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Firefighters urge Bath residents to enjoy Christmas safely As preparations for Christmas get underway, firefighters from Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) are reminding people in Bath to make sure they celebrate safely and reduce the risk of fire. Christmas can be a busy time with all the preparations, a large meal to prepare and decorations, gifts and family to organise. But AF&RS wants to ensure people put fire safety at the top of their ‘to do’ list. A short film showing just how quickly a fire involving fairy lights on a Christmas tree can take hold is featured on the AF&RS website. In less than a minute the room is filled with thick black smoke. To view the film visit http://www.avonfire.gov.uk/safety-advice/events-andcelebrations/christmas Group Manager for Risk Reduction at AF&RS, Matt Peskett, said: “Fire safety is important all year round, but in December the extra distractions of Christmas make it even more important. We want everyone to have a happy and safe Christmas so would like to remind people to make sure they have working smoke alarms fitted on every level of their home and to check the batteries are working regularly. With many people having guests to stay we would also like people to make sure they have an escape route and that everyone in the house knows how to get out if there is a fire. A smoke alarm will activate at the first sign of fire and can give occupants vital extra minutes to escape the house, but only if it is working. One final Christmas message we have is to ask people to visit elderly relatives or neighbours and install or check their smoke alarms are working. It will take just a few minutes, but is one of the most caring things you could do for someone.”

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Ensure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and that you check the batteries are working regularly. Only remove the batteries if you are changing them. Plan and practice your escape route, making sure everyone staying in the house knows how to get out if there is a fire. Visit the home of an elderly relative or neighbour and check they have a working smoke alarm. Never leave cooking unattended. More than half of fires attended by AF&RS start in the kitchen, so avoid cooking while under the influence of alcohol and always switch of kitchen appliances when not in use. Never leave candles burning unattended. Keep them away from curtains and furnishings and ensure tealights are placed in the correct holders. Take care when smoking and ensure all smoking materials are fully extinguished after use. Always ensure all electrical items which don’t need to be left on are switched off after use, including fairy lights, mobile phones and laptop chargers. These can get very hot and start a fire. • If there is a fire, get out, stay out and dial 999. 4


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What’s on.... December 2016

1st December, Thursday, 7.30pm. BATH RAILWAY SOCIETY, Church Hall, St.Mary’s Church, Bathwick , Bath. An Illustrated Talk By COLIN BOOCOCK ON “ THE HISTORY OF THE DMU’s.” Starts 7.30pm. All Welcome. Visitors £2.50p. Refreshments. Bookstall. For More Details Visit Our Website at www.bathrailwaysociety.co.uk

5th December, Monday, Bath Branch of Womens Royal Army Corps Association, meeting at the Basement Restaurant of the Royal Mineral Water Hospital, Upper Borough Walls, Bath. Details from Chairman; 01225 339904 6th December, Tuesday, 7pm. Bath All-Comers’ Orchestra at Monkton Prep School, Combe Down, BA2 7ET. All orchestral instruments welcome, especially Violas and Bassoons!. Just turn up, or email psbat4cr@talk21.com or ring 01225 310455

1st December, Thursday 10am til 12/12.30+ Men’s Club, Beechen Cliff Methodist Church, Shakespeare Avenue, Bear Flat. Starting with a coffee followed by speakers/discussions on a wide range of interesting and topical subjects. Contact 01225832393.

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1st December, Thursday, 2pm. Oldfield Park Friendly Club, Hillside Hall, Hillside Road, Bath. Weston Singers. 3rd December, Saturday, 10.30am-12 noon. St. Mary’s Claverton Xmas Fayre at Claverton Down Community Hall (close top of Widcombe Hill). Free admission & parking. Crafts, Jewellery, Christmas Cards, Books, Cakes, Jams & Preserves, Tombola & Raffle. Coffee & Mince Pies

8th December, Thursday, 2pm. Oldfield Park Friendly Club, Hillside Hall, Hillside Road, Bath. Xmas meal. 10th December, Saturday, 10.30 - 11am. Story Time at Moorland Road Library, for ages 0-7 years, a few stories and some colouring in.

3rd December, Saturday, 2-5pm. Box Christmas Market, Selwyn Hall, Box. Over 30 stalls, children’s entertainment and a fabulous café serving freshly baked treats and hot mulled wine. We have heard a rumour that Santa will be joining us in his delightfully decorated grotto with his entourage of eager elves. We will have seasonal craft activities, cookie decorating and you won’t be able to resist getting your little ones faces painted. Children can enter the Christmas Market for free and adults will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly with their £2.50 entry ticket purchased at the door. All profits will go towards the Charity run Box Pre-School Playgroup.

10th December, Saturday, 11-4pm Weston Village Winter West Fest. 13th December, Tuesday, 7pm. Bath All-Comers’ Orchestra at Monkton Prep School, Combe Down, BA2 7ET. All orchestral instruments welcome, especially Violas and Bassoons!. Just turn up, or email psbat4cr@talk21.com or ring 01225 310455 14th December, Wednesday, Weston TG, Carol service in Moravian Church, Weston. 15th December, Thursday, 2pm. Oldfield Park Friendly Club, Hillside Hall, Hillside Road, Bath. Xmas cards & music.

4th December, Sunday, 2.00-4.30 pm Combe Down Primary School Christmas Fair. Stalls with fun games, tombola, lucky dip, cake stall, and a fabulous raffle! Bring the family, friends, lots of small change and have some fun!

If you have an event, whether it is a regular event or a one off, please get in touch! Copy deadline for contributions to our January ‘What’s on’ section is: Monday 5th December Tel: 0777 308 2163 or email pukkabath@live.co.uk 6


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Astrology by Mary English Sagittarius Happy Birthday! The month starts with the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Saturn in your sign, so it's All Systems Go! Make sure you take some 'Me' time. Then get those closest to you to share some special times with you. In a few months time, you'll be Glad You Shared. Capricorn Mixed month. Venus brings Rays of Love until the 7th. On the 19th Mercury goes retrograde. If you haven't done your Xmas shopping by the time you read this, do it ASAP, as during this retro misunderstandings will raise their weary Heads and Shoot. Aquarius Yay! On the 8th Venus joins Mars and fills your life with Love & Action! If you're single, get dating! If you're part of a couple, get creative in your relationship and add some extra zing. You know exactly what I mean, so fire up the senses and express your Loving Side. Pisces The 7th & 8th are your Moon Days. You need to slow down and reeeeeeeelax for a few moments. Light a candle, burn incense, do Yoga or got to a retreat. Life is taking its toll and you're wearing yourself out. Helping others is good but now it's Time For Yourself. Aries Uranus is retrograde until the 29th. All is not lost. You have heaps of creative powers to draw on, and tons of belief in your ‘self '. If you do have the occasional minute of self-doubt try some Bach Flower Essence ‘Impatiens’ to help you become More Settled. Taurus You are a Fixed sign that likes to live in the present moment. Go deeper than you’ve ever been before, into the soul of your senses and feel contented with how things are now, not how they might be, or they could be. Enjoy that sacred moment, because it's All Yours!

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What’s on.... December 2016 +

17th December, Saturday 10.30 - 12 noon. Community Carol Singing. Rush Hill United Reformed Church, Frome Road, Bath. Community Carol Singing with seasonal refreshments. All Welcome!

1st January 2017, Happy New Year!! 5th January, Thursday, 7.30pm. BATH RAILWAY SOCIETY, Church Hall, St.Mary’s Church, Bathwick , Bath. An Illustrated Talk By DAVE PEEL ABOUT “ VINTAGE U.S.A. MAINLINE STEAM”. All Welcome. Visitors £2.50p. Refreshments. Bookstall. For More Details Visit Our Website at www.bathrailwaysociety.co.uk

22nd December, Thursday, 2pm. Oldfield Park Friendly Club, Hillside Hall, Hillside Road, Bath. CLOSED. 24th December, Saturday, 10.30 - 11am. Story Time at Moorland Road Library, for ages 0-7 years, a few stories and some colouring in. 25th December, Christmas Day, happy Christmas to you.

29th December, Thursday, 2pm. Oldfield Park Friendly Club, Hillside Hall, Hillside Road, Bath. CLOSED. If you have an event, whether it is a regular event or a one off, please get in touch! Copy deadline for contributions to our January ‘What’s on’ section is: Monday 5th December Tel: 0777 308 2163 or email pukkabath@live.co.uk

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of eternal life, and sometimes to ward off illness and unwanted visits from unkind spirits. Lighting was and still is a significant symbol of this time of year, again in many cultures. Both to light the home in the darkness but also to encourage the light, (the Sun), to return.

The Winter Solstice, also known as Yule, falls on the shortest day of the year and this year, that is Wednesday 21st December, and was celebrated in Britain long before the arrival of Christianity.

The Druids (Celtic priests) would cut the mistletoe that grew on the oak tree and give it as a blessing. Oaks were seen as sacred and the winter fruit of the mistletoe was a symbol of life in the dark winter months.

The Winter solstice is the time in December when the sun reaches its southern most latitude and therefore appear at its lowest in the sky at noon, meaning shorter days and longer nights. The Winter solstice is the shortest day. The day after the Winter Solstice marks the ending of the shortened days and marks the beginning of the longer days which lead up to the Summer Solstice next June.

The Celts thought that the sun stood still for twelve days in the middle of winter and during this time a log was lit to conquer the darkness, banish evil spirits and bring luck for the coming year.

It is a truly magical time, a time to give thanks for the passing year, to remember and to look forward and celebrate rebirth.

Evergreen plants and trees must have held special significance to ancient peoples, those plants that could stay green and withstand the winter. Homes were decorated in many cultures with the branches of the evergreens, ivy, fir, spruce, holly, as a symbol

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Avon and Somerset Police You may have seen recent news coverage about so-called ‘car key burglaries’ and burglars targeting jewellery. We don’t see many of these incidents, and we have made arrests in Bath, but we’d like you to review your home security. In car key burglaries thieves use tools to reach through letterboxes to steal keys left in the back of the door or in view of the letterbox, or break into a house to find the keys and take your car: · It’s important to lock up and set the alarm, if you have one, at night as well as when you go out · Hide your keys and handbag or wallet safely out of sight · Never leaving your keys in the back of the door As jewellery so often has a sentimental value above and beyond its material worth we’d recommend such items are kept in a safe and also: · ·

Keep photographs and a description of precious items Use a traceable asset marking liquid on items like jewellery or antiques

At this time of year it gets dark before the end of the rush hour, so we’d suggest using timer light switches to make it look like there’s someone home. It’s also worth fitting motion sensing security lights around your property. All these things add up to put a burglar off targeting your home – as does joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. It’s also important to report any suspicious incidents – one call from a witness who saw someone trying car door handles in Grosvenor Place led to a man being arrested and charged with interfering with a motor vehicle.

If you see anything suspicious please do check your property and call us straight away if you find any damage (call 101) or the suspect is still there (ring 999). On 25 November we launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness of domestic abuse, focusing on typically underreported victim groups – including men, the elderly and people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community. It culminated in December, around the anniversary of the addition of Coercive Control to domestic abuse legislation.

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WINTER WESTFEST Saturday 10 December – Events from 11am to 6pm Following the huge success of Winter WestFest 2014, the event is to be held in Weston again this year with lots of activities and events planned for the day: Carol Singing, Christmas Fayre, Christmas Tree Festival, Lantern Procession, Live Music, Bell Ringing and much more. However the activities start well before this date with a Christmas Trail commencing on Monday 21st November… Remember the Christmas Lost Sheep Trail in Weston & Newbridge two years ago? This year there is to be another Trail. In lots of places (mostly shops) in Weston & Newbridge, there will be a Christmas picture. Together they will tell the story of the first Christmas. The challenge will be to find all the pictures and answer the questions in the booklet that can be bought in the schools, All Saints Centre and some shops. 'On the road to Bethlehem' can be done by all ages - not just children. Prizes for winning entries will be given out in All Saints Church at the end of Winter Westfest. Here’s a list of events and times for 10 December: 11am to 4pm Christmas Fayre at All Saints Centre packed with stalls selling crafts, gifts and produce and also including children’s games and activities, craft work, and displaying the knitted poppies. 11am to 6pm Christmas Tree Festival in All Saints Church also including live music 4.15pm Carols round the Christmas Tree (at the junction of High Street and Trafalgar Road) 4.45pm Lantern Procession to All Saints Church, accompanied by bell ringing 4.50pm Refreshments in church (free) 5pm onwards Competition winners announced (‘On the road to Bethlehem’ trail and ‘Christmas Tree Festival’) plus there will be a short talk about the trail. There will also be free refreshments.

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There’s still time to enter a Christmas Tree into the Christmas Tree Festival, so if your group, business or family want to enter a decorated tree then please see more information at www.allsaintsonline. org.uk/winter-westfest and download an entry form. The optional theme for this year to get you thinking is ‘Christmas Carol/Song’. For more information on Winter WestFest please contact All Saints Centre on 01225 470171 or email info@ allsaintscentre.org.uk


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Peter Brown: A Bath Painter’s Travels 3 December 2016 – 19 February 2017 This exhibition features over 100 new oil paintings and drawings by Bath-based artist Peter Brown, commonly known as ‘Pete the Street’ for his habit of painting outdoors in all weathers. The exhibits, all to be captured in a brand new book, include scenes of well-loved Bath locations displayed side by side with views of Arles, Dublin, Granada, London, Seville and other cities. In all cases the artist uses the street as his studio and depicts the bustling life he encounters at different times of day and different seasons. Nor will fans of Bath’s Georgian heritage be disappointed for Pete never tires of painting his home city. Also, this year Pete has painting at Glastonbury Festival and captured the magic of the music, sun, rain and mud!

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Stallholders will be able to use the network for processing payments. The free Wi-Fi zone will Visitors to this year’s Bath Christmas Market will be signposted and will cover the areas where the once again be able to access free Wi-Fi after the Christmas Market stalls are, and will be available success of last year’s pilot project. for the duration of the market, November 24 – December 11. The network is called ‘Christmas Bath & North East Somerset Council is working with Market’. Bath Tourism Plus to put in place a superfast public Bath Tourism Plus is encouraging people to sign into Wi-Fi network. Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones the Wi-Fi and to share photographs on social media (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for using the hashtag #BathXmasMarket. Economic Development, said: “Following the success David James, Chief Executive or Bath Tourism Plus, of last year’s free Wi-Fi network for visitors, we are once again offering superfast Wi-Fi to a high volume explains: “This innovative Wi-Fi scheme will allow even more people to share their ‘live’ experiences of people. of the Bath Christmas Market, regularly voted the “This is part of the Digital B&NES project which UK’s most popular festive market. Social media was aims to provide 21st Century technology across Bath the fourth most important prompt for visitors to and North East Somerset. We hope people visiting last year’s market so we hope superfast Wi-Fi will the market will use the free Wi-Fi network to share invariably encourage even more visitors to spread the their photographs and experiences on social media.” magic of Christmas in Bath.” 22


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1. This is one of the entrances to a beautiful meadow, in Bath. But where is it? And what is the area called?

2. What is Chionophobia the fear of?

3. In ‘Jingle all the way’ what is the toy all the children long to have for Christmas?

5. In the pantomime, what is the name of Alladin’s mother? 4. Who recorded ‘Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow’ in 1959?

6. In Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol, who was Scrooge’s dead business partner? 8. What is the name of the period of 4 Sundays leading up to Christmas?

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10. What is the name of the cake traditionally eaten in Italy at Christmas?

12. Who voices the trains mysterious conductor in the film ‘Polar Express’? 14. Who wrote each of the following words? “It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge” and “Maybe Christmas he thought, doesnt come from a store” ?

7. ‘Who’ catches the Grinch red handed stealing Christmas presents ? 9. Which angel visited Mary?

11. How many wise men brought gifts to Jesus?

13. In the1946 film, It’s a Wonderful Life, what’s the name of George Bailey’s guardian angel? 15. Who composed the music for the festive season ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ ? 17. The ‘Christmas Eve Flower’, or poinsettia, is native to which country? a. Brazil b. India c. China d. Mexico

16. What is the title of the Pogues Christmas song recorded in 1987?

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A Brilliant Year They say that as we get older the years get shorter. Its certainly true as far as I’m concerned! Here we are preparing for Christmas yet still talking about the successes of the summer! However, once we focus on what has been achieved this year we quickly realised that 2016 was, without doubt, the Foundation’s best year since it was founded five years ago. We are lucky in having an excellent team of coaches who have developed strong and long-lasting relationships with local primary, secondary and special schools. Our primary programme is well-established and our original aims and objectives are still firmly in place. At this age level we place an emphasis on using football coaching as a vehicle to promote learning, fitness, healthy eating, teamwork and mutual respect in young children. A New Project for KS3 Boys At secondary level we are introducing a new project for KS3 boys early in the new year. This project will be led by Dan Bowman who graduated from Bath University in the summer and is now our senior boys coach. Dan was a talented player with Bath FC until early November when he was snapped up by local rivals Chippenham Town FC. The aim of this project is to offer football coaching for boys who have not been selected to be members of their school team. This group would not receive after-school coaching without our involvement. Without it this group can quickly become disinterested in sport and develop a feeling of

disgruntlement that can affect their school work and their relationships with others. Some may experience a feeling of inadequacy and rejection that all too often leads to them ganging together and causing problems both within and out of school. I look forward to reporting on this project during the coming year. Girls Coaching - A Successful Year We are delighted with the progress made by all of our girl participants over the past academic year and we are immensely proud of the level they have achieved. At the beginning of the year we gained the use of Hayesfield School’s All-Weather pitch on Saturday mornings for the most dedicated and keen primary and secondary school girls. This facility has been paramount in the development of this group. The U14 and U16 teams are now of academy standard and winning matches against established local sides. The last year was more successful than we dared hope and provided an active after-school outlet for many girls. We intend to provide a girls academy at Bath City College from next September. Welcome to Our Newly Appointed Trustees Our AGM, held in late October, brought about a number of changes. We reluctantly said goodbye to a group of trustees that had helped establish the Foundation in 2011 and we also bid a sad farewell to Steve Skinner, who had been our Financial and Welfare Officer for the past three years. The new group of trustees, led by our Chairman Kat Byles, will be responsible for the direction and development of the Foundation over the next three years and I look forward to reporting our progress to you. Pete Sellwood. Exec Director: Bath City FC Community Sports Foundation.

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Glastonbury Founder Michael Eavis CBE to open local charity marathon walk

The Forever Friends Appeal are excited to announce that legendary Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis CBE has become an Ambassador for their popular annual fundraising event, the “Walk of Life”. The Forever Friends Appeal are the primary charity for Bath’s Royal United Hospital who raise vital funds for all wards and departments at the hospital, including their major RUH Cancer Care Campaign, raising a minimum of £8.5 million towards an exceptional new Cancer Centre at the RUH.

situated within the picturesque village of Bishops Cannings, just outside of Devizes. Walkers will start from The Crown Inn at 8am to travel along the canal, via Bradford on Avon to end at the iconic Holburne Museum in Bath. For those who don’t fancy a full marathon, walkers can also opt to walk a shorter 10 mile route in the afternoon – from Bradford on Avon to Bath. Walkers can choose to dedicate their fundraising to the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, or an RUH ward or department of their choice.

One in two people are affected by cancer and everyday lives are changed by this disease. The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising a minimum of £8.5million The Walk of Life is a positive walk to celebrate life, towards the building of a pioneering new Cancer created with and in memory of Vanessa Kyte. Every Centre.  This Cancer Centre will be a state-of-the-art year the Walk of Life sees hundreds of people across building, with every part designed around the needs Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire walk along the Kennet of patients with different forms of cancer.  It will and Avon Canal from Devizes to Bath, raising funds transform care for patients and their families at Bath’s to help transform patient care at the RUH. The Walk Royal United Hospital. The Appeal have currently started in 2006 when sisters Vanessa Kyte and Nicola raised an incredible £7.6 million and have another Noble approached the Appeal with an idea about £1.3 to go until they reach their minimum target of holding a walk to raise money to improve Cancer £8.5 million. facilities at the hospital. Sadly in 2007 Vanessa passed Together with their Ambassador Michael Eavis, the away 7 years after her cancer diagnosis, with Nic’s Appeal are now encouraging people sign up to take final promise to her being to continue fundraising in part in the 2017 Walk of Life. her memory to see a new Cancer Centre built at the Earlybird online entries to the event are now open, at RUH. a discounted price of £15 per person. General entry In 2016 the Walk of Life celebrated its 10th birthday and saw over 350 walkers take part to celebrate the lives and memories of their loved ones. In past years the walk has always offered walkers the choice between a full 21 mile route, or shorter 12 and 9 mile distances. The Appeal are now extremely excited to announce that new for 2017, the event’s full route will be extended from 21 miles to a full 26.2 miles – a marathon walking event!

The 2017 Walk of Life will take place on Saturday 13th May 2017. As Ambassador for the event, Michael will be attending the start of the event’s new route in Bishops Cannings to meet and greet walkers, before joining them as they begin their walk along the Kennet and Avon canal. The event’s new 26.2 mile route will this year start at The Crown Inn Pub,

places will be £20 per person thereafter. All entries included a free t-shirt, medal and goody bag.

Local businesses are also being encouraged to sign up teams in the Walk of Life Corporate Challenge. Completing the Corporate Challenge as a team gives people an opportunity to enjoy a fun day out of the office, have time for team bonding, experience an environment where companies can compete against each other in a positive and friendly way and be involved with supporting a cause that is close to the hearts of so many people. To find out more, please visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk or call the events team on 01225 821535. 30


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A schools inter-generational project from the Golden-Oldies charity, commemorating the first two years of WW1 has been recognised by a prestigious national organisation. The Remember WW1 awards celebrated the huge effort made throughout the UK by individuals and groups to commemorate WW1 and to give back something to their communities. Hundreds of organisations were nominated for 7 categories in the awards listing. One of these was for schools and young people.

across the South West with many events and commemorations. The certificate was presented by Sir Eric Pickles. ‘i congratulate all the entrants from across the UK for their endeavour and commitment to ensuring that those who had served in the Great War are remembered with pride.'

The founder of Golden-Oldies, Grenville Jones attended a presentation ceremony at the Army and Navy Club in Pall Mall on Wednesday of this week, November 2 to receive a certificate as an award finalist.

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Ready for Winter: salt storage now at record capacity The salt storage facilities run by Bath & North East Somerset Council are now at capacity in preparation for another tough winter on the area’s roads. Some 1,300 tonnes is ready for spreading by the Council’s nine-strong fleet of gritting vehicles when temperatures plunge. Over 38% of the road network is salted by the Council – this totals 263 miles of highway and is 8% higher than the national average, supplemented with over 400 grit bins also available for the public to access salt. In the event of snowfall the Council redeploys staff to assist with snow clearing and can operate the gritting fleet around the clock to ensure the maximum levels of support is given to residential and business communities across the district. Councillor Tim Warren (Conservative, Mendip), Leader of Council, said: “We are committed to making it easier for residents, businesses and visitors to get around our area, whatever the weather. The Council continues to work hard at improving our resilience and ability to deal with flooding, strong winds or icy conditions. Over the last few months, Bath & North East Somerset Council has been busy preparing for a harsh winter. Our gritting fleet has been serviced and tested ready for the coming winter, and our teams have been out in the community refilling the 400 plus grit bins at the side of the road. We’re also very grateful to members of the Council’s Snow Warden Scheme, the initiative encouraging people to volunteer to help clear snow and ice the Council can’t get to.” A substantial amount of information is available on the Council’s website www.bathnes.gov.uk/ gritting – including a winter advice leaflet offering tips on dealing with severe winter weather on highways and pavements. This includes Government guidance on householders clearing snow and ice outside their home. Councillor Anthony Clarke (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “The Council is well prepared to ensure our priority routes are gritted so that people can get around the road network as safely as possible. Our gritting fleet is using some of the most advanced technology available to control the rates at which we spread salt. Combined with around the clock access to real time weather stations and weather forecasting this enables a team of people to conduct gritting runs when they are needed and ensure we don’t waste any road salt.” During any severe winter weather the Council provides regular updates about the status of its services on www.twitter.com/bathnes. The public can also play their part in helping the Council to manage the road network during severe weather. They can report any problems on: Web: www.bathnes.gov.uk/reportit Email: councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk Twitter: @ccbathnes Text SMS: 07797 806545

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PARKINSON'S UK – Change attitudes. Find a cure. Join us. Bath and District Branch SUCCESS FOR NEW KEYNSHAM GROUP On Tuesday 25 October, 39 people attended the first meeting of the new Keynsham group coffee morning at the Talbot. It was slightly chaotic as the coffee machine had broken down, but this was eventually put right to our delight. It was exciting to discover that people had come as a result of notices/articles in the local papers, and that there is a real enthusiasm for getting together and meeting others who either care for someone with Parkinson's or have it themselves. There was plenty of friendly mingling and sharing of experiences, and local medical services were much talked about. Chairman Robin Tanner explained the work done by Parkinson's groups in the Bath and District area and encouraged those present to enjoy the social occasion. There was a chance to find out what sort of meeting this could become, and it was clear that it was more important to have contact with others than listen to someone from, possibly, one of the medical disciplines. However, it was felt generally that a good start had been made, and we were all looking forward to the next meeting which will be the last Tuesday in the month making it 29 November at 10.00 am. There will not be a December meeting. Anyone interested in helping in any way would be welcome. Contacts: Robin Tanner (Chairman) 01225 812 894 John Saunders (Vice-Chairman) 01761 432452 Hazel Mitchell (Keynsham contact) 0117 336 0476 Pukka Bath small print..... And now for the small print... Any views or opinions submitted by contributors or advertisers are those of the authors only and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Pukka Bath or its employees. The publisher, editors and authors accept no responsibility in respect of any advice, products or services which may be advertised or referred to in this issue. Neither the publisher, editors or authors accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability for loss, damage or expenses arising from any errors, omissions, misstatements or mistakes in any such advertisements, references or articles contained within this publication. No part of Pukka Bath may be reproduced in any form or by any means, either wholly or in part, without the written permission of the publisher or other owner of the copyright of the material. This publication must not be used for marketing purposes and as such no marketing representations should be made to Pukka Bath or our advertisers or contributors. Pukka Bath reserves the right to decide who will advertise in our publication. 35


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