News in December 2010

Twerton wartime photo

Mr John Rawlings has come across this wartime photo of Twerton, showing bomb damage to the railway viaduct on the Lower Bristol Road.
John says that it looks like the rail mounted crane is holding vertical, a long timber beam, prior to laying it across the void. Possibly this is to lay rails and eventually get the crane across.

Bath suffered heavy bombing in the Baedeker raids conducted by the German Luftwaffe in April 1942. The railway, gasworks and factories along the Lower Bristol Road were obvious targets, but many bombs landed on homes as well.
The parts of Twerton that were damaged the most, were Roseberry Road near the Windsor Bridge and Elm Grove Terrace where the tyre and exhaust garage opposite the Royal Oak Pub is now.

Photo by John Rawlings, 27/12/10

Christmas at Bath City Farm

The Christmas event held at Bath City Farm on Saturday was attended by many people connected with the new children’s clubs on the farm. The clubs have really taken off recently, which is great because local parents often say that it’s hard to find things for kids to do.
The Community Play Rangers came and built a Santa’s Grotto, ready for Santa to arrive and start giving out presents. There were craft activities and a band from the Boys Brigade played some Christmas carols. A group of about thirty excited children loved playing football in the snow.

Bath City Farm runs an After School Club for 5 to 10 year-olds on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. There are a lot of fun and games and it’s all free.
A Green Gym for 11 to 15 year-olds is held on Saturdays from 10am to 12 noon. Activities include hedge laying, nature trail maintenance and conservation tasks.
The Young Farmers Club for 5 to 10 year-olds is held on Saturdays from 1pm to 3pm. Children learn how to care for the animals and explore the farm.

Joe, 19/12/10

Kune kune pigs at Bath City Farm

What is a kune kune pig? It’s a small breed of pig that comes from New Zealand and the name kune kune means “fat and round” in the native Maori language. This type of pig likes human company and enjoys being outdoors.

Bath City Farm recently introduced the two kune kune pigs in the video to an enclosure built by staff and volunteers. The pigs make an interesting addition to the farm. Today they were wisely staying warm in their wooden house but occasionally coming outside to trot about in the snow.

Joe, 18/12/10

News bits and pieces, 10th December


First Steps

First Steps Nursery will be running Holiday Play on Tuesday 21st December at the Annexe, Dominion Road, Twerton.
Then on Wednesday 22nd December they will be having Carols by Candlelight from 4pm to 5pm.
Parents with preschool children can come along, join in the singing and have a mince pie and hot chocolate. First Steps now also have sessions at Blagdon Park Community Centre in Whiteway.

Time Bank

The Time Bank will be setting up a fortnightly Knit and Natter group at Rose Cottage, Twerton High Street. This is open to all – beginners or experienced. Sessions will be held on Mondays from 11am to 12 noon and the first session will be on 10th January.
The Time Bank also has a Creative Writing group which is proving very successful.
The New Year brings new challenges – as always the Time Bank is looking for volunteers to provide services such as decorating, gardening, giving lifts and leafletting to name but a few. To find out more, visit the Time Bank website at

Joe, 10/12/10

Regular severe weather updates

The Council is posting severe weather updates on its website. You can find out about expected weather conditions and how the weather is affecting local services like roads, buses, schools, children’s centres and meals services.
Enquiries can be made to Council Connect on 01225 394041 between 8am and 6pm weekdays (except for Wednesdays when the times are 9.30am to 6pm). Outside of these times, the emergency telephone number is 01225 477477.

Joe, 03/12/10

Snowy Pennyquick in 1982

The photo below was taken by Mr John Rawlings in January 1982 when it had snowed on and off for about a week. Interestingly, the picture shows shows the bottom of Pennyquick before the houses of Boyce Close, Tanner’s Walk and Long Valley Road were built.

John says that the long single story building just above the centre of the picture was some kind of council depot. A play about Twerton called The Southside Sisters was performed in that building in 1995.

Photo by John Rawlings, 03/12/10


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