News in October 2008, part 2

Fungi Foray coming in November

An organised walk looking out for different types of fungi will be held at the Carrs Woodland nature reserve in Twerton, on Sunday 16th November from 10am to 12 noon.
Starting at Walwyn Close, the walk will be led by fungi expert Justin Smith. This event is free and a good opportunity to get local kids interested in the wildlife where they live.
Places must be booked in advance and children must be accompanied by an adult. Wear warm clothing and suitable footwear and be aware that there will be some slopes, steps and uneven paths. Phone Miriam on 01225 477612.

Joe, 29/10/08

Bits and pieces, 25th October


Bonfire Night

On 5th November you can watch the fireworks going off over Bath from the slopes of Bath City Farm. There will be a bonfire at the farm from 7pm to 9pm. This is a free and safe way for everyone in the community to enjoy Bonfire Night.

Young parents

A new course called Valuing Young Parents starts at Percy Community Centre, New King Street, on Tuesday 25th November from 1pm to 3pm. This is a free course open to anyone under the age of 19.
There will be a free creche and you can gain an OCN accredited qualification in just 10 weeks. Telephone Chaya Bamber on 01225 473374 to enrol.

Football School

Bath City Football Club will be running a Half-Term Football School at Culverhay School on 29th and 30th October. It is for ages 5 to 15, with prizes and medals, and with several options: two full days (£30), one full day (£15), two half days (£20) or one half day (£10).
This will be followed by a Team Building Football Tournament on 31st October (£10). Phone 01225 423087.

Joe, 26/10/08

Learning Service reaches out to neighbourhood

The Community Learning Service in Twerton opened its doors to the neighbourhood today, to encourage local people to discover what learning courses it has to offer.

Friendly Tutors: Jane, Christina and Naomi

Staff called in at the Rose Cottage Cafe and walked along the High Street, inviting people to get a mug of tea in the FOTEC room where the Community Learning Service is based.
Some people didn’t know where FOTEC is. Take a look at the photo – it is next to the Bath Foyer in Twerton High Street.
A man from Redland Park booked a place on the free Computing for Beginners course.
A young woman called Heidi inquired about the Driver Theory Test course, and took away some information about the Construction Skills Certificate Scheme for her boyfriend.
Other people tried out software designed to improve your reading and writing skills.

Courses and workshops coming soon:

Festive Art – Wednesday 10th and 17th December from 10am to 12 noon, at Bath City Football Club, High Street, Twerton. Free for anyone wishing to try Chinese brush painting or Oriental card making. Mince pies and a cup of tea provided. Telephone Naomi on 01225 396836.
Computing for Beginners – starting Monday 19th January from 10am to 12 noon, at Rose Cottage and FOTEC, High Street, Twerton. Or from 1pm to 3pm at Odd Down Community Centre. Free 8 week course. Phone Christina on 01225 396834.
English and IT – starting Monday 19th January from 10am to 12 noon, at FOTEC, High Street, Twerton. Free 8 week course that will enable you to improve your English and learn about information technology at the same time. Phone Jane on 01225 396192.
Driver Theory Test course – starting Monday 19th January from 1pm to 3pm, at FOTEC, High Street, Twerton. Free 7 week course preparing you for the Driver Theory Test you need to pass before you can book your practical test. Phone Jane on 01225 396192.
Brakes, Tyres & Gears – the date and venue for this bicycle maintenance workshop are still to be arranged but it is planned for some time in January or February. Go along and make sure your bike is ready for the spring. Phone Christina on 01225 396834.

Joe, 22/10/08

Sladebrook Evangelical Church Open Day

Memories came flooding back when Sladebrook Evangelical Church at Englishcombe Lane, Southdown, held an exhibition of its past on Saturday.
In addition to the old group photographs and memorabilia, there were displays representing the lively activities which take place at the church throughout the week.

Earlier this year another Southdown church, St Barnabas, invited the neighbourhood to an exhibition of its own history. These open days show that the churches are not just buildings that you walk past but important centres of care and support in the community.
I was able to collect enough information about Sladebrook Evangelical Church to write an article here.

Joe, 20/10/08

Young people from Southdown to take part in conference

Three young people from Southdown will take part in a European youth conference in Paris at the end of October.
France currently holds the EU presidency and is hosting the conference which aims to influence youth policy for the future.
The conference is called “Young people in a knowledge based society” and the young people from Bath have made a video about their school experiences and ambitions for the future. This will be shown at the conference.
The three young women were chosen to take part as they are part of a community restoration project in their street. Anti-social behaviour problems had been increasing but with the support of The Children’s Society, behaviour has improved, activities have been offered and relationships between the different generations developed.
For further information, please contact Claire James at The Children’s Society on 01761 479368.

Claire James, 17/10/08


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