Welcome back to the BUZZ Roundup – keeping you in touch with happenings in Keevil village come rain or shine…
How well do you know our local footpaths and byways? We’re so lucky to have such beautiful countryside and a rich network of walks on our doorstep, yet the chances are some of them can be a bit confusing, especially if you’re new to the village or walking with littlies in tow.
The Walking Group met last week to plan the 2023-24 walking programme (minutes here: Annual Walking Group Meeting 7 February 2023) and, this year, there’ll be some local family-friendly weekend walks that can be done ‘from the door’. The groups’ usual bimbles and rambles happen on a weekday, but this makes it tough for working folks and families with children to take part. So, the group have introduced some local walks on a Saturday over spring and summer, around Keevil and the surrounding villages. There’s always a pub lunch in the plan, but with options for a picnic instead somewhere where children will be safe to play too. All walks will be led by experienced villagers who know the paths well, so do join in and enjoy good company, great scenery and some healthy exercise!
The first of these weekend walks will be a circular walk to Bulkington on Saturday 15th April, with the choice of lunch at The Well or the option to picnic in Bulkington village recreation ground. If you’d like to join in, or find out more, or just receive regular updates and details of walks via the group’s email list, please contact Rachel and Tony Howe (870661) email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you’ve some art in your heart, come along to the ART GROUP today 15th February 10-12.30 in the village hall, you’ll be assured a warm welcome and lots of encouragement;
- If you’ve articles for the VILLAGE MAGAZINE the deadline for the March edition is 5pm tomorrow 16th February;
- And this coming Saturday 18th February Keevil’s WI are holding a Coffee Morning at 10.30am in the village hall – be assured of some delicious cake! details on the WI page, all profits to the Community Shed;
- The Walking Group will be out for a smashing ramble around Badminton next Tuesday 21st February, with lunch at the Fox & Hounds in Acton Turville. All deets on the page, let Barbara know if you’d like to go along;
- Do you have your name down yet for the annual BANGERS & MASH LUNCH on Saturday 4th March 12 noon in the village hall? If not, get a wiggle on, booking deets on the page;
- A little afternoon delight returns on Tuesday 7th March with 1st Tuesday tea & cake 2.30-4pm in the village hall – Post Office also open, and with any luck Laura’s hens will still be happy and laying!
- Folk Night on 11th March is of course SOLD OUT and there’s a waiting list (so if you booked but can’t make it, do let the organisers know); in the meantime, grab your tickets for FOLK ON THE BOAT on 19th May, with special guests for the evening Fly Yeti Fly – tickets fly out the door for this event (no pun intended) so make sure you don’t miss out!
- And finally, SKITTLES night is back, at a new venue, the uniquely fabulous Tuckers Grave Inn on 13th April – deets on the page 🙂
The next Ordinary Parish Council meeting will be Monday 6th March at 7.30pm. There are two new planning applications to be discussed, so come along if you have a view you’d like the Parish Council to consider in their consultee response:
- PL/2023/00859 is for a Change of use of a 2-bed holiday let to a dwelling (C3 use class) for Elmleaze Farm (the new building on the corner next to Southview Farm. View or download plans and documents here, comment on the application here. For reference, the two previous applications concerned with conversion from farm building to holiday let are 18/09517/FUL (approved) and 18/04803/FUL (refused).
- PL/2023/00776 is for relocation of gateway access from the highway at the entranceway by the Pump House (between 82 and 82a Main Street) and the reinstatement of an earlier access track through the agricultural field behind and beyond the Pump House. View or download plans and documents here, comment on the application here.
Well, two ‘finallys’ actually 😉 First, another shameless shout out for our incredible village thespians and the Keevil Drama Group – do trot along for a glass of wine in the village hall on FRIDAY 24th FEBRUARY 7.30pm to 8.30pm if you can – meet some of the group and have a chat. If you’re not free that evening but might still be interested, give Viv Scott (01380 871447) or Di Bouault (01380 870545) a call.
There are loads of ways you can be involved, on stage or off, including props, costumes, scenery design and painting, lighting, stage effects, front of house. Honestly, no specific skills are required, just a sense of humour and a commitment to making productions a success, enabling this awesome group to continue for another fifty years!
LET OFF SOME STEAM
Secondly (and definitely finally) Keevil’s Railway Heritage Group are planning a smashing whistlestop tour of three local heritage railways: the East Somerset Railway, Cranmore, S & D Heritage Railway at Midsomer Norton and the Avon Valley Railway, Bitton. Full details on the page, the proposed date is Wednesday 23rd August, cost per person will be between £36-39 depending on numbers, to include both coach and rail travel. In order to make the trip possible, please get in touch with Rachel & Tony (870661) as soon as you can if you would be interested in coming along – plans can only proceed if there are enough people to make the trip viable.
Make the most of it – this will be the last trip T & R organise as they’ve exhausted all heritage lines within reasonable travelling distance and with adequate track to ride on.
That’s all for now folks – find us on Facebook for real-time discussions on Keevil Village, marketplace on For Sale, Free or Wanted in Keevil, or wander down memory lane on Keevil Memories… thank you for all your support, and if you have any news, pictures or stories to share, don’t hesitate to get in touch
Bob and Sarah #StaySafe #KeepWarm #theresalwayscake 🙂