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September, 2017 Issue 66

Schools make the grade – Results special: P17


Leo, 5, hands over keys to charity’s new bus – Page 6

Weeks of work to begin on bypass Drivers should expect some disruption to journeys around Keynsham later this month when resurfacing work is due to get under way on the A4 Keynsham bypass. Turn to Page 3

PCC’s praise for club with goals

Wombles spur takeaway chain into action at new store

Town is ‘no place for litter’, campaigners tell retailers

Waste campaigners in Keynsham have spurred a fast food retailer into action to tackle rubbish spreading from its store within hours of opening its doors.

Some of Subway’s distinctive packaging was spotted discarded in Carpenters Lane on August 4, the same day the new outlet opened, prompting Keynsham

Wombles to take to Twitter with pictures of the branded wrapping in the Memorial Park, the High Street, Temple Street, Dapps Continued on Page 2

A holiday football club for youngsters in Keynsham received a visit from Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens in August. Page 4

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A Keynsham-based team of volunteers who help people in times of crisis have seen a 23 per cent increase in call-outs in the first half of the year. Page 8

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Fast food retailer From Page 1 Hill, Hawthorns Lane and Albert Road. As a result, bosses at the chain have pledged to speed up the clearing of tables outside its premises at Market Walk and put up notices asking customers to dispose of their waste responsibly. Chief Womble Erica Davies said: “We noticed the first Subway litter in Carpenters Lane within five hours of the store opening and so decided to record when and where we see their litter to give us information on the spread of litter from one takeaway store in our town. “We are not particularly picking on Subway, but because their packaging is distinctive it is easy to identify and gives us information which is useful. We have also been photographing and tweeting our ‘sightings’ linking this to our #noplaceforlitter campaign, and this was picked up by Subway, who are now liaising with us and B&NES on ways to reduce the litter generated by the customers using their outlet. “Interestingly, it has been

quite localised and has included the park, where unfortunately some has been spotted floating off down the river.” The Subway outlet at Market Walk is the chain’s 2,500th store to open in the UK. A Subway spokesperson told Keynshamvoice: “As responsible retailers, Subway franchisees work closely with their local communities and have policies in place to ensure waste is disposed of efficiently and recycled where possible. Although our stores work hard to minimise the impact of litter in the community, we rely on individual customers to dispose of their litter responsibly. “The Keynsham store has bins in place to encourage customers to dispose of waste, however litter is sometimes blown onto the street from the tables in its outside seating area. As a result, the store will be increasing litter patrols within the external seating area and increasing signage on refuse management for staff in order to resolve the matter as soon as possible.”

Barber hopes to reopen soon after blaze A Saltford barber whose shop was badly damaged following a fire on August 9 says he hopes to be back at work inside his premises within weeks. Morris Mercato says it’s currently “business as usual” for Morris’s Barber Shop as he works from a temporary building outside his shop in Bath

Road. But with repairs going well he hopes to reopen the barber shop within two to three weeks from the end of August. Anyone with information on the fire, which started at about 1.45am and is being treated as suspicious, can contact police on 101 quoting reference 5217181621.

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takes action on litter at store

Keynsham Wombles tweeted images of discarded Subway packaging Hoping to dramatically reduce the amount of rubbish dropped in Keynsham’s streets, the Wombles launched their Litter Free Town project – now called #noplaceforlitter – in March. As part of the campaign, the group has been contacting retailers in the town to enlist their help – but with limited success so far, says Erica. “The Coop was the only national retailer that responded and attended our workshop,

while a couple of the local retailers were very interested and are doing their best to reduce the environmental impact of their packaging.” As well as encouraging businesses to take steps to ensure their waste doesn’t become litter, the Wombles also say they hope to see firms looking at biodegradable packaging to reduce the impact of items that do end up on the streets or in parks. “These products are becoming available and the Little Red Coffee Van [at Keynsham Station] is already using them and I understand Costa is running some trials nationally. We would love to hear from other outlets in Keynsham using biodegradable packaging to share experiences of what does and doesn’t work with our networks.” The #noplaceforlitter campaign was recently awarded funding from the People’s Lottery

to help develop Keynsham as a pilot for other towns that would like to adopt the initiative. Projects in the pipeline include #noplaceforlitter ashtrays for Keynsham coffee shops, pubs and restaurants and working with B&NES to create a smoking area in the Market Walk to limit the spread of cigarette butts. The Wombles have also applied for funding to provide Gum Drop bins for the walkway between Ashton Way car park and the High Street. Anyone who would like to find out more about the Wombles, which now have 150 volunteers, can email womble@ for further details. The Wombles’ next big litter blitz takes place on Sunday, September 17, from 11am to 1pm, meeting in the gravel car park by the Lock Keeper pub – litter-picking equipment will be available, as well as cake.

Resurfacing work to begin on bypass From Page 1 The first phase of the scheme will involve road closures, contraflow traffic, the suspension of parking and three-way traffic lights at Broadmead roundabout and is expected to last for three weeks from the end of September. It will be followed by a second, larger phase of work in spring 2018. Councillor Mark Shelford, B&NES Council’s Cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “We will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum while this essential work is carried out. Undertaking full resurfacing now will both help save us money in the long-term and reduce the need for future repair works.” The work follows the awarding of £2 million by the Government for bypass improvements in August in response to a joint bid by B&NES and Bristol City Council. Details of the scheme, including dates and times, are being finalised – see www.facebook. com/keynshamvoice for updates.


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Police leaders want to hear residents’ views Keynsham and Saltford residents can have their say on local policing matters when Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh host a forum in Bath. People living and working across Bath and North East Somerset are being invited to put their questions to the policing team and the two leaders at the Guildhall in the city centre on September 28. The PCC said: “The previous forum I held at the Guildhall was one of the most well attended to date and we’ve hosted forums all over the Avon and Somerset police force area. “Some really interesting topics were covered, with the majority of the discussion focusing on road safety, including cycling in the city, speeding and illegal parking. “I’m looking forward to returning to the Guildhall and keen to see what questions residents have for me.

“I’m also interested to hear local people’s views and ideas specifically on the enquiry office based at the One Stop Shop on Manvers Street, after receiving feedback from some residents they felt the police had left the city since relocating.” Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “I want to hear what local people think about the service we provide, what we do well and what we could do better, to ensure our communities are safe and feel safe.” The forum will be will be held in the Council Chamber between 6.45pm and 9pm. Visit police-public-forum-bathtickets-37028425016?aff=es2 to reserve a seat or email pcc@ or call 01275 816377. If you have any questions you would like to ask you can email them in advance to pcc@ avonandsomerset.pnn.police. uk

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PCC visits football A holiday football club for youngsters in Keynsham received a visit from Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens in August. Ms Mountstevens dropped in to meet coaches at Kelston Road Football Club to find out more about the initiative, which offers free coaching sessions to help improve children’s social skills as well as encouraging them to enjoy sport. The scheme is supported by the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund and was awarded £2,415 for its efforts in aiming to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the area. This is the second time Ms Mountstevens has been invited to the club after initially meeting with Nick Dewfall, who runs the club and won a PCC Pride Award in 2016 for his work, before being invited back to one of the summer school holiday sessions and to meet the coaches on August 23.

Speaking after the visit, Ms Mountstevens said: “I set up my Community Action Fund for initiatives like those provided by the club to help make a difference to young people’s lives. This project is not only great for community cohesion and bringing everyone together, but while the sessions are being run there is a reduction in antisocial behaviour in the area. “I’m always delighted to see these types of projects first-hand and to meet the people working behind the scenes to make them a success.” Head coach Michael said: “I’ve been coming here since I was nine, never missed a session! I was home-schooled because of anxiety, and this gave me the confidence I needed in myself. I am now a Level 1 qualified football coach and have just finished college. “This has been such a brilliant opportunity for me as I now have a job with Bath City. I just hope

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club ‘making a difference to kids’ lives’ some of the kids follow in my footsteps.” One of the mums whose children attend every session said: “This is so good for people that don’t have a lot of money because it is free, and gets the kids out of the house in the fresh air and exercising. “I only live two minutes away so for me, I can come here and watch the kids play and just relax for a bit. We don’t know what some of the older kids would be doing if they didn’t have this through the holidays. The younger ones would be stuck inside, too. “We are gutted the sessions are ending next week and just wish they could run through the half terms, too.” To find out more about the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund and to apply for a grant of up to £3,000, visit www. Partnerships/CommissionersCommunity-Action-Fund.aspx

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Almost any pet can be insured – however, the cost of your pet insurance will depend upon factors such as age, medical history, breed (some breeds are predisposed to certain conditions), and even the area you live in. Choosing an insurance policy can be a confusing process, and your vet will be happy to advise you on what to look out for. For example, does the policy offer lifelong cover for illness? Some insurance companies will only offer cover for 12 months, which means that an illness is only covered during that policy year. This can be very frustrating with ongoing illnesses such as skin conditions, diabetes, kidney disease and heart disease. Also, check the policy limit (ie. how much the policy will pay out in one year). We would generally recommend yearly cover of at least £7,000 just in case your pet has a serious accident and/or illness. Feel free to call us at Keynsham Veterinary Centre, on 0117 986 7700, if you would like more information on taking out pet insurance.

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Leo, 5, helps hand key to community’s A Keynsham five-year-old has won a competition to name a new bus keeping residents on the move. Leo Watt was invited to see the unveiling of Keynsham and District Dial-a-Ride’s new 17-seater vehicle, which now proudly bears the name “Bumbo” on the front. Barratt Developments, which is building the new Bilbie Green site on the town’s southern edge, donated the bus – worth £31,000 – to the community and last month handed over the keys to the charity. Leo joined MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, Councillor Brian Simmons and Kirstie Brown from David Wilson Homes as the bus was presented to Diala-Ride. Kirstie said: “Being in the business of creating new

communities, we believe it’s important to support ‘local heroes’ in the areas we work. “Keynsham Dial-a-Ride is a fantastic example of such a community hero in Somerset, helping to get people from A to B who may struggle to do so otherwise. We wish them all the best with the new bus.” The Dial-a-Ride service is free to join and offers members a door-to-door service, enabling them to travel to appointments, to see friends and family, to attend social events, go to the shops and more. It covers Keynsham and Saltford as well as surrounding villages on certain days and sections of Stockwood and Whitchurch. Mr Simmons, member advocate for community transport at Bath and North East Somerset Council, and chairman

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Rising demand for volunteers’ support A Keynsham-based team of volunteers who help people in times of crisis have seen a 23 per cent increase in call-outs in the first half of the year. The British Red Cross emergency response service, which is based at Hicks Gate fire station, had one of its busiest weekends yet last month, attending a “chemical incident” in central Bristol, a flood and a fire. On Friday, August 4, a volunteer crew had just completed a call-out and were returning the emergency response vehicle to Hicks Gate when they were deployed to the chemical incident in Gas Ferry Road, where residents had been evacuated from nearby flats. Bristol City Council had set up a community rest centre at Spike Island and 11 Red Cross volunteers were on the scene to help the residents. The team stayed at the rest

Red Cross emergency response service volunteer Lynne Davies centre until residents were allowed to return to their homes in the early hours of the morning. Among the volunteers was mum-of-two Lynne Davies, 44, from Severnside, who has been a Red Cross emergency response

volunteer since January. She said: “We are there to help in that moment of crisis. Often people are in a state of shock if they’ve experienced a house fire or flood so having someone there who can give a bit

of advice or just a cup of tea and a chat can be so helpful in trying to make sense of the chaos. “When we are supporting at a rest centre, like the one at Spike Island, people may have left their property in a hurry and forgotten to pick up important medication or they may be worried about their homes or friends or family. Our role is to provide practical help, such as arranging replacement medication, or giving emotional support to try to reassure them as much as possible.” This is the second time Lynne has supported at a rest centre since she started volunteering. In June, she travelled to London to help in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire as part of a huge response by Red Cross volunteers from across the country. Lynne said: “I was deployed to the community assistance centre located close to the tower


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in times of crisis the day after the incident. I worked a night shift and I was busy throughout the night registering people, offering emotional support to people who were desperately searching for family and loved ones, or just listening to people who wanted someone to talk to about what they’d seen to try to process what had happened. “While it was challenging at times, it was an incredibly rewarding experience. The Red Cross came together to help people facing a terrible crisis and I was proud to play my part.” During the chemical incident in Bristol, an emergency call came in from Avon Fire and Rescue asking the team to support their crews at a flood and volunteers Tim and Hazel Fletcher left the rest centre to help before returning to Spike Island. On the Sunday evening, volunteers Terence Jefferies and

Tim Cann went to the aid of the Fishponds community as the fire service tackled a major blaze in a flat. Jo Riches, emergency response officer at the Red Cross, said: “Responding to emergencies is at the heart of what the British Red Cross does here in the UK, but I’d still like to say an enormous thank you to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly over the weekend. “Our call-out rate is certainly increasing, which is great because it shows that we are making a big difference to people in crisis. However, we need more people to become emergency response volunteers to allow us to reach even more people in need.” Anyone who is interested in the role can email S&CIER@ or call 07921 872429. More information about the Red Cross can be found at

Cafe ‘to restore balance’, say shop owners The owners of a Temple Street shop say they want to “bring back the balance” to Keynsham and turn the property into a café. John and Philippa Paget, who own 20 to 44 Temple Street, have applied to Bath and North East Somerset Council for permission to change the use of the former Gamescene store at 20 Temple Street, and say a new tenant has already signed a lease agreement. They say they would like the premises to become a locally run café offering sandwiches, cakes and deli items after the closure of the Bath Bakery shop and café next door, which is now 73

Degrees Bicycle Shop. In their application, the Pagets say: “This would also bring back some of the history of the unit as historically it was The Three Horseshoes public house.” The café would open seven days a week and operate from 8am to 5pm, with permission also sought for late-night opening until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Consultation ended on August 28, with the plans winning the support of Keynsham Town Council. Bath and North East Somerset Council planners are due to make a decision later this month.

New councillor ‘honoured to serve ward’ A new councillor has taken his seat on Keynsham Town Council after winning 49 per cent of the vote in last month’s by-election. Liberal Democrat Dr Hal MacFie received 431 votes in Keynsham East against Melanie Hilton (Independent, 277 votes)

and Jonathan Wallcroft (Labour, 163 votes). Dr MacFie said: “I am delighted and honoured to serve the residents of Keynsham East. I wish to thank all those who voted for me and I will serve everyone in my ward to the best of my ability.”

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Jenny Abson, Tom Stentaford and Sally Warhurst in rehearsals for SCAMP’s production of Murder Ballad

An amateur dramatics group in Saltford is following up last year’s award-winning production with the English amateur premiere of a hit West End show. SCAMP (Saltford Community Association Musical Productions) is the first amateur group to be granted the rights to perform the musical Murder Ballad following its professional run in London in December 2016. To meet the challenge of staging the show, SCAMP has moved the production from the group’s home at Saltford Hall to Bath’s Mission Theatre where it will open on Thursday, October 12, and run until Saturday, October 14. Musical director Keith Warhurst said: “We thought it would be an ideal show for us to take on as our next challenge. At first we were disappointed as the rights holders were only going to allow professional companies to apply for a licence, but we asked

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West from West End them anyway and they said yes. “Murder Ballad is a steamy and gripping ‘whodunnit’ based around an illicit love triangle between Sara, her ex-boyfriend Tom and faithful husband Michael. Set to music and lyrics written by indie rock heavyweight Juliana Nash, this is a musical thriller with a razor’s edge. There can only be one conclusion – someone’s going to die. But who will bite the dust and who is the executioner? There is only one way to find out!” SCAMP was formed two years ago and last year there were

celebrations for the group after their performance of lesserknown musical Songs For A New World won an award from the Somerset Fellowship of Drama. The show was also nominated in two categories in 2016’s Rose Bowl Awards, including Best Musical Production. Murder Ballad is showing at the Mission Theatre in Bath from October 12 to October 14 at 8pm. Tickets are available now from Bath Box Office at http:// murder-ballad/ or by contacting SCAMP at SCAMP@tutanota. com

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New bins arrive for fortnightly collections Households across the Keynsham and Saltford area will be receving their new wheelie bins at the end of this month ahead of the switch to fortnightly rubbish collections at the start of November. A leaflet from Bath and North East Somerset Council explaining the changes will be hitting doormats across the area from August 28 to help residents prepare for the new system. New wheelie bins or reusable bin bags will be delivered to homes from September 25 and

before November 6, when the fortnightly collections are due to begin. Recyclable waste, including food waste, will continue to be collected every week, while chargeable green waste collections will remain fortnightly. The council, which says the changes will help to keep streets cleaner, increase recycling and make the services more affordable, has included advice on how to sort recycling boxes to

make space in the new wheelie bins in its four-page leaflet and there is a new bin on display at the One Stop Shop at the Civic Centre in Keynsham. Residents can check which new rubbish container they have been allocated – either a 140-litre wheelie bin or a 140-litre resuable bag – by entering their address at uk/recycle or by calling Council Connect on 01225 39 40 00. People can apply for a larger bin via Council Connect if their

household includes two or more children in nappies, contains six or more people or when there is a medical need for one. A welcome pack will also be delivered with the new bins or bags, which will include more information about the new collections, a 2017-18 collection calendar and Christmas collection information. Visit recycle or recycleforbathnes for further information.

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leading the work, said: “We’re lucky in Bath & North East Somerset to have some of the best shopping districts in the country, ranging from Bath’s world-renowned city centre, to our historic market towns and vibrant local high streets. “However, we also know that, with the ever-increasing use of online shopping, high streets

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Echo Bridge has more than an echo of singer-songwriter Gavin’s hometown

A Keynsham singer-songwriter is releasing his latest album this month – and its name will be familiar to everyone in his hometown. Echo Bridge by Gavin Osborne will be available from September 1 and name-checking the bypass bridge isn’t the only reference to Keynsham. The album begins with a track called Starzecs, which tells the story of the Starzec family who set up a cobbler’s business in Keynsham after escaping from Germany to the UK in the late 1930s. The business can still be found in the High Street today, of course, and the song, with its references to “chocolate town”, the county bridge and more, delighted a crowded bar in the Ship Inn at its first public performance during Keynsham Music Festival. With Gavin’s mix

of wit and pathos with a little bite, the song is also a comment on the plight of immigrants at any period in history. The title track reminisces about a teenage love affair, including a rendezvous under Echo Bridge, while I Am A European is less personal and much more political. The album was recorded with Keynsham’s Johnny Hare over the early summer and during Gavin’s Australian tour, during which he performed a five-night stint at the Melbourne Festival of Comedy. It has a Bristol release preview at the Cube Cinema on Friday, September 8, with more to follow nationwide – details will be published on the Keynsham Music Festival Facebook page. Echo Bridge should be available from Longwell Records in September.

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Show panto club your star quality Keynsham and Saltford residents are being urged to let their inner performer out at auditions for a classic pantomime. Saltford Panto Club is looking for people of all ages to join its production of Dick Whittington: Saviour of Old London Town, which will be staged from January 31 to February 4 next year. The group is looking for actors, singers and dancers aged from 10 and up as well as people to join the backstage crew, to support those on stage as a prompt and an assistant director. Auditions will be held at Saltford Hall on Sunday, September 10, from 2pm and Panto Club chair Louise Smee said no experience is necessary, just enthusiasm. She added: “Being on stage is great for developing confidence

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attended the Connecting Communities meeting in July to give a short presentation of the crime figures. In comparison to last year they looked very similar if you consider the population growth, new housing and the resulting additional residents. With the reduction in policing levels this is as good as we could have hoped for. We are still looking to get another member of staff in the office to help and I will update you on that as soon as I have some positive information. What a difference a year makes – the start of September brings the new Year 7s into our senior schools. This is a great time to remind you and them alike of their responsibilities as they progress though the education system.

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Broadlands celebrates ‘real breadth of success’ as students receive results Broadlands Academy is again celebrating a “fantastic” set of GCSE results. In a year that has seen new exam courses for many GCSEs and the introduction of the new grading system of 1 to 9, staff at the academy said they were delighted that a greater number of students than the national average achieved the new 9 grade (above an A* standard) in both English and maths. In addition, 10 per cent of students achieved more than eight GCSEs at a grade A or higher. Special congratulations were in order for Samuel Pollard, who achieved an incredible six A*s and three grade 9s – one of only 2,000 students in the country to do so. Meanwhile, Katherine Edgar earned six A*s and two grade 9s and sisters Kelsey and Kristina Lloyd achieved

an outstanding 18 As and A*s between them. Every student who studied Triple Science achieved above a C grade, with more than half achieving the highest grades of As and A*s. There was continued success in English, with more than three-quarters of students achieving or exceeding the new grade 4 benchmark. Success in the core subjects at Broadlands was matched with impressive achievements in subjects such as music. A challenging course nationally, more than 80 per cent achieved a C grade or above with 40 per cent of these at a grade A. James Hall, the principal at Broadlands Academy, said: “Congratulations to all the students and staff at Broadlands and I know everyone has worked extremely hard for these results.

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Delight as pupils go on to ‘pursue their ambitions’ Every Year 13 student who applied for university had their places confirmed on A-level results day, Wellsway School announced. The 2017 students had all made significant progress from their Year 12 AS exams, in keeping with the sixthform’s tradition of excellent achievement, said the school. Principal Matthew Woodville said: “We are delighted with the achievements of our sixth-form students. These results mean that this talented group of young people will go on to pursue their ambitions in the work place, at universities and colleges, or in apprenticeships and other training courses. We wish them every success for the future.” Outstanding individual successes at A level or their Level 3 equivalent included: James Kay (4 A* grades), Holly Bainbridge (3 A*s and 1 A), Will Singleton (3 A*s), Harry Roach (2 A*s and 2 As), Jazz Hennessey, Harriet Prescott and Callum Nicholls (2 A*s and 1 A), Laura Durant (1 A* and 2 As), Jess Crabbe (3 As), Tara Holloway (1 A* and a triple Distinction*), Imogen

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Bragg, Ruby Britton, Sofia Damon, Liberty Groves, Tiegen Millen and Isobel Taylor (triple Distinction*s). A special mention must also go to Andrew Dubois, who achieved an A* in his A-level maths despite only being in Year 10. Mr Woodville added: “We are proud of all of our students and feel honoured to have had this Year 13 group learning with us, as individuals and collectively. We look forward to hearing of their further successes and achievements in the future.”

Sir Bernard Lovell Academy is celebrating hugely improved GCSE results this year. The proportion of students with a grade 4 or above in maths and English is up 15 percentage points on 2016 at 63 per cent – even though the new GCSEs are significantly more demanding. On the old measure of at least five A*-C grades including English and maths, the school’s figure is up 13 percentage points at 58 per cent. The academy in Oldland

Common is particularly pleased with the performance in English, while the number of 9 grades – the top mark under the new system – in maths was significantly higher than the national figure. Students who performed well included: Thomas Hill (five A*s, two As, one 9, one 8, one 7); Lewis Lee (three A*s, three As, two 9s, one 7) Jacob Dent (four A*s, one A, one B, one 9, one 8, one 6); and Jasmin Leaworthy (three A*s, two As, one B, one 9, one 7, one 6).

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A level and GCSE results success STEMs from hard work by talented students Almost two-thirds of this year’s A-level students at Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy achieved passes of A*-C with 30 per cent at A* or A. Based in Stoke Gifford, BTE Academy is a university technical college (UTC), which focuses on the so-called STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Over half (52 per cent) of all A-level grades at BTE Academy in maths or further maths were at A* or A while 76 per cent of grades in maths and science were A*-C, with a 100 per cent pass rate. Meanwhile 76 per cent of engineering grades were at Distinction* or Distinction, with 14 students achieving the maximum marks across all units. Individual successes included Harry Dyte from Kingswood, who earned an A* in biology,

Every BTE A-level student who applied for university got a place on their first choice course after results day in August A in physics, A in chemistry, A in maths, and a Distinction* in environmental sustainability, and who is now going on to study natural sciences at Exeter University. Tristan Russell, from Longwell Green, is now off to the University of Bath to study maths and physics after receiving an A*

in maths, an A* in physics and an A in further maths. He said: “When I came to BTE I never expected that I could achieve A*s at A level and my grades have really improved across the board. The teachers are brilliant and ensure that everyone enjoys lessons, and all the science equipment is state of the art.”

Rhian Priest, principal at BTE Academy, said: “I am incredibly proud of our Year 13 students, many of whom are among our first four-year cohort. “There are some wonderful individual successes which are richly deserved. Every single university applicant has gained their first choice place with a significant number taking up their first choice apprenticeship. “This group of young people and their teachers are the most conscientious and talented I have ever had the privilege to work with.” Ms Priest also congratulated the academy’s GCSE students, 61 per cent of whom achieved a 4 or above in English and maths, while in physics 23 per cent got either an A* or A and in maths 20 per cent achieved a 7 or above.


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Redmaids’ sees five go to Oxbridge!

Maths Club is back for a new school year A maths club for children in Years 5 and 6 living in Keynsham will restart this month. Maths Club at 67 is based at Community at 67 in Queens Road and is an opportunity to work with youngsters from other schools while learning about the relevance of maths to life outside the classroom. The sessions also cover

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Redmaids’ High School is celebrating the success of its Year 13 students’ A level and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results, including a total of five girls who are heading off to Oxford or Cambridge. Lily Bickers, who gained three A*s and an A, and Isla Waring, who gained 43 points in the IB Diploma, are off to Cambridge. Starting at Oxford are Romilly Leech, also an IB student with 38 points, and Georgia Watts and Tilly Guthrie, who gained three A*s, and an A*AA respectively at A level. As well as these successes, students are going off to study a diverse range of subjects at top UK and overseas universities, starting the next exciting chapter in their lives. • Christie-Carol Beauchamp, A*AAB, is going to LSE to study economics • Georgia Scott, who got straight A*s, is going to Manchester to study philosophy and criminology • Lily Huang, who got A*BB, is starting a film practice course at the University of Arts London • Rosanna Boxall, ABB, is heading to Birmingham to study biological sciences • Isabella Harrison-Wan got A*AA to secure her place at the University of Bath to study psychology • Eleni Psarros is reading geography at Edinburgh after gaining 37 points in the IB Headmistress Isabel Tobias

said: “I am delighted for our girls who have done tremendously well today. It is testament to their individual hard work and the wonderful, supportive relationships with their teachers, who have been equally excited to see them opening their envelopes this morning.� A week later, Redmaids’ High celebrated an outstanding set of GCSE results awarded to students across both former schools – Redmaids’ and Redland High. A total of 32 Year 11 girls gained all A*/A grades, nearly half of whom (15) achieved straight A*s. Furthermore, 22 Year 10 girls took their maths IGCSE a year early with 86 per cent receiving the top A* grade and 100 per cent gaining A*/A. More STEM success came through biology, physics and chemistry where 58 per cent of all grades were at the top A* grade.

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n EDUCATION Creativity at heart of learning At a time when many schools are marginalising the performing arts and other creative subjects for gains in maths and English, the pupils and teaching staff at The Royal High Junior School were delighted to be named as a finalist in the prestigious Times Educational Supplement Schools Awards Creative School of the Year category. This award recognises the school’s ability to provide both academic excellence and creative opportunities for all of their pupils. Their passion for exploration, discovery, challenge and creativity is at the heart of the learning experience and is not happening by chance. Head teacher Heidi Hughes said: “I ensure that pupils feel empowered, and that they develop into competent and knowledgeable students, as well as being able to communicate and learn in a multitude of creative ways. “We nurture pupils’ love of learning beyond the subject,

develop independent thinking and the skills of enquiry-based learning, while fostering an understanding of the world, citizenship and collective responsibility.” As Charles Clarke stated in the foreword of the DFeS 2003 Primary Strategy; Excellence and Enjoyment: “Enjoyment is the birthright of every child. What makes good primary education great is the fusion of excellence and enjoyment.” Be it on stage, at the art easel, playing an instrument or building Arctic igloos, Celtic huts or sculptures collaboratively for the grounds, the drive is to spark the imagination of the girls. “We were delighted to be rated as excellent in terms of pupils’ academic achievements and personal development in our recent ISI inspection,” Ms Hughes said. “This shows the arts can lead your curriculum, enhance pupil outcomes and a lifelong love of learning.”


Hundreds triumph at sixth form centre Feelings of anticipation turned to triumph as more than 600 students at the area’s largest sixth form collected their A-level results last month. This year St Brendan’s Sixth Form College celebrated an A-level pass rate of 97 per cent, with 23 out of its 47 courses boasting a 100 per cent pass rate. The college moved many of its A levels to the new, more rigorous linear format this year and principal Michael Jaffrain said: “Our results are outstanding and highlight the brilliant quality in teaching at St Brendan’s. “Here at the college we have subject experts teaching our students and their hard work and dedication has transpired in our first set of linear results.” Among St Brendan’s star performers are Ana Marchant, above centre, and Mohammad Kordzanganeh, who are both

off to Oxford to study English language and literature and physics respectively. Among those taking up apprenticeships with top firms is Mason Bean, who is looking forward to starting on the Deloitte BrightStart programme for Financial Services. Meanwhile, straight-A student Tommy Matthews is taking two years out to train to be part of the England Olympic rock climbing team in 2020.

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Academy closer to ‘outstanding’ goal

It is exciting times at Hanham Woods Academy as it continues to grow in both size and reputation, under the leadership of principal Steve Kneller, his strong leadership team and with the support of Cabot Learning Federation. A spokesperson said: “The renewed focus on academic excellence where students are both challenged and supported to achieve great things has resulted in students having new experiences and achieving in areas they did not think was possible. Professional guidance to help career choices has seen aspirations raised proving great preparation for our young people for their lives in the future. “The well established ‘House’ system encourages teamwork and leadership skills while providing greater resources to

support the most vulnerable young people especially around issues relating to mental health. “Cabot Learning Federation has provided leaders and aspiring leaders with professional development opportunities as well as investing financially to improve energy efficiency across the site and other significant projects. External reviews held have also been really positive.” The academy said it was proud of all students and their performance in this year’s exams, with individual successes including: Elizabeth Brittan (grade 8 in English and maths, one A* and 3 As); Abbi Crane (grade 8 in English and maths and 4 As); Ryan Everett (9 in maths, 8 in English, 2 A*s and 3 As); Harry Farrell (9 in maths, 8 in English, 2 A*s and 3 As); Oliver Packer (8 in English

Louis Theobald, Harry Farrell, Georgina Moore, Beth Brittan, Abbi Crane, Oscar Bartlett, Dan Avent, Ruby Josham and Jade Reeves on GCSE results day and maths, 5 A*s and an A); Louis Theobald (9 in maths and English, 2 A*s and 3 As). Mr Kneller, principal, said: “The past year has seen HWA move forward on its journey to becoming an outstanding academy. We have a strong and committed team in place and seeing the students celebrating with their peers and staff makes me feel emotional and proud.” Students in the CLF Post 16, the joint sixth form of the academies in the Cabot Learning Federation, have achieved the

best results ever, representing a real step-change improvement from last year. One in five entries achieved A*-A grades, with two-thirds of all A-level entries being graded A*- C. Kath Cooper, the principal of CLF Post 16, said: “I am overjoyed to be able to share such stunning results with a fantastic cohort of students. The support that students receive is first class, both academically and pastorally, and today is a very proud recognition of the success the Post 16 has become.”

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Principal Debbie Gibbs with Rimsha Zafar, who will study pharmacy at the University of Reading, and her mum Samina

First results ‘place IKB on the map’ IKB Academy in Keynsham is celebrating a hugely successful first set of A-level results. The school is delighted that students have achieved highly in both the academic and vocational qualifications across the full range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subject areas. IKB students achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in all the A-level science subjects and a 100 per cent pass rate in the Level 3 Btec Engineering qualification, where almost 50 per cent of students gained a double Distinction * (equivalent to two A* grades at A level). A-level product design also saw a 100 per cent pass rate. A total of 79 per cent of students gained at least one top grade (A* or A or equivalent) and impressively 58 per cent gained at least two of these top grades. Principal Debbie Gibbs said: “These results firmly place IKB on the map as a learning institution where excellence in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths can be achieved. “Most importantly these results give our students the opportunity to follow their dreams to study at university and on high quality apprenticeships. We have students leaving to study in the fields of aeronautical, motorsport, and design engineering as well as the more traditional subjects such

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as mechanical engineering and economics. “Some of our most successful students have gained places on the most competitive higher and degree apprenticeships in areas of engineering, computing and finance. “This has been our first group of students and we will miss them, but know that the results they have gained at IKB along with their work placement experiences have secured them fantastic university places, apprenticeships and jobs and will equip them well for the next stage of their lives. We wish them all the very best of luck.” The following week there was more to celebrate as IKB received its first set of GCSE results, revealing a 100 per cent pass rate in all GCSEs and Btecs. All students gained at least one grade at a B or above in their GCSEs and Btecs and 67 per cent of students achieved at least one A grade or above. Initial figures also give IKB a positive Progress 8 result – the way the Government compares schools’ performances. Principal Debbie Gibbs said: “You only get results like this from excellent teaching, motivated students and supportive parents, something we are proud of here at IKB.” There are still places available in the sixth form at IKB, so students and families are invited to contact the school or drop in to discuss option choices.

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A wild week – whatever the weather! “Never let the weather stop the adventure” – a very fitting motto for the Scouts of 1st Keynsham who spent a whole week in the Cotswolds under canvas. The first night saw the heavens open even before any tents were up, save a catering tent. Being Scouts, they simply found a dry spot and, despite a stream running through it due to a blocked rainwater gulley, made a raised bed using tables on which to spend the night. Let the adventure begin! Day Two Tents erected, fires burning, breakfast cooked and then the arrival of the older Cubs who are due to become Scouts soon – bring on the archery, air rifles and fencing, plus a little car mechanics. Day Three Bring on the sunshine, pioneering challenges, kiln building, bouldering, crafts and, of course, cooking on fires. On the menu today was paella. Day Four saw the Cubs up

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Keynsham Explorer Scouts trekked into the mountainous terrain in north Norway

Explorers chill out in the Arctic Keynsham Explorer Scout unit were once again off on their adventures and summer 2017 has seen them venturing to the north of Norway into the Arctic Circle. When you think of the Arctic Circle you might think of freezing temperatures and dark nights – well, our group of intrepid explorers found things a little different. Average daytime temperature was 22 degrees and it never seemed to get dark. They set off on a three-day trek into the wilderness late in the afternoon and didn’t stop walking until midnight, when it seemed like an early September evening. Some leaders even resorted to blindfolds to help block out the light! This expedition truly was Adventure with a capital “A”. Carrying tents and all personal items for two weeks, the Explorer Scouts flew to Bodo and then hiked off into the mountainous

terrain using DNT huts as a marker. They cooked their own food, which they purchased locally as they went. A visit to the Artic Centre meant that next stop could only be Svalbard to the north and the North Pole, Russia a few miles to the east and slightly south was Sweden. Not content with seeing the mountains and glaciers from a distance, the unit went white water rafting over the border in Sweden, glacier walking near Bodo, paddle boarding for 14km on a river into Trondheim and even swimming in a lake that had ice at the edges. They even found time for a little sightseeing and shopping, although things were expensive. KESU demonstrated with this expedition what it is to challenge yourself, be prepared to do things that you have never done and how with teamwork and friendship you can really

Cooking up success Keynsham Scout Group and Keynsham Explorer Scouts continue to demonstrate how they lead the way to bring adventure and great success to young people in our community. Are you over 18? Do you fancy volunteering to help lead the way in the future? If so, the Scouts would love to hear from you. Simply email to start the ball rolling. No experience required, simply a desire to provide adventurous activities to young people aged from eight to 18.

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Much-loved Moomins join festival at Space Youngsters in Keynsham are invited on a magical journey into Moominvalley when the Bath Children’s Literature Festival comes to town next month. The popular characters from the Moomins will be visiting The Space for two special shows on Saturday, October 7, as part of the annual celebration of writing for young people. The interactive play is performed against an ingenious pop-up book backdrop, features original music and puppetry and is described as “unique participatory storytelling”. The Moomins Michief show is aimed at ages four to seven and will take place from 11am to noon and 12.45pm to 1.45pm in The Space, above the library at Market Walk. Tickets, priced £5, are available online at http:// or call Bath Box Office on 01225 463362.

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Fete a golden opportunity to get together A Keynsham homecare provider invited clients, families and members of the public to join them at their sunny summer fete last month. Goldcare Professionals hosted the event in the courtyard outside their Temple Court premises on August 22, providing music, refreshments, a raffle – and plenty of homemade cake, to go with a glass of prosecco. As well as a chance for Keynsham residents to socialise, the event was also organised in support of the Alzheimer’s Society. Goldcare owner Julie Michalak’s friend Sharon Lock had previously held a dressdown day and cake sale at work at iTec in Whitchurch, raising £300. Added to proceeds from the summer fete, Goldcare Professionals has now donated just under £700 to the Alzheimer’s Society. A donation of £50 towards the total came from the team at

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LETTERS Record turnout for legion cream teas On behalf of the Royal British Legion Women’s Section, Keynsham Branch, I would like to thank all those who braved the terrible weather to support our cream tea afternoon on Wednesday, August 9. We were certainly kept on our toes all afternoon with a record turnout and managed to raise £442.48 for the Poppy Appeal. A big thank you also to Tesco Keynsham, which donated items for use during the event, Total Produce of Bristol for the beautiful fruit basket used as a raffle prize, the Baker’s Corner, Kingswood, which made the delicious scones, and last but not least Keynshamvoice for advertising the event. Thank you all once again for your generosity. Betty Dixon Secretary RBLWS Keynsham Branch

No direct links for growing population How thrilled I was to hear that Bath and North East Somerset Council jointly with Bristol City Council have been awarded £5 million for road improvements up to and through Keynsham Bypass. This will make it so much better for the X39 bus to get from Bristol to Bath – while leaving the ever-increasing population of Keynsham and its newly installed central bus stops with no direct link through the town from Bristol to Bath and Bath to Bristol, especially in the evenings. Not everyone works from nine till five. I would hope that Bath and North East Somerset Council is standing up for its council tax payers on this issue! Linda Shipp Keynsham resident

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Pack a box for our Christmas appeal Every year the members of St Keyna TG in Keynsham pack shoeboxes to send to children in Eastern Europe. We like to involve the wider community and last year with the help of your readers we were able to send 97 boxes. We are looking for people who are willing to pack a box and also for anyone willing to knit hats, mittens and glove puppets for our boxes – I can provide patterns. If you would like to get involved then please contact Julia Mealing on 0117 9869422 or by email at gertlush56@ Julia Mealing

n NEWS Council warns over iTunes voucher scam People are being warned to beware of fraudsters demanding payments in the form of iTunes vouchers, after a woman in Bath was conned out of £500. Bath and North East Somerset Council is highlighting the latest scam in which the victim receives a phone call and is panicked into making a payment for a fake bill or other services by purchasing iTunes gift cards from the nearest retailer. The caller then asks for the 16-digit codes on the vouchers, which can then be easily redeemed by the scammers. Councillor Bob Goodman said: “iTunes Gift Cards can only be used to purchase goods and services on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store or for an Apple Music membership. If you’re approached to use the cards for payment elsewhere you could very likely be the target of a scam and should immediately report it.” Contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

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Group has anniversaries down to fine art By Ros Anstey Compton Dando Art Group has celebrated its 12th birthday. The group meets regularly to learn new skills at demonstrations by guest artists and celebrated the anniversary with a birthday lunch at the Compton Inn. Speaking at the celebration, organiser Sonia Priest said the aim was inspire members with visiting artists who paint varied subjects in a range of mediums. Recent guest artist Tim Wilmot’s demonstration went down a treat with the group, said Mrs Priest. She added: “Tim specialises in vibrant watercolours, exploiting the medium with tone and light, and gave a very inspiring demonstration. He had thought it would be nice to paint outside the village hall, but English weather is not predictable and I suggested maybe inside would be more practical. “He photographed the Compton Inn and the road beyond, then proceeded with a pencil drawing, followed by a painting. “He is a loose painter, in the style of Edward Wesson. He was interesting and I am sure inspired the group with his work.” The next open demo is taking place on Wednesday, September 25, at Compton Dando village hall with guest artist Tony Hogan. Mrs Priest said: “Tony is based in Cornwall and he will be painting a coastal scene in acrylics. Tony is a well known

artist and he runs painting holidays. He has a very relaxed way of teaching and his paintings of Cornwall are inspiring, showing the beautiful Cornish coast and countryside.” Doors will open at 9.45am for a 10am start. The entrance fee for guests is £4, which can be paid at the door. For further information about the art group, call Mrs Priest on 01761 490551.

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Members of the society have enjoyed visits to several places of interest recently. On a hot day in early July the destination was Bristol docks, where society member and M Shed volunteer Alan Salter had arranged a range of experiences for those with a head for heights and liking for boat rides. The group were lifted to the cab of one of the dockside cranes, where Alan demonstrated his crane-driving skills, had a cruise down to the Cumberland Basin on the old fire-boat Pyronaut, which showed the range of its jets for us, and finally were given a fascinating tour of the storage areas of the M Shed museum. This holds a vast stock of artefacts large and small relating to domestic and industrial life in Bristol over the last 200 years. A fortnight later, by way of a complete contrast, the society was able to arrange a tour of Badminton House, home of the Dukes of Beaufort. With a most knowledgeable guide, we visited many of the grand rooms of the house, including the hall where the game of badminton was first devised and played. The group also saw the south gardens and a very good afternoon was rounded off with tea.

The view over Bristol Docks from a crane by M Shed, left; society members on the Pyronaut, right

Keynsham Gas Works

Today we are used to manufacturing and production being concentrated in large and efficient plants, but a century ago this was not the case. An example is the manufacture of gas. Keynsham had its own gas company with the works on Dapps Hill, below the then workhouse.

Badminton House, left; the Pyronaut demonstrates its firefighting jets in Cumberland Basin, right While gas lighting was introduced in large towns and cities by 1830, smaller places had to wait for a combination of economics and the

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PEN TO PAPER with Keynsham Creative Writers

I Haven’t Met You Yet I haven’t met you yet I don’t know when I will I’ve been told you wait for me I don’t know who you are Or what you look like Where you live or anything Do you live in my home land Or a country far away All I know is that you are waiting How long will you wait days weeks years So many questions I ask of you Can you hear me Sometimes I think you come to me When in dreamland I travel Where I go I cannot tell Distant lands times unknown Tell me do you wait there Joan Saunders

The council paid the company to provide the street lighting and levied a “lighting rate” to raise the income. By 1891 the town had 51 street lamps, some of which still exist in the Dapps Hill area. Shortly afterwards, in 1892, all the street lighting was converted to electric power, but demand for gas for heating and lighting in private houses continued to grow. In 1921 the Keynsham Gas Company raised funds for the reconstruction of the plant, mains, services and meters, but its days were numbered. The coming of the new Fry’s factory in 1923 required

the supply of far more gas than could ever be supplied from the Keynsham site so a new main was laid from Bristol and the Bristol Gas Company bought out the local concern in 1928, closing it soon afterwards. There are few photographs that show the two Keynsham gasholders, perhaps the most distinctive structure of any Victorian gas works, but they can be seen on the left of the image above. In the centre is the manager’s house and to the right is the retort house. The chimney from the furnace that burned the coal can be seen behind.

Keynsham Gas Works, Dapps Hill

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n NEWS Pub quizzers present charity with £600 gift By Ros Anstey A charity that supports people living with Parkinson’s across Bath, Keynsham and beyond has received a welcome gift from local pub quiz teams. Money raised from the Compton Inn’s monthly quiz nights was added to quiz team member Rachael Daubney’s personal fundraising total to make a donation of £600 for Parkinson’s UK Bath and District Branch. John Saunders, the branch’s vice chairman, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to Rachael Daubney and the Compton Inn quiz team for their wonderful donation of £600. “This money will go to helping our members and their carers make their lives a little happier with coffee mornings, cream teas, pub lunches and day trips. “This gives them a good support group, full of information and guidance. “It is lovely hearing them

supporting each other and hearing laughter. “The Parkinson’s UK Bath and District branch runs seven coffee mornings at Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Keynsham, Shepton Mallet, Paulton, Frome and Gurney Slade. “We also run weekly indoor bowls at Paulton, weekly exercises at Frome Medical Centre plus fortnightly classes in Bath and monthly classes at Odd Down. “As you can see we could not run all this without people like the wonderful people of Compton Dando.” The pub’s quiz nights have benefited a number of good causes and Sharon Silver, from the Compton Inn, said: “Our quiz nights are very popular, and last year we raised £2,500.” If anyone would like to find out more about local Parkinson’s UK support groups, contact Mr Saunders on 01761 432452.

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Let experts value hidden treasures

Keynsham residents are invited to bring any hidden treasures for expert valuation at the Roman Baths next month. Bonhams is donating all valuation fees raised on Monday, October 2, to the Archway Project, which aims to convert Victorian buildings in the city into a new Roman Baths Clore Learning Centre. People living across the area can bring smaller items such as antiques, jewellery, watches and pictures to be valued on the day. For larger items, visitors can bring an image to show the experts. Valuation charges will be £3 for the first item and £1 for each subsequent item up to a maximum of five. Patrick Toynbee, from Bonhams, said: “We are delighted to support the Roman Baths Foundation and the

Archway Project by raising funds through a valuation day. “We look forward to meeting new customers and there’s always the chance of exciting new discoveries, from ancient Chinese jades through to modern paintings; one can never tell what will appear on the day.” The valuation day will run from 10am to 2pm and no appointment is necessary. The Archway Project will provide two new learning spaces above the former spa laundry in Swallow Street and will be connected to the Roman Baths by an undercroft that passes through Roman remains beneath York Street. For more information about the Archway Project, visit www. Contact Rebecca Gibson on 01225 477722 with any inquiries about the valuation day. 0117 904 0458 / 07814 950185

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AUTUMN AT THE SPACE with Keynsham Arts Consortium The autumn period sees some special shows lined up for performance in Keynsham.


The venue’s first ever professional stand-up comedy show takes place on Friday, September 1, first when comedian Andy Askins, well-known on the national circuit, brings a show to Keynsham, which will hopefully be the first of regular sessions to be held at The Space.

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Internationally acclaimed performance poet and writer Lemn Sissay will be performing his piece Something Dark in The Space on September 22 as part of just a 15-show UK tour. Since Something Dark is now on the A level English literature syllabus, this

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show holds particular relevance and opportunity to those who may be studying it. The play’s focus is on the upbringing of a citizen with Ethiopian origins through foster parents and care institutions. It is both moving and illuminating. Another big “first” for Keynsham, with The Space becoming a venue now featuring on listings all over the country. Something Dark is almost sold out at the time of writing, and remaining tickets can be purchased through Keynsham Tickets at keynshamtickets.


An evening of country-tinged Americana on October 20. The popular Phoenix River Band appear in concert with support from The Wild West County Duo. An area of music often said to be neglected in Keynsham will be presented in full force at The Space. Another show not to be missed. Full details and tickets available from Keynsham Tickets.


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Bristol hospital is a site for sore eyes

It is estimated that over 3,000 people in Bristol are living with cataracts. Cataract is a condition that occurs when the lens of the eye changes and becomes less transparent, subsequently causing blurred vision for those experiencing it. The condition, which is 95 per cent age-related, is reported to affect 30 per cent of people 65 years or older. We often take for granted the clarity in which we experience life’s special moments; a grandchild’s first birthday, a daughter’s graduation or even just fully viewing the artistic wonders that nature provides. Spire Bristol Hospital understand this and are now pleased to announce that they will be offering a surgical treatment option at the South West’s largest private hospital right here in Bristol. The team behind Spire Bristol Hospital’s new eye service will consist of three consultant ophthalmologists who each have

a wealth of knowledge within eye care. Mr Mo Majid, Mr Rafik Girgis and Mr Philip Jaycock will together be launching cataract surgery at Spire Bristol Hospital. We spoke to Mr Majid to give us an insight into who might benefit from cataract surgery. “Cataract is a common and very much gradual condition that worsens over time. The speed at which the severity of blurred vision increases varies from individual to individual and unfortunately there are no medications, eye drops, or dietary supplements that have been proven to reverse cataracts.” Traditionally people with

cataracts are required to wait until they have significant sight loss before any treatment starts. This can significantly impact on their daily lives. The introduction of a private cataract service at Spire Bristol Hospital now gives patients with cataracts the option to seek eye care at any stage. “With some of the new and most advanced technology available at the Spire, we can advise on many treatment options. We will also be able to offer some of the most advanced lenses available today, including Premium corrective lenses to correct distance, astigmatic and reading vision. If immediate treatment isn’t deemed necessary

or a patient would like to wait before having surgery, there are some additional measures that may also be helpful. We are very excited about the new service at Spire Bristol,” concluded Mr Majid All three Spire Bristol consultants will be holding a free Cataracts and Blurry Vision Patient Information Evening for anyone who may be suffering from cataracts or wishing to find out more information around the surgical treatment. The evening is designed to allow you the opportunity to directly ask the experts the questions that you do not have answers to. The event will be held at Spire Bristol Hospital, Durdham Down on Tuesday, September 26, at 7pm. The evening will last approximately just over an hour. To book onto this event, please visit our website or call our patient treatment advisers on 0117 980 4080 or email info@

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OUT AND ABOUT with Keynsham Walkers Are Welcome


t's been a busy month for the Keynsham Walkers are Welcome group, with two walks of varying difficulty level available. The first, on Sunday, August 6, for the serious walker was the 10-mile circular walk around Kelston Roundhill, starting and finishing in Keynsham. With ideal conditions, 13 hardy souls set off from the Memorial Park cafe, heading along the River Avon, picking up a couple more walkers at Swineford. We took the easiest of the three options, via North Stoke, with just a steady climb to the top. We were blessed with superb views of all the surrounding countryside, before heading down through Kelston itself, and on to the Bird in Hand. Because of the lovely weather, we stayed longer than intended, in what turned out to be a very social refreshment stop, helped by the good service from the staff. We walked the last three miles at an easy pace, arriving

Enjoying the view – and a rest – on Kelston Roundhill, left; walking in Stockwood Vale, right back in Keynsham just before 4pm. The second walk of the month, on August 20, was a much more leisurely affair. Because of the clay pigeon shoot in the valley, this walk around the Stockwood Vale had to be re-routed, which resulted, unfortunately, in more road walking than intended. Almost 20 walkers took part in this

gentle stroll, most stopping for welcoming refreshments at the Memorial Park cafe at the finish.

Date for the diary

Sunday, September 17 10am from the Memorial Park Cafe A three to four-mile walk in conjunction with Keynsham in Bloom, following the very popular Bike Trail – all welcome.

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Our Goodafternoon Choirs are now BACK SINGING after the Summer Break at KEYNSHAM

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at St Mary’s Church


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leader Sian Walters

leader Ben England

leader Ben England

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Come along from 2-4pm at each venue to meet us There are also Good Afternoon Choirs in DEVIZES, BATH and (soon to start) FROME & MALMESBURY WELLS and TAUNTON


Music Man Grenville Jones leads The Good Afternoon Choir Project

Telephone: 01761 472468

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n NEWS A group of teenagers have been hailed a “true inspiration” after organising a summer fete for the members of a local charity and raising hundreds of pounds in the process. Keynsham and District Mencap Society 18+ Club and Juniors Club volunteer Molly Hale, 16, and fellow student volunteers made the most of their summer break, rallying local businesses to support the event and arranging entertainment and activities. The fete, held at Scout HQ in Ashton Way on August 5, included a raffle and tombola with prizes donated by a range of local firms, music from society ambassador and resident DJ Barry Hollyman, a range of stalls and an array of homemade cakes, raising £500 for the society’s activities and clubs. Mencap fundraiser Amanda Leonard said: “Molly and her friends demonstrated hard work and dedication with the organising of this fete. We are completely self-funded, therefore we do rely heavily on the backing of our supporters whether it’s local businesses, volunteers, staff and members and their families. The enthusiasm of everyone involved bolsters the fact that what we are doing for the community is supported.” Keynsham Mencap chair Lisa O’Brien added: “A massive thank



Teenagers use their break to bring in the funds for charity Keynsham Mencap Society members helped run the stalls at the charity’s summer fete you to Molly, Leah, Jemima, Alysha and all their friends who organised and ran the event. At a time when young people are so frequently demonised for their behaviour, it was fantastic to see so many give their time and energy to raise over £500 for the society.” Molly, who sat her GCSEs before the summer break, is a keen fundraiser, having taken part in sponsored runs for Cancer Research UK, for a local child with additional needs and table top sales for the children’s ward at the RUH. She said: “Thank you to everyone who helped on the day and came along to support us, it was a really good day.”

Local businesses that supported the day included Sportscene, The Lounge Barbers, Bonzo Lounge, G&D Free, 73 Degrees Bicycle Shop, Kodak, Bath Ink and Toner, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Stone Roses Florist, Pomegranate, Keynsham Fish Bar, Keith’s Barbers, The Entertainer, Greggs, Blades, Keynsham Leisure Centre and Reflections Hair Salon, which

all generously donated raffle prizes. Keynsham Mencap has a major fundraising event coming up this month when members and supporters enjoy a day out on the Bristol to Bath cycle path, taking part in a mass sponsored walk and cycle. Fundraisers will meet from 10.30am on September 17 at the Bird in Hand in Saltford before setting off to reach their own goals along the scenic route and then meeting back at the pub at 12.30pm for a buffet lunch. Anyone who wants to take part can email amanda@ for more information. For more about Keynsham Mencap’s activities and how to get involved, visit or email info@keynshammencap.


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n WHAT’S ON September 1

n Comedy night at The Space, Keynsham, 7.30-10.30pm. A fantastic bill of TV comedians hosted by Smiley Spaces Comedy. Theatre-style seating with licensed pop-up bar. Full details at www. or email info@

September 2

n Crafty Coffee Morning, 10am12.30pm in the Parish Hall beside St John’s Church, Keynsham. New craft tables, gifts, cards, pottery, buttons, jewellery, homemade cakes, books and bric-a-brac. Please come and support. Details from the Parish Office on 0117 986 3354.


to visitors from 2pm. A working party from the Bristol History and Archaeological Society will be on site and anyone who wishes to help is more than welcome. Just turn up! For further information, email

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n Enjoy company and a chat over a cuppa and a cake at Saltford Hall’s Sunday Afternoon Tea, 2-4pm. Every first Sunday of the month. More details from Julia Chandler on 0117 983 7825. n Bath Vintage Brass performs at the Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park, 3-4.15pm.

n Bubble Rush comes to Somerdale Pavilion in aid of Children’s Hospice South West. Family fun run around a 2.5k or 5k course where participants get covered in brightly coloured bubbles. Waves set off at noon, 1pm and 2pm, visit uk/bubble

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n Keynsham Abbey will be open

n Keynsham councillor and former

n Saltford Ladies’ Gardening Club meets at Saltford Hall (Wansdyke Room) at 10am on the first Tuesday of the month. The speaker is Mr J Billings on A Riot of Autumn Colour. New members welcome. For details, call Jenny on 0117 986 8331.

Keynsham - The Space Are you in need of a modern venue for a corporate meeting, class or a film screening in Keynsham? The Space could be your ideal location as It boasts electric raked seating with a capacity of 150 people, a modern screen and digital projector. The room can be set up for a concert or in a traditional corporate style. In the past there has been eclectic mix of events including festivals, family gatherings, company meetings, and exhibitions. It is centrally located above the Keynsham library with its own entrance and includes an easy distance to the train station and nearby parking. If you are interested in attending local events check out the community boards outside The Space.

If you would like further information about hiring the venue or other venues in Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton contact: Sara Brooks at 01225 477442

B&NES chairman Alan Hale shares stories from his 31 years as a police officer, 36 years as a member of Keynsham Lions Club, his more recent leadership of Keynsham Foodbank and Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance as well as his 10 years with the council. Keynsham Baptist Church, tea and coffee from 7pm, talk 7.30pm, free, all welcome.

September 7

n Keynsham Film Works screens A United Kingdom (12A), based on the true story of the marriage of the king of Botswana to a London office worker, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. Doors at The Space, Keynsham, open at 7.15pm for 7.45pm start, bar available. Tickets £5 on the door for non-members, membership £30 for the 2017-18 season.

September 9

n Keynsham Farmers’ Market, 9am-1pm, at Market Walk. Local produce and crafts. Visit www. n Avon Wildlife Trust’s Keynsham Branch visits Bristol Downs with expert Richard Bland for “Summer into Autumn Trees”. For details, contact Liz on 0117 909 9667. n Free Nordic walking introductory session, 11.30am-12.15pm, which will give you an insight into how the poles can propel you along and work the body. Great for fitness and weight loss. Meet at Somerdale Pavilion. Fun and friendly. Call Helen to book on 07876 557500. n Summer fete at Kingfisher Lodge Care Centre in Saltford, 2.30pm, with the theme “Down on the Farm”. Fancy dress contest, games including a coconut shy and soak the farmer, stalls, cakes, gifts, face painting, barbecue, live music and more. In aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance.

September 10

n Loud Word hosts storytelling and crafts at the Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park, 1.304pm. n Auditions for Saltford Panto Club’s Dick Whittington: Saviour of Old London Town. Anyone aged 10 and over can try out for a part in the production, 2pm at Saltford Hall. The club needs actors, dancers, singers, backstage crew, a

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September 11

n Saltford Computer Cafe, Saltford Hall, 10am to noon. Improve your knowledge of PCs, tablets and smartphones and get help with tasks such as emails, Skype and internet browsing. £4 including tea/coffee and biscuits.

September 12

n St Keyna Townswomen’s Guild welcomes speaker Eric Miles for a talk on The Rise and Fall of Somerdale. The group meets at 9.45-11.45am at the Fear Hall, Keynsham High Street, every second Tuesday of the month and new members are welcome.

September 15

n Keynsham Table Tennis Club at Somerdale Pavilion, 6-8.30pm. Enjoy social table tennis every Friday evening, £3 for Somerdale members, £4 for non-members. Visit

September 16

n Keynsham Abbey will be open to visitors from 2pm. A working party from the Bristol History and Archaeological Society will be on site and anyone who wishes to help is more than welcome. Just turn up! For further information, email n Saltford Community Cinema screens Hidden Figures (PG) about a group of African-American women who were hired by NASA

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for their skills in mathematics in the 1960s. Screening at Saltford Hall, doors 6.45pm, screening 7.30pm. Bar and ice cream available. Tickets £5 on the door.

September 17

n Keynsham Walkers are Welcome host a three to four-mile walk with Keynsham in Bloom, following the Great Bike Trail, meet 10am at the Memorial Park Cafe. All welcome. n Keynsham and District Mencap’s sponsored cycle, walk or wheelchair push along the Bristol and Bath cycle path, meet 10.30am at the Bird in Hand, Saltford. Set your own distance and enjoy a buffet lunch afterwards. Email or call 0117 986 5659 to register. n St John’s Church Parish Hall hosts a School of Prayer Workshop, 4pm to 5.30pm, on the third Sunday of the month. This month’s theme is Thought Catching and the free session will include some teaching, practice and discussion as well as refreshments. No need to book, open to all.

September 21

n Chewton Keynsham Film Club screens Their Finest (12A) in the village church, doors 7pm for 7.30pm showing. BYO refreshments, parking available. Tickets £6.

September 22

n Lemn Sissay: Something Dark at The Space, 7.15pm. The acclaimed poet performs his one-man play, the story of his upbringing in care homes and foster care and the search for his family and identity, followed by a Q&A session. Tickets £14 from https://keynshamtickets. or 0117 986 8683. n Come and enjoy an innocent flutter at the races in Saltford Village Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm with the first of eight races at 8pm. Licensed bar available. For more details or opportunities to win, contact saltfordracenight@

September 23

n The Summerhouse Band performs at the Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park, 2.304.15pm.

September 24

n Antiques and Collectors’ Fair,



Saltford Hall, 10am to 3pm. Refreshments from the SCA cafe, admission £1. Call Mark on 07835 300965 for a table.

Bristol Road, Keynsham. Admission is free if you join the society or £4 for visitors. Numbers will be limited if necessary.

n Walking Rugby Festival at Somerdale Pavilion, 1-5pm, games at 2pm. Participation, exhibition and competitive games, barbecue, bars, inflatables, taster sessions in walking football, walking netball and walking badminton. Hosted by Bristol Walking Rugby Club and Bristol Walking Rugby Network.

n A new WI for Saltford. Come along and find out what WI can offer. Enjoy friendship, activities, talks outings and much more. We are looking forward to meeting you on the third Monday of the month at 10am in the Avon Room at Saltford Hall. Contact Maureen on 0117 937 4108.

September 30

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 World Textile Day West, Saltford Hall, 10am-4.30pm. Exhibition of woven, printed and embroidered textiles, presentation, show and tell, Fairtrade market, refreshments from the SCA cafe. Tickets £3 per session, £5 for both on the door. Visit

October 1

n Avon Wildlife Trust’s Keynsham Branch holds its annual river dipping event in Keynsham with chairman Dave Sage. Meet at Dapp’s Hill bridge at 2pm. All welcome, wellies advised! For details, contact Dave on 0117 940 7968. n Keynsham Light Opera Group performs at the Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park, 2.304pm.

October 3

n Saltford Ladies’ Gardening Club meets at Saltford Hall (Wansdyke Room) at 10am on the first Tuesday of the month. The speaker is Mrs Hazell on Classic, Rare and Unusual Bulbs. New members welcome. For details, call Jenny on 0117 986 8331.


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 & 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,

n Art class at 10am in the Fear Hall, Keynsham. New term begins on September 18. Small friendly group with experienced teacher. Call 07784 839781 for more information. n Beginners Hatha Yoga, Broadlands Academy, St Francis Road, Keynsham. 6pm (beginners for back, neck and shoulders), 6.55pm (beginners). Contact Sandhya for more info: or call 07789 880 415. n Kettlercise class with instructor Mike Spiring, Mendip Hall at Wellsway School, 8-9pm. Kettlebell supplied for first month, sessions £5. See

kettlercisekeynsham on Facebook or visit or call 07954 146851. n Short mat bowls. Learn to play with a really friendly mixed club at The Fear Hall, High Street Keynsham on Mondays, 1.30 to 4pm. September to May. Everyone welcome. Ring Alma on 0117 986 4014 or just turn up. n Keynsham Methodist Church Victoria Women’s Guild. We are a friendly group of older ladies who enjoy the fellowship of like-minded people, a relaxed programme of talks, fun, quizzes, and occasionally lunch or tea together. Our regular Monday afternoon meetings always finish with a welcome chat over a cup of tea. Any ladies who are interested will be warmly welcomed. The Fellowship Room, Key Centre, Victoria Centre, Keynsham Methodist Church. For details, call at the Church Office or phone 0117 914 9408. n Keynsham and District Lions Club meets the second Monday of every month, 7pm to 7.30pm at Saltford Hall. The group undertakes fundraising for various causes locally, nationally and internationally and supports community events. New members are welcome, Call 0117 9609446 or visit uk. n Key Voices, Keynsham’s friendly community singing group, meets at St Dunstan’s Church, Bristol Road. New members welcome, rehearsals start at 7.30pm, £4.50 per session. Choir leader Ben Collings is an ex-music student Turn to Page 48

Craft & Gift Fair at Wellsway School, Chandag Road, Keynsham

Sunday 12th November 2017 12 noon – 4 p.m.

We are now taking bookings from stall holders for our annual Craft & Gift Fair (over 90 indoor pitches available) As this is a very popular event we recommend you book your stall early!

For further information or to obtain a booking form E: or Tel: 07584 710130 FRIENDS OF WELLSWAY (PTA) Fund raising for the school

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From Page 47 from Bath Spa University. Call Roy on 0117 949 8587 for details.

Playing for fun – all abilities. £2 per night, includes a drink. Call 01225 874259.

n Keynsham Creative Writers meet in the library on the second and fourth Monday of the month, from 2.30-4pm. We are a small, friendly group and welcome new members of all abilities. Call 0117 9148654 or email george.liddell@blueyonder.

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

n ChoirJam pop choir meets on Mondays, 7.30-9pm, at Somerdale Pavilion, Cross Road, Keynsham BS31 2FW. We sing everything from Fleetwood Mac to Adele and have a lot of fun doing it! Adults of all ages are welcome to join. We’re a friendly bunch and there’s no audition or experience necessary – you just need to be enthusiastic and to love singing. To book a free taster session, contact Emma Hutchinson on 07793 983040, email emma@ or visit www. n Badminton. Come and join a friendly, mixed adult group, young and old, who play badminton from 10 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.

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 at the RBL Club on the first Monday of each month, 7.30pm. Occasional speakers, social events and outings.

Keynsham Tae Kwon-Do at Wellsway Secondary School, Keynsham

Are you looking for an activity the whole family can enjoy? Whilst the kids are having the time of their lives, you can be working out, reducing stress and having fun too! Tae Kwon-Do is a great way to get fit and learn self defence in a safe and enjoyable environment. We have classes for everyone – at any fitness level. Our membership ranges in age from 4 to over 50, in all shapes and sizes Call today on

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


n Keynsham Writers is a small, friendly support group for people who have day jobs. We’re open to any type of writing, but particularly novelists serious about one day getting published. Generally the group meets on Tuesdays, sometimes other days for “quiet writing”. For the latest dates and times, we encourage members to check the Keynsham Writers Facebook page. Location is Bonzo Lounge, usually to the left of the bar unless otherwise stated. n Zumba Gold, lower impact Zumba. Ideal for over-50s, beginners. Royal British Legion, upstairs hall. Everyone welcome, and you’ll meet new people while having fun! 11.50am to 12.35pm. £3.50 per class. Contact Philomena on 07966 373089. www. n The Macular Degeneration Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Boots Opticians in Keynsham High Street. It is an opportunity to chat over coffee and get help and support from fellow sufferers. Call 0117 973 5292 for further information. n Keynsham Older People’s Social Group (KOPS), first Tuesday of every month, 2-4pm at Community At 67, Queens Road. New members always welcome. Contact Michelle Tarrant at Age UK BaNES on 01225 484510 or active@ageukbanes. for more information. Website n Keynsham Walking Football Club on the 3G pitch at Keynsham Town Football Club, for the over-65s, 1011am. The beautiful game played a little slower – turn up and play. For more details, call Martin on 07754 543719. n Get out, meet people, have fun and keep fit! Really informal,

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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 other Tuesday at Keynsham Library: Session 1 – 10-10.30am; Session 2 – 11-11.30am. n Parkinson’s Bath & District Branch, Keynsham social coffee mornings – every last Tuesday in the month. 10am-noon at The Talbot Inn, Bath Road, Keynsham, BS31 1NP. Open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, a carer or friend wishing to support those with the disease, help in a voluntary capacity, or organise fundraising events. n Keynsham green drinks, every third Tuesday of the month, upstairs at The Ship Inn from 7.30 pm, Temple Street. A friendly group of Keynsham residents interested in green and environmental issues, we get together monthly for a drink and a chat. New faces welcome! n ChoirJam pop choir meets on Tuesdays 7.30-9pm at the Fear Hall in the High Street. We sing everything from Fleetwood Mac to Adele and have a lot of fun doing it! Adults of all ages are welcome to join. We’re a friendly bunch and there’s no audition or experience necessary – you just need to be enthusiastic and to love singing. To book a free taster session contact Emma Hutchinson 07793 983040, or visit n Dance Tots for two to four-yearolds at Keynsham Leisure Centre, 10.30-11.15am. Courses run during term-time and are booked in 10week blocks. Visit the leisure centre reception or call 01225 439680 for details. n The Ship Inn Petanque Club meets between 11am and 2pm at The Ship Inn, Temple Street. n New T-Jive modern jive class. Every Tuesday afternoon from 2-4pm at The Fear Hall, 30 High Street, Keynsham. Modern jive is one of the easiest partner dances to learn – based on rock’n roll but much smoother. Come on your own or with a friend or partner,

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there are several of us on hand to lead or follow. Tea and biscuits served frequently. All ages and abilities, beginners especially welcome. Free first lesson. For more, contact Sue 07979 740702.

n Keynsham and Saltford Gardeners’ Association meets on the first Tuesday of the month, except in June and July, at the Fear Hall in Keynsham High Street at 2pm. The group hears talks from speakers and go on trips. All are welcome, drop in to find out more or call Betty on 0117 932 4045. n Saltford Floral Club meets on the fourth Tuesday each month at 2.15pm at Saltford Hall. Visitors welcome, demonstrations/practice. Contact Shirley Hobbs on 0117 986 2924. n Fry Club Joggers run every Tuesday, meeting at 7pm in the Somerdale Pavilion foyer. We jog/ run five to seven miles around the local area. Friendly club with members from 20s to 70s. New joiners always welcome. See n St John’s Toddler Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday during term-time from 9.45-11.30am in St John’s Church Hall, Keynsham. Children aged 0-4 years can come and play with a wide range of toys and take part in craft activities and singing every week. Refreshments included. All welcome – first session free. Contact Claire Lowe on 0117 329 6474. n Activity days at @One, St John’s Church, Keynsham. The activities are cookery or art in the morning (10am-2pm) then drama in the afternoon (2-4pm) for people with learning disabilities, £33.33 for full day, bring packed lunch. Call the Swallow office to book on 01761 414034 or email judy@ n Wellsway Ladies’ Badminton Club, 7.30-9.30pm at Keynsham Leisure Centre. For details, call Jenny on 0117 986 8331. n Residents’ Fellowship Association, based at Hawthorn Meeting Room in Carpenters Lane, 2-4pm. Different activities, such as luncheon, quiz, games, including darts, and a committee meeting. On Thursday afternoon we do crafts and we have a community


garden. Contact Jim Lingard on 0117 986 1551. n St Keyna Townswomen’s Guild meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the Fear Hall, Keynsham between 9.45am and 11.45am. They are a friendly, outgoing group of ladies who enjoy interesting speakers and numerous sub-group outings and activities. Come along to our next meeting for a coffee/tea and biscuits, you will be welcome. n Popular sequence dances at The Fear Hall, Keynsham, 7.30-10pm. Anyone interested in dancing is welcome, friendly atmosphere, first visit free. Call 0117 986 2819/0117 986 4014. n Fancy learning ballroom, Latin and old time dancing? Come along and have some fun at Terry’s Dance School. Adult lessons at the Key Centre on a Tuesday and Friday evening. Call Terry on 0117 932 3071.


n Kettlercise class with instructor Mike Spiring, Mendip Hall at Wellsway School, 8-9pm. Kettlebell supplied for first month, sessions £5 or reduced price of £2.50 for those attending the Monday class as well. See kettlercisekeynsham on Facebook or visit or call 07954 146851. n Coffee and craft at Community at 67, Queens Road, 10am12.30pm. Do you enjoy crafting or like to learn new skills or teach others? All types of craft welcome, help plan trips and demonstrations. For more details, please contact Clare on 077 377 42300, email, follow us on Facebook.

12.30pm at the Fear Hall in the High Street. We sing everything from Fleetwood Mac to Adele and have a lot of fun doing it! Adults of all ages are welcome to join. We’re a friendly bunch and there’s no audition or experience necessary – you just need to be enthusiastic and to love singing. To book a free taster session contact Emma Hutchinson 07793 983040, emma@ or visit www. n Maths At 67, a small after-school fun maths club for Years 5 and 6 runs on Wednesdays in term time, 4-5pm at Community At 67. Call Sheila Crocombe on 0117 986 3961. n St Keyna Probus is a lunch club for retired professional and business men, which meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Grasmere Hotel. For more information, ring John Crocombe on 0117 986 3961. n Gym Tots for two to four-yearsolds at Keynsham Leisure Centre, 10.30-11.15am. Courses run during term-time and are booked in 10week blocks. Visit the leisure centre reception or call 01225 439680 for details. n Baby Comes Too meets every Wednesday afternoon, in term time, from 1.15pm to 2.45pm upstairs in the Key Centre, Keynsham. All carers with children aged 0-4 years are welcome! We have a home corner, dressing up, books, jigsaws, plenty of play vehicles, Peppa Pig toys and lots more! Refreshments are included. Cost £1 per family per week. Please join us, the first session is


free! See www.babycomestoo.btck. n 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 Hatha Yoga, St Francis Hall, Warwick Road, Keynsham, 6pm beginners, 7.10pm improvers. Contact Sandhya for more info: Turn to Page 50

n Keynsham Good Afternoon Choir meets at Keynsham Methodist Church every Wednesday from 2-4pm (not in school holidays). Visit or call 01761 472468. n Keynsham Good Afternoon Choir with music man Grenville Jones, 2-4pm at Victoria Methodist Church. No auditions and great songs with the accent on fun and friendship. £3.60 per session, come and meet us. Call 01761 472468 or visit


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n WHAT’S ON From Page 49 or 07789 880 415. n Badminton club – join a friendly club who play at Broadlands Academy on Thursday evenings, 7pm until 9pm. For more information contact Joan on 01761453169. n Come and listen to stories and rhymes at Story Time every Thursday during term time at Keynsham Library, 10-10.30am. 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 are a small club and we meet on a Thursday afternoon at Saltford Hall from 2-4pm. We are of mixed ability and do not have teachers or demonstrations so the cost is minimal. The club is two hours of painting and friendly company. If you would like to come down to see if it is the club for you your first visit is free. Call 01225 873773 in the evening.




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


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


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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. n Soccer Tots for three to four-yearolds at Keynsham Leisure Centre, 1.15-2pm. Courses run during term-time and are booked in 10week blocks. Visit the leisure centre reception or call 01225 439680 for details. n Football Junior Development Courses at Keynsham Leisure Centre – 4-4.45pm for five to six-year-olds and 4.45-5.30pm




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for seven to nine-year-olds. Courses run during term-time and are booked in 10-week blocks. Visit the leisure centre reception or call 01225 439680 for more details.

Latin and old-time dancing? Come and have fun at Terry’s Dance School. Adult lessons on a Tuesday and Friday evening at the Key Centre. Call Terry on 0117 932 3071.

n CAMEO is a friendly group providing fellowship and a wide range of activities for those living on their own. We are open to all denominations or to those with no affiliations. We meet for coffee (10am-noon) at Victoria Methodist Church on the first Friday of the month. If you are interested, come for coffee or contact the Church Office on 0117 914 9408 or Christopher Bailey on 01225 872784.


n Badminton. Join a very friendly mixed group who meet every Friday to play from 10am-noon at Keynsham Leisure Centre. All are welcome, regardless of ability. Just turn up or ring Clive on 0117 986 6793. n Fancy learning ballroom,

n Children’s craft activities at 10.30am at Keynsham Library. n Live music every Friday and Saturday night at the Crown Inn Keynsham. Check out our Facebook page for weekly updates. n Children’s ballroom, Latin and old time dance classes, Saturday mornings at the Key Centre, Keynsham. Contact Terry for more information on 0117 932 3071. n Weekend Wellness Saturdays, 10-11am, free (funded by the Wellbeing College) at Timeout, Keynsham. Visit or email Yogakeynsham@gmail. com

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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 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 Fancy learning ballroom, Latin and old time dancing? Terry’s Dance School offers lessons for young people at the Key Centre. Call 0117 932 3071. 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 Tai Chi, donations only class. Held outdoors in Keynsham, early morning on alternate Sundays in most weathers. Private lessons also available on request. For details, call 07731 198890 or email taichikeynsham@outlook. com 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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BOOKS OF THE MONTH with Judith Thomas from Keynsham Library Adult Fiction

The Dry by Jane Harper This book has been Waterstones’ Book of the Month, recommended by Simon Mayo of Radio 2’s Book Club and shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger Award 2017 and I can see why. Set in Australia it begins with a question – who really killed the Hadler family? Tensions in a small town in Australia, outside of Melbourne, are high following the murder of three members of the Hadler family. Everyone thinks it was the father, Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after murdering his wife and young son. At the funeral, a Melbourne policeman, Aaron Falk, has reluctantly attended. He is a local boy, best friends with Luke but left 20 years ago under a dark cloud. Araon is slowly drawn into investigating the murder, which draws him back to the secret of why he had to leave town. As questions mount and suspicion spreads, Falk is forced to confront his past, one which Luke’s death threatens to reveal. Against this tension there is the unbearable drought that has hit the region. You can feel the heat and discomfort caused by the weather as you read the story. The drought has affected this farming community severely and you can feel the tension throughout. This is Jane Harper’s first novel and it makes an interesting change for it to be set in Australia instead of a dark Scandi crime story. A highly recommended read.

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Gilgamesh: A new English version by Stephen Mitchell, as reviewed by Emilie Bioud,

Keynsham Library Assistant At the British Museum there is a fascinating room (number 6) where you will find the collection from ancient Assyria (today’s Northern Iraq). The entrance of the room is flanked by two colossal winged human-headed lions, quite an impressive sight. As you continue your visit, you will come across some stone sculptures and reliefs that depict gods, ceremonies and hunting scenes from a long-lost civilisation. When archaeologists found the city in the 19th century and the palace of Ashurbanipal, they also found his library and brought back a lot of clay tablets written in cuneiform. Those tablets are kept hidden in the museum, not displayed for the visitor to enjoy. Translated many years after their discovery, they revealed the legend of Gilgamesh in an Akkadian poem, considered the first great work of literature. Gilgamesh is a king and demigod the size of a giant, who despitically rules over the city of Uruk. The gods will send him a man, Enkidu, who is his opposite in every way to complete him and challenge him before becoming his friend. To become a hero and a wise king Gilgamesh goes on an adventure to kill monsters and bring honour and pride to his city. He will go to the end of the world to find about eternal life, and will meet Utnapishtim, who will tell him the story of the Great Flood. The legend is very refreshing and full of good spirit. We learn about gods long ago forgotten, we imagine the city of Uruk and its gardens and we discover a great civilisation.

The version by Stephen Mitchell is a light one, easy and accessible for a modern reader. I strongly recommend people to not read the book’s introduction before reading the text, as it spoiled it. It’s better reading it after as a good analysis of the tale.

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Keynsham Library has taken delivery of some new adult audio books. One of these is: The 12.30 From Croydon by Freeman Wills Croft Read by Gordan Griffin, this is an enjoyable crime caper which begins with a body. Andrew Crowther, a retired businessman, is found dead on the 12.30 flight from Croydon to Paris. Then the story moves to the murderer’s point of view. We follow the killer at every stage, from the planning to the execution and having to deal with the elusive Inspector French. Taking the plot forward from the murderer’s point of view makes for a gripping story of betrayal, obsession and selfdelusion. Will the killer get away with murder? Keynsham Library’s Summer Reading Challenge The Summer Reading challenge continues until September 11. This year’s challenge is about Animal Agents – read the books, catch the crooks! To help the Animal Agents, you will need to read at least six library books. You will be given a folder and every time you visit, you will get a set of stickers. Once all stickers are collected you will be able to crack

the case and catch the crook. Remember, you can read all sorts of books for the challenge.

Children’s Fiction

Hansel and Gretel by Michael Morpurgo From the great children’s author comes his brilliant adaptation of the classic fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. Be entranced by the story of two children who are forced into the woods, encounter a “warty old witch”, a wolf and a strange gingerbread house and see if they all live happily ever after. The book is beautifully illustrated and is a perfect read to enjoy by yourself or for reading with someone, curled up eating gingerbread!

Library News

l The Modern Library Consultation is still available online at www. or in print form at Keynsham Library. Pick up a booklet and have your say! l Baby Bounce and Rhyme will begin again on Tuesday, September 5. There are two sessions at Keynsham Library every other week: 10-10.30am and 1111.30am. l Story Time begins again on Thursday, September 7, and will continue during term time from 10-10.30am. Both of these activities are held in the children’s area of Keynsham Library and are open to pre-school children, but everyone’s welcome. l Saturday Craft sessions are held from 10.30-11.30am in Keynsham Library’s children’s area.


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Researchers call on ‘Children of 90s’ Researchers at the University of Bristol are calling on 24to 26-year-olds living in the Keynsham area to take part in one of the most detailed health studies of its kind in the world. The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (also known as Children of the 90s) is an internationally renowned study, following the health and development of more than 14,000 families with a child born in Bristol and the surrounding area between April 1991 and December 1992. Researchers have used the data collected over the last 25 years to help answer important questions on key health issues, including asthma, childhood obesity and dementia. Amy from Hanham is one of almost 4,000 young people who have already attended the most recent data collection

clinic, Focus@24+, and taken part in a series of cutting-edge tests, including blood pressure, liver and lung function checks. She said is proud to be a Child of the 90s, adding: “It’s incredible to be a part of something that’s achieved so much in my lifetime alone. The research discoveries have been phenomenal.” Now, with the Focus@24+ clinics drawing to a close this autumn, the Children of the 90s team is keen to hear from anyone living in the Keynsham area who was born in or around the city in 1991/2 and would like to play their part in building an even more detailed picture of the health of their generation. For more, call 0117 331 0010, email or visit

Beth Bracey from Norville Opticians waters a Great Bike Trail display

Get on your bike to catch trail this month! Keynsham in Bloom’s Great Bike Trail has been adding unexpected splashes of colour to the town throughout the summer – and there’s still time to enjoy the displays. The trail runs until September 30, with decorated bikes at 60 locations, and maps are available for 20p from Keynsham Town

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Apes’ character-driven third outing a heartbreaker War For The Planet of The Apes (12A) irector Matt Reeves does it again, once again breaking audiences’ hearts with a film about giant talking apes. Andy Serkis returns for his third outing as the highly intelligent ape Caesar, who has grown old and withered since Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). The motion capture on display here is nothing short of revolutionary with even the most minuscule of facial expressions clearly visible on Serkis’ face causing every emotion to come across as naturally as they would on a human’s face. Many, including myself, believe that this example is sure to win Serkis the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. However, what elevates this is Serkis’ performance, which is brilliant in every scene fantastically conveying how far the character has come since his debut.


Fundraisers with a taste for adventure are invited to come and find out more about trekking the Grand Canyon for a good cause. The Forever Friends Appeal is looking for people to join its Canyons Trekking team in September 2018, spending eight days exploring three of America’s national parks, including hiking deep into the Grand Canyon and camping under the stars. Those joining the expedition will raise funds for the Royal United Hospitals, and can choose to support a specific department or one of the appeal’s major campaigns. Anyone who would like to find out more can attend the Trek Information Evening on Thursday, October 5, from 6.30pm to 8pm at the RUH. To RSVP or to find out more, visit www.foreverfriendsappeal. or contact events fundraiser Laura on 01225 821535.

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A grey and slightly drizzly evening in August saw a good few members of Keynsham Group of Avon Wildlife Trust, along with families and other visitors, at the home of our vice chair Philippa Paget – Elm Farm in Burnet – for a fascinating bat-orientated evening, writes secretary Kathy Farrell. Elm Farm has recorded 10 different bat species. Natterer’s bats move around the farm buildings during the year and have a maternity roost in an old stone barn. In June they have their babies (pups) there, after returning from hibernation in April. In August the bats, either mothers after having their pups or the young ones born this summer, are building up their strength. During September and October they are not so conspicuous as they prepare for hibernation.

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its barns have become a B&B for bats! space depending on the species. A building that has bats in will probably have some spiders in it too as bats eat spiders. That is good news for some people! Philippa showed us signs of bats’ presence to look for – you may see what appear to be mouse droppings, but are in fact bat droppings. Other tell-tale signs are moth wings, particularly the orange and black wings of a nice big, juicy large yellow underwing moth, as brown long-eared bats eat them and drop the wings on the ground. We then headed out across the fields to see where the bats would be feeding during the night. The farm is managed to provide somewhere for the bats to live – in the barns, on and in the walls and roof of the house and buildings, in bat boxes on trees and in old trees with cracks and hollows left for them. They also need an insect-rich habitat to feed. The hedges, other than those on the roadside that have to be cut for safety, are cut no more than every three years to allow the insect life to develop, and likewise the grass fields are grazed by cattle through the year, but not in winter when overwintering insects are living underground. The bat food chain starts with plants, and management of parts of the farm where crops are grown just for insects is very important. Field margins are also left so insects can complete their life cycle, providing plenty of food for bats and birds. And this rich environment also benefits

Philippa Paget gives a bat briefing outside a stone building where bats roost other animals – during our evening walk we were lucky to see two hares lolloping through the margins and a roe deer in the grass. On the way back to the farmyard, bat detectors were handed out – these lower the bats’ high-pitched ultra-sound to a level that can be heard and the frequency and rhythm can help identify them. As they catch their prey of night-flying moths, gnats and other insects the sound changes. We all soon got the hang of using them – the first creature’s sound we picked up was not a bat but a grasshopper! Then soon after the bats began to fly. At dusk the first bats began to

fly in and around a big open barn in the farmyard. As it wasn’t yet dark, we could see them as they swooped and dived very close to us. They seem to know that we can’t see them very well and are happy to come within a few feet. We heard five different species (not a bad total considering the weather and possible shortage of insect food for the bats) – common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle, natterer’s, brown long-eared and the short burst of a serotine bat as it flew high over us. A successful evening, thanks to our host Philippa. The delight and enthusiasm of the children when they could actually see the bats flying around will live with us.

We continue with a “batty” theme with our first evening meeting of the the autumn season in October – “Bats in the Belfry”. More of that next month. We do have two outings to look forward to before then. The first is a trip to Bristol Downs with expert Richard Bland for “Summer into Autumn Trees” on Saturday, September 9. For further information, contact Liz on 0117 909 9667. And our annual river dipping event in Keynsham with our chairman Dave Sage will take place on Sunday, October 1 – meet at Dapp’s Hill Bridge at 2pm. All welcome, wellies advised! For further information, contact Dave on 0117 9407968.

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September, 2017


THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH Ken Plant, reader at St Mary’s Church, Saltford


esterday (as I write this) I was talking with a friend whose 30-year-old daughter has just published a self-help book. In it she suggests that if we pay attention to the things we so often take for granted, we will appreciate them more and that gratitude changes how we feel, making us happier people. Coincidentally, the same day another friend gave me a small article to read which was highlighting the dangers of trying to please other people – in other words, allowing other people’s expectations of us to control us and so change the way we live our lives. We all know that we play different roles in different parts of our lives: obedient child, dutiful child,

By all means let us be willing to look at self-help books, but realise that we can’t make ourselves ‘better people’

caring partner, parent, manager, employee etc etc – but we know that that’s not all that we are. We must indeed beware of becoming (as well as behaving like) the people others think we should be, or want us to be. This maybe explains why there are so many self-help books on the market today and maybe also suggests that people are dissatisfied with life as they are living it. Some such books aim at self-improvement, in the sense of becoming more successful or influential. However, we all know they can’t make us better people. We can’t “pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps”, as the saying goes. We need help from outside. Other books aim to discover who we really are by peeling back the various layers of the ways we

think of ourselves, which we have adopted to please other people. Now, I must say that as a Christian, I find this very interesting. The Christian understanding is that we are all made in the image of God. Each one of us is able to reflect some tiny facet of the Divine, if we allow it to happen. Most of us will admit that we can all too often damage, distort, or even cover up that image! So, by all means let us be willing to look at self-help books, but realise that we can’t make ourselves “better people”. To do that, we need the help of the One who gives us life and holds us in existence. Also, when we discover our true selves, we shall find that each of us is unique, special and precious to God. Surely that is the true grounds of our dignity as human beings.

Church to host an ‘audience with Alan’ A Keynsham church is hosting an “Audience With”-style evening featuring a resident who has served the town as a councillor for a decade, as well as heading up a number of local charities. Keynsham Baptist Church, in the High Street, has invited Alan Hale to share stories from his many roles in public life to mark the end of his year as Bath and North East Somerset Council chairman. As well as reminiscing about his ten years as a councillor, Mr Hale will also delve into his 31 years as a police officer, during which he was commended for bravery twice. He will also discuss his 36 years as a member of Keynsham Lions and his more recent leadership roles with Keynsham Foodbank and Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance. The free event, which is open to all, will take place on September 5, with tea and coffee from 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

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September, 2017



Bowlers battle it out for memorial cup

While club members have been busy competing against other clubs and also in the internal competitions, the green in Keynsham Park has been also used for non-club matches, writes our correspondent. One of the Sundays in the month drew bigger than usual crowds, when in the morning Norwest beat Yatton in one of the semi-finals for the Wedmore Plate and in the afternoon Bath beat Willmott Green in a Turnbull Cup semi-final. Somerset hosted Berkshire in a county match with the visitors returning home as the victors. Another Sunday the green was occupied by 56 club members competing in 14 teams for the Tom Pells Cup, a trophy presented in memory of Tom by his widow Lyn, who still plays regularly at Keynsham. The winning team of Mike Barrow, Ann Mollard, Lily Springer and Pete Gibson was presented with the trophy by Lyn and Tom’s granddaughter, Jessica. An annual match occurs each year for the Alsop Shield between Keynsham and Frys. This year it was hosted by Frys and Keynsham emerged as narrow winners by 77-73 shots. Keynsham played against Willmott Park at home in the semi-finals of the Bristol Triples League. With only three ends to play Keynsham had a comfortable nine-shot lead but somehow managed to lose 55-53. A highlight of the season is always the annual fixture between the ladies and the men. This was played on seven rinks – the fact that Keynsham was able to field

Mike Barrow, Ann Mollard, Lily Springer and Pete Gibson receive the Tom Pells Cup from granddaughter Jessica 28 ladies shows the depth of membership that the club has. The gents won narrowly – the ladies captain asked me to say that – and then everyone was served with a tea of the highest standard prepared entirely by the men. One of the Monday night roll-ups concluded with a “bangers and burgers” barbecue prepared by the club’s Social Committee.

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September, 2017

Four friendly wins

Former England international Justine Lorton

Following their pre-season buildup in which Keynsham Town Ladies won four and drew one out of their five friendlies against Poole Town, Abergavenny, Solihull Moors, Denham United and Cardiff City, the club is looking forward with confidence to the upcoming 2017-18 season, writes our correspondent. The club was formed in 1993 under the name of Super Striker Girls, as an under-11 six-a-side team by the pupils of Chandag Junior School. Five years later, they became established and linked up with Keynsham Town FC. The club entered a senior ladies’ team in the South West Women’s Football League Division Two for the first time. The team progressed through the league, winning three promotions and attracting players from Bristol and Bath Universities. More recently, they have reached the Women’s FA Cup

Third Round proper, and did so again last season when they lost at home to Women’s Super League club Durham in front of a sizeable attendance. They currently compete in the FA Women’s Premier League South West Division but strive to return to the Southern Division, from which they were relegated three seasons ago. The Southern (and Northern) Division is one tier below the Women’s Super League. Their main rivals for the one promotion place are Southampton and Plymouth Argyle. Keynsham Town Ladies can boast two former internationals in their squad – Justine Lorton (England) and Andreea Alexandru (Romania) – plus a number of ex-Yeovil Town Super League players. Star signing of the close season is striker Kerry Bartlett from Cardiff City, who is responsible for 15 of their 28 pre-season goals.

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September, 2017




give Ladies a flying start to season

New signing Kerry Bartlett, above and bottom right; former Romania international Andreea Alexandru, top right Keynsham Town Ladies consists of five squads – the first team, Development (a sister club), under-15s, 14s, and 12s. The Ladies and Development sides play their home games at

the AJN Stadium, Crown Field on the Bristol Road, also the venue for training on Thursday evenings at 7pm, to which new players are invited. However, due to the extensive

refurbishment to their clubhouse and changing rooms, the first fixtures are away, before they kick off their home campaign on Sunday, September 10, at 2pm against St Nicholas – Yate

and Chipping Sodbury’s senior side – followed by Poole Town on September 17 at 2pm, and a local derby away to Brislington on Tuesday, September 20, at 7.45pm. The club issues a regular blog on, and fixtures, results and league table can be found at http:// do?league=872938. New club chairman Bob Mewse writes: “My aim is to raise awareness of the club in the town. I am hoping the recent Women’s Euro Finals in Holland will raise the profile of the women’s game and attract new fans to both the fixtures and our fully licenced new clubhouse. Admission by programme to first team games is just £3.” More information is available from manager Barrie Newton on 07977 784167, secretary Pam Newton on 07739 398383 or Bob on 07769 222665.

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September, 2017

Frys bowlers chase league second place

Petanque trio cruise to victory at Ship

Frys Bowling Club travelled to Long Ashton on August 18 hoping to continue on from their win against Henleaze B the week before. The game didn’t start in a great way, however, with Frys falling behind. But this didn’t deter Frys and they soon pushed on and took the lead. As the end game drew nearer, Long Ashton put in strong showing, pulling all rinks back. Long Ashton went on to win the game 51-42, leaving Frys with two points from the game, and 10 points off second place in the Bristol and District Bowls League with one game remaining. Previous weeks saw Frys win 47-44 against Avonmouth and losing to Ardagh 78-27 in league matches, while in the Wedmore Plate Frys were knocked out by Norwest 90-58. On August 4, there was also a tight game with Keynsham in the annual Alsop Shield match, with Keynsham eventually taking the win at Somerdale 77-73.

The eagerly awaited Ship Inn Pétanque Masters competition was held on Sunday, August 13, writes our correspondent. Fine weather, exciting competition and a perfect location to the rear of the Ship Inn in Temple Street, overlooking Keynsham Park, made for a very enjoyable day for the 16 teams from around our area. After a day of intense, but very good humoured competition the eventual winner of the Bristol Blue Glass trophy was the team from the Old Inn, Congresbury – Kevin Mildon, Robin Mildon and Scott Flower. Runner-up was the Codrington Arms team of Clive de Silva, Mike Mathias and Alan Mcinnes. The Plate Competition winner was Boules at the Bull from Malmesbury. Our picture shows Ship Inn Pétanque Club president Alan Hulme making the presentation to the winning team.

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491 Bath Road Saltford BS31 3HQ Official Government Test Environmental Data. Fuel consumption figures mpg (litres/100km) and CO2 emissions (g/km). ADAM ENERGISED 1.2i (70PS): Urban: 39.2 (7.2), Extra-urban: 65.7 (4.3), Combined: 53.3 (5.3). CO2 emissions: 125g/km.# Saltford Motor Services, Limited trading as Saltford Motor Services Ltd are acting as a credit broker and not a lender. We can introduce you to a limited number of finance providers, commission may be received. *Offer subject to availability at participating Retailers only. Personal Contract Purchase. Finance subject to status, Ts&Cs apply. Applicants must be 18+. Finance by Vauxhall Finance, CF15 7YT. 24-48 month term available. Vauxhall Deposit Contribution only available when vehicle financed through Vauxhall Finance. At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) Pay the optional final payment to own the vehicle, ii) Return the vehicle, or iii) Replace: Part Exchange the vehicle where equity is available. UK-supplied vehicles only. Offer applies to private individuals, Vauxhall Partners and small businesses 1-24 units (purchase only excluding B2B supported units). All other customers are excluded. Offers available on orders or registrations between 4 July and 2 October 2017. #Fuel consumption information is official government environmental data, tested in accordance with the relevant EU directive. Official EU regulated test data is provided for comparison purposes and actual performance will depend on driving style, road conditions and other non-technical factors. Correct at time of going to press. General Motors UK Limited t/a Vauxhall Motors reserves the right to change, amend or withdraw this offer at any point in time.

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Badgers bring home trophy for first time The Bristol Badgers are the 2017 South West Baseball League (SWBL) Champions, writes our correspondent. They overcame Southern Conference Champions the Exeter Spitfires 9-3 at Somerdale Pavilion on August 13 to claim the title for the first time in the club’s history. Manager and MVP Tom Hollies pitched a complete game, giving up just five hits while striking out 10 Spitfires. He also drove in outfielder Vilmantas Katinas in the third inning to get the first Badger run on the board and registered three RBIs. The Badgers broke open a tight game in the fourth inning with five runs. Rhodri Theaker got things started by reaching first base on a Spitfires error before he and his brother Rhian scored. Hollies then drove in two runs

before Nils Eliasson drove him in with a single. Defensively the Badgers were perfect, catching all outfield fly balls and making crucial infield outs to strangle the Spitfires’ offense at source. “This was by far and away the best team performance of the season with every player making crucial contributions when it mattered,” said Hollies. “Every single player on the Badgers roster deserves credit for the way they played during the season and we are delighted that we brought the trophy home to Bristol for the first time ever.” Bristol Baseball Club is now preparing for its annual awards evening on September 16 at Somerdale Pavilion, and with the Bristol Bats finishing second to the Badgers in the Northern Conference, it promises to be a celebratory evening.

Short mat bowlers launch new session Short mat bowlers are inviting new recruits to join them as they launch a new session in Keynsham. Wellsway Short Mat Bowling Club is starting a new Tuesday afternoon session at Scout HQ in Ashton Way and is seeking new members. The sport has more than 20,000 players in England alone and is a shortened


version of the original outdoor lawn bowls game – only inside in a warm, dry environment. “What more could you want on a cold, wet winter’s day – come and join us, meet new friends and have some fun,” said a spokesperson. The first three sessions are free and then it’s pay to play at £3 a session. Call 01225 872780 for more information.


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