News in August 2008

Computer course returns to pub

A free eight-week computer course is to be held again in The White Horse Pub at Shophouse Road, Twerton. So far some 149 people have been introduced to computer basics on this course.
Learning about computers can help you find a job, improve your confidence and even help you relate better to your children or grandchildren when they talk about computers.
Some people feel more comfortable learning in a pub environment than they would at a college.
The next course is scheduled for October or November but places go fast, so you need to book now. To book a place phone Jacqui on 07977 239782.
Please pass on this information to anyone else that might be interested.

Joe, 28/08/08

Fun Day at Bath City Farm

Bath City Farm organised a Fun Day on the August Bank Holiday, to raise funds and to offer everyone a good time.
When I saw the clouds overhead, I thought that they might have been unlucky with the weather, but the day stayed warm with a pleasant breeze.

Laura and Kedric organised the barbecue with pork and beef burgers and sausages.
John and Liz work voluntarily at the farm and were asked to do the children’s face painting (top right photo). Neither of them had done it before, but judging by the multi-coloured faces I saw, they did a good job. John said: “I heard that the trick is to smile and look confident even when it’s going wrong.”
There was a a tombola and a darts practice game, a raffle with a top prize of a laptop computer donated by a local firm, and a thing a bit like a coconut shy but with tin cans instead of coconuts.

There were quite a few car boot sellers too. The left-hand photo is of Peter and Joy from Twerton at their stall.
I forgot to ask the names of the two musicians above. They lead the Wutan Martial Arts group and did a display at a Chinese event in Twerton earlier this year.
A large number of people from Southdown, Whiteway and Twerton come to the Fun Days each time. It’s a good way to build up the community, as people come into contact with others in their neighbourhood.

Joe, 26/08/08

Bath City 2 AFC Wimbledon 2

Bath City’s recent clash with AFC Wimbledon had a real sense of melee about it. The Wimbledon side is known for its partisan support, and hundreds of their fans descended on Twerton to spur their team on with loud chanting.
City fans responded with their own songs, leading to a ‘battle of the voices’ that accompanied the play on the pitch.
What I remember from the first half, is Stuart Douglas’ three shots at goal. One was struck directly at the keeper, another was scuffed and a third flew just the wrong side of the goalpost. If Douglas can sharpen his work a little more, City will have a strong attack.
By half-time, Wimbledon were leading 1-0 due to Elliot Godfrey’s goal in the 19th minute. But City hit back in the second half with stupendous goals from Martin Paul in the 50th minute and Gethin Jones in the 71st minute.
Wimbledon fought hard after that, with Inns securing the equaliser for them in the 85th minute.

Joe, 24/08/08

Bath City FC draw against Team Bath

City’s game against Team Bath on Saturday was a tense one for the 820 fans lining the terraces of Twerton Park.
Team Bath had scored 14 times in their first three matches of the season, and had been labelled favourites to win the clash by City Manager John Relish.
The university side didn’t look particularly dangerous once play started, however, and they were lucky when Scott Rogers’ early shot at their goal ricocheted around the woodwork without going in.
In the 15th minute, City player Stuart Douglas scored from a penalty after Hogg was brought down in the box.
In the second half, Team Bath gained a penalty after goalkeeper Paul Evans was judged to have blocked Llewellyn, and Marc Canham scored from it.
A couple of excellent saves by the Team Bath keeper rescued them from defeat, earning the respect of the Romans fans.

Joe, 24/08/08

Wool weaving at Bath City Farm

Thursday’s Fun Day at Bath City Farm had wool weaving as its theme.

Hilary Peters turned up to teach the children what to do, and to give a demonstration of peg loom weaving. Last week the children had a go at pottery making.
The Fun Days last from 11.30am to 3pm and there is a canopied area where families can relax and have a natter.
Next Thursday (the last in the series for the summer holiday) the activity will be miniature garden making.
There will also be a special Fun Day at the farm on August 25th from 12 noon to 4pm. Look forward to live music, refreshments, a barbecue, a car boot sale, skittles, prizes and more. For further information phone 01225 481269.

Joe, 23/08/08

Project to empower Whiteway

A new project to empower the Whiteway community is in the pipeline.
The project aims to increase the strength of the community by helping local people to work together in finding solutions to local problems. And by creating better relations and cooperation between public services and the people.
The Council is currently inviting community development organisations to apply for the role of managing the project.
Interviews will be held in September and after that, the project will start as soon as possible.

Joe, 22/08/08

Award winning garden in Whiteway

This colourful garden full of of begonias at Whiteway wins an award in the Bath in Bloom Competition each year.
The owner, a gentleman named Wallace, has kept the display going for about 10 years and also grows other plants including geraniums and fuschias.

Wallace begins to plant in the first week of June to avoid any frosts, but feels that the judges come too early to view the garden. He says: “If they came near the end of July, they would see a different garden altogether.”
Members of the public have come to see the garden from as far away as Gloucestershire.
For a bigger photo of the display click here.

Joe, 21/08/08

Police launch murder probe

At around 9.15pm last night, the Police were called to the Full Moon in Twerton High Street, after a man in his 30s was hit by a car outside the pub.
The man was taken to the Royal United Hospital where he later died. A 40 year-old woman has been held at Bath Police Station on suspicion of murder.
Anyone who saw the incident or who has information which could help with the investigation, is asked to contact Bath CID on 0845 4567000, or Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 0800 555111.

From police website, 18/08/08

Bats detected at Bath City Farm

A Bat Walk organised by Bath City Farm was attended by about 15 people on Wednesday. The walk was led by Tom, a tree surgeon, who has learned about bats in connection with his line of work.
The party of adults and chattering children used bat detectors to pick up the high pitched sounds that bats make.
The avenue of beech trees at the farm was where we saw most of the bats flying about hunting for insects.
Bats will often fly some distance to get to a favourite hunting ground like Bath City Farm. So even when you see one, you don’t know if it’s a Twerton bat!
Afterward I made a short article about bats at Bath City Farm which you can see here.

Joe, 15/08/08

Play Rangers get children’s views

The Community Play Rangers visited the Brickfields playing area off Lymore Avenue today.
They brought with them a piece of mobile play equipment – a big swing made out of a bath tub. The small children at the park thought it was great fun and loved swinging in the tub four at a time!

The purpose of the visit was to find out from children and young teenagers how to make local play areas better.
The Council has been awarded £2.5 million from the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to develop 28 play spaces.
Children at the Brickfields said that they would like more variety and regularly changing play equipment. One girl thought that a strawberry castle would be a good idea.
The Community Play Rangers will be visiting the Brickfields again on Wednesday 20th August from 2pm to 4pm.
They will also be visiting the Pennyquick Park playing area, Newton Road, on 27th August and 29th August from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
At the Brickfields, a group of students used to play football and were joined by youngsters from the King Georges Road Estate. But since the Council removed the goalposts this valuable activity has ceased. I passed on these comments to the Play Rangers.

Joe, 13/08/08

Plenty going on at Bath City Farm

The piglets at Bath City Farm will be sold for meat next week. The photo shows how they looked when they were younger. They were born on 25th December so they have been on the farm for about seven months.

Bath City Farm maintains a very practical attitude toward its livestock, in the same way that a fully commercial farm does. The animals are enjoyed and treated well but when the time comes, off for the chop they go.
Then the life cycle starts again as new animals are bred.
I was beginning to think that this month seemed a bit quiet, until I looked at the Bath City Farm noticeboard and saw all the things happening there…

Family Fun Days

Fun activities for all are held at Bath City Farm every Thursday from 31st July to 28th August, between 11.30am and 3pm. There will be pottery making next week and a wool weaving demonstration the week after.
Most activities are free but some have a nominal charge to cover hire charges or materials.

Bat Walk

This free event will take place on Wednesday 13th August at 9pm. Explore the night life at Bath City Farm and use bat detectors to hear the bats in flight. Wear stout footwear and bring a torch if possible.

Bank Holiday Fun Day

A Fun Day will be held at the farm on Monday 25th August from 12 noon to 4pm. There will be live music, refreshments, a barbecue, a car boot sale, skittles, prizes and more. Entry is free.

Farming and gardening course

The Community Learning Service will be running a free 10 week Community Farming and Gardening Course for adults at Bath City Farm, starting on 17th September. The course is for adults over 19 years of age with few or no qualifications.
Participants will be learning about wild and domestic animals on the farm, creating and nurturing wildlife habitats, and much more.
There are twelve places available and the closing date for bookings is Wednesday 10th September. If you wish to book a place during the summer, please phone Elaine Hibbard on 01225 396450.

Joe, 06/08/08


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