News on several local schools
The Council has made the decision to close Culverhay School at a public meeting held at the Guildhall on 25th November. Councillor Chris Watt emphasised that the money saved from the closure could be reinvested in other schools.
But the meeting was again attended by a large turnout of people who strongly believe that Culverhay should remain open. Supporters of Culverhay say that the school is a key part of the community and that it helps local pupils fulfil their potential. A young man named Vince said that Culverhay is seen as a symbol of hope in the neighbourhood.
Southdown resident Vince: “Culverhay is a symbol of hope.”
Bath Liberal Democrats will now call in the decision and will be trying to delay its implementation as much as possible, until the May election when people will have the chance to vote out the Conservative Council that made the decision.
Meanwhile concerns are being raised over the safety of roads outside St Michael’s Junior School and Twerton Infant School. A petition requesting a pedestrian crossing by the junior school has already been presented to a Full Council Meeting. The petition is still being collected and you can add your name to it at Boots the Chemist, Twerton High Street.
Another development is that representatives from Twerton Infant School attended a recent Twerton PACT meeting, to make recommendations for improving safety at the school entrance. One idea they suggested was to emblazen the word “School” across the road.
Door-to-door loan companies
Door-to-door loan companies operate in South West Bath. Sometimes they call on residents and offer loans of money which have to be repaid at very high interest rates.
These loans might seem tempting but can lead to further hardship. For this reason a poster has been made, telling residents about ways that they can get alternative financial help from the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Credit Union or Christians against Poverty.
• The Citizens Advice Bureau gives financial advice at First Steps Children’s Centre in Twerton most Tuesdays. Phone 01225 444791 to book an appointment.
• The Credit Union lends with low interest rates and has an agent at Southdown Methodist Centre on Thursdays between 6pm and 7pm. Phone 0117 9247309.
• Christians against Poverty (CAP) offer a free service for those in debt. An account is set up for you to pay off bills and debts, by making one weekly or monthly payment to CAP which is then distributed to your creditors on your behalf. Phone 0800 3280006.
To download the poster displaying this information click here. Feel free to print off and pass on as many copies as you like.
Twerton fair attracts a lot of local people
The Christmas Fair at the Carrswood Centre in Twerton, attracted a good number of people again this year and looks set to become a familiar annual event.
The centre has plenty of space to house the stalls, craft-making activities, tombola and all the other attractions.
It was nice to meet some people there that I know but haven’t seen for a long while.
A lot of effort to help make this event a success was put in by the Carrswood Centre Association, which is made up of friends and family of the centre’s service users.
Members of the Carrswood Association (pictured) donated a range of lovely prizes for the raffle and also baked some excellent home made cakes to be sold.
Funds raised will go toward the care of service users.
Old photographs of Twerton
We have been sent a collection of 45 old photos of Twerton, from a historical society in Surrey. The owner of the set, Mr Martin Parkes, couldn’t work out how they had come to his family but he kindly passed them on to this website.
The above pictures of the Twerton ferry operating in the 1900s are part of the collection. The site of the old ferry shown is not far from the footbridge that spans the river near The Golden Fleece Pub.
Photos from Martin Parkes, 12/11/10
Climbing raises funds at Whiteway
Local residents summoned the courage to scale a 30 foot vertical climbing wall on Saturday.
The wall, which is hired out by the firm Vertical Extreme, was taken to Rosewarn Field in Whiteway so that funds could be raised for a cleaning project on the estate.
Some people had been sponsored to make it to the top of the wall, while others paid the £2.50 to do the climb.
When it was my turn to have a go, I found that the wall does give you a bit of an andrenaline rush. Even though you are attached to a safety cable the whole time, the sensation of being a long way off the ground and holding on by just a few handgrips and footholds, makes the heart beat faster. Qualified instructors were on hand to call out instructions from below.
Most of the children could clamber up the wall quite quickly which made the adults look a bit slow.
When you got to the top there was a button to press that made a whooping noise to show you had done it. Well done the Changes group for organising this event.