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A family trip to see Father Christmas P35

www.keynshamvoice.co.uk Christmas starts here – Your guide to Keynsham Victorian Evening P31

Inside Stepping back in time at our P6 old school

Family putting diabetes in the P11 spotlight

Marking a milestone for regeneration P2

Gas mains scheme in centre for up to 12 weeks k

Roadworks ‘last nail in coffin for trade’

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Paralympian to start festive charity race P9 How group is taking twinning into future P12 Support is next step for walking initiative P21 Biggest show yet for young musician P27

Plus... Letters... p26 Business of the month.. p44 Books... p47

What’s On.. p48 Property... p53 Sport... p55 Classifieds p61


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Celebrating milestone for regeneration Keynsham's £34 million regeneration project reached a major milestone on October 23. A traditional “topping out” ceremony was held to celebrate the construction of the highest point of the site’s structure, which also marked the start of the one-year countdown until the development opens in October 2014. The site will include a new library, one-stop shop for community services, a public hall, council offices for hundreds of workers and 12 new shops. Retailers lined up for some of the units are being kept under wraps as talks continue to fill the larger shops – but a number of national names that don’t already

have outlets in Keynsham are set to open alongside a couple of local independent traders, Councillor David Bellotti, B&NES Cabinet member for community resources, said. He was joined by Keynsham Town Council chairman Gill Hellier, B&NES chairman Councillor Neil Butters, and representatives from developer Willmott Dixon to tighten the last bolt on the highest point of the Civic Centre structure, as other Keynsham councillors and traders looked on. Derek Quilter, B&NES project manager, said work was on schedule to see the one-stop shop open in July and the council’s offices in September or October. He said: “The main focus is on

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Mosaics find new home in park Keynsham’s Millennium mosaics have been given a new home after being moved from the town centre and restored. The artworks, created by a community group to commemorate important milestones in the town’s history, can now be seen in Keynsham Memorial Park. The mosaics were restored by original artist Roz Wates, moved by Willmott Dixon and have now been adopted by Keynsham Town Council. Councillor Gill Hellier,

chairman of Keynsham Town Council, said: “We are pleased that a number of the mosaics, which were created by the community for the Millennium, have been repaired and are on display in Keynsham Memorial Park; these have been handed over to the town council for safe keeping. “The Keynsham in Bloom Committee will play an active role in maintaining them. We hope that in future there may be opportunities to replace those that were permanently damaged.”

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Councillor David Bellotti, Councillor Gill Hellier, Counciilor Neil Butters, Andrew Dobbs, from Willmott Dixon, and Andrew Pate, council strategic director for resources, at the traditional topping out ceremony; right, the site taking shape on the ground and from the roof making a low-energy building and minimising energy consumption. The offices will have 800 PV (photovoltaic) panels, the largest area in B&NES. It should be a building of national importance when it comes to how to deliver low-energy buildings.” Council staff will move into the new offices from the neighbouring Riverside complex

next year and plans to redevelop the vacant building are being discussed. Mr Bellotti said local people could now see the new facilities taking shape and the development would become a hub for the community. He said: “Residents can come for advice and help, the library will be here and there will be a

community facility with a hall for music, drama and public meetings. The civic centre will become a focus for residents. “The 12 shops are all part of it because that will hopefully lead to the regeneration of Keynsham High Street. The independent traders will get people to spend money in their shops, the number of charity shops will reduce,

independents will grow. The regeneration is all about giving jobs to local people.” Neal Stephens, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the South West, said: “We’re delighted with the building’s progress and that we have reached such a significant milestone within time and budget. Working as sustainably as possible is also a priority for us and so we’re proud to be working towards the government’s highly regarded DEC ‘A’ rating on this build. “We have also looked at employing local contractors, suppliers and subcontractors where possible – allowing other local businesses to benefit from this significant regeneration project.”

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More than 50 parking spaces in the Keynsham Civic Centre car park have opened to the public. The car park had been closed as part of the regeneration scheme, as part of which it is being extended. It will fully open in autumn 2014 when the regeneration scheme is completed.

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‘Scheme is last nail in coffin’ Work on gas mains set to start in Temple Street and the High Street in the new year is the “last nail in the coffin”, says a local business leader. Lynn Young, chairman of Keynsham Chamber of Commerce and owner of Temple Street shop Perfect Fit, was speaking as Wales and West Utilities announced that it would be replacing around 1,200 metres of old metal gas mains in the town centre, starting in January for up to 12 weeks. As part of the scheme, a one-way system will be in force on the High Street for safety, diverting drivers along Charlton Road, Ashton Way and Rock Road. The project will coincide with the ongoing work on the £34m regeneration scheme, and Ms Young said after Temple Street shop Practically Perfect closed last month she feared others in the town would soon follow if

there was an impact on trade. “It’s just such bad timing,” she said. “We are all struggling and closures will be happening. “]It’s just the last nail in the coffin, we don’t get help or recompense.” A spokesman for the utility company said the work would “help ensure the safe and reliable supply of gas for heating and cooking to homes and businesses in the area for years to come”. He added: “The work on High Street is one element of a larger scheme in the town centre that also takes in Temple Street, Dapps Hill and Cedar Drive. We will be working closely with the local authority to ensure that our work on Temple Street and Dapps Hill can be completed as safely and as efficiently as possible alongside the regeneration of the civic centre. “In preparing for this scheme, we have liaised with the local authority and community

representatives. We appreciate the concerns raised by traders in the area, and will continue to keep them informed as work progresses.” Keynsham councillor Charles Gerrish said: “I understand traders’ concerns regarding potential

impact on trade. However, there has been public pressure for the High Street to be made one-way – or pedestrianised – and the period of making the High Street one-way will at least tell us if the impact on traffic of such a system is viable.”

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Caring for your older pets News Our pets are, on average, living longer and healthier lives these days. Many dogs and cats live in the lap of luxury and we can easily provide them with top quality nutrition, and preventative healthcare for parasitic problems and infectious diseases, allowing them to reach a ripe old age. However as animals get older they can develop age-related problems. Some of these problems have a gradual onset and are not always noticed by an owner until an advanced stage while others are accepted by some owners just because their pet is getting older. It is always better to be aware of any health problems affecting your pet because treatment at an early stage is often most effective and of course no owner would want their pet to be unwell or uncomfortable. When cats and dogs reach the age of eight (or younger for giant breeds such as great danes) they are regarded as seniors and it is advisable for them to have regular health checks, including blood and urine tests in order to identify any developing disease. Treatable thyroid disease is common in cats but can cause irreversible heart damage if left untreated for too long. Chronic kidney disease is another common feline problem which is best identified at an early stage. Both of these conditions can be picked up by routine blood tests, allowing treatment to be started before the condition has reached an

‘Some problems have a gradual onset and are not always noticed by an owner until an advanced stage while others are accepted just because their pet is getting older’ advanced stage. Our canine companions also benefit from routine urine checks which can identify infections, urinary tract disease and diabetes, and blood tests to check for many conditions. A check-up with a veterinary nurse allows pets’ weight to be monitored, lumps and bumps to be checked, dental health issues to be identified, behavioural changes to be discussed and common but life-altering conditions like arthritis to be treated effectively. With the addition of minimally invasive procedures such as blood and urine testing, your older pet can benefit from early diagnosis and the best available health care. Please see our advert on Page 7 for details of a special offer on health checks for senior pets.

School staff The coats, schoolbags, desks and books may have gone but the former staff who stepped through the doors of the now-transformed Bath Hill School could easily picture their classrooms, cloakrooms and offices underneath the fresh paint and new fixtures and fittings. The Victorian school building, opened in 1857 and closed just a few years ago, is welcoming the first people who will call the local landmark home after the site was restored and converted to new properties by award-winning developer Whitecroft Developments. The team behind the transformation, and that of Temple Infant School in Temple Street, last month opened the doors to some of those who helped run the school, including teachers and office staff. Teachers found themselves stepping into brand-new kitchens where once there would have been a cluttered cloakroom

filled with coats and gym kits or a light and airy living room where once they would have stood in front of dozens of children at the start of another school day. The vaulted ceilings and huge windows of the assembly hall were instantly recognisable, while some features such as the beams and rafters of the original Victorian structure were seen for the first time after they were covered over as the school was modernised, only to be exposed by the developer decades later. One impressed visitor said it felt like it was a “clean slate”, adding: “I think what they have done is brilliant. It’s good to see the old building saved rather than it falling to rack and ruin.” For another guest there was a surprise when she spotted a familiar face among the photos shown to the group charting the school’s past. Norma Pratt, who joined the tour with husband Derek, found

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The guests line up in the courtyard where many a school photo has been taken over the years at Bath Hill School her own class photo among the pictures, taken when she was Bath Hill School pupil Norma Stride in 1947. Standing in what was her old classroom, she said: “I’m remembering the neat row of hangers, coats and bags, while a stove in the centre of the room was where the milk bottles and Wellington boots were put in winter.” As well as the seven new

homes created in the old school building itself, Whitecroft has also created four new-builds on the site. All properties are named after schoolmasters, the architects and stonemasons who worked on the original building and the man who commissioned the school in the first place – Reverend Robinson. Old meets new is a recurring theme at the site, which is on the

Former pupil Norma Pratt looks at her class photo and, right, a window looks out on the regeneration site doorstep of Keynsham’s £34m we can restore, that’s great. Our regeneration project, which can next project will definitely be be seen taking shape from many inspired by what we’ve seen here of the windows. at Bath Hill.” Rebecca Hales, director at While most of the properties Whitecroft Developments, said have already been purchased, the company was delighted to be one of the homes is still available working in Keynsham, restoring – the three-bedroom Shackleton one of the town’s historic sites. House, a Victorian cottage which “It’s a town that still has its used to house the headmaster’s high street, leisure centre, restauoffice. rants and is definitely a place For further information about people want to invest in,” she the site, contact sales manager said. “As a developer we don’t Carly Hales on 07581 555203, focus on green spaces filled with email sales@whitecroftdev.co.uk new builds – if there’s something or visit www.whitecroftdev.co.uk.

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Paralympian to start Dash Those nervously waiting for the starter’s gun at Saltford Santa Dash in December will be able to take inspiration from Paralympian Ben Rushgrove. The sprint runner, who has won medals in the Paralympic Games in London and Beijing, will be supporting the fundraising event by starting both the Santa Dash and the Elves Race for younger runners. The Bath-based athlete will also do the honours when it comes to handing out prizes to the day’s winners after the races on Sunday, December 8. The race has been organised to raise money in memory of Saltford teenage Jack Boulton, and one of the organisers explained: “Our charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) will benefit from all profits after

first supplying a defibrillator for Saltford Sports Ground where Saltford teenager Jack Boulton died tragically in 2009 from cardiac arrest.” The Elves Race is a one-mile jog or walk around the Saltford Community Sports Ground at 10.15am, while the Santa Dash follows a five-mile route around the village, starting at 11am. Costumes are included for each participant, with entry fees of £12 for adults and £5 for the Elves Race. Volunteers to help marshal the event are also needed and they can get in touch at saltfordsantadash@gmail.com or on 07825 214404. Runners can enter the races at www.saltforsantadash.webs. com, while potential event sponsors can call Helen Spooner on 07889 977508.

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2,140 sign Citizens Advice petition A petition urging B&NES Council leader Paul Crossley to reconsider plans to cut funding for local advice services has attracted more than 2,140 signatures. Bath and North East Somerset Citizens Advice Bureau, which has a branch in Keynsham, currently receives £408,000 from the local authority to provide a

universal advice service to all. Under new proposals, CABBANES would be invited to bid alongside other providers to offer a “targeted” advice service to the most vulnerable residents with funding of £182,000. Petitions with more than 1,000 signatures are referred to full council for debate.

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Mum hopes event will shine light on diabetes in young With no history of diabetes in her family, her daughter Sophie’s diagnosis with the Type 1 form of the condition at the age of just 14 months was a bolt out of the blue for Candy Gyde. Now the Saltford mum-of-two is hoping to raise awareness – as well as money for a good cause – among other families in the area so they can be on the look out for the symptoms. Along with another local mum who has a child with diabetes, Candy is organising a tea and cake morning in the village on November 9. It is the latest in a string of events she and her family have organised to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, raising more than £2,000 over the years. The charity aims to help improve the lives of children like Sophie, who is now seven, and find a cure for Type 1 diabetes, a condition that means a sufferer does not produce enough insulin to control blood glucose and requires daily medication. Type 1 diabetes is much less common than Type 2 diabetes, the form that can affect people as they get older or if they are overweight

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A choir that has taken audiences and judges by storm since its formation at the start of the year is returning to perform in Keynsham.

and which can often be managed by diet and exercise alone. When she fell ill as a baby Sophie’s worrying symptoms were initially put down to a virus when her mother sought help. But after her condition worsened she was rushed to Frenchay Hospital where she was finally diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and then transferred to Bristol Children’s Hospital for two weeks where she spent several days in intensive care, something Candy believes she could have prevented had she had some vital information about the signs of the condition. Candy, who is also mum to

two-and-a-half-year-old Freddie and lives with her partner Steve Jenkins, said: “It was a really frightening time. Some of the symptoms she had, such as freezing cold hands and feet, were similar to meningitis, which as a parent you are told about and which was running through my mind. I didn’t have a clue about diabetes. There is a very simple test for the condition and it’s about getting the message out there to parents.” Sophie now has a pump that ensures she has enough insulin and she tests her blood sugar regularly throughout the day, as

well as watching what she eats – and she could still join in trick or treating with her friends for Halloween. The tea and cake morning will be held on November 9 from 10am to 1pm at the Wansdyke Room, Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road. Admission is free and there will be stalls, face-painting, a lucky dip and the chance for children to have their pictures taken with Mickey and Minnie Mouse in exchange for a donation. There is also a raffle, which has been supported by a range of local companies that have offered prizes, including vouchers from Saltford’s Flowers by Debs Design, Keynsham’s The Entertainer and Avon Valley Railway, a candy tree from Kia’s Candy Trees in Saltford, cakes from McMelia’s Magical Cakes and Jacky Taylor, a signed book from Brasserie Blanc in Bath, a training top from Bristol City Football Club and more. Information on Type 1 diabetes in the young can be found on JDRF’s website at www.jdrf.org. uk, as well as links to other sites and details of how to donate to the cause.

The Blacksheep Harmony Choir, who won a raft of awards at the Mid-Somerset Festival and sang to crowds at Keynsham Music Festival this year, will perform at Keynsham Baptist Church, in the High Street, on

November 13 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 and there will be cheese and wine at the event, which is raising funds with the Homemakers Group whose chosen charity is Myasthenia Gravis (Rag Doll) Syndrome.

Anyone who wishes to buy a ticket, or wants to find out about joining the Homemakers Group at its meetings every other Wednesday at the church to hear speakers on a range of topics, can call June Drew on 01225 425640.

Candy Gyde with daughter Sophie, son Freddie and partner Steve

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News Keynsham’s long-standing link with Libourne has seen local people welcomed by French families in the twin town, and hosting guests in return as the two communities have strenthened their ties since 1977. Here Keynsham and District Twinning Association president Carole Duckett tells us more about the initiative and how the group is working to ensure the special relationshp continues in years to come.

Group aims to I am sure that you have seen, when arriving not only to Keynsham but other towns around the UK, road signs advising “This town is twinned with...” Many folk reading the signage often wonder what it means – I can tell you. The earliest known town twinning in Europe was between Paderborn, Germany and Le Mans, France in 836. The first recorded modern twinning agreement was in 1920 between Keighley and Poix-duNord in Nord, France, The practice continued after the Second World War as a way of promoting understanding and cross-border projects of mutual benefit. And so in 1977, a charter was signed between Keynsham Town Council and Libourne, France. Through the intervening years members from Keynsham & District Twinning have travelled to Libourne and likewise Libourne Twinning or Jumellage – French for Twinning – have visited Keynsham. Some people may think that all those travelling to and from the twin town travel free or at vastly reduced rates. This is definitely no longer the practice – even if it ever was. Each member of Keynsham & District Twinning pays their way. Twinning is a way for ordinary, everyday folk to have the opportunity of exchanging just perhaps for a few days, visiting a foreign country, being hosted by ordinary, everyday people, and so very, very different from travelling abroad and staying in

commercial premises. You can try speaking a little of the language, different foods, enjoying the different culture, and often the lovely weather! But above all realising that underneath the change in culture, foods, architecture and family life our families, and all the ups and downs – even problems – are often very similar to our own. During the past two or three years, membership of twinning in Keynsham has grown – we have been very determind not to stagnate and continue to be a fully fledged community association. My personal passion is to reinvolve the younger generation – our future – in twinning and to this end over the past couple of years, have given presenta-

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This giant cockerel is an unusual landmark at a Libourne vineyard

Left, on the riverside in Libourne; top, French student Aurore Tourenne makes crepes at Timeout youth group; above, a French-English gateau and a crepe tions on twinning to all the youth clubs in the area. I regularly attend Time Out, cooking with their members and I am now know. as the “pancake lady”. This started with crepes – the delicacy from France – which I doubt many could resist! Since then – the youth have moved on – cooking has advanced! I may not quite understand the youth of today or some of their music and jargon (similar to when we were teenagers with Elvis, Chuck Berry and the rest – need I say more!) – but they are always polite and friendly towards me and I am encouraged by them. I very much look forward to the time when arrangements can be made for some of the youth to visit Libourne, near Bordeaux. I

am sure that fairly soon, you may hear their plans for fundraising for this event. We are also trying to include the even younger generation in twinning ideas, using modern technology and emailing schools and building up e-twinning – a little like the penpals that we had many years ago. Keynsham Twinning has endeavoured, within our community, not only to highlight twinning, but to help some of the charities of our town– we have managed to give some profits from events held to Dorothy House Hospice, MIND, Cancer and Leukaemia in Children and lastly ButterfliesHaven, right here in Keynsham. We have been able to donate approximately £300 to each. It is

worthwhile and it is a true statement that “every little helps”. In October, we held our AGM. This included support from two of the young people from Time Out – Pheobe and Dean. They gave a small presentation of their aims and objectives towards twinning. Both were very well received by our members and they both accepted an invitation to join our committee. We now look forward to youth from our town being totally involved in the twinning movement. One Monday last month, I had unexpected visitors – a student from the wine school visiting Keynsham earlier this year arrived with his mother and they actually stayed for two nights! This is another example of part

of the overall twinning movement. My husband and I have been invited to visit their home, which all being well we shall do sometime next year. In September/October of next year we will be hosting Libourne folk – we will shortly be collating an interesting programme for our counterparts from France, but trying to keep to local venues as much as possible. We will also enjoy social activities throughout the coming year which include, among other suggestions, a “cocktail of dance”, quizzes, cheese and wine tasting. We will start 2014 with our popular twinning dinner to be held locally during January or February and we would love to welcome you to these events. If interested, why not view our website or telephone me on 0117 9865350 for further information. Carole Duckett President – Keynsham & District Twinning Association

The group has raised funds for a number of good causes, including Butterflies-Haven, above; right, stained glass by artist Fiona Edwards, which was presented to Libourne’s mayor by Keynsham Town Council to celebrate the link between the two communities last year

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Dining and dancing to help cafe hit £2,000 for charity by Rosa Sherwood

The team at Cafe Crème are doing their bit for charity once again with a series of events and challenges. Their latest fundraising bid was a popular Greek Night, which took place on Saturday, October 5. The event sold out in good time before the night itself. “The Greek Nights always prove popular, everyone just loves them,” said Lynda, coowner of the cafe. Customers were invited to share an evening filled with mezze food and even some Greek-style dancing. With the help of a mini raffle on the night, more than £650 was raised with more proceeds to come. Maria and Lynda like to choose a different charity to support each year, and their chosen

Greek-style dancing at Cafe Creme’s fundraising Greek Night last month charity for 2013 is Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. This charity is very close to their hearts as some of their loyal customers recognise the benefits of this charity. Lynda said: “It’s nice to see how you can help people, especially when it’s your own customers.” To raise even more funds, Lynda has entered the London Marathon, which takes place in

April 2014. Despite previously competing in the marathon in 2008 after six attempts to enter the race, and also running the Cardiff and Blackpool marathons, Lynda is still considering this a challenge. “I’m pretty scared about it, and my aim is to just finish it,” she said. Preparations have already begun for the race and Lynda is

already feeling the pressures of training. She said: “It’s OK if you don’t have children and things because you can just go out running whenever, but it’s difficult to fit it all in.” Lynda has already started building herself up by running for three and four hours at a time. The fundraising doesn’t stop there either. Cafe Crème will be hosting a cake sale at Chipping Sodbury’s Victorian Evening, and there is even talk of a sponsored cycle ride. Keep up to date with their latest ventures at their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ CafeCremeKeynsham. Cafe Crème has a target of £2,000 to raise and with more Greek Nights and planned events in the pipeline they are more than confident they can reach this target, or even exceed it. Good luck, girls!

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Harvest gifts for foodbank Harvest time proved more than fruitful for Keynsham’s Foodbank, which collected more than 1,400 kilos of food for those in need during the period. The total – 1,436.85 kilos, to be precise – included donations from all of the town’s junior and primary schools, Farmborough Primary, Barrs Court, Barrs Court Day Nursery and Here We Grow Pre-school in Saltford. Six churches in Keynsham, Saltford and Stockwood also added food to the collection. The team behind the foodbank believe the generous donations have come just at the right time as they fear many people will be hit by rising energy prices and changes to the benefits system. Foodbank coordinator Alan Hale said: “The plight of those in our community who are in food

crisis or food poverty has clearly touched the hearts of the vast majority of the communities in Keynsham, Saltford and places nearby. “The team are reassured that what they and the volunteers are doing is appreciated and believed necessary by the local people. “Sadly anyone could with a sudden change of fortune find themselves in need. “I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all who gave to the foodbank through the Harvest Festival, we are blessed with a most generous community around us.” Keynsham Foodbank volunteers will be holding their next collection of food and toiletries at Tesco in Keynsham on November 29 and 30, between 8am and 4pm.

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Popular craft fair returns to school Grab some unique gifts at the ever-popular Wellsway Craft and Gift Fair on Sunday, November 10, from noon-4pm. Last year’s event attracted around 500 people to browse the wide range of handmade items, art and more, helping the Parent Teacher Association raise £3,500 towards new equipment for the

school. There are more than 90 stalls booked at the event to be housed in three halls at the school and refreshments will be served. Admission is £1 for adults, 50p for secondary students and accompanied younger children are free. There will also be a second-hand uniform sale.

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Dancers perform at the farewell celebration marking the end of Bethlehem-B&NES Links Youth Sports and Dance Festival

From Bethlehem to B&NES Around 70 Palestinian secondary school students travelled to Bath and North East Somerset last month for a packed week of activities – and pupils at Wellsway School helped welcome them. Bethlehem-B&NES Links Youth Sports and Dance Festival took place from October 21-26, with the visitors competing against their hosts in football, netball, volleyball, table tennis and basketball, with taster sessions for rugby and hockey included as well. Twelve schools in the area took part and many of the visitors were hosted by B&NES athletes’ families and, in addition to sport, a series of cultural workshops were held for the students to learn more about each others’ lives and countries. Wellsway seized the opportunity to get involved from an early stage led by Louise Riddoch, director of specialism, providing facilities for training throughout

Far left, battling it out on the football pitch; left, Councillor Neil Butters, chairman of B&NES Council, and Jeremy Key-Pugh, trustee of BethlehemB&NES Links, present Wellsway School’s Louise Riddoch with a bouquet the summer, and during the festival itself. After cultural workshops on the Wednesday morning, test matches were opened with a flourish in the main sports hall with a performance by the Bethlehem dancers. A series of social events were held during the festival, including a welcome party at Bath Spa University’s Burdall’s Yard, a civic reception at Bath’s Guildhall, and a farewell party at the end of Finals Day at St Gregory’s School. Youth Sports and Dance

Festival coordinator Sally Potter said: “We loved having Wellsway involved in the event, and are hugely grateful for their support. We couldn’t have done it without the commitment and generosity of the schools, coaches, head teachers and coordinators who worked with us. My personal thanks go to Lou, her colleagues and students for their fantastic support of the festival.” The Youth Sports and Dance Festival 2013 was the flagship event for Bethlehem-B&NES Links and the start of a more

wide-reaching project to link the two regions. In addition to planning a return visit to Bethlehem for the B&NES athletes, further links are planned to foster business and other community links, delivering commercial opportunities as well as breaking down negative perceptions of Palestine and building understanding between the two cultures. For further details about Bethlehem-B&NES Links, see www.bethlehem-banes.com or contact founder Peter Downey on 07976 664939.

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Daniel and Honey with Taylor Wimpey production manager Pete Donnachie

Winning designs warn of dangers Youngsters have put their artistic talents to good use, higlighting the hazards of playing on or near building sites as part of a colouring competition. Castle Primary pupils welcomed Taylor Wimpey production manager Pete Donnachie into class to show them some of the equipment used on construction sites and to talk about the dangers. The developer is

currently building homes on the nearby Meadows, or K2, site. Three pupils, Max, 11, Daniel and Honey, both 7, were awarded prizes for their designs in the colouring competition. Mr Donnachie said: “Their designs conveyed the serious message about the dangers of building sites in a way which we hope will help other children understand, too.”

From left, Brad Hughes, Chick-O-Land manager Kemal Pala, youth worker Kelly Duckett and Kane Bramscombe

Chip shop takes away the prize Young people from Timeout Drop-in Centre went on a mission to find the best chips Keynsham High Street has to offer. The group bought chips from every takeaway, then put them to the all-important taste test, scoring them on look, quantity, size, texture, taste and greasiness, as well as cost and customer service. The portions were numbered so the testers could not tell which chip shop they were from. The scores were added up and Chick-O-Land claimed the honour of Best Chips in

Keynsham’s High Street 2013. The takeaway has won the chip shop challenge every year consecutively since 2006. Proud manager Kemal Pala said he puts his success down to having top quality chips, using fresh, top quality vegetable oil, keeping the fryers and oil clean and changing the oil often. The chips are cooked at 350F for three to four minutes so they can cook properly and get a nice golden brown colour. The certificates from Timeout are proudly displayed in the shop.

A group of young people keen to do their bit to help improve Keynsham are urging people to come forward with projects they can take on. Timeout’s Task Force was officially launched at Keynsham Youth Fest in September and the youngsters have completed their first project

– painting the litter bins in Keynsham Memorial Park. The group spoke at the Police and Communities Together (PACT) meeting on October 10, where they urged people to suggest tasks. If you have a suggestion to put to the group, get in touch via the contact details below.

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

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Bafta buzz at the studios

Leading way at literature festival Students from Wellsway School gave the Daily Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival a helping hand from organising events and meeting authors to liaising with the press. The school’s Young Curators Harriet, Roseanna, Jessica, Harrison, Eve, Alice, Ella, Amelia and Kieran got involved in the planning stages of the event before taking a hands-on role at the festival itself last month.

The group wrote reviews, introduced events and took part in debates and writing workshops during the 10-day event, impressing the event’s organisers with their enthusiasm and maturity. Jeff Norton, author of the Metawars series, also helped Year 7 pupils celebrate the festival by paying them a visit at school, where he encouraged them in their own creative writing and signed books.

The awards season is approaching, and they don’t come much bigger in our world than the Children’s Baftas. It’s the night of the year where the stars of the children’s TV and digital industry come together to celebrate the success stories of the past 12 months. A key part of these awards is the Bafta kids’ vote – where children aged 7 to 14 decide, in a nationwide poll, on their favourite film, television programme, website and game. The Bafta kids’ vote website (www.baftakidsvote.org) has been designed and built by the Complete Control studios. As well as allowing the allimportant votes to be cast, the site also allows voters to play a game, enter a competition, and claim some fantastic goodies. The children’s Baftas have meant a double dollop of excitement at the Complete

Control studio this year. In addition to the Kids’ Vote website, we also received the fantastic news that we have been nominated for a Children’s Bafta ourselves, in the Independent Production Company Category. “This is a huge honour for us and our fingers, toes and everything else will be crossed on Sunday, November 24, when the golden envelope is opened,” said Damian Vicary, production manager at Complete Control, who lives in Keynsham.

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Signing up support is first step for walking initiative A new group is hoping to put Keynsham well and truly on the map as a walking destination – and is calling on residents to step up to support the scheme. Walkers are Welcome is a national initiative that encourages towns to promote walking opportunities in their area by offering quality information on local routes and maintaining footpaths, among other objectives. Keynsham’s action group, made up of representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and town council, was launched last month and hopes to encourage more people to visit the area and use the town’s facilities, such as shops, hotels, restaurants and pubs. To take the next step towards joining the Walkers are Wel-

come UK Network, five per cent of the town’s population – or around 800 people – must sign up to show their support for the scheme and forms are now available at several public places.

A spokesman for the group said the scheme had been adopted by more than 100 towns, including Winchcombe, which had reported a 40 per cent increase in visitor footfall, and Bradford-on Avon, which recently held a three-day walking festival attended by around 200 people. He added: “With lovely countryside around to explore, and the town expanding as it is, it would help put Keynsham well and truly on the map.” Traders in Keynsham have teamed up with the group to make forms available in the bid to show the town’s support for the scheme. Forms can be found at Truly Bespoke Kitchens in Carpenters Lane, Simply Carpets, Pomegranate Restaurant, Perfect Fit and Neals Fine Foods in

Temple Street, and Churches the Newsagent, Wild About Flowers and Cafe Creme in the High Street. The town was invited to join the scheme by the Joint Local Action Fund, which aims to promote outdoor activities locally and whose chairman, David Waterstone, has joined Keynsham’s action group. The initial application fee of £50 is being funded by the town council, and while the plans for Keynsham are in the very early stages, schemes in other towns are often run by volunteers and are self-funding, with Winchcombe producing and selling a booklet to raise money, for example. More information can be found at www.walkersare welcome.org.uk.

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Pen to Paper From left, Cllr Duncan Hounsell, chair of Saltford Parish Council, and Gill Self, leader of the Saltford Fairtrade Group, with other members of the Saltford Fairtrade Group

Signs celebrate support for Fairtrade Saltford’s commitment to Fairtrade values is now clear to see, after new road signs were erected on the A4. The signs celebrate the village’s Fairtrade status, which was formally awarded in July, and were commissioned by Saltford Parish Council. Saltford’s Fairtrade Group, led by Gill Self, proved the village’s support for the Fairtrade movement by achieving five objectives and providing evidence that Fairtrade products are being sold and promoted in

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the community. Gill said: “I am delighted with the new signs and thank Saltford Parish Council for installing them. We must always remember our purpose– increasing the use of Fairtrade products can make a real difference to people’s lives and help ensure trade is really fair.” Councillor Duncan Hounsell, chairman of Saltford Parish Council, said: “Fairtrade Village Status is another mark of the community spirit in Saltford and the wish to give a helping hand to others.”

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

Why Johnny Was So Long at the Fair Oh, dear! What can the matter be? Should have been home in time to get my tea, I went the pub and then knocked back two or three, Now I’m so long at the fair. I promised to buy her a trinket to please her, I said that because I was trying to tease her, And why did I promise to buy those blue ribbons To tie up her bonnie brown hair? Oh, dear! What can the matter be? Should have been home in time to get my tea, I stayed in the pub for the

atmosphere suited me, Now I’m so long at the fair. I couldn’t get her a basket of posies, There were no white lilies, no sign of red roses The little dress shop was clean out of blue ribbons There’s none to be had anywhere. Oh, dear! What can the matter be? Should have been home in time to get my tea. Just one more drink and then I will have to be Heading back home from the fair. George Liddell

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Three-page advertising feature Autumn is synonymous with rich colours, hearty food, and refreshingly cool temperatures. With the evenings drawing in, and the nights becoming colder, we become much more reliant on our central heating systems to keep out the chill. There’s nothing more satisfying than cosying up on the sofa, feeling the warmth of our radiators and wood burners. However, we must be conscious of our consumption levels – especially with rising energy bills! On the following pages are some ideas and businesses to help you make it through the chillier months...

You’ll receive a warm welcome! At Keynsham Timber & Hardware we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. This was recognised recently when we were awarded the crown of topperforming Calor Gas stockist in the South West and Wales region by beating 50 other finalists and second overall in the whole of the UK. Not only was this based on strong sales but we scored highly in a mystery shop with our outstanding customer service and knowledge. As the UK’s leading LPG sup-

plier, Calor provide a full range of LPG products and services, including propane gas and butane gas cylinders, heaters and much more. Thanks to lower costs and carbon emissions, more and more people are switching to Calor to heat their homes and as a trusted stockist we can offer you it all here. We stock the entire range of heaters and cylinders so if you want to beat the cold this winter come and visit us at Keynsham Timber & Hardware where you’ll receive a warm welcome!

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Beating those winter blues with a new-generation stove With fossil fuel prices continuing to rise and our need to reduce carbon emissions and find greener sources of heat for our homes, it is hardly surprising that wood burning stove sales are set to hit an all-time high this winter. Wood burning technology has been racing ahead and a new generation of high-efficiency stoves are taking centre stage. They are approved for use in smoke-control areas and with a wide choice of contemporary as well as traditional styles, a wood burning stove brings a lovely focal point into a home. So whether you live in a rural cottage, a Victorian family home or a contemporary apartment, we can all now benefit from carbonneutral heating and the simple pleasure of a real log fire on those long winter nights. Family-run business Kindle

Stoves offers a full stove supply and HETAS-approved installation service to include fireplace alterations, hearth laying, flue lining and twin wall systems. They are specialists in cleanburn stoves and are approved stockists

of the world-renowned Clearview Stoves as well as Aga, Contura, Burley, Rais, Morso and Franco Belge. Visit their showroom for advice and brochures as well as fireside accessories, natural stone surrounds and seasoned wood.

Showrooms BRISTOL: 177 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8BE 0117 924 3898 BATH: 2 Sussex Place, Widcombe, Bath, BA2 4LA 01225 332722 www.kindlestoves.co.uk

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On Wednesday, October 2, at 7.45am, there was a knock on the door to tell me my fiancé had been knocked off his bicycle by a car. I knew straight away this had to be on Charlton Road, and in sheer panic I drove with our five-week-old son, expecting the worst. I eventually got to the mini roundabout on Charlton

Road (opposite the Groovy Monsters Nursery). I was greeted by an ambulance and police. Thankfully my fiancé, due to his safety awareness, only had cuts and bad bruising, his saviour being he wears a helmet, which prevented further injury when his head hit the pavement. I wish to thank the lady (a school teacher) who stayed with

him while the ambulance arrived. Something has to be done about the traffic on this road, especially the mini roundabout. Cars go too fast and do not give cyclists enough space or time to manoeuvre the roundabout. Drivers should be aware that it’s also opposite a nursery. It’s only a matter of time before a more serious incident. Likewise it should be noted by all cyclists: don’t play Russian roulette with your life, ensure you have the correct safety items. It’s ludicrous the amount of cyclists I see without a helmet on. Finally I just wish to say, drivers slow down and be aware of what’s going on around you, and, cyclists, ensure you wear a helmet, it could prevent serious injury and save your life. No one wants to get that knock on the door like I did. Emma Keynsham

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‘Disorganised’ move to 20mph While as an ardent pedestrian who lives off the lower Charlton Road I welcome the 20mph zone, why is it that still there is no sign of it being 20mph when you drive in from Bristol from the A4? If you drive down Charlton Road from Queen Charlton then the signs are obvious. It means that traffic is still driving out of the Keynsham High Street area at over 30mph, as indicated by the flashing radar speed sign. Plus the 30mph signs have not been removed from the roads yet. It seems to be a very disorganised project! A Keynsham resident

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Performance will be a real highlight for musician Paul A young musician from Keynsham will perform his biggest show yet when he takes to the stage at Bristol’s Colston Hall in December. Professional concert pianist Paul Israel has been travelling up and down the UK to play at various venues, but performing on home turf will be a real highlight, says the 23-year-old. He said: “I’ve been to the Colston Hall so many times in the audience, but it’s really exciting to get on the stage myself. Performing Rhapsody in Blue as well – such an incredible piece, which everyone loves – will be really special for me. I can’t wait.” Paul will play alongside the UWE Singers and UWE Symphony Orchestra and the programme includes the William Tell Over-

ture, 20th-century pieces Fanfare for the Common Man and Carmina Burana, as well as George Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody. It’s not the first time Paul has performed to a home crowd as he won the chance to play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 5 to an audience of 650 people at Bristol’s Victoria Rooms in 2010 as part of Bristol University’s Gala Concert – but the Colston Hall is the “next step up”, he says. Paul attended Chandag Infant and Junior Schools and Wellsway School, before going on to study music at Bristol University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He joined Keynsham Youth Theatre as a rehearsal pianist in 2010, assisting director Graeme Savage as musical director for the group’s productions of Footloose

and West Side Story the following year. Paul studied piano, from beginner up to university, with local teacher Steve Milliner, who he says was a great inspiration. He said: “I loved going to my piano lessons. I owe a great deal to Steve, and I wouldn’t be a professional classical pianist without his teaching.” For more information about the UWE Singers and UWE Symphony Orchestra show, featuring Paul Israel on piano, on Sunday, December 8, at 4pm and to book tickets, visit www. colstonhall.org.

What’sOn For more forthcoming events, see our What’s On section on Pages 48-49.

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News Light candle for lost loved ones Families who have lost children will be able to remember their loved ones at a special service at Victoria Methodist Church in Keynsham High Street this month. The annual Candles of Remembrance service includes poems, music, prayers and songs as well the opportunity to have each child’s name read out in a roll call, and added to a remembrance book. Families are encouraged to request music or prayers they would like to share with others and can light a candle, write a message or take time to pray. All relatives and friends are welcome and refreshments will be served in the hall after the service, which will take place on Saturday, November 9, at 3pm. For more information and to add your child’s name to the roll call, contact Jeff Sawyer on 0117 975 4071, or Rev Philip Simpkins on 0117 986 2242.

Social group appeals for volunteer helper A social group for elderly residents in Keynsham is appealing for volunteers to step forward to help organise its busy programme of activities. KOPS – Keynsham Older People’s Social Group – meets on the first Tuesday of every month at Community @67 in Queens Road supported by Age UK B&NES. Members enjoy outings, such as trips to the Lifeskills Centre and MShed Museum in Bristol, Bath’s Holburne Museum, garden centres, as well as talks by visiting speakers, which have included representatives of Avon Wildlife Trust, Keynsham Photographic Society, Age UK and Willmott Dixon. The group offers many more activities, and also runs a raffle and offers refreshments. Now Age UK B&NES is hoping to hear from people who could spare a

few hours to help organise outings, arrange speakers, help with the raffle and refreshments and to offer general support to the members to help them run the group. One KOPS member, Pam, said: “I got involved with KOPS when I took two 90-year-old ladies who had been friends since school days, I stayed and really enjoyed myself and have been going along regularly since then. “It is a very easy, sociable group, we sometimes visit garden centres or other local places of interest or simply have a guest speaker, a singalong or a quiz afternoon. It gets people out of their homes and we all look forward to a bit of fun.” The ideal volunteer candidate should enjoy spending time with older people, live locally, be organised and enthusiastic and

have a good sense of humour, say leaders at Age UK. To find out more about getting involved, contact Paula Smith on 01225 484510, email admin@ageukbanes.co.uk or visit www.ageukbanes.co.uk where you can find a description of the volunteer role. Age UK B&NES supports more than 12,000 elderly people, their families and their carers locally. Find out more about the services it provides by visiting the website above, find them on Facebook at www.facebook. com/AgeUkBathAndNorthEastSomerset or follow on Twitter @ AgeUKBathNES.

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with Keynsham Town Council chairman Councillor Gill Hellier It was an exciting moment last month standing on top of the new civic building to take part in the “topping out ceremony”, which included pouring wine, oil and corn to promote good will, prosperity, health and well-being to the project.

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It was fantastic to be able to see the footprint for the remains of the hexagonal floor from the Roman villa, which will be preserved under glass in this building – it really will be on display for all to enjoy! The mosaics, which were situated outside the shops in the town centre, have been repaired and are now in the Memorial Park; these have been handed over by the chair of Bath & North East Somerset Council to the town council for safe keeping. Looking forward to seeing you all at the Victorian Evening on November 29.

Nominate town’s ‘good citizens’ Keynsham residents who make a difference can be nominated for an award. Keynsham Town Council is looking for nominees for its annual Good Citizens Award, which publicly acknowledges and gives thanks to those contributing to their community. The deadline for nominations

is December 31, 2013, and more information and nomination forms are available from the council’s offices at 15-17 Temple Street and online at www. keynsham-tc.gov.uk or call 0117 986 8683 for more details. The awards will be presented at the annual town meeting in April 2014.

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In Good Health with Anna Casey, pharmacist at Chandag Road Pharmacy As it is getting colder outside and winter is fast approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about colds and flu. A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways which causes inflammation in these areas. As they become inflamed, they begin to produce more mucus which results in a runny nose and sneezing, people also often suffer from a sore throat and cough. Symptoms are fairly mild so you can usually carry on with normal activities. More than 200 types of virus can cause a cold and because of this, it is possible to have several colds, one after the other. In adults and older children, a cold will usually last about a week as the body fights off the infection; however, colds in younger children may last up to two weeks. A cold can be spread easily through direct or indirect

contact. A person is usually contagious two to three days before their symptoms begin and will remain contagious until after the symptoms have gone. Remember to wash your hands regularly, always cough and sneeze into a tissue and throw it away immediately and clean surfaces regularly. There is no cure for the common cold, there are however many products available to help relieve the symptoms. Painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can help with aches, pains and fever and are often included in combination cold and flu remedies along with a decongestant and sometimes an antihisatamine. A decongestant tablet works by constricting the blood vessels in the lining of the nose which reduces swelling and opens up the nasal passages making it easier to breath. They are not suitable for everyone,

so it is always wise to ask your pharmacist before taking them. There is also a wide range of products that can be used as a rub or inhaled either directly or after dissolving in hot water. These include menthol and eucalyptus and are useful for children or for adults unable to take decongestant medication. Flu is an infectious and common viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes but it is not the same as a cold. Flu is caused by a different group of viruses causing more severe symptoms which last for longer. It causes high temperature, headache, general aches and pains, tiredness and sore throat. Flu will generally make you feel too unwell for your usual activities. It is important to rest, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Antibiotics are of no use in the treatment of flu because it is caused

by a virus and not bacteria. Symptoms will peak after two to three days and you should begin to feel much better after a week or so. You are usually infectious a day before your symptoms start and for a further five or six days. Elderly people and anyone with certain long-term medical conditions are more likely to develop a more serious complication of flu such as a chest infection. In the UK about 600 people a year die from a complication of seasonal flu. It is therefore very important that, if eligible, people get their flu vaccine. This includes over-65s, pregnant women, people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, people living in a long-stay care home or other care facility, if you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person and healthcare workers with direct patient contact.

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Keynsham Victorian Evening

Christmas starts here... Christmas Bells will be the theme at Keynsham Victorian Evening on November 29, heralding the start of the festive season. There will be a packed programme of events and activities, including live performances, fairground rides, craft workshops, Christmas shopping and, of course, the ever-popular procession. Youngsters will join Father Christmas and the town crier on their parade with their handmade willow Christmas Bells (to book on to the craft workshop call 0117 986 8683), ending their journey at the stage on Charlton Road, where Bath and North East Somerset Council chairman Neil Butters and Keynsham Town Council chairman Gill Hellier will officially open the event at 6.30pm. The Christmas lights switch-on will take place at 7pm, when the young winner of a Christmas colouring competition will get the honour of flicking the switch. Traders along the High Street and Temple Street will get involved, opening their doors into the evening and putting up festive window displays. Other venues will also be getting into the spirit of the occasion, with the Fear Hall hosting a craft fair, Keynsham Library opening late and putting on a Punch and Judy show, Keynsham Fire Station welcoming visitors and craft workshops in the Key Centre. The High Street and the lower end of Charlton Road will be closed from 3.30pm to 10pm, while Temple Street will remain open because of the ongoing redevelopment of the

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The High Street and part of Charlton Road will be closed to traffic from 3.30-10pm

A free park and ride service will run from 6-9.30pm from Co-op, Broadmead Lane, to Ashton Way Bus Stop.

town centre. Most of the funfair rides will be found in a section of Ashton Way car park. There will be a park and ride service operating from the town’s Co-op store to Ashton Way car park. The evening is funded by Keynsham Town Council and supported by Keynsham and Saltford Churches Together. It is sponsored and supported by IJ McGill Transport, with organisers hopeful the event will

attract other organisations to support it. A full programme of events will be downloadable from www. keynsham-tc.gov.uk or from the town council office at 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham. Further details about the Victorian Evening can be obtained by contacting Dawn Drury, deputy town clerk, on 0117 986 8683 or email deputytownclerk@keynsham-tc.gov. uk.

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Programme Procession Back Lane, Bath Hill, High Street to Methodist Church

6.15pm: Procession includes Town Crier, Santa, 2386 Air Cadet Squadron Marching Band, children with their craft workshop Christmas Bells and jugglers and stilt walkers

Stage outside Victoria Methodist Church

6.30pm: Councillor Gill Hellier, chairman of Keynsham Town Council, Councillor Neil Butters, chairman of Bath and North East Somerset, and Mrs Butters officially open the Victorian Evening. Prize presentation for the children’s colouring competition, followed by the Christmas lights switch-on. 7-7.10pm: St John’s Junior Youth Choir. 7.15-7.25pm: Totally Maracas. 7.30-7.50pm: Keynsham Brass Band. 7.55-8.10pm: Keynsham Light Opera Group. 8.15-8.30pm: Riverside Singers (B&NES staff choir). 8.35-8.50pm: 2386 Air Cadets Band. Compere and balloon sculptor Jimmy Mack entertains between acts.

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Throughout the evening: “Step In To The Nativity Story”. Dress-up and take your own photos. 7.10pm: Christmas Melodies – Church Hand Bell Ringers. 7.30-8.15pm. Seasonal Organ Music, Church Choir. Horseworld donkeys in courtyard.

Victoria Methodist Church

From 6pm: Refreshments. 7pm: Carol singing. 7.45pm: Christmas songs by The Key Voices.

Key Centre, Charlton Road

7-8.30pm: Free children’s craft workshop. Time capsule/ redevelopment display.

Baptist Church (event HQ)

All evening: Refreshments (inside), barbecue (outside). Also base for first aid and lost children.

Temple Street

Throughout the evening: Fire Station opens its doors.

High Street

All evening: Helter skelter, Scouts climbing wall. Stalls offering games, Christmas gifts and food. Stilt walkers and jugglers.

Ashton Way

All evening: Fairground rides.

Library

7-7.45pm: Punch and Judy.

Fear Hall

6-9pm: Craft fair, Fairtrade refreshments.

Town Council Youth Service

Youth workers will be doing outreach work in Ashton Way.

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WIN a family trip to see Father Christmas Avon Valley Railway’s Santa Steam Specials start on Sunday November 24 and you could be aboard. Father Christmas, accompanied by his helpers, will make his way along the train, stopping to talk to the children and, providing they have been good, give them each a present. Parents are not neglected as everyone will receive a delicious Anstees’ mince pie or festive biscuit. The Santa Special Experience takes approximately one hour, during which time all the family can enjoy the views of the Avon Valley on a six-mile round trip from the old-fashioned carriages and experience the unique sights, sounds and smells of a bygone age when steam was king. The trains are running every weekend in December plus Sunday, November 24, Saturday, November 30, Monday, December

from £9 to £12. Children under one year £5. For more information or to book your trip to Santa, visit www.avonvalleyrailway.org or call 0117 932 5538. To win a trip for two adults and two children on the 10.30am train on November 24, simply name Santa’s reindeer with a bright red nose. Send your answer with your name and address to Wendy Best, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, Bitton, Bristol, BS30 6HD, by Friday, November 15.

23 and Christmas Eve from the railway’s headquarters in Bitton. Train times range from 10.30am to 4.45pm depending on the day with prices ranging

Terms and conditions: The first eligible entry drawn at random after the closing date will win a ticket for two adults and two children on the 10.30am Santa Steam Special at Avon Valley Railway on November 24, 2013. Transport to and from Bitton is not included.

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Skiffle gig in aid of Indian school

An evening of skiffle and bluegrass will help raise funds to support a school for deprived children in Southern India. Fourpiece band Slapface and the Hoagies, who took to the stage at Keynsham Music Festival earlier this year, will perform at the British Legion in Keynsham on Friday, November 22, at 7.30pm. The gig will help members of Keynsham Methodist Church, in the Church India Group, raise money for the school in Nadaikkavu, which is expanding. Tickets are priced at £10, including a Ploughman’s supper, and they can be obtained from the Church Office of Keynsham Methodist Church in the High Street between 10am and noon, from Monday to Saturday. One of the organisers said: “If you were a Lonnie Donnegan fan, or even too young to remember him, get your ticket now for what promises to be a super evening.”

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Legal matters Kimberley Bailey, for Woolley & Co, Solicitors family law specialists, looks at how to resolve matters in a divorce without the battle Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate! Going to a solicitor does not necessarily mean going to court. But it takes two to agree a financial settlement and sometimes there is no alternative. Generally, though, it pays to negotiate. The costs of a case which goes to court nearly always vastly exceed the costs of a sensible settlement and that ignores the emotional costs, too. No doubt partly due to this concern, “How much will it cost?” and “How long will it take?” are surely the questions most frequently heard by lawyers involved in divorce proceedings and, frustratingly for lawyers and clients alike, the answer is uncertain mainly due to the unknown attitude of the other spouse and also the vari-

ability in the speed of the court system. But legal costs can be easier to predict if a client and lawyer together embrace a non-adversarial approach and strive from the outset to negotiate a reasonable and fair agreement. Who pays the costs? The law has changed in divorce cases so that normally whatever happens at any final hearing, the people involved will pay their own legal fees. No longer does the “winner” have costs paid by the other party – in any event is there ever really a winner? What is the best approach? Negotiate an early and sensible financial settlement. There does need to be a balance between being speedy to keep costs

down, but taking enough time to ensure the settlement and finances are properly thought through. Don’t lose sight of your goals Divorce is an extremely stressful experience and even in cases where the separation itself is amicable, emotions often run high when it then comes to sorting out the financial settlement. In such circumstances it is, understandably, easy to lose sight of the fact that every penny spent in legal fees is a penny less in the matrimonial “pot”. Try to remember what the real issue is. It should be making sure you obtain a decent and fair financial settlement and not “beating” your former spouse. Try to avoid matters of principle. They are especially

expensive and the court room is not the best place to air such grievances. Instead think about the support that can be provided by a relationship counsellor or coach and I can put you in touch with them. Finally, in close consultation with your divorce lawyer, take the first available opportunity to propose a reasonable settlement, endeavour to keep emotions, and costs, in check and, above all, negotiate, negotiate, negotiate! Of course negotiation isn’t about giving in and with preparation and advice you can achieve a solution that you are happy with. For a free half-hour telephone consultation, contact Kimberley-Bailey, Family Law Solicitor, on 0845 680 1541 or 0744 622 7046 or email kimberley.bailey@family-lawfirm.co.uk

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News in brief Quit Squad hits the High Street Smokers hoping to kick the habit were signed up as they visited the shops last month by Sirona's “Quit Squad”. Staff from the healthcare provider hit Keynsham High Street to offer advice on quitting cigarettes as part of the national campaign Stoptober. Richard Merrett, Sirona’s health development manager, said: “Most smokers are both physically and psychologically addicted to cigarettes. As a result, when they give up smoking, they can experience withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, insomnia, and low mood, which can last up to 12 weeks.

“Many people think they can handle quitting on their own, but they typically underestimate how powerful nicotine dependence really is. We can help in a nonjudgmental way and offer a range of replacements so people really don’t have to go cold turkey. “Figures show that smokers are four times more likely to quit successfully with professional help and support and our services are free.” Anyone who wants help to quit smoking can contact Sirona’s Healthy Lifestyle Service on 01225 831852, by email at healthylifestyleservice@sironacic.org.uk or online at www. sirona-cic.org.uk.

Pair honoured for long service 1st Keynsham Scout Group has honoured two of its most dedicated volunteers. District Commissioner Janet Turner presented trustee Ann Brett with a 20-year service

award and retiring group secretary John Aldridge with a 25-year award at the group’s annual general meeting. Mrs Turner said: “The importance of nonuniformed supporters cannot be over-stated. They are the people who work behind the scenes providing important help to warranted leaders. Many of them can only offer a short period of time on a regular basis, but Scouting is flexible enough to find niche roles for all suitable volunteers.” Pictured above are Janet Turner and John Aldridge.

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raise funds for a local good cause. Keynsham Childminding Group is organising a festive shopping afternoon on Saturday, November 9, from 3-5pm at Queens Road Methodist Church in Keynsham. There will be stalls selling cards, jewellery, children’s books, sweets, deocrations, pre-loved toys and many other gift ideas and visitors to the event will also be able to take part in a raffle, face-painting and a lucky dip and enjoy some refreshments. Entry to the shopping afternoon is free and fundraising on the day will benefit a Keynsham charity. An organiser said: “We have chosen to support Butterflies-Haven as they are a local group based in Keynsham, who offer support for parents and carers, children and young people who are somewhere on the autistic spectrum. “Some of our group members have had experience of caring for children with autism and know how invaluable the right kind of support can be.”

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News in brief helping behind the scenes or donating the raffle prizes. A big thank you to Eveleighs for sponsoring the event again this year.”

gives confidence to people who are watching their weight or who are dining out with someone who is, to be able to enjoy a meal out without having to worry about trying to find something healthy on the menu.”

Home’s healthy menu takes gold Writers offer to A Keynsham care home has struck gold with its healthy apshare their skills to menus for residents. Teams raise cash proach Charlton House, run by SiKeen writers in Keynsham are rona, has won a gold Eat Out Eat to put their talents to use at sell-out quiz Well award for its efforts to en- hoping by teaming up on projects with

Teams pitted ther wits against each other at a sell-out charity quiz held last month. The annual Keynsham Mencap Quiz Night, held at Saltford Hall on October 4, was won by a team from Saltford School made up of Liz James, Kate Vaughn and Jane, Alan and Charlotte Kid. The runners-up were the Lucas family. A total of 25 teams took part, raising £1,666 for the charity. Keynsham and Mencap Society chair Lisa O’Brien said: “Thank you to everyone who supported the event, either by attending,

able residents to make healthier choices when it comes to meals, through cooking methods it uses and the food options on offer. Award-holders are listed on Bath and North East Somerset Council’s website and can display the Eat Out Eat Well logo – an apple and heart – at their premises. Louise Lees, health improvement specialist at Sirona, said: “Clients who access our free weight management services often complain that it can be hard to find healthier options when they eat out. This award scheme

groups and individuals. Keynsham Creative Writers meet on the second and fourth Monday of every month at Keynsham Library at 2.30pm, offering support, inspiration and encouragement to writers of all abilities. New members are welcome and the group also wants to get involved with other organisations – helping to prepare presentations or helping to put a story into writing, for example. To get in touch with the group, email george.liddell@blueyonder. co.uk.

Take on race with Ted’s Team Anyone thinking of running Bath’s half marathon in 2014, from keen athletes to enthusiastic fundraisers, can sign up to “Ted’s Team”. The Forever Friends RUH Cancer Care Campaign, fronted by its mascot Big Ted, is raising money for a new cancer centre at the hospital and has Silver Bond places available in the race, which wil take place in March. The places can be purchased for an initial £35 with a pledge to raise at least £175 in sponsorship. Events and community officer for the appeal, Jo Hones, said: “If you fancy taking on the Bath Half challenge, then why don’t you join our team and raise as much as you can to help transform care for patients with cancer and their families here at the RUH. As a member of Ted’s Team you will get a free team running vest, as well as lots of support and encouragement on the day itself, and during your

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News in brief fundraising and training.” The race takes place on Saturday, March 2, and anyone who would like to find out more about joining Ted’s Team can visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk or call the events team on 01225 821535.

Clothes on way to those in need A large collection of baby clothes is on its way to Eastern Europe from Keynsham after the community responded to an appeal for donations. The Rotary Club of Keynsham Chew Valley has thanked everyone who added to the collection on October 26 at the Scout HQ in Keynsham, saying they were once again “surprised and delighted” by people’s generosity. One supporter arrived with

two suitcases full of new handknitted items, made for the cause by members of the Unity Road Methodist Church in Oldland. Rotary Club president Peter Bishop said: “This confirms our faith in the heart and generosity of the people of this area.” The club has also thanked the Scouts for allowing them to use their headquarters for the day.

Plenty of festive spirit at bazaar People are invited to get into the festive spirit at All Saints Church Farmborough Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 7. Attractions include Father Christmas’ grotto, Christmas trees and decorations and stalls offering homemade cakes, toys and games, crafts, grocery products and preserves. The bazaar will take place at the Memorial Hall, Little Lane, Farmborough, BA2 0AE, from 2-4.30pm, and there is free parking.

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Building a website with Nick Leonard of NIKL Designs Last month I talked a little about getting your business online, this month we’re looking at a few basic tips to look at when planning a website. The checklist below sets out a few things to consider to help you decide on what your website should look like and what features it should have; whether your site is for business or just for fun. First up, decide on the purpose for your site:  Is it to provide information?  Is it to provide a means to communicate and interact with others?  Is it to sell a product or service? Are your products physical or digital? Think about how you’ll need to display the images on site and methods of distribution. Next think about your content:

 How many pages do you think you’ll need? Most basic sites will contain Home, About, Services and Contact pages.  How often will the content change and how easy should it be to change it?  Have a catalogue of your required images and textbased copy to hand to help with layout and spacing decisions. The last consideration (or possibly the first, depending on the project!)  What’s your budget and what deadlines are you working to? The size of your budget and time constraints can help to determine how complex you can allow the site to become.

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News in brief Chamber of Commerce with chairman Lynn Young A great meeting on Monday, October 7. Usual agenda from 6.457pm, then we had buffet networking and a talk from Louise Fradd, strategic manager from B&NES Council, talking about the new developments in Keynsham and road systems, parking and the new retail units in the town centre development. We now have 68 members and hope to have lots more. We also need to be a strong voice to fight for two-hour free parking and a good road system, creating a retail town to be proud of along with, of course, lots of other businesses.

Scouts prepare for annual sale Residents will be able to bid for a range of items from furniture to toys to bric-a-brac at 1st Keynsham Scout Group’s annual auction and book sale on Saturday, November 16. The group is appealing for donations that can be auctioned off, including unwanted bikes, garden equipment, electrical goods, games, sports equipment, china and more. Televisions, computer screens, gas appliances, clothing, soft furnishings or beds cannot be accepted Items for auction can be delivered to Scout HQ in Ashton Way between 6.30pm and 9pm from Monday, November 11, to Friday, November 15. To discuss collection, call 0117 986 4242 or email chairman@1stkeynsham. org.uk. Doors to the sale will open at 9am and the auction will start at 9.30am. Refreshments will be on sale all day.

Artist’s moving exhibition Images that capture movement on paper will be on show on the walls of a Keynsham restaurant this month. Pomegranate in Temple Street is hosting an exhibition by artist Gillian Warren throughout November. Gillian studied at St Martin’s College of Art in London in her 20s but only began painting and drawing seriously after her retirement. She is particularly interested in portraying the movement of dance in her pieces has worked with the Royal Ballet.

Treats galore at shopping evening Fashion and beauty will be at the heart of a ladies’ shopping evening taking place in Keynsham on Thursday, November 7.

There will be a beauty demonstration by Evelyn Glasgow of Estee Lauder, fashion accessories from Trigaci, homemade jewellery and items from Keynsham Country Market among others. The evening will take place at the Conservative Club at 22 High Street and refreshments will also be available.

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Festive sparkle from Bridezillas Christmas at Bridezillas?.... Yes, of course we are not just a wedding shop, we have a selection of gifts ranging from beautiful jewellery sets, trinket boxes, handbag hangers, cufflinks, compact mirrors, photo frames, brooches, handbags, tea light holders, tie pins to shabby chic hanging hearts for the home. If ordered in time some of our products can be personalised for an extra £2.50. Our range of Ivory and Co jewellery comes in a gorgeous luxurious gift box, perfect for that someone special in your life. Do you have a Christmas party to go to and need to ac-

cessorise your little black dress? Then come and visit us. We have affordable, good quality accessories, with elements of top quality cubic zirconias or Swarovski crystals, all of which are nickel free. Bridezillas is celebrating its second year on the High Street and with sales all over the country and visitors coming from far afield, this little shop has made its mark on accessories in the UK. However, we would love to see more people from our local High Street. So don’t just stop at our window displays, come in and say hello and see what we have to offer.

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Telling tales at circle’s launch People who attended the launch of a storytelling group were treated to tales of a king in Norfolk, dodging train fares and even Keynsham’s Horace Batchelor. The Mendip Storytelling Circle held its first storytelling evening in October, welcoming listeners and tellers from Keynsham, Frome, Chew Magna, Wells and Bruton. One storyteller, Janet from Chewton Mendip, said: “It really felt as though the event was held in someone’s living room with a warm welcome and a delightful expectation of what was to come. As a fledgling storyteller I felt very supported.” Stories will be told again on Thursday, December 5, at the group’s regular venue, the Court Hotel, on the B3139 just west of Chilcompton (BA2 4SA). More details are available from Colin on 01761 471209 or at mendipstorycircle@gmail.com.

Time flies at informative talk Members of Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society were taken back in time to explore the history of a famous family-run clock-making business. The group met on October 21 to hear a talk by Stuart Burroughs, director of the Museum of Bath at Work, on the Horstmann firm, which split into two with one part of the business becoming the world’s leading supplier of time-clocks for street lighting and domestic central heating timers.

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Another inventive sibling, Sidney, started his own car-making firm in Bath in 1913, which manufactured 3,000 cars before production ended. The Horstmann company then moved into the military field, which is where it remains today, specialising in tank suspension systems, developed from Sidney’s 1922 vehicle design. The society’s next speaker will be tram expert Peter Davey, whose knowledge on the subject is well-known from his appearances on television and who will speak on “Around Bristol by Tram”. The meeting will take place at The Key Centre at Keynsham Methodist Church on Monday, November 18, at 7.30pm and visitors are welcome.

Bullies steal the show at fun day With prizes being handed out for best-dressed guests, dog owners went the extra mile to make sure their pet looked the part at an annual fun day.

“Playground Bullies” was hosted at Latchets Kennels in Redlynch Lane, Keynsham on October 19 to help West Country Bullie Walks raise funds to rehome unwanted English bull terriers. The breed took centre stage at the event, which included competitions for dogs and owners, a barbecue and raffle.

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Advertising feature New fitness studio is shaped to offer best in personal training Hiring space and holding sessions in busy local gyms and leisure centres is the norm for many personal trainers, while owning their own studio, designed to their own specifications, is the dream. But for Keynsham personal trainer Craig Weeks, of CW Fitness Solutions, that dream became a reality when he opened the doors of his new premises at the Lays Farm Trading Estate, off Charlton Road, on October 7. He chose the site as it is in a location convenient for a large part of Keynsham, bringing gym facilities to their doorstep, rather than having to travel elsewhere in the town. Craig has carefully designed the space to suit his style of training and meet the needs of his clients. He said: “The beauty is that we don’t have to work around anyone else. I’ve got all this space and can have the equipment all laid out ready to begin, rather than finding we’re trapped in a corner in a busy gym or that our equipment has been moved. “Large gyms can be very intimidating and put people off, but at my place it is just me and the client so they can train in comfort and not be worried how they look. “We can have our choice of music – clients can even plug in their iPods if they want – and it

Personal trainer Craig Weeks at CW Fitness Solutions’ new premises creates a great atmosphere.” The equipment Craig selected for his fitness and training studio reflects the move away from heavy, static machines, such as leg presses and shoulder presses. As well as a treadmill, crossramp, crosstrainer and rowing machine, he has invested in functional equipment such as kettlebells, medicine balls, TRX and resistance bands and a rig, something he describes as a “playground for adults”. “It’s a bit like a climbing frame,” he explains. “You can do pull-ups, chin-ups, tricep dips and muscle-ups, there are different things hanging from it like Olympic rings and rubber bands. It’s built around different body parts and is used a lot for rehabilitation after injuries with

the focus on lifting, pushing or pulling your own body weight. “It’s functional fitness, based on how the human body is meant to move, rather than being sat at a machine pushing and pulling.” Clients can also sign up for exclusive membership, allowing them to use the studio like a gym whenever they want to train. The studio also offers shower facilities and a chill-out lounge serving free tea, coffee, herbal teas and protein shakes, perfect for relaxing after a workout. Craig is also bringing the outdoors indoors, offering bootcamp-style exercises such as tyre flipping, tyre whacking and prowler pulling inside the studio, something he could never do when renting space at a gym. Regular fitness classes are

also held at the studio, with Craig offering circuit training in the evenings and boxercise on Wednesday mornings. Classes are small and are booked by appointment only – and are open to members of the public, not just clients. Craig tailors his fitness plans to each client’s needs and goals, whether that’s losing weight for a wedding or party, regaining strength and fitness after an injury or illness or even putting on weight, bulking up through eating plans and training. Clients range from complete beginners to those training for the military and can continue working with Craig after they’ve reached their goal to ensure they maintain their new level of fitness or weight, rather than cutting back on the training. He said: “I will motivate people to get the results they want, we don’t take our eye off the ball. Clients would not train half as hard by themselves as they do when training with me – even I now train with someone else, as it keeps me much more motivated.”  To discuss fitness training with Craig, contact CW Fitness Solutions on 07917 731401 or find out more at www. cwfitnesssolutions.co.uk. CW Fitness Solutions can be found at Unit 5, Lays Farm, Keynsham, BS31 2SE.

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For November, we meet Hannah and Lauren Saunders, owners of Beauty at Serendipity

Tell us about your company. Beauty at Serendipity is a Dermalogica salon, where both men and women are welcome to relax and unwind, enjoying a full range of quality treatments. Consisting of four treatment rooms and a separate spraytanning booth this spacious salon will, with no doubt, leave you feeling refreshed and soothed. We pride ourselves on excellent treatments and great customer service. We opened on August 12 this year after being in the industry for more than 10 years, working in and around Keynsham, and have enjoyed every moment of it. Hannah has just achieved her Specialist status within Dermalogica, which means she is a highly trained skin specialist. We will now be working our way through more intense training to become an Expert salon. What service do you provide the people of Keynsham and the surrounding area? We provide quality beauty treatments and extended working hours, opening 9am-8pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 9am-6pm on all other days, allowing people to get those all-important treatments in after work and/or last-minute. Dermalogica is results-

orientated with its skin care treatments and products, seeing results instantly. This enthuses us as we have an in-depth understanding of the products and can recommend the perfect products for every skin type. It is prescription-based so you will never use a product that hasn’t been personally chosen for you. What is the best part of running your business in Keynsham? We have always loved Keynsham and its community and are so pleased to be part of it. We have met some lovely people and have also been reunited with old clients from previous years. The best part of running our business is the positive feedback we receive from our clients. We thoroughly enjoy meeting new clients and seeing them return with smiles on their faces time

after time. The passion we have for our salon and its ethos is tremendous and our enthusiasm shines through every day. What makes your service different from other companies? With our passion and knowledge within the beauty industry we are proud to say we are separate from any other business and designed our salon purely for all your beauty needs with a relaxing, welcoming atmosphere. It has taken us many years to find our “Serendipity� moment. Our aim is to provide a unique skin care and beauty therapy experience. We continually update our skills with Dermalogica keeping us up to date with new products and constant skin care training. We are also very proud to be a family-run business. What are your plans for the

future of the business? Our plan is to continue to grow and build the business with lots of exciting things happening in the near future. We will soon be achieving our Expert status with Dermalogica which will be fantastic for us and our clients so that they get the best results from us and Dermalogica. We are delighted with the response we have had from our wonderful customers and would like to thank them for their continued support. Our business has gone from strength to strength. We are positive it will be an exciting new year with lots of wonderful things happening. Keep a look out for our new venture coming soon. Contact: Hannah and Lauren Saunders, Beauty at Serendipity, 40a Temple Street, Keynsham Call: 0117 986 9672 Website: www.beautyat serendipity.com Facebook: Beauty at Serendipity

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Discover more about heraldry The City of Bath Heraldic Society is inviting people to uncover the meanings and history behind coats of arms. Non-members are welcome to the group’s next meeting on Saturday, November 16, at 2.30pm when Stephen Tudsbery Turner will speak on heraldic devices on Edwardian picture postcards. The society is opening a series of meetings over the coming months to non-members at a cost of £3 each and all meetings are held at Manvers Street Baptist Church Halls in Bath. More information is available from John Uncles on 01749 870158 or at john.janet@uwclub. net.

Yournews The ornate weighbridge that once stood at the corner of Keynsham High Street and Bath Hill. For more on pictures and publications from Bygone Bristol, call 0117 942 3177.

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In the Garden The cold spell at the beginning of the month brought the birds back to the garden. They have been missing most of the summer, presumably plenty of food in the hedgerows out in the fields. I put some sunflower seeds at the feeding station, and a flock of blue and great tits appeared in quite a flurry. They spent about half an hour feeding and then swooped off. A walk around the woods showed plenty of berries available, hawthorn, holly and pyracantha, cotoneaster and elderberries seem to have been taken. Something we know the slightly bigger birds like are the crab apples. As soon as there is a frost the apples soften and the blackbirds go for them. What does annoy me is the jackdaws pecking at ripe fruit on the top of the trees. Of course they go for the ripe ones, give it a couple of pecks and the fruit falls. So they choose another one with the same result. The William pears seem to be different. With them, the jackdaws peck away and we finish up picking what appears to be a perfect fruit, only to find they have left us an empty shell. I have spent some time reducing two large pear trees to a more manageable size, although the winter pruning season is not yet upon us. They will get another, more accurate, trimming in December or January. I can now see the overall shape returning to normal. Unfortunately this produces considerable amounts of rubbish to be cleared. My little shredder is not up to the job and is at present waiting for an overhaul. Some years ago I hired a comercial shredder which would take up

to 35mm diameter branches. I saved everything from winter pruning and hired a shredder for a weekend. It was a bit brutal but dealt with everything and by Sunday I had 13 80-litre bags full. I understand fresh shreddings shouldn’t be used for mulching as it takes nitrogen from the soil. So the shreddings went into the compost bin. It took two years to be rid of those shreddings. Now I take it for composting at the amenity centre. Many years ago we felled a large conifer tree which was causing too much shade. Most of the timber was passed to neighbours with woodburning stoves. We kept about six pieces of the trunk which was 18 ins diameter. They lay in the garden for a year or two until it was decided to make a rockery or perhaps a woodery of them. We piled them to leave spaces for soil and planted any small plants we had. It looked quite good and matured until they all had rotted away. So I had to make something else. Some old timber and chipboard was to hand and soon a box appeared and was filled with plants. The box has now rotted and fallen apart and I have to think of something else. A tractor tyre or two perhaps? We shall

see and I will report back. Jobs to do. Collect fallen leaves and bin or heap for leaf mould next year. Any badly infested roses spray against black spot. Plant wallflowers while the soil is warm. Cut long shoots of roses to avoid rocking. Get winter dressing on grass. Clean any empty pots and do not forget the mower.

On the Plot Talking to my neighbours, we all agree that this year has been a good year and the late run of warm weather has extended the season so I am still picking raspberries and lettuce but most other summer crops have finished. I am also picking carrots, beetroot and cabbage which can be left on the plot until needed even into the early part of winter. The onion sets and garlic planted earlier have all set root and their green shoots are clear to see. The broad beans are just pushing through and hopefully I will have a good row for next spring. Now that summer time has officially finished the amount of work on the plot will reduce but even in winter there are odd jobs to do. Weather is a big factor in enabling your activity as the days shorten. As you

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continue to clear your area continue to dig as much as you can but keep a record of where you grew your vegetables this year so that you avoid repeat planting next as this can prolong problems with disease. Always avoid growing the same crop on the same area as far as space allows. There are exceptions to this rule e.g. runner beans but this year I have decided to move mine. Select an area and dig a deep trench about 3 feet wide. Fill the trench with compost and other vegetable material that will break down over the coming months. If you use the thick stems from, for example, Brussels sprouts or cabbages then chop them up with a spade. Leave this until late winter and back fill with the soil removed. I will clear the old site as the weather allows and store the canes ready for next year. Leaving the canes in the ground is not a good policy as the bases may rot and the risk of breakage increases with winter storms. Now is a good time to empty the compost bins. Ideally you should have at least two bins so that the top contents of one can be emptied into another leaving the rotted compost at the base available for use on your plot. I have five bins on my plot and rarely run out of things to put in them which will include grass cuttings, vegetable waste from the kitchen, shredded paper and thin plant prunings from my garden at home. On my plot I grow comfrey which can be cut and added to the bins. To get the best results a mixture of all these is ideal filling the bin in layers as you go but don’t put perennial weeds in them as they can reappear later.

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This month I’ve chosen two spoken word titles and a ‘playaway’ (see below), alongside my usual print offerings. These are great for those of us with permanent or temporary sight problems, or for using on long journeys (or anywhere really, when you just feel like a rest!) Adult Fiction (Spoken Word)  The Sugar Girls by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi The subtitle of this spoken word d book is “Tales of hardship, love and happiness in Tate & Lyle’s East End”. It is set during the Blitz, when the Tate & Lyle’s refineries were the best places to work if you were forced to leave school at as young as 14 and enter the workplace. Although it was hard and often dangerous work, it also provided “the Sugar Girls” with a strong community that offered friendship, independence and sometimes romance. This fictional work is full of strong female characters and gives us a fascinating insight in to the lives of certain women at a particular moment in the nation’s history.

Adult Non-Fiction  Explorers: Great Tales of Adventure and Endurance by the Royal Geographical Society

with Sarah Wookey from Keynsham Library What an amazing book! This lavishly-illustrated Dorling Kindersley title covers a wide range of explorers in various categories: Early Explorers, Trade and Discovery, Conquest and Colonization, Filling in the Gaps and Reaching for Extremes. Including a foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, an introduction by Michael Palin and many first-hand accounts of historical events, this hefty tome is perfect for losing yourself in and following in the footsteps of the world’s most intrepid explorers. “I do not believe men have ever shown such endurance at any time, nor do I believe there will ever be men to equal it.” (Helmer Hanssen on Scott’s achievement).

Young Adult Fiction (Playaway)  Hide & Seek by Clare Sambrook Although written from the

Follow us on Twitter @keynshamvoice viewpoint of a nine-year-old boy, this book is nonetheless an adult read, dealing as it does with the disappearance of a small child. Both touching and sad, this book may appeal to fans of Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. The library has many “Playaways” in stock. Playaways are pocket-sized, digital media players, preloaded with a whole book. Powered by a single AAA battery, they are designed to be used with headphones and are completely portable. Customers have to supply batteries and headphones, or buy them from the Library at £1 each. A great way to enjoy a book while on the move.

Junior Fiction (Spoken Word)  Ryland’s Footsteps by Sally Prue When his father becomes Governor of a penal colony, Rye expects to be the only child on the island. Instead, he meets Kris (the son of the offlander chief) and Stefanie (the daughter of one of the prisoners there). The children’s parents are all clearly different, with differing agendas for the island,

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but their offspring nonetheless become unlikely friends, albeit uneasy ones. Rye, Kris and Stefanie begin to realise that following in their parents’ footsteps is not the only path they can take. Through their friendship, they try to find a way forward for the island’s inhabitants. This may appeal to fans of Holes by Louis Sachar, to which it has been compared.

Picture Book  Walter & the No-NeedTo-Worry Suit by Rachel Bright Walter is the biggest worrier in Woollybottom. Normally, Walter worries about everyday things, but on the occasion of “The Woollybottom Summer SuperSeriouslyCompetitive Sports and Funday”, his worries escalate out of all control. In an attempt to calm him down, Walter’s friends make him a special “NoNeed-To-Worry Suit”. Find out whether it works or not! This is a brilliant book for any little ones who tend to worry or obsess (and it’s also good fun for those adults among us who would also benefit from a “No-Need-To-Worry” suit).

Library news The library will be open during Keynsham’s annual Victorian Evening on Friday, November 29, for the ever-popular Punch and Judy show. Do come and join us!

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Avon Wildlife Trust, Keynsham Local Group, “How Hedgehogs can save the world!” by Hugh Warwick. Books on sale, refreshments available. Entrance £4; children under 16, £2. Wellsway School, doors open at 7pm.

November 12 St Keyna Townswomen’s Guild meet in the Fear Hall, Keynsham from 9.45-11.45am. Our guest speaker will be Mr T Lewis and the subject is “Mud Glorious Mud”. It is sure to be an interesting and informative talk! Come along for a coffee/tea and biscuits and you will be made welcome.

November 16 Who Let the Dads Out. St John’s Church is holding a monthly toddlers session specifically for dads, stepdads, grandads and male

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November 18 Keynsham & Saltford Local History Society. Illustrated talk by Peter Davey on “Around Bristol by Tram”, The Key Centre, Victoria Methodist Church, Charlton Road, Keynsham, 7.30pm Visitors welcome, £2.50.

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a comedy farce, The Murder Room, at Saltford Hall, 7.30pm start. Tickets available on 01225 872499, £10 (£8 over-60 conc).

November 23 Help for Heroes Charity Evening at Conservative Club, High Street, Keynsham, 7.30 pm. 1940s-themed evening, come and dance the night away, auction, raffle, fancy dress is optional (prize for best dressed male and female). Tickets £5 from The Conservative Club or contact Heather on 07912 785139.

November 26 Saltford Floral Club with Bath Floral Club, at Saltford Hall, Norman Road, at 2pm. International demonstrator Hans Havercamp will be delighting us with Fresh ‘n’ Funky for Christmas 2013. For more details, contact Janet Gough on 0117 977 1813.

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November 29 Timsbury Conygre Hall (BA2 0JG) 8-11pm. The new Vero Nika Big Band Night. Dance or listen to jazz, swing and more in a cafestyle setting. Tickets £10 on the door. Donation to Bath Cats and Dogs Home, bar, food. Reserve lasagne for £6.50. Details from Kate on 01761 471245 or www. mendipmusic.com.

November 30 Warmley Park School Craft Fair, for children with additional needs to help raise funds for muchneeded playground equipment. 10am-1pm.

December 1 Big Breakfast, Corston Village Hall, 9am-noon. English £4 including cereal, toast and juice or continental £2, tea/coffee 50p.

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John’s School Hall, Oldfield Lane, Bath, BA2 3NR. 7.3010pm. Traditional and classical sequence, everyone welcome. Inquiries on 01225 335740, www. batholdtimedancers.co.uk.

December 7 St John’s Hall, Keynsham. 11am3pm. Want to buy something for Christmas? And maybe snaffle some mince pies? There’s an event in aid of Macmillan, with craft stalls wall to wall.

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

Monday 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. The Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion Keynsham would be delighted to welcome new members. They meet upstairs at the RBL Club on the first Monday of each month, 7.30pm. Occasional speakers, social events and outings. Why not come along and meet new friends? 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.

Saltford Ladies Gardening Club meet at Saltford Hall, Wansdyke Room, at 10am on the first Tuesday of the month. The speaker will be Mr J Sartain on the subject of Unusual Decorations for Christmas. £2 incl. refreshments, new members welcome. Call Debbie on 01225 872450.

Keynsham Writing Group meets in the library on the second and fourth Monday of the month, from 2.30-4pm. We are a small, friendly group and welcome new members of all abilities. For details, call Pat on 0117 986 4722.

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Keynsham Machine Knitting Club. We meet on the second Monday in the month at Stirling

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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 speaker/demonstrators a year. Please come along and join us, we are a very friendly club. Please call Margaret on 0117 986 5559. Short mat bowls – learn to play with a really friendly mixed group at Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham on Mondays, 1.30-4pm, and/or Fridays, 7.30-9.30pm, until mid-May. Everyone welcome, free trial. Ring Clive on 0117 986 6793 or just turn up and ring the doorbell.

Church Hall, Keynsham. Dance class and social evening for 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. 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.

Tuesday Free 45-minute buggy walk for parents, newborns, babies and toddlers, first and third Tuesdays of the month, 9.55am meet for 10am start at Keynsham Leisure Centre, Temple Street, Keynsham. Buggywalk@gmail.com Facebook: Bristol NCT Keynsham new parents and babies coffee and tea morning, First and third Tuesdays of the month, 10.45-11.45am, Victoria Methodist Centre, Charlton 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 more details, contact Jenny on 0117 986 8331. Boogie Nights at St John’s

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 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.

11am-12.30pm during term-time at Fear Hall, Keynsham. We sing everything from James Taylor to Adele and perform with a live band! Adults aged 18-80+ are welcome to join; there’s no audition and no experience necessary – just enthusiasm and a love of singing! To book a free taster session call Emma Hutchinson on 07793 983040 or visit www.choirjam.co.uk. Keynsham Photographic Society meets at the Fear Hall at 7.30pm to enjoy all aspects of photography. We have visiting speakers; competitions; sessions to share and discuss our own photographs and opportunities to view the best amateur work from the South West. Find us at www. keynshamphotographicsociety. co.uk and come along to share this enthralling hobby.

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Friday of the month and we also enjoy excursions and entertainments, talks, meals out and organised holidays. If you are interested please 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 up every Friday to play from 10am-noon at Keynsham Leisure Centre. Everyone welcome regardless of ability. Just turn up or ring Clive on 0117 986 6793. Avon Wildlife Trust, Keynsham Local Group. Winter talks, second Friday of each month between October and April, 7.30pm at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Keynsham, BS31 1DS. Adults £2.50, children £1. Refreshments and bring and buy book stall. November meeting is at Wellsway School.

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

Popular sequence dances at The Fear Hall, Keynsham, 7.30-10pm Anyone interested in dancing welcome, friendly atmosphere, first visit free. Further details 0117 986 2819 or 0117 986 4014.

Wednesday ChoirJam, Keynsham’s fun pop choir, meets on Wednesdays,

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by Rachel Scott lemon zest and juice and mix until smooth. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. 3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin on top of the peach cubes and smooth the top with an offset spatula. Bake the cake for about 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Ingredients 2 white peaches, diced 75g brown sugar 85g plain flour 2 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 170g butter, softened 150g caster sugar 3 large free range eggs, separated 240g whole-milk ricotta cheese 3 large lemons, zested 2 tbsp lemon juice

4. Allow the cake to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then carefully invert onto the rack to cool completely. 5. Serve with fresh slices of white peaches and wine (definitely serve with wine!).

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ted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar at high speed until it is light and fluffy. Turn down the speed to medium and add the eggs yolks, ricotta,

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Keynsham Crafts Profile: Grass Root Gifts Grass Root Gifts is a family-run business based in Bath, made up of Valerie, Teresa and Stacey Belsten. We make handmade aprons for every age, shopping bags and handbags, peg bags and with matching accessories, we have something for everyone, adults and children, made out of high quality oil cloth and 100 per cent cotton fabrics. So how did it all begin? As childminders, Valerie and Teresa (mother and daughter) found it very difficult to source good quality, wipeable aprons for the children we look after, so set about designing and making our own. This soon attracted interest from other childminders who asked: “Where did you get them from?” And so began Grass Root Gifts. As the company expanded so did the workload, so we dragged in kicking and screaming the third member of the team – Stacey.

We now have a wide range of lovely, practical products for your home and kitchen, or fantastic gift ideas. So, if you are interested in our products please check out our website www.

grassrootgifts.co.uk, email us at contact@grassroot gifts.co.uk, find us at www. facebook.com/grass rootgifts. co.uk or call Stacey on 07967 120620.

Alternatively, we will be showcasing our products at Keynsham Childminding Group’s Christmas Shopping Afternoon on Saturday, November 9, from 3-5pm with free entry.

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Eveleighs are pleased to bring to the market this three-bedroom detached property situated in a cul-de-sac within the catchment area for the local primary school and the ever-popular Wellsway School. In need of modernisation the accommodation briefly comprises hallway, downstairs W/C, sitting room/dining room, kitchen, three bedrooms and family bathroom, front and rear gardens and a single garage. There is also a generous driveway providing off-street parking for several vehicles. This property also benefits from uPVC

Offered with no onward chain double glazing and gas central heating. Eveleighs recommend an early viewing to avoid disappointment. Find out more at www. eveleighs.com, email info@ eveleighs.com or call 01225 360360 to arrange a visit.

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Cycling siblings have sights set firmly on 2016 Games Two cycling siblings are well on their way to success in the sport internationally, with their sights set on gaining national honours and competing for Team GB at the 2016 Olympics. Wellsway School pupils Bethany and Sophie Taylor started cycling in 2009 at the Newport Velodrome and began racing in regional events the following year. Since then, they haven’t looked back, with Bethany qualifying for the national omnium finals in 2012 and both girls representing the South of England in road, track and mountain bike and becoming South of England road champions in their age categories. The girls have been working hard this season, with Year 11 student Bethany ending 2013 fifth in the British Cycling

JLT team alongside three-time Olympic champion Ed Clancy. As a sign of things to come she took second place in the Future Stars points race in front of 4,000 spectators, and has been signed to compete at the four remaining races in the series. She has also spent a week training with the Welsh National squad and both girls are signed to Abergavenny Cycling Club. Year 10 student Sophie has begun winter training in preparation for next year’s national series and track championships.

YourSports Bethany and Sophie Taylor Under-16 rankings and Sophie placed at 21st in the Under-14s. Bethany has already been rubbing shoulders with Olympic

stars, competing at the Revolution Series international cycling event in Manchester last month as part of the Rapha Condor

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Sport Fitness focus with personal trainer Craig Weeks

How can we stay motivated? Have you ever started a fitness program and then quit? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Many people start fitness programs but stop when they get bored or results come too slowly. Here are five tips to help you stay motivated. 1. Set goals Start with simple goals and then progress to longer range goals. Remember to make your goals realistic and achievable. It’s easy to get frustrated and give up if your goals are too ambitious. 2. Make it fun Find sports or activities that you enjoy, then vary the routine to keep you on your toes. If you’re

not enjoying your workouts, try something different. You’re more likely to stick with a fitness programme if you’re having fun. 3. Make physical activity part of your daily routine If it’s hard to find time for exercise, schedule workouts as you would any other important activity. You can also slip in physical activity throughout the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk up and down sidelines while watching the kids play sports. Pedal a stationary bike or do strength training exercises while you watch TV at night.

4. Put it on paper Are you hoping to lose weight? Boost your energy? Sleep better? Manage a chronic condition? Write it down. Seeing the benefits of regular exercise on paper may help you stay motivated. You may also find it helps to keep an exercise diary. Record what you did during each exercise session, how long you exercised and how you felt afterward. Recording your efforts can help you work toward your goals — and remind you that you're making progress. 5. Be flexible If you’re too busy to work out or simply don’t feel up to it, take a day off. The important thing is to get back on track as soon as you can. Now that you’ve regained your enthusiasm, get moving! Set your goals, make it

fun and pat yourself on the back from time to time. Remember, physical activity is for life. Review these tips whenever you feel your motivation slipping. CW Fitness Solutions is now located at Unit 5, Lays Farm, Keynsham, BS31 2SE – a brand new, fully-equipped personal training and fitness studio right on your doorstep. So if you need any assistance with your training then feel free to pop along and check out our facilities. For more advice on this or any aspects of weight loss, weight gain, nutrition or fitness please feel free to contact me. Healthy regards Craig Weeks adv dip pt CW Fitness Solutions www.cwfitnesssolutions.co.uk craig@cwfitnesssolutions.co.uk 07917 731401

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Winners make Frys Bowls Triples Day a family affair Frys Bowls Club brought the 2013 season to an end with their Presentation Dinner with the winners and runners-up of each competition receiving a trophy. The return of the Triples Day was popular with a close final round of games eventually seeing the rink of Christopher Day, Geoff Kershaw and Pat Slavin taking the win. Pat and Geoff would meet again in the Novice final with second year player Geoff Kershaw taking home another winner’s trophy. Geoff was teamed with 17-year-old Jonathan Day in the pairs competition, which saw them take the win from Mike Wooten and Iris Chambers. Jonathan and Geoff then matched up in the Championship final with Jonathan taking his second Championship in a match which only lasted 13 ends. His brother Stephen Day would then make it a family affair with all

three players from the Day family taking home a winner’s trophy in 2013, as he retained his Handicap title in a remarkable nine ends to keep the Handicap in the Day house for the seventh year in a row, with Keith Hanham the runner-up. That wasn’t the end as Jonathan would make it a clean sweep for the Day household, making history in the process by winning his fifth two wood title in six years to become the winner of the most two woods in Frys history and also winning the most two woods in a row after winning the last four years. This is only the second time in Frys history that a competition has been won four years in a row, with G Rickards achieving it in the Handicap back in 1959. The night rounded off what has been a good year for Frys Bowls Club, which is looking to move on up in 2014.

Action on the pitch at Keynsham RFC Minis Rugby Festival

Festival a celebration of future stars Future sporting stars took to the pitches at Keynsham Rugby Club for the Keynsham RFC Minis Rugby Festival on October 20. The club welcomed 65 teams from 12 different clubs to its grounds, including neighbouring Chew Valley, and Dings and Clifton in Bristol and others from further afield such as Wells,

Lydney and Abertillery. Keynsham RFC Minis chairman David Thorpe said it was “an indication of the promising base of players that we have for the future”. The event was sponsored by Bristol firm David Hathaway and organisers thanked volunteers, parents and supporters for helping make the day possible.

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Sport October produced mixed fortunes for Keynsham Town’s first XI, with progress in the Somerset FA Premier Cup on the positive side being balanced by two draws and three defeats in their five Western league Division One fixtures. Western League Premier Division side Hengrove Athletic visited the AJN Stadium on October 1 in the Somerset FA Premier Cup 1st Round and Keynsham deservedly ran out 2-0 winners. Next up was a trip to tabletoppers Bradford Town, who had fired in an impressive 49 goals in all competitions so far this season. Unfortunately two red cards spoilt a great game of football in the late summer sun at Trowbridge Road. Many of the neutrals at the game couldn’t tell who was top of the league and who was bottom with Keynsham putting on a great passing display and working hard for each other. The first half produced few clear chances and the K’s deservedly held the hosts to 0-0. Bradford hit the post from a free-kick on 77 minutes; then a moment later a breakaway saw the home side take the lead. This goal was gutting for K’s debutant keeper Matt Dunk, who pulled off some decent saves throughout the game and commanded his makeshift back-line well. Despite their best endeavours, Keynsham failed to find an equaliser. Keynsham then visited local rivals Oldland Abbotonians and left with a valuable away point after a hard-fought 1-1 draw. Ryan Ashwood made his debut for Keynsham after signing from Bitton and gave the team an extra bit of width on the pitch. Before he would have a crucial involvement in affairs though, Oldland took the lead with a good move which stretched the K’s defensive line. However with 10 minutes to go, Ashwood beat

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Pat Davison at Oldland Abbotonians two defenders and squared the ball to the grateful Pat Davison, who finished it, much to the delight of the strong Keynsham support. The next week saw Keynsham suffer another two league defeats. On a bitterly cold Tuesday night when many were watching England secure passage to Brazil, 40-odd hardy souls witnessed Keynsham go down 6-1 at home to Calne Town. Keynsham dug deep and kept trying to play an attacking game, with their persistence being rewarded on 35 minutes. A throw-in from Lewis Morgan down the line saw Chris Lewis keep the ball in play, and play a first-time ball across the box for Ryan Ashwood to stab home. However, it soon got worse before half-time for the Keynsham faithful as Calne made it 5-1 on 43 minutes. After the break, Keynsham looked stronger, but it wasn’t their night and Calne finished the job with a sixth goal.

A visit to Welton Rovers then saw another defeat, this time by a margin of 3-0. Welton took an early lead and were the better side in the first half, although Keynsham gradually came into the game. However, all the hard work of the first half was undone inside the first minute of the second half, when Keynsham lost possession from the restart and Welton punished the error. Despite a couple of efforts on the Welton goal, the home side could even afford to miss a penalty before adding to their tally just before the end to make it 3-0. The final game of the month saw Keynsham come back from 2-0 down to salvage a wellearned point at home to Devizes Town. Devizes’ first goal came on 20 minutes – a splendid header from a corner that three defenders on the Keynsham goal line failed to prevent – and this looked to herald another defeat for the struggling home side. Just before half-time, matters became worse as Keynsham gave away a penalty, which was duly dispatched. However the second half saw more Keynsham resolve, although they didn’t look like they had the penetration to mount a comeback. Then a tactical switch by Steve Cains saw Scott Brain enter the fray, making a welcome return from a lengthy injury absence. This allowed Pat Davison to resume his familiar position up front and Keynsham’s first goal quickly followed in the 80th minute when he toed in from a goalmouth scramble. Then in the first minute of stoppage time, there was another melee in the

Devizes goal-mouth and this time Seb Spiller made up for his earlier mistake for the penalty by stabbing the ball home. Keynsham’s reserve team have also had some ups and downs in the Somerset County League Division One. They have won four of their 11 league matches so far and lie 11th in the league table. The reserves are also undertaking a match day sponsored walk to and from their away Somerset County League game at Saltford on Saturday, November 9. The objective is to raise much-needed funds for the team, with all money raised going towards team tracksuits and the ongoing running costs of the team. The team will be walking up Keynsham High Street around midday and any support you can give your local team will be greatly appreciated. November is a busy month for the first team, with league games at home to Portishead (November 9 – 3pm ko), Chippenham Park (November 12 – 7.45pm ko), Chard (November 16 – 3pm ko) and Wells (November 30 – 3pm ko). There are also league visits to Corsham and Westbury, plus a Les Phillips Cup encounter at Ashton & Backwell. The club’s reward for the Somerset FA Premier Cup victory over Hengrove is a mouthwatering second round clash at home to Southern Premier League side Frome Town, who ply their trade three divisions higher than Keynsham Town, on December 3 (7.45pm ko). Finally, the club have announced the results of the September 500 Club draw as follows: 1st Prize – £50 – Barrie Morris 2nd Prize – £30 – Brian Sealy 3rd Prizes – 3 x £10 – Brian Collings, Mrs E J Smale and Robert Brooks

Ben gets short mat bowls squad’s league debut rolling Ben Patterson has been picked to play for the England under-21 Short Mat Bowling Squad. Ben, who comes from Surrey, is studying at Bath University and has recently joined Wellsway Short Mat Bowling Club at

the Wellsway Sports Centre in Keynsham. Last month, Ben helped in securing a win for the club in its first ever game in the Bristol & District Short Mat Bowls League, beating Whitchurch 33-18.

To find out more about joining the club, call Dave Sawyer on 01225 872780 or email wellswaysmbc@live.co.uk. We will also give a warm welcome to those outdoor bowlers now that their season has finished.

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Tennis teams’ challenge is to maintain standard of play After a summer of rest, Fry Tennis Club kicked off their Avon LTA Winter League season in September. They have two teams entered and, as usual, fixtures consist of one Men’s Doubles match, one Ladies’ Doubles match and two Mixed Doubles matches. In Division 2A, Fry I played their only fixture at home to Cotham Park I on September 27. With key players missing through injury and up against a talented Cotham Park team, it was likely to be a very hard start to the season for Fry’s. The ladies got off to a fantastic start with Ann Mora and Sally Difazio combining well in a 6-1 6-3 win. In a very long Men’s Doubles match, played in torrential rain, Ian Taylor and Mark Long were unfortunate to lose 6-7 6-1 7-6. In the first Mixed Doubles match, Ian Taylor and Ann Mora were both in sensational form as they comfortably outclassed their opponents in a 6-1 6-2 win. In the second Mixed Doubles match Mark Long and Sally Difazio put on a determined performance but couldn’t quite cope with a powerful display from the Cotham Park pair as they lost

6-2 6-4. With the fixture level at two wins a piece, the match was decided on the number of sets and games won, which happily for Fry’s meant they secured the bonus point and an overall 6 points to 4 win. In Division 4B, Fry II opened their campaign on September 13 with a match at home to Saltford. With Saltford unfortunately unable to field a full team, only the Ladies’ Doubles and one Mixed Doubles match were played. In the Ladies’ Doubles, both Sally Difazio and Lesley Horlock brought their A games and eased to a 6-0 6-0 win. The Mixed Doubles was a more competitive affair and Julian Hellyer and Sally Difazio did well to earn a hard fought 6-3 7-5 win. With the other two matches not played, Fry’s recorded a 10 points to 0 win. Both Fry’s teams can be pleased with their start to the season and hopes will now be high that they can keep this standard of play going for the rest of the year. If you would like more information about Fry Tennis Club, contact Ann Smith on 0117 986 2845 or by email at medwaysmith@yahoo.co.uk.

Squad promoted before first game Hard work and training has paid off for Keynsham Mencap’s football team after they were given promotion before they’d even played a game. FA officials watching the team at a Sports for All open day in September decided they should move directly into Ability League Division 1. The Keynsham Mencap FC squad consists of Barry Hollyman, Dean Cole, Ivan Stephens, Jethro Payne, Jordon Phillips, Michael Bawdon, Phillip Blouet, Richard Yendle, Steve Owens and Steve Ferris. They are supported

by head coach Rob Cook, assistant coach Mike Bull and fitness and conditioning co-coordinator Mark “Mac” McDowall. The South West Ability League runs monthly tournaments, with the group earning two draws and three losses in their first games. They are now training hard for this month’s matches. If you are interested in joining the team or for more information about Keynsham Mencap FC, contact laura@keynsham mencap.org.uk or call 0117 986 5659.

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Firsts on a winning streak, suffering just one defeat There have been five weekends since last month’s edition of this paper and the first team has secured three wins, a draw and suffered one defeat, so quite a good spell. The seconds on the other hand played five and lost five; the thirds lost three from four. The fourths won one and lost one with one game postponed. The firsts were slightly the better of two poor teams in their home match against Cirencester, prevailing 22-12. Their points came from a Dean Whitcombe try and two tries by James HurrellSmith with seven points from the boot of Gaz Deere. They then travelled and lost at Drybrook 20-32 before getting back on the winning trail away at Old Bristollians 33-30. The local side’s points came from two Marlon Dorset tries, one from centre Will Byron and five points from the boot of Gaz Deere. The Old B’s game was amazing as, in a match not affected by either a slope or weather conditions, they found themselves 30 points to nil down at half time. A completely revitalised team saw this deficit quickly eroded and then shortly before the final whistle they got the winning converted try. K’s scorers were James Hurrel-Smith, Marlon Dorset, Pete Laverick , Jamie Williams and Phil Harvey; Paul Edson kicked seven points. A dour win at the Crown Field against Matson followed with

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‘Swiss’ Watts making a tackle for Keynsham 2nds against Nailsea/ Backwell, supervised by Lewis Bush conditions not favouring quality rugby. The visitors must have rued spilling several matchwinning chances as Keynsham sneaked a 17-11 margin. In the final game at Gloucester they drew with Chosen Hill FP 17 all. James Hurrell-Smith, Jack Weston and Luke Beavan were the try scorers, Edson kicking one conversion. The seconds have so far been unable to field a settled side and are not doing themselves justice, albeit they play against mainly

first fifteen sides. They went down 10-39 against Gordano, 15-26 v Yatton, 13-35 versus Old Reds, 6-37 at Nailsea/Backwell and 12-69 at home where Weston-super-Mare were the opponents. Point scorers in these matches included tries from Harry Tadd, Jack Weston (2), Sam Stewart, Marcus Adams, Dan Harvey and James Wetton, with Matt Fairless kicking 21 points and Rob Breckon 2. The thirds beat Walcott 2nds

Teams play first fixtures after last season’s promotions Chew Park Badminton Club’s season is up and running, playing club nights and matches at Keynsham Leisure Centre. The club is nearly full except for a couple of spaces for experienced men. Both Bristol League Mixed Teams Chew Park1 and Chew Park2 have played their first fixtures since promotion last season to Divisions 2 and 3 respectively. The 1st team managed a creditable draw against St Luke’s, the 2nd team losing after it found itself up against a strong Frys 2 side.

10-6, lost 0-20 against Westonsuper-Mare 3rds, went down 22-27 versus Bristol ‘Quins 2nds with the last move of the game and, finally came away from Chew Valley having lost 0-20. In the Walcott game James Preston was superb and it was mainly thanks to his efforts that Kieran Harvey and Jake Brooks were able to claim unconverted tries. Against ‘Quins “man of the match” James Rivers scored three tries, the last of which saw him flatten a very large prop forward in the process. Sam Lapham was the other Keynsham try scorer, with Josh Hughes adding a conversion. The pack was on top against Chew Valley, but some missed tackles and poor defensive alignment caused by inexperience led to the score difference being as high as it was. The fourths were a few men light when losing to Walcott 3rds who did loan players to make a more even game; Kye Hommans made a promising debut and Chris Wareing, playing his first game in 12 years, threw himself around with abandon. In a fastflowing game there were tries for Dave Thorpe and Reese Davies and a conversion from Joe Hemmings in the 12-31 loss.  Home matches coming up are: November 9, 2nds v Stothert & Pitt; November 23, 1sts v Barton Hill; November 30 2nds v Tor.

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