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Traders call for action to revive town’s High Street

Help us to help Keynsham, shop owners urge council Help us to help Keynsham – that’s the message from traders in the town’s High Street and Temple Street to council chiefs overseeing the new one-way system. Business owners have held a “crisis meeting” with representatives from Bath and North East Somerset Council to discuss a worrying drop in footfall, with some of the independent shops reporting that their trade has dropped by as

much as 30 per cent. Concerns have been raised by the business owners that the new road layout is confusing and discouraging visitors, while signage for the town’s car parks isn’t clear enough, they say. The trial of a one-way system along Keynsham High Street was introduced in May in a bid to ease traffic in the town centre and make the shopping area more pedestrian-friendly. Maria Spill, of Café Crème,

called the meeting on June 19, after she and her neighbours noticed that despite traffic flowing well along the High Street, business was worryingly slow for many. She said: “We just weren’t getting the usual number of visitors and, after talking to many of the other businesses in the High Street and Temple Street, it became clear we weren’t the only ones. Some people are Turn to Page 2

Two Keynsham PCSOs who saved a man’s life while risking their own were among officers honoured at an awards ceremony that celebrated bravery, professionalism and dedication to policing. Page 8

Phoebe creates a buzz for charity Keynsham schoolgirl Phoebe Nethercott, 11, is sporting a very different hairstyle after raising more than £2,500 for cancer care by braving a head shave cheered on by family and friends. Page 11

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‘Community will have final say on one-way scheme’ From Page 1 really upset and really worried that this will continue so the meeting was called urgently. “We aren’t blaming the oneway scheme as many of us have noticed that things have been quieter for a few months with work going on in the street to relocate the bus stops. But things have come to a head since the one-way system began.” At the meeting, which was attended by councillors and officers from B&NES Council’s economic development and transport departments, traders put forward a number of suggestions, including printed maps showing the routes around the new system for both residents and visitors, large maps at either end of the High Street featuring local businesses, clearer signage for parking and help with raising Keynsham’s profile on social media. The town’s car parks should also be better promoted, particularly the free parking on Saturdays in Bath Hill East car park, which many locals and visitors weren’t even aware of, said the traders. Temple Street business owner Andy Hawkins, from Bath Ink and Toner, said while it wasn’t ideal that cars couldn’t go from the High Street straight into Temple Street, the measure that would make the most difference to businesses and shoppers

would be to introduce a period of free parking in the car parks. He said: “A free hour or 90 minutes would be a massive gesture to try to get people back in. It’s now become inconvenient for people to just pop in as they have to go round the system. It would have a huge impact for businesses.” Maria added: “We are very grateful that we are being listened to. We have put up with a lot for the past few years and we feel they owe us a bit of help. There are a lot of independent businesses here, which is an asset, and to keep them here they need to help us to help Keynsham and get trade back to where it was a few years ago before the redevelopment began.” B&NES said it is acting on comments and feedback on the one-way trial and it would be the community that has the final say on whether the scheme is made permanent. Councillor Anthony Clarke, Cabinet member for transport,

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n NEWS said: “Since this trial scheme started we have been listening to all of the comments made by residents and traders, and we are taking steps to try and address many of the concerns which have been raised. “In particular, we are keen to ensure the scheme is safe for all road users and encourages greater footfall onto the High Street in order to support the many local businesses in the town. The need to improve the shopping environment and support the High Street are some of the main reasons a one-way system has been talked about for many years, so we need to make sure it is fulfilling this objective. “Clearly any new traffic layout can take time to get used to, but equally we have to balance this with the immediate needs of the local community. We are therefore taking a series of actions in response to the concerns raised, such as improved signage for motorists, better awareness of the parking that is available in the town, and discussing with traders what

more can be done to encourage people to use the High Street. A key message we want to send out is that Keynsham is fully open for business. “There will be further opportunities for residents to give their feedback in the coming weeks, and ultimately it will be for the Keynsham community to decide whether or not to make this system permanent.” Traffic monitoring data will also be made available to the community, the council has said. Traders are due to have a second meeting with council representatives in the coming days. For more details of the trial, people can visit the project webpage at keynsham

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Role model award for keen sportsman Zach A talented young swimmer has been honoured as an outstanding role model, receiving the Jack Boulton Award. Zach Derrick, a Year 11 student at Wellsway School, was nominated for the accolade by Ally Headford on behalf of Keynsham Swimming Club in recognition of his achievements and for the time he spends supporting the younger members of the club. As a member of the swimming club since the age of eight, Zach’s ability was immediately spotted and by the age of 10 he had achieved his first regional time and competed in the South West Regional Championships. By 11 he was recommended to the City of Bristol Performance Club where he is now a member of the Senior Youth Performance Squad, training 16 hours per week. He still always finds time to swim for Keynsham Swimming Club and work with the younger swimmers.

The Jack Boulton Award is presented annually by the Keynsham and Saltford Sports Network to a young sportsman or woman in memory of Jack, from Saltford, who died in 2009 at just 17. Louise Riddoch, director of specialism at Wellsway, said Jack and Zach shared many of the same qualities. She added: “It was wholly appropriate that the award was presented to Zach by Lynn Bartlett who is retiring after 30 years coaching at the club. “Thanks go to Lynn for her outstanding contributions over 30 years and huge congratulations to Zach for this well-deserved award.”

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Enjoy a picnic and the pick of the shows Whatever the weather, Keynsham Light Opera Group’s next show promises to be a sunny affair as the group performs an upbeat compilation of songs from the musicals. A Summer Soiree will feature tunes from productions both old and new, including Oklahoma, Mary Poppins, Wicked, Starlight Express and more, with new arrangements of some classics under the musical direction of Lee Tesdale.

Tickets will include a light ploughman’s supper and the grand hall at Broadlands Academy, on Saturday, July 22, will be transformed into a picturesque picnic setting, complete with Pimm’s and sangria bar. A Summer Soiree begins at 7.30pm and tickets are £10 or £8 concessions, available from the box office on 07580 259757 or book online at www.klogs.

Residents will be asked how they think traffic could be improved in Keynsham’s Park Road following years of complaints over speeding, potholes and disturbance. Local councillors say Bath and North East Somerset Council has now committed to carrying out consultation with neighbours about how to make the route down to the new Meadows development safer. With Park Road the only access to and from the site, construction traffic has been the source of much concern for residents since work began in 2012, with complaints including potholes and damage to kerbs by HGVs, the size of vehicles,

Charity delighted with bright new website An IT student has put learning into practice, designing a bright new website for Keynsham and District Talking Newspaper. Level 3 IT student Peter Day, who studies at Bath College, hopes to raise awareness of the news service for blind and partially sighted people. He said: “The charity wanted the website ( to be clear and easy to use, allowing people to navigate it themselves.

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The main challenge was making sure it was readable for partially sighted people, which is why the website is yellow with a large font.” Mike Crane, chair of KTN, said: “We are delighted with the work Peter has done for us and were very pleased that he was able to attend our recent AGM to meet volunteers and listeners and to present the new website.”

as well as drivers reportedly not following the set routes or time limits on arriving and leaving the site. Residents have also called for police to monitor speed along the road outside normal working hours, when they say a larger number of people flout the 20mph speed limit, something Keynsham South councillor Alan Hale says he has raised with the town’s policing team. Now B&NES transport chief Councillor Anthony Clark, who branded the situation in Park Road “unspeakable” last year, says a consultation is on his priorities list, although no timetable has been set. Cllr Hale said: “Clearly the

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n NEWS underlying problem here is that the Planning Inspector should never have allowed there to be only one access road into and out of this development. However, we now have to look at how best to improve the situation we are faced with. “Resolving the problem through highway engineering is not straight forward. We have considered ‘build outs’ to create a chicane, but that would result in the loss of some parking spaces. Speed tables are another trafficcalming measure but I am aware that where they have recently been installed on St Ladoc Road, residents have raised complaints over the noise as vehicles bounce over the table. Therefore our aim is to give all local residents a formal chance to have their say and give their views to the council, and then out of that we can hopefully achieve a solution that the majority of residents can give their support to.” Any work that is decided upon will be subject to funds being allocated in future council budgets.

A much-hoped-for relief road connecting the site with Charlton Road, supported by both Cllr Hale and fellow ward councillor Lisa O’Brien would not be viable, according to a scoping report from the council, which pointed to potential ecological harm from the removal of trees and hedgerows and the difficulty of negotiating with 14 different land owners along Parkhouse Lane. Construction at The Meadows is due to be completed by summer 2018 and a spokesperson for developer Taylor Wimpey said: “We recognise that we have a responsibility to keep disturbance to our neighbours to a minimum during our construction operations, and this is a responsibility we take very seriously. “We regret that people living near The Meadows have experienced inconvenience and disruption and we will continue to listen to residents’ concerns and try to put right any problems which are brought to our attention.”

Tim Bowles and Cllr Alan Hale cut the ribbon at Abbeyfield House

Metro mayor joins house’s official launch The West of England metro mayor Tim Bowles joined residents at a Keynsham retirement home to celebrate the completion of a major refurbishment. Mr Bowles met families and volunteers and other guests at the official opening of Abbeyfield House in Keynsham on June 17. “My role is all about bringing together communities, and this is a house where there is a very strong sense of community,” Mr Bowles said. “It’s wonderful to see everyone come together to

celebrate this fantastic house, and I’m sure the residents who live here will be very happy indeed.” Charlene Fleck, manager of the house, which has 14 studio and one-bedroom flats, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the new West of England Mayor today and to be able to find out more about his work with communities. Our residents very much benefit from coming together socially, and this afternoon has been a great occasion.”

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Packed weekend of entertainment and eco-themed fun Keynsham’s 20th anniversary festival concludes this weekend (July 1 and 2) with two full days of entertainment in the Memorial Park, write the organisers. Saturday is the folk music and dance day, with the added attractions of Keynsham’s vintage cars and a revival of the food festival. There will be music performances from lunch time in the Abbey Stage marquee, concluding with the band FolkLaw at 9.15pm for a real fiddle-driven rock finale – just the thing to join in after Keynsham Orchestra’s Gala Concert, which begins at 7pm. Live music continues all day and dance performers of various

traditional types will be around all afternoon and will make use of our new dance stage marquee. The park will be as packed as usual on the Sunday, with a massive range of music for all tastes from brass band to jazz to countless variants of rock and contemporary music, on three

Lions getting ducks ready to race for 2017 A festival favourite will be returning and drawing crowds to the riverbank on Sunday, July 2. The Lions Club of Keynsham and District will be launching hundreds of plastic ducks into the River Chew from the footbridge for the annual duck race. Sponsored by Andrews Estate Agents, the duck race is one of the Lions’ major fundraising events, with all proceeds going to charities and good causes. Festival-goers can buy duck tickets for £1 each from the Lions’ stall in the Memorial Park on the day or from Andrews’ office in the High Street in advance, with cash prizes for first, second and third places. A Lions spokersperson said:

“Please help make this a jolly event by gathering alongside the footbridge in the park by the Bandstand to lend your voice to the ‘countdown’ at the start of the duck race as they are launched into the river. “If anyone wishes to know a bit more about the work of the Lions, please visit our website at uk or if you would like to chat about maybe becoming a member then contact our club president Lion Harry Smith on 0845 8339817 or email info@” Causes supported by the Keynsham Lions so far this year include Keynsham and District Mencap Society, Bath’s Research Institute for the Care of Older People and Cerebral Palsy Plus.

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stages and in Grounded’s back garden in the High Street. The finale will belong to our first ever band from Los Angeles, Bread Over Bombs, with their extraordinary link with Keynsham Foodbank. They will close the festival with the help of various stalwart Keynsham

musicians who have a long history of festival participation. But there are plenty of musical treats along the way. There will be a full afternoon of performance dance thanks to our exciting partnership with Bath Dance. Around the site there will be loads of things to

FolkLaw, left, bring Saturday’s entertainment to a close in the Memorial Park; look out for Bristol Water’s water bar on Sunday, above interest, including eco-themed both keep the park in a super attractions with Keynsham’s condition and demonstrate the Resourceful Earth, which is active benefits of recycling and using the festival to launch and waste management. rebrand itself in the community, Full listings can be found at and weird and wonderful www.keynshammusicfestival. examples of recycling formed by the mysterious contraptions of There is no cost for anything Liberty Rocks Arts, both to play in the park on both days, but the on and observe. Bristol Water festival hopes that the public will will be showcasing its water support the event with the usual bar project, and the Keynsham generous donations. There would Wombles will team up to be no festival without them!

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Two Keynsham PCSOs who saved a man’s life while risking their own were among officers honoured at an awards ceremony that celebrated bravery, professionalism and dedication to policing. PCSOs Sarah Hewlett and Christopher Purvey received Royal Humane Society Commendations at the force awards in Bristol on June 19 in front of colleagues, Chief Constable Andy Marsh, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, the High Sheriff of Bristol Anthony Brown, and Angela Yeoman OBE. Responding to reports of a drunk and aggressive man sleeping rough in a car in Keynsham in February last year, PCSO Hewlett called for back-up from PCSO Purvey when the man told her he wanted to end his life. The situation became volatile when the man poured petrol over himself, covering the two officers, and threatened to set himself alight. The PCSOs spent the next 20 minutes restraining the man and trying to calm him down as he repeatedly tried to grab a box of matches from the car. He was eventually arrested and detained under the Mental Health Act. A force spokesman said: “PCSOs Hewlett and Purvey acted with extreme bravery, putting their duty before their own safety and their instinctive actions and communication skills saved this man’s life. For their professionalism and skill, they are awarded the Royal Humane Society Commendation.” There were also Chief Constable’s Commendations for 16 officers, including Keynsham beat manager PC James Evans, in recognition of their actions in the aftermath of the fatal tipper truck crash in Bath, which left four dead in February 2015, including four-year-old Mitzi Steady. The group were honoured for the team commitment and professionalism they showed as they worked at the scene of the tragedy in the early stages of the investigation, providing support and comfort to distressed and traumatised people and establishing a secure area to preserve evidence.

A spokesman said: “They secured witnesses and provided welfare checks and ensured the deceased were treated with dignity and respect, staying with them for a long time until they were removed from the scene. “The area remained secure and the road closed for three days, with officers all working tirelessly to secure the area and maintain cordons. This greatly aided what would become a complex 22-month investigation, which led to the conviction of two men for four counts of gross negligence manslaughter in December 2016.” Those receiving the commendation were: PC James Evans, PC Caroline Davey, DC David Ives, PC Sean Vine, Inspector Sarah Treweek, PC Daniel Wallwork, Anthony Unthank (now retired), Chief Inspector Paul Underhill, Inspector Clive Summerill, PCSO Brian Harris, PC Douglas Whapples, PC Michael Dyne, PC Jason Smith and PC Louise Newton, all from Avon and Somerset Constabulary, and PC Alan Kyne and Sergeant Scott Hill from Wiltshire Constabulary. Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “As the Queen said recently in her birthday celebrations, it’s a sombre time for the country at the moment. But today is a chance to reflect on all the amazing and important work you do. I don’t get the chance often enough to say thank you, so it’s wonderful to have that opportunity today. “In my view there are three things which make the world of policing go round: firstly, it’s knowing that this is one of the most important roles you will do in your lives, right at the heart of society; secondly, you have optimism and hope that the future can be better, and you help the people you deal with to feel this way too; and thirdly, you do your job with caring and compassion in your heart. Thank you for all that you do.” Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mounstevens said: “The Chief Constable has used words today like ‘jawdropping’ to describe what you do, and he is right. The work you do is so important. You get up in the morning, not knowing what you’re going to be faced with at

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Phoebe,11, creates quite a buzz with brave head shave

A Keynsham schoolgirl is sporting a very different hairstyle after raising more than £2,500 for cancer care. Eleven-year-old Phoebe Nethercott was cheered on by friends and family, including mum Trish and dad Chris, at Keynsham’s Bonzo Lounge on June 24 as she had her head shaved in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Hairdresser Laura Holbrook wielded the clippers as brave Phoebe said goodbye to her blonde hair – happy in the knowledge it will be going to the Little Princess Trust to help make a wig for a cancer patient and that she has finally realised an ambition she has held since seeing popstar Jessie J shave

her head live on TV four years ago. Spurred on by her dad Chris’s battle with cancer in 2013, Phoebe said she wanted to raise as much money as she could for people going through the same thing. The Chandag Junior School pupil said: “I’ve done it! Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this venture, your generosity has helped me to raise well over £2,500. “Please can I especially thank Bonzo Lounge for allowing us to use their venue. Also, to Laura Holbrook for giving up her time to cut my hair and putting me at ease; the generosity of St Mary’s Church in Saltford and all of the local community shops and

Phoebe before, right, and after, above, her charity head shave businesses who donated to our raffle and to Justine Buxton for raising nearly £400 organising the raffle, and finally to my family and friends for their kindness and for turning up to support me on the day.”

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n NEWS IN BRIEF Vote to support sign’s restoration

A piece of the past could be restored in a nearby village with the help of supermarket shoppers. Volunteers and parish councillors in Compton Dando are hoping to return an historic finger post to its original state with a donation from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. The project has been entered into the scheme during July and August, when shoppers at the Keynsham, Saltford and Longwell Green stores can vote for it to receive funding. The cast-iron finger post, on the village’s Millennium Green, has been repainted by volunteers and needs one finger replaced while another needs to be repaired, work which needs to be carried out professionally. Customers will cast their votes using tokens given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. The grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 come from the 5p


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Police are appealing for information after a farmer discovered a dead cow near Bath. The grim discovery was made during a livestock check at Charmy Down, when the farmer discovered the animal’s body, which had some parts of its face and tongue removed.

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am hoping by the time this gets printed the weather has cooled down a little – not that I don’t enjoy the warmth but when you’re wearing full uniform and a stab vest in the blazing sun it can get a little uncomfortable. This month we have had a number of complaints of thefts of potted plants and hanging baskets. These offences are widespread over Keynsham but I believe a number are going unreported. I know you may think it’s a waste of time but if we don’t know about it, then we can’t police it. In this area we have suffered with these types of offences before, where the plants were being stolen and sold


on at car boot sales. If you believe someone is skulking around in the hours of darkness then please tell us as you may help us apprehend an offender and prevent further offences. On the subject of plants, you will have noticed the old bikes that have been decorated with flower boxes and planters. These are part of The Great Bike Trail, but unfortunately some have been damaged and I know that Sponge Bob from the top of Charlton Road has had his body stolen twice. If you see anyone tampering with the bikes then please either challenge them or report it to us. On the evening of Friday, June 9, Keynsham was visited by some criminals from out of our force area. They brought with them a number of counterfeit Scottish £20 notes and proceeded to purchase lowvalue items, accepting the change from a number of local businesses. When dealing with money, especially notes you are not familiar with, take your time and look at all the details. Remember, the real notes cost a great deal of money to

make, and so they will not have any defects and the printing will also be symmetrical. If in doubt, keep hold of it and phone the police. As I said, these offenders managed to complete a large amount of transactions before leaving Bristol. Inquiries into these offences are ongoing – if you have suffered an offence and not reported it, please do so. Theft in general seems to be on the rise and one thing that is being stolen regularly are bicycles. We have seen offences in both Keynsham and Saltford where owners have entered shops without securing their cycles and have come out to find them gone. It takes seconds to steal a bike and most of the time they are worth hundreds of pounds. Today I stopped at the shops on Bath Road in Saltford to find a £2,000 road bike left insecure, with no sign of the owner, and if so inclined I could have easily taken it without being challenged. Please make the effort not to be a victim and use a lock. With summer weather causing or gardens to grow faster than

we can deal with them, this lends itself to rogue traders knocking on doors and offering to do work for what appear bargain prices. Be aware that anyone offering to do work at your door should give you a cooling-off period to consider the offer/quote, and to let you make an informed decision about it. If they try to rush you or offer discounted prices if you have it done straight away, they are not allowed to do this and must follow the rules set out by trading standards. If you’re not sure about them then do not agreed to work being completed and report them to us. Please speak to any elderly relatives you have, as they are normally the most frequently targeted. Keynsham Music Festival is just around the corner and although it will not rival Glastonbury’s scale, it’s a big event for Keynsham. Thousands of visitors will attend the various aspects of this festival. The neighbourhood policing team will be in attendance and so if you see any of the team out and about, please come up and say hello. PC James Evans

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Volunteers roll up to refresh centre A well-used community centre in Keynsham has been brightened up for the many people who meet there thanks to a team of volunteers. Members of staff from Bath and North East Somerset Council gave a day of their time to St Francis Church Centre to help give its internal walls a fresh lick of paint. Thanking the volunteers, Jenny Minty from St Francis said: “We are really grateful to the team from Bath and North East Somerset Council for giving us their time to paint the centre, we could not have completed this without their help and it will be appreciated by everyone who uses our centre. “The centre now looks so bright and welcoming for all of our users.”

Brownies, toddler and baby groups and a lunch club are among the activities that are regularly held in the centre. Decorating the centre was one of 20 local projects put forward to staff at the council as part of the Employee Community Challenge, which gives staff the chance to volunteer in the local area. Councillor Paul Myers, the council’s Cabinet member for policy, localism and partnerships, added: “We were pleased to be able to help the St Francis Church Centre, the team enjoyed doing a practical job that would make a difference to the community and the church members ensured the team were all well fed and watered to keep them going throughout the day."

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Big reunion brings More than 400 people attended a celebration to mark 60 years of Wellsway School in Keynsham. The Big Wellsway Reunion brought together students and former staff from all the decades of the school’s life. Organiser Louise Riddoch said some guests who had been students on the opening day were reunited with classmates they had not seen for about 50 years. “It was a wonderful event and we were blessed with amazing weather,” she said. “It was very special to have former heads Paul Kent and John Smith with us. “Tours of the school were very popular and everyone enjoyed sharing their memories.” Entertainment was provided by performers Hatty Campbell, Tom Stentafoot, Anya Hathaway and the Wellsway Choir. Wellsway School principal Matthew Woodville said: “This was a magical event. Many

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Scouts cook up a storm for hospice in memory of young leader Francis While standing over a fire at camp cooking breakfast, one of the Scouts suddenly asked: “Why can’t we do this for Francis and raise some funds? Everybody likes a cooked breakfast.” Inspired by the legacy of late young Scout leader Francis Clifton, Dan Murphy, a close friend of Francis’s and now a Scout leader himself, took up the idea, with members of Keynsham’s Axe Troop happy to help. The youngsters set up a stall at Keynsham Farmers’ Market in June and cooked breakfast for shoppers throughout the morning. With cakes and drinks available and great support from the public, they raised a massive £730 towards the K222 CLF fundraising campaign, which was set up in memory of Francis to help Dorothy House. Thanks to all who got involved and the farmers’ market for their support, Francis would have been proud.

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Scouts from Frome Troop ignored the wind and the rain to plant up flower tubs around the town as part of Keynsham in Bloom. It was a fabulous effort and was recognised by the chair of Keynsham Town Council Lisa O’Brien, who joined them to lend a hand. The Explorer Scouts have also been out in the town clearing a pond that seems to have

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Scouting is all about bringing adventure into young people’s lives, in a world where health and safety, disability or lack of funding can create barriers. We are seeking to break them down within our community with an appeal called Operation Adventure. The recent charity golf day kicked off the appeal and we are delighted that more than £3,000 was raised, with the final figure yet to be determined. Thank you to Stockwood Golf Club and main sponsors I J McGill Transport Ltd, Key Property Lawyers, Avon Hardwood Flooring Ltd and Clarksons Independent Funeral Directors plus, of course, all the players who made it a day to remember.

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Trust to welcome two more schools Two more schools have joined the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, bringing the number of schools under its umbrella to ten. Chandag Infant and Chandag Junior schools have been given the go-ahead in principle to join the trust following consultation with staff and parents. They will join two other local mainstream primary schools, St John’s CofE in Keynsham and Saltford CofE, as well as the Aspire Academy in Bath and the new Bishop Hancock CofE Primary, which will open in east Keynsham in 2018. Governors of both schools have been told their academy orders have been approved by the Regional School Commissioner’s Office and both are expected to become trust members later this year. Leaders at the trust said it would enable even stronger collaboration and the sharing of

expertise. Dr Matthew Cottrell, director of primary and deputy chief executive of WMAT, said: “We are thrilled that these two schools have chosen to join the trust after consulting their staff and parents. “We already work closely with other schools in our locality but this formal partnership will enable us to develop those links still further and support one another to provide the very best education for all. “We will have a centre of excellence in Keynsham, with an infant and junior school, a large secondary and sixth form at Wellsway and specialist provision at IKB Academy providing unrivalled opportunities for children and young people.” By September 2018, Wellsway Multi Academy Trust will be educating around 4,000 young people aged from four to 19 across its 10 schools.

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Beavers declare first camp a great success Youngsters from Keynsham met fellow Beaver Scouts from across the district at the first ever Wansdyke Beaver Camp. More than 120 boys and girls camped overnight at Chelwood and took part in activities including an assault course, skittles, painting, cooking, grass sledging and target practice. For many of the six to eight-year-olds it was the first

time they had been away from their families and they were accompanied by 40 leaders. Camp leader Phillipa Cozens said: “It’s good to let these youngsters have fun in the great outdoors and the opportunity to make friends from neighbouring Beaver colonies. “I think all the leaders are looking forward to catching up on some sleep!”

Singing club for teens comes to Keynsham A club for teenagers who love to sing pop or want to learn how is launching this September in Keynsham. Turn it UP is for 12 to 17-year-olds and will meet every Wednesday evening during term time from 7pm to 8.30pm at Somerdale Pavilion – and the first session is on Wednesday, September 13. A spokesperson said: “Turn it UP is all about having fun and singing as a group. Whether you’re into Bruno, Ariana or Ed, you don’t have to be good at singing, you just have to love it!

“There is no scary audition, no need to read music and we use backing tracks guaranteed to make everyone feel a star. “Parents are welcome to stay and watch the session or relax and enjoy the free wifi in the bar/ lounge and terrace.” Turn it UP is the brainchild of professional singer Emma Hutchinson, who is well-known locally as the leader of pop choir Choirjam. To find out more or to book your free taster session, email, call 07793 983040 or visit

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Two new leaflets to lead the way to area’s hidden history

The final two leaflets in a series that opens walkers’ eyes to the history around them in the Keynsham and Saltford area have been published. The series, produced by Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society, aims to encourage families to enjoy walks in the countryside while learning about local heritage at the same time. Richard Dyson, from the society, said: “A great deal of work has gone in to these and we are very pleased with the result. Our area has a rich history but without a guide it is easy to overlook this; there are lots of stories in our buildings and fields. We hope that these walks will give a little insight into the lives of previous generations in the area.” The leaflets are in full colour

and include a map, instructions and information on historical points of interest along the way. The newest leaflets feature a route from Keynsham to Saltford along the Avon Valley, and from

Chewton Keynsham to Compton Dando and Burnett. Both are circular, between five and six miles long and should take two and a half to three hours to complete. Other walks in the series of four are from Keynsham to The Chequers, around Cleeve Woods and back via Willsbridge, and from Keynsham to Queen Charlton, via Stockwood Vale and returning through Chewton Keynsham. The leaflets were partly funded by a grant from Keynsham Town Council and a donation from the Waitrose Community Matters scheme. They are on sale at the town council offices in Temple Street from July 3. Copies will also be available at all the society’s events and will be published online at a later date.


Street collections in support of RNLI Shoppers in Keynsham and Saltford will be able to donate to a cause that saves lives in Britain’s seas. Supporters of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will be carrying out street collections on Saturday, July 15, in Keynsham High Street and in front of the shops in Chandag Road and in Saltford. The collections will replace the charity’s usual house-tohouse fundraising and the charity said it hopes residents will be as generous as they have in previous years. Honorary secretary of Keynsham branch of the RNLI, Julian Hannam, said: “We hope this change will prove successful and should anyone feel able to assist in collecting in any of these locations, then would they please get in touch. Any help that can be offered will be most welcome.” Anyone who would like to volunteer can contact Mr Hannam on 0117 986 3726.




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Music from movies provides backdrop to wildlife park’s fundraising picnic Some of cinema’s most wellknown tunes will be setting the scene for a summer picnic that aims to raise money for two good causes this month. Bath Philharmonia will be taking to the stage at an open-air concert at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park on Saturday, July 15, to perform “Music from the Movies”. Families and music lovers are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy as they listen to classic and modern hits from a range of films. The event has been organised in aid of Jessie May, the Bristolbased children’s hospice at home charity, and St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester. Doug Douglas, Avon Valley’s owner and managing director, said: “This is set to be a wonderful one-off charity

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Bath Philarmonia will be playing at an open-air concert at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park event in the park grounds to be enjoyed by all ages. Not only will guests experience a picnic in the park listening to the wonderful tones of the Bath Philharmonic Orchestra, we are also inviting people to enjoy an early admission to see what the park has to offer before settling down for the evening of summer entertainment. “All profits will be donated to two charities very close to our hearts – Jessie May and St Richard’s Hospice. Both of

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Doug as a charity beneficiary. “The funds will go towards continuing our care of the local children and their families who need us. Our specialist nurses provide medical, emotional and bereavement support and offer much-needed respite time for parents and siblings. It costs around £1,200,000 to provide this care yearly so support like this is vital.” Tickets include park entry from 2pm and the concert performance, which starts at 5.30pm. Earlybird tickets are available now from £18 for adults and £15 for children and students (children under six go free). There are also group discount tickets and gazebo pitches available. For more information, visit avon-valley-picnic-concert/

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Glorious displays show pride It's all hands on deck with just days to go before judges visit Keynsham to see the town’s floral displays. But even before then there has been plenty to keep Keynsham in Bloom volunteers busy, from bug houses to bikes and brightening up even more corners of Keynsham. Chair Denise James tells us more. We can’t remember a month that has been as busy as the past month. Keynsham has been buzzing with activity, with the Bloom team and community group volunteers preparing to welcome the RHS South West in Bloom judging team to Keynsham on Friday, July 14. It’s been great seeing so many people helping to make Keynsham look that extra bit special. Our High Street will soon be a blaze of colour, as the hanging baskets and street planters start to bloom ahead of the judging tour. Our award-winning Memorial Park is also looking wonderful with colourful floral displays – who wouldn’t want to visit our park when they drive past and see the magnificent floral troughs along the park entrance.

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1st Keynsham Scouts’ Frome Troop have been helping to plant out the new wooden barrels outside Chandag and Holmoak shops, which will soon add a blaze of colour for traders and passers-by to enjoy. We are extremely grateful

have the necessary gardening skills how easy it is to transform a grey landscape or their front gardens. The project will also help to promote pride in the local community, as well as improving the quality of life for all residents and visitors to the area. As well as reducing anti-social behaviour and helping make the area a safer and more welcoming place it brings the community together through gardening activities. Over time it is hoped the project will encourage more residents to take part in the Keynsham in Bloom garden competition. We have been encouraged by the response from traders, who have welcomed the idea of enhancing the shop fronts.

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Scouts from Frome Troop join Councillor Lisa O’Brien to plant flowers outside Holmoak Road shops to Councillor Lisa O Brien, who through her Ward Councillor Initiative, funded the planters at Holmoak. We welcomed Councillor O’Brien along to our event, where she joined in the fun with the Scouts, helping them with the planting up. Councillor O’Brien said: “I funded these colourful planters to create a more welcoming environment for our residents and visitors to the area. It’s a demonstration of how easy it is to green up and transform a grey landscape and, I believe, also

encourages pride in our local community.” Both schemes are a continuation of the RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign. This project was first piloted outside Queens Road shops and has been acknowledged as a great success both by the traders and community. We want to duplicate the success and roll out the scheme to Chandag and Holmoak. It’s hoped that the project will also help to demonstrate to those who might not feel that they

For the first time we had a Bloom stall at the festival. It must have been one of the hottest events we have attended this year but despite the soaring temperatures, many people still made the effort to come along and join in the fun in the Memorial Park. Our make-and-do activities proved to be a hit for both the youngsters and mums and dads alike. Children were queuing up to make and paint bug and butterfly houses. We even had some who could multi-task and paint in one hand, while enjoying an ice cream in the other! I’m sure the bugs and butterflies will soon enjoy settling into their new homes. Free bee-friendly wildflower seeds were also on offer.

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B&NES Council vice chair Cherry Beath visits Keynsham Station where volunteers were hard at work on the community garden and other organisations to help make a difference to a community project. Keynsham in Bloom put forward the community garden as a challenge and were fortunate to have it accepted. We would like to thank Ian Reynolds from

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So we now have more than 72 floral bikes spread across Keynsham. Trail maps have sold out several times, as so many people are keen to join the fun and follow the bike trail around town. There has even been talk of a ladies’ cycle group joining in and cycling around to spot the bikes. We have also had interest from several walking for health groups, keen to take on the challenge of finding the bikes.

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LETTERS Walk or cycle and beat town’s traffic

In response to last month’s letter from Barry Burston regarding the new one-way system, though I understand Mr Burston’s frustration with traffic jams I think expecting an easy journey

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July, 2017 for the elderly members, some of whom are unsteady on their feet. Another example of the terrific support Community at 67 gets from our local businesses. Denis McColgan Chairman of the management committee Share your views with us at, call 07887 561567 or visit us on Facebook or Twitter



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fter the election I had hoped to return to writing about the wonderful local events that take place in North East Somerset and the strength of our

village and town communities. I went with my family to the Saltford Festival where I fear there may be pictures of me dancing with the Farandole Group of which I am proud to be patron, and to the Queen Charlton Fete. I missed the Peasedown Party in the Park which was once again a great success. All those involved deserve thanks for their community spirit and for giving enjoyment to others at a cost to themselves. Unfortunately, so many terrible events have been piling up that those must take the focus

of our attention. The awful and preventable disaster at Grenfell Tower in London demands a political response. It was an avoidable disaster and that it could happen in so developed a country shames our nation. That it hit the poorest in the land makes it all the more poignant. The answers to the terrorist threat are harder to find, evil stalks the land and one act begets another. This is both from copycats and from deranged people who hold general grudges against society and seek out the innocent

to kill and maim as a cover for their own inadequacies. The security services will play their part in limiting this but society needs as a whole to seek out the risks, report them and reaffirm our values against those of extremists wherever they come from. As each event passes into history we must not forget those who mourn and we must improve to lessen the possibility of repeats. Not all atrocities can be stopped and natural disasters are out of our control, nonetheless we must do better.

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Slimmers bag up ‘before’ clothes for important cause Slimmers in Keynsham have raised thousands of pounds for charity as they’ve dropped dress sizes. Members of the town’s Slimming World groups have been donating the clothes they no longer wear as they’ve slimmed down to Cancer Research UK, collecting more than 200 bags as part of The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw. Local firms, including Trigaci and Tooty Fruity, also donated raffle prizes to the cause, which added £130 to the groups’ total. Consultants Sharon and Kelly, who run the weekly groups in Keynsham, said it has been a great opportunity for people to say goodbye to their “before”

clothes. Sharon said: "The members never fail to amaze me with their weight loss results week after week and it has been great to see so many bags of clothes donated through The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw. “This year’s Clothes Throw has been a fantastic success, and I can’t believe just how many bags my members, their friends and families have managed to collect. Our groups are always buzzing and when we collected the bags up and saw what a phenomenal amount there was altogether, and we realised what a difference we could make, the atmosphere was just electric. “Lots of people don’t know

Slimming consultants Sharon and Kelly with the bags of clothes slimmers in Keynsham have donated to Cancer Research UK that maintaining a healthy weight helps reduce the risk of developing some types of cancer. All of the wardrobes cleared and every donation made

by our members, their friends and families will make a huge difference to Cancer Research UK and we’re so grateful for everyone’s support.”

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Film review with Harrison Thorne

Wonder Woman scores win for extended DC universe


s a fan of comic-book adaptations I was left disappointed with 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Both films supported a talented cast and terrific visual effects but neither quite understood what direction they were taking the franchise. The fourth instalment in this franchise, Wonder Woman (12A), lives up to the expectations set by generations of fans aching to see this character on the big screen. Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot as the titular character. This film was a wonder (no pun intended) to witness on screen as the beautiful direction and brilliant writing let it soar above its predecessors, taking its place as the best DC film since 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. The film takes a fresh look at the origins of Diana Prince (Wonder Woman’s alter ego) and places the story in the midst of World War I, a “fish out of water” scenario that

expertly demonstrates Diana’s discovery of the world around her and her role as an icon of hope. Brilliant uplifting messages are supported by great performances (particularly by Chris Pine), a good story, excellent cinematography and the breathtaking visuals that we have come to expect from DC. However, nothing shines more than Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder

Woman as she perfectly captures the hope and strength that the character is known for, as well as the naivety and single-mindedness she shows after leaving her home world of Themyscira. Gadot carries the film with a performance that will leave the audience beaming and filled with a sense of optimism. The film does have shortcomings, however: the villain Ares leaves much to be desired with unclear motives and a performance that feels somewhat miscast, as well as some side characters whose roles feel underwhelming and unimportant to the overall flow of the narrative. In conclusion, Wonder Woman is a fantastic film that beautifully captures the spirit of the character and provides a thrilling war drama on the side. Many fans, including myself, look forward to seeing Gadot reprise her role in November’s Justice League.  4/5


n NEWS Hundreds raised for new cancer centre Hundreds of pounds has been raised for local cancer care thanks to generous donations in Keynsham. A bucket collection in the town last month raised £321.39 for the Forever Friends Appeal, which is supporting the Cancer Care Campaign at the RUH in Bath. The appeal aims to raise a minimum of £8.5 million towards a new cancer centre at the hospital, with £8 million already collected thanks to the community. A new fundraising group was launched by the appeal in Keynsham and Saltford last month and is the first set up to raise funds for different departments within the RUH, with interest already being shown in supporting dementia care at the hospital. Anyone interested in being involved with the Keynsham and Saltford Fundraising Group can contact senior community fundraiser Claudia Hickin on 01225 825825 or email claudia.hickin@

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n An evening of song with Keynsham Good Afternoon Choir and conductor Grenville Jones at St John’s Church, Keynsham, doors 7pm for 7.30pm start. They will also be joined by the Bath Welcome Choir. Free admission and plenty of chance to join in!

July 1

n Compton Dando Village Day, 2-5pm, featuring games, entertainment, a barbecue, homemade cakes, trips up the historic church tower and much more.

July 2

n Barbecue and bouncy castle Sundays, Somerdale Pavilion, 11.30am to 3pm. Cheeseburger and a pint or glass of wine £6, cheeseburger and soft drink £5. Every Sunday in July, weather permitting. n Corston Open Gardens, 12.303.30pm, ten gardens to browse, some small, some larger but all beautiful. Tickets £5, on sale outside the village stores and village hall. The village hall will be open for light lunches, tea, cakes noon-5pm. Proceeds to be split between village hall and church.

July 4

n 'Derelict to Fantastic', a talk by local architect Jonathan Hetreed


on renovating or renewing an old property, The Globe, Newton St Loe, 7.30pm. Hosted by Build a Dream Self-Build Association (BADSBA) Bath Group. www.

Archaeology Society at bristolhas@

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July 9

n Jon Bon Jovi Tribute Night with Adrian Marx at Somerdale Pavilion, 7.30pm until 11.30pm. Tickets £10 members, £12 non-members available from Somerdale Pavilion on 0117 986 5787.

July 8

n Keynsham Farmers' Market, 9am-1pm, Market Walk. Range of stalls selling a range of local products. Visit www. for more information. n Marksbury Country Fair and Pig Roast, 1-5pm, Marksbury Village Hall. Live music with The June Apples, stalls, hog roast, morris dancing, barbecue, bar, ice creams, cakes, raffle, tombola and more. Visit Facebook/ MarksburyVillageHall or hall n Open day at Keynsham Abbey, from 2pm. Find out more about the site and about the working parties that maintain it and how to get involved. For more information, email Bristol History and

n Marshfield Band performs at the Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park, 3-5pm. n Make That Change! Eight speakers aim to motivate people to change their lives and overcome challenges, at the Space, Keynsham, 9.30am-4.30pm, tickets £49 from discoveryourbounce. com/makethatchange or more details on 07760 483851. n Barbecue and bouncy castle Sundays, Somerdale Pavilion, see July 2. n Paulton Parish Band performs at the Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park, 2-4pm. n Stanton Prior Open Gardens, 2-5.30pm, £5 for all eight gardens (15 and under free) and parking. Eight wonderful private gardens, allotments and walled garden in one of the smallest working villages in the South West (five miles west of Bath). Homemade cream teas, local produce stall. In aid of St Lawrence Church and Stanton Prior Village Hall.

July 11

n St Keyna Townswomen’s Guild will hear a talk on Dogs for Good with Mike Tanner at their next meeting. The group meets at 9.4511.45am at the Fear Hall, Keynsham High Street, every second Tuesday of the month and new members are welcome.

July 15

n Royal National Lifeboat Institution street collections in Keynsham High Street, outside the shops at Chandag Road and in Saltford. n Corston Country Fair at Corston Playing Fields, 2-5pm. Something for all the family, from beer tent, bouncy castle, brass band, cakes, classic cars to Chuffy the Train rides, tea tent, vintage tractors and more. Proceeds to the village hall and community activities. Entry is £1 for adults and free for children. See www.facebook/corstoncountryfair for more details.

July 16

n Join Avon Wildlife Trust Keynsham Group on a walk in Priddy with dragonfly expert Ray

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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. Barnett. Anyone who would like to join or find out more information can contact Liz on 0117 909 9667. n Barbecue and bouncy castle Sundays, Somerdale Pavilion, see July 2. n Salvation Army Hymns in the Park at the Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park, 3-4.15pm.

July 21

n Saltford Community Cinema screens La La Land (12A) at Saltford Hall, doors 6.45pm, screening at 7.30pm. Tickets £5, bar and ice cream available.

July 22

n Open day at Keynsham Abbey, from 2pm. Find out more about the site and about the working parties that maintain it and how to get involved. For more information, email Bristol History and Archaeology Society at bristolhas@ n Keynsham Light Opera Group presents Summer Soiree, an evening of musical theatre classics with a light supper and a Pimms and sangria bar, 7.30pm, at Broadlands Academy. Tickets £10/£8 concessions from the box office on 07580 259757, email or visit www.

July 23

n Keynsham Walkers Are Welcome – Meet at 10am at the Memorial

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Park cafe for a four-mile walk around Willsbridge nature reserve and Bitton. Visit http://e-voice. welcome/ n Barbecue and bouncy castle Sundays, Somerdale Pavilion, see July 2. n Bristol East & Kingswood Band performs at the Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park, 3-5pm.

July 24-27

n Children’s Spanish Taster Course, 10-11.30am at the Fear Hall, Keynsham High Street. Cost £35, contact Monica on 07939 571635 or visit www.holakeynsham.

July 29

n Clevedon Brass Band performs at the Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park, 3-4.45pm.

July 30

n Antiques and collectors’ fair at Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road, 10am-3pm, admission £1, accompanied under-16s free. Refreshments available from the cafe. n Barbecue and bouncy castle Sundays, Somerdale Pavilion, see July 2. n Bath Spa Band performs at the Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park, 3-4.45pm.

August 6

n RAF Association Band performs at the Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park, 2.30-4pm.


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 Kettlercise class with instructor Mike Spiring, Mendip Hall at Wellsway School, 8-9pm. Kettlebell supplied for first month, sessions £5. See kettlercisekeynsham on Facebook or visit or call 07954 146851.


n Short mat bowls. Learn to play with a really friendly mixed club at The Fear Hall, High Street Keynsham on Mondays, 1.30 to 4pm. September to May. Everyone welcome. Ring Alma on 0117 986 4014 or just turn up. 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 further information, call at the Church Office or phone 0117 914 9408. 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 are welcome, Call 0117 9609446 or visit uk. n Key Voices, Keynsham’s friendly community singing group, meets at St Dunstan’s Church, Bristol Road. New members welcome, rehearsals start at 7.30pm, £4.50 per session. Choir leader Ben Collings is an ex-music student from Bath Spa University. Call Roy on 0117 949 8587 for details. n Keynsham Creative Writers meet in the library on the second and fourth Monday of the month, from 2.30-4pm. We are a small, friendly group and welcome new members of all abilities. Call 0117 9148654 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 free taster session, contact Emma Hutchinson on


07793 983040, email emma@ or visit www. n Badminton. Come and join a friendly, mixed adult group, young and old, who play badminton from 10 until noon at Keynsham Leisure Centre, £2.40 per person. Just come along and have some fun. 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.

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 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. Call Jenny for details on 0117 961 3327.

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

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. Occasional speakers, social events and outings. Come and meet new friends.

n Keynsham Bridge Club is a friendly local club which meets every Monday evening, 7pm, at the Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham. We play Duplicate Bridge in a relaxed and friendly environment,

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 Turn to Page 32

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From Page 31 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 along and join us, we are a very friendly club. Call Margaret on 0117 986 5559.


n Keynsham Writers is a small, friendly support group for people who have day jobs. We’re open to any type of writing, but particularly novelists serious about one day getting published. Generally the group meets on Tuesdays, sometimes other days for “quiet writing”. For the latest dates and times, we encourage members to check the Keynsham Writers Facebook page. Location is Bonzo Lounge, usually to the left of the bar unless otherwise stated. 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! 11.50am to 12.35pm. £3.50 per class. Contact Philomena on 07966 373089. www. 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 further information. n Keynsham Older People’s Social Group (KOPS), first Tuesday of every month, 2-4pm at Community At 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 Art class in High Littleton 10.30am to 12.30pm weekly. Small friendly group with experienced teacher. £5 per session including beverage and biscuits. Call 07784 839781 for more information. n Keynsham Walking Football Club on the 3G pitch at Keynsham Town Football Club, for the over-65s, 1011am. The beautiful game played a little slower – turn up and play. For more details, 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. Just drop in or ring Clive on 0117 986 6793. n Sing along to your favourite

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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. 10am-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 7.30 pm, 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 Dance Tots for two to four-yearolds at Keynsham Leisure Centre, 10.30-11.15am. Courses run during term-time and are booked in 10week blocks. Visit the leisure centre reception or call 01225 439680 for details. n Mindful Meditation at Midday. Every Tuesday and Thursday, noon-12.30pm or 12.30-1pm. An oasis of calm in your otherwise busy week. £2 per person per session. All welcome at The Beehive Practice, 33A High Street, Keynsham. n The Ship Inn Petanque Club meets between 11am and 2pm at The Ship Inn, Temple Street. 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,

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there are several of us on hand to lead or follow. Tea and biscuits served frequently. All ages and abilities, beginners especially welcome. Free first lesson. For more information contact Sue 07979 740702. n Keynsham and Saltford Gardeners’ Association meets on the first Tuesday of the month, except in June and July, at the Fear Hall in Keynsham High Street at 2pm. The group hears talks from speakers and go on trips. All are welcome, drop in to find out more or call Betty on 0117 932 4045. n Saltford Floral Club meets on the fourth Tuesday each month at 2.15pm at Saltford Hall. Visitors welcome, demonstrations/practice. Contact Shirley Hobbs on 0117 986 2924. 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 Claire Lowe on 0117 329 6474. 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 details, call Jenny on 0117 986 8331. n Residents’ Fellowship Association, based at Hawthorn Meeting Room in Carpenters Lane, 2-4pm. Different activities, such as luncheon, quiz, games, including darts, and a committee meeting. On Thursday afternoon we do

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crafts and we have a community garden. Contact Jim Lingard on 0117 986 1551.

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 activities. Come along to our next meeting for a coffee/tea and biscuits, you will be welcome. n Popular sequence dances at The Fear Hall, Keynsham, 7.30-10pm. Anyone interested in dancing is welcome, friendly atmosphere, first visit free. Call 0117 986 2819/0117 986 4014. n Fancy learning ballroom, Latin and old time dancing? Come along and have some fun at Terry’s Dance School. Adult lessons at the Key Centre on a Tuesday and Friday evening. Call Terry on 0117 932 3071.


n Kettlercise class with instructor Mike Spiring, Mendip Hall at Wellsway School, 8-9pm. Kettlebell supplied for first month, sessions £5 or reduced price of £2.50 for those attending the Monday class as well. See kettlercisekeynsham on Facebook or visit or call 07954 146851. 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. n Keynsham Good Afternoon Choir meets at Keynsham Methodist Church every Wednesday from 2-4pm (not in school holidays). Visit or call 01761 472468. 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. £3.60 per session, come and meet us. Call 01761 472468 or visit n ChoirJam pop choir meets on


Wednesday mornings 11am12.30pm 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, emma@ or visit www. 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 St Keyna Probus is a lunch club for retired professional and business men, which meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Grasmere Hotel. For more information, ring John Crocombe on 0117 986 3961. and come along to share this enthralling hobby. n The Keynsham and Saltford branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild meets on the second Wednesday of every month, 7pm, at the Wick Close Community Centre, Saltford. Demonstrations and speakers as well as the chance to learn the art of sugarcrafting and display your own work. Call Gillian Orley on 0117 986 3864. n The Community At 67 Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 7-9pm. Anyone interested can ring 0772 762 6794 or just come along. The club meets at 67 Queens Road, Keynsham. 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.

n Gym Tots for two to four-yearsolds at Keynsham Leisure Centre, 10.30-11.15am. Courses run during term-time and are booked in 10week blocks. Visit the leisure centre reception or call 01225 439680 for details.


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. Cost £1 per family per week. Please join us, the first session is free! See www.babycomestoo.btck.

n Come and listen to stories and rhymes at Story Time every Thursday during term time at Keynsham Library, 10-10.30am.

n Badminton club – join a friendly club who play at Broadlands Academy on Thursday evenings, 7pm until 9pm. For more information contact Joan on 01761453169.

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 n Mindful Meditation at Midday. Every Tuesday and Thursday, noon12.30pm or 12.30-1pm. An oasis of calm in your otherwise busy week. £2 per person per session. All welcome at The Beehive Practice, 33A High Street, Keynsham. 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 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. n Painting for pleasure club, we are a small club and we meet on a Thursday afternoon at Saltford Hall from 2-4pm. We are of mixed ability and do not have teachers or demonstrations so the cost of belonging in to group is minimal. The club is two hours of painting and friendly company. If you would like to come down to see if it is the club for you your first visit is free. Call 01225 873773 in the evening. n St John’s Toddler Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday during term-time between 9.45am and Turn to Page 34

n Badminton, 10am-noon. Very friendly ladies’ badminton club. Every Wednesday at Keynsham Leisure Centre. Previous experience needed, but we are a group of mixed abilities. First week free. 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.


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n WHAT’S ON From Page 33 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. Contact Claire Lowe on 0117 329 6474. n Somerset Morris Dancers meet 8-10pm at Marksbury Village Hall. We are a ladies’ side and dance West Country Stave Dances and Cotswold Morris. New musicians always welcome, male and female, at 7.30pm. Call Wendy on 01761 472192.


n Art class in High Littleton 10.30am to 12.30pm weekly. Small friendly group with experienced teacher. £5 per session including beverage and biscuits. Call 07784 839781 for more information. 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 Live music held every Friday and Saturday night at the Crown Inn, Keynsham. Check out our Facebook page for weekly updates. n Goldies Singing Sessions are held on the second and last Friday of each month. The group sing the hits of the Fifties onwards in a very relaxed and informal sing-a-long setting. Join us at The Hawthorns on the second Friday of the month from 10.30-11.30am and at the Key Centre on the last Friday of the


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young people at the Key Centre. Call 0117 932 3071.

n Soccer Tots for three to four-yearolds at Keynsham Leisure Centre, 1.15-2pm. Courses run during term-time and are booked in 10week blocks. Visit the leisure centre reception or call 01225 439680 for details.


n Who Let the Dads Out, 1011.30am, third Saturday of the month. St John’s Church Hall, Keynsham. Dads, grandads, male carers and preschool kids. Bacon butties, toys, great coffee. Follow us on Twitter @keynshamwltdo.

n Football Junior Development Courses at Keynsham Leisure Centre – 4-4.45pm for five to six-year-olds and 4.45-5.30pm for seven to nine-year-olds. Courses run during term-time and are booked in 10-week blocks. Visit the leisure centre reception or call 01225 439680 for more details. 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, come for coffee or contact the Church Office on 0117 914 9408 or Christopher Bailey on 01225 872784. n Badminton. Join a very friendly mixed group who meet every Friday to play from 10am-noon at Keynsham Leisure Centre. All are welcome, regardless of ability. Just turn up or ring Clive on 0117 986 6793. n Fancy learning ballroom, Latin and old-time dancing? Come and have fun at Terry’s Dance School. Adult lessons on a Tuesday and Friday evening at the Key

n Children’s craft activities at 10.30am at Keynsham Library. n Live music every Friday and Saturday night at the Crown Inn Keynsham. Check out our Facebook page for weekly updates. n Children’s ballroom, Latin and old time dance classes, Saturday mornings at the Key Centre, Keynsham. Contact Terry for more details on 0117 932 3071.


n Weekend Wellness Saturdays, 10-11am, free (funded by the Wellbeing College) at Timeout, Keynsham. Visit www. or email

n Please join us for tea and homemade cakes in St Mary’s Church, Compton Dando. We will be serving teas every Sunday up to and including August Bank holiday from 2pm to 5pm. Come and visit our lovely church and village where there are many lovely walks around. We look forward to seeing you and four-legged friends are also very welcome.

n Salt and Sham Cycle Club’s weekly 45km ride around Chew Valley Lake, starting at Ashton Way car park in Keynsham at 7am and ending at Keynsham Cricket Club for refreshments. Visit www.

n Tai Chi, donations only class. Held outdoors in Keynsham, early morning on alternate Sundays in most weathers. Private lessons also available on request. For details, call 07731 198890 or email

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 Free 5k runs for women. 8am on Sundays, Somerdale Pavilion, Keynsham. Routes will be 5k+ at an easy conversational pace and include warm-up and cooldown. See www.thismumruns.

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n Walks for single people. Solo Rendezvous walk every Sunday in the local area, starting at 11am. Please phone for walk details: 01454 775508 / 01454 774984 / 0117 9850210. They also meet at Downend Cricket Club every Wednesday, 8.30pm, entrance £3.

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Foodbank opens new centre to help more in food crisis

Keynsham Foodbank is to open a fourth centre to distribute food to meet rising demand from local people finding themselves in financial crisis. The organisation gave food parcels, made up of items donated by the public, to 749 people last year, up from 350 in 2015/16, with volunteers saying a growing number of clients are working people on low wages. The fourth distribution centre will open at Saltford Church Hall in Saltford High Street on July 7, where it will be staffed by volunteers led by Norman Osborne. It will open every Friday from 10.30am until noon and joins the foodbank’s other centres at Victoria Methodist Church Key Centre, The Link Community Hub in Bishop Sutton and St Francis Church Hall, Keynsham. Foodbank coordinator Alan Hale said: “The opening of this new distribution centre is to be celebrated in an odd way because what is demonstrated is the love and kindness that exists within the community to help those who are in food crisis or trying to balance too many commitments at that moment on a very restricted budget. It will also mean that our service to the community is improved. “Now that Bath & North East Somerset is fully transferred over to Universal Credit for the payment of benefits we are facing a much greater demand than we

Volunteers sorting donations at Broadlands Academy as Keynsham Foodbank was launched in 2013 – it now has four distribution centres did at the outset in late 2013. However, it is not all about those receiving benefits because one of our largest client groups are those who are in employment but on a very low wage.” As well as essential items such as cereals, bread and tinned food, the foodbank also provides school holiday food bags for all children entitled to free school meals or who are subject to pupil premium who will not get that free meal during the holidays. Mr Hale added: “I would like to thank the Rev Daile Wilshere at St Mary’s Church, Saltford who raised this project with me and who has provided the venue and promoted it to the volunteers who have come forward.

“I would also like to thank Dawn Elliott, head teacher at Saltford CofE Primary School, who has given enthusiastic support to the project through the school and I am sure we will work positively together for the good of the community. “I would, of course, wish to give sincere thanks to everyone who donates food to us because it is the community that provides the food to feed those in crisis, we just provide the process.” Anyone who would like to donate food to Keynsham Foodbank will find collection boxes at Waitrose and Tesco in Keynsham, where there are also updated lists of the shopping items the team needs most.


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Have you ever had one of those life-changing moments where crisis strikes and you feel like the rug has been whipped out from underneath you? That is exactly how Nicky Marshall felt on July 26, 2010 when she suffered a decompression injury and consequent stroke. Nicky was 40, had a threemonth-old business and four growing up teenagers. To say her life had become a challenge overnight was an understatement! Roll forward three years and she was back to full health: but it was a long, challenging and painful road. On Sunday, July 9, Nicky and her business partner Laura Barnett are bringing an exciting new event to The Space in Keynsham called Make That Change! They have brought together the team Nicky wishes she had on her side from the day of her stroke: eight amazing speakers, passionate about inspiring people to make the changes necessary to live an amazing life. If you have any form of challenge, are on a personal development journey, or just want to be the best you can be this is a must-attend event – how would you like a challengebusting power team ready and willing to help you? Tickets are available at makethatchange or call Nicky on 07760 483851.

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KEYNSHAM AND SALTFORD LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY contemporaneous with it, although the site is on the edge of abbey’s deer park and ten minutes’ walk from the main complex. It has previously been suggested that the house was built for a Royal Steward, or Dappifer, who administered the Manor of Keynsham between 1539 and 1613. But again this seems too early for the building and the term dappifer seems to have fallen out of use by Tudor times. So, on the basis of probability, not evidence, it seems likely that the Dappifer’s House we have today is a replacement building that took both its site and its title from an older one that was part of the abbey establishment. We shall never know for sure!

What’s in a name? – Dapps Hill

At the south end of Temple Street, Keynsham, the road to Albert Mill and Steel Mills falls steeply down Dapps Hill. Adjacent, running past the houses, is Dapps Lane, which would have been the original course of the route down. “Dapps” is an unusual name, with no common meaning, but No 6 on Dapps Lane is a property today called “The Dappifer’s House” and it seems very likely that Dapps is a contraction of Dappifer’s. Looking into the meaning and origin of the word reveals several related definitions. The first is that a dappifer was “the servant who brings the meat to the table at a meal”. It was also the official title of the steward in a medieval English nobleman’s household and, thirdly, the most senior of the five great officers of state in the medieval French royal court. In medieval times, from 1170 onwards, Keynsham was centred on a single institution: Keynsham Abbey. The abbey owned the land and therefore controlled all the activities of the community, including agriculture and the mills. The Abbot was a powerful man both within and without the abbey precincts and would have been of high status, as well as being a man of God. The priests, properly called canons regular, who lived at the abbey, belonged to the order of the Victorines, which was based at the Abbey of St Victor near Paris,

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The Dappifer’s House, top; the National Trust’s Mottisfont, above and the Abbot of Keynsham visited Paris at intervals. It is therefore quite possible, due to the status of the Abbot and his links with France, that one of his senior staff had the title Dappifer and his own house to go with it. The building that today

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

Nomad by James Swallow For fans of I Am Pilgrim and Homeland comes an exciting thriller from James Swallow with a great hero in Marc Dane. He is an MI6 field agent who stays away from the action. However, when his team are subjected to a brutal attack Marc is the only survivor and, with the shocking realisation that there are traitors inside MI6, he’s forced to go on the run when he is blamed for the deaths. With nowhere to turn for help and no one left to trust, Marc meets up with the elusive Rubicon group and is forced to rely on their support and their operative Lucy Keyes. They make a cracking team as Lucy, who is ex-US Army, has all the fighting skills they need. They soon begin to realise that a terrorist attack is coming and, with the security establishment looking elsewhere, only Lucy and Marc can stop it before it's too late. This is an interesting, fast-paced read, travelling from Europe to the Middle East with lots of twists and turns along the way. Full of gadgets and an impressive drone sequence, Nomad ticks all the boxes for an exciting holiday read.

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Walking the Nile by Levison Wood – reviewed by Emilie

Bioud, Keynsham Library Assistant I have always thought adventurers are from a different time, there is nothing new today. I was wrong: Levison Wood tries to create those new routes, new discoveries and new adventures that will make us dream of travelling. He has so far completed three journeys: walking the Nile, walking the Himalayas, and walking the Americas. In this book he decides to start at the source of the Nile and finish his journey at the Mediterranean sea. That's 4,250 miles on foot, with many different African countries to cross. Every single one brings new challenges to face. Between the wars, the thieves, the heat and the thirst, among other problems, every step brings him closer to his goal: to see the frontier of Egypt and the sea. Sometimes you can doubt his choices and wonder what is wrong with him, but it is probably why he is an adventurer and I am not! If you have no time to read the book, maybe you could watch his documentaries, which appeared on Channel 4. The book or the documentary are probably both best appreciated with a glass of icy, fresh lemonade in one hand.

Launch of Summer Reading Challenge

Saturday, July 15, sees the launch of

the very successful Library Summer Reading Challenge 2017. This year’s challenge is has an Animal Agents theme – read the books, catch the crooks! To help the Animal Agents, you will need to read at least six library books. You will be given a folder and every time you visit, you will get a set of stickers. Once all stickers are collected you will be able to crack the case and catch the crook. Come along to your local library and join the challenge. So to get you started why not try:

Children’s Fiction

The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge My dad’s an astronaut – so begins the story of Jamie Drake whose dad is orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station. Jamie is really proud but also really misses his dad. So he hangs out at his local observatory where he meets the eccentric Professor Forster. One day he picks up a strange signal on his phone. Is it aliens? Or is his dad in danger on the Space Station and can Jamie help him? The author is award-winning and deservedly so. This is a great adventure tale but also a very clever, funny and touching read.

The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange A modern fairy tale. It is 1919 and Henrietta’s Mama is poorly, her father is working abroad and even Nanny Jane is too busy to pay attention to the strange things she sees – well, what she thinks she sees in the shadow on her new house, Hope House. Henrietta discovers that the house is full of secrets, ghostly figures and strange flickers from the firelight in the garden. Then one night Henrietta ventures into the darkness that is Nightingale Wood. Adventures follow and a whole new world of fairies and secrets. This book comes highly recommended from one of our younger library users – beautifully written, a real treat!

Library News

During the summer holidays there will be a break from Bounce and Rhyme and Storytimes. Bounce and Rhyme will be back on Tuesday, October 3, at 10am to 10.30am and 11am to 11.30 am. Storytime will be back on Thursday, October 5, at 10am. However, please check other B&NES libraries for more Storytime activities. The regular Saturday Craft sessions will be taking place, from 10.30am to 11.30am, in Keynsham Library’s children’s area.

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n NEWS Your library service needs your help! From delivering books to housebound residents to inspiring a love of reading in children, B&NES Library Service has a number of roles for volunteers. Anyone with a few hours to spare per month can get involved, supporting the home library service by selecting and delivering books or helping at story times for under-fives and Baby Bounce and Rhyme sessions. There are also opportunities to support the library this summer as the Summer Reading Challenge gets under way for youngsters. Anyone interested will have a meeting with a library service representative for a chat and to complete a short form, which asks for two referees. To find out more, contact Mike Plows at the Volunteer Centre for Bath and beyond at mike. or call 07815 564726.

Good neighbours Residents can help protect elderly and vulnerable neighbours as part of a new scheme launched by Avon and Somerset Police. The Nominated Neighbour initiative aims to prevent people falling victim to bogus callers, by redirecting any unknown callers to a trusted neighbour, who will then check their credentials. Inspector Julie Knight said: “We are urging people to reach out to elderly and vulnerable people in their communities and ask if they would like to sign up to this scheme and offer to be their ‘nominated neighbour’.”

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Stuart honoured for 20 years of supporting fellow diabetics A Keynsham man’s dedication to helping hundreds of fellow diabetes sufferers has been recognised with a long service award. Stuart Walker, who has type 1 diabetes, has volunteered with Diabetes UK for 20 years and was recently honoured for his dedication at the charity’s regional Inspire Awards in Taunton. Stuart, 44, has carried a great deal of work with young people with diabetes, organising family care events, including weekends away, teaching at the events and offering advice on living with the condition. He also recruits and trains other volunteers as well as carrying out various other roles for the charity.

Stuart Walker supports others living with diabetes He said: “It is fantastic to receive this award for doing what I love. I started organising family events after attending a Diabetes UK care event myself. It helped me so much that I wanted to give something back. “Seeing the positive impact of helping young people come to terms with diabetes is incredibly rewarding. “On a recent event, for example, a young girl was able to inject herself with insulin for the

first time, after feeling unable to do so up to that point.” Annika Palmer, Diabetes UK South West regional head, said: “Organising care events is a huge job with immense responsibility, and the work he does is so valuable. Over the years he has helped hundreds of people with diabetes, giving them the opportunity to meet others, learn how to manage their condition and take part in exciting activities which create life-long happy memories. It is our honour to present him with the long service award.” To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Diabetes UK or to join a local support group, email south. or call 01823 448260.


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n NEWS A group of Keynsham crafters dropped into a local hospice to see how their handicrafts are helping the charity support terminally ill children. Members of the Keynsham Chicks have for many years been knitting tiny yellow chicks, which are then sold at a number of outlets at Easter alongside chocolate eggs. The money raised then goes to Children’s Hospice South West, whose Charlton Farm hospice near Bristol provides care to children with life-limiting conditions and their families. This year, Chicks leader Mary George handed the baton to Margaret Thompson, who successfully organised the group’s efforts to knit more than 4,000 chicks. The woolly creatures were on sale at a number of local shops and garden centres, with the chocolate eggs provided by Tesco and the Keynsham Chicks themselves. The group raised a grand total of £3,666.90 for CHSW and they recently paid a visit to Charlton


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What a busy month June has been for Keynsham Group of Avon Wildlife Trust, writes Kathy Farrell! A stand at the opening of the biennial Saltford Festival kicked off our engagement this month closely followed by our action-packed Festival of Nature weekend. A full auditorium of 110 people at The Space in Keynsham watched our film screening of A Plastic Ocean at the start of the festival weekend – we were all blown away by the cinematography but also concerned about our actions in this world, which are helping to destroy our marine environment, and ultimately us, in a big way. By 2050 there will be more weight of plastic in the ocean than fish – marine creatures of all sizes, plus many sea birds, ingest the plastic, mistaking it for food, which then kills them. As well as highlighting the



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BACK TO NATURE with Avon Wildlife Trust Keynsham Group

marine life inspires us to make change problems the film showed many positive projects that are going on around the world, the development of new environmentally friendly plastics for everyday materials, and “plasma gasification” technology which if implemented could transform our waste products to create energy resources and other reusable non-toxic substances. There are many issues that can only be solved at a higher level with organisational changes by the big supermarkets and manufacturers. However, we can support campaigns such as “Message in a Bottle” by Surfers against Sewage ( campaign/message-in-a-bottle/) to encourage introduction of a deposit return system for plastic bottles and other singleuse containers. But the main emphasis that we all took away was how we could improve our own habits with just a little thought: l Always carry reusable bags for shopping, even down to net bags for fruit and vegetables – check

out “reusable produce bags” online. l Stop buying bottled water. Our tap water is perfectly safe in this country and we should take advantage of this. l Always carry a refillable bottle, preferably not plastic, as these can leach out harmful chemicals which we then take into our systems. Refilling a bottle locally is not difficult now as we have two outlets (plus a tap in the park) in Keynsham supporting the Refill campaign. There is even a downloadable app called “Refill” that gives locations and awards points for refilling your bottle. l Avoid using plastic drinking straws and cotton buds with plastic (not paper) sticks l Flushable wipes are not biodegradable – avoid use of these products and do not flush. l Recycle as much as possible through our waste collection services or at local amenity depots – never throw away plastic in a way that it could end up in our environment.

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Marvellous Moths

On the night of June 17 a group of 18 gathered to investigate what moths could be discovered in the park. We set up a moth trap near Baked cafe (thanks to Salvatore for opening especially for us!) and waited for darkness to fall. Although the location was not perfect, we still managed 16 species of moth in and around the trap, many species of caddis flies plus a lucky sighting of a fox on its nightly circuit.

Festival of Nature

On Sunday, June 18, we joined other organisations for a sweltering day in the Memorial Park for Keynsham Festival of Nature. We welcomed many families exploring our local wildlife, both in our mini BioBlitz forays in the park and with our quizzes, and investigating our river dipping samples. On our stand “Match the Feather” and “Name the Moth” quizzes

proved popular, and it was great to catch up with so many people from the area and “talk nature”. Including some moths collected at our previous night's “Marvellous Moths” meeting we identified a total of 191 species of all varieties of flora and fauna, a great result! Our parks can be amazing places of biodiversity and a great way to investigate nature with the children. And it is an activity that can be carried out all year round – it is surprising what you might find if you turn over a leaf or a stone or look closely at a tree trunk. Thanks to everyone who supported us for the weekend, and to members of Wellsway Green team who helped in the park.

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During July we are looking forward to a walk in Priddy with dragonfly expert Ray Barnett, following a talk he gave us in April. If you would like to join us on Sunday, July 16, please call Liz on 0117 909 9667.

A turtle ingesting part of a discarded plastic bag; Kathy Farrell introducing A Plastic Ocean at The Space; the group’s Festival of Nature stand

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PICTURE SPECIAL Members of Keynsham Photographic Society share more of their latest shots with us. The group meets on Wednesday evenings from September to April at the Fear Hall – find out more at www.

It Must Be A Trick by Sheila Kibble, above; Our Green and Pleasant Land by Carey Meredith, right

End of the Pier by Judith Haines

Passing Traffic by Linda Horne

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Morning Stretch by Carey Meredith, left; Muddy Boot by Len Payne, below left; Spring by Carey Meredith, below right





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Don’t wait! The doctor will see you now Spire Bristol Hospital is delighted to announce the extension to its current private GP service. In partnership with The Independent General Practice, the South West’s largest private hospital has just launched a new five-day-a-week private GP service in Bristol to help meet the demands of patients who need swift access to appointments. It is well documented that there is a greater strain on the health sector with people living longer and populations rising. Therefore the demand on the NHS and GP surgeries in particular has seen an increased waiting time for appointments. A new study conducted by Pulse Magazine reveals the average waiting time for a routine GP appointment is 13 days and recent NHS figures conclude that two in three patients wait up to 15 minutes after their appointment time to be seen. The service at Spire Bristol will be delivered by The

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New Job Opportunities in Keynsham! Exciting developments are underway in Keynsham at Charlton House Community Resource Centre, a 30 bed high need residential and dementia care home which is creating new vacancies. Sirona care & health are delighted to announce we are looking to extend the registration to include nursing care beds and as such are recruiting Registered Nurses & an Assistant Practitioner to join us at the beginning of our journey. In addition to this, Hawthorn Court in Keynsham (located next to Charlton House) is recruiting for Support Workers. Why work for us? • You will join an organisation which has been rated ‘Outstanding’ for Care and ‘Outstanding’ for End of Life Care by the CQC in 2017. • Flexible vacancies available; day and night shifts, full and part time. • Generous holiday entitlement (27 – 30 days) • Paid enhancements for bank holidays/nights • Contributory pension scheme (including, for some roles, the NHS pension scheme) • Extensive learning & development opportunities • Health & wellbeing activities, i.e. In-house staff physiotherapy and more! Roles available: Registered Nurse: Band 19 £30,821 – £36,396 (pro rata, inc. weekend enhancements) Assistant Practitioner: Band 18 £20,438 – £23,972 (pro-rata) Support Worker (Bank): £9.74 per hour (inc annual leave supplement) Please call the Sirona Recruitment Team on 01225 831856 for more information or to obtain an application form.



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OUT AND ABOUT with Keynsham Walkers Are Welcome


eynsham Walkers are Welcome were involved in two walks during June. The first, on Sunday, June 11, attracted 24 participants, who met as usual at the Memorial Park cafe and then headed for Saltford. This walk coincided with the village’s excellent festival, and there were plenty for the group to explore in the three hours that we stayed – the flower display in the church, the the procession of vintage cars, tea on the Manor House lawns, and the music at the Bird in Hand, as well as the many stalls that lined the High Street. The event was so popular with our walkers that many stayed on, rather than heading back to Keynsham along the cycle path and River Avon. A hugely successful day that must be repeated next year. The second walk was part of the Festival of Nature, which was visiting Keynsham on Saturday, June 17. Because of the heat the numbers were down to 14. Once again setting off from the Memorial Park cafe, we headed along the

River Chew to Compton Dando. We were very fortunate to have as our guide John Aldridge from the Avon Wildlife Trust, who was able to point out an abundance of flora and fauna. Because of the heat, a couple of walkers had to abandon the outing and we arranged transport back to Keynsham with a couple of volunteers from Burnett, for which we thank them. The rest carried on through Burnett and back to Keynsham. Our thanks go to Dawn Drury


who organised and led both walks and to John for giving up his Saturday to help us appreciate Mother Nature just that little bit more!

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Bowls club to host memorable match to mark centenary Frys Bowling Club has what is expected to be a memorable match lined up to mark the club’s 100th anniversary – and spectators are more than welcome to watch the action. Tuesday, July 11, marks a special day for the club as it hosts the Somerset Bowls Association Executive for a game to celebrate its centenary year. The game will start at 2pm with the pre-game ceremony starting at around 1.45pm. Afterwards there will be speeches from officers of both Frys and Somerset and spectators are very welcome at Somerdale to watch. For anyone who would like to get out on the green themselves, on Saturday, July 8, the club is hosting an open day where people can give bowls a try between 2.30pm and 5pm. All equipment and tuition will be provided and, if possible, visitors are asked to wear flat-soled shoes. Fry’s began their cup campaign in the Bristol and District League Lloyd Trophy on May 23 at Imperial, claiming a 44-43 win on a challenging artificial pitch. This was followed by a second win a week later at home against BAC, 51-37, while a game against GB Britton at Somerdale on June 6 resulted in a loss for the home side.


Rain spoils some play but bowlers still busy Apart from Wednesday mornings when the green keeper has the right of way on the green at Keynsham Bowling Club, there is little free time as a whole range of matches are coming thick and fast, writes our correspondent. The ladies are playing their North Somerset League fixtures, together with a series of friendlies. They team up with the men on a Friday evening to play in the Somerset Mixed Triples League. Apart from a regular Wednesday friendly, the men field three teams in each of the Bristol and District League on a Thursday and the North Somerset League on a Saturday. In addition, both gents and

ladies are competing against each other in club events – the singles, pairs and triples. In recognition of the club celebrating its 60th anniversary, a mixed match against Somerset Patrons had been arranged at the start of June. Unfortunately the weather on the day was appalling, and by mid-morning the game had been cancelled to avoid unnecessary travelling. The cottage pie which had been prepared went into the freezer for another time! At the end of the month members will be enjoying a barbecue, probably swilled down by chardonnay and cider – not together. Playing bowls is hard work!

Calling all clubs and teams! League action has continued over recent weeks, too, with Frys recording losses against Avonmouth and Ardagh and victories over Long Ashton and Henleaze B, with the latter giving them their biggest win of the season at 72-25 on June 8. Last month also saw the first round of the City and County of Bristol Clarence Davey Cup when Frys hosted St Anne’s Park on June 9. With an 84-78 win, Frys secured their place in the next round where they will play away at Bristol. More information about Frys Bowling Club is available at www. Anyone interested in joining Frys Bowling Club or who would like to give bowls a try, can contact the secretary, Christopher Day, on 01225 872959 or email

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Club bowled over after two members called up to play on the national stage Jo Lau and Vincent O’Dornihan, of Wellsway Short Mat Bowling Club, have both been picked to play for the England Short Mat Bowling Team, writes our correspondent. Vincent has been bowling for many years both in Ireland and England and after winning a national competition was spotted and asked to trial for England. Jo has only been bowling for 18 months, and after a recent Avon Ladies v Cambridge Ladies County match, and a request by the English Short Mat Association president, Jo trialed for the England Ladies team and was successful. That’s another brilliant achievement for Wellsway Short Mat Bowling Club. Following on from our success at Wellsway School

England short mat bowlers Jo Lau and Vincent O’Dornihan Sports Centre, we now have another venue at the Scout Hut, Ashton Way, Keynsham. We are

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SPORT A race horse funded by a charity syndicate set up by cancer survivor Jenny Godwin has taken second place at Chepstow in his first outing. Bounty Pursuit, ridden by Jenny’s son Mitch on June 16, narrowly missed out on first place in his first run for the Racing for a Cause group and now hopes are high the duo will go one better on July 13 at Newbury. Jenny, from Bitton, cofounded the syndicate with Sharon Blake a couple of months ago to raise funds for St Peter’s Hospice and Dorothy House following her own battle with breast cancer. She said Bounty Pursuit had looked “incredible” in action at Chepstow, adding: “We already have enough members to cover our costs so every member that joins from now is going to make a real difference to the charities.” Bounty Pursuit is trained by

Joy for syndicate as Bounty takes second place in debut Members of the syndicate celebrate Bounty Pursuit’s second place at Chepstow Sharon’s husband Michael in Staverton, with each member of the syndicate contributing £50 per month. Once costs are covered, the rest of the money is shared between the two charities.

Any prize money is split between the members with a number pledging their share to the charities, too. Following the race, Mitch, who has been riding for the

First-timers brave rain for croquet

The weather tried and failed to dampen members’ and visitors’ endeavours at Camerton & Peasedown Croquet Club’s Family Fun Day, writes our correspondent. Among those who braved the downpours included the Adams family from Keynsham, who, having their own croquet set and meadow, wanted to discover the real game and, more importantly, its rules. Bravely the four continued on the lawns long after more hardened players adjourned to the pavilion for tea and cake and to watch the rain come down once more. CPCC’s South West

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Blakes since he was 13, said: “Bounty Pursuit had a lot to live up to at Chepstow, the first start for Michael and the syndicate on turf! I thought he was very relaxed and looked a million dollars, so just from that I knew he would run a decent race.” Michael added it had been a brilliant start and with another 100 yards he believed Bounty Pursuit could have won. He said: “On a first run you never quite know what to expect so to show such promise is very encouraging.” To find out more about the Racing for a Cause syndicate, contact Jenny on 07970 741817 or visit Racingforacause12/

Federation League wins continue to mount. The club’s five teams have now won their eighth consecutive match this season in their respective leagues. Five early matches were two against Weston-super-Mare, and one each against Bristol, Exeter and their local sparring partner, Bath. The local derbys against Bath have always been played in excellent spirit and competitiveness. It makes three times this season that Camerton and Peasedown have beaten their local rivals, but who’s counting. If you would like to give croquet a try, why not ring 01225 708540 and ask for Mo or Brian to arrange a croquet taster session.


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To advertise, contact Emma on 0117 908 2121 or 07715 770448. Email:


July, 2017




Griffin Electrical Established 1984

YOUR TRUSTED LOCAL ELECTRICIAN • Rewiring • Minor alterations • Security Lighting & Alarms 01275 832830 07831 534766 NICEIC Approved Contractor Member of



GARDENING Good Grounds & Gardens

Home Audio • Domestic • Commercial Industrial Contractor

T: 07894 685 623


Regular or one-off garden maintenance Specialists in wildlife gardening & wildlife ponds Private & commercial work

07923 447362





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Ammonite Electrical Services

Specialising in domestic installations

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No job too small, or large EICRs (Full Inspection & Testing service) Fault Finding Emergency call-outs & free quotations

Contact David on: Office: 0117 214 0545 Mobile: 07568 326 999

Email: Website:

Got news? Call Joni on 07887 561567. Email:





Foot Health Practitioner Jackie Duffy MCFHP MAFHP Home visits, for foot care help & advice Tel: 01225 471207 Mobile: 07944 989137

Redlynch Lane, Chewton Keynsham, BS31 2SN T: 0117 9862658 E:






Your local carpenter who carries out all types of carpentry work .

• Kitchens • Bathrooms • Doors • Skirting • Flooring • Decking • Pvc cladding

Call Matt on 07909 928413 or 01179 864304 for a free quote

Tel Paul at PJ 07774 747834 or 0117 2302010





• Self-service and service washes • Ironing • Dry Cleaning • Clothing Repairs • Collection and Delivery

69 Queens Road, Keynsham, BS31 2NW Tel: 0117 329 2262 Mob: 07548393079 email:



Grooming service for small/medium breeds Personal one on one attention given to each pet Bath, clip and styling. Ear, nail and gland care Pick up and delivery service available for OAP’s within Keynsham area

Tel: 07954 994774




G Benson Plastering

Professional Decorating Local Qualified tradesmen Internal & External Decorating Fast, reliable & friendly service No hidden extras Free Quotations Call Scott 07515 523 623 0117 3824411


A Specialist in: Internal & External Plastering Rendering & Dry-lining Fully insured. Contact George Benson

Mob: 07970 767 606

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Taps, Washers Toilets, Cisterns Leaks, Blockages Tanks, Overflows Lead Pipes, Stopcocks….etc… OAP DISCOUNTS and NO VAT


957 5092


Tiling Heaven

Skip Hire & Waste Management City & Guilds qualified Tiler Skip Hire & Waste Management We are a local, Keynsham based Skip Hire company Bathroom, Kitchen & Floor TilingWe are a local, Keynsham based Skip Hire company specialising in Domestic and Commercial waste HireKeynsham & Waste Management • Skip Local Based waste specialising inWe Domestic and Commercial Satisfaction guaranteed management. cover Bristol, Bath and We are a local, Keynsham based Skip Hire company • Domestic & Commercial South management. cover and Bristol, Bath and South specialising We in Domestic Commercial waste

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All windows & frames cleaned Guttering & fascia cleaning Reliable service




All aspects of Tree Surgery & Hedge Maintenance

• Stump Grinding • Qualified & Fully Insured • Free Quotations & Advice Contact: Andy Maule (RFS Cert.Arb)

0117 9864273/07748118266 Got news? Call Joni on 07887 561567. Email:

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BOOK ANY OF THE SERVICES ABOVE & INCLUDE AN MOT FOR £20 Don’t worry if your MOT is not due yet, we will give you a voucher to use when it is





0800 833 869

OPENING HOURS: MONDAY-FRIDAY 7.30am-5pm • SATURDAY 8.30am-12.30pm


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