Meeting back in person from April
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 from Monday 19th April as restrictions begin to ease. See the dates below or open a PDF version of the flyer here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries.
For boys and girls aged 8 – 14
The Bath & Wilts Sports Trust (BWB) are running football camps during the Easter holidays at Lansdown Playing Fields, Bath.
They promise quality football coaching and lots of fun!
Sessions will run from 10am to 3pm on 6th, 7th & 8th and 13th & 14th April 2021. For full details of prices, discounts and how to book, please see the flyer here: bwb03.schoolsportstrust.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/BWB_EASTER_FOOTBALL_CAMP2021b.pdf
For 4 – 16 year-olds
Sophie Louise Performing Arts is a brand new, independent umbrella for all things Musical Theatre.
New after school classes in Musical Theatre will be starting after Easter at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy. 'Little Stars' are classes for 4-7 year olds and 'The Musical Theatre Academy’ is for children aged 7-16.
Please see www.sophielouiseperformingarts.co.uk for full information.
See Saltford in a new light
Thanks to Mrs Smith-Collins who has created a Scavenger Hunt to follow around Saltford. If you’re tired of the same old walks or looking to encourage the children to get outside during lockdown, why not take part and rejuvenate your love for your locality? No mud!
Please see https://www.saltfordparishcouncil.gov.uk/saltford-pc-scavenger-hunt/ for full information.
Join St Mary's Church online
Every day during 2021 lockdown
During the current lockdown, St Mary's Church is committing to daily prayer for the Saltford community.
From Monday - Thursday a different area will be prayed for at 6pm, and you are invited to join in. If you would like to use your daily exercise for a prayer walk, you could walk around the roads for that day using this map. Monday is area A, shown in blue, Tuesday is area B, shown in red, Wednesday is area C, shown in green and Thursday covers Saltford School, local businesses, care homes, Corston and Newton St Loe.
Friday to Sunday will be dedicated to individual prayers; if you have any individual prayer requests, please contact Emma King, Community Outreach Worker, on 07747591094.
Multi sports for ages 5 – 11
New for lockdown 2021: designed for primary school aged children, the Up & Under Sports Challenge Trail offers a range of different physical challenges in six different sports to help keep children physically active during their time at home. Their trail map can be printed out for the children to follow, taking them on a journey and experiencing different sports challenges along the way. See www.upandundersports.co.uk/sports-challenge-trail/ for how to join in.
The challenges require minimal equipment and are designed to be fun and relaxing at the same time. At the end of the challenge trail there is a certificate that the children can show their class teacher through their online learning to demonstrate that they have been focusing on looking after their health and well being.
For more information please see the Up & Under website.
Available February half term and Easter 2021
We have received information about holiday provision that is available during the February half term break and the Easter holiday, provided by Next Thing Education Camps Ltd:
'Tech Holiday Camps are running 15th-19th February and 29th March – 9th April 2021 in Bath.
We understand the difficultly providing children with a fun and education environment at this current time. As an Ofsted registered provider, we will be providing enriching childcare enabling parents to return to work or have a well-deserved rest from home-schooling. We have 5 days of exciting activities to feed the mind of your inquisitive genius following themes:
- Bot Builders and Coders – Curious coders and persistent programmers’ favourite
- Ingenious Inventors – Implement circuitry to create practical solutions
- Skilful Scientists – Booms, bangs, pops and whizzes
- Expert Engineers – Fixing problems with clever creation
- Media Madness – Visionary movie editing and imaginative music producing
Safety is our number one priority and has been when we relaunched in summer 2020 when the pandemic first hit. Since then, we have managed to complete 3 successful holiday seasons with overwhelming feedback and meticulous safety procedures. To see our full summer coronavirus safety video please click here. We provide parents with a risk-free money back guarantee if we are unable to run or your child is unable to attend.
Risk-Free Booking – In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the camp due to government restrictions then you will receive a full refund or the option to swap to another camp.
With the world becoming more digital, this is the perfect camp to develop STEM skills and keep your child ahead. Our camps are for ages 5-11 (years 1- 6) only. Spaces are limited and running at reduced numbers.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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
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.
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.