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Free cricket for girls and boys
Free cricket for girls and boys

Something for everyone aged 4 - 12

With such a huge summer of cricket underway, and following England’s success in the Cricket World Cup, we're sure lots of you will be interested in getting out there and giving cricket a go!

To help make this happen the Somerset Cricket Board is running sessions for children aged between 4 and 12 who are not currently playing with a cricket club.

Sessions are taking place in the following venues at the following times. Please see the Somerset Cricket Board's website for full details regarding costs and booking.

Tuesday 23rd July 5.30pm to 7pm at Yeovil Recreation Centre, BA21 4AW
Wednesday 24th July 6pm to 7.30pm at Somerset County Cricket Club, TA1 1JT
Tuesday 30th July 6pm to 7.30pm at Odd Down Sports Ground, Bath, BA2 2PR
Wednesday 31st July 6pm to 7.30pm at Millennium Park, Nailsea, BS48 1BZ

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Zest feeding Bristol
Zest feeding Bristol

Your help needed

Our school caterers, Zest, have been asked to partner with Feeding Bristol and FareShare South West to help feed 44,000 vulnerable children over this year's long summer holiday. The children will include free school meas- entitled children who may not have access to a lunch over the summer when school is out.

Zest has committed to providing 13,000 of these meals from their SBL kitchen starting Wednesday 24th July all the way through to August 30th.

In order to do this mammoth task they are desperate for some extra pairs of hands to help prep and pack foods to go out to the city wide projects for these children and their families.

If anyone has any spare time at all, an hour, a day a few days, anything will be very very much appreciated, young adults and students on summer break are very welcome! The hours would be 8am - 1pm,lunch and refreshments will be provided each day. 

Also if anyone knows of any families in the community who may benefit from a food parcel during the summer, we have 10 parcels each week to hand out, which may go a small way to make summer a little less stressful.

If you can help, or you have any questions, please contact Zest's Catering Manager, Claire Mansri, by emailing cmansri@wellswaymat.com or calling/texting 07450 951214. You can also go online at Zest Active Ate to indicate when you are able to help.

Any help would truly be very very welcome and appreciated.

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Temple Street Canteen
Temple Street Canteen

Free kids' meal on Tuesdays

On Tuesdays throughout the school holidays Temple Street Canteen in Keynsham offers a free child’s lunch.

Parents just need to ask for a free kid's meal at the counter, no questions asked, no other purchase necessary. Thanks to a generous donation from Keynsham Lions they are also able to offer free meals to parents or guardians too if requested. See their Facebook page for more information.

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Our health our future
Our health our future

NHS invites your opinion on local health care services

What would help you to live a healthier and happier life? Health and care organisations across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are putting a plan together to make sure you and your loved ones are able to get the support you need to live well. They want to make sure that you can easily find and use local health and care services, and that these services will support you to stay healthy and happy now and in the future.

Up to 31st July 2019 you can help to shape the future of local health and care services by taking part in this short survey. Visit the website www.bswstp.nhs.uk/ourhealthourfuture/ for more information, or email ourhealth.ourfuture@nhs.net or call 03333 219464 to request a paper copy of the survey.

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You're invited to the launch party

Keynsham composer launches new children's musical on 19th July

Shelley Corkhill, a musician and composer living in Keynsham, warmly invites you to a launch party for her new children’s musical which has just been published by Kevin Mayhew Ltd.  It is called ‘Christmas Refugees’.

This is a musical suitable for performances in schools. For more information, see www.kevinmayhew.com/christmas-refugees-2.html or go to The Space in Keynsham on 19th July from 6.30-8.30 to celebrate and find out a bit more about it. 

Christmas refugees musical poster

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Switch Rugby summer camps 6th - 8th August
Switch Rugby summer camps 6th - 8th August

For boys and girls at Keynsham RFC

Children will be grouped according to age, in either U9/10s, U11/12s or U13-U15s. There will also be a specific U13-U15 girls group.

Staffing is a 1:10 coach to player ratio. All coaches are RFU Level 2 qualified or above, player-focused and currently involved with the Bristol Bears Academy Programme.

For full information and to book, see the Switch Rugby website: www.switchrugby.com/summer-rugby-camp-2019 or contact Matt by email matt@switchrugby.com or mobile: 07793078646.

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Bath City FC holiday football camps
Bath City FC holiday football camps

6 - 12 year-olds welcome

Bath City FC Community Sports Foundation is holding three holiday football camps during July and August at Odd Down Sports Ground.

6-12 year-olds are invited to attend on the following dates:

Tuesday 30 July – Thursday 1 August
Tuesday 6 August – Thursday 8 August
Tuesday 13 August – Thursday 15 August

The Early Bird price is £10 per session if booked before Monday 8 July. £15 per session thereafter. Discounts are available for siblings and groups.

Bring a packed lunch, shinpads, footwear suitable for 3G pitch, suncream, waterproofs and drinks.

For children aged 13+ there will be a drop-in session on the same days from 3.00pm to 5.00pm at £2 per session.

For further information and to book please e-mail info@bathcityfoundation.org

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Holiday activities at local leisure centres
Holiday activities at local leisure centres

Better offers a varied programme across centres

From24th July – 30th August (Excluding 26th August Bank Holiday) Better will be running a junior holiday club at the Bath sports and leisure centre. There's a wide variety on offer; take a look at their website for full information.

Closer to home, you can see what special holiday activities are on at Keynsham leisure centre here.

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Bath Children's Literature Festival
Bath Children's Literature Festival

27th September – 6th October 2019

Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival  features a vibrant array of talks and activities for children.

Festival organisers have secured a world-class line up to thrill young book lovers. Putting fun and laughter first, the festival is a chance for children and young people to meet the creators of their literary heroes, see illustrations come to life and fuel their imaginations.

Read all about it on the children’s literature festival website here or, to be the first to hear about the festival line-up, you can join their newsletter by signing up here.

Booking opens to the general public on Friday 12th July.

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Stagecoach Bath
Stagecoach Bath

Free Discovery session September 14th

Stagecoach Bath has announced that they will be opening a new Saturday morning school in September! Why not go along to the FREE Discovery Session on Saturday 14th September? For more information or to book your place email bath@stagecoach.co.uk or ring Sandra on 07912501377.

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Up & Under sports
Up & Under sports

Multi sports for ages 5 – 11

Up & Under sports offer multisports activities during the school holidays. Open to boys and girls of all abilities aged 5 –11, there is a fantastic variety of sports and activities promised for each day.

Sports include: football, cricket, tag rugby, lacrosse, tchoukball, handball, basketball, tennis team challenges with competitions and prizes. These activity days are structured around teamwork and working together and are delivered in a fun and engaging atmosphere.

For full details, please see  the Up & Under website.

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Saltford Theatre Arts summer school announced

19th - 23rd August at Saltford Hall

Perform Dance Company will be running its popular theatre arts summer school this year from August 19th- 23rd at Saltford Hall. This is a week of musical fun, dancing, drama, singing and making with a show at the end of the week. There is a really friendly atmosphere and plenty to do.

This has been running for 19 years now. All teachers are fully qualified and DBS enhanced checked and it is a really enjoyable week for boys and girls from 4 - 16 years old. It runs 10-4pm each day with a show on Friday early evening. All costumes and tickets are included in the price of £105 per child, with generous reductions for siblings. Please contact Lucy for more details and a booking form - lucyratnettdance@live.com 

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Circuit of Bath walk 22nd September
Circuit of Bath walk 22nd September

See Bath as you've never seen it before

Our school supports the work of Julian House with our annual harvest festival food donations and through assemblies.

You can join in too through this spectacular walking event, 'The Circuit of Bath' on Sunday 22nd September! Explore some of the beautiful countryside surrounding Bath and raise vital funds for homelessness in the South West. You can choose your own distance, from 2 or up to 20 miles. It’s the perfect day out for families and friends - dogs are also very welcome!

For full details and to sign up, see the 'The Circuit of Bath walk' website here.

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WMAT sports centres
WMAT sports centres

Sport and leisure for the whole family

SBL sports centreThe Wellsway Multi Academy Trust (WMAT) offers sport and leisure opportunities for the community at its two sports centres, located at SBL school and at Wellsway School.

They offer activities for the whole family, including special school holiday programmes. Take a look at their websites for full information:

www.sblsports.co.uk and www.sportwellsway.com

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Saltford Lawn Tennis Club
Saltford Lawn Tennis Club

Excellent coaching for all ages on your doorstep

Saltford Tennis Club is a friendly, local club that caters for all ages and abilities. They provide coaching through Team Bath Tennis, with Dillon Slade as the resident coach. Team Bath’s all-encompassing tennis programme is one of just four LTA International High Performance Centres in the UK – recognised as having exceptional tennis.

The club has published their summer coaching schedule here

Please check out the tennis club's website for full information, including coaching schedules and prices, or follow them on Twitter here.

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Team Bath tennis coaching
Team Bath tennis coaching

Something for everyone

Team Bath run their popular tennis camps in the major school holidays. They promise coaching, games, competition and fun alongside an experienced team of LTA qualified coaches.

Summer term training dates have also been announced. See the flyer here. For details of Team Bath's tennis offerings throughout the year, please see their website.

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Kingfisher Lodge
Kingfisher Lodge

Community activities at Kingfisher Lodge

Kingfisher Lodge, in Chestnut Walk, was named by a Saltford School pupil in a competition when Barchester Healthcare first came to Saltford.

They offer a programme of community activities aimed at local residents of all ages. Do keep an eye on the Barchester website for up to date information.

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Bath City Football Club
Bath City Football Club

Family friendly football

Bath City FC is a community-owned club and, as such, aims for social and community impact through its own activities and in partnership with local charities, public sector bodies and community organisations.

Why not kick off a new tradition? At just £25 for a Family Ticket for four (and £2 for each additional child) a visit to Bath City FC is a great value afternoon in the outdoors for the whole family to enjoy together.

Bath City FC was recently given a “Highly Commended” in the Civic Award category at the prestigious Bath Life Awards. This shows its commitment to improving Bath and delivering notable work with schools.

Do keep an eye on their website for fun activities for the whole family.

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Family Matters magazine
Family Matters magazine

Family Matters magazine is aimed at families to inform them about activities, education and family fun in their local area. We send out printed copies to our families.

You can see online issues here or visit the Family Matters website for a guide to what's on in B&NES.

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Keynsham orchestra
Keynsham orchestra

Keynsham orchestra usually presents three symphonic concerts per year at St John's Church, Keynsham, and participates in the Keynsham Music Festival most summers with a lighter prom concert programme.

They welcome musicians from the Keynsham area, including Bristol and Bath. Take a look at the Keynsham orchestra website for full information, including details of forthcoming concerts.

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B&NES Music Hub
B&NES Music Hub

Enabling young people from all backgrounds to achieve their musical potential.

The Hub encourages the highest quality engagement while ensuring that financial considerations will not be a barrier to accessing this provision.

B&NES Music Service runs a number of different Music Centres at local venues, providing access to many different types of ensemble playing. For futher information on the ensembles and centres on offer, please view the Ensemble and Music Centres information on the Music Hub website.

If your child would like to try out an ensemble, simply enquire through school. You will be asked to complete an application form at the centre in order to become a member. Please quote BMS50 in order to enjoy a generous discount off your first term’s fees!

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Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club
Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club

Swimming for the over 5s

Please see the Keynsham Swimming Club's website for full information about membership, training and trials.

The entry level for swimmers aged nine and below is the Preliminary Squad. This squad trains twice per week and helps youngsters to become competent swimmers. Those with the right skill and aptitude will be asked to progress to the Junior Squad.

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Extra tuition

Extra support with the national curriculum

Parents sometimes ask us for information about extra tutoring for their children. We are happy to pass on information from external tutors but this should not be taken as an endorsement from the school.

The Keynsham Tutor Rooms

The Tutor Rooms in Keynsham provides tuition in maths and English for primary and secondary children from Keynsham, Saltford, Stockwood and the surrounding areas. See www.thetutorrooms.com for full information.

Exemplar Education

Aimed at helping families to help their children, Exemplar Education offers a hghly structured, user friendly, online teaching system to support the UK National Curriculum. See www.exemplar-education.com for full information.

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Saltford Environment Group
Saltford Environment Group

"Green belt must be protected" say members

SEG launched a new Green Belt Campaign after its AGM on 8th October 2018 to respond to the potential threat posed to Saltford's Green Belt by the Local Plan and by speculative planning applications that are anticipated in connection with the Local Plan process.

Updates on the campaign will feature regularly on the SEG's home page and information will also be posted on the green belt section of their website. These updates include tips on how you can do your bit to help with the campaign.

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Kids of Bath
Kids of Bath

New website of ideas for family activities

Sophie and Libby, two Bath-based Mums and independent business owners, have created a brand new website www.kidsofbath.com. It aims to collate everything in one place for the families of our city and to support all of its independent businesses, schools and the local community!

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Saltford community post office and library hub
Saltford community post office and library hub

Post Office now open for business

We are delighted to support the Saltford Community Association in letting you know that the new Saltford Community Post Office is now open. "Combining the Post Office with the Library means that Saltford can maintain and support two village amenities that would otherwise be lost, probably for ever. Remember to use it, or we may lose it."

What can your local post office provide?

Not all the 175 services the Post Office has to offer.  While we can point you in the right direction with products like insurance and passport renewal, you will have to go to a main branch to get these services.  We can provide the following:

  • Letters and parcels service (inland and international except Global Express) and, of course, stamps.
  • Travel money – you can pre-order 70 currencies and if you order before lunchtime we can get it to Saltford Post Office the following day. We will be holding euros, dollars and travellers’ cheques and offering the multi-currency travel card (the absolute best way to support journeys across several countries, especially gap year children!). All currency transactions (except sterling) are commission free, including buyback.
  • Banking services – you can withdraw money and deposit money with your bank.Businesses will be able to deposit takings (both cash and cheques) after setting up a facility with their banks to pay in. Chip and pin facilities will be available and you can check your balance when you need to.
  • Open a Post Office card account for the receipt of pensions, benefits and tax credits for those who are unable to open a bank account.
  • Pay bar-coded bills and budget cards, top up your mobile phone, E-Vouchers, electricity keys, gas cards.
  • Postal orders
  • Budget cards
  • One4all gift card that can be spent with over 120 high street shops and brands. Makes a great birthday or Christmas present for those members of your family for whom you have no real idea of what present to get!
  • Vehicle Tax – buy or renew.

Opening times for the Post Office and library

Opening times for both the community Post Office and the Library are as follows:
Monday: 9 - 1 and 2 - 5
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10.30 - 2.30
Saturday: 9 - 12.

Why use the local Post Office?

We are very hopeful that the new Community Post Office will be a success because it is through the profitability of the Post Office that we can underpin the library costs and continue to have these amenities long into the future. Trish Hubbard, our new Post Office manager, is looking forward to serving you Monday to Thursday and Nicola Newell, our Post Office officer, will serve you on Friday and Saturday.

Please remember: use it or lose it.  We need your custom to support these facilities and your patience as we endeavour to understand the needs of our customers and the intricacies of a Post Office administration system! Remember as well that we are also stocking and selling a wide range of greeting cards and stationery to help fund this community enterprise so please come along and browse our selection!

Supporting the Community Post Office and Library Hub

Thank you to all those members of our community who have supported this venture with their time, donations and words of encouragement.  You can do your bit to support by coming along this Saturday evening to Saltford Hall where we are putting on "an evening with local band 3D and friends". We very much appreciate the band giving their time for free to help us raise money.  They play a mix of classic pop and blues numbers designed to get your feet bopping on the dance floor. With music from Santana, the Stones, Simply Red and Steely Dan, you’re sure to dance to the rhythm of the 3D beat! Doors will open 7pm till late! Tickets are just £12 to include chilli con carne with rice and a choice of puddings. These are available at Saltford Hall Booking Office 01225 874081 (am only) or you can request tickets via events@saltfordhall.co.uk

We look for to seeing you at the opening on Monday at 1pm."

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Local childminder

Vacancies available

Local childminder Miranda Gillard offers childcare to all ages, plus before and after school care. She has some availability at present.

Rated "Outstanding" by Ofsted, she is a qualified primary school teacher, has three daughters attending Salford school and lives with their two cats in a pretty setting, overlooking woodland.

For further information and contact details, please see www.sparklingsofsaltford.com

You can also search for local childcare on the BaNES database, www.bathnes1bd.org.uk/.

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Netball and hockey opportunities in 2019

Royal High School Bath sporting outreach programme

Saltford's year 4 and 5 girls are eligible to attend a series of weekly hockey (spring term 2019) and netball (summer term 2019) sessions with specialist teachers from the Royal High School in Bath. 

These sessions, part of an outreach programme, are designed to be an introduction to the club environment, a stepping stone between school and club whilst also providing invaluable socialising opportunities with girls from other schools. 

Sessions are free of charge but places are limited. Please book directly by emailing Zoe Sheffield at z.sheffield@rhsb.gdst.net.

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Saltford Community Association
Saltford Community Association

For the benefit of all Saltford residents

Saltford Community Association exists to benefit everyone who lives in Saltford, from the youngest to the oldest and everyone in between.

They run a varied programme of events throughout the year, including a regular community cinema, concerts and shows, tea parties and sales.

Saltford Hall provides the home for many events and clubs.

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The Bath and Wiltshire Parent
The Bath and Wiltshire Parent

Keeping families informed

The Bath and Wiltshire Parent website and magazine aim to keep families in the Bath, West Wiltshire, Saltford and Keynsham area up to date with news, information and events that are of interest to families and children.

If you're looking for suitable entertainment, take at look at their events calendar for the area.

The Bath & Wiltshire Parent magazine is a bimonthly publication that has been distributed to families in the area since 2008. We distribute this magazine through school. The magazine keeps in touch with us for coverage of the school's achievements and news.

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Local stand up paddleboarding

Local sessions setting off from the Jolly Sailor

The Bath Paddleboard Centre & SUP Bath Paddleboarders sometimes run their sessions from the Jolly Sailor through the season. Other sessions also take place nearby in Bath

For more details please visit: bathpaddleboardcentre.co.uk

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Future Bright launches in the South West

Careers support and advice for adults who are working but on in-work benefits

Future Bright is a new programme that promises to help people throughout the West of England develop their skills and improve their job prospects. The service is managed by the West of England Combined Authority and delivered by Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils.

What will I get?

  • Support; a dedicated career coach
  • Advice; practical help to take control of your career and pay
  • Skills; training and development designed for you

Future Bright will deliver a bespoke service, based on participants’ needs and aspirations in life and in work. Funding is available for training and we can meet participants in their own homes if needed. 

Is this for me?

If you’re 19 or over, living in the West of England and receiving eligible in-work benefits, Future Bright could be your first step to creating a brighter future. To be eligible you must be resident in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset or South Gloucestershire, be 19 or over, and receiving Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction, but not JSA, ESA, Income Support or Universal Credit

How do I sign up?

Visit: www.futurebright.org.uk

Call: 01225 395555

Email: futurebright@bathnes.gov.uk

All conversations are confidential, allowing you to talk freely about your current situation and what you want to achieve.

Future Bright will improve your confidence and give you the skills you need to boost your career. Best of all… Future Bright is FREE.

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Bath City Farm

Outdoor holiday activities with Dig and Delve

Dig and Delve run outdoor holiday clubs, often based at Bath city farm. Keep an eye on their website for specific holiday activities.

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Saltford heritage centre

Heritage and history at the centre of the village

Saltford heritage centre features illustrated information displays about Saltford’s historic past and ancient artefacts found in Saltford, such as our Carthaginian coin. This would have been struck in Carthage or Sardinia between 300 and 264 BC, making it one of the oldest coins found in Britain.

It is open to the public several times in the year and for special community, educational and heritage events. Please check the Saltford Environment Group's website for more information and opening times.

The centre is to be found on the 1st floor of St Mary’s Church Hall, Queen Square, High St, Saltford. 

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