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Fears raised on new threat to green belt P2 Free parking trial begins in town centre P6

a Dalek Raising funds is a How scooped prize Unleashed ed d walk in the park! at prom P9 P5

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Plans for homes at ‘K2A’ site unveiled Proposal includes 268 new properties – P3

Artist given tour to inspire new work P13 Letters... p40 What’s On.. p48 Books... p46 Puzzles... p47

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Local information Council Connect 01225 39 40 41 Keynsham Town Council 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham 0117 986 8683 www.keynsham-tc.gov.uk Keynsham Citizens Advice Bureau 0844 848 7919 Police www.avonandsomersetpolice.uk

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Have your say... Every month there are opportunities for residents to meet with councillors, police and the local MP. Here is a list of the events to be held this month.  Keynsham North and South beat surgeries, Saturday mornings, at Keynsham Baptist Church, High Street, 10amnoon. The surgeries are subject to operational demands, so please call 0845 456 7000 to check availability beforehand.  Keynsham Town Council, Full Council, July 23, at 7.30pm, Council Chamber, 3rd Floor, North Block, River-

side Offices, Keynsham.  Keynsham Town Council Planning and Development Committee, July 8 and 29, 7.30pm at Council Offices, 1517 Temple Street, Keynsham.  Saltford Parish Council Planning Committee (meets if necessary), July 16 and 30, Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road. Check www.saltfordparish council.gov.uk for details.  Constituency surgery with MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, Saturday, July 27, 3pm, Saltford. Call 0117 987 2313 to book an appointment.

Delay sparks call to defend the green belt Councillors have raised concerns that the green belt is facing further threat of development after B&NES’ proposed Core Strategy met more delays last month. The document, which predicts future housing needs and where these 12,700 homes will be built, was finally submitted to the planning inspector in March after the authority was told its first draft needed to be revised. But the inspector has now questioned some of the housing figures in the new proposal, which includes an extra 450 homes on land to the south-west and east of Keynsham, near the K2 site and off the A4, as well as potentially hundreds of homes on green-belt sites at Bath and Whitchurch. B&NES Council is now calling for a hearing to decide a way forward to avoid lengthy delays, a spokesperson said. Conservative councillors are calling on the Liberal Democratled authority to be “robust” in defending the green belt and also against opportunistic planning bids by developers while issues around the planning blueprint are still to be resolved. B&NES Conservative Group leader, Councillor Tim Warren, said: “The council must be robust in its response to the planning inspector and make it clear that we will absolutely not accept any further threat to our area’s green belt. Government policy is clear

on the issue of protecting green belt, and the inspector must abide by it. “It is now incumbent upon B&NES to demonstrate to the inspector that it has followed the correct process in calculating its housing requirements. “We do have concerns about the impact the delay to signingoff the Core Strategy could have on the council’s ability to control development in our area.” A spokesman for B&NES said the inspector had suggested its Core Strategy should take into account unmet housing need in the West of England. He said: “The effect of carrying out this suggestion would be to withdraw the Core Strategy and start again once a West of England housing need assessment has taken place, and the other councils’ Core Strategies are reviewed – this is not likely to take place before 2016. “As a result of this timescale, our area would be vulnerable to wholly unsustainable planning applications and increased costs to the local taxpayer because of potentially more speculative planning applications being made and appeals until a new plan for the district was adopted.” He added: “The council will be accepting an offer by the inspector of a hearing on this matter to resolve a constructive way forward.”

Cyclists set off to raise £20,000 Nine cyclists have set off from Land’s End for John O’Groats to raise money in memory of Saltford teenager Jack Boulton. Jack’s father Dave has been joined by a group of friends on the 13-day trip, which brought them back through Keynsham on Tuesday, July 2. The CRYride is raising money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to carry out screening for teenagers and the group’s target is £20,000.

Keynshamvoice caught up with Mr Boulton the day before the group set off on June 28 and he said they were feeling “apprehensive, determined and looking forward to the experience”. “The CRYride team are ready to ride the UK,” he added. Follow the group’s progress on their daily blog at http:// cryride.co.uk and donate at virginmoneygiving.com/cryride.

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Developer to unveil plans for K2A site A developer is giving Keynsham residents the first look at its plans to build around 268 homes off Charlton Road. Barratt Homes was the successful bidder when Bath and North East Somerset Council sold the site, and now the company is holding a public exhibition on July 11 before it submits a planning application in late summer. As part of its plan for the site – known as K2A – the developer is proposing a new roundabout at the entrance to the site from Charlton Road, a contribution to Castle Primary School’s expansion and an upgrade for Holmoak Road play centre. Homes on the site would include one, two, three, four and five bedroom houses with gardens, 94 of which would be

Holmoak Road play area would get an upgrade as part of the scheme by Barratt Homes affordable housing, says the developer. “From discussions with Keynsham Town Council and B&NES councillors, we are getting a good idea of what’s important to the local community,” said Barratt Homes Bristol’s technical director David Bond. “We also want to hear directly from local residents. So, at the

public exhibition we will be presenting our initial designs and hoping to get feedback from the local community. That feedback will be used to help shape our final plans, so I would encourage people to come along to find out more and let us know their views. “We have extensive experience in delivering high quality residential development within the Bath and North East Somerset Council area and we firmly believe this site will be an example of our excellent work. We hope the event on July 11 is well attended as Barratt Homes is keen to engage with the community to help shape the development proposals.” The exhibition on Thursday, July 11, will take place at St Francis Church Hall, Warwick Road from 3-8pm.

Somerdale plan to be considered Consultation on plans for the Somerdale site at Keynsham has now closed, with B&NES Council aiming to make a decision by the end of August. The application, which includes up to 700 homes, a new Fry Club, employment space, a primary school, care home and shops, was submitted to the council by Taylor Wimpey in May. The bid has attracted some objections, including from Keynsham Town Council, which raised concern over the single access road to the site and called for a limit to the number of shops so as not to affect the High Street. A number have written in support of the scheme too, with a group of Priory Road residents saying: “This is an amazing opportunity for Somerdale and Keynsham, the development must enhance the area.” See the planning section at www.bathnes.gov.uk for details.

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Setting a new trend on the High Street... Harvem was founded in March 2007 as a company servicing the needs of businesses across the UK with printed communications, from general printing to promotional giveaways. Continued success through a mixture of wide marketing strategies, including internet advertising and customers’ word of mouth and recommendations, has helped in the development of the company. In March this year we opened our first retail outlet in Keynsham High Street, which has proven a great place to trade and business is booming. Harvem simply help companies promote their businesses through printed communication in one hand and supply a wide range of clothing at its high street

location in the other. Above all we are more than a print shop! All garments from our clothing range are available unprinted and due to demand we now also stock a range of fashionable American clothing from James Harvest Sportswear, a collection that is based on American collegiate fashion and characterised by high quality. Gentlemen of Keynsham have suggested and requested a place to shop for clothes. This now gives Keynsham High Street an outlet for men to buy casual/smart clothing, from a small independent company and not a major retail giant. Take more than our word for it, pop in to view and feel the quality with a wide selection of clothing on show.

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Gromit unleashed at library A familiar face – but with a new look – is waiting to greet visitors at Keynsham Library all summer. A brightly-coloured Gromit statue was unveiled at an official launch evening on June 26 by some of the Broadlands Academy students who designed and painted the artwork. They were also joined by a number of pupils from local primary schools who spent a day at the academy painting their own plywood Gromits, now on display in the library’s window. The statue was purchased by the academy as part of a scheme to get schools and community groups involved in this summer’s major fundraising event, the Gromit Unleashed art trail. Eighty 5ft-tall painted Gromit statues have been installed around Bristol, with visitors invited to find them all before they are auctioned off in aid of Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, for Bristol Children's Hospital.

Broadlands Academy’s Gromit unleashed and unveiled; pictured right with Broadlands student Jasmine, Tyler from Bridge Farm Primary and Maisie from Chandag Junior School with their own Gromit designs The schools’ statues are smaller versions, with Broadlands’ Gromit featuring artwork by pupils of all year groups based on the subjects on offer at the academy, including braille, and painted all over in an intricate

Aztec design by Year 11 students Palina Hlinskaya and Mollie Rae-Phelps. The academy is also holding some fundraising events and there will be a collection box at the library. Principal Dean Anderson said

the academy had recognised the event as an opportunity for students to get involved in a project outside the school. He said: “It’s a superb design, and it’s hard to believe how much Gromit has come along over just a week. It was really nice to have so many primary school children up to the academy as well to do their own Gromits.” Library manager Lorraine Corbishley said she was delighted to welcome Gromit to the library for the summer, alongside the library’s Creepy House-themed Summer Reading Challenge. She said: “Keynsham Library is very community-focused and we try to encourage partnerships with the community. How lovely for us to have Gromit visiting for the summer.”  For more on Gromit Unleashed, visit www.gromit unleashed.org.uk. See page 46 for more on the library’s Summer Reading Challenge.

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Avoid ‘park cough’ If you take your dog on walks in local parks and along river paths we must advise you to talk to your vet about vaccination for infectious bronchitis. Also known as “park cough” or “kennel cough”, the disease is easily transmitted wherever dogs socialise. Symptoms range from a loud hacking cough, sneezing and nasal discharge through to larger infections and in some cases pneumonia. The disease can be spread through simple nose to nose contact. If dogs become infected it is distressing for them and sometimes expensive for their owners. Keynsham has several popular open areas where owners exercise their dogs, the most popular one being Keynsham Park. It is in these places, or on any pathways, that the disease can be spread. In the summer there are a greater number of visitors to the area and many bring their dogs with them. Dog owners generally associate the disease with boarding or breeding kennels but in

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reality it can be transmitted anywhere where unvaccinated dogs socialise. The rise in recent cases throughout the country indicates that fewer dogs have been immunised against the disease and that as a consequence there is a greater risk. Vaccination for infectious bronchitis is administered by a vet. At Keynsham Veterinary Centre we ensure that each dog has a thorough check at their annual vaccination. During this appointment we are also keen to explain the risks of infectious bronchitis and that dogs can be protected. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us at Keynsham, or any one of the Highcroft branches, and we will talk you through the best way of protecting your dog. Rebecca Gibb BVM&S MRCVS www.highcroft vet.co.uk

Free parking trial to begin Drivers will be able to take advantage of free short-stay parking in Keynsham for the first time from this month. The long-awaited scheme will see 31 spaces allocated in The Labbott car park to provide two hours’ parking without charge from July 8. It follows a long-running campaign by traders and councillors to axe short-stay parking charges in the town and the spaces have been introduced on a trial basis during the construction of the town centre site. Councillor Charles Gerrish (Cons, Keynsham North) said: “I’m very pleased that we have got here in the end, it demonstrates that perseverance pays off. It’s good to see that the voice of Keynsham has ultimately been listened to on this issue. Common sense has prevailed.”

Money to implement the proposals was earmarked in Bath and North East Somerset Council’s budget after a motion was backed by the majority of councillors. Fellow Keynsham councillor Kate Simmons said: “The efforts of local traders and members of the Town Team, who have campaigned tirelessly for this, are to be congratulated. “Thirty free spaces is less than we had hoped for, but will still make shopping trips cheaper and easier for local residents. Hopefully, if this trial proves successful then these free spaces will become permanent.”

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Dalek takes prom-night prize Crowds lined the streets as Year 11 pupils from Wellsway School made their way to their endof-year prom on Friday, June 28, waiting to see what unusual vehicles would be carrying the youngsters. Now an annual tradition, the prize for the “best arrival” is hotly contested but this year one student “exterminated” the competition. Daniel Kingscott-Edmonds’ chosen mode of transport was a 6ft Dalek he built with mum Tracie’s partner Simon Cox. Mr Cox, a builder, said the Dalek, which is constructed on the base of a mobility scooter, took the pair nine months to make, consulting online forums for expert advice. He said: “There are a lot of people making them and the average build length is two years. It was quite a challenge as it’s quite a peculiar shape. “We were discussing how his

people stopping us all over the place to get a photograph. He was over the moon with it.” The pair now plan to use the Dalek at events and possibly hire it out – although Daniel would like to take it along to the town’s music festival first.

Alongside the limousines and sports cars arriving at Wellsway for the prom, other unusual arrivals included two students seated comfortably at the top of a forklift and a whole group of tuxedo-wearing teenagers being towed on a giant flatbed trailer.

Daniel Kingscott-Edmonds arrived at Wellsway School prom in his own Dalek brother went to the prom and made a big splash when he arrived on a horse so I think there was some rivalry! Daniel was awarded best arrival and we had

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Don’t miss the main event! Music fans have been enjoying a week of live performances, offering a taste of things to come in the runup to Keynsham Music Festival on Sunday, July 7. From opera with Bell’aria to eco-activism with Satish Kumar the week’s mix of events is a reflection of the variety on offer at the main event. The evening before, on Saturday, July 6, is a festival tradition with Keynsham Orchestra performing in the park as people enjoy picnics, singing and flagwaving in true Proms spirit. For the first time the night will be opened by some of the town’s young classical musicians. In contrast, Vinyl Generation will be performing rock favourites at The Wine Bar in the High Street. Then it’s on to the big day and festival organiser Ric Davison

Enjoying last year’s Keynsham Music Festival – this year’s takes place on Sunday, July 7 said he couldn’t offer a “critic’s choice” of the acts not to miss as all the performers, who are giving their time for free, are sure to strike a chord with a range of festival-goers depending on their tastes. Some acts have already earned themselves a following in Keynsham, such as Some Velvet Morning, who are returning to the Top Stage with tunes some

may recognise from Hollywood soundtracks, and Biggtopp, who will close the festival in traditionally energetic, ska-fuelled style. A visit from Violentango en route from Buenos Aires to begin their UK tour will be a first for the festival while hip-hop band The Scribes will be performing fresh from the release of their latest single. Away from music look out

for the other attractions for all ages: the award-winning Kilter Theatre Company will perform their Post Office show on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the park – you might even be able buy a stamp! On Sunday the Ian McGill Creative Arena will focus on kite-making and circus skills for all. There are full details at www. keynshammusicfestival.co.uk.

Making big strides towards target A group of five fundraisers walked the 133 miles from Putney Bridge, London, to Pulteney Bridge, Bath, in aid of Keynsham’s @One centre. The walkers included joint chairperson of the fundraising group for the @One project Jeremy Furber, businessman and supporter David Sprague, a representative of the Diocese of Bath and Wells Andrew Rainsford with his wife, Lesley, as well as team vicar in the Parish of Keynsham Rev Simon Howell. After the six-day trek, they

were welcomed to Bath by mayor Malcom Lees and Paralympian marathon runner and double gold medalist Steve Brunt. The @One Centre in Keynsham is a youth and community space housed in the former rectory next to St John’s Church and is open to all. A fundraising target of £400,000 has been set to buy and convert the building into the @One St John’s Youth & Community Centre. To support the latest challenge go to www.justgiving.com/Walk-theWalk2013.

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Dancers join in at market As well as local produce, Keynsham Farmers’ Market is building a reputation for local talent too. The event, on the second Saturday of every month, has welcomed a variety of performers to entertain shoppers since its move to the Ashton Way site. Last month saw the Vintage Diva, also known as Joanna Swan, pictured, taking customers back through the decades with her range of songs. Somerset Markets co-ordinator Louise Hall said: “This month we look forward to the Somerset Morris Dancers who responded to an invitation in Keynshamvoice for talented local people wanting to perform at the market. But the essence of our event is the farmers and food producers and the produce they have grown, pickled, baked, brewed or foraged!” Two new stallholders will be

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First taste of food co-op scheme The launch of a new food cooperative, which allows residents to purchase low-priced fruit and veg, has been hailed a success. Volunteers at Community@67 in Queens Road, Keynsham, launched the co-op, run with developer Willmott Dixon, by giving away free bags of produce to people who signed up to the weekly scheme.

Clare Hudson, chair of Community@67, said:“We are really keen to promote healthy eating in Keynsham. This doesn’t just mean eating fruit and veg, but also cooking from scratch and knowing what’s in the meals you sit down to every day. We’ll be holding some free cooking demos later this month and we’ve even put together some recipes.”

taking up their pitches at the market on Saturday, July 13. Worleys Cider from near Frome and Firebelly Community Bakery will be bringing their produce and their passion for what they make to Keynsham for the first time. The market will take place from 9am-1pm in Ashton Way Car park. Visit www.somerset farmersmarkets.co.uk or follow @SFMMarkets on Twitter.

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Football and new friends The Kelston Park football coaching project runs during Easter holidays, summer holidays and October half term. It is an initiative between Keynsham Town Council Youth Service, Keynsham Town Football team, B&NES, Curo and Keynsham Lions Club. This summer the free sessions return to Kelston Park on August 6 with a seven to 11-year-old group and an 11+ group. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis – and bring a packed lunch! Joe Ryan, football coach, said: “I am looking forward to the sessions this August and would like to thank our partners Curo, B&NES Councillor Brian Simmons, Keynsham Lions Club and finally the FA for support from the Football Legacy Fund and I can’t wait to get back up there and work with the young people and fantastic coaches. If you are aged between seven and 16-yearsold and would like to improve your football skills, have fun and make new friends, come and get involved.” Councillor Brian Simmons has sponsored the project for three years by using his Councillor Initiative Fund. This year he is putting £1,000 towards it. “This funding from the Councillor Initiative Fund is for projects that I feel will help the community," he said. "The football coaching at the Kelston Park scheme has many social benefits. I feel the most important thing is that it creates friendships. Through the football coaching young people from different backgrounds from all over Keynsham have the opportunity to make new friends over the common purpose of playing football.”

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Interested in graffiti art? Budding artists can put their stamp on Keynsham’s new town centre as it takes shape by joining a group designing and creating graffiti art to go on the hoardings at the site. Graffiti artist Adam Yoell is leading two design sessions this month at Timeout Drop-in Centre on Monday, July 8, and 15, from 7-9pm, and young people aged from 13 to 19 are urged to get involved. The artwork will be created by the group on August 6, 7 and 8. The project is sponsored by Willmott Dixon, Keynsham Business Crime Reduction Partnership and Keynsham Town Council.

Getting ready for Youth Fest Plans are under way for this year’s Keynsham Youth Fest on September 21, following a successful event last year. Youth Fest 2013 includes dance and musical performances on the bandstand, sporting organisations giving displays, an inflatable football pitch provided by Keynsham Town FC, stalls with youth groups and organisations promoting what they offer, BMX and scooter demos and competitions. It is funded by Keynsham Town Council.  For more information and to get involved with any of the above, contact youth worker Mark Willcox on the details below.

Scouts take on Everest! When Scouts in Saltford decided to climb Everest, rather than heading off to Nepal they brought the mountain to them. As part of the group’s 75th anniversary celebrations, an eight-metre climbing wall was set up to allow the youngsters to take on this tall order. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leaders and friends of 1st Saltford Scouts all rose to the challenge, completing 600 individual ascents in six hours

– more than needed to reach the summit from base camp. The climb was thee start of a year-long celebration of the group’s milestone and they also held a competition to design an anniversary badge, which was won by Toby, a Cub Scout from the Tiger Pack. The 1st Saltford Scout Group,

Finals go swimmingly for pupils Young swimmers from Chandag School took their place alongside regional winners from all over the country at the English Schools Swimming Association Primary Schools National Relay Finals in Sheffield. In the mixed stroke relay heat, Jess Podger swam backcrawl, Jemima Handy breaststroke, Ellie Jupp butterfly and Lauren White swam the final freestyle leg. Despite improving on their time from the Millfield qualifiers, Chandag finished in 18th place, just missing out on the B final. Jess Podger, Hatty Foley,

Jemima Handy and Ellie Jupp made up the freestyle relay squad for Chandag. In their heat they finished third with a time of 1.03.20 which put them in eighth place overall, making it through to the A final. They improved their time in the final and finished eighth in the country, laying claim to the title of top state school in the contest. Keynsham Swimming Club coach Thelia Beament, PE coordinator Helen Muncer and Sarah Stone, swimming teacher, said they were all very proud of the girls’ achievements.

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.

Chandag pupils Jess Podger, Hatty Foley, Jemima Handy, Ellie Jupp and Lauren White

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Laugh until you wobble! 1st Saltford Scouts on the climbing wall, above; the group carrying out conservation work, left along with the Argus Explorer Scouts, has also been out and about helping Saltford Environment Group with their conservation work. Youngsters helped survey footpaths around the village, looking out for rare plants and invasive species, ancient trees and bugs. They were split into groups to tackle different footpaths and each section surveyed their path by taking photos and making

notes of the quality of the field boundaries. The information they gathered will be used by SEG to plan future conservation work and will be put on a website so residents can learn about the diversity in their own village. The Scouts were also rewarded for their hard work by the donation of £100 vouchers from B&Q, which they will put to good use as they build the new entrance extension to their Scout hut.

Jelly Pie is a brand new online creation from the Complete Control studio and the global children’s publisher Egmont. The Jelly Pie Central website has been created for children aged six to nine to engage interactively with comedy-based Jelly characters. The website is packed with a whole host of fun comedy content such as games, finding jelly cubes, watching animations and being able to share your own jokes with the jelly crew. You can even turn yourself into a jelly with the Jelly Maker and earn yourself a place on the jelly scoreboard. There is so much to do you will laugh until you wobble! Complete Control has been

working on the whole concept, from character creation, YouTube animations, game development and an app to help promote the new brand for Egmont. Complete Control's creative director Glynn Hayward said: “Creating the Jelly Pie world has been a fantastic project for us and such a creative challenge, as all we were given was the logo and asked to come up with an engaging concept around this. “We've had so much fun making it, we hope children really enjoy it, too.” Children aged six to nine, head to www.jellypiecentral. co.uk and get a wobble on!

Catching up with an Olympic star Three pupils from Castle Primary School had a golden opportunity to meet cycling star Sir Chris Hoy. The six-time Olympic champion was at Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Odd Down Cycle Circuit on June 19 and pupils Caitlin, Hayley and Kate won a competition to go along

and meet to him. Accompanied by Mrs Cannon, they had their picture taken with the sporting legend, asked him questions and even cycled alongside him on the new 1.5km closed road circuit. For more information on Odd Down Cycle Circuit visit www. bathnes.gov.uk/cyclecircuit.

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Youth and education Marching to beat meningitis Sunhats and shorts were the order of the day for youngsters taking part in a sun-drenched fundraising walk in the park. Keynsham Childminding Group met up for a sponsored “toddle waddle” in Keynsham Memorial Park on June 19, raising £350 in aid of the Meningitis Trust. Inspired by the charity’s mascot, a yellow duck called Monty, the 35 children who took part made themselves decorated duck headbands and wore yellow for the occasion. Fuelled by fruit snacks supplied by the new Co-op in Queens Road, youngsters set off on the walk before having a picnic and playing games. Members of the Keynsham

Childminding Group are all Ofsted-registered childminders and anyone looking for childcare in the Keynsham area can contact them through the Facebook page “Keynsham Childminding Group” or by calling Annabel Heath on 0117 986 0271.

Squadron named best in the West awaits national results Air cadets from Keynsham's 2386 Squadron are celebrating being named the best air cadet squadron in the South West. The title was awarded after an inspection by Regional Commandant Group Captain Remlinger as part of the national Sir Alan Lees Trophy competition, which is awarded to the best squadron out of the country's 960. A winner for each of the six regions is selected first, based on the number of qualifications and achievements gained by

the cadets over the past year and a formal inspection by the Regional Commandant. Group Captain Remlinger was impressed by the variety of qualifications and experiences that the cadets of 2386 Squadron had completed and he also liked the cadet-led inspection evening. The Keynsham squadron will now go on to the next stage of the Sir Alan Lees Trophy contest, where they will face an inspection by Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCaffer-

ty. The winner of the trophy and the title Best Air Cadet Squadron is due to be announced by July 10. To find out more about the air cadets and in particular 2386 Squadron visit the website 2386atc.com. The squadron meets on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 6.45-9.15pm.

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Artist takes tour of town The artist who will create a new piece of artwork for Keynsham's new town centre joined residents on a tour around the town. Seamus Staunton invited members of the community to show him what the town meant to them to help shape his ideas. Among Mr Staunton’s previous work are pieces at Cardiff Bay and Tunbridge School, pictured below, which he showed to the group during an introduction at the first of the two Walkie Talkie events last month. He said: “My intention is to develop a piece that sits on the new site that has a relationship with the architecture and with the history of the site, that has a sense of belonging there.” Residents then plotted a route around the town to take in some of the places they felt the artist should see. Leaving from the Key Centre, the tour took the group along Charlton Road to Bristol Road to see some of the historic almshouse, then into the Memorial Park and along the river to Dapps Hill and the old mill. One resident on the walk said the town needed something as

iconic as the clock tower, adding: “We want something people can relate to and identify with, that they can look at and understand, and also shows what Keynsham has evolved from – the industry and the Roman settlement.” Joanna Espiner, senior project manager at Willis Newson, which is behind the project, said: “The conversations have helped to give us an understanding of what people love about the past, present and future of their town and we can refer to this as we start to give a detailed shape to the public art plan for the new development.” A public display of concepts by Mr Staunton will take place between August 5 and 9, with venue yet to be confirmed. Keep up to date on the Keynsham Town Centre Public Art Programme Facebook page.

From left, volunteers Jenny Ryan, Elizabeth Bradshaw, Lucy Emery, manager Verity Budd and author Michael Fitter

New chapter for Oxfam store A Keynsham bookshop has a fresh new look, which was unveiled to the public at its official reopening last month. The Oxfam shop in Keynsham High Street was closed for three weeks to allow for a complete refit of the shop and the upstairs stock room, with new flooring, painting, new heating and new LED lighting to help cut costs.

At the opening ceremony, the ribbon was cut by long-serving volunteers Sheila Wall and Maureen Hayward before Keynsham author Michael Fitter, whose late wife volunteered at the shop, gave a speech in which he praised “the wonderful ethos and dedication” of the team. The Oxfam shop opened in Keynsham in 1977, becoming a bookshop seven years ago.

Artwork by Seamus Staunton in Cardiff Bay, left, and Tunbridge School

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Charity match set for return Two teams will be battling it out on the pitch at Keynsham Town FC this month – but whatever the result the real winner will be the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK. The fundraising match on Saturday, July 20, will see local team Littlesea FC take on Ben’s XI, a team put together by organiser Ben Geracitano, from Bitton, made up of friends, family and fellow Crohn’s and colitis sufferers. It is the second year the match has been held, with last year’s event raising £1,100 towards research into the conditions and improving the lives of sufferers, a target Ben hopes to beat. He was diagnosed with colitis in 2005 and takes 10 tablets a day to keep the condition under control. Ben said: “I was going to run the Bristol and Bath half

marathons but I thought let’s do an event that involves my first love – football. That way I could involve more people with the hope of raising more money for the charity. “Like all Crohn’s and colitis sufferers I have my good and bad days, weeks, months and even years with the disease flaring up as and when it likes.” Entry to the match, which has a 2pm kick-off, is £3 or free for under-12s and there will be a barbecue, an auction, and a raffle with prizes including Ministry of Sound goodies, a signed photo of C&C UK ambassador and former X Factor contestant Rylan Clark, and a family photoshoot. Donations can also be made at www.justgiving.com/c-and-cfootball. Find out more at http:// candcfootball.wordpress.com.

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By the time you read this, you will have been able to enjoy the various events leading up to the much-loved Keynsham Music Festival. It had a fuller programme of pre-festival events including jazz, opera, a male voice choir and light classical. Many thanks to the venues hosting these concerts. The regeneration site is growing at a pace and it can now clearly be seen where the new buildings will be. The walk-about-town with the artist commissioned to produce a piece of art work was a very enjoyable, if rather wet, stroll around most of the important sites in the centre of town. It will be interesting to see his concept of Keynsham!

The Keynsham in Bloom volunteers have been working hard re-siting the jubilee crown; it certainly gives a splash of colour to the Upper Memorial Park. They have also worked with Severnside Community Rail partnership and Willmott Dixon, tidying up the railway station, planting shrubs and flowers in the troughs on the railings, which have been sponsored by local businesses. Many thanks to volunteers and sponsors alike. South West in Bloom judging takes place on July 16 and a special thanks to the Cubs and Scouts who have painted benches and playground equipment and helped at the community vegetable patch in the park. There has been an increase in the numbers entering Keynsham in Bloom this year – good luck to you all.

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New pharmacy brings greater choice and convenience to the community Keynsham’s brand new and only independent pharmacy has opened its doors to the delight of residents in East Keynsham who can now avoid town centre parking charges when collecting prescriptions. The aptly named “Chandag Road Pharmacy” opened on July 1 and is conveniently located in the former Dixies Café premises next to McColls convenience store and Wellsway School campus. Anna Casey, pharmacy manager at the new pharmacy, said: “My team – Emily, Pamela, Rosy and I – are really excited about the opening of our new pharmacy, and we are looking forward to getting to know local residents and providing an excellent service. “Residents of Keynsham now have a greater choice of where they get their prescriptions so

Rosy, Emily and Pamela at the new, independent Chandag Road Pharmacy, which opened its doors on July 1 I hope they try us out. We’re so confident we can provide the best possible service that we will give a 10 per cent discount voucher to anyone that has to wait longer than 10 minutes for their prescription to be dispensed!” If you are on regular repeat medication, the pharmacy staff can even automatically order

your medication when it’s due with their “Easy-Repeats” service so all you have to do is pop in and collect it when you are running low on tablets. Anna continues: “Don’t accept the status quo! It is easy to change pharmacy, simply speak to a member of staff, and you will be guided through the process.”

An official opening ceremony/ ribbon cutting will take place on Thursday, July 18, at 3.30pm with Councillor Gill Hellier, Keynsham Town Council chairman, doing the honours. Local residents are invited along for cake and refreshments, to meet the team and find out more about the new pharmacy. In addition to the usual NHS and private prescription dispensing, other services available at Chandag Road Pharmacy include a free prescription collection from all local surgeries, free delivery service, filling of pill boxes, medicine MOTs with a pharmacist, advice on treating minor ailments, NHS stop smoking service, diabetes and blood pressure checks as well as a private weight management service and malaria prophylaxis without the need for a GP appointment.

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Shake-up for rural buses? People who use rural bus services are being asked for their views on some proposed changes. Bath and North East Somerset Council is consulting with local councils and residents on 11 services that provide a link for villages once or twice a week, asking which days they should operate. It comes ahead of new regulations, which mean all buses will need to be low-floor and accessible from January 1, 2016, which could lead to extra costs for the council, which currently spends £1 million on supported bus services. In a letter, public transport team leader Andy Strong said: “If the council can help operators make efficient use of their vehicles the additional costs can be minimised.” In the Keynsham area the

services in the consultation are: the Tuesday 668 Somerbus service from Midsomer Norton to Bristol via Keynsham; the Tuesday 636 Somerbus service from Whitchurch to Keynsham; the Tuesday 683 Bugler Coaches service from Keynsham to Wells; the Friday 640 Somerbus service from Hinton Blewett to Keynsham; and the Friday 636 Somerbus service from Whitchurch to Keynsham. The consultation is asking if residents feel these are the best days of operation for the services and, if not, which days would be better. The consultation runs until July 16 and responses can be sent to Rural Bus Service Consultation, B&NES Public Transport, Riverside, Temple Street, Keynsham. BS31 1LA. The results will be published later in the year.

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Rotary Club marks member’s 90th Members of Keynsham Rotary Club have celebrated a milestone year for long-standing member Edward Cannock. Mr Cannock recently turned 90 and has been involved with the Rotary movement for 53 years. In 1973 he was president of the Keynsham group and has also served as secretary, club archivist and on most committees, also

supporting the Tools for SelfReliance charity, which collects second-hand tools for repair and then sends them to Africa. Mr Cannock is also on the management committee of the Fear Institute and Keynsham Almshouses Trust. Keynsham Rotary Club meets at Saltford Golf Club on Wednesdays. See www.keynshamrotary.org.

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Loco brought back to life Keynsham and District Mencap trustee Jenny Owen, left, with Esso garage supervisor Lyn Baker

Garage fuels charity’s fundraising Staff at a Keynsham petrol station spent a week helping to raise funds and awareness for Keynsham and District Mencap Society. A raffle ran throughout the week at the Esso garage in Bath Road, while Mencap trustee Jenny Owen set up a stall on Saturday, June 8, on the forecourt with competitions to guess the name of the bear and the number of sweets in a jar.

Jenny also brought along boards to show customers the activities the charity funds, from social groups to football and fitness clubs for around 150 members. She thanked garage supervisor Lyn Baker, site manager Rob Mortimer and sales assistant Jason Woodyard for their support. To find out more about Keynsham and District Mencap, visit www.keynshammencap. co.uk.

A new portrait offers a glimpse of how the historic Fry’s Sentinel shunter used to look – and how it will look again once it has been returned to its former glory. The painting by local artist Alan Ward is on sale, with proceeds going towards the restoration of the locomotive being carried out by volunteers at Avon Valley Railway. In the portrait the locomotive is resplendent in its royal blue livery with steam billowing as it makes its way along the tracks at the Fry’s factory at Somerdale, where from 1928 it was a familiar sight. The 85-year-old Sentinel shunter was retired from the chocolate factory in 1956, where it moved trucks and wagons along the site’s two-mile track. David Cole, Avon Valley Railway development manager, said: “The painting by Alan Ward of Fry’s Sentinel in all her glory is not just a wonderful glimpse of

the past, it also serves as a vision of the future for the locomotive as restoration work continues. I’m sure it will give the volunteers even greater incentive to carry on their hard work and will show others what we are trying to achieve.” The painting was commissioned by volunteer George Colbourne and limited edition fine art prints are now for sale. Each will be numbered and signed by the artist and are available in sizes 20” x 16” at £35 and 12” x 10” at £17.50. Anyone who wishes to purchase a print can contact Mr Colbourne on 0117 986 2858 with their order.

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Bypass path is the ‘missing link’ Keynsham and Saltford Liberal Democrats are asking for consideration of possible cyclepaths to be installed adjacent to the Keynsham Bypass. There appears to be room to put one or two dedicated cycle paths running alongside the bypass. At the moment, only the bravest cyclists ride on the carriageway, yet many would want to cycle towards Brislington into Bristol if it was safer. It is the missing link between the cycle path from Saltford and the cycle path from the Hicks Gate roundabout into Bristol. We are currently seeking feedback from local cyclists and cycle organisations as to whether

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Your views Send letters to Keynshamvoice, 16 Chandag Road, Keynsham, BS31 1NR. Alternatively, email news@keynsham voice.co.uk, find us on Facebook or Twitter @keynshamvoice or go to our website www.keynshamvoice.co.uk they back this concept. We want to explore if this is a proposal that is realistic and provides value for money. A link from the Bristol and Bath cycle path to Keynsham through the new development site at Somerdale is already envisaged in the “Cycling Major Scheme” shortlisted by the Local Transport Body for possible future devolved major transport funding. It is possible that one or two dedicated cyclepaths parallel to the Keynsham Bypass could find their way into the cycle network review. There is already a short section of path from Unity Road to the Co-op supermarket, which illustrates what is possible. The existing Bristol-Bath Railway cycle path takes too long if you want to cycle to the centre or south of the city. Cycling via Keynsham is a diversion and takes you into town centre traffic. A cycle path by the Keynsham Bypass would appear to make

sense as, combined with any permitted use of the bus lane from Hicks Gate, it would allow a relatively safe, and unobstructed, ride from Saltford to Temple Meads. If we want to get people out of cars and onto bicycles, this is the sort of project that could be considered. It is also a good fit with proposed development at Keynsham East by the A4 as part of B&NES revised Core Strategy. Duncan Hounsell and Andrew Wait Keynsham and Saltford Liberal Democrats

Invest in road for the future I have read with interest the reports and resultant letters in your excellent publication regarding the most certain chaos likely to result from a single access onto the Keynsham to Bitton road from the developed former Fry’s factory site. The proposed solution of traffic light control of a single access and egress from such an extensive site conjures up pictures of traffic queues alternating between vehicles on the site, Station Road (back to and including all access routes to the roundabout outside the Parish Church) and the Bitton Road, probably back to Longwell Green and Bitton. Traffic lights will only serve as a discipline for the queues. There is an obvious albeit expensive solution and that is to construct a new access to the Fry site from the Keynsham bypass. Expensive and with significant short-term disruption it would be but the long-term benefits of relieving Keynsham of much of the traffic for this extensive development that would make it a sound investment for the future. When trying to confirm whether the option was viable, I found that, although there is a style which may indicate a public footpath, there is a sign indicating that the ground across which it would be most sensible to route this additional access already belongs to the “Fry” territory. Remember, I did not say this was an easy solution – but I

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do believe that such an investment would reap benefits not only for this development but for the Parish Church end of Keynsham for all future time. David E Leach

Protect woods and play area I just want to express my concern, which from recent conversations is shared by others relating to the need to safeguard the Abbots Wood from any tampering or interference from the appointed K2 Charlton Road developer. Any proposals to reconsider driving a road through to link the two sites must be stopped and, equally, I would have grave concerns of proposals to put a paved way from the developed site through the woods to Castle School. This much-loved amenity must, I feel, be left intact. Equally I am praying that the much-used and appreciated play facility will remain under the excellent management of the town council ground maintaining crew. I along with other town councillors did fight for and successfully obtain improvements to this site. I think it should continue to be an important part of the new building site, as it featured in the original plans, as with additional houses close by the demand for the site will potentially be even greater than at present. I recognise some of my thoughts will need a fight to achieve them, but I strongly feel it a campaign worthy of undertaking. Andy Halliday Former town councillor

Encouraged by voters’ support I would like to thank members of the Keynsham North electorate who supported my efforts as an independent candidate in the recent by-election. I felt the turnout of approximately 25 per cent was very encouraging, particularly in comparison to numbers seen in some earlier town council elections and in light of the relatively limited publicity that the election received. My share of the vote was around 23 per cent – a creditable performance that I felt reflected a significant appetite for an independent and balanced response to issues that affect our commu-

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nity. I would very much welcome the opportunity to contribute to some of the important work done by the town council. I am convinced of the need for a nonpartisan approach to decisionmaking at local level and the support offered by a significant number of Keynsham voters is encouragement enough for me to put my name forward again in future elections. Congratulations to the conservative candidate, Carole-Ann Duckett, on her election success. Patrick Feltham

Searching for relative Ethel I’m trying to contact relatives of George and Ethel Utting who were married in Keynsham Church in 1925 and I believe they stayed in Keynsham until they died. They lived in Piteville, Keynsham maybe the Charlton Road area. They had children Frederick (known as John), Winnifred, Richard and possibly Olive. I know Frederick (John) had a daughter – Dawn – who I think now lives in Shropshire. I am related to Ethel and she

had another son, Ronald Steer, who was killed in France in 1943. I would love to hear from anybody with any information. Karen Takle 01275 394767/ 07890239570 karentakle@fsmail.net

We need more ‘eyes and ears’ This morning (June 20) BBC Radio Bristol rang me up at 8.15am to ask me to do a live talk. After the 9am news this talk was all about my Neighbourhood Watch in Keynsham. I had to speak to the new chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police Nick Gargan. The question I put to him was as there is a big cut in police forces, we need more Neighbourhood Watch volunteers as co-ordinators around Keynsham and Bristol, as we need more eyes to see crime happening and police cannot be everywhere. He said this is what Sue Mountstevens and himself want to happen in every area of Keynsham and Bristol. Crimefighter Bob Eastaugh Keynsham Neighbourhood Watch coordinator

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Jacob Rees-Mogg MP One of the glories of summer in Somerset is the village activities. As a Member of Parliament I am fortunate to be invited to many of them, which usually provides a delightful outing for the family. On July 8 it was my three year-old son’s birthday which we celebrated by visiting the start of the Saltford Festival and the Queen Charlton fête. Saltford, which is not a huge village, has the most remarkable and varied nine-day festival. It was opened by the town crier in a hall which was filled with representatives of local organisations. These included groups for Tudor dancing, light opera, amateur dramatics and a large choir showing that there is clearly a strong performing gene in Saltford. It also underlines the healthy community spirit as each one needs to plan its events and rehearsals. The work done by those who organise such big events is tremendous and particularly as they

are volunteers they deserve great thanks. Queen Charlton was an equally happy occasion. Although Chuffy the Train was absent this year there was a bouncy castle, a traditional London bus which had been to the south of France last year and an excellent conjurer who also provided a Punch and Judy show. Even the prospect of a birthday tea made it difficult to drag my children away from a final effort of “splatting the rat”. Although the Big Society seems to have drifted from the political agenda it has been there before politicians mentioned it and will remain long after it has left the headlines. We are blessed in Somerset that so many people are willing to serve their neighbours every summer and give such pleasure to their communities. www.jacobreesmogg.com

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Filming brings crew to High Street Keynsham has once again provided the backdrop for filming – but this time it wasn't the cast of EastEnders making a scene on the High Street. Director Stewart Mackay is shooting a 40-minute film called Kindred Spirits, and on June 22 brought the crew to the town’s shopping street. The film features Derek

Fowlds, who starred in Yes, Minister and long-running police drama Heartbeat, Peter Benson, also known from his role in Heartbeat, and Diana Hoddinott, also from Yes, Minister. Filming also took the crew, many of whom are local, to locations in Bath. Kindred Spirits is intended for international competition and distribution.

Residents are being urged to help come up with suggestions to create a snapshot of life in Keynsham today for future generations. Developer Willmott Dixon is appealing to the community to share ideas for items to be included in a time capsule to represent 2013. The capsule will then be buried in the foundations of the new town centre, alongside the time capsule from 1964 that was unearthed by workmen earlier this year. Willmott Dixon community engagement manager Emma Bull said the aim was to capture the best of Keynsham. She said: “This project is a fantastic opportunity for Willmott Dixon to encapsulate life in Keynsham in 2013 for future generations to appreciate the

wonderful community spirit, history and exciting future for Keynsham with the new project on the horizon.” Any suggestions for the time capsule should be emailed to emma.bull@willmottdixon.co.uk as soon as possible. Successful entries will be included in the time capsule, with an opportunity for those residents to play a part in the burying ceremony in 2014. The capsule created in 1964 contains, among other things, an ammonite, documents from Keynsham’s Urban District Council, photos of the town centre site, freshly-minted coins and newspapers from the time. It is planned to copy many of the items for a future display before the capsule is buried once more.

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with Inspector Tim Stuckes It has been a busy time at the police station over the last month and I would like to focus on two areas of work where we have made significant progress. About a month ago we were suffering from thefts from motor vehicles, where specifically “white vans” (contractors, builders etc) were being targeted for tools. At least six offences happened in Keynsham with others in Radstock and Bath. Some good detective work, involving use of the internet, led to two addresses in South Bristol and Wick where a large quantity of builders’ tools was recovered (laid end-to-end they went right around the police station!). Several events have now been organised to try and get them all identified. Two suspected offenders are currently on bail pending the results of our inquiries.

The thefts have decreased although such vans will always be vulnerable if tools are left inside, particularly overnight. Secondly I would like to highlight some excellent work by PC Lisa Hawtin, the Beat Manager for Keynsham North and South. She has been dealing with several nasty assaults which occurred on April 2 this year. One was in Teviot Park where an 18-year-old boy was assaulted by a gang of youths and another near the skate park where a 15-year-old youth was attacked along with three others who went to his aid. The initial attacks in both parks were unprovoked and involved kicking and stamping on the offenders once they fell to the ground. Recognising that the same youths, including a female, were the suspected offenders in both attacks, Lisa quickly arrested the gang and

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worked hard on gathering evidence, including identification procedures. All five were charged this month with serious assaults. One has committed a further offence; he fully admitted all offences and is currently remanded in custody awaiting sentence. The others, including the female, are on bail awaiting trial (set for August) with strict conditions including a curfew to be at home between 7pm and 7am every day. They are also banned from the Memorial Park. Should they break any of these conditions we will take them straight back into custody. We will be particularly vigilant at the time of the music festival! The work has ensured that the activity of Keynsham’s most significant young troublemakers is now under control and being strictly monitored, with the potential of custodial sentences if found guilty in August.

It’s all about give and take at an event being hosted by a Keynsham church later this month. Keynsham Methodist Church in Queen’s Road is doing its bit for the environment by holding a special recycling event on Saturday, July 27. The church’s Eco Matters Group is running a Give and Take Day in partnership with B&NES Council, encouraging residents to bring along unwanted items in a good, clean condition for others to take away for free. Items that can’t be exchanged will be publicised on posters in the area. The aim is to help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and is part of the church’s work towards renewing its Eco Congregation status in 2014. Doors open for donations at 9am, with items available to be taken away from 10am until 1pm. To find out more, visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/waste services.

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The plumbing professionals P Day Plumbing Services was established in 2008 and has been going from strength to strength ever since. The services we provide include full bathroom installations, including any plastering and electrical work, wall and floor tiling, wet room installations, as well as bathroom upgrades, such as changing the toilet and sinks etc. We also carry out all central heating wet work (radiators etc) but no gas. We do plumbing repairs and maintenance work such as leaky taps or dripping ball valves. We also carry out kitchen tiling and plumbing work, garden tap installations and more. Quotations are free and we provide a professional, friendly and affordable service. We cover Keynsham, Saltford,

Longwell Green, and surrounding areas of Bristol and Bath. Get in touch Website: www.pdayplumbing services.co.uk Email: info@pday plumbingservices.co.uk Call: 07793 746958 or 0117 915 0311 Peter

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Dream Doors has been trading from its showroom on the Gloucester Road in Bishopston for the last four years. Our principal business is bringing new life to old kitchens. This is achieved by changing any one or a combination of kitchen doors, worktops, sinks and taps. However, we can also supply full kitchens including high-end appliances such as Neff, Miele and Franke – we can do as much or as little as a customer would like. Customers may opt for an upgrade rather than a complete re-fit as this causes less disruption (many can be completed in just three days). It is also a more environmentally-friendly route as the cupboard carcasses are retained. We can supply made-to-measure replacement doors in a vast range of colours and styles to suit everyone’s tastes. Similarly, we have access to a full range of the latest in high quality and design

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These before and after shots show the difference new doors make laminate worktops, granite, wood and the new generation of durable man-made worktops. Customers frequently come to us if they are struggling to sell their home – rather than taking a huge hit on the asking price, they freshen up their kitchen and make the whole home more appealing to a buyer. Peace of mind Dream Doors is a nationwide group that has been operating for over 10 years. Every customer

that deals with Dream Doors is asked to provide feedback about our service by Checkatrade.com. All of this information is available to prospective customers at our website www.dreamdoors. co.uk. The man For many years I ran my own business in property maintenance and construction. This business was built on my reliability, attention to detail and customer satisfaction. It is with

pride that I can say that in my years of trading, 90 per cent of my business came from repeat business or referrals. This business continues with my son at the helm. Last year my wife relocated to Bristol in her role as a corporate solicitor and I had a serious accident and broke my back. My doctors advised that while I may be able to return to the physically demanding work I had been doing, this would have a negative impact on my long-term health. Rather than letting this get me down, I shifted my focus and challenged myself to find an alternative way of remaining in a trade I enjoy and understand. Dream Doors is the perfect match for my skill set and I am excited and energised by the challenge ahead! Barry Dream Doors 11 The Promenade, Gloucester Road, Bishopston. T: 0117 9443223

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Making your vision a reality JPC Carpentry Joinery was established in 1995. A family-run business offering all aspects of carpentry, joinery and building maintenance, we cater for any project you may have for your home or office. We are proud of the excellent reputation we have earned and we are delighted at our clients’ feedback.

Be it new, renovation, replacement or bespoke; from the small details right through to internal or external structural work; from conceptual design to completion, we offer the skills and experience to make your vision a reality. See our website for more details www.jpc carpentryjoinery.co.uk.

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Homes and gardens Inside story with interior designer Zoe Hewett Preparing for a baby’s arrival in the home is a very busy and precious time for expectant parents. When my daughter unexpectedly arrived extremely prematurely, I missed out on the excitement of choosing clothes, bedding, furniture, and nesting in to a newly organised house. After four months in hospital, I did manage to rather speedily transform an uninspiring, ugly box room full of neglected, accumulated STUFF, into an infinitely more charming wildlife-wonderland, just in time for her homecoming. It was an added pressure at a difficult time, and although creating rooms is one of my greatest pleasures, and indeed my passion, I would have loved

a fairy godmother to magic it all finished. I placed a lot of importance on the room being complete and beautiful, when it would have been easier not to bother, because so many, many hours are spent in nurseries, feeding, reading, rocking and playing etc. So it really is important for it be as nice an environment as

possible, for both mother and baby to relax and enjoy. Our emotional response to the appearance and atmosphere of a space is often underestimated. An interesting wallpaper pattern or object can make a great distraction away from teething or colic pain for an unsettled baby, and the effect of a particular shade of a colour can

go deeper than that and even positively influence mood. Since decorating is disruptive at the best of times even without children running around, it is certainly worth avoiding a garishly childish aesthetic that they’ll quickly outgrow and is at odds with the rest of home decor, by choosing a scheme so pleasant it will look good for several years. To help mums and dads embarking on DIY nursery missions this summer, there are top design tips, available through the freebies page of my website! Visit www.zoehewett interiors.co.uk  Zoë Hewett is an independent interior designer. Call 07974 544 734 or email zoe@zoe hewettinteriors.co.uk to book a free initial consultation.

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Perfect fit for your projects We’ve been trading under the name Keynsham Timber & Hardware Ltd since June 2011, but as a timber yard and hardware store we’ve been established since 2001. The business was formerly known as Lays Farm Timber Supplies and it’s very much a family-run business Our services on-site include the timber yard selling a quality range of decking, fencing and fence panels, support-frame timber and sheet materials like plywood and MDF. Then there’s an expansive hardware store, key-cutting, Calor gas stockist plus wood cutting where customers can bring in their own timber. We also make made-to-order garden gates, panels and animal hutches etc, and have a delivery service. We also run a pet supplies business, too, which is situated

within our shop and we’ve named it Pets Corner. It’s really nice when customers who haven’t been to our shop before realise how much we have to offer, they genuinely seem shocked. They also regularly comment on the quality of our decking and fence panels. Another nice surprise for them is we try and keep our pricing below bigger stores. Being off the beaten track means we have to work harder to get the custom through the door and due to this we don’t ever take our customers for granted. Whether it’s just one single nut or bolt to a large decking and fencing order it’s all highly valued. If you’re looking for a friendly local business with a knowledgeable and approachable manner then we’d like to think here is the perfect fit.

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Homes and gardens In the garden I read a while ago of some research by Swedish scientists that growth of plants depended as much on length and quality of daylight as it does on temperature. Certainly during the last month, despite the cool temperatures, all the plants showed rapid growth as we had longer daylight and, latterly, higher temperatures. What did June bring for us? Although the days were largely sunny the temperatures were rarely above 20C, due to the continuing cold wind. Nevertheless, in the first two weeks we saw, on a drive through Devon, some superb hawthorn, both white and red. Also locally some amazing displays of elderberry, pyracantha and hydrangea petiolaris. The clematis are now at the top of the trellis showing plenty of buds. All the fruitlets are formed on the fruit trees,

and our beds and borders are filled with the perennials we have planted over the last few years. Have any aphids taken to the soft shoots? The experts’ advice is to leave the green and blackfly to feed the ladybirds, tits etc. But where they? Only ocasionally do we see any member of the tit family, and no ladybirds. So if I see any aphids around I rub them away with finger and thumb. I try not to use chemicals.

I have replenished our raised bed and refurbished the woodwork where the boards had become loose and the soil was escaping. What appeared to be a straightforward job proved to be somewhat complicated. I removed the top 18 inches of soil into a couple of wheelbarrows so that I could shift the remaining soil to one end, to gain acess to the panel. That completed I decided to add some good-looking leafmould, from a heap, into the bed. But both barrows were in use. So I filled a bucket and carried it to the bed. A drop in the ocean! I emptied the small barrow onto a piece of tatpaulin and filled it with leafmould. And then I had to shovel it out into the bed. A couple more and in the end I had completed the task and felt I had achieved something. The seeds went in and now we have

rows of radishes, spring onoins and lettuce. Grass, lawns, call them what you will, all need cutting, trimming, feeding and so on. At the moment, having had some good rain, the grass is looking green and quite lush. I notice this year that there is an unusual amount of clover showing. I do not mind too much about that as it provides a nice contrast to the green. I have cut the grass quite short to see if I can get the brown patches to become a little more alive. I raked the lawn in spring and removed some thatch, hoping to see a revival but no such luck. I shall look into this problem to find whether there is a particular problem. Dr Bessayan, The Lawn Expert is my usual reference. And here I must end because the sun is shining and the grass needs... cutting!

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On the plot July is the month when you should start to see the rewards from your efforts. Most, but not all, plants should be in the ground and making progress with the weather staying warm. Despite the cool, overcast weather of late the ground is very dry so plenty of watering is required. The best advice is to give the plot a real good soaking, and avoid light watering as this is of no value and a waste of time. Try to get the moisture deep into the ground so that the roots have access to it. Despite the dryness the weeds manage to appear so continue with weeding and hoe on a regular basis. I always weed first then follow a day or so later with a good watering. July will also see the explosion in pests, green and black fly in particular. I don’t use insecticides and rely on nature

and keeping the plants in good health to fight these nuisances. Broad beans are very prone to black fly so to minimise this I sow the seed in autumn and overwinter the plants by covering them with a fleece tunnel. This way they start to grow again earlier and slightly ahead of the black fly. I have already picked most of my crop so I can remove the growing tips where the black flies are more prolific. Don’t forget to nip out the grow-

ing tips of the runner beans when they reach the top of the canes as this will encourage them to bush up. One job for the beginning of July is to plant leeks. These ideally need to be the thickness of a pencil before planting but thinner plants will still provide you with a reasonable crop. Before planting I clear the area of weeds and give the surface a dampening of water as this makes planting easier. The trick

with leeks is to use a dibber to make a hole at least six inches deep so that the roots are well underground with just a couple of inches of plant tip showing. If you don’t do this then you will not have leeks with long white stems. If the root ball is long and thick then you can lightly trim this with scissors and I always trim the tips of the leaves. Spacing needs to be six inches between each plant and 12 inches between the rows. Puddle the plants with water when planting is complete and don’t worry about filling the hole back in as subsequent watering and nature will take care of that. It won’t be long before I crop the garlic now that the leaves have turned yellow. Carefully lift the garlic bulbs and leave them clear of the ground to dry.

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Learn lost art of foraging Finding food in the wild and transforming it into a feast is a forgotten skill, with many of the edible natural treats that our ancestors relied on now overlooked as they grow in abundance in fields and woodlands. But now foodies can rediscover the lost art of foraging by joining Keynsham’s own Chris Westgate on a walk for an introduction to what nature has to offer. Through her kitchen-run business Heavenly Hedgerows, Chris creates award-winning liqueurs, jams, preserves and more from the berries, leaves and herbs she finds growing in the wild locally. Now she is sharing her knowledge of plants and the seasons, as well as the rules and etiquette of foraging, learned over a lifetime of finding and enjoying wild edibles. Chris said: “Living between Bristol and Bath, we don’t need

Chris Westgate, of Heavenly Hedgerows, is running foraging courses to travel far to collect the abundant wild food on offer. Spring is wonderful for wild garlic and its flowers are not only pretty, but delicious in salads. I feel so privileged that our environment inspires us to turn natural flavours into delightful and unusual combinations on the palate as well as plate.”

Making the most of autumn’s harvest, foraging days out with Chris will be held from September with country skills and cookery school Vale House Kitchen, Timsbury, near Bath. This is a full-day course including forage, lunch at Vale House followed by cooking with foraged ingredients. Being keen to teach people

how to “eat their back gardens”, Chris is also offering one-anda-half to two-hour walks locally in Keynsham or Saltford where people will learn how to identify and eat common garden weeds. These include a snack and drink. Chris adds: “I can’t ever remember not foraging. As children in New Zealand, Mum would take us out early in the mornings to collect mushrooms for breakfast, and I can remember snacking on wild flowers on the way home. It was amazing!” Heavenly Hedegrows courses are fully insured. For more information on Vale House Kitchen courses, visit http://valehousekitchen.co.uk. To find out more about Heavenly Hedgerows, visit www. heavenlyhedgerows.co.uk, and for course dates email info@ heavenlyhedgerows.co.uk or call 07828 786513.

Cakes, cars and companionship Guests enjoyed tea, cakes and a good chat at the first event hosted by the Keynsham and Saltford Contact the Elderly group. Community@67 hosted the inaugural monthly meeting, which aims to provide company for people aged over 75 through tea parties on a Sunday. Helen Ker, development officer for Contact the Elderly, said: “The room was full of chat and laughter, a wonderful way to brighten up a Sunday afternoon for our older guests who often find Sundays a bit of an empty or

long day. To make sure we can keep this lifeline of friendship going we need just a couple more volunteers.” Volunteer hosts hold a tea party for the group once or twice a year. Volunteer drivers with their own cars are needed to pick up one or two guests once a month and take them to the tea parties. To find out more, contact Helen on 07582 310974, email helen.ker@contact-theelderly.org.uk, visit www.contactthe-elderly.org.uk or follow @contact_teas on Twitter.

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News Street shares a Big Lunch Residents of a Saltford street came together for their annual street party – and they hope to encourage others to do the same. Neighbours in The Glen enjoyed a Big Lunch at the start of June, setting up tables and gazebos so everyone could sit down together. Rick Taylor said: “Getting our neighbours out to meet each other once a year has had such a positive effect on our community of 30 homes over the past three years. It would be great to encourage others to do the same.”

Raising a glass to successful night On Tuesday, June 18, Farrells kicked off their new wine-tasting experience with a sparkling array of Sicilian wines and spirits from GB Italia UK wine merchants. A great evening was had by all and the event will now become

a regular monthly event, say organisers at the Temple Street restaurant. The next date for your diary is July 16. Contact Farrells on 0117 986 6330 or see the website for more details – www.farrells restaurant.co.uk.

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Catering for all at Kitchen Shoppers can take a break from the busy High Street at a monthly pop-up cafe in Keynsham that is helping people with learning disabilities gain valuable work experience. A range of homemade cakes and soup is on the menu at the Key Centre on the first Saturday of every month from 10am-2pm, where visitors can also browse a book and craft stall. The cafe, Saturday Kitchen, is staffed by members of the Keynsham Learning Disability Network who help make the food the evening before, run the kitchen and wait on customers. Now the group has branched out to serve up a regular bistrostyle evening in Bath. The bistro is held every six to eight weeks at Cafe at the Centre, Manvers Street Baptist Church,

Bath, where diners get a threecourse meal for just £15. The next event takes place on July 31 and bookings must be made in advance. Call Kirstie on 01275 374703 or email info@yoursay-advocacy. co.uk.

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In Good Health with Anna Casey, pharmacist at Chandag Road Pharmacy With pollen levels expected to reach their highest in 50 years due to the late onset of spring this year, we take a look at hay fever in our inaugural monthly pharmacy blog to help you protect you and your family from being affected. What is hay fever? Pollen is the name given to the fine powder produced by plants, trees or flowers. Grass pollen is the most common cause and tends to affect people every year in the grass pollen season from about May to July. Who gets hay fever? Hay fever is very common. It affects one in five people in the United Kingdom. It often first develops in school age children and during teenage years. Symptoms return for a season each year, but it eventually

goes away or improves in many cases. Hay fever tends to run in families. You are also more likely to develop hay fever if you already have asthma or eczema. Equally, if you have hay fever, you are more likely to develop eczema or asthma. What are the symptoms of hay fever? Symptoms can vary from person to person and include a runny, itchy and/or blocked nose, sneezing and itchy eyes. Some people only have mild symptoms that tend to come and go. Others can be severely affected with symptoms that are present every day during the pollen season. Will it help if I avoid pollen? It is impossible to totally avoid pollen. However, symptoms tend to be less severe if you reduce your exposure to pollen. The pollen count is

the number of pollen grains per cubic metre of air and is often given with TV and newspaper weather forecasts. A high pollen count is a count above 50. What are the commonly used treatments? Commonly used treatment options include: antihistamine tablets and nose sprays; steroid nose sprays and eye drops. If you are taking hay fever medication regularly and your hay fever is well controlled on your current treatment, you should continue this treatment until the end of the pollen season. Most treatments are available to buy without prescription and I recommend asking your pharmacist for the own brand or generic versions which contain exactly the same active ingredient as the branded medicines but at a fraction of the price.

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Target set for MMR campaign Health chiefs in B&NES are aiming to ensure 95 per cent of the area’s 10 to 16-year-olds have received two doses of the MMR vaccine by the end of August. The local authority has launched its campaign as part of a national immunisation drive, following the recent measles outbreak in South Wales. The catch-up campaign is prioritising those youngsters who missed out on the jabs in early childhood, and local GP practices are in the process of inviting unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children to have the two doses. Dr Bruce Laurence, the council’s director of public health, said: “Although there are currently no confirmed cases in Bath and North East Somerset, we are taking the necessary steps to protect our residents against this highly infectious disease, particularly as neighbouring authorities have reported cases. ”

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Sun shines on village celebration The organisers of Queen Charlton village fete have thanked the many visitors who helped make this year’s event a success on Saturday, June 8. A spokesperson said: “Despite blustery conditions, the sun shone and we all had a glorious afternoon. There truly was something for everyone – from craft stalls to racing cars, cream teas to local cider, bees to alpacas, even a red London bus, and some visiting scarecrows

from the Chewton Keynsham Scarecrow Festival.” The afternoon raised £4,000, towards the village hall and church. Formerly the school room, the hall is now a registered charity and is available for hire for parties and wedding receptions. Proceeds of the annual fete, which takes place on the second Saturday in June, are used to maintain the hall. Villagers are already looking forward to next year’s fete, on June 14.

At this month’s Keynsham Chamber of Commerce meeting we had a good attendance. The welcome pack is now being finalised, which will be available at the next meeting. There are many events happening in the forthcoming months, the Music Festival, Food Festival, Victorian Evening and Town Team are making progress so watch this space. If you are a member of the KCC please update us with your news to include on our website.

Ric Davidson from the Keynsham Music Festival gave a superb talk about the enormity of the event. With artists coming from far and wide, a huge enterprise has been built up – this really is a wonderful festival, please support it. The sun is starting to shine on occasions, let’s all enjoy it by getting out and exploring our local area. Next meeting is Monday, August 5, at 5.45pm at The Old Manor House Hotel, 5 Bristol, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2BA.

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Discover your Bounce! with holistic therapist and writer Nicky Marshall You know how it is - it’s Monday morning, you have a long to-do list and you are already wishing it was Friday. There are three things you have forgotten, the cat’s been sick, the children are demanding your attention and you can feel your energy ebbing away... OK, so perhaps all these things don't happen at once, but most of us at some time lose our energy and wish there was something we could do... There is! My speciality is helping people to “discover their bounce”. I do this using Reiki, Tarot and other energy techniques. Reiki is a Japanese therapy that helps the body to clear blockages caused by stress and illness. Energy passes through the therapist to the client, while they relax fully clothed on a couch listening to music. It sounds simple – and it is!

Of course there is plenty you can do to help yourself at home, for example:  Eat colourful food – bright coloured vegetables clear your digestion, clear your skin and rid the body of toxins that cause tiredness.  Choose wisely – it’s tempting to pack too much in but we are only human. Choose what you do each day and don't overload yourself.  Move your body – walking, dancing, swimming or just moving around the house increases blood flow and elevates your mood. More next month – but if you would like more inspiration, go to our blog at www. holisticinsights.co.uk/blog. Nicky Marshall Tel: 07760 483851 www.holisticinsights.co.uk nicky@holisticinsights.co.uk

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‘Oldies’ take on triathlon Four Keynsham-based businessmen with a combined age of almost 200 are this month taking on a gruelling triathlon challenge. The “Golden Oldies” – also known as John Tarrant, Gareth Hayward, Glynn Hayward and Mark Vaisey – are heading to North Wales to compete in the Snowdonia Triathlon Challenge on July 6. They will be raising money for Regain – the Trust for Sports Tetraplegics, which supports those paralysed in sporting accidents. John Tarrant said: “The Golden Oldies will cycle 40 miles, on and off road, climb Mount Snowdon and canoe one of the mountain lakes. “With the promise of a refreshing Guinness or two at the end, a copious amount of train-

ing beforehand and industrial amounts of vaseline throughout, we hope to complete the course in around seven hours.” Last year the team came sixth out of 69 teams and gave all the youngsters a run for their money. This year, despite the number of teams being around 100, they are going for a top three finish “to fly the flag for both Keynsham and golden oldies everywhere”. To make a donation to the cause, visit www.justgiving.com/ john-tarrant2.

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Chilli hummus by Simi Rezai, of Simi’s Kitchen, with Bath Harvest Oils Ingredients 240g (1 can) chick peas. If cooking them yourself, use 125g. Keep five for garnish. 1 dessert spoon tahini 1 dessert spoon Bath Harvest Chilli Infused Rapeseed Oil Juice of half lemon 1 clove of garlic crushed 2 dessert spoons of water Salt, pepper and garnish of your choice. Method Put the rinsed chick peas, tahini, oil, lemon juice, garlic, water, a

good grinding of salt and a little pepper in a blender or bowl, to mash. If you'd like it coarse, then don't blend too much. Taste and add ingredients to make it the way you like it. The more oil you put in, the more luscious it becomes. If you'd like your hummus with a hint of rosemary, then why not try Bath Harvest Rosemary oil. As you can see from the photo, I

use the back of a spoon to create a little well for the oil then put in the chick peas, oil, paprika and a chilli. Eat with toasted crudités, pitta bread, potato wedges or as a sandwich spread with yoghurt.  Simi runs informal cookery classes at her Bath home based on the cuisine of Persia, from rice masterclasses to pickles and

preserves. Call 01225 789 554, email simi@simiskitchen.co.uk, visit www.simiskitchen.co.uk or follow SimisKitchen on Twitter. Bath Harvest Oils are stocked by Banables Butchers on Keynsham High Street. For more stockists and other information, visit bathharvestoils.co.uk, follow @BathHarvest on Twitter or find Bath Harvest Oils on Facebook.

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Butterflies – such beautiful things and there are many available in Keynsham High Street, if you look hard enough!

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Fun day is thank-you to charity volunteers

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A Keynsham charity that supports families living with autism held a day of celebration for volunteers and for the people they help. Butterflies-Haven held a fun day at The Ship Inn, where pub landlord and charity trustee Richard Weymouth organised a barbecue and bouncy castle. The first half of the afternoon on Satureday, June 28, was a treat for the volunteers and trustees and founder Trisha Williams said: “It was a ‘thank-you’ for all their support for the Butterflies families. This was also a chance for the team and trustees to be together and to get to know each other more.” Later on they were joined by members of the charity’s Young Voice group and their families, with one of the trustees offering face-painting and many of the

Enjoying the bouncy castle and face-painting at the ButterfliesHaven fun day at The Ship in Temple Street, Keynsham

youngsters joining a game of football and feeding the ducks in the park near the pub. Trisha added: “Watching them all together enjoying such

freedom and yet very safe and watched-over made me realise how important it is that somehow we eventually have a central base that includes a huge piece of land where the children can be just as free and safe.” To find out more about Butterflies-Haven and the groups it runs for children on the autistic spectrum, their siblings and parents and carers, go to www. butterflies-haven.co.uk.

Summer is just getting under way but one group of Bristol performers are firmly focused on their Christmas production. Award-winning Bloc Productions is urging theatre-goers to join them in a winter wonderland at the Bristol Hippodrome as they stage Irving Berlin’s White Christmas this November. More than 30 performers and a live orchestra will be recreating the musical version of Bing Crosby’s 1954 film that follows two army friends as they help their former commander create a Christmas Eve to remember. White Christmas is at the Bristol Hippodrome from Tuesday, November 19, until Saturday, November 23, at 7.30pm and with matinees on the Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets priced from £12 to £25 are on sale now from the Bristol Hippodrome on 0844 871 3012 or at www.atgtickets.com/venues/ bristol-hippodrome/.

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Shop celebrates its first year On the July 27, Practically Perfect will be celebrating one year in their Keynsham premises on Temple Street with fun and celebrations plus many offers. Practically Perfect was the idea of Katy. The first premises was opened in November 2011 in Knowle, and due to the success a second shop was opened only eight months later in Keynsham. The business is now thriving despite the hard times and many local residents pop in to find a bargain. If you cannot make it to one of the shops there is always the Facebook page which displays all the latest items to purchase.

Payment can even be taken over the telephone ensuring you don’t miss out. Throughout the year Practically Perfect invites customers to numerous events, such as Small Print and 3D Casting – check out facebook.com/ practicallyperfectbristol.

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Adult Fiction The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill – reviewed by Megan When the body of missing school girl, Harriet Lawther, is washed up from the moors in a flash flood, the Lafferton police reopen the 16-year-old cold case. But then a second skeleton turns up… DCS Simon Serrailler takes the lead, re-interviewing all the original witnesses and trying to piece together Harriet’s last movements. Who is the second skeleton and are the two cases related? With poignant sub-plots about falling in love and growing old, Hill’s murder mystery offers more than just questions and answers. A touching read that deals with the timeless issues of humanity and morality.

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with Sarah Wookey from Keynsham Library lack of illustrations in children’s and young adults’ books and, as an illustrator herself, has made a fantastic job of illustrating this novel. Think manga-type graphics, blog excerpts and IMS chats – a perfect read for the teenager who doesn’t want to be here either! Junior Fiction Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – reviewed by Jennifer Unbeknown to Sophie, beavering away in her late father’s hat shop, she possesses a magical flair. Seeing her as a threat, the wicked Witch of the Waste attempts to thwart her unwit-

ting enemy by aging Sophie. In a bid to reverse the spell, the now-old Sophie seeks the help of the infamous Howl, a dashingly lovable rogue with his creepy moving castle. Sophie becomes entangled in a web of spells and curses. Oh, and if you like film, then Studio Ghibli reimagined the story beautifully. Young Reader Vampire across the Way by Dyan Sheldon Benjy and Cas are convinced their new mysterious neighbour is a vampire. Intent on proving it, they go to investigate but get the shock of their lives! A great spooky read for new readers. Picture Book Darkness Slipped In by Ella Burfoot – reviewed by Jennifer Little Daisy makes darkness her playmate, grabbing him by the wrist and dancing a funky twist until it really is time to say good night! A delightful picture book that helps dispel myths and shows us that darkness need not be creepy. Featuring good rhymes, a nice rhythm and a tactile element to boot.

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Board Book I’m Not Scary! by Rod Campbell A delightful “touch-and-feel” book for toddlers on one of their favourite subjects: insects! But beware – the final page is VERY scary indeed!

Summer Reading Challenge The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest annual reading promotion for 4- to 11-year-olds. The theme this year (if you haven’t already guessed) is the Creepy House. Children register with the library and receive a colourful starter pack. They are encouraged to read six books of their choice throughout the summer holidays (and into September), collecting rewards and incentives along the way. If they complete the challenge, they receive a medal and a certificate. The challenge runs from Saturday, July 13, to Saturday, September 14, and is a great way to ensure that children keep reading, so that their ability doesn’t dip over the long summer break. And best of all, it’s completely FREE!

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Great escapes just around the corner... The summer holidays are almost here, meaning days out, trips away and hopefully plenty of sunshine. Many will be packing up the car or heading to the airport but three authors say there are plenty of memories to be made on our own doorsteps. The Wild Guide: Devon, Cornwall, South West invites readers to discover “Famous Five-style adventures” in the region, with some almost a stone’s throw from Keynsham. For views of the setting summer sun there is Kelston Round Hill and Maes Knoll Hill Fort at Whitchurch; for picnics there is Avon Valley Park or Chew Valley Lake; for exploring there are the remains of the coal canal at Combe Hay or the caves of the Avon Gorge; and for homemade local food the book highlights The Compton Inn at Compton Dando. The book contains more than 500 suggestions across the West from authors Daniel Start, Tania Pascoe and Joanna Keeling, who have also drawn on their love for the great outdoors to write the Wild Swimming series, recommending the bast places to take a dip. Co-author Daniel Start said: “We chose to write our first Wild Guide about the South

West because we wanted to celebrate simple adventures close to home. The South West is a place we know, love and live in, so the idea of an intimate local guide and app, filled with secret destinations and special places, appealed. Along the way, we have met so many people living a simpler, richer life, such as artisan producers making delicious traditional foods and smallholders who tend to their pigs and chickens alongside guests. “The end result is a compendium of wonderful adventures and wild places. It is packed full of memories of wild campsites, night walks, foraging missions, sunset surfing, canoe trips at dawn and countless dips into moorland tarns and Somerset rivers. And all without flying, or queuing, or paying very much at all.” Wild Guide: Devon, Cornwall and South West by Daniel Start, Tania Pascoe and Joanna Keeling is published by Wild Things Publishing Ltd, priced £14.99

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Saltford School Summer Fair, 3pm to 6pm. There are lots of fun activities to be had such as aquazorbing, go karts, pony rides, bouncy castle, inflatable slides and even a vintage bus as well as many more games to keep you entertained. Enjoy our popular barbecue, tea rooms, bar, cake stall, balloon stall, sweet stall, tombolas and ice cream stall as well as craft stalls from local businesses and a table top sale. Please come along, it promises to be a fun-filled day. Compton Dando Village Fete on Glebe Field, 2-4.30pm. Bristol Panama Jazz Band, barbecue, stalls, classic cars, children’s Olympics. Keynsham Orchestra performing

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July 13 Summer fun day for all the family, 9.30am onwards. Join Jordans’ 150th birthday celebrations and help us reach our goal of raising £150,000 for charity with It’s a Knockout competition, refreshments, stalls etc.

July 18 Summer Serenade at Chewton Church at 7pm with Voices @ One, tickets £7.50 to include fruit cocktails and nibbles available from the Parish Office or 0117 986 3530.

July 19 An entertaining night with The Severn Jazzmen, Conygre Hall, Timsbury (BA2 0JG), 8pm-11pm.

Donation to Blood Bikes. Dance in cafe-style setting. Tickets £8 on the door. Bar and hot and cold food available. Details from Kate on 01761 471245 or www. mendipmusic.com.

July 20 Corston Country Fair, Corston Village, near Bath, 2-5pm, stalls, classic cars, teas and ice creams, bouncy castle, Chuffy the train, beer tent, silver band, dog show, RAF fly-past, barbecue, grand raffle, family entertainment and a fun day out.

July 23 Saltford Floral Club. We are having a practice class entitled “Miniatures” demonstrated by Margaret Baker. This promises to be very interesting and rarely seen so come along and

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July 28 Keynsham Brass Band at the Keynsham Memorial Bandstand, 3pm onwards.

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 7.30pm. Occasional speakers,

Dirty Dancing in the moonlight Film fans will be able to enjoy a classic big-screen romance under the stars this summer. Bath’s Royal Victoria Park will be the venue for Movie by Moonlight, an outdoor screening of Dirty Dancing (cert 12A), starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Garner, on Saturday, August 31. And as the audience have the time of their life, they will also be helping to raise funds for the Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign, which aims to fund the building of a new

cancer centre for the hospital. Entry is free and the film will start at approximately 8.30pm or when it gets dark. Viewers can bring a picnic – but no barbecues or glass. Warm clothes and a torch are also recommended! For more information, visit www.foreverfriendsappeal. co.uk.

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Keynsham Writing Group meets in the library on the second and fourth Monday of the month, from 2.30-4pm. We are a small friendly group and welcome new members of all abilities. 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, 2-4pm. 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 speakers or demonstrators a year. Please come along and join us. We are a very friendly club. If you are interested, please call Margaret on 0117 986 5559.

Tuesday Free buggy walk and cafe meeting on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 9.45am meet for 10am start, outside Keynsham Leisure Centre, Temple Street, Keynsham. Email buggywalk@gmail.com for more details.

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meeting. On a Thursday afternoons we do crafts and we also have a community garden. Contact Jim Lingard on 0117 986 1551. St Keyna Townswomen’s Guild is 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.

Wednesday ChoirJam, Keynsham’s fun pop choir, meets on Wednesdays 11am-12.30pm during term-time at Fear Hall, Keynsham. We sing everything from James Taylor to Adele and perform with a live band! Adults aged 18-80+ are welcome to join; there’s no audition and no experience necessary – just enthusiasm and a love of singing! Call Emma Hutchinson on 07793 983040 or visit www.choirjam. co.uk.

Friday Wellsway Ladies’ Badminton Club, 7.30-9.30 pm at Keynsham Leisure Centre. For more information, contact Jenny on 0117 986 8331.

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.

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.

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

Residents’ Fellowship Association, based at Hawthorn Meeting Room in Carpenters Lane, from 2pm-4pm. We do different activities, eg. luncheon, quiz, games including darts and a committee

Saturday Healing on the Streets has returned; we can be found on Keynsham High Street every Saturday morning. We can be identified by our badges and the ‘A’ boards. Whether you have an emotional or physical problem we’re available to listen, talk and pray.

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News Celebration for dance teacher A dance teacher was given a surprise party to celebrate her 40 years at the helm of a Keynsham dance school. Professional dancer Patricia Veale, pictured, took over Keyford Dance School shortly after arriving in the town in 1973, and has been teaching ballet, modern, jazz, tap and acro, to all ages from two and a half years to adults ever since. With the help of Patricia’s family, members and staff at the dance school organised a surpise celebration at the Fry Club on June 22 to mark the milestone. Patricia has also been involved in many local projects, including Fry’s pantomimes, many plays and her pupils have been involved in operas and dance productions at the Hippodrome, as well as local fairs, fetes, carnivals and Keynsham Music Festival.

Profile: Fiona Edwards, stained glass My name is Fiona Edwards and I have lived in Keynsham for 13 years. When I moved here, I discovered the gem of Orchard Studios in Kingswood. After a year there, I studied at Bath College. Five years ago I returned to Orchard Studios to teach my favourite subject! I have created several local leaded windows, including at The Wine Bar and Keynsham Health Centre. My classes take students of all levels, from complete beginner to experienced glass worker. I cover all techniques including lead work, copper foiling, fusing

and painting. It is inspiring to see what other students are making, and everyone works at their own pace. Classes are on Monday night, Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night, starting in September. Orchard Studios is a wonderful centre to learn craft skills, such as woodworking, jewellery making and sewing. We are holding a lively open day on Saturday, July 6, 10-4pm, to which you are welcome. (BS15 8DB) I am also running two workshops on two Wednesdays, July

10 and 17, 10-4pm, the first to make a small leaded mirror, and the second to make a 3D glass star. The cost for each is £15 including materials. Do come along and give Orchard Studios a go. I also take on commissions for stained glass windows. Contact me on glass fiona@hotmail.co.uk, call 0117 986 5840, or text 07791 480605.  Are you a local artist or craftsperson? To be featured in Keynsham Crafts, contact Emma on 0117 908 2121 or at emma@ keynshamvoice.co.uk.

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 A six-year project to rebuild 191 concrete homes in Keynsham and Bath has taken a top award in the prestigious 2013 South West Built Environment Awards. Curo and Lovell completed the regeneration scheme last year and have won the ‘Integration & Collaborative Working Award’ in the awards run by the Chartered Institute of Building and Constructing Excellence.

Pupils are lined up ready for a day of learning at the village school in Saltford. Their uniforms are a far cry from today’s cheery red jumpers worn by pupils at Saltford Primary School. The school building has been converted but is still as important to the community as it was at the time of this photo, as it is now St Mary’s Church Hall. For more on pictures and publications from Bygone Bristol, call 0117 942 3177.

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June Simpson and Yvonne Tarrant of the Farandole Dancers, left, and dancing, far right; keeping the crowds fed at Old Village Day, right Photos below: Phil Harding

Right, the stove pipe hat procession; above, Saltford Environment Group’s stall at the launch; above right, Jacob Rees-Mogg talks to Carole-Ann Duckett from Keynsham and District Twinning Association

With more than 80 events bringing residents together over nine days, Saltford Festival has been hailed a true celebration of community spirit in the village. The packed programme was organised by Saltford Community Association, ranging from an Abba tribute night to a tea dance and geology walks to jazz. The festival opened on Saturday, June 8, with an open morning showcasing many of the groups open to local people, and culminated in the Old Village Day on Sunday, June 16, which saw hundreds turn out to enjoy the activities. SCA treasurer Chris Essex said: “Many said it was like the whole village going away on holiday together for the nine days, which really ties in with the key objective of the whole event – to bring the village even closer together.” MP Jacob Rees-Mogg was on hand at the launch to meet the many groups exhibiting and to hand out prizes for competitions run as part of the event and some special community honours. Lifetime Achievement awards were given to John Thomas, Saltford Community Association president; Cynthia Wilson, who set up Friends of Saltford Library; and postmistress Sarah Lloyd. Kate Godfrey and Phoebe Gane (aged nine and 10) were presented with the Good Neighbour Award after rushing to the aid of an elderly resident who had slipped on ice. There were also prizes for the Saltford Photo Competition,

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with Judy Reed named winner in the adult category and Nikita Johnson taking first place in the junior category. The winners of the short story competition were also announced with Julia Coombs taking first prize and Alison O’Reilly taking second. Mr Rees-Mogg told Keynshamvoice he was impressed with the “phenomenal effort” behind organising nine days of activities. He added: "It shows what a vibrant village community Saltford has got because these events don’t happen without a great deal of work by volunteers. There is an impressive variety of activities going on.” This year’s festival raised £14,500, with £2,600 for local charities and good causes and nearly £12,000 raised for the community association. Mr Essex said: “This would not have been possible without a huge effort from a small team over the last 12 months and an army of volunteers over the nine days of the festival. A huge thank you to all of them and to everyone who attended one or many of the events.” See www.saltfordfestival.org. uk for more photos.

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These two lovely scenic shots were named the winners of Saltford’s photography competition, announced at the launch event of Saltford Festival.

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Somerset Morris Dancers, above; members of the Saltford Fairtrade group in their refreshment tent at the Cycle Quest event; below, youngsters from Here We Grow Nursery ready for their Rumble in the Jungle performance

A snowy scene by Nikita Johnson, winner of the junior section, above

On The River by Judy Reed, the winner of the adult section, left

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Travel Leisure and fun the theme at fabulous Holiday Inn Guildford We’ve all had that moment when we scream ... “I need a holiday – NOW” ... and you know that everything has been getting on top of you. For most of us, our exclamation remains just that, not least because dropping everything and heading off is the stuff of soap operas. You know the scene – “There’s a plane to Majorca in an hour!” Life’s not like that but the idea of a short break with a touch of luxury is not necessarily fantasy. And it needn’t break the bank either. For those of us with kids, of course, we need to balance our idea of luxury with the demands of the youngsters. With all this in mind, we set off during half term to Guildford, just west of London. It may not be your first thought for a short break but in fact, the location is outstanding for families from Bristol. Less than two hours away, the 168-room Holiday Inn Guildford sits on a tree-lined location just off the A3 and outside the centre of the attractive market town – which by the way, is well worth a look with its nice mix of independent shops, galleries and historic sites. We chose one of the hotel’s theme park packages which included entrance to nearby Legoland at Windsor. But before that particular fun began, we wanted to be sure we had recharged our batteries and taken advantage of everything the hotel had to offer. First up, after checking in to our ample-sized family room, we grabbed our costumes and headed for the swimming pool and leisure club. The heated indoor pool, steam room, sauna and jacuzzi

was a great way to unwind after the drive and make us all feel we were really on holiday. The Spirit Health & Fitness Club with its fully equipped gymnasium was also on offer for the more energetic. Our swim had set us up nicely for dinner in the busy restaurant which combined real style and top class cuisine with a sense of welcome and informality. Families, couples, business people – and we even saw a rugby squad – mixed effortlessly. Children are welcomed and are even given their own special buffet with food favourites. Children up to 18 stay free when sharing a family room – and the under-12s eat free as well – a real bonus which means some of the pennies can be kept for the theme park! (Terms and conditions apply) In fact, the food was outstanding. The Best of British menu, with a series of fish dishes, steaks, gourmet burgers and numerous other tasty-sounding offerings, was complemented by a comprehensive wine list. We relaxed afterwards in the plush lounge with a coffee from the hotel’s Starbucks coffee bar although we could equally have enjoyed the bar. In the morning, the quality continued with breakfast, setting us up for the day ahead. We headed off to Legoland, sad to leave the Holiday Inn behind us but feeling ready to go. Although the traffic can get busy, the hotel is close to Legoland – as well as Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures – and before we knew it we were enjoying the delights of the plastic brick-built park. We no longer needed a RC holiday!

Facts The Guildford Holiday Inn offers a choice of standard and executive rooms with suites, family rooms, accessible facilities and inter-connecting sets. With Guildford Leisure Breaks you can choose from a range of special packages, eg

 Theme park deals with overnight accommodation and entry to local theme parks  Sports packages, with the impressive facilities of Surrey Park Sports Centre just down the road Kids up to the age of 18

stay free when sharing a family room, and kids under 12 also eat free from the special kids menu, when accompanied by at least one full paying adult. (Terms and conditions apply) Bed and breakfast from £52 this summer.

Contact Reservations: 0871 942 9092 Hotel direct: 0871 942 9036 Holiday Inn Guildford Egerton Road, Guildford, GU2 7XZ www.higuildfordhotel.co.uk

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For July, we meet Zoe Wilkins of Truly Bespoke Tell us about you and your company I studied structural packaging design and moved to Bristol 20 years ago to begin my design career in the centre of the UK packaging hub! After several years of working in the two main multiple packaging companies my creativity was quashed and I needed another outlet for it. I worked for Moben kitchen company in the evenings and weekends and discovered my passion and talent for kitchen design. I took the plunge, left my packaging job and worked for one of the best-known bespoke furniture companies, Crabtree, whom I much admired. I learnt a lot about furniture production and the beauty of wood and loved working there. Unfortunately they went into administration so after working for a couple of other kitchen companies I collaborated with a local joinery and two of the best carpenters from Crabtree and formed Truly Bespoke Furniture in 2009. I have experimented with different techniques and door styles and researched new materials to work with. My portfolio of work has developed and my enthusiasm for fitted furniture design is clear. The more awkward the room shape, or a client’s needs, the more the challenge and love for the project I have! What service do you provide in Keynsham and beyond? Truly Bespoke has fitted kitchens from Devon to Gloucester but

predominantly fits installations in Keynsham and the surrounding villages and has a good following of clients in Clifton. We can make individual pieces of freestanding furniture but our forte is fitted furniture. Fitted kitchens, bathroom, bedrooms, and home studies. We supply and install the furniture, work surfaces, appliances, lighting and I can assist with choice of colour and soft furnishings. As Truly Bespoke’s showroom is situated in the back of Simply Carpets we often supply and fit flooring too. I work with excellent sub contractors to ensure the entire job is carried out to a high standard. Building work, electrics, plumbing, decorating, tiling and, of course, carpentry. I hope to inspire my clients and offer a design service, not just a planning service. I consider clients’ personal style, lifestyle and individual needs. I like the opportunity to visit their home to better gauge their style and storage needs. I always need at least an hour for the initial consultation as I will discuss every aspect and take accurate measurements. What is the best part of running your business and working in Keynsham? Easy question to answer. The people! I was brought up in Surrey full of wealthy people,

beautiful houses, good education and fabulous woodlands. But it was rather false. I prefer West Country people – they are genuine and friendly. Keynsham has a wonderful community, and my retail colleagues are very positive despite the hard situation we are currently suffering. I have thrown myself fully into Keynsham, getting involved in various groups to assist in keeping the town vibrant. I think the mixture of shops and services we have is excellent and the greenery surrounding Keynsham fulfils my love of fresh air. I think the area I live and work in is very welcoming, beautiful and honest. I have got to know several people who have lived and worked in the town for decades and their support has been fabulous. What makes your service different? I risk sounding arrogant, but honestly “me”. Every company I have previously worked with I have been office-based and project management has been carried out by the fitter with back-up from the company manager. I am the company. I welcome my clients, visit the site, design the space, price up the job, order the materials, oversee production, instruct the fitter, and project manage the installation. I am the one point of contact and all responsibil-

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ity rests on my shoulders. I am a creative individual and I love meeting new people so I love my job. I think my passion is pretty clear, and I am very proud of every installation I take on. I have had 10 editorials printed in national magazines during the four years Truly Bespoke has been in business and I hope to have many more. I also get very frustrated with the overuse of the word “bespoke”. Companies claim to be bespoke but only offer a few colour and style options and standard sizes, therefore they are not bespoke. We truly are! Our only restrictions are technical difficulties and cost. I also dislike companies who advertise crazy offers and pressure sell. My prices are honest and I will try to meet my clients’ needs while still being within their budget. What are your plans for the future of your business? I do not want to grow too quickly and do not want to be too big. My point of difference is that I am in full control, therefore in order for that to still be the case I can only take on enough work for me to cope with and no more. I would like a larger showroom and continued coverage in national magazines. I am still building my reputation and it will take a while, but I want to be known for my creativity and credibility. I hope to be one of the few companies to truly offer a bespoke solution and high level of service. Contact The Old Chapel, Carpenters Lane, Keynsham, BS31 1EH Mobile: 07772 653 150 Office: 0117 904 4254 Email: trulybespoke@live.co.uk Website: www.trulybespoke.com Find Truly Bespoke on Twitter and Facebook

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A charming, stone-faced, wysteria-clad, detached “country cottage” (formerly two labourers’ cottages), believed to be circa 1700 with the rear section being late 1800s. Located in a central position within this desirable village, 7.2 miles from Bath, 5.9 miles from Bristol and accessible to Wellsway School. The accommodation comprises: a sitting room with original cast iron range and beamed ceiling, kitchen/breakfast room, lounge overlooking the lovely gardens, cloakroom/WC, dining room with beamed ceiling, modern bathroom, three/four bedrooms, en suite shower room, Valliant bottled gas heating system. It has an enclosed front garden, with side access to the stunning rear gardens, believed to be approximately one acre,

with three ponds and a stream, two well-tended vegetable plots, two outhouses/sheds, a greenhouse and a potting shed. The property also boasts one double and one single garage with parking to the front for four vehicles. Arrange a viewing with Your Move Williams Rose, 64 High Street, Keynsham or call 0117 986 4815.

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Sport Fitness focus with personal trainer Craig Weeks As my clients start to see the benefits of exercising they ask me “am I doing enough or should I be doing more”? You don’t need to train 7 days a week! Rest is just as important in a healthy program as the exercise itself. During rest is when the body rebuilds, repairs and recharges ready for the next workout. If you don’t factor some rest into your program, then you will over train and that will definitely lead to injuries Your form will break down which will cause you to do the exercise wrong, leading to bad technique, leading to imbalances and unnecessary strains and other injuries. Everyone should exercise but in moderation. Here are some benefits of living a

healthy lifestyle and following a structured exercise regime.  Lowers your blood pressure  Decreases stress  Gives you energy  Boosts your immune system  Maintains and strengthens bone mass  Speeds up your metabolism leading to less body fat  Helps you sleep better For more information on this and for other health, fitness weight gain or weight loss advice please feel free to contact me Healthy regards Craig Weeks Adv dip pt

Trio to represent county in finals Three Saltford junior golfers, Kieran Babbage, Tom Roach and Huxley Howell, have won the right to represent Somerset in the national final of the England Golf – Junior Champion Club to be held at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire in August. The Somerset qualifier was

held as part of the Clevedon Junior Open and, in the closest of finishes, Saltford beat Burnham and Berrow on count back. This will be the third time in the last five years that a trio of Saltford juniors have represented their county in the national final.

Firsts thrill against mighty Bath while seconds excel Eight matches into the League season and Keynsham Cricket Club’s first XI, playing in Division 1 of the premier League have had a satisfactory start winning two of their games and losing six, some narrowly; they have been picking up valuable bonus points along the way, writes our correspondent. A narrow loss to last season’s champions, Bridgwater with Sam Wheller taking 4-27 was followed by a convincing away win at Corsham with Dave Burston making his mark with 6-29. A bad home loss to Downend was followed by an away loss at Frocester where Paul Robbins scored 43. A great away win by 138 runs at Ilminster (Robbins 54 not out, Richard Pannell 50, Reg Keates 4-26) preceded a home loss to Taunton St Andrews (Robbins 42). The following week it was a loss at Ashcott & Shapwick by 7 runs; Paul Robbins took the bowling honours with 4-26 and Dan Jarman scored 30. The last weekend covered by this report saw a thrilling first

team game at Wellsway against the “mighty” Bath CC, where Keynsham snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, losing by 7 runs from a winning position. Bath were restricted to 198-6 in their 50 overs with Harry Jones being the pick of the bowlers with 3- 32 off 10 overs. In Keynsham’s reply of 191 all out; Dan Jarman top scored with 65, being out in the last over in a desperate attempt to force the win. The seconds go from strength to strength this season following their opening match loss against Bridgwater CC away. Since then they have strung together a run of 7 wins. Led by skipper Ben Whittington, who is in a rich vein of form with almost 400 runs already they have seen off challenges from Corsham (Chris Courtney 45 not out), Downend (Tom Bancroft 64, Simon Knowles 3-34 ), Frocester (Jack Weston 68, Ben Whittington 3-25), Weston-s-Mare (Whittington 80, Knowles 4-24), Taunton St Andrews (Mark Branton 45 not out, Knowles 5-39 ), Ashcott

& Shapwick (Whittington 57, Antony Cains 55, Harry Jones 5-19). Their latest match away at Bath CC was a narrow five run victory. Keynsham set the home side a target of 231 thanks to two fine 50s by Ben Whittington (62) and Mark Branton (54) and with Nick Lowe taking 3-46 they secured a famous victory. Having lost their three opening games the third XI then won four on the trot until a loss against Stratton on the Fosse last weekend. Some of the highlights of their season so far have been top-class batting from Lowe (103 not out and 57 not out), Scott Tweedie (78), Steve Clarke (66) and Pete Tweedie (58). Best bowling has to be Jack Tweedie (aged 13) with 5-6; others to star with the ball have been Lowe (5-33), Tom Bancroft (3-11) and Jonty Flynn ( 3-15 ). The Sunday 1st team have won three and lost three with two games cancelled due to the vagaries of the British “summer”. The highlight has to be the game against Westbury where Keyn-

sham scored 336 chasing a huge total of 332 set by the visitors. Highlights have been exclusively on the batting side with 2 “tons” – 150 from Paul Robbins and 106 not out from Dan Jarman. Fifties were notched by Harry Jones (56) and Alex Taylor (61). The Sunday seconds are having a better season than over the last few years, won five, lost one, weather one! The honours are dominated by some very experienced players. Les Hubbard has posted scores of 75, 74 and 59, Ian Taylor, a jug avoidance 49 not out and the younger element could only muster Tom Bancroft (57) and Harry Jones (50). Another veteran is the only bowler to get a mention, the nevergreen Richard Morris who “Merlined” figures of 4-13.  Weekend matches at KCC for the next month are: July 6, 1st XI; July 7 no game scheduled. July 13, 2nd XI; July 14, 1st’s. July 20, 1st XI; July 21, 2nd XI. July 27/28 both first team games. August 3/4 both second team games.

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Keynsham Town FC News from the Crown Field Are you fed up with those overpaid, pampered, Premier League prima donnas? Did you know that we have a very historic football club in our town? Keynsham Town FC was founded 118 years ago in 1895. They first played in the Bristol & District League and have since progressed through various leagues until moving into their current level in the Toolstation Western League First Division. The club play their home games at the Crown Field, next to Keynsham Rugby Club, with the site including three main facilities – the 3G pitch, the clubhouse and our junior pitches, behind the main club pitches. The addition of the “state of the art” 3G artificial pitch two years ago has been a big boost for our town, provid-

ing an excellent year-round surface for the community to use. It also means that games can still be played in inclement weather conditions where the majority of grass pitches would be unplayable. We would like to attract some new “fans” to the club, so why not pop down to the Crown Field to see one of our pre-season friendlies? We are playing Larkhall Athletic (Wed, July 10, 7.30 pm), Cadbury Heath (Wed, July 17 at 7.30pm) and Longwell Green Sports

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(Wed, July 24 at 7.30 pm). Admission to these games will be £2 (adults) and £1 (children). The Seniors side of the club are also looking for new committee members to help with the running of the club and if you can spare some time on a regular basis, you would be most welcome! I myself have just joined the committee and want to try to raise the club’s profile within the town. If you are interested in helping the club to progress, please contact either myself on 07814 609853 or Steve Nicholls on 07454 320934. I will be providing an update on the club’s fortunes in each issue of Keynshamvoice as the season progresses, so watch this space! Julian French

With fine weather and Wimbledon whipping up more interest in tennis, Keynsham residents can play for free this season. The multi-sports site in the Memorial Park is open Monday to Friday between 10am and 3.45pm. The courts are also available evenings, weekends and bank holidays by collecting a key from the Keynsham Town Council offices at 15-17 Temple Street from Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm (a refundable deposit of £20 is required). Courts at the multi-sports site are also available for hire for netball and five-a-side football, again with a £20 deposit. The costs of hiring 5-a-side and netball courts are: £10.70 per hour per court – adults; £6.60 per hour per court – juniors; £3 extra for adults and £1.70 for juniors with floodlights. If you are interested in booking the courts or require further information contact Keynsham Town Council on 0117 986 8683 or email reception@keynshamtc.gov.uk.

Mencap team is ready for kick-off Members of Keynsham and District Mencap’s football team are ready for kick-off when the Somerset FA Disability Counts league starts in September. As part of their training, under coach Rob Cook, the team took part in a tournament in Northampton last month, winning six matches before being knocked out in the semi-finals. The team’s kit has been supplied by Joe Tucker of Tucker and Co South West. Laura Jefferies, manager at

Keynsham Mencap, said: “The guys are training and practising hard and can’t wait for their first match. We are grateful to Joe Tucker for providing the kits; they look great and players are thrilled with them.” Keynsham Mencap Football Club trains on Tuesday evenings at Broadlands Academy and is open to anyone aged 16 and over with a learning disability. Contact Laura Jefferies on 0117 986 5659 or at laura@keynsham mencap.org.uk.

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Sport Tennis teams facing a struggle Both Fry’s Men’s and Ladies’ teams have continued their poor start to the Summer League season. Fry’s Men desperately needed to start picking up some points in June. The month got off to a terrible start with a trip to Portishead. The match was over almost as it had begun with Fry’s suffering a 10 points to 0 loss. That put even more pressure on Fry’s for their next match at home to Kings II. Fry’s brought their Agame and cruised to 10 points to 0 win. Hopes were high for their next fixture at home to Bristol IV, but Bristol produced a dominant performance. Fry’s put up a good fight, but ultimately suffered another 10 point to 0 loss. Fry’s Ladies got things started with an away fixture against Bristol II. Fry’s were in control from the start and won three of the four matches to record an important 8 points to 2 victory. Next up for Fry’s was a tough away fixture to Bishop Sutton. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts Fry’s went down a very disappointing 10 points to 0. Their final fixture of the month against table-topping Clifton I was always going to be tough. Outclassed in every department Fry’s were beaten 10 points to zero. With six matches played, both Fry’s Men and Ladies’ teams are languishing in 5th place in their respective divisions and it will take a strong end to the season for them avoid relegation. For details about playing at Fry Tennis Club, contact Ann Smith on 0117 9862845 or email medwaysmith@yahoo.co.uk.

Bowlers do battle for the cup in local derby Thursday, May 30 Frys welcomed Imperial who were looking to overturn the previous Friday’s narrow Turnbull Cup loss, writes our correspondent. An even start saw both clubs take early leads on a rink with one Imperial rink keeping the lead throughout. after halfway, two Frys rinks pulled away to win by 11 and 9 shots, saw Frys win by 10 shots taking 8 points from the night to be fourth in the table 12 points off the top. Scores: Rink 1: 25-14; Rink 2: 23-14; Rink 3: 11-21; Frys 59-49 Imperial (8-2). Tuesday, June 4 This was the first round of the City and County of Bristol Clarence Davy Cup with Frys hosting Ardagh at a sunny Somerdale. The two clubs met a few years ago in the quarter final with Ardagh just sneaking through at the end. No club took much from the start and that set the tone for another classic game. A high standard from both clubs that would continue throughout the match, saw the scores close at halfway to set up what was looking to be another close finish. As the game progressed, three Frys rinks all had a mini collapse leaving Ardagh gaining about 15 shots overall. With the fourth rink tight, it was looking like Ardagh would take a comfortable victory. Fry’s had unfinished business and slowly pulled the deficits back, but only to about 10

Your sport Tell us about your sports club or team at news@keynshamvoice.co.uk shots. With two rinks finished, it was left to the other two rinks to pull back the shots and with only two ends left to be completed, Frys got the gap to 6 shots and the penultimate end saw Frys pick up 5 shots leaving the gap at 1. After previously holding shot, Frys found themselves down a couple of shots. With the skips having no impact with their first woods, an excellent drive from Frys pushed the jack back to leave Frys with 3 shots, but with plenty of room to draw in, the Ardagh skip did just that, drawing shot to leave Frys 2 shots behind in what was another fantastic cup match. Frys 81-83 Ardagh. Thursday, June 6 Frys made the trip to Page Park for a game against Page Park 'A'. Frys took an early lead and never looked back. 2 rinks pulled away and the other stayed tight throughout. That only changed on the last end with one rink dropping 5 shots to close the gap, but it didn’t matter and Frys came away with their first 10 point night of the season with a 52-31 win. Scores: Rink 1: 20-17; Rink 2: 12-9; Rink 3: 20-5; Frys 52-31 Page Park 'A' (10-0). Friday, June 7 Frys faced a tricky Turnbull Cup 2nd round tie against Victoria Park, Bath. Frys were looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s 2 shot loss and started the right way jumping to an early lead. A slower green was in contrast to recent games, and Frys started to struggle after the halfway point giving up an 18 shot lead and the contest turned into another nail biter. As the last ends were played, Frys kept composed picking up shots when needed leaving Victoria Park 2 shots back on the final end. Frys kept calm and pulled through picking up 2 shots for another 4 shot win and set up a match-up against local rivals Keynsham. Scores: Rink

1: 19-20; Rink 2: 22-18; Rink 3: 12-22; Rink 4: 25-14; Frys 78-74 Victoria Park, Bath. Thursday, June 13 Frys welcomed Canford in the 8th game of the Bristol and District Bowls League season. Frys started brightly but Canford held tight and pulled things back through the first half to leave the scores tight, despite one Frys rink starting with 19 unanswered shots in the first 9 ends. With the other two rinks behind it left the game tight but Canford kept ahead, pulling back at some of the early deficit as Frys lost their way, losing 2 rinks and the match by 3 shots with only 2 points from the match. Scores: Rink 1: 11-20; Rink 2: 13-16; Rink 3: 22-13; Frys 46-49 Canford (2-8). Thursday, June 20 The first half of the Bristol and District season came to a close as Frys travelled to play last year’s division four runners up Henleaze 'B'. On a cloudy night, Henleaze took the early advantage. Frys kept two rinks tight but with one Henleaze rink pulling away, it was that rink which would help Henleaze take the win with Frys drawing one rink to only take one point to leave Frys 4th in the table over 20 points behind 2nd. Scores: Rink 1: 9-17; Rink 2: 15-15; Rink 3: 14-16; Frys 38-48 Henleaze (1-9). Friday, June 21 This saw a local derby in the last 16 of the Turnbull Cup with Keynsham crossing the railway and into Somerdale for the encounter with Frys. Frys were hoping to repeat last year’s win in the competitor, but it was Keynsham who took the early advantage. Things didn’t change much with one Keynsham rink running away. Frys didn't give up and pulled back well on three rinks with the biggest deficit only being 3 shots. But it was the big rink win for Keynsham which took the game with a score line which probably wasn’t a true reflection on the game. Frys 57-91 Keynsham.

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