News in April and May 2011

Bits and pieces, 14th May


Construction skills

The FOTEC adult learning centre at 80 Twerton High Street, is offering a 4 week course leading to a Construction Skills Certification Scheme Card. The card shows prospective employers that you are competent in your occupation and aware of safety issues on building sites.
The times of the course are: 1.30pm to 4.30pm or 5.30pm to 8.30pm, on Thursdays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd June. The course and test are free but you will have to pay £17 for the card if you pass the test. To book a place, phone 01225 396836.

Healthy Living Week

Don’t forget that Healthy Living Week starts on 24th of May, stretching until 2nd June this year.
There will be healthy activities going on in Twerton, Whiteway and Southdown – including Circus Workshops, Healthy Walks, Play Sessions, Knit and Natter, Healthy Cooking, Family Farm Day and more. To see the programme click here.

Time Bank

The Time Bank at 86 Twerton High Street, has people interested in setting up a Chess Club. If you would like to take part in this please let the Time Bank know – phone: 01225 442813.
The Time Bank has organised a new block of four art classes which will be taking place on Friday afternoons from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The dates will be: 27th May and the 3rd, 10th and 17th June. Please let them know if you would like to take part.

Joe, 14/05/11

Southdown PACT, April 2011

The latest PACT meeting for Southdown and Whiteway was held on 27th April. This is a meeting that anyone can attend and discuss local issues to be sorted out.
At the previous meeting, residents had raised concerns over dangerous parking where Mount Grove meets Mount Road. PCSO Kat Tanko said that police have patrolled the area and fined any drivers found to be parking dangerously. Double yellow lines have now been painted at this junction.
The issue of dog fouling was also raised at the previous meeting. A sticker has been designed to go on public litter bins, letting residents know that it is okay to put dog waste in the litter bins as long as it is securely wrapped.
Jo Brain the Dog Warden said that a lot could be done to tackle dog fouling. For example, there had recently been a successful a poster campaign in Stirtingale Road and a publicity day was another option.
Two issues that emerged as priorities to be actioned were: 1) Reducing mess left by the recycling collectors; 2) Taking up the offer of a dog fouling awareness day at Roundhill and Hillcrest Field.
The next PACT meeting for Southdown and Whiteway is scheduled for 13th July and will be held in Southdown Methodist Centre, The Hollow, at 7pm.

Joe, 14/05/11

The White Horse named pub of the year!

The White Horse Pub in Twerton has been named Pub of the Year 2011 by the Bath and Borders branch of CAMRA – the Campaign for Real Ale.

The award was offically presented to Landlord Jason Clerk on Tuesday night at around 9pm.
CAMRA representative James Honey said that they had been watching the progress of The White Horse for some time.
They had taken into consideration the value of the pub as a community hub and the quality of the ales served.
Mr Honey added that it was good to see such a quality pub in operation outside of the city centre.
The presentation was followed by a free buffet and live music from a band called Man Overboard.

Joe, 07/05/11

News on the Southside Centre

The Southside Centre has been undergoing a revamp and is due to open in the summer. The youth hub will be available in June, then an official opening is scheduled for 1st July – allowing everyone to come and find out about the opening hours and programmes that will be running from the centre. On 17th September there will be a high profile launch.
The youth work has continued even without the building, with staff doing outreach work in Twerton, Whiteway and Southdown. They will be organising barbecues, football in Rosewarn Field, and other activities that the young people want to do. Young people who need support or who want to find out more, can phone Jenny on 07875 488718.

Joe, 26/04/11

Young people complete project for Twerton RNID

A team of young people have created a sensory walk for residents of the RNID Centre at Watery Lane, Twerton.
The project was officially opened today by Bath MP Don Foster, who said that their efforts will bring years of pleasure to residents at the RNID.
The walk consists of a path with a bark chipping surface which winds its way through a wooded area of the RNID Centre. There are interesting wooden sculptures to examine along the way. The work, which was all done using hand tools, had to be completed in about one week.


The project was part of a 12 week development course for young people provided by Hedley Hall, Denmark Road. The teenagers had to plan and raise funds for the project before undertaking the physical work.
A special wooden post bearing the names of the team members was unveiled, and the RNID awarded each young person with a certificate thanking them for their efforts.

Joe, 20/04/11

Spring fun at Bath City Farm

A fun day was organised today by the workers and volunteers at Bath City Farm in cojunction with Bath Area Play Project.

The farm ran an easter egg hunt and allowed people to see the chickens hatching in their incubator, while Bath Area Play Project arranged other activities for children and families.
The central attraction was a big colourful inflatable slide.
The barbecue was supplied with meat donated by Tesco at Englishcombe Lane, as well as the Co-op and Jones the Butcher at Mount Road. Therefore the barbecue was made free for the children. Some of the children helped to prepare the food.
Bath Area Play Project say they would be interested in setting up community play forums with local parents, to increase play opportunities in this area.

Joe, 20/04/11


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