News in March and April 2014

Twerton pub raises money for disabled members of the Armed Forces

 
Funds for disabled or injured members of the Armed Forces and Emergency Services, have been raised for a second year by a pub in Twerton.

The charity Hounds for Heroes provides trained dogs that can help disabled and injured people, in ways such as opening doors and picking up items from the floor.
 
By giving these dogs to people of the Armed Forces or Emergency Services who need them, the charity improves the quality of life for men and women who have served their country but now need special support themselves.
 
In aid of Hounds for Heroes, The Golden Fleece Pub organised a sponsored walk from Twerton to Bradford On Avon. Taking place on Sunday 9th March, the walk began at the pub itself and followed the riverside path into town, before switching to the scenic route of the Kennet and Avon Canal.
 
Among the group of walkers were regulars from The Golden Fleece Pub, as well as Landlady Moe’s grandchildren who also brought some friends with them. The young people were raising a significant sum of money for the charity.
 
A girl named Shannaya, aged 12, had more than £200 pledged, and lot of this money had already been collected. The other three girls had only found out about the walk a few days before, but between them they had managed to get about £70 pledged.

Twerton plumber Tony Ford who took part in the walk, said: “I joined a couple of years ago when they first did Help for Heroes. I keep in touch with the pub and any chance of raising for charity – I’ll do it.”
 
The team of walkers stopped at a variety of pubs along the way. Refreshments were enjoyed at The George Inn at Bathampton and The Cross Guns at Avoncliffe, as well as The Canal Tavern and The Three Horseshoes at Bradford On Avon.
 
A return journey to Oldfield Park Station was made by train. Then the team took their collection bucket into The Charmbury Arms at Brook Road to secure a few extra donations for Hounds for Heroes.
 
Landlord Robbie is thinking of doing a sponsored walk next year in the opposite direction – following the river out to Saltford and further. But he jokes that there are about ten pubs along that route, so it might take longer…
 
This article will be added to the next edition of Twerton & Whiteway News.
 

Joe, 16/03/14

Volunteering at Action on Hearing Loss

 
Action on Hearing Loss at Poolemead House, Twerton, provides care and support to people who are Deaf and Deafblind with extra support needs.
 
This year we have been promoting volunteering opportunities at Poolemead House. We have had seven enquires about positions, three volunteers were recruited and four are in the recruitment process.
 
Volunteering achievements
 
One of our volunteers, Pete, has been renovating our revolving summer house and saving it from ruin. Pete has replaced parts of the summer house, including window frames and doors, and painted the summer house beautifully. It is now finished and is a wonderful resource for the sensory garden.
 

Poolemead House at Twerton and the summer house in the grounds
 
Volunteering positions
 
If you are interested in volunteering at Action on Hearing Loss, please contact Liza Coyle.
 
Email: Liza.coyle@hearingloss.org.uk
Phone: 01225 342927
Or apply online at: www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer.aspx
 

Liza Coyle, Action on Hearing Loss, 16/03/14

Community Orchard planting at Bath City Farm

 
Last weekend volunteers were doing the heavy spadework needed to grow an orchard on the slopes of Bath City Farm.

Having been advertised as an activity for the whole community to take part in, the orchard planting attracted a range of different people to help out.
 
A Chinese family from Blackmore Drive in Southdown planted a tree, saying that it was a positive thing to do, while another group of people planted a tree in memory of a departed friend.
 
Voluntary efforts also came from a green company called Kovered, which makes accessories such as mobile phone cases from natural materials at their workshop in Colerne.
 
The types of tree planted include pear, damson, blackcurrant, hazelnut and willow. Each tree will provide a resource that can be used by the farm’s Make and Bake group.
 
The fruit can be used to make jams while hazelnut and willow provide long slender twigs for basket weaving. A variety of jams and chutneys (pictured below) are already produced and sold on the farm.

Volunteer and Visitor Coordinators Sara Chapple and Alexia Scott supervised the orchard planting – taking volunteers through the steps to dig in the young trees.
 
Sara said that the new orchard will enable Community Harvest Days followed by Make and Bake sessions, where everyone can join in picking the fruit and cooking it.
 
Alexia said: “There’s been a great turnout with great weather, and we’ve had people come today who haven’t been to the farm before.”
 

Joe, 01/03/14

 

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