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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Hot meal provision - meat or vegetarian
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.
VE day stay at home street party
Despite original plans being cancelled because of the lockdown, the Community Association is still plannings something special to mark VE Day. They will be delivering a small box of cakes/sandwiches for nominated people around the village. Meanwhile, we are all encouraged to participate in the stay at home street party, at least between 2 and 4pm, to cover the national 2-minute silence at 3pm. Please download the poster here to promote in your area and see the SCA Facebook page for full information.
Saltford Community hardship fund
In response to the hardships suffered by some Saltford residents as a result of lockdown measures, our amazing Community Association would like to provide free hot meals, basic food supplies and small emergency cash sums where needed within the village. They have started this fund off with a generous donation but, if you can, please consider making a donation to help fund this good work. Full information is at saltfordhall.co.uk/Hardship.html. Anyone needing help can contact the Saltford Hub by email email@example.com or phone 01225 632216.
Saltford Scrubs for NHS Bath
Anyone who lives in Saltford and would like to be involved in making scrubs for NHS Bath can get in touch with Saltford Scrubs for NHS Bath who are a group coordinating the Saltford effort. Most urgently needed are scrubs but other sewing options are laundry bags, scrub caps, mask extenders and headbands.
You could either offer to sew, to wash and iron, or make a donation of polycotton pillowcases, sheets or duvet covers. There are collection points at Saltford Hall (by Food Bank box) in Witney Close and on the corner of Hinton Close and Norman Road.Please contact them via Facebook here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post Office and library
From Monday 23rd March the SCA announced reduced opening hours for Saltford Post Office and suspension of the library service and sales of merchandise. Please see the latest Post Office opening times at www.saltfordhub.org/postoffice.html. Remember, there are plenty of library books and services available online at www.librarieswest.org.uk
Saltford food bank needs donations
See our news page for full details of where to donate and what is most needed at the moment.
Saltford window wonderland
We hope lots of families and children who are confined to home will be taking part in this plan to decorate the village's windows. This is designed to give the families a creative focus and to entertain those people who can no longer get out to meet friends but who are taking their walks around the village.
Obviously, you can put up any pictures you like but there are lots of ideas on the PTA facebook page to get you started.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Focused on the community
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
Coaching for children, excellent facilities
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 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.