Lets Get Quizzical!

     

On Saturday 11th November we held our annual quiz, this time at St Dunstans church hall, 96 people across 19 teams attended on the night and battled for first place to get their hands on the winners hamper.

Trustee Kit Kettel was our quiz master and he did a sterling job keeping the questions flowing and the rowdy crowds under control! The questions were a mix of sport, film, music and royal trivia, something for everyone. We made ‘Keynsham Mencap Quiz’ history that night and made over £900 on the night, it was a record attendance and amount raised.

Our tribe of helpers kept the bar running the tables cleared and the drinks refilled. Huge thanks to Nicola, George, Hazel, Aly, Karen and Braeden.  We had great speeches from Jethro and Andrew, and Steve worked hard to clear the tables. Thanks Guys!

We rely on the support of local businesses and members of the community to donate towards our raffle prizes, this year thanks goes out to Tesco Brislington, Pomegranate Longwell Records Blossom Acupuncture, Lisa O’Brien, Sue Jeffery, The Yendall’s and Helen Duckett frim Keynsham for all their kind donations.

We were really pleased to see lots of members, trustees and staff come along to the quiz bringing their friends and family along. We also welcomed new friends and we hope we will see you again next time.

We are in a time where the charity sector is heavily stretched, the competition growing and additional funding increasingly more difficult to obtain, therefore we find ourselves in even more of a position to rely on our community and our supporters.   We are immensely grateful to those who attend our events, raise money for us, volunteer for us and help in any way they can, you keep us going. For that we thank you.

Christmas is around the corner and there are lots of fun events coming up, if you can spare some time please bake for our cake stall on 30th November, pop along to our big tea party on 1st December at the Fear Hall 1-30- 3.30.  Our Music Man Project are performing a special on concert on 7th December at the Queens Road Methodist church.

We’ve also got a few Xmas cards to sell, please contact the office.

Super Saturday Club Celebrates 10 years.

        

Super Saturday Club turned 10 this year and on Saturday 27th October we held a party to celebrate. Members and volunteers past and present were invited along and joined in with the celebrations with family and friends. Everyone who attended enjoyed tea and delicious cake and candy floss. Music was played by past Member DJ Dan, alongside the music, entertainment was provided by a close up magician who wowed his audience with his slight of hand tricks and a children’s entertainer who kept the party going with fun games.
Among our guests we had Grenville Jones from the well known local Charity Goldies who came along to help us celebrate, Grenville fund-raised for us back in 2013 to enable us to take the children to Disneyland Paris. We were also joined by session workers who have visited Super Saturday Club to deliver activities over the last 10 years.
We started Super Saturday Club 10 years ago with the help a BBC Children In Need grant and subsequent funding since. Therefore we were so excited to have a guest appearance from Pudsey himself. What a great way to celebrate.
Not only do we have thanks for the funders and supporters of our club but more importantly the people who actually make it happen, club leader Kim Cole and her team     of dedicated staff and volunteers who we are so thankful to for the hard work and time they put into making the time spent at club so much fun. Thank you, we look forward to the next 10 years! More photos on our Super Saturday Album on Facebook.

 

Ceri’s Marathon Month

      

Well done to deputy club leader Ceri Lloyd for completing her  amazing 4 half marathons in 4 weeks challenge. Ceri had a shaky start to her marathon running; in March this year she was due to run the Bath Half, which was cancelled due to snow. She then decided to raise the bar and run the Bristol Half, Cheltenham Half, and Cardiff Half then finish off with the most challenging of all; The Wales Trail Half Marathon. All of these events took place on consecutive weeks through September and October. After completing the first 3, Ceri was unable to run in the 4th event as it had been cancelled due to flooding.  Not one to be put off easily, Ceri decided to still run the 13.2 mile distance along the Bath/ Bristol cycle path instead. She was accompanied by a friend who cycled along with her in the  pouring rain.  Ceri was raising funds for us and another charity which is close to her heart and raised over £1000 in total, of which a
massive £530 is for us which is amazing. We think Ceri is incredible! Thank you from all at Keynsham Mencap.

Sponsored cycle ride, walk, scoot and wheelchair push.

              

On Sunday 16th September we took to the Bristol to Bath Cycle track for our annual sponsored event.  Starting and finishing at the Bird in Hand pub 60 participants either cycled, scooted or walked to Avon Valley Railway Station at Bitten; some went as far as Bath for a longer distance.  Sausage and chips lunch for everyone who took part, kindly provided by Richard and his staff at the Bird in Hand pub.    

Well done to everyone who took part, it’s a great achievement to complete the event and thank you for the sponsorship.  So far we have raised £1600, and there is still more money to come in we will keep you posted on the final totals.  Thank you to Barry, Niall, Hazel, Nicola and Karen for helping on the day, it went smoothly and everyone was smiling.

This year we welcomed some new participants including the staff from the Keynsham Branch of Santander, they have been fundraising for us in the branch throughout September. We always appreciate support from local businesses and the community whether it is via donations, volunteering or helping to raise awareness.

The weather was perfect and stayed dry for us which is always a bonus. This is always a popular event for our members, friends and families, there are no set distances all we ask is that you come along and do what you feel you can do and more importantly enjoy the day when you meet up with friends.  Check out all our photos on our Facebook page

Keep a look out for our next event the Quiz Saturday 10th November at St Dunstan’s Church Hall.  Tickets £5 each. There will be a bar, raffle and a fun night to be had.

 

Happy Birthday to us!

    

On the afternoon of Saturday 16th June at the Keynsham Rugby Club we had our 40th birthday party.  Over 300 people attended and enjoyed the live music from Daz Rocks 4 charity and Weston-Super-Mare band ‘Better than Expected’. Our very own Music Man Project gave an exclusive live performance, DJ Barry played dance floor favourites to get everyone up dancing.  A fun afternoon with Chuffy the Train rides, bouncy castle and face painting all made for a great afternoon in the sun celebrating our 40th birthday.

Jason Preston was in the firing line in the stocks a great opportunity to see how his beard is growing and to get a soaking.

The rugby club were great host and run the bar and BBQ to keep everyone fed and watered, it was a great way for us to celebrate with everyone who had been involved in the society.

It was wonderful to see so many members, their families, volunteers old and new, founder members and supporters come together to celebrate this milestone in our  Society’s history.

Over 40 years hundreds of children and adults have found friendship, fun and support with us. As we move forward towards our 50th, we will aim to develop increased opportunities and initiatives to promote the wellbeing of those with learning difficulties generally.

With a feisty performance from our Music Man project after only ten sessions, we demonstrated and took pride in the potential that our members with good support can achieve.

Check out our photos on our Facebook page!

 

We’re Recruiting!

We are currently recruiting for the following two positions:

Deputy Play Leader
Saturday morning 9.30am – 12.30pm, term time only.
Odd Down, Bath.
£9.00 per hour
The role will be working with the club leader and project assistants to deliver activities at a weekly social club for children aged 5 – 18 with learning disabilities. Prior experience of working with disabled children strongly preferred.

Book Keeper
Weds/Thurs/Fri AM
Keynsham
12 hours per week @ £11.00 per hour.
The role will be working within the office to assist with daily book keeping, banking and record keeping.
Accuracy and attention to detail essential.
Experience of Sage Accounting strongly preferred.

 

To apply for either of these positions you can download an application form here

A Right Royal Do

So the sun shone, the bride looked beautiful and DJ Barry’s party music played out to the community of Keynsham. Our Royal Wedding fete on the 19th May at the Scout HQ in Keynsham had largely been organised by Student volunteer Molly Hale and her tribe of volunteers,  and it was a great success. So huge thanks to everyone who helped out on the day you really are  the reason these events are so successful.

 

We raised around £500 on the day with a Raffle, Tombola, Cakes, BBQ, refreshments and lots of fun stalls including face painting and a bouncy castle. 

There were a few new faces among the attendees at our event as we welcomed old and new members  we hope to see you  all again at our next event.

We had visits from the police and the fire service and they were able to show our attendees the vehicles and sound the sirens.

It was great to host a popular event that coincided with a national event. We were also able to air the wedding live from a separate room in  the Scout HQ in Keynsham, to ensure everyone good be part of the great event!

Scones, Jam and cream for English cream teas were very kindly donated by Arthur David food wholesalers in Bishop Sutton, Paula from Tesco Brislington  donated a gift card and teddies for the tombola’ The Meat Machine kindly offered us our BBQ food at a reduced rate. Thanks to kind donations like these we are able to raise more money for our fundraising.

Check out our Facebook page for more photos of the day. 

Jason Preston will go a whole year without shaving. All in the name of charity!

As part of our 40th celebrations Keynsham Mencap Member parent Jason Preston has pledged to go without shaving his beard for a whole year. Jason started his mammoth beard growing activity in February 2018 and will continue for 12 months.  All Jason is asking for is a £1 sponsorship from everyone he knows and meets throughout the year.

Jasons’ step son Matthew Washbourn is a member of our Go Explore Club and Radstock Juniors Club.  Matty joined us nearly 4 years ago as a member of the Saturday Club and Radstock Juniors Club.

Jason is an avid supporter of our society and a fierce fundraiser.  So far he has taken part in sponsored bike rides from Midsomer Norton to Weston, from Midsomer Norton to Brean, and the Prudential 100 mile bike ride in London, most recently he held a fundraising disco party in February this year.

Look out for Jason as he plans to decorate and embellish his beard throughout the year marking annual celebrations such as Christmas and other themed events.

The images below show a clean shaven Jason and also Jason is pictured here with Matty.

We will keep you posted on Jasons progress. If you would like to also donate to Jasons fund raising efforts If you would like to support Jason in his quest please donate via this link. https://localgiving.org/charity/keynshammencap/project/Beard

A Royal Celebration

So what are you doing on 19th May? Why not join us in  celebrating the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle  and come along to our Royal Wedding inspired family fete.

Organised by our very own Student Volunteer Molly Hale and her team of willing volunteers. There will be lots of fun stalls, raffle, cakes, refreshments  BBQ and a prize for the best Royal Wedding Inspired fancy dress costume.  All welcome, you don’t even have to miss the wedding we  will be screening it live at the event.

Please come and support Molly, the fete is on  from 12pm till 4pm on Saturday 19th May at the Scout Hut, Ashton Way Keynsham.

Opportunities for children and adults with Learning Disabilities