Free session for Saltford School children
Saltford Tennis Club is a friendly, local club that caters for all ages and abilities. They provide coaching through Team Bath Tennis, whose all-encompassing tennis programme is one of just four LTA International High Performance Centres in the UK – recognised as having exceptional tennis.
The autumn schedule for children aged 5 and over has been published. See the schedule and information here, including a voucher for one free lesson.
Join in from 20th – 24th October
The Bath Digital Festival is hosting a series of events over the course of the week between 20th – 24th October that may be of interest to some of our families. Many of the virtual events are child friendly, and some are also aimed at teachers and parents. This is the biggest celebration of digital and tech in the South West, all available from the comfort of your own home!
This year, the event series will focus on recovery, skills and talent plus, a brand new Digital Skills Exchange programme will be launched. So, if you're looking to sharpen some skills, wondering who's recruiting at the moment or new to the tech scene, there's an event for you.
You could also learn to code, join an interactive workshop on artificial intelligence, discuss the modern ethics, join a masterclass in social media marketing or check out the latest tech.
Passes are free (although a small donation is encouraged to support the charity).
Friday 30th to Saturday 31st October
In these very different times the PTA, in conjunction with the Community Association, suggest that as many houses as possible take part in a pumpkin trail and glow in the village over the end of October half term week. This is a whole community event and we want to encourage as many families as possible to participate with a simple pumpkin decoration (or more elaborately if you wish) to mark the end of autumn and the start of winter.
You can get your pumpkin or decorated house to feature on a map created by the PTA by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday 21st October 2020. You can find the map here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1vyZznVV8lSAuwJ3BJVR7K_odAoK-1yhp&usp=sharing
This is not a fundraising event but we are all aware that our main fundraising events had to be cancelled this year. If you would like to make a donation to the school (instead of buying sweets you would usually spend on the trick or treaters) to support the work of the PTA then please make your donation to the PTA's JustGiving page here: www.justgiving.com/saltfordschoolpta. All donations will be passed to the school.
The display should take place from Friday 30th to Saturday 31st October 2020 so that residents can take a socially distanced walk, in group sizes according to government guidelines, around the village to view the decorations once it's dark. Given the circumstances this year we would ask that none of the usual trick or treating takes place.
Magical and mythical creatures
This is a competition run by the Keynsham Rotary Club for children under 16. For primary school children, the theme is 'Magical and Mythical Creatures.'
The competition runs from Monday 12th October toTuesday 3rd November. As well as prizes of art gift tokens, when Covid rules allow, winners can spend an afternoon with a professional artist, so do enter!
Finished, named work should be handed to your class teacher who will deliver it to the central collection point in the school office. Good luck!
See your art flying in Bath at Christmas
Over the October half term, why not enter the Bath Business Improvement District (BID) and Minuteman Press’ new Bath at Christmas Art Competition? You have until 9am on Monday 2nd November to submit your entry.
Following the successful Bounce Back Bath Art Competition this summer, where they showcased artwork from over 40 local people on banners around the city centre, they are running a similar competition this festive season. We would love to see some winning entries from Saltford!
The pennants will be displayed around the city centre from Monday 16th November until the end of December.
You can find lots of information about the competition on the Bath BID website here. There are several categories for entering and lots of ways to create your art. Good luck!
Remembrance from 7th – 11th November
As the annual Remembrance parade and laying of the wreath is not able to go ahead this year, we are supporting the Saltford Poppy Trail, along with Saltford Community Association, Saltford 1st Scouting and St Mary's Church.
From the 7th –11th November please display the Royal British Legion poppy in your window as an act of Rembrance and to show your support. You can paint it, colour it, mosaic it, stick tissue paper on it, or even make your own display with as many as you would like!
All children from Saltford School have received a printed copy and you can print out your own extras from this PDF file or from the email that has been sent home also.
If you could email PTA@Saltfordschool.org.uk for the trail map with your house number and road by Wednesday 4th November then they will make sure your details are included in the trail map which is published for everyone to enjoy. You can see the map here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1zx-mLEHKQortVG0A-GnCFJaCqpkOL01j&usp=sharing.
Why not pack a shoebox for those in need?
This year’s Shoebox Appeal, by necessity, is going to be very different. The need for unconditional gifts for children in desperate need of some kindness, is though as great as ever.
Please help, if you can, by filling a shoebox with small gifts, making a donation online or making a cash donation for any amount in Saltford. There will be safe drop-off opportunities in Saltford which will be confirmed before the donation period which will be in the first week of November. Please keep an eye on the Saltford Community Association social media for information: www.facebook.com/SCACOMM/.
How you can contribute
- You can fill a Shoebox as we have always done, but please hang onto it until the first week in November. The local drop off point in Saltford will be open at specific times for safely organised Shoebox drop off in the first week of November.
- Go online to pack a Shoebox or make a donation for a pre-packed Shoebox by following this link: www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/pre-packed-shoebox
- If you wish to give a cash donation, please put it in an envelope (marked SHOEBOX DONATION) drop it through the letterbox at Middle Cottage 48 High Street, Saltford BS31 3EJ and it will be used to fill a Shoebox.
How it helps
In Saltford we contributed an amazing 152 boxes last year. The processing centre in Stockwood loaded 7,865 boxes into a container and they were dispatched by lorry, boat and train to Ukraine and Kazakhstan. They were received by 7,865 smiling faces in time for Christmas. A big "thank you” to everyone involved last year for your generosity.
For more information please see the Samaritans Purse website here.
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.
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.
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?
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/
Starting 6th September for children in school years 6, 7, 8 and 9
Helping each other through the Coronavirus outbreak
Community response to Covid-19
Volunteer service initiated to help Saltford residents in need
Community organisations including Saltford School, the Community Association, the Parish Council and the Church 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 (by email email@example.com or phone 01225 632216) to be matched with a pool of volunteers. See our news page for details of how to volunteer and to request help.
Do keep your eye on the Saltford Community Assocation Facebook page for the latest community news and initiatives. The Community Association has also produced an updated leaflet for each household at the end of April. You can also download a copy here.
The Community Hub can help in so many ways. Just Call 01225 632216 for access to:
Post Office services
Home visits (can talk on the doorstep but not come in)
Bike repairs for key workers
Emergency electrical work
Hardship Support: provided free
Foodbank supplies - please ring back afterwards and dial option 3
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.
Post Office and library
The SCA has announced opening hours for Saltford Post Office and a gradual re-opening of the library service and sales of merchandise. Please see the latest Post Office opening times at www.saltfordhub.org/postoffice.html and latest library news at https://saltfordhub.org/library.html.
On Thursdays there will be a designated family-only time in the library between 2.45 and 3.30pm. Families are allowed in the library at other times but can only enter after all other adult customers have left. Due to quarantining books, a smaller selection of children's books is going to be on display, but the library is looking forward to welcoming families back.
Remember, there are plenty of library books and services available online at www.librarieswest.org.uk
Saltford food bank needs donations
Saltford Food Bank nearest donation points are: Saltford Hall , just inside the the main door, open 24/7, the Rectory, and Tesco in Saltford is now also accepting donations. Waitrose and Tesco in Keynsham also have Food Bank donation bins.
They 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
TeamBath offer free trial of new online dance, hip hop, fitness and skills sessions
There is a range of online fitness and dance sessions available from age 5 upwards (including the grown-ups).
Among the activities on offer are hip hop and contemporary dance classes, ideal for all those seeking to hone their TikTok routines, and a dynamic dance fitness session using a wide range of styles and music. Those sessions are being run by former British gymnast and qualified coach Tiola Gleeson.
See the Team Bath website for full information: https://www.teambath.com/2020/06/18/rhythmic-gymnastics-dance-fitness-classes/?fbclid=IwAR29XGjUMQHY0ztKDWRmzqAA4VxgvSZsglOvCl93PpXZCBM0V81kJ08UL_U
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.
Volunteer and make a difference
We are lucky to have an active Guiding community in Saltford, including two Rainbow groups for girls aged five to seven. However, demand for places is growing and growing and both groups have long waiting lists. This means some girls will not have access to the Rainbows experience.
Rainbows are looking for more volunteers to help run the existing groups so we can accommodate the girls waiting. If you think you could help in any way, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rainbows is exciting, messy, friendly and a lot of fun! Volunteering with Rainbows is special. Not only will you be doing something for your community, but you will be doing something for yourself.
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 4 –11 of all abilities, 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.
Aiming to reduce in-work poverty
Future Bright works with people to develop their careers for FREE. They offer:
- A careers coach to help you plan your career and support you to take the next steps
- Access to funding for training, equipment and other things you need to start out on your journey
- Support for both the employed and self-employed
From learning new skills to developing your confidence, take action to fulfil your career aspirations.
To find out if you are eligible and register with us go to www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/future-bright or call 01225 395555 in B&NES.
The service is managed by the West of England Combined Authority and delivered by Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils.
Is this for me?
Future Bright is open to local residents who are:
- Aged 19 and over
- Living in the West of England (B&NES, Bristol and South Glos)
- Currently in paid work, full-time, part-time or anything in between
- Receiving benefits or tax credits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Job Seekers' Allowance, Income Support, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit or Means-Tested Council Tax Reduction.
How do I find out more?
In B&NES call 01225 395555 or email email@example.com
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.
A fun,welcoming programme for children aged 5-8
Keynsham Hockey Club is running a second Hockey Heroes Campaign following their success earlier in the season. It's a great way to try hockey and have fun at the same time!
The scheme consists of 6 sessions starting weekly from 23rd Feb 2020, each child will be supplied with their own stick, ball and shirt!
Early booking discounts available
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.
Easter holiday camps
In partnership with Wellsway Sports, there will be sports activity camps for 5 - 12 year-olds running during the Easter holiday. These camps will run from Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April. 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. See their flyer here for information on half term and Easter activity camps.
Free sessions available from 20th January
“Healthy Families: Right from the Start” with HENRY is a 9-week programme that is run by locally trained HENRY facilitators at the Children's Centre in Radstock.
You are warmly invited to attend the next 9 week HENRY group “Healthy Families: Right from the start”. Each session lasts approximately 2½ hours, with an optional children’s group provided in case you don’t have alternative childcare
Monday 20th January — Monday 23rd March 2020 from 9:30am—12:00pm.
Radstock Children’s Centre, Church Street, Radstock, BA3 3QQ.
Booking is essential; please call 0300 247 0203 (option 1) or speak to the Children’s Centre staff. There are limited numbers of spaces so sign up today!
Please see full details on the flyer here.
Multi-activities for children aged 5 – 13
This local club gives children access to a variety of sports and activities including outdoor adventure; archery; gymnastics; arts & crafts; dodgeball; team building and games & tournaments.
Running on the first Saturday of every month from 10.00 to11.30am at Wellsway school, it's for girls and boys aged 5 to 13 and costs £10 per session. There's an offer of 50% off the first session.
Post Office extends opening hours
We are delighted to support the Saltford Community Association in letting you know that the Saltford Community Post Office has extended 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
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!
Sport and leisure for the whole family
The 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:
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out their Facebook page, The Rock Project Bath and Trowbridge.
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.
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.
New website of ideas for family activities
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/.
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.
Local sessions setting off from the Jolly Sailor
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.