News in March 2008

Save Our Hillside: the video

 
A display was set up at The White Horse yesterday, to inform the public of the implications of plans to build on a grassy hillside at Twerton. The planning application by Somer Housing, proposes to build 24 houses and 6 flats on a plot of land at The Hollow, next to Bath City Farm.
 
As well as eroding a green area that provides an attractive view for Bath, there are fears that the housing complex will result in flooding. Somer are not allowed to connect the site with the Wessex Water drainage system, so they will be relying on ditches to drain water away naturally. But protestors argue that the field is very boggy and once the soil is covered over, water running off could fill up the ditches and flow into properties downhill.
 
There are also safety issues concerning the prospect of a new blind junction opening into Cotswold View, which would be used for access to the site.
 

 
The display attracted quite a lot of public interest throughout the day and many more protest letters were signed.
 
Visitors suggested some additional arguments for not building on the land, which the campaigners will chase up. One of the more interesting of these was that development of the land is forbidden because there are ancient species of grass growing there.
 
The deadline for putting in objections to the planning application is 3rd April. You can register your protest by signing the petition here. However, a more effective method is to object in writing to: Mark Reynolds, Trimbridge House, Trim Street, Bath BA1 2DP.
 

Joe, 20/03/08

Craft Group tries Chinese brush painting

 
An excellent craft session took place at The White Horse today. The recently formed Craft Group was led by Liz Bennington who gave a hands on introduction to Chinese brush painting.
 
This art form uses an economy of brush strokes and vibrant colours to produce quite striking images of plants, animals and people. To see the video, click here.
 
The Craft Group meets at The White Horse, Shophouse Road, every Wednesday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm in term time. The group is friendly and informal, and newcomers are very welcome.
 
To find out more call Jacqui on 07977 239782, or Christina on 01225 396834.
 

Joe, 27/03/08

Piglets at Bath City Farm

 
The piglets at Bath City Farm are now about 3 months old, having been born at Christmas. They’ve grown a bit and their mum, Molly, has been moved into a separate sty because the piglets were still trying to feed off her.
 
If you’ve never been to the farm to see the piglets, you can watch a short video clip of them by clicking on the picture below. There is no substitute for going to see all the animals in person though.
 

 
Bath City Farm has a club for under-fives called Roots & Shoots, which gets children doing outdoor activities like gardening and helping to feed the animals.
 
In addition, the Community Play Rangers run after-school play sessions for children aged 5 to 13 at the farm. They do all sorts of exciting activities such as outdoor cookery, rope swings and mud sculptures.
 

Joe, 24/03/08

Egg Hunts at The White Horse

 
The White Horse Pub at Shophouse Road has purchased 109 small sized chocolate eggs, in preparation for some Egg Hunts on Easter Saturday the 22nd of March.
 
The chocolate eggs will be hidden around the premises of the pub, including the garden, in several sessions between 12 noon and 3pm. This activity is for children under the age of 12.
 

Joe, 17/03/08

Planning application withdrawn

 
A planning application to demolish Blockbuster DVD and the Magic Wok takeaway in order to construct a four storey building, has been withdrawn by the applicants Bayleigh Estates Ltd.
 
Bayleigh Estates say that they will be resubmitting their application after making some amendments.
 

Joe, 12/03/08

Prezence urban art workshops

 
Bath City Football Club Community Group is about to launch a series of free urban art workshops.
 
Activities will include human beatboxing, DJing, MCing and graffiti art.
 
There will also be a ‘Club Nite’ in the Randall’s community room at Bath City Football Club, on 18th of April from 7pm to 10pm. This will feature the 5 elements of hip-hop: live graffitti, breakdancing, DJing, beatboxing and MCing. The price will be £1.50 paid at the door.
 
So if you’re aged between 13 and 25 and you live in the South West of Bath, why not go along and check it out? For more information or to book your free place on a workshop, click here: www.twerton.com.
 

From multiple sources, 11/03/08

Paint the Park event

 
People of St Michael’s Church actively expressed God’s love for the community on Sunday, by gathering at Pennyquick Park to paint the play equipment, pick up litter and organise a five-a-side football tournament.
 
The first arrivals began to sand down the old flaky paint on the swings, climbing frames, benches and other objects in the park, ready to apply bright new coats of paint.
 

 
A coach load of about forty young people from a Christian school at Monkton Combe turned up to help with the painting and litter picking. Many plastic refuse sacks were filled and a burned out moped was dragged out of the bushes to be taken away.
 
While all this was going on, seven teams of youngsters from Twerton and Whiteway came to enter the football tournament, and matches were played using equipment lent by Bath City Football Club. Two Twerton teams played against each other in the Final.
 

Joe, 10/03/08

Twerton Golden-Oldies

 
The Twerton Golden-Oldies group has met for it’s second week in the community room at Quebec, Dominion Road.
 
Golden-Oldies offers people aged around 50 onwards, a great time singing hit songs of the 50s, 60s and 70s. About 15 people turned up to sing lyrics by Abba, the Kinks, Shirley Bassey and other well known groups, and Jackie the warden hopes to go on attracting individuals to the weekly session.
 
Golden-Oldies groups began in January, in community rooms provided by Somer Community Housing Trust. They soon attracted media attention from around the world following several reports by the BBC. The first group to be established was the one at Blagdon Park Community Centre in Whiteway.
 
Golden-Oldies sessions are held in Blagdon Park Community Centre, Whiteway, on Monday mornings from 10.30am to 11.30am. And at Quebec, Twerton, on Thursday afternoons from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.
 

Joe, 06/03/08

 

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