News in February 2008

New craft group meets on Wednesdays

When the Community Learning Service organised a couple of craft sessions at The White Horse Pub earlier this year, the participants enjoyed the activity so much that they asked for it to become a weekly event.
Now a fledgling but very friendly group meets regularly on Wednesdays from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, in The White Horse at Shophouse Road. During the last session the group made attractive Easter boxes.
Anyone of any ability is welcome to join or to try a session and it’s a great opportunity to make new friends.

Joe, 22/02/08

Chinese New Year taster at White Horse Pub

The Community Learning Service brought Chinese New Year celebrations to The White Horse Pub on Tuesday 12th February.
The tea-time celebrations for regulars ran from 4.30pm to 7.30pm and the pub was decorated with traditional Chinese New Year decorations.
Customers were able to sample some Chinese food, learn how to use chopsticks, and identify their Chinese zodiac birth symbol and meaning. They were also given the opportunity to learn the traditional Chinese game of Mah Jong.
All the activities were free and a enthusiastic group of builders and locals participated in the fun and games.

The Community Learning Service is funded by the Learning and Skills Council to deliver free fun activities in local communities. By celebrating the Chinese New Year, customers were able to learn a little more about the Chinese culture and the story behind the celebrations.
Feedback from the event was very good and everyone enjoyed learning something new in their local pub. David Mann a regular said: “I enjoyed learning about other cultures.”
A special thank you to Jacqui Clarke the Landlady, for supporting and hosting the evening.
To find out more about other activities in the local area, ring Christina or Jane on 01225 396834 or 01225 396192.

Jane Fell, Community Learning Service, 13/02/08

Chinese culture comes to Twerton

Twerton was the setting for an experience of Chinese culture on Sunday, when the Bath Chinese and East Asian Group held their Chinese New Year festivities at Bath City Football Club.
Around 150 people turned up – about a third of whom were non-Chinese.
The celebrations began with music and dancing by the children of the Fun Mandarin Dance Group, who performed traditional Chinese dances such as the Red Ribbon Dance.

Then there was a lively display by a team from Bath’s Wutan Martial Arts before lunch. The meal consisted of all kinds of Chinese favourites including roast duck, honey roast pork and spring rolls.
After the meal there was more dancing and a girl named Connie performed some solo dances. She is shown below doing a Tibetan dance.

Then came the vibrant Dragon Dance enacted by children and adults from the Gloucester Chinese Society. The dragon is viewed as a positive creature in Chinese traditions.
Those who missed out on the festivities, can still sample some Chinese snacks and learn how to play Mah Jong for free at The White Horse Pub on 12th February from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

Joe, 10/02/08

Community action film showing soon

A film called The End of Suburbia will be showing at the Old Vicarage, near St Michael’s Church, on Tuesday 12th of February.
Arrive at 7.30pm for a showing at 8pm. The film will be shown again at the Old Vicarage on Saturday 23rd February. Arrive at 2pm for a showing at 2.30pm.
The End of Suburbia reveals how Cuba survived a fuel famine after losing access to Soviet oil in the 1990s. It therefore provides an example of how communities can triumph over difficulties through collective action.

Joe, 08/02/08

Twerton school receives praise from Ofsted

St Michael’s Junior School at Newton Road has been praised in its latest Ofsted report, following an inspection of the school carried out in December 2007.
The report began by describing the school as being smaller than average and serving an area of Bath that experiences low levels of economic prosperity.

Some specific comments that the Ofsted inspectors made:

“This is a good school that puts children at the heart of all that it does…”
“Pupils’ achievements across the school are good.”
“The pupils’ enthusiasm for school and the pride pupils have in it are evident… Attitudes towards work and to each other are good and pupils behave well in class and on the playground.”
“Clear explanations at the start of lessons ensure pupils know what they will be learning. Pupils are keen to learn and this shows itself in their good work rate.”
“Parents say that their children feel safe and well looked after.”
The inspectors did feel that the pupils needed more explanation of what they have to do to improve, when it came to the marking of their work.

Joe, 04/02/08


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