Community notices

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Saltford theatre arts summer school

Popular summer school returns for summer 2022

Saltford Theatre Arts Summer School is a fun week for children aged 4-16 run by Lucy Ratnett, Jo Browne and Dan Winter. 

The children receive classes in drama, dance, singing and craft/prop making ready to perform a show at the end of the week! 

Venue Saltford Hall. Monday 15th - Friday 19th August. Cost £125 per child.

Places are limited. Please contact  Lucyratnettdance@live.com for further information.

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LiveWell from B&NES
LiveWell from B&NES

Information, support and signposting for families

LiveWell help for families from B&NES

Live Well B&NES provides information to support children and families, young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and adults living independently in Bath & North East Somerset. You will find information about mental health resources and support, groups and activities for all ages, support groups, signposting to organisations on a huge range of topics including practical support, money matters, food banks, low cost uniform, school holiday clubs, Ofsted registered childcare, welfare support and so much more. It is also where you will find information about B&NES’ Local Offer, supporting children and young people with Special Educational Needs living in Bath & North East Somerset.

Please visit the site and the supporting social media pages to find out more:

https://livewell.bathnes.gov.uk/

www.facebook.com/livewellbathnes

www.instagram.com/Youth_Info_Bathnes

LiveWell help for families from B&NES

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Keynsham library
Keynsham library

Free activities and events for every age

There is an interesting free programme of activities and events, in person and online, from the B&NES library service. See the Keynsham Library web page here for up-to-date information, or follow them on Twitter @BathnesL.

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Team Bath tennis
Team Bath tennis

Coaching and holiday camps for children

TeamBath from the University of Bath runs an all-inclusive tennis club programme for adults and juniors which spans over three terms per year (aligned with school terms). They also run holiday camps for school-aged children. They promise coaching, games, competition and fun alongside an experienced team of LTA qualified coaches. See more information on their website here.

TeamBath works closely with Saltford Tennis Club to deliver local training for local children. The three-court, floodlit club has a friendly atmosphere which complements the University well. Membership is relatively inexpensive and offers big reductions on course costs and unlimited court use.

There are classes for all ages; from parents and toddlers (3-year olds), tots (4 and 5-year olds) and under-10s, to teenage and adult tennis.

To stay up to date with all their news, you can email tennis@teambath.com to join a mailing list.

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Why not try hockey in Keynsham?
Why not try hockey in Keynsham?

This friendly and welcoming club aims to bring to the community a club offering hockey to all ages and abilities at very affordable costs. They welcome players of all ages and abilities through a range of teams.

Several Saltford pupils were recently involved in a great win for the U10 team at the Plate competition 2022. See the report here: www.saltfordschool.org.uk/sports-reports/#hockey-success-for-keynsham-u10s.

Keynsham Hockey Club runs training sessions for primary aged players every Friday 4.30-5.30pm during term-time throughout the year (except the last Friday of each term).  The club is actively looking for more players from year 3 upwards.  If your son or daughter would like to have a go, please email academy@keynshamhockey.club or visit www.keynshamhockey.club for more information.  Children are welcome to attend a session free of charge to try it out.

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Fry club junior football
Fry club junior football

Local football for girls and boys

There are currently twelve teams playing under the Fry Club JFC banner. Their ages range from Under 5’s to the Under 16’s and this amounts to some 200 boys and girls actively participating. The emphasis not just on football skills but on physical well being and personal development.

The club is currently looking for new plays to join the U10 (current school year 5) girls team.Training is every Tuesday or Saturday at Somerdale Pavilion in Keynsham.

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Bath Rugby Foundation
Bath Rugby Foundation

Changing young lives in our area

Bath Rugby Foundation is the charitable arm of @bathrugby. 20% of children in B&NES are living in poverty so Bath Rugby Foundation aims to improve their lives through sport and activities. There are holiday activities and year-round programmes that local children can apply for.

Please see their website for up-to-date information: www.bathrugbyfoundation.com/ or find them on Facebook: facebook.com/BathRugbyFoundation

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Future Bright project in the South West
Future Bright project in the South West

FREE careers coaching, training and support for people on lower wages.

Do you know someone who is in work and wants to take the next step in their career? Future Bright offers FREE careers coaching, support and access to training. Future Bright Careers Coaches work with individuals to create and action a plan to help them improve their work and pay. Check out the Future Bright newsletter to read about those who have already benefitted from the project.

Who is eligible?

Future Bright offers FREE careers coaching, support and access to training for anyone who meets the following eligibility criteria:

  • 18 years and over
  • living in the West of England 
  • In work and claiming a benefit or tax credit 
  • OR earning less than £9.50 an hour 

For those who don't meet the eligibility Future Bright offers a sign-posting appointment to discuss their plans and to ensure that they are linked up to the right support locally. 

For more information go to www.futurebright.org.uk or give them a call 01225 395555

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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Keynsham Life Saving club

From age 8

Life Saving Clubs aim to help prevent or reduce the shocking number of drownings that occur every year by giving young people the skills to enjoy water safely and help others when things go awry. 

There are programmes for 8 -12 year olds (Rookie Lifeguard) and 12 -16 year olds (Survive + Save) as well as being able to develop young people into the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification which can lead to employment opportunities.

 If you would like to speak to someone from the club, the Chair - David Fielding can be reached on – 07921719291.

Keynsham Life Saving Club has a wealth of information on its website http://www.klsc.co.uk/.

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Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club
Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club

Swimming for the over 5s

Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club is searching for the next generation of swimmers and would like to hear from keen swimmers aged 6-8 years. Children who can swim 25m (one length) of three recognisable strokes are welcome to come for a trial. Please find contact details and all information on their flyer here.

Visit 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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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.

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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Girlguiding in Saltford
Girlguiding in Saltford

Now meeting back in person

We are lucky to have an active Guiding community in Saltford that covers all ages from Rainbows to Rangers.

Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers are delighted to be able to meet face to face again as restrictions begin to ease. See the dates below or open a PDF version of the flyer here.

Rainbows, Brownies, Guides session times 2021

There are spaces for young members to join from ages 5 - 18 years, and for a range of adult volunteering opportunities. Take a look at the girlguiding website here to find out more and join the fun!

Please contact saltforddistrictguides@gmail.com with any enquiries.

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Musical theatre classes
Musical theatre classes

For 4 – 16 year-olds

Sophie Louise Performing Arts is a brand new, independent umbrella for all things Musical Theatre, with regular classes and holiday workshops on offer.

Little Stars classes for 4-7 year olds (infant school level) take place every Tuesday during term time from 4.30pm-5.30pm, at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy, Oldland Common, BS30 8TS.

The Musical Theatre Academy for children aged 7-16 years takes place from 4.30pm-7.30pm every Friday during term time at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy, Oldland Common, BS30 8TS. 

Please see www.sophielouiseperformingarts.co.uk for full information.

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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. Please take a look at the Saltford Community Assocation Facebook page for full up-to-date information.

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Saltford community information
Saltford community information

Helping each other through the Coronavirus outbreak

Community response to Covid-19

The information below has been updated to reflect the third lockdown in January 2021.

Saltford Community Association newsletter

Please find in PDF format the December/January issue of the SCA newsletter here.

Volunteer service to help Saltford residents in need

Community organisations met on 17th March to co-ordinate community efforts to support each othe during the COVID-19 outbreak. They have created a special hub that people who need help can contact to be matched with a pool of volunteers. During the third lockdown the requirement to shield has been reintroduced which makes it more difficult for vulnerable people to leave their homes for the basics.

The helpline is still available in the third lockdown on 01225 632216 seven days a week if you need any help.  With the new year has come lockdown 3 and for our most vulnerable residents came shielding again.  The phones are not currentlly manned but volunteers will pick up messages left 7 days a week, on a regular basis.

Do keep your eye on the Saltford Community Assocation Facebook page for the latest community news and initiatives. 

The Community Hub can help in so many ways. Just call the helpline on 01225 632216 for access to:

Post Office services
Emergency shopping
Pharmacy
Dog walking
Home visits (can talk on the doorstep but not come in)
Phone conversations
Bike repairs for key workers
Sample pickup
Emergency plumbing
Emergency electrical work

Hardship Support: provided free

Food supplies
Foodbank supplies - please ring back afterwards and dial option 3
Emergency funds

Please let's all regularly check on our neighbours, especially (but not exclusively) the elderly and vulnerable. Give them a call or knock on the door to check they are okay. Tell them to ring the community number if they need help with anything.

Saltford Post Office and shop

Saltford Community Post Office and shop will be open throughout the lockdown on unchanged hours which are Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday & Friday 9am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm. Many thanks to Trish, Bob and the volunteers for being there to serve Saltford and the wider community.

Please check the latest Post Office opening times at www.saltfordhub.org/postoffice.html.  

Saltford community library

Unlike during the first lockdown the SCA can still offer a library service in Saltford, with thanks to all the volunteers who make this possible. From Thursday 7th January the library will be open every Thursday morning 09.00 -13.00 for the return of library books and collection of reserved books. Books can be reserved from the wider network of West libraries for collection at Saltford.

Unfortunately, no browsing can be allowed and face coverings must be worn. If you are unable to reserve items using your LibrariesWest account please click here for details of how to reserve books. Customers who are unable to return library books on a Thursday morning can be reassured that overdue loans will not incur a charge.

If you are not yet a member, you can join Libraries West remotely through their website: www.librarieswest.org.uk

Please check the latest library news at https://saltfordhub.org/library.html.  

Saltford food bank needs donations

Saltford Food Bank  nearest donation points are: Saltford Hall , just inside the the main door, open 24/7, and Tesco in Saltford. Waitrose and Tesco in Keynsham also have Food Bank donation bins.

Currently most needed are: long-life milk, instant noodle pots, mashed potato, pasta sauce, kitchen towels and jam. All non-perishable and longer life donations are always welcome. Also if you have any clean plastic bags (used once) please donate them to Saltford Hall collection point. 

The foodbank are also happy to accept financial donations via their website https://keynsham.foodbank.org.uk

Donations of non-perishable and longer life products are always required

Supporting local food businesses

To help local businesses the SCA is running a Facebook campaign to promote all business offering local take away or food delivery services during lockdown.  Please see more details here.

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

Please support your local facilities

We are delighted to support the Saltford Community Association in encouraging you to make good use of our Saltford Community Post Office, shop and library. "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 but the following services are all available in your village:

  • 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

Please check the Saltford Community Hub website here for current opening times.  From the 5th June the library will be re-opening from 9 am to 12 noon. 

After a just a year of reopening, increased opening times have been made possible due to the community's brilliant support of this facility, both financially and through your regular use or volunteering.  This is coupled with the strong financial support of Saltford Parish Council and Saltford Community Association.  Please continue to support in whatever way you can.

Why use the local Post Office and shop?

The Community Association is very hopeful that the Community Post Office will continue to be a success because it is through the profitability of the Post Office that library costs can be supported, with a view to having these amenities available long into the future. Trish Hubbard, our Post Office manager, is looking forward to serving you, along with Nicola Newell, our Post Office officer.

Please remember: use it or lose it. It is your custom that will support these facilities. Remember also that there is a wide range of greeting cards and stationery available to help fund this community enterprise so please pay a visit and browse the selection!

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1st Saltford Scouts
1st Saltford Scouts

Help needed to run this popular group

1st Saltford Scout Group are a very friendly group with vibrant and growing Beaver, Cub and Scout sections.

They currently have a number of vacancies; a rare opportunity to get involved and help lead a well-established Scout Group and make great friends along the way.

These roles are available:

  • Group Scout Leader – a leading role in the running of sections
  • Chair to head up the executive committee to ensure that the Group has the support that it needs
  • Section Leaders, assistants and helpers – enthusiastic people are always needed to join the leadership team.

For more information please contact Martin Hutchings on 07759 300051

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Bath City Football
Bath City Football

Matches and training opportunities

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.

Bath City Youth FC is a local not-for-profit grassroots club, offering fun, football and fitness to nearly 350 girls and boys from ages 5-17 throughout the Bath area. For lots more information see the recent article in The Bath & Wiltshire Parent magazine: thebathandwiltshireparent.co.uk/2020/08/bath-city-youth-football-club-invites-welcomes-new-players-aged-5-17-years/.

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.

Each Community Day, the community-owned club traditionally waives its admission charge and invites supporters to pay whatever they like to attend the match, with 10% of all gate receipts donated to the Bath City FC Foundation, the club’s charitable arm.

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 and for forthcoming match information.

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Bath Spa Uni needs you!
Bath Spa Uni needs you!

Can you help with the mentoring programme?

Bath Spa University (BSU) is delighted to launch MentorMe, a new, revised mentoring scheme for students. Many of you may remember Miss Rudd from school who is now co-ordinating this scheme.

Bath Spa University MentorMe scheme poster BSU is currently recruiting mentors from an array of professions to help bridge the gap between university and employment. Are you able to offer an hour of your time a month to support a BSU undergraduate at your local university?

If you think you can assist, please visit the web page and complete an Expression of Interest form. For general queries please contact Hannah Rudd, Mentor Coordinator, at mentoring@bathspa.ac.uk.

There is quite an array of courses at BSU so if you wanted to check where you knowledge and expertise would be most suited please have a look:  www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/course-index-a-z/  

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New youth club in Saltford
New youth club in Saltford

Starting 6th September for children in school years 6, 7, 8 and 9

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Keynsham Leisure Centre
Keynsham Leisure Centre

Holiday activities for the whole family

Why not try out the newly refurbished facilities? There's a whole range of sport and leisure activities on offer every week, and a special programme of holiday activities during each school holiday.

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Futura sports centres
Futura sports centres

Sport and leisure for the whole family

SBL sports centreThe Futura Learning Partnership 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 Environment Group
Saltford Environment Group

Raising awareness of environmental issues and sustainability in Saltford

The Saltford Environment Group (SEG) was established in 2011 as a response to the results of a 2009 Parish Plan questionnaire. Many responses had expressed concern about pressures on the environment in our village and the resulting action was to set up a sustainability group for Saltford. The SEG thus came into being.

SEG is an independent non profit-making unincorporated association that is politically neutral. 

If you're interested in our local environment, take a look at the SEG's home page for up to date news and information.

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Basketball development hubs
Basketball development hubs

Bristol Flyers come to Wellsway

Bristol Flyers development hubs are a great way for youngsters to play more basketball and learn from a team of qualified and experienced basketball coaches. 

Open to girls and boys aged 8 - 18 years, the sessions take place on Mondays 5:30pm - 7pm at Wellsway School.

There are also sessions at The Park Community Centre in Knowle on Mondays from 6pm - 7:30pm.

For more information please contact Ronan.Jebb@BristolFlyers.co.uk and see bristolflyers.co.uk/community/bristol-flyers-development-hubs/

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Stagecoach in Keynsham
Stagecoach in Keynsham

Performing arts from age 4

Is your child interested in the performing arts? Stagecoach in Keynsham runs weekly classes and holiday workshops for all ages from four years old. See the Stagecoach Keynsham website for full details, or call 0117 902 8925.

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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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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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The Rock Project
The Rock Project

School of rock and pop in Bath

The Rock Project offers lessons in singing, guitar, bass or drums, and you get to play as part of a band!

The Rock Project are currently recruiting 7-11 and 12-18 year-olds to join their two-hour weekly sessions in Bath. Spaces are limited so get in touch now to secure your place. They offer free taster sessions in Bath. All abilities are welcome from beginners to experienced. To book a space, or for more information, visit www.therockproject.com/bath or email bath@therockproject.com, or check out their Facebook page, The Rock Project Bath and Trowbridge.

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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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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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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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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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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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