News in May and June 2012

Southdown Community First

Southdown has been awarded funds amounting to nearly £17,000 from a government programme called Community First.
Some aims of the funding are:

* To help the community play a leading role in improving their area.
* To support local projects that increase quality of life for people in Southdown.
* To encourage residents to get involved in tackling local problems and realising opportunities to make positive changes.
* To start up new resident-led groups and breath new life into existing ones.
A Panel of local people has been set up to consider how best to use this money in support of the Southdown Ward. Residents of Southdown who want to set up a group to help improve the neighbourhood could apply for funding.
You can also give your views on how the money should be used on the website here. For more information phone Paul Pennycook on 01225 477290.

Joe, 30/06/12

Love Bath event in Twerton

On Saturday, members of St Michael’s Church and Grace Community Church in Twerton, brought a community tidy-up and bouncy castle to Linley Close.
There was a skip in place, as well as cars to take things to the tip so that residents could put out bulky items that needed taking away. Volunteers also brought gardening tools including a big petrol driven strimmer, in case some folk wanted a hand in getting their garden tidied.

The event was part of the Love Bath project organised by churches across the city. Similar work was being carried out at Odd Down, Weston and Larkhall – in addition to the Love Bath Festival held at Victoria Park on Sunday.
You can find out more about Love Bath on the Springboard Bath website.

Joe, 23/06/12

Bits and pieces, 20th June


Southdown Fete

There will be a fete with bouncy castles, games and refreshments at Southdown Infant School, this Friday 22nd June from 2pm to 4pm. All are welcome.

Twerton Fun Day

First Steps Children’s Centre at Woodhouse Road, Twerton, will be holding a Fun Day on 30th June from 12 noon to 2pm.
Everyone will be able to enjoy a tombola, bouncy castle, face painting, snacks, a table top / book sale and fun with bubbles. For more information phone 01225 444791.

Young people

Download a copy of the summer programme for young people at the Southside Centre by clicking here.
There’s a lot going on, including: dance and music projects, cooking, DVD making, trampolining, woodwork, trips away, babysitting courses and African farming.

Rugby sessions

Bath Rugby are organising free rugby sessions for boys and girls aged 11 to 19, on Mondays and Fridays from 5pm to 7pm at Rosewarn Field, Whiteway.
They say, “Whether you have never touched a rugby ball in your life, or play regularly – come along and give it a go!”

The Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ will be performed at Southdown Methodist Church, The Hollow, on Saturday 16th June at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5, or £4 on concession.

Joe, 20/06/12

Southdown Labour Club holds Table Top Sale

Southdown Labour Club organised a table top sale on Sunday 27th May.

The club is looking at ways to attract new members, realising that their venue could be used to host all sorts of community projects such as a craft club, junior skittles teams or adult learning.
The space is unused during the day, so one possibility is that it could be used for band practice.
It is important that members of the Labour Club be given support to develop their project ideas.
So I spoke with the lady who organised the sale and put her in touch with Community Organiser Nick Laffan who will hopefully help.

Joe, 29/05/12

SOFA activities 2012

The SOFA 2012 programme is a four week activity programme stretching from 23rd July to 17th August, for young people aged 12 to 16 (or over 16 if disabled). Accessible transport is available to get you to all the activities.

You have to book the activities that you want to do in advance, with each day costing between £5 and £10.
The closing date is 22nd June, so now is a good time to think about getting your booking forms completed and sent in.
This year the range of activities include: Airbrush tattoos; Animation; Assault Course; Beach; Bowling / Cinema; Brean Fun Park; Cheerleading; Cooking; DJing; Farm Construction; Fishing; Football / Rugby / Basketball; Graffiti Art; Grass Boarding; High Ropes; Ice Skating / Oasis; It’s a Knockout; Kart Racing; Martial Arts; Music; Pamper; Parkour; Play Out Wild; Pulseranger / Paintballing; Pottery; Roller Disco; Skate Park; Sailing; Splashdown; Street and Breakdance; Thorpe Park; Trampolining; Urban Adventure; Zip Wire.
To download this year’s programme of activities, click here. To download the booking and registration form, click here. For more information phone Bath Area Play Project on 01225 832479.

Joe, 24/05/12


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