St John’s Christmas tree festival

St. John’s Church hold a festival each year and ask local organisations to decorate a Christmas tree to reflect their own organisation, with a total of 60 trees altogether this year.

The photo shows a volunteer, Cheryl,  and Merrial and Sue who are members of the committee. They decorated a tree with baubles and home made decorations which showed our favourite things to reflect Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance.

Keynsham Bowls club donation

The Keynsham & Saltford DAA have been the nominated charity for 2019 for the Keynsham Bowls Club. On 6th November, DAA committee members Merrial and Mike Knight attended a coffee morning in their clubhouse in Keynsham Memorial Park to collect a cheque for £800. Mike thanked the Bowls Club for their efforts and generosity. The picture shows Mike and Merrial receiving the cheque from Mo Dickinson (ladies’ captain) and Carm Riccio (men’s captain).


Photos of Boccia Event – Thursday 31st October

Our Music for the Mind sessions are continue to take place on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month in St Dunstan’s church hall from 10.30am until 12.15pm. However, when there are 5 Thursdays in the month we have been adding a new trial activity. On the 31st October we put on a boccia exhibition.

Boccia is a paralympic sport and is like a sitting down game of indoor bowls. Numbers were down on the usual attendance but those that took part enjoyed the experience and the competition. Carers and volunteers also took part. The photographs show some of the players. One shows Len about to throw with his partner Diana who played against Mike and Sue. We would like to thank the St John Organisation for their help in putting the activity on.


Church Service for those living with Dementia – Event November 3rd

A new initiative in Keynsham last month had a successful start in enabling those  who are living with dementia to attend a short church service to follow their faith.

Seven people living with dementia together with their carers attended the service and were supported by a number of representatives from other churches in the town and indeed Saltford.

A member of St Dunstan’s church, Keynsham, Barbara Outhwaite came up with the idea of providing a short twenty minute service on a Sunday afternoon so that Christians, or indeed anyone, having a faith or not, living with dementia could attend without committing an hour or so to a full service and any issues that it might cause them.

Barbara told us “The first service was a very positive start to this new initiative and reassured me that our efforts were worthwhile in enabling those living with dementia to continue to follow their faith in a supportive and non challenging environment. This furthers the work of Churches Together in Keynsham and Saltford. (CTKS).”

Supported by CTKS, Barbara also found ready support from the Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance (K&SDAA) who helped at the service and afterwards providing tea, coffee and cake in the church hall.

Chairman of K&SDAA Alan Hale told us “Working with Barbara and CTKS was very worthwhile and the attendance of those living with dementia was good. Our ‘Music For The Mind’ only attracted single figures to begin with but we are now seeing up to eighteen people living with dementia at our event so I have every faith that the church services will grow and attract more people living with dementia. This initiative fits in well with our ongoing work to making Keynsham and Saltford more dementia friendly.

On Sunday November 3rd the second service will be a Remembrance Service  and will start at 3pm and last for half an hour and be followed by a tea.

Whilst primarily for those living with dementia or any type of memory problem and their carers and families, the services will be open to anyone wishing to support such a worthy venture to just turn up. For those living with dementia but not regular worshippers the aim is to give them the experience of being inside a church in an atmosphere of calm and is also supported by Outreach to Older People as part of the ongoing work of CTKS.

St Dunstan’s Church on Bristol Road Keynsham is ideal for this event as it has a good car park, and wheelchair access into the church and with toilet facilities for the disabled in the adjacent church hall. The service is open to all who live with dementia and their carers.

A picture from the event and short video are shown below.


The Coventry and K&SDAA – Power of Attorney event 6th November

When people are given a diagnosis of dementia many lives change but one important difference is that ultimately the subject of the diagnosis will need someone else to make important decisions on their behalf.

Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance (K&SDAA) whose main task is to make Keynsham and Saltford more dementia friendly have joined in a charitable partnership with The Coventry Building Society in Keynsham to help raise the profile of those living with dementia and the challenges it presents. To that end they will be present for most of the day at The Coventry in High Street promoting their work but supporting the Society in helping to make the public more aware regarding Powers of Attorney on November 6th.

The Coventry managers Stacey Hatherall and Sarah Morgan told us “Here at The Coventry we pride ourselves on the service we provide with Savings & Mortgages. However we also serve our members & our Community in other areas such as Power of Attorney.

Over recent years we have seen an increase in Power of Attorney enquiries. We feel this is an area we can support & help our Community with, using the knowledge & skills we have in our Keynsham Branch.

We are having an Awareness Day on Wednesday 6th November between 10:00-15:00 where our Community partner KSDAA will also be joining us.

If you’d like to know more, feel free to pop in!”

Chairman of Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance Alan Hale told us “We are most grateful to The Coventry for their support and partnership and look forward to this ‘awareness day’.  I hope that we will meet many people at the event on November 6th.”