The Keynsham Area Forum comprises the parished areas of: Chelwood, Compton Dando, Corston, Farmborough, Keynsham, Marksbury, Saltford and Whitchurch.
The Keynsham Area Forum is one of six Connecting Communities Forums within Bath and North East Somerset (the others are Bath City Forum; Bathavon North Forum; Cam Valley Forum; Chew Valley Forum and Somer Valley Forum. The district is a diverse area with differing needs and priorities. The Council and its partners recognise this and value the local information and feedback the Forums provide as these help to shape local services. All the Forum meetings are open to the public and community group representatives as well Ward and Parish Councillors. The items discussed at meetings include those the Council and its partners need to share or would like feedback on; items the Forum members themselves wish to discuss and opportunities for local organisations to share information and best practice.
The 'Connecting Communities' approach has been built around five key principles: ‘listen, prioritise, join-up, work with you and share ideas’. As there is now much less public funding available, local people and neighbourhoods are being asked to help run services too. The Forums help to improve local engagement, encourage people to talk to each other and to share their skills and ideas. You are able to view the area profile for the Somer Valley on this page.
Keynsham Area Forum meetings
All the Keynsham Area Forum meetings take place in the Community Space, Market Walk, Keynsham BS31 1FS starting at 6.30pm.
The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 20th February 2019
Updates from Previous Meetings
3rd December 2018
The meeting focussed on the Council's Budget. A presentation was given by Councillor Gerrish, Cabinet Member for Resources. A copy of the presentation can be found here.
It also included the Forum's AGM. Alan Hale and Adrian Inker were reappointed as Chair and Vice Chair for a further year. The annual report was presented which highlighted the year's activities.
25th September 2018
The Forum was delighted to welcome as its guest speaker Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens. The main subject of the meeting was Community Safety, Emergency Planning and Community Resilience, with the Forum also hearing from the Council's Emergency Planning Team and Avon Search and Rescue. The Council's Environmental Services Team gave a presentation on Air Quality in Keynsham and the Clean Air Zone for Bath. There was also an update on lighting in the skatepark from the Clerk to Keynsham Town Council. The presentations given can be found on the right hand side.
19th July 2018
The Forum heard from the Police with an update on local crime statistics and also from the Council's Community Safety team on the Joint Community Safety Plan - a draft copy for consultation can be found on the right hand side. A response to questions raised between Forum meetings by Tony Mitchell on behalf of Transition Keynsham, and relating to the Council's Budget Presentation in November 2017, was tabled and can be found on the right hand side.
Community Showcase items comprised:
- Keynsham and Saltford Churches Together who gave an overview of their activities in the community
- St Monica Trust with details of their ACE Neighbours Project now launching in Keynsham. Its aim is to reduce feelings of loneliness by encouraging older people to be more active - whether it's going for a walk, out for a coffee or trying a new activity. Those who take part are matched with a volunteer and the two spend time getting to know each other and then go together to try activities in Keynsham. Find out more here.
- Farmborough Community Shop on their 7 year journey from idea to reality. The new Community Shop, Cafe and Hub was officially opened in July 2018. You can see the presentation on this page and visit the shop's website here.
The main Agenda items related to support for vulnerable people. The Forum heard from Julian House on homelessness, sofa-surfing and begging. DHI (Developing Health and Independence) spoke about their support services and the Forum heard directly from one of their service users. Curo spoke about their Independent Living Service including its Wellbeing House. The presentations given by Julian House and Curo can be found on the right hand side.
30th April 2018 (postponed from 19th March)
Community Showcase items comprised:
- Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance - a film was shown to illustrate their Music for the Mind sessions which take place on the second and fourth Thursday of each month between 10.30am and 12.15pm at St Dunstan's Church Hall. The sessions are free and new attendees are welcome. Find out more on their website.
- There was also an update from the Council's People and Communities Communications Team on the range of information on local activities, groups and support which is available on their websites. 1 Big Database bathnes provides information for families with children up to 19 years; Rainbow Resource is for families with young people aged 0 - 25 with special educational needs or a disability and Wellbeing Options is for adults needing care and support - view presentation.
- Ric Davison from Keynsham Town Community Radio gave a presentation on their recent successful bid to obtain a Community Radio FM Broadcast licence from Ofcom and their plans for the future - view presentation.
The Main Agenda Items were an update from Marc Higgins, the Council's Team Manager - Leisure & Business Development, on the £10m Keynsham Leisure Centre refurbishment. Work is due to commence in May 2018 and continue until September 2019. To view a Virtual Reality tour of the refurbished Centre click here, or for a 360 degree tour click here.
Marc also spoke about the review of the Council's Fit for Life Strategy and explained that his team are keen to hear from local communities on how the Council can support people to be more active by connecting with existing facilities including free resources such as safe walking and cycling routes.
Key Positions and People involved with Keynsham Area Forum
|B&NES Lead Officers||Forum Chair||Forum Vice Chair|
Sara Dixon and Alison Wells
|Cllr Alan Hale||Adrian Inker|