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Go-ahead for £34m regeneration See Page 3 Getting back on track

‘We need new surgery’ P7 Parking battle to continue P8 Bus stop work is halted P11 Reader offers Win a train trip with Santa, p17

Charity gets your vote Plus: £1 off your next bus journey with Abus, p16 Terms and conditions apply

Restoring factory’s loco P9

£5,000 windfall for group P6

Letters... p14 What’s On.. p26 Puzzles... p48 Business of

the month.. p52 Property... p53 Sport... p56 Classifieds p61


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Local information Council Connect 01225 39 40 41 Keynsham Town Council 15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham 0117 986 8683 www.keynsham-tc.gov.uk Keynsham Citizens Advice Bureau 0844 848 7919 Police www.avonandsomersetpolice.uk General inquiries: 101

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Keynsham Voice is independent. We cannot take responsibility for content or accuracy of adverts, and it is advertisers’ responsibility to conform to all relevant legislation. We cannot vouch for any services offered. Opinions are not necessarily those of the editor. Keynsham Voice is distributed each month to Keynsham residents. If for some reason you do not get a copy, please collect one from local pick-up points (Tesco, Co-op, coffee shops, etc). Feedback is always welcomed, contact Emma Cooper on 0117 908 2121 or emma@keynshamvoice.co.uk. This month 10,000 copies will be distributed around Keynsham, Saltford, Burnett, Chewton Keynsham, Compton Dando and Queen Charlton.

Now we’ve got a Voice online Over the past eight months, Keynsham Voice newspaper has grown thanks to the support of the local community and businesses. We now deliver to thousands of homes across Keynsham, Saltford, Compton Dando, Burnett, Queen Charlton and Chewton Keynsham, keeping the community informed of the issues and events that are important to you each month. Now our website, www. keynshamvoice.co.uk, enables us to update you even more regularly and allows you to share your views with us and the rest of the community. The website will also provide a platform for local businesses, through advertising opportunities and our business directory,

which will allow residents to find a local trader or company to meet every need. Keynsham Voice publisher Emma Cooper said: “We are delighted to finally launch our website www.keynshamvoice. co.uk. “It will complement our monthly publication, allowing us to respond quickly to rapidly changing news stories and give readers more chance to have their say. “It will also allow local businesses to promote their services to an even wider audience. “We have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback from the community in response to Keynsham Voice – now we hope to build on that even further with this community website.”

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Regeneration gets go-ahead “Let’s get on with it” was the message delivered to councillors deliberating the proposals that will transform Keynsham’s town centre. The revised designs, drawn up by architects and a community focus group, won the backing of B&NES Council’s development control committee on October 24, meaning work can get under way on the town’s regeneration. It was the second time the proposals had been before the committee, after members previously deferred a decision and called for changes to be made, mainly to the roof design and cladding on the buildings’ exterior. Speaking at the meeting ahead of the vote, Councillor Charles Gerrish said: “It’s fair to say the design does not have overall public support. But a clear majority of views expressed to me is that we have spent long enough talking about it, it’s time we got on with it.” Roger Busby, speaking on behalf of Keynsham Civic Society, said the group supported English Heritage’s continued opposition to the designs because of

concerns over the development’s impact on the conservation area. The revised plans were approved, however, with 12 votes in favour and one against. After the meeting, Councillor David Bellotti, Cabinet member for community resources, said: “This scheme will bring new jobs, greater prosperity, and an improved look and feel to Keynsham. It is excellent news that momentum is generating for this project following the approval of these plans as Bath & North East Somerset Council works in partnership with the local community to breathe new, vibrant life into Keynsham.” The £34 million scheme includes space for shops and restaurants, a new library and One Stop Shop and council offices. It is planned that the development will be complete in autumn 2014. Discussions are continuing over the future of the neighbouring Riverside site, where options include housing or retirement accommodation, and consultation will be carried out with the community before a decision is made.

Work begins ahead of demolition Council leaders marked the start of work at Keynsham civic centre as workmen moved in to start stripping the 1960s buildings of asbestos. This stage of the project is expected to continue until the end of the year before Willmott Dixon begins work to demolish

the buildings. B&NES Council leader Paul Crossley and Councillor David Bellotti, Cabinet Member for Community Resources, joined representatives from the developer, wielding sledgehammers to officially launch the beginning of the project on October 10.

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Firm submits test-drilling application Proposals to carry out test drilling with a view to extracting methane gas at Hicks Gate have been handed to B&NES Council. Bridgend-based UK Methane Ltd wants to carry out the exploratory work on the coal seams at Durley Hill by creating one borehole. If the tests proved it was viable, the company could submit a second application to start extracting methane as a source of energy or as an alternative to petrol. In papers submitted to the council, the applicant states: “On completion of these short-term works, if production is considered a viable option, further planning applications will be made or the land restored to its

original or a better condition.” The bid has proved controversial with more than 100 objections to the scheme already registered with the local authority. Meanwhile, the Transition Keynsham group, which has already voiced its concerns over the plans, held a public meeting to discuss the application last month. Members of the community heard details from a meeting with UK Methane Ltd as well as talks on alternative forms of energy. More on the plans can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk, application reference 12/04304/ FUL. Comments can be made until November 14 and the council is aiming to make a decision on the plans by December 7.

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Woman, 82, foils ‘burglary attempt’ An 82-year-old woman has been praised for foiling what police believe was an attempted distraction burglary. The Keynsham resident was approached by a man who first offered to carry her shopping, but then claimed he had been sent by the council to work in her garden. The incident happened at around 4.30pm on October 22. Det Sgt Andy Hodges said: “She quite rightly demanded to

see proof of his identity - which of course he didn’t have. He eventually gave up and walked away towards Queens Road, and the woman called the police.” The man is described as white, wearing a black jacket with badges and dark trousers. He is in his 20s, of slim build and around 5ft 2ins tall, with dark curly hair swept back and a moustache. Anyone with information can contact police on 101.

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News Fundraisers turn back the clock A blast from the past has helped local fundraisers collect more than £400 for a good cause. Classic Motown songs of the 1960s and 1970s from Reunited provided the soundtrack to an evening hosted by the Bristol branch of the Huntingdon’s Disease Association at the Fry Club on October 26. More than 100 guests attended the event organised by Debs Gill and the money was raised through ticket sales and a grand draw with prizes donated by local businesses, including Avon Valley Railway and The Ship Inn among others. The £400.50 collected brings the total raised by the branch over the last three months to £2,500. The group’s next event is a concert by Keynsham Singers at Longwell Green Community Centre on March 9, tickets £7. Email h.a.thomas@tlk21.com or visit www.hdabristol.org.uk for more information.

Charity wins £5,000 thanks to your votes Keynsham residents have helped a local charity win £5,000, with more than 1,100 votes from the community securing the cash. Volunteers and staff at Keynsham & District Mencap Society want to thank everyone who helped them claim second place in the competition run through the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund Programme. Supporters were asked to vote online or by text message, with four local charities vying for the cash but only the two with most votes receiving funding. Until the last week of the competition, the Keynsham charity was in third place but more than 600 votes in the final few days moved it into second place with 1,176 votes, just 100 more than the third-placed organisation.

Funding co-ordinator Helen Bridges said: “Right up until the last week of the competition we were in third place. We received more than 600 votes in the last week of voting thanks to the support of our local press and large local companies such as Andrews, Rotork, Buro Happold and Zurich. “Thanks should also go the staff and pupils of Wellsway School who really got behind us. Many thanks also to all the small-

er local companies, organisations and individuals who backed us. We couldn’t have done it without any of them.” The £5,000 will be put towards supporting the clubs for children and young people, which are attended by around 70 youngsters, paying for premises, and funding training and courses for staff and volunteers, from first aid to mini bus driver training. The charity also held a fundraising quiz night on October 5 at Saltford Hall where 20 teams pitted their wits against each other. The winning team, Universlly Challenged, was presented with a prize basket of wine and chocolates by Hannah, Jon and Barry, members of Keynsham Mencap’s 18+ Club, pictured. All prizes were donated by estate agent Eveleighs.

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‘Growing town will need new a surgery’ Doctors in Keynsham are calling for a new surgery to be included within the Somerdale development to help the town’s practices cope with thousands of extra patients. With the population predicted to rise by 4,000 with developments at Somerdale and K2, GPs at St Augustine’s Surgery, in Station Road, have raised concerns that the existing three practices would not be able to meet demand. Members of the practice have now called on patients and the town council to back their bid to relocate to a bigger surgery built at the former Cadbury site, supported by S106 money from developer Taylor Wimpey. The GPs say it would help them improve access for patients and provide more healthcare services within the community, which they hope would include

a chemist and space for exercise classes and other activities. A spokesperson for St Augustine’s said: “The Somerdale site is perfect for us as it is close to our existing surgery and we are most likely to be affected by the population increase at this end of the town. “It also enables us to modernise, expand and provide access to more services for our current and new patients. “The current surgery has been in this part of Keynsham for over 100 years now and we are keen to maintain its historical location as far as possible.” The doctors are also urgently calling for a new health needs assessment for Keynsham, involving local doctors, to ascertain each surgery’s capacity. The spokesperson said: “We feel strongly that a new health needs assessment is needed be-

cause none of the GP stakeholders were contacted for their opinions on whether we had capacity to accommodate the increase in Keynsham’s population. “If residents want to support us they could contact B&NES Council’s planning department or our MP.” Keynsham Town Council has agreed to write to Councillor Vic Pritchard, chairman of the wellbeing policy development and scrutiny panel on B&NES Council, and other local authority representatives supporting the doctors’ calls. A spokesperson for Taylor Wimpey said: “There is potential for the provision of a doctor’s surgery within the Somerdale site and we are in discussions with interested parties to ensure the development meets the needs of not only the residents but also the local community.”

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Signs of Roman town discovered Developers working at the Somerdale site have discovered what is likely to be further evidence of the Roman town of Trajectus. Taylor Wimpey and Kraft Foods, working with B&NES Council’s archaeological officer, had commissioned an archaeological evaluation of the whole of the former factory site, which found signs of Roman occupation beneath the ground outside the area earmarked for development, to the west of the existing buildings. Nigel Holland, managing director of Taylor Wimpey Bristol, said: “We are fully committed to treating the site appropriately and are working in conjunction with Bath & North East Somerset Council and English Heritage to safeguard the surviving remains for the future.” More work will now be carried out to establish the full extent of the archaeology of the site, which the developer says will help shape its proposals.

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Avoid worry of a lost pet News

If you’ve ever lost a pet you’ll know what a heart-wrenching experience it is. Millions of pets go missing every year and many of them are never found, often because they have no form of identification. Many will end up in rescue shelters and, if they are not identified and claimed by their owners, they may be rehomed or sadly, in some cases, put to sleep. The first and easiest point of reference for anyone finding your pet is an identification tag on their collar (a legal requirement for dogs). However, these can be lost or removed, which is why we encourage all pet owners to microchip their pets. A microchip will last your pet’s lifetime, it can’t be tampered with and so if your pet goes missing they are much more likely to be returned to you. We had a lovely story recently where a much-adored cat, Suki, was found by one of our clients, wandering around her farm. She was brought to us, we scanned her and called her owners straight away. She had been missing for a whole year and as you can imagine her owners were overjoyed to have her back! A microchip is a small device the size of a grain of rice which is injected into the loose skin of your pet’s neck where it sits permanently (unlike a collar tag which can be lost or removed). The microchipping process is quick and no more painful than a vaccination. Every microchip has its

own 15-digit number. This number is registered on a central database and is assigned your pet’s personal details, including name, address, contact numbers and any other information that may be relevant. Vet practices, police stations and rescue shelters have special scanners that can detect and read the information on your pet’s microchip. The details are available 24 hours a day on national and international databases, so your pet can be returned quickly and safely. If your details change, you simply call the central register to have them updated. If your pet is not microchipped, please consider having it done. If cost is an issue, please note that Keynsham Veterinary Centre is holding a “microchip amnesty” from November 12-16, during which we will offer the service for only £5. It’s not only for cats and dogs – rabbits, small furries and most reptiles can be microchipped, too. Don’t hesitate to call us for more information.

Free parking fight not over Politics should not hit the High Street, says a Keynsham business leader, after B&NES Council’s Cabinet rejected a proposal for free parking in the town. Following a question from Keynsham councillor Charles Gerrish, transport leader Councillor Roger Symonds revealed the plan, which was backed by Conservative and Labour councillors, had been thrown out because it was not possible to make it “cost-neutral”. The town’s traders have long campaigned to see parking fees axed, which they say would help bring more shoppers onto the High Street. Chairman of Keynsham’s Chamber of Commerce Lynn Young said it felt like the town was being ignored. She said: “Politics should not hit the High Street. There is a strong feeling we are being ignored in Keynsham. Free park-

ing for two hours is extremely important for us and we will go on until we get it.” It was confirmed that 17 free 30-minute parking bays would be created at Ashton Way to replace those lost at the civic centre. Councillor Marie Longstaff, who moved the council motion to look into free parking, said: “This refusal to implement free shortstay parking is a real slap in the face for our town’s residents and traders by the Lib Dems.” She added: “We proposed making part of Ashton Way car park charged long-stay parking in order to help fund free shortstay parking in the remainder of the car park. This would make shopping trips cheaper and easier for local residents, and provide a boost to local traders in our town. We will not drop our arguments in favour of free parking in Keynsham.”

Isabel Evans BVMS MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon, Keynsham Veterinary Centre – part of Highcroft Veterinary Group

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Ale fest to help restoration Residents and ale-lovers are invited to raise a glass to the restoration of the Somerdale engine used at the Cadbury factory for generations. Avon Valley Railway will host Novemberfest, a winter beer festival, at its Bitton HQ, where visitors will be able to try the limited edition Somerdale Steamer bottled ale, produced by Bath Ales to raise money for the restoration project. The festival takes place on November 16 and 17 with a selection of more than 20 real ales and local ciders available over four sessions. The engine was used for shunting at the Keynsham factory but was replaced by a diesel locomotive 50 years ago. Following its retirement it was tracked down to an Anderson air raid shelter in an Essex garden and brought to Bitton by Avon Valley volunteer Eric Miles. David Cole, development

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manager at Avon Valley Railway, said: “The locomotive needs a lot of restoration and will cost overall tens of thousands of pounds. “The next job is to take the boiler off and send it away for refurbishment. We have stripped the engine down and had the

asbestos removed professionally. “The Somerdale Engine is part of our local heritage and it is important that it is restored to its former glory.” Mr Miles’ book on Somerdale will also be on sale to raise cash for the project. The 300-page pa-

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perback includes many pictures and covers the factory’s history from its founding to its closure. Tickets for the ale festival range from £3 to £5, depending on the session visitors are attending. For more information or to book your festival ticket visit www.avonvalleyrailway.org or call 0117 932 5538. Share your news and views with us. Email news@ keynshamvoice.co.uk, call Joni on 07887 561567 or Emma on 07715 770448.

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Take the night off for social event

Keynsham’s traders and entrepreneurs are invited to leave work behind and enjoy a social evening at The Ship Inn. The pub is hosting regular events for the town’s business community to get to know each other and the next social evening will be held on Monday, November 26, from 7pm. A light buffet will be provided and people are

asked to RSVP to Rosie at Trigaci on 0117 986 0805 or Rich at The Ship at ship@pubtastic.co.uk. One of the organisers said: This is a great opportunity to meet both old and new businesses within your local area. We hope that this evening can help bring Keynsham’s business community closer together, as well as meet new people.”

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Call to consult on rail station Campaigners behind calls for the reopening of Saltford Station have joined village councillors in urging B&NES Council to formally consult residents on the plans. More than 200 people attended a meeting organised by the parish council to debate the issue with a panel representing a range of views. As well as arguments for the station, some residents living near the site raised questions about the impact on traffic and parking. Saltford councillor Francine Haeberling said: “It was a very interesting meeting which revealed a number of concerns from residents in Saltford about the plans which have not so far been addressed, as well as highlighting the arguments in favour of reopening our train station.” She added: “I believe that B&NES needs to undertake a

full public consultation on the proposals with every household in Saltford, to assess the level of support among the village, how widely used the new station would be, and address any concerns people may have. “This needs to be done sooner rather than later, to gauge support before proceeding further.” The Saltford Station Campaign has made a request to B&NES Cabinet to provide more details on the facts and issues surrounding the proposal as well as backing calls for consultation. Rob Taylor, a spokesperson for Saltford Station Campaign, said: “The Saltford Station Campaign wants residents to be as fully informed about the proposed new station as is reasonably possible and for all residents to have the opportunity to give their views to B&NES Council.”

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Work on relocating bus stops is halted Work to relocate bus stops in Temple Street has been halted, just weeks after it seemed agreement had been reached on the subject to site the stops outside the Riverside building. Workmen had installed a raised kerb opposite the walkway at the side of the office building but it was when they began to paint the yellow lines to mark the bus stop on Monday, November 5, that traders intervened. The boxed-off area stretches into the existing on-street parking bay, which the shopkeepers had fought to protect. One trader said: “The stop is about five or six metres closer to us than we expected. When we saw them painting a number of us went out on to the street to find out what was going on and work was then stopped.” A council spokesperson con-

firmed that the work had been halted for discussions to take place. The position outside the Riverside building was chosen after the original plans to move it outside premises at 17-27 Temple Street sparked an outcry from the traders, concerned at the loss of parking spaces and the impact of buses waiting outside their businesses.

A second suggestion to move the buses to stops outside the boundary of Riverside House and St Keyna Court was opposed by residents there, Councillor Roy Staddon told the town council when the subject was debated with traders at its October meeting. A spokesperson for Bath and North East Somerset Council said: “The works that are under way are consistent with the third option that Keynsham Town Council agreed. “We have temporarily stopped work on the bus stop, which will enable us to have conversations with stakeholders over the following next few days.” The bus stops are being moved from their current position opposite Iceland during the work to redevelop Keynsham town centre.

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Duo complete India bike ride A Keynsham mother and

daughter have returned from the challenge of a lifetime, completing a gruelling 350km bike ride in northern India in soaring temperatures. Keri Loughran, who owns Sportscene in Temple Street, and daughter Gemma Davis travelled to Rajasthan last month where they joined more than 100 women for the six-day journey. Keri said not only did every rider complete the tough trip, but between them they raised a staggering £365,000, which will all go directly to the charity Women v Cancer. Keri said: “It’s an astonishing amount of money – none of us had any idea it would come to that total.” She added: “I can’t describe in words how absolutely amazing the experience was. We met the locals, travelled alongside camels, herds of cows, or trucks full of people – we saw true India.”

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Fairtrade group awarded £200 Saltford’s newly-formed Fair-

School opens new £3.25m sport centre

trade Group has received £200 towards set-up costs from Saltford Parish Council. Group leader and resident Gill Self said: “Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Saltford is a very caring community that wants to make a difference.” The cheque for £200 was handed over by council chairman Councillor Duncan Hounsell on South West Fairtrade Day in September. The group is hoping to attain Fairtrade Village status this year, which means they must meet five goals, including winning the support of the parish council. Find out more at www. saltfordenvironmentgroup.org. uk or email saltfordfairtrade@ hotmail.co.uk.

Network event for businesses The new Saltford Business

Network will be meeting on Thursday, November 15, from 7pm at Saltford Golf Club. The event will be attended by Nigel Hutchings, of Business West and South West Chambers of Commerce director, and John Wilkinson, Bath and North East Somerset Council’s economic, enterprise and business development manager. There will be the opportunity to network with other local businesspeople and find out more

about the new group, which aims to encourage local people to use Saltford businesses and ensure businesses’ views are heard when plans are being made. Register to attend the free event by emailing info@saltford businessnetwork.org.uk or by contacting the event organiser on 07876 120955.

Drivers urged to volunteer A group of volunteers who

provide transport to housebound Keynsham residents is appealing for more drivers to step forward. Friends in Need, run by Churches Together in Keynsham and Saltford, helps less mobile members of the community get to hospital appointments or doctors’ surgeries. The group says it is in urgent need of more volunteer drivers, who are provided with travel expenses. If you can spare a few hours, contact Mary Face on 0117 986 3960 for more details.

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A school’s new £3.25m sports centre will open for lessons this month. Wellsway School pupils will soon be using the centre’s sixcourt badminton hall, a dance studio and a fitness suite. Many of the students got their first look inside the new building when school assembly was held in the sports centre before half term. Head teacher Andrea Arlidge said: “The design of the building is superb and we are all looking forward to using it when it opens in November. “The new facility will also be open to the community who will also be able to benefit from the fantastic facilities.” The school has a sports and science specialism, and celebrated the Olympic and Paralympic year through many events, including its own torch relay. Mrs Arlidge said: “We

fully embraced the Olympics and Paralympics with visiting athletes and lots of fun activities, including running our own Keynsham and Saltford Torch Relay that went between local schools in the day and local sports clubs in the evening. “This work has gained national recognition and we are determined now to lead the development of a strong Olympic/ Paralympic legacy in our school and for our local community.” Work got under way on the sports centre after the official turf-cutting ceremony in January. The school has appointed Mark Collins as sports centre manager and he will take up the role in December. It is planned that the centre will be available for use by the community in the evenings, at weekends and during school holidays from the new year.

Jacob Rees-Mogg to discuss issues at a series of surgeries in the coming months. The North East Somerset MP will be at Keynsham Baptist Church Hall on November 23, from 2pm, then at the same venue on December 7 from 5pm. In the new year, he will meet residents in the Avon Room at Saltford Hall on January 5 from 2.30pm.

Winter won’t stop outdoor fun Winter is no barrier to enjoying the great outdoors for youngsters who have joined the Woodland Rangers. The group, which provides weekend activities for children from the age of five, meets at woodlands situated in Lansdown and leaders say a favourite motto is: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.” Children get involved in exploring, making dens, playing

hide and seek or tag and the organisation, run in partnership with Wild 4 Learning and The Upton Inn, has also begun to offer camps, wildlife treks and voluntary conservation work. As a sign of its expansion, the Woodland Rangers now have a base and have built composting toilets, which visitors can use. For more on the group, call 07900 927652 or visit www.face book.com/woodlandrangers.

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Professional dancer steps in at classes Youngsters at a Keynsham dance school have had a masterclass in ballet from a former Royal Ballet School head boy, who has since performed with prestigious companies around the world. Dancers from the Keyford Dancing School took part in classes led by Michael Berkin, who has performed with the Royal Ballet, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Ireland and the Northern Ballet. The youngsters learnt dances from famous ballets, including The Nutcracker, Coppelia and La Fille Mal Gardee during the lessons held at Keynsham’s Fear Hall last month. They were also joined by pupils from the Avon Dance

Academy and Chew Valley Dancing School. A spokesperson for the dance school said it was the second visit from Mr Berkin and more classes with him were planned in the future. “This is an amazing opportunity for pupils, not only to be taught by a professional who has danced in such prestigious ballet companies, but to be given an insight into the life of a professional classical dancer.” The school has also organised workshops with Nick Yeoman, a performer with the Tap Dogs, on December 5 in the Lodge at the Fry Club. For information on Keyford Dancing School, contact 01761 452073 or 01761 479026.

It’s an exciting time at Complete Control. You may have seen the TV ads from the big technology companies showcasing their latest batch of touchscreen technology in time for Christmas. We’ve been getting to grips with these great gadgets to see how our games, apps and websites will look and play in 2013. Apple is market leader and the iPad Mini is the latest addition to its line-up. A smaller version of the popular iPad, packed with the same great features, plus access the massively popular iTunes and App Store, and probably set to continue Apple’s success... although they may not have it all their own way. Amazon has added to the success of its brilliant Kindle ereader devices with the Kindle Fire HD. With a beautiful 7in, full-colour HD screen, it has its own app store, plus movies,

music and Amazon’s huge library of books. Google has launched its own range of excellent Nexus devices, and its Android software drives great tablets from Samsung, Asus and Sony. The new kid on the block is one of the oldest and most famous names in technology – Microsoft. Its new Windows 8 software combines touchscreens with the more familiar Windows you’ll know from the average PC. Its new Microsoft Surface is a big screen tablet with a clever cover that doubles as a keyboard. With other laptop/tablet hybrids on their way from big PC manufacturers, this will be something to watch in 2013. We’re looking forward to the challenge of creating great content for these awesome new gadgets for you and your little ones to enjoy – watch this space.

Goods go under the hammer as Scouts hold auction and book sale Residents are invited to support their local Scout group as many donated items go under the hammer. The 1st Keynsham Scouts will be holding an auction and book sale on Saturday, November 17, at Scout HQ, in Ashton Way. Doors will open at 9am for a 9.30am start and refreshments will be on sale.

Any items for donation can be delivered to the Scouts’ HQ from Monday, November 12, to Friday, November 16, between 7pm and 9pm. The group would particularly like donations of furniture, china, toys, games, books, sports goods, electrical items, bric-a-brac, records, CDs, DVDs and garden equipment.

They can’t accept TVs, computers, computer screens, gas appliances, clothing, soft furnishings or beds. To arrange for collection of large goods, call 0117 986 4242 or 0117 986 7708. 1st Keynsham Scouts has two Beaver colonies for six- to eightyear-olds, three Cub packs for eight- to 10-year-olds and three

Scout troops for 10- to 14-yearolds, providing weekly activities for more than 250 youngsters. The group is experiencing high demand from young people and would like to hear from anyone who would like to get involved in volunteering. For more on Scouting locally and nationally, visit www.1stkeynshamscouts. org.uk and www.scouts.org.uk.

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Letters Protecting town history Disturbed by snide comments I found it deeply disturbing during the official proceedings of the development control committee held at the Guildhall on October 24, to witness the lamentably ignorant and unnecessarily snide comments expressed about Keynsham. Would councillors of all colours and from all areas remember that if there are fewer historic buildings in Keynsham than in the 1950s it is thanks to their predecessors that they no longer exist. There are many of us who have spent a lifetime trying to protect such buildings of note against acts of local authority vandalism and are still doing so at some personal cost. I was horrified to hear such deprecating remarks made about our Conservation Area as if it

Yourviews Send your letters to Keynsham Voice, 16 Chandag Road, Keynsham, BS31 1NR or news@keynshamvoice.co.uk were some kind of joke. If these councillors are so arrogant in their attitudes perhaps they should be replaced at the next election by people who respect, value and uphold the statutory protections in place. Judi Grant, Keynsham

Keynsham’s regeneration Design hardly inspirational I have just seen the “revised”

plans for Keynsham regeneration. The changes are very minor and cosmetic – a marginal improvement on the initial “retro 1960s” design, but hardly inspirational!

I wonder if any of the architects responsible for it have ever even heard of Gaudi or Frank Lloyd Wright? If they have, they must have forgotten about them! P M O’Brien, By email

Saltford Short Mat Bowlers Article created interest in club You kindly ran an article in your last issue “Bowlers host open sessions”. This has generated so much interest we owe you a big thank you. We have tried many avenues to promote this wonderful game of short mat bowls without much success – until now. The sport of short mat bowls has too long suffered from the stigma of being an old person’s game. Someone once said to me that you had to have grey hair or something wrong with you to play short mat bowls. Not so any more – the recent influx of new members fall into neither category. Short mat bowls is an all-year sport growing in popularity, with an ever-increasing number of people of all ages, sexes and abilities who can all compete together. Anyone who missed the last open session can catch the next

one – Sunday, November 18, 10am-1pm at Saltford Hall. See you there! Dave Sawyer, Chairman, Saltford Short Mat Bowls Club

Tournament wins for Minis Successes for young players Having read the sports report on Page 44 of the October edition of Keynsham Voice we noticed that there was no mention of the Keynsham Minis and their promising start this season! We are aware that the Under8s, for example, have already won two tournaments this season! A mention in your really informative local paper would give a well-earned boost to these young people and their dedicated coaching staff! Proud Grandparents Editor’s Note: We’re delighted to hear about the Keynsham Minis’ success so far this season – keep up the good work! Our sports reports are provided by some very helpful contributors attached to the clubs, without whom we would struggle to cover the many sporting activities going on in Keynsham. We are always pleased to receive news and photos from the town’s teams and clubs and are more than happy to feature them in Keynsham Voice. To get in touch, email us at news@keynshamvoice.co.uk or call us on 07887 561567.

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Letters Free parking call rejected 30-min spaces a consolation Like all Keynsham residents and traders, the B&NES Labour Group is disappointed that the Lib Dems have rejected the call for free parking which was made in a resolution which we supported in the July Council meeting. One small consolation, however, is that Keynsham will be getting 17 free 30-minute spaces in the Ashton Way Car Park to replace those lost during the building work. This is as a direct result of a proposal by the Labour Group, which was added to the July resolution. Councillor John Bull, Leader of B&NES Labour Group

Support our local traders Memories of kind service Your magazine continues to interest me and I think there are many topics we should consider. There has been quite a lot of interest in many towns losing their small, often specialist, shops. In Keynsham there was a wonderful shop: The Handyman’s Shop.

When, unfortunately, I was designated Chief of Hammers and Screwdrivers, I realised that I did not know the names of the mass of tools used in DIY work. I found the staff lived up to their name “Handyman”. I would describe and act out the work for which one would use a tool and they all rushed to find the item I needed. They also phoned to see whether certain goods were still available, or told me that one had to use this red paint on bathroom, kitchen pipes etc, before using white paint (or whatever ususal paint). I was helped in so many ways and their consistent kindnesses used to help through my loneliness. So we should try to keep our small traders in our high streets and hope we can find the kindnesses of others. JH Hicks, Saltford

Development on green belt Oppose plans for 100 homes I am writing with regards to the proposed housing development in Saltford on a greenfield site and in the green belt, which is directly opposed to the parish council plan and going against the wishes of 89 per cent of Saltford residents who wanted to protect the green belt surrounding the village. The development is to consist

of 100 houses with apparently 35 per cent affordable housing, which – considering over half of the the houses are to have four and five bedrooms – seems hardly affordable housing to me! The site is off the narrowest part of Manor Road near a blind bend and the proposed entrance to the development will be opposite the rear entrance to Saltford School and the newly opened nursery. The housing development is totally out of place with any of the housing in the south of Saltford in relation to the density of population and will add, as a relatively low estimate, 450 people to the infrastructure of Saltford (which accounts for about 10 per cent of the current population) and 200 extra cars, excluding visitors and other related traffic. The effect on traffic, which is already a significant problem at both morning and afternoon rush hours, will be very considerable. The catchment area for the primary school will be reduced, threatening the availability of places for children living on the fringes of the village and possibly the other side of the A4. The outline plans are due to be submitted soon and I strongly urge all residents of Saltford to oppose the development. You can contact by email development_control@bathnes. com or visit the council website at www.bathnes.gov.uk/ planningservices. Jane Stonehouse, Saltford

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Central library opens its doors Behind scenes tour for group On Friday, October 5, 10 members of the Friends of Saltford Library were given a tour of Bath Central Library by Anne Buchanan, the local studies librarian, who had previously given us an insight into family history. June Brasington, head of libraries, introduced us to Jo Farrar the new chief executive of Bath & North East Somerset, who commended us on our entreprising library events. We were shown the working area, where books ordered, either through the library or online, were sourced from a wide area, and could be delivered within a few days. The valuable book room yielded unbelievable treasures, vellum-bound books with gold tooling and mother of pearl designs. The morning ended with coffee and questions, and an opportunity to study local old maps. Friends of Saltford Library also met on Friday, October 26, when Marcus Moore, this summer’s “writer on the road” captured audio recordings of past Saltford history by local residents. These will be played in the library during the Saltford Festival, on June 8-16. Cynthia Wilson, Co-ordinator

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Broadlands calls on former pupils Broadlands School is calling on former pupils to help mark its launch as an academy from January 1. Dean Anderson, currently vice principal at the Sir John Hunt Community Sports College in Plymouth, has been appointed the first principal of Broadlands Academy. To celebrate its new status, the school is putting

Shoppers help store collect £520 Shoppers have helped a Keynsham supermarket raise more than £500 for charity. Tesco staff raised £520.62 through collections at the store’s tills and in the foyer and by selling raffle tickets to win a

Christmas hamper. The store’s community champion Caroline Quartermain is pictured above running the stall in the foyer. The cash raised will go to Stand Up To Cancer, which is funding research into a cure.

Play centre to open its doors again A children’s soft play centre which opened on Temple street earlier this year is returning after a period of closure. Veritas was due to reopen this week on Monday, November 5, after family issues led to owner Sam Taylor-Hardingham having to shut up shop temporarily. Now the business is back offering play equipment for youngsters and a place for their relatives and carers to sit back with a cup of coffee, as well as new pre-school gym sessions on

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Saturdays. Sam said: “We are so pleased to be back. Everyone has given us a warm welcome and local people are excited we are returning.”

together an exhibition on its history since it was established in 1935. Ex-pupils are invited to contribute written memories or any photographs or memorabilia to go on display. Contributions from the 1930s and 1940s are particularly welcome. For details, contact Jan Hill at jhill@broadlands.bathnes.sch.uk or on 0117 986 4791.

All change for bus services A raft of changes to bus services linking Keynsham to Bristol, Bath and the surrounding area has come into effect this week, from November 4. News that some routes – First’s 318 and 337 – have been axed in the shake-up will undoubtedly have concerned bus users. But Alan Peters, managing director of Abus, which is now the sole operator of the 349 to Bristol, says Keynsham residents should actually see an improvement in their services. He said: “Keynsham should see four buses to Bristol every hour instead of three, and five from the High Street instead of four every hour. “There will be more buses to Bath in the evenings, and services will run more frequently later in the evenings to Bristol. “We are trying to emphasise the improvement, which is 25 per cent. The main thing is to try and attract more people to use

the buses by making it convenient.” Changes to Keynsham bus services include:  First’s 42 service to be extended to Keynsham from Bitton on Monday to Saturday evenings and all day on Bank Holidays and Sundays.  Timetables to be revised on 178 First and Wessex Connect service and 179 First service.  318 First service withdrawn. South Gloucestershire Council is looking at a replacement link.  337 First service withdrawn and replaced by the 338, a new service from Bristol to Bath via Keynsham  First’s 339 Bristol to Bath timetable to be revised.  349 Bristol to Keynsham service to be run solely by Abus with new frequency of every 30 minutes and extended to Cabot Circus. To coordinate with 338.  649 service to Bristol rerouted to run direct from Charlton Road to Keynsham High Street.

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Opposition to All aboard! village homes Win trip on An “overwhelming majority” of Saltford residents are opposed to plans to build 100 homes on green belt land, say village councillors. Developer Crest Nicholson has unveiled a scheme that would see the properties built on land south of Manor Road on the edge of the village. A public exhibition on the proposals was held last month where residents were invited to share their views with the firm. Councillor Francine Haeberling (Con, Saltford) said: “Residents in Saltford have said time and again that they value the sanctity of the green belt around our village, which protects Saltford’s identity as a separate community. “These plans for a one hundred-home development on Saltford’s Greenbelt are therefore

clearly unacceptable and we will be opposing them.” Cllr Haeberling and colleague Cllr Mathew Blankley (Con, Saltford) said residents had contacted them with concerns including increased traffic on Manor Road and whether Saltford Primary School could accommodate more pupils. Cllr Blankley added: “We would urge Crest Nicholson to listen to the feedback they will be getting from residents in Saltford, who have told us they are against these proposals, and instead focus their development plans on brownfield sites like their Western Riverside development.” More on the plans, which the developer was hoping to submit to B&NES Council by the end of last month, can be found at www. pegasuspg.co.uk/manorroad saltford.

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Avon Valley Railway is running Santa Steam Specials every weekend in December plus Christmas Eve, November 25 and Monday, December 10. Father Christmas will be on the steam train at the Avon Valley Railway in Bitton where with his helpers, he will make his way along the train, stopping to talk to the children and, providing they have been good, give them each a quality present. Parents are not forgotten as everyone will receive a delicious Anstees’ mince pie or festive biscuit. Train times range from 10.30am to 4.45pm depending on the day with prices ranging from £9 to £12. For more information or to book your trip to Santa visit www.avonvalley

railway.org or call 0117 932 5538. To win a family ticket simply answer the following question: Which of Santa’s reindeer has a red nose? Send your answer with your name and address to Keynsham Voice Competition, Wendy Best, Avon Valley Railway, Bath Road, Bitton, BS30 6HD by November 16, 2012.

Terms and conditions The winner will receive a ticket valid for two adults and two children for the 10.30am trip to see Santa on Sunday, November 25, at Avon Valley Railway. Date is not transferrable. Transport to and from Avon Valley Railway at Bitton is not included.

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Prayer comes to the High Street Healing on the Streets (HOTS) is a service from Churches Together in Keynsham and Saltford. A small group can be found on Keynsham High Street every Saturday – weather permitting – between noon and 1pm. The group offers prayer for physical and emotional healing, or any other concern. If you would like a prayer, or just to talk, you will recognise the group through their A boards and badges.

Celebrate 2012 Keynsham Orchestra will be

marking a memorable year for Britain at a concert this month. Celebrating 2012 will be held at St John’s Church, on November 24, and will include William Walton’s Coronation Marches and Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Enigma Variations. The show begins at 7.30pm and tickets cost £9/£6 conc, available from www.wegottickets.com.

On the Beat with Inspector Tim Stuckes This opportunity to write in the Keynsham Voice comes at the right time for me as I find myself in the last year of my police service. The last seven years as the Inspector at Keynsham have been some of the best and I am pleased to say that crime has continued to fall overall across our area. That is not to suggest we are complacent in any way and when serous offences occur here (which they rarely do), then we have a good record in apprehending and prosecuting the offenders. You may recall that earlier this year there was a serious fight reported near the Pioneer pub on Station Road where a man was stabbed. Five people were quickly arrested for vari-

ous offences and the principal offender was this week sentenced to six years’ imprisonment. I can also report that only last week, a robbery occurred at at premises on Chandag Road. This was, without doubt, our most serious offence for some months. We drew in police officers immediately from a wide area and a local man was detained within 15 minutes. He is currently assisting with our inquiries. More on this story later. We have recently re-examined our PACT processes locally and all meetings are now held three times per year (February, June and October). Through local promotion and development with the

independent chairs we are now achieving consistent high levels of public attendance with parish, town and district councillors attending most meetings. At the most recent round in October we achieved public attendance of between 25 and 35 plus councillors with selected agencies such as trading standards, who attended in Keynsham East and presented on fraud and basic internet scams, which are common at this time. We will continue to try to tailor the meetings to local needs. Feedback from the councillors and public has been favourable and the support of the public enables us to tackle wider issues such as anti-social behaviour and crime in a more positive way.

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Funds help charity to spread its wings

A charity that supports children with autism and their families has received nearly £4,500 towards its planned expansion and to help fund the services it runs. Butterflies-Haven received the cash from B&NES councillors Marie Longstaff and Alan Hale, who used part of their Ward Councillors Initiative Fund to make the donation. They have now backed calls for more volunteers to help the charity, which offers the Parents’ Snug for parents and carers, a dads’ group which meets at The Ship Inn, and groups and activities for siblings as well as for the youngsters who are on the autistic spectrum. The charity has grown rapidly since it was set up in 2009, with its Young Voice group welcoming around six or seven youngsters two years ago to around 30 or 40 today. Founder Trisha Wil-

Trisha Williams with Cllr Alan Hale, left, and volunteer and church hall member Les Herbert liams is working with St Francis Church Hall, where the group meets, to build an extension to provide Butterflies-Haven with a permanent base and more room. Trisha said: “This money will enable us to cover the additional costs of running an expanded group and provide a support service for the siblings of children somewhere on the

autistic spectrum, including trips and activities. We are now keen to build upon this investment by asking more people to come forward and volunteer for us. This would allow us to help many more families and children.” Councillor Hale said: “Butterflies-Haven provides an essential service for families of young people with autism. They offer high quality advice and support which I am aware reduces the feeling of isolation and loneliness.” Trisha said she is also keen to raise awareness among local authority, education and health care leaders about better meeting the needs of those living with autism. Anyone who could volunteer or support the charity or wants to find out more about its services can get in touch at info@ butterflies-haven.co.uk or visit www.butterflies-haven.co.uk.

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Aiming for best service for pets Saltford Veterinary Surgery was opened in January 2005 by John Campbell and Stuart Caton, and is part of Bath Veterinary Group, which they formed the previous year. Our aim is to always provide the best service for your pets through continuity of personal care. Situated just off the main road next to the dentist and library, the surgery has gone from strength to strength under John’s direction. He is ably supported by vets Jenny Keen and Gwen Cardiff, and the experienced reception team of Sandy, Carol and Sue will always extend you a warm welcome. The surgery is open weekdays for consultations, and also sales of food, flea and worm products, and other accessories for your pets. Saltford surgery is backed up by our Veterinary Hospital in Bath (Rosemary Lodge), ensuring that Bath Veterinary Group provides exceptional care for your pets, 24 hours a day.

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First single for X Factor Lascel A former X Factor contestant has teamed up with a Keynsham producer and songwriter to record his debut album. Lascel Wood, who grew up in Bath and Bristol and appeared on the TV talent show in 2011, has been working with Godfrey Green to create At Any Time, which will be released before Christmas. Lascel’s single I’m Your Man is out on iTunes and Amazon.

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A coffee morning held by Keynsham neighbours has raised £200 for MacMillan Cancer Support. Residents from Stirling Way and Cameroons Close sold coffee and cakes and raffled off donated prizes, with many from the small community turning out to support the event on September 28.

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Author explores a history set in stone A Keynsham author has written his sixth – and last – book on the town’s history. Michael Fitter says the town’s rich heritage has proved a fascinating subject, producing books covering the medieval period, Tudor and Stuart Keynsham and life in the town during the war. Now the former teacher has turned his attention to the town’s architecture in new publication Old Keynsham in Stone. Mr Fitter, 84, said: “Keynsham is a stone town, it came out of the ground. We have stone houses, stone walls, stone schools and pubs. As well as the architecture, I have written about the quarries of Keynsham, many of which are now hidden or built on.” Chapters in the book include one on quarries, one on the local brick kiln and one on stone wells

that can be found around the town. Another covers the Grade II-listed Chandos Lodge and another the area’s coal mines. In writing about the town’s architecture, the book also reveals more about those who have called Keynsham home over the years. Mr Fitter said: “I am very

grateful to the people of Keynsham who have shown me their homes and told me about their history.” Old Keynsham in Stone will be available in paperback and hardback as an A4 book with more than 350 pages and photographs in colour and black and white. There will be a limited print run of 100 copies each of the paperback and hardback versions, with the paperback priced at £20 and the hardback £25. Mr Fitter hopes the books will be printed by early December and plans to sell them on December 8, 15 and 22 in the foyer at Victoria Methodist Church in the High Street, from 10am to noon. Anyone who wishes to order in advance can do so on 0117 986 4035 or at 6 Avon Road, Keynsham.

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News in brief Pets compete at dog ‘Olympics’ Dogs and their owners showed they are good sports at the Bullie Olympics in Chewton Keynsham.

The event saw English bull terriers tackling an agility course during the fun day at Latchet Kennels on October 13. Many of the dogs taking part were rescue animals and the event was organised to raise funds for Absolute Bull Terriers, which rescues and rehomes the breed. To find out more about fostering or offering a home to a bull

terrier, email dodgebrownebt@ gmail.com or visit www.absolute bullterriers.co.uk. Pictured above are Alica and Sam Shaw with Dodge.

Plenty of festive cheer at market The popular Christmas Market will be returning to Saltford Hall on Saturday, December 1, from 10am-3pm, with more than 28 stalls. Among the items on sale will be jewellery, scarves, secondhand books, chutney, cheeses, cakes, poinsettias and cards. There will also be a craft stall raising money for Cancer Research UK and the Lions Club will be selling Christmas puddings. Santa will also be greeting visitors in his grotto and Chris and his merry helpers will be cooking bacon rolls – with bacon from Newton Farm – and serving up mince pies, mulled wine (for over-18s), tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cakes.

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Talk of the Town with Councillor Gill Hellier, chairman of Keynsham Town Council Another month and yet another season has passed and the clocks have gone back. We are looking forward to the Victorian Evening on November 30, another big event on the Town Council calendar and one where young and old can join together and enjoy the night, hopefully with a smattering of snow to add to the atmosphere. The majority of the fun fair rides will be located this year in Ashton Way as we have lost the town hall site. It would be wonderful if more people dressed up for the evening especially the children. It is great news that the regeneration application has passed the planning stage and the creation of a new market square and shops and offices

can commence and take Keynsham forward to a sustainable future. Plans for Somerdale are due to be published early next year – it is very exciting to hear that more evidence of the Roman town Trajectus has been discovered on the site – these are certainly momentous times for Keynsham!

“Young and old can join together and enjoy the night, hopefully with a smattering of snow to add to the atmosphere”

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Local sports heroes in line to win titles Residents are being asked to nominate their local sporting heroes – from high-achieving youngsters to dedicated coaches, teachers and volunteers The Chairman’s Sport Awards 2013 have been launched by Councillor Rob Appleyard, chairman of B&NES Council, to celebrate the achievements of those involved in sport across the district. The awards, sponsored by Aquaterra Leisure and O2 Creation, are now in their eighth year and have two new categories: Contribution to Inclusive Sport and Official of the Year to recognise the referees and umpires dedicated to upholding high standards. Mr Appleyard said: “We hope that anyone who has been inspired by the devotion of others towards sporting activities in their community will put their

name forward and give them the recognition that they deserve.” Categories are: Young Volunteer in Sport; Volunteer in Sport; Young Achiever in Sport (12-18 years); Achiever in Sport (with a disability); Contribution to Inclusive Sport (club/individual); Sports Coach of the Year; Official of the Year; Sports Club of the Year; PE and Sport Teacher of the Year; Aquaterra Healthy Lifestyles Award; Chairman’s Special Award. The deadline for nominations is noon on Friday, January 25. To find out more and make a nomination can visit www. bathnes.gov.uk/CSA2013. Alternatively, call Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Sport and Active Lifestyles Team on 01225 396429 or email get active@bathnes.gov.uk.  For more Sport news, see Page 56 onwards

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP Cynics believe that the European Union is deliberately devised in a complicated way to confuse electorates and politicians. The more charitable take the view that it is no more impenetrable than the bureaucracy run by mandarins of the late Ming Dynasty. The current discussions over the budget make either view seem rational. The European Union sets an annual budget which is agreed by the Commission (the bureaucracy), the Council (the political leaders of the individual member states) and the Parliament (the peripatetic representatives). In this case the Council uses the qualified majority voting method so no individual member state has a veto. Overlaying this is the multiannual financial framework under which Britain receives its rebate. It is subject to unanim-

ity and so can only be taken away from us with our own agreement. This ought to be a good point at which to negotiate a cut in the EU budget. We cannot be out-voted and all nations are tightening their belts. Unfortunately, the Lisbon Treaty has a complex formula which would increase the budget in the event of no agreement. This makes the Government’s negotiating position difficult. It knows that too great an effort to cut the budget could lead to other nations vetoing the whole budget which would lead to more spending. Although this would be a lower figure than that asked for by the Commission in an age of domestic cuts it would be too high. Thus I am supporting the Government as its apparently modest ambition would, in fact, be a triumph.

‘Excellent response’ as groups sign up to decorate trees at new festival Organisers of Keynsham’s first Christmas Tree Festival say many local organisations and groups have already signed up to decorate and display a tree at the event. The trees will go on display at St John’s Church from Friday, December 7, to Sunday, December 9, with proceeds from the event going towards

building a permanent dais for the church. A spokesperson for the festival said: “Following the announcement in the July edition of Keynsham Voice the Christmas Tree Festival committee is delighted to report that the response has been excellent and plans are well ahead for what promises to be a very excit-

ing community event in early December. Very many local organisations have already signed up to sponsor and decorate a tree, giving them an opportunity to showcase the activities of their organisation.” During the festival there will be a range of musical events, tours of the bell tower and refreshments will be available.

Entry will be free but donations will be invited. There are still a few spaces available at the festival for any Keynsham groups who would like to join. The fee is £20, which includes the tree, and more information is available by emailing treefestival@hotmail.co.uk or leaving a message on the parish office phone 0117 986 3354.

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Last month, people behind Keynsham’s creative ventures, artists and craftspeople were invited to the launch of a new organisation that aims to help local enterprise flourish. The Creative Enterprise Hub has been growing since it was set up earlier this year and members aim to find a permanent base for the organisation where anyone working in a creative industry – individuals or local ventures – can find space to work, network and exhibit. The Hub also wants its work to benefit the Keynsham community, offering space for social and cultural activities. The group’s launch night was held at Pomegranate Cafe in Keynsham last month, with acoustic entertainment from Hub member George Lidell and guitarist Neil Hutchins and an exhibition by photographer David Calvin. Here Keynsham artist Paddy

Pennock tells us what she learned at the launch and how she feels the Hub could nurture local talents and benefit the town: In early October I attended a meeting and exhibition arranged by members of the Keynsham Creative Enterprise Hub at the Pomegranate Cafe in Temple Street, Keynsham. The artist David Calvin, who was exhibiting, provided stunning photographs of the industrial site of Fry’s Somerdale factory. It was good to meet up with others who are interested, including some councillors, in the concept of setting up a permanent venue for the arts and where possible, taking over part of the old Somerdale factory site where one can meet, work and exhibit. I feel that this is just what

Vessel by David Calvin the people of Keynsham need right now to generate interest locally. There are many people of many talents in the area and this could be one of the processes to provide Keynsham with a good centre for the arts while making good use of an historic building. This venue could also house a small museum of locally found artefacts. We should encourage those

whose concept it was and help to unify the project. A really good idea!  For more on the Creative Enterprise Hub, visit www.creativeenterprise-hub.org, call 07429 241933, email lucy@creativeenterpise-hub.org or find the group on Facebook.

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Thought for the month with Rev Philip Simpkins, Keynsham Methodist Church The poppy has been a symbol of remembrance since the end of the First World War. Its use is said to be inspired by the now famous poem In Flanders Fields. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. Lt Colonel John McCrae (1872 –1918) As a relative newcomer to Keynsham I have found the Remembrance Day Service and parade through the high street very moving as so many people of all ages have stood to commemorate those who have served in the armed forces. We think of those who have tragically lost their lives, those

injured and often scarred for life, as well as families and loved ones who have received news so hard to bear. We also remember the immense courage and sacrifice of those presently serving in conflicts around the world and pray for their relatives and friends as they watch and wait for them to come safely home. Remembering the cost of war and conflict reminds us of the importance of working for peace whenever possible. We often read wise words from the bible on Remembrance Day: “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.” I don’t think being a peacemaker means keeping your head down and doing anything for a quiet life, I think it means actively working to bring peace

in any number of situations – and that can prove costly. Nelson Mandela, a past winner of the Nobel Peace Prize actively pursued peace, equality and justice between black and white in South Africa much to his own personal cost. In his book Long Walk to Freedom, he writes: “At every opportunity, I said, all South Africans must now unite and join hands and say we are one country, one nation, one people, marching together into the future…” On November 11 as we remember conflicts past and present may we reflect on the importance of working for peace and actively being a peacemaker. Maybe we can set an example and play our part in defusing conflict while standing up for what is good and right.

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Charity plans visitor centre A local animal charity has revealed ambitious plans to create a state-of-the-art visitor centre to meet rising demand. HorseWorld, in Whitchurch, which rescues horses, ponies and donkeys, said it has had to turn people away due to lack of space at its existing centre but it predicts new premises could see it welcome 134,000 visitors a year, helping to overcome a fall in donations during the recession. To fund the centre, the organisation is proposing to sell off the site of its existing visitor centre for development, which could see 80 to 90 new homes built as well as the listed buildings turned into housing. HorseWorld’s managing director Mark Owen said: “We play a major part in helping young people achieve their potential. Now we want to ensure HorseWorld reaches its own

potential too. But we are in Catch 22: Without the money from the sale of the current visitor centre site there can be no new facility. Without the new facility HorseWorld may not survive.� Following a competition earlier this year, Bath-based architects Stubbs Rich have produced some early stage drawings of the proposed visitor centre, which would include a covered equestrian training and display space, museum, and classroom area. The charity plans to hold a public meeting on the plans later this month.

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What’s On November and December November 9 Avon Wildlife Trust, Keynsham Local Group. “Cranes – a brighter future for Somerset’s Wetlands” with speaker Amy King, 7.30pm, at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Keynsham, BS31 1DS. Adults £2.50, children £1. Refreshments and a bring and buy book stall.

November 18 Big Breakfast, 9am-noon, Corston Village Hall, BA2 9AZ, English breakfast is £4, including cereal, toast and juice. Continental is £2, tea/coffee 50p. Very social and great value. All proceeds to the village hall.

November 24 Royal British Legion Women’s Section Christmas Fayre, 10am2pm, Upstairs Function Room, RBL Club, 8-10 Charlton Road, Keynsham. Father Christmas, homemade cakes

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December 1 Christmas Village Market, Corston Village Hall, BA2 9AZ, 10.30am-noon, Christmas, plants, cakes, accessories, books, preserves, grand raffle, tea/coffee and bacon butties. All proceeds go to Corston Church.

December 1 and 7 The Royal British Legion Women’s Section presents a Cracker of a Christmas Show, with a light supper also provided. Starts 8pm, Upstairs Function Room, RBL Club, 8-10 Charlton Road, Keynsham. All welcome. Tickets £5 per person, available from the RBL Club or on 0117 986 8695. Let us entertain you!

December 2 A Christmas celebration with Charlie Allen and guests, Timsbury Conygre Hall, BA2 0JG, 1.15-3.45pm. Doors open at 12.30pm. Features a new boogie set, New Orleans-style carols and show tunes. In aid of Swan Advice Network. £8 reserved in advance, £10 on the

door. Be entertained and dance in cafe-style setting. Bar, hot and cold food. Details from Kate on 01761 471245 or www.mendipmusic.com.

December 7-9 St John’s Christmas Tree Festival. Various events during the festival, including tours of the bell tower and a range of musical events. Entry free but donations will be invited.

What’s on in Keynsham on a regular basis Passionate about local libraries, communities and history? Then 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 for more details.

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Donate and dance at zumba fundraiser Any age, any level of fitness – a group of fundraisers is calling on the community to join their energetic charity event. A zumba fundraiser will be held at Broadlands School’s main hall on Saturday, November 10, from 10.30-11.30am. Entry is £5, with all money raised going to Epilepsy Sucks. Organiser Heidi Postlethwaite, who runs regular zumba classes at Broadlands and Castle Primary in Keynsham, explained that the dance workout will be raising money to buy anti-suffocation pillows, which charity Epilepsy Sucks

UK provides sufferers for free. She said: “This is a small charity and we will able to say our money has bought something tangible by funding a certain number of pillows. “The event is open to anyone over the age of five, no matter your fitness or whether you’ve done zumba before. One hundred per cent of the money raised will go to Epilepsy Sucks UK.” For more on the charity,visit http://esuk.uk.com/ or to contact Heidi go to www.zumba. com, click on Find an Instructor and enter Heidi’s name.

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What’s On Monday ChoirJam, Keynsham’s fun pop choir, meets on Mondays and Tuesdays, 7.30-9pm, during term-time at Wellsway School, Keynsham. We sing everything from the Temptations to Take That and perform with a live band! Adults of all ages are welcome to join; there’s no audition and no experience necessary – just enthusiasm and a love of singing! To book a taster session, call Emma Hutchinson on 07793 983040 or visit www. choirjam.co.uk. The Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion Keynsham would be delighted to welcome new members. They meet upstairs at the RBL Club on the first Monday of each month at 7.30pm. Occasional speakers, social events and outings, why not come along and meet new friends? Key Voices, Keynsham’s friendly community singing group, is looking for new members. Monday between 7.15pm and 9.30pm during term-times at Castle School in Newlands Road. Cost £4 per session, £3 concessions. Roy on 0117 949 8587. Keynsham Writing Group meets in the library on second and fourth Monday of the month, from 2.30-4pm. We are a small, friendly group and welcome new members of all abilities. For further information, telephone Pat on 0117 986 4722. Learn to play short mat bowls 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, newcomers free. Ring Clive on 0117 986 6793 or just turn up.

along a small item for the raffle table. New members welcome, call Paula on 01225 484510 or Phyllis on 0117 986 8623. Residents’ Fellowship Association, based at Hawthorn Meeting Room in Carpenters Lane, 2-4pm. We enjoy different activities, such as luncheon, quiz, games including darts and a committee meeting. On a Thursday afternoon we do crafts and also we have a community garden. Contact Jim Lingard on 0117 986 1551. St Keyna Townswomen’s Guild. A friendly, outgoing group of various ages who meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham, 9.45-11.45am. With interesting speakers and coffee/ tea and biscuits. We have many sub-groups, including theatre and local interest trips, an art group, book club, scrabble, cards, walkers, singers, bowls and more! Popular sequence dancing with selected new dances taught by professionals, 7.30-10pm at the Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham. Further details 0117 986 2819 or 0117 986 4014.

Gifts galore as craft fair returns to school Wellsway Craft and Gifts Fair takes place on Sunday, November 11, from noon-4pm. Organisers expect to have around 90 stalls set up in three halls at this popular event. Support the PTA (Friends of Wellsway) and start your

Christmas shopping! Admission is £1 for adults, 50p for secondary students and accompanied younger children are free. Refreshments will be available and there is a secondhand uniform sale, too.

Wednesday Keynsham Photographic Society, Fear Hall, 7.30pm, to enjoy all aspects of photography. Visiting speakers; competitions; sessions to share and discuss own photographs with opportunities to view the best amateur work from the South West. www.keynshamphotographicsociety.co.uk.

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

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

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

KOPS = Keynsham Older People’s Social Group. This friendly group of local, older people meet on the first Tuesday of the month at Community@67 (the old post office), Queens Road, Keynsham, at 2pm. The group is free to join but members usually bring

Avon Wildlife Trust, Keynsham Local Group. Winter Talks second Friday of each month between now and April, 7.30pm at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Keynsham. Adults £2.50, children £1. Refreshments and bring and buy book stall.

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Down on the farm with the Upton Cheyney Chilli Company This really has been a strange weather year, and to avoid frost damage we were forced to close the doors on the polytunnels in October – earlier than ever before. Late October saw the first frost of the winter (and snow in some parts of the country – a once in 50 years occurrence), which is not good for chillies. Fortunately, with the doors shut, the tunnels remain frost free, although this early cold spell is not good news as we still have many thousands of unripe pods that are waiting to be harvested. As a means to accelerate the maturing of the pods, we have gone to extreme measures, hacking away at the leaves on the plants to allow extra sunlight(!) to flood in, as well as the good old banana trick where we place out of date bananas

near the pods. The bananas release ethylene gas which will help – although this is a desperate measure as we need many thousands of bananas to have a real impact. Most chillies will start green before maturing to either red, yellow, orange, black or indeed brown – often referred to as chocolate. Be aware, however, there is no chocolate flavour! Some chillies do, however, start life in other colours, including purple and even black. Examples of immature black pods can still be seen in our Bart Ingredients tunnel where their mono-crop of Hungarian Blacks look stunning. Last year we were fortunate with the weather and were harvesting up until the last weeks of December. Fingers crossed for lots of sunshine over the next few weeks!

Outside harvesting, we are really pleased to have added a new product range to our line. In conjunction with local farmers Bath Harvest, we now offer two different flavoured rapeseed oils. An absolutely delicious Oak Smoked Chipotle and a wickedly hot Bhut Jolokia (ghost chilli)

version. Outside of the chilli genre, they offer a variety of flavours and, keeping in line with our product range, we will also be selling their garlic version. If you visit Manor Farm on a weekday over the next few days, you may well be blessed with the aroma of chilli sauce in manufacture. We are in full production as we prepare stock for the busy Christmas markets. We are thoroughly looking forward to exhibiting at Keynsham’s Victorian evening on November 30 and look forward to seeing some of you there. If you can’t wait till then, Manor Farm’s Christmas Market is on November 23 in our Tithe Barn.

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Celebration of Christmas A night of celebration will kickstart the festive season in Keynsham on Friday, November 30. The popular Victorian Evening is returning, bringing entertainment, late-night shopping, food, fairground rides and more to the heart of the town. This year the event, which has been running for more than 20 years, has a Christmas tree theme, with shops in the town competing to create the best window display. There is also a colouring competition for children, with every youngster at the town’s schools receiving a picture to colour in and enter in the contest. Pictures can also be collected from Keynsham Town Council’s offices in Temple Street or Keynsham Library and the closing date for entries is Friday, November 9.

The lucky winner will then join B&NES Council chairman Councillor Rob Appleyard and Keynsham Town Council chairman Councillor Gill Hellier onstage at the start of the Victorian Evening to flick the switch and illuminate the town’s Christmas lights, as St John’s Church rings its bells at the same time. Once again, a procession will mark the start of the celebrations from 6.15pm, with a town crier leading the way to the High Street stage followed by Santa, donkeys, the 2386 Air Cadets marching band, performers from Upshot Circus Arts and local youngsters with their Christmas crafts. During the evening, stalls will line the High Street and Temple Street, while Ashton Way car park hosts fairground rides, the

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marks start in Keynsham Key Centre in Charlton Road offers a free Christmas decoration workshop for children and the Fear Hall opens its crafts fair, among many other events. Town Council chairman Gill Hellier said: “The Victorian Evening is a much-loved community event enjoyed by all ages and is the start of the Christmas festivities in the town. “There is a free children’s Christmas tree decoration workshop on the night, just drop into the Key Centre between 7pm and 8.30pm. “The evening also attracts many visitors and I would love to see more people dressed in Victorian costume which would add to the atmosphere on the night.” Many of the town’s traders will also be getting into the spirit of the evening, opening their shops, cafes and restaurants until late. Keynsham Chamber of Commerce chairman Lynn Young said: “It’s an evening when we can show people from outside Keynsham what we have to offer and get them to come back.

“I hope more shops will involve themselves and help welcome everyone to the town centre on the night – Keynsham holds several events throughout the year and it’s nice for everyone to be involved.” Road closures during the event are: Keynsham High Street, Temple Street and part of Charlton Road from the Tesco mini roundabout to the High Street from 3.30pm to 10pm. There will also be a temporary road closure on Back Lane, from 5.306.30pm, to allow the procession to take place. Stalls are still available at the Victorian Evening. To book a stall, call Jackie on 0117 986 8683 or email reception@ keynsham-tc.gov.uk. The event is run by Keynsham Town Council with support and sponsorship from Bath and North East Somerset Council, Keynsham Co-op, Churches Together in Keynsham and Saltford, IJ McGill Transport Ltd, Quality Solicitors FDC Law, the Rotary Club of Keynsham and The Entertainer.

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Keynsham Victorian Evening Churches Together In Keynsham and Saltford Events Get in the Picture 6-9 pm St John’s Church Matthew the Hot Chestnut Man 6-9pm Outside St John’s Church The Signpost Puppet Theatre 6.45pm and 7.45 pm Baptist Church Barbecue 6-9pm Baptist Church garden Mince Pies and Tea/Coffee 6-9 pm Baptist Church Hall Nativity Scenes display 6-9pm

Methodist Church Refreshments and Tea/Coffee 6-9 pm Methodist Church Carol Singing 7pm Outside Methodist Church Choir Performance 8.15pm St John’s Church Refreshments 6-9pm St John’s Church Stalls 6-9pm Outside St John’s Church

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Local stars to come out for festive event Local stars will get the opportunity to shine onstage at Keynsham Victorian Evening. The programme for the main stage has n0w been finalised, with a variety of performers set to entertain the crowds. Following the Christmas lights switch-on and opening speech, the spotlight on the stage outside Victoria Methodist Church will fall on a number of Keynsham-based acts between 7pm and 9pm. First up will be St John’s Junior Youth/Teen Choir, which has a diverse repertoire, hosting their own fundraising events throughout the year. They will be followed by Keynsham Light Opera Group, fresh from their Concert of Musical Memories, an ambitious production performed in October featuring songs from four decades of shows put on by the group. Next up will be the well-established Keynsham Brass Band, which features musicians ranging

in age from 16 to 60 and over and who have this year appeared in Keynsham at the music festival and at the Bandstand, and are also performing a carol concert at Victoria Methodist Church next month. Percussion and sound effects group Totally Maracas will then take their turn in the spotlight before Wellsway Sixth Form pupil and singer/pianist Alice Blyth takes to the stage. The 2386 Air Cadets Marching Band will then bring proceedings on the main stage to a close. There will also be performances during the evening away from the main stage, with singing at St John’s Church, Punch and Judy shows in the library, Signpost Puppet Theatre at the Baptist Church and carols inside Victoria Methodist Church. For times of each performance, see the programme printed on page 36. Organisers say every effort will be made to keep to the timetable but some times may vary slightly.

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Keynsham Victorian Evening programme Procession Back Lane, Bath Hill, High Street to Methodist Church

6.15pm: Parade includes town crier, Santa, donkeys, 2386 Air Cadets Marching Band, local youngsters with their Christmas tree crafts, jugglers and stilt-walkers.

Stage outside Victoria Methodist Church

6.25pm: Councillor Gill Hellier, Councillor Rob Appleyard and Mrs Appleyard host prize-giving for Children’s Christmas Competition winners, and Christmas lights switch-on. 7-7.10pm: St John’s Junior Youth/Teen Choir; 7.15-7.30pm: Keynsham Light Opera Group; 7.35-7.55pm: Keynsham Brass Band; 8-8.10pm: Totally Maracas; 8.15-8.30pm: Singer/pianist Alice Blyth, a Wellsway School Sixth Form pupil; 8.35-8.50pm: 2386 Air Cadets Band. Compere and balloon sculptor between acts.

St John’s Church

6.50-7pm: Church bell-ringers; 6-9pm: Get in the Picture, stalls and refreshments; 8.15-8.45pm: Choir performance.

Victoria Methodist Church

Throughout the evening: Carol singing, refreshments, Nativity scenes display.

Key Centre, Charlton Road

7-8.30pm: Free children’s Christmas tree decoration workshop, face-painting.

Baptist Church (event HQ)

6.45pm and 7.45pm: Signpost Puppet Theatre; All evening: Refreshments (inside), barbecue (outside). Also base for first aid and lost children.

Temple Street

Throughout the evening: Fire Station opens it doors, fairground rides, stalls, mulled wine and mince pies at The Ship Inn.

High Street

All evening: Helter skelter, Scouts’ climbing wall, stalls, games, gifts, 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.

Time Out Drop-in Centre

6-9pm: Workshops and refreshments.

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Chamber of Commerce with chairman Lynn Young

Mr Christmas comes to Keynsham For many people it seems Christmas gets earlier every year - but for one man it never ends. Andy Park, also known as Mr Christmas, says he has been celebrating Christmas every day for 18 years, complete with roast dinner, decorations and the Queen’s speech. Mr Park’s commitment to Christmas has led to appearances on TV, radio and in the press and celebrities who have joined him for a turkey dinner at his Melksham home include

Ruby Wax, Donny Osmond and Ainsley Harriot. But since meeting partner Della Cole, who lives in Keynsham, Mr Park has been tucking into his Christmas dinner here more often. Staff at The Talbot got into the festive spirit last month and laid on a meal with all the trimmings and tinsel a Christmas addict could wish for. Mr Park said: “The Talbot has become my local – I love the shops, clubs, pubs and of course the people of Keynsham.”

In our November meeting held on Monday, November 5, Paul Frampton from the Keynsham Chamber of Commerce subgroup talked about the mission statement. “The aim of the Chamber is to further the aims of businesses in the area, and to promote business within and around Keynsham and the surrounding area. “The Chamber aim to raise

awareness of opportunities, issues and concerns for its members, support local businesses and give members the opportunity to network with other local businesses.” As a growing group we welcome all businesses old and new, our next meeting will be held on Monday, December 3, at The Old Manor Hotel from 6pm. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information aboout the Chamber and getting involved, contact Lynn Young on 07714 451596

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Helping hand to recovery Profile: Hands-On Health Treatments Hands-On Health Treatments, Keynsham, is a well-established, local, multi-disciplinary health clinic. Launched in 1991 by Kenneth Fohlmann, we moved to our current location in Temple Court, Keynsham, in 1995. We offer a range of treatments: chiropractic, physiotherapy, sports therapy, massage, pilates classes, and specialist gym facilities. We treat various complaints including back and neck pain, headaches, sporting injuries, and whiplash problems. Our therapists provide a professional, friendly and caring environment to get patients pain free, and improve their quality of life. We treat people from all walks of life and all ages. Our aim is to provide you with a fast route to recovery, and help keep you as fit and healthy as possible.

We are registered with all the major health insurers, and you can be sure you will receive the very best treatment from our fully qualified and registered team. Call for an appointment today on 0117 986 6578.

Take on life’s challenges Profile: Julia Croft, Keynsham Hypnotherapy As a child I always took an interest in how people behave with each other. Since then, while teaching especially, I observed that at best, we all manage our lives fairly effectively but when life gets tough we all need a helping hand to sort out our thinking. This finally led me to become a hypnotherapist. After several years of helping depressives, those with phobias and other anxieties, dental phobia interests me most. Initially I meet people to discuss their mind problem and then we work out a forward plan. I really enjoy seeing smiles

and more confidence after therapy. Please contact me on 0117 986 5201 for more information or visit www.keynsham hypnotherapy.co.uk.

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Profile: Tooty Fruity Direct

Fresh, local and at your door Lyn Rawlings’ passion for local produce is central to her venture Tooty Fruity Direct, which delivers fresh fruit and veg straight to your door. Lyn set up Tooty Fruity in 2010, having decided to go it alone after working for a fruit and vegetable retailer, and now employs one other member of staff to help her handpick the boxes for home delivery. The business provides doorstep deliveries not just to homes but also wholesale deliveries to cafes, hotels, nurseries, caterers and more. Lyn said: “I love working for myself and delivering to people in the community – you get to know your customers and it’s great to provide a service that’s convenient for everyone, including those that don’t find it easy to get out and about. “With Christmas coming up I can deliver all your fruit and veg-

etables to your door so you don’t have to worry about whether you’ll get your sprouts for your Christmas dinner! The boxes are an ideal Christmas present, too. Customers can order weekly, fortnightly or just as a one-off, whatever suits them.” Lyn works closely with other local businesses to supply her customers with freshly-baked bread, milk and eggs. She said: “I am passionate

about using local produce where possible and am always delighted to hear from other local suppliers.” Set boxes start from £12.95 or customers can put together their own box by choosing the produce they want, and Lyn can then give them a price. She added: “I can also put together wonderful fruit baskets for gifts or why not have a delivery to your office as a healthy snack to

keep you going during the day.” Looking to the future, Lyn’s website will shortly be ready to allow customers to order online and keep up to date with special offers. She also hopes to expand the business into other areas of Bristol and Bath and to have a presence at more markets in the area. Contact Tooty Fruity Direct on 0117 9353168 or 07971 747915.

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Experience to savour with authentic Indian cuisine Profile: Cinnamon Indian Cuisine The Cinnamon Indian Cuisine restaurant in Keynsham comes highly recommended to those who prefer their meals to be as authentic as they are delicious. Chef and part-owner Zahir, who trained directly under highly respected Indian chef Liton, has incorporated a number of renowned regional dishes into his menu and insists upon selecting only the finest traditional herbs and spices. Of course, Zahir, pictured nearest right, recognises that high quality food is not the only ingredient needed for success in such a competitive market. Affordable prices, friendly and attentive staff and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere help make Cinnamon an experience to savour. Cinnamon Indian Cuisine also

offers 15 per cent discount on takeaways. Opening times are:  Lunchtimes – Monday to Saturday, noon-2pm.  Evening – Sunday to Thurs-

day, 6pm-11.30pm.  Friday and Saturday – 6pmmidnight Reservations are recommended, especially at weekends. All major credit cards are accepted

and there is ample car parking at the rear of the building. To make a reservation or order a takeaway, please call Cinnamon Indian Cuisine on 0117 986 1368.

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A festive feast without fuss Profile: Wiltshire Farm Foods

Festive turkey dinner with all the trimmings and not a saucepan in sight. What more could you want for Christmas? Christmas is a time for relaxing, so leave mealtimes to Wiltshire Farm Foods. They have created a range of classic Christmas meals and desserts to celebrate the festive season that will really excite your tastebuds. The Hearty Roast Turkey meal with all the trimmings, followed by a classic Christmas pudding and custard, packed with fruit and served with lashings of custard, is the perfect choice for a winter

meal. If you fancy something lighter this Christmas, they offer a Roast Chicken in Red Wine and Mushroom sauce, perhaps combined with a sherry trifle. You’ll be spoilt for choice! A Perfect Christmas Menu Using ingredients selected from carefullyapproved suppliers and then prepared by a team of nutritionists and award-winning chefs in their kitchens, Wiltshire Farm Foods creates and delivers a delicious range of frozen meals that can be cooked in minutes. This Christmas they have brought back lots of seasonal favourites and introduced some delicious new choices. They are especially proud of the Gammon in Cranberry and Orange Sauce, pictured above, which would make an excellent alternative to roast turkey. To start you off, you might like to order the Christmas Selection Pack, with six festive meals and four desserts, all for just £29.95. It’s a great way to try a variety of favourite meals and includes a free 12 Days of Christmas Tea Towel, pictured. Your Local Service Convenience is a key part of the Wiltshire Farm Foods offering. All meals can be ordered over the phone or online. They’re then delivered by a friendly, local driver, who is always happy to put meals away in the freezer, if preferred. With the freezer stocked up, a hot meal is only ever a few minutes away so you can relax this Christmas and let Wiltshire Farm Foods do all the hard work! Established over 20 years ago, the local Wiltshire Farm Foods team based in Portbury delivers approximately 15,000 meals or desserts each week to satisfied customers throughout Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Adam Michallat-Cox said: “Whatever you choose, our delicious meals and puddings offer great value as well as great taste. “Our Christmas menu also caters for diabetic and gluten-free dietary needs too, so customers can enjoy festive meals with confidence.” For a free copy of the Wiltshire Farm Foods Christmas menu or to order the Christmas Selection Pack, phone 0800 773 773 or visit www.wiltshirefarmfoods.com.

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Building on what we offer

Profile: Keynsham Bathrooms and Hardware Aiming to meet the demand for a local, knowledgable hardware service, Keynsham Bathrooms and Hardware is always looking for ways to increase what it offers to the community. Owner Chris Oliver has used his experience in bathroom and hardware sales to combine the two to offer a wide range of DIY goods and specialist plumbing

and bathroom ranges. As well as expanding the range of goods available in the shop, Chris also offers to try to order in more unusual non-stock items his customers may require. Call in to Keynsham Bathrooms and Hardware at 23 Temple Street, Keynsham, call 0117 329 2171, or visit keynsham bathroomsandhardwareltd.co.uk.

More than a taxi service Profile: Keynsham Cars From airport runs to shopping trips and nights on the town, Keynsham Cars has been offering a truly personal taxi service to the community for five years. The company has 15 drivers with a wide range of vehicles, including four, six and eight-seaters and a vehicle with wheelchair access. The firm also has female drivers. All of the company’s drivers have council-approved vehicles and all are CRB-checked. Putting customers’ needs at the heart of its service, the firm’s drivers also completed a diploma in customer care Grade 2 over the summer. Andrew Pennington, owner of Keynsham Cars, said: “We hope this qualification will benefit the customer, providing them with even more care and attention. “Five years ago our aim was, and still is today, to offer a taxi

service you can trust and to keep things as local and as personal as we can give. “We run 365 days a year, including Christmas Day, so we can even help Santa deliver your presents. “We feel we do not just offer a taxi service but also a community service.” Book your journeys with Keynsham Cars on 0117 986 8444 or 0117 986 9666.

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New optician, same service Profile: Norville Opticians You may have noticed a change to one of the leading optical practices in the town. Following his retirement, Roger Spooner Opticians has joined Norville Opticians, a small local group. The front of the practice may have changed but the people have not, although there are two new faces. All continue to

provide the same very personal service; including eye examinations for spectacle and contact lens wearers as well as extended examinations and colorimetry for those with reading difficulties. An exciting new addition offers investigation and advice for those with dry eye syndrome. See you soon!

Saddling up is ideal solution Profile: Fusion Electric Bikes

Fusion Electric Bikes is a family-run cycle shop that’s recently opened at 27a High Street. Electric bikes are an ideal modern transport solution. With parking at a premium, inner-city congestion, high vehicle running costs and everyone being squeezed financially, it’s a travel option that shouldn’t be ignored. Please call in to find out what one could do for you. We always have product guides and demo bikes available. We also have great cycling products to suit everyone, and great gift ideas for cyclists (and non-cyclists with our cool metal signs)! We’re open weekdays from 9am-5pm (late on Thursday until 6.30pm), and 9.30am-4pm on Saturday.

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Window cleaning firm aims high to meet clients’ needs Profile: Franks Window Cleaning Franks Window Cleaning was established in 2006, and is the first business venture for owner Richard Franklin. He trained with a local window cleaner, and is planning to build on this with health and safety NVQ courses next year, and training in using cherry pickers and platforms so the firm can cover more work that is not accessible by normal methods. The business also expanded two years ago to take on colleague Ben Allen part-time. The fully company-uniformed team at Franks carries out window cleaning up to 70ft from the ground using the latest water-fed poles system. Residential and commercial customers can also hire the firm for gutter cleaning, fascia and soffit cleaning, and full conservatory cleaning. For the new year, the firm also hopes to

offer jet-washing to customers. Richard said: “We aim to bring a friendly, reliable, stressfree, professional service to our customers. The best part of working here is meeting the friendly folk of Keynsham and being able to work outside, surrounded by countryside. I have also enjoyed

building up a business from a lot of recommendations.” Describing what customers can expect from his service, Richard said: “We use the latest water-fed pole system enabling us to clean from the ground, which means that we have no need to use ladders and this falls

in line with health and safety. The system means that windows and frames get cleaned and stay cleaner for longer. We aim to please our customers and offer a call-back service within 48 hours if a customer is not happy with the service. We offer payment by cash, cheque and also online payments and we offer a text service the night before to address any problems with access to the property.” Looking to the future, Richard is aiming to increase his customer base and to get another van on the road to cover larger jobs. The firm is also hoping to offer jet-washing or pressure washing for driveways starting next year, with bookings already coming in. Contact Richard Franklin on 0117 908 9400 or 07887 908118 or visit www.frankthewindow cleaner.com.

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Profile:Yvonne Halton, ceramics

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Like all children, I enjoyed playing with mud and creating models of animals that I proudly showed to my parents! This activity, at an early age, grew into an obsession with clay as I grew older and I experimented with clay through college, teaching children and adults and eventually forming my own business. I make high quality, handthrown and “slabbed” pots that continue to evolve as I incorporate new and amusing influences

from everyday scenes and places. My pots are decorated with brightly-coloured designs, which I paint onto the surface of each pot with underglazes. Each piece is individually created and then the pot is fired in an electric kiln to 1170C with a clear glaze. I work in Saltford where I live with my husband, three daughters, and the dog Fudge. You can contact me on 01225 354477, email yvonnehalton@ yahoo.co.uk or visit www.yvonne halton.co.uk

Health services at your fingertips Residents were invited to a hands-on event hosted by healthcare provider Sirona and Community@67, Queens Road. Visitors could try out a machine that shows how clean their hands were, with town council chairman Gill Hellier one of the first to have a go. The event aimed to raise awareness of the range of services offered by Sirona, with demonstrations of healthy meals, and information from the Falls Clinic

and Health Visiting Services. It was an idea put forward by Sirona members Heather Thomas and Adrian Inker and could see similar events being held across the district. Mr Inker said: “We want people to understand the role of Sirona in the community and that it is here to work in partnership with them.” Ms Thomas added: “Encouraging people to use the services that Sirona offers will help people live a more healthy lifestyle.”

In the Garden with our Homegrown Gardener We are now into autumn and despite the apparently endless rain we have recently had some fine days. I have checked the grass every day hoping to find it dry enough to cut. There have been almost continuous dews, which with the rain prevented mowing. The other day, to my surprise, we had no rain, the day was warm and the grass was ready to be cut. I had a pleasant hour working and as I followed the mower I realised there was plenty of colour still in the flowerbeds. There was a lovely show of the dark pink asters, seedums were showing some lovely dark pink heads, roses still had blooms and when the grass was cut it was a very good shade of light green. Some foliage was

beginning to turn to golden yellow and stems of shrubs lent a darker background. Are we ready for winter? Recently we had some new neighbours come to live near us. A house not many years old, the garden had missed out on maintenance and new planting. We had some spare roots and divisions and we offered them to our neighbours. When I took our offerings to them our neighbour asked me to carry them to the back garden. When there I noticed a long, high red brick wall ran along the back of the plot and I remarked that it reminded me of the stately homes we have visited. She agreed but expressed concern at the poor state of it. We walked to it to examine it and I put my hand

on it. It radiated heat and I said that it deserved some peaches or similar fruit against it to return it to what it must have been, part of a kitchen garden. The Old Red Wall The old red wall Seemed terribly tall to children at their play; Its top, so high That it reached the sky Seemed ever so far away. It was built of brick, So terribly thick That nothing could make it fall Each holiday time We longed to climb To the top of the old red wall Now is the time to split plants which have become too large or too old. This is not a job

that I enjoy, it seems so messy. However there are two plants which give me great pleasure and I am determined to do my best. We have a lovely clump of agapanthus and a small clump of pulmonaria “Blue Ensign”. which I believe is well regarded. I have read several methods of splitting and I shall try one of each so the next dry, warm day there will be my task. Maybe next spring I will report!

“As I followed the mower I realised there was plenty of colour still in the flowerbeds”

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Maria Spill’s Triple Layer Raspberry Victoria Sponge

For the cake 1lb 4oz self raising flour (sifted) 1lb 4oz soft butter 1lb 4oz caster sugar 9 eggs ½ tsp vanilla essence For the butter icing 6oz soft butter 12oz icing sugar ½ tsp vanilla essence A little warm water Some Raspberry Jam (to taste) 2 punnets of fresh raspberries Method Pre-heat oven to 180°C or Gas Mark 4. Grease and line three

8inch sponge tins. Mix flour, butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla essence together until light and fluffy, an electric whisk or food processor will do this nice and quickly. Divide mixture evenly between the tins. Bake for 20-30 minutes until light brown. A cooked sponge should shrink away a little at the edges of the tin and should spring back when touched lightly. Leave to cool a little before turning out of the tins. Meanwhile, make the butter icing. Sieve icing sugar into a bowl. Add soft butter and beat together until fully combined. Add a little warm water if necessary and vanilla essence and beat until smooth. When the cakes are completely cool, sandwich them together using butter icing and jam, leaving a little of the butter icing for the top of the cake. Smooth the remainder of the icing on the top of the cake and decorate with the fresh raspberries.

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with Maria Spill and Lynda Gregg from Cafe Creme, 35 High Street, Keynsham

Lynda Gregg’s Snickers Cheesecake Ingredients 1 packet of digestive biscuits 3oz butter 600g cream cheese 2 oz icing sugar 4 tablespoon double cream 5 large Snickers bars Method Crush the digestive biscuits. Melt the butter and mix it into the biscuit. Press the mixture into the

base of a 12-inch cake tin. Next, melt four of the Snickers bars. Mix together the cream cheese, icing sugar, cream and melted Snickers bars. Once mixed pour into the cake tin over the biscuit base. Then chop, crush or melt the last Snickers bar and place on top of the cheesecake. Place in the fridge for a minimum of two hours.

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Library news Adult fiction – highly recommended  The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell This book tells the remarkable story of two sisters, Esme and Kitty Lennox. Esme has spent a lonely lifetime in an institution, but did she really deserve to? How have her family managed to erase her so completely from their collective memory? The story moves back and forth between the 1930s and the current day, and between lucid and more confused thoughts, which is initially a challenge. The Times described this book as “almost ridiculously pleasurable” and it’s easy to see why. I defy you to predict the ending! Young adults  The Night Sky in my Head by

Books of the month with staff from Keynsham Library

Sarah Hammond “Step backwards. Witness the murder. Find the truth.” So reads the blurb on this debut novel by Sarah Hammond, a graduate of Bath Spa University’s MA in Writing for Young People. The world views Mikey Baxter as “damaged” since his accident, but he also has a gift: he can travel back in time and “see things that hide in the shadows”. Can he discover why his Dad disappeared? Or will history repeat itself?

Junior readers  War Horse by Michael Morpurgo Michael Morpurgo writes wonderful books for the junior reader and War Horse is no exception. Set in World War I, it tellss the story of Joey, a former f farm f horse sold to the army, and of young Albert, its former owner. Described as “a powerful story of the truest of friendships in the worst of wars”. We also stock the DVD, starring Jeremy Irvine as Albert. Non-fiction  Wills and Probate (Which? Essential Guides) by Paul Elmhirst Many of us put off making a will, thinking that it will be a long, complicated and potentially upsetting process, but this book

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simplifies the whole procedure. It’s organised simply and clearly with chapters on subjects such as how to draft a will, making alterations, administration and how to store your will. It also deals with the most common problems and disputes, includes sections on making a will in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and has an excellent glossary of legal terms. Book reviews by Sarah A Wookey

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Keynsham business of the month For November, we speak to Dave Gorham, owner of Blades Barbers Tell us about your company. Our company is built on the principles of offering a quality and reliable service. I started up Blades Barbers in 2001 and could clearly see a gap in the market for a luxurious and comfortable, yet masculine, haircutting experience that was for men only as opposed to the traditional unisex approach. Men were seeking, and continue to seek, an enjoyable and relaxing haircut or shave, in a comfortable environment, as far removed from the perming lotions and colourings of the unisex shop as it is from the impersonal experience of some of the traditional barber shops The key ingredients were always likely to be value for money, efficiency and an enjoyable overall experience and that is what Blades Barbers offers. Our diversified product range continues to grow by following trends, improving our standard products, and listening to the customer. Our unique service has established our place in this industry. This allows us to make a distinctive and substantial impact for our clients. Open six days a week with a late night on a Thursday until 7.30pm we aim to be open at convenient times for all our customers. What service do you provide to the people of Keynsham? Here at this fantastic, snazzy, upbeat, fashionable barbers situated on the busy High Street of Keynsham we offer a large array of services from cuts, washes, re-shading, cut-throat shaves and men’s colouring and

Top, Zoe Carr, Hayley Rudd, Nicola Plummer and manager Nicola Temblett; above left, Dave Gorham in the comapny’s branded vehicle; above right, Nicola with a customer highlighting – everything a man may require. What makes your service different from other companies? With our refurbished salon inside and out, we really like to take things to another level, with

each individual cutting station having its own digital flat screen and boasting top barbers. Each barber specialises in all areas to maximise your experience of a top barber’s. Everyone can be catered for at Blades Barbers; every man has different wants

and needs so no matter what you require Blades Barbers will happily be able to assist you. Contact: Blades Barbers, 36 Temple Street, Keynsham. Tel: 0117 9869287. Facebook: Blades Barber Company.

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Keynsham property of the month This attractive individual detached house has origins dating back to the 1950s. It has been successfully extended to provide versatile accommodation which is tastefully decorated. On the ground floor there is a large, sociable family kitchen in addition to a generous-sized living room and conservatory. There is also a utility room and a room presently used as a gym but equally suitable as a formal dining room or playroom. The first floor boasts four bedrooms, the master of which has an ensuite bathroom with the other rooms served by a family shower room. The property has abundant parking to the front and a very pleasant enclosed rear garden. It enjoys what in the agent’s opinion is a prime location in one of Keynsham’s most sought-after areas within the Wellsway School catchment area and benefiting from delightful views over the valley of the River Chew. Viewing is highly recommended. Contact Davies & Way on 0117 986 3681.

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Celebrating our success Smartmove is a long-established estate agent with its first office based in Whitchurch Village. Some two years ago after demand from homeowners in Brislington we opened a second office on the main Bath Road. With many of our vendors moving from both offices to the Keynsham area, directors Andrew Valentine and Mike Gibbs secured the spacious, prominent office in Station Road. We have a long-standing experience with the market and a proven track record for providing first-class customer care and service. Our staff are all very experi-

enced and our mission statement is simple: “We aim to give an extraordinary service for an ordinary price!” To celebrate our first six months of success Smartmove is offering a fixed selling fee to all new customers of £1,500 + VAT (limited offer, terms and conditions apply) with guaranteed regular newspaper advertising, based on major websites, advertising from all three branches and in-house mortgage advice. With an experienced, friendly team ready to book your free market appraisal call 0117 986 4000.

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Winter on the water for club Far from being fair-weather sportsmen and women, the hardy sailors from Bristol Avon Sailing Club have decided to extend their season well into the winter with the aptly named Frostbite and Winter Warmer series. Here, Penny Fisher tells us about the past month at the club. At Bristol Avon Sailing Club we sail on the river between Saltford Lock and Kelston Lock. The height of the river at times this summer has been so high that we could almost launch the boats from Mead Lane. This in itself is not a bad thing but if that same raised river is racing down at some 8-10 knots, then you need a pretty powerful wind to get a sailing boat to move against that kind of river flow. Some days we had that kind of combination, swollen river and good windy conditions. On those

Bob Corfield sailing Richard and Harold Cannon’s dinghy – just a little too small for him! days we had some wonderful, exciting sailing that was a pleasure to enjoy whether you were taking part or watching. The cars and walkers along Mead Lane often stopped to just admire the hardy sailors out there doing their stuff

on Saturdays, Sundays and Thursday evenings. We all had such a great time that we are extending the sailing season almost as far as Christmas. The “Frostbite” series and “Winter Warmer” series will be sailed on Sundays up to and including Sunday, December 16, with a day off for Christmas shopping on December 23 but back again for a Boxing Day race on Wednesday, December 26, and then a New Year’s Day race on January 1, 2013. In recent weeks we’ve had a Royal National Lifeboat Institution benefit day but sadly racing was curtailed due to a combination of high river level, fast flow and little or no wind. Nevertheless we expect to have raised about £200 by the end of the year through events, Christmas card sales and donations. As the daylight hours reduce,

our Thursday evening activities become less sailing and even more social-based. The clubhouse becomes a place where you can improve (or prove) your knowledge with a quiz evening, or where you can learn to dance with semiprofessional Le Roc teachers, take part in a barn dance or just enjoy the company of others in the club’s Cosy Corner where talk is usually of races won or lost, gales and mists, boats and sails. Do come and join us. We love to welcome visitors from other clubs, other organisations and of course potential new members – remember,we’ve got a fully-accredited RYA sailing course held every year, members young and old, cadet section for the junior sailors and their own trophies to race for. Contact the membership secretary on 01225 874820 or the clubhouse on 01225 873472.

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Fisherman Ian aiming to reel in world title A keen Keynsham fisherman who became hooked on kayak fishing six years ago has been selected to represent Great Britain in an international competition. Ian Harris, also known as Dizzyfish, has travelled to Texas to compete in the World Kayak Fishing Championships, held from November 4 to 9. The Keynsham resident and his GB teammates David Morris and Rob Appleby will face teams from 13 other countries on Lake Fayette near Austin, where the tournament will follow the CPR (catch, photograph, release) format. Ian said: “It is a great honour to have been chosen to represent my country at my chosen sport – hopefully it will create a lot of interest and get more people into one of the fastest growing sports in the UK at the moment.”

Team GB will be using Hobie kayaks - provided by sponsors The Hobie Centre, in Dorset - which can be pedalled like traditional kayaks or powered by a pedal system. Ian was introduced to fishing at a young age, joining his father on his boat, and has since fished around the British Isles, switching to kayak fishing just six years ago. He mainly practices on the seas, rivers and lakes around Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and close to home in Somerset. Ian also runs his own website, www.dizzybigfish.co.uk, which offers a free guide to kayak fishing for anyone interested finding out more about the sport. To follow all of the action at the World Kayak Fishing Championships 2012, log on to the website www.hobiefishingworlds. com.

Shaping up with Steve Beere from StudioFit Hello Keynsham! The darker nights are upon us and we start to bring our fitness indoors to avoid the cold and wet weather. Over the last few months I have been doing a lot of interacting with our members to see how things are going with their training. This month I want to talk about training to improve muscle size, or “hypertrophy”. Hypertrophy training is not just for men who want to get big, it can be used to help improve the sport or athletics you take part in. There are many forms of hypertrophy training but it

“Our bodies are designed to adapt to the stresses and loads we put on them” seems people are stuck in their ways! Our bodies are designed to adapt to the stresses and loads we put on them so if we do the same training method every session our bodies will get used to this and our gains will start to slow down. If you have noticed this drop-off in your training, why

not try this? German Volume Training, or GVT, is a form of hypertrophy training where we manipulate the volume of the exercise, which is simple yet very effective in increasing lean body muscle. The method behind this is to overload the muscle by performing 10 sets of 10 repetitions of a compound exercise with 60 seconds’ recovery in between sets followed by twothree sets of eight-12 reps of an isolated muscle exercise. The weight you should use should be 60 per cent of your one-repetition maximum. If you can achieve 10 sets of 10

reps then you should increase your weight by 5 per cent. So for example, if we wanted to work our back we could perform 10 sets of 10 reps of a bent-over row followed by two-three sets of eight-12 of a rear/reverse fly. The compound exercise would be the bentover row as this not only works the upper back but also muscles in the arms, the isolation exercise would be the rear/reverse fly as this works only the back. You can use this method for any large muscle group. Contact us at email@studio fit.info. Happy training!

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Promising start for tennis teams After mixed success in our summer league season, October saw the start of Fry’s winter league season. Our first team got off to a fantastic start in their opening fixture, winning all their rubbers to record a comfortable 10-0 home win against a good Bristol 2 team in what promises to be a very strong Division IIB. The second team also got off to an impressive start, winning their opening fixture 8-2 against Bishop Sutton III. Unfortunately they were unable to match this performance in their second fixture, losing 8-2 away to a tough Cotham Park side in a match that was much closer than the score suggested and could easily have gone either way. With five matches being played in November, next month

promises to be an important one for both teams. Fry’s Veterans’ team had their first match of the season which they knew would be a tough one as they were unexpectedly promoted from Division III to Division II! Some teams in the higher divisions had opted not to play this season so the gaps were automatically filled by lower ranked teams. So, after a spirited tussle, Fry’s lost their match 2-8 but are hopeful that their next match will be more successful. The usual fighting spirit of Fry Tennis Club goes on! If you are interested in playing league tennis or would like to join us for social tennis at various times during the week, please contact Ann Smith on 0117 986 2845 for more information.

Captains hand cash to good cause Every year, the two captains from the men’s and ladies’ teams of Keynsham Bowling Club start the bowling season by choosing a Club Captains’ charity. The various events and collections held during the year then benefit that charity. These events include coffee mornings, fun bowls matches, draws and the annual men’s bowls tour which this year visited Devon.

During the 2012 season, all donations were collected for Abbeyfield House in Keynsham. At a recent coffee morning at the club, the two captains, Bob Edge and Jean Evans, presented Lesley Gane, chairman of Abbeyfield House in Keynsham, with a cheque for £700. Lesley thanked the club and also explained the nature of the work done largely by volunteers at Abbeyfield House.

Glimpses of squad’s talent The season still hasn’t taken off properly for the local rugby team, writes our correspondent. They still show tantalising glimpses of the undoubted talent in the squad, but cannot string together consistent performances. Perhaps Bonfire Night might ignite their fuse for November onwards. September 30 For the second week in a row all senior sides lost their games. There were 25 unavailabilities for various reasons and all sides were weakened. The firsts lost away at Matson RFC where they met a faster, more direct and more determined young team. There was a brief resurgence with two spectacular tries and one near miss, but the home side pulled ahead again to finish 4614 victors. Keynsham’s tries were from Joe Blann and Ben Bolster; Bolster adding the conversions. The 2nd XV lost at home to Stothert and Pitt RFC 1st XV. Despite brave efforts by the colts who had been promoted, Keynsham still showed a propensity to give away “soft” tries. Keynsham’s points came from tries from Andy Griffiths and “Swiss” Watts, both of which were converted by Rob Breckon. The thirds travelled to Clevedon RFC and, despite having a total dominance in the pack

throughout, lost 33- nil. October 6 A good-sized crowd were treated to a first half of open, entertaining rugby at the Crown Field where North Bristol RFC was the visiting team. Both sides opened the game in an exhilarating manner and managed to keep the pace high throughout. At half time Keynsham led 14-8 from two marvellous tries, one from winger Luke Coles and one from centre, Joe Blann; both were converted by the lively No 10, Ben Bolster. The second half was a more turgid affair, although very exciting. Keynsham scored just a penalty from Bolster but North Bristol scored a converted try and a penalty to win 23-17. The seconds got their first win of the season away at Imperial. A feisty, physical game saw Keynsham edge through 12-5. The 3rds racked up a great 59-7 win over Winscombe 2’s. Total dominance upfront gave the backs full rein and there were tries for Matt Madigan (3), Greg Dix (2), Kerran Beavis, James Marsh and Chris Blacker. The fourths had a great game at Bath O E’s just losing 29-31. October 13 The firsts travelled to Failand to play Old Bristolians and lost 40-13. It was an error-strewn

performance from the local team, weakened by late injuries. Ben Newman and James HurrellSmith scored tries, Ben Bolster adding three points from a penalty. The seconds started brightly against Winscome 1st XV at the Crown Field but sadly lost their way. The final score was 5-27, Rob Pyne scoring Keynsham’s only points from a pushover try. The 3rds lost, away, at Hornets 36-3, with their only points coming from a penalty by John Pierce. The 4th XV saved the club from another whitewash. The “spirit of rugby” was honoured as Walcott travelled with just 12 players, Keynsham had a spare player who was “lent” to the opposition. Fifteen tries in all saw Keynsham edge home 46-45. October 20 It was another frustrating game for the 1st XV as they went down, at home to Avon RFC 14-22. There were sporadic signs of the great quality rugby, but again this was lost in mistakes, wrong options and poor game management. James Hurrell Smith and Ben Bolster scored super tries, both converted by Bolster. The seconds started strongly at Weston-super-Mare with backs and forwards combining well, but two tries against the run of play saw Weston 17-3 up

at half time. The final score 34-8 in Weston’s favour. Keynsham’s points came from a penalty by Rob Breckon and a try from Dan Keepax. The thirds, at home, held top of the table Gordano 2nds to a 22-22 draw, and were unlucky not to edge through. This great result came from a strong pack performance. The 4th team again saved Keynsham’s blushes by winning against Imperial RFC at the Crown Field 17-0. October 27 The 1sts travelled to Gloucester and, hopefully, got on the winning trail, coming home victors 13-6. Against doughty opponents they had to work hard for the league points the club needed so desperately. All K’s points came from Ben Bolster with a try, a conversion and two penalties. The seconds went down at home to a very powerful Old Redcliffians 2nd XV 14-45. The thirds racked up another good win, away at Midsomer Norton 3rds, 15-43. Another strong pack performance set the foundations for this result. Forthcoming matches at the Crown Field are: November 17: 2nds v Taunton 2nds. November 24: 1sts v Bristol ‘Quins. December 8: 2nds v Nailsea and Backwell 1sts.  See the full report online at www.keynshamvoice.co.uk

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Carroll triumphs after close final David Carroll took the £100 first prize in Keynsham Snooker Centre’s open snooker event on Sunday, October 28, beating Sam Streams 3-2 in a desperately close final. In earlier matches, to reach the final David Carroll also scored wins over Jamie Hawkins, Jamie Wilkes, Jordan Partridge and, in the semi-final, Danny Hawkins. To reach the final Sam Streams scored wins over Jason Sparks, Freya Clothier, Vadim Zverovich and, in the semi-final, Des Gilbert. Aaron Matharu proved far too strong for the remaining juniors by winning both snooker and pool events at Keynsham on Saturday, October 27. Visit www.keynshamsnooker centre.com.

Team kick off season with new kit Saltford Stars U15 football team now have new all-weather jackets and sport bags thanks to a grant. The kit was funded by £470 from Saltford Parish Council. Pictured with the team are Councillor Duncan Hounsell, chair of the council, club organiser Phil Saunder and managers John and

Denis Power. Mr Hounsell said: “The parish council is pleased to be able to assist Saltford Stars Junior Football Club. The club enhances the status of the village and community spirit.” Saltford Stars U15 team went on to beat Severn Beach 5-3 in the Avon Youth League.

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Bowlers keen to share their sport Looking for something to do in your spare time? Come and join Saltford Short Mat Bowls Club. Started in December 1988, we have a strong membership, some of whom are very happy to turn up for a social afternoon of bowling, a pleasant chat and enjoy a cup of tea and biscuits. Some with a more competitive edge play in the Bristol & District League, in which we have three teams, the Scamps, the Scally-

wags and the Sorcerers. We also have eight members in the Avon County Squad, pictured above. A warm welcome awaits new bowlers, with or without experience. Bowling sessions are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1.45-4.30 pm; Friday evenings 7-10pm. For more information or to book a session, call club secretary Joan Hamblin on 01225 872389.

Roger Lucy, left, receives the Saltford Spoon from Stragglers captain Dennis Payter

Roger awarded Stragglers’ Spoon Roger Lucy has won the Tom Morris Stragglers Spoon at Saltford Golf Club. The Spoon has been renamed in memory of Tom, who died earlier this year. It was Tom who made the trophy from one of his old Scottish clubs called the Spoon and donated it to the Saltford Stragglers team some

20 years ago. Roger, who lives in Saltford, won the Stableford competition for the trophy with a score of 36 points. Barry Burston was second on 33 and Colin Salvage third with 32. The Stragglers had a good finish to the season, only losing one of their last five games.

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