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Free activities at Keynsham Leisure Centre
Free activities at Keynsham Leisure Centre

Open day Sunday 13th October

You are invited to a free family open day at Better Keynsham Leisure Centre on Sunday 13th October. Why not try out the newly refurbished facilities?

From 9am to 4pm there are free gym sessions, classes, court bookings. There really is something for the whole family to enjoy.

See Better's website here for full programme information.

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Parenting girls safely through their teens
Parenting girls safely through their teens

Talk and Q&A 4th November Bath Spa University

Join Kim McCabe, author of 'From Daughter To Woman' as she discusses practical ways to make the teenager's journey safer, kinder and better supported, so that everyone can better enjoy the adolescent years.

This talk is for everyone interested in steering girls and young women happily through their teens, from parents of daughters age 8 - 18 years, flummoxed grandmothers and caring aunties too, and anyone who works closely with pre-teen and teenage girls. The talk lasts an hour followed by a Q & A. Kim's book will be on sale and she will be available to sign copies afterwards.

Here are a few things that have been said about Kim's work:
'Kim is the creator of an extraordinary social advance' Steve Biddulph author of 'Raising Girls'
'Kim McCabe's book, is what I would call a gentle guidebook, she has a refreshingly healthy take on social media and is particularly good on body image.' Lorraine Candy, The Sunday Times

For full information and to book tickets, go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/parenting-girls-safely-through-their-teens-with-kim-mccabe-tickets-62311457246. Doors open at 6.30pm, the talk will finish at 8.30pm.

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Bath City Football Club
Bath City Football Club

October half term holiday camps

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.

The club is running holiday football camps for 10 - 12 year-olds from Tuesday 29th October to Thursday 31st October. These take place at the Odd Down sports ground from 10am - 2pm. For full details including booking information, see the Bath City FC website here.

Why not kick off a new tradition? 

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.

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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.

During October half term, activity days will be taking place at Saltford School on Friday 25th, Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st October, from 9am to 3pm. Please see details on the Up & Under website here.

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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Fit for Sport
Fit for Sport

Holiday activity camps for 4 - 12 year-olds

Running for over 27 years, Fit for Sport's kids' holiday activity camps are designed to engage all children from 4-12 years old through multi-sports, games, and arts and crafts so that they can make friends and keep active throughout the holiday.

In partnership with Wellsway Sports, there will be daily sports activity camps for 5 - 12 year-olds running during the October half term holiday. These are held at Wellsway Sports Centre from Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November. See the Fit for Sport website for full details.

Fit For Sport's Ofsted-registered Holiday Activity Camps are run by trained professionals to provide school holiday childcare within a safe, supportive and fun environment. Please visit their website for more information.

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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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Bath board games day
Bath board games day

Komedia on Sunday 3rd November

Join Julian House for Bath’s biggest board game day on Sunday 3 November at Komedia. Play all day or just pop in for a few games. Loads of games to choose from including the classics, blockbuster hits and those indie gems.

Everyone is welcome – friends, families, work mates and even you solo gamers. Play games and help raise vital funds to help homeless men and women in Bath. More information and tickets here.

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

Post Office extends opening hours

We are delighted to support the Saltford Community Association in letting you know that the Saltford Community Post Office will be extending its opening hours from the beginning of November. "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

Current 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.

From Monday 4th November the opening hours will be:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9am - 1pm  and  2pm - 5pm (closed 1pm -2pm)
Saturday: 9am - 12 noon
Thursday and Sunday: closed all day.

After a just a year of reopening, these increased times are 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?

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 we can underpin the library costs and continue to have these amenities 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.  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!

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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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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

New for September, 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 Bath
Stagecoach Bath

Performing arts for 8 - 14s

Stagecoach Bath has announced that they will be opening a new Saturday morning school from September 2019! For more information or to book your place email bath@stagecoach.co.uk or ring Sandra on 07912501377.

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Cook it in Keynsham
Cook it in Keynsham

Free family cookery course autumn 2019

A free, 5 week after-school family cookery course called Cook It returns to Keynsham this autumn.

In each session you will make easy, affordable, tasty and healthy food. It is open to school age children and their parents/carers. All equipment, recipes and ingredients are provided free of charge, and the participants can take home the food that they make in the sessions.

Details of the course

Where: Keynsham Parish Hall (St John's Church) BS31 2BL (accessed from High Street).

When: Mondays September 16th, 23rd & 30th, October 7th & 14th

Time: 3.45 - 5.15pm

To book a place, please contact Clare Coverdale on 07583 064547 or call the Healthy Lifestyle Service Hub on 0300 247 0203.

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

Entertain your children and enthuse them about reading

Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival  features a vibrant array of talks and activities for children. This usually takes place each autumn.

Festival organisers secure 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.

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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 autumn 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

Coaching for children, excellent facilities

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. 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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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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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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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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