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July, 2012 Issue 4

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Inside Residents form action group P2 On duty at the Olympics P4 Traders packing up at Centre P7

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MP... p6 Schools... p12 Letters... p14 What’s On.. p28 July Quiz.. p30

Business of the month.. p35 Property... p38 Sport... p42 Classifieds p46


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Group ‘to give public say’ on traveller site Nearly 200 people attended the first meeting of Keynsham Action Group set up after it was revealed land next to Ellsbridge House could be earmarked for a travellers’ site. Members of the community gathered to hear about plans to oppose the B&NES Council-led consultation process, which has seen the land next to the A4 shortlisted as a potential site for six permanent pitches, which each accommodate several vehicles, or 15 transit pitches. The move follows a failed attempt by Conservative councillors to halt the process after Liberal Democrat, Labour and independent councillors voted at a special meeting of the council to continue the consultation ahead of a Cabinet discussion in September. Andy Caddick, a founder of the action group, said: “The aim of the group is to ensure that local residents have a say in what’s obviously become a flawed process to find sites for gypsies

and travellers. At the meeting it was obvious that not one local resident had found out about this process via the council.” The meeting heard how land adjacent to Ellsbridge House had, in the council’s original assessment of 23 possible sites, been rated 15th out of 23 locations, before emerging in the list of six preferred sites. The Grade II-listed house is in the process of being transformed into a children’s nursery by new owners Snapdragons, which purchased the site in January, only becoming aware of the consultation in April. Owner Rosemary Collard said while she was not disputing the need to find sites for travellers across B&NES she was dismayed at the possible loss of around 100 mature trees bordering her site and concerned at suggestions the site could share access with the nursery. She said: “Starting up a new business with the uncertainty of the plans for the adjacent land

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Rosemary Collard and Andy Caddick at the Ellsbridge House site hanging over us is very worrying. We have invested a substantial amount of money and should this nursery fail it could put at jeopardy the rest of our business, which is supporting this venture.” Keynsham Action Group has teamed up with both Stanton Wick’s Action Group & Bath Old Road Action Group (Radstock), hiring a planning consultant and a barrister to advise on challenging the plans. At the end of last month, B&NES Council also held a public information event at the Fear Hall in Keynsham, offering more details on each of the six sites included in the consultation process. B&NES is the only authority in the west of England not to have any authorised permanent sites and says that by providing pitches it can take stronger action against unauthorised sites and cut costs to the taxpayer arising from some of the unofficial occupations. One B&NES resident, who has links with the travelling community and attended the Fear Hall event, said it was welcome news that the issue of traveller sites in the area was being ad-

dressed. She said: “I am totally for it. This planning document is making people aware that there are different communities that live within the area.” She said there was a demand for authorised sites in the area from travellers tired of being moved on and as the temporary agricultural work many travellers traditionally relied on became harder to find. However, she added: “I would say some sites are not suitable. Travellers don’t want to live where they’re not welcome and in my experience many would not choose residential areas.” To find out more about the process, visit www.bathnes.gov. uk/planningfortravellers or call 01225 477548. Members of the public have until 5pm on July 18 to comment on the plans, replying to planning_policy@bathnes.gov. uk or Gypsy and Traveller DPD, Planning Services, PO Box 5006, Bath, BA1 1JG. To find out more about Keynsham Action Group, go to http://keynshamactiongroup. wordpress.com, email keynsham actiongroup@gmail.com or phone 0787 421 0310.

Two organisations have teamed up to offer bus users in Keynsham a new park-and-ride service. Passengers will now be able to leave their cars at Keynsham Town Football Club’s car park and catch the 349 service to Bristol, thanks to a new arrangement between the club’s management company Brea-Avalon LLP and Abus. Park-and-ride users will pay £1 per car to park at the football club and then pay the usual £3 per head return fare to board the Abus service from the Crown Inn bus stop opposite the car park. Refreshments are available from the club’s car park and

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to creative community groups working in Keynsham. The town council has a pot of cash to support arts organisations whose work benefits residents. The kind of groups that can apply for a grant include charitable organisations, youth clubs, sports clubs and arts groups. The amounts awarded vary and the maximum sum is £1,000. More information is available at www.keynsham-tc.gov, on 0117 986 8683 or email town clerk@ keynsham-tc.ov.uk.uk. Application packs can be downloaded from the website or collected at Keynsham Town Council, 15-17 Temple Street.

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News Recruitment drive for patient transport team

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A Keynsham volunteer is urging drivers to step forward to help patients across the area get to their appointments on time. Trevor Field has been transporting patients with the Great Western Ambulance Service Patient Transport Service (PTS) for the past six years. Trevor has driven thousands of miles to and from hospitals throughout the Bristol area and even further afield. He said: “This experience, which all started with my wife asking the simple question ‘Why don’t you…?’ is something I would not have missed for the world. With that in mind, I ask the same question if you have a caring heart and available time, ‘Why don’t you…?’” To find out more about becoming a volunteer driver with the GWAS Patient Transport Service email volunteer.drivers@ gwas.nhs.uk or visit http:// www.gwas.nhs.uk/Working%20 With%20Us/Volunteer.htm.

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the Olympics Olympic athletes will be under the watchful eye of a Keynsham paramedic, who will be on duty as the world’s biggest sporting event comes to London. Chris Hewett, 34, is part of a team of Great Western Ambulance Service medical staff going to the capital to help respond to emergencies during the Games. Chris, a former Wellsway School pupil who has worked for GWAS for 12 years, will find himself in the middle of the action straight away as his first shift will be during the night of the opening ceremony on July 27. He said: “It’s really exciting. The atmosphere at these events is tremendous and you become part of it, the opportunity to contribute, to be part of the Olympic family, is really special. The whole world will be watching.” As part of his duties, Chris

will be on standby at the Excel Centre during his three-week secondment, which is hosting martial arts, wrestling and boxing. He said he had provided cover at some of the region’s biggest events, such as rock concerts, the balloon fiesta and Badminton Horse Trials. He added: “But with the Olympics, the statistics are incredible. There is nothing on this scale anywhere else.” Besides experience of working at big events, Chris, in his role as training co-ordinator with the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), is also part of the team that responds to complex medical emergencies. Chris said: “These have included chemical incidents, building collapse, things that make headline news. There are 60 such incidents a month just in our patch and it will all be valuable experience when we get to London.”

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Saltford waterways champion to receive an MBE Waterways campaigner and Saltford resident Fred Blampied has been awarded an MBE, announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last month. Mr Blampied has been an active campaigner for the Inland Waterways Association since 1955, becoming the inaugural chairman of the South West branch five years later.

His greatest achievement was his work with other organisations in resisting proposals of partial infilling and restricting navigation in Bristol City Docks. As part of the campaign, the docks hosted the first Water Festival in 1971, an event that has now grown to become the annual Harbour Festival.

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News Junior school renews its award at celebrations

Chandag Junior was among seven schools honoured for their efforts to celebrate differences between people and cultures. Three schools received the Inclusion Quality Mark for the first time while the Keynsham school was among four renewing their award at the ceremony at the Guildhall. The Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council, Councillor Rob Appleyard presented the schools with brass and silver plaques. Cllr Appleyard said: “I am delighted to present these awards to the schools in recognition of their commitment to ensuring that our children and young people become ambassadors for their communities.” The Inclusion Quality Mark is awarded to schools which are particularly effective in helping pupils to see that everyone should be valued and treated equally.

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP “A role that will allow policing to be accountable to the electorate” On November 15 there will be elections for the new post of Police Commissioner. Every constabulary outside London will have one. It is a role that will allow policing to be accountable to the electorate without politicising daily operations. The Commissioner will set budgets and strategy but will not decide on arrests or charges. They will set the priorities for policing and will have the power to appoint the Chief Constable. Other police officers will remain answerable to the Chief Constable to ensure that the police are not manipulated for political ends.

In terms of accountability the Commissioner will have to publish annual accounts showing how money was spent and what priorities it was devoted to. The Comissioner will be entitled to put a charge on the council tax but this will be subject to a referendum if it is excessive. The Conservatives’ candidate for this post is Ken Maddock, who used to be the leader of Somerset County Council. In this role he inherited a deficit of more than £300m which he brought under control through cutting waste and focusing services on the community’s needs.

He is a decisive figure who is able to set out a clear plan of action and follow it through while maintaining the enthusiasm of his supporters even in difficult circumstances. Police Commissioners have not won universal support (partly because the areas are odd – rural Somerset has little in common with urban Bristol). However, they will bring the police closer to the people and in the country that developed policing by consent of citizens by citizens this is to be welcomed. www.jacobreesmogg.com

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Traders move out of Centre By the end of the month, The Centre in Keynsham will be empty as traders move to new premises ahead of the proposed redevelopment. Staff at Timbercraft, which has been based on The Centre for around four years, are preparing for a move to the High Street and receptionist Debbie King said the team were excited about the new premises. She said: “We can’t wait. We will be much more visible on the High Street and there will be much more footfall than there has been past our current shop. “The regeneration is not before time for Keynsham. It will mean upheaval but I think it will be worth it.” Staff at the Card Machine will be moving to the company’s other stores, including the new branch on Keynsham High Street, while Keynsham Fish Bar

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Help town look its best for Bloom judges’ visit The South West in Bloom judges are coming to town and residents can do their bit to ensure Keynsham looks its best. The visit, on Tuesday, July 10, will see the judges stop off at Castle Primary School, Keynsham allotments, Manor Road Woodland, Fox and Hounds Park, Keynsham High Street, Old Vicarage Green, the Abbey ruins

and the Memorial Park. Many areas of Keynsham will also be on the route, so residents are asked to report any areas that may need tidying up before the visit. Reports can be made to the Keynsham in Bloom working party via the town council’s deputy town clerk on 0117 986 8683 or by email at deputytownclerk@keynsham-tc.gov.uk.

has opened in a prominent position on the junction of the High Street and Bath Hill. Not all shops will be staying in the town, however. Fabrics Plus, which has operated from Keynsham for 26 years, will be leaving for Downend on July 7 after attempts to find a new home in the town failed. Its new store will open on July 14 in Badminton Road. The owners of Natural Health, which will close on July 20, are currently looking for new premises.

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Picking a pet is not child’s play Most children love the idea of having a pet of their own to play with and cuddle and will often promise the earth to get one: “I’ll walk it every day … play with it after school … clean its hutch … scoop its poop ... and do my homework, too.” Sound familiar? However, the novelty of a new pet may wear off and parents must be prepared to take on the full responsibility of looking after the “family” pet. So what makes a good pet for children? Contrary to popular belief, hamsters and gerbils are not ideal pets for young children. They are not always keen to be handled. They are nocturnal animals that like to play at night when your child is trying to sleep. During the day when your child wants to play, they will be sleeping and may bite when handled or disturbed. Rats, on the other hand, are smart, sociable and love to be handled. They are meticulously clean and bond well with their owners, love to play and can even be taught tricks. Rabbits and guinea pigs can make great pets as long as they have plenty of company and are regularly handled. It is best keep more than one together, preferably same sex, though neutering may still be required. They also need exercise, so make sure they have a good outside run. Children who have a fascination with dinosaurs will be naturally drawn towards reptiles and lizards. To give these

animals a comfortable and healthy life the husbandry must be correct. You will need a tank (vivarium) for them to live in with controlled light and temperature levels. Reptiles can carry salmonella and therefore should not be kept in households with children under five years old or pregnant women. Dogs are great family pets. Having a dog is long-term commitment and should only be considered when your lifestyle allows it. They need company, feeding, walking and letting outside to relieve themselves. Choice of breed is important in a family situation. Cats are more independent and so need less attention than dogs. They are usually (but not always) affectionate and like to cuddle up. You must also consider veterinary care. As a minimum, cats, dogs and rabbits require yearly vaccinations, parasite control and, in most cases, neutering. Rabbits also require regular dental checks (free with the nurse at our practice) as teeth grow constantly.

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News A tank trundling through Keynsham could only mean one thing – no, not an unscheduled start to demolition work in the Centre, but pupils on their way to their prom at Wellsway School. The unusual mode of transport caught our eye on Friday, June 29, as it negotiated the junction of Chandag Road and the Bath Road.

Developer to reveal progress on Somerdale plans Developer Taylor Wimpey is planning to hold another public exhibition on its plans for Somerdale site at the end of the summer. Representatives Philip Court and Adrian Slade gave an update on progress with the planned development at Keynsham Town Council’s June meeting. Further workshops with stakeholders are also planned to shape the proposals and they confirmed that a national agency had been taken on to find

industries interested in providing employment at the site. The developer is aiming to submit a planning application, expected to include housing, employment and a new Fry Club, in November. Mr Court also said that residents living near Taylor Wimpey’s Park Road site would be receiving monthly newsletters to keep them informed and a forum and one-to-one meetings would also be held between householders and the developer.

Isabel Evans BVMS MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon, Keynsham Veterinary Centre – part of the Highcroft Veterinary Group

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Closure lifted on footbridge A bridge in the Memorial Park was temporarily shut to users after an inspection found it was not safe for use by more than a few people at a time, according to an independent engineer. The council was forced to close off the walkway next to the Bandstand after a problem with the internal hidden structure was discovered when the authority ordered an inspection. The bridge has since reopened, after work was undertaken to support the structure, lifting the closure ahead of the Keynsham Music Festival. Further work will be required in the future to permanently strengthen it. The problem was discovered after the council recently funded a range of accessibility improvements for the bridge. As the improvements were made, concerns

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Staff get on their bikes

Supermarket staff in Keynsham were encouraged to “reach for the moon” as Tesco workers across the country raised funds for Cancer Research UK by cycling 238,855 collectively. On June 22 and 23, staff at Keynsham’s store took their turn on the two bikes donated by Aquaterra Leisure Centre, to cycle their 536 miles, raising £260.

were raised by a contractor about part of the bridge’s structure, which led to the council ordering the inspection. The visible structure of the bridge is inspected on a fiveyearly cycle – the last being in July 2010 which indicated no problem. The internal hidden structure is not normally routinely inspected unless a problem is suspected.

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Duo cycle for cancer cause A mother and daughter from Keynsham are gearing up for the challenge of a lifetime. Keri Loughran and her daughter Gemma Davis are heading to northern India in October for a six-day, 350km cycle ride across rough terrain in Rajasthan. The pair will be joining around 100 other female riders to raise money for Women v Cancer, a charity that supports the battle against cervical, ovarian and breast cancer. Some of the money raised will also go towards supporting cancer causes in India. Keri, who owns sports equipment shop Sportscene in Temple Street, said she and Gemma were “absolutely not” experienced cyclists but were now starting each day at 7am with a 10-mile ride with longer sessions at the weekends. She said: “We’re

feeling a lot better for it and now it’s getting closer we’re upping the stakes. We took part in a training weekend with other participants in the Cotswolds. It was brilliant to meet them – it dawned on us that we were training with women who had actually had cancer, who were just finishing their treatment or it was ongoing. It was really inspiring.” The pair, who are funding their own travel during the challenge, will be holding fundraising events locally to help them each collect at least £2,800. On Friday, July 13, women are all welcome to join them for a ladies’ pub crawl around Keynsham, starting at The Ship Inn, with a pink dress code. For more information, drop into Sportscene or call Keri at the shop on

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0117 986 1919. On Saturday, July 21, they will be joined by family and friends as they pack bags for shoppers at the town’s Tesco store to add to the funds. Keri and Gemma will be leaving for India on October 19. To support them, people can drop into Sportscene where there is a collection box or go to www. justgiving.com/keri-loughran sportscene.

Residents can speak to North East Somerset MP Jacob ReesMogg about any issues at surgeries on the following dates this month and in August. July  Saturday 7, 2.30pm, Keynsham Baptist Church Hall  Saturday 14, 11am, tba  Friday 20, 3pm, Midsomer Norton Town Hall  Friday 27, noon, Paulton Village Hall August  Friday 3, 5pm, Radstock Methodist Church Hall  Friday 10, 3pm, Timsbury – Conygre Hall  Saturday 18, 3pm, Saltford Hall, Avon Room  Friday 24, 4pm, Peasedown St John, Beacon Hall Friday 31, 5pm, Keynsham Baptist Church Hall For more information, go to the MP’s website www.jacobrees mogg.com.

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Schools and youth Photos: Stuart Whale

Pupils have a wild time with safari park trip

More than 90 Broadlands students celebrated their achievements and good behaviour this school year with a trip to Longleat. The pupils took a tour, skirting the monkey enclosure to spare the coach but getting close to the lions and their new cubs. The hedge maze and adventure castle proved popular with the visitors and some even held snakes and spiders. The school is already thinking of ways to reward the pupils who contribute to the school’s good reputation next year.

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Mike Perham visits Argus Explorer Scouts in Saltford; below, with Leader Mike Smee and a certificate of thanks presented to the group for their work to support the charity ShelterBox

Adventurer inspires in Scout visit A record-breaking adventurer stopped off on a UK tour to meet Scouts in Saltford to thank them for supporting a good cause. Mike Perham made worldwide headlines in 2009 when he became the youngest person to sail around the world, aged 17. He is now driving 1,150 miles around the UK to visit schools and Scout groups who have supported international disaster relief charity ShelterBox. The young explorer stopped off in Saltford to meet the Argus Explorer Scouts before he heads off on a 23,000-mile drive around the world this month, taking him through Europe, Russia, China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and back to Britain. The youngsters got to take a closer look at the vehicle in which Mike will travel the globe alone - a specially adapted Toyota Previa. He said: “My adventure started when I was 14 and I sailed across the Atlantic, then I sailed around the world when I was 17. This year I’m driving around the world in aid of ShelterBox and the fantastic work that they do.

If I’m successful, I will be the youngest person to have sailed and driven around the world.” Argus Explorer Scout Leader Mark Smee said: “We were extremely pleased to welcome Mike to our meeting. A drive for adventure is an integral part of Scouting, and the fact that Mike completed his Guinness World Record whilst still a teenager is especially pertinent to Explorer Scouts and hopefully inspiring to younger Scouts. We are pleased to support such a good cause and hope to continue our collaboration into the future.” For more information or to follow Mike’s route visit www. mikeperham.tv.

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Tutor groups fly the flag for their nations at the ceremony

Students get head start on celebrations A Keynsham school has been quick off the mark to start its Olympic celebrations, holding an opening ceremony complete with an official Olympic torch carried by a GB athlete. Wellsway School welcomed Great Britain snowboarder Jamie Barrow as guest of honour at the event, which saw all 48 tutor groups representing a different nation, wearing the colours of their country’s flag or dressed to celebrate the culture. Pupils from Chandag Infant and Junior Schools joined Wellsway students to watch Jamie complete a lap of the school field followed by the schools’ own torch bearers who took part in the Keynsham and Saltford relay in June? The tutor groups then began their own colourful procession, each led by a flag bearer, with Greece first and Great Britain last, in their role as host nation. The eight students who will be helping to form a guard of honour at the official London Olympics opening ceremony this month also took part. The procession was followed by the lighting of a real flame by Hetty Graham who was the torch bearer for Germany and then outstanding performances by All

Anyone with a smartphone or tablet will tell you that small children love them. They very quickly understand the touchscreen interface and app developers have been quick to cater for them. There are now many great apps for children from big-name publishers and from smaller developers alike. As a children’s production company producing our own apps, we wanted to see for ourselves what parents (Big Fingers) want for their kids and what kids (Little Fingers) themselves say they want from apps. We recently conducted some research with three different families to find out more. Armed with only flip cams and a device full of

apps, we went to sniff out the favoured apps among families. We will share the feedback with you in next month’s column. Do your kids love apps? What kind of apps do they enjoy? What do you think makes a good app? We’d love hear your thoughts so please email glynn@completecontrol. co.uk As a little something to kick you off, you can download from the App Store, for free, our summer holiday children’s games, featuring our very own brand the “Roodie Noodies”. Search “Roodie Noodies” in the App Store.

Snowboarder Jamie Barrow with Wellsway’s Louise Riddoch St Wellsway Cheerleading Team, Alex Weekes in Year 7 who is an outstanding gymnast and the Wellsway Choir who performed Sing. Celebrations continued throughout the week with sporting and musical activities every lunch time, including student/ staff tennis and rounders competitions as well as an inflatable fun fair on Wednesday. Students have also competed in a number of Olympic/Paralympic-themed activities to win points in order to be named the winning nation.  High-speed finale to schools procession, see Sport p45

Pupils race to pole position in F1 car challenge Year 6 pupils from Castle Primary claimed pole position in the regional heats of the F1 Challenge, which saw the youngsters designing and racing their own mini racing cars. The contest took place at Hayesfield School, Bath, last month and saw the two Castle Primary teams take first and second place on the podium.

The youngsters were then due to take part in the national finals at the Jaguar premises in Birmingham at the end of June, where they had to race the cars again and give a presentation on their work and the designs. It is the second year in a row pupils from the school have made the national finals.

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Letters Town centre regeneration

Approve design we can be proud of for decades

I have been complaining loud and clear about the proposed buildings for the Keynsham civic centre development since viewing the models and plans at the first showing. If they are going to replace the old buildings with the new ones proposed they might as well not bother, they are not in keeping with the old town centre buildings and will look just as bad as the ones they are replacing, particularly as they age in a few years. How would they have liked similar buildings in Bath when they built the new shopping development near Bath station? I don’t think so! It smacks of “nimby” to me!

As for the removal of the clock tower? I think that is the only good thing to come out of the plans so far. Clock towers are historic buildings, the one in Keynsham resembled a climbing frame! If you are erecting buildings that will be there for decades to come then you have to be very careful with your design and materials so that they are in keeping with their surroundings and blend in with the existing architecture. Please approve something that you can be proud of. Patsy Jenkins, Keynsham

Still time for changes

With the plans for the new Keynsham town centre reaching the final stages and soon to be considered for planning permission, there is clearly disquiet among local residents over the current design, confirmed by the many residents who have contacted me, and those with whom I have

spoken. They have, though, made it clear that it is the design which is the issue, not the principle of the redevelopment. I think it is appropriate that people should be aware of my thoughts to date, and I am sad to say that I share many of these concerns. We must not end up with another town centre which the next generation will simply want to knock down again. We deserve to have an exemplary development which local residents can be proud of and which provides the basis for a thriving local economy. As one of the B&NES Cabinet members who initiated the town centre regeneration project, this design is not what was envisaged when we gave the green light for the redevelopment plans to be drawn up. What is most disappointing is that since the change of administration on B&NES last year, nothing in the design appears to have been progressed from the initial “concept stage”. The block-type design was used by the architects to give residents and councillors an initial idea of how the space could be used. Yet nothing, except perhaps the building materials, has moved on from this initial concept, although it should be recognised an attempt has been made to replicate in part local style by using local stone. However, there is a feeling that the architects have not been listening and will not accept what they have got wrong. I do not want to sound too negative: there are many elements of the design and layout which are to be welcomed, such as the more integrated walk from the High Street to the town centre, and the more attractive access from Bath Hill, together with the new community facilities and library. Nonetheless, because the design has not been progressed from its initial concept into something more appropriate, we are now left in a very difficult position. I believe there is still time for the architects to go back and re-work the design quickly, otherwise this will inevitably delay the project and leave our current town centre empty for longer. Yet if the current plans progress, we could be left with a flawed design for the centre for a

generation. We still do not know the detailed highway proposals, as there has been a difference of opinion between consultants and B&NES Highways. Now should be the time to undertake trials to judge the merits of the alternative traffic proposals, before disruption caused by demolition and construction work starts. B&NES has now been aware of the concerns, not only from residents over the town centre design for some time, so my hope is that the council will work urgently with the architects to address these concerns with minimal delay, and amend this application so that it gains greater acceptance from our community. Cllr Charles Gerrish, Cons, Keynsham North

Keynsham’s clock tower

Clock tower is worth more than just scrap

Though I will not be sorry to see the demolition of the current Keynsham Town Hall and associated shops, a drab example of grey, utilitarian 1960s civic architecture, I will, like Simon Cawley (who wrote to Keynsham Voice in June), be sorry to see the end of the very distinctive four-faced clock which is such a focal point, standing sentinellike over the centre of Keynsham. Is there another like it? I am sure

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Letters that when it is no longer there it will take some of us who have been used to it over very many years feel rather bereft, like after the loss of an old friend. Unlike Simon Cawley, I do not think it could be located anywhere else in the town with the same effect. I would, however, like to know what the council intends to do with it (could they tell us council tax payers?). If it really does have to be scrapped it is surely worth more than scrap metal? Why not have an auction for all four clock faces of an iconic part of Keynsham, with proceeds from the four highest bids going to good local causes in Keynsham? Would this not be slightly more fitting than an ignominious end in a scrap yard somewhere? I personally would put in a three-figure bid to own one face of what was for nearly half a century an iconic fixture in the historic market town of Keynsham, my home town. What about it, civic leaders? Lionel Hutt, Keynsham

A gift for Brislington?

In response to Simon Cawley’s letter, please do not suggest putting the clock tower down this end of Keynsham, on Old Vicarage Green! Why dont we give it to Brislington with our very best wishes? Megan Harris, Keynsham

Town’s tower not iconic

Chipping Sodbury Clocktower = iconic. Keynsham Clock Tower = hideous. Destroy it now! Matt Spicer Online Editor’s note: A B&NES Council spokesman said: “During the extensive engagement with the local community there was no strong feeling to retain the current Keynsham clock tower. However, our consultation identified a wish for some form of replacement. “The council has listened to this and has allocated money for a community art project to design and build a new clock. Once planning application for the development is approved we will be setting up a community group to scope the project.”

Travellers’ site proposals

Residents’ pleas have fallen on deaf ears

Last week, the Liberal Democrats running B&NES Council ditched any pretence of being the “listening” council they had once claimed. A special meeting of the council, called to debate the authority’s controversial gypsy and traveller sites plan, heard from resident after resident pleading with the council to abort its flawed plans. However, these pleas fell on deaf ears as Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors joined together to press ahead with the plans. They had even agreed an amendment beforehand to press ahead without even listening to the representations made by residents and a leading barrister on behalf of the residents. This is a travesty of local democracy and a disservice to the local residents the council is supposed to serve. Campaigners have made it clear that their objections are based purely on the completely unsuitable nature of several of the chosen “preferred” sites and the Lib Dems’ complete mishandling of the whole process. It is not to do with stopping the council from undertaking its duty in searching for appropriate traveller sites. The fact is that the council has chosen sites which fly in the face of logic and defy national Government planning policy guidelines. In particular, the sites in Keynsham, Stanton Wick, and Radstock are clearly inappropriate. The Conservative proposal would have given the council the chance to call a halt to its flawed process and restart its search for traveller sites before further damage is done, both to the council and the lives of affected residents and businesses. Cllr Geoff Ward, Conservative Shadow Cabinet Member, Homes and Planning

Site wholly unsuitable

On June 18, Conservative councillors took the rare step of calling a special meeting of B&NES Council in an attempt to call a halt to plans to earmark land at Ellsbridge House in Keynsham as a gypsy and traveller site. Unfortunately, due to the actions of Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors, this plan is currently still set to go ahead. At the council meeting, the five Labour councillors on B&NES joined forces with the ruling Liberal Democrat group to vote down our proposal, which would have seen the council go back to the drawing board on its list of proposed traveller sites. The fact that Labour and Lib Dem councillors refused to listen to the genuine concerns of local residents and the owners of the Ellsbridge House, which is soon to reopen as a children’s nursery, is a betrayal of Keynsham residents. The whole search for land to allocate as authorised traveller sites has been completely mishandled by B&NES from the very start. Residents were unaware that Ellsbridge House was even under consideration, and as the local councillors representing the ward, we only found out the same way as residents – through a council press announcement.

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The site is clearly wholly unsuitable to be a travellers’ site. It is right on the A4, next to the busy Broadmead roundabout, and shares site access with the Ellsbridge House Snapdragons nursery. This would cause a traffic nightmare. In addition, the land itself is currently established woodland. Not behind the woodland – or next to the woodland – the site proposed by B&NES is the woodland. It is clearly completely illogical to continue to pursue this site, yet this is exactly what the Labour-backed Lib Dem administration on B&NES has voted to do. The Conservative proposal would have given the council the chance to pause, rethink its approach and find some more appropriate sites. It is a shame it has decided not to do this, but the battle does not end here. Residents can still send their views in to the council’s consultation via the council’s website at www.bathnes.gov.uk/ planningfortravellers, and we will be continuing to put pressure on the Liberal Democrat Cabinet at every opportunity to withdraw its flawed plans and remove Ellsbridge House from its list of sites. Cllr Marie Longstaff, Cllr Bryan Organ, (Cons, Keynsham East)

Jubilee street party

Thanks to everyone who joined jubilee celebration Thank you to all those who attended the Queen’s Jubilee celebration in Keynsham and a

special thanks to all of the volunteers who helped out on the day. Keynsham Town Council

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New life for historic site Restoration of Grade II-listed Ellsbridge House has seen partitions pulled down and Victorian features restored to former glory. The walled kitchen garden will also be brought back into use by new owner Snapdragons nursery, so youngsters in its care can grow their own vegetables, fruit and herbs and take part in cookery sessions. The company, which has six nurseries besides its new premises in Keynsham, is also celebrating receiving the Soil Association’s gold Food for Life Catering Mark at Snapdragons in Weston. As well as bringing period features back to life, the nursery has added some of the latest technology, including no-touch flushes and lighting with movement sensors. For more information go to www.snapdragonsnursery.com.

Reflections competition

The winner of last month’s competition to win a cut and colour is Julie Richards from Keynsham.

Step forward in fight to reopen rail station Residents fighting for Saltford’s railway station to be rebuilt have receieved some good news. Bath and North East Somerset Council has agreed to fund a £100,000 study to look into the case for reopening the station, which was demolished in 1970. As part of the Greater Bristol Metro Project, which is being promoted by the four West of England authorities, Saltford Station would be included as a stop for commuter trains on the new Great Western franchise, to be awarded by Government later this year. Saltford councillors Mathew Blankley and Francine Haeberling (Cons) have welcomed the news. However, they are urging the council to do more to bring forward the timetable for reopening the station, which under current timescales would not take

place until 2019 at the earliest. Cllr Mathew Blankley (Cons, Saltford), said: “We recently conducted a survey of local residents in Saltford asking people for their views on how to improve local transport, and reopening Saltford Station clearly has significant local support. “There are obviously many hurdles which would have to be passed before we saw the station rebuilt, so we’re pleased that the council is planning to fund the necessary study and business case. “However, this is only the first stage of the process and at the moment Saltford is way down on the priority list of the Greater Bristol Metro project. So we would like to see B&NES doing more to promote the case for Saltford station and urge Government to include it as an earlier project in the new Great

Western franchise when it is agreed.” Fellow Saltford councillor Francine Haeberling is urging the council to engage more with residents living near the station site. Cllr Haeberling said: “Our only concern is at the moment those people living nearest the former station site feel their views have so far not been properly consulted. The site is currently used as a car park for neighbouring residents and a large car park would need to be provided for any new station, so a solution to this would need to be found. “Some people have also raised concerns about the impact of traffic on the already busy A4. It may well be that these issues can be ironed out, but I hope that the council takes this opportunity to consult more with nearby residents as part of its study.”

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Down on the farm with the Upton Cheyney Chilli Company Rain, cloud, wind and more rain! You don’t need a chilli farmer to tell you that June was an absolute wash-out. Fortunately, however, the chilli plants have continued to grow and the first few pods are now showing. It’s always the milder varieties that show first, and in this case our jalapenos, super chillies and Hungarian hot waxes are making themselves known. The habaneros and nagas, which are classed as the super hots, have flower buds forming but we won’t see any pods just yet. In years gone by, the first ripe chillies were picked in July, but with the weather against us throughout June, I doubt if this will be the case. We do, however, firmly believe in the balance of nature and are sure that a good summer is yet to be had! While we wait for the sun,

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Aromatherapy skills to benefit elderly residents Care home residents in Keynsham are among those who will benefit from a new scheme to offer aromatherapy and massage. It has been introduced following a taster session at Cleeve Court in Bath in 2009 which proved successful and is used for elderly residents and residents with dementia. Local therapists Favre Armstrong and Vera Heidingsfeld worked with Sirona Care and Health to train eight care workers in basic skills of aromatherapy and massage.

the Chilli Company is busying itself with festivals and markets, with the two big ones in July being the Harbourside Festival in Bristol on Saturday, July 21, and the huge West Dean Chilli Festival near Chichester on July 27, 28 and 29. More than 20,000 people visit this event, the majority of whom are pas-

sionate about chillies – which is of course good news for us! If you attended the Music Festival this weekend in Keynsham you would have seen our stand with all the wonderful goodies we have on offer. In order to meet demand at this busy time of year, Louise (aka Mrs Chilli Farmer) can be

regularly found in the farm shop kitchen manufacturing the sauces. Made in small batches and potted the old-fashioned way (a funnel and steady hand!) she is a great asset to the farm and is often the face of the company at the events we attend. As many of you will know, the chilli farm is open to visit and from this point onwards the commercial tunnels and the Simpson Seeds show tunnel begin to get very interesting. With more than 80 different types of chilli being grown, and with the sauces and chocolates available from the farm shop, we would encourage you to visit us, with the farm shop, butchery and cafe open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Join first tree festival VIP guest on board

Christmas may be months away but it’s full steam ahead for some families keen to book seats on Avon Valley Railway’s Santa Steam Specials. David Cole, development manager, said: “We couldn’t believe it when we received a booking from a family in Bristol within minutes of the site going live. Although Christmas is six months away, we know that people like to be organised and the Santa Specials are very popular but they also generate vital funds to keep the railway running.” The special trains will run every weekend in December, including Christmas Eve, plus Sunday, November 25. For more information or to book your trip to see Santa, visit www.avonvalleyrailway. org or call 0117 932 5538.

A Keynsham church is branching out this Christmas by hosting a Christmas tree festival and organisers are inviting community groups and schools to get involved. St John’s will host the event from December 7-9, with plans for around 50 trees to line the church, each decorated by a different group. Organisers say the trees can be decorated with items that represent the activities of each group. The fee is £20, which includes the tree, and groups must apply by July 31. Entry to the festival will be free, with donations invited, and various musical events will also coincide with the festival. Proceeds from the festival will go towards the costs of building a permanent dais in the church. If you are interested in entering a tree and receiving further details, email the Christmas Tree Festival Committee at treefestival @hotmail.co.uk.

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On the Beat with PC Philip Armitage and PC Lisa Hawtin It is time for me to sign off as the beat manager for Keynsham North/South. I am moving on to pastures new in Bath where I will be returning to the more hectic Response Policing Team. I have had 15 years of service at Keynsham, having started here in September 1997, on the morning of Princess Diana’s funeral. Keynsham was eerily quiet that day, and I feel that in that respect little has changed. Keynsham remains a quiet, peaceful place to live and crime has decreased enormously since 1997. We no longer have the same levels of domestic burglaries and car crime that we encountered back in 1997. That is in some way as a result of better security systems on houses and cars, but is also the result of a lot of behind-the-scenes work

that has gone on in the Safer Stronger Neighbourhoods and Crime Prevention Teams, in looking at a different approach to reducing crime and disorder. These teams didn’t exist in 1997 and their introduction has certainly achieved some startling results. I am very proud to have been part of that team, and feel that Keynsham is a better place than when I arrived. My role will be taken on by PC Lisa Hawtin. My last role was to supervise a very peaceful Diamond Jubilee street party on June 3. Despite the weather everyone appeared to have a good time, and the only crime of note was the murdering of Delilah on the PA system that doubled as an impromptu karaoke machine. Some urged us to solve the crime, but I felt the comedy

value was too good to ruin. It just remains for me to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped me in Keynsham over the years. There are too many to mention and I will only be along the road in Bath should anyone need to contact me. PC Philip Armitage  Hello to the readers of Keynsham Voice, my name is Lisa Hawtin and I have recently been successful in my application to become the new beat manager for Keynsham North and South. I have been a police officer for 23 years and still look forward to coming to work and getting involved. I began my service in Wiltshire and was a young community beat officer in the sprawling metropolis of Swindon. I worked in the traffic

department, patrolling the busy motorways, and later moved to Bristol where I spent a number of years policing Knowle and Hartcliffe. I have worked within the intelligence department and specialised in surveillance and prosecuting drug dealers, so my career has been busy and interesting, testing at times but always rewarding. I have been married for 21 years and have three children aged 13, nine and seven, so I understand the precious role of family life and balancing a job. My grandparents lived in Keynsham for many years so I have fond memories of enjoying an ice cream in the Memorial Park and making a noise under echo bridge! I look forward to meeting you, so do stop me for a chat when you see me on patrol.

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French fare and fun at twinning group’s feast A French-themed feast will have an unusual centrepiece - a guillotine complete with fake severed heads! Youngsters from the Time Out Youth Centre have been working on the grisly decorations for the Keynsham and District Twinning Association’s Bastille Day dinner. The event will be held on July 14, 7.30pm for 8pm, at Saltford Hall, after a change of venue, and will include a three-course French-style meal and entertainment. President Carole Duckett said: “Keynsham Twinning is

actively encouraging the youth of Keynsham to become interested in twinning. Several of the Time Out Youth Club members have assisted greatly with the making of the 12 false heads for decoration for this event. A guillotine is almost complete too, thanks to Dave Hopkins. We do not anticipate, though, severing the heads of any of those purchasing tickets at £14 per person!” It is hoped the event will raise money for Clic Sargent. There are still tickets available on 0117 986 5350 or 0117 986 2119.

Become a mentor and help make a difference A mentoring scheme is looking for volunteers over the age of 18 to support young people, helping them to access employment, education or training. Mentoring@67 is an activitybased, one-to-one mentoring programme for people aged 18-25. The scheme aims to match mentors to their mentees based on interests and similarities.

Mentors generally deliver a minimum of one session per week over a year, each session is a minimum of one hour. Free training is provided and successful applicants will also be CRB checked. To apply and for more information about the new Mentoring@67 programme, contact Alison Finn on 07874 232029 or email mentoring67@live.com.

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Jubilee arrivals Phil and Liz the Kunekune pigs are among the many animals visitors can meet at Farrington’s Cowtastic Farm Park. The award-winning farm shop has launched the new attraction, which offers plenty of fun with a play park and activities like wellywanging and giant skittles. There is also plenty of opportunity to learn about animal welfare and care, and wildlife to be found on the site on the farm trail. The park is open daily with refreshments and meals served in the cafe. See www.farringtons. co.uk for more details.

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Thought for the month with the Reverend Michael Standbridge from Keynsham Baptist Church I have not had it confirmed but I do believe I have a missing gene from my DNA – the “sport gene”. Given that there is so much sport going on it is rather a shame… especially as there is even more to come! While I am not into sport, it does not mean that I do not admire those who dedicate themselves to their discipline. The passion and commitment required to become the best they can be entails practice and perseverance. There are times of disappointment when failure occurs, but there is the elation when goals are realised. Whether it be the Olympics, the Paralympics (ironically I was involved in helping some competitors for the 1976 Games!), or in the many other sporting competitions this

“There are times of disappointment when failure occurs, but there is the elation when goals are realised.” year, important factors such as personal fitness, attitude and team spirit are vital qualities to be sought with a passion. The gospel accounts in the Bible all record how Jesus communicated profound truths in parables. Stories revealing how great God’s unconditional love is and how the values of his kingdom lead to life in all its fullness through Jesus, who demonstrated that love for us. The parallel between sport and faith is also found in the bible. The writer of the New Testament book Hebrews puts it like this…

‘Do you see what this means?… Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed — that exhilarating finish in and with God — he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honour, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item… That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!’

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Crowds flock as clouds clear for music festival

The bad weather took a break – just for a day – in time for the main event at this year’s Keynsham Music Festival on Sunday, July 1. The clouds cleared as the first chords were struck at the Memorial Park, which saw crowds arriving throughout the day despite some rain returning. Besides the old favourites and new faces on the four music stages, there was also the chance to get creative or learn circus skills in the Ian McGill Creative Arena. Stages were sponsored by Willmott Dixon, Taylor Wimpey and the Co-operative, which also set up a tented village on the site. The week before saw many music lovers enjoying a series of events from opera with Bellaria to Brazilian tunes with Brejeiro at venues around the town and performances from the stars of the future at Keynsham Sounds held at the skate park on the Saturday. Around 700 people also

enjoyed singing along to Grease at dusk on the Friday. Festival chairman Richard Davison said: “We often wondered what would happen to the Sunday part of the festival in really bad weather – well now we have some idea! The turn-out was lower than usual but you wouldn’t have noticed at certain points in the afternoon and the top stage area was as packed as normal for the evening acts; and now we’ve had the mud that goes with all real festivals!

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“Some people will say it was the best festival ever and certainly the involvement of new venues, new sponsors and high-quality performers provided many high points. “Keynsham Music Festival has become one of the biggest and best in the area and it is a community event that engages a very significant percentage of the town’s population. The support and donations this year should ensure that it continues from strength to strength.”

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Recipe: Lamb Chops with Pomegranate and Sundried Tomato Salsa Serves 2 Ingredients Salsa 1/2 of deseeded pomegranate 3 tbsp of chopped sundried tomatoes 1 small red onion, chopped finely 1 clove of garlic ½ lemon 1 tblp of chopped fresh coriander 2 tblsp of chopped fresh parsley Salt, pepper, ¼ glass of extra virgin olive oil Method Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, squeeze lemon juice in, add salt and black pepper to your taste, pour in olive oil and mix welll. Lamb 4-6 Lamb chops, depends how big 1 fresh chilli chopped finely ½ tbsp fresh chopped coriander 1 clove of garlic, crushed

¼ glass olive oil Salt and black pepper Method Combine all the ingredients in a bigger bowl or container and add

lamb to marinate. It is always best to marinate your meat in advance, preferably overnight, but if you are busy two hours should be enough to enhance the flavours.

Heat your frying pan very well and fry lamb chops for approximately 2 minutes on each side. Serve immediately with salsa and rice, potatoes or chips.

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What’s On This month July 7 Women’s Section Table Top Sale 10am-2pm. The Royal British Legion, 8-10 Charlton Road, Keynsham. £5 per table. To book, please call 0117 986 8695.

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Briz on the Ball, in aid of the Jessie May Trust, Brislington FC Stadium, kick-off 1pm. Followed by special auction with prizes kindly donated by Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool FC. Celebrities present on day include Big Brother Winner Josie Gibson, TV chef Dean Edwards and TV presenter Sarah Jayne Honeywell plus ex-Bristol City and Rovers players.

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July 8 Keynsham Memorial Park, Hymns in the Park, 5pm, with Bristol Easton Salvation Army Band, songsters and children. This event now in its 16th year attracts a large and regular following, and is centred around the Bandstand. Admission is free.

African-style Dance comes to Oldland Common – SBL Sports are running a free taster session at 7pm in bokwa, an African-style fitness dance class for anyone aged 12 or over. Bokwa uses hand signals and other teaching methods. See the website www. sblsports.co.uk for children’s summer sporting activities, including multi-sports camps.

July 14 Bastille Day Celebration Supper with Keynsham and District Twinning Association, 7.30pm for 8pm at Saltford Hall in aid of Clic Sargent. Three-course meal and coffee, BYO, entertainment, £14. Call Carole on 0117 986 5350 or Sue 0117 986 2119.

July 15 Bath Spa Brass Band, Bandstand, Memorial Park, 3-4.45pm.

What’s on in Keynsham on a regular basis Monday The Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion, 8-10 Charlton Road, Keynsham, would be delighted to welcome new members. They meet upstairs in the Concert Room on the first Monsday of each month at 7.30pm. peakers, social events and outings, why not come along and make new friends?

£4 per sessions, £3 concessions. Roy on 0117 949 8587. Free community play sessions in Downfield Park, Cleeve Grove, Keynsham, between 3.30pm and 6pm. Parents and carers are encouraged to stay with their children for fun activities such as den building, hammock swinging, dressing up, messy play, arts, crafts, cooking and sport. The sessions are arranged by Wansdyke Play Association. Contact admin@wpg-play.com. Every Monday, Cloud9 modern jive partner dance classes at The Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham, at 8pm. No experience or partner necessary, no need to book. First night free. Visit www. cloud9jive.co.uk or call Wendy on 07913 816541. Keynsham Writers meet on the first and third Mondays each month. At the moment we meet in the library at 2.30pm. There are only about six/seven of us, and would love some new members. It’s free and everybody is

welcome, experienced or otherwise. We write short stories, poetry and more, read it in the group and get encouragement. We usually have a free-writing session, five or ten minutes, about an agreed topic. Call Pat Payne on 0117 986 4722.

Tuesday Introduction to Tai Chi for older people, Tuesdays, 2-3pm, £3, at The Key Centre, Victoria Methodist Church, Keynsham. Call Paula Smith at Age UK Bath and North East Somerset on 01225 484510. The Fry Club Joggers, 7pm, entrance foyer to the club, no joining fee or subscription. There are between 12 and 15 joggers every week. Changing rooms, showers and refreshments are available in the bar afterwards. Call John Knight on 0117 986 4785. KOPS is Keynsham Older People’s Social group. This friendly group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at Community@67, Queens Road, Keynsham, at 2pm. It is free to join but members usually bring a small item for the raffle table. The group enjoy speakers such as Ann Buchanan from the libraries service. They also go on trips, such as to MShed museum in Bristol and the Secret Garden Centre.

Restaurant welcomes artist’s return A Keynsham restaurant has welcomed back the first artist to display work on its walls for a new exhibition. In July and August Pomegranate Cafe Restaurant will be displaying work by local artist Paddy Pennock, including oil paintings. Three years ago Paddy was the first to show work at the venue. Local artists interested in exhibiting can contact Ula at pomegranate.keynsham@ gmail.com or 0117 986 4888.

Key Voices, Keynsham’s friendly community singing group is looking for new members. Monday between 7.15pm and 9.30pm during term-times at Castle School in Newlands Road. Cost

John Hooper Jazz Trio reforms The celebrated John Hooper Jazz Trio has reformed for a “one night only” show on August 3, at Compton Dando Village Hall as part of the Keyna Jazzfolk Concert Series. Doors 7.15pm, concert 8pm, £7 (£5 conc). Call 0117 986 5635 or email info@keyna.co.uk, or visit www.keyna.co.uk.

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What’s On New members are welcome, call Paula on 01225 484510 or Phyllis on 0117 986 8623.

Contact events officer Margaret Health on 0117 986 3801.

Wednesday Residents Fellowship Association is based at Hawthorn Meeting Room in Carpenters Lane, meeting Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm. We have activities such as luncheon, quizzes, and games. On a Thursday afternoon, from 2pm-4pm, we do crafts and also we have a community garden.

Friday If you’re interested in crafts and meeting like-minded adults, head to the Labbott Community Room in Keynsham between 11am and 1pm every Friday. Join a very friendly mixed group who meet up every Friday to play badminton, 10am to noon, at Keynsham Leisure Centre. Everyone welcome regardless of ability. Just turn up or ring Clive

on 0117 986 6793 for details.

Sunday Keynsham Parish Players are looking for new members to join their happy band - both on and backstage. A show once a year at Keynsham Parish Hall. Rehearsals take place in the Parish Hall every other Sunday afternoon and often during the week for additional practice. Call 0117 986 3354.

Baby, toddler and under-fives groups Keynsham Children’s Centre, Baby Group. Monday 11am12.30pm. Keynsham Elim Church, Treasure Island Pre-school for children aged 2-5. Mondays to Thursdays 9am-3pm, Fridays 9am-1pm. Keynsham Elim Church Toddler Group. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9.30am.

Keynsham Health Centre, Park Road. Baby & Co Café (Babies up to six months old). Monday 1.30pm Hazelwood Children’s Centre, Park Road. Stay & Play 0-5 year olds. Tuesday, 1.30pm. Queens Road Centre Toddler Group. Tuesday afternoons from 1- 2.30pm. Keynsham Parish Hall Toddler

Group. Tuesday and Thursday (during term-time). 9.45am until 11.30am. Methodist Key Centre at Victoria Baby Comes Too! Wednesday 1-3pm and Friday 9.45-11.30am. Castle Primary School Toddler Group for babies and preschool children, 9-10am every Wednesday morning during term-time. Everyone welcome

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Families find a true haven A community set up to tackle the isolation felt by families caring for someone on the autistic spectrum has found there is a real need for the support it offers. Founder Trisha Williams set up Butterflies Haven in 2009 to provide parents and carers with a place to find people to talk to and to join in at social events. The organisation also provides youngsters with the chance to play and socialise, organising trips, messy play and Saturday football sessions supported by Keynsham Town Football Club. The youngsters have their own dedicated group, Young Voice, which meets on Fridays at St Francis Church in Keynsham, from 6.30-8pm, while carers can relax in the Parents’ Snug, which also had a visit from MP Jacob Rees-Mogg last month. Trisha said experience of autism within her family had made her aware

of a lack of support. She said: “It’s about being with people that truly understand you and your child without judgement. For children it’s a safe environment where they are free to be who they are.” To raise funds, Butterflies Haven is hosting a beach party-themed event at Keynsham Rugby Club on Saturday, July 7, from 8pm with live music from The Sublime and Retro Electro. Tickets at £10 for adults and £5 for children include a buffet supper. For details, contact Trisha on 0117 908 2132 or at trishawilliams46@hotmail.com. The group is also holding a balloon release later this month after a successful event last year saw youngsters write any worries they had on a tag, attach it to a balloon and release it. The group is also keen to recruit volunteers to help at the Friday sessions.

Jessie Richards with B&NES Council chairman Cllr Rob Appleyard

Centenarian Jessie is centre of attention at party A Keynsham resident has marked her 100th birthday surrounded by family, friends and a special guest. Jessie Richards celebrated her milestone at Charlton House where the chairman of Bath and North East Somerset Council, Councillor Rob Appleyard, dropped in to present her with a bouquet of flowers. Mrs Richards’ step-son Keith said: “She said she didn’t want

a fuss but it was right for the occasion to be marked and she loved seeing everyone. “She said the biggest change in her lifetime is that these days people get more – when she was younger she says it was work, work, work. “She can remember her own father going out to find work each morning and knowing if he didn’t earn a penny that day they wouldn’t eat.”

Greta’s crowned winner

The St John’s Wives’ Fellowship made a royal occasion of the Diamond Jubilee. Members of the group all rose to the challenge to create and wear their own crowns at the group’s party to mark the event. The prize, presented by group leader Jenny Jones, went to Greta Bickerton, pictured. The group meets on the third Wednesday of the month at St John’s Parish Hall from 7.45pm. To find out more, call 0117 986 3266.

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Adventuring vicar’s triumphant return Space hopper, wheelbarrow, ferris wheel and donkey were some of the more unusual modes of transport that took the Reverend Simon Howell, vicar at St John’s in Keynsham, to his church’s namesake in Jerusalem. The vicar took six days to travel over land, with just two short flights, from Keynsham to St John the Baptist in Jerusalem, where he was met by representatives of the Greek Orthodox church. Setting off on June 15, the vicar was waved off by supporters and given a push in a wheelbarrow to get him on way by TV star Noel Edmonds. Accompanied by cameraman Dave Sprague and mascot and youth representative Fuzzy the Chick, Simon travelled through England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Turkey, north and south Cyprus to reach Israel.

A vintage Morgan, a go-kart, a horse and cart and a funicular railway were among more than 25 different kinds of transport used during the trip, before making a triumphant return to Keynsham in an open-top Mercedes sports car, pictured above. The aim of the journey was to boost @One Youth and Community Centre’s £390,000 fundraising appeal.

Simon said: “Memorable moments included being woken up on a sleeper train by Romanian passport police, getting lost in Budapest and nearly missing our connection and the warm reception we got at St John the Baptist in Jerusalem.” The trip has so far raised £8,000 towards the cost of purchasing and renovating St John’s Rectory for the @One Youth and

Community Centre, which houses youth groups, Off the Record youth counselling service, multi-media art project Making the Invisible Visible and, in future, a family counselling service. Over the past two-and-a-half years, fundraising has collected £260,000 towards the £390,000 target. To donate to the cause, visit www.justgiving.com/fuzzythe chick. Travel expenses during the mission were sponsored by estate agents Davies & Way.

In the Garden with Our Homegrown Gardener I went to visit a friend recently in afar away place (well, the other side of Bristol). He has quite a small garden, immaculately kept. Perfect edges to the lawn, very upright standard roses, and multitudes of homegrown bedding plants and cuttings. How does he do it, I think, as we walk around the garden identifying the various shrubs. The answer came to me tha other day as I cleared up from cutting our extensive hedging, and mowing the two areas of grass. He does not have any hedges and his grass is about six times less than ours. So while he has time to provide, from seed, so many lettuces, radishes, onions, beans – both broad and runner – parsnips and the rest, I am hedging and walk about a mile cutting the grass. It just shows how different gardens will be, and yet we all do the same sort of things. I admire his very tidy

and productive garden, and his very green fingers. Our garden is a bit ragged around the edges, and when it comes to green fingers I am all thumbs. We are so different but remain the best of friends. Talking of produce, we have a raised, raised bed. Yes, about 3ft from the ground so my wife does not have to bend to plant seeds. We have radishes, beetroot, lettuces and some climbing French beans. These crop very well and do not need such a strong support. I remember a line from a song many years ago: “What a difference a day makes.” I thought of that as our weather changed from dull and cold to clear skies to torrential rain to gales and back to sunshine. A couple of weeks ago I was anxious about our stored rain water being exhausted. Since

then, according to a friend’s water gauge, we have had about four inches of rain. The water barrels are all full, and I wish I had more storage. The downside is that it has to be carried around the garden in watering cans. Two gallons at a time does not go far. What I need is a 10-gallon drum to strap to a trolley. Anyone got any ideas? We have a pot of very fine lillies in the garden. They are tall, about 5ft when fully grown, but we do not know their name. What we do know is that they are attacked by the lily beetle – what else? – a small red insect about a quarter of an inch long, pictured. It devours the leaves and we have to hunt up and down the plant to find them. Luckily they are easy to spot and quickly squashed. We had two lovely spring

hanging baskets, which really flourished. They came from a garden centre we visit from time to time. The baskets are now planted for the summer and are looking very healthy. Our son visited us recently. He is newly coping with apple and plum trees which have not been cared for in recent years. They are now tidy and I advised him regarding codling moth. I suggested he bought some moth traps and, to reinforce their effectiveness, I showed him last year’s results. He was impressed but commented: “From which bird’s food chain are they missing?” Well, it is my food chain I am concerned about, so they stay. As I write the sun is shining. Blue skies, the garden is recovering well from the storms, roses are in good bloom, we have a good show of heucheras and all we want is for the sun to shine.

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Profile: Susan Attfield, Forlenza I have lived in Keynsham for over 20 years. I run a small handmade jewellery/craft business from home. I recently changed my trading name to Forlenza and started offering a jewellery mending service to Keynsham and Saltford residents. I have been making jewellery and other items for eight years now, most of this time alongside employed office work (and learning Italian!), but I am now working on Forlenza full time. I have an artistic background, having completed a two-year art and design foundation course at Croydon College after leaving school, but am largely self-taught and enjoy learning new techniques and mediums for creating my designs. I am influenced by history, nature, books, films and magazines. I have been a member of the Keynsham Country Market for many years. It was here following several requests from customers

inquiring about jewellery mending that I decided to offer this as a service at the market, which has met with a very good response. This prompted me to offer the service outside the market too, with collection and delivery to homes within Keynsham and Saltford (a small collection and delivery charge of £2 applies – see my advert on page 47). Many items I receive are of sentimental value to clients

who would like to enjoy wearing them again. It is lovely to think that I can restore something to its former glory or alter it to suit the client’s requirements. Some of the mending I have undertaken includes replacing missing crystals in brooches or converting stud earrings into clip-ons. I am not able to offer silversmithing/ goldsmithing or soldering services but offer a very reasonably priced mending service for most fashion jewellery items. Find me at the Keynsham Country Market, Fear Hall, High Street, Fridays 10.30am-noon, or phone 07780 922775.

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Emma Bishop from Off the Record, Councillor Simon Allen, Kelly Warren, 17, and Nat, 11, at the family fun day

Family fun day is chance to celebrate young carers Youngsters who care for a relative took some time out at a family fun day in Keynsham. Computer taster sessions, cookery workshops, fitness sessions, health checks, relaxation therapies and crafts were among the activities on offer at Keynsham Baptist Church on June 23. Councillor Simon Allen, B&NES Cabinet member for Wellbeing, also attended to launch the council’s Young Carers Strategy. He said: “The key aims of

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Young Carers Strategy are to identify and assess the needs of young carers – raising awareness of the issues they and their families face so that we and our partner agencies can provide them with the support they need.” For more on the support available, call the Young Carers Service at Off the Record on 01225 312481 or visit www.off therecord-banes.uk/our-services/young-carers/.

Positive feedback was received on the Keynsham Jubilee celebrations. Despite the weather approximately 900 people enjoyed the day, with an excellent civic service at St John’s Church. Food outlets which opened were very busy. Duncan Kerr, from B&NES, explained briefly what a Business Improvement District (BID) is. If a small additional business rate was added to every business in the BID area, these contributions would finance the BID organisation, which in turn provides funds for businesses in the local area to achieve their objectives. There was a general discussion with the consensus being the Town Team needs to establish what needs to be achieved. Decisions on the areas involved within the BID would be required and the amount of additional business rate to

be applied. Further discussion needed further down the line. These are only a few of the points discussed on June 11. If you would like to hear more or be involved as a local business new members are always welcomed. Contact Lynn Young on 07714 451596 or pop along to the next meeting on Monday, August 6, from 6-7pm, at the Old Manor House Hotel, 5 Bristol Road. We look forward to meeting you.

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For July, we meet Miles Pingstone, owner of Blink Hair & Beauty Tell us about your company. Blink Hair & Beauty has been established for just over two years. Our address has been a salon for many years, under different names and ownership. When Blink was created we completely refurbished the interior and exterior of the salon along with brand new high-specification equipment throughout. The team, comprising Karen (director stylist), Jodie and Hannah (senior stylists) and Lauren (apprentice), has a combined experience of over 20 years. What service do you provide to the people of Keynsham? We provide a high quality, comprehensive range of unisex hair services, from a simple trim to a full restyle, wedding hair and proms. We offer the latest colouring techniques and all products within the salon are from the market-leading L’Oreal Professional range, including the latest ammonia-free INOA. Whatever our customers require on their head we can recreate for them. We have full tanning facilities, including an electric sunbed, which is extremely user-friendly, being a walk-in, stand-up facility offering full coverage at only 50p per minute with no appointment needed. We offer spray tanning for those wishing to achieve a quick tan, and we use various brands of spray tan, enabling customers to get the perfect tan colour. What is the best part of running your business and working in Keynsham? The people of Keynsham are

years we have a wide-ranging customer base of all ages made up of repeat business and referrals. This speaks volumes for the service we pride ourselves on. What makes your service different from other companies? We only use L’Oreal Professional products. We are not located in Keynsham’s main High Street, but at 43 Holmoak Road, Keynsham, opposite the Charlton pub. There is excellent parking right outside, we also accept all major credit cards. We offer loyalty cards available to all customers enabling us to show our appreciation to loyal customers. We also offer various promotions and discounts throughout the year. Miles Pingstone with, from left, Lauren, Hannah, Jodie and Karen

What are your plans for the future of the business? We continue to move with the times using the latest techniques and products to maintain our place as a top-class salon within Keynsham. We hope we can grow through our reputation to provide a fantastic experience for every customer who visits us, not just from Keynsham but those areas just on the outskirts. Contact: Blink Hair & Beauty, 43 Holmoak Road, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2RZ. Tel: 0117 986 9365. Alternatively, visit our website www.blinkhairandbeauty. co.uk or visit our Facebook page.

Inside the salon extremely friendly and we gain great pleasure in knowing that when a customer leaves our

salon they feel great and look fantastic. Although only having been established a couple of

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Library begins new chapter Keynsham’s library has begun a new chapter, moving out of its civic centre premises into temporary accommodation. The service’s new home is opposite the leisure centre and staff and a team of workers spent a week moving books and equipment to the new building. The building where the library was housed will be demolished at the end of the summer to make way for new retail space, a new civic building that will include a One Stop Shop where people can access council services and other public sector organisations and library, and a town square and market area. Councillor David Dixon (LibDem, Oldfield), Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, said: “The relocation of Keynsham library is a positive sign that Bath & North East Somerset Council’s proposals to regenerate the town centre are going according

Children’s Books:  We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen  How to Avoid a Wombat’s Bum by Mitchell Symons  My Naughty Little Sister Series, which has been rereleased, by Dorothy Edwards For the Gentlemen:  At Home by Bill Bryson For the ladies:  Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched The to plan. Although the space available in the new location is smaller, all existing library facilities and services remain the same. The council has also taken this opportunity to listen to local

Books of the month with staff from Keynsham Library

World by Vicki Myron  Digging to America by Anne Tyler  The Return by Victoria Hislop people about what times of day that they most want Keynsham library open. As a result, we will be opening earlier.” The Council’s Library Service staff have been busy planning

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Monday 9am-5pm Tuesday 9am-6pm Wednesday CLOSED Thursday 9am-6pm Friday 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-4.30pm how its services can be held in a smaller space. June Brassington, Council Library Services manager, said: “All the current library facilities and services will remain the same, including computers, DVDs for hire, a seating area and space for events like Baby Bounce and Rhyme. We also hope to install free Wi-Fi during the summer.”

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News Youngsters to discover wonders of woodlands

The great outdoors is calling for adventurous youngsters, with bug hunts, den-building and bushcraft just some of the activities on offer. The Woodland Rangers, a new children’s group, is holding its first session on July 21 at the Upton Inn, in Upton Cheyney, in a 36-acre woodland. Full supervision is offered for children aged five years and above during activities such as nature spotting, photography and conservation. Spaces are limited to 18 children per session, so booking for the club, run with the support of Wild 4 Learning, is essential. Call 07900 927652 for details or visit www.facebook.com/woodlandrangers. The cost is £15 per child per session and parents can book youngsters in per session to fit in with holidays and other commitments.

Fathers join the fun Dads across the district had fun with their children at a series of events aimed at celebrating fathers last month. Keynsham Children’s Centre welcomed a number of youngsters and their dads to a special stay and play session on June 9, while Castle Primary School hosted a lunch and a wellattended Fathers’ Friday, which saw dads joining a variety of play activities. Fathers, or any other significant male role models in the child’s life such as uncles, grandfathers, and brothers, were invited to take part in the events. Councillor Nathan Hartley (Lib-Dem, Peasedown), deputy leader of B&NES Council and Cabinet member for Early Years, Children and Youth, said: “One of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s key objectives is to ensure children get a good early start in life and are well prepared for adult life.

A stay and play session at Keynsham Children’s Centre “The role of fathers is changing and increasing all the time, and it is important that they are involved in their children’s education. “Often organisations think ‘mothers’ when they want to talk to parents about their children, but through Celebrating Fatherhood, and Fathers’ Fridays in

particular, we want to encourage fathers to get more involved in children’s development and education.” Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Family Information Service can be contacted on 0800 073 1214, fis@bathes.gov. uk or visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/ celebratingfatherhood.

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Keynsham property of the month At Whitecroft Developments Ltd we are passionate about creating individual homes in small, select developments. We choose our sites carefully, preferring opportunities to renovate rather than just building new. We look for existing character to restore and convert. Not only do we feel that a conversion is morally rewarding, we know that a site which contains an element of conversion will produce a unique development, inspired by style and quality which has stood the test of time. Placing a limit on the size of developments we take on, we ensure that close attention is paid to every home we create. The unique development at the former Temple Infant School in Temple Street, Keynsham, is a combination of school house villas, duplex apartments and ground floor apartments from one to three bedrooms. Our hope for the development design has been fulfilled and now we hope that your ideal home can become a reality. This beautiful Victorian

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have been well designed and benefit from a communal garden and private parking. Size, layout, light and location are the keys to a dream home, and all have been carefully considered at The Old School in Keynsham. The Old School, Temple Street offers a rare opportunity to enjoy town living. The Old School is a retreat

yet minutes away from local amenities. The High Street provides a place to eat, shop and meet on your doorstep. The perfect environment in which to live. A piece of Keynsham history within walking distance of the High Street. Contact us on 01275 880153 or 07581 555203 or visit www. whitecroftdev.co.uk.

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Sport Swimmer, 16, claims her place in Olympics squad A teenager who started her career training with Keynsham Swimming Club has become the youngest British swimmer to qualify for London 2012. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, 16, claimed gold in the 100m breaststroke at the 2012 British Gas ASA National Championships in Sheffield with a personal best time of 1.08.04. The dedicated youngster even sacrificed her school prom to compete at the event and clinch her place in the Olympic team. She told the website swimming.org: “At one point I never saw myself going to London but I’ve given everything in training. “I’ve focused so much since then and now I’m going to the Olympic Games.”

Still room to race at regatta Bristol Avon Sailing Club which sails on the River Avon at Saltford welcomes new members, both those who can sail and those who would like to learn to sail. And this month, the group’s annual regatta, on July 14 and 15 with racing expected to start at 11am both days, could provide an ideal introduction to the sport. Those wishing to race at the event can contact Louise Olejnik, Rear Commodore, at louiseolejnik@yahoo.co.uk. Despite the narrowness of the river, or perhaps because of it, there is some exciting sailing here. The clubhouse is set well

above the river and from the balcony beautiful views of the sailing can be gained. Many local groups have enjoyed “taster sessions” as

part of the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) onboard scheme. If you would like to come and have a look at the club to see if you’d like to start sailing with us,

contact membership secretary Caroline Howard on 01225 4874820. If you ring her or ring the club house on 01225 873472 we will be pleased to arrange for you to: Have a tour of the club  Weather permitting and as long as you have suitable clothes and shoes, have a go yourself  Chat with members and instructors  Find out about ways to learn to sail  Find out about costs  Supervised children welcome Visit the club’s website at www.bristol-avon-sailing.org.uk.

Tough start to tennis league season for ladies’ and men’s teams fails to dampen players’ enthusiasm The tennis summer league is played over ten weeks and takes place from May until July. The season is now over half way through and things have been tough for Fry Tennis Club. However, this has not affected their commitment and enthusiasm! Both of Fry Ladies’ Tennis teams faced a challenge this season as they had won promotion to higher divisions, having one team in the Division 2 and one in Division 4. Unfortunately, due to injuries

and sickness, players were lost early in the season so the results do not reflect the true potential of the squad. Hopefully the second half of the season will provide the opportunity to claw back some points! The first team were blighted by sickness in their game against David Lloyd, Westbury, so 81-year-old Brenda Findlay stepped into the breach, which she did in style by winning enough games to give Fry’s a

draw – a monumental achievement! Brenda still plays social tennis three times a week and was a regular league player in her younger days. Hopefully, in the remaining games, the injured players will be fit enough to keep both teams in their current divisions and next year the ladies’ squad will be at full strength, ready to give all opponents a good game. It’s also been a tough season so far for the men’s team. With key players missing through

injury they have struggled to compete against very strong opposition. Therefore, despite the staunch efforts of all players, after six matches played, Fry’s are currently in sixth place in Division 3 having failed to pick up any points. They hope things will improve very soon! For more information about Fry Tennis Club, especially if you have previous league experience and would like to play again, please contact Ann Smith on 0117 9862845.

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Pub’s players triumph in every match during petanque championships The Great Western Region of the English Petanque Association held the Mendip Triples Championship at the Ship Inn, Keynsham, on Sunday, June 10. Richard Watkins, Mike Mills and John Beyer from The Ship Inn Petanque Club, pictured

here with the Champions Shield and medals, were the only team to win all their matches during the day. Petanque is played all year round at The Ship Inn, with both regional, local and internal leagues.

Anybody interested in coming down to have a play or who has any questions about the game or the petanque club please feel free to contact our club chairman Allan Hume on 0117 983 0119 or email alan30k@ yahoo.com.

Get up to speed on ahead of the Games The Olympics are looming! All those boats, all that jargon! Here’s a quick guide to the differences between the boats, and how they relate to rowing at Avon County Rowing Club (ACRC). There are two types of rowing: sweep (one oar per rower) and sculling (two shorter and lighter oars per rower). Many club rowers sweep and scull, changing easily between the two styles. These are the boats you’ll see racing over 2,000m at Dorney Lake later this month: Eights (Sweep)– these are the only boats steered by a cox, sitting in the stern of the boat. More on coxes and their role next month. We start beginners off in Eights, with experienced rowers to provide assistance and advice. Fours (Sweep) – Only rowed by men at international level. There will be two Fours events: lightweight men and open men. Lightweight men cannot weigh more than 72.5 kg, with the average crew weight not to exceed 70 kg. There is no weight restriction for the open category. Steered by

one of the rowers using a cable attached to the fixed shoes in the boat. ACRC have Fours for both men and women, but ours are coxed boats, which are more common at club level. Quads (Sculling) – Very fast boats, steered by one of the rowers. We have several Quads and they are popular boats at club level. Pairs (Sweep) – two rowers, one of whom steers. Pairs are challenging to learn, and are often the last boat type rowers master. Doubles (Sculling) – There are lightweight and open categories in Doubles as well. Female lightweights must weigh no more than 59 kg, with an average crew weight not to exceed 57 kg. Two rowers, one of whom steers. Doubles are an excellent way to learn to scull, with one experienced rower teaching the beginner as they paddle down the river. Singles (Sculling) – One rower with no one else to blame if it all goes wrong! Learn to control a Single, and you’ll never have to wait for others to turn up for a

row. ACRC have a number of club Singles available for experienced rowers. Singles are the easiest boat to capsize, so we do encourage everyone to attend a capsize drill before venturing out. Enjoy the racing and, if you’re inspired to ty it out for yourself, see our website for details of our autumn taster sessions.

Darren Dunne scored his first ever tournament victory at Keynsham when winning the Sunday open event on June 24 beating Sam Streams in the final. In earlier matches Darren also scored wins over Larry Wedley, Paul Smart, Kurtis Weaver, Steve Weaver and in the semi-final Mike Lloyd. To reach the final Sam Streams scored wins over Owen Lloyd, Freya Clothier, Vadim Zverovich, Frank Hill and in the semi-final Jago Bidmead. Kyle Mockridge made a miraculous recovery from 6-2 down to defeat Mitchell Hooper 8-6 to win Keynsham’s junior pool event on Saturday, June 23. Kyle has now moved up to No. 4 in the junior ranking list. Aaron Matharu defeated Freya Clothier to win the junior snooker event also played on Saturday, June 23.

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Festival results in ‘wonderful weekend of sport’ Over the weekend of June 15-17, a huge festival of 7-a-side rugby took place at the Keynsham Rugby Club ground. The West Country 7s festival started on the Friday, with an open mixed touch competition which was won by the home team. Saturday brought the Men’s Open competition with a total of 34 teams from all over the country and a strong contingent from France Universities. There were some very experienced sides, many of whom revel in the 7 a-side version of the game and spectators were entertained by some really skilful play. This year also saw the introduction of a Veterans’ 10 a-side competition, including a team from Bristol RFC, which featured Mark Reagan, David Hilton, Paul Hull, Ralph Knibbs and Josh Lewsey (guesting). The

Open competition was won by the British Army side who have participated since the inception of this competition in 2009. A number of teams also took part in the ladies’ competition where the team from the France Universities came out on top. On Sunday, the day was given over to the “Trust PA” competition which is held in memory of Paul Andre Blundell, a Keynsham player who sustained a serious neck injury in 2001 and sadly died from complications. This competition saw 28 teams compete, with the the Marauders Academy from London winning. An innovation was the introduction of a Junior competition involving teams at U. 14 and U.15 level, which certainly added to the occasion. A wonderful weekend of sport involving over 800 participants.

Young biker Zach roars to success in championships A teenager from Saltford has been named world grasstrack champion in the 125cc class after taking on international competitors in Germany. Zach Wajtknecht, 14, has followed his dad and grandfather into the sport and is currently

competing in the British Speedway Youth Championships. The Wellsway pupil demonstrated his skills to his schoolmates last month when he took part in the school’s Olympicthemed procession on his bike on June 25.

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Triples team claim cup in memory of bowler Ray On Sunday, June 17, members of Keynsham Bowling Club competed in a triples event for the Ray Percival Cup. Ray was a long-standing member and chairman of the club and the tro-

phy was given in his memory by his wife Beryl. The photo shows Beryl making the presentation to the winning team, from left to right, Bob Harris, Corey Langan and John Crocombe.

Hi, I’m Steve. I’m a trainer at StudioFit, the new exercise class studio and creche located in Platinum Fitness on Bath Hill. The summer holiday season is approaching and we will soon all start thinking of ways to look good in our beachwear. Exercise classes are a great way to improve fitness, tone the body and increase strength, as well as being a great sociable way to workout! Over the next few months, we will be following Kerry’s progress, as she strives to lose a stone in weight and tone up her body using the following classes:

 Spinning. This is a great way to improve aerobic fitness and burn calories. Some people burn up to 800 calories per class!  Kettlebells. This will help to improve strength and endurance, as well as muscle tone. It is a traditional form of training, originally used by Olympians.  Zumba. This is a dynamic class based on the fusion of Latin and international musical dance themes. Read next month to see how Kerry’s weight loss has progressed and feel free to pop down and pick up a timetable, or use our voucher on Page 43 to try out a free class!

Games lost to bad weather On the weekend of June 2/3 the Keynsham Cricket Club first XI beat visitors, Chippenham, by just 23 runs in a high-scoring game. Batting first Keynsham posted a mighty 295-9. Skipper Gary Worgan led the way with a magnificent 145 at a run a ball; he was well supported by 45 from Ben Ward and 38 not out from Richie Pannell. Keynsham’s bowlers were not truly on song and allowed Chippenham to score 273 all out in reply. The exception was Rich Wilton who posted his first fivewicket haul at first team level (5-44). The seconds travelled to Corsham and also won. There was another Keynsham “ton” to report as Ant Cains scored 116 in an opening partnership of 172 with Tom Kennedy (71). Keynsham finished on 245-5 and bowled the opposition out for 175 with Chris Britton and Tim Dredge recording bowling figures of 3-41 and 2 wickets for Jonty Flynn. The thirds had an easy win in just 8 overs batting against Mells CC. Mell all out 71 (3-13 for John

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Keynsham’s Gary Worgan as his great innings of 145 came to an end against Chippenham CC Rood and 3-3 for Steve Clarke). 26 from Dave Scott and 28 not out from Scott Tweedie saw the home side nine-wicket winners.

On the Sunday the Sunday firsts were bowled out for a paltry 74. Bristol CC knocked off the runs in just 11 overs. The sec-

onds’ match was lost to the rain. The following weekend saw just two games completed due to bad weather. Saturday first XI lost away at Ashcott & Shapwwick by the huge margin of 132 runs. A&S scored 229 all out; Paul Robbins picked up 3-38 and Tom Bryan 3-50. Keynsham’s reply faltered and yielded at 96 all out – it could have been worse but for a last wicket stand of 34 by Tom Bryan (18) and Sam Wheller (15 not out). The seconds beat Taunton Deane CC by 42 runs at Wellsway. Keynsham scored 142-8 with Scott Robinson top scoring on 19 and Tom Bancroft notching 18. Veteran spin bowler John Courtney took 4-29 and Jack Stiff 2-13 as the visitors were bowled out for 99. The weekend 16/7 saw no games played athough two games were won! (Old Bristolians/ Westbury were unable to field sides on either the Saturday or the Sunday). The weekend June 23/24 saw the same outcome – all games lost to the awful weather.

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