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Designs must a decision on Councillors at B&NES have called for “significant” changes to be made to parts of the regeneration proposals for Keynsham before they will make a final decision on the scheme. At an all-important meeting on August 29, the development control committee deferred the application to transform the town centre. The motion passed by the committee called for changes to be made to the design of the roofs and the materials used in the development, particularly the proposed metal and stone cladding. Speaking in favour of the scheme - as a resident and not in her role as town council chairman - Gill Hellier said she believed the proposals would be a “fantastic opportunity” for Keynsham. She told the committee: “I am hoping that you will agree to this application so that Keynsham can move forward without delay and attract new business and ideas into the town so that it can grow and prosper in these very difficult times.” Resident Roger Busby spoke against the plans, however, saying: “This is a dominant, overbearing, urban design unsuited to a welcoming rural market town. “Keynsham has lived for 50 years with its ugly out-of-scale town centre. Does it really have to suffer afurther 50 years?”

Members of the committee urged planners and architects to meet with a community focus group to come up with a plan that addresses concerns raised by residents and Keynsham councillors alike, before resubmitting it. While the regeneration is widely welcomed, the designs have sparked strong debate in the town, with the town council calling them “blocky” and some residents branding the buildings an “eyesore” in letters to Keynsham Voice. English Heritage also raised concerns the plans would harm the conservation area while the Civic Society collected a petition against the proposals. After the meeting, Councillor Charles Gerrish (Cons, Keynsham North) said: “I’m pleased with this outcome as I believe the current design can be improved upon, but the council now needs

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to work quickly to address the concerns raised, taking advantage of the community focus group. “We do not want our town centre left derelict and empty for any longer than necessary. “A large number of residents contacted me about the plans, all of whom support the principle of redeveloping our dated town centre, but the majority of whom also wanted to see improvements to the design.” A statement from B&NES Council said: “The council (as applicant) will consider the findings of the development control committee and will consider urgently on how to respond to the points made in order to sustain the momentum of the scheme. “This will then be reported back to a future meeting as soon as possible. We will be consulting closely with the community

stakeholder focus group on the way forward.” It added: “The council is determined to deliver this scheme for Keynsham which will bring new jobs, greater prosperity, and an improved look and feel to the town. The revamp of the centre is one part of our overall plans for the town which include the redevelopment of Somerdale and the Riverside building which the council will vacate. A vastly improved town centre will encourage private sector investment into Keynsham resulting in new jobs, new homes and opportunities for local people.” The proposed scheme includes new space for shops and restaurants, new library and One Stop Shop for local public sector services, new streets and spaces for markets and events, and low carbon sustainable council offices.

In brief Community’s vision for Keynsham is revealed

After years of work, Keynsham’s Town Plan has finally been published and delivered to residents. The document outlines the community’s vision for the future in areas including transport, shopping, policing and more. During the consultation, the group working on the plan asked residents about a range of issues such as Somerdale’s redevelopment, revealing that 61 per cent hope to see some form of food manufacturing retained on the site, When asked about shopping on the High Street, a huge 78 per cent said independent shops would improve the town’s vitality, while 81 per cent said any redevelopment should reflect the

nature of the old market town. The group drew up recommendations on each issue to create an action plan. Resident Roger Busby, who helped lead the project, said: “The people of Keynsham can be justly proud of what we have produced. But we are not leaving it there – the action plan will be followed up over the next few years.”

Town Council moves meetings to Chamber

Keynsham Town Council’s meetings will move to a new venue during the planned demolition of the Civic Centre. From September 11, the council’s scheduled meetings will take place in the Council Chamber, Riverside.

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Charity’s message: We need your vote! A Keynsham charity is calling on residents to grab their mobile phones today and help it win £5,000. Keynsham & District Mencap Society is one of four Bristol charities in the running for the cash award – and text votes will decide the winner. The deadline for votes is midnight on Sunday, September 9, and staff and volunteers are hoping the local community will rally round and help them win the much-needed funds for their activities to support children and young people with disabilities. Funding co-ordinator Helen Bridges said: “We are really hoping local people will take a few seconds to send a text or a minute or two to vote online. This would be a huge amount for us to win. It would go a long way

between the four children’s clubs we run.” The award is being offered through the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund Programme, which has shortlisted four charities in the Bristol and Bath area, two of which will each win £5,000.

Last year Keynsham residents voted the Mencap group into first place in a similar competition run by NatWest – and the team is hoping the community will get behind them again. The £5,000 would be put towards supporting the clubs for children and young people,

HowtoVote By text: Text VOTE BS3 to 61119. Texts charged at your standard message rate. Online: Log on to www.lloydsbankinggroup communities.com/community fund and search for Keynsham Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, September 9 which are attended by around 70 youngsters, renting premises, and funding training and courses for staff and volunteers, from first aid to minibus driver training. Ms Bridges added: “The voting in this competition is likely to be incredibly close and every vote really will make a difference – please help.” While waiting for the results of the competition, the group is also planning its next fundraising event. This will be a quiz night at Saltford Hall on Friday, October 5. For more information, contact Keynsham & District Mencap Society on 0117 986 5659.

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Travellers’ site ‘confusion’ “Great confusion and uncertainty” surrounds the proposals to set up a travellers’ site next to Ellsbridge House in Keynsham, says the action group opposing the scheme. An announcement last month by the ruling Lib Dem group at B&NES Council that the site was one of three that would be rejected was shortly followed by a statement that it was “almost certain” the A4 location would not be included in the authority’s final plans. A spokesman for Keynsham Action Group (KAG) said residents were now waiting for the final decision at the Cabinet meeting on September 12. The spokesman said: “KAG were delighted to receive a copy of the Lib Dem press release stating that the site next to Ellsbridge House had been rejected from the list of proposed sites for travellers. We believe that this decision has been taken

due to the strong opposition by the action group and local residents, with the additional pressure generated by the judicial review process that we jointly entered into with Stanton Wick and Radstock. “However, there was a subsequent press release from B&NES stating that the site will ‘almost certainly’ be removed, which has led to great confusion and uncertainty. Considerable effort continues to be committed by all members of KAG in this campaign while we wait for the final decision to be announced at this month’s Cabinet meeting.” Councillor Tim Ball (LibDem, Twerton), Cabinet Member for Homes and Planning, said: “We are listening very closely to the views of local communities. “In response to feedback, Bath & North East Somerset Council intends to revise the criteria by which any proposed

sites are selected for our gypsy and traveller site plan. As things stand and under these proposed new criteria, I believe it is almost certain that the three sites suggested at Stanton Wick, Ellsbridge House, and Radstock Infant School canteen will not be included in our final plans.”

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News Memorials to be tested for safety at cemetery

Headstone testing at Keynsham Cemetery will begin on Monday, September 10. Keynsham Town Council said owners of grave spaces at the site can be present during the safety tests, which will only affect memorials erected since September 2011 and those re-erected after failing a previous test. The test involves a visual inspection, followed by physical testing in which a trained member of staff will stand at one side of a headstone, place a hand on the top of the stone and apply a firm, but not severe, pressure. If you have any queries or concerns regarding the procedure or wish to be present when your memorial is tested, please contact the town council office on 0117 986 8683. The testing will conform to nationally agreed standards and is in line with the Faculty issued by the Chancellor of the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

The publication by the Sun of pictures of Prince Harry has reignited the debate about free speech and privacy. Where does the boundary lie and which ought society value more? One clear boundary is between covert and overt surveillance. Telephone hacking is illegal as are voyeuristic activities because they are hidden. Eavesdropping on the other hand may be bad manners but is not against the law. It seems a reasonable curtailment of free speech that in normal circumstances information obtained in a way that breaks the law cannot be used. This does not give any protection against long lens cameras but they are only

“Ultimately, free speech must trump privacy... Information helps to keep public life honest� likely to be used to photograph celebrities. In the United States the law of libel differentiates between private and public figures. The former need to prove malice to outweigh the protection of free speech. This is sensible because most people will never be at risk of having their privacy invaded, including the less successful celebrities, to their chagrin. Those who enter public life must accept that what they do may be of profitable interest to their passing acquaintances.

Ultimately, free speech must trump privacy. Information helps to keep public life honest as the fear of exposure reduces corruption and hypocrisy. Privacy laws and press regulation can merely help the rich and powerful to cover up their wrong doing. Press freedom does not require responsibility but a nose for a good story. Intrusion usually only affects people who have chosen to be in the public eye or at least not to retire away from it so they ought not to complain when embarrassed.

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Police appeal after teen’s bike is stolen A Keynsham mum has spoken of her anger after her son’s off-road motorbike was stolen by a man who persuaded the boy to let him ride it. She said the 14-year-old had saved and earned money to buy the bike, which he’d spent most of the summer riding until the theft on August 16. She said: “My son was really shaken up and blamed himself – he worked hard to get that bike. “I just don’t know how this person can look at himself in the mirror after taking a boy’s bike - it’s a cowardly thing to do. I’m sure he wouldn’t have done this to someone in their 30s.” Police are appealing for information following the incident, which happened on land near Broadmead Lane at 4.15pm on the Thursday. The man said he was interested in moto-cross scrambling,

persuaded the teenager to let him have a go on the bike and then rode off on it. A man and a woman who were with the suspect drove away in a silver Ford Ka. The man who took the bike is described as white, about 20 years old, with a police tag on his left ankle. He was slim with a muscular build, with short dark hair. He was wearing a black top with gold writing and jeans.

The man driving the car is described as white and aged about 20. He is tall and skinny with long blond hair, and was wearing a black hat with a flat peak and a tracksuit. The woman in the car was white, around 18 years old with fair hair in a bun. She is missing some top front teeth. The stolen motorbike is an 85cc Kawasaki big wheel off-road hybrid. Detective Constable Mark Cherry said: “This was obviously a distressing thing to happen to a young teenager. We are very keen to hear from anyone who can help us catch the people responsible and to return the stolen bike to its owner.” Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Council deputy leader resigns after conviction The deputy leader of B&NES Council has stepped down from the role following his conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol. Councillor Nathan Hartley has resigned from his post and as Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children and Youth, but will remain a councillor. Councillor Paul Crossley, leader of the council, said: “I have accepted Nathan’s resignation. He made an error of judgement and decided that his Cabinet position was unsustainable because of his conviction. I would like to thank Nathan for his dedication and hard work over the past 15 months where he has overseen the continued improvement of our children’s services and implemented key Cabinet policies, such as retaining Culverhay School.” The leader of council will assume Councillor Hartley’s previous responsibilities until a successor is appointed.

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It’s Pet Smile Month! Dental disease affects up to 80 per cent of cats and dogs over the age of three years and is by far one of the most commonly diagnosed health problems but our pets are very poor at letting us know they are suffering. The most common dental problem seen in dogs and cats is periodontal disease. This begins with the accumulation of a biofilm of saliva, food debris and bacteria on the surface of the teeth (plaque). Unless removed plaque can cause inflammation at the gum line (gingivitis) and can combine with minerals in the saliva to form hard calculus or tartar which allows for more layers of plaque to form. As the signs of gingivitis worsen the gums become swollen, painful and can easily bleed. In severe cases pus will become visible around and on the teeth, gum recession can occur and painful tooth root abscesses appear. Eventually the bone attachment of the tooth is attacked and tooth loss follows. There are a number of signs suggestive of dental disease, including bad breath, increased drooling (possibly with blood), reluctance to eat dry food, pawing or rubbing at the mouth, chewing with discomfort or dropping food, tartar or pus on the teeth and redness of the gums. Dental disease can also have serious effects on other organ systems. If bacteria associated with periodontal disease enter the blood stream damage can be caused to the heart, kidneys and liver. Thankfully periodontal disease

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is treatable or preventable. Ultrasonic scaling is performed to remove the tartar. Teeth deemed too diseased or loose to be saved are removed and finally the teeth are polished. Home care is vitally important as a follow-up to scaling and polishing as plaque and tartar can reform very quickly if the conditions that led to its accumulation in the first place are not resolved. Tooth brushing is the gold standard for home care using toothpaste and toothbrushes designed for dogs and cats. There are food products and chews available aimed at maintaining good oral hygiene. These foods use technology and ingredients to “mechanically scrub” the teeth every time your pet chews. Oral gels and mouth washes are also available to reduce bacteria. It is important to have regular dental check-ups for your pet and you may be able to combine these with vaccinations, worming and flea treatment. Most dental disease is treatable and certainly the majority is preventable. Simply call the Keynsham Veterinary Centre on 0117 986 7700 to book a free dental health check and receive 20 per cent off any dental procedure when booked within one month of being recommended.

Help to feed those in need Keynsham shoppers are being urged to help local families in need by donating a tin to a foodbank at the town’s Tesco store. The collection of non-perishable foods for the East Bristol Foodbank will take place on Saturday, September 8. The drive comes as increasing numbers of families turn to the service, which provides three days’ emergency food to those struggling to make ends meet. Andy Irwin, of East Bristol Foodbank, said: “We know how tough it is for some families at the moment so we’re asking local people to give all they can. “Giving a food box to parents whose child might otherwise go to bed hungry makes a huge difference, so if we can get the community to lend a helping hand, we can make sure no one is forced to go hungry.”

More than 90 per cent of the food given out by foodbanks is donated by the public and collections at supermarkets have become one of the most effective ways to get people giving, the organisation says. East Bristol Foodbank and Tesco Retired Staff Association volunteers will be collecting at Tesco from 9am to 5.50pm. The local foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s UK Foodbank Network. Each foodbank also helps people to contact other local agencies which can then help to resolve the underlying causes of the crisis. To find out more about the East Bristol Foodbank, visit the website http://eastbristol.food bank.org.uk/ where the public can also find details of how to donate cash or venues to drop off donations of food.

Rebecca Gibbs BVMS MRCVS

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Move ‘positive’ for market Keynsham Farmers’ Market has celebrated a successful move to its new site. After four years on The Centre, near the Clocktower, there were some nerves over the relocation to the Ashton Way car park, according to organisers. But the first day of trading from the new site on August 11 proved a positive experience, said market manager Louise Hall, of Somerset Farmers’ Markets. She said: “We were nervous – we weren’t sure we could make a car park look inviting but we were thrilled with how it looked when we put the stalls up. We could be quite creative with the layout because we have lots of space and feedback from the customers was good.

“We will be at the site for the next two years and we are feeling really positive.” It is planned that the market will return to the heart of the town once the proposed regeneration is completed. Louise said: “We only have positive things to look forward to now over the next couple of years.” The market will also be playing a central role in Keynsham Food Festival on Saturday, September 8, with cooking demonstrations by local chefs, apple-themed craft activities, tasters and more. Mike Ward, sous chef from The Old Manor House, will be cooking English dishes at 10am, Nedim Orak from Pomegranate

will prepare Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food at 11am and Paula Ferrari from Pure Pigs will demonstrate sausage making at noon. The afternoon’s cook-off will also see Kieran Lenihan from Farrells, Dave Jones from The

Old Manor House and Ahmed Ali from Tandoori Garden go head to head to create the best dishes using produce from the market. The farmers’ market will continue to run on the second Saturday of each month from 9am to 1pm.

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‘Proud to be part of Games’ As the world watched London host the Olympic Games last month, Keynsham-based paramedic Chris Hewett was one of a team sent to the capital from Great Western Ambulance Service to respond to emergencies at the Games. Here, as he prepares for duty at the Paralympics, he tells Keynsham Voice about his experiences at the Olympics. I was lucky enough to be selected by Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust to attend the Olympics in support of our colleagues in London Ambulance Service. Unlike the short-notice drafting of armed forces personnel, this was an operation that had been planned years in advance. I was one of 14 ambulance staff from GWAS who

joined over 200 colleagues from all over the country to work at the London games. We were billeted together in south-east London for three weeks and were dedicated to looking after participants and visitors to the Olympic games in a fleet of new London ambulances. I spent two of the weeks working at the ExCeL centre in Docklands, which was the largest Olympic venue other than the main athletic stadium. A quarter of the total number of medals for the whole games were competed for under one roof, in sports such as boxing, judo, weightlifting, wrestling, table tennis and fencing. Crowds were often 6070,000, and we were on standby to look after them as much as we were there for the athletes and the Olympic family. Other shifts took me to the Olympic Park at Stratford, protecting the crowds as they arrived and departed

from transport hubs and Hyde Park, where huge numbers gathered for the “big screen” experience. London was simply buzzing and everywhere we went we felt part of the games. We worked closely with the London 2012 medical teams, providing them with pre-hospital expertise and the ability to transport critical patients to specialist hospitals. We also worked closely with colleagues from the fire and police services as well as the armed forces staff and the huge army of “gamesmakers”. All of the emergency services, armed forces and Olympic volunteers worked tirelessly and without complaint and created a unique atmosphere. Veterans of previous Olympic games couldn’t fault the attitude and effort and everyone involved was proud to be part of the experience. It wasn’t all fun, it was hard work as the focus was on providing the highest standard of patient care,

but it brought with it satisfaction and learning which we can apply back in our normal roles. We are now back with GWAS performing our usual duties but we all have memories that will stick with us. If I had to choose one memory it would be the atmosphere created by supporters of the Kazakh boxing squad, who brought the house down with their chanting and humour. One of my colleagues, Alison, had the chance to wear a gold medal. Another, Tom, was working in the athletics stadium when the first medal was won – and the 80,000-strong crowd erupted. If only we could bottle the spirit of positivity and enthusiasm we experienced at the Olympic Games. London and the whole of Britain were in the spotlight, and quite rightly the NHS ambulance service was part of an Olympics to be proud of. Chris Hewett, HART Training Coordinator, GWAS

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Have say on 20mph streets Residents are being asked for their views on proposals to introduce a 20mph speed limit on residential roads in Keynsham. Leaflets have been delivered to homes across the town, highlighting the area included in the scheme. The A4175 Keynsham Road and B3116 Wellsway are not included in the proposals. It is part of a programme to introduce a 20mph limit to residential streets across the Bath and North East Somerset area. A Bristol pilot scheme, covering around 500 inner city roads, has seen an increase in counts for walking and cycling, a reduction in mean speeds for 65 per cent of roads while around 82 per cent of residents in the pilot area support 20mph speed limits. A B&NES Council spokes-

man said: “People want to see safer streets and reduced speed limits so that their communities are better places to walk, cycle, and spend time in. The statistics are on our side. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents estimates that a pedestrian has a 90 per cent chance of surviving being hit by a car at 20mph, falling to a 50 per cent chance at 30mph and to 10 per cent at 40mph. We hope that as many people as possible respond to the consultation to give us their view.� The authority said there were no plans to install traffic calming measures, like speed humps, as with public support and awareness the 20mph rule would be self-enforcing. New speed limit signs would be installed to show where the

limit began and at intervals within the proposed area. Residents are urged to return a form which asks if they support or oppose the scheme and also invites views on whether a reduction in the speed limit might improve road safety and the local environment and encour-

age more walking or cycling. Responses must be returned to the council by Wednesday, September 26. To find out more about the proposals, call the council on 01225 394041, email transportation@bathnes.gov. uk or visit www.bathnes.gov. uk/20mphspeedlimit.

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Battle for the Winds parade leads way to Youth Fest 2012 BMX riders, a marching band and young footballers will join the QUEST Battle for the Winds parade to kickstart Keynsham Youth Fest 2012 on September 22. The procession will start at noon at the car park by the fire station before making its way along the High Street, past St John’s Church and into the Memorial Park to get the festival under way at 1pm. Keynsham Air Cadets Marching Band, Keynsham Army Cadets, Crucial BMX Team, Keynsham Junior Football Club, Time Out Youth Club, Freedom Dance, Wheels for All, African Sambistas, and Avon Fire and Rescue will all be following the route into the park. The parade is part of the SW touring Battle for the Winds, a theatrical show created to celebrate the Olympics and Paralympics, which will see performers demonstrating circus skills and parkour stunts. It is supported by the QUEST project – www.myquestbathnes.org.uk – and produced by Cirque Bijou and the Desperate Men. The festival then kicks off at 1pm, with B&NES chairman Councillor Rob Appleyard officially launching the event. Scooter and BMX riders will take centre stage at the skate park with demonstrations and competitions run by Crucial BMX. There is plenty to keep festival-goers active with an inflatable football pitch from Somerset FA, rugby sessions with Hitz Bath Rugby, fishing with Fishwish, bowling with Keynsham Bowls Club and football with Keynsham Town FC. Local churches will be providing a chillout area and youth organisations and St John Ambu-

Fun and skate demonstrations promoting Youth Fest at this year’s Keynsham Music Festival, above and below left; below right, don’t miss QUEST Battle for the Winds vehicle and parade Photo: Jackie Price, QUEST

lance will have stalls at the event. The Bandstand will provide entertainment throughout the afternoon, with zumba workshops, drumming and dance sessions by African Sambistas, and performances from Freedom Dance, Miffy and Rosa, Signpost Puppet Theatre, Sue Hill School of Dance Elite Dance Group, the Air Cadets Marching Band and DJ Robbie. There will also be the chance for budding reporters to learn filming, editing and photography skills from professional film

company Suited and Booted. The QUEST project aims to produce a three to four-minute film capturing the highlights of the Youth Fest, with training taking place on Wednesday, September 19, from 7-9pm at Time Out. To see if spaces are available, call 0117 986 8683. Keynsham youth worker Mark Willcox said: “This event celebrates the talent and skills of our young people. “It raises awareness of the positive opportunities available for young people to participate in

and a wide range of services and organisations.” Keynsham Youth Fest 2012 is funded by Keynsham Town Council and this year supported by the QUEST project, Bath and North East Somerset Council. For Battle for the Winds, visit www.myquestbathnes.gov.uk. For more information on Youth Fest 2012, contact Mark Willcox at youthworker@keynsham-tc. gov.uk or call 0117 986 8683.  The Quest Parade runs from noon-1pm, Youth Fest 2012 runs from 1-5pm.

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Report reveals care failings A family say they can finally pay tribute to a much-loved relative and well-known Keynsham resident now an inquiry into her death almost three years ago is over. Pamela Price, pictured, passed away in 2009 at Bath’s Royal United Hospital after contracting pneumonia. Following her death, her family raised concerns over her care with the health trust, finally taking their complaint to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. The ensuing investigation found that there were failures in Mrs Price’s care, including in the monitoring of the effects of the drug Gentamicin, kidney function and fluid balance. The report also said that despite a poor longer-term prognosis, Mrs Price’s life may have been prolonged had it not been for the failings. The findings were passed to the Royal United Hospital Bath

NHS Trust, and a spokesperson said: “Subsequent to Pamela Price’s death, new guidelines for the prescribing and monitoring

of Gentamicin, Vancomycin and Teicoplanin were launched. “These guidelines strengthen the prescribing and monitoring regime of Gentamicin in particular by giving very clear guidance to the doctors on adjustments to make when a patient has kidney dysfunction. “With the launch of these guidelines an educational programme for all doctors, nurses and pharmacists was introduced at the hospital and we are now in the process of sharing our learning with other hospitals across the UK. “Following Pamela Price’s death, we offered our sincere apologies and condolences to her family and we would like to reiterate those condolences at this time.” Mrs Price’s daughter Jayne Wood said her aim was not to criticise the health service but to raise awareness of the issues highlighted.

She said: “It is important that we do not wholly focus on the negative – it is just that we acknowledge that dedicated NHS staff do make positive and lifechanging differences to people’s lives on a daily basis. “We hope the changes called for will not only help service users but also make a positive improvement for staff who often work long hours and at times at best overstretched resources.” Mrs Price, who moved to Keynsham when she was 16 and later raised her three children in the town, was a well-known resident of Carpenters Lane, organising outings and activities. Her funeral procession brought traffic to a standstill along Temple Street, led by former Keynsham beat manager Philip Armitage. Mrs Wood said: “She was a remarkable woman who made a big difference to many people.”  Letters, Pages 14-15

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Letters Campaign to reopen station

Residents’ transport priorities being ignored

I was rather concerned to read Duncan Hounsell’s letter to Keynsham Voice last month, particularly his praise for the “Liberal Democrat Cabinet on B&NES for making the transfer from road to rail a key part of its transport policy”. Firstly, I believe that Mr Hounsell’s comments were rather inappropriate given his position as Chairman of the non-political Saltford Parish Council. All prior holders of this post have studiously maintained their political independence. Beyond this, the substance of Mr Hounsell’s letter was also rather worrying. There is clearly support for the campaign to reopen Saltford Station among

many residents, but never have they suggested that they would want B&NES to focus all its time, money and effort into rail facilities at the expense of other modes of transport, such as the bus services and road network which we all rely upon. Take the long-standing issue of the Saltford by-pass for example. I initially had misgivings about Saltford having a by-pass, and I still believe there are certain obstacles to overcome before one could be built. However, since being elected many factors have increased my support for a by-pass, including the outrageous levels of nitrogen-dioxide on the A4 which affects all Saltford residents. Saltford’s Parish Plan highlights that 70 per cent of residents want the village to be by-passed, yet 45 per cent of residents have said they would not use a reopened railway station. This is not to say there would be no benefit to a reopened Saltford Station, but it does highlight the priorities of Saltford residents,

which are clearly being ignored by the LibDems. Alarmingly, LibDem Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Roger Symonds, has told both the former parish council chairman and myself that the by-pass will not even be considered while the LibDems run B&NES. Both projects would be invaluable to the village, but for the Liberal Democrats to focus their attention solely on rail alone will not solve the chronic traffic problems on the A4. Of course, I strongly welcome the Government’s City Deal, which brings the Greater Bristol Metro rail project closer to reality, and I have my fingers crossed that this will further help the village’s aim to re-open the station. However, everyone uses the road system, whether they use buses or their own cars – and it is their right to do so. For the LibDems to blindly pursue an ideological approach of putting all the council’s time and money into one mode of transport to the detriment of all other projects, is pure folly and demonstrates just how out of touch their party is with the residents of Saltford. Cllr Mathew Blankley Cons, Saltford

Project is wasting funds

Its difficult to see how the Liberal Democrat Cabinet on B&NES can take the credit for the Greater Bristol Metro Rail Project. This was a project comprising work by all the former Avon Councils and started before the Liberal Democrats came into power. Where they can take credit is wasting council tax on a lost cause – Saltford Station. Arising from a group who wished the station to be reopened, they commissioned a report from consultants Halcrow. They then ignored the report, which said that there was not an economic case for the station and that construction costs would be substantially higher than first suggested and that the funding would largely come from council tax. They then commissioned a project development for a Saltford Station costing, by their estimates, up to £250,000. Luckily the Department for Transport did appear to have read the Halcrow report and withdrew Saltford Station from the specification for the Great

Western Franchise, due to be awarded in 2013. Surely the time has come to stop wasting money on this project, which if it ever happened would cause further parking problems in Saltford, and spend it on things Saltford does need like repaired roads. Reg Williams, Saltford

Bus service will decline

Thank you very much for the interesting magazine I have just received. I never knew so much went on in Keynsham. The campaign to reopen Saltford railway station seems to be a popular one. Many years ago, I also wished the station to be opened – it would have been so useful for us as a family. Now, life is so different. For instance, the only way to reach the St Augustine’s doctors’ premises in The Parade is by bus. I think the bus service will decline and I shall be climbing up a rather steep hill. Although I have a blue disabled badge I cannot find a driver with whom I could travel. Please think of those of us who need to be transported to the door of the service we need. So, carry on all your energetic work but please remember those of us who aim to be as self-sufficient as possible. JH Hicks, Saltford

Town centre regeneration

Years of demolition and destruction lie ahead More letters, meetings and discussions about free parking in Keynsham while work is taking place on the regeneration. When demolition work commences another 150 parking spaces will be lost as a large part of the Civic Centre parking facility is closed off to the public. It’s common knowledge that all Keynsham car parks are jammed on a daily basis – where will these people park, that is the question. We are being told that while work is taking place there will be no disruption to traffic and indeed no temporary traffic lights

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Letters in the town. How will they create this miracle? Short-term pain for long-term gain say some of our more prominent councillors, what a terrible assessment for Keynsham people and traders. The stated period of two years for the necessary work to be completed is, in the opinion of more knowledgeable people than myself, probably going to be nearer three or even four years. With B&NES there is no democracy but we are guaranteed demolition and destruction and for many years ahead, I am sorry to say. Derek Curnow, Trading in Keynsham for over 30 years

Managing own care budgets

Help at hand to deal with direct payments

Receiving direct payments for a personal budget for care from Bath and North East Somerset Council is not a simple thing. I have needed to work extremely hard from January 3 when one assistant suddenly became unavailable. It is my responsibility as a recipient of this budget to advertise, recruit, check references as well as initiate a Criminal Records Bureau check, issue employment contracts, train and retrain, plan a shift timetable and be sympathetic with sudden problems preventing an assistant turning up on time. This means immediately trying to arrange cover.

This is going to be made much more widespread in our community. This means that a large amount of time will be spent in homes of B&NES brushing up on knowledge of employment law, preparing wages with a payroll company, claiming back “business” expenses that arise like printer cartridges or gloves and last but not least sending a quarterly report back to the finance department of B&NES. Why did I get into this before there will be no choice anyway? Some care agencies were not reliable. My front door key was lost. It did not turn up when the snow melted. I was not in control. Now, I have nobody wearing a blue uniform when I am in the bathroom. I had very little privacy. Stop whinging, you are in control now, most will say! I can have a near-normal life: I can get up as early as I can so I enjoy the daylight, I have a shower and get assistance as early as 7am so my husband can still work or go to spend time with his family. I can maintain some mobility and fitness in spite of more than 33 years of having Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I can go to bed at a decent time. I have a few social meetings; voluntary charity duties and when all the above is completed, I can indulge in my hobbies: painting, going into town, visiting beautiful areas of Britain with good wheelchair access, including gardens. There are agencies which exist to help people with their direct payments – eg the Shaw Trust [01225 750922] and Phoenix SW [01225 481923]. There are also courses provided locally to help train people who want to learn

the skills needed to help disabled people. Laurence Robb, Keynsham

Legion ladies’ charity event

Thank you to all who supported afternoon

The ladies of the Royal British Legion Women’s Section Keynsham would like to thank all those, who despite the weather, attended their Cream Tea fundraising event held on August 15. A special thank you to the Coop, Broadmead Lane, and Tesco of Keynsham for the generous donations of groceries and items for the raffle. Also, a big thank you to all our volunteers and Caroline Quarterman of Tesco, who gave up their precious time and who worked tirelessly all afternoon. All of this contributed to a very successful and, we hope, enjoyable afternoon. A grand total of £348.58 was raised, which will be donated to the Poppy Appeal. Thank you all once again, as without all of your support and generosity this would not have been possible. Vi Francis, Chairman, RBLWS Keynsham

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I am still very much with you, closer than you think! I will never be any more than a heart beat away. For I am within you! I am in your heart and in your thoughts! Now I want you to look around you! No! Not a quick glance, I mean really look! Look at the people whose life I have touched and they mine. For in looking at them you are looking at me! Reach out and take their hand, for in touching them you are touching me! The next time you should venture outside, Feel the breeze on your face, the sun’s rays that warm you and each tiny raindrop; I am in all of these. I am not only within you I am all around you! Life like love is a never-ending circle, there is only continuation. It is the time to see not only with your eyes but also with your mind! To feel not only with your hands but also with your heart! Then we shall be closer still! As you see what I see and feel what I feel! You will know that I am still with you and still love you as much as ever! by Jayne Elizabeth Wood, dedicated to Pamela Margaret Price

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News Breed takes centre stage at the ‘Bullie Olympics’ Bull terriers will be the stars of the show when enthusiasts hold a “Bullie Olympics” next month. Latchets Kennels in Chewton Keynsham will be hosting the fun event on October 13 where dogs can put their owners through their paces on an agility course. Entrance is £4 per dog which will help raise money for Absolute Bull Terriers Rescue, which rescues and rehomes the dogs. Donations of towels and blankets for the kennels are also welcome. To enter a bull terrier in the Bullie Olympics, or to find out more about fostering or offering a home to a bull terrier, email

dodgebrownebt@gmail.com or visit www.absolutebullterriers. co.uk.

Darts team raise a glass to raising cash for charity A pub darts team has raised £300 for a cancer charity, selling football cards when they visit other pubs to play matches. The group from the New Inn, in Keynsham, has handed the money over to Cancer Research UK as a number of people they knew through the pub had been affected by the illness. Team captain John Williams said: “There are so many differ-

ent kinds of cancer, but this charity covers them all so we chose to support it.” The team, which has the charity’s logo embroidered on their shirts, was set up in 2010 and plays in pubs in Saltford, Timsbury, Oldland Common and the Bristol area. The players are now looking forward to the next season, which is due to get under way on September 12.

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Keynsham Hearing Centre

Firm celebrating 10 years Stephen Neal (HCPC-HAD, FSHAA) is a Health & Care Professions Council-registered Hearing Aid Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser who together with his wife, Anita, owns and runs Keynsham Hearing Centre. Having begun his career working for a national company, he started the business in September 2002, exactly 10 years ago and hasn’t looked back. Some reasons to celebrate their tenth birthday: Friendly welcome … Stephen’s wife Anita has always worked hard alongside him and together Stephen and Anita provide a welcoming and reassuring atmosphere in which to address our hearing needs.

Full Independence … Keynsham Hearing Centre is totally independent, family-owned, local and community based, not tied to a single manufacturer or owned by a backing company. As Stephen said: “When you deal with us, you see us, real people consistently. Above all else we love what we do, and are really looking forward to the next 10 years here in Keynsham.” New equipment … Five years ago Stephen reinvested in a state-of-the-art sound-testing room and fitting equipment, which has been a resounding success. This equipment gives the most accurate test available, and the fitting equipment allows Stephen to balance hearing instrument output to match speech spectrum.

An easy place to call in …. Opposite the fire station and the large car park behind, easy access has always been at the forefront (wheelchair accessible, too – Harry Patch at 111 years old never had a problem!) , and Keynsham Hearing Centre has experienced a brilliant response from the local community. Charitable endeavour… Stephen and Anita are also staunch supporters of the local Scout Association, and are regularly seen at the annual Scouts Auction. Keynsham Hearing Centre really does serve the people of Keynsham and surrounding areas in business and in their spare time. This family-run business has thrived on personal service

to suit individual needs and Stephen is more than happy to provide a comprehensive and professional service from ear wax removal, advice on clinical ear care, hearing tests, hearing system provision, hearing aid repairs, specialist musicians and sporting ear plugs as well as a full aftercare package. Keynsham Hearing Centre has always prided itself on ensuring that all customers are treated with the care, respect and dignity they deserve. Aftercare is no problem; Stephen is always happy to be available for a return visit for any checks and adjustments as required. To help celebrate the 10th birthday, Stephen and Anita and their staff would like to invite you to ...

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Down on the farm with the Upton Cheyney Chilli Company Finally harvesting has begun – albeit a month later than normal! The serious lack of sunshine this year coupled with disappointing temperatures has resulted in the development of both plants and formation of pods being significantly reduced. The plants are half the size that they would normally reach and fruit formation is massively down. Regardless, our harvesting has begun and as is normal, it’s the F1 hybridised super chillies that are first off the plants. These are fantastic plants to grow, and a chilli farmer’s dream. Super chilli plants can produce up to 400 chillies that are pleasantly hot and very easy to grow. Super chillies come from the Annum family (same as jalapeno) and are therefore bullet-shaped and thin.

Harvesting of the habaneros and nagas (which are from the Chinense family and are more rounded and considerably hotter) will not start for at least another six weeks. Even with a reduced harvest, we still anticipate collecting tens of thousands of pods. Naturally with this glut of fruit coming in over the next two to three months we cannot process the entire harvest into the range of sauces, chocolates and oils that we manufacture, so it is fortunate that chillies freeze very well. In fact some people say that the freezing process results in cells within the pods breaking down resulting in a hotter fruit! Harvesting – which ends around mid-December - is all completed by hand and in general is done on the cooler mornings. We don’t wear gloves – as many people would expect

– as the outside of a chilli has no heat. Occasionally however a bug may well have burrowed into the wall of the pod allowing a small amount of capsaicin (the chemical that makes chillies

hot) to leak out. The harvest team always have a good laugh at anyone unfortunate enough to suffer this fate! The show tunnel on the farm is also finally showing some colour and we hope that it will be looking spectacular for our fourth chilli festival on Saturday, September 8. The show tunnel consists of approximately 80 different types of chillies, with standard types as well as more interesting fruits such as Russian Flying Saucer and Raptors Claw on display. The names assigned to each type generally make sense once you have seen them! Come on up and have a look!

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A studenty summer in the studio! The Complete Control studio has seen some new young faces the last few weeks come in to do their work experience placements and get the feel for working life producing children’s digital content for the UK’s leading TV broadcasters and publishers. Frank Spitzer and Fraiser Adams, both from Wellsway School, came into the studio for a week to help the game development team test our latest multiplayer game, and also create their own game concepts for the Roodie Noodies, which were fantastic. Thanks guys. Danielle O’Hare, also from Keynsham, really become part of the creative team over the week, and tells Keynsham Voice what she has been working on in the studio. “This week on my work experience I got the chance to learn a lot of skills and do lots of fun things while working with the team, such as helping put videos onto a websites they are working on - which was good to learn about how things like that actually worked. I also got together with two of the team members, including Glynn, and helped brainstorm ideas for David Walliams’ new website and helped write up of what the website did and the way it worked. “Another thing that I have

been able to do this week is create new possible games for an app that Complete Control has designed. Finally I have made my own branding pitch which consisted of gathering research, making mood boards, sketching then designing my own logo for the brand, choosing colors and fonts that the brand will use for their website. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I would recommend anyone to come here and get stuck in with the team.” Danielle also designed the images for this article. If interested in Complete Control’s work experience scheme contact - glynn@ completecontrol.co.uk.

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Your chance for a change Need a change? Norton Radstock College has a wide range of community education courses and workshops in locations around the area, from language evening classes in Keynsham to furniture restoration in Radstock, photography in Midsomer Norton and Get Connected Computer Club in Camerton, there is a huge range of exciting courses waiting for you to try something new. Longer part-time courses, over one or two days a week, include areas like Medical Administration and Fast-track Office Skills, which are ideal for new graduates or returners to work. The college’s RHS-approved gardening courses also provide an interesting opportunity to broaden your knowledge over just half a day per week. There

is a range of country crafts available, such as Blacksmithing, Dry Stone Walling and Coppicing. Following recent changes to funding rules, the college can now also offer free tuition on English and Maths GCSEs starting this September. That magic grade C is what many employers and universities look for on their applications. Remember it’s still not too late to enrol on many of the college’s full-time courses, including university level HNC/HND qualifications in subjects such as Health & Social Care, Public Services, Photography, Business and IT. For more details, contact Norton Radstock College on 01761 433161 or visit www.nortcoll. ac.uk.

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Exam successes to celebrate It’s been another good year for Redland High School for Girls this year with a 100 per cent pass rate for our A level students and 30 per cent of students achieving three A*/A grades. There was also plenty to celebrate on GCSE results day as well – 100 per cent of the students achieved five A*- C grades, including Maths and English at GCSE. Redland High School is a caring and purposeful community that offers a fine academic education with a strong track record of excellent examination results and a wide range of extra curricular opportunities. Here students can discover their talents and strengths, developing good relationships with others within a secure environment with excellent pastoral care. Our experienced teachers inspire girls to think independently and discover their potential.

We foster a sense of belonging that creates the security for girls to develop self-esteem and a strong work ethic rooted in high achievement. In the Junior School (age 3-11), we ensure that the girls acquire excellent core skills but also devote time to many extras that are not part of the national curriculum. Class sizes are small to ensure each girl gets optimum attention and to enable the girls to express their individuality. Scholarships (academic, music, sport and art) are available for entry at 11+, 13+ and 16+. Means-tested fee assistance is available for girls of ability to enter Years 5, 6 and all years of the Senior School.  Visiting Morning: Tuesday September 25, 9.30 am. Open Morning: Saturday, October 20, 9.15 am. Visit the website at www.redlandhigh.com. Telephone: 0117 924 5796.

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First port of call to get kitted out for school At Sportscene we offer outstanding service, top quality products and competitive prices on school uniforms and sports kits. We stock clothing for many schools in the Bristol area, including Brislington Enterprise College, Wellsway, Broadlands, St Bernadette and The Meadow schools. Whether you need a new school jumper or an entire sports kit, please visit us where our friendly and experienced staff will be more than happy to help. We are based in Temple Street and we have ample free parking for your convenience. We are a family owned and managed business with a vast amount of experience providing school uniforms and equipment to local schools in Bristol.

Children ready for return to learning?

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Ready to go back to school? If you are anything like me, you are more than ready for your children to return back to school! But how ready are they? The six- or seven-week break is a long one, and it is a known phenomenon that children slip back academically during this time. My own children, and the students who attend my class don’t experience this. They have continued with a daily study routine. How can this be achieved? You could go to your local stationers and arm yourself with all the curriculum study books with the good intention of using them every day, or you could enrol

your children on the Kumon study programme, and they will be set daily work, with clear goals and expectations established. This is not an easy solution. Studying Kumon takes commitment from parents, and students. Before starting you must know what you are getting into! All children are offered a free maths or English assessment to see how they will benefit from Kumon. Clare Lovell, Kumon Instructor, Keynsham 0117 969 9247

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‘Open day in class of its own’ by Peter Fraser, Headmaster, Colston’s School, Bristol If you are thinking ahead to September 2013 and the choice of school for your son or daughter, put this date in your diary: Saturday, September 29. That’s when we have our annual Open Morning at Colston’s School. You are most welcome to join hundreds of parents drawn by our theatrical presentation by pupils from Reception to Sixth Form as well as our guided tours and the chance to visit all of our academic departments. I guarantee that our Year 7 pupils will show visitors around with complete confidence, happy to answer questions and talk openly about their new school and their experience of Colston’s. One of the big surprises for newcomers is our superb 30-acre

Colston’s pupils receive their exam results, left; headmaster Peter Fraser, right site. No other school in Bristol has as much green recreational space as Colston’s, with all our

facilities and sports on site. We’re at Stapleton, to the north of the city, which means

that parents and pupils have no need to grapple with Bristol city centre traffic.

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Confidence to reach higher Laughter, chatter and, quite often, singing, fill the classrooms and corridors of our warm, friendly and welcoming school environment. The Royal High School Bath isn’t a foundation for life, it is life, filled with fun and friendship and excitement, but also with risks and challenges that take courage and determination to overcome. But that’s the essence of the learning process, aspiring to great heights, wanting to discover more, occasionally stumbling, but ultimately using that experience to become better and stronger and more confident to then reach higher than before. Academic rigour and a strong

work ethic underpin ambition and achievement in our school and Sixth Form College. Girls and young women discover what they can do well and learn to do it better than they ever thought possible – this year’s glittering exam results certainly prove that. Talents are nurtured by dedicated teaching staff and celebrated by their friends, their peers and the school community as a whole. If you would like your unique strengths be recognised, developed and rewarded, do please come and see us. Rebecca Dougall MA, Head, The Royal High School Bath

Spotlight is on development at drama academy Creativity, confidence and communication are key words at the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy. Experienced teachers hold classes at locations across Bristol and the surrounding area,with Keynsham sessions taking place at the British Legion Club in Charlton Road on Mondays, from 5.15-6.15pm and 6.15-7.15pm during the 2012/2013 term. The academy strives to help

youngsters grow through performing arts, teaching discipline, confidence in communication and public speaking and creative problem solving while enhancing a positive self-image. There is plenty of fun, too, with performances and making new friends. To find out more, call 0117 900 1602, email bristol@helenogrady.co.uk or visit www.helenogrady.co.uk.

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Getting you on the road Kickstart runs Compulsory Basic Training (CBT), Direct Access Scheme (DAS) and Restricted (A2) motorcycle, moped and scooter training courses. Our Keynsham centre is just a 10-minute ride away from the motorcycle test centre in Bristol, giving you easy access for your Module One test and plenty of time around the Module 2 test area. We are so sure that you will like our training and riding bikes that we will give you a three-hour off-road training session for the price of two hours. ÂŁ50 will get you three hours of training, loan of kit, use of a bike, and a knowledgeable and fully qualified instructor. You will learn about bike

controls, use of stands, how to handle the bike, basic maintenance (useful if you are looking at secondhand bikes), braking (controlled and emergency), moving off, slow control (riding slowly in a straight line, slaloms, figure eights and U turns), use of mirrors, and why and when to check a blind spot and basic left and right turns (practiced off-road). You will get the chance to quiz your instructor about anything motorcycling related, the best types of kit and helmet to buy, what to look for if bike shopping, what type of bike would suit you best, and what to do next. Courses are run from our Keynsham office, visit our website www.kickstart-mct.com.

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Star pupils make the grade There was plenty to celebrate at Broadlands School when the GCSE exam results were released this summer. Pictured are students who really had something to smile about when they opened their envelopes – particularly the number of top A* grades they achieved between them. From left, Ashley achieved two A*s and five straight A grades; Jess one A* and six A grades; Alex one A* and six A grades; Jade eight A*s and four A grades; Claire two A*s and five A grades; and Sam two A*s and eight A grades. The secondary school will gain Academy status through the Academies and Enterprise Trust in January 2013. Families can find out more about the future plans at open events on September 19, 20 and 21. See below for more details.

Ashley, Jess, Alex, Jade, Claire and Sam collect their GCSE results

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News Plenty of laughs as hall hosts first comedy night

Saltford Hall is hosting its first comedy night on October 27 from 7.30pm. The evening will feature an MC, four acts and headliner Dan Thomas, while audience members will also be able to enjoy a range of real ales. A £12 ticket also includes a curry. Tickets are available from Saltford Hall on 01225 874081 or on scaeventtickets@btinternet. com.

Dance class on move

Cloud9 dance classes in Keynsham are normally held at the Fear Hall but due to refurbishment, some September classes will be held at Broadlands School. For up-to-date information, please ring Wendy on 07913 816541 or visit www.cloud9jive. co.uk.

The British lifesavers with their German guests on the beach at Bournemouth; below, in Bristol

Lifesavers host visit Keynsham teenagers helped welcome visitors from Germany to Britain as part of an exchange trip for young lifesavers.

Alfie Pau and Aidan Wedmid, from Keynsham Lifesaving Club, joined 30 young people from Germany and from other parts of the UK for a week of open-water training. The Royal Life Saving Society exchange started in Bournemouth where the group learnt beach lifesaving skills with Bournemouth Lifeguard Corps, taking a ride in a rescue boat and practicing their patrol skills. The youngsters then took a tour of the RNLI’s training facility and tried out the sea-survival training wave pool, before travelling to Bristol for some sightseeing, visiting the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the harbourside, Cabot Circus and meeting the Lord Mayor for lunch. Local lifesaver David Fielding, international exchange coordina-

tor, said: “The exchange was a great success – all of the young lifesavers had the opportunity to try new skills and they made some lasting international friendships with members of the German lifesaving society. “The open-water training was a real highlight of the exchange – for some of our German visitors this was the first time that they had gone swimming in the sea.”

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Congratulations, the wedding date is set and now you are planning your perfect day. Did you know that wearing your wedding ring on your left ring finger stems from an old belief that it contained a vein that connected to the heart, an edict that King Edward VI made official during the 16th century? While tradition plays a huge part in weddings, from the ceremony to the outfits, it’s also your day and there are so

many ways to make it unique and a true reflection of you as a couple. Inside our eight-page Weddings supplement, you’ll find information on many local services, from venues to videos. With so many options to choose from, here are a few ideas to help you on your journey to the day of your dreams. The countdown begins...  Main photograph courtesy of First Avenue Photography.

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Capturing the day  Dressing for the in photos and on film big occasion  Finding a venue to  Flowers, cakes, reflect your style dining and more 


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Capturing your special day VideoSweet is a professional video production company based in Keynsham, run by Robin Morgan. Moving from the fast-paced London scene with a background in broadcast television, live events, news and documentary, Robin now aims to provide a vast skillset of visual media to customers both commercial and domestic – here in Keynsham and the Bath and Bristol area. Robin said: “Weddings are increasingly becoming something that people want a high quality video for. It’s something that my company specialize in and one look at our website will show you the level of quality we put into our film-making.” The new show reel on www. videosweet.co.uk certainly contains a variety of enthralling imagery, from short film work to Olympic torches. Since its birth last year, videoSweet has been responsible for a whole range of visual media – from Olympic Badminton

events and covering the torch relay, to working with directors to create breath-taking short film work and music videos. Robin added: “Our ongoing aim is to be passionately creative in every area of our work. “Our hope is that anyone wanting a perfect wedding video can see our quality and creative skill and trust that we will deliver a fantastic, lasting and professional service on their big day, so that they can focus on what matters most – enjoying the moment.”

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Weddings Top 10 songs for the first dance Everything by Michael Bublé Let’s Stay Together by Al Green

(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (from Dirty Dancing)

At Last by Etta James

One Day Like This by Elbow

Amazed by Lonestar

Better Together by Jack Johnson

Make You Feel My Love by Adele Greatest Day by Take That

You’re The First, The Last, My Everything by Barry White As compiled by firstdanceuk.co.uk in May

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Celebrate by the riverside The Riverside is situated along the picturesque River Avon in Saltford with breathtaking views stretching across the hills. We are the ideal venue offering the conservatory and restaurant for hire as well as a bridal suite and ample accommodation for your guests from afar. Should you consider having your wedding here, we are licensed to carry out the

ceremony and also have a wedding planner with whom we can put you in touch for more information or to make further arrangements. There is also a safe playground facility for your children and during the warmer months our patio is the perfect suntrap to sit and enjoy drinks with family and friends. Contact The Riverside on 01225 873862.

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Dress for the occasion with outfits to suit any event Mickey’s of Keynsham offers ladies’ and men’s fashion, from casual to smart wear. You will find a wide range of women’s clothes, jewellery, accessories and handbags at affordable prices. There is a superb range of the latest in women’s designer clothing for today’s lifestyle. Whether it’s an outfit for the mother of the bride, bridesmaid or for the honeymoon, Mickey’s can help whatever the occasion. Finish

off your outfit with handbags, shoes, jewellery and even sunglasses.

Romantic Italy is favourite for honeymooners Wherever you take your honeymoon, the trip is sure to create memories that last a lifetime. Many couples take the chance to book the holiday they have always dreamed of, whether it’s relaxing far away from it all on a tropical beach, going on safari or seeing the sights in a world-famous destination. Exotic escapes probably top the list for many, but European gems are holding their own in this Top 10 list compiled from research carried out by Honeymoons.com. Where will you choose? 1. Italy 2. Mexico 3. Fiji 4. Greece 5. Hawaii 6. Bora Bora, French Polynesia 7. Aruba 8. Jamaica 9. Bahamas 10. Florida

Venice, Italy, above; on the Greek coast, below

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Photos with star quality for big day A wedding is not the moment to leave anything to chance! Star Families was started by a local family who between them have worked for over a decade in various medias – online, print, video, netcasting and photography. Their experienced, local photographer Simon Morgan has a passion for capturing moments and set up a nativity scene for families to create Christmas memories with their children during Victorian Evening last year. After capturing many beautiful weddings, proms and school year photographs, Simon has joined Star Families, who originally were known for their TV-style documentary and event filming production. Simon and

team are excited about keeping Keynsham’s wedding photography both local and professional, with their family-friendly treatment and ethical, honest approach. The website (www.starfamilies.co.uk) and Facebook pages are live and they’re also on Twitter where you can find out where the team are currently shooting – star_families! Quotes and bookings are now available.

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A range of settings to reflect your style A perfect reception needs to have the wow! factor from the moment your guests walk into the room – and that is exactly what you will find at The Old Manor House Hotel. We are proud to present the magnificent Georgian ballroom to host your wedding breakfast. Couples planning a more intimate wedding will also love the dining room, a restaurant located in the heart of this 16thcentury manor. Whichever setting you choose, our dedicated catering team – led by top chef David Jones – can cater for receptions of all sizes, from an informal buffet to a fivecourse banquet. It is your big day and we understand that each bride and groom is different, which means reflecting your style in everything from floral arrangements

to table settings. When it comes to entertainment, your wedding co-ordinator can suggest endless ways to keep your guests amused – from discos to live bands and

Ensuring your special occasion runs smoothly

At the Keynsham Royal British Legion, if we can help take the stress out of your special day we will. Our team of workers can arrange the Function Room exactly as you wish, so when the caterers arrive or the music providers, everything will be in place to ensure nothing spoils the continuity of this auspicious occasion. Drinks on arrival can be catered for, you can spend as little or as much as you wish and booking times can be altered to suit your needs. Contact us with your requirements on 0117 986 4997.

fun casinos to singing waiters. Start planning your party of a lifetime by calling The Old Manor House Hotel’s Wedding Team on 0117 986 3107.

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Thought for the month with the Reverend Simon Howell, Team Vicar, Keynsham Parish The Paralympic Games have been brilliant haven’t they? Great sporting theatre and totally, totally inspiring. Talk about getting our lives in perspective; talk about getting our troubles in perspective; talk about setting our sights higher in what we might achieve in this life – for all this and much, much more the Paralympics must be, at this time, the greatest show on earth. An ancient Hebrew scripture* speaks of the blessed in this life as “those who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through the valley of weeping,

they make it a place of springs. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in heaven.” It seems to be one of the deepest spiritual truths that suffering, although having no good in itself, is a place where our tears have the potential to become like springs in a desert. We may find - like Martine Wright, Steve Brown, Jonnie Peacock and co - that in our valley of suffering the source of strength is found to reach our highest mountains. * Psalm 84

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Residents urged to book in blankets for check-up Keynsham residents are being urged to book now to get their electric blankets safety tested for free this month before winter returns. B&NES Council and Avon Fire and Rescue are offering the service at The Key Centre, Charlton Road, behind the Methodist Church on the High Street on Tuesday, September 18.

Last year 272 blankets were tested as part of the service across B&NES and 57 blankets mostly over 10 years old - failed the checks. Testing days run from 9.30am to 4pm and booking is essential. To book an appointment, call Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Public Protection team on 01225 396759.

“We may find that in our valley of suffering the source of strength is found”

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Extra help to stop smoking The success of drop-in sessions in Keynsham aimed at helping smokers kick the habit has encouraged health chiefs to launch a new service in Bath. The move by Sirona Care & Health’s Healthy Lifestyle Service to set up the service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Bath city centre follows two successful drop-in sessions introduced in Keynsham. Richard Merrett, Sirona’s lifestyle service manager, said figures showed the number of smokers wanting to give up was between 60 per cent and 70 per cent. He said: “Our service is completely non-judgemental. We offer support and advice to smokers on ways they can take action themselves. Smoking is addictive – more addictive than heroin so we know it’s hard but it can be done and there are various

ways in which we can help. In order to meet the needs of those who have told us they want to stop, we will be setting up a stop smoking service from September 4 at the One Stop Shop in Manvers Street to provide free advice and support.” The new drop-in service will run on Tuesdays from September 4 from 8.30am to 1pm and by appointment 1pm to 5pm on Thursdays. And from Saturday, September 15, there will also be a drop-in service from 10am to 12pm at the Shopmobility – next to the One Stop Shop. For an appointment call 01225 831852. The drop-in sessions in Keynsham take place at the Baptist Church, High Street, Keynsham, on Tuesdays, 10am to noon, and Community @67, Queens Road, Keynsham, on Fridays from noon to 2pm.

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News Jazz performers head north for cafe-style gig

Jazz fans should put this date in their diaries as West Country favourites The Grey Dogs head north for an appearance in Timsbury. Often entertaining crowds at Wells market or at Westport, the band will perform at a cafe-style night at Timsbury Conygre Hall on September 21 from 8-11pm. Tickets are £8 on the door or reserved on 01761 471245. The event will support The Snowdrop Appeal, which aims to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s.

Success in dance exams

The Keyford Dancing School has announced that all pupils who entered Royal Academy of Dance ballet examinations and British Theatre Dance Association tap, ballet and modern jazz exams this summer were successful, adding it was particularly pleasing Karin Butler achieved a Merit for her Advanced 2 Modern exam.

Follow the trail and discover local talent Local arts and crafts will be on show in Keynsham and the surrounding area as part of the sixth annual Roundabout Art Trail. Exhibitors will be opening their studios and homes or setting up at shared venues to display their work on Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, from 11am-5pm. A spokesperson for the event said: “It provides an exciting opportunity for all artists in the community who wish to exhibit and promote their work. All kinds of skills are represented over the weekend, and the trail is a popular event for visitors who can spend an enjoyable day travelling to the different venues. “Check out the website - www. roundaboutarttrail.co.uk - and pick up a brochure from any of the venues. Inspirational, amus-

ing, contemporary, bizarre - it’s all art and it’s all there!” Exhibits will include paintings, textiles, ceramics, glass, locally made food and more. One exhibitor will be felt artist Eve Hessey, who will be displaying bags, hats and jewellery. Eve will be demonstrating the craft she has been honing for 10 years at Saltford Farm Barn during the art trail where you

will also find more information about the workshops she runs. For more on the artists involved in the trail and the venues, go to www.roundaboutarttrail.co.uk.

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Planning the perfect party Olympic torchbearer Rachel drops in at fitness club A Keynsham fitness club welcomed an Olympic torchbearer who is no stranger to the group. Rachel Bown is a session worker at Keynsham and District Mencap Society’s fitness class and took in her torch to show members. Rachel is a full-time special educational needs PE teacher in Trowbridge as well as a champion athlete. After playing highlevel ladies’ football for nearly

20 years, Rachel switched to triathlon and is currently bronze national champion in the Olympic and sprint distance triathlon. She is European Silver champion in her age group and is ranked seventh in the world. The Mencap fitness club is held from 7-8.30pm on Mondays at St John’s Parish Church Hall for ages 16 and above. For more information, call Pauline on 0117 986 5659.

There are so many ideas to choose from when arranging your child’s birthday party. Do you use an entertainer or book a venue which provides an activity? Below are a few birthday party ideas to keep your little ones happy.

Party Checklist:  Five weeks before the party decide on your maximum budget, then the type of party and where it should be held.  Three weeks before organise the party invitations, remember to let people know if there is a theme and advise when you need a reply.  Two weeks before order the

birthday cake and buy the party bags.  One week before confirm the venue, entertainment and check who is attending, start putting the party bags together.  On the day, sit back and let your little ones enjoy their special day.

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News Event planned to help local groups to network

A networking event to bring together community and voluntary groups working in the local area is being planned. At their August meeting, Keynsham Town Council members voted in favour of organising an open evening which, if successful, could become a regular occasion. Council staff are now looking into holding an event at a local venue.

Variety at jazz concert

There will be a mixture of jazz, folk and classical music at the next Keyna Jazzfolk Concert at Compton Dando Village Hall on Friday, September 14. Jazz trombone player Ron Brown of the Bristol-based Blue Notes Jazz Band is the special guest. Doors open at 7.15pm at Compton Dando village hall for 8pm. Tickets £7/£5. Visit www. keyna.co.uk or call 0117 986 5635.

Taking our pick from It looked like a strawberry, only smaller. And on closer examination at home it tasted like one, too. But it didn’t come from a plastic punnet on a supermarket shelf or even from a plant grown in someone’s back garden. It was just there, beside a path where hundreds of people walk and cycle each week who, like me, probably wouldn’t know they were there. But one person with a keen eye for everything edible growing in the wild is Chris Westgate, owner of Heavenly Hedgerows, which produces food and drinks made from wild fruit and berries found around Keynsham. I met Chris on a wet weekday morning on a stretch of the Bristol to Bath cycle path. She had been out since 6.30am and had already foraged a basket of goodies to turn into jams, jellies and other products. Barely a few metres along the

path and Chris had pointed out enough plants among the greenery to at least make the basis of a foraged feast, including nettles for soup, elder for cordials, jams and other sweet treats, and hawthorn, whose leaves are a forgotten staple that used to be referred to as “bread and cheese”. And beneath the leaves of plants that spread as far as I could see along the path, were

those tiny wild strawberries hidden from view. Growing up in New Zealand and enjoying the outdoors life means Chris has always been in touch with what nature can offer. She said: “People are scared and think everything is poisonous – but there is so much edible stuff out there. Also, people either don’t have time or have lost the art of cooking – and that’s half

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Chris Westgate, left; elderberries top centre, a wild strawberry below; consulting a book to identify poisonous plants, right the problem as you need to know how to use the things you forage. “Foraging is in us all, we have all picked blackberries. It unearths the Neanderthal in us all and a love of being out in the countryside. It’s an in-built thing to want to pick things.” The weather this year means that the seasons are running late, but with blackberries ripening in the hedgerows, it’s a sure sign

that autumn is on its way – the busiest time at Heavenly Hedgerows. Chris said: “Autumn is manic. I get up early and can still be cooking into the early hours as there’s so much to do in a short time.” As well as examining what’s growing at the side of the path, Chris also keeps an eye on what’s fallen onto the walkway from the trees overhead, stopping sud-

denly when she spots a hazelnut on the ground and searching out its source. So, after my introduction to wild food I can say that for those in the know there really is such a thing as a free lunch. Joni Mann  Heavenly Hedgerows is celebrating being awarded gold for its Hawthorn Jelly and silver for its Elderberry and Bramble Jam at the Taste of the West Awards. The business is also awaiting the results of the Bath Good Food Awards on September 23, having been shortlisted in the Best Local Alcoholic Beverage and Best Local Preserve categories. For more on Heavenly Hedgerows, visit www.heavenly hedgerows.co.uk, call 0782 878 6513, or email info@heavenly hedgerows.co.uk. The business is also on Facebook and Twitter @ heavenlyhedgero.  Keynsham Kitchen, page 51

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The dos and don’ts of foraging Dos

 Do take a foraging course.  Take a basket, not a carrier bag to keep your finds from getting crushed.  Stick to paths in meadows and fields.  Ask permission of owners before foraging from plants.  Pick above knee height to avoid contamination from dogs.

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 Don’t overpick – leave some for the wildlife and to ensure the fruit regrows.  Don’t pick anything you aren’t sure of – many plants aren’t edible.  Don’t uproot wild plants.  Don’t take risks on roads.

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On the Beat with i h PC C Lisa i Hawtin i

Well, where is our summer weather? I haven’t given up hope for warmer weather in September, but then I’ve been wishing that for the last six years! Whatever the weather hopefully some of you will have seen me on foot patrol in Keynsham over the last few weeks, if not then look out for me as I have taken to removing items from window sills. Let me explain in more detail. While out and about, I have noticed that on that occasional hot day some of you like to leave your ground floor windows open. In one street I managed to collect an iPod with headphones, a pair of binoculars, and a rather nice little clock. Of course, all items were returned on the doorsteps to the rather surprised but

grateful owners who listened carefully to the appropriate crime prevention advice. When you let the fresh air in through doors and windows you open your house to opportunist theft so do be careful. This brings me on nicely to distraction burglaries as sadly we have suffered a couple of these offences recently and the victims do tend to be elderly. For example, let’s say there is a knock at your door and the nice person on the doorstep says: “My dog has escaped and has run into your back garden” or “My car has broken down and needs some water” or “My son was just messing around and has thrown my car keys into your garden, can I come and have a look for them?” The list of excuses is endless.

So what do you do? This could be genuine or it could be a distraction! As you go with this nice person to look for the lost item, the other dishonest person who has been stood out of view is now in your house taking your valuables! This could all take a matter of minutes. They are very convincing but YOU are smart. If in doubt keep them out! It is not a crime to stay behind your door. We want to catch these people, so any suspicious activity should be promptly reported. Ending on a lighter note, I’m looking forward to joining in with the Keynsham Youth Festival on Saturday, September 22. If you’re really lucky you will see me busting some moves on my son’s BMX bike!

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My name is Lee Hoggett and I am a youth worker at the Timeout drop-in centre in Keynsham. My partner and I have been making cupcakes as a hobby for a while now and since attending a cupcake-making course in Bath we have been enthused to take our craft to a higher level. The course enabled us to explore different decorating techniques and inspired us to get creative. We have been creating imaginative designs for different themes ranging from pretty flowers and delicate patterns for weddings, to sport and Olympic-themed cupcakes for birthdays and celebrations. We love experimenting with flavours and really enjoy creating our

The Transition Keynsham group is looking for green-fingered volunteers to help out at its community vegetable patch. The regeneration of the town centre means the patch has been relocated to the Memorial Park, to the right of the cafe. Volunteers are needed to help plan and look after the new growing patch. There are lots of ways people can help including donating plants, digging, watering, eating and sharing the produce and even knitting flowers, bees and other features to decorate the edge of the patch. To get involved, contact the group at keynshamt@yahoo. co.uk or call 07970 737760. Find out more at www.keynshamt. wordpress.com.

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In the Garden with our Homegrown Gardener I assume that the readers of this article have gardens, perhaps some do not and equally some who do have gardens do not read this page. Anyhow, the question is, why do we have gardens? A space to be outside, for children to play, to sit quietly and contemplate (me).If one has a garden it has to be cared for and kept tidy, tending to flowers and fruit, cuttin grass, pruning roses, bushes, trees. It all comes into the compass of the gardener. I have a friend who detests having to trim a large hedge, another who finds edging the lawn to be a nuisance. Some people have a garden because it comes with the house; some because the house comes with the garden. Are the latter the true gardeners? Carrying on from the above, cutting back, pruning etc. requires some care and attention. A sharp pair of secateurs, pruning saw, long arm pruner and so on. But also needed is good eyesight to spot blackfly, lily beetle, caterpillar and other pests. And which stem should be cut from the rose, clematis, sweet William and others? I have found recently that I have been peering too closely to

properly see what I am doing. Sometimes a bloom or bud will fall when it should not. So I took to wearing a pair of spectacles, which was all well and good, but I kept catching them on twigs, knocking them off my nose and becoming so fed up with them that I put them down where I was sure not to find them. It will take time to get used to them. Spectacle I knew that I was having trouble When my eyes kept seeing double And then I found that wretched figure Needed to become much bigger Unable to make out a fraction Frustration drove me into action I set myself upon a mission To find for me a good optician

Who with his LETTERS and his lenses Could relieve my many frenzies I sat with patience in the chair “Look down look up look here look there. “OK,” he said, “that’s all I need I’ll send this off with greatest speed.” And now I sit in sweet repose With my new glasses on my nose. Several years ago my faithfull 25-year-old Suffolk Punch cylinder mower cut its last blade of grass, and was retired to that gathering ground of things past, the amenity centre. What to replace it with, I wondered? Very much a traditionalist I favoured another similar model but the price made me think again. A motor-driven rotary seemed to be a good offer. Wide cut, self drive, variable depth, big collecting bag and two-year guarantee. So I went home with my new mower and am very pleased. With the wider cut on the mower, I also cut 15 minutes off the mowing time. Watering has not been a problem this summer, and that is something of a relief even if we did have a poor growing period. But what does it mean to we gardeners? With the amount

of rain we had, about 6 inches I believe, does that have an effect on the soil? Do all the nutrients and minerals necessary for growth get diluted or even washed away? I have not seen any comments from professional writings, but I believe that we may need to add some nutrients now that we have some better weather. Despite the very poor early season, when the begonias rotted, tomatoes made no progress and the grass was too wet to cut, we seem to be back in the old routine of dead-heading, propping up the big white daises, crocosmia five feet high and agapanthus providing a lovely blue haze against the green background, begonias in dazzling colour and fruits on the tomato plants. I have just finished cutting back a hydrangea petiolaris which groes against an eastfacing wall. Recent growth has ment some overreaching branches which makes it look very ungainly. I have taken back to a pair of buds these branches which offend, and left alone the newer shoots with fat buds on the ends which will hopefully give the new flowers for next year.

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What’s On This month September 9

Harvest Heritage Arts and Media present The Chocolate Plant, a story-sharing activity, from 2.304pm at the Bandstand, Keynsham Memorial Park.

September 11 CHANGE OF VENUE for Keynsham Townswomen’s Guild’s September meeting at 9.45am. The meeting will be at St Dunstan’s Church Hall instead of The Fear Hall. Any queries, members can contact the chairman Mrs Ann Critchell.

September 16 Keynsham Brass Band, 2-4pm, at the Bandstand, Keynsham Memorial Park.

September 21 Timsbury Conygre Hall (BA2 0JG) 8pm-11pm. An entertaining night with The Grey Dogs (trad. jazz and mainstream). Dance in cafe-style setting. Charity for night - Alzheimer’s The Snowdrop Appeal. Tickets £8 on the

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September 29 Choirjam perform at the Bandstand from 2-5pm.

October 1 Royal British Legion Women’s Section Beetle Drive, Upstairs in the Concert Room of the RBL Club Keynsham. 8pm. Entry £3 p.p. Non members welcome.

October 4 Keynsham Film Works screening of A Separation, which was an Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language film. It is set in contemporary Iran and tells the story of the marriage break-up of a privileged couple who cannot agree on the big decisions in life.

Fry Club, Keynsham at 7.45 pm. www.keynshamfilmworks.co.uk

October 12 Royal British Legion Women’s Section Disco with Ploughman’s Supper. Upstairs in the Concert Room of the RBL Club Keynsham 8pm till late. Non members welcome. £5 p.p. For tickets please tel 0117 986 8695. Non members welcome. Avon Wildlife Trust, Keynsham Local Group. ‘Water Voles’ with speaker Chris Sperring MBE, 7.30pm at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Keynsham BS31 1DS. Adults £2.50, children £1. Refreshments and bring and buy book stall.

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

Monday ChoirJam, Keynsham’s fun pop choir, meets on Mondays and Tuesdays 7.30-9pm during termtime 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 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 7.30pm. Occasional speakers, social events and outings, why not come along and meet new friends?

Dogs urged to bring their owners along to The third fun dog show at Compton Dando takes place on Saturday, September 15, starting at 2pm. This year the show will be staged in the field next to Blackers Mead on Rankers Lane, a very short distance from the village centre and the Compton Inn. A free car park is available close to the event venue. There will be classes for non-pedigree entries as well as gun dogs and other pedigree dogs. In addition, there are plenty of “fun rounds”, including obedience, agility and waggiest tail! All dogs over four months

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What’s On Key Voices, Keynsham’s friendly community singing group is looking for new members. Monday between 7.15 and 9.30pm during term-times at Castle School in Newlands Road. Cost £4 per sessions, £3 concessions. Roy on 0117 949 8587 Every Monday, ‘Cloud9’ Modern Jive Partner Dance Classes at The Fear Hall, High Street, Keynsham, at 8pm. No experience or partner necessary, no need to book, just turn up any Monday. First night FREE. Visit www. cloud9jive.co.uk or call Wendy on 07913 816541 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 0117 9864722 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 from September 17 to mid-May. Everyone welcome, newcomers free. Ring Clive on 0117 986 6793 or just turn up.

Tuesday Wellsway Ladies’ Badminton Club, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm at Keynsham Leisure Centre. For more details contact Jenny on 0117 9868331.

annual show old are most welcome to bring their owners and other family members and friends! There will be a £1 charge for spectators to include a free programme, but one dog handler per animal enters free. The show offers refreshments and a grand raffle and there will be a demonstration by police dogs and their handlers. For more information on how to enter the Compton Dando Dog Show, contact:Peter Middleton by email at plcm@btinternet. com or call him on 01761 490927.

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KOPS = Keynsham Older Peoples 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 along a small item for the raffle. 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. 2pm-4pm, different activites, eg. luncheon, quiz, games and a committee meeting. On a Thursday afternoon, 2pm-4pm, we do crafts and also we have a community garden. Contact Margaret Health on 01179863801. St Keyna Townswomen’s Guild. A friendly outgoing group of various ages who meet on the second Tuesday of each month, this month at St Dunstan’s Church Hall. 9.45-11.45am. With speakers and coffee/tea and biscuits. We have sub groups including theatre trips, an art group, book club, scrabble, cards, walkers, singers, bowls and more. Keynsham Photographic Society, Fear Hall , 7.30pm, to enjoy all aspects of photography. 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 come along to share.

Sunday 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. Join a very friendly mixed group who meet up every Friday to play badminton, 10am-noon at Keynsham Leisure Centre. Everyone welcome regardless of ability. Just turn up or ring Clive on 0117 9866793. Avon Wildlife Trust, Keynsham Local Group. Winter Talks second Friday of each month, October to 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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News Group to unveil vision for future of river

The River Avon Corridor Group is hosting a public meeting to unveil its vision for the future of the river in Keynsham. The group hopes the stretch can play an important part in the town’s regeneration, with opportunities for employment and leisure all based around the river. The meeting will be held at 6.30pm on Friday, September 14, at the Fry Club and Conference Centre and is open to all.

Guild’s change of venue

Renovation at the Fear Hall means Keynsham’s Townswomen’s Guild will be moving its next meeting to a different venue. St Dunstan’s Church Hall will welcome members on Tuesday, September 11, at 9.45am. Members can contact the chairman Ann Critchell with any queries.

Keynsham Chamber of Commerce with chairman Lynn Young August 6 was the date of the last meeting and the date from which the Keynsham Business Association will now be known as the Keynsham Chamber of Commerce. This decision was taken in an extraordinary general meeting held following the usual monthly business meeting. Our aim is to encourage more members to join and provide an air of legitimacy when representing the businesses in Keynsham. Motions were put forward, firstly the name change, which the majority welcomed, then secondly the encouragement of new members who may not presently be in business

within the catchment area of the Chamber of Commerce but could still join and be known as an Associate Member. An application would be required and agreed by three out of the four Executive Officers. Currently the fee to become a member is only £30 on an annual basis. In the monthly general meeting discussions took place on the Victorian Christmas Fair, which will be held on Friday, November 30. The theme this year will be Christmas Trees. Due to the loss of space at Bath Hill there will be a different layout to previous years. News from the High Street:  Johnson’s the Dry Clean-

ers had closed. This had taken place at very short notice.  The Farmers’ Market had moved to Ashton Way from Saturday, August 11. Jacob Rees-Mogg had written letters to the national businesses on the High Street about connecting with Keynsham Chamber of Commerce. So far this communication had been very successful. For more information on joining Keynsham Chamber of Commerce, contact chairman Lynn Young on 07714 451596. The next meeting will take place at the Old Manor House Hotel, 5 Bristol Road, on Monday, October 1, from 6-7pm. All welcome.

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Keynsham business of the month

For September, we meet Rosie, the proprietor of accessories and gift shop Trigaci

Tell us about your company. Trigaci is in its fifth year of trading, though it seems like no time at all since we opened. I had been looking around the area for suitable premises and was thrilled to find this shop, which suits us perfectly. Trigaci (pronounced Trig-ach-ee) was my grandmother’s maiden name. She had an uncle who made jewellery in Cairo so it seemed an appropriate name. Sadly, Grandma died shortly before we opened so didn’t see the shop flourish. What service do you provide to the people of Keynsham? We sell costume jewellery, handbags, scarves and other accessories for our customers to treat themselves to, or as lovely gifts for all occasions. We can gift wrap items to make it easy and extra special. Often customers will bring in an item of clothing they have chosen for a special occasion and we love to

help them find the perfect piece to complete the look. What is the best part of running your business and working in Keynsham? Working in Keynsham means meeting local people and other local traders and enjoying the community spirit. Also, living locally, Tipsy – the shop dog – and I can walk to work in only 15 minutes! What makes your service different from other companies?

Where Trigaci differs from many firms is that I can choose to sell what I think will suit my customers best rather than having to stock what some anonymous head office dictates. I can react quickly to trends and seasons. What are your plans for the future of the business? I’d like to expand Trigaci into other similar towns which might like our style, but still keep it small and personal. But for this year I’m already thinking about

making Christmas at Trigaci stunning with lots of magic and sparkle, and the perfect gift wrapping for the perfect gift. Meanwhile, look out for our monthly special offers in Keynsham Voice! Contact: Trigaci, 2a Temple Street, Keynsham, BS31 1EG. Tel: 0117 986 0805. Visit www. facebook.com/trigaci. DO YOU WANT TO BE FEATURED AS BUSINESS OF THE MONTH? CALL EMMA ON 07715 770448 TO DISCUSS.

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with Christine Westgate, from Heavenly Hedgerows

Recipe: Lavender Cake

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Library news Adult reads  A Perfectly Good Man by Patrick Gale Set in West Cornwall, the book opens with Barnaby Rudge, a much-loved and respected priest, being present as 20-yearold Lenny Barnes, paralysed in a rugby accident, commits suicide. Patrick Gale weaves characters into his story, linking them in ways you don’t expect, right up until the very end. Best read sitting on the Island at St Ives, looking out to sea!  Classic Football Debates Settled Once and For All With the new season upon us, this book by Danny Baker and Danny Kelly should prove

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a useful read to all budding fans. fans Full of football trivia, it’s useful for impressing mates at the pub, too.  Made in Bristol by David Bolton This is a fascinating, illustrated book about 50 local enterprises and inventions. Some we know well, like Harvey’s Bristol Cream, but who realised the inventor of the Boxkite aircraft was a Bristolian named George White? Teenage  Jackdaw Summer by David Almond (author of Skellig)

Thought-provoking and beautifully written, this book is set in summer, a summer where friendships are tested. A summer when lines between good and bad are blurred. A summer that Liam will never forget. Picture book  Jack and the Flumflum Tree by Julia Donaldson Oh no! Jack’s Granny is sick with the Moosles and the only thing to cure her is the fruit of the Flumflum tree. Jack bravely sets off on an adventure with his friends to find the fruit and make her well again. Don’t be alarmed! Jack and his friends have gone well-

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prepared with things to help them on their journey. A lovely book by this popular author that young children will ask to have read to them over and over again. Junior book  The Something Wickedly Weird series by Chris Mould This follows the adventures of Stanley Buggles on the island of Crampton Rock. The six books in the series include The Wooden Mile, The Icy Hand, The Silver Casket, the Darkling Curse, The Smugglers’ Mine and The T Treasure Keepers. Read them t if you dare!

DDon’t forget... The T Summer Reading Challenge ends on Saturday, September 8, e but there is still time to finish reading your six books and get a medal and certificate.

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Pony art trail is a runaway success, says charity A local animal charity is celebrating the success of an art trail, in which painted model ponies were placed around Cabot Circus. HorseWorld’s Trail of Painted Ponies ran for seven weeks, and soon art-lovers will get the chance to own one of the pieces. Plans are being put together to sell off some of the exhibits to raise much-needed funds for the animal welfare charity based at Whitchurch.

HorseWorld’s managing director Mark Owen said: “We’ve been staggered by the interest in the Trail, and it’s provided hours of fun for families whose smiles have told the story.” People who want to register an interest in buying one of the hand-painted model ponies can do so by emailing painted. ponies@horseworld.org.uk. Above, the artwork All Things Bright and Beautiful by Stephen Winterburn.

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A 1930s bay-fronted fourbedroom family house situated in a popular road, close to local schools and open countryside. Accommodation includes: three reception rooms, kitchen, four bedrooms (master with ensuite) family bathroom, double glazed windows and a gas-fired central heating system.

The driveway provides offstreet parking and access to the single garage and rear garden. Eveleighs recommends an early viewing to fully appreciate what this lovely family home has to offer. ď Ź Stamp duty paid (subject to conditions).

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Funding buys first kit for youngsters’ team

Keynsham youngsters are celebrating a first for their football team - after getting funding for their first kit. Kelston Town FC, part of Keynsham Town Juniors, are now sporting a new strip thanks to cash from Councillor Brian Simmons, through the B&NES Councillor Initiative. The boys lined up for this photo in their kit on August 31 at a presentation ceremony. Cllr Simmons (Keynsham North) said: “The £2,000 BANES Councillor Initiative money has given over 50 children enormous pleasure and also increased their football skills. They have also made friendships with people they wouldn’t normally meet and it has been a good use of the Councillor Initiative money.” It comes at the end of a

school holiday football coaching programme run by Keynsham Town Council Youth Service and Keynsham Town FC. The sessions proved a hit with youngsters, who were full of praise for the activities. Mike, 15, said: “The coaches give you good

tips on how you can improve and they make it fun and active and people don’t get left out.” Leo, 10, said: “It was amazing, better than last year. I enjoyed the tournaments the most.” Joe Ryan, head coach and Keynsham Town youth develop-

ment officer, echoed their views, saying: “It’s been a fantastic summer working with some great players and characters. There was great support from the coaching team and guest coaches Sion and Jack, from Somerset FA and the national FA.”

Olympic swim the ‘greatest moment’ so far for Siobhan Keynsham Voice speaks to teenage swimming star SiobhanMarie O’Connor about her experiences competing as part of Team GB in the 100m breaststroke at the London 2012 Olympics. Siobhan started her career with Keynsham Swimming Club.

all time and has done so much for the sport. What is next for you as a swimmer? And are you hoping to compete at the Olympics again? I am going to train for each year as it comes. Next year we have worlds in Barcelona, and there is always a major competition at the end of each season. I plan to build year by year and then we shall see what happens in 2016. But yes, Rio is a definite aim. The Olympic Games are amazing!

What was it like walking out in front of the crowd at the Aquatics Centre? It was the greatest moment of my swimming career to date and was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To walk out at an Olympics in front of a home crowd is every athlete’s dream. I will remember it forever. As a newcomer, how was it competing in Team GB alongside medal winners like Rebecca Adlington? It was very inspiring and has given me so much motivation. It’s an honour to be on the same team as Becky as I’ve looked up to her for many years. She has

Have you taken a break since the Games?

always been very generous and helpful to me and I feel honoured to have her as a friend now. My teammate and training partner Michael Jamieson won silver and it was amazing being there to cheer him on. I know how hard he has worked and how much he deserved it!

Was there anyone you particularly wanted to meet or watch at the Olympics? Watching Michael Phelps become the most decorated Olympian ever and being there for the final race of his career was incredible. He is the greatest of

Yes, I had a three-week holiday in Turkey with my family. It has been amazing and so good to relax and enjoy some time away from the pool! I start sixth form at Ralph Allen in early September, which I am really excited about as I’ve missed a lot of school this year, so hopefully I can start afresh!

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Annual clash sees sides declare honourable draw

Members of Keynsham Bowling Club held the much-anticipated annual clash between the ladies and the gentlemen. Pride is always at stake and this year was

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certainly no exception. The green looked at its best with everyone sporting their club shirts. The gents won on shots by 115 to 100 due to a large score on one of the

Rugby teams warm up for new season Keynsham Rugby Club played three warm-up games before the season kicked off on September 1 with a home game against Wells RFC. They played Dings RFC 2nds over four periods of 20 minutes under floodlights at Locklease and “won” 30-10. There were tries for Charlie Grant, James Chuter, Dan Harvey, Ben Bolster and James Hurrell Smith. In an overall very pleasing run-out, 17-year-old Marcus Adams impressed at scrum half as did Dan Baber in the loose; the return from injury from flanker Lewis Bush was good to see and Mike Saunders, Sam Challenger, Phil Harvey, Graham Sage and Tom Cheney also shone at various stages. On the Saturday they played in the Robbie Johnson Memorial Trophy at Ashley Down

OBs’ RFC. Four pools of three contested 15-a-side games played over matches of 20 minutes. Keynsham were in a pool alongside Cotham Park and Whitehall and came through undefeated to beat Dings RFC in the semi-final. A closely contested final against North Bristol RFC saw Keynsham squeeze to victory with the only score of the game – a penalty – right at the end. Compliments were flying for the organisational efforts of the host club in the bars afterwards. Then, on Thursday, August 23, the club welcomed Whitehall for a warm-up friendly at the Crown Field. Whitehall were very lively throughout and pushed the local boys all the way in another four quarters at 20 minutes per session. There was much shuffling of players in the four quarters

that continuity of play was lacking, but obviously the coaching team of Jason Wheatley, Mike Jeffries and Kevin Appleton were able to pluck a lot of good information from a raft of players, a few new to the club. There is free parking and no entry fees to watch games at KRFC, so why not drop along to the Crown Field – opposite the Crown Hotel on Bristol Roadoccasionally? A warm welcome awaits. Fixtures: September 8 home games: 2nds (v Chew Magna) and 3rds (Old Culverhasians). September 15 home game: 1sts (v Hornets). September 22 home games: 1sts (Cirencester) and 3rds (Bristol ‘quins). September 29: 2nds (Stothart & Pitt) and 4ths (same club). October 6:- 1sts (North Bristol) and 3rds (Winscombe).

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rinks, with the ladies winning four rinks of the six. Everyone was happy when the captains Jean Evans and Bob Edge declared it an honourable draw.

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Are you an ex-club or strong swimmer who has been inspired by the 2012 Olympics? Keynsham Swimming Club has an active Masters Squad with swimmers ranging in age from 18 to 60. The squad trains three times a week at Keynsham Leisure Centre. If you would like to know more, visit www.keynsham swimmingclub.co.uk and go to the “contact us” button.

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Ship petanque team sail to win in contest

Keynsham’s Ship Inn Petanque Club held its annual Ship Masters competition on Sunday, August 12. The competition, sponsored by Bristol Blue Glass, attracted 20 entries with teams coming from as far away as Cirencester. After a day of fierce competition, the eventual winners were Ship team Peter Beresford, Mike Mills and John Day. Bath team Martin Ellis, Cary Bush and Mark Gilbert were runners-up and Clive De Silva, Luke Early and Jerry Ough from the Compton Inn won the Plate competition. It was a very good day, enjoyed by all, and the teams thanked Richard Weymouth, Ship landlord, for his hospitality and a hog roast lunch. Our picture shows the winning team with Richard Weymouth and Club President Alan Hulme.

Petanque is played all year round at The Ship Inn, with both regional, local and internal

leagues. Anybody interested in having a go or any questions about the game can contact club

chairman Allan Hume on 0117 983 0119 or email alan30k@ yahoo.com.

Mixed month for cricket club Keynsham Cricket Club’s first team scored a massive 288-3 off 50 overs at Chippenham on the weekend of July 28/29. There were two century makers, Richard Coughtrie with 107 and Ben Ward 103 not out; they put on 166 for the 2nd wicket. Rich Pannell chipped in with a quick-fire 43 not out. Keynsham restricted the opposition to 179 all out with the “Two Ws” – Rich Wilton and Sam Wheller – doing the damage with 4-35 and 3-23 respectively. The seconds lost to Corsham at home. Keynsham scored just 101 with Tom Bancroft top scoring with 26. John Courtney took 3-12 in Corsham’s winning reply of 106-5. The 3rds posted 136-8 (Calum Kay 36 and Steve Clarke 32 not out) against Shoscombe who were then skittled out for just 64. Keynsham’s main wicket takers were James Gerrish 3-14, Nick Lowe 3-19 and Dan Gerrish 2-0. Both of Sunday’s scheduled games were lost to the weather. The following weekend, the 1sts hosted Ashcott & Shapwick at Wellsway with a weakened team and were found wanting,

although the players who stepped up from the lower teams all excelled (James Gerrish, Jonty Flynn, Tom Bancroft and Alex Taylor). A7S finished on 215 all out in the 50th over but Keynsham could only muster 137 in reply, despite 52 from Ward and a fighting 18 by Taylor. Taunton Deane scored 185 all out against the second XI at Taunton despite a great bowling performance from 60 year old Geoff Flynn of 5-28. Sam Pollinger scored 50 in K’s reply of just 135. The 3rd XI at Mells was lost to the weather as were both Sunday fixtures. Warminster was the location for the 1st XI and another “ton” for Ben Ward (136) the following weekend. Richie Pannell (72) and Ward put on a partnership of 158 at over a run a ball in the home side’s total of 303-7. Three wickets for Coughtrie and two apiece for Wheller and Paul Robbins saw the home side close on 207 all out, giving Keynsham a 96 run victory. The 2’s beat Warminster at home. A vital stand of 79 between John Courtney (33) and Chris Britton (31) dragged Keyn-

sham from a very shaky 87-7 to a final score of 165. This proved enough, as Courtney then took a magnificent bowling return of 7-29 and Jack Stiff 2-23 as the visitors slumped to 124-10. There was no 3rd XI fixture this week. On Sunday, August 12, the 1st XI squeezed past host team, Midsomer Norton in a high scoring game. Keynsham 236-6 (Ben Ward 96, Scott Robinson 74); Mid Norton 230 all out (Ward 5-40, Stiff 2-50). The Sunday 2’s lost to Bristol Indians at Wellsway. Les Hubbard took 3-34 as the Indians made 195-5. In Keynsham’s reply of 162, only Anthony McLoughlin made must impression with a knock of 55. On August 18, Glastonbury came to Keynsham and were treated to a host of extras, both runs (54) and overs (6.4), in their total of 233-3. Rich Pannell took 4-60 off 10 overs and Paul Robbins 3-64 off his ten- their GPS satellites were not functioning that day. Despite a fine 65 from Robbins and 39 from Alex Taylor they could not recover from their generosity and closed on 216 all out. And it was probably “all out” for any promotion prospects too.

Sunday 1’s lost to a nine-man Corsham team. Keynsham struggled to a total of 142-9 with Alex Taylor scoring 36 and Ben Ward 42. K’s bowling was not up to defending this target, despite three wickets from John Courtney and Corsham won by five wickets. The 2’s had neither the strength in batting or bowling, losing away at Westbury/Old Bristolians. Les Hubbard took 3-34 in the home side’s 248-7 but despite 38 from Anthony McLoughlin and 39 from “Lofty” Loughran could only muster 143. On Saturday, August 25, it was Weather 3 KCC 0 – washout! Sunday 1’s were again very poor, losing by five wickets to Lansdown in a low scoring game. The 2nds mean time had a very meritorious victory away, at League leaders, Bear Flat CC. Ex player Andy Kitchen made his first appearance in a decade and scored 68 in K’s total of 137. Tight accurate bowling enabled Keynsham to defend this, restricting Bear Flat to 124-7 in their 40 overs. There were two wickets apiece for Harry Kitchen (Andy’s son, Matt Hubbard and Richard ‘The Wiz’ Morris).

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Sport Lewis Calcutt claims victory in snooker finals Lewis Calcutt defeated Nigel Turk 3-2 in the final at Keynsham Snooker Centre to win Keynsham’s open snooker event on Sunday, August 26. In earlier matches, Calcutt also scored wins over Chris Scott, Ella Hilborne, Mike Bishop, Oliver Hilborne and in the semifinal Thomas Hilborne. To reach the final Nigel Turk scored wins over Freya Clothier, Jamie Wilkes, Aaron Burgess and in the semi-final Chris Scott. Harry Cooper-White won his first tournament at Keynsham

when beating Callum Carr in the final of the junior snooker tournament played on Saturday, August 25. In earlier matches to reach the final Cooper-White also defeated Freya Clothier, Kyle Mockridge and Edward Albridge. Jamie Hawkins defeated Sam Streams 5-2 in the final of Keynsham’s junior pool event also played on August 25. In earlier matches Hawkins also scored wins over Harry Cooper-White, Dan Plunknett, Kyle Mockridge and Freya Clothier.

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Shaping up with Steve Beere from StudioFit Calling all parents! September means trying to help the whole family back into surviving the school week. How about adding some exercise to your children’s weekly after-school routine by enrolling them in our Street Dance classes on Wednesdays or Kickboxing on Fridays? If you have younger children, why not bring them along to the crèche while you work out in one of our adult exercise classes? Over the last few months we have been following Kerry’s progress with her weight loss. Kerry has been trying to increase the amount of physical activity she does in her life by taking part in our zumba, spin and kettlebell classes. This month Kerry has managed to lose 2.5lbs, which is a

little less than she would have liked. However, she has still managed to lose weight and work towards her goals. It is easy to get disheartened when working towards a goal if you do not see big changes – half the battle is maintaining your behaviour change and no matter how small the progress it’s still a step closer to achieving what your goal. Kerry’s main barrier this month has been working away from home, which has made it difficult for her to keep up with her exercise regime. She loves the variety of our class programme and has mentioned that the friendliness and support she has received from our instructors and fellow members has helped her to keep motivated.

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Fun, games and challenges ahoy for sailing club Badminton club ready to return to the courts At Bristol Avon Sailing Club’s home water in Saltford we’ve had a our fair share of rain this summer, as everyone knows, and the river level has been up and down and playing havoc with our racing programme. The Regatta in July was cancelled and was due to be run as a one-day event on September 2. Sunday, September 9, is Commodore’s Day with fun and games on and off the water – mainly for the youngsters but

old ‘uns take part, too! Our theme this year is the Olympics. Later in the month we have our biennial trip to Longleat Estate’s Shearwater Sailing Club, where we hope to retain the Gilmer Trophy, then our Long Distance Race on September 23 is always a challenge as it involves racing for five hours on the river! People interested in taking up sailing can contact the club on 01225 873472 for more information.

Nerves of steel and a smile vital for a cox This month Avon County Rowing Club looks at the role of the cox. You may have noticed a small person hunched over in the stern of the Boat Race or eight-person Olympic boats and wondered why they were there, seemingly doing nothing much at all. That person is called a cox (shortened from coxswain); to be found in every eight and, at recreational level, in many fours. As with rowers, coxes come in elite and recreational varieties. At elite level, the cox works closely with the coach who is often found in a motorboat alongside the crew, or cycling madly along the riverbank shouting. The cyclists visible in the background shots of the Olympics were coaching staff, and yes, coaches have been known to cycle straight off the riverbank into the river. At recreational level, coxes often assume the role of coach too, because smaller clubs need to share their coaching resources between

many crews. Coxes over the age of 16 are legally responsible for the rowers and boat while afloat, and must ensure all equipment is in sound condition before setting out on the river. The cox steers the boat using wires fed into the cockpit from the boat’s rudder. Their commands to the crew are broadcast from a decidedly unfetching headset through a built-in tannoy system. There isn’t a cox in the sport who looks good in those headsets!

A cox is equal parts motivator, coach and entertainer. In the depths of a rainy UK winter, a cheerful cox urging you on for the last 10 minutes of a long, cold outing can make all the difference. An experienced cox can feel what’s right or wrong in the boat, and ask the rowers to adjust their efforts accordingly. A great cox will inspire confidence in the crew, have nerves of steel in racing conditions, and make every outing enjoyable – and that’s what it’s all about.

Summer of sport inspires hundreds to try out taster sessions at leisure centre Keynsham residents were given the chance to try out a range of activities from tap dancing to trampolining at the town’s leisure centre. The venue threw open its doors to more than 250 people to take part in the free taster sessions on Saturday, July 28.

Steve Williams, general manager, said: “It’s great that youngsters and families have been inspired by the sporting successes of the summer to get active. “The open day was a fantastic opportunity for people to try out sports and fun leisure activities

right on their doorstep. Children loved the baton twirling, trampolining, football and pool inflatables and some adults even tried out tap dancing for the very first time.” Two visitors also won a free annual membership in a free prize draw on the day.

Keynsham Junior Badminton Club has announced that its new season will begin on the weekend of Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22. The club plays at Broadlands School and has now been running for more than 10 years and in that time hundreds of local children, aged from eight to 18, have learned to play and enjoy badminton. Friday nights, from 6-7pm, are girls’ nights only and there are two sessions on Saturdays, 9.30-11am and 11am-12.30pm for boys and girls. The club is run entirely by volunteers and has Premier Club status with Badminton England, the parent organisation, in recognition of its well-executed coaching plans and child safety and happiness ethos. The club has strong links with other badminton organisations in the region and participated in the Avon Junior League last season with the U15s and U18s both coming second in their leagues. For further details visit www. keynshamjbc.org.uk or contact Gary on 07876 480846 – the club is always pleased to see new members.

Team score promotion after best season yet

Frys Hockey Club is celebrating the 1st X1 men’s promotion into Division 1 in the Bristol NW Somerset league Last year was their best season to date having played 22 games, winning 15, drawing in four and losing only three games. In total, the number of goals scored was 70 and they conceded only 28. Frys Hockey Club is a friendly, local club which welcomes new members of all ages and abilities for both the men’s and ladies’ squads. The club would also like to hear from anyone who is interested in becoming an umpire or goalkeeper. Training is held on Wednesday evenings at Wellsway school. For further details and contact numbers, visit the club’s website at www.fryshockey.co.uk.

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