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Bright and cheerful buys, P40 | Best summer reads, P45

Inside Fundraising cyclists smash £20k target P8

Sir Steve gives pupils a rowing masterclass P11

Artist reveals vision for new artwork P3 Inspector says Balloon launch is an goodbye to his uplifting occasion last beat P5 Charity celebrates four years – P21 Foodbank takes first delivery of donations P7

Parking brings in £5million for B&NES

Figures reveal council’s surplus – See P2

Letters... p18 What’s On.. p42 Puzzles... p44 Business of

the month.. p46 Property... p47 Sport... p49 Classifieds p53


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Flooding ‘to close Farrells for weeks’ Temple Street restaurant Farrells has been forced to close after heavy rain sent water pouring in through the back door on July 29. Owner Barry Farrell had to call in the fire brigade to pump the water out but it had already damaged flooring and kitchen equipment, and left the restaurant needing to be entirely stripped out. Manager Arlene Moore said they had been told it will be at least four weeks until the repairs and clean-up are finished and the doors can be opened to diners once again. Several other properties on Temple Street also reported

The fire brigade pump the water from Farrells’ kitchen water entering their premises during the downpour.

Parking is £5m ‘earner’ for B&NES Bath and North East Somerset Council generated a £5.1 million surplus from its parking charges in 2011-12, figures reveal. Ranking England’s 359 local authorities by highest surplus, the survey places B&NES at number 22. Locally, this puts it ahead of Bristol City Council, which was placed at number 35 with a £3.7 million surplus, and way above neighbouring South Gloucestershire where parking operations were run with a £578,000 deficit, placing the council almost at the bottom of the list at 357. Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, which analysed the figures, said the results showed parking charges were “a nice little earner” for many local authorities. In Keynsham, where traders have argued for free short-stay parking in the High Street for several years, Chamber of Commerce chairman Lynn Young said she believed the figures showed B&NES could afford to introduce the scheme. She added that she felt there could be a “basic ruling” for all councils on issues such as parking charges. “Two or three hours’ free parking gives shoppers and retail outlets a lot of help. It’s so unfair that you can go to Longwell Green and have free parking where there is no private retail while we are all struggling in Keynsham as private high street retailers.” Keynsham councillor Charles Gerrish, who has supported the traders’ long-running parking campaign, said: “The level of surplus generated from the whole of B&NES is a surprise and while most of this is no doubt generated by Bath, I suspect Keynsham will have made a contribution to this, although we do not have figures as to the overall costs. “This information does, however, justify our case for the

recently introduced free spaces in Keynsham. Many people in Keynsham still feel there is an argument that we should be regarded in the same way as Midsomer Norton – ie no charges at all. “It also begs the question as to why we do not have better on-street enforcement on the High Street, as this is a subject on which I receive many complaints.” B&NES Council leader Paul Crossley said parking charges in the council’s car parks had been frozen for three years, and added: “All parking charges support the council to balance its budget, which includes covering the cost of parking enforcement. Any decrease in parking income makes it more difficult to achieve local priorities, such as protecting services for the public, freezing council tax, and investment in new homes and jobs for local people.” Using the annual returns local authorities make to the Department for Communities and Local Government, the RAC Foundation calculated the totals by offsetting the revenue from permits, on- and off-street parking charges and fines against the cost of running parking operations. Eric Pickles, who heads the government department, said last month that rising revenue from parking schemes – with councils forecasting a £635 million profit in 2013-14 – showed there was a “need to review and rein in unfair town hall parking rules”, amid concerns they were hitting the high street. He said: “This government has scrapped the last administration’s Whitehall rules which told councils to hike up parking charges and adopt aggressive parking enforcement. But councils aren’t listening, and local shops and hard-working families are suffering as a result. The law is clear that parking is not a tax or cash cow for town hall officers.”

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Design revealed for town’s new artwork

Keynsham residents can get their first look at designs for a striking new artwork that could take pride of place in Keynsham's new town centre. The tall, galvanised steel structure designed by artist Seamus Staunton, would feature several stems, each bearing a coloured “trumpet” on the end, and designs for the piece are now on display at Keynsham Library for public feedback. Mr Staunton said his recent walking tours of the town with residents had revealed three themes that people felt were important – the architecture, landscape and archaeological history of the town, while the Memorial Park and the town’s links to water were also prominent. Unveiling his design to the town council, he explained how it drew inspiration from the pillars

of St John's Church, the trees in the park, the cow parsley found under Echo Bridge and reflected the water theme with the way it rose up into the air. From his discussions with local people he said: “The piece of work has got to have the character of a hub in the way the clock tower did, most of the work needed to be in the air, with a presence picked up from some distance away.” The issue of a replacement

clock was raised by councillors, however, with Councillor Tony Crouch pointing to the findings of a previous focus group which was “quite clear a clock should be part of the structure”. He added: “There has to be a clock somewhere within that development for the public to use.” Now it is residents’ turn to give their feedback on the first part of the arts project. A second tranche of funding will also be available for another arts piece, which could be a clock, town trail or other project, and the community can share their views. Mr Staunton's ideas are on display at Keynsham Library, during regular opening hours, until Friday, August 16, where anyone who shares their thoughts on the project could win one of five signed prints featuring the design.

Residents have say on K2A plan More than 100 people visited an exhibition to find out more about a developer’s plans for land off Charlton Road in Keynsham. Barratt Homes is hoping to build more than 260 homes on the site, known as K2A, and invited feedback on its plans at an open event on July 11 before it submits an application to the council A spokesman for the developer said the firm would be looking at some points raised by visitors, many of whom were positive about the plans, particularly regarding the proposed upgrade for Holmoak play area.

Show cancelled The first flower and vegetable show to be held in Keynsham in around a decade has been called off. Organisers of the event, which was due to be held on August 10, said they have had to cancel it due to lack of support.

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Retiring inspector is ‘an example to all’ Keynsham’s Inspector Tim Stuckes has retired after eight years policing the town and nearly 40 years on the force. Insp Stuckes made his final crime report to Keynsham Town Council on July 23 after which councillors presented him with a framed picture of the High Street and thanked him for his service. Explaining how he made the decision to come to Keynsham instead of becoming a detective inspector at Bristol’s Bridewell police station, he said: “I knew it was a good job here and it was about getting back to the basics of policing. I was grateful for the opportunity to come here and I have never regretted it – I could not have worked in a nicer place.” He said times had changed dramatically in the force, with recent changes including a new police and crime commissioner and

a new chief constable for Avon and Somerset. The downward trend in the number of crimes reported each month that began before he arrived in Keynsham had continued, he added, and the community could be proud they lived in a “safe place”. Insp Stuckes joined Dorset Constabulary as a cadet in 1975 and also spent several years serving with the Bermuda Police. He joined Avon and Somerset constabulary in 1989, serving in uniform and CID posts. In 2002 he was promoted to inspector. Chief Insp Simon Ellis said: “Insp Tim Stuckes has been a key member of the management team on B&NES having direct responsibility for the Keynsham sector as well as having responsibility for the Community Safety Team and our officers seconded to the Youth Offending Team.

Throughout his service he has been extremely dedicated and he remains an example to us all.” Sgt Alison Norman will be covering his role until a new inspector is appointed.

Inspector Tim Stuckes with Cllr Gill Hellier

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In expert hands If a member of your family had a medical or surgical condition that demanded expert care you would expect to be referred by your GP to a specialist – someone who could offer investigations and treatments beyond what your GP could provide. In human medicine and surgery these specialists are easily recognised. The National Health Service has a structured career programme so that if you are seeing a consultant in a given specialty you can be very confident of that consultant’s credentials. If your pet needs care beyond the scope of your regular veterinarian’s practice, the same can now be offered to them. Keynsham Veterinary Centre has direct and immediate access to a team of specialists and experts within Highcroft for emergency and critical care, cardiology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging. Your pet would be referred straight away, no waiting lists, no need to travel miles and minimal anxiety for you and your pet. In addition to five or six years’ training at veterinary schools, “recognised specialists” have studied to the highest level in their specialty as set out by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. This includes demonstrating their experience and ongoing reaccreditation to show that they are still truly expert in their field. Your vet may refer your pet to a specialist if they need

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New fire HQ plan for town complex surgery or they have a disease which is uncommon, complicated or undiagnosed after standard testing. Sometimes the outcome of the current treatments are not going as expected and sometimes your pet may require a sophisticated procedure such as hip replacement, spinal surgery or pacemaker implantation. As with humans, these are major procedures and, as there is no NHS for pets, we strongly recommend all owners take out pet insurance to cover every eventuality. Referral practices, such as Highcroft, can also offer stateof-the-art highly specialized equipment including arthroscopy, ultrasonography, CT scanning and equipment for cataract surgery. It’s great to know that this expertise not only saves lives but also extends your pet’s longevity and improves their quality of life!

A proposal to move Avon Fire and Rescue Service’s HQ from Bristol city centre to Keynsham has been presented to the local fire authority. The plan was revealed last month, along with a proposed new fire station near the Avon Ring Road as the service’s current base in the town will eventually have to move due to the ongoing regeneration of the centre. Chief Fire Officer Kevin Pearson said: “Keynsham town centre is undergoing a major redevelopment which means the existing fire station there will have to move. It’s estimated that our current headquarters site, in central Bristol, needs around £7 million of repairs to maintain. “The redevelopment of Keynsham town centre provides an opportunity, which was not there before, to move to a smaller,

purpose-built headquarters that reflects our modern needs, and which would be far more efficient to maintain.” Talks have been held with Bath and North East Somerset Council about moving the service’s headquarters and creating a new station. A fire service spokesman told Keynshamvoice there was no timetable set out for the scheme as yet as factors such as acquisition of land and the speed of the town centre redevelopment would all play a part. The proposals are part of moves by the service to address a funding gap totalling £3 million by 2016/17 but bosses have said there will be no redundancies as staff numbers will be reduced through “natural wastage”. The report, Investing for the Future, was presented to Avon Fire Authority on July 19.

Rebecca Gibb BVM&S MRCVS www.highcroft vet.co.uk

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Foodbank takes its first delivery Keynsham’s Foodbank could be ready to hand its first food parcels to those in need by next month. Volunteers have received 1,000 kilos of food from the 1,800 kilos donated by shoppers at Tesco Keynsham last month and shared with Bath’s Foodbank. On Friday, July 26, the hundreds of tins and packets were taken to the group’s base at Broadlands Academy for storage. The group is now hoping to hold more collection days this month before the Foodbank’s two distribution points - St Francis’ Church and Victoria Methodist Church - open for service. Foodbanks give food parcels to people who receive a voucher from a professional such as a social worker or health visitor, by the Citizens Advice Bureau or a council One-Stop Shop. Co-

ordinator Alan Hale said: “The Foodbank is open for anyone with the voucher. It is not driven by the fact that you are on benefits – you may well be in work in a low-paid job and the choice is eating or buying shoes for the kids, or if you are pensioner then the choice might be heat or eat. “We, the foodbank team, our volunteers and clearly from the collection, the people of Keynsham are not going to let people go hungry.” To get involved, whether you are an individual who can volunteer or a school or business that could help with collections or fundraising, email keynsham foodbank@yahoo.co.uk or ring 0117 983 7923. Non-perishable items needed by the Foodbank include tinned meat or fish, pasta or rice and cereals. See a full list at www.keynshamvoice.co.uk.

Volunteers sort the 1,000 kilos of food donated to Keynsham Foodbank

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Team smash £20k target A group of cyclists who set themselves a challenge that took them from one end of the country to the other have smashed their fundraising target. The riders were raising money in memory of Wellsway School pupil Jack Boulton by pedalling their way from Land’s End to John O’Groats last month. The strength of support from the community has seen the CRYride Team beat their £20,000 fundraising target for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Keen young sportsman Jack died suddenly in 2009 at the age of 17 having suffered a

cardiac arrest. The charity will now be holding an ECG testing session for 14- to 35-year-olds at Wellsway in July next year. Dave Boulton, Jack’s father, said: “It truly was a most rewarding journey for us all – the sun shone, luck was on our side and although some of the climbs were tough it was a great adventure. “On behalf of the CRYride Team we’d like to thank the local community for their support and wonderful donations.” The CRYride Team was made up of nine riders, who completed the journey in 13 days and also

The CRYride Team arrive at John O’Groats; stopping off during the journey at Wellsway School, far left made a stop at Wellsway School where pupils held their own mini CRYride to add to the fundraising total. Dave said: “The reception we received at Wellsway School was amazing and the mini

CRYride challenge was a fitting tribute.” A daily blog from the team during their ride, as well as more information about the challenge, is available at http:// cryride.co.uk.

Concern over accident blackspots Concern has been raised after road casualty figures for Bath and North East Somerset revealed three of the top five accident blackspots were on roads in Keynsham. Hicks Gate roundabout had the highest number of casualties between 2009 and 2011 in the whole of B&NES, with nine road users killed or seriously injured during the period, while Broadmead roundabout was close behind with eight. Charlton Road/Redlynch

Lane was fifth on the list, with six recorded casualties, a report to B&NES’ planning, transport and environment policy development and scrutiny panel showed. Town councillor Tony Crouch raised his concerns with fellow councillors at a meeting on July 23, who all agreed they should contact Stefan Chiffers, area traffic engineer at B&NES Council, about the issue and to ask what was being done to reduce the risks.

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Inquiry into homes begins A public inquiry into Crest Nicholson’s bid to build up to 99 homes on green-belt land at Saltford will get under way this month. The controversial proposals for the land off Manor Road were taken to appeal by the developer in April after Bath and North East Somerset Council failed to make a decision on the application before the deadline passed. The independent planning inspector will hear evidence from the developer and from other interested parties, including the Saltford Environment Group and Saltford Green Belt Campaign. Spokesman Phil Harding said the group had commissioned an appraisal of the scheme which had found it was not sustainable development.

He added: “Secondly, there is a strong feeling locally that Saltford will be treated unjustly if this appeal is won and the planning application is permitted to proceed. B&NES, rather than a housing developer, is democratically elected by the local community to plan and determine where new housing developments should be located through its Core Strategy and place-making consultation process. “We feel strongly that if allowed to proceed, this development would not only extend the existing housing development boundary against the wishes of local residents, but set a dangerous precedent for other developments on our green belt.” The inquiry opens at 10am on August 13 at the Fry Club and Conference Centre, Somerdale, Keynsham.

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Have your say on 20mph limit plan Residents in Saltford are being asked to share their views on plans to reduce the speed limit to 20mph on most of the village’s roads. Leaflets have been delivered to homes by Bath and North East Somerset Council outlining the plans. Under the proposals, the A4 would not be subject to the 20mph limit.

Residents have until August 26 to return the feedback forms where they can make comments and answer a series of multiple choice questions. Find out more about the 20mph proposals from Council Connect on 01225 394041, email transportation@bathnes.gov. uk or visit www.bathnes.gov. uk/20mphspeedlimit.

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TimeOut Task Force gets to work Young people who have teamed up to help improve parts of Keynsham and to tackle the stereotypes surrounding teenagers have completed their first project. The TimeOut Task Force got to work painting the bins in the Memorial Park, and members now each have a distinctive purple hoodie, presented to them by housing provider Curo as part of its Neighbour Hoodies initiative. Task Force leader Phoebe Bidgood, 16, said: “Our town is a great place to live, but there are some parts of it which are a little neglected and could be improved with just a little work. “That’s why some young people from the town, including myself, decided to start our own Task Force." Jo Bellotti, from Curo Community Investment Team, said: “At Curo we are really pleased that the TimeOut Task Force have agreed to be part of our Neighbour Hoodies initiative. We want Neighbour Hoodies across all of our neighbourhoods to show their local communities that young people are keen to play an active role in looking after and caring for their local environment and the people who live there.” She added: “We are also

keen to offer the young people the opportunity to gain certificates, accreditation and work experience that will benefit them in the future.” Keynsham youth worker Mark Willcox said he was pleased about the partnership between Curo and Keynsham Town Council, which would benefit both the young people and the community. He said: “This initiative has been driven by local young people who are keen to make a difference in their local community and also to challenge negative stereotypes about young people through positive action.” Phoebe explains more about the Task Force at www.fixers. org.uk.

Want to be part of Youth Fest? Youth Fest returns on Saturday, September 21, to celebrate the young people of Keynsham. There will be an inflatable football pitch, scooter demos, bands, performances, food, stalls and much more. Any organisations or agencies that work with local young people can take the chance to promote

what they do and the services they offer to youngsters with a stall at Youth Fest. It’s not too late to get involved – anyone who is interested can contact youth worker Mark Willcox on 0117 986 8683 or email youthworker@ keynsham-tc.gov. uk. Youth Fest will be held in Keynsham Memorial Park from noon-4pm.

Keynsham Town Council Youth Service TimeOut Drop-In Centre, 1-2 River Terrace, Temple Street, Keynsham Call Mark Willcox on 0117 986 8683 or email youthworker@keynsham-tc.gov.uk Open drop-in sessions: Mondays and Thursdays, 7-9.30pm. Project nights: Wednesdays, 7-9pm. D Detached Work: Wednesdays and Thursdays 7-9.30pm

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Young rowers get tips from Sir Steve Redgrave at Wellsway School

Rowers get a masterclass with Sir Steve An Olympic legend got “stuck in” during a visit to Wellsway School, joining pupils for games of lacrosse and Ultimate Frisbee. Olympic rower and five-times gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave also gave members of the rowing team a once-in-a-lifetime lesson in the school’s fitness suite, offering individual advice to each one. Sir Steve was visiting the secondary to celebrate the activities it offers at an event organised as part of the Matalan Sporting Promise scheme, which supports sport in schools in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust. Wellsway director of specialism Louise Riddoch said the special guest had time for everyone during his visit and inspired everyone with a presentation. She said: "It was an amaz-

ing opportunity for the students of Wellsway, BCA, Hayesfield and Writhlington to meet one of Team GB’s sporting legends. “Not only did he give plenty of time to chat to the children, have photographs taken and sign autographs but he offered to take the Wellsway rowers up to the fitness suite to give them a rowing masterclass. “He stayed with us for over an hour longer than was planned and spent time with each of the students giving them individual technical advice on the ergos. It’s not every day you spend a Tuesday afternoon being given individual coaching by a fivetimes Olympic gold medallist. Sir Steve left behind a huge number of totally inspired and very fortunate young people."

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Bringing best reads to life Spinebreakers – a website where you can bring teen books you love to life. Register this summer holiday to become a Spinebreaker and get creative with all your favourite teen books. Create a blurb, redesign the cover, film a scene, rewrite the ending… it’s all up to you. You can also see what other Spinebreakers are creating, browse the site, read book reviews and share content with your friends. And if you want to become a Spinebreakers Editor you can apply and, if you are chosen, you’ll have access to authors, review copies of Penguin’s latest books, editorial events and much more. Spinebreakers was produced for Penguin Books

by local children’s interactive agency Complete Control and is where you can discover the latest book reviews for teens, from new releases to classic teen novels.

Long-serving deputy head retires Chandag Junior’s deputy head teacher Ann Taylor has retired after teaching at the school for 34 years. Past pupils and parents joined the school in saying goodbye as Ann, who taught more than 1,200 youngsters during her time there, was presented with gifts including a “Book of Memories” containing many tributes to her teaching. Alison Creech, head teacher, said: “She always saw a child’s potential and then took them beyond this, enabling many pupils to achieve more than they thought possible.”

She now plans to enjoy her retirement playing golf at Saltford Golf Club, entering pub quizzes and taking well-earned holidays.

Head says farewell after five years Pupils, families and staff have said goodbye to Castle Primary head teacher Kristian Hancock. After five years in the post, Mr Hancock left at the end of the summer term. He said as plans to expand the school got under way he felt it was the ideal time for new leadership to take the helm. He told parents in his last newsletter: "Castle, as my first

headship, will always hold a special place in my heart and I will always listen with interest to any news on how the school, and the children, are getting on.” Rae Tabram, the current deputy head teacher, will be acting head teacher for the next academic year. Nicky Wake, early years leader, will take on the role of acting deputy head teacher.

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Keynsham Explorer Scout leaders Patryck and Helen and Alasdair from Clutton Explorers with Olympian Amy Williams

Amy aims to inspire local Scouts Local Explorer Scouts met one of Scouting’s newest ambassadors, Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams, to hear her speak about inspiring others. Amy has joined Chief Scout Bear Grylls to promote Scouting, along with fellow volunteer ambassador polar explorer Dr Ed Coats. Adult volunteers are urgently needed as demand among young-

sters for Scouting adventures grows. If you are over 18 years and would like to inspire others working with local Scouts, then for Keynsham email scouts@1stkeynshamscouts.org. uk or ring 0117 986 9455 and for Saltford Scouts email graham. bush@blueyonder.co.uk or call 01225 345219 for more information.

We did our work experience with Keynshamvoice for a week. It gave us a helpful insight as to how a newspaper works and what to expect of a normal working day. We were set a variety of different tasks allowing us to develop many skills. This helped us realise how running a newspaper is not only about the writing. We chose to work with the Keynshamvoice as we are both interested in carrying on media studies and one of us, Joe, is passionate about photography. We were given the chance to get involved with the photography aspects of the paper by taking pictures of the local area. Hopefully, they will be useful for the future! Also, we took part in the organisation of things at the office, helping with leaflets and the order of the papers. This gave us a good idea of what a

Wellsway School pupils Becky working office is like. Another task we were given was to help with distribution to both houses and businesses, allowing us to understand how widespread the readers are. A different, amazing opportunity we were given was to practice questioning and communication skills by brainstorming

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Spicer and Joe Hardwick at work in the Keynshamvoice office some interviewing questions. We practised the communication skills by ringing some companies to check certain details. The most enjoyable parts of the week were taking photos for the paper and making advertisements using Adobe InDesign, in which we had to explore new

tools and computer skills. We hadn’t used the programme before but we found it was similar to Adobe Photoshop so easy to get the hang of. Some of the advertisements we created will be used in the paper, which will be rewarding to see the final image in print.

During the week, we definitely improved in many areas and became efficient in most of them. We found the tasks enjoyable even if they challenged us slightly. The office was a lively and friendly environment and all the people we worked with were welcoming and understanding.

Photos taken by Joe Hardwick during his week’s work experience: Compton Dando, above left, and St John’s Church in Keynsham High Street, above

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Town at its blooming best for visit Community groups joined the Keynsham In Bloom Working Party in making sure the town was looking its best on July 16, when the South West In Bloom judges arrived. Following a presentation at Keynsham Bowls Club, judges Martin Ford, from Westonsuper-Mare, and Ian Thompson, from Dawlish, Devon, took a tour, inspecting Keynsham Memorial Park, including Transition Keynsham’s Community vegetable patch, the Lions’ Trough, the Jubilee Crown and the edible planting in the troughs on the park railings. The visitors then boarded the

Keynsham Dial-a-Ride bus for a trip to the Manor Road wildflower patch and Manor Road Community Woodland. Next stop was to view the hard work the Keynsham Scouts groups put into painting playground equipment at Chalfield Close. The judges then travelled up the High Street viewing the planted builders’ bags and hanging baskets. The group then arrived at St Dunstan’s Church before a visit to Broadlands Academy kitchen gardens and Keynsham Station ended the tour. The results will be revealed on September 19 at a presentation in Truro Cathedral.

Ryan inspires his stepdad’s Ironman test A Keynsham man decided a marathon wouldn’t be enough if he was going to be raising money in honour of his stepson Ryan – and will this month be tackling a gruelling Ironman triathlon. Richard Franklin, who runs Franks Window Cleaning, will be heading to Kalmar, in Sweden, on August 17 where he will carry out a 2.5-mile swim and a 112mile cycle before he ends the day with a 26.2-mile marathon run and all in less than 16 hours. Mr Franklin is raising money for Keynsham and District Mencap and Look West, two charities that have supported Ryan, 15, and the rest of the family. He said: “Having a very special disabled stepson called Ryan, I knew I had to do something a little more special than a marathon run. “Ryan has been going to Keynsham Mencap’s Tuesday Club at the Fry Club for the last 10 years. They take Ryan from us for two hours every week so we get a break. They give up their time free of charge just so special kids like Ryan get something different. They sometimes have a disco, play games, paint and

even make some cakes, but most of all they enjoy and are in a safe place. “Without our support clubs like these would not survive, and only to see the smile on these special kids’ faces is priceless.” Mr Franklin has been following a rigorous training programme for the past few months to prepare for the challenge and hopes to raise £3,000. To find out more and to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/richardfranklin2.

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Spirit of celebration as grants handed out Grants totalling around £20,000 have been handed to more than 30 different community groups working in the Keynsham area by the town council. From schools, Scouts and churches to litter-pickers and young lifesavers, representatives from the groups filled St John’s Church Hall for the annual presentation evening on July 24. Hosting the evening, Councillor Tony Crouch said it was one of his favourite events of the year, adding: “I am always astounded by the amount of work that goes on in the town voluntarily.” Representatives from each of the groups were handed a certificate and were invited to tell the audience about how the money would help their work. Among those who spoke at the event was Flight Sergeant Hawkins from 2386 (Keynsham) Air Cadet Squadron, who

Paul and Andrew Roberts with Cllr Gill Hellier, left; Key Voices, right explained how a radio communications qualification gained through the squadron had enabled him to secure an apprenticeship in air traffic control. He said the £500 grant would be used to offer similiar training and opportunities to other young people. Picking up the certificate on behalf of Keynsham and District Mencap Society, which was awarded £1,000, were vicechair Paul Roberts and his son Andrew, who is a member of the 18+ Club, one of the groups run by the charity. Andrew said: “On

behalf of my friends and myself I would like to thank Keynsham Town Council for their very generous donation for our club. We love our club and our club nights and the money will help us keep all of them running.” There was also a live performance by Key Voices, who sang an acapella tune as they picked up their grant of £750, which will be put towards a keyboard. Grant applications for 2014 will open in mid-April. See www. keynsham-tc.gov.uk for more information.

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United call for fracking controls Councillors put aside political differences to back a motion calling for more controls on fracking in Bath and North East Somerset. Members of all parties also called for an in-depth report on the potential impact on the area of unconventional gas exploration, such as coalbed methane extraction. Bridgend-based UK Methane Ltd has postponed a bid for gas extraction test-drilling near Hicks Gate, an application it has said it plans to revisit towards the end of the year. Conservative Group Leader, Cllr Tim Warren, who presented the motion to B&NES Council, said: “We’re really pleased that our motion gained cross-party support, with councillors uniting to voice their concerns over the use of fracking and other new energy technologies here in B&NES. We hope this will strengthen the council’s hand in resisting any unwanted fracking applications in our area.”

Keynsham Town Council grants 2013  1st Keynsham Scout Group – £1,000  2386 (Keynsham) Squadron – £500  Age UK B&NES – £500  Avon Wildlife Trust (Keynsham Branch) – £45  Baby Comes Too – £500  Bath & District Citizens Advice Bureau – £500  Bath Mind – £300  Butterflies-Haven – £1,000  Community @ 67 –

£650  Focus Counselling – £500  Friends of Manor Road Woodland – £750  Friends of St Keyna Primary School – £1,000  Frys Bowls Club – £540  Fry Club JFC – £500  Fry Club Netball – £500  InTandem – £500  Keynsham & District Mencap Society – £1,000  Keynsham Baptist Church – £1,000

 Keynsham Explorer Scout Unit – £600  Keynsham Film Works – £500  Keynsham Foodbank – £1,000  Keynsham Life Saving Club – £500  Keynsham Light Opera Group (KLOG) – £420  Keynsham Rugby Football Club – £300  Keynsham Town Junior Football Club – £650  Keynsham Wombles –

Transition Project – £500  Keynsham Youth Theatre – £650  Key Voices Keynsham – £750  Queens Road Church Pre-School – £250  St Dunstan’s Church – £1,000  St Francis’ Church Community Crafts – £300  St John’s Church – £600  Transition Keynsham – £350

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News Maths club returns for new term The successful after-school maths club running at Community@67 will start up again on Wednesday, September 11. The club is aimed at children in Years 5 and 6 and runs from 4 till 5pm on Wednesdays in term time at a cost of £1 per session Members are encouraged to work mathematically in a fun and active way and can bring home-

work problems along too. Space limits the club to 10 members. Call Sheila Crocombe on 0117 986 3961 to find out more.

with Keynsham Town Council chairman Gill Hellier What fantastic weather we had for the Music Festivalwall-to-wall sunshine for the whole 10 days. Many events in the week prior to the Sunday were held outside, including an opera evening and the Saturday concert in the park, which this year included an offering from the Young Musicians of Bath and North East Somerset. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make the events so successful. The huge crane, which has been named the Angel of Keynsham by some in the town, dominates the skyline at the regeneration site. What a piece of engineering it is and how fascinating to watch it being operated. It is now quite clear where the various

buildings will be and it seems as if the whole project is on schedule. A consultation regarding the public work of art for the site is to take place this month in the library. The South West in Bloom and the Keynsham in Bloom judging took place in July and the results will be known in September. We are pleased that the Memorial Park has maintained its Green Flag status and hope that you have all noticed the medieval Herber’s garden which the Parks team have started to create in the park behind the Baptist church. Enjoy the rest of the summer – long may the sunshine continue. Although my garden is hoping for some gentle rain – at night!

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Trio take on ‘Banger Run’ A nation’s honour is in the balance as an MOD worker from Keynsham and two friends aim to cross seven countries in a car worth less than £250 to bring in funds for Help for Heroes. Geoff Herbert and his friends Tom Vranch and Matt Cridge will drive from Dover to Barcelona in a Peugeot 405 TD that has been vinyl-wrapped in an Andy Warhol-style Queen’s head print. Calling themselves For Queen and Country, to fit in with the challenge’s film theme, the trio are tackling the Help for Heroes Banger Run from September 7-10. Geoff, who took part in the event last year, said: “I have met colleagues injured in the line of duty, and can appreciate the additional support Help for Heroes

offers to wounded soldiers. Additionally I did the event last year and really enjoyed it, so got some old friends involved this year. “Last year climbing the steep twisty passes and then driving back down again in an old car loaded at full capacity took its toll on the engine, the brakes and the steering, especially when travelling up to 500 miles a day, every day. Heat was another aspect, with no air conditioning. “The highlight would probably be driving the Nurburgring, the views over the Furka Pass, or getting to Barcelona in one piece, and then celebrating with all the other teams.” Geoff, Tom and Matt hope to raise £1,000 and people can sponsor the team at www. justgiving.com/ForQueenAnd Country.

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Keep play areas and fields clean With school holidays upon us and the usual increase in demand I would like to make a plea to all users of our playing fields and play areas, with the particular concern I have for the Holmoak field, to take any rubbish home or use the bins on site, which the town council manages well. I know a number of us who use it for dog walking do from time to time litter pick here, but sadly increased usage often results in rubbish across the football pitch. The recent hot weather has meant we have had many visitors to Holmoak field and noticeably more rubbish there at the end of the day. To ensure all users can safely enjoy their

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Where will this leave nature? With the appointment of Barratt Homes to build the second phase of the K2 site one can only hope that lessons have been learned from the choosing of Taylor Wimpey to build the first site. Abbots Wood and all its habitats must not be destroyed as has been the case so far. As the advert states: “If there’s no place for

nature, there is no nature.” This was an open space where nature and people lived together. All that is lost in this endless quest for more houses. We are continually being told that we are fast running out of energy reserves and yet we plough on without any thought of how we will supply these extra homes with such energy. No, hang on a minute, there is an answer they tell us? Destroy the environment even further with “fracking”. It will be future generations that will pay the price for all this madness. John Howlett Keynsham

Fire HQ move is positive news It was good news this past couple of weeks to hear that in all probability the new headquarters for Avon Fire and Rescue Service

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will be sited in Keynsham on the footprint of the fire station. As a member of the Fire Authority and ward member for the proposed site it has been quite an exciting journey both at Authority meetings and because I have also had the opportunity to specifically meet with the Authority Chair, the Chief Fire Officer and the Authority Treasurer at a meeting in Keynsham to progress this project and to use the opportunity to positively promote Keynsham as the ideal site. That was a meeting also attended by MP Jacob Rees-Mogg who was also supportive. In a one-to-one briefing by Jon Day, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, he reassured me that the loss of the operational fire station would not worsen fire cover but would in fact improve cover both in the town and beyond towards Bath when the proposed new station near the ring road comes to fruition. I am also reassured that the reduction in the number of firefighters in the future will be achieved through natural wastage. The new HQ will compliment the new Civic Centre and bring increased footfall to the High Street and Temple Street.

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With the renewal of the town centre, I believe that achieving the Avon Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters gives the town a great mark of approval by all four authorities in what was once Avon and was achieved with cross-party agreement. The town can be very proud. Alan Hale Cllr Keynsham South Bath & North East Somerset Council

I want evidence for 20mph plan This is a letter I have addressed to B&NES: I write regarding your recent leaflet that I received concerning your plan to introduce a 20mph speed limit in Saltford. I notice that you quote that one of the reasons for this plan is the experience of trials carried out in Portsmouth. I am afraid that I cannot comment on the experience of Portsmouth roads but I can only assume that they have experienced considerable carnage on their roads. However, I can say that while living in Saltford I have not been aware of any similar problems here. If this is not the case, can you please

provide me with the relevant figures for any road accidents on the residential roads in Saltford? Only the provision of evidence of accidents would justify introducing a 20mph speed limit on these roads. Lack of evidence would suggest the roads are in fact safe. So, what is the point of making these roads safer than safe? I notice that the major road you omit from the plans is the A4. Surely it would be more to the advantage of Saltford residents if this road was made a safer and a healthier road (i.e. people breathing less carbon monoxide) rather than focusing on minor roads? I appreciate that the A4 may be a safe road statistically but it would be interesting to know the accident figures for traffic passing through the village of Saltford on the A4 (and pedestrians and traffic trying to cross it!). I am very aware that the answer would be a bypass for the A4 but presumably this option is considered too expensive. If this is the case, why are you proposing to spend money needlessly on reducing the speed limit to 20mph on all residential roads in Saltford? Alfred Ashton By email

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Range of issues raised over plan The Somerdale site development plans discussed in the July issue of Keynshamvoice had a questionable statement regarding Priory Road residents being in favour of “this amazing opportunity for Somerdale and Keynsham”. As a resident of Priory Road, who attended the inaugural meeting of the Somerdale Residents’ Association, I can tell you that no one I have spoken to is supportive of the present proposals. Some of the key issues raised at the numerous public consultations are the excessive number of homes for the area outwith the floodplain, some 700. In addition the original proposal was to include a proportion of industrial space (this would alleviate some traffic congestion), a buffer zone around the development (this is encroached upon in the last plans shown to the public) and the disastrous proposal to address the problem of some 600 additional vehicles from the site by the addition of a set of traffic lights at the entrance to Station Road.

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Apart from the developer, opinion is firmly in favour of a second entrance/exit. Since this will cost the developer money I can understand why they want a set of traffic lights. These are some of the points raised by local residents and Keynsham and B&NES councillors in an attempt to steer the plans in a more favourable, sustainable direction. I am in favour of developing the Somerdale site but planning approval must take the long view regarding the future of Keynsham. I could go on further but feel that the points I raise should correct what was a somewhat misleading paragraph. Mr D McColgan Priory Road Keynsham Editor’s note: Many people have submitted comments on this important scheme to B&NES Council, all of which are available to be viewed by the public and one of which was the source for the quote. We have covered concerns raised over access and have tried to present a range of the views expressed as the plans have been put to the public. We are always keen to print readers’ letters to reflect these views, too.

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Is this progress on elderly care? Re the enforced belt-tightening tactics of the present government. Do the public know that state pensions, heating allowances, bus passes, free prescriptions, free TV allowances apply to all of us, rich and poor, never meanstested? No politician dares to draw a line, hence the vast cost to the country. In the same way we are pressed to have our homes insulated even though gas central heating means a vent through the outside wall from the room where the gas fire is (safety law). Some local areas do not generate a very good community spirit, we do not all wish to be cared for in lonely isolation in our own little houses. The late

lamented Keynsham Hospital served very efficiently and happily. Having frightened us all to death by exposing severe flaws in NHS establishments, I am surprised any of us live beyond 80 years! The elderly still rely heavily on charity and the kindliness of neighbours, when any family is scattered worldwide. Where is the progress? Name and address supplied

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Call for more ‘Musketeers’ Bristol-based charity Meningitis UK is urging everyone to be a part of Bristol’s history while raising vital funds to fight the disease by taking on the 25th Bristol Half Marathon on Sunday, September 15. We would love for participants to become part of our Meningitis Musketeers team. To take part and help us achieve our vision, contact Emma King on 0117 303 3345 or email emmaking@meningitisUK. org for a sponsorship pack. Emma King Meningitis UK

Are UK’s parakeets branching out? Manor Road Community Woodland is a good spot to look out for local wildlife – but walkers there have recently caught sight of a more exotic inhabitant. This ring-necked parakeet has been spotted on several occasions by Andy Wait and John Aldridge, who took this picture. The bird is the UK’s only naturalised parrot and has become

a familiar sight – and sound, as they can be quite noisy – in some London parks and parts of the south-east. The RSPB says there are 4,300 breeding pairs in the UK. Whether this is a lone visitor to the area or if the species is heading West remains to be seen – keep your eyes peeled!

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Balloon launch lifts the spirits It was an emotional day for families as an autism charity held its annual balloon launch, inviting the youngsters it supports to let go of their worries and any sadness at the same time. Butterflies-Haven, based in Keynsham, marked its fourth anniversary with the launch and a tea party on July 19. Children from the charity’s Young Voice social group were given tags for the balloons on which they could write any fears, sad feelings and disappointments – before releasing them into the sky over St Francis Church. Founder Trisha Williams said: “The mass release symbolises letting go of any emotional pain into the sky and there were many tearful parents as the balloons lifted off into the blue sky on a gentle breeze. They were touched by the joy the event created. “This is our third balloon event

and we always seem to choose a sunny day with just the right breeze. It was followed by a picnic on the grass where all the children enjoyed games together.” Trisha also praised entertainer Jimmy Mack, who impressed the youngsters with his balloon-modelling act at the launch. A cheque for £300 was also handed to the charity by the Keynsham and District Twinning Association from their fundraising activities throughout the year. The charity is now looking forward to another launch – the first meeting of the Step-Up youth group for teenagers, which will be held at the @One Youth Centre on Tuesday, September 10. Butterflies-Haven is always looking for volunteers to help with its numerous groups – contact Trisha on 0117 329 0123 or butterflies.haven@hotmail.com.

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Electronic board to help patients An electronic information board has been presented to Keynsham Health Centre to help keep patients up to date. The new board will provide details of clinics being held at the centre and was purchased by Keynsham’s League of Friends. Charles Gerrish, on behalf of the Friends, said: “The health centre is on the site of the old hospital and we have always maintained the policy of ensuring money raised by the League was used for the benefit of the population of Keynsham. This is one of the commitments we have made to improve their access to care.” Sirona is the lead tenant at the centre and Tricia Dyke, NHS property services manager, received the board from the Friends. She said: “It is a great addition to the health centre as it tells people simply and easily where they need to go to find the clinic they need.”

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In Good Health with Anna Casey, pharmacist at Chandag Road Pharmacy With this summer’s heat wave taking us all by surprise and many of you off on holiday during the summer break, we take a look at a few summer ailments. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke Heat exhaustion occurs when the temperature inside the body rises between normal at 37˚C up to 40˚C. This causes the levels of water and salt in the body to fall and as a result can make a person feel sick, faint and sweat heavily. It is best to sit in a cool place, remove excess clothing and drink plenty of water to rehydrate. Without treatment, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is far more serious and should be treated as a medical emergency. If someone is showing symptoms of heat stroke including mental confu-

sion, rapid shallow breathing, fainting and loss of consciousness, they should be taken to a shaded area and an ambulance should be called. Sunburn Prevention is better than cure for sunburn. Skin should be protected with a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 before going out in the sun and should also be reapplied every two to three hours. If you do get burnt, cool the skin with a cold flannel and apply moisturiser regularly. An after sun containing aloe vera may also help soothe the skin. Prickly heat Prickly heat usually develops when a person sweats more than usual during hot or humid weather. The body’s sweat glands can become blocked and so the excess sweat becomes trapped beneath your skin. This causes the characteristic rash

and irritation. Calamine lotion will soothe the affected area of skin and for certain people, hydrocortisone cream may be used if the skin is particularly sore and itchy. To help prevent episodes of heat rash developing, try to avoid excessive heat and humidity and wear loose cotton clothing. Insect bites If you get bitten, it is best to place a cold compress such as a cloth soaked in cold water over the area to reduce the swelling. It is important not to scratch the area as it may become infected. An antihistamine tablet or cream will help to reduce swelling and stop the area from being so itchy. Remember to check with your pharmacist or doctor before travelling to a tropical area, as you may need to take anti-malarial tablets to avoid becoming infected.

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Mark’s night ride for group Among hundreds taking part in a 102-mile overnight cycle ride there will be one man raising money to help fund a series of community projects in Keynsham. Mark Penny is joining the Exmouth Exodus on August 17-18, starting from Clifton in Bristol at around 10pm and cycling all the way to Exmouth, which he hopes to reach at around 7am the next day for a well-earned fry-up. Mark said: “Not only is this a long distance to cover in one go but at night makes things a little more tricky. I will be joined by another 250 riders of all abilities and on a range of bikes so I won’t be alone.” Mark is a member of not-forprofit community group Transition Keynsham and he hopes to raise hundreds of pounds to help keep its various projects going,

 Keynsham Rotary Club has announced Adrian Dodd will be its new president for 2013-14, taking over from outgoing president Richard Eaton. Mr Dodd said over the coming year the club would support Children’s Hospice South West and St Peter’s Hospice in Keynsham, while also backing the Rotary International Foundation char-

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ity’s drive to eradicate polio and raise funds for the Bujagali Trust. Local Rotary members will also continue to support community events, such as stewarding Keynsham Music Festival and the Victorian Evening. To find out more about Rotary, visit www.keynshamrotary.org or email keynshamrotary@hotmail.co.uk.

Mark Penny of Transition Keynsham including the Plot in the Park, a vegetable patch in Keynsham Memorial Park, the group's Wellsway wildflower patch and the Wombles litter-pickers. He added: “As we are a community group for the community the more money we can raise the more projects we can run.” To find out more about the ride and to sponsor Mark, go to http://keynshamt.wordpress. com/sponsored-bike-ride/.

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News Chamber of Commerce with chairman Lynn Young It was a busy meeting on July 1. Our speaker was Duncan Kerr from B&NES talking to us about the opportunities that the new development can bring to local businesspeople. Duncan is hoping there will be tenders for a coffee shop for B&NES employees, and also for refreshments in the One Stop Shop area thus encouraging people to stay on the High Street. The Keynsham Food Festival is well on the way with the Scouts’ involvement – here’s to a successful local event.

Members of Keynsham Chamber of Commerce also socialise after the meeting in The Old Manor, giving all members the chance to network and discuss their business with like-minded people. New members are always welcomed, we meet on the first Monday of the month. Come along and introduce yourself, we need your energy to improve businesses not just in the High Street but covering all of Keynsham. Next meeting is on September 2 at 5.45pm at The Old Manor Hotel.

Festival team pay tribute to Lee Festival organisers have paid tribute to a dedicated volunteer who passed away unexpectedly shortly after this year's event. Lee Dowse worked in various roles for the festival and many other events and community arts projects in the area over the years, from rigger and project leader to entertainer. He collapsed at the Old Road Tavern in Chippenham on July 16. Lee, who was 44, was “a cheerful and tireless member of this year’s festival crew”, said organisers, who was particularly committed to enabling young

people to play a role in community work. Lee, a father of two, grew up in Keynsham, where his mother Irene still lives. He had two kidney transplants during his life, with his mother donating one of hers and a friend acting as donor for the second operation. His funeral was held at Haycombe Cemetery in Bath with a wake at the Old Road Tavern, where his family planned to have an open mic” session for anyone who wanted to speak or sing. Friends and family are planning to hold other events in his honour in future.

 Rotary Club of Keynsham has presented £500 to St Peter’s Hospice from a collection held at the town’s Co-op store in December. Club president Richard Eaton and Bobbie Sansom of St Peter’s Hospice thanked shoppers for their generosity and Co-op manager Chris Smith for the continued support.

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News Back: Norman and Liz James, William Stevens, Jacob Harris, Dan Crouch, Sam Bilner, Martin Sussams, Revd Simon Howell. Front: Lydia Stevens, Iona Tredget, Sarah Crouch and Helen Davis

Choir’s summer show a success It was a perfect summer’s evening as the guests at a concert in Chewton Keynsham Church enjoyed a summer serenade from Voices@One, and also helped with raising £185 for the church’s general funds, writes Ros Anstey. Voices @One is part of the choir of St John the Baptist Church, Keynsham. Under the direction of Roger Peach, aided by William Stevens and Martin Sussams, Voices @ One aim to perform a wideranging repertoire of traditional choral music, arrangements of modern songs and numbers from

the West End and Broadway. Church warden Norman James said: “I think the title of the concert summed the whole evening up, and the choir’s musical choices were very apt. We were so encouraged by the responses we now plan to make this an annual event.” Chewton Keynsham Church is the smallest community church in the parish. Its next event will be the annual cream tea on Monday, August 26, from 2.30pm until 5pm. There will also be stalls selling bric a brac, books, cakes, plants and home produce.

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Plenty of highlights – here’s to next year! Some highlights of this year’s Keynsham Music festival were nothing to do with the Sunday in the Park – around 2,000 people attended the festival events during the week, including the largest audience ever for the Saturday night Gala Concert, writes our correspondent. To enable this to happen more community groups and venues than ever before were involved in sponsoring, organising and staging festival events. From comments received by the organisers this year’s hallmark was the quality of performers across the whole festival – from the attentive audiences for acoustic music in The Ship and The Talbot to the resounding applause for Keynsham’s young classical musicians in the park on the Saturday. We must remember that virtually all musicians played for free and the whole thing relied on around 60 volunteers completing over 400 man hours of work! The whole community should be thanking these people for making the festival possible. The public’s donations – up again this year – perhaps did just that. A series of images summarise this year’s festival high points: singer-guitarist George Jones as a late stand-in rocking a packed bar at The Ship, 200 people relaxing at The Park Café to opera and afterwards trad jazz in the Conservative Club from a band still younger than The Rolling

Stones. A packed audience for Satish Kumar’s teaching on how to Live (more) Simply, and more nuns in the park at midnight on the Friday than in your average convent! Three bars at festival events were drunk dry, including the Pimms at the gala concert’s massive picnic. A testament to the weather, of course, and a very useful contribution towards the £50,000 cost of the week – as were the substantial donations from the public – without which nothing would be possible. Highlights on the Sunday must include the performances of contemporary dance from Joli Vyann’s sudden appearances in the food arena; over

200 children engaged in the Ian McGill creative arena, some welcome bluegrass and country on the Taylor Wimpey Top Stage from Slapface. There was also the extraordinary electric guitar work from Gianni Cosso with What Flag?, and the equally extraordinary acoustic guitar work from Argentina’s Violentango, complete with real tango dancers from Bristol Tango del Rosa school, on the Co-op Bandstand Stage. Every act at this year’s music festival was original or traditional – there were no covers bands – and some of them must be destined for future greatness. Continued on next page

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Keynsham Music Festival 2013 From previous page Festival-goers were lucky to catch superb sets from the young Callum Rafferty, Bath’s StevieJo Dooley; and The Scribes – who will be Bristol’s next big hip-hop act – all from the excellently revamped TimeOut stage. Some Velvet Morning and Bigtopp are already half way there and it is likely that Jasmine Kennedy and Keynsham’s Foreign Affairs will be soon – all from the Top Stage. Also playing more than once was Bristol’s rising star Bashema who played solo to a rapt audience in The Ship earlier in the week, and then with her band on the Sunday afternoon. Only one act arrived by train this year (same as last year), but Minor Works Unit, who played on the train and later on the Bandstand Stage, were, for those who were on the Festival Train another highlight of the day. This is important because with B&NES Arts funding it is important that the festival shows that it is catering for the B&NES population: this year’s attend-

ance survey data shows just that – a considerable number come from Bath. Interest in the Keynsham Music Festival is also growing nationally, especially thanks to Prima magazine’s mention this year, and, looking ahead to next year, there is always a need for more sponsorship and volunteers. Keep an eye on the website www.keynshammusicfestival. co.uk and the Facebook page for news.  Photos: John Aldridge

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Festival-goers get taste of Zumba A 300-strong crowd at Keynsham Music Festival were treated to a high-energy Zumba demonstration. Instructor Jody May led a group of 12 regulars from Keynsham Leisure Centre for the routine on the Community Performance Stage. Steve Williams, general manager of Keynsham Leisure Centre, said: “It was a funpacked afternoon and a perfect opportunity to showcase one of the most popular classes at

the leisure centre. After the recent success of our first-ever fundraising Zumbathon, we’re holding our next event on September 27 and it promises to be a roaring success.” Aquaterra runs seven Zumba classes a week at Keynsham Leisure Centre, offering workouts that are a fusion of hip-hop, merengue and belly dancing. Class times and venues are online at www.aquaterra.org/ exercise.

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Country fete raises £3,700 by Ros Anstey

All the fun of a traditional country fete was enjoyed as visitors flocked to the beautiful village of Compton Dando to enjoy this popular event once again. For those looking for a more sedate afternoon in the sun, an afternoon of Dixieland jazz was supplied by Bristol’s Panama Jazz band. Also on show was a magnificent display of locallyowned classic cars on the Millennium Green, while in the further field a collection of tractors was on display. After parking their cars in a field on Fairy Hill visitors were able to get into the village courtesy of Gary Pearce, who transported them down in his tractor and trailer. As well as enjoying cream teas in the village hall and refreshments in the church, people were

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Trains and planes wow the crowds Organisers of Corston Country Fair are celebrating a very successful event. As well as stalls selling everything from candy floss to china and clocks, families also enjoyed a dog show, bouncy castles, classic car displays, rides on Chuffy the Train, a tea tent and a Bath Ales bar. There was a special treat on the day, on July 20, with two

fly-pasts – one by a Royal Navy WWII Sea Fury and another by a WWII RAF hurricane.

able to climb the 180 steps to the top of the church tower for a magnificent view of the fete and surrounding countryside. Around £ 3,700 was raised and will go towards the upkeep of St Mary’s Church and the village hall, and to enable the Community Association to fund social events for all ages within the village.

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News Remembering life of Edmund Cox Former company executive Edmund Cox, a popular Keynsham Methodist and amateur entertainer, has died, aged 76, after a battle with cancer. A funeral service was held on Friday, July 19, at Victoria Methodist Church, Keynsham He was a largely self-taught pianist and organist who for years played with Keynsham Light Opera Group, Saltford Singers, Keynsham Singers and other groups including schools. He was the regular organist at Queens Road Methodist Church and was for several years chairman of Keynsham’s Methodist resources committee. He was also a member of Keynsham and Saltford Probus Club. Educated at Bristol Grammar School he became apprenticed at Fry’s chocolate factory, Keynsham where he rose to senior management, later moving to Spillers in Kingswood. Mr Cox leaves a widow, Marjorie, three children, seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

A taste of what’s on offer at food festival If you are interested in food then you will be pleased to know the Keynsham Food Festival is almost upon us. On Saturday, September 14, Keynsham Scout Headquarters on Ashton Way will be filled with food glorious food. The Keynsham Chamber of Commerce is this year working with the Scouts to host what will be the biggest and busiest food festival yet. Throughout the day there will be activities to suit all ages and culinary requirements. Many local food establishments and producers are attending this year to bring to you their latest creations to taste and purchase. Among them will be Chandag Road Pharmacy, Pomegranate, Farrells, The Fish Bar, GB Italia, Newton Farm Shop, Bath Bakery, Tandoori Gardens, Chewton Farm Meats, Upton Cheyney Chilli Farm, Café Crème, Grasmere, Top Tier Catering, and Heavenly Hedgerows to name just a few… Why not take a seat and watch a demonstration on how to cook up a feast in the stage area or watch our Scouts and Cubs cook their lunch on an open fire – come rain or shine! Do you enjoy baking? Then enter our cake competition to become the winner of Keynsham’s own bake-off. This year the com-

petition will be open to all with a range of categories: Best Sponge Cake; Best Fruit Cake; Best Muffins/Cupcakes/Small Cakes and, for the younger ones, the Best Decorated Cake 0-5 years/6-10 years/11-14 years. All you have to do is fill in the form below and deliver your masterpiece between 9am and 10am to the Guides’ Hut on Ashton Way. Forms to be placed in an envelope under your cake plate. For more information contact Vi Francis on 0117 9868695. Cakes will be sold on behalf of the Women’s Section of The Royal British Legion in Keynsham, with the proceeds from the

sale of the cakes entered into the Adult Categories donated to the RBLWS Benevolent Fund. Judging will take place between 11am and 11.30am and winners will be announced at noon in the demonstration room. For more on what’s on offer at this year’s festival, see www. keynshamfoodfestival.co.uk.

Event celebrates fairtrade status Saltford formally received Fairtrade Village Status at an event held at Saltford Golf Club on Monday, July 15. Gill Self, resident and the leader of the Saltford Fairtrade group, received the Village Status certificate from the Chairman of Bath and North East Somerset Council, Councillor Neil Butters. Gill said: “Our campaigning continues. We must always remember why we are here and our purpose – increasing the use of Fairtrade products can make a real difference to people’s lives and help ensure trade is really fair.”

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In the Garden We (that is the royal “we”) have planted some radish seed and some small lettuces, lollo rosso, in the raised bed and have been enjoying them. So has a squirrel, happily digging into the fine soil. Fortunately it only disturbed one short row. I very promptly repaired the netting frames that fit onto the bed, so depriving the squirrel of its fun. The lettuces were undisturbed, and we have high hopes of some good salad food. Beetroot are following along with spring onions. As I have said before I am not good with seeds and small plants, so I shall only watch and wait, as well as watering them. Amazingly slugs and snails have hardly appeared. Perhaps Rent-a-Hedgehog has been in operation. I was reading a gardening paper recently and came across an article talking about mowing lawns. What can anyone say about cutting your grass? Quite a lot apparently. It was talking about a competition for professional gardeners. The prize was for the best pattern cut in the grass. The winner, who worked in a large private garden, had mown the grass into a fan shape with the base of the fan at the base of a large tree. Others had cut in diamonds, hatched and circular patterns. I thought that was good and tried a square pattern, where I started at the edge and worked until I reached the middle. Having surveyed my effort I decided there is more to it than I thought. So I quickly ran the mower over the grass to return it to normal, and nobody knew!

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During July we had the pleasure of some very fine weather, and we took advantage of it and put out some garden furniture, which set me thinking. We could produce 13 chairs of reasonable comfort, five garden beds/sun loungers, one permanent table, one light table, one table left from camping days, and two small folding table. Enough, I thought, for a decent party. And an old barbecue which came into use recently. After this I was in a large garden centre and noticed a good-looking garden set. One good-sized table, four chairs, one large parasol, and the price of £986. I looked at our motley set and doubted if the most expensive piece cost more than £60. And I wonder where it all came from. We have had an amazing run of very hot weather just recently which has exhausted all the water butts. Resorting to the hose is something I do not like to do but now it is inevitabe so this evening, when it is cooler, that is where I shall be.

Well, what a change on the plot. After bemoaning the cold start to the season everything is growing really well provided the plants are watered regularly. The recent hot spell has caused the ground to dry out and crack in places. On my plot I can’t use a hosepipe so carrying buckets of water is the only option available and I think my arms are longer than they were a month ago. Cropping is well under way with courgettes, beans and peas performing well. With this in mind it’s a good idea to make a note of what the plot has yielded so that you can adjust the amount of space allocated to each vegetable to suit your needs in coming years. Avoiding a glut is nigh on impossible so my friends get supplies of my surplus. After that I use the freezer where practical but I find that the frozen item is never as good as that picked and eaten fresh. Keep picking the crop to encourage further yields and if the dry spell continues keep watering. If you are growing pumpkins

check to see how many fruit have formed and once you have enough and they are bigger than a tennis ball then the plant can be stopped from spreading by pinching out the growing shoot. If you are looking for big pumpkins then I suggest a maximum of two per plant is adequate. I have cropped the garlic and will soon be cropping the spring sown shallots and onions. Once the leaves start to yellow then you know they are nearly ready to be lifted. Gently ease them out of the ground with help of a fork and lay them out to dry on some mesh or netting that is clear of the ground. Once fully dried they can be put away for storage which in my case is normally in nets in my garage where it is dry and cool. There is still time to make some late sowings of salad vegetables and carrots if space is available. I always leave room for autumn planting of vegetables that will survive the winter and August is the time to make sure that the area is prepared ready for sowing later. Dig over the area and incorporate some well rotted manure or compost and keep it clear of weeds. Make sure you have ordered the seed or you know where it can be bought. My autumn planting will include garlic, broad beans and Japanese onions and I will deal with the planting tips in a later article. This year I am going to plant white garlic because this stores better than the purple variety. This means that I will order them to ensure I get supplied and not rely on the stock in the garden shops.

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Discover your Bounce! with holistic therapist and writer Nicky Marshall Welcome to August! This month I want to talk about resilience. Most of us lead busy lives and in a world of technology and constant noise it’s easy to go from Monday to Friday without a thought! When something comes along to challenge us – how capable are you of bouncing back? Here are some tips to help you cope if the unexpected should occur: Firstly when you have had a shock, give yourself a break. We all need time to absorb what has happened to us, so cancel anything that isn’t urgent and give yourself space to think and breathe. Try not to make any instant decisions, but think around your situation. Secondly, remember to drink plenty of water and eat regularly – even if you don’t feel like it or think you are too

busy. You wouldn’t expect your car to run without petrol, so treat your body in the same way and nurture it. The last thing to do is to work out your next steps and remember to ask for help and support – man is not an island! Friends and family can support you, or ask The Universe for some support and guidance. “Angels” can be doctors, lawyers, neighbours or the man standing at the bus stop – if we are open to being helped we usually find our allies. More next month – but if you would like more inspiration go to our blog at www. holisticinsights.co.uk/blog.

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Keynsham Photographic Society is taking a break for the summer but members have sent us this selection of summery snapshots before they reconvene on September 4 for their next meeting. The group meets on Wednesdays at 7.30pm at the Fear Hall in Keynsham High Street and new members are welcome.Visit www.keynshamphotographicsociety.co.uk. We’ll have more photos in next month’s edition.

Sunflower by James Mann, above; Jay and Magnolia by Linda Horne, top right; Priddy Footpath by Roger Harvey, bottom right

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Nine-year-old Charlie Turner had the honour of cutting the ribbon at the launch of a new independent pharmacy in Keynsham. The team at Chandag Pharmacy, in Chandag Road, welcomed residents and local schoolchildren to celebrate the launch and tuck into some cake. Charlie was the winner of a colouring competition and was joined by Keynsham Town Council chairman Gill Hellier to officially open the outlet. Pharmacist Anna Casey said: “We want the pharmacy to be more than just a traditional chemist, so a wide range of healthcare services will be made available such as the Stop Smoking service, medicines MOTs, and new medicines service which are paid for by the NHS. “We will also offer private services such as anti-malaria screening and supply of tablets without the need to see a GP, weight management service as

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Charlie Turner, nine, opens Chandag Pharmacy with town council chairman Gill Hellier well as free diabetes and blood pressure checks.� The pharmacy is open from 8.30 am until 6pm from Monday to Friday and 9am until 1pm on Saturday and offers a free prescription collection and delivery service catering for all GP surgeries in Keynsham and surrounding areas. Visit www.chandagroad pharmacy.co.uk for more details.

ď Ž Keynsham Light Opera Group (KLOG) has received ÂŁ2,000 from the Co-operative and plans to spend the money on equipment for future productions – staging just one musical can cost up to ÂŁ12,000, the group says. Co-op area manager Bracken Thyer is pictured handing over the cheque to Joanne Meredith, chair of KLOG, and Duncan Mitchell, vice-chair. KLOG’s next show is Motown Magic, which will run from October 22-26 at Saltford Hall.

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Your questions answered Q – Who can use Wellsway School Sports Centre? A – Everyone. Sport Wellsway open the doors early in the morning, throughout the evening, and all weekend to provide all members of the community use of our great new facility. During the school day the centre is closed and used by Wellsway School to enhance the education and performance opportunities for students of all ages. Q – Do I have to be a member to use the centre? A – No, although membership provides the best value for money with a little regular use, you can pay per visit if it is more suitable. With classes costing just £5, gym workouts £6 or

more than a traditional induction. You will be shown how to effectively use the equipment, we will discuss your goals and then work with you to write the perfect programme, and we will ensure it is reviewed regularly to keep the momentum flowing even if your goals change.

memberships for less than £29 the choice is yours. Q – What support can you give me? A – We offer all our users a stepby-step welcome to the centre. If you are new to the fitness suite for example we offer much

Q – What classes do you offer? A – We have recently launched our biggest class timetable following the addition of 16 market leading indoor cycles. Classes now include Bokwa, Circuits, Fighting Fit, Pilates, Studio Cycling, and Zumba. Early classes start at 5.30pm, with others at 6.30pm and 8pm throughout the week.

Q – Can I play badminton too? A – Yes, we have a six-court sports hall. Although we have a very successful relationship with many local sports clubs and teams it is still possible to find time for a friendly game of badminton. Membership includes badminton and offers low guest fees – even for non-members our courts are great value. Q – Where can I find out more? A – Our website is www. sportwellsway.com with all our details, and we also make use of Facebook (Sport Wellsway) and Twitter (@sportwellsway) for news and other regular updates. Come along during our opening hours and a member of the team will show you around.

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Teamwork key to ensuring town survives and thrives

'Town teams' were set up across the country last year in the wake of Mary Portas’s review of the British high street to help reverse the downward spiral affecting so many of the nation’s shopping areas. As an offshoot of the Chamber of Commerce, Keynsham’s Town Team has brought together a number of retailers, residents and representatives of other local businesses. While coming up with ideas to improve and promote the town is a key part of the Town Team remit, putting those ideas into action is the most important aspect and we have caught up with Keynsham’s Town Team for a round-up of the projects under way. What we have achieved We have tried to improve the look of the High Street with resin benches and planters outside Simply Carpets. We hope to have more permanent planters throughout the High Street, where positions have been agreed and discussions are continuing. We have also achieved an improved level of cleanliness in public areas in conjunction with B&NES Council. The Town Team has also backed the campaign for two hours’ free parking for shoppers and visitors to Keynsham, now available in the Labott car park. We also pressed for the relocation of the bus stop that was outside the old Civic Centre to a more suitable location away from sensitive premises. To help Temple Street traders during the redevelopment period, the group also got graphics installed on the hoardings and a large sign stating that the businesses are open as usual. We have also kept a close eye on empty properties on the High Street and tried to fill them. Another intiative is the regular craft market now held at the Scout HQ in Ashton Way alongside the monthly Keyn-

sham Farmers’ Market. We also organised zumba and jazzercise displays at the music festival, and zumba in the park. What we are working towards  A potential street art project with the support of the Civic Society who made us aware of a wonderful 1940s illustrated map.  A way-finding map, showing places of historical interest as well as all businesses and services. This is a project that is hoped to be progressed soon.  We have begun to put together a business advice pack for potential new businesses to Keynsham.

Above left, traders unveil the new sign for Temple Street with B&NES Council leader Paul Crossley; above right, a new bench and planter

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On the beat with PC Lisa Hawtin Dear readers – it would appear that you have missed my contribution to these pages as I’ve been nudged (politely and lawfully) to continue writing in the Keynshamvoice. It’s been a while since I have been able balance my workload in order to meet the deadlines for publication and that’s the only reason behind my lack of communication with you. However, now that I’m assured of your attention I’m going to appeal for some help and opinion. Our last PACT (Partners and Communities Together) meeting was held in June at the Methodist Church on Queens Road, and was well attended by a good selection of our community. This is a powerful meeting that I believe more of you could perhaps make use of. I have recently met with local B&NES and town councillors to decide on how we can best reach

‘PACT is a powerful meeting that I believe more people could perhaps make use of’ out to more of you. The current suggestion is that we hold one meeting for the whole of Keynsham at a central location that should perhaps be on the High Street. Your councillors will operate a rota to take turns to join the police and perhaps a Curo housing officer to sit at the top table and address local issues. A list of priorities will be agreed and the chair will action them to one of us to deal with. SAVE THE DATE Thursday, October 10, as this will be the next meeting, the location of which will be in my next text to you and of course on our website www.avonandsomerset.police. uk. If you would like to know more about PACT or have any suggestions as to how it could

be run please sing out and let me have them. Following on from that, one of the priorities raised at PACT was speeding along Charlton Road. Could I have a group of willing volunteers please to run a Community Speed Watch? I will need approximately 10 of you in the group to be trained on the speed detection equipment and to commit to organise regular checks. Those who are caught speeding in our community will then be contacted by the police. The warm weather, good food and toe-tapping music attracted many of you to the Keynsham Music Festival again this year. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m pleased to report that the good spirits were carried all

the way through to the end so there was no need for me to deprive anybody of their liberty. I’m now looking forward to the Youth Festival on September 21 but the dance routine will need to be simpler than the Macarena as my coordination is not what it used to be! And finally, our Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector, Tim Stuckes has left the building. Yes, he has hung up his hat and retired after 38 years’ service to policing. We will all miss him and wish him a long and happy retirement, I will of course keep you updated as to who will pick up the baton! That’s all from me for now, if you need to contact me personally or any of the team then either dial 101 or email me at 325@avonandsomerset. police.uk.

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Thought for the month Members of Salt and Sham Cycle Club show off the group’s distinctive new kit

New kit for growing cycle club A cycling club that has grown rapidly from a few friends enjoying a weekly ride to an 80-strong group has unveiled its new kit for members. Riders from the Salt and Sham Cycle Club, which takes its name from Saltford and Keynsham, will now be instantly recognisable on the roads with their new black and red kit, emblazoned with “SAS Collective Cycling”. The group, which is made up

of all abilities, meets on Saturday mornings at Ashton Way car park for a 40km lap of Chew Valley Lake, ending at Keynsham Cricket Club for bacon rolls and refreshments. A club spokesperson: “New members are always very welcome. Regardless of age or ability, we are one group and no one gets left behind.” The group’s website is now live, so visit www.saltandsham. co.uk for more information.

with Rev Denise Calverley, St Mary’s Saltford with Corston and Newton St Loe We are enjoying summer! Or are we? Children have been out of school about a month. Child care is tricky. Summer holidays are expensive. Website thismoney.co.uk tells parents that we’ll spend an extra £460 entertaining our children during summer. So is summer a great thing after all? As working parents with three children under 11 we refuse to be glum about summer. I love summer and so do my children! Why? Two reasons, freedom and time together. We love freedom from the clock of the academic year and all of its other activities like Scouts, Brownies and football practice. We love it when everything stops. Both

of us work, but we take full advantage of any flexibility we have. We have big breakfasts and pyjama half days TOGETHER. We make big tubs of special ice cream using value vanilla and adding treats like peanut butter cups or Oreos. Diced chilled watermelon and frozen grapes are favourites, too. After free or inexpensive activities we have cinema time with homemade popcorn and a DVD TOGETHER. Our budget holidays are TOGETHER. Children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). Sooner than we realise, their sweet childhood days of summer will be past. Make the most of them!

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A fundraising folk night inspired by the spirit of a local motor neurone disease sufferer will be held on Saturday, September 7, from 7.3011pm. All proceeds from the event at Priston Village Hall will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association in the name of Sue’s Wish Fund. Organiser Penny Notley said: “Sue is a local lady who is suffering from MND, which is a truly devastating disease. She has an amazing spirit and I would like to be able to make her proud of what we raise for the association from this event.” There will be a bar, refreshments and a raffle on the night, as well as the chance for guests to contribute a song themselves. For tickets to the Fundraising with Folk event, contact Penny by email at notley penny@msn.com or on 07842 530174.

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Keynsham & Saltford Wine Circle will be holding their Summer Dance at the Saltford Community Centre. Tickets are £8.50 (including supper and complimentary drinks). Dancing will be to Chris Stone from 7.45-11.45pm.

August 8-11 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, BS41 9JN. Hot air balloon ascents at 6am and 6pm. Thursday and Saturday evenings display the night glows. Arena and air displays, numerous stalls, entertainment and refreshments available. Free entry.

August 14 Royal British Legion Women’s Section is holding a cream tea afternoon from 2-4pm at the RBL Club, Charlton Road,

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August 15 Age UK B&NES Fit as a Fiddle Keynsham Bus Stop Walk, Kelston to Weston, two miles. This is a more challenging walk in terms of an uphill slope and a steep descent but is rewarded with stunning views over the Avon Valley and Keynsham towards Dundry. The walk starts on pavements and then is entirely over field paths and tracks. There are three stiles and stout footwear is essential. Walking poles advisable. Getting there: Bus 338 at 9.13am from Keynsham Church to Windsor Bridge. Then 332 to The Old Crown Inn Kelston returning on Bus 1 from Weston towards the City Centre and then the 338 to Keynsham. Call Paula Smith on 01225 466135 for information on Age UK walks.

August 24 Keynsham Fake Festival, Keynsham RUFC, Crown Field, Bristol Road, BS31 2BE, featuring tributes to Oasis, U2 and The Red Hot Chili Peppers plus five local support bands. All held inside the Fake Festivals marquee with a licensed bar and fenced food and entertainment garden area. Adult (18+ years) £20, young person (10-17 years) £10, family (2 x adult, 2 x yp) £50. See website for more details: www.fake festivals.co.uk

August 28 Saltford Business Network Meeting - a lunchtime event from noon at Saltford Golf Club where Liz Walton will show how to “de-stress” in the workplace. For more details on how to become a member of the Saltford Business Network contact Chris by email on info@saltfordbusinessnetwork. org.uk. For more information take a look at www.saltfordbusiness network.org.uk.

September 22 Corston Village Hall, BA2 9AZ Big Breakfast, from 9am-noon. English breakfast £4 inc toast, cereal, juice. Continental breakfast £2, tea/coffee 50p.

What’s on in Keynsham on a regular basis Passionate about local libraries, communities and history, why not join the Friends of Saltford Library? The group organises author visits, coffee mornings, poetry evenings, writing workshops and visits to nearby places of historical interest. Call 01225 394041 or email june_wentland@ bathnes.gov.uk.

Monday 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 at 7.30pm. Occasional speakers, social events and outings. Why not come along and meet new friends? Keynsham Writing Group meets in the library on second and fourth Monday of the month, from 2.30-4pm. We are a small, friendly group and welcome new members of all abilities. For further information, telephone Pat on 0117 986 4722. Keynsham Machine Knitting Club. We meet on the second Monday in the month at Sterling Way Community Centre, Keynsham from 2pm until 4pm. We have two club machines to practise knitting. Help and tuition will be given to get you knitting again. We try to have at least four speaker/demonstrators a year. Please come along and join us. We are a very friendly club. Interested? Please call Margaret on 0117 986 5559. Short mat bowls. Learn to play with a really friendly mixed group at Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham on Mondays 1.30-4pm and/or Fridays 7.30-9.30pm between September 2 and mid-May. Everyone welcome, free trial. Ring Clive on 0117 986 6793 or just turn up and ring doorbell.

Tuesday Keynsham free 45-minute buggy

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walk for parents, newborns, babies and toddlers, first and third Tuesdays of the month with 9.55am meet for 10am start at Keynsham Leisure Centre, Temple Street, Keynsham. Buggywalk@gmail.com, Facebook Bristol NCT. Keynsham new parents and babies coffee and tea morning. First and third Tuesdays of the month, 10.45-11.45am Victoria Methodist Centre, Charlton Rd, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2JA. Purpleyoga30 @gmail.com Wellsway Ladies’ Badminton Club, 7.30-9.30 pm at Keynsham Leisure Centre. For more details contact Jenny on 0117 986 8331. KOPS = Keynsham Older People’s Social group. This friendly group of local, older people meet on the first Tuesday of the month at Community@67, Queens Road, Keynsham at 2pm. The group is free to join but members usually bring along a small item for the raffle table. New members welcome, call Paula on 01225 484510 or Phyllis on 0117 986 8623.

ing darts and a committee meeting. On a Thursday afternoon, we do crafts and we have a community garden. Contact Jim Lingard on 0117 986 1551. St Keyna Townswomen’s Guild. A friendly outgoing group of various ages who meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham, from 9.45-11.45am. With interesting speakers and coffee/ tea and biscuits. We have many sub groups, including theatre and local interest trips, an art group, book club, Scrabble, cards, walkers, singers, bowls and more!.

Friday If you’re interested in crafts and meeting like-minded adults, head to the Labbott Community Room in Keynsham between 11am and 1pm every Friday.

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Step into the world of wild food For anyone who has ever wanted to know more about wild food, there is the perfect opportunity at the end of the month to join a local foraging expert on a walk to introduce you to autumn’s natural harvest. Chris Westgate owns kitchen-run Keynsham business Heavenly Hedgerows, producing award-winning liqueurs, jams, preserves and more from the wild food she finds growing nearby. Now Chris is leading two walks for members of the public – on August 31 and September 2 – to share some of her knowledge of plants, berries and wild fruits, and how to use

them in cooking, all learned from a lifetime of foraging. The walks will be around an hour long and will follow a route in the Keynsham area, to be announced closer to the dates, and will also include a foraged snack. Each walk is being offered at a special introductory price of £10 per person. The walk on August 31 will take place at 10am and on September 2 at 7pm. Walkers should bring suitable footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather. For more information and to book a place, contact Chris on 07828 786513 or email info@heavenlyhedgerows. co.uk.

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

Saturday Residents’ Fellowship Association, based at Hawthorn Meeting Room in Carpenters Lane, 2-4pm. We do different activities, eg. luncheon, quiz, games includ-

Healing on the Streets has returned; we can be found on Keynsham High Street every Saturday morning. We’re available to listen, talk and pray.

Dog show returns for fourth year Proud pet owners will be able to see their canines shine as Compton Dando’s Dog Show returns next month. Agility courses will put dogs and their owners through their paces, while judges will also be picking the cutest puppy, prettiest bitch and most handsome dog. Classes will also include best pedigree, best mixed breed, obedience, best tricks, waggiest tail and, of course, best in show. This will be the fourth dog show held in Compton Dando, and more than 70 dogs took part last year. The event, which is held for fun and not for experienced competition dogs, will take place on Sunday, September 14, from 2pm in the field off Rankers Lane, BS39 4JY. Entry for dogs is £5, with £2 entry per class. Spectators pay £1, while children get in free, and there will also be refreshments and a raffle. Funds

Last year’s Best in Show winner, three-year-old Golden Labrador Caesar, with his owner Phillipa Paget receiving the Latchets Kennels Trophy from Roberto Cima raised on the day will go to Compton Dando Community Association (CDCA), which supports village activities and selected charities and, in particular, St Mary’s Church and the Village Hall. For more details on the classes, entries and more, email plcm@btinternet.com.

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Record year for bike ride It was a record year for one charity’s annual fundraising bike ride, with 84 people arriving to either cycle or walk a route between Bitton and Bath. Tandems and bikes specially adapted for people with disabilities were among the modes of transport used on July 21 as members and supporters of Keynsham and District Mencap Society set off to raise funds. Some participants covered 25 miles on the day, helping to bring in much-needed cash for the charity’s activities and groups. Event organiser Mac McDowall said: “It was very pleasing to see all our clubs well represented and the sun shone for us all. I would like to thank all those who participated and the support team for all their hard work and efforts on the day. “A post-event celebration and certificate award ceremony was held in the gardens of the Bird

Cyclists and walkers relax at the Bird in Hand, Saltford in Hand at Saltford. The Bird in Hand laid on a very welcome buffet which gave everybody an opportunity to socialise and was a lovely way to end the event." To find out more about the clubs run by the charity, volunteering and events, visit www. keynshammencap.co.uk; email laura@keynshammencap.org.uk or call 0117 986 5659.

Dancers ready to leap into new term Members of the Keyford Dancing School helped entertain the crowds at Keynsham Music Festival last month before taking their summer break. Classes will restart on Monday, September 2, and during the autumn term pupils will be entering RAD ballet exams, BTDA Tap and Modern exams and medal tests in the dance forms taught at the school. On November 17, young tap dancers will also be putting their talents to good use by taking

part in the 2013 Tapathon for Children in Need. Clare Fox an RAD-qualified teacher has joined the teaching staff and will be teaching Major RAD Ballet classes. Cara Venn, having passed her modern Intermediate Foundation Examination in June, has enrolled on the BTDA teacher training course. The school hopes to add more classes to its current list of 40 – visit www.keyforddancingschool. co.uk for more information.

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I’ve always enjoyed making things, whether it was an apron at school or a strip of bunting to decorate my son’s room; and I think we all have a need to create and play. It turns out that sewing has been in my family for many generations; my grandmother was a seamstress and grandfather in the textiles industry, so I guess it was natural for me to

follow suit and I’m constantly updating my skills in sewing and other crafts. The old adage of “make do and mend” was instilled in our family and I always love rejuvenating old items. My new project is an old caravan, named Mabel the Musketeer, that desperately needs some TLC before she gallivants around the country. Having moved to Keynsham from London seven years ago, my Maggie Moo business was sprung after friends offered to buy things I’d made and over the past year or so. I’ve subsequently had stalls at many different craft and art

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with Sarah Wookey from Keynsham Library thine “Cemetery of Forgotten Books”, a library housing only books that have been forgotten by the world. “When a library disappears, or a bookshop closes down, when a book is consigned to oblivion, those of us who know this place, its guardians, make sure that it gets here.” Daniel is introduced to the library by his bookseller father and is told that he can choose just one book from its shelves. He picks The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax and takes it home. From that moment on, Daniel becomes the object of intense scrutiny by several people who are also interested in his chosen book. A long read with a rich cast of characters (Stephen King commented that “even the sub-plots have sub-plots”), this book is

fairs in the area. As my youngest (Maggie) heads off to school in September, I’m very excited to be cranking the business up a gear and to be designing some new styles and perhaps running some workshops. I make many things, including cushions, bunting, aprons and cases but mostly I make bags – you're either a bag or a shoe girl, and I’m clearly the former! I love using oilcloth as it’s so durable and colourful but also use designer and vintage fabrics to make my products, no two of which are ever the same. I often work on commissions, perfect for unwinding with in the sunshine. You’re in for a treat. Chick Lit  A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern “Ever wondered where the lost things go?” Sandy Shortt has been fascinated by “lost things” ever since her classmate vanished years earlier. So much so that she has set up a missing persons’ agency to fulfil her need to “find things”. Jack Ruttle contacts the agency, desperate to find his brother, who vanished a year previously. He has high hopes that Sandy will be successful in her quest, but then she, too, vanishes. By the same author as P.S. I Love You, this modern fairy tale is the perfect holiday/beach read. Young Adult  Jackdaw Summer by David Almond One hot summer’s day, a jackdaw leads two young boys, Liam and Max, to an old farmhouse, where they discover an abandoned baby, wrapped in a blanket. Attached to the baby is a note that reads: “PLESE LOOK AFTER HER RITE. THIS IS A CHILDE OF GOD.” What

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which is lovely as the customer gets something genuinely bespoke. My commute to work involves walking to my gorgeous shed at the bottom of the garden, which is idyllic and can accommodate a few of us for a crafternoon with a G&T from time to time! If you get a chance, you’d be very welcome to view my products at www.maggiemoo.co.uk and stay a while to read my blog and visit me at the shows marked in Events, including the wonderful craft fair at Wellsway School in November. Now, where are my scissors...? follows is an act of violence and a summer that Liam will never forget. David Almond is an award-winning author and storyteller whose young adult titles appeal widely, to both children and adults alike. Junior Non-fiction  Made by Me by Jane Bull  Crafts for Styling your Wardrobe by Susannah Blake Two fantastic non-fiction craft titles to help keep the children occupied throughout the summer holidays. Made by Me is a beautifully illustrated Dorling Kindersley title, giving stepby-step instructions on a wide variety of simple embroidery, sewing and knitting projects (including felt flowers, doll’s clothes and knitted purses). Crafts for Styling your Wardrobe is aimed at older children who are interested in “eco-fashion”. It provides easy-to-follow instructions on how to customise belts, bags, scarves, T-shirts and lots more. And finally, a special message from Gromit to all our younger readers: “Don’t forget that there’s still time to join up for the Summer Reading Challenge! It runs until Saturday, September 14, so you have lots of time to read your six books and earn stickers, a certificate and a medal.”

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For August, we meet Nick Bromley, owner of Reliable Repairs

Tell us about your company. Reliable Repairs has been established since 2005. Founded by Andrew Bacon he has grown the business in the Oxfordshire area. Through a long-standing friendship he offered me an opportunity to open a branch in Keynsham while sharing the same company name and website. This opportunity led to me to open a branch in Keynsham in 2012 offering appliance repairs and sales in the local area. Although we operate independently we share knowledge and offer assistance when required and we both believe that applying core values – being honest, reliable and trustworthy, fast and efficient, combined with our friendly service and with no hidden charges – will ultimately result in success. What service do you provide to the people of Keynsham? Reliable Repairs have over 20 years’ experience working in the business and private sectors. With regular reviews of operations we aim to ensure the highest standards are given to customers at all times. We also discuss and include health and safety and environmental issues surrounding our operations and ways of increasing our performance in these key areas. We provide repair services for your washing machines, dish-

washers, tumble dryers, cookers, hobs, fridge freezers, electric cooker/hob installations, and small appliances including toasters, food mixers, vacuums etc. We can also provide quotations on all types of appliances, any brand, with the added knowledge that our prices include the installation and removal of your old appliances. What is the best part of running your business and working in Keynsham? Providing the services we offer in our local area we feel gives customers the best reactive service money can buy. It’s all too easy in the modern age to look at the internet and think you are getting a local service but infact it’s a multi-national company that might not care about what service gets provided or how the customer gets treated. It gives me huge satisfaction when you are able to arrive at a home and rescue a situation and help. The

service we offer people is the kind of service I would expect in my home. Although our expertise comes at a charge this does not mean we don’t care. Being able to fix an item and return it to a customer in working order makes it all worthwhile. What makes your service different from other companies? It’s all in our company name: “Reliable Repairs.” We aim to offer the kind of service I would expect and which should be offered in all situations. So often we all receive less than average service and it’s something we feel very strongly about. People deserve to be treated in a polite, courteous manner and get a fast, reactive service and feel confident that they are getting value for money. This is what we hope makes us different. Look at our reviews online, which we think back up our statement, at Touch Local Bristol or Bath, appliance repairs, or Touch Local Witney.

What are your plans for the future of the business? As we are a very young business it’s about building the business up with a loyal customer base. We aim to grow building upon the morals we apply in running the business and on customers knowing by calling Reliable Repairs they will get the best service and no hidden nightmares, just open and honest service. Ultimately the dream would be to have several engineers providing services all over our region with the same level of professionalism. But for the time being it’s about growing the customer base and job satisfaction. Contact: Nick Bromley on 0117 986 2500/ 0755 3950744 Website: www.reliablerepairs. co.uk or find us on Facebook or visit touchlocal.com for reviews.

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Although still a young company, Whitecroft is building a reputation for constructing and developing properties designed to a high specification and for respecting the existing character of local landmarks such as The Old School, Albert Road and Former Temple County School, Bath Hill in Keynsham. Whitecroft is a unique family business involved with every process of creating a new home; from choosing a site to agreeing a sale, the process is handled “in-house”. “We know who our buyers are and what they value in a home, because we get to know our buyers and we are there to help after you have purchased a home. This is key to providing peace of mind for our buyers,” said Carly Hales.

Work on the exterior of Bath Hill School, above; a high-spec interior, below The project is now nearing completion and the diligent work on the exterior can now be seen from Bath Hill. To take a look at the specification inside the homes, you can book an appointment for the sales information day on August 31 by contacting Carly Hales on 0117 986 7257 or email sales@ whitecroftdev.co.uk.

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Fitness focus with personal trainer Craig Weeks This month I would like to talk about the abdominal area of your body and how to achieve a tight and toned mid-section. Well, let me start by pointing out that doing hundreds of situps a day is going to do little, if anything, to sort out the real problem….FAT! The main focus here should be towards exercises with a high metabolic cost such as squats, overhead presses, different forms of deadlift, prowler drags, tyre flipping, assisted pull-ups and lunges to name a few. Follow this with highquality nutrition, lifestyle management and the possible need to help manage insulin levels and control the stress hormone cortisol. For both of these there is a lot of scientific research to suggest they’re directly correlated to fat stores

around the love handles and lower abdominals. Avoiding the usual culprits of processed foods, sugar, gluten and alcohol and focusing on high-quality sources of protein and green vegetables is key. Be sure to include healthy fats in the form of good quality meat, oily fish, nuts, seeds, coconut oil, and a high-quality Omega 3 supplement. For more advice on this or any aspects of weight loss or fitness feel free to contact me. Healthy Regards Craig Weeks adv dip pt CW Fitness Solutions www.cwfitnesssolutions.co.uk craig@cwfitnesssolutions.co.uk 07917731401

 You should always consult with a professional before embarking on any fitness or nutritional program

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Honour for cricket club’s juniors For the Somerset vs Worcestershire cricket 2020 match on Sunday, July 14, at Taunton, Keynsham Cricket Club Juniors (Under 11s and 13s) were chosen to perform the pre-match guard of honour. This involved carrying flags and leading out the teams. The flag bearers were Callum Westbrook, Charlie Westbrook, Harry Waters, Matthew Trenchard, William Humble, Sean Rice, James Humble, Sam Lowe, Owen Windsor and Todd Leech. In addition, Jack Tweedie was the mascot for the day and was present at the coin toss with the

 Avon Rowing Club, based in Saltford, had a successful day in Dorset at Bryanston School Regatta last month. Among the winners were the girls’ J14 coxed quad, who won their heat and went on to win the

two captains. This was a great experience for the boys who all enjoyed the occasion, and represented Keynsham CC impeccably.

final against some very strong competition from schools such as Millfield and Bryanston. Well done to Olivia Williams, Emily (Cox), Tiegan Millen, Caroline Spencer and Holly Boulton.

Keynsham Cricket Club’s first team lost their first game in July by 82 runs at Bristol CC. The home side scored 234-8 with Harry Jones taking 5-45 and Keynsham were all out for 152 with joint scorers on 27 being Alex Taylor and Rich Wilton. A fighting performance saw them come away with 6 bonus points. Next came a home game where Corsham were the visitors, Keynsham winning by 4 wickets. Rich Wilton took 3-30 in Corsham’s total of 164 all out. Thanks to Russ Wakefield, who carried his bat with 68 and an unbeaten 28 from Jack Weston Keynsham secured a vital win. The team then travelled to second-in-the-table Downend and were faced with the task of chasing down a total of 251 all out, with Paul Robbins taking 6-69. It looked for long periods like too much to ask but a marvellous last wicket unbroken partnerships of 79 between Alex Taylor (91 not out) and Dave Burston (20 not out) saw them sneak a super win. Frocester were the visitors the next week, again a highly-placed team, and Keynsham surprised all by making it three wins in a row. Frocester were restricted to just 206 all out with Jones getting 5-49 and Keynsham’s reply started strongly with Paul Robbins making 51. Two quick wickets saw a brake being applied and it took a mighty effort in the end for Keynsham to post a 3 wicket win, thanks to a fine knock of 69 not out from Dan Jarman. The second team’s fixtures were the reverse of the firsts but they too lost to Bristol CC by 46

runs. Nick Lowe took 3-32 in Bristol’s total of 190 and Richie Pannell scored 81 of Keynsham’s reply of 154. They then lost to Corsham, Chris Britton taking 3-39 on the total of 240-7. Ben Whittington scored 40 in Keynsham’s reply of 175. They beat Downend CC at home by eight wickets with John Courtney (4-37) again the pick of the bowling in a total of 171 all out. Matt Bancroft (70 not out) and Pannell (52 not out) saw them easy winners. Frocester inflicted a similar victory at Frocester a week later. Keynsham made 210-6 (Pete Tweedie 64, Pannell 44) but the only reward for Keynsham was two wickets from Courtney. The thirds lost four games but there were some good performances within these games too. The highlights were 46 from Sam Pollinger against Backwell/Flax Bourton, 46 and 4-29 for Jonty Flynn against Bath, and 65 for Dan Gerrish against Wrington. For the Sunday 1st XI Alex Taylor scored 72 against Bath and 51 versus Bristol, but there have been no signicant bowling performances. For the Sunday 2nds Harry Kitchen knocked up 83 against Saltford. His father, Andy, scored 86, and Les Hubbard 75 not out against Dunkerton where Pete Browne took 4-39. Home games for August at The Frank Taylor Memorial ground are 1sts v Ashcott & Shapwick 10th, 2nds v Bath 17th, 1sts v Bristol 24th, and 31st 2nds v Bridgwater, this being the last league fixture of the season.On Sundays, home teams alternate first and second teams.

 Jamie Hawkins defeated Alan Box in the final to win Keynsham’s open snooker tournament on Sunday, July 28. In earlier matches Jamie Hawkins also scored wins over Kyle Mockridge, Tony George, Aaron Burgess and Callum Brown. To reach the final Alan Box scored wins over Chris

Scott, Danny Hawkins and Freya Clothier. Kyle Mockridge defeated Jamie Hawkins in the final to win the Keynsham Club’s junior snooker tournament on Saturday, July 27. Michael Dykes defeated Kyle Mockridge in the pool final also played on Saturday, July 27.

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Keynsham Town FC News from the Crown Field Preparations are well under way for Keynsham Town’s opening league match of the new season on Saturday, August 10. Now that the First Team’s pre-season friendlies have been completed and the players are fighting fit, our manager Steve Cains is hoping to replicate the good start we had last year and build on the team’s mid-table position in the First Division of the Toolstation Western League. The club play their home games at the AJN Stadium, which is located at the Crown Field next to Keynsham Rugby Club. With the assistance of the club’s facility management

company, Brae Avalon LLP, the stadium includes both standing and seating areas, a fine clubhouse and a “state-of-the-art” 3G artificial pitch, which was installed two years ago. This provides an excellent surface for football and also means that games can still be played in inclement weather conditions where the majority of grass pitches would be unplayable. The fixtures for the 2013-14 season have just been published and we have three home games in August as follows:  Saturday, August 10 Wellington 3pm kick off  Saturday, August 17

Almondsbury UWE 3pm kick off  Tuesday, August 20 Welton Rovers 7pm kick off Why not go down and cheer on your local team? Admission costs £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions and there is a fully licensed bar in the clubhouse, as well as a wide range of food and refreshments. You will be assured of a warm welcome and hopefully Steve and the boys will royally entertain you – while gaining three valuable points into the bargain! The club is also relaunching the Keynsham Town FC 500 Club in time for the start of the

season. This gives individuals a fantastic opportunity to win cash prizes, as well as helping to raise vital funds to support and improve football at all levels within the club. 500 Club members will also be entitled to a reduction in admission prices for home League games. If you want to hear more about the 500 Club, please contact either Julian French on 07814 609853 or Steve Nicholls on 07454 320934. Look out for an update on how the season has started and also exciting news about a home draw for the team in the FA Vase in the September issue of Keynshamvoice!

Tennis club proud of efforts in a tough summer season Fry’s Men’s and Ladies’ teams played out the remaining matches of the Avon summer league in July. After a poor run of results in June, both teams needed to get some points on the board to avoid relegation. The men started their month with an away trip to Bath II. On paper it looked a winnable match but these illusions were quickly shattered when Bath put out a very strong team that had no trouble in romping to a 10 points to 0 win over Fry’s. The only positive for the men was that the match was over so quickly they were able to get back to the clubhouse in time to see the end of Andy Murray’s Wimbledon semi-final! With this defeat Fry’s knew a win was needed against topof-the-table Portishead in their penultimate game of the season. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all involved, Fry’s were over-matched and suffered yet another 10 point to 0 defeat confirming their relegation to Division 5. However, there was still one match of the season to go and Fry’s were determined to go out with a win. In baking heat and against top-quality opposi-

tion, Fry’s finally produced the level of tennis they’d been striving for all season and recorded 6 points to 4 win. Fry’s Ladies started the month with a tough fixture at home to a Bath side that had been in terrific form all season. It was a tense match, filled with high-quality tennis, but Fry’s held their nerve to win three and out of the four matches in three sets and record an important 8 points to 2 win. The next match was a “must win” game away to bottom-of-the-table Bristol II. Fortunately, all ladies brought their best tennis and they strolled to a 10 points to 0 win. Fry’s final match of the season against second place Bishop Sutton was always going to be a difficult match but they fought hard and were unlucky to lose the match 8 points to 2. Thanks to impressive wins against Bath and Bristol, the final table confirmed Fry’s had avoided relegation by eight points and will play in Division 2 again next year. It’s been a mixed season but all players can be proud of their terrific effort. To find about more about Fry Tennis Club, go to www.frytennisclub.org.uk.

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Win sees club claim shield for first time in six years Thursday, June 27 The second half of the Bristol and District Bowls League saw Frys welcome Severnvale who were one place above in the league at the start of the night. On a rainy night, Frys took a slender advantage to start with. All rinks were close throughout the night but one Frys rink edged out to a small lead to give Frys the lead at halfway. It wasn't until the final ends that Frys took the upper hand, taking a 10-0 win with the captain describing the game as “good team performance” with all rinks doing their bit to go above Severnvale in the table. Scores: Rink 1: 15-11; Rink 2: 14-10; Rink 3: 16-11; Frys 45-32 Severnvale. Saturday, June 29 Saturday saw the return of Frys Triples Competition after a two-year break. The sun shone throughout the day with 8 triples competing for the title. With 1 point being given for winning an end and 4 for a match win, it was to make an intriguing day’s bowls. After two matches, three triples were within one point of each other going into the third final game. With one triple losing their match, dropping them out of contention, it left two triples to fight it out. One shot was to decide both games, with runners-up Brian Hill, Terry Vickery and Hillary Greest unable to turn around a two-shot deficit on the last end, that left Christopher Day, Geoff Kershaw and Pat Slavin, winning their last game by 1 shot, to take the title by 3 points in the overall standings. A good day was had by all with competition and a close finish. Thursday, July 4 Frys made the trip to St Anne’s Park. With the sun shining, a

Netballers of all ages welcome A netball club is recruiting players of all ages to join its junior and senior teams – and is casting its net wider to fill the roles. Mangotsfield Netball Club

it gave Frys a 4-shot lead into the last end. Frys picked up a single shot to close out hard-fought team game with big strong comebacks enabling Frys to go 2nd in the table. Scores: Rink 1: 22-12; Rink 2: 13-17; Rink 3: 15-16; Frys 50-45 City and Port of Bristol (6-4).

Frys Bowls Club Triples Competition close game was about to ensue. With the green being slower than expected, Frys took a small lead and held it throughout the game. With one rink drawing and the other winning, Frys were 4 shots ahead going into the last end, and with St Anne’s Park only picking up one shot, Frys took 7 points to remain third in the table. Scores: Rink 1: 13-13; Rink 2: 22-9; Rink 3: 11-21; Frys 46-43 St Annes Park (7-3). Tuesday, July 9 Frys welcomed Knowle in the league cup. Perfect conditions were ideal and Knowle soon took advantage building a big lead. Frys held the other two rinks close but could never pull back the gap that Knowle had aquired. Knowle took the win and brought an end the this season’s cup runs for Frys. Scores: Rink 1: 9-13; Rink 2: 17-13; Rink 3: 6-31; Frys 32-57 Knowle.

as the game went on, Frys pulled back the 9-shot deficit to only lose by 3 shots to set up a Frys lead with Frys winning on the second rink. One rink still had three ends to play. Frys were 6 shots up, but that lead disappeared in two ends leaving scores tied. After being a couple of shots down, Frys drew in shot with the their fifth bowl and with Kingswood and Hanham not able to change it, Frys took a 1 shot win to close the gap to 2 points on second place in the table. Scores: Rink 1: 11-15; Rink 2 13-12; Rink 3: 16-12; Frys 40-39 Kingswood and Hanham (8-2).

Thursday, July 25 This was a top of the table clash as second-placed Frys took on leaders Long Ashton. Frys took the early advantage and they continued in that. On a night of high-quality bowls, Frys took a 15-shot lead at halfway with 2 rinks leading. The leads didn't slip and Frys held the lead at the same level. With 2 rinks winning and the other losing out in the last few ends, Frys took a 48-35 win claiming 8 points to close the gap on Long Ashton to about 20 points and also became the team with the most shots in the league. Scores: Rink 1: 10-17; Rink 2: 1912; Rink 3: 19-6; Frys 48-35 Long Ashton (8-2).

Thursday, July 11 Frys welcomed Kingswood and Hanham to Somerdale. Kingswood and Hanham made the better start gaining a small lead. Two rinks remained close, but one Kingswood and Hanham rink pulled to a sizeable lead. But

Thursday, July 18 Frys made the long trip out to strugglers City and Port of Bristol. City and Port made a start in keeping with the weather, and they raced away with the early ends pulling out to a 20-shot lead with just 15 ends played across all three rinks. Frys didn’t give up and slowly started to pull the shots back. With City and Port retaining the lead throughout the match, Frys still didn’t give up and with only a few ends remaining, Frys put in some big counts to close the scores right up and with one Frys rink gaining a lead,

Friday, July 26 Frys played their annual Millennium Shield match against the Bath and Bristol Barbarians. Seven rinks were being played and Frys took an early lead. That didn’t stop the Barbarians who kept plugging away to leave Frys with the advantage at halfway. As the night reached the end, the game became tight with the overall lead swapping hands after almost every completed end. A close finish looked likely, but Frys put in a few strong ends right at the end to stretch out a 15 point lead and win the Millennium Shield for the first time since 2007. Frys 135-120 Bath and Bristol Barbarians.

meets at The Grange School, Warmley on Monday nights, from 6-7pm for junior training and from 7-9pm for senior training. A spokesperson said: “We are looking for girls to play in our under-12s team, so if you are currently playing High 5 netball at primary school, or enjoy-

ing school netball but have not joined a local club to play more netball come and join us. “We currently have three senior teams, so any women over the age of 16 who want to play can come and train, too. We have a tradition of producing talented youngsters and encourage them

to play within our senior sides to broaden their experience as they become more able. New members of all ages are always welcome – if you want plenty of laughter, why not come along?” For details, contact Karen Scott on 07795 226125 or Julie Dyer on 07885 058850.

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