News in April 2009, part 1

Youth centre update

 
A commmunity event will be held at Southside Youth Centre, Kelston View, on Friday 17th April from 4.30pm to 8.30pm.

This is to mark the launch of a 2 year project to regenerate the centre with £2 million from the Government’s Myspace scheme.
 
The event will feature workshops and performances by groups, and you can give your views as to how the centre should develop.
 
Planned additions to the youth centre building include: a patio area for barbecues, a community cafe, kitchen area, music studio, ICT suite, sports facilities, disabled access and a sensory room for the disabled.
 
The Council’s website says that young people will be able to enjoy activities such as basketball, trampolining, street dance, martial arts and music.
 
There will also be drug and alcohol support services, sexual health advice, training and employment advice, and counselling services.
 

Joe, 09/04/09

Great skittles evening

 
A great event took place in Twerton on Tuesday night, when The Spot Crew played Grace Community Church in a friendly game of skittles at The Centurion Pub.
 
The Spot Crew is made up of parents who meet for Tea and Toast in The Spot community building by Twerton Infant School, on Monday mornings at 9am.
 
This has become a fun group whose members sometimes have a go at different pursuits like photography and crafts. Tea and Toast helps parents to get to know each other and to make new friends.
 

 
Grace Community Church is a Twerton church that meets at the football ground on the first Sunday of the month, and in people’s homes the rest of the time. Some of its members are involved with The Spot – which is how the skittles match came to be organised.
 
The skittles alley at The Centurion has a lot more space than some pubs, so there was plenty of room for people to socialise and enjoy the buffet and music. A local lady named Danielle said: “I’ve had a really lovely evening.” In the end The Spot Crew won the match, but only by a very narrow margin: 298 points to 292.
 

Joe, 07/04/09

Busy day at Culverhay Sports Centre

 
Culverhay Sports Centre at the bottom of Rush Hill was bursting with activities on Saturday, as staff and sports clubs ran a day of taster sessions to demonstrate the range of different sports that can be enjoyed there.
 
For general fitness the sports centre offers several sorts of exercise class. The one that I saw was circuit training, where you have to move quickly from one exercise to another around the hall.
 
There is also a really good gym equipped with something to test any muscle in your body.
 
There is an outdoor pitch and a swimming pool that is used for aqua aerobics, casual swimming and fun times with floats and giant ‘hamster balls’. The hamster balls are amazing – you get inside one and use it to walk on the water.
 

 

 
Two activities that proved popular with the children on Saturday, were rhythmic gymnastics and taekwondo. I made a video clip of both activities which you can see here.
 
Rhythmic gymnastics combines gymnastics and dance with a piece of equipment – either a ribbon, hoop, ball, rope or clubs – to produce a display to music. Simple moves can be taught even to small children, with several classes catering for different ages and levels of ability.
 
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that is a lot like karate. The children who came to the taster session enjoyed seeing if they could do the kicks and punches they were taught on the pads and kick shields.
 
For details of other regular activities visit the sports centre website here.
 

Joe, 05/04/09

Mr Harrington’s coal works

 
Whenever the fields near The Globe Inn get ploughed, you can see the dark patches which are all that remain of the 18th century coal works once situated there.
 
The coal dust mixed in with the soil creates the patches. They are most visible when you follow the footpath through the Twerton campsite, up over the hill, and then look down into the valley.
 

 

Left: an old map of the coal works; right: darkened soil reveals the site

 
In the Guildhall Records Office you can ask to see Thorpe’s 1742 map of Bath. This tells you that the coal works belonged to Mr Harrington and there is even a small illustration of what they looked like.
 
Were the buildings marked on the map used for processing the coal in some way, or did they serve as dwellings for the miners? It would be fascinating to know more.
 

Joe, 02/04/09

 

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