorial and Kelston Parks, where they will be offering young people hot drinks. Did you know? We have a fully working recording music studio and rehearsal space and FREE wifi. If you would like any more information about the Youth Service or its activities then please email Carrie Ford:



Keynsham High Street public realm improvements K

eynsham Town Centre is set to benefit from significant new investment over the next four years which will go a long way to keeping its position as a successful and independent economic centre and the focus of Keynsham’s public life.

which will focus on transforming the High Street between Charlton Road and Bath Hill. The money was secured from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) through the Local Growth Fund (LGF), administered by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).

Improvements to the Town Centre public realm were highlighted as a key priority by local people in the consultations that informed the Keynsham Town Plan, Keynsham’s Transport Strategy and B&NES Placemaking Plan.

The improvements package includes footpath decluttering, widening and resurfacing, better signage, cycling and bus stop facilities, new street furniture, street lights and landscape and trees. You can find out more about the scheme by visiting B&NES Council’s website: www.bathnes.

In 2018 the Town Council, NDP Working Group Members, local businesses and the community helped B&NES shape town centre improvement priorities and proposals to help the High Street successfully meet the challenges high streets are now facing. In June, Bath & North East Somerset Council successfully secured £1.5 million towards the cost of implementing the first phase of the package

With funding committed, Bath & North East Somerset Council has started work towards implementing the phase 1 High Street improvement package. You may have noticed on-site surveys that were being carried out on the High Street in October and detailed design and specifications work is underway.



B&NES will be working with the Town Council to keep the community and local businesses informed of progress. It will bring forward an exhibition of the whole scheme after Christmas so that stakeholders and the community can see the scheme and provide feedback on the finer details of the design. Subject to final refinements the work on Keynsham’s Public Realm Improvements is expected to begin in Summer 2020 and be completed by Spring 2021. PHASE 2 As reported in the last newsletter, the Town Council had partnered with B&NES to support an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) programme. The EOI applied for funding to support phase 2 of the High Street’s public

realm improvement scheme. The Town Council, along with B&NES also committed funding. In September Historic England announced that the EOI was successful and the scheme will progress to the Delivery Plan stage. Phase 2 proposes further public realm works, improvements to shop fronts and development of a cultural programme supporting the amination of the High Street. The Delivery Plan will be presented to the Town Council at its meeting in The Space on Tuesday 19th November, prior to being submitted by B&NES in December to be approved by Historic England and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Once approved further details of the scheme will be announced in Spring 2020.

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Our New KeynshamNow Officers K

eynsham Now is the only Youth Town Council in the region. We marked the start of our sixth year with elections that will choose our new officers. Before we discuss the results, we must pay tribute to two members who have left us to go to University. First, Dani Phillips, our chair for three years has gone to Cardiff University. We owe a lot to her for her dedication and ambition for KeynshamNow. She was the Rotary Young Citizen of the Year in 2018 and has played a major part in our development. The second is Adam Harris who is now at Loughborough University. Adam was Wellsway’s Deputy Head Boy last year and an excellent KeynshamNow secretary. I will always remember his work at various school assemblies. Now to our new officers. Our chair is Chris Smith, the first male chair for five years. He has started with a bang, designing flyers that can be seen all over the town and beyond advertising our work. Vice Chair and Charities Ambassador is Delilah Hutton, she went to Broadlands, now lives in Bedminster but returns for our monthly meetings and is still very active for Keynsham. Secretary is Jasmin Miller, she has been a member of the National Youth Parliament and a regular member for about three years. Our other officers are: Assistant Secretary - Kaycee Waters, a valuable member of around three years; Media - Jake Smith, a brand-new younger member and Assistant Media - Elwenn Bleakley, who has been with us for around a year. Our next major fund raiser for CLIC Sargant (Cancer & Leukaemia in Childhood) is our Cycling Santa event where members are going to cycle, walk or run along the cycle track from Saltford to Bristol, then Bath and back to Saltford; it’s a sponsored event and open to anybody who wants to join us.

KeynshamNow is open to all young people with Keynsham connections, between the ages of 12 and 20. We meet monthly in The Space, at 5.30pm, our next few meetings are on November 6th, December 4th and January 8th. More details can be obtained from Andy Wait, lead mentor,

KEYNSHAM’S YOUTH COUNCIL We are KeynshamNow, A Youth Council based in the Keynsham area. We are a small but growing family of people and we would like you to come along. We talk about all things to do with Keynsham that we can change or help with. We are a voice of young people in Keynsham for making change.


We have a meeting every month and there is food as well!


We help our community with different events.


We attend most of Keynsham’s Main events throughout the year doing games and challenges.


We speak at the monthly Town Council Meeting to let them know our views.


We meet with the people of Keynsham regularly.


We allow the ages from 11-20.

Some of our main issues include: Bullying in primary schools, reducing single use plastics (SUP) and acting against climate change.

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A tribute to Denise James – Chair of in Bloom


t is with much sadness that the Keynsham In Bloom Community Group received the devasting news that the Chair of their Community Group, Dee James had passed away after a very short illness. I am sure all the members and very many other members of the community of Keynsham will endorse what I have to say in commemoration of Dee. There is a saying ‘The best things in life come in threes. The most important three being Friends, Dreams, and Memories. FRIENDS - Dee was such a very good friend to so many people in our town, offering support and encouragement to numerous community groups and her loss will be felt by all. DREAMS – Dee had so many dreams and plans for improving our town, not only horticulturally through In Bloom but with environmental, heritage and community projects. Working with groups including the knitting and craft group that was formed, to produce last year’s poppy cascade. One of her biggest dreams for 2019 was to retain and achieve Gold for Keynsham in the South West In Bloom Competition. On October 11th, just a week after Dee sadly passed away, Clare and I went to Newquay and collected the Town’s


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GOLD award. This was a fantastic reward not only for the In Bloom group but for all those special community groups, businesses and individuals that supported the entry. As we collected the award, Clare and I made sure that the award was dedicated to Dee, she would have been so proud. MEMORIES – So many of us, have so many happy memories of times spent and shared with Dee, including gardening at our local station, litter picking around the town, running scarecrow trail competitions, knitting flowers or bugs, ensuring the towns planters and hanging baskets were always looking beautiful. As a tribute to Dee, the In Bloom Group recently presented a special award, a rose named ‘Remember Me’, in her memory. The award will be presented annually, and it is hoped that in future years the town will be covered in many of these beautiful fragranced plants to remember her by. To Dee’s family, may all the sweet memories of Denise bring you solace during this sad time and that all the happy times that you were able to share with her before she passed away bring you comfort. Dawn and all the Keynsham in Bloom members.

Keynsham In Bloom latest News As the long summer months fade and the Autumn leaves begin to fall, we look back and reflect on what a super year it has been for Keynsham In Bloom. The annual competition had even more entries than previous years from local gardeners, community groups, young people, schools, businesses, places of worship and allotment holders. It culminated in a lovely award ceremony on the 17th October.




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The results of this year’s competition are as follows: -

Most artistic entry - Mike and Carole Lambern

School’s category winner Somerdale Educate Together

Best conservation/wildlife garden - Mr Kirby

Gardening by young people/community project winner Keynsham Community Vegetable Plot

It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards

Community group winner - Old Vicarage Green Best front/side garden - Rachel Pollock Best containers/hanging baskets - John Hicks Best back garden - Kath and Mike Reynolds Allotment winner - Mike May Business category winner - The New Inn Places of Worship - Keynsham Baptist Church

Special Awards Best new entry - Lisa O’Brien

Best vegetable display - Aileen Brown

Overall competition winner - Rachel Pollock The It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards from the South West in Bloom Competition were as follows: Old Vicarage Green – Level 5 Outstanding Homeavon House – Level 4 Thriving Abbeyfields – Level 5 Outstanding Keynsham Scout Group – Level 5 Outstanding Somerdale Shed – Level 3 Advancing Keynsham Railway Station – Level 4 Thriving Keynsham Baptist Church – Level 5 Outstanding Our Umbrella Trail competition, which was a huge success, was won by Cocoa Hair Design and our shop and business watering can competition was won by Smith of Keynsham Jewellers.

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Children’s Awards Huge congratulations go to Wanda Crabtree of Somerdale Educate Together, who won the under 6 category of the South West In Bloom painting competition which was all about pollution. This was a great achievement as she beat all other school entries in the whole of the South West.

Overall Colouring Competition Winner Amelia Garcia, aged 7.

Keynsham in Bloom colouring competition – ‘It’s a Bugs Life’ Infant category Runners up Abbie Coombs & Mia Browning Infant category Winner Amelia Garcia Junior Category Runners up Sophia Adams & Betsy Hennessy Junior Category Winner Ella Poynter

Keynsham In Bloom future activities Keynsham In Bloom Community Group are staying strong and will be carrying on with all our activities in memory of Dee. So, look out for our stall at the Keynsham Baptist Church on 9th November 2019. In order to have a permanent memorial for Dee in the town Keynsham in Bloom will be fundraising to purchase a three-tier cascading planter, that we hope to locate in the centre of town, together with a Dee James Memorial Cup. Funds will be raised through our open Gardens Project that is proposed for 27th & 28th June 2020. If you have a special garden that you would like to open and show to the public, please do get in touch with the in Bloom Group by contacting Dawn – email uk or telephone 01225 395951 and we can send you full details of how to get involved. Entry to the open gardens will by ticket. Full details advertised soon.

Keynsham in Bloom Colouring competition Winners and Runners-Up. From left to right: Abbie Coombs, Ella Poynter, Betsy Hennessy, Mia Browning, Sophia Adams and Amelia Garcia

The Town Council would like to extend its own tribute to Denise for her abounding energy and enthusiasm as well as her abiding commitment to deliver so many positive contributions for the Keynsham community, touching the lives of young and old alike. Who can forget the trials and tribulations of Scarecrow Sponge Bob or the dramatic impact of the poppy cascade that also started the new knitting group. At its last meeting the Town Council agreed to purchase a Memorial Bench to be chosen by Dee’s family which, subject to B&NES permission, will be sited in Memorial Park. The Council extends its deepest condolences to Dee’s family and hopes that the proposed Bench will provide a special place for everyone in Keynsham to remember a wonderful lady and her dedication and passion for improving our town.



Radio launch facing possible delay T

he launch of KTCRfm, Keynsham’s 24/7 community radio station, is facing a delay due to a problem establishing its channel frequency. The station was due to launch its 24-hour programming on the 3rd November 2019, but Ofcom have yet to verify the proposed frequency which has had a knock-on effect on equipment installation that must be put in place for KTCRfm to transmit. Radio Manager, Ric Davison explained: “Until the frequency is verified, we cannot order the transmission antenna which is actually constructed to the frequency. Once we order it and it is delivered, we will still have to erect it at Burnett and then connect everything up. This is almost certainly now not possible by November 3rd”. The station, which currently produces the weekly Keynsham Hour for Somer Valley FM, completed a successful move into new premises over the summer. The move was made to accommodate the need for extra space to house an extra studio and administrative space to operate 24-7 broadcasting. Whilst admitting the delay was a frustration, Ric said it would give radio volunteers and contributors, many of whom are new to broadcasting, some extra time to hone their skills and prepare their shows and remained confident that the station would be transmitting before the end of 2019: “Once the transmission lines are installed we can begin test broadcasting but cannot properly broadcast until Ofcom have attended to “commission” our whole broadcast system; this may cause a further delay. Once that is done, we can broadcast fully, but will probably continue test broadcasting while we plan an official and civic launch date. We very much hope

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Keynsham Town Council’s New Environment & Sustainability Working Party


arish and Town Councils may not be as powerful as local authorities such as B&NES, but they can “do their bit” in addressing the climate and nature emergency and be a force for change. Keynsham has already shown the way to the world, when around 30 members of the group ‘Keynsham Plastic Re-Action’ decided to carry out one of the first ever plastic attacks at the local Tesco store and leave all the plastic packaging behind. Keynsham is now attributed as being the birthplace of plastic attacks which have become a

global phenomenon. In response to this, the Town Council worked with Keynsham Plastic Reaction to formulate and adopt a Single Use Plastics policy in 2018 and subsequently declared a Climate Emergency in May 2019. The Town Council’s new Environment and Sustainability Working Party will be holding its inaugural meeting on Wednesday 6th November at 7.30pm in the Key Centre. Town Councillors , Representatives from B&NES


and leading community groups such as the Keynsham Plastic Re-Action, Transition Keynsham, Keynsham in Bloom and Keynsham Wombles will meet to commence the important task of identifying the best ways in which the Town Council can positively contribute to addressing the challenges facing Keynsham to reduce carbon emissions and single use plastics.

The Working Party has been given a wide brief to make recommendations to the Town Council as follows: To make recommendations to the Town Council on an Action Plan to implement its Single Use Plastic Policy and monitor progress towards implementation and delivery of the 12 commitments. To formulate a climate change policy and action plan for adoption by Town Council, to include a proposed date for reaching net zero, and monitor progress towards implementation and delivery. To consider how the Town Council can best achieve its corporate objectives, priorities and actions to minimise or eliminate carbon emissions, single use plastics and the adverse impacts of climate change.

bringing together and working with key strategic partners and expert voices (especially via formal strategic partnership arrangements) 4. Influencing and interpreting county, regional and national policy for the benefit of Keynsham and B&NES 5. To make recommendations to Town Council on a sustainable procurement policy to address the climate change and single use plastics Agendas 6. To produce a list of preferred suppliers/ products and a timescale for the Town Council to eliminate use of single use plastics from its operations 7. To make recommendations to the Town Council concerning the establishment and activities of a wider Community Forum and/or other methods for partnership working to facilitate and encourage implementation of the Single Use Plastics Policy and emerging Climate Emergency Policy across Keynsham If you have something you wish the Working Party to consider then you can contact one of the seven Town Councillors appointed to the Working Party as shown below

To champion positive and constructive actions to support the climate change and single use plastics agendas across the Town Council’s operations, actions and broader sphere of influence.

Cllr Dave Biddleston

To act as the Council’s principal point of reference, deliberation and advice for matters specifically relating to the reduction of single use plastics, carbon emissions and adaptation to the effects of climate change. Such matters would incorporate:

Cllr Deb Cooper

1. The internal operations of the Council in support of the services it delivers and as an exemplar to external organisations; 2. The services that the Council provides to the residents of Keynsham 3. Community leadership in facilitating and enabling actions across the town: including


Cllr Caitlin Brennan

Cllr Alan Greenfield Cllr Hal MacFie Cllr Brian Simmons Cllr Andy Wait



Parks and Green Spaces Update


he Town Council and B&NES are now working together to formulate a joint strategy for the future development and maintenance of all Keynsham’s present and future green spaces. KELSTON Park Improvements B&NES are commencing with Phase 1 of the improvement works to Kelston Park. This will include: • New seats and signs • Tree planting – there is a Community Tree Planting Day Saturday 23rd November at 11am • A new all-weather ball games and seating area • Path and safety improvements • New junior football goals

• Measures to prevent cars accessing the park (subject to permission from adjoining landowners)


Enovert Community Trust have awarded a grant of £25,000 to cover some of the costs for Phase 2 works which will focus on improving play facilities. The Town Council has contributed £15,000 towards the cost of providing new play equipment and B&NES will be funding the remainder through s106/CIL monies. The existing bow top fencing will be retained but all of the current play equipment and safety surface will be removed. The play design is still in progress but will include a range of modern play equipment focused on active play for all ages and abilities, along with picnic facilities. The new play equipment will reflect the results of the park consultation survey and Keynsham Town Council’s children’s survey. It is expected that all works will be completed by summer 2020. Chalfield Close Play Area Following a comprehensive review of all of its play spaces, B&NES has found that there is some duplication in the provision of formal play areas re: age demographic and close proximity to other play spaces. Owing to the proximity of Manor Road, the B&NES-owned Chalfield Close play area in Keynsham has been earmarked for possible removal of the existing play equipment and relandscaping the area with wildflowers or trees, or creating a natural play, increased diversity and/ or social space. Concerned residents attended a consultation event on 10th September at the play area and subsequently spoke convincingly at the Town Council meeting on 17th September about the need to retain the play area, even if that meant the Town Council adopting it from B&NES. The Town Council is awaiting the outcome of the B&NES consultation before deciding what steps to take. Last call to have your say on Keynsham play areas and green spaces As part of the Neighbourhood Development Plan, Keynsham Town Council is collecting the views of residents on the green spaces and recreational areas within the Town. Keynsham’s children have already completed their own survey on play areas and to date we have had more responses from the


children than we have had from the adults! Surveys were distributed to every household with the last edition of the Keynsham News and responses will go towards forming planning policies that will influence the development of Keynsham’s recreational spaces for years to come. However, the Keynsham-wide survey is also performing several other functions so it is vitally important that you let the Town Council know your views. a) It will be used to inform the discussions that the Town Council is now having with B&NES on developing a joint strategy for the future development and management of all Keynsham’s green spaces. b) It will be used to inform the Council’s decision on whether it should be adopting any green spaces in perpetuity as community assets (e.g. Manor Road Playing Fields , Fox & Hounds Nature Reserve). c) It will be used to inform the Town Council of how residents would like to see Manor Road developed for further activities. As all residents pay their council tax towards the Town Council’s maintenance of Manor Rd, it is only right that they should all be given the opportunity to have their say. The closing date for surveys will be Christmas Eve and if you haven’t yet filled one in, hard copies can be obtained by emailing deputytownclerk@ Please return your completed surveys to Keynsham Library or complete the online survey at:



rk oad Pa R n o t K els ity Tree n u m m Co g Day Pla ntin 11am on Saturday 23rd November 2019 - Meet at the play area -

Roll up your sleeves and help plant some trees to encourage wildlife, absorb pollution and benefit people in and around Keynsham for generations to come. No need to book – just turn up Wear warm waterproof clothes and boots/sturdy shoes. Bring gloves and a spade if you have one. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. This is a family-friendly event but children should be accompanied by an adult.

– Saturday 23rd November 2019 Bath and North East Somerset Council is working with KeynshamNow to organise a community tree planting event at Kelston Park. Please join us at 11am on Saturday 23rd November 2019 to help plant trees which will encourage wildlife, reduce pollution and provide shade and seasonal colour for people visiting the park for generations to come. Trees will include Oak, Lime, Acer and fruit trees including Apple, Plum, and Pear. There is no need to book - just turn up. Wear warm, waterproof clothes and boots/ sturdy shoes. Bring gloves and a spade if you have one. This is a family friendly event but children should be accompanied by an adult.

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Keynsham Business Forum 2

019 has been a good year for Keynsham Business Forum with members increasing to just over 300. Membership includes large and small businesses, retailers, contractors, sole traders and home workers. Our calendar for 2019 meetings which always include a relevant topical presentation or workshop plus an opportunity for networking, began in February with a very interesting presentation by Rachel Sweet, of Cool Ventures, who ran a workshop on how to ‘Win New Customers’. Following the presentation by Cool Ventures, we then booked their services to run two workshops in April on ‘Setting up and getting the most from your Linked In account’. The training and advice provided at these workshops was very much appreciated by the attendees. We would like to express a big thank you to the companies and traders that answered our call out for local businesses to attend the Wellsway Academy Careers Fair in May 2019. We understand from the school that this was a very successful event. Unfortunately, our next planned Business Forum meeting in July on ‘VAT changes – what you need to know’ was postponed due the number of attendees being low which we assume was due to the busy summer period and hitting the holiday season. Future presentations in respect of VAT, Accounting and Tax issues will be arranged for 2020. For our latest Business Forum event, we were joined by Business West’s Sarah Hildersley, an experienced international trade advisor and market specialist. Sarah presented as part of UK Government’s ‘Ready for Brexit’ campaign and covered the key ways in which businesses in Keynsham will need to prepare for Brexit. At this meeting, Councillor Hal MacFie (member of the Keynsham Neighbourhood Development

Business Group) in his capacity as owner of Frenchay Forestry, shared what his business is doing in preparation for the UK’s exit from the European Union. This was followed by a Q&A in which members shared their own experiences of preparing for Brexit. As part of this meeting, we discussed how Keynsham businesses can have a positive impact on the local environment, and how you can join Keynsham Independent Traders. In December, for the last meeting of 2019, Councillor Clive Fricker (Chair of the Business Forum) would like to invite members to the Chocolate Quarter for a short presentation followed by a social networking opportunity (date and time will be confirmed in an invitation email that will be sent out in November). The final preparations are in place for the publication of the first Keynsham Business Directory which will be delivered to every household in Keynsham. All Business Forum members will be given a FREE entry in this directory. If you have a business, trader or are a sole practitioner and would like to receive invitations to attend future Business Forum events, then please contact: Dawn Drury, Deputy Town Clerk, on 01225 395951 (temporary number), or email deputytownclerk@

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s you are all probably aware by now, due to the renovation work happening in the Riverside Buildings, the Keynsham Town Council office has been temporarily closed since the beginning of April. Although we had hoped to have moved back by now, work is still ongoing to externally clad the building. Once this has finished the Council will have access to the offices once again to start its own reinstatement work. The Council will continue to work out of the Keynsham Civic Centre Offices in Market Walk until the Office reopens, which is now looking to be either just before or just after Christmas. If you wish to contact the Town Council, you can do so by visiting the One Stop Shop on the ground floor of the library and asking to speak

to Keynsham Town Council. If you wish to drop in correspondence or forms, the Town Council Office is still being checked daily for deliveries and post. You can also contact us by phone on 01225 395951 or 07904 161097 or by emailing: deputytownclerk@

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2019 Keynsham Winter Festival

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WINTER FESTIVAL PREVIEW Festival will be on Friday O ur29thWinter November this year. It is a key date in the town’s calendar and one of Keynsham’s most loved events. The theme for 2019 is a ‘Greatest Showman’ circus, with lots of new and exciting activities planned and circus displays throughout the evening. As usual our local theatre groups, bands and choirs will be enhancing the atmosphere, with performances in The Space, Library, Baptist Church, Methodist Church, St John’s Church and our main stage which will be situated in Charlton Road.

The evening will start with the Christmas Light Switch on and procession, and this year we’re hoping to have more stalls than ever before including delicious food and drink, some great Christmas shopping opportunities and stalls that fundraise for the community groups that play such a big part in making Keynsham such a special place. It promises to be a fantastic way to bring in the festive season in 2019.



Festival Highlights Carols & Christmas Tree Switch On 5.50pm St Johns Church St John’s Church Choir will sing a carol, as the recipients of the Keynsham Good Citizen Award, Erica Davies (Chief Womble) & Richard Dyson (Chair of the Keynsham History Society), turn on the Christmas Tree lights outside the Church. Following the switch on the church bells will ring.

Christmas Lights & Procession 6.15pm from Temple Street The winner of the festival colouring competition will be switching on the Town’s Christmas lights. Together with Santa Claus, they will lead the procession along the High Street to the main stage in Charlton Road with the lights illuminating as they go. Listen out for the Town Crier and look out for Chuffy the Train, Circus Performers, Lantern Children, Dancers, Gymnasts and Stilt Walkers who will all be taking part.

Christmas Shopping From 6.00pm The Festival sees Keynsham High Street and the Fear Hall completely taken over by market stalls. There are artisan arts and crafts, charity stalls and fun games; it’s the perfect place to do a bit of Christmas Shopping.

The Library & Space From 6.00pm ‘Roll up’, ‘Roll up’ and enjoy our brilliant Punch and Judy in Keynsham Library. Upstairs in The Space you’ll be able to catch some fantastic performances from local dance groups, Performers Dance & Musical School, Keyford Dancers and Wellsway Academy Performers.

The Main Stage From 7.00pm The Keynsham Light Opera Group and Phoenix Youth Theatre will be leading the main stage

entertainment with songs and dancing from ‘The Greatest Showman’. Some of the younger members will be treating us to some Christmas classics and the groups will also be leading some carols to get everybody into the festive spirit plus compere Johnny G will be treating us to some first-class balloon modelling.

Christmas Food & Drink From 6.00pm There will be lots of delicious food and drink on offer including boar and venison baps, cakes, donuts, hotdogs, burgers, mulled cider, cheese, chestnuts, crepes, chocolate, coffee, Thai Food, fudge, pork scratchings, festive naan wraps, paella, sweets, mulled wine, mulled wine and even more mulled wine!

Climbing Wall & Funfair From 6.00pm The funfair will be back on Market Walk this year with lots of family friendly rides and games including the Ferris Wheel and Helter-Skelter. Plus, new in 2019, the Keynsham Town Council Youth Service has organised a mobile climbing wall. The wall will be open to all young people aged 8 – 19 and with proceeds going to help fund youth service events and activities in the future.

Have a stall at the festival The Keynsham Winter Festival is a great opportunity for traders and community groups to sell their wares, festive treats or simply connect with the Keynsham community. Stalls are available for as little as £5 and the event can attract as many as 10,000 people from Keynsham and beyond. We still have a few spaces in the Fear Hall or outside on the High Street. For more information about stall opportunities at the Keynsham Winter Festival please email or call 01225 395951.



Children’s Lantern Workshops On Saturday 23rd November we are running two workshops for children to make lanterns that they can carry in the Christmas Light Switch-on procession at the 2019 Keynsham Winter Festival.

The sessions will be run by professional artist, Chrissie Weltike, who has lots of experience of craft making with children, including her extremely popular workshops at the Holbourne Museum in Bath.

What’s included A Two-hour workshop, all materials and children can take their Circus Themed Balloon Lantern to keep (lanterns will be stored by the Town Council until the Festival, and children will be allowed to take theirs away at the end of the procession).

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Saturday 23rd November 10am or 1.30pm Places limited to 12 children per workshop, first come first serve. Children must be accompanied by an adult (maximum 2 children per adult). To book a place email: reception@ or call 01225 395951




WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER 13th - Longwell Green Primary School open day, 6pm. 14th - B&NES CCG Board public meeting, Somerdale Pavilion, 1pm-3pm. 14th - St John’s Primary School open morning, 11.15 am. 16th - Keynsham Town at home vs Cribbs Causeway, kick off at 3pm. 16th - Chocolate Quarter Christmas Market. 17th - Keynsham Dandy, a new race starting at Better Keynsham Leisure Centre at 10am. 17th - Romania Shoe Box Appeal Thanksgiving Service at Elim Church. 19th - Town Council Meeting, 7.30pm. 23rd - Children’s Lantern Workshops The Key Centre, 10 am and 1.30pm. 23rd - Keynsham Town at home vs Buckland Athletic, kick off at 3pm. 23rd - Keynsham Orchestra Autumn Concert, St John’s Church, 7.30pm. 25th - Planning and Development Committee meeting, 7.30pm. 26th - Personnel Committee Meeting, 7.30pm. 28th - Open Morning at St John’s Primary, 11.15 am. 29th - Keynsham Winter Festival. 6pm - 9pm 30th - Little Pickles Market, 1st Keynsham Scouts Hut.

DECEMBER 2nd - Keynsham ADHD Group Christmas event, 7-8.30pm, Community at 67. 3rd - Finance and Policy Committee Meeting, 7.30pm. 5th - Keynsham Film Works screening of Sorry to Bother you, 7.45-9.45 pm. 7th - Keynsham Town vs Bridgwater Town, kick off at 3pm. 8th - Christmas Concert at Broadlands Academy, 7pm. 10th - Keynsham Town Council meeting, 7.30pm. 13th - A Christmas Cracker, 12 noon at Keynsham Baptist Church. 14th - Keynsham Farmers’ Market . 16th - Planning and Development Committee meeting, 7.30pm. 21st - 80s Christmas Party with live band, Keynsham and District Conservative Club. 28th - Keynsham Town vs Bradford Town kick off 3pm.

JANUARY 7th - Finance and Policy Committee meeting, 7.30pm. 8th - Arts Joint Committee Meeting, 10.30am. 9th - Keynsham Film Works screening of Shoplifters see website for full details and 2020 screenings. 13th - Planning and Development Committee Meeting, 7.30pm. 14th - Keynsham Town Council Meeting, 7.30pm. 18th - Keynsham Town vs Hallen kick off 3 pm.



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2018. The residents of Chalfield Close came to us concerned about a proposal by B&NES to change the local play area to a less attractive space. The Council has listened and awaits the outcome of the B&NES consultation.

have always believed, since it started in 1991, that the Town Council should be the voice of the town. Before it began, all Keynsham had was Wansdyke District Council, which was based in Midsomer Norton, and Avon County Council, based in Bristol. Over the years, the Town Council’s engagement with the residents of Keynsham has not always been as strong as I would like. Since I became Chair of the Council in May 2019, I have encouraged groups to come and bring their concerns and issues to us. Recently, we have had representatives from Tintagel Close who report that there have been several positive changes to their lives since they first came to us for help in

Finally, a new community group started in 2018 called FAHLAG, the Fox and Hounds Lane Action Group. These residents want to create a nature conservation area in the small wooded plot between Fox and Hounds Lane, Bath Hill and Avon Road. This land has many challenges but the Town Council has been working with this group over the last eighteen months to ensure that it remains in public ownership as a community asset. From Town Council Chairman, Andy Wait



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traffic congestion, protection of Keynsham’s green spaces and, in joint third, improvements to both public transport in Keynsham and the High Street itself. The NDP topic groups have further identified numerous issues/concerns in respect of the large-scale development of the town including poor air quality, lack of footfall in the High Street, poor/reducing bus provision and current parking provision. There is a recognised need to both regenerate the High Street to make it more attractive to shoppers and to encourage residents and commuters out of their cars and onto public transport. The delay in the electrification of the rail service through Keynsham and the arrival of 3 large employers at the Chocolate Quarter

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from Bath and Bristol, with the associated increase in commuters to Keynsham, is creating further parking issues for residents, especially in Somerdale. One of the remaining pieces of work necessary for the completion of the Neighbourhood Development Plan is a research project into how people travel in and around Keynsham and what would encourage them to use public transport, bicycle or foot rather than a car to make specific journeys. This will inform the section of the plan which includes identified projects that could be implemented with CIL receipts (Infrastructure Development Plan) to be incorporated within the document. A community transport option of a circular minibus service around Keynsham connecting with the major transport hubs to Bath and Bristol is being increasingly mentioned as a possible means to mitigate the above issues and the feasibility of this is being explored as part of this “Connecting Keynsham� research project to be incorporated into the NDP. Specifically, the research provides the opportunity to evidence whether there is a real and concrete demand for such a service, what the parameters of the services would need


to be (e.g. cost, route, frequency) and from the results, assess whether a sustainable business model would be forthcoming. Depending upon the results, the report can be used as evidentiary leverage with stakeholders, funders and transport operators (and specifically the West of England Combined Authority who have responsibility for transport across the West of England as indicated in their Joint Transport Plan and to which the Council issued a consultation response last municipal year). Although the prospect of a circular bus service is still only an idea at present, the Town Council felt it was a project worth adding to the list of Town Council activities and that the NDP research into feasibility is to be afforded priority to enable the Town Council to make an informed decision in the future on whether to devote further time/ resources in future budgets to develop the idea once the results of the research are known. If you have any specific views on the desirability of a Keynsham circular bus service or would like to volunteer to help with the research project to start in the spring, please contact the Town Clerk Dr Cheryl Scott



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cclaimed West Country singer-songwriter and pianist Will Lawton and his band will be playing in The Space on Friday 22nd November. Will has previously performed at the Keynsham Music Festival, as both a solo artist and pianist in the band, The Home Fires. His latest album, ‘Fossils of the Mind’, has created a lot of interest and it includes the song ‘Atlantic-O’ which has featured heavily on local radio and become a firm favourite on the ‘Keynsham Radio Hour’. Will’s writing and singing are exemplary and his growing band is rapidly developing. According to Grapevine for Music: “Will’s piano-based songs and Weasel’s superb drumming on a strippeddown kit make a heady and hypnotic sound that’s

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THINGS TO DO MONDAY Key Voices, Keynsham’s friendly community choir meet at St. Dunstan’s Church Hall, Bristol Road from 7.15pm to 9.30pm. For more information visit or call Karen on 01761472708. Keynsham Writers, meet on Monday, head to for more details. Choirjam Pop Choir meets on Mondays 7.30-9pm at Somerdale Pavilion, Cross Road Keynsham, BS31 2FW. To book a free taster session, contact Emma Hutchinson, 07793 983040, or visit

above from 7pm to 9pm at St John’s Youth and Community Centre. Pregnancy Pilates with B Well Pilates. 6.50pm, Lansdown Hall, Wellsway School. Call Beth 07984582228. Public Swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30 am til 12noon and 1pm to 7pm. Pilates and Integral Health Yoga at Broadlands Academy, Keynsham. Pilates 6-6.45pm and Yoga, 6.55 to 7.55pm. For more information, call 07789 880415. Beginners Pilates for back pain. 5.45pm - 6.45pm at Fear Hall, 30 High St, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1DQ Sandhya 07736 592363 Slimming World – Queens Road Methodist Church 7.30 pm call Sharon 07401 948239. Yoga For Men at Keynsham Baptist Church Mondays, 7-8pm. All abilities welcome, head to Adult Social Badminton (all ages – friendly competitive) Keynsham Leisure Centre 10.00am – 12 noon. Clive Honeychurch 01179866793

Baby Massage at Keynsham Children’s Centre. For more information, please contact 01225 395400.


Keynsham and Saltford History Society, third Monday of each month from October to April, 7.30pm at St Dunstan’s Catholic Church. Free for members, £4 for visitors.

Keynsham Old Time Dance Club meet at the Fear Hall, High Street 7.30-10pm. Further details on 0117 9864785.

Babies Group from 11 am – 12.30om. 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 9.30 am Keynsham Methodist Church Victoria Women’s Guild. Fellowship Room, Key Centre, Victoria Centre, Keynsham. For more details call into the church office or phone 0117 9149408. Youth Group meets on a Monday night and is open to all young people in school years 8 and

Keynsham Older people’s Social Group (KOPS) meet on the first Tuesday in the month from 2pm to 4pm at Community at 67. Call Elise on 01225 484510 or email for more information. St Keyna Townswomen’s Guild meet every second Tuesday of the month between 9.45am and 11.45 am in the Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham . The Fry Club Joggers, meet every Tuesday at 7pm in the entrance foyer to the club. For more information, visit their Facebook page. Early Support and Play Sessions from 9.30 am



– 11.15am on second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Contact Keynsham Children’s Centre: 01225 395400

Parkinson’s Bath and District Branch social coffee mornings the last Tuesday of the month, 10.30am til noon at the Talbot Inn, Keynsham.

Choirjam Pop Choir meets on Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9pm at the Fear Hall in the High Street. To book a free taster session, contact Emma Hutchinson, 07793 983040, or visit

Adult Social Badminton (all ages – friendly beginners/returners) Keynsham Leisure Centre 10.00am – 12 noon. Clive Honeychurch 0117986679

Holy Communion at Keynsham Baptist Church every third Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm Public Swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30 am – 8pm Keynsham Walking Football Club 10-11 am at Keynsham FC on 3G pitch for over 65s, just turn up and play. For more details contact Martin on 07754543719 or Slimming World Queens Road Methodist Church 9.30 am, call Sharon 07401 948329 Stay Curious at Somerdale Shed, every Tuesday 6-9pm, a social club for interesting people who like to do interesting things. Join us in our community shed to make, mend, create, learn, inspire and be inspired in a wide range of shared activities. Somerdale Shed, Tiberious Road, Keynsham BS31 2FH. Mixed Ability Pilates with B Well Pilates, 7pm St John’s Hall, Keynsham. Call Beth 07984582228. Age UK B&NES hosts Tai Chi at Victoria Methodist Church, 2.15pm to 3.15pm, call 01225 484510 or email for more details. Short May Bowling at Keynsham Scout Hut, Ashton Way. 1pm-4pm contact David for more details: 01225 872780. Age UK B&NES Book Club, last Tuesday of the month at Keynsham Library, 10-11.30am. Call 01225 484510 or email for more details. The Macular Degeneration Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Boots Opticians in Keynsham High Street. Call 0117 973 5292 for more details.

WEDNESDAY Keynsham Duke of Edinburgh’s Open Award Centre meet Wednesdays 7.30-9pm at Somerdale Pavilion. Contact Lynn Whitfield: dofekoac@gmail. com Project Night at TimeOut. Project based session aimed at developing young people’s life skills. 7pm – 9pm every week for 13-19 years. Topics decided by Young People. Limited to 14 people. TimeOut building, 16 Bath Hill. Keynsham Photowalkers, every Wednesday at 10.30am at different places around Keynsham to explore, take photos and enjoy the outdoors. Find them on Facebook for details of where they will be each week. Public Swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30am – 8pm Maths Club at Community at 67, open to all Year 5 and 6 pupils running every Wednesday during term time. 4-5pm. Contact Sheila: 0117 986 3961, or org. Choirjam Pop Choir meets on Wednesday mornings 11am-12.30pm at the Fear Hall in the High Street. Singing everything from Fleetwood Mac to Adele and having a lot of fun while 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 love singing. To book a free taster session, contact Emma Hutchinson, 07793 983040, emma@ or visit Speech and Language Toddler Time 10am-12 noon (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 07737 742300 Keynsham Elim Church Toddler Group at 9.30 am Circuits at Keynsham Sports Centre from 6.357.30pm Youth Project at Community at 67 on Wednesdays, 6.30-9pm open to ages 10+, 50p per session. Provided by Keynsham Town Council’s Youth Service, for more information, contact Carrie Ford on 07399612358 or email Beginners Pilates for back pain (more mature). 10-11am St Francis Hall, Warwick Road, Keynsham, BS31 2PW (parking available) www.yogakeynsham. com Sandhya 07736 592 363 Turn it Up – a singing club for teens aged from 12-17 who love singing pop or want to learn how. 7pm-8.30pm at the Somerdale Pavilion, Cross Road, Keynsham BS31 2FW every Wednesday during term time. If your teen is interests in joining, contact Emma Hutchinson: 07793 983040, Quiz Night at the Pavilion, first Wednesday of the month, 7.30pm Coffee and Craft at Community at 67, 10am12.30pm. For more details contact Clare on 07737742300 or email Keynsham Photographic Society, Fear Hall at 7.30pm. Find them online at

THURSDAY Open Doors Community Café, 10am-12 noon St Francis Church Mother and Toddler groups, 10am St John’s Parish Church Hall.

Music for the Mind at St Dunstan’s Church Hall 10.30am-12 noon for those with dementia diagnosis. Second and fourth Thursday of the month. Free admission, for more information contact 0117 9837923 or Open Access at TimeOut for 13-19 years from 7pm-9.30pm. Usual facilities of a Youth Centre, when WiFi is connected will have IT access via 4PCs to include animation facilities, music studio, arts and crafts, movie nights, gaming areas, TimeOut building, 16 Bath Hill. Contact 0117 9868683 for more information. Asp Poetry Circle meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month at Meeting Room 1 or reception, Broadlands School, Keynsham from 7.30pm to 8.30 pm for more info, go to www.totallymaracas.btck. Stay and Play (for 0-5 years) from 9.30 am to 11 am 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 July and August) at the Community Space, Civic Centre, Markey Walk Keynsham at 7.45pm Keynsham Elim Church Toddler group at 9.30 am Yoga class at Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road, some experience is beneficial 6.15pm – 7.45pm call 01761 472616. Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 6.30 am to 11.15am and 12.15pm to 7pm Aqua Aerobics at Keynsham Sports Centre from 10.30 am to 11.15am and 7pm to 7.45pm Slimming World classes at Keynsham Baptist Church High Street 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Call Kelly for more information on 07795 880415. Childminding Group from 9.30am-11.30am at Keynsham Children’s Centre, contact Sarah Allum on 01225 396071 or 07530 233002. Wellsway Short Mat Bowling Club meet at the



Scout Hut, Ashton Way, Keynsham from 1.15pm to 4.15pm. New members are welcome, for more information, contact Dave Sawyer on 01225 872780.

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.

Yoga for Beginners 6-7pm cost £48 (6 weeks) or £10 drop-in at St Francis Hall, Warwick Road, Keynsham Bristol BS31 2PW. Onsite parking available.

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Mixed Ability Pilates with B Well Pilates 7pm Lansdown Hall, Wellsway School. Call Beth 07984582228. Family Yoga at Fear Hall, Keynsham from 10.45am for more info, see Beginners Yoga for the inflexible. 6.15-7.15pm St Francis Hall, Warwick Road, Keynsham, BS31 2PW (parking available). www.yogakeynsham. com Sandhya 07736 592 363 Free buggy walk Thursday 9.15am. Sandhya 07736 592 363.

FRIDAY Community at 67’s IT Café, Friday mornings between 9-12 noon followed by a hot meal in Mandy’s Kitchen. If you need help with computers, join them every Friday at 67 Queens Road, Keynsham. Friendly volunteers are there to help with internet, emails, Skype and issues with software, laptops and iPads, 07737742300. Tea n Tots 9.30 am – 11.30 am every Friday morning during term time in Keynsham Baptist Church Hall. This is a free drop in for babies, toddlers and their carers with toys, crafts, stories and singing. For more information contact the church on 0117 986 3112. Keynsham Table Tennis Club for over 14s, 6-9pm at Somerdale Pavilion. Members £3, non members £4. Mixed ability with equipment provided and four tables. More information on Facebook: KeynshamTTClub or Twitter: KeynshamTTC Parent Support Group from 9.30am-11.30am. Term time only, drop in for groups for parents/

Zumba at the River Suite from 6.40 pm every week for 50 minutes Keynsham Walking Football Club 10-11am at Keynsham FC on 3G pitch, just turn up and play. For more details contact Martin on 07754 543719 or Tea ‘n’ Tots meets 9.30-11.30am every Friday morning during term time in Keynsham Baptist Church Hall. This is a free drop for babies, toddlers and their carers, with toys, crafts, stories and singing. For more information, contact Hilary on 01225 874791. Cook and Chill at Community at 67, a young people’s cooking evening, every Friday from 4.30 – 7pm, open to all young people aged 10+, 50p per session. Contact Carrie on 07399612358 or for more details. Adult Social Badminton (all ages – friendly mixed ability) Keynsham Leisure Centre 10.00am – 12 noon. Clive Honeychurch 01179 866793 Good Afternoon Choir the second and last friday of the month, Key Centre, Charlton Road BS31 2JA, 2-3pm

SATURDAY Keynsham Farmers’ Market, second Saturday of every month, 9 am – 1pm. Mass at St Dunstan’s Catholic Church at 6pm Avon Valley Car Boot Sale, every Saturday, 7am selling, 8.30 am buying. Cars £8, vans, £10. Pixsash Lane, Keynsham.



Keynsham Town under 13s training , 10-12noon. Contact Darren on 07904 036438.

Open door service St John the Baptist Church, 11.15am

Public Swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 8am to 2.45 pm

Holy Communion at Keynsham Baptist Church at 10.30 am the first Sunday of every month.

Zumba class at the River Suite from 8.55am – 9.45 am

Sunday morning service at Keynsham Methodist Church at 10am

Pay and play badminton at Keynsham Sports Centre from 5-7pm

(Monthly) Yoga for all the family, 10.30am at Fear Hall, 30 High St, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1DQ. www. Sandhya 07736 592363

SUNDAY Inflatable play in the swimming pool at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 3.45-4.45pm

Keynsham Parish Players, rehearsals take place in the Parish Hall every Sunday afternoon, call 0117 9863354

Mass at St Dunstan’s Catholic Church at 10.30 am

Public swimming at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 8am to 11.30am and 12.30pm to 6pm

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

Aqua Aerobics at Keynsham Leisure Centre from 7pm-7.45pm

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Employee Focus Lisa Edwards Q. When did you join the Council and what did you do before then? I joined KTC on 17th July 2017. I started my working life on a YTS course (Youth Training Scheme) at the sweet and innocent age of 16, earning just £27.50 a week, with Wansdyke Council which then went on to become B&NES Council. I left there to raise my children and became a self-employed cleaner. Once my children had reached teenage years, I decided that it was my time to come back to office work and so here I am!


Q. What do you like most about working at the Council? I enjoy the fact that no two days are the same and I also get to meet and help all different kinds of people. Q. What has been your most enjoyable experience in this job? My most enjoyable experience so far has been working on the Keynsham Winter Festival evening. I really enjoy seeing the community coming together and everyone enjoying themselves. Q. What do you like about Keynsham? I don’t live in Keynsham, but I really enjoy working here. It’s a very friendly town, with plenty always going on. Q. What are your hobbies and interests? In my spare time I enjoy going to music concerts, listening to all types of music, walking, holidays and spending time with my partner and our families.



n January 2015 B&NES closed the public toilets at Ashton Way, opening a new block in Memorial Park. (There are also toilets in the library which is open 9.30-5pm Mondays to Thursdays and 9.30-4.30pm Fridays and Saturdays). However accessible public toilet provision in Keynsham has increasingly become a matter of concern for residents, so back in 2018, a voluntary scheme was initiated by Andy Wait who managed to get five businesses in the High Street and Temple Street to allow members of the public to use their toilets free of charge.

In order to formalise and support the scheme, the Town Council has introduced a service agreement with individual participants together with a financial contribution of £200 in recognition of their additional costs to maintain the toilets for use by the general public. A new sign is currently being designed for all participants to display and the Town Council welcomes approaches from other businesses who may wish to join the scheme. Full details of participating businesses will be published in the next edition of Keynsham News



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.

Andy Wait Dave Biddleston Liberal Democrat East Labour South Tel: 01179 867389 Tel: 0117 9870081

David Brassington Liberal Democrat North Tel: 0117 9867876

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Email: dave.biddleston

Tony Crouch Independent South Tel: 01179 864648 07717 471265

Clive Fricker Independent East Tel: 01179 869250

Andy McGuinness Labour North Tel: 07815 163036

Hal MacFie Brian Simmons Liberal Democrat East Independent Tel: 01179 863590 Tel: 01179 096596 07786 436656 07855 631844

Email: tony.crouch

Email: andy.mcguinness

Email: clive.fricker

Email: hal.macfie

Email: david..brassington

Caitlin Brennan Liberal Democrat East Tel: 01179 863905 07557 223037 Email: caitlin..brennan

Deb Cooper Independent North Tel: 01179 864203 07564 155944 Email: deb.cooper

Rachael King Alan Greenfield Andy Halliday Liberal Democrat East Liberal Democrat East Labour South Tel: 01173 297037 Tel: 07757 673492 Tel: 01179 865735 Email: alan.greenfield

Email: brian.simmons

Email: andy.halliday

Email: rachael.king

Allan Sinclair Independent South Tel: 01179 865658

Jonathan Wallcroft Labour South Tel: 07464 798073

Email: allan.sinclair

Email: Jonathan.wallcroft

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