News in January and February 2012

The Golden-Oldies Big Sing

Golden Oldies sessions are great fun! Join us at the Carrswood Centre, Twerton, on the last Thursday of every month between 10.30am and 11.30am to sing classics together from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
From Elvis Presley to Perry Como, Cliff Richard to Shakin’ Stevens, the Golden Oldies ‘Big Sing’ is a fantastic place to enjoy singing together or to meet others from the local area. All are welcome!
The next dates for the Big Sing are: Thursdays 23rd February, 29th March, 26th April, 31st May, 28th June, 26th July, 30th August, 27th September, 25th October, 29th November and 20th December. See you there.

Dan Goulding, Golden-Oldies Project Manager, 23/02/12

Icy morning at Bath City Farm

It was a chilly start for the workers at Bath City Farm on Sunday morning.
The freezing weather meant that a community project to create a bee garden with nectar rich flowers could not commence, not least because the ground would have been too hard to dig.

A young lady named Claire who tends to the animals and serves as youth worker on the farm, said that the cold temperature makes many tasks more difficult.
External taps freeze up, so water has to be collected from inside the main building. And ice has to be broken on ponds and tanks so that the animals can get a drink.
There was also an urgent need to call a vet to the farm, as one of the sheep has apparently developed difficulties with its womb. The video is of Claire herding the ducks and chickens back into their safe enclosure.

Joe, 05/02/12

Bits and pieces, 2nd February


Hoop dance

There will be a free introduction to hoop dance in the Southside Centre, Kelston View, on 3rd February at 10am. This will be followed by regular classes, so come and have some fun and get yourself fit in the process!

Zumba dance

Get Active Bathnes are relaunching the Zumba classes at Twerton Village Hall, on Monday 13th February from 11am to 11.45am. Ten weeks of classes costs £20 or you can pay as you go for £3 a week.


Story time

Story time for pre-school children is held in the soft play area at the Southside Centre, Kelston View. The service is free. The Hub Grub cafe in the Southside Centre is open at this time, so you can buy yourself a nice meal after.

Community walk

Join the Friends of Roundhill group for a walk from Roundhill to the Englishcombe Tithe Barn, on 4th February starting at 10.30am. Meet by the children’s play area next to the YMCA building at the foot of Roundhill.

Joe, 02/02/12

Jobmother comes to Southside

Jobmother sessions are held in the Southside Centre on Thursdays between 1pm and 3pm. The Jobmothers and Jobfathers are there to provide information and advice, and help you get the skills that you need to find a job or career.
The support given covers CV writing, jobsearch skills, interview techniques, employability skills, job coaching, training and qualifications, short work-related courses and help during employment. You can check out their website at: They also have a Facebook page called B&NES Jobmother.

Joe, 31/01/12

New craft club for kids

A new children’s craft club called Craftimakers was in full swing today, with twelve little ones busy painting and glueing their latest creations. The club meets on Tuesday mornings between 10am and 11.30am in the Randalls community room at Bath City Football Club, and is run by a couple of Bath mums – Carole and Emma pictured below.

Craftimakers is for children aged 18 months to five years. The cost is £3 for a first child and £1.50 for any siblings. The club has its own website at: where you can find out more and see the craft themes for the coming weeks.
The theme for next Tuesday 24th January will be the Chinese New Year and after that it will be “Elmer the Elephant”.

Joe, 17/01/12

Bits and pieces, 16th January


Alpha course

Sladebrook Evangelical Church will be running an Alpha Course for residents to come and explore the basics of the Christian faith. The church is next door to the Tesco store at Englishcombe Lane, Southdown.
Sessions are held on Thursdays and start at 7.45pm. The first will be taking place this Thursday 19th January.

Community organiser

A community organiser has been assigned to work in the Southdown Ward. Community organisers support and empower residents to develop their own projects for the community.
For more information visit the RE:generate Trust website at

Friends of Southside

A new group called Friends of Southside is starting up to help build bridges between the Southside Centre and the surrounding community.
The aim is to encourage more residents to use the Southside Centre and its services such as the cafe, Young Parents Group, Stay and Play Group and Employment Club. To get involved, please email Tracy Pike at:

Joe, 16/01/12

Time Bank News

The different Time Bank groups listed below are due to start up again soon. Perhaps there is something there that you would like to try?

Art Class

On Fridays from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and commencing on Friday 13th January. A new series of Art Classes led by Pete Savin will run for a block of 5 weeks.

Book Lovers

On alternate Fridays from 10am to 11am and starting again on Friday 13th January. Meet for a chat with fellow book lovers over tea and biscuits.

Knit and Natter

At Rose Cottage, Twerton High Street, on alternate Mondays from 11am to 12 noon. Have a chat while you knit.

Guitar Tuition

At Rose Cottage, Twerton High Street, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Classes are confirmed for Friday 9th, 16th and 23rd January.

Creative Writing

On alternate Fridays from 11am to 12.30pm. The Creative Writing group has recently been awarded a Cultural Olympiad Grant and will be starting a new project with this funding, called ‘In Your Shoes’. They will be using the river to take them on a journey and tell the stories of the people who live along the river or who use the river banks e.g. for fishing or walking.

Cookery Circle

On alternate Mondays at the Time Bank from 11am to 12 noon. The start date is yet to be decided.
The Time Bank is based at 86 Twerton High Street, next door to Boots the Chemist. For more information visit the website at:

Joe, 10/01/12


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