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A man who dumped 12 tonnes of rubbish in countryside across B&NES, including on land owned by 1st Keynsham Scouts, has been fined £6,400. Page 5

Around 90 people joined a meeting on tackling anti-social behaviour held at Victoria Methodist Church

Town shows united front on anti-social behaviour

The anti-social behaviour affecting Keynsham has no quick fix – but there are many people willing to play a part in finding one, a meeting on the issue has revealed. Residents, police, traders, councillors, the head teachers from both of the town’s secondary schools, the library

service and community and church groups all came together on February 22 to discuss how to tackle issues ranging from vandalism and verbal abuse to threatening behaviour and drug use. The meeting, organised by Keynsham Town Council, follows rising concerns over the level of

anti-social behaviour in the town – which began at the end of last summer with incidents including severe damage to the Memorial Park bandstand’s roof and a disturbance at Time Out youth centre that resulted in the police being called. The council said its youth Turn to Page 2

First clean-up for new neighbours

Residents from two of Keynsham’s newest neighbourhoods teamed up to hold their first community clean-up last month. Page 10

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‘Together we need From Page 1 service, which has since employed two outreach workers, could not tackle the issue alone and called the meeting with the aim of bringing people together to come up with solutions. A new initiative, Keynsham Community Spirit, was launched online just weeks ago with exactly that goal and has already gained around 350 members, founder Trisha Williams told the meeting. Speaking alongside new chair Trisha Lahner, she said she believed reduced public services had had an impact on the community and there was frustration and anger at damaged or stolen property and fear among elderly and vulnerable people as well as those with young children. KCS’s aim was to work together to create diversionary activities for young people and to inspire and encourage them, she said. “Despite the frustration, we want to find positive and effective ways together and make young people feel valued,” she said. “We have had lots of positive feedback, ideas, skills

and experience offered and together we need to tap into this community spirit. We can only do it with support, alongside police, the council, youth workers and agencies, and establish an effective network. This could be a legacy for the town with positive effects long into the future.” Sergeant Jon Bagnowiec told the meeting that the police were keen to work with other agencies and groups to tackle the issue, the key to which was long-term and involved officers talking in schools, working with youth services and engaging with drug users, he said. Police received around one call a day to report anti-social behaviour in the Keynsham area in the four weeks leading up to February 16, similar to Frome in the same period, he told the meeting. There were also 24 local reports of criminal damage in the same period, 11 of which were related to anti-social behaviour. He added: “Keynsham is a safe place to live and work – although it does experience some crime and disorder it’s less than most. We will take part in any initiative, returning residents

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after groups of teenagers riding bikes and congregating in the Civic Centre frightened his young children on the way to the swimming pool. He said: “They are used to not having police around. It is making the Civic Centre an unpleasant area. My blood was boiling that my young children were frightened and it should not happen in our town.” One trader said disturbances in the Market Walk area had scared customers and called for CCTV in the area to be urgently fixed. There was also a call for CCTV in the Queens Road area, which was represented by a number of residents who said they had faced a range of troubling issues, including drug-dealing in the streets, racial abuse, damage to cars and smashed windows. Bath and North East Somerset councillor Charles Gerrish said costs and funding for CCTV in Turn to Page 4

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‘Town needs more police on streets’ From Page 3 the area were being looked into. Concern over policing levels in the town were raised by Keynsham South councillor Alan Hale, an issue that could only be tackled with more funding at national level, he said. “We don’t have enough police on the streets,” he added. “People must write to the MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg, as he is the only one who can put his hand up in Parliament. He needs to know the strength of feeling.” A police spokesperson confirmed that the neighbourhood policing team consists of four PCSOs, one fulltime and one part-time officer, and has just appointed a third beat manager – the same level of policing the town has had for six years. Frustrations at the anti-

Burnt-out bins in the Queens Road area social behaviour were clear throughout the meeting but there were also plenty of offers of help – from one resident who said she would visit schools to explain the impact of crime on victims to a representative from Churches Together who said the organisation could look at a voluntary Street Pastor scheme after the meeting heard from a speaker from the Bath group. The meeting was streamed live on the internet and can be

‘Help young people focus on the future’ The meeting was well attended by members of youth council KeynshamNow, many of whom spoke at the event. We asked them their view on how the issue of anti-social behaviour can be tackled. The people who commit acts of anti-social behaviour are thinking purely about that moment. They are NOT thinking of the consequences to others or themselves. They seek instant gratification or status. Our group seeks to raise the expectations of young people in order for them to consider their future. We want them to recognise the strengths of our community and to realise their own potential. There are lots of more viewed on Facebook at http://bit. ly/2BQsKG6 Anyone who would like to join the Keynsham Community

profitable activities for the young people of Keynsham to be involved in and KeynshamNow is one of them. The trick is for these individuals to have somebody to talk to and show them that their lives have meaning and their future could be bright. l KeynshamNow is the youth council for Keynsham and meet monthly on a Wednesday evening between 5.30pm and 7.30pm in The Space. Any young person between the ages of around 13 to 20 is welcome to join the group. The next two meetings are on March 7 and April 4. For further information, email lead mentor Andy Wait at, visit the Facebook page or follow KeynshamNow on Twitter. Spirit group can find them on Facebook at groups/2089732637926239/ l On the Beat – Page 13

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Fly-tipper who dumped pile of waste at Scouts’ campsite is fined £6,400 A man who dumped 12 tonnes of rubbish in countryside across Bath and North East Somerset, including on land owned by 1st Keynsham Scouts, has been fined £6,400. Garth Creese, from Crediton Crescent in Bristol, pleaded guilty to nine offences under the Environmental Protection Act after fly-tipping in Rankers Lane, Compton Dando, Keynsham Scouts’ Chelwood Campsite, at the site of an Iron Age fort in Stantonbury Hill and Stanton Prior. The site at Chelwood is used for camping and a range of activities by the Scouts and other youth groups. Creese, 30, who runs a waste clearance business, was also ordered to pay £450 costs and a victim surcharge of £160 when he appeared before Bath

Fly-tipped rubbish at Chelwood campsite Magistrates’ Court on February 19. The prosecution described his actions as “environmental vandalism” and said it had cost landowners more than £3,500 to clear up after him.

The fly-tipped waste was reported between November 24 and December 13, 2016, and included builders’ rubbish, blackbagged household waste, a sofa, chairs and a fridge freezer. The court heard that Creese

showed customers an expired waste carriers’ permit and charged prices that would not have covered the cost of legitimate disposal. Speaking after the guilty plea, Councillor Bob Goodman, cabinet member for development and neighbourhoods, said: “The investigation took a lot of time but this is an excellent result for the council and its Waste Enforcement Team, which I want to thank for its hard work. “This sends a clear message that we will always prosecute. Fly-tipping is anti-social and in this case a blight on beautiful countryside. “We want to remind people that if you employ a waste clearance company, please make sure it is a reputable one with an up-to-date waste carriers’ licence.”

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Keynshamvoice was delighted to be among the nominees for Business in the Community as part of this year’s Bath and North East Somerset Council Chair’s Community Awards. The newspaper was put forward for the honour by resident Sheila Crocombe, who is involved with the town’s Community at 67 project in Queens Road and who said she felt the Voice offered a “real public service”. Publisher Emma Cooper said: “We were very touched to be nominated by Sheila – it was a lovely surprise and we are proud to be included in awards that celebrate some truly inspirational people and organisations in our community. “Congratulations to the winners of the business category JBC Property Maintenance and to everyone who went home with an award, commendation or nomination certificate.” Chair of the council Cherry Beath received 109 nominations

for the awards, which were presented to the winners on February 8 in front of 240 guests. In Saltford, the volunteers at Saltford Day Centre were highly commended in the volunteer team of the year category, while there were also nominations for Saltford Library Saturday volunteer team and the organisers of Saltford Village Festival. Saltford Business Network was nominated in the business category and Cynthia Wilson was also put forward for volunteer of the year. Keynsham and District Mencap Society’s Student Volunteers were highly commended in the young volunteer team of the year category and there was a nomination for Scout leader Barrie Dunn in the volunteer leader of the year category. The awards are presented every year to recognise those making positive contributions to Bath and North East Somerset communities.

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Throwing away 60p parking ticket could have cost me £100, says driver A Keynsham driver says he could be as much as £100 out of pocket now if he hadn’t taken the unusual step of keeping hold of a 60p parking ticket he bought in January. Terry Barton from Keynsham visited Somerdale Pavilion on Monday, January 29, for a health assessment with wife Pat, entering the car park at 2.44pm. After realising there was a charge and visiting reception to get change for the machine within the 10-minute “grace period” for drop-offs and pick-ups, Terry paid 60p for an hour of parking starting from 2.54pm. Their appointment lasted less than 30 minutes and the couple returned to their car and drove home, leaving the car park at 15.20pm. But just over a week later, a

parking charge notice arrived from Smart Parking Ltd – the company that manages the car park – telling Terry he had to pay £100 for “unauthorised parking”, or the reduced amount of £60 if he paid within 14 days. Terry said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got the letter – I had paid but how could I have proved that if I didn’t still have the ticket? It was only because a man in the car park said I should keep it that I put it away somewhere – I would normally have thrown it away, which I expect most people would do.” The fine was cancelled by Smart Parking Ltd after being contacted by staff at Somerdale Pavilion. The parking company was appointed by Aquaterra – the charity that runs Somerdale Pavilion

– and St Monica Trust to manage their car parks on the Somerdale site, to ensure parking spaces are available for customers and visitors and to tackle anti-social behaviour, including speeding and drug use. Pavilion manager Patrick Shanahan said 1,500 people were exempt from paying for parking at the site, including members of sports teams and anyone who pays the £25 annual Pavilion social membership fee. People using the venue for an event or conference can also be added to the visitor list to enable them to use the car park for free. He said: “Hundreds of people each week pay for parking, register their details correctly and don’t get a charge. “We appointed Smart Parking in good faith to control park-

ing for our own customers and to manage the use of the car park following some anti-social behaviour. “We do not receive any money from parking fines and we are not trying to deter people – we have given exemptions to more than 1,500 people who don’t have to pay to park. “We meet regularly with Smart Parking and will be meeting with them again in the next couple of weeks to review some of the recent issues that have come up.” Drivers can appeal parking charge notices they believe have been issued in error by writing to Smart Parking Ltd or filling in a form on the company’s website. Smart Parking Ltd did not respond to requests for a comment before we went to print.

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Views on one-way system ‘like Brexit’ Council officers have been “overwhelmed” by the response to a call for views on Keynsham’s one-way High Street trial. Speaking at Keynsham Town Council’s meeting on February 20, regeneration team manager Tim Hewitt said there had been well over 1,000 responses to the council with more than two weeks to go until the consultation closed on March 1. This response was “significantly higher than expected”, he said, with most responses submitted online. B&NES representatives had also carried out surveys in the High Street, he said, with many different opinions as to whether the one-way system should stay or go – telling town councillors it could be likened to “Keynsham’s Brexit”. Officers will be analysing the results of the consultation in coming weeks before presenting the findings to B&NES Council’s cabinet and recommending next steps at the end of March.

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£88,000 proposal to upgrade CCTV network in Keynsham New CCTV is proposed for Keynsham as part of an £88,000 investment in the town’s network of cameras. The plan by Bath and North East Somerset Council would see the system updated and improved to make it more reliable and to give better coverage of the town. New cameras would be installed at Hicks Gate roundabout and at the railway bridge near Keynsham Station, while CCTV in the Memorial Park and all existing cameras in public spaces would be upgraded to join the wireless network. The proposal is currently being considered by Councillor Charles Gerrish, cabinet member for finance and efficiency, and Councillor Mark Shelford, cabinet member for transport and environment. Money for

the scheme will come from the section 106 funding agreement struck with the developers at the Somerdale site. If the plan gets the goahead, the existing microwave link will be replaced with a more reliable wireless network and the microwave mast at Sulis Meadows in Bath will be removed. Councillor Gerrish said: “I have been asked to consider

this investment which would enhance the CCTV in the town centre where there has been a significant increase in antisocial behaviour and growing public concern about it. The scheme would also provide more flexibility and is more reliable.” B&NES Council currently has 12 high-resolution, colour cameras in Keynsham, which are all linked to a 24-hour central control room in Bath.

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Campaigners raise lack of allotments Campaigners are urging planning chiefs to rule that allotments for current east Keynsham residents must be included in a new housing development. Members of Keynsham Liberal Democrats are hoping to persuade Bath and North East Somerset Council to insist that 50 plots are provided on land bordered by Bath Road and the Chandag Estate. Outline planning permission for up to 250 homes and a new primary school has been granted to Mactaggart and Mickel, whose application for the development states that allotments may be included as part of a park area, and a patch of land is included on a “masterplan” map. Campaigners Hal MacFie and Andy Wait said the National Society of Allotments and Leisure Gardens (NSALG)

recommended that the minimum provision should be 20 standard (300sq yd) plots per 1,000 households. They said they believed the fact there were currently no allotments for residents of the East Keynsham ward’s 2,500 households was “unacceptable” and that they wanted 50 standard-sized plots to be guaranteed as part of the development. Mr MacFie said: “We understand there will be one more round of planning assessment for the development and will request that the planning committee take this submission into account, as it will provide a welcome extension of leisure gardening for the current residents and may partly compensate for the loss of footpaths and rural

Andy Wait and Hal MacFie call for allotments in east Keynsham environment that will come with this development.” They are now asking current Keynsham East residents who

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Call to stem the flow of plastic waste A Keynsham couple have accepting that they have a displayed all of the plastic responsibility to reduce the waste generated from four amount of plastic packaging weeks of supermarket that they generate. Tesco shopping on the banks of has recently started to sell Keynsham’s River Chew to some of its mushrooms in highlight our dependency on paper-based containers, plastic. but this is only a start as Mike and Jenny Barrow they still have many more kept all of the plastic products packed in plastic. containers and wrapping “As consumers we, if we from four weekly food shops so wish, have a role to play. to highlight how much While many of the necessary individual households throw products we need are away. plastic-packed there may be The couple, both things we don’t need.” members of Keynsham As part of its campaign Methodist Church’s Eco to cut plastic waste, the Eco Group, then took the pile Group is urging residents Mike Barrow on the riverbank with the they had collected to the not to buy bottled water plastic waste collected over four weeks banks of the River Chew to and to instead drink tap water of plastic, just imagine what a highlight the link between waste from refillable bottles. family of say four who might in our rivers and pollution in Mike added: “The tap water buy a lot of ready-made meals the world’s oceans. in the UK is the probably the would accumulate over the Mike said: “If a retired safest in the world and it is same period of time. couple such as Jenny and there to be drunk. You will also “Supermarkets are myself produce this amount save yourself some money!”

Residents from two of Keynsham’s newest neighbourhoods teamed up to hold their first community cleanup last month. Around 15 neighbours from the Meadows, at the end of Park Road, got together to tackle litter around the estate and the nearby woodlands before meeting up with a group from the Bilbie Green estate. The bagged-up rubbish was collected by Bath and North East Somerset Council and the neighbours have already arranged their second clean-up when they hope more people will get involved. Meadows resident and organiser Kai von Pahlen said: “Protecting the environment from plastic and other waste is currently a big issue in the news. In Keynsham, we are lucky to be surrounded by beautiful countryside. But that also means we need to come together to make sure our rubbish is disposed of properly and does not end up in the woods, rivers, parks and fields around us. It

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Neighbours at the Meadows with the litter they collected also strengthens the community planned to do a more thorough spirit to see like-minded people litter-pick in Abbots Wood in working together like that.” the summer after the success of He said as well as the next February’s outing. clean-up on March 3, the group He said: “We all really enjoy

living in Keynsham and take pride in the area, so I think it felt good to clean up the area where we live. We were all really impressed when one dad brought his young son along, who goes to Castle Primary School, and he was really excited about cleaning up an area that was close to his school, especially the path leading to it.” The group will be meeting on Saturday, March 3, at the Park Road/Dunster Road crossing to carry out a litter-pick focusing on Park Road, Dunster Road and The Mead from 2pm to 4pm. Everyone is welcome and can sign up at www.eventbrite. or email womble@transitionkeynsham. org

Volunteers join up for big spring clean Keynsham and Saltford’s growing band of volunteer litter-pickers will be giving their communities a spring clean this month and are inviting people to join them. Keynsham Wombles are meeting at points across the town on Saturday, March 3, from 2pm, as part of the Great British Spring Clean initiative. Areas that will be given a clean-up include the Memorial Park, train station, Dapps Hill, around the Lock Keeper pub and the Meadows. A group will also be meeting at Corston. The groups will come together at 4pm for tea and cake at Keynsham Bowling Club in the Memorial Park. For details, email Meanwhile, in Saltford the village’s Womble group will be holding one of its monthly litterpicks on March 25, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, meeting in the Bird in Hand car park. For more information, email Julie Sampson at or call 07807 671267.

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Record Santa Dash raises over £12,000

A record number of runners helped Saltford’s Santa Dash raise more than £12,000 to support terminally ill children and their families. The fifth event, held in December, saw more than 500 adults and 400 children take part in the costumed run in aid of the Jessie May Trust. Presenting a cheque to the hospice at home charity, chair of the Santa Dash organising committee Richard Evans said: “I would like to congratulate all who were involved in the Santa Dash event be they the route marshals, local community groups, our generous business and personal sponsors, Saltford Sports and Social Club and all the runners, without whose support the event would not be possible. “I would also like to thank the many members of the local community who came out to cheer and encourage the participants. The day itself was a huge success and I am delighted

Saltford Santa Dash organisers present funds raised to the Jessie May Trust’s Helen Mackie to be able to present this cheque to Jessie May to support this charity and the wonderful work it undertakes.” Representing Jessie May,

Helen Mackie said: “I would like to express sincere thanks to the Santa Dash team and all those who worked so hard to make the event a success. The

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a comparison made by a member of the public of reported ASB incidents from the previous three months with the same time period in 2008. This showed that reported incidents are at just over one a day, a figure that was very similar to the reported incidents in 2008. n I can announce the good news that a new beat manager will be joining the team in Keynsham. We are happy to introduce Pc Kerry Grace to the team. Some of you may have already met Kerry as he carried out this role temporarily before I was appointed. He is a very competent officer with a good local knowledge and will be a great asset to the team. We look forward to him being released from his current role and joining us at the Civic Centre. n The eagle-eyed among you will

have noticed the large for sale sign at the old Keynsham Police Station on Bath Hill. As most people are already aware, this will have no detrimental effect on the policing in Keynsham. The response teams have for some time been based at Bath and the neighbourhood teams work from the Civic Centre. The officers who work from this location have varying roles they can perform without needing to be based in Keynsham. n This month has seen another positive court result with one of our local youths receiving a conditional discharge and £185 costs at Bath Magistrates’ Court for a common assault he committed. These sentences allow us to impose ASB sanctions to help prevent reoffending. n Well, I know that the rumour

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he Education Service in the Houses of Parliament does a wonderful job of explaining how Parliament works and allowing children to see around the Palace of Westminster. I met a group from the Saltford Scouts who had left Somerset at 7.15am on a coach to visit various London sites and have a tour of the Houses of Parliament. I spoke to them about my work as a Member of Parliament in the Education Centre and answered questions before they went off for their tour. One of the questions I was asked was did I find being an MP “fun”? This is a difficult point to answer as although I enjoy my role it is not in any sense frivolous, it is the most serious work I have ever


done, yet it is both interesting and enjoyable mainly because of the people I meet. The Scouts are a fine example of this, they seek to train young people for a life of service to the nation and teach them skills that will be useful in later life, but are also pleasurable in themselves. Equally they need adult supervision, which is mainly provided by volunteers who give generously of their time to encourage and open young minds to the world around them. The Scouts were founded in 1910 by Robert Baden-Powell who had famously led the successful and truly heroic defence of Mafeking, which had been besieged for 217 days. He wanted the young to learn in a way that would inspire them throughout their lives and the Scouts still do this. I am glad that I was able to be part of their introduction to Parliament but I hope that others will follow in their footsteps for the Education Service welcomes everybody and if any group of young people would like help in coming to the Houses of Parliament I hope they will contact me.

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Many of us have been shocked recently by the terrible damage plastic is doing to our environment. I was really surprised to find that plastic can only be recycled a few times, unlike aluminium and glass, which can be recycled forever. Trying to reduce plastic use is difficult, it’s often wrapped around things like aluminium cans or even bananas! I was delighted to find one of our local shops, G&D free, now stocks a range of products where you can refill your own containers. So far we’ve filled up on pasta, muesli, coffee beans and even refilled our washing up liquid bottle. And, of course, Buss’s the greengrocers on the High Street sells the majority of its fruit and veg without any packaging, just take your own bags.

Let’s support our local shops and reduce packaging, especially plastic. Duncan Tyler by email

Bank has lost our business over plans Regarding the proposed closure of the NatWest Bank in Keynsham, we have banked here for many years and have only ever given them ten out of ten. The staff, who I cannot thank enough, have been so helpful and pleasant over this time. But it seems loyalty doesn’t come into it any more, so we have decided to change our bank, not to be left high and dry. I am sure many others will do the same. As it has been said, Keynsham’s population is getting larger by the day – can’t NatWest see this? I regret having to change my bank as over the years we have never had a problem. Changing banks is so easy, I hope others will find the same. Again, I thank the staff for our past service and wish them all

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Former head of English Don Hiscox, centre, has passed away

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Reunion 50 years on from ‘Speech Day’ For dozens of former Keynsham Grammar School pupils, 2018 marks 50 years since they sat their fifth-form exams and either went off to work or into higher education. Their exam certificates were handed out in front of the whole school at Speech Day on October 30, 1968, with guest speaker Professor K Austwick from Bath University.

Among the graduating pupils was Bill Payter, who is now hoping to arrange a reunion for all three fifth-form classes – 5U, 5I and 5N – many of whom he hasn’t seen since that Speech Day. Bill says he hopes to organise an event for October in the Keynsham or Bath area and is inviting former schoolmates to get in touch at

A teacher who worked at Keynsham Grammar School and then Wellsway School for 25 years has died. Don Hiscox, who was Head of English, worked at the schools from 1958 until 1983 and remained in touch with the school even after his retirement as he lived opposite the gates in Chandag Road and was a regular visitor. He also attended the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations

in 2007 and is pictured in the centre of the photo above. Former pupils paid tribute to a “wonderful” teacher whose sense of humour is remembered by many. Writing on Facebook, one said: “He was a fabulous teacher and we still talk about him with great affection nearly 40 years on – says it all.” His funeral was due to take place at Weston-super-Mare crematorium in Worle on February 26.

Unwanted tools can ‘build up communities’ Unwanted tools will be gratefully received by a group of fundraisers organising a collection next month. Members of the Rotary Club of Keynsham Chew Valley will be in Waitrose’s car park on April 14 gathering any hand tools that can be used by metalworkers, woodworkers, mechanics, electricians and builders as well as hand sewing machines. The donated tools will then be refurbished and sent to Africa

where they are given out by the charity Tools for Self Reliance, which also trains people in how to use them. A Rotary spokesperson said: “Giving the local people the tools and training needed enables them to build up their communities.” The Keynsham collection will take place on April 14 from 8.30am to 12.30pm. Alternatively, anyone who has tools they would like to be collected can call 0117 986 4407.



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Glitzy event brings charity closer to goal A Keynsham charity made some big steps towards its goal of buying its own premises when it hosted a glitzy dinner and auction evening, raising more than £3,100. Members, staff and volunteers from Keynsham Mencap were joined at the gala event on February 17 at Saltford Golf Club by families, trustees, corporate guests and supporters of the society to enjoy both a silent and live auction, a raffle, live jazz from Nicki Jefferis and Anders Olinder and a meal served up by Haywards Kitchen. Davies and Way’s Michael Ashbee took on the role of auctioneer, overseeing bids on items that included meals out, a family ticket to a range of attractions, free pizzas at Keynsham’s B Block donated by St Monica Trust, Great Western Railway rail tickets, a framed print by artist Anna Smith and a half-day retreat for two at Bath’s Royal Crescent Hotel.

Keynsham Mencap hosts its second dinner and auction night Local businesses were also bottles of fizz from Tesco and generous when it came to Sainsbury’s and a game of providing prizes for the raffle, bowling courtesy of Bowlplex at with a gift voucher from Wild Longwell Green. About Flowers, a hot-air balloon The money raised from the ride with Bath Balloons donated black-tie event will go towards by Bath Building Society, a the society’s New Building family race day at Castle Combe Appeal – which received an circuit, a back massage from unexpected boost on the same Pure Beauty in Keynsham, night. John Angus, a trustee from

the Keynsham Mencap Family Home, handed society chair Lisa O’Brien £15,000 in surplus funds left over from the closure of the business, which is now The Avenue. Treasurer Russ Pocock updated guests on how fundraising for new premises had been going, saying: “We have made great steps financially to achieving our goal, which is to own a premises that will facilitate our existing projects and be suitable for expansion. Our restricted fund has now reached £85,000; however, we still have some way to go in our desire to raise £250,000 by the end of 2019.” The auction and dinner, the second hosted by the charity, was rounded off with music from Delboy Entertainments, a Keynsham Mencap favourite. To find out more about the charity, visit www. or call 0117 986 5659.


Town is right fit for new boutique


ailing from Malta and looking for the perfect place to open her new independent women’s boutique, Aimee Backwell says Keynsham and its friendly community reminded her immediately of home. Aimee opened the doors to customers last summer on Bath Hill, naming the shop MDINA after Malta’s ancient capital. Its name isn’t the only nod to the island – Aimee sources many of the clothes that form her collections from Malta, as well as from Paris and Italy. Shoppers will find pieces perfect for everyday wear,

including dresses, tops, skirts and trousers, as well as for nights out and those special occasions. The collection is regularly updated and will soon include dresses for prom season. MDINA also stocks a range of accessories to complete your outfit, including bags, scarves and jewellery by Saltford’s Maddie Drury. Aimee is joined in the boutique by manager Belle Law and both offer a friendly welcome as well as styling advice to those who would like some help as they browse. And once you’ve enjoyed a spot of retail

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mums and to celebrate Mothers’ Day with their customers will be offering packages for all ages to include outfits, hairstyling, makeup and a professional photographer. The promotion will run on Saturday, March 10, and people can pop into MDINA beforehand to book.

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Chris aims to bring hope of vital surgery

A former Wellsway student is taking on his toughest challenge yet to bring hope to people born with cleft lip and palate in Malawi – the same condition that affected him as a baby. Chris Williams has raised thousands of pounds for charities working with people who have the condition by undertaking walks and a skydive – and now he is taking on the gruelling London to Brighton 100km Challenge in May. It’s the second time Chris will attempt the trek, which he estimates will take up to 30 hours to complete, after he and partner James had to drop out in 2016 after 18 and half hours of walking. They have set themselves a fundraising target of £2,000, which will sponsor an operating table on a medical mission to Malawi, helping more than 150 people undergo cleft surgery. The treatment is provided by international medical charity

Former Wellsway student Chris Williams, left, shows cleft surgery patients in Malawi a photo of himself as a baby before he underwent medical treatment; right, a baby at the hospital – cleft lip and palate can affect feeding and nutrition Operation Smile UK, where Chris is community partnerships manager and last summer he joined the medics on a visit to Zomba in Malawi. The operation isn’t just cosmetic – a cleft lip and palate

can affect feeding and Chris said he was shocked to learn there were many myths and stigma surrounding the condition in the African country. Chris said: “Bus after bus of patients arrived at Zomba

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“Operation Smile estimates that there are approximately 2,350 children and adults living with an unrepaired cleft in Malawi and only four surgeons who can perform cleft surgery in the whole country – there are just no words.” He added: “The tragic truth is that 93 per cent of those born with a cleft condition will die from malnourishment or other associated complications before reaching adulthood.” One of the most memorable moments from the trip, he recalls, was meeting Akonile,

who had been living with the condition for 70 years and was brought to the hospital by her daughter, where Chris showed her a photo of himself as a baby before he had had any operations. “Her eyes widened in disbelief, with hand gestures to suggest, ‘Who is that?’” Chris said. “I pointed at my lip and said, ‘This was me, and it will be you too’. She looked at me and smiled – she stretched out her hand and placed it in mine. The translator then said, ‘Akonile says thank you – thank you for giving me hope’. It was undoubtedly one of the best and most emotional experiences of my life.” The London to Brighton Challenge takes place on the May Bank Holiday, May 25 and 26. Anyone who would like to sponsor Chris can visit www. chris-james-100k and read more about the challenge.

£600 for transport to music sessions More people are being given help to attend a dementia support group thanks to a £600 donation towards transport. Wales and West Utilities made the donation to Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance (KDAA), which has enabled the group to book Keynsham Dial a Ride transport to its twicemonthly Music for the Mind sessions for a number of care home residents. The funding will cover the cost for a year and came about after a chance meeting between KDAA chairman Alan Hale and Wales and West Utilities business project analyst Sophie Shorney. Sophie said: “We are keen to support the communities where we work and when I learnt of the support the DAA provides to those living with dementia, as well as their families and carers, we jumped at the chance of helping to positively impact the lives of those individuals.” The DAA holds Music for the


Mind on the second and fourth Thursdays from 10.30am until 12.15pm at St Dunstan’s Church Hall and the sessions are open to anyone who has been diagnosed with dementia and their carers. Call 0117 983 7923 for details.

Day to highlight activities on offer Older residents are invited to discover a wide range of activities on offer locally at Get To Know Keynsham Day on Tuesday, March 13. Running from 10am to 2pm at the Scout Hut in Ashton Way, there will be information on a range of clubs, services and activities provided locally. The day will include a tai chi taster session, a Library Services talk, songs from the Golden Oldies Choir as well as arm chair exercises at Somerdale Pavilion and games and refreshments at Community at 67 with transport from Keynsham Dial a Ride. To find out more, call Michelle Tarrant from Age UK BANES Active Team on 01225 484510.

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ocoa Hair Design is now under new management since experienced stylist Jodie Hawkins took over the salon at the start of the year. Jodie has worked in the salon for 12 years, beginning her apprenticeship there at the age of 16 when it was called SLR, and has now achieved her goal of owning her own salon. Cocoa Hair Design has been established in Keynsham for more than 10 years and its name was inspired by the town’s chocolate factory. The salon team will remain the same and consists of stylists Beccie Thomas, Emma Poulter and Helen Pester, with Chloe May Belford, our junior stylist. We hope to be extending our team in the near future. The salon is very friendly with a warm, welcoming atmosphere

and offers all services from colours and perms to gents’ and children’s haircuts. We are a Paul Mitchell colour and product salon, which is great for people who love professional hair products or don’t like to use products tested on animals. The Cocoa Hair Design team would like to thank our existing clients for their continued loyalty and support and also look forward to meeting new faces. Cocoa Hair Design will be having a relaunch night in the spring after a refurbishment of the salon so keep an eye out for more details.

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Pre-school needs your votes for toys! Youngsters at a Keynsham preschool are asking local shoppers help them bag some new educational toys. Queens Road Methodist Church Pre-School has been selected as one of three good causes to receive a donation from Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative. Customers’ votes at Tesco Keynsham throughout March and April will determine how much the causes will get, with grants of up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 available. A spokesperson for the preschool said any cash they receive will be spent on new technology to help the youngsters learn and added: “We are continually fundraising to provide toys and equipment for the children and this scheme would really help to provide tablets and

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Youngsters at Chandag Infant School enjoyed a trip into outer space – without leaving the school hall. The team from Explorer Dome set up their giant inflatable planetarium and seven-year-old Lucas wrote us a report on the day. Before the holidays, something really exciting happened! The Explorer Dome came to teach us about space and it was really dark! My favourite part was when the stars went on the ceiling. They were very bright. The dome was as big as half the

hall. It was a great big, massive, grey thing that was blown up with lots of air. There was enough room to sit down inside. We saw Orion up in the sky. Daniel said: “I found out that there was only one star in our solar system – the Sun.” Lucy said: “It made me feel very, very dizzy. It also made me laugh a lot. I also found out that the North Star doesn’t move.” Elsa said: “I loved it. It was my best day of the week, even including Saturday and Sunday.”

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Members of 1st Saltford Scouts with MP Jacob Rees-Mogg during a visit to the Palace of Westminster

Scouts go behind scenes at Westminster Saltford Scouts enjoyed a memorable day in London with a trip to Westminster to see inside the Houses of Parliament. After walking from Buckingham Palace, members of 1st Saltford Scout Troop were

met by North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, who explained his role as a Member of Parliament and answered the young visitors’ questions. The Scouts were then given a tour of the Palace of

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Building the champions of the future! What next – the Olympics?

More than 100 Keynsham Scouts and Explorer Scouts recently took part in the annual Keynsham Scouts’ air rifle shooting competition. Congratulations to all who took part, some were being introduced to the sport for the first time. Taking part is just one aspect and it is a requirement of the Scouting Master of Arms Award. The Scout group has a Keynsham Scout Rifle Club section which meets on Sunday evenings shooting .177 air rifles and air pistols. For more information, visit Interesting fact: at the last Olympics in Rio the winner of a bronze medal for Team GB started learning to shoot at Scouts! Could Keynsham produce a medal winner in the future?

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A fabulous time was experienced by some of our Keynsham Beaver Scouts who were granted the

cooked at Keynsham Scout HQ by Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers during pancake week. A great shame that we could not print the videos to show how flipping should or should not be done!

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Building bridges at We The Curious, left; pancake-making, right opportunity to have a sleep-over at We The Curious (formerly At-Bristol Science Centre). In total, 140 Beavers from across the area, along with adult helpers, spent the night at the centre where they were given access to lots of interesting challenges. As you can see from the picture above two of our engineering Beavers fancy

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Pupils bring musical magic to Wellsway

Wellsway School pupils took audiences on a trip to the West End with a spectacular production celebrating the songs from the shows. More than 100 youngsters took part in A Night at the Musicals, making up the cast, chorus and band and performing to a full house for three nights. Ingrid McLean, head of music, said students had been rehearsing for the show since September to ensure a slick performance. “Staff were hugely proud of the dedication and commitment shown by all students involved,” she said. “The show featured solos from students in Year 7 to Year 13 and demonstrated what a promising future the performing arts department holds.” Wellsway School principal Matthew Woodville thanked Ms McLean, head of drama Hannah Davies and other staff for giving up evenings and weekends to support the students on and off

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BACK TO NATURE with Avon Wildlife Trust Keynsham Group

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he February meeting of Keynsham’s Avon Wildlife Trust group provided a whole new insight into sharks, one of the most misunderstood and persecuted groups of animals on earth, writes chairman Dave Sage. The talk was superbly delivered by Bristol Zoo’s aquarium curator, marine biologist Olivia Orchart. A self-confessed shark addict, her talk was enthusiastic, witty, knowledgeable and pitched perfectly for the audience of over 50 members, who clearly appreciated her powerful conservation message at the end. Sharks are among the oldest fish on earth, with fossils as old as 420 million years, easily predating the dinosaurs! They have survived five mass extinctions and more than 3,000 species have been found in the fossil record, so they are clearly a highly successful group. They are very diverse, ranging from the huge whale shark (14 metres long) and basking shark (10 metres long), both of which are plankton feeders, to the tiny dwarf lantern shark (17 cm long). Perhaps the most bizarre is the hammerhead shark, with an extraordinary sensory system which enables it to detect the slightest movement of its prey. There are zebra sharks (although only the juvenile sharks are striped), leopard sharks, angel sharks (critically endangered but making a remarkable recovery off the Canary Islands), and catsharks (including dogfish and nursehounds), to name just a few.

Bristol Zoo’s Olivia Orchart and her thought-provoking final slide More than 40 shark species visit the British Isles annually, 21 of which are present all year round. These include the beautifully streamlined shortfin mako shark (three metres long), capable of speeds of 30 miles per hour, making it the fastest shark in the world! Olivia described some of the remarkable adaptations of sharks, which have enabled them to survive and thrive for so long on Earth. These include an oil-filled liver, making them very buoyant; a light, strong and flexible cartilaginous skeleton; and a sensory system that includes a phenomenal sense of smell (some can detect one drop of blood in

a volume of water the size of a swimming pool!); teeth which can taste (which explains the “test bite”, where sharks sometimes bite their prey then immediately release it if it is unpalatable, which sometimes happens with humans); electroreception (the ability to detect tiny electrical disturbances from the heartbeat of prey); and a lateral line, which detects tiny pressure changes in the water. It didn’t take Olivia long to establish that our audience, in common with most of the population, associate sharks with the Jaws films, shark attacks off tropical beaches and generally negative media coverage of three-

to four-metre-long monsters preying on helpless swimmers. In truth, of the 512 shark species on Earth, most are less than one metre long and only three – the great white, tiger and bull sharks – have ever been recorded as having attacked humans and causing fatalities. Currently, only five fatalities per year are caused by shark attacks – fewer than deaths from toasters, lightning strikes and ants! On the other hand, more than 100 million sharks are killed annually, 80 per cent of these purely for their fins to make shark fin soup. Fortunately, help is at hand, with numerous organisations around the world working hard to reduce these declines and re-educate the public about these amazing animals. These include the Shark Trust, Fin Fighters, the Manta Trust and Wise Oceans. Olivia is currently helping with a campaign to make Bristol shark fin soup-free and hopes that this will soon spread to the rest of the UK. Her final slide said it all: a picture of a human diver beside a shark, with the caption: “This is the most dangerous animal in the world. It is responsible for millions of deaths every year. By its side, a great white shark swims peacefully.” l Our next meeting is entitled: The Secret Cemetery, about the natural history of Smallcombe cemetery, a gem in Bath. It is on Friday, March 9, with a 7.30pm start at the Baptist Church Hall, Keynsham. Admission £2.50 for adults, £1 for under-16s.


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Plans to commemorate the 1968 flood that hit Keynsham and the surrounding area could receive a donation from a local supermarket. Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society has been selected as one of three good causes in the running for grants of up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 as part of Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme. The history society’s plans to use the County Bridge Stone, or “Abbot’s Chair”, as the centrepiece of a memorial in the park to remember the Great Flood of 1968 are well under way. Society chairman Richard Dyson said: “We are very pleased to have been selected by Tesco and hope that local support will enable us to hit our fundraising target.” Tesco shoppers will be able to cast their votes for the chosen causes during March and April.

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Group launched for dads and their kids A new monthly Saturday morning group for dads will be launching in Keynsham on March 10 to give dads and their children the chance to spend time together, have fun and meet others. The new Who Let The Dads Out group will be held at St Francis Church Centre, Warwick Road from 10am to 11.30am every second Saturday of the month. There will be play equipment available as well as drinks and bacon rolls for the dads while they play with their children. “We are looking forward to welcoming dads to these mornings,” said organiser Martin Burton. “Dads often lose out in playing with their children as they grow up. It’s also an excuse for mums to get rid of the dads and children and have a quiet morning at home!” Who Let the Dads Out is a part of a national project. For details contact Keynsham parish office on 0117 986 3354 or email

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he popularity of the monthly walks organised by Keynsham Walkers are Welcome continues unabated with 34 participating in the last outing, including three more new walkers. This short, 2.5-mile, level walk, headed by Mike Stone, was held in fine walking weather – the forecast rain did not materialise. Meeting at the Memorial Park cafe, and using public transport, we joined up with other walkers at the Bird in Hand at Saltford. We headed along the eastern banks of the River Avon, passing through the hamlet of Kelston Mill, and on to the village of Kelston. Here we stopped at the Bath Cheese Company Factory cafe, where we were served by the friendly staff. There was also a chance to view the cheese-making process from the gallery. After, we made the short walk back to Saltford with another refreshment stop at the Bird. Once again everyone commented on the sociabilty of the walk, and went home happy

this. Alternatively walkers can congregate at the public car park by the The Swan at Swinefield. The walk is a five-mile, fairly hilly affair taking in North Stoke and Upton Cheyney, and will include a refreshment stop

Dates for the Diary Sunday, March 18 Meet at the Fox and Hounds car park on Bath Hill at 10am where transport to our start point has been arranged – there will be a nominal charge for

Keynsham Walking Festival – April 6 to 8 Ten walks spread over the three days, catering for walkers of all abilities, some themed, concluding with a fun family treasure hunt by the bandstand in the Memorial Park on the Sunday afternoon. There is also a quiz on the Saturday evening at the Conservative Club. Tickets for all events will be on sale at Keynsham Town Council offices, 15-17 Temple Street, from March 1. Details of the festival are on the Keynsham Walkers are Welcome website. Sunday, April 29 Meet at the Memorial Park cafe at 10am for a walk to Compton Dando and Tucking Mill to see the bluebells.

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

Everland by Rebecca Hunt Everland is an island close to the South Pole. We follow three men in 1913: Dinners, a shy young scientist; Millet-Bass, a strong sailor, and Napps at their head. Each of them keeps a neat diary of their discovery and hopes for the arrival of the ship that will bring them back home. A hundred years apart another expedition is held by Brix, Jess and Decker. This modern team starts to dramatically echo their predecessors. The book manages brilliantly to make us experience the mental challenge the characters face in the harsh polar environment. I felt excited about this adventure but I was happy to read it cosily at home. Reviewed by Emilie Bioud, Library Assistant, Keynsham Library

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Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury There is a section upstairs in Keynsham Library dedicated to local history. There are some fascinating gems there and one of these is this book about the history of the big Quaker chocolate families: Rowntree, Fry and Cadbury. The book is written by a member of the Cadbury family, who remembers as a child being taken around the Birmingham chocolate factory by her uncle – chocolate heaven. By the 1920s, the Frys were so successful, they wanted to expand and decided to move out of their

building in Union Street in Bristol and they found a site just outside the city, by the River Avon with excellent rail links. They embarked on a huge building programme and named the factory Somerdale in Keynsham. The story begins when Richard Tapper Cadbury, a draper from Birmingham, sends his son to London to study a new tropical product – cocoa. Initially he was to sell it as a drink to combat the evils of alcohol, but soon ways were found to expand cocoa into the product that today is so popular. The author also explores the Cadburys’ Quaker roots and their determination to improve the lives of their workers. She brings the story up to date with the competition from Swiss and American companies and the eventual takeover by Kraft. The story is a fascinating one, and this book is rich in detail and very thought-provoking. How to Plant a Garden by Matt James As spring approaches it may now be the opportunity to go out into the garden and tackle those weeds and for some inspiring ideas try this beautifully illustrated book. It falls into eight simple chapters, starting with Getting to Grips with your Garden – which outlines what is the best planting for the particular soil in your garden, the orientation and the plants which will thrive in different aspects and how to maintain the existing plants. The next chapters are all about how to use plants to their best advantage; how to use

planting to gain privacy; and the use of themes like ferns or grasses and scented flowers. Finally, there are practical tips as well. This is an all-rounder gardening book with some good details on garden design and particularly useful if you have a blank canvas and are unsure how you would like your garden to develop.


Hidden Figures (PG) I watched this film a couple of months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It tells the story of a group of amazing AfricanAmerican women who contributed so much to the 1960s US space programme. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It tells the true story of Katherine Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. They were brilliant mathematicians, scientists and engineers in their own right who worked at NASA but faced gender and racial discrimination. However, they proved invaluable in getting the astronaut John Glenn launched into orbit. Headed by a great cast that includes Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner, this is a truly inspiring film with great period detail. After watching the film I even searched the web and found out more about these extraordinary women and their work in later space programmes and early computers.

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Nephilim (Orion Chronicles) by John and Carole Barrowman Many people will recognise the name John Barrowman from his

acting and musical theatre career but he has also teamed up with his sister to write a number of Young Adult books, including the Hollow Earth Trilogy and the Orion Chronicles. This is the second book in the Orion Chronicles. It features 17-year old Remy – a magician – who can change space and time with music. With his superpowered friends, Matt and Erin Calder, they must fight a dangerous battle to save humanity. Who can they trust: an irresponsible 17th-century artist; a heavy from Chicago or a “Nephilim” – a half angel/half human? As with all good adventure stories time is running out, action is fast-paced and heroes are made.

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l Please look at signs displayed in Keynsham Library for Easter opening times. l Sing along to your favourite rhymes at Baby Bounce & Rhyme, every Tuesday at Keynsham Library: Session 1 runs from 10am to 10.30am; Session 2 runs from 11am to 11.30am. l Come and listen to stories and rhymes at Story Time every Thursday during term time from 10am to 10.30am. We are still looking for volunteers to help at Story Time – if anyone is interested, please email Lorraine_Corbishbly@ l Saturday Craft sessions are held from 10.30am to 11.30am in the library’s children’s area.

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n WHAT’S ON March 1

n Keynsham Film Works screens Arrival (12A) starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker – a civilian team investigate when 12 spacecraft touch down on Earth. Doors at The Space, Market Walk, Keynsham open at 7.15pm for 7.45pm start, bar available. Tickets £5 on the door for non-members. n The Bristol branch of the World Ship Society welcomes maritime enthusiasts to their meetings on the first Thursday of the month at Avonmouth Community Centre, 257 Avonmouth Road, 7.30pm. The next event is Krispen’s Travels – Krispen Atkinson travels the world for his work and we will see the ships he encountered on the way. Contact the group’s secretary on 0117 951 3168.

March 2

n Keynsham Comedy Club presents Mad March Comedy at The Space, doors 7.30pm. Tickets £11 from https://keynshamtickets. or £14 on the door, over-18s only, bar available.

March 3

n Keynsham Wombles’ mass litter-pick as part of the Great British Spring Clean, 2pm at various starting points, meeting for tea and cake at 4pm at Keynsham Bowling Club. See Page 9 for details. n Ukulele Funhouse Orchestra presents Grandad’s Army Needs You! at The Space, Keynsham, 7.30pm. The Homeguard and Wrens tackle an enemy submarine targeting Bristol Temple Meads. Tickets £10, with proceeds to the Poppy Appeal. https://


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n Sunday afternoon tea for those who would like some good company and a chat over a cuppa, Saltford Hall, 2-4pm.

March 6

n Keynsham and Saltford Gardeners’ Association hosts a talk by Luke Gotts on spring at the Fear Hall, 2pm.

March 8

n The Annual Soup and Cheese lunch in aid of Christian Aid will be held in Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road from noon until 2pm. There will be a selection of homemade soups, cheeses, pate, breads and many other side dishes as well as a raffle. Come along and bring your friends! Pay on the door – donations of £6.50.

March 9

a fun afternoon family concert. Come and hear Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, brought to life by narrator Julie Payne at St John’s Church, Keynsham at 3pm. Children free, adults accompanying children free, unaccompanied adults £5. n Keynsham Orchestra will be performing their winter concert with music including Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 2 and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, 7.30pm at St John’s Church, Keynsham. Tickets £10, £8.50 (concessions), under-16s free. n Somerset contemporary folk singer-songwriter Reg Meuross performs at The Space, Market Walk, 7.30pm. Tickets £4/£5 from Bath Box Office at bathboxoffice. or on 01225 463362.

n Keynsham Group, Avon Wildlife Trust hosts The Secret Cemetery with Marion Rayner, 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street. Adults £2.50, £1 for under-16s. Refreshments, sales of secondhand books, bird food and seasonal items.

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n Keynsham Farmers’ Market, 9am to 1pm, Market Walk, with Keynsham in Bloom pop-up plant sale. n Seedy Saturday Seed Swap, Potato Day and Green Fayre, 10am to 2pm, at Timsbury’s Conygre Hall, North Road, BA2 0JQ. Seed swap, stalls selling potatoes, plants, produce and more, talks, refreshments. £1/under-16s free. n Keynsham Orchestra presents

n Saltford Computer Cafe, Saltford Hall, 10am to noon. Get help from volunteers to use your PC, laptop, tablet or phone, from emails and surfing the web to Skype. Admission £4, including tea or coffee and biscuits. n Discover the range of activities on offer for older people at Get To Know Keynsham Day at Scout HQ in Ashton Way, 10am to 2pm. Activities include tai chi, Keynsham Golden Oldies Choir, a Use It Or Lose It excercise class as well as Dial a Ride transport to Somerdale Pavilion for Arm Chair Exercise and Community at 67 for games and refreshments. Refreshments to buy at the Scout Hut from Cafe Creme and Temple Street Canteen. More details from Michelle Tarrant on 01225 484510.

March 15-17

n Knitted Bible Stories Exhibition at St John’s Church, Keynsham. Thirty bible stories illustrated by knitted people, trees, animals and boats. Noon till 4pm on March 15, 10am till 4pm on March 16 and 17. All welcome, free admission.

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n Riverside walk/litter pick with Keynsham Wombles, 10am, meeting in the car park by the Lock Keeper. This is a chance to meet a group of artists planning a year-long project here in the future. Email womble@ for more details.

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n Saltford Drama Club presents Murder at Morpeth Manor, a whodunnit drama in which the audience can piece together the evidence over a two-course supper. The show will be staged at Saltford Hall at 7.30pm, tickets cost £12 to include a ploughman’s supper and pudding. Tickets from the box office on 01225 400122, office@ or from Saltford Hall office.

March 18

n Join Keynsham Walkers Are Welcome for a five-mile walk taking in North Stoke and Upton Cheyney, and will include a refreshment stop. Meet at 10am at the Fox and Hounds car park or at The Swan at Swinefield. Call Dave on 07866 440968 for details.

March 19

n Keynsham & Saltford Local History Society hosts an Illustrated talk by Jinx Newley on Bristol Monks and Bones, 7.30pm, St Dunstan’s Catholic Church Hall, Bristol Road, Keynsham. Visitors £4.

March 23

n Keynsham Lions Club Quiz Night at Saltford Hall, 7pm. Teams of up to six members, £9 per person including a cheese and ham ploughman’s. Call 01225 873917 or Lion Harry on 0117 960 9446.

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screens Victoria and Abdul (12) starring Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal. Doors at Saltford Hall open at 6.45pm, fully licensed bar and ice cream available, tickets £5 on the door.

March 25

n Antiques and collectors fair, Saltford Hall, 10am to 3pm. Admission £1, refreshments available from the SCA cafe. n Join Saltford Wombles’ monthly litter-pick, 2.30pm to 4.30pm, meeting at the Bird in Hand car park. Contact Julie Sampson at or call 07807 671267.


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


n Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society holds an illustrated talk on a topic of local interest at 7.30pm, usually on the third Monday of each month from October to April. The venue is St Dunstan’s Catholic Church Hall, Bristol Road, Keynsham. Admission is free if you join the society or £4 for visitors. n A new WI for Saltford. Come and find out what WI can offer. Enjoy friendship, activities, talks outings and much more. We look forward to meeting you on the third Monday of the month at 10am in


the Avon Room at Saltford Hall. Call Maureen on 0117 937 4108.

details, call at the Church Office or phone 0117 914 9408.

n Our woodworking group is an informal group of mostly retired people with a common interest in woodworking. We meet every Monday evening during term time at Wellsway School from 5-7.30pm. If you have a personal project or just want to give it a go or to develop your skills with help from colleagues, new members are welcome. Call Dave Vickery on 0117 986 8331.

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 Fitness classes, 9.30am, Fear Hall, for all ages and abilities, 18-80, especially good for those returning to exercise. Choose your own level. Bring a smile and comfy clothes. (prices from £3.27) n Art class at 10am in the Fear Hall, Keynsham. Small friendly group with experienced teacher. Call 07784 839781 for details.

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 information.

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 Creative Writers meet at Keynsham Baptist Church 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. For more information contact George on 0117 914 8654 or george.

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

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 or


visit n Badminton. Come and join a friendly, mixed adult group, young and old, who play badminton from 10am to 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. 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 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, 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 The Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion Keynsham would be delighted to welcome new members. They meet upstairs Turn to Page 38

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n Keynsham Machine Knitting Club. We meet on the second Monday in the month at Stirling Way Community Centre, Keynsham, 2-4pm. We have two club machines to practice knitting. Help and tuition will be given to get you knitting again. We try to have at least four speakers/demonstrators a year. Come along and join us, we are a very friendly club. Call Margaret on 0117 986 5559.


n Age UK B&NES hosts Tai Chi at Victoria Methodist Church, 2.15pm to 3.15pm, £4. To join, contact Ketyn Jepson or Michelle Tarrant on 01225 484510 or email active@ n Age UK B&NES Cook & Eat sessions (alternate weeks when running), 10.30am to 12.30pm, Community@67, Queens Road, £5 per session. Contact Ketyn Jepson or Michelle Tarrant on 01225 484510 or email active@ for dates. 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 Age UK B&NES Book Club Meets on the last Tuesday of the month,10am to 11.30am at Keynsham Library, donation £3. Details from Ketyn Jepson or Michelle Tarrant on 01225 484510 or email n The Macular Degeneration Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Boots Opticians in Keynsham High Street. It is an opportunity to chat over coffee and get help and support from fellow sufferers. Call 0117 973 5292 for more details. n Keynsham Older People’s Social

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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 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. 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 rhymes at Baby Bounce & Rhyme, every Tuesday at Keynsham Library: Session 1 – 10-10.30am; Session 2 – 11-11.30am. n Parkinson’s Bath & District Branch, Keynsham social coffee mornings – every last Tuesday in the month. 10.30am-noon at The Talbot Inn, Bath Road, Keynsham, BS31 1NP. Open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, a carer or friend wishing to support those with the disease, help in a voluntary capacity, or organise fundraising events. n Keynsham green drinks, every third Tuesday of the month, upstairs at The Ship Inn from 7.30pm, Temple Street. A friendly group of Keynsham residents interested in green and environmental issues, we get together monthly for a drink and a chat. New faces welcome! n ChoirJam pop choir meets on Tuesdays 7.30-9pm at the Fear Hall in the High Street. We sing everything from Fleetwood Mac to Adele and have a lot of fun doing it! Adults of all ages are welcome to join. We’re a friendly bunch and there’s no audition or experience necessary – you just need to be enthusiastic and to love singing. To book a free taster session contact Emma Hutchinson 07793 983040, or visit n The Ship Inn Petanque Club

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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, 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 details, 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 goes 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 Anais Hall on 07545 391659. 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

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Club, 7.30-9.30pm at Keynsham Leisure Centre. For more information, 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 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 Move It or Lose It exercise classes, run by Age UK B&NES and led by physical training instructor Mike Spiring, at Keynsham Scout HQ, Ashton Way, £4. To join contact Ketyn Jepson or Michelle Tarrant on 01225 484510 or email active@ n Fitness classes, 10am at the Fear Hall, for all ages, 18-80 (concessions for over 60s). Especially good for those with exercise referral issues and those returning to exercise. Drop-in £6. n Age UK B&NES’ Walking Group, variable programme, often leaving around 10am. Cost is £18 per year, which allows you to go out with any of the walking groups in the area. Contact Ketyn Jepson or Michelle Tarrant on 01225 484510 or email for details. 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

keynshamvoice, follow us on Facebook. 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 www.goodafternoonchoir. org 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 Baby Comes Too meets every Wednesday afternoon, in term time, from 1.15pm to 2.45pm upstairs in the Key Centre, Keynsham. All carers with children aged 0-4 years are welcome! We have a home corner, dressing up, books, jigsaws, plenty of play vehicles, Peppa Pig toys and lots more! Refreshments are included. £1 per family per week. Please join us, the first session is free! See 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. 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, 7.15pm, at the Wick House Community Hall, Wick House Close, Saltford. Cake decorating demonstrations, workshops for all to join in, please just come along. Contact Iris Seymour on 01275 834233 to find out more. 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 Walking football for over-50s is back after the winter break on March 1, 8-9pm, AJN Stadium, Keynsham. Call Martin on 07754 543719. n Music For The Mind at St Dunstan’s Church Hall on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, 10.30am to noon. Free entry. Open to all who have been diagnosed with dementia, with a carer if needed. Details from Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance on 0117 983 7923. n Badminton club – join a friendly club who play at Broadlands Academy on Thursday evenings, 7pm until 9pm. Contact Joan on 01761453169. n Come and listen to stories and rhymes for youngsters at Story Time every Thursday during term time at Keynsham Library, 1010.30am. 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 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 meet Thursday afternoons from 2-4pm at Saltford Hall. Contact Frances on 01225 873773. n St John’s Toddler Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday during term-time between 9.45am and 11.30am in St John’s Church Hall, Keynsham. Children 0-4 years can come and play with a wide range of toys and take part in craft activities and singing. Refreshments included. All welcome – first session free. Contact Anais Hall on 07545 391659. n Somerset Morris Dancers meet 8-10pm at Marksbury Village Hall. We are a women’s side and dance Turn to Page 40

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n Avon Wildlife Trust, Keynsham Group hosts Winter Talks on the second Friday of each month between October and April, 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Keynsham, BS31 1DS. Adults £2.50, under-16s £1. Members and non-members of AWT welcome. Refreshments, sales of secondhand books, bird food, seasonal items.


little slower – turn up and play. Details from Martin on 07754 543719. n Tea ‘n’ Tots meets 9.30-11.30am every Friday morning during term time in Keynsham Baptist Church hall. This is a free drop-in for babies, toddlers and their carers, with toys, craft, stories and singing. For more information on the sessions, contact Hilary on 01225 874791.

n Fitness classes, 9.30am at the Fear Hall, for all ages and abilities, 18-80, especially good for those returning to exercise. Choose your own level. Bring a smile and comfy clothes. (Prices from £3.27)

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 month from 2-3pm. For details, call Abby on 01761 470006.

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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

Bible Prophecy and The Gospel Message Are you aware that: JESUS CHRIST has PROMISED to RETURN to the EARTH International events fulfilling Bible Prophecy proclaim his coming is near

What are you doing to prepare for that day? Send for further information to: The Secretary, Apostolic Fellowship of Christ Bethgur, 52a Dartford Road, Dartford, Kent DA1 3ER

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 Free Turn Up and Play Football Sessions for children aged between five and 16 with physical, sensory and learning difficulties, 9am to10am at Keynsham Town FC. Contact Martin for more details on 07754 543719. n Children’s craft activities at 10.30am at Keynsham Library. n Weekend Wellness Saturdays, 10-11am, free (funded by the Wellbeing College) at Timeout, Keynsham. Visit www. or email 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 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

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and wants to meet other likeminded people can come along to the plot from 10.30am on the first Saturday of the month. You’ll find us behind the cafe in Keynsham Memorial Park. Call Aileen on 07854 149008. n Who Let the Dads Out, 1011.30am, third Saturday of the month. St John’s Church Hall, Keynsham. Dads, grandads, male carers and preschool kids. Bacon butties, toys, great coffee. Follow us on Twitter @ keynshamwltdo.


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. 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.

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NEWS Life as Normal

Comedian and writer Henry Normal is coming to The Space in Keynsham to share poetry and insights into life with his autistic son. Henry, co-writer on the The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show and many of Steve Coogan’s TV shows, will be reading from his new book A Normal Family – Everyday Adventures With Our Autistic Son in a show that will mix humour, poetry and storytelling. His visit on May 12 will

coincide with his son’s art exhibition Art by Johnny at the same venue. Viewing 7.15pm, performance 8pm. Tickets are £12 in advance from https://keynshamtickets. or £15 on the door.

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Waitrose has begun opening its doors earlier to shoppers as part of a three-month trial. From February 26, the Keynsham supermarket will open from 7.30am, Monday to Saturday.

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with Keynsham Creative Writers

A Skiffler’s Lament I seem to have lost my washboard, Now where on earth could it be? I know it must be somewhere, But where is eluding me. I’ve looked in the back room and front room, The passage and bedroom all day I’ve checked in the pantry and cupboards, But can I find it? No way. It’s not like it’s something tiny, That can hide away in some drawer, It hasn’t got legs so it can’t take a walk, And never be seen anymore. Time to sit down, relax and breathe deep, And put on my thinking hat, And meditate where I had it last, For a clue as to where it’s now at. I know I had it at Sidmouth, But that was ages ago, I must have had it since then, But where I do not know. My thinking hat’s not working, Although I’m doing my best,

I can’t come up with the answer, No. Wait. Just a minute. Rec Fest. Next Wednesday night is a meeting, And I’ll catch up with Rec Fest man, He maybe can say if I left it there, Or point me to someone who can. So now I’ll get on with my housework, I’ll start by cleaning the floor, And as I tidy the passage, Guess what’s behind the front door. So now that I’ve found my washboard, I’ll put it away with my cymbals, My drums, my shakers and tambourines, Now? Where on earth are my thimbles? George Liddell

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Come and meet your local food experts


e are regularly bombarded in the media with confusing messages about what we should be eating, food scares, animal welfare violations and even whether we want chlorinated poultry from the States! If you are concerned about these issues and the quality of food you are eating, one of the simplest things you can do is come and visit Keynsham Farmers’ Market and ask those questions yourself of the local producers who have grown, reared, harvested or baked the food on sale. You’ll find out the stories behind a whole range of local farmers, learn about their products and maybe even arrange to visit on open days. The market is well established on the second Saturday of the month, from 9am1pm in Market Walk, next to the library. Although it’s unlikely you’ll find an avocado or banana on sale, the range of foods produced in this region is wide-ranging and

enough to satisfy most household tastes. By choosing to shop for locally produced food even just once a month at Keynsham Farmers’ Market you are helping to support our local food economy and help keep small, traditional farms in business. It’s also providing a platform for new, innovative food producers who are creating exciting new foods with local ingredients and often catering for those who have a gluten- or dairy-free diet, such as The Instow Kitchen and Moist Hummus. So whatever your tastes, we will have a full range of fresh loaves of bread, local sustainably caught fresh fish, cheeses produced from sheep’s, goat’s, cow’s and buffalo milk, fresh, locally grown vegetables plus home-produced meats from Chewton farm. For the full list of producers who attend the market on a regular basis and the dates of the market, visit www.somersetfarmersmarkets.



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CHANGING FOR THE BETTER with Transition Keynsham

My Zero Waste Journey

Ryvita’s customer care suggested I save up all the black plastic from their products and take it to friends who live in council areas that do recycle black plastic! Like anything new, it’s hard at first, but once you’ve found new ways of doing things it’s not that difficult. I now buy my milk in glass from the milkman. I have a local veg, fruit and meat box, and I use our local shops, which are great places to buy what I need with minimal packaging. I sometimes get things wrong, and there are items that I can’t currently find a way of buying without plastic packaging. But I’ll keep trying, looking for alternatives and emailing producers and retailers. Who knows, one day I may achieve my goal. In the meantime, you can drop your plastic milk bottle tops off at Keynsham Town Council for Keynsham in Bloom’s art project on the impact of plastic (visit http:// Erica Davies Keynsham Wombles

I first heard about Zero Waste when I watched the film Trashed. What it showed me was so shocking that I decided, from then onwards, to try to live my life without generating any plastic waste. I realised quite quickly that this was completely impossible, so instead I decided to avoid any plastic that I couldn’t recycle and try to put as little rubbish in my black bin as possible. Even that hasn’t been easy. The biggest change has been to alter the way I think when shopping. Rather than just thinking about the item I need, I also think about the packaging it comes with, and what I’m going to do with the item when it is no longer useful to me. We’ve had some laughs along the way. I sent a machine back for repair (having debated long and hard about the economics of repair vs buying new) only for it to be returned in more packaging than you would believe possible. And

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The grand affair that brought King Henry VII to Keynsham

Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society Jasper Tudor – Why King Henry VII visited Keynsham

At the end of the Keynsham Abbey talk at our December meeting, the questions concentrated on the speaker’s mention of the tomb of Jasper Tudor, so it might be helpful to shed just a little light on this important, though not wellknown, figure in our history and his connection with Keynsham. Born in 1431, the son of a Welsh noble, Owen Tudor, and Catherine of Valois, who had been married to Henry V, Jasper was half-brother to King Henry VI. He was a senior member of the royal family, with land and supporters in south and west Wales and on his 21st birthday was made Earl of Pembroke. When his elder brother Edmund died in 1456, leaving his young wife pregnant, Jasper took her to his home at Pembroke Castle and became guardian and mentor to the child, Henry. Throughout the turbulent period of the Wars of the

How Jasper Tudor’s tomb may have looked at Keynsham Abbey, far left; 15th-century buildings in Vannes, France, where Jasper and the young Henry took refuge, left Roses, he was steadfastly on the side of the Lancastrians, fighting on the losing side at three battles and playing a major role in trying to keep Henry VI on the throne. Following the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471 and the death of Henry VI, Jasper found himself on the run; with the teenage Henry he found sanctuary







in France, where the Duke of Brittany made them welcome, initially at Vannes. Before long, their freedom was restricted, probably for their own safety. In 1474 the two were separated and for several years Jasper lived at the chateau at Josselin. Reunited with Henry he spent years plotting and influencing to advance the

Lancastrian cause. After Edward IV died in 1483 the crown passed to Richard III but he faced rebellions. Into battle In August 1485 Jasper decided there was an opportunity; he and Henry sailed with 2,000 men from France to west Wales, landing near Milford Haven before making







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certain lands in various parts of the country should provide an annual sum of £40 for four priests to sing perpetually in Keynsham Abbey for the wellbeing of his soul and those of his family. Eleven days later, on Boxing Day, he died. Keynsham connection So why did he choose Keynsham Abbey as his final resting place? The abbey was founded by William, 2nd Earl of Gloucester; so throughout its history the Hereditary Patron was the Earl of Gloucester or his direct descendant. Eventually the patronage passed to the Stafford family. At the demise of Henry Stafford his heir, Edward, was aged only six, too young to inherit. When Jasper married Katherine in 1485 he was therefore given the patronage of the abbey “in right of his wife”. One of the perks of this patronage was the right of burial in the abbey. It appears that Jasper was a religious man and it is clear from his will that he took all possible steps to give his soul a speedier passage to Heaven; burial at Keynsham was part of this. A grand send-off The funeral was a grand affair,

probably the biggest event Keynsham has ever seen. Documents relate that it was attended by King Henry VII and the Queen. At Kingswood, the cortege from Thornbury was met by the Mayor of Bristol and 2,000 men on horseback, all dressed in black gowns, who escorted it to Keynsham for the burial. Even allowing for some over-estimation of numbers, it is sobering to imagine a procession of hundreds of horsemen slowly winding their way along the muddy lane from Willsbridge, over the County Bridge and up the hill to the abbey. Despite his long life, there are no surviving portraits of Jasper Tudor, although he and his wife are commemorated in a stained glass window at Cardiff Castle. There are no definite remains from his tomb, although an image of how it may have looked has been created, left.


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their way up the Welsh coast and across England to meet and defeat Richard III’s army at the Battle of Bosworth. There is no documented mention of Jasper’s role at the battle but as the most experienced of Henry’s retinue it is likely that he played a major part in the planning. The new King rewarded Jasper with the Dukedom of Bedford, and he became one of the court’s leading noblemen. A few days later, Jasper married Katherine Woodville, widow of Henry Stafford, the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, who had been executed for his part in a rebellion against Richard III. Katherine was a wealthy woman in her own right and her estates included the Manor of Thornbury, which is where she and Jasper spent much of their time in the later years of his life. The present Thornbury Castle was built as a home for her son Edward Stafford but it may well stand on the site of their previous house. It was at Thornbury, on December 15, 1495, that Jasper Tudor made his will. He specified that: “My body to be buried in the monastery of Our Lady at Keynsham…” and also that his first gown of cloth of gold be bequeathed to the abbey, and that


an engineering masterpiece but an economic failure, so although almost 60 aircraft were ordered by airlines across the world, in the end only 14 entered service, all with the flag carriers British Airways and Air France. Almost all the planes survive, including, of course, number 216, which is now the centrepiece of the Aerospace Bristol museum.

March Meeting: Bristol – City of Monks and Bones

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THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH Rev Andrew Judge, St Francis Church, Keynsham


ne of the rules of Benedictine Monasticism was about stability – about how monks should stay in their original monastery rather than shop around for a more comfortable one! In the fast-moving world of today this principle is grossly undervalued and I believe we are the poorer for it. There seems to be a sort of built-in restlessness in our culture today, captured perfectly in the title of a book published a few years ago entitled We Are All In The Fast Lane Now. The dangers of living this way, however, are all too evident: it brings a shallowness, superficiality about the way we live – and work?

Increasingly people are living individual lives which can become isolated lives – the obvious answer or response to this is to intentionally seek to find a sense of community wherever we go

No time – or inclination even – to go deeper, build solid rather than superficial relationships; no time to reflect on the meaning and purpose of what we are doing and where our lives are going – and time to change direction if need be. Increasingly people are living individual lives which can become isolated lives if they are not working or have no particular community to relate to. The Government’s recent appointment of a Minister for Loneliness bears witness to this. The obvious answer or response to this is to intentionally seek to find a sense of community wherever we go. When we as a family arrived in Keynsham from South Africa 16 years ago we were very fortunate that, with my being

a vicar, we were immediately welcomed into a particular church community which helped us enormously in settling in, especially in a foreign country even though we spoke the same language (more or less!). But the problem goes deeper than new entry, however, as even existing groupings in the same town can become isolated from each other, or the community itself can become divided over various issues – Brexit, income inequality, generational issues to name but a few Faith and secular community groups alike have recognised these problems in their communities and are seeking to address them and in some cases have formed partnerships in tackling a particular

issue. This has certainly been our experience in Keynsham. Many people still remember the Churches Together-initiated, yearlong More to Life programme in 2008, which reached out widely into the whole of Keynsham. More recently Keynsham Action Network and the Foodbank have consciously adopted a partnership approach. This is now also happening across B&NES, with the council actively forming partnerships with Christian groups as they seek to maintain services in some areas. All these initiatives have taken time to emerge, as they involve building trusting relationships, which today is more difficult with people often suspicious of the motives of the other – and sometimes with good reason. But this has happened here in Keynsham and credit needs to be given to all. And as I will finally be moving off soon I wish you all every blessing as Keynsham continues to develop – and grow; and to thank you all, especially those we have got to know, for your support and hospitality.

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in the Keynsham and surrounding area. Working in a friendly, positive team environment contributes to supporting your main job role as a carer, giving day-to-day enjoyment of a dignified and fulfilling life to clients within their own home environment. Your desire to work in care is essential, full training will be giving and excelling to achieve a level 2,3 or 4 in a NVQ will be offered. As a company we offer competitive rates of pay (based on experience) • Support with mandatory and diploma qualification • Free DBS and Uniforms provided • Contribution pension scheme • Contributed mileage provided • Great communication skills within the team and management As the role of Healthcare Worker you will need to be able to access the community and surrounding area’s (car driver) and deliver the highest of person centred care whilst respecting client’s independence and choice. Looking at the diversity of each client and their needs to ensure everybody can participate and support recreational activities within their own For care andAssupport community. a carer there is nothing more rewarding than knowing you that’s compassionate, have fulfilled and made a difference to one person’s outlook offering flexible and thatlaughter, support and compassionship. respects an For more information individual’s needsabout and Goldcare Professionals please visit our webpage. Ifwishes, you would like to apply contact Julie for an application form please telephone or pop into at the Goldcare office, we would be happy to discuss any further enquiries with you. Goldcare Professionals 1 Temple Court, Keynsham, BS31 1HA Tel : 0117 986 6140 For more info please visit:


West Country Welding Supplies are looking for a young, motivated person to join our busy workshop in Keynsham, with a genuine interest in electrical/electronic repairs being an advantage. Duties would include: Setting up & commissioning new welding machines, preparing machines for Hire, PAT testing portable appliances, with a view to being trained to carry out repairs to all types of Welding & Cutting equipment. An apprenticeship is also a possibility for someone with the required A level qualifications, studying at least one day a week at college. Hours of work 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday with lunchbreak. Salary TBA depending on age & experience. Please email CV to:

Keynsham & District Mencap Society Providing social and leisure opportunities for children and adults with learning disabilities Part Time Play Leader required to organise activities and run our after school social club for disabled children.

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Tuesday/Thursday evening during term time Weekly Social Hours: Clubs 5.30pm – 7.30pm Sports and Fitness Plus paid preparation time per week, flexible to suit. Providing social and leisure opportunities for children and Day Trips Holidays Activities £10.71 hour

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Pick up plants at our pop-up! This will also be an opportunity for you to pick up a copy of our “Knit to Remember” poppy pattern, as well as our Scarecrow Trail entry form. Do come along and say hello and meet the Bloom team, it will be a good opportunity to speak to us and find out more about our community projects.

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big thank you to everyone who has responded to our recent requests for knitted poppies and plastic bottle tops so far. It’s great to see so many people wanting to take part in our community projects. Our recent pop-up Valentine’s plant sale at Community at 67 was a success, despite the very cold and wet day. We raised £36 in total, which will help Community at 67 purchase summer plants for the Queens Road planters.

Keynsham Farmers’ Market

We have a community stall at the

Great British Spring Clean

Farmers’ Market on Saturday, March 10, where we will be selling Mothers’ Day floral gifts at pocket money prices, aimed particularly at the little ones. We will also have a range of outdoor spring bedding plants available to purchase. All proceeds from our sale will go towards our community projects.


We will be joining forces with thousands of people around the UK and taking part in the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean. Our volunteers will be litter-picking in the railway station car park, woodland and community garden on Saturday, March 3, starting from 10am in the station car park. We are supporting Keynsham Wombles who also have a number of litter-picks taking place throughout Keynsham. It has also been encouraging to see that residents from the Meadows and Bilbie Green have already

been out and about litter-picking in their community and that they are organising further litterpicks.

Bloom AGM

Keynsham in Bloom’s Annual General Meeting will be taking place on Thursday, March 22, at 6.30pm in the hall. A general committee meeting will follow, and everyone is welcome to stay for this. Finally, following on from the antisocial behaviour meeting which was organised by the town council last month, Keynsham in Bloom is looking forward to working with Keynsham Community Spirit and we hope to engage further with communities and forge new relationships through community gardening and community art projects.


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A picture perfect 17th century cottage tucked away within a secluded position in a highly regarded village. A delightful home that enjoys wonderful views of surrounding countryside. EPC E.



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Backing onto open countryside on the Southern edge of Keynsham, this detached bungalow enjoys an enviable location in a prime cul-de-sac. The property has been extended£650,000 and QUEEN CHARLTON This charming 4 bedroom semi-detached home has been subject to painstaking restoration by EPC the current renovated throughout providing spacious accommodation. D




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Having arranged sales on over £12.5million worth of local homes already this year we now urgently require more property to sell in Keynsham & Saltford in all price ranges. We have genuine buyers waiting. Mr & Mrs O – seeking a 4 bed detached in Saltford or Keynsham , they love the Medway Drive area. Funds to £600,000. Reference DT. Mr & Mrs B – want a period style home close to Keynsham Town Centre. Up to circa £400,000. Reference OA. Local lady Mrs M wants a retirement property close to Keynsham High Street – Likes Back Lane. Price range to £325,000. Reference DT Numerous buyers for traditional 3 & 4 bed semis in Saltford, £350-500,000. Take a shortcut to selling. Mr K & partner wants Saltford only, 3 or 4 bed detached with funds available up to £600,000. Reference AJ Mr & Mrs E returning to live in Saltford seek a bungalow close to the shops £400-500,000. Reference SM


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Critical time for Ks’ Premier Division dream KEYNSHAM TOWN FC News from the Crown Fields The month of February saw Keynsham Town FC’s First Team continue their unbeaten run, which stretches back to the beginning of October, with two wins and two draws, writes our correspondent. They remain top of the Toolstation Western League Division One table, one point ahead of Westbury United, with Roman Glass St George a further two points adrift in third place. Corsham Town visited Crown Fields at the start of the month, and it appeared to be business as usual for the Ks when James Ollis put them ahead with a wonderful strike on 12 minutes. However, Corsham had other ideas and two defensive errors were ruthlessly punished to put them in front at halftime. Keynsham battered the visitors after the break, and although an Adey Harvey header on the hour brought them level, they couldn’t produce a winner as it ended 2-2. A bitterly cold Wednesday night saw a typically feisty local derby away to Oldland Abbotonians end in a 3-3 draw in a game that, from a neutral’s point of view, had everything – six well-taken goals, nine bookings and a red card which sparked a mass brawl and led to 12 minutes’ stoppage time! On a pudding of a pitch, Ollie Trevarthen put the hosts ahead on 33 minutes, capitalising on a defensive error by Keynsham. Ks forward Craig Wilson scored a superb equaliser from 25

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Keynsham Town FC’s First Team – 2017/18 season went straight down the other end and equalised immediately. In an open game, chances were squandered at both ends, before Matt Brown put the Ks in front just before the break with a calm finish for his 23rd goal of the season. Keynsham were denied a third after a superb flowing move was finished off by James Ollis, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. However, with Ks keeper Matt Dunk in supreme form, they clung on to earn three more crucial points. Off the field, the club were pleased to announce the signing of Harley Purnell from Bristol Manor Farm. Manager John Allen said: “Harley has vast experience at Southern League level with Chippenham Town, Yate Town and Mangotsfield United. He has been a big part of Manor Farm’s recent success, helping them win the Toolstation Premier Division last season and start their Southern League campaign so well. It’s an exciting signing for the Ks at a critical stage of the season, and we are hoping that Harley’s experience and qualities help us in our push for promotion.” With the race for promotion now looking to be down to three clubs vying for the two promotion places, Keynsham

yards just after halftime, but Trevarthen scored two more to complete his hat trick and put Oldland 3-1 up midway through the second half. The Ks did not give up, though, and James Ollis pulled a goal back in the 74th minute with another cracking strike from 20 yards. A dreadful tackle on Ollis then saw a straight red card for the Oldland substitute and, after things calmed down, Matt Curnock made it 3-3 in the 98th minute with a great glancing header. Craig Wilson nearly won it for the Ks at the death, but his shot was held up in the mud; all in all it was a good point for the Ks. Sherborne Town were the next visitors to Crown Fields, and a scrappy game saw Keynsham run out 2-0 victors. With Sherborne fighting for their lives to avoid relegation, the first half was an even affair which saw few clear-cut chances. Adey Harvey eventually put the hosts in front just after halftime and Matt Brown’s alertness punished a defensive mix-up on 72 minutes to secure the points. A week later saw another home victory, as Keynsham overcame sixth-placed Cheddar 2-1. Kyle Box drilled a precise drive into the bottom corner in the 18th minute, but the visitors in the Midsomer Norton Area – Memories, Statistics, Reports and Miscellaneous, 1949-2017. From its origins in the former Redfield Road Methodist Christian Endeavour after the Second World War, the club is well known in the Mendips for playing the game in the right

spirit – and also for the teas! It moved from Saturday friendly fixtures to League Cricket in 2004, first in the Shrubbery Hotel Division 6, then to the North Somerset Saturday League in 2007 until all the teams were transferred to the Bristol and District in 2016. The

have 12 games left to secure their dream of getting back in the Premier Division for the first time in 12 years. Their unbeaten run now stands at 19 games, but one week in March could be pivotal in deciding the outcome, as the top three all play each other. Don’t forget that the club’s fortunes can be followed on both Facebook (Keynsham Town Football Club) and Twitter (@KeynshamTownFC). The Ks’ forthcoming home games are as follows: Tuesday, March 6 Timsbury Athletic (Reserves) 7.45pm kick-off Saturday, March 10 Wincanton Town (First XI) 3pm kick-off Saturday, March 24 Westfield (Reserves) 3pm kick-off Friday, March 30 (Good Friday) Oldland Abbotonians (First XI) 3pm kick-off Saturday, March 31 Saltford (Reserves) 3pm kick-off

Methodists will be playing in Division 10 this season. Copies of the booklet are available from the Editor c/o Midsomer Norton Methodist Centre, High Street, Midsomer Norton BA3 2DR, price £10, if posted and made payable to Midsomer Norton Methodist Cricket Club.

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KEYNSHAM TOWN LADIES FC February was a disappointing month for Keynsham Town Ladies, although at the time of writing they were still to host Larkhall Athletic in a league fixture on February 25, writes our correspondent. Their cup runs in national competitions both came to an end, and in the Somerset Cup they were awarded another walkover, therefore progressing to the final without actually playing a game! Defeats at the hands of Lewes and West Ham United rather illustrated the gulf in class between near-top in the South West Division and the upper reaches of the Southern Division, the next tier up. Town were quietly confident of a result at home to Lewes in the Women’s FA Cup Fifth Round and in fact the match remained goal-less until the 40th minute, when hesitancy from the home keeper allowed Lewes a chance they couldn’t miss. Keynsham were again at fault for goal two when Jade Radburn failed to clear, gifting the opposition an open goal. Lewes wrapped it up for 0-3 with a well-struck effort to give Hannah Christer no chance. The only player to emerge with any credit was right back Andreea Alexandru whose excellent challenges, sliding tackles, and covering for others’ mistakes kept the score down.


Cup misery for Town Ladies at the hands of the Hammers The following Sunday saw Keynsham bow out of the Women’s Premier League Plate at the Quarter Final stage when they were “hammered by the Hammers” 7-0, finding themselves five down at half time after 45 minutes against the wind and sleet. In the second half – when the weather brightened up – they restricted West Ham to a further two. They were then due to travel to Taunton-based Hamilton in the Somerset Senior Cup on February 18, but as was widely predicted, the Somerset League 2 side withdrew, which, given their league form, probably prevented them from conceding a cricket score! The Development side have only competed once in the month, before their trip to Torquay United on February 25, losing 3-1 to Middlezoy Rovers. After taking a 1-0 lead with another Rhianna Ben-Carew goal, they then fell behind to two longrange efforts, the second from fully 35 yards, a free kick over the defensive wall before dipping just under the crossbar out of Shawna Hannan’s reach. Shawna then conceded a penalty for 1-3, before a late Rhianna effort was just wide of the target. March is a quiet month for the first team, as at present there are only two fixtures scheduled: l March 18: Southampton Saints away at Sholing FC l March 25: Maidenhead United, home, 2pm The Ladies Development side,

Keeper Hannah Christer organises her defence against Lewes though, are rather more busy this month: l March 4: Marine Academy Plymouth, home, 2pm l March 7: Forest Green Rovers, away, 7.30pm l March 11: Ilminster Town,

home, 2pm l March 18: Hanham-based AEK Boco, home, 2pm l March 22: Downend Flyers, home, 7.30pm l March 25: Ilminster Town, away, 2pm


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101st season rolls around for bowls club After celebrating their centenary season in 2017, Frys Bowling Club in Keynsham is looking forward to starting its 101st, writes our correspondent. The club offers a range of activities for players of all ages and abilities; from midweek evening league and cup matches for the more competitive players, to afternoon friendlies on a Saturday and Wednesday

afternoon and social bowling for those who enjoy a more relaxing pursuit. The season starts in midApril and runs through to the end of September. For more information about Frys Bowling Club or to apply for membership, contact secretary Christopher Day on 01225 872959 or email frysbowlsclub@ can also visit

March, 2018

Season of quality bowling ahead The winter working party has been working hard on the clubhouse and outbuildings and the green keeper has been attending to the playing service, meaning that things are well on track for the start of the new season at Keynsham Bowling Club, writes our correspondent. With the size of the membership the number of games being planned has meant that two of the busiest people during close season have been the fixture secretaries, Joan Harvey and Tony Hunter. The season starts with an opening roll-up on Sunday, April 8, which is then followed by a series of friendly fixtures, both home and away. The ladies will be competing in the North Somerset League as in the past, but as a result of increased membership they will be fielding a team in the Mendip Triples

League, too. The men will have three teams in the Bristol and District League and also three in the Somerset League plus a team in the Bristol Triples League. In addition there will be a mixed team playing in the Somerset Mixed League. All of these fixtures will be “topped up” with friendly matches, both home and away, together with the club’s internal competitions. The quality of the green is widely recognised, as the club hosts fixtures for visiting players. The semi-finals of the Wedmore Plate and Turnbull Cup will take place in August, followed by a ladies’ county fixture between Somerset and Berkshire. At the start of September the County Competitions Finals Day will take place. Keynsham Memorial Park will certainly be witnessing some quality bowling this coming season.

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