News in June 2011

Twerton PACT, 15th June

A PACT meeting was held on 15th June in Twerton Village Hall. Here are some brief notes from the meeting.
The dog warden has offered to support local people to tackle dog fouling as a group, if they will get in touch with her. There are a variety of things that can be done about this issue.
We heard that Lovell, the firm that is constructing new homes at Redland Park, will repair the damage to pavements done by their vehicles once the construction work is over.
There is interest in extending a fly-tipping removal project run by the Changes residents’ group in Whiteway, to cover the Redland Park estate with help from residents of Redland Park.
A litter pick is to be held at Redland Park soon. Meet by Woodview Terrace at Redland Park on 16th July at 10am.
New issues raised at this PACT meeting included: motorists parking on pavements and verges, as well as Somer Housing not listening to residents over the general state of Redland Park.

Joe, 28/06/11

The Bath Chronicle team in Twerton

A team from the Bath Chronicle came to Twerton last Thursday, to set up a point of contact for residents to pass on news.

Pictured are News Editor Paul Wiltshire, Reporter Felicity Crump and Editor Sam Holiday.
The ‘Meet the Reporter Surgery’ was held at the Rose Cottage Cafe in Twerton High Street and managed to attract a few people to come in and suggest potential leads.
It was interesting when an elderly lady turned up with an old photograph of the dwellings that once existed where the derelict Herman Miller building is now. You can see the photo here.
Look closely and you can make out the Golden Fleece Pub on the corner of Fielding’s Road.
The Chronicle staff hope to be holding these surgeries regularly to try to represent more of Twerton life.

Joe, 22/06/11

Fun activities for young people

A programme of exciting activities for young people has been organised for July and August. It is for children and teenagers aged 12 to 16 (or over 16 in the case of disabled young people).
The activities will include:
skate park; sailing / power boating; basecamp – cooking / batik / tattoos / grass boarding / radio / hoop dance / sports; ice skating; beach day; urban adventure / crazy golf; pulseranger / paintballing; basecamp – cooking / sports / cheerleading / live music / frisbees; canoeing / kayaking / raft building; splashdown; skiing / snowboarding / archery/ mountain boarding; play out wild; basecamp – sports / wood construction / film in a day / graffiti / radio; kart racing; Brean Leisure Park; rock climbing / abseiling / caving; fishing; basecamp – rugby / felt making / animation / music production / grass boarding; horse riding / gymkhana; fun day
Activities cost between £3 and £6 per day, with some free places available for Somer tenants (phone 01225 366145).
Places have to be booked in advance by 24th June, and you can download a booking form online at: The completed forms are then returned to BAPP, Odd Down Community Centre, Odin’s Road, Bath BA2 2TL.

Joe, 21/06/11

Give the new Southdown cafe a try

A new cafe has opened up at Mount Road, Southdown. Called “R Caff”, it is a venture by Suzy and Marc who have lived in the area for years.
It has already received quite a lot of support from local people who say that a cafe is just what Southdown needs. The cafe is set up in a shop front that has belonged to Suzie’s dad, but which has remained empty for about 20 years.
Suzy and Marc believe that R Caff can be a success and a valuable addition to the community – a place for people to meet and chat.

Joe, 19/06/11

Nurturing young trees at Roundhill

A project to grow a copse of native English trees on the southern slope of Roundhill has been underway.

The trees were planted in the winter by the organisation More Trees for Bath, with support from the Friends of Roundhill group and local volunteers.
The other week, some of us returned to the spot to remove weeds from around the trees. The trees will also need occasional watering to stand the best chance of survival.
There has been a bit of a problem with children taking out all the canes that were there to support the trees. Please be kind and leave the canes in place.
Another tree planting project has been going on at Hillcrest Field.

Joe, 07/06/11

New fitness centre in Twerton

A new gym has opened in Twerton High Street, occupying the building that used to be Jeffrey Carpets.

The ‘Fit Guru’ Gym has been running for a month and has already attracted about 30 members. There is a weights room, cardio-vascular machines and a varied workout room, where people once came in to buy carpet and laminate flooring.
Different types of exercise classes are held during the day. These include circuit training and boxercise, as well as toning and conditioning exercises.
The gym is managed by Laura Jeffrey who is a physiotherapist and whose parents used to run the carpet shop. For more information and contact details, visit:

Joe, 02/06/11


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