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April, 2019 Issue 85

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Investigation into tree-felling fears

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A Bristol city councillor says she will be insisting that any trees cut down on land behind the former Wyevale Garden Centre are replaced when the site is developed. Page 4

‘Remove bypass from proposals’

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Mum’s ‘dream is a reality’ as she gets MS treatment A Keynsham mum-of-two is recovering from weeks of gruelling medical treatment after friends and family raised thousands of pounds to send her to a clinic in Mexico in a bid to stop her debilitating multiple sclerosis in its tracks. Rebecca Matthews travelled

to the city of Puebla in February to undergo haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), which she hopes will enable her to “reclaim her life” after suffering two years of relapses that have left her exhausted. With two boys – six-yearold Frank and Albie, four – she

said the fatigue and mobility problems caused by MS have prevented her being the “handson” mum she had been and she dreamed of being able to run around the garden with them and teach them to ride a bike. However, Rebecca was Continued on Page 3

Saltford Parish Council has demanded that references to building a bypass around the village are dropped from the West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA) ambitious plans for transport. Page 4

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Police renew appeal after pair stabbed Police are continuing to appeal for information after two men were stabbed in an incident in Keynsham. Officers were called to reports of a serious assault in Warwick Road just after 8.30pm on Saturday, March 9, where they found the pair had suffered minor injuries from stab wounds. Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident, including two men, aged 32 and 25, who attended a police station on March 11 and a 30-year-old man who was arrested later the same day. All three have been released under investigation while inquiries continue and anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that could help is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference 5219051653.


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Meanwhile police across the Avon and Somerset force area have taken part in a week of action aimed at reducing the number of knives on the streets and educating young people about the dangers of carrying a knife. The force joined the Metropolitan Police-led Operation Sceptre, which saw officers patrolling hotspot areas, carrying out sweeps for hidden or discarded weapons, talking to retailers who sell knives and visiting pubs and clubs to highlight the risks. They also raised awareness of the knife surrender bins in place at a number of locations, including at Keynsham Police Custody Centre in Ashmead Road. l On the Beat – Page 9 l Sue Mountstevens – Page 28



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Mum’s ‘dream a reality’ after having treatment for her MS From Page 1 devastated to be turned down for HSCT with the NHS because she didn’t meet its strict criteria for the treatment. But friends and family swung into action to raise £48,000 as soon as they could to send her to Mexico to have the treatment, which is more effective the earlier a patient has it. Rebecca’s father Alan and his wife Lynn organised a celebrity fancy dress party in September, which raised more than £4,000, while supporters tackled the Keynsham 10K in October and the Saltford Santa Dash in December to add to the fund. Friends and family spent a Saturday packing bags at Waitrose in Keynsham in the run-up to Christmas, while donations also came from First Bus Canteen Committee, a nonuniform day held at Chandag Infant and Junior schools, fundraising evenings hosted by the Wagon and Horses pub in Peasedown St John and via an online fundraising appeal set up by friends. By the start of this year, their efforts had raised an impressive £17,000, when a close family member stepped in to donate the rest, allowing Rebecca to set a date for the treatment. She travelled to Mexico on February 2 with friend Kate Davison, who acted as her carer during the four-week programme. Rebecca underwent intensive chemotherapy to

Rebecca with Frank and Albie and, below, with friend Kate at the clinic in Mexico during her treatment

remove harmful immune cells before stem cells were removed from her chest. On day 17, the harvested stem cells were then returned to her body – a day the clinic staff and patients celebrate as a “stem cell birthday” as it is essentially the “birth” of a patient’s new immune system, Kate explained. Rebecca then had to be kept in a sterile environment as her immune system “rebooted” itself before a final injection of the drug rituximab. She is now back home in Keynsham with the boys and husband Rich, with recovery

expected to take up to a year. Kate said: “This isn’t where the story ends. In the first three to six months extra precautions need to be taken to avoid being exposed to anything that may make Rebecca ill, even a simple cold could be devastating for her. “To repeat a recent post Rebecca put on the Facebook HSCT Plea page, she is overwhelmed with how everyone has rallied around her this past year or so. She is incredibly grateful, and always will be, that everyone involved was able to make her dream a reality and counts her blessing daily. “Rebecca also promises to make the most of this next year to reach her personal goals now that she has been given the opportunity to.” Rebecca is keeping supporters updated on her progress at www.

Top skateboarders to show off skills Professional skateboarders will be demonstrating their skills at a free event in Keynsham Memorial Park this month. Keynsham Town Council is hosting the event on Saturday, April 20, from 10am to 4pm, and will be joined by skateboard event specialists King Ramps, whose team will be sharing tips and tricks and running competitions. The event is expected to feature professional skateboarder Daryl Dominguez and Team GB BMX rider Jack Clark. During the skate event, young people will also be invited to fill out a survey on parks, open spaces and facilities for their age groups in Keynsham. The town council is drawing up plans for parks, play areas and recreation spaces in the future and wants the views of those who use them. For more details, visit http://

Annual meeting Keynsham residents are invited to join the town’s annual meeting on Thursday, April 25. The event, hosted by Keynsham Town Council at The Space from 7.30pm, will feature speakers Duncan Massey, from Avon Search and Rescue, and Mike May, chairman of the Keynsham Music Festival Association, as well as the presentation of the Keynsham Good Citizen Award. The council’s annual report will also be presented to residents at the meeting featuring updates on many of the council’s functions, including the youth service, the annual grants and the neighbourhood development plan.

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Including bypass is Investigation into ‘fanciful and flawed’

Saltford Parish Council has demanded that references to building a bypass around the village are dropped from the West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA) ambitious plans for transport in the region. The authority was responding to WECA’s Joint Local Transport Plan (JLTP), which sets out up to £10 billion-worth of proposals to change the way people travel around the West of England by 2036, including a number that will affect roads and public transport in and around Keynsham and Saltford. In the document, it says that before a decision on a bypass is made, work will be carried out to look at options for creating priority for buses on the A4 as they approach the village. But the parish council said that any plan for the A4 that involved a bypass or orbital road was “fanciful and fundamentally flawed” and any references to a new road should be withdrawn. It said studies carried out on a potential bypass had shown the scheme would be costly and would cross difficult terrain and affect the landscape, adding that no “feasible” route had been identified in 50 years. In its response to the JLTP the council welcomed the

inclusion of a reopened Saltford station in a map of potential transport improvements but raised concerns at a potential increase in traffic through the village as the result of other proposed schemes. In Keynsham, the town council has said the completion of the south-east section of the ring road is essential before any more housing development is considered for the town. Its response calls for better local community transport to serve the town, including smaller buses, and supports the proposal for a Metrobus route along the A4, but points out that nonelectrification of the Bristol to London railway line would be “detrimental” to any expansion planned for Keynsham, affecting employment and economic growth. Both councils oppose road charges to help fund the transport plans, with Saltford Parish Council saying it “would consider this as an additional local tax and a charge which would significantly impact and disadvantage those people, including the elderly, on a low or fixed income”. Keynsham Town Council said it would also not support raising business rates or council tax.

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A Bristol city councillor says she will be insisting that any trees cut down on land behind the former Wyevale Garden Centre are replaced when the site is developed. Jos Clark, who represents the Brislington West ward, says the reported loss of mature trees during work at the site in February was a “tragedy” and that mitigation – by replacing any trees removed – “was the best that could be hoped for”. However, Bristol-based UKS Group – which has acquired the site through one of its companies – said it was unaware of any tree felling and that contractors had only been authorised to clear debris and thin hedges on the land. Bristol City Council and the Forestry Commission have confirmed an investigation is under way. After reports that trees had been cut down at the site over the weekend of February 16 and 17, Bristol City Council served an emergency tree preservation order (TPO) on the land. A city council spokesperson said: “An emergency TPO was served on February 18 to prevent further works and, following a further site investigation which identified vegetation clearance close to the site, an emergency TPO was placed on the farm field between Wyevale Garden Centre and the park-and-ride facility at Brislington on February 22. “The felling was brought to the attention of the council via reports from local people, with two hectares of trees and

scrub affected. The Forestry Commission was informed of the felling and both they and Bristol City Council are carrying out further investigations and monitoring of the site.’’ A Forestry Commission spokesperson said: “We are aware of reports of illegal felling in the Brislington area of Bristol, and have opened an investigation into the allegations.” While the commission cannot comment on ongoing cases, the spokesperson confirmed that in incidents where it is found there was no felling licence or other permission in place, parties involved can be prosecuted and a restocking notice can be served after which the landowner or tenant must maintain the replacement trees for 10 years. Councillor Clark said: “When this site comes up for planning I will be insisting that all the

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tree-felling reports The site following work carried out in February Photo: Jos Clark

Police release CCTV images after assault hedgerows should be respected and that the area or equivalent is replanted as part of the plan. It’s a tragic loss of decent trees and it seems to try to mitigate it is the best we can hope for. “I am very sad – we will be

taking a massive hit of housing and people deserve a lovely environment. The trees on the land probably took 50 years to grow.” UKS Group said there are no immediate plans for the site.

Police are appealing for help to identify two men after a man was put in a choke hold during an assault at Somerdale Pavilion. Officers have released CCTV images of two people they think might be able to help with their investigation into the incident on

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Councillors have given the green light to a clean air zone to cut pollution in central Bath – but car drivers will be exempt from paying to drive into it. The plan was agreed by Bath and North East Somerset Council last month after public consultation led to a rethink of previous proposals that would have seen a charge applied to all higheremission vehicles. The new scheme will see higher-emission buses, coaches and HGVs charged £100 and LGVs or vans, private hire vehicles and taxis charged £9. Councillor Bob Goodman, cabinet member for development and neighbourhoods, said: “This is a really important day for the city. Over the years there has been a lot of talk about air quality and I am delighted that at last we have made some big decisions on this extremely important issue.” The aim is to introduce the zone in December 2020. Find out more at bath-breathes-2021-overview


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Keynsham campaigner Fiona named a ‘Green Heart Hero’ A Keynsham campaigner has been recognised for her work to tackle plastic pollution and reduce food waste at an awards ceremony held at the Palace of Westminster. Fiona Edwards was shortlisted in the Individual Inspiration category in The Climate Coalition’s Green Heart Hero Awards and travelled to London on March 11 for the event, which was hosted by TV and radio presenter Clive Anderson. Her nomination came after she helped launch the Keynsham Plastic Re-Action protest in March last year, in which shoppers visiting the town’s Tesco supermarket removed all of the packaging at the checkout and left it at the store. A video of the event was viewed around the world, inspiring people across the UK and in many other

Fiona Edwards, right, with MP Caroline Lucas countries to organise similar protests. Fiona is also working with the Eco-Congregation at Chewton Keynsham Church to set up a community fridge to redistribute surplus food from businesses to prevent it going to waste. She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I heard I had been nominated for an award. After working with the groundbreaking Keynsham Plastic Re-Action group and helping to develop the Community Fridge plans

over the past year, ecological work has become an important part of my life. It is important to increase awareness of environmental issues, so that people can change their ideas and make different decisions. In this way change can be real and bottom up, encouraging those at the top to follow the lead. This honour recognises the actions of the people who planned and carried out the Plastic Re-Action event, which was so much more successful than anyone could have foreseen.” Fiona attended the event with Mike Burke from Keynsham Team Ministry and met host Clive Anderson and Green MP Caroline Lucas among other guests at the awards. To find out more about Keynsham Plastic Re-Action, visit www.facebook. com/keynshamplasticreaction or for Keynsham Community Fridge, visit www.facebook. com/Keynsham-CommunityFridge-2459361917621546

Councillors declare a climate emergency Bath and North East Somerset Council has joined the growing list of local authorities around the country declaring a climate emergency. Backing a cross-party motion put forward at the March 14 meeting, councillors set a target of 2030 for B&NES to become carbon-neutral and agreed to sign up to the UK100 Pledge, where local authorities aim to switch to 100 per cent green

energy by 2050. B&NES aims to do this 20 years earlier with a target of 2030. The council also voted to oppose the expansion of Bristol Airport as part of the motion. Councillor Rob Appleyard, who proposed the climate emergency motion, said he was delighted it had been approved and that there had been “overwhelming” cross-party support. Transition Keynsham – Page 43


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Residents get chance to buy Riverside flats before public Keynsham residents are being given the chance to buy apartments in the Riverside View development before they go on sale to buyers from outside the town. The first 20 properties in the former council office block in Temple Street will be available to residents from Monday, April 15 – one week before they are released to the general public. Work got under way in July to convert the upper floors of the building into 95 studio, one-bed and two-bed flats – with 50 people registering their interest in the properties with Gregory’s Estate Agents in the week after the banners went up around the site’s facade. The project is being run by Aequus Construction Limited, Bath and North East Somerset Council’s construction and development company, with profits

Work on Riverside View from sales providing an income for the council. A launch event for the first phase of properties will be held at Gregory’s in Market Walk on Friday, April 12, from 4pm to 7pm for Keynsham residents. Prices for the 20 apartments will range from £170,000 to £315,000 and the development is registered for the Government’s Help to Buy scheme for first-time buyers. Councillor Tim Warren, leader of B&NES Council, said: “Peo-

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Former fire station on the market again Keynsham’s former fire station is on the market again – and could potentially be turned into new homes, according to the agent managing the sale. Colston and Colston chartered surveyors has listed the site, which is currently being used by Kier as a site office as the company works on the neighbouring Riverside View development. The agent says it is a redevelopment opportunity that would suit “a range of residential and commercial uses” and the current owners had received a “positive pre-application response for multi-storey residential development”. The price has not been made public. The site was sold to Chewton Place Developments in 2017 for £750,000, which previous agent Alder King said was 130 per cent above the guide price. Before the sale, Alder King said it had been “inundated” with inquiries about the fire station site and invited potential buyers to submit sealed bids.

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Community at 67 thanks its priceless volunteers for giving over 6,200 hours The loyal band of volunteers helping to run Keynsham’s Community at 67 have saved the centre more than £130,000 in a year just by offering their time free of charge. The team calculated they had given an incredible 6,221 hours to the community hub and it activities over the past 12 months, which would have cost the charity £138,758 to deliver through paid staff. The centre, in Queens Road, hosted a celebration event on March 20 to thank its volunteers for their work, with food from Mandy’s Kitchen, before they posed for photos with a giant cheque showing how much they have saved the centre. Community at 67 offers a range of activities all delivered by volunteers, which include an IT club supporting people to get online, a popular weekly lunch

The celebration for Community at 67 volunteers club run by Mandy’s Kitchen, coding and maths clubs for young people and groups where people can share craft skills. “Community at 67 could not survive without such a committed and enthusiastic

group of volunteers,” said Martin Burton, chair of trustees. “As well as helping to deliver activities, volunteers also work hard behind the scenes doing essential tasks to keep the centre running, such as cleaning and the work

required to ensure we operate an effective and efficient charity. We are always looking for more volunteers to help run the centre – we are a friendly organisation who want to make our area a great place in which to live.” One of the volunteers is Ron Sheppard, who runs the IT and Code Club as well as chairing the management committee. He said: “Being a volunteer at Community at 67 is a very rewarding experience, it helps you feel part of the community as you meet different kinds of people and you feel you are making a difference – it is also great fun!” For details about Community at 67, visit org. If you would like to volunteer, email enquiries@ or phone 07737 742300. Community Fun Day: Page 25


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ttention has been drawn to knife crime, which unfortunately reared its ugly head in Keynsham last month when two people were injured following an isolated incident. Information about this has been put out in the press and at present the investigation is still ongoing. If anyone has any information about this case then please phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 – any information will be dealt with anonymously and no matter how small the information seems, it may help us to convict the offenders responsible for this attack. The phrase most commonly directed towards the police after “I pay your wages” is “what are the

are using our powers to stop and ‘ We search suspects and anyone found carrying a knife will be dealt with for the offences that they commit

police doing about it?” For us this starts with education: we speak to local schools about the content of their assemblies targeting current crime trends and what to do and what not to do. When possible we also attend these assemblies and deliver the message ourselves. We are working in the affected areas, being more visible both to offer reassurance and to deal with any incidents that occur. We are using our powers to stop and search suspects and anyone found carrying a knife will be dealt with for the offences that they commit. We also act on information provided by members of the public to target individuals who we believe to be in possession of offensive weapons.

n In the last month the team have been out running operations looking at both seat belts and children’s car seats. It’s one thing to make a choice not to wear your own seatbelt but it’s unforgivable not to secure children properly and use the correct car seats. It is also just as important to make sure that the seat is fitted correctly. We have been working alongside the council’s road safety team to educate people on the correct fitting of car seats and boosters. n I supported the response team this month with a successful Misuse of Drugs Act warrant where an amount of drugs and other evidential items were seized. The suspect for this incident has been

n Anti-social behaviour involving vehicles seems to be rearing its head again around Keynsham, with certain people thinking that it is acceptable to drive and act in an anti-social manner. Two owners and their vehicles have recently been issued with Section 59 of the Police Reform Act warnings. This means that should the drivers of vehicles be seen acting in this way in the future then we have the power to seize the vehicle that they are using and keep it for a period of up to 14 days, with the recovery and storage of the vehicle at the owner’s expense. There has also been evidence of someone driving on Manor Road playing fields across the football pitches – if you have any information on that or if you need to report any similar behaviour, please do so via the police phone number 101. l See Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens’ new column on Page 28

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New waste depot planned for Keynsham in shake-up Work has begun on plans to build a new recycling and waste centre at Pixash Lane in Keynsham. Council chiefs at B&NES have approved a request for £1.9 million to cover feasibility studies into relocating both Ashmead Road and Bath’s Midland Road depots to the site, as well as carrying out consultation and drawing up detailed designs. The move is designed to meet increased demand on waste services and to free up land at Midland Road for housing. A report on the current recycling centres says Midland Road is “no longer fit for purpose” with a number of health and safety risks, while Ashmead Road is “spatially constrained” and in “poor operating condition” for the increased demand.


Proposals also include building a new public household recycling centre at Odd Down in Bath. The report says the district has seen “substantial” housing growth, with 6,000 new homes built in the past decade, and now needs “modern, purpose-built” facilities to handle the increased waste and recycling generated by households. Figures released by the council in December showed the amount of kerbside recycling collected was up almost one fifth over the previous 12 months, increasing by 3,500 tonnes. The amount of food waste collected doubled to 6,748 tonnes in the same period while waste sent to landfill fell by 8,198 tonnes. Councillor Bob Goodman, cabinet member for development and neighbourhoods, said: “Residents are really embracing

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People across Bath and North East Somerset are being urged to ditch single-use plastic to help the district achieve plastic-free status by next year. B&NES Council is asking businesses, organisations, schools, clubs and community groups to get behind its bid to achieve Surfers Against Sewage Plastic-Free Community status by 2020. People can sign up to take part in Plastic Free BathNES and share tips and experiences as they aim to reduce their reliance on throwaway plastics. Councillor Bob Goodman, cabinet member for development and neighbourhoods, said: “There is no quick fix to the problem of plastic pollution, but we can all take action to reduce our use of unnecessary single-use plastics. We want local people and businesses within our community to make a commitment and join us in our challenge to increase the use of sustainable and reusable alternatives.” Visit plasticfree

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Lifetime achievement honour for Mary The founder of Keynsham and District Talking Newspaper has been honoured for her dedication to the service for the last 35 years. Mary Burnard was presented with the Peter Duppa Miller Lifetime Achievement Award at Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Community Awards. Mary was nominated for the honour by deputy town clerk Dawn Drury after she received last year’s Keynsham Good Citizen Award for her work with KTN, which provides weekly local news recordings for blind and partially sighted people. Mary said: “I was delighted and honoured to receive this award, which reflects the hard work and dedication of our loyal and talented volunteers who produce and mail out our recordings each week. “The encouragement and appreciation of our visually impaired listeners – some of whom have been with us for over 30 years – makes this work so

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The stage is set for Fifty years of bringing the best in musical theatre to local audiences is certainly something to make a song and dance about – and members of Keynsham Light Opera Group will be doing exactly that in 2019. KLOG began life in 1967, developing from an evening class in musical comedy held at Wellsway School. The group’s first full-scale musical production took place two years later in April 1969 An early Gilbert and Sullivan show when members performed Trial by Jury. Tickets cost just four England, Quaker Girl, Show shillings (20p) and the entire Boat, Oklahoma (twice), Half A budget came to £33. Sixpence (twice), Oliver! (twice), KLOG are celebrating the Fiddler On The Roof, Me and anniversary this month by My Girl, Calamity Jane, Kiss Me staging a special production of Kate, Hot Mikado and, more Monty Python’s Spamalot, a recently, The Wizard of Oz, Little show licensed to only four groups Shop of Horrors, 9 to 5 and more around the country this year. than 25 others. It’s the latest in a long list The first talk of forming a of famous musicals KLOG light opera group in Keynsham have performed in their actually began during the hometown, including First World several FREE lunch andMerrie refreshments plus War £35when voucher

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by KLOG, left; last year’s production of Oliver!, right Gilbert and Sullivan operas were performed, but it wasn’t until April 1966 that local people began to meet to study musical comedy. The group performs two shows a year – a musical in spring and a production devised by members themselves every autumn – and have been recognised over the years with several awards from the National Operatic and Dramatic

Association (NODA) and in the South West Rose Bowl Awards. After Spamalot, KLOG’s second show this year will be called 50 – The Anniversary Gala and will see many former members returning to the stage to reprise their roles from shows produced over the years. There will also be many fundraising events throughout 2019, including a Golden Quiz, a fun day and a grand raffle

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with 50 prizes for 50 years. KLOG vice chair Neil Quilter, who has held the post for more than 20 years and is involved in advertising the shows, said he was thrilled to be involved in the celebrations. He said: “We have a fantastic society, which is recognised in the Bristol and Bath area, and a very supportive committee who work very hard to put on first-class shows. We are supported by various teams offstage such as our amazing stage crew, front-of-house team and costumes and props teams. “We are very excited about our forthcoming productions and supporting fundraising programme.” n Spamalot runs from April 30 to May 4 at Broadlands Academy in Keynsham. Tickets are now available from the box office on 07580 259757 or visit KLOG’s website – – for more details and to book tickets.

Community groups are being urged to get their applications in for a share of Keynsham Town Council funding from April 2. Every year, the council awards grants ranging from £100 to £1,000 to support charities and voluntary or public sector organisations working for the benefit of Keynsham residents. Grants awarded last year included money for the Friends of Manor Road Community Woodland to buy wildflowers, bird boxes and bat boxes and funding for sporting activities at Keynsham Hockey Club among many others. This year the council will be allocating around £20,000 and applications can be made from April 2 until May 3. Application packs are available from the Town Council office at 15-17 Temple Street or from Town Council staff will assist in the completion of grant application forms if required. The closing date is noon on Friday, May 10.

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Speakers inspire us to take weeds and wildlife to heart educating and informing the wider community of good practice. Both the BLUE Campaign and supporting wildlife through gardening complement each other and could easily run side by side. The RHS Bloom theme for 2019 is “Wise Ways with Water”, which focuses on the precious resource of water and the challenge that gardeners face when there is too much (e.g. rainwater or flooding) or too little (e.g. drought). The RHS is asking us all to think about gardening with water in mind in 2019, but the challenge of managing water obviously extends well beyond 2019. Keynsham in Bloom will, along with other Bloom groups, be embracing this theme and encouraging everyone to garden with Water in Mind. You can pick up some useful tips on this year’s theme at news/articles/gardening-withwater-in-mind

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eynsham in Bloom volunteers attending the recent South West In Bloom Spring Seminar in Chippenham were treated to three inspiring talks. Fergus Beeley, from the BLUE Campaign, local herb grower Jekka McVicar and Kay Clarke, Royal Horticultural Society community development manager, spoke about supporting wildlife through gardening. Fergus Beeley, an awardwinning local wildlife film-maker and conservationist, gave a wonderful presentation and film show outlining his BLUE Campaign and his work in film, showing us clips of work he undertook as part of the Blue Planet series. In 2015, concerned about the state of our biodiversity in Britain, Fergus founded the BLUE Campaign, which encourages the rewilding of at least some of our gardens, road verges, parks and school grounds. Rewilding increases the diversity of native plants (commonly known as weeds) nearly all of which are the vital food plants for specific caterpillars and other insect larvae. Such action transforms the ecology. Yes, nature is untidy, but we must live with it. The campaign’s “blue heart” symbol, made out of recycled materials, is staked into ground that has been set aside for rewilding to raise awareness. The campaign was successfully piloted in Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire, with the support of Sodbury in Bloom volunteers. Since then, the campaign has spread to every corner of the British Isles and the blue heart has now become nationally recognised as the symbol for rewilding. We all came away inspired by the BLUE Campaign and would like to encourage everyone, especially schools and community groups, to take part by just leaving a

Knitted flowers and insects for this year’s Bloom displays small area of their garden or at least 10 per cent of a lawn uncut through the summer months to allow a variety of native plant species to grow through. As well as providing a food source for a variety of caterpillar species, it will also increase the number of moths and butterflies that will emerge, providing a vital source of food for birds. The BLUE Campaign will also feature in our community art installation, which will include large butterfly and blue heart netting shapes covered with our knitted flowers and pollinators. There is also an opportunity for you to purchase your own blue heart made from recycled materials to place in any rewilding area of your garden, details of which will be available in next month’s issue of Keynshamvoice. It would be great if people could start to monitor and record flora and fauna activity, which we can then plot to see how successful the campaign has been. Additional information can be found on the BLUE Campaign website http://bluecampaignhub. com/


ay Clarke, RHS community development manager, gave us an insight into supporting wildlife through gardening, based on the aims of the RHS and the Wildlife Trust’s ongoing campaign to inspire people to garden for wildlife. Kay shared some examples of best practice. l Creating habitats in areas with no or minimal natural wildlife, such as log piles, bug hotels, bird and bat boxes. l Planting for pollinators, with early and late flowering plants rich in pollen and nectar. l Responsible pest management and encouragement of natural pest control or use of biological or cultural controls over pesticide controls. l Best practice with regards to seasonal activity e.g. late mowing, hedge trimming and tree management outside of bird nesting season. l Community involvement in management and protection of natural habitats l Learning opportunities including engaging with schools, citizen science projects such as monitoring of wildlife and habitats, and


e all found Jekka’s presentation rather inspiring. She gave us an insight into how, back in 1984, she became involved in growing herbs – from her back garden in Filton, to where she is now on her herb farm in Alveston growing over 400 varieties of herbs. Jekka is also vice president of the RHS and ambassador for RHS Health and Wellbeing. She is also the recipient of the RHS’s top accolade, the Victoria Medal of Honour, as well as winning a number of gold medals at RHS flower Shows. Visit www.jekkas. com We are looking at putting on a number of speakers and presentations and both Fergus and Jekka are on the top of our invite list, as we are sure everyone will be inspired as we were.

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ummer will see another packed celebration of village life as Saltford Festival returns with more than 80 events over nine days this June. From food and drink to song and dance, organisers have ensured there’s something for everyone – find out more on the following page. The festival’s packed programme is testament to the strength of community spirit in the village, with so many keen to get involved and make the event a success. It is the same spirit that saw the village’s post office and library reopen in September


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Saltford Parish Council is looking forward to welcoming residents to the Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday, April 2, at 6.30pm. A report will be given on the actions of the council over the last year while the meeting is also an opportunity for electors to have their say on anything they consider important to the people of Saltford. The winners of the SPC Community Awards will be announced as part of the meeting to recognise their outstanding contribution to the village. Saltford Fairtrade Group refreshments will be served after the meeting. The council’s April meeting will take place afterwards, from around 7.15pm. The public are welcome to attend and speak during Public Time at the start of the meeting. Both meetings will be held in the Avon Room at Saltford Hall. For details, contact the parish clerk at clerk@saltfordparish

Many events at the biennial Saltford Festival have become firm fixtures in the village’s calendar – but organisers have ensured there is plenty of room for new activities this year too. Returning from Saturday, June 8, and running over nine days, the festival will feature around 80 events – from music, dance and comedy to food, drink and competitions. Among the events making their debut this summer are a sing-along community cinema screening of The Greatest Showman, a food festival, a Taste of France evening, a Caribbean dance evening with a live band, a treasure hunt and a clothes evening. Making a welcome return will be a range of guided walks, lunchtime talks, open gardens, a jazz night with Hannah Wedlock and The Blue Notes, a murdermystery evening, photo and short story competitions and, of course, the popular scarecrow

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Author David Williams launches his three-volume book Fry’s of Bristol at the Chocolate Quarter, which spans the years 1728 to 1935 in the history of the famous company. David was joined by former Fry’s employees who prepared an exhibition of Fry’s memorabilia to coincide with the launch. Anyone who is interested in buying a copy of the publication can contact

Students at a Keynsham secondary are tackling food waste and ensuring others don’t go hungry – just by tucking in at their school’s breakfast club. Caterer Zest, which provides meals at Wellsway School and SBL Academy in Oldland Common, has joined FareShare South West, a charity that redistributes surplus food from businesses such as supermarkets to charities and community groups. FareShare delivers 75kg of food to Zest each week – from pigs in blankets to marmalade depending on the stock donated to the charity by businesses. Pupils then receive a discounted breakfast, paying £1 for up to three items. The partnership aims to

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Secondary school students in Keynsham opened up their labs to budding scientists from a local infant school to celebrate British Science Week. Teenagers from IKB Academy helped six- and seven-year-olds from Chandag Infant School carry out experiments during a practical lesson on “colours in nature”. Some of the visitors even dressed up as scientists for the occasion. Debbie Gibbs, principal of IKB, said: “We want to inspire children with the excitement of science from a young age so that they will go on to study these subjects and develop the skills and knowledge that will be needed for the jobs of the future. “Both the infant pupils and our students benefit from collaborating in these visits, which show the advantage of

being part of our multi academy trust.” Annie Smart, head of Chandag Infants, said: “Our children love science and these visits help take the learning to another level.” As part of British Science Week, IKB students also heard a lecture from an NHS team who visited the school, which specialises in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects.

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Guides’ awards are cause to celebrate for their proud unit A memorable celebration has been held by 2nd Saltford Guides in honour of the achievements of their two eldest girls, Martha Hamlen and Charlotte Walsh. Both girls have been working hard towards achieving their Baden Powell Award for almost 18 months, completing 10 challenges each, learning new skills, new hobbies, inspiring others and exploring their beliefs and passions further than before. A spokesperson for the group said: “We are all very proud of all they have done and achieved, they have set a very high bar in our unit with their achievements.” Martha and Charlotte were presented with their Baden Powell Challenge Award, a celebratory cake, and a frame each made by the girls in our unit, sharing their memories of them both. The girls will be staying within the Girlguiding organisation and are training to become Young Leaders with 2nd Saltford Rainbows on Thursdays. Elsewhere in Saltford Girlguiding, the Ranger unit continues to thrive, welcoming members aged 14 to 18 to meet on Thursdays. They plan their own programme week by week, earning badges as they go. 1st and 2nd Saltford Brownies

Martha and Charlotte celebrate their Baden Powell Challenge Awards are joining forces on a sleepover event being hosted by Flip Out trampoline park in Longwell Green, where there will be exclusive bouncing, pizza, a movie and a comfy night’s sleep on the trampolines. 2nd Saltford Rainbows are continuing to earn amazing numbers of interest badges; most recently girls have been awarded their Family Tree and Helper badges. The group are going on a visit to Bath City Farm to begin their Nature badge, and also look forward to a piratethemed canal adventure in the May half-term. Anyone who would like to get involved in any of the Saltford sections can get in touch via the website


LETTERS ‘Shed’ not linked to ACE initiative With regard to your article in issue 84, headed ‘Neighbours lend a helping hand to tackle loneliness,’ I am writing to highlight some references that might be misleading for readers. The article refers to the Somerdale Shed and includes a picture of the same and indicates that it is part of the Chocolate Quarter. Given that the article is about the St Monica Trust ACE Neighbours programme it could also be construed that The Shed is part of that initiative too. The reality is, the Somerdale Shed project was initiated by Aquaterra, the charity that manages the Somerdale Pavilion, as part of its Step Out, Move On community programme that tackles loneliness and isolation in the area, and has done since 2016. It is therefore not connected with ACE Neighbours although it is always positive to read about community programmes. The gentleman featured in the article, Roger Clark, was indeed one of the hard-working group that put a lot of work into the Somerdale Shed development for Aquaterra and has made it the success it is today. Patrick Shanahan General Manager Somerdale Pavilion

Shop  has  responded to High Street losses As we welcome yet another charity shop to Keynsham High Street (Age UK in the former New Look

premises) could we take a moment to celebrate a long-established and thriving family-run business on the other side of the street? I’m talking about Buss’s. This is a high-class greengrocer with a wide range of quality produce immaculately displayed inviting you in, but it’s much more than that. Over the years it has responded to what Keynsham has lost and tried to fill the gaps by reorganising its premises. When the pet and garden shop closed (now Clic Sargent ) it took on their range and is expanding as far as space allows. When our beloved Bath Bakery in Temple Street closed, it arranged for a small daily delivery from their supplier Maisey’s of Radstock so that we can still buy proper bread. Try their teacakes – but leave one for me! If you’re looking for an unusual spice or herb that you need for a trendy recipe I would be surprised if you were unable to find it here. All this is a delivered by a knowledgeable and helpful staff, so let’s shout about what we still have rather than moan about what we haven’t and continue to give them our custom in these difficult trading times. Sheila Crocombe Keynsham

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A fun day to bring residents together will be hosted by Community at 67 and Queens Road Methodist Church. The event is taking place on Saturday, April 27, from 2pm to 4pm, and will include stalls, entertainment from Keyford Dance School, a bouncy castle, plus a chance to meet local police, fire and ambulance crews and see some of their vehicles. Homemade cakes and refreshments will be on sale at Community at 67 throughout the day and there will be posters by local children featuring their favourite parts of their community on display at the church. Martin Burton, chair of trustees at Community at 67, said: “This is a day for everyone in our community to enjoy and have fun, all the activities will be 20p as we want people to come along and meet one another. We live in a very friendly community and look forward to seeing all our neighbours.” Visit



Louise Primrose and the brooch made for the Duchess of Cornwall president in 2001, has experience determined to find a of the condition in her family. cure. Her mother and grandmother Louise, who has recently both suffered and died because of returned from South Africa to the debilitating condition. live with her family in Saltford The ROS is the only UK and set up her jewellery design charity dedicated to improving business, said she was delighted the prevention, diagnosis and to have been commissioned to treatment of osteoporosis and is create such a prestigious item.

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A Saltford jewellery designer has presented Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with a brooch to celebrate her 25-year link with a charity. Louise Primrose was invited by the Royal Osteoporosis Society to create a piece of jewellery for their president to mark the milestone and she travelled to London to personally give the piece to the Duchess. The event on Wednesday, February 13, was also held to celebrate the charity’s change of name from the National Osteoporosis Society to “Royal” after the new title was approved by the Queen. Louise created the brooch using white gold and small pearls and it stylistically represents brittle bones, which are caused by osteoporosis. The Duchess, who became patron of the charity in 1997 and


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Keynsham Walking Festival returns for its fourth outing For the fourth year running Keynsham is hosting a celebration of walking, with events and activities on offer for people of all ages and abilities. Keynsham Walkers are Welcome have organised a threeday walking festival over the weekend of April 26 to April 28, featuring everything from a stroll around the town centre to two nine-mile hikes. Seven guided walks will be taking place during the festival, with opportunities to explore local history with Keynsham and Saltford History Society and to enjoy the countryside beyond the town. As well as stretching their legs, the festival programme will also offer people the chance to give their brains a workout with a quiz night on Saturday, April 27, at St Dunstan’s Church Hall

from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £4 to include a glass of wine and Cheddar ploughman’s and there will be a raffle. On the Sunday, the morning’s three walks will all end back at the Memorial Park where the festival will culminate in a picnic from 1.30pm and children’s activities from 2pm at the Bandstand. Youngsters are invited to join adventure play, balloon modelling and face painting, which will coincide with the Marshfield Brass Band concert on the Bandstand at 3pm. Tickets and full details are all available online at walkingfestival or visit Keynsham Town Council’s offices at 15-17 Temple Street or contact the office on 0117 986 8683. Tickets will also be available from walk leaders on the day.

Walks programme Walk 1 – Friday, April 26 A History of Keynsham Town Centre with Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society. Led by Dave Johnson. Starting from St John’s Church. Hilly in places. Cost FREE Distance 1.5 miles Start 6.30pm Difficulty 2 Walk 2 – Saturday, April 27 Short, easy walk to Chewton Keynsham alongside the River Chew. Led by Derek Butler. Start at the Memorial Park Café. Flat and suitable for beginners. Cost £2 or £3 on the day Distance 2 miles Start 9.30am Difficulty 1 Walk 3 – Saturday, April 27 Medium walk to Hanham and Hanham Court along the River Avon. Leader to be confirmed. Starting at the Memorial Park Café. Hilly in places. Cost £4 or £5 on the day Distance 5 miles Start 10am Difficulty 3 Walk 4 – Saturday, April 27 Long walk to Chewton Keynsham, Burnett and Tucking Mill with rest stop at the

Compton Inn. Led by Dawn Drury. Starting at the Memorial Park Café. Hilly in places. Cost £4 or £5 on the day Distance 9 miles Start 10.30am Difficulty 4 Walk 5 – Sunday, April 28 Long walk to Woollard, Lords Wood, Marksbury Vale with rest stop at the Compton Inn. Led by Dawn Drury. Starting at Memorial Park Café. Hilly in places. Cost £4 or £5 on the day Distance 9 miles Start 9am Difficulty 4 Walk 6 – Sunday, April 28 History walk in Chewton Keynsham, Burnett and Compton Dando. Led by Richard Dyson. Starting at Memorial Park Café. Hilly in places. Cost £4 or £5 on the day Distance 7 miles Start 9.30am Difficulty 3 Walk 7 – Sunday, April 28 Short walk around Willsbridge Mill. Led by Mike Stone. Gently sloping. Cost £2 or £3 on the day Distance 3 miles Start 11.30pm Difficulty 2

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issues. With the council tax bill coming through our letterboxes recently, you will have noticed an increase for policing. By increasing policing by £2 a month for the average band D household, the constabulary will be intensifying their fight against serious violence and continue to make our communities safe. This investment means we can recruit an additional 100 new officers and launch a focused operation that will tackle burglary, knife crime and the supply of drugs as part of an initiative called Operation Remedy. I want

local people to see and feel the difference in our constabulary’s fight against crime, and we will be sending a loud and clear message to criminals that coming into our area to commit crime and exploit the vulnerable is not an option. Work to tackle knife crime and serious violence was intensified in mid-March as officers took part in Operation Sceptre, a week of action that aims to reduce the number of knives on our streets. The initiative incorporates several tactics, including education of both young people and retailers, targeted patrols of hotspot areas, weapon sweeps and knife surrender bins. We need to remember that knives do not keep you safe; by carrying a knife you are putting yourself in much greater danger and are more likely to become involved in a violent situation. We must work alongside other agencies in health, local government, the charitable sector and our communities to understand the reasons why young people are arming themselves. We need to make it clear it is never acceptable to carry a knife or a weapon. If you are worried that

April, 2019 someone you know is carrying a knife but are nervous to talk to the police, you can contact Fearless (the Crimestoppers youth arm) anonymously and potentially help to save a life. Finally, we also supported child exploitation (CE) awareness day. Children and young people can be victims of sexual or criminal exploitation in return for money, drugs, the newest trainers or simply just affection. These children who are being exploited don’t think of themselves as victims; we need to be their voice, speak out on their behalf and raise awareness of the warning signs. Our frontline officers are working with hospitality businesses and taxis so employees can spot and speak out about this form of abuse. The police, educators, healthcare professionals, charities and youth workers need to continue to work in partnership and be the ones who ask, ask again and keep asking so we can stop the exploitation of our children. If you suspect a child is being exploited, please let the police, local authorities or a charity know and help us end the cycle of abuse.

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Auction adds over £6,000 to charity’s new home appeal An auction has brought a Keynsham charity thousands of pounds closer to buying its own premises. Keynsham and District Mencap Society hosted its third annual fundraising dinner and auction at Saltford Golf Club on March 9, welcoming members, staff, volunteers, trustees and supporters to join the fun and bid for anything that caught their eye. The auction was led by Chris Bennett and Tim Mawdett from blues band The Uncles and lots included a two-day yacht experience, meeting Bath Rugby players at their training ground and meals at a range of restaurants. Organisations that supported the auction included Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon Homes, Stockwood Golf Club, B Block, Bath Heritage Museums, Somer Dining, Watlings of Lacock, The

Guests enjoying the dinner and auction at Saltford Golf Club Olive Tree Restaurant, HomeLets in Bath, Gregory’s Estate Agents, Bristol City Community Foundation, Bath Rugby, Eveleighs Estate Agents, Wall to Wall Finance, InspiringU, Small Print Bath and Wiltshire, Redfern Osteopaths, Bristol Fun for Hire, Balloon Fever and Atlas Packaging in North Devon. Dinner, by Haywards Kitchen, was followed by music from Delboy Entertainments. The event raised more than

£6,000, which will go towards the society’s building appeal to help it purchase its own premises. A suitable building has been found and negotiations are under way, with the charity hoping to be in its new home by 2020. Russell Pocock, treasurer, said: “We have made great steps financially to achieving our goal: to own a premises that will facilitate our existing projects and be suitable for expansion. We met our target for this year and our restricted fund has now reached £100,000, which puts us in a great position to make our dream a reality.” Keynsham Mencap supporter Jason Preston is organising a 36-mile cycle ride on Sunday, May 19, to raise more funds for the charity – anyone who is interested in joining him can email


Harvest supper will help African farmers Local Rotarians are helping communities in Africa develop their farming skills with their latest donation to a good cause. The Rotary Club of Keynsham has presented the proceeds of its annual harvest supper, held in October, to Send A Cow. On March 13, charity ambassador Alan Dolman met Rotary members to collect a cheque for £1,500 from president Roger Spooner and to tell them more about the charity’s work. Send A Cow was founded by West Country farmers in 1988 and provides support to people in Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya to give them practical training and support to help them feed their families and sell surplus crops. Cows are no longer sent from the UK but sourced locally to provide milk as well as manure. A Rotary Club spokesman said: “We wish them continued success in their valuable work and thank local public supporters for contributing to this.”

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lApril 2 n Saltford Parish Council’s Annual Parish Meeting, 6.30pm in the Avon Room at Saltford Hall, residents welcome. Annual report from the council, SPC Community Awards presentations followed by Fairtrade refreshments.

April 3

n KeynshamNow, Keynsham’s youth council, meets at the Civic Centre from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Young people aged from 12 to 20 welcome, visit KeynshamNow n Greater Stockwood public meeting on how Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money should be spent in the area. With local councillors, 7-9pm, Stockwood Free Church.

April 4

n The Annual Soup and Cheese Lunch in aid of Christian Aid will be held in Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road starting at noon until 2pm (last orders 1.30pm). A wonderful social occasion when a selection of homemade soups are served with a choice of fresh bread, cheeses, pates, chutneys and salads. We cater for vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free customers. Tea and coffee is served with biscuits. We look forward to welcoming you. n Keynsham Film Works screens Loveless (15), a film set in contemporary Russia. Screening at The Space, doors 7.15pm for 7.45pm start. Tickets £5, bar available. Visit keynshamfilmworks.

April 6

n Keynsham Farmers’ Market at Market Walk, 9am to 1pm. Local produce and goods, see www.


n South West of England Conference on Industrial Heritage, from 9.30am at Saltford Hall. Featuring six speakers, displays and more. Visit BIAS_SWWERIAC_conference2018. html for details. n Join Keynsham Wombles’ Big Womble to coincide with the Great British Spring Clean, 2pm to 4pm with tea and cake afterwards. Email n Harpist Ellie Ford performs at The Space with Night House and support from Rosina Keri, 7.30pm. Tickets £6 plus booking fee from https://keynshamtickets.

April 7

n Join Keynsham Walkers are Welcome for a six-mile walk around Dyrham Park and Hinton. Meet 10am at Fox and Hounds car park, £4 donation towards transport appreciated. n Sunday afternoon tea for those who would like some good company and a chat over a cuppa, Saltford Hall, 2-4pm.

April 8

n Saltford Computer Cafe, Saltford Hall, 10am to noon. Get help to use your PC, laptop, tablet or phone. Admission £4, including tea or coffee and biscuits.

April 12

n Keynsham Group, Avon Wildlife Trust hosts a talk, ’The Changing Face of Nature Today!’ with Chris Sperring MBE, as he explores our evolving connection with the natural world. Plus annual reports. 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Keynsham Baptist Church Hall, High Street. Adults £2.50, £1 for under-16s. Refreshments, sales of secondhand books, bird food and seasonal items.

talk by Jim Pimpernel on The Dramway and the Avon Wharf at St Dunstan’s Catholic Church Hall, Bristol Road, Keynsham. Visitors £4. n Timsbury Natural History Group hears a talk, ‘Wildlife Photography in Central America’, by Kathy Farrell, 7.30pm, Conygre Hall, North Road, Timsbury BA2 0JQ. Visitors welcome, refreshments and raffle plus secondhand book sale. For further information, call Rod Bruce (secretary) on 01761 433013

April 17

n Food for Thought – Join us for a Passover meal (includes a meat course with dessert) at St Dunstan’s Church Hall, from 7pm to 9.30pm. We will join in with each part of the meal, to be explained to us by Ziggy Rogoff of Jews for Jesus. For tickets (which are free but limited to 70) contact m_dscotty@hotmail. com. This is a Churches Together in Keynsham and Saltford event.

April 20

n Keynsham Skate Event, Memorial Park, 10am to 4pm. Hosted by Keynsham Town Council and King Ramps featuring professional skateboarder Daryl Dominguez and Team GB BMX rider Jack Clark. Free, see skatekeynsham for details.

April 21

n Annual Dawn Chorus event with Avon Wildlife Trust’s Keynsham Group. Meet at Saltford Shallows at 4.30am, led by Dave Sage. Voluntary donation of £1 to the trust. n Keynsham Cricket Club Beer and Cider Festival – a range of real ales and ciders, live music, family activities. Tickets at £10 available from the clubhouse and via cricket club members. Visit www.

n Keynsham singer Louise Baker brings her latest project Digame Lou Lou to The Space with a full band, 7.30pm. Tickets £8 plus booking fee from https://

l April 25 n Keynsham Annual Town Meeting, The Space, 7.30pm, all residents welcome. Speakers Duncan Massey, from Avon Search and Rescue, and Mike May, chairman of the Keynsham Music Festival Association, as well as the presentation of the Keynsham Good Citizen Award and annual town council report.

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n Discuss ideas for Stockwood Library, 11.30am to 1pm at the library. With presentation.

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n Friday Afternoon Craft Club, 3pm to 5pm at the Keynsham

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Regular events Please inform us if there are any changes to your regular event, such as cancellation or changes in time, venue or contact details. Royal British Legion, working on Keynsham in Bloom’s art displays for 2019. n Saltford Community Cinema screens Mary Poppins Returns (U) at Saltford Hall at 7.30pm. Doors open at 6.45pm, tickets £5. Fully licensed bar available and Marshfield ice cream. Hearing loop is also available.

April 26 to 28

n Keynsham Walking Festival returns with seven guided walks, picnic and children’s activities, quiz and more. See Page 26 for details.

April 27

n Community fun day at Queens Road Methodist Church and Community at 67, Queens Road, 2pm to 4pm. Stalls, entertainment from Keyford Dance School, bouncy castle, emergency services vehicles, cakes and refreshments. See see for details.

April 28

n Saltford Wombles’ monthly litter pick, 2-4pm for a postEaster tidy-up. Meeting places vary, details will be emailed to all those registered with the Saltford Wombles and posted on the Saltford Environment website. If anyone would like to know more about joining us, whether to adopt your street or the monthly meets, please contact Barbara at n Marshfield Band performs at the

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n WHAT’S ON Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park, from 3pm to 5pm.

April 30 to May 4

n Spamalot 50th Anniversary Show with Keynsham Light Opera Group (KLOG) at Broadlands Academy, 7.30pm (Saturday matinee at 2.30pm). Contact Tracey on 07580 259757 or email her at klogs@ for tickets. Visit www. for more information and online booking.

May 2

n Keynsham Film Works screens Harold and Maude (15), a black comedy made in 1971 that has become a cult classic. Screening at The Space, doors 7.15pm for 7.45pm start. Tickets £5, bar available. Visit keynshamfilmworks.

May 4

n Cam Valley Arts Spring Exhibition and Sale, Conygre Hall, North Road, Timsbury near Bath BA2 0JQ, 11am to 5pm. Free entry, visit www.


n Keynsham Veggies and Vegans is a support group for the everpopular green lifestyle. For chats, food, drink, info and V/Ve food events nearby, please join the Facebook group: groups/keynshamvegans


n Why not drop into Victoria Methodist Church on the High Street for a coffee or tea break, where you will receive a warm welcome. We are open every morning, Monday to Saturday, from 10am to noon. Pop in – we would love to see you.


n Keynsham Writers is a small and friendly evening support group for budding novelists serious about one day getting published. For latest event details, please visit the Facebook group: groups/keynshamwriters ln Pilates classes, Keynsham Methodist Church Key Centre from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Classes £36 for six sessions or pay per class. Spaces available. Please contact Jenny Greenslade on 07784271249. n Key Voices, Keynsham’s friendly



community choir, meet at St Dunstan’s Church, Bristol Road from 7.15pm to 9.30pm. Choir leader Maria Johnson studied music at Cambridge University and has taught music and conducted choirs in a variety of venues. Adults of all ages welcome, no experience needed. For more information, visit or call Karen on 01761 472708.

friendly group, all abilities, with experienced teacher. £5.50 per session. Call 07784 839781 for more information.

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n Saltford Scrabble Club meets in Saltford Hall every Monday (except bank holidays), 7-9pm. Playing for fun – all abilities. £2 per night, includes a drink. Call 01225 874259.

l n Pilates classes suitable for all ages and abilities, 7.10-8pm Keynsham Key Centre, FREE 15 min introduction for beginners before the class starts. All mats and equipment are supplied. To book call John 07837 302678 or visit (other classes available).

n Cardio Fit, an hour-long high energy aerobics workout, at St Mary’s Church Hall in Saltford at 7.30pm. Please contact Hannah on 07903367887 or @cardiofit on Facebook to book a class

n Keynsham Wellbeing Walks with Age UK B&NES take place every Monday morning in Keynsham. To take part, call 01225 484510 or email active@

n Keynsham Methodist Church Victoria Women’s Guild. We are a friendly group of older ladies who enjoy the fellowship of like-minded people, a relaxed programme of talks, fun, quizzes, and occasionally lunch or tea together. Our regular Monday afternoon meetings always finish with a welcome chat over a cup of tea. Any ladies who are interested will be warmly welcomed. The Fellowship Room, Key Centre, Victoria Centre, Keynsham Methodist Church. For details, call at the Church Office or phone 0117 914 9408.

n Keynsham Bridge Club is a friendly local club which meets at 7pm, at the Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham. We play Duplicate Bridge in a relaxed and friendly environment, and would welcome new members who have just learned to play bridge, and others looking to improve their skills and enjoy an evening of bridge. Contact Pauline or Robert on 0117 985 8495.

n Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society holds an illustrated talk on a topic of local interest at 7.30pm, usually on the third Monday of each month from October to April. The venue is St Dunstan’s Catholic Church Hall, Bristol Road, Keynsham. Admission free for members or £4 for visitors. n Introduction to Pilates for back pain with Sandhya (older adults). Are you fed up of the pain in your back? Exercise classes are too fast or too strong? Are you fed up of taking medication for the pain? Try Pilates for backs to reduce back pain and improve your core so that you can go about your everyday activities without being in agony! Small class size to give more one-on-one attention. Suitable for beginners and those with herniated discs. No previous experience needed. No sit-ups, no crunches.. Take it at your own pace.. Be kind and gentle with your body. 9.45am, Fear Hall, Keynsham High Street. FB: Yogakeynsham. Check spaces at or call 07565 976 129. Other classes Wed and Thursday and Sun family yoga n Free gentle 30-minute walk for over-55s. Meet outside Keynsham Methodist Church, 10am, for a gentle walk followed by refreshments. Suitable for those that haven’t exercised in a while! Call Sandhya on 07789 880 415. n Art class at 10am to noon in the Fear Hall, Keynsham, alternate Mondays. Small

n Keynsham and District Lions Club meets the second Monday of every month, 7pm to 7.30pm at Saltford Hall. The group undertakes fundraising for various causes locally, nationally and internationally and supports community events. New members welcome, call 0117 9609446 or visit n Keynsham Creative Writers meet on the second Monday of the month from 2.30pm to 4pm and the fourth Monday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. We are a small, friendly group and welcome new members of all abilities. For more information contact George on 0117 914 8654 or email george.liddell@blueyonder. n ChoirJam pop choir meets on Mondays, 7.30-9pm, at Somerdale Pavilion, Cross Road, Keynsham BS31 2FW. We sing everything from Fleetwood Mac to Adele and have a lot of fun doing it! Adults of all ages are welcome to join. We’re a friendly bunch and there’s no audition or experience necessary – you just need to be enthusiastic and to love singing. To book a

n 50+ Light and Easy Exercise classes would welcome new members to their group. Fun, friendly and social class on Mondays, 10-11am, at Keynsham Methodist Church, Key Centre. Cost £4 per session. Contact Jenny for more details on 0117 961 3327. n The Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion Keynsham would be delighted to welcome new members. They meet upstairs at the RBL Club on the first Monday of each month, 7.30pm. Speakers, social events and outings. Come and meet new friends. n Keynsham Machine Knitting Club. We meet on the second Monday in the month at Stirling Way Community Centre, Keynsham, 2-4pm. We have two club machines to practice knitting. Help and tuition will be given to get you knitting again. We try to have at least four speakers/ demonstrators a year. Come and join us, we are a very friendly club. Call Margaret on 0117 986 5559.


n Saltford Village Choir meets on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm in the Wansdyke room at Saltford Hall. We would like more people to join Turn to Page 32

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l From Page 31 our friendly group of singers. No audition, no need to be able to read music, just come along and enjoy singing. More details from Julie on 01225 872336.

n Stay curious at Somerdale Shed! A social club for interesting people who like to do interesting things. Every Tuesday, 6pm to 9pm, at Keynsham’s Community Shed, Tiberius Road, BS31 2FH. Just drop in or see our Facebook group “Somerdale Shed” for details. ln Pilates Mat classes for all abilities running at Queen Charlton Village Hall. Seven-week course costing £63, drop-in £12 per class (classes run 55 mins). Beginners/ Improvers, 10.30am. To book call Elena on 07732 246866 or email, www. n Age UK B&NES hosts Tai Chi at Victoria Methodist Church, 2.15pm to 3.15pm, £4. To join, call 01225 484510 or email active@ n Zumba Gold, lower impact Zumba. Ideal for over-50s, beginners. Royal British Legion, upstairs hall. Everyone welcome, and you’ll meet new people while having fun! 11.30am to 12.15pm. £3.50 per class. Contact Philomena on 07966 373089. www.


ln Pilates classes suitable for all ages and abilities, 10.30-11.20am (over-50s) Keynsham Key Centre, FREE 15 min introduction for beginners before the class starts, all mats and equipment are supplied. To book call John on 07837 302678 or visit jehfitness. (other classes available). n Short mat bowling at Keynsham Scout hut, Ashton Way, 1pm to 4pm. All year round. Everyone welcome, first three sessions free. Please contact David Sawyer 01225 872780 for more details. n Age UK B&NES Book Club Meets on the last Tuesday of the month,10am to 11.30am at Keynsham Library, donation £3. Call 01225 484510 or email active@ n The Macular Degeneration Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Boots Opticians in Keynsham High Street. It is an opportunity to chat over coffee and get help and support from fellow sufferers. Call 0117 973 5292 for more details. n Keynsham Older People’s Social Group (KOPS), first Tuesday of every month, 2-4pm at Community At

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67, Queens Road. New members always welcome. Contact Michelle Tarrant at Age UK BaNES on 01225 484510 or active@ageukbanes. for more information. Website n Keynsham Walking Football Club on the 3G pitch at Keynsham Town Football Club, for the over65s, 10-11am. The beautiful game played a little slower – turn up and play. Call Martin on 07754 543719. n Get out, meet people, have fun and keep fit! Really informal, friendly, mixed badminton club for adults 18 to 80. Beginners court 1, previous players/ regulars courts 2,3,4. Keynsham Leisure Centre,10am-noon, £2.40. Drop in or ring Clive on 0117 986 6793. n Sing along to your favourite rhymes at Baby Bounce & Rhyme, every Tuesday at Keynsham Library: Session 1 – 10-10.30am; Session 2 – 11-11.30am. n Parkinson’s Bath & District Branch, Keynsham social coffee mornings – every last Tuesday in the month. 10.30am-noon at The Talbot Inn, Bath Road, Keynsham, BS31 1NP. Open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, a carer or friend wishing to support those with the disease, help in a voluntary capacity, or organise fundraising events. n Keynsham green drinks, every third Tuesday of the month, upstairs at The Ship Inn from 7.30pm, Temple Street. A friendly group of Keynsham residents interested in green and environmental issues, we get together monthly for a drink and a chat. New faces welcome! n ChoirJam pop choir meets on Tuesdays 7.30-9pm at the Fear Hall in the High Street. We sing everything from Fleetwood Mac to Adele and have a lot of fun doing it! Adults of all ages are welcome to join. We’re a friendly bunch and there’s no audition or experience necessary – you just need to be enthusiastic and to love singing. To book a free taster session contact Emma Hutchinson 07793 983040, or visit n The Ship Inn Petanque Club meets between 11am and 2pm at The Ship Inn, Temple Street.

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n New T-Jive modern jive class. Every Tuesday afternoon from 2-4pm at The Fear Hall, 30 High Street, Keynsham. Modern jive is one of the easiest partner dances to learn – based on rock’n roll but much smoother. Come on your own or with a friend or partner, there are several of us on hand to lead or follow. Tea and biscuits served. All ages and abilities, beginners especially welcome. Free first lesson. For details, contact Sue on 07979 740702. n Saltford Floral Club meets every fourth Tuesday at 2pm in Saltford Hall. For events see our website or contact Val Purkis (Chairman) via email or call 07931 103 387. n Fry Club Joggers run every Tuesday, meeting at 7pm in the Somerdale Pavilion foyer. We jog/ run five to seven miles around the local area. Friendly club with members from 20s to 70s. New joiners always welcome. See n St John’s Toddler Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday during term-time from 9.45-11.30am in St John’s Church Hall, Keynsham. Children aged 0-4 years can come and play with a wide range of toys and take part in craft activities and singing every week. Refreshments included. All welcome – first session free. Contact Anais Hall on 07545 391659 for more information. n Activity days at @One, St John’s Church, Keynsham. The activities are cookery or art in the morning (10am-2pm) then drama in the afternoon (2-4pm) for people with learning disabilities, £33.33 for full day, bring packed lunch. Call the Swallow office to book on 01761 414034 or email judy@ n Wellsway Ladies’ Badminton Club, 7.30-9.30pm at Keynsham Leisure Centre. For more information, call Jenny on 0117 986 8331. n St Keyna Townswomen’s Guild meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the Fear Hall, Keynsham between 9.45am and 11.45am. They are a friendly, outgoing group of ladies who enjoy interesting speakers and numerous sub-group outings and

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n WHAT’S ON activities. Come along to our next meeting for a coffee/ tea and biscuits, you will be most welcome.


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n Coffee and craft at Community at 67, Queens Road, 10am12.30pm. Do you enjoy crafting or like to learn new skills or teach others? All types of craft welcome, help plan trips and demonstrations. For more details, please contact Clare on 077 377 42300, email, follow us on Facebook.

l n Pilates classes suitable for all ages and abilities, 6-30-7.25 pm, Keynsham Key Centre, FREE 15 min introduction for beginners before the class starts, all mats and equipment are supplied. To book call John on 07837 302678 or visit (other classes available).

n Keynsham Good Afternoon Choir with music man Grenville Jones, 2-4pm at Victoria Methodist Church. No auditions and great songs with the accent on fun and friendship. £4 per session, come and meet us. Call 01761 472468 or visit www.goodafternoonchoir. org

n Keynsham Photowalkers meet every Wednesday from 10.30am at different places around Keynsham to explore, take photos and enjoy being outdoors. We have a Facebook page and group which have details of where we’ll be each week. It’s free and everyone is welcome to join in.

n ChoirJam pop choir meets on Wednesday mornings 11am12.30pm at the Fear Hall in the High Street. See Tuesday’s entry for details.

n Popular sequence dances at The Fear Hall, Keynsham, 7.30-10pm. Anyone interested in dancing is welcome, friendly atmosphere, first visit free. Call 07808 481 343 or 0117 986 4014.

n Age UK B&NES’ Walking Group, variable programme, often leaving around 10am. Cost is £18 per year, which allows you to go out with any of the walking groups in the area. Call 01225 484510 or email active@ n Short mat bowling at Wellsway School sports centre, 7pm to 10pm. All year round, everyone welcome. First three sessions are free. Please contact David Sawyer 01225 872780 for more details. In Zen 02 Fitness for all abilities 10am, Fear Hall, Keynsham High Street. Trusted, proven, relaxing, fun. Gets results. TRY FOR FREE. Debi: 07807460856; email:fit@; or

n Maths At 67, a small after-school fun maths club for Years 5 and 6 runs on Wednesdays in term time, 4-5pm at Community At 67. Call Sheila Crocombe on 0117 986 3961. n Baby Comes Too meets every Wednesday afternoon, in term time, from 1.15pm to 2.45pm upstairs in the Key Centre, Keynsham. All carers with children aged 0-4 years are welcome! We have a home corner, dressing up, books, jigsaws, plenty of play vehicles, Peppa Pig toys and lots more! Refreshments are included. £1 per family per week. Please join us, the first session is free! See www.babycomestoo.btck.

In NEW PILATES CLASS. Mondays 11.30am to 12.30pm Keynsham, Wednesdays 1.45pm to 2.45pm Keynsham. Please bring a mat. £36 for six-week booking. Contact Jenny 07784 271249. www.

n Keynsham Photographic Society meets at the Fear Hall at 7.30pm to enjoy all aspects of photography. We have visiting speakers; competitions; sessions to share and discuss our own photographs and opportunities to view the best amateur work from the South West. Find us online at www. keynshamphotographicsociety. and come along to share this enthralling hobby.

n Cardio Fit, an hour-long high energy aerobics workout, at St Mary’s Church Hall in Saltford at 9.15am. Please contact Hannah

n The Keynsham and Saltford branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild meets on the second Wednesday of every month,

7.15pm, at the Wick House Community Hall, Wick House Close, Saltford. Cake decorating demonstrations, workshops for all to join in, please just come along. Contact Iris Seymour on 01275 834233 for more information. n Community At 67 Scrabble Club meets on Wednesday of each week from 2-4pm. New members welcome, ring 0773 774 2300 or come along. Meets at 67 Queens Road, Keynsham.

Thursday ln Pilates Mat classes for all abilities starting Queen Charlton Village Hall. Seven-week course costing £63, drop-in £12 per class (classes run 55 mins). Beginners/ Improvers, 6.30pm. To book call Elena 07732 246866 or email, www. n Short mat bowling at Keynsham Scout hut, Ashton Way, 1pm to 4pm. All year round. Everyone welcome, first three sessions free. Contact David Sawyer on 01225 872780 for more details. n Walking football for over-50s, 8-9pm, AJN Stadium, Keynsham. Call Martin on 07754 543719. n Music For The Mind at St Dunstan’s Church Hall on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 10.30am to noon. Free entry. Open to all who have been diagnosed with dementia, with a carer if needed. More details from Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance on 0117 983 7923. ln Pilates classes suitable for all ages and abilities, 10-10.50am, 12.30-1.25pm or 6.30-7.25pm Saltford Community Centre , FREE 15 min introduction for beginners before the class starts, all mats and equipment are supplied. To book call John on 07837 302678 or visit (other classes available) n Saltford Sewing Group for clothes sewers of all ages and skills, sharing ideas and techniques and creating classic and unique garments. Group is held on Thursday afternoons. Contact June on 01225 872304 for more information. n Badminton club – join a friendly


club who play at Broadlands Academy on Thursday evenings, 7pm until 9pm. Contact Joan on 01761453169. In Introduction to Yoga for the inflexible. Relax, calm and create a sense of balance with this beginners’ yoga class. Learn the poses while reducing stress and anxiety. We won’t ask you to look like a pretzel. If you want a class for beginners and those that feel as stiff as a board then this class is for you. No more than 12-14 in a class. Class is with Jules. You will be guided to go at your own pace and we finish with a lovely relaxation, getting you ready to drift off to sleep. Suitable for beginners, no previous experience needed.. Take it at your own pace.. Be kind and gentle with your body. 6pm and 7.15pm, St Francis Hall, Warwick Road, Keynsham. BS31 2PW. www.yogakeynsham. com, Sandhya on 07565 976 129 FB: Yogakeynsham. Other classes Mon, Wed, Thur and Sun. n Age UK B&NES’ Walking Group, meets twice a month on a Thursday morning, currently has spaces for new walkers. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, exercise in the fresh air and discover your surrounding area whilst being led by trained and friendly volunteers. If you would like to know more please contact Michelle Tarrant on 01225 484510, or visit ageukbanes. n Come and listen to stories and rhymes for youngsters at Story Time every Thursday during term time at Keynsham Library, 1010.30am. n ASP Poetry Circle meets on the third Thursday of each month, from 7.30-8.30pm at Broadlands Academy. Free entry, bring a couple of poems, your own or by another poet, to share. Contact Mary Lambert on 0117 986 2257 or email Visit http://totallymaracas.btck. n Painting for pleasure club, we meet Thursday afternoons from 2-4pm at Saltford Hall. Contact Eileen on 01225 873224. n St John’s Toddler Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday Turn to Page 34

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l From Page 33 during term-time between 9.45am and 11.30am in St John’s Church Hall, Keynsham. Children 0-4 years can come and play with a wide range of toys and take part in craft activities and singing. Refreshments included. All welcome – first session free. Call Anais Hall on 07545 391659. n Somerset Morris Dancers meet 8-10pm at Marksbury Village Hall. We are a women’s side and dance West Country Stave Dances and Cotswold Morris. New musicians welcome, male and female, at 7.30pm. Call Jill on 01761 470773 for more information.


n The Friday Afternoon Club meets at Keynsham Royal British Legion Club, Charlton Road, 3pm to 5pm, on the third Friday of the month. Craft activities to create an art installation as part of Keynsham in Bloom’s displays. Activities will also include board games, quizzes and chat.


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n Chew Park Badminton Club serves the B&NES and South Glos areas. Chew Park BC currently play on a Friday night, 7.30pm to 10.30pm at St Brendan’s School, Broomhill Road, Brislington. Visitors looking to play competitive badminton in a friendly club are welcome. For further details, email or ring Mary on 07989 359762.

Kingfisher Lodge Care Centre, Chestnut Walk on the third Friday of every month from 2-3pm. £2 voluntary donation to attend.

come for coffee or contact the Church Office on 0117 914 9408 or Christopher Bailey on 01225 872784.

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n Keynsham Walking Football Club on the 3G pitch at Keynsham Town Football Club, 10-11am. The beautiful game played a little slower – turn up and play. Details from Martin on 07754 543719.

n Tea ‘n’ Tots meets 9.30-11.30am every Friday morning during term time in Keynsham Baptist Church hall. This is a free drop-in for babies, toddlers and their carers, with toys, craft, stories and singing. For more information contact the church on 0117 986 3112.

n Goldies Sing&Smile sessions are open to everybody. These are fun, uplifting social groups where we sing-a-long to the popular hits of the 50s onwards. You don’t have to be able to sing, just love music! Keynsham Goldies sessions take place at The Key Centre on the second and last Friday of every month from 2.00-3.00pm. Saltford Goldies session takes place at

n CAMEO is a friendly group providing fellowship and a wide range of activities for those living on their own. We are open to all denominations or to those with no affiliations. We meet for coffee (10am-noon) at Victoria Methodist Church on the first Friday of the month. If you are interested,

n Somerdale Pavilion Parkrun, 9am, every Saturday. A free timed 5km run – register at www.parkrun. n Free Turn Up and Play Football Sessions for children aged between five and 16 with physical, sensory and learning difficulties, 9am to10am at Keynsham Town FC. Contact Martin for more details on 07754 543719. n Weekend Wellness Saturdays, 10-11am, free (funded by the Wellbeing College) at Timeout, Keynsham. Visit www. or email for details. n Salt and Sham Cycle Club’s weekly 45km ride around Chew Valley Lake, starting at Ashton Way car park in Keynsham

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n WHAT’S ON at 7am and ending at Keynsham Cricket Club for refreshments. Visit for more details.

n Keynsham has a community veg plot to share. Anyone who would like to grow vegetables but doesn’t know how, doesn’t have a garden or just loves gardening and wants to meet other likeminded people can come along to the plot from 10.30am on the first Saturday of the month. You’ll find us behind the cafe in Keynsham Memorial Park. Call Aileen on 07854 149008. n Who Let the Dads Out, 1011.30am, third Saturday of the month. St John’s Church Hall, Keynsham. For dads, grandads, male carers and preschool kids. Bacon butties, toys, great coffee. Follow us on Twitter @ keynshamwltdo.


n Tai chi classes return to the park. 9am every Sunday in all weathers. Contact 07731 198890 or

keynshamvoice n NEWS n Free social runs for ladies. Meet Sunday 8am at the top of Chandos Road where it meets Station Road. Warm-up, social run of 30 to 45 minutes and cool down. For details, see www.thismumruns. n Walks for single people. Solo Rendezvous walk every Sunday in the area, starting at 11am. Please phone for walk details: 01454 775508 or 01454 774984.

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A former Keynsham Town footballer who turns 90 this year will be matchday VIP as the club takes on Portishead at home on March 30. Mervyn Hawkins, who worked at Frys, joined the club from De Veys in 1953, having also played for Bedminster Down. He was known as a deadly centre forward and had played for Worcester City Colts and had trials for Bath City. While football was his favourite sport, he also excelled at billiards and table tennis. Mervyn, who also served with the Royal Artillery and still lives in Keynsham, will be matchday VIP in honour of his years at KTFC and his upcoming 90th birthday and will be accompanied by members of his family.

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deadly centre forward, Mervyn joined Keynsham fro having played for Bedminster Down. He served in th He played for Worcester City Colts and had trials wit Whilst football was his favourite sport, he also excel and table tennis. This year Mervyn will be 90 years o Keynsham Town Football Club hope that Mervyn an have a wonderful day at the club and whilst enjoyin will take away fond memories of Mervyn’s time here

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Welcome stop near old Dramway route


ollowing our feature in the January issue on the lost pubs of Keynsham, this month we travel just a little further afield to Willsbridge. You are probably familiar with the junction of the road from Keynsham with the A431 Bitton Road, these days regulated by one of the ubiquitous miniroundabouts. However, only those of a certain age will remember the establishment that stood on the junction before road improvements in 1962: The Railway Inn. The building had an interesting history. From Roman times until at least the 18th century the road via Hanham and Bitton was the principal route from Bristol to Bath and it was turnpiked in 1707. Originally, a tollhouse stood on the site at the junction of the two roads and it may be that the shape of the bay window is a relic of that. The tollhouse closed in 1867 and was converted into a shop; it may have been rebuilt and enlarged at that time, or a few years later. It was very close to the point where the Dramway, carrying coal from the mines in the Coalpit Heath area by horse-drawn wagons, emerged from the Willsbridge tunnel (the entrance is still visible) and crossed the main road on its way to the river at Avon Wharf and Londonderry Wharf. The Dramway was built in 1833 but had a somewhat chequered history. It was closed in the same year as the tollhouse but was given a new lease of life when the nearby California Colliery reopened in 1876. At one stage a set of unloading sidings was built, known as Willsbridge Wharf, where coal

The Railway Inn at Willsbridge was a thriving shop that sold beer and does not appear to have ever operated as a pub Photo courtesy of Paul Townsend

was transferred to ordinary road carts to be sold to nearby houses and businesses. If these existed in the later period, the labourers and carters would have provided custom for the Railway Inn. The business prospered when widowed grocer Rachel Bence married another local butchergrocer, Francis Neads, and they turned it into a thriving concern. In 1890 they obtained an offlicence. So although it was given the name Railway Inn, presumably due to its proximity to the Dramway rather than the Midland Railway at Bitton Station, it was actually a beer retailer, allowing those working nearby to buy beer, but they had to drink it outside. We have seen no evidence that

the Railway Inn ever operated as a public house in the accepted sense. The Dramway finally closed in January 1904, along with the pit, but the shop business survived for almost another 60 years. In the earlier part of the 20th century, the Railway Inn has been described as an Aladdin’s Cave of a shop, with groceries, pots, pans, nails, batteries and all kinds of hardware packed inside. The last owners were the Bateman family: in the late 1950s or early 1960s Jack Bateman opened a small grocery shop, with a ladies’ hairdressing salon on the top floor. 1962 saw the shop closed and the building demolished, as the road line was moved much further back to make way for the junction we see today.

April Meeting – The Dramway If you would like to learn more of the history of the Dramway, properly known as the Avon & Gloucestershire Railway, then you might enjoy our next meeting: on Monday, April 15, Jim Pimpernel will be talking about the Dramway and the Avon Wharf in particular. The talk starts at 7.30pm and visitors are welcome to join us at St Dunstan’s Catholic Church Hall on Bristol Road, Keynsham.

l Thanks to Paul Townsend for information and permission to use the photo. Paul has a huge online database at photos/brizzlebornandbred/ which features photos from every suburb of Bristol as well as old Somerset and Gloucestershire.


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Slimmers turn their old  clothes  into  cash Keynsham slimmers’ old clothes will be turned into £5,000 cash for charity after two local Slimming World groups collected 200 bags of donated items. The groups have been taking part in the Big Golden Slimming World Clothes Throw in aid of Cancer Research UK, bagging up the clothes that have become too big and taking them to the charity’s shops. Each bag is worth around £25 to the charity. The partnership between Slimming World and the charity also aims to highlight the links between obesity and cancer. Sharon, who runs the Monday and Tuesday groups, is delighted to have raised so much money for charity. She said: “I knew our members were amazing but I didn’t expect such an incredible level of effort – wow! “Seeing members donate their too-big clothes is just the cherry on top for us as consultants.”

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ollowing three days of heavy rain and gale-force winds, the sun came out for our Sunday morning stroll to the Humpty Dumps. It was good to see 28 walkers turn up for this short, 2.5-mile walk. Leaving the park, we took the footpath behind Keynsham Rugby ground and Broadlands sports field to Durley Lane. Here we turned right and followed the river until we were opposite the Chequers pub. We then followed the public footpath up very steep steps to the Humpty Dumps. The Humpty Dumps are used for scrambling motorbikes, and this was a concern as we may have had to alter our route. However, although we were greeted with many vans and the sound of motorbikes, they had yet to start and we were able to cross the field towards the railway line. Here we crossed the railway footbridge into a secluded wooded area. Turning left we followed the footpath where we had the railway line on one side and picturesque

Meet at the Fox and Hounds car park for a six-mile walk around Dyrham Park and Hinton. £4 donation towards transport appreciated. Friday, April 26, 6.30pm Meet at St John’s Church for a 1.5-mile walk entitled History of Keynsham Town Centre. Joint venture with Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society. Friday, April 26-Sunday, April 28 Walking Festival. Details on the Keynsham Walkers are Welcome website and Page 26.

woodlands and stream to our right. This path led us back to steep steps back to Durley Lane. We then retraced our steps to the park. Although the walk was short, it was very sociable, ending with coffee at the Memorial Park Café.

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BOOKS OF THE MONTH with Judith Thomas from Keynsham Library Adult Fiction

Corpus by Rory Clements This was recommended to me by my husband and I am very glad that he did. Rory Clements is well known for his books set in the 16th century but this title and the subsequent two are set in the 1930s. The story starts in Berlin where a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. On her return to England she is found dead. Furthermore, in an exclusive London club, a conspiracy is launched that threatens the very heart of government. Next, a wellconnected couple with fascist leanings are also found murdered, so it falls to Thomas Wilde, a Cambridge professor, to follow the clues which take him, and his neighbour Lydia, into a murky world of espionage and links to the abdication crisis. The story is very pacey, with brilliant characters – I particularly like the hero, Thomas Wilde, who appears to be a dusty academic but is not all that he seems. There are excellent historical details from the Spanish Civil War, Nazi Germany and Britain from the time of Edward VIII’s abdication. I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the next two in the series.

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Alone On The Wall by Alex Honnold and David Roberts At the end of December 2018 a documentary called Free Solo was

released into cinemas. For those who watched it, your palms might have become a bit sweaty. It follows Alex Honnold’s climb of El Capitan, a granite face of rock that peaks at 7,500ft (2,308m). He doesn’t use any rope, which means any mistake will lead to death. Alone On The Wall documents in Honnold’s own words this achievement in his discipline. I am not a climber myself, but I know some around me, and I noticed it is a sport that is becoming more and more popular, particularly around Bristol. I was first lost in his words and the techniques he mentions, then David Roberts explains in more detail every challenge that Alex took on and it makes it easier to understand. The book is quite pleasant to read, the climbs and places he visits are fascinating. You get to know more about the man and his discipline and I couldn’t leave the book – I wanted to know what was next. You might not agree on his choice, as 99 per cent of climbers won’t, but we have to admit it brings a kind of curiosity and respect for someone who just follows his passion with purity and simplicity, alone against the elements. Reviewed by Emilie Bioud, Keynsham Library assistant Forever Outnumbered – Tales Of Our Family Life by Simon Hooper aka Father of Daughters

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I came across Simon Hooper’s family life because of his huge success on Instagram. He is the dad, with 800,000 followers, who takes selfies while looking after his daughters. Every photo is taken with humour, showing the chaos children bring and the difficulties of being a parent. The book brings words to his daily life, and it is really touching how he is involved in his role as a dad. You don’t have to agree with its parenting techniques, but it will make you laugh and if you have children you might understand all too well his struggle. It is very honest and he chooses to make jokes of situations because even if sometimes you dream of locking your children in a cupboard to enjoy some “me time”, you still love those little demons. Highly recommended for any future dads. Reviewed by Emilie Bioud, Keynsham Library assistant

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak A beautiful story of loss narrated by Death – “and when Death tells a story you really have to listen”. Set in Germany during World War II, it involves rather a few stolen books. Amazing and

l Keynsham Library’s very popular Story Time and Rhyme Time are having a small Easter break but will be back with all their songs and stories at the end of April 2019.

Three new book reviews by our regular reviewer Erin Conlon.

Gone by Michael Grant A thrilling novel on the kids of Perdido Beach. It’s a world without adults, a parentless haven – or so it seems. Within weeks everything has spiralled out of control and disaster is looming! This one grips you like a “whip-hands tentacle”! Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas This is a fastpaced novel brimming with excitement and mystery. After a year in Endovier will Celaena recover enough to win back her freedom, and defeat the evil that dwells within the castle? An epic battle against opponents with deadly weapons. Live or die, Celaena will be free. l Please note that Keynsham Library and One Stop Shop will be closed over the Easter weekend from Friday, April 19, to Monday, April 22. Keynsham Library and One Stop Shop will open again at 9.30am on Tuesday, April 23.

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Church supporters publish new guide Residents and visitors alike are being invited to see St John’s Church in a new light with an updated guide book on the historic building. The publication was produced by the Friends of St John’s, Keynsham in 2018 after Edmund Prideaux edited a number of articles he had written on the church into a handy guide. This has now been updated with extra sections on the bell tower and a map to enable visitors to follow a self-guided tour. A spokesperson for the Friends group said: “It is an excellent little booklet that will make you see the church in a new light. There are all sorts of interesting details that you might not have noticed without the help of this excellent guide.”

Copies are available from the church or the adjacent Parish Office and cost £2. The Friends of St John’s, Keynsham is a charity set up to support the restoration, upkeep and improvement of the church and churchyard and has contributed more than £50,000 since it was founded in 1990. The group can now also offer an illustrated talk on the church or guided tours to any local organisations that might be interested. Contact the Parish Office at or call 0117 986 3354 for more information. Anyone who is interested in joining the Friends can find out more at

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Estate agents showcase homes in London Local estate agents will be swapping the streets of Keynsham and Saltford for the heart of London’s Mayfair when they host a property exhibition this month. The team from Davies & Way are returning to their associated London showroom in Park Lane on April 30 to showcase a selection of local properties to affluent buyers looking to move out of the capital to a more relaxed setting. Stephen Morris, of Davies & Way, said he was thrilled about the prospect of

showing properties to London buyers. He said: “We are excited about bringing our properties to the London market. It’s a great chance for us to interact with London buyers, and for the buyers to see what we have to offer in the Park Lane setting.” Anyone interested in bringing their home directly to the London market can contact Davies & Way on one of the following numbers: Keynsham office 0117 9863681; Saltford office 01225 400400; Associated Park Lane office 0203 368 3869.

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man sees a sign in front of a house: “Talking Dog for Sale.” He rings the bell and the owner shows him into the backyard where a black mutt is just sitting there. “You talk?” he asks. “Sure do,” the dog replies. “So, what's your story?” The dog looks up and says: “Well, I discovered my gift of talking pretty young and I wanted to help my country, so I told MI5 about my gift, and in no time they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded loads of medals. Had a

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wife, a few puppies, and now I’m just retired.” The man was amazed and asks the owner what he wants for the dog. The owner replied: “Anything you can offer.” The man replies, “This dog is amazing. Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?” “Cause he’s a liar....He’s never done any of that stuff.” Do you ever feel unappreciated? We live in a culture of conditional affirmation. So often praise is offered, particularly in a work context, in order to encourage greater performance and productivity. “Well done,” you might be told, “but how can you do even better?” Schools might find themselves regarded as “outstanding” one year,

only to be told they are in “need of improvement” only a few years later. As a result, we can often get the message that nothing we do is ever good enough. This is a shame, as God doesn’t see us like that. We might think that nothing we can do will ever please God or match up to his high standards, but the Christian message is not about trying to impress God or proving ourselves worthy of His acceptance. He just loves us as we are and because He loves us, like a good Father, He just wants the best for us. No matter what we do, we can approach him as we are – His arms are always open wide to accept and to forgive, an understanding that lies at the heart of the Easter message.

Local fundraisers are once again collecting unwanted tools to give them a new lease of life in communities in Africa. The Rotary Club of Keynsham Chew Valley will be holding a collection in Waitrose car park on Saturday, May 4, from 8.30am to 12.30pm. Donated tools will be given to the charity Tools for Self Reliance, which refurbishes them before sending them to organisations in Africa that train local people to use them. The charity needs hand tools that can be used by woodworkers, metalworkers, mechanics, electricians and builders as well as sewing machines. People can drop off their tools at Waitrose on May 4 or, to arrange collection, call 0117 986 4407. Got news? Get in touch at, call 07887 561567 or visit us on Facebook or Twitter

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Wombles tackle litter hotspots and plan for Big Spring Clean

Volunteers descended en masse to the riverbanks and verges around the Lock Keeper pub and station overflow car park last month to give the area a good spring clean. On March 9, members of Keynsham Wombles once again tackled the area, a regular spot for their Big Womble litter blitzes, collecting a large haul of rubbish-filled bags for the council to take away. The group will be aiming to make a big difference all over Keynsham this month when they join Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean on Saturday, April 6, from 2pm to 4pm. Areas the group plans to target include Stony Lane, the Dapps Hill area, Somerdale

Guitar students take centre stage at show Almost 30 budding guitarists took to the stage at Somerdale Pavilion as part of an annual concert organised by Guitar Tuition Bristol. The show, on March 2, gave students of all ages the chance to show off the skills they’d learned during the year and included songs such as Albatross by Fleetwood Mac and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Young performers included local schoolgirl Corey Ashby, nine, and Carmen Branscombe, who has been playing for just seven months. Organisers Rich Hillyer and

The bags of rubbish collected by the Wombles in March woodlands and the station overflow car park, the area behind Waitrose and the perimeter of Wellsway School grounds. All of the groups will be rewarded with tea and cake when

they meet up after at Keynsham Bowls Club. Anyone who would like to get involved can email the Wombles at womble@transitionkeynsham. org

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Footballers net £750 from wellbeing fund Keynsham Walking Football Club is hoping to open up the sport to even more people after receiving a grant of £750. The club was awarded the cash from the Bath and North East Somerset Community Wellness Fund, which supports projects that aim to boost wellbeing and mental health and tackle loneliness. The walking football club welcomes players who are over 50 to enjoy the game at a slower pace on the pitches at Keynsham Town Football Club’s AJN Stadium. Secretary Martin Coles said: “At present we have up to 70 players aged over 55 coming along each week. This funding will help us pay for more goal posts and this will give us more pitch space so we’ll be able to welcome more players. We are hoping to expand numbers to enable us to run an over-70s team.” A grant of £2,000 has also gone to the Keynsham-based Make a Move to support its Moving for the Mind project. The charity uses music, movement and mindfulness to help people improve their mental health. The grant programme in B&NES is overseen by Virgin Care and is managed by the Quartet Community Foundation. It has awarded more than £16,000 to 12 local projects. Kirsty Mathews, managing director of B&NES Community Health and Care Services for Virgin Care, said: “We’re delighted to be able to fund local projects that we know will help improve mental and physical wellbeing and make a difference from the wide range of activities that these grants support.”

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An amazing tale of resurrection as all hope seemed lost with Avon Wildlife Trust Keynsham Group


he March talk hosted by the Avon Wildlife Trust Keynsham branch was the incredible tale of the resurrection of the Madagascar pochard, given by Peter Cranswick, writes chairman Dave Sage. Peter is the head of species recovery for the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge. His tale is based on the island of Madagascar, off the east coast of Africa, renowned for its unique wildlife. However, this is seriously threatened by the increasing human population, deforestation, pollution and over-exploitation of natural resources, particularly overfishing of the island’s lakes. One victim of this is the Madagascar pochard, common in the 1940s but believed extinct

by the 1980s. One individual was found in 1991 but when it died it was thought to be the last of its kind. However, in 2006 a population of 20 ducks was found on remote volcanic lakes. The ducks were breeding and producing large broods of ducklings, most of which died within two to three weeks (probably due to lack of invertebrate food in the lake). A decision was taken to remove as many eggs as possible and handrear the ducklings. Twenty-three were hatched and reared at the Durrell Foundation, but there was nowhere suitable to release them. Eighteen months of searching by colleague Andy Bamfield led them to Lake Sofia. However, residents had to be convinced of the benefits of improving the lake and its surroundings. Sustainable agriculture was organised, increasing rice yields, reducing the use of pesticides, diversifying with other crops, developing nurseries, educating fishermen about sustainable fishing, and giving locals “ownership” of the lake. Eventually large floating aviaries were created (modified from Scottish salmon-farming containers) and several ducks were allowed to acclimatise before being released onto the lake. Although it is early days, the signs of a sustained recovery are encouraging. Peter described this unique project with a passion and is

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Surprise around every corner on farm tour The group held its first field trip of the year on Sunday, March 3, having postponed it from February due to high winds, writes committee member Liz Wintle. Twelve of us went to Elm Farm, Burnett, where our vicechair Philippa Paget guided us around her family farm. This is a mixed-use working farm, rich in wildlife, and we were keen to see the overwintering farmland birds. We began our walk with a trio of corvids – magpie, crow and jackdaw, all trying to show off to us. We found a pair of frogs in the first pond, but no frogspawn. Apparently, the night before 115 toads were escorted across the road on their way to their chosen breeding site! All of the fields are now grassland with wildflowers, and two sown with clover, kale, goldof-pleasure (similar to flax) and quinoa to supply birds with seed. In the “hungry gap” between January and April, mixed bird seed is scattered daily. We were treated to sightings of great tit, chaffinch, linnet and yellowhammer, with a kestrel overhead looking very keenly at them. We saw signs of badger and Muntjac deer, then came across a buzzard carcass. It was interesting to see its wingspan hoping that the project can be a model for sustainable development around the world. Our final indoor meeting takes place on Friday, April 12, (7pm for a 7.30pm start) at the Baptist Church hall in Keynsham High Street. The speaker is Chris Sperring MBE, a charismatic exponent of

of over 3ft, and how sharp both beak and talons were. Every time we turned a corner, we were treated to new surprises – next were robin, goldfinch, thrush, fieldfare, redwing, starling, long-tailed tit, woodpigeon and black-headed gull. We also heard a bullfinch. We finished our wonderful morning by finding assorted snails in the road verge leading back to the farmhouse. Thanks to member Rita Andrews for her wonderful photos! Our next field trip is on Sunday, April 21, at Saltford Shallows, starting at 4.30am! It’s the annual Dawn Chorus, led by Dave Sage. A voluntary donation of £1 will go to the trust. sustainability and maintaining habitats to improve biodiversity. His talk is entitled “The Changing Face of Nature” and promises to be thought-provoking and inspiring. Refreshments, secondhand books, bird food and a range of goodies will be on sale, with all proceeds going to the Avon Wildlife Trust.

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CHANGING FOR THE BETTER with Transition Keynsham Could we face restrictions on air travel and tax on meat?

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n March this year, B&NES Council declared a climate emergency, following in the footsteps of local councils around England. The cross-party motion means that the council has committed to making B&NES carbon-neutral by 2030. It’s an ambitious target, but it’s looking increasingly necessary. That so many councils are declaring a climate emergency speaks to the lack of leadership from central government. Just three weeks after the International Panel on Climate Change reported that we’re likely to see warming of 1.5°C within 11 years, the Chancellor presented a budget that didn’t even mention climate change. A planet warmed by 1.5°C will mean devastating consequences, from the loss of most coral reefs to increased extreme weather such as heatwaves and floods. But scarily, even if we cut our carbon emissions to zero by 2030, we’re still on track to see 1.5°C warming. And if we don’t curb them? Then 2°C or even higher is on the table, and that’s truly terrifying. Can local climate emergency motions provide the radical action we need to prevent runaway climate change? It’s difficult to say,

especially when other issues like the local economy and jobs come into play. Nearly half of B&NES councillors voted against the first meaningful action on climate change that was asked of them – to oppose the expansion of Bristol Airport. Expanding the airport will cause higher carbon emissions and make it extremely hard to meet our target. But extra flights bring increased tourism and jobs, boosting the local economy. As we become more aware of the dangers of climate change, we’ll face more of these difficult trade-offs. There’s no easy answer to tackling global warming, but unpalatable decisions from our politicians are, I think, inevitable, such as a carbon tax on meat and restricting air travel. Older generations of voters won’t like this threat to their freedom of choice, but as the schoolchildren striking to raise awareness of the urgency of climate change have shown us, it’s their future we’re playing fast and loose with, and they’re not going to sit back and let us get away with it. The B&NES declaration gives them one more tool to hold us all to account.

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Work to do to avoid rugby league drop Three league games and one cup match to report on this month, although there will be two further games in March to report on in the May edition, writes our correspondent. There was a mid-week match played under floodlights at the Crown Field in the Bath Combination Cup where visitors Trowbridge, occupying a similar league position in the corresponding league to Keynsham in South West 1 East, were expected to give the local side a close match. This proved to be the case although the home side went into an early eight-point lead due to a penalty by Sam Challenger and a try from Jack Evans. Thereafter Trowbridge dominated the half and saw a penalty kick rebound from the upright. They were thwarted by a very vigorous defence but did get onto the scoreboard at the last gasp of the first session for a score of 8-3. Keynsham resumed control

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metres and when the visitors tried to run from defence, Cieran Chester intercepted for the third try, converted by Joe Davis. Thus, it finished at 25-3, a flattering score-line but a hardwon victory. The local side failed to get revenge for an away defeat at the hands of Hornets earlier in the season when Hornets came to town. The Black and Ambers went into the lead with a try by Joe Clements, converted by Challenger, but then shipped a very good converted try in return. They then temporarily lost a man to a yellow card and shipped a second converted try. A visitors’ yellow card evened numbers up but they gave away a penalty. A massive penalty kick, putting the ball deep into Keynsham territory, was not cleared and a third Hornets try was forthcoming. Keynsham came back but another error near the line spoilt things and the half ended at 7-19. Two sloppy errors from the kick-off gave the visitors the platform they needed for their bonus point try to move it to 7-24. Keynsham came back via a try from Rich Court and a penalty try to make it 19-24 with all to play for. Generous to a fault, the Ks again made a hash of the restart and then there was a 10-point gap again. The sting in the tail then came when the scrums became uncontested, losing Keynsham’s dominance in that department. Hornets took two more tries, one of which was converted. A disappointing result to a frustrating game, 19-41. After a close game at Devonport, the Services came to the Crown Field for the return fixture. Unfortunately, the referee pulled a fetlock

and could not continue; there being no other qualified referee in attendance the game was abandoned with the score at 27-22. The match will have to be replayed at a future date – very inconvenient for the visitors to have to make another trip to us. At half time the score was 24-10 thanks to a penalty by Davies, a try from Ben Angell converted by Davies, a try and conversion by that man Davies again and a try by Dan Harvey, also converted by Davies. Services had two unconverted tries. The visitors came out of the blocks quickly in the second session with a converted try. Davies then replied with a penalty to move it to 10 points lead again. Keynsham’s tackling, much vaunted this season – and rightly so – fell away badly in this section and Devonport scored another unconverted try. They were, therefore, a bonus point to the good when the game stopped, but Keynsham were threatening a bonus point try at that point. So, both sides will have to try again. Finally, there was the game against Coney Hill RFC. In inclement conditions, it was not conducive to flowing rugby but Keynsham did avoid the potential banana skin this match might have thrown up. Any such worries were soon swept away as they stormed ahead and had secured their bonus try before half time, which came with a score of 35-0. The second half continued to be a one-sided affair from the score point of view and the home team added to their tally to finish at 52-0. Some of the scorers to cross over the line were Haydn Johnson (three), Ollie Coneybeare (two), Dan Harvey and Joe Davies. There is still a bit of work required to ensure safety from the drop with five more games to finish the season; four of these are at home so the points required for league safety should be obtainable, but it is by no means a given. The only scheduled April game for the First XV at the Crown Field is against Newent on April 13, which is also the date for the explayers’ reunion – all ex-players are welcome, just let the club know you are attending (for catering purposes).

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The Ks line up a nail-biting end in battle for promotion KEYNSHAM TOWN FC News from the Crown Field Although Keynsham Town’s incredible run of 17 successive victories was brought to an end early in March, they are still fighting it out with Cheddar to win the Toolstation Western League Division One title. The month began with a disappointing 2-1 reverse away to Welton Rovers, which was the Ks’ first defeat in over four months. A late headed goal from sub Matt Curnock was all the Ks had to show for their efforts on a dreary afternoon. The following Wednesday saw the long trek to high-flying Premier Division side Plymouth Parkway in the Les Phillips Cup Quarter Final. Keynsham gave a great account of themselves, with Stefan Lee finishing off a flowing move midway through the first half. However, a defensive error saw the hosts draw level just before the interval. It was nip and tuck in the second half, but sadly for the Ks another error was ruthlessly punished with only five minutes to go, and they slipped to an unfortunate 2-1 defeat. An in-form Warminster Town were next up at Crown Fields, and in a tight game of few clearcut chances, it was Stef Lee again who finished off a great move in the 84th minute, much to the relief of another big home crowd. A visit to Calne Town followed a week later, and in terrible conditions with a gale blowing down the pitch, both teams did their best to play some football. The wind played a part in Keynsham’s goal, as skipper Harley Purnell’s out-swinging corner 10 minutes into the second half became an inswinger which fooled everyone and crept in at the far post. The 1-0 win was the Ks’ fourth victory

Euan named best junior in road race Keynsham cyclist Euan Taylor scooped the title of best junior after tackling a 53-mile road race around the Chew Valley. The 16-year-old came 10th overall in a field of 80 riders competing in the 2019 Bristol South Road Race on March 17. The contest took the riders from Bishop Sutton to Stowey Hill and Clutton. Euan was riding for Team Giant CC Halo Films and plans to compete for the team at events in Belgium, France and Italy this year.

Stefan Lee in action against Corsham by that margin in five league games – the mark of champions maybe? The victory saw them overtake Cheddar at the top of the table. Another clean sheet was just around the corner at Longwell Green Sports; however, this time Keynsham failed to take any of the few chances they created and had to be satisfied with a goalless draw. This result saw Cheddar leapfrog them again to go top by a single point. If Keynsham finish in second place, the matter of whether they will be promoted to the Premier Division is somewhat complicated! Due to the FA’s restructuring of non-league football, for the first time this season runners-up will not be guaranteed promotion. Out of the 19 “Step 6” divisions across the country, only the nine runnersup with the best points-pergame ratio will be promoted. Intriguingly the Ks currently have the ninth best record of the 19 second-placed teams, so it is going to be a nail-biting last five weeks of the season! You can keep up with the club’s news on both Facebook

The Ks’ upcoming home league games at Crown Fields are as follows: Saturday, March 30 Portishead Town 3pm kick-off Easter Monday, April 22 Ashton & Backwell United 3pm kick-off Saturday, April 27 Sherborne Town 3pm kick-off (Keynsham Town Football Club) and Twitter (@KeynshamTownFC). Keep an eye out for an update on the Ks’ fortunes in the next issue of Keynshamvoice!

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All shipshape for pétanque season Keynsham’s Ship Inn Pétanque Club held its annual general meeting at the Royal British Legion, Charlton Road, on February 9, writes our correspondent. Club president Alan Hulme reported on a turbulent beginning to 2018 for the Ship Inn. However, optimism grew as the year progressed and the pétanque club had a very successful year with keen internal competition and some great results in the region. The club looks forward to an exciting 2019 and wishes new Ship Inn tenants, Corrie and Pete, great success. Our photo shows league trophy winners Alphabet Francais.

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April, 2019

Ladies’ Kerry Bartlett hits half-century mark with goal

Give bowls a try as KERRY HITS THE HALF CENTURY MARK new season begins With April now upon us, the

Sunday’s game at Southampton saw Kerry Bartlett score her 50th goal of this season and follow thatbowls with season is just around her 51st. That is so far in 26 games this season in both League, League Cup, SSE FA Women’s Cup the and corner, writes our Somerset County Cup competitions. correspondent.

Keynsham Town Ladies’ game at Southampton on March 17 saw Kerry Bartlett score her 50th goal of this season and follow that with her 51st, writes our correspondent, with 26 games so far this season in both League, League Cup, SSE FA Women’s Cup and Somerset County Cup competitions. Kerry tells us that her highest ever number of goals in a season came early in her football career when, as a teenager, she started with Chalford Ladies. That was in the 1999-2000 season when Chalford won the Gordon Perrett Memorial Cup and Kerry hit 57 strikes. Sadly, Chalford LFC no longer exist, although I still remember Keynsham’s encounters with them in the South West Regional League. With seven league games left this season and a County Cup

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Kerry Bartlett Wheels Away After all levels, whether you are Scoring her 50th Goal of the 2018-19 competitive and like the Season. For Keynsham Town.

challenge the league and cup

matches provide, or would Kerry tells us that her highest ever prefer a relaxed midweek or number of goals in a season came early in her football career, when as weekend friendly, or even just a a teenager, she started with Chalford social bowl with other members Ladies. That was in the 1999-2000 of the club. We play our home season when Chalford won the matches in the grounds of Gordon Perrett Memorial Cup and Somerdale in Keynsham. Kerry hit 57 strikes. For more information about

Sadly, Chalford LFC no longer Frys exist, Bowling Club or if you although I still remember our wish to apply for membership, Kerry Bartlett encounters with them in the South contact our secretary, wheels away after West Regional League.

scoring her 50th

Christopher Day, on 01225

872959 or email frysbowlsclub@ With league games left this goalseven of the 2018season and a County 19 season for Cup Final, there is a fair chance Keynsham Townthat Kerry mayYou can also visit our surpass that 57 goal milestone and website for more information: atPhoto a much level.too. by higher Mark Davies

Final, there is a fair chance that Kerry may surpass that 57-goal milestone and at a much higher level, too. and equipment will Kerry’s highest totalTraining at a Otherwise, Otherwise, Kerry’s highest high level came lastseaseason when beshe provided. You can also total at a high level came last found the netnet 45 times follow the club on Twitter son when she found the 45 in 26 games for us. @FrysBowls. times in 26 games for Keynsham.



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Keynshamvoice April 2019  

News, events and services for the communities of Keynsham, Saltford and surrounding villages

Keynshamvoice April 2019  

News, events and services for the communities of Keynsham, Saltford and surrounding villages