OPINION: The Twerton PACT
A Twerton PACT meeting was held recently and the emerging priorities to be actioned were:
1) Street drinking; 2) A-boards in Twerton High Street; 3) Motorists making a wrong turning at the junction where Connection Hill meets the High Street.
Although these priorities are good, the last one shows how distorted the Twerton PACT has become.
The priority to do with Connection Hill has already been actioned twice. Likewise, the issue of parking on the verges at Newton Road has gone through to be actioned four times, dog fouling near Costcutter three times, and motorbike nuisance at Redland Park six times.
Meanwhile from 2007 to 2011, no issue anywhere in Twerton from Shaws Way all the way up to St Michael’s Road has been raised and addressed through the PACT meetings. This is due to years of failure to hold PACT meetings in the southern half of the ward, or even to let residents in that area know about the meetings.
Information about the PACT meetings is displayed on the police Twerton Beat web page, since the police are the main organiser of the meetings.
But every time I see that web page something is wrong. The date of the next meeting is given but not the time, or the venue is not provided, or something else is missing. Recently the wrong PACT priorities were recorded, and currently there is no up-to-date information at all.
Clearly it’s time that Twerton was given a fair and responsible service.
Bath City Farm news, 19th September
Hello from Bath City Farm,
I bring news of exciting new arrivals on the Farm, our programme of events for the rest of the year and information about new Saturday volunteering opportunities.
We have just had 20 White Farm Ranger and 15 guinea fowl chicks delivered to the Farm. They hatched on Wednesday 12th September and are well worth a visit. You can find them in an enclosure next to our hens.
Our programme of events for the rest of the year has now been finalised and kicks off with ‘Yarns from the Yard’ on the 29th September – a storytelling session for all the family. Events also include a wild food walk, an apple tree pruning workshop, Apple and Pumpkin Day, Bonfire Night and wreath making. Most of the events are free! See the ‘What’s On’ section of our website for details.
Finally, there is now the opportunity to volunteer at the Farm on Saturdays! We are now looking for volunteers to help with gardening, animal care and site maintenance. In return we offer a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and a free communal lunch. Please phone 01225 481269 or call into the building for more details.
See you on the Farm,
Sara Chapple, Bath City Farm, 19/09/12
News from the Time Bank
The Time Bank is a community project that enables people to exchange their time, skills and services helping each other.
The main office is in Twerton High Street and last week the Time Bank held a coffee morning where members could exchange offers of help. Here are the current activities that I saw listed on the board.
Groups:- Knit & Natter at Avondown House, Blagdon Park and Rose Cottage; Breastfeeding Advice; Young Parents Group; Gardening Group; Southside Food Co-op; Book Lovers’ Club; Creative Writing; Cookery; Happy Hour at Avondown House; Singing; Walking or Cycling Group.
Classes:- Art; Cookery; Yoga; Guitar.
Individual opportunities:- Companionship; IT skills; Book swap; Rag rug making; Machine embroidery; French lessons; CV advice; Leafletting; Giving lifts; Cleaning & ironing; Simple DIY; Help with English.
If you would like to get involved with helping the community through Time Bank Plus, you can find out more on their website at: www.timebankplus.co.uk.
Taste of Africa event
Below is a short video of the Taste of Africa event held at Bath City Farm on Saturday. The event was organised by the charity Send a Cow in conjunction with Bath City Farm. Money raised from the event will go towards getting more cows to needy African communities.
One of the best aspects of the event was the great music! As drum rhythms filled the farm air, you could really get into that African vibe as you sat down and ate your goat burger, or browsed the colourful African craft stalls. It would be good to have another such event next year.
News bits and pieces, 27th September
There will be a Southside Stakeholders’ Event on 4th October from 12.30pm to 4.30pm, in the Southside Centre at Kelston View.
It will involve a review of the community centre and cafe in the first year of its re-opening, as well as discussions toward setting up a management group comprised of local residents, youth workers and young people. Local residents can attend and give their input.
Bath Community Academy
Bath Community Academy (replacing Culverhay School) will be holding an Open Evening on Tuesday 9th October from 6pm to 8pm. See here.
The Southdown Community First Team met on 24th September. The team manages a fund of just under 17,000 that is available for resident-led projects to help the local community. A poster telling residents about the fund has been approved and will be circulated soon.