News in October 2013

Beat the rise in energy bills with insulation and heating grants

Insulating your home or upgrading to a better boiler can make a huge difference to your energy bills and how warm you feel.
Cavity wall insulation can save you an average £190 per year on your gas bills, and replacing an old heating system with a brand new one can save around £300 per year.
Through the Energy@Home Starter, residents of certain areas of Twerton and Whiteway can now receive grants to help them fund insulation improvements. Some of the most vulnerable residents can get a free Green Deal Advice Report too.
Meanwhile, residents across the whole of BANES who are in receipt of certain benefits can get help with insulation and boiler upgrades, often fully funded. The Home Energy Team’s Paul Winney said,

“This is a great opportunity for eligible residents to take advantage of improving their homes with practical energy saving measures. It’s an excellent way for householders to protect themselves for the long term against energy price rises.”

In some cases funding may be available to replace your boiler or install loft or cavity wall insulation with no upfront cost. Grants are always subject to survey. The scheme has been designed so that you have flexibility and choice over your home improvement, from the materials used through to the certified installer.
So don’t delay, the bad weather is on its way. Contact a friendly advisor at CSE’s Home Energy Team today to find out more. Don’t miss out on what’s available to you. Call: 0800 082 2234 or email:
For more information click here.

Melissa Carlisle, 30/10/13

Families have a fun time at Apple and Pumpkin Day!


Bath City Farm brought fun and laughter to families on Tuesday with an assortment of activities to do with apples and pumpkins.
This was the farm’s annual Apple and Pumpkin Day, which proves popular with local residents and communities further afield each year.
One of the more challenging activities involved using your teeth to catch an apple swinging on a string. A young lady named Harriet who was supervising the game said: “It’s really fun and the children find it funny too. If they can’t do it, we hold the string for them.”
Some children were trying apple bobbing and ended up with quite a lot of water on their clothes. A girl named Tegan aged 9, said: “It’s hard because the apples are small and they float around.”
There was also pumpkin carving, face painting, and you could get an apple baked on the fire.
Farm workers were showing the children how to use traditional machines that turn apples into apple juice. The children were intrigued to see the end product appear as many small hands turned the handle.
A lady named Veena was selling a range of items made by the farm’s talented Make and Bake craft group. Veena said that the chutneys and beeswax candles were selling very well.

Joe, 29/10/13

‘We think you’re important so we want to hear from you’

The Health Improvement Service are looking for volunteers to join their Locality Focus Group in Bath.
We provide support for stop smoking, weight management, healthy eating and physical activity.
So we want your views on the services we provide – interested in joining our group?
Call: 07568 116829 for more information.

Sirona, 21/10/13

News bits and pieces, 20th October


Apple and Pumpkin Day

Give Apple and Pumpkin Day at Bath City Farm a try. It’s a community event featuring activities like apple bobbing and the longest vegetable peel competition. This year it will take place on Tuesday 29th October, from 11am to 2pm.

Support to stop smoking

Support to stop smoking clinics are held at Bath City Football Club every Thursday from 10am to 12 noon. No appointment is needed, just drop in. For more information phone 01225 831852.

Save the children’s services

The Council is planning a massive cuts to Children’s Centres. Children’s services at First Steps in Twerton are among those at risk. An online petition to save the children’s services can be signed here.
If a thousand signatures can be collected on the online and paper petitions, we will force a debate on this issue. To find out how children’s services are important to vulnerable families in the community, see here.

The Rec House

The Rec House is situated next to the Full Moon Pub in Twerton and is run by St Michael’s Church. Activities to take place here have included drama and dance workshops for young people, as well as Open Mic nights for musicians.
The new website at: will tell you more.

Joe, 20/10/13

Make and Bake, a way to meet new friends

A workshop that brings people together around craft activities and cookery is proving popular at Bath City Farm.
Called Make and Bake, the workshop runs on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1pm to 4pm, and is especially suited to people who feel socially isolated and need to make new friends.
On Wednesday, a Bath resident named Sam Baldwin (pictured below) led a felting workshop, showing the group how to make felt bumble bees out of wool sourced from the farm itself. Sam sometimes works with schools and she brought with her a display of fun figures that can be made with felt.

The group makes other craft items such as lavender bags and stick pencils, which are then sold to raise funds for Bath City Farm. They also produce jams and chutneys, make soups and enjoy baking.
Project Coordinator Sarah Neale says: “The idea is to use stuff that’s been grown or foraged here on the farm.”
Anyone is welcome to join the Make and Bake workshops, and support workers can refer people whom they think would benefit from taking part.

Joe, 20/10/13

Fantastic art project at Southdown Junior School

A skilled sculptor named Laurence Tindall who lives in Twerton, has worked with children at Southdown Junior School to produce a stunning piece of 3D art.

The art project was inspired by the carved stone saints on the west wing of Wells Cathedral.
Pupils at Southdown Junior School were asked to think of someone they could consider a modern day ‘saint’ or inspirational figure. Then they made a model of that person out of clay.
Laurence worked with the children over four or five weeks, coming into the school one or two days a week. Every child in the school was involved.
The clay figures were fired in a kiln before being painted and added to the model cathedral that Laurence made.
A few of the figures represent celebrities – there is one of Michael Jackson for example. But a lot are of friends or family members that the children felt impressed by. There is also a model figure of Mr Luton the teacher.
This piece of art shows that there are people in our own community whom we can learn from.
Laurence Tindall has a website showing some of his work, which you can visit at:

Joe, 02/10/13

News bits and pieces, 1st October


Church in Twerton to be repaired

People at St Michael’s Church have learned that funds in the region of £800,000 are needed to restore the roof, walls, windows and other parts of the church building.
Some of this money can be provided by the Heritage Lottery and the Diocese, but there will be some fundraising going on as well. People at the church are already talking about their ideas to raise funds for the repairs.

Autumnal Art at Bath City Farm

Bath City Farm is advertising Autumnal Art for children aged 5 to 11 on its website. This is to be held on 12th October from 1pm to 3pm. You will need to book a place, so phone them on 01225 481269 if interested.

Another takeaway in Southdown?

A planning application has been put in to convert Wright’s Hardware store into another takeaway at Mount Road. More than fifty residents have submitted objections to this application, on the grounds of increased litter, loss of variety in the row of shops, and the need for something more useful like a fruit & veg shop etc.
There is also a Facebook group opposed to the application. To comment on the application yourself, click here.

Joe, 01/10/13


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