News in December 2009, part 1

Carols at Roundhill

 
A group of about 15 adults and children gathered to sing carols by the YMCA building at the bottom of Roundhill last Saturday. Led by Jane Parsons of Southdown Methodist Centre, the singing was interspersed with readings and a prayer.

Once we got into it, the carol singing was fun and drew some attention from passers by.
 
It was followed by mince pies and mulled wine in the YMCA building which operates as a gym.
 
Although we were low on numbers, this event could easily grow in size if more churches around here got on board.
 
At Easter time a number of local churches make their way to Roundhill for worship on the top of the hill.
 
This event was organised by the Friends of Roundhill group and future events to take place on Roundhill are detailed on their website at: friendsofroundhill.org/events.
 

Joe, 17/12/09

Winter Fete at Rose Cottage

 
Yesterday afternoon, a team of people in the community combined their efforts to hold a small Winter Fete at Rose Cottage in Twerton High Street. The event was partly designed to build relations between the Bath Foyer in Twerton and local residents. People from the Foyer were serving delicious soup and rolls, as well as homemade cakes.
 
There were information boards about the Foyer, as well as a display showing the sort of artwork that young people at the Foyer will be making in an art project. Art Project Manager Nina said that one of the themes of the art will be journeys, and that the people at the Foyer have already got some good ideas about what to create. Their project will include photography and writing.
 

 

 
Some of those who came along to the fete tried out the free manicures and massages that were on offer, while others used the free internet access which is available when the Rose Cotage Cafe is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
 
Reps from the Stop Smoking group which meets at Rose Cottage were there to give out information, as was Health Trainer Jo Welch who gives advice on healthy living at The Spot community building by Twerton Infant School.
 

Joe, 10/12/09

Community shop opens at Southdown

 
The ‘Community at Heart’ shop is now open at Mount Road, Southdown. This is the shop where profits are donated to local community groups and schools etc. People can recommend local good causes which the shop might support with a donation.
 
The first day went well, with some customers having a look around and donations being brought into the shop. The shop is fairly well stocked with clothes, children’s books, toys, jewellery, bedding and videos etc. All items are good value and you can buy children’s clothes or shoes for just £1.
 
Please contribute any unwanted clothes, bric-a-brac, toys etc to the shop, or arrange a collection by phoning Julia on 01225 340627. At the moment there is a pressing need for coat hangers, so take along some spare hangers if you can!
 

Joe, 07/12/09

Community cafe will be missed at Twerton

 
The Coffee Link Cafe at Twerton High Street is sadly due to close this Friday. Its owner Sammy (pictured) has been running the cafe since 2001 but has to close it for economic reasons.

Coffee Link is my favourite cafe where you can go in and chat to local folk, and I’m gutted to see it go. Sammy is a great character and always has an interesting viewpoint to contribute to any conversation.
 
Customers of the cafe have raised significant sums of money for a children’s cancer charity called CLIC Sargent, by putting coins in the collection box on the counter. And earlier this year, Radio Bristol broadcasted a programme from the cafe.
 
Peter Darby, a regular at the cafe, said that the food and company had been very good over the years. And another regular named Margaret Davis, said she thought that the cafe was very nice and didn’t want it to stop. Sammy would like to thank all the people for their support and custom. He will continue to live in Twerton.
 

Joe, 07/12/09

 

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