News in October 2009

The 31st Bath Scout Group

The Scout Group based at St Barnabas Church Hall, Mount Road, caters for Southdown, Twerton and Whiteway and takes children aged from 6 to 14. This Scout Group is known as 31st Bath.
The group is always looking out for new recruits and also needs adult helpers for every section.
More children are needed to make up numbers among the Cub Scouts (aged 8 to 10) at the moment. There are also Beaver Scouts (aged 6 to 8) and Scouts (aged 10 to 14).
If you think your child might like to join the Scout Group, or that you could become a volunteer, you can find out more on the 31st Bath website at:

Joe, 23/10/09

Environmental Conservation Course

Bath City Farm and the Community Learning Service are running a free 8 week course, to introduce learners to different methods of environmental conservation within a working farm. This is a fun and informal course suitable for beginners.

It starts on Wednesday 21st October from 1.15pm to 3.15pm, at Bath City Farm, Kelston View. If you would like to attend please phone Sheilagh on 01225 396836.

Joe, 19/10/09

Southdown PACT, 14th October

The latest PACT meeting for the Southdown Ward was a lengthy one, but significantly, a number of residents from Whiteway came along to discuss issues with the people at Southdown. Here are some details from the meeting.
Councillor Paul Crossley said that road safety issues to do with the Whiteway Road and Southdown Road, will be addressed in the next budget.
Environmental Manager Bruce Bennett said that 9 litter bins had been installed in the area this year but some have been stolen. They will be replaced when money from the next budget becomes available.
The second half of the meeting consisted of group discussions on how to deal with the problems of litter, dog fouling and speeding cars. Ideas to combat littering included more bins at Rosewarn Field and a flyer to educate people on the problems caused by dog fouling.
Ideas to reduce speeding included a Community Speedwatch in which residents record speeding cars using speed guns. Four residents volunteered to do this.
A resident-led group is organising a petition to lower the speed limit around Whiteway to 20mph. They will be presenting the petition to a Full Council Meeting.
It was decided to keep working on these issues rather than introduce a new set of priorities.

Joe, 19/10/09

Autumn Book Sale at St Barnabas Church

A Book Sale will be held in the hall of St Barnabas Church, Mount View, on 7th November from 12 noon to 4pm.
The organisers have already collected hundreds of books but are always happy to receive more. If anyone has a reasonable number of books to collect, please phone Colin Ellis on 01225 334354.
On the day, everyone will be very welcome to come and browse. The organisers hope by then to have all the books sorted into categories, but they have already noticed that there are a wide range of cookery books covering cuisine both from home and abroad.

Joe, 06/09/09

Time Bank reports on its community work

This week the Time Bank held its Annual General Meeting in Twerton Village Hall, giving a report on its work in the community for the year 2008-2009. The Time Bank provides a framework enabling residents to share time and skills helping one another.
Over the past year, the Time Bank has facilitated the involvement of almost 100 people in their local community. Between them they have clocked up more than 5000 hours of voluntary activity.
The DIY and Gardening Teams answer many requests for help, and other popular requests are to provide companionship for the elderly, or to escort elderly and disabled people to health appointments, the library or shops.

The Time Bank also supports local groups such as Breastfeeding Peer Support, Young Parents and Knit and Natter.
The members of Knit and Natter are residents of Avondown House at The Hollow, and they came along to the meeting – some of them are in the photo below. The knitted items are sold in aid of Claverton Cats and Dogs Home while one lady also knits clothing for the homeless.

The Time Bank runs a Food Co-op and helps to co-ordinate Healthy Living Week. It is now a registered company and hopes to achieve charitable status next year. Funding has been secured from the Council for the next three years, in addition to ongoing support from the British Legion.
The Time Bank aims to increase its work assisting people of different age groups to support each other, and hopes to work closely with the new extended schools outreach workers, sheltered housing and other elderly projects locally. It is also looking at possibilities for extending its work to other parts of the city.

Joe, 02/10/09


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