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www.keynshamvoice.co.uk Cooking with Pomegranate, P44 | What’s On, P46 P4

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Public pick a winner in clocktower vote

Trail of destruction at community woodland

‘Heartbreak’ as trees vandalised

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New group puts youth theatre back on scene P6 Green waste plant gets the go-ahead P8 Stepping up support for cancer unit P19

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Volunteers who help to look after a 64-acre woodland on the eastern edge of Keynsham have uncovered a trail of destruction left by vandals, who have ripped down young trees and lit fires. The damage has been discovered in a section of Manor Road Community Woodland that was planted just 10 years ago, with around 15 trees snapped or sawn down and others stripped of their bark, without which they won’t survive. A number of the trunks were thrown into a nearby pond, bordering Plaishets wildflower meadow on the A4 side of the woodland, with members of the Friends of Manor Road Community Woodland group spending several hours removing them. Further investigation revealed a trail of broken tree trunks and branches strewn on the ground, several spots where fires had been lit, a number of tools left behind and a den created with a

Young trees have been torn down at Manor Road Community sheet of tarpaulin. The Friends group say they believe the vandalism has been taking place over a month, with some visitors reporting sightings of groups of youths in the area. One member said: “We don’t object to young people using the woodland for dens, we even have

Civic Centre too ‘bland and boring’ for new town centre Bland, boring and disappointing – that is the criticism levelled at B&NES leaders’ choice of name for Keynsham’s new centre by members of the town council. After asking residents for their suggestions, and consulting with members of the Keynsham Development Advisory Group (KDAG) and the town council, the Cabinet unveiled its decision last month. The site should be known as Keynsham Civic Centre, it has proposed, while the streets cutting through the development should all be called Market Walk. The decision came despite B&NES’ own geographic information systems and street naming and numbering officers advised that “Civic Centre” was not suitable, calling it “too bland”. Town councillors had previously recommended calling the streets Prospect Place and Cheapside, in recognition of the roads that previously existed on the site, as well as suggesting several names for the new community building, including the

Hub, the Forum and the Joseph Fry Community Hub. Resident and Keynsham Civic Society member Judi Grant addressed May’s meeting of the town council, where GIS officer Martin Laker was collecting feedback on the names, backing the historic street names put forward by the town council and urging members to “take a stand on this matter”. She added: “B&NES happen to have sited their HQ in our town centre – but we are not B&NES-ville.” A number of councillors echoed her views with members voting to continue to support Prospect Place and Cheapside and a separate name for the new community building, while rejecting the Cabinet’s choices. As part of the street-naming process, proposals are put to public consultation, with any objections going to the magistrates’ court.

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and others stripped of their bark Woodland a number of children’s groups who come here and use the woodlands for lessons in skills such as den-building. “This is a community woodland and it is here for everyone to use – but what we do object to is this kind of wanton vandalism. It is heart-breaking to

see these trees destroyed.� Evidence of fires has also led to safety fears for the coming months if there is a very dry summer in which a blaze could easily spread. In other incidents, logs from the new slow worm habitats installed in the meadow have also been taken in the last few weeks, while two noticeboards in the woodlands had to be repaired earlier in the year following acts of vandalism. The Friends group was set up in 2001 to help manage the council-owned woodland and meadow areas on behalf of local people, with all signs, walkways and wild flower planting a result of fundraising and grants obtained by the volunteers. The group is now due to meet with Keynsham Inspector Sarah Treweek, who said the vandalism at the site was a criminal offence. She said: “This is something that the police take very seri-

ously. Manor Road Community Woodland is there for everyone to enjoy – in fact, I went for a jog there the other morning, and it really is lovely. “Cutting down trees or damaging them in any way is, quite simply, a criminal offence. Looking after our countryside is some-

thing I feel passionate about, and I look forward to meeting with the group that takes care of this site to discuss longer term solutions. I would ask that if readers see anyone committing such vandalism, to contact their local police at Keynsham – this can be done via the 101 number.�

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Timeline project gets under way Work has begun on an art project that aims to celebrate Keynsham’s history up to the present day in a timeline at the redeveloped town centre. A local illustrator will combine information from Keynsham Local History Society and Keynsham Civic Society with ideas from schoolchildren and students to create images, with text, imprinted in wood on a timber-coated walkway on Bath Hill. All local schools have been invited to take part in the project, with each allocated a specific period to focus on, and many already getting involved. An illustrator is due to be appointed soon by members of the Arts Advisory Group following advertising, and work with local schools will then take place during the autumn term. It is hoped the timeline will be completed at the same time as the new clocktower in April 2015.

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Artist’s delight as vote clocktower design the A colourful design combining stained glass and patchwork has won over Keynsham residents in a vote to decide what the town’s new clocktower should look like. Artist Sebastien Boyesen’s proposal proved most popular among the three shortlisted designs, winning 48 per cent of the public vote. The clock tower will feature glass and acrylic panels incorporating aspects of the town’s history and Mr Boyesen will be working with residents on the details of his design. He said: “What I look forward to most is working with the community, and going on a journey with the creation of the clocktower to see where that might take us. The end result should be a new and treasured landmark in the town that many generations will grow up with. “As an artist and designer, I am delighted to be involved

Sebastien Boyesen with his winning clocktower design in creating the clocktower, and hope that I can repay the enormous trust that is being placed in my hands. I would like to thank all the residents of Keynsham, and the AAG for believing in me.�

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Minersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Memorial Garden. Keynsham town councillor Lisa Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, chair of the Keynsham Arts Advisory Group, which is overseeing the commissioning of public art for the new town centre, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Votes were registered both online and via voting slips available at the exhibition, and were rigorously scrutinised to ensure that only Keynsham residents were included. Sebastien won 48 per cent of the total vote with the next design polling 38 per cent, so he was a clear winner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During the exhibition, residents gave valuable feedback, including the need for a very clear and illuminated clock face which could be seen down the High Street. We look forward to assisting in the development of this lasting legacy for our town.â&#x20AC;? The clocktower is expected to be installed in Keynshamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new centre by April 2015.

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First Somerdale homes expected to be on sale by the summer The first showhomes at the Somerdale site are expected to open as soon as next month, with work well under way at the former factory site. Developer Taylor Wimpey, which is building up to 700 new homes as well as a primary school and sports facilities, says the first homes will go on sale this summer, while a new Fry Club is due to open in May next year. New employment space at the site is also already being advertised nationally by the firm. The builder has revealed it will be contributing ÂŁ6.8 million to the community in Keynsham, including ÂŁ4 million towards the new school and ÂŁ1.1 million for a cycle and pedestrian bridge and path over the River Avon from Somerdale to the Chequers Inn at Hanham. New bus services to the site will get an ÂŁ800,000 contribution, roads linking the development and town centre will get

ÂŁ470,000 of improvements, while youth services and libraries will get ÂŁ130,000 and there will be a ÂŁ100,000 investment in training and employment locally. Keynsham station and local GP surgeries will also benefit from some of the funds. Charlie Joseph, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Bristol, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This investment reflects our belief that building new homes is about more than just providing high-quality properties for people to live in â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it is about giving homebuyers the chance to be part of a thriving and sustainable community.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, the developer is facing complaints at its Meadows development to the south of Keynsham where residents nearby say trucks servicing the site have left mud on roads and damaged pavements in the area. For more on this story see our website www.keynshamvoice. co.uk.

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News Youth theatre is back on scene Budding young actors will once again get the chance to tread the boards in their home town with the launch of a new theatre group. Following an outcry at the demise of Keynsham Youth Theatre earlier this year, bringing down the curtain on 22 years of local productions, a new group has been set up by former members and leaders of Keynsham Light Opera Group. Phoenix Keynsham Youth Theatre was officially launched at Broadlands Academy on Tuesday, June 3, with a number of young performers already signed

up to start rehearsals for the group’s first show. Phoenix chairman Rachael Abbott, who was also chairman of KYTS, welcomed members and supporters to the launch before Tony Brown, a founder member of KYTS, declared the group officially open. Former KYTS member Colin Dean said he was delighted to see youth theatre continuing in Keynsham. He said: “Being part

Warning as puppy dies after chewing on e-cigarette refill You may have heard the tragic story in the news about Ivy, the 12-week-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier from Cornwall, who died last month after chewing on an e-cigarette refill capsule. Her grieving owners are trying to make everybody aware of the dangers, to avoid such an awful event happening again. Poor Ivy was alone in the room with another dog when she started chewing on the nicotine capsule, which had fallen to the floor. The owner, Mr Sutton, looked in on the room to find her on the floor with the bitten capsule. “She had only ingested the tiniest amount, but by the time I picked her up she was frothing at the mouth. “I attempted to cool her down with cold water but I don't know any dog first aid, I just did whatever came into my mind,” said Mr Sutton. Ivy was rushed to the vets, but unfortunately she could not be saved after having suffered severe nicotine poisoning. She had just recently been adopted from the RSPCA and the owners are devastated at what has happened. They are urging people to make sure e-cigarettes are kept in a safe place away from pets and children. Highcroft’s emergency and critical care specialist Helen

of a group like this gives you so many skills. It’s a way of meeting other young people, having fun learning how to act, but also helps to build confidence among other things. “I believe that being a part of this group when I was younger has definitely helped me in my life. The local area really needs something like this for young people and to lose this group would have been a huge loss to the community.” With a volunteer choreographer, producer, musical director and committee in place, Phoenix will meet on Tuesdays at 7.30pm

at Broadlands. Leaders are now urging more youngsters of senior school age, including Year 6 leavers, to take the chance to appear on stage and join the group. Phoenix’s first show, Be Our Guest, will be a medley of wellknown songs from musicals, including numbers from Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, Oliver, Matilda and more and will open on April 1, 2015, at Broadlands. For more information on Phoenix Keynsham Youth Theatre, contact Jo on 07597 807517 or email phoenix-kyt@ outlook.com.

Station ‘Friends’ proposal wins support A plan to set up a Friends of Keynsham Station group has been backed by Keynsham Town Council, which has earmarked £150 towards getting the initiative off the ground. Town councillor Tony Crouch said it was hoped a Friends group would be able to push for funding

and grants for the station, particularly if cash was made available for improvements as part of the electrification process. He added: “It should be remembered that this group would be a help or support to the Keynsham in Bloom group who have done a lot of hard work at the station.”

Wilson explains: “Nicotine can be extremely poisonous to animals when ingested. The nicotine ultimately sends the body into overdrive which causes seizures or the heart to have an abnormal rate or rhythm. Symptoms to look out for include vomiting, lack of coordination, weakness, collapse, tremors or seizures.” Please be very careful if you have any e-cigarettes in the house. If you suspect that your pet has been poisoned call our emergency line straight away on 01275 832410, available 24 hours a day. Isabel Evans BVMS MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon, Keynsham Veterinary Centre, part of the Highcroft Veterinary Group

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News Green waste plant near town gets the go-ahead Plans for a £5.5 million green energy facility near Keynsham that will provide enough power and heat for 2,500 homes have been given the go-ahead. Bath and North East Somerset Council has given the green light to proposals to create an anaerobic digestion plant at Queen Charlton Quarry, along with an education centre. It will treat half of the district’s total food waste, extracting methane gas and converting it into electricity in a process that also creates a sustainable fertiliser for farmers as a by-product. The education centre will aim to teach students, businesses and organisations more about energy from waste and about new green technologies. The plan has been drawn up by local organics recycling business ReOrganics Ltd and a group of investors and green energy experts called Resourceful Earth.

An artist’s impression of the green waste plant and education centre at Queen Charlton Quarry Spokesperson Jo Downes said there was a great deal of support for the project locally. She said: “ReOrganics established a local residents’ liaison group a few years ago and they meet on a regular basis. The group are extremely supportive and have been involved in plans from the word go. “The anaerobic digestion facility will replace the open-air composting facility and is a natural evolutionary approach from simply composting organic waste to tapping into all the resources

that organic waste can offer, methane gas being one. Green energy is a much-needed commodity and it feels great to be part of a solution to the pressing energy issue facing us locally and globally.” The entire process will be enclosed, with lorries delivering waste through an air lock into the building and around three HGVs entering and leaving the site each hour, the developers say. For more information on the project, visit www.resourcefulearth.co.uk.

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Crews set sail for safety week Firefighters have been visiting people living on house boats in Keynsham and Saltford to offer advice on reducing the risk of potentially deadly fires on board. Crews used the Avon Fire and Rescue Service safety boat to take to the water during Boat Fire Safety Week from May 26. AF&RS station manager Martyn Bolt said: “The number of boat fires in the Avon area is relatively low. However, when they do occur they have devastating consequences. People are injured, and in some cases, killed as a result of on board fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.” He added: “These vessels are often moored in remote locations that are difficult for us to reach; in many cases a relatively minor fire can cause the total destruction of a boat.” Members of the public can arrange home fire safety visits with the fire service on 0117 926 2061.

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Keynsham Music Festival Festival Week Programme Saturday, June 28

 Roundabout Art Trail at 12 different venues, live music.  Live entertainment in the High Street, morning.

Sunday, June 29

 Roundabout Art Trail at 12 different venues, live music.

Monday, June 30

 Temple Street Bash, evening. Live music from Slapface and the Hoagies at The Ship; No Fixed Abode at Farrells; Super:D at The Trout.

Tuesday, July 1

 Wellsway School Community Concert, 4.30pm  Brejeiro, The Grange Hotel, 7.30pm*  Acoustic music at The Ship, 8.30pm, Gianni Cossu, Steve Mercy

Wednesday, July 2

 Adam Purnell, Old Manor House, 7.30pm*  Writers and poets’ event, The Grange Hotel, 7.30pm  Acoustic music at The Ship, 8.30pm, Jet Pack, Through Your Eyes and The Minor Reign

Thursday, July 3

 Opera in the Park with Meeghan Shillington, 7.15pm  Trad jazz with Roger Wells Hotshots at the Conservative Club, 8.30pm*  Acoustic music at The Ship, Jelli Records Showcase, 8.30pm

Friday, July 4

 KAN and Live Simply present Alastair McIntosh, Memorial Park, 7.15pm*  ChoirFest with ChoirJam, KLOGS and Key Voices, at St John’s Church, 7.30pm*

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 The Perfect Cure Band, Farrells, 8pm  Straw Dogs, The Trout, 8pm  Cinema Under the Stars, Dirty Dancing, 10.15pm  Drum & bass event TBA

Saturday, July 5

 Live music in Oxfam, High Street, 2pm  Gala Concert in the park featuring Keynsham Orchestra and B&NES Music School, 7.30pm*  Direct from Rome: Gian Piero Milanetti at Farells, 8pm  The Blush, Keynsham Wine Bar, 8.30pm  Trash Casino, The Trout, 8.30pm

Sunday, July 6

 Keynsham Music Festival, Memorial Park, from noon  Live music from Finger Buffet at The Trout, 9.30pm * Ticketed event, see website

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With Keynsham Music Festival just weeks away, organisers say this year’s event will break at least two records: there will be more Keynsham performers than ever before, and more involvement from local community groups and businesses than in previous years. New venues will include Farrells Irish Italian Restaurant in Temple Street and The Grange Hotel in Bath Road, both of which are giving financial support and will host two events during Music Festival Week. Also on board for the first time is The Trout in Temple Street. Events will begin with the Roundabout Arts Trail on the weekend of June 28-29, with live music at a number of the venues. Music lovers will get their first taste of the variety on offer at the first Temple Street Bash on Monday, June 30, with venues hosting live acts and other surprises for visitors.

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Meet Your Feet and Bohemian Embassy will perform upbeat sets for the festival’s finale During the week in the run-up to be greener and develop a more expanded Slapface and the Hoagto the festival on Sunday, July 6, sustainable lifestyle. ies – from teens to over-60s. there will be at least two events Another innovation this year Alongside them will be acts from every night, including the reguwill be the Keynsham ChoirFest, as far away as Italy and Bella lars – the Saturday Gala Concert with more than 100 voices from Takes Chase from Queensland, and Thursday’s Opera in the Park three of Keynsham’s choirs – Key Australia. and trad jazz in the Conservative Voices, KLOGS and ChoirJam This year’s finale will feature Club. – performing separately and two upbeat party bands: BrisTo match last year’s appeartogether at St John’s Church on tol’s all-female Meet Your Feet ance by Satish Kumar the Live the Friday evening featuring Bashema on vocals on Simply team will present the On Sunday, July 6, every the Bandstand stage and the Scottish eco-activist, writer and stage in the park will feature charismatic Bohemian Embassy broadcaster Alastair McIntosh, Keynsham performers – includ– Bath’s latest best thing – on who will appear in the Park on ing Foreign Affairs, the Emma the Top Stage. And leading up to the evening of July 4 – a must Hutchinson Band, Nosey Parker, them will be The Roving Crows event for anybody with a desire Through Your Eyes and an – awarded the UK’s best Celtic

Rock Band, with the UK’s best fiddler – and London’s exuberant Cable Street Collective, both of whom will have everybody on their feet. With 400 volunteer hours given by supporters of the festival last year, organisers are keen for more members of the community to get involved to help the event run smoothly while enjoying the show. The Keynsham Music Festival is now in its 14th year and is still free, thanks to funding from sponsors including Keynsham Town Council, Waitrose, Ian McGill Transport and Taylor Wimpey – but generous donations from festival-goers are vital to help meet costs, say organisers. Listings and all ticket details for Music Festival Week and the festival are listed and updated at www.keynshammusicfestival. co.uk. Follow Keynsham Music Festival on Twitter at @keynshamfest or visit Facebook.

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Keynsham Music Festival Does Keynsham need â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;rekindlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;? Wombles out in force at festival While there will be plenty to entertain during Music Festival Week, at least one eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary goal is to inspire. Live Simply tells us more about activist and writer Alistair McIntosh, who will be speaking in Keynsham Memorial Park on July 4 about â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;rekindlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; community Alastair McIntosh is known across the world for his work in social activism, for his inspirational writing (most famously his early book Soil and Soul), and his ability to capture in words and actions some of the worries that many of us have about the state of our society. Well, does Keynsham need rekindling? The town already has life and energy but our research shows common worries about the identity and connectedness of the town â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the energy is dispersed. Like all communities in â&#x20AC;&#x153;developedâ&#x20AC;? societies there is much suffering and illness, both physical and mental. Medical research is increasingly showing that most long-term conditions have social origins in loneliness, work and family stress, lack of fulfillment, and loss of connec-

tion with the natural world. At their roots these are about a lack of meaningfulness. We also know that this deep malaise can be put right only by our collective action. Alistair has an extraordinary breadth of knowledge but his heart is in social action through what he terms human ecology. He describes doing human ecology as â&#x20AC;&#x153;like pulling on a tangled ball of string. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t unravel one loop until you have understood the interconnections with all the rest.â&#x20AC;? Alastair is coming to Keynsham through a partnership between Keynsham Action Network (KAN), the Live Simply project, and Keynsham Music Festival. Come along on July 4, 7pm, and be inspired! Tickets are ÂŁ6.50 from www.live-simply.co.uk.

With thousands set to descend on the Memorial Park for festival events, organisers have enlisted some expert volunteer litter pickers to keep the area looking tidy. Keynsham Wombles will be out in force in their high-vis jackets on Sunday, July 6, aiming to cut the amount of rubbish left by festival-goers. The group, which is part of Transition Keynsham, works to keep Keynsham litter-free and educate people on the effects of littering, with each Womble regularly tackling a street or area of their choice. Chief Womble Erica Davies said the group were keen to play their part in the community event and would welcome any extra pairs of hands on the day. She said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keynsham Wombles were delighted to be approached by the Music Festival organisers to work with them to

reduce the amount of litter being discarded by festival goers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope that by having a high profile at this event, more people will be aware of the work we are doing in our community and will realise the dangers of dropping litter to our local wildlife and also globally, as litter makes its way into the sea. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During the festival itself we will be visible picking up litter and having a big clean-up in the park on Monday morning. If anyone reading this would like to help, please contact us on womble@transitionkeynsham. org or 0771 3417974.â&#x20AC;?

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News Doors open to art-lovers for trail For the first time this year, the Roundabout Art Trail is teaming up with Keynsham Music Festival, taking place as Festival Week gets under way. Here,Yvonne Halton tells us what we can expect from the seventh art trail.

This June, make sure you keep the weekend of the 28th-29th free in your diary, as the Roundabout Art Trail is back with a bang! We have over 30 artists exhibiting this year, among them, painters, potters, wood turners and jewellery makers, to name just a few. There are 12 exciting venues dotted around Keynsham, Compton Dando and Saltford, and a surprise venue in Longwell

Green with an amazing mural. We also have workshops running at Chandag Junior School, where children can have fun decorating cupcakes or making a clay animal. This is a great opportunity for you to experience some of the talented local artists and craftspeople in your area. A chance for you to peek into their creative world, and maybe even make a purchase. Over the weekend there will be some travelling musicians popping into the venues, making your experience even more memorable. The Roundabout Art Trail is part of Keynsham Arts, set up in 2007, with the help of a lottery bid through Keynsham Town Council. This year will be the seventh art trail, and the first time we are working with the Keynsham Music Festival. Make sure you pick up a brochure, or check out our website www.roundaboutarttrail.

co.uk, to plan your weekend. Why not jump on your bike, and see how many places you can visit? Or take a leisurely

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Jenny Drew Something... Cakes galore at Cafe Cremeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stall at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Keynsham Food Festival

Book your place at food festival Calling all Keynsham food businesses! Keynsham Food Festival is back, and organisers say it will be bigger than ever in 2014. There will be stalls offering tastings and selling produce, cookery demonstrations and talks, and Scout and Brownie activities. Running alongside the regular farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; market on September 13 inside the Scout HQ in Ashton Way, the festival will also offer refreshments and entertainment.

Festival organiser Liz Barling said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are now taking stallholder bookings, which are already proving very popular with local businesses, many of which reported increased sales after exhibiting at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So if you are a local food or hospitality business and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to showcase your wares at Keynshamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier food event, please get in touch.â&#x20AC;? Contact Liz Barling at lizbarling@gmx.com or 07867 525 951 for more information.

Introducing... Keynsham cartoonist Jenny Drew will be producing a cartoon inspired by life in the town each month for Keynshamvoice. Jenny says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Keynsham resident, I work for B&NES, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a youth worker with a diploma in art therapy and cartooning. I think Keynsham is brilliant and my favourite things about the town are the Oxfam book shop, the fields, Cafe Creme, and the youth service.â&#x20AC;? See more about Jennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work in her advert, left.

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Jack’s Day helps cause once more A day of sport and family fun held in memory of Saltford teenager Jack Boulton has raised more than £2,000 for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). The fourth Jack’s Day was held at Saltford Sports Club on May 26 and featured several friendly football matches, including the Saltford Stars, Saltford FC and a team from Keynsham Cricket Club, with trophies presented by Jack’s family. There was also music from a DJ, children’s entertainment,

refreshments and a grand raffle supported by many local businesses who supplied prizes. All proceeds will go to CRY in Jack’s memory, following his sudden death from an undetected heart problem in 2009 at the age of 17. Fundraising by Jack’s family and supporters has enabled cardiac screening for people aged from 14 to 35 to be held at Wellsway School next month, with both days fully booked. Screening is expected to be held in the area again next year.

Untidy grass is a disgrace to town I just had to write about the disgraceful sights all along Keynsham bypass and A4174. The untidy grass looks like a jungle. With all that is going on in Keynsham – new flats/houses plus new main buildings in our town – it’s getting us all down. We have been living here in Keynsham for 40 years and we have never seen it looking so untidy. When is the Park Department going to cut the grass to make our area better? We are sure B&NES can sort this big problem out for all of us and visitors to Keynsham. Action is needed now or it will look even worse as time goes by. I expect most people living in Keynsham will say the same, so get a move on, B&NES, and sort this out! Bob Eastaugh

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to receive the prize of a voucher for use in Polkadot in the High Street. I have quite a few birthdays, anniversaries etc. coming up soon among my family and friends so I enjoyed selecting some beautiful cards for these. Many thanks to you for the prize, also to Eveleighs Estate Agents for their sponsorship and the staff in Polkadot for their service with a smile. Robert Stewart

‘Folly’ an apt title? Although a name that would not have been considered, perhaps the ideal name for the new civic centre would be “B&NES Folly”? The dictionary gives as one example for the word folly an “extravagant and fanciful building”. How apt! John Howlett

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Humans of Keynsham Inspired by the successful Humans of New York blog, which features portraits and stories of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents, young photographer Jacob Nash has turned his focus to the people living and working in Keynsham. Jacobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portraits will be exhibited as part of the Fringe Arts Bath Festival, in conjunction with Time Out at 35-36 Stall Street, Bath, until June 8. Here are some of his photographs.

Keynsham Town Council Youth Service Time Out 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.

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Youth and education Ex-student Mark helps celebrate graduation Parents, carers and families were invited to watch students graduate from Wellsway School at a ceremony held to celebrate the milestone of reaching the end of Year 11. Music was provided by their classmates Alex, Matt, Rosie, Rebecca and Joe, who played Ho Hey by the Lumineers and Autumn Leaves by Ed Sheeran. Joining members of the school leadership team and the governing body at the celebration last month was guest of honour Mark Grist, a poet, rapbattler, educational consultant and ex-student of Wellsway who entertained the audience with a poem recounting personal stories

Year 11 Wellsway students at their graduation with Mark Grist, also left of how life and love can take unexpected paths. He encouraged the Year 11 pupils in the audience to aim high and seize every opportunity. Headteacher Andrea Arlidge

issued a challenge for at least one student sitting in the hall to be the guest speaker at a future graduation ceremony and wished everyone success in their exams.

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Sports day unites the community More than 150 young runners tackled a muddy route and claimed a medal at Wellsway School’s Junior Fun Run and Community Sports Day. The event brought together many clubs from the Keynsham and Saltford Sports Network to offer families taster sessions at the school’s grounds. Crowds were also treated to performances by Repeat Dance Group and singer Stacey Hunt. Louise Riddoch, director of specialism at Wellsway, thanked everyone who helped organise and supported the day’s activities, particularly the 28 Sports Ambassadors and Level 1 Sports Leaders. She said: “Taking on roles from leading sessions, taking photographs, marshalling at the fun run and generally being on hand for support, the event could not have run without their input. They are outstanding young leaders and excellent role models for the younger children.”

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Wellies on as tots get to work Showers couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dampen the excitement of the children of Little Gems Nursery at St Keyna Primary School as they took delivery of a large quantity of soil and wood chip to transform their woodland play area. Using their mini wheelbarrows come rain or shine, the children have been busy planting and setting up a very popular muddy kitchen. Nursery teacher Trudy May said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here at St Keyna we believe that outdoor learning is an important part of a young childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;By developing our outside area weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to increase the range of opportunities during â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;free flowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; play. This allows the children to benefit from having hands-on experiences and a wider choice as they learn through play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very grateful to Whitehall Garden Centre and Reorganics for generously donating the garden supplies.â&#x20AC;? To find out more about Little Gems and the spaces available this September, or to arrange a visit, call the school office on 0117 9863852.

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600 join the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;WanJamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; adventure Scouts, Beavers, Cubs, Explorer Scouts, Network members and leaders from Keynsham and Saltford joined other groups from across the Wansdyke District for a joint celebration. WanJam took place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend at Bath Racecourse, where 600 stayed to take part in ceremonies,

sing-songs, discos, fun around the campfire and even a talent show. There were plenty of activities over the three days, from archery to rocket launching, caber tossing, climbing, shooting, orienteering, an assault course, football, face-painting and more.

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Youth and education Pupilsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; artwork makes nicest nests for our birds! Creative pupils from a Keynsham school have put their talents to good use to help attract wildlife to the grounds of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new police custody centre. Bird boxes decorated by youngsters from Chandag Junior School are now in place in woodland behind the building in Ashmead Road, where they hope a range of bird species will now make their nests. It wasn't just a flying visit to the custody centre for the members of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art club, however, as they were given a tour led by senior project manager Sean Finch, from Miller Construction. Mr Finch told the pupils it had taken the company 70 weeks to construct the ÂŁ17 million centre with its 48 cells, which were one of the first stops on the tour where the youngsters got a look inside. The pupils also got to see the offices, exercise yard and booking-in desk before heading out to the nature reserve area the

Pupils from Chandag Junior Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art club in front of the nature reserve at the new custody centre company has created to see their bird boxes in place. Mr Finch said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was great to meet the children who decorated the very colourful bird

boxes and to see their excitement at getting a look inside this state-of-the-art police custody centre.â&#x20AC;? He added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The facility will be

handed over to Avon and Somerset Constabulary in the next few weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We expect the it to be fully operational by the summer.â&#x20AC;?

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News Sarah steps up support for new cancer centre A Keynsham resident who works with those battling cancer is raising thousands of pounds to help support patients in Bath and North East Somerset. Sarah Leybourne is a senior radiopharmacy technician at Bath’s Royal United Hospital, who will be putting on her walking boots to trek the Great Wall of China this September. The money she raises through sponsorship and a range of fundraising events before she sets off will go to the Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign to raise £8.5 million towards a state-of-the-art cancer centre in the city. Sarah said: “As a pharmacy technician specialising in aseptics, a large part of my job is to make IV chemotherapy for patients requiring treatment for cancer. Having worked with patients and their families affected by cancer I can see the amazing

benefits that the cancer centre will have and wanted to be a part of this incredible project. “Trekking the Great Wall of China is on my bucket list so I couldn’t help but jump at this chance, not only to fulfill a dream of mine but to do something positive and raise important funds for this new centre.” Sarah has already beaten her £3,100 target, with hundreds of pounds in sponsorship and nearly £1,800 coming from cake sales and serving up homemade soup to work colleagues. An events evening held on May 31 at Prattens Sports and Social Club in Midsomer Norton, with a DJ, live music from The Honky Tonks, and a grand raffle in which an £800 Mulberry bag was the top prize, also brought in an impressive £1,300. To sponsor Sarah, visit her fundraising page at www.doitfor charity.com/SLeybourne.

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Get ready to Run for Future Run for the Future is back for another year, raising money for the Bristol Urological Institute (BUI) which cares for men in the city with prostate cancer. This year’s run, supported by Noel Edmonds, will take place on Sunday, September 14, on Bristol Downs where people will walk, jog or run around the course to support the vital work of the BUI. Organised by Bristol Rotarians and sponsored by Spire Hospital Bristol, the James Tudor Foundation and Bakers Dolphin, there will also be live music, stalls and refreshments for a fun day out for all the family. People are encouraged to bring along picnics and soak up the atmosphere. Often called the “silent killer” due to few early symptoms, prostate cancer affects over 40,000 UK men each year of which more than 10,000 do not survive. Registrations will be open soon on the website www.run forthefuture.org.

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Football fever at summer fair World Cup fever will hit Saltford C of E Primary School next month when it hosts a Football Frenzy-themed summer fair. Saltford FC will be running a Shooting Stars Target Challenge and Super-Stars Skill Zone, with visitors urged to come along in their football tops on Saturday, July 5 from 2pm to 5.30pm. There will also be music from Nathan Sheppard, aqua zorbing, inflatables, pony rides, a bouncy castle, barbecue, a bar and tea room. Visitor can also enjoy a beauty salon, competitions and a raffle with an off-peak holiday to Bluestone, Wales, up for grabs.

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nounced plans to expand on the town’s High Street. Gift and card shop Polkadot will soon be joined by Polkadot Home, its owners have revealed on the business’s Facebook page with more details expected soon.

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Feature Ensuring town’s hidden With a church the size of Bristol’s St Mary Redcliffe, the buildings that once made up Keynsham Abbey would have dominated their surroundings 800 years ago. Bigger than even the famous Glastonbury Abbey and founded by a relative of the then king in the 12th century, the complex demonstrated huge wealth and great significance at the time. Time, however, has all but erased this once imposing landmark from the scenery and almost from public knowledge. Stonework that once formed the foundations of great pillars and archways now rises just a couple of feet into the air from a quiet corner of the town’s Memorial Park, where a group of volunteers continue work that began decades ago to preserve these pieces of Keynsham’s past. Members of the Bristol History and Archaeology Society meet regularly at the ruins, just a stone’s throw from the bypass,

where they plant flowers and herbs that would have been familiar to the abbey’s residents and conserve the stonework. The society’s chairman Elaine Cook has a long connection with the site, visiting it as a child with her father, who was a founder member of the group

that undertook excavation as the bypass was constructed in the 1960s – straight through where the abbey’s cloisters would once have been. She said: “They were literally running underneath the bulldozers picking up things that were revealed.”

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Peyton Collings, Elaine Cook, Yvonne Walker and Lemmy Collings working at the site of Keynsham Abbey While excavation is no longer carried out at the site, stonework that has been uncovered by the group in the past, including carvings, has been stored by B&NES Council and goes on show from

time to time, with plans to give it a more regular showing at Keynsham’s new centre. Some of the artefacts have even been sent abroad to go on display, such is their historical importance.

Elaine added: “The abbey was of huge significance and the fact that it has almost completely disappeared is really quite strange, not just physically but from public consciousness.

“Hopefully putting the stonework on display will generate interest and bring it back to prominence. Our role now is to bring the site back to how it should be with the gardening. By autumn it should be beautiful but we need more bodies on the ground to help.” The group meets at the site to carry out maintenance, including gardening and dry stone walling, and new volunteers are always welcome. Find out more by joining the next working days on June 7 from 2pm, June 20 from 5pm and July 5 from 2pm or email Elaine at jrcers@tesco.net.

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Duncan’s Corner with Saltford resident Duncan Hounsell ups in Saltford, for example, well above the B&NES area average. Well done to the volunteers of the Saltford Business Network (SBN) who are working hard to support and promote Saltford local businesses. Well done to the members of the Keynsham Chamber of Commerce who are supporting Keynsham businesses as the town centre undergoes its regeneration and renaissance. I, for one, am going to look on the website directories at www. saltfordbusinessnetwork.org. uk and www.keynshamchamber.org.uk first before deciding who I give my business to in future. Flourishing local businesses lead to a flourishing local economy that benefits us all. It is far better to give our trade to those people that live among us as neighbours and friends.

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Bring brave bears to church fete!

St John’s Church tower will be at the heart of the action at a fete later this month, with visitors invited to climb to the top – and some to slide down. Youngsters can bring their teddy bears to the event on Saturday, June 21, and buy a ticket to see them ride a zipwire from the top of the tower down to the ground, with each getting a certificate for their bravery. If heights aren’t for you there will plenty of other attractions, including stalls, a coconut shy, a raffle, barbecue, teas and cakes. Keynsham Brass Band will also

perform at 3pm and 4pm. There will be tours of the church and the tower will be open following the completion of safety wires on the parapet. The fete, which will be officially opened by MP Jacob ReesMogg at 2.30pm, is being held to celebrate Saint John the Baptist, whose saint’s day is June 24. The activities will be rounded off with a concert by St John’s Choir and New Harmony Ladies’ Choir. Special services the following day will be held at 8am, 9.30am and 11.15am with choral evensong at 6pm.

Council leader meets Chamber

Leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council Paul Crossley joined Keynsham Chamber of Commerce at their monthly meeting on June 2. Councillor Crossley told the local business owners that office space at the new town development was full and that retail units would also be occupied when the site opens this autumn.

He also said talks were being held with receivers KPMG about the future of the Riverside complex in Temple Street after the building's owner Topland went into administration last month. Other topics ranged from the council’s Core Strategy to the new, solar-powered compactor “belly bins” proposed for the High Street.

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News Fundraisers unite to buy town machine that could save a life Two local organisations have teamed up to buy a piece of equipment that could one day save the life of a Keynsham resident. The townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Royal British Legion branch and the Cornucopia Masonic Lodge have clubbed together to purchase a state-ofthe-art defibrillator after raising funds among members and hosting events in aid of the cause. The machine, which delivers an electric shock to the heart in the event of cardiac arrest, has been installed on the outer wall of the Royal British Legion Club in Charlton Road. Daniel Cannon, Master of the Cornucopia Masonic Lodge, said the location was vital as it meant the public would have 24-hour access to the machine in case of emergency. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our plan is to fund a defibrillator every two years, so

by the end of next year there will be another in Keynsham.â&#x20AC;? Members of the Keynsham British Legion Branch have delivered leaflets to homes and businesses in the area to let residents and workers know the defibrillator is there should it be needed. The first few minutes following cardiac arrest are critical, with figures from the British Heart Foundation showing there are 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests every year in the UK. Access to the defibrillator is gained by a code given by a 999 operator. The machine then guides the user through each step and can be used on both children and adults. From left, Malcolm Gainard, chairman of the Keynsham RBL Club, Peter Buck, chairman of Keynsham RBL Branch, Daniel Cannon, Master of Cornucopia Masonic Lodge and Mike Wake, charity steward at Cornucopia Masonic Lodge

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Walk celebrates successful bid Residents are invited to step out on a walk this month to celebrate Keynsham earning Walkers Are Welcome status. After winning support from the community, the town has now received accreditation from the nationwide initiative. This means it will be featured on www.walkersarewelcome. org.uk and traders, the town council and other groups will join together to promote walking routes around Keynsham and the facilities available to visitors. Spokesman for the steering group behind the town’s bid Dave Johnson said: “The Steering Group would like to thank all those Keynsham residents that signed the participation forms, without which the application could not have got off the ground. Thanks also go to the town council, and its staff, the Chamber of Commerce, and its members for their support, and

Chris Bollom at Simply Carpets for his sponsorship.” Now the group is organising a launch day, holding its first walk on Sunday, June 22, to which all are welcome. The starting point will be at the cafe in the Memorial Park at 9.30am, where the first 30 people to sign up to take part will get free tea and biscuits. Walkers will set off at 10am along the six-mile route, which will take around three and half to four hours and will take participants along the River Avon and the cycle path to the Bird in Hand for refreshments, then to Manor Road Community Woodland and back to the park. Other monthly walks will be held and walk leaflets will be available from the town council office. Contact the Keynsham Walkers are Welcome group at wrwkeynsham@hotmail.co.uk. A website will be available shortly.

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Singers raise ÂŁ200 at Bandstand The sun and residents came out for ChoirJamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance at Keynsham Bandstand last month in aid of Penny Brohn Cancer Care. The gig by the pop choir was in aid of the charity based in Pill, which provides physical, psychological and emotional support to people with cancer. Emma Hutchinson, ChoirJam director, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;So many of us in the choir have been touched

by cancer either directly or indirectly, and we are delighted to have raised nearly ÂŁ200 for Penny Brohn through this event. We also had a great time!â&#x20AC;? ChoirJam will also be performing at Keynsham ChoirFest on Friday, July 4, at St Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, Keynsham, along with Key Voices and KLOG, as part of Keynsham Music Festival week. Visit www.choirjam.co.uk for more information.

Hundreds hear three choirs sing More than 400 people gathered at St Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church in Keynsham to see three choirs perform together in concert. Mendip Male Voice Choir, led by conductor Jamie Knights, were joined by Dunvant Male Voice Choir and Parti Llwchwr Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Choir for the charity event, promoted by the Rotary Clubs of Keynsham and Chelwood Bridge. Organisers have thanked everyone who helped to stage the show, including the members of the choirs and

their management as well as St Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish Office, the Coventry Building Society and Pensford Post Office for selling tickets and all who attended. All proceeds from the concert will go to Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospice South West and to other causes supported by the Rotary clubs. During the evening of the concert, on May 17, a cheque for ÂŁ800 was also handed to CHSW by the Mendip Male Voice Choir, which was raised from sales of their CD.

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Prayers for Peace on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War At 11pm English time (midnight German time) on August 4, 1914, the ultimatum issued by the British Government to the German authorities, after they had refused to guarantee Belgium neutrality, finally expired. The two countries were now at war. Little did anyone know what the next four years were to bring. Many thought the war would be over by Christmas, but some like the Foreign Secretary at the time were more far-sighted. Sir Edward Grey is reported to have said: “The

lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War is not a moment to celebrate, knowing what we know now, but it is also not a moment to ignore. The national recognition of this anniversary will be led from Westminster Abbey with a prayer vigil from 10-11pm – its conclusion timed to match the expired ultimatum 100 years before. Here in Keynsham we will be marking the occasion with a quiet service in St John’s Parish Church, on Monday, August 4, starting at 7.30pm and finishing

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by 8.30pm, to which anyone is welcome to come. Its theme will be prayers for peace. There will music and hymns, along with readings and prayers, all aimed at remembering the anniversary and praying for peace. Sixty-three names are recorded on the memorial in St John’s Church to those who gave their lives in that great world conflict. It is to God we will address our prayers for peace, both for ourselves and for others around the world, that we may be spared the awful loss that our ancestors suffered so courageously and honourably 100 years ago.

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A chilly Keynsham church hall built in the 1950s and used by various community groups will undergo nearly £30,000 of improvements. The work at St Francis’ Church and Community Hall in Warwick Road will see the ceiling of the larger room insulated and secondary glazing added to keep it at a comfortable temperature year round. The work, to be funded by a £29,466 grant from the SITA Trust, follows similar improvements to the venue’s smaller hall last summer. Vicar Andrew Judge said: “I am delighted that the generosity of SITA Trust has enabled us to modernise our facilities for the benefit of Keynsham residents, and look forward to welcoming any group or individual who would like to book the hall once the work is complete.” Bookings of St Francis’ halls can be made by calling Keynsham Parish Office on 0117 986 3354 or Les on 0117 987 1522.

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of the items we work with, just to get people thinking – and what about all those gardening tools that will need sharpening now that summer is almost upon us?  Kitchen and serrated knives, ceramic knives, knife repairs, steak knives, mandolin blades and food processor blades, mincer blades and plates, hunting knives, scissor servicing and sharpening, drill bit sharpening, axes, chisels, plane irons, thicknesser blades, pizza wheels, dog and horse clipper blades, dog clipper machine servicing, chainsaw blades, hedge trimmers, mower blades, secateurs and garden shears. And everyone in Keynsham has this quite unique service right on their doorstep as we are only in Farmborough, yet so many have no idea it’s here! So don’t throw away, get it sharpened for a fraction of the cost of buying new with Sharp Knives. See advert on Page 32

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The middle of May brought wonderful days of fine, warm weather, which prompted me to get out of storage all the garden furniture. A very sorry looking display suggested a need for refurbishment. The small handbrush soon cleared all the spiders and their webs, and a rub with sandpaper cleared the flaky remains of old wood treatment. A large sheet of polythene on the grass, and I was under way with the stain and brush. Soon the chairs looked quite smart, and the table when oiled was presentable. Fortunately we have been able to use it during the recent fine weather. I was entertained during all this by our resident robin which, at the cost of a handful of crumbs, performed several songs.

www.keynshamvoice.co.uk In the last four weeks we have had the opportunity (pleasure!) of helping to restore a neglected but well-stocked garden. Quite small, about 40ft by 15ft, it gets sun during the day and is pleasantly private. An initial inspection showed several shrubs, a Clematis Montana, several roses and numerous border plants. A patch of grass within the garden was given a quick haircut and trimmed edges and a paeony appeared under a honeysuckle, which was making good progress up a trellis and into next door. We have made a plan of general maintenance and will be working at it during the summer. Around the garden we can see good results from early sowings of vegetable seeds. We picked the first lettuce and some radish, with beetroot not far behind. We planted some dwarf climbing beans within the last few days of May. Of course the grass grows, the compost bin fills and there is an abundance of shrubs coming into flower. The clematis, three of which looked dead, burst into life and

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show some buds. Sweet peas anytime now to give some scent and hydrangeas and rhododendrons are in bud. What for June? Check roses for blackspot, lillies for the dreaded lily beetle, start a feeding programme for the emerging shrubs and hanging baskets on their brackets. There is still plenty of time to feed, weed and moss kill on the lawn â&#x20AC;&#x201C; spike if it is compacted and spread some top dressing. Make sure that stakes and canes are in place as the taller plants start to gain height. It is so much easier to contain plants in a cage rather than struggle to pick them up after a storm. And watering! Keep a watch on pots and give them a drink late evening or early morning. We have had a couple of surprises in the garden. Two big scabious have appeared in one bed, apparently after taking a holiday last year. We have adjusted smaller plants to avoid overcrowding. And a Verbena Bonariensis has appeared. Quite a tall plant, it has a very open top which one looks through with a purply haze. What fun!

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On the Plot By now most, if not all, of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tender vegetables should be planted and the recent wet and warm has given them a good start. The only downside is that the pests are very active, in particular slugs and snails, so some form of prevention is needed. I avoid using slug pellets because they kill the pest as well as the pestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural predators, but to be honest I run the risk of losing cherished plants almost overnight. Beer traps work well but you have to deal with the casualties caught in them. The traps can be bought in most gardening outlets and, provided you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind wasting some beer, then this method

will work by attracting the slugs and snails into the trap where they â&#x20AC;&#x153;drownâ&#x20AC;? in the beer. This year I have had problems with my brassica plants, which seemed to be growing well but suddenly disappeared, eaten by something. Therefore I will have to resort to scrounging plants off my neighbours or buying from the shops and plant them as soon as I can this month. Remember to provide the

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Now the wedding season is in full swing, my thoughts have turned to matrimonial interior decor. Many brides like to feel every aspect of the day is bespoke, uniquely personal and reflective of their character. It can be hard to achieve this when hiring a large venue and stock tables and chairs, with sometimes limited choice of different coloured covers. As wedding costs and expectations have soared, so budgets have shrunk, increasing the popularity of home-made, hand-finished touches like bunting, and vintage crockery. The dining tables form an important part of the mise-en-scene, visually and spatially dominating the room, and later becoming the backdrop to the speeches. It is well worth investing a little effort into creating

a beautiful tablescape. Aesthetically pleasing and an aid to starting conversation between guests not already familiar with each other, a fun or quirky, attractive arrangement will help make the day more memorable. My out-there suggestion is to make your own nonChristmassy crackers, filled with hilarious anecdotes about The Happy Couple, streamers, confetti, bubbles, balloons, lottery scratch cards, moustaches â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whatever you like. Simply cut a strip of lovely wrapping or tissue paper large enough to wrap around a kitchen roll tube (cut into two), stick double-sided tape along one inside edge of the paper making sure you leave a gap in the centre to aid it breaking when pulled apart. Pop in a cracker snap (available from any craft shop or online) before tying

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Tables are part of the dĂŠcor, too one end closed with ribbon or twine, place the goodies in the middle and tie up the other end. Of course you could do this for any other celebratory dinner occasion, too! The tablescape in the picture is one I made on a shoestring especially for a hen weekend, hence the feminine and joyful palette. For a more formal do, rein in the colour selection to just one or two hues and perhaps a few pops of a contrasting accent colour.

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In Good Health with Anna Casey, pharmacist at Chandag Road Pharmacy

Exercise Exercise can reduce the risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer and can lower the risk of early death. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. Moderate intensity aerobic activity means you are working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat, for example fast walking, water aerobics, bike riding and tennis. People are less active these days, we move around less and burn off less energy than people used to, mainly due to driving instead of walking and watching too much television or playing computer games. How much exercise should

we be doing? It is important for children under five to be physically active every day for healthy growth and development. For babies, encourage reaching and stretching and supervised floor time, including tummy time. Toddlers should be active for at least three hours a day, including playing, skipping, walking, running, bike riding and ball games. To maintain a basic level of health, children and young

adults should do at least an hour of physical activity every day, ranging between cycling and playground activities to fast running and tennis. On three days a week these activities should involve muscle-strengthening activities such as pushups and bone-strengthening activities such as running. It is easy to count everyday activities, including walking to school or walking the dog, as part of your daily physical activity.

To stay healthy, adults should aim to do at least two and a half hours of moderate intensity aerobic activity every week and muscle strengthening activity on two days per week as well as being generally active every day. Older adults aged 65 or older who are fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility should try to be active daily and do the same as younger adults. It is important to do as much as you can. Muscle-strengthening activities can include yoga, push-ups and lifting weights but can also include everyday activities such as carrying groceries and gardening. It is important to pick activities that you enjoy and can fit easily into your daily routine. Try cycling to work or going out for a walk in your lunch break and the minutes will soon add up.

Furniture Sale in Keynsham Saturday 28 June 2014 Next door to the Keynsham Recycling Centre, Pixash Lane, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1TP

10am - 12 noon Good quality items and second hand furniture for sale at bargain prices Cash only please. Any item you buy must be collected during the sale times. Find out more: www.bathnes.gov.uk/wasteservices

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Check-ups for your child seats Families in Keynsham are being urged to get their children’s car seats checked by the experts at a drop-in event this summer. As part of a campaign by B&NES Council to help cut the numbers of young casualties in road accidents, motorists are being offered the chance to find out more about safety for child passengers at a series of “clinics”. The safety team will be coming to Keynsham on Tuesday, August 19, from 9am to 4pm, to check seats and offer advice at Keynsham Rugby Club.

Meet with MP MP Jacob Rees-Mogg will be meeting constituents in Keynsham and Saltford in the coming weeks. Mr Rees-Mogg will be in Keynsham on Saturday, June 28, from 3pm and Saltford on Friday, July 25, from 4pm. Call 0117 987 2313 or email jacob. reesmogg.mp@parliament.uk to make an appointment.

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Pen to Paper with Keynsham Creative Writers We are regularly featuring a piece of writing from Keynsham’s own Creative Writers. The group meets at Keynsham Library on the second and fourth Monday of the month and new members are always welcome.

Stonehenge 21st June, 2012 It’s one in the morning, it’s pouring with rain, As hundreds are heading home again, To a nice warm bed and a nice hot tea. It seems they have more sense than me. I’ll sit it out for the rest of the night, And still be here for the morning light. Stand it out would be more like it, For there isn’t anywhere dry to sit. The coming of dawn will be an age, So back to the Sacred Soapbox Stage,

George Liddell celebrates the Summer Solstice in 2012 under an umbrella at Stonehenge To recite a poem, which is quite absurd, For there’s nobody there to hear one word. At last it’s dawn, though the sky is black, As for the sun, there’s a total lack Of even the slightest glimmer or glow

To show where the sun’s supposed to go. As I head for home I can only say, Really, is this an appropriate way (Now colder, wetter, tired and number) To celebrate the middle of Summer? George Liddell

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Helping hand

Be part of something big this Carers Week Carers Week is a UK-wide annual campaign which takes place from Monday, June 9, to Sunday, June 15. This year sees the launch of the Carers Week Quest, which aims to be the greatest ever drive to reach out to carers in the UK.

Will you join in and help carers?

Nationally Carers UK joins forces with a group of national charities and other organisations who provide their backing and support for the campaign. This year they are working with the following charities: Age UK, Carers Trust, Carers UK, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society, Parkinson’s UK, Sanctuary Supported Living, Skills for Care

and The Stroke Association. Carers Week’s aim is to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. It does this by:  Raising the profile of the role of caring in the national, regional and local media and encouraging groups and organisations to take part and organise events and activities.  Helping the public identify themselves as carers and access the support, advice and information they need.  Celebrating and recognise the contribution the UK’s 6.5 million carers make to the people they care for and their communities.  Highlighting the challenges of caring and campaigning for sustainable funding for services and support for carers and the people they care for.

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 In 2014 we will be celebrating the 20th Carers Week.  Last year, over 2,600 organi-

sations registered to take part, including most of Sainsbury’s stores.  Over 12,000 events and activities planned throughout the UK during Carers Week 2014 including information events, road shows, sponsored walks, tea parties and information displays.  Thousands of carers are helped during Carers Week to find out more about the services and support on offer to them locally and nationally.  Organisations and individuals throughout the UK are encouraged to sign up and support the Carers Week Quest by organising events, running information sessions and recognising the carers they work with or support.

Be a part of something big: The greatest ever drive to reach out to carers in the UK

The Carers Week Quest is an opportunity to come together at a

local level to share resources and have a better impact – reaching more carers who will benefit from finding out about support and services on offer to them. Here are some ideas for how you can support the Carers Week Quest:  Plan something in your workplace such as an information share  Talk to a friend or neighbour about a support group for carers  Find out about what is happening in your area  Ask your local pharmacy to put up a poster about events in your area  Get active on social media  Plan an event  Organise a major PR stunt to raise awareness of carers  Become a Carers Week Quest Leader to co-ordinate activities in your area You can register for a Quest Pack by visiting the website

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ADVERTISING FEATURE long as possible at a reasonable cost. She believes in keeping the agency a manageable size so clients are given the best attention at all times and provided with only the most capable and compatible carers. The agency provides care throughout the South West, helping clients with all types of illness, from live-in 24-hour care, palliative care for the terminally ill, dementia and Alzheimers, sleepovers and waking nights to part-time day care, home helps and cleaners. For further information or an agency brochure please contact 0117 986 0710.

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Many years working in any sector of business provides a fantastic insight into how things can change for the better, and rapidly too. You instinctively know when things are working well and when they need improving. My experience of the home care industry, first as a carer, then as a care manager, taught me a lot. Now running my own home care service, I’m happy to share my knowledge and learning and provide people with a quality service based on proven good practice. While it’s true that more stringent national policies and legislation have helped drive the industry forward and improve the general standard of home care, it remains vital to remember at all times that it’s a people business and no two people are the same. That’s why at Goldcare Professionals I’m very keen on creating personalised care

personal circumstances and unforeseen events that influence the care that’s needed. With care and support that’s compassionate, flexible and that respects an individual’s needs and wishes – let Goldcare bring it home to you. Julie Michalak, Managing Director, Goldcare Professionals

plans with clients, their families and friends, which truly reflect individual people’s needs. Things can change though,

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Looking Your Best with Hannah Saunders of Keynsham’s Beauty at Serendipity Benefits of waxing Unwanted hair can be such a problem and a difficult issue for most women and men. Should I shave or should I wax? Does it have any benefits? I get asked these question a lot when it comes to unwanted hair and how to treat it. Whether you are interested in brow, bikini or body waxing, the question is always the same. Why should I wax versus regular shaving? While shaving may seem like the less expensive option, it isn’t the most effective. Shaving can cause skin irritation and the hair will grow back coarse and stubbly within a few days. Also, shaving doesn’t always allow you to get to those hard to reach areas! Waxing is not a permanent solution to hair removal, but it definitely slows down the

regrowth process. The hair is removed by the roots, which causes it to return in two to eight weeks versus a few days. Your skin stays smoother and, once you begin waxing on a regular basis, the hair that does grow back is generally softer to the touch. The one factor between the two that is vastly different is the pain factor. Waxing can be uncomfortable, especially if it’s your first time or if you are waxing in a delicate area. Over time, however, the level of pain reduces. How long does the hair have to be? As long as your hair is at least 1mm long, that's about all you need to take care of. It can help to exfoliate the day before your wax, and avoid using astringent products like toners, which can make your pores tighter.

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Do I have any aftercare after waxing? Depending how regularly you wax, it’s likely you’ll feel sensitive or a little red or swollen. If your hair is particularly tough, you may even have a few tiny spots of blood immediately after. Don’t panic, this is normal and any redness should calm down after a few hours. Avoid very warm water – no steamy showers – for the next 24 hours, along with swimming, strong products or scrubs, and exposure to direct sunlight. To summarise, the more you wax the finer the hair becomes and the longer your results will last. For further information or advice do feel free to contact us. Hope that this has helped. Happy waxing. Hannah x  See advert on Page 25

A new chapter for old books Library members can help old books begin a fresh chapter as works of art in a competition this summer. Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Library Service is recycling a number of books that have come to the end of their life, either because they are outdated versions or through usage, by offering them to residents to remodel into art. Enter the competition by collecting an ex-library book from any branch, including Keynsham and Saltford libraries, picking up an entry form and transforming your book by August 30. Prizes will be supplied by Bath craft shop and workshop The Makery. More information and full terms and conditions are available at www.bathnes.gov. uk/libraries.

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may prefer to use it as a reference book, using it as and when required. An excellent resource.

Adult Fiction  The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes When we first meet Tony Webster, he is a typical sixthformer, with a clique of mates with whom he discusses books, sex and life in general. Another member joins their gang – Adrian, who is a little more serious and genuinely philosophical than the others. Life happens to them all, as we bear witness throughout the novel (to reveal any more would ruin your enjoyment of it). Long in the future, Tony receives a lawyer’s letter and is immediately thrown into confusion. The adult Tony is convinced that he has led a more or less average life and that he has never purposely tried to hurt anyone. But as a result of the letter, he is forced to reassess his past and to consider the way that memory can play tricks on us all. Just what part did he play in the events of his youth? This delicately constructed novel, which makes you ponder and ponder until the very last page, deservedly won The David Cohen Prize for Literature in 2011.

Adult Non-fiction  Coming Home to Self: Healing the Primal Wound by Nancy Newton Verrier Coming Home to Self is the sequel to Verrier’s The Primal Wound, which was published in

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1993 to great acclaim, quickly becoming a seminal work in adoption literature. This sequel has two stated objectives: to help adopted people find their “true self” and to help them come into their own and discover personal power and a sense of responsibility. This book deals sensitively and thoroughly with a wide range of adoption issues, including the many different emotions the adoptee will experience, their search for their “authentic self”, reunions with birth parents, siblings and other relatives, relationships with family members and the role of therapy. Although this may appear to be a weighty tome, it is written in an anecdotal style, which makes it easy to dip in to. For this reason, some readers will want to read this book from cover to cover, while others

 Magus of Stonewylde by Kit Berry The first of five Stonewylde novels, Magus of Stonewylde introduces us to Sylvie, a young girl who is dying in hospital. Her mother will obviously do anything to save her, so when she hears about Stonewylde (an alternative, “green” community in Dorset), she agrees to accompany her daughter there to try and find a cure. They encounter a haven of peace and beauty. However, they soon discover that all is not as it seems, and that there are darker forces at work than first seem apparent. A highly imaginative and gripping read, perfect for young adults who like to get involved in a series of books.

Junior Non-fiction  Draw Horrible Stuff: a slimy step-by-step guide! by Paul Gamble This is undoubtedly THE book that will encourage your children to get out their pencils and draw! j t Covering subjects as childishly gross as snot,

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slime, vomit, mud, monsters and creepy crawlies, it also encourages doodling and creativity by means of subjects that instantly attract our little cherubs. Go on, your children will love it!

Picture Book  Mum and Dad Glue by Kes Gray, illustrated by Lee Wildish “My mum and dad are broken, I don’t know what to do. My mum and dad have come undone, I need to find some glue.” A little boy’s parents are splitting up and he is desperate to find some glue to fix their broken marriage. He visits a shop and talks to the shopkeeper about his problem. What she says to him will bring a tear to your eye. This wonderful picture book is part of the library’s “Books to Help You” range, designed to help children and young people cope with issues such as bullying, divorce and stress. This range of books can be found in Keynsham, Midsomer Norton, Radstock and Bath Central libraries.

Library news Advance warning, all you 4-11 year-olds! The library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge this year will kick off on Saturday, July 12, and will be on the theme of Mythical Maze. Hope you’re all looking forward to it as much as we are!

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and mash. While your potatoes are cooling, cut all the fish into small pieces. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. If the mixture is a bit too moist, you can add some breadcrumbs. Form eight fishcakes. To keep them from breakiing into pieces while frying, roll them in whisked egg first and

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Profile: Kate Westcott, artwork and handprinted textiles Like many creators I have been making things all my life. I learnt to screen print while doing A level art at school and am otherwise self taught. Having spent years focusing on other aspects in my life, I have now returned to my art; designing, printing and painting in my studio in Timsbury. I am currently screen printing on textiles, which I make up into items for the home. My designs often come from something that catches my eye in nature; it can be delicate and fine lined or simply shapes that are striking in their silhouette. I will start with a

drawing and simplify it so as to create a design I can print with. Mixing the inks and choosing the colour of the fabric is a large part of the creative process â&#x20AC;&#x201C; putting colours together and seeing the design printed for the first time is still an exhilarating moment! My products will be available at the Roundabout Art Trail (June 28/29), the Cam Valley Arts Trail (November 1/2) and local fairs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; details are on my website www.katewestcott.com, along with information of screen printing workshops run from my studio.

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 A nearly-new baby and children’s market full of quality clothes, toys and equipment, 10.30am-noon, Scout HQ, Mayfields, Ashton Way, Keynsham, BS31 1BW. £1 entry per adult, children free. Free goody bag for first 50 buyers.  Keynsham Orchestra will be at St John’s Church, on Keynsham High Street, at 7.30pm for a programme of “Summer Classics”. The programme features the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, with local soloist Lorna Osbon. The programme also includes Sullivan’s Overture In Memoriam, Schubert’s Fantasie and Tchaikovsky’s brilliantly tuneful Capriccio Italian. Tickets are £9 or £7 concessions with accompanied under-16s free. Tickets are available in advance from St John’s Parish Office, at the rear of the church.

June 8

 Dodington Parish Band will be marking the centenary of the start of the First World War in concert at the Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park, from 2-4pm, playing several special pieces to commemorate the event. A spokesperson for the band said they invite the public to join them to “pay their respects to all those who put their lives on the line for our futures”.

June 10

 St Keyna Townswomen’s Guild will welcome speaker Linda Dowsett, whose topic will be “Disaster on the QE2”, to their next meeting, from 9.4511.45am at the Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham. The group’s nominated charity for this year is The Lullaby Trust, which provides specialist support to bereaved families following sudden infant and cot deaths. At the end of the year they will make a donation to the charity from various fundraising events throughout the coming year. New members and guests will be made very welcome at meetings and everyone will have an opportunity to get involved with the various

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June 13

 Local Talent Night, Saltford Hall, 7.30pm, £3 admission, hosted by Nick Pallet. Food available to purchase on the night, tickets available from the Saltford Hall booking office mornings only or email events@ saltfordhall.co.uk.

June 14

 Country Market, Saltford Hall, 10am-3pm, with stalls offering plants, books, nearly-new items, jewellery, cakes, home produce and more. There will also be a cafe serving bacon rolls etc. For more information about running a stall at the event, contact 01225 874968.

June 15

 Avon Fire and Rescue Band will play at the Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park from 2.30-4pm.

June 20 & 21

 Murder Mystery Evening at Saltford Hall with Saltford Drama Club, 7.30pm. Work out “whodunnit” and enjoy a twocourse dinner. Tickets at £12 per person from the drama club box office on 01225 400122, from Saltford Hall (mornings only), Saltford Post Office or email events@saltfordhall.co.uk.

June 21

 Fry Tennis Club Open Day, with junior coaching from noon to 12.30pm and doubles matchplay for older juniors and adults from 1.30-3.30pm. Contact Mark Long on 0117 9867824 or email mark2mark@btopenworld.com.  St John’s Parish Church in Keynsham hosts a fete from 2.30pm with stalls, barbecue, tea and cakes, teddy bear zipwire, tours of the church tower, live music from Keynsham Brass Band and a concert in the evening (see next entry).  Music For a Summer’s Evening, an evening of light choral and vocal music, together with instrumental items, featuring

New Harmony Ladies’ Choir, of Bristol, and St John’s Church Choir, of Keynsham. The concert will be held at St John’s Parish Church, Keynsham, from 7.30pm. Tickets £7 or £5 concessions, available from members of both choirs, or from St John’s Parish Office on 0117 9863354 (mornings only) or at the door.

June 22

 Bristol East and Kingswood Band will play at the Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park from 3-4.45pm.

June 29

 Bath Spa Band will play at the Bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Park from 3-4.45pm (with an interlude).

July 1

 Saltford Ladies’ Gardening Club welcomes speaker Mr A Turpin, who will talk on cacti and succulents. The club meets at Saltford Hall (Wansdyke Room) at 10am on the first Tuesday of the month. There will be no meeting of the group in August.

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 Nearly-new quality toy sale at St Keyna Primary School, Monmouth Road, Keynsham, from 3pm in the school hall. Buyers and sellers wanted, £10 per table. The sale is being held during the school’s Americanthemed summer fair where there will be Las Vegas, Hollywood and Wild West areas. Come along for a fun-filled afternoon, dress up (optional) and join our Hollywood Walk of Fame, help build a teepee, try American drumming, enjoy our water blasting area or Mario inflatable assault course and visit stalls offering face painting, tombola saloon, horse hoopla, wind-up toy racing, lucky lollies, pop a balloon, pin the tail on a horse and biscuit decorating. Refreshments include hotdogs, ice creams, cakes, drinks and St Keyna fruit punch. Please contact Kathryn on 07902 205097 to reserve a table.

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 Saltford Primary School summer fair, from 2-5.30pm.

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 Tim Weaver, author of the David Raker thriller series, is to give a talk and book signing from 8pm at the Royal British Legion Club, Charlton Road, Keynsham. Entry is £2 per person to include a raffle ticket. All proceeds are to be sent to the Royal British Legion Women’s Section Benevolent Fund.

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 Cream teas and bring and buy stall at Victoria Methodist Church, Keynsham, hosted by the CAMEO group, from 2.304.30pm. Full cream tea, £3, cup of tea only, 50p. All welcome.

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 874259 or email june_wentland @bathnes. gov.uk.

Monday  Mother and baby coffee morning launching this month, from June 2, at Verona Coffee Shop, 230 Bath Road, Keynsham, from 9.30-11.30am. All welcome.  Keynsham Bridge Club is a friendly local club which meets every Monday evening, 7pm, upstairs at the Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham. We play Duplicate Bridge in a relaxed and friendly environment, and would welcome new members who have just learned to play bridge, and others looking to improve their skills and enjoy an evening of bridge. Contact Pauline or Robert on 0117 9858495.  50+ Light and Easy Exercise classes would welcome new members to their group. Fun, friendly and social class on Mondays, 10-11am, at Keynsham Methodist Church, Key Centre. Cost £4 per session. Call Jenny for details on 0117 961 3327.

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 Key Voices, Keynsham’s friendly community singing group is looking for new members. Monday from 7.15-9.30pm during term-times at Castle School in Newlands Road. Cost £4 per session, £3 concessions. Call Roy on 0117 949 8587.  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. Call Pat on 0117 986 4722.  Keynsham Machine Knitting Club. We meet on the second Monday in the month at Stirling Way Community Centre, Keynsham, 2-4pm. We have two club machines to practice knitting. Help and tuition will be given to get you knitting again. We try to have at least four speakers/demonstrators a year. Please come along and join us, we are a very friendly club. Please call Margaret on 0117 986 5559.

W Enjoy nature as garden gates open to visitors Saltford Environment Group is hosting an open day at the gardens of Eastover Farm, Manor Road, on Sunday, June 29, from 2-6pm. The group describes the gardens as a beautiful example of a rural, wildlife-friendly Somerset garden at its best. Take a stroll around the four-acre garden and wildflower meadow with an opportunity to enjoy some Fairtrade refreshments (tea, coffee and cake). Entrance will be by voluntary donation. Organisers say the garden will make a convenient

stop between Saltford and Keynsham for those following the weekend’s Roundabout Art Trail (see www.roundaboutarttrail.co.uk). Directions: Turn right at the top of Grange Road into the lane (Manor Road) and the entrance to Eastover Farm (BS31 3AF) can be found after about 300 yards straight ahead after the first sharp bend. Parking will be available for a limited number of cars in the field behind Eastover Farm (the driveway will be for pedestrian access only).

meet for 10am start at Keynsham Leisure Centre, Temple Street, Keynsham. Email buggywalk@ gmail.com or find Bristol NCT on Facebook.

people with learning disabilities, 7-9pm, £7 per class (soft drinks and snacks provided). Please contact the Swallow office to book on 01761 414034 or email judy@swallowcharity.org.

Tuesday  St John’s Toddler Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday during term-time from 9.4511.30am in St John’s Church Hall, Keynsham. Children aged 0-4 years can come and play with a wide range of toys and take part in craft activities and singing every week. Refreshments included. All welcome – first session free. For further details, please contact Natalie McOmish on 0117 986 7056.  Line Dance Class, at The Fry Club, Carter Room, 7-8pm for complete beginners, 8.15-9.45pm for beginners. Every Tuesday except May 13. Entry £3.50, everyone welcome, just turn up or call Jacqi on 0117 373 0720 or 07974 120184 or Lyn on 0117 956 9548 for details.  Free 45-minute buggy walk for parents, newborns, babies and toddlers, first and third Tuesdays of the month, 9.55am

 Keynsham new parents and babies coffee and tea morning, First and third Tuesdays of the month, 10.45-11.45am, Victoria Methodist Centre, Charlton Road, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2JA. Purpleyoga30@gmail.com  Activity Days at @One, St John’s Church, Keynsham. The activities are cookery or art in the morning (10-2pm) then drama in the afternoon (2pm-4pm) for people with learning disabilities, £33.33 for full day, please bring packed lunch. Call the Swallow office to book on 01761 414034 or email judy@swallowcharity. org.  Wellsway Ladies’ Badminton Club, 7.30-9.30pm at Keynsham Leisure Centre. For details, contact Jenny on 0117 986 8331.  Boogie Nights at St John’s Church Hall, Keynsham. Dance class and social evening for

 KOPS is 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.  Residents’ Fellowship Association, based at Hawthorn Meeting Room in Carpenters Lane, 2-4pm. Different activities, such as luncheon, quiz, games, including darts, and a committee meeting. On a Thursday afternoon we do crafts and we have a community garden. Contact Jim Lingard on 0117 986 1551.  St Keyna Townswomen’s Guild meets on the second Tuesday

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of each month in the Fear Hall, Keynsham between 9.45am and 11.45am. They are a friendly, outgoing group of ladies who enjoy interesting speakers and numerous sub-group outings and activities. Do come along to our next meeting for a coffee/tea and biscuits and you will be made most welcome.  Popular sequence dances at The Fear Hall, Keynsham, 7.30-10pm. Anyone interested in dancing is welcome, friendly atmosphere, first visit free. Information on 0117 986 2819 or 0117 986 4014.

Wednesday  Free support and advice to help you give up smoking or E-cigs. Nicotine replacement products available (free if exempt from prescription charges). Drop in between 5-7pm at Keynsham Health Centre to find out more.  The Keynsham and Saltford branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild meets on the second Wednesday of every month, 7pm, at the Wick Close Community Centre, Saltford. Demonstrations and speakers as well as the chance to learn the art of sugarcrafting and display your own work. Contact treasurer Gillian Orley on 0117 986 3864.  The Community@67 Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 7-9pm. Anyone interested can ring 0772 762 6794 or just come along. The club meets at 67 Queens Road, Keynsham.  Community@67 Scrabble Club meets on Wednesday of each week from 2-4pm. New members welcome, ring 0773 774 2300 or come along. Meets 67 Queens Road, Keynsham BS31 2NW.  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 Continued on Page 48

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Thursday  Free support and advice to help you give up smoking or E-cigs. Nicotine replacement products available (free if exempt from prescription charges). Drop in between 10.30-11.30 or 3-4pm at Keynsham Baptist Church to find out more.  St John’s Toddler Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday during term-time between 9.45am and 11.30am in St John’s Church Hall, Keynsham. Children aged 0-4 years can come and play with a wide range of toys and take part in craft activities and singing every week. Refreshments included. Everyone welcome – first session free of charge. For further details please contact Natalie McOmish on 0117 986 7056.  A book group meets on

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 Keynsham Junior Badminton Club holds weekly girls-only sessions at Broadlands Academy in Keynsham from 6-7pm. The cost is £2 per session and each term is payable in advance, with sessions run over three terms similar to the school year, from September to the end of June. Come along to a session to see how you get on. All coaches and helpers have had the enhanced CRB check and the group is registered with Badminton England and Avon County. Call Gary on 07876 480846 or Alan on 07713 149788 or visit www. keynshamjbc.org.uk.  CAMEO is a friendly group providing fellowship and a wide range of activities for those living on their own. We have no set membership and we are open to all denominations or to those with no affiliations. We meet for coffee (10am-noon) at Victoria Methodist Church on

the first Friday of the month and we also enjoy excursions and entertainments, talks, meals out and organised holidays. If you are interested, come for coffee or contact the Church Office on 0117 914 9408 or Christopher Bailey on 01225 872784.  Badminton. Join a very friendly mixed group who meet every Friday to play from 10am-noon at Keynsham Leisure Centre. All are welcome, regardless of ability. Just turn up or ring Clive on 0117 986 6793.

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 Keynsham Junior Badminton Club holds weekly sessions at Broadlands Academy in Keynsham, with more experienced players taking to the courts from 9.30-11am and beginners and less experienced players from 11am-12.30pm. The cost is £2 per session and each term is payable in advance, with sessions run over three terms similar to the school year, from September to the end of June. Come along to a session to see how you get on. All coaches and helpers have had the enhanced CRB check and the group is registered with Badminton

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 After last year’s success teas will again be served in St Mary’s Church in Compton Dando every Sunday between 2pm and 5pm until August 31. One of the organisers, Jenny Davis, said: “Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake in our lovely country church.” Profits will go to church funds. RA

Chandag Road Pharmacy Its our first birthday on the 1st of July and we would like you to join us to celebrate. We will be having a week of celebrations and will have free tea and cake all week! We are also still looking for photo entries for our charity calendar which will go on sale in September. Thank you for our entries so far! The Competition will close on the 27/06/14 All proceeds will be donated to charities St Peters Hospice and Dorothy House and a prize will be given for every photo used in the calendar.

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For June, we meet Louise Bolton-Jones, clinical hypnotherapist at Bolton-Jones Hypnotherapy and South West Hypnobirthing

Tell us about your company. I have been working in Keynsham as a hypnotherapist for a few years now. I gained my Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma from the well-known and highly regarded Clifton Practice in Bristol. What service do you provide to the people of Keynsham? People often think a hypnotherapist is like a stage hypnotist and think we can “control your mind” but it’s not like that at all! Solution-focused hypnotherapy is a quick therapy which is a very relaxing and safe but highly effective way to make positive changes in your life. Most clients really enjoy the sessions and leave feeling very relaxed and calm. People come to see me with a variety of issues, many of which relate to anxiety and depression. Stress can exacerbate a lot of problems such as migraines, IBS, panic, problems sleeping, low confidence – the list goes on. So the first thing I do is help clients deal with stress and I give them a relaxation CD to help them sleep. I also see people who have fears or phobias. A fear of flying is a common one which people often want help with as it may be holding them and their family back from going on holiday. In

as little as three sessions clients have reported not only feeling calm about flying but have actually enjoyed it. I regularly see people who want to stop smoking and this is one quick session lasting one and a half to two hours. I also offer stress management relaxation classes to groups/companies in-house and self-hypnosis for childbirth classes (also known as hypnobirthing). What is the best part of running your business and working in Keynsham? I love seeing the change in clients as they achieve their goals. The change often starts straight away at the initial consultation (which is free!) where I explain how the brain works in relation to their problem. For some it’s a “light bulb” moment where suddenly

everything falls into place and they understand what is happening in their mind and body. For others it’s a more gradual process and you can see them improve each week. I also love the hypnobirthing side of the business where we see couples nervous and often scared about the birth. It’s lovely to see them gain confidence in preparation for childbirth and hearing after about the birth and new baby is very exciting. I like working in Keynsham. For many it’s easier to get to Keynsham rather than taking the time to get into Bath or Bristol so I think it’s well placed for many people. I also see a lot of local people. Although I work in the centre I have a nice quiet therapy room to work from. It’s also nice to get to know families. Quite often I’ll see one person and then perhaps their partner will want to see me for something else.

It’s nice to feel I belong to the community and can offer different services. What are your plans for the future of the business? I will continue seeing clients in Keynsham and plan to run more hypnobirthing classes. I recently completed further specialist training for hypnotherapists in self-hypnosis for childbirth. Last year I ran hypnobirthing classes in Midsomer Norton with a colleague and now we would like to start classes in Bath/ Keynsham from June this year. Contact: Call: 0117 904 0458 / 07814 950185 Online: www.boltonjones hypnotherapy.co.uk www.southwesthypnobirthing. co.uk Email: louise@boltonjones hypnotherapy.co.uk

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Located within a very soughtafter cul-de-sac in the everpopular village of Saltford, comes this substantial family home, boasting a high specification. Accommodation comprises in brief: entrance hall, cloakroom, utility room, a stunning modern fitted kitchen with bi-fold doors to the garden, formal dining room, sitting room and the addition of a ground-floor bedroom with en suite (ideal for an elderly relative), with the entire ground floor benefiting from underfloor heating. Upstairs are three double bedrooms with a balcony (great view) and an en suite to the master, a further single

bedroom, a fantastic family bathroom and an additional balcony off the landing. With the exterior offering driveway

parking, a double garage with an electric up-and-over door and a delightful garden to the rear, it’s difficult to see what more you

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Saddle up for a happier commute Kickstart Motorcycle Training Ltd are a well-established rider training company offering Compulsory Basic Training (CBT), A1, A2 and Direct Access full motorcycle licence training from our Keynsham and Clevedon branches. All our instructors are Driving Standards Agency-approved, have a depth of knowledge and experience, and above all they have a passion for motorcycling and want to share it. Motorcycling is a fun, exhilarating and challenging pastime, which is enjoyed by many people from all walks of life, including our royal princes, it can also provide a cost-effective way of getting around, too. We have all seen the queues of traffic going into Bristol and Bath of a morning so why not have a go at motorcycling? It can offer a more cost-effective alternative to a car. For young riders it will give them independence and a means to get

to college and work. You may already hold a full motorcycle licence but have not ridden for some time, so the Kickstart 3Rs Refresh, Re-skill and Ride Safe course is ideal. For the rider looking to extend their riding skills the 3Ks Kickstart Knowledge and Know-How days will give advice

on a more advanced level With most of our courses you can book online at www.kickstart-mct.com or call 0117 986 6200.

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Monday, June 16 to Sunday, June 22 Did you know that Bristol is number one in the top 10 of the

UK's* most congested cities? This could be reduced drastically by getting on a motorcycle for the journey to work. On Monday, June 16, it is Ride To Work Day, which kickstarts Ride to Work Week through to Sunday, June 22. So, for those of you with a valid CBT certificate or full motorcycle licence, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get as many of you out on bikes supporting this week and prove motorcycling can ease congestion and make for a happier commute to work. For those not lucky enough to own a bike licence yet, Kickstart continue to offer excellent training for CBT, A1, A2 and A licensing, from our training site at Clevedon or Keynsham. Give us a call on 0117 986 6200 for some friendly advice and you could be joining the Ride to Work too. *(excluding London) Source Tom Tom

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Sport Mencap FC crowned champions Keynsham Mencap Society’s football players are celebrating after winning Division 2 of the disability football league. The team, made up of 16 people with learning disabilities, play in the Somerset FA Ability Counts League against other disability football teams from across the South West. The team played their final four matches on April 27 at Strode College, winning three of their games to be crowned champions. The players were awarded a cup and medals during a presentation following the final match.

Players from Keynsham Mencap FC celebrate being named Division 2 champions in the Somerset FA Ability Counts League The team are already starting to think about next year’s league and are planning to enter two teams when it starts again in September. Meanwhile weekly training sessions will continue

and there will be some friendly matches over the summer. Just weeks ago the team were awarded the Contribution to Inclusive Sports Award at the B&NES Chairman’s Sports

Awards in recognition of their hard work in making their club a success. Laura Jefferies, manager at Keynsham Mencap Society, said: “Watching the players win the league was fantastic. They have all worked so hard to achieve it and truly deserve it. We are all very proud of them.” The team meet once a week for practice at Broadlands School under direction of coach Rob Cook. Mencap FC is open to anyone aged 16 and over with a learning disability. To find out more about the club or other projects run by the society visit www.keynshammencap.org.uk.

Shaping up with ACT Personal Trainer Adam This month I am focusing on the things we should be allowing our body to have to ensure, alongside regular exercise, we can experience long-term weight loss. One of the most important factors is giving your body the right amount of calories per day, coupled with regular exercise. In last month’s blog I mentioned how the prospect of regular exercise need not be as daunting as most visualise, as it’s possible to get great results with three 30-minute high intensity sessions per week. Putting that into perspective again, there are 168 hours in

a week and all I’m suggesting is dedicating 1.5 of those to exercise. When it comes to food there should be a balance between proteins, carbohydrates and fats. A diet slightly higher in protein is a good idea because proteins fill you up more and on top of that it requires your body

to burn more calories to simply digest it than carbs and fat. Get this from unprocessed meats, fish, eggs, or beans if you are vegetarian. Fruit, some potatoes and natural sweeteners like honey will help sustain energy levels. These sources help keep your energy levels consistent throughout the day instead of suffering from peaks and troughs, which can happen after a heavy carb-loaded meal as blood sugar levels spike and drop off after. Fats should not be feared and can be used as great source of energy, giving you nine

calories per gram compared to the four offered by carbs and proteins. They should be monitored closely and again it’s about making the right choices, so eggs, animal fats, olive and coconut oil, avocadoes, nuts and seeds are good examples. Finally, get as many vegetables in you as you can manage, they are practically free from calories and help provide substantial vitamins and minerals. Vegetables like broccoli are also very filling and go with practically anything!  Always consult a professional before undertaking any weight loss plan

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Sport Keynsham Town FC News from the Crown Field After a fine run of five wins from six games, Keynsham Town’s First XI fell to a 1-0 home defeat against Les Phillips Cup finalists Cribbs on the last day of the season. In what turned out to be a typically low-key end-of-season encounter, Keynsham looked the better side for much of the game, but couldn’t find the finishing touch in front of goal. Rich Healey, Chris Lewis and Liam Robson all spurned good opportunities and the Ks’ failure to clear a corner on the half hour resulted in the only goal of the game. Despite this result, the Ks managed to finish in 19th position with 42 points, which was very creditable after they amassed a meagre five points from their first 16 matches. It must also be remembered that they are in a minority of clubs whose players receive no payment for playing. Manager Steve Cains will now look to strengthen his squad in the summer and it is to be hoped that the several teenagers who have played such a major role this season will be all the better for the experience. Keynsham’s Reserves finished in 11th place in the Somerset County League Division One with 34 points from their 34 games. The A team ended up in ninth place in the Bristol & Suburban League Division Two table, with 30 points from 24 games. The Under-18s finished the season well and climbed to sixth in the Somerset FA Floodlit League North Division,

with a total of 19 points from 16 games. Club secretary Julian French said “There are many people I would like to thank now that the season has ended. I took over the secretarial reins for our First Team from John Peake six months ago. John has been involved with the Ks for many years and has been club secretary for something like 12 years. His contribution and knowledge will be sorely missed by us next season. “The contribution of Shaun and Natalie from The Crown has been massive. They stepped in to help us with providing excellent post-match grub for the players and officials at no cost to the club, which in football’s present economic climate cannot be underestimated. “The support of our First Team sponsor, Smart Computers, and other companies who pay for advertising in our match programme is crucial for the survival of our club; so thanks to all concerned. “I also appreciate all the efforts of the Brae Avalon staff, who look after the AJN Stadium for us and put in a sterling shift at every home game along with Malcolm Trainer, Adrian Cole and myself to ensure that our fans get a good match day experience. Our half-time hospitality is now second to none, so well done all the cake and sandwich makers and stalwarts like Jen and Evie who are always happy to help out and play ‘mum’.

Malcolm Trainer receives his Long Service Award from Toolstation Western League vice-chairman Alan Skuse “And last but definitely not least, I want to thank our loyal fans, who have stuck with us through thick and thin. Your financial support with things like the match day raffles and football cards has been a major boost this year, even though I know you dread Ade and me coming round rattling our bucket!” Another bit of good news from the AJN Stadium was that Malcolm Trainer, the chairman of Keynsham Town’s senior teams, received a well-earned Long Service Award from the Toolstation Western League. The award, in recognition of his 24 years at the club, was presented to him by Alan Skuse, Western League vice-chairman, at the league’s annual convention in Torquay. Having been involved with local football in Bristol for more years than he cares to remember, Malcolm has fulfilled many roles at Keynsham Town since 1990. These include manager of the under-18 team, with whom

he won the league, physio, kitman and now chairman. He has also carried out a lot of the maintenance work at the AJN Stadium over the years and managed the building project undertaken by Brae Avalon which has given us this fantastic community stadium. Well known for his catchphrase “do the right thing”, Malcolm has certainly done that for Keynsham Town and fully deserves his award. Although the season has ended, there is still plenty of football to watch at the AJN this summer. The club is running its annual Veterans League every Wednesday evening for the next few weeks. This is a good chance to see not only some of Keynsham’s legends past and present, but also some famous names from Bristol City’s and Bristol Rovers’ past, such as Billy Clark, Joe Burnell and Andy Tillson. Games kick-off at 7pm and 7.45pm and everyone is welcome, with the fully-licensed clubhouse open for your use.

Frys bowlers sitting in seventh place as league season gets under way As the Bristol and District Bowls League got under way again a few weeks ago, Frys Bowls Club made a good start with a closely-fought game against Keynsham B resulting in a 43-44 defeat for Frys at Somerdale on April 24. Two wins over Canford and Bristol Arrow then followed for the team in early May (Frys 49, Canford 38; Frys 52, Bristol 48)

before Page Park B claimed victory over Frys on May 15, with the final result Frys 39, Page Park B 46. On Thursday, May 22, Frys welcomed Bristol B to Somerdale. Bristol got the better start and things didn’t go the home side’s way for much of the game. Bristol soon had one rink opening up a gap, which they

never relinquished. This set the game up for the visitors, but with Frys second rink losing by one shot, it left the last rink still with a few ends to play needing to gain nine shots. Despite some attacking bowls, Frys were five behind going into the last end. Frys were unable to conjure anything up, eventually losing 38-49. Picking up two points

leaves Frys seventh in the table. Scores: Rink 1: 6-20; Rink 2: 14-15; Rink 3: 18-12; Frys 38-47 Bristol B (2-8). If anyone is interested in joining Frys Bowls Club, contact secretary Christopher Day on 01225 872959 or email cwandjlday@ btinternet.com. You can also visit the website www.frysbowlsclub. webs.com.

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Sport Warming up with tennis friendly With the promise of blustery showers and sunny spells, Fry Tennis Club looked forward eagerly and undeterred to their Pre-Season Friendly Tournament on the afternoon of Saturday, April 26. Twelve members of mixed ability had signed up and were divided at the start into two groups – not the usual mixed doubles tournament this time. A stronger group of ladies and men made up the A team with the remainder in the B team. This “American-style” doubles tournament meant that the names of the starting pairs were drawn from a hat in advance (each pair consisting of a player from team A and B) and play commenced on three courts. Each round consisted of four games and individual scores were recorded by the tournament referee. The losing pair stayed on court, the winning pair moved on to the next court and they changed partners and proceeded to play another round. After four rounds, everyone had a welcome cup of tea, then played another three rounds before stopping and sharing afternoon tea. Luckily the rain stayed away. The individual scores were tallied and the winners an-

A very enjoyable afternoon for everyone, despite the constant battle again the blustery winds! If you feel like dusting off your racquet and playing tennis again, contact Ann Smith. Ring 0117 9862845 or email medwaysmith@yahoo.co.uk for more information.

Club to celebrate with an open day

Fry Tennis Club’s Pre-season Friendly Tournament finalists, from left, Debby Williamson, James Taylor, Mark Long and Tony Dicker nounced. The final was made up of the winner from team A playing with the runner-up of team B against the winner of team B and the runner-up of team A. The finalists were Mark Long and Tony Dicker against James Taylor and Debby Williamson and they were to play a full set with a tie-break decider, if neces-

sary. Mark and Tony romped away in fine form and found themselves 5-0 up. James and Debby dug in and managed to win the next three games, much to the delight of the watching crowd. Finally, however, Mark and Tony rose to the occasion and won the set 6-3 and were declared the champions.

As part of the Great British Tennis Weekend, Fry Tennis Club is holding an open day on Saturday, June 21. The day will consist of junior coaching between noon and 12.30pm with doubles matchplay for adults and older juniors between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. If you’re fairly new to tennis or an experienced club player looking for a new place to play, organisers say they should have something for you, so come on down to meet their friendly club members. Both events are free of charge and anyone looking to play can turn up on the day. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Long on 0117 9867824 or email mark2mark@btopenworld. com.

Trio awarded memorial trophy Thirty members of Keynsham Bowling Club recently competed for the Ray Percival Trophy. Ray was a long-standing member of the club and was chairman for five years, retiring in 2004. When he passed away in 2005, his widow Beryl donated a trophy in his memory and Beryl is pictured here presenting it to the winning team – Beresford Parker, John Maggs and Alan Waters. At the end of last month Keynsham had a good win in the third round of the Turnbull Cup against Weston Bath, a team that play in a higher league. The

match was in the balance until the final end when Keynsham picked up nine shots. They won by 90 shots to 73, winning three of the four rinks, and now wait to see who they will play in the next round. Earlier in May Keynsham played host to a Four Counties under-25 match. Teams from Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire competed with Somerset being narrowly beaten by Wiltshire. The game attracted a large crowd of spectators, who were privileged to watch good quality bowling from talented young bowlers.

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