Swap beds for sleeping bags on Friday 4th March
Julian House's fundraising initiative, the Big Bath Sleep-Out, has become an important fixture in the calendar. Over the years hundreds of people have taken part in the event, from children as young as 4 to those aged 80+. It has a huge impact on the community and the people Julian House aims to support.
On Friday 4th March, they are challenging you and your family to join the Big Bath Sleep-Out in support of Julian House. You can join the charity and sleep out for one night in Alice Park, Bath, or sleep-out in your own garden to help raise vital funds and awareness for people forced to sleep-out every night. Last year Julian House provided life-changing support to over 1,500 vulnerable individuals who were experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness across Bath and the South West.
This March you can take a stand against homelessness. Swap beds for sleeping bags and brave the weather as a family so people experiencing homelessness can wake up to a brighter future.
Sign up early via www.bigbathsleepout.co.uk.
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.
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.
Free family cookery course for 2021
This is a free, five-week online course for parents and children from B&NES and the NHS. See the September 2021 dates on this flyer.
Join a virtual group cookery session with optional cook-along to discover how to make easy, healthy and tasty recipes
You will receive
- a free recipe booklet and links to NEW video recipes
- support with meal planning and budgeting
- a £25 supermarket voucher to put towards buying ingredients or equipment for recipes for every family that completes the course.
Call the Community Wellbeing Hub to find out more on 0300 2470050, or email BATHNES.firstname.lastname@example.org
Free sessions available from 14th September 2021
Henry Healthy Families is an online 8 week evidence based programme which supports families with young children to give them a great start in life and encourages a healthier lifestyle for the whole family. The programme supports physical and emotional wellbeing and covers nutrition, physical activity, portion sizes, screen time, looking after yourself, exploring children’s and parent’s feelings and managing challenging behaviour. It’s a relaxed and informal online course which gives parents the opportunity to share experiences and ideas with other parents. Each parent receives a free set of helpful family resources – a course book, which includes recipe and activity ideas; children’s story books and soft ball, charts and more. For more info please go to the Henry website at Homepage | HENRY
Booking is essential; please see full details including how to book on the flyer here.
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/.
Chatter Books for readers aged 7 – 11
B&NES libraries are looking for readers to join their book groups! There are three monthly library book groups for all ages.
Chatter Books is the group for readers aged 7–11. This book group reads around a theme each month and then does activities to match. It meets on the last Monday of the month, 4-5pm.
Book a free space here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/143783651773.
There are other groups for 12–16 and 16–25 year-olds. All groups happen monthly and are free to attend. It is preferable that everyone is a member of the library, but it is not essential. Books from home, school, ebooks, audiobooks and library books all count as part of a monthly read. Children are invited to read as much as they feel comfortable and able to do. Confident readers may wish to read more than one book. It is not a problem if readers don’t like a book or cannot finish a book; the groups are more about enjoyment and learning to discuss books, than who can read the most. All readers are welcome at these inclusive and welcoming groups.
Due to Covid restrictions, sessions are currently running online via Zoom. For both Chatter Books and Book Dragons, parents/guardians do need be visible on camera throughout the session. Once signed up for a free place, Zoom login details will be emailed to the parent/guardian. If you have any questions, please contact Chatter_BooksBath@BATHNES.GOV.UK. You can join the library online here: www.librarieswest.org.uk/join.
For 9 – 15 year-olds at Somerdale
Bristol Baseball Club has formed a formal under 16 section. Any 9 –15 year-olds who are interested should go along to an open day on Saturday 15th May at 1.00pm at Somerdale Pavilion in Keynsham.
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.
Coaching resumes at Saltford from April
TeamBath offers Monday, Wednesday evening and Saturday morning sessions at Saltford Tennis Club. 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.
Courses and classes return for the summer term from Monday 19th April. Please see more information here.
See more information here about school holiday camps and courses. They promise coaching, games, competition and fun alongside an experienced team of LTA qualified coaches.
To stay up to date with all their courses, please email email@example.com to join a mailing list.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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 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:
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/
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!
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 email@example.com, 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.