News in March 2009

Australia slideshow at Southdown

A slideshow about Australia, its culture, history and scenery, was shown in Southdown Methodist Centre on Friday night.

Residents of Southdown and people from other churches around Bath, filled the hall to hear Jane and Geoff Parsons talk about their time in ‘Oz’ when they visited one of their three sons, his wife and boy in 2005 and 2008.
There was a lot of interesting material in the slideshow which was arranged in two halves with supper in between.
Topics included the fossilised forest at Victoria and the striking architecture of Federation Square in Melbourne.
The show was also sympathetic to the Aborigines, recalling at one point how they were driven off their land by soldiers.
Proceeds from the talk will go to the Methodist Centre’s work with the community, which includes: the Baby Clinic, Toddler Group, Lunch Club, Advice Centre and Nearly New Shop.
Jane has been serving the community from the Methodist Centre since 1995. One of her other sons, Nick, came to help out and is in the above photo.

Joe, 28/03/09

Open day at Culverhay Sports Centre

Go along to Culverhay Sports Centre on Saturday 4th April to try a range of sporty activities for free.
Sessions will include water polo, aqua aerobics, scuba diving, street dance, rhythmic gymnastics, taekwondo, football, basketball and badminton. The gym will be free all day and instructors will be available for mini fitness tests and gym introduction sessions.
There will be something for all the family from 10am to 4pm. Just turn up and register on the day – no booking is required. You could discover a new sport that you really enjoy doing.

Joe, 26/03/09

The Golden Fleece wins again

The Golden Fleece Pub football team enjoyed a 3-1 win over Green Park Tavern on Sunday, securing their place in the semi-finals of the Secretary’s Cup – a knockout tournament attached to the Bath and District Football League.
On Sunday 19th April, they must beat Bath City Youth (who have already stopped another Twerton team, Two Weir Town) to progress to the Final.
The Final will be played at Twerton Park Stadium.
The Fleece are playing well and stand a good chance, having beaten The New Crown 6-0 and Jazz Sports Reserves 6-1 in recent weeks.

Joe, 23/03/09

Activities for young people


BMX biking

Two BMX Gate Practice events will be held at Bath BMX Track next to Odd Down Playing Fields, on 7th and 9th April from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. This activity is for 11 to 19 year-olds but everyone must supply their own bike and protective gear. For more information phone 01225 331140.

Youth Theatre

A Youth Theatre Group for young people aged 11 to 17 is about to start at Culverhay School. Would you like to act, or be a stage set designer, make up artist, costume designer, sound or lighting technician, playwright or organiser? Just come to Culverhay School on Wednesday 22nd April at 3.30pm. Phone 01225 473284.


Drumming workshops for young people will start at Culverhay School on Thursday 23rd April from 3.30pm to 5pm. Learn different rhythms and techniques, and develop the skills to become the backbone of all music. Phone 01225 473284.

Joe, 21/03/09

Charity football match

Tickets are on sale for a charity football match in memory of Marc Warman. A team of Marc’s closest friends called Marc Warman Wonderers will be playing Vince Kent’s team, Twerton Athletic, at Odd Down Playing Fields on 26th April from 2pm.
Tickets cost £5 each and entitle the holder to watch the football and then go to the Old Culverhaysions Rugby Club afterwards – where there will be food, music, karaoke and a raffle with various prizes to be won.
All proceeds will be donated to Marc’s three children. Marc was a very popular local resident, and in doing this event 6 months after he passed away, his family and friends think it a good way of raising money for his kids and getting everyone together for a great day out.

Joe, 21/03/09

Dance mornings get off to a great start

The first of a series of Tea and Dance mornings took place in the Carrswood Day Centre opposite Cleeve Green on Tuesday.
The organisers from Somer Housing and Bath International Dance Festival, were greatly encouraged by the success of the first session and the thirty or so people who turned up eager to dance.
James Whitehead from Bath International Dance Festival said: “You’re not sure what to expect the first time but I’m really pleased with the turnout.”
Among the different types of dance were waltzes, foxtrots, quick steps and cha chas. The salsas and rumbas had faster paced rhythms and proved very popular. It had been a long time since some of these people last moved around the dance floor, and one person present had not danced for 40 years.
The Tea and Dance mornings will be held at the same place on Tuesdays from 10.15am to 11.45am for another 7 weeks, as a pilot to see if they attract enough people to keep going. For more information phone 01225 339342.

Joe, 11/03/09

Culverhay School Radio

The new radio project at Culverhay School, gives students the opportunity to voice their own perspectives, reflecting the issues that are relevant to them. It also enables them to learn the many skills involved with running a radio station.
Culverhay School Radio (CSR) is not broadcast over the air but you can hear podcast recordings of the radio shows on the school website. The music is from the chart top 40 and the lively chat that you get from presenters like Elliot and Tom, is arguably more entertaining than commercial radio stations like Radio 1.
Around the school the radio is played through a network of speakers and students can also listen to it from the computer terminals. There are plans to make it available live for anybody in the community who has internet access, via a streaming internet radio facility.

Elliot (left) and Tom in the broadcasting studio

Last year CSR won the Sony Award for school radio. Technician Dan Copp says that he was gobsmacked when he received the news from John Bradford, who judges radio celebrities like Tony Blackburn in the national radio awards.
In the studio there is a main presenter who operates the computerised equipment, selecting and playing the music. There is also a co-presenter who can see on his terminal what tracks are coming up. The co-presenter helps the show along by adding commentary.
When the students broadcast a radio show they begin by playing a couple of tracks. This gives them just 8 minutes to think about what topics they might discuss. The presenters browse favourite sites on the internet to find interesting talking points for young people.

Culverhay School Technician Dan Copp

The radio station gives students the ‘hands on’ experience of applying technical and media skills to a real situation. Prospective radio presenters are interviewed for the position as though they were applying for a paid job.
The project is supported by local radio station Kiss 101 FM which is popular with young listeners. Their radio presenters have visited the school and have also allowed students to get a taste of the real thing at the Kiss 101 studio.
The students were involved with the setting up of the radio station from the start, making a presentation to the B&NES Youth Bank in their bid to get funding for the project.
The radio is also used for linking with other schools and girls from Hayesfield School have broadcast their own show in the past. It’s great to see a flourishing project reveal how talented local young people are.

Joe, 07/03/09


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