News in September and October 2011

Bits and pieces, 18th October


Play Forum

Parents and local residents all have a stake in the future of children’s play in Whiteway. Come to a meeting in the Southside Youth and Community Centre, to help set up a Play Forum to make sure that children can still play in Whiteway!
With coffee and cakes, and time to discuss ideas such as street play, playdays and playschemes. On Tuesday 25th October from 10am to 12 noon.

Bath City Farm

25th October – Apple and Pumpkin Day will be held at Bath City Farm from 11am to 3pm. There will be fun activities including juicing, apple bobbing and pumpkin carving.
30th October – Bath City Farm will be digging a pond and children are invited to help out from 11am to 3pm. Children under 8 must be supervised by an adult.
5th November – Enjoy a massive fire and delicious barbecue from 7pm to 9pm. The farm doesn’t use fireworks in case they frighten the animals but you can watch the fireworks going off over The Rec.

Loan sharks

A campaign to clamp down on illegal money lenders and offer support to victims of loan sharks is starting. The Council is inviting people to find out more at the launch on Wednesday 26th October, from 1pm to 3.30pm, at Bath City Football Club.

Joe, 17/10/11

Twerton Infant School makes mosaics

Twerton Infant School has produced some attractive mosaics that brighten up the school entrance. Headmaster Paul Mattausch Burrows said that the mosaics were made to show that the children have creative skills. Another reason is that by changing the appearance of the school, local people can see that Twerton Infant School changes over time.


For another photo of the mosaics, click here.

The children made the faces and other designs out of clay. Then a specialist artist was brought in to help complete the mosaics by doing the tricky bits.
After half term, the children at the infant school will be learning some simple hands-on foresting skills.

Joe, 13/10/11

Southside news

The new cafe in the Southside Youth and Community Centre has been busier this week, serving lots of breakfasts.

Cafe staff Debbie and Liz (pictured) say that some more mums from the surrounding estates have been discovering the cafe as a place to go and have a meal together.
Small children are able to use the soft play area which adjoins the cafe. The Southside Centre opens onto Kelston Road in Whiteway and Poolemead Road in Twerton.
Other developments are also happening… The centre’s gym should be open for young people very soon, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5pm to 7pm.
And an employment club leading to a qualification is due to start for all ages in the week after half-term.
There have been discussions on how to make the centre enjoyable for elderly residents.
Some older generation people in Poolemead Road have been asking about having bingo – so that is one idea to be looked at.

Joe, 13/10/11

‘ChildSmiley’ Kids Club

Rush Hill Dental Centre is planning to run at least 10 Oral Health Workshops for Children aged 3 to 12 years, starting at the end of October.
The workshops will focus on toothbrushing and healthy eating. To book a place phone 01224 487791. Rushill Dental Centre is at 20 Rush Hill and is quite close to Culverhay School.

Joe, 03/10/11

Grand opening of the Southside Centre

The Grand Opening of the Southside Youth Centre took place on Saturday, with a celebratory cake cutting ceremony led by the Council’s Vice Chairman Rob Appleyard.

As the ceremony moved indoors, youthwork professionals Jenny Williams and Tracy Pike were presented with beautiful bouquets of flowers in appreciation of all their hard work in making the centre a success.
British radio DJ and presenter Ras Kwame was present and launched the centre’s state of the art music suite.
The new Southside with all it’s facilities, has great potential to support all kinds of projects suited to young people, children, the elderly and everyone else in the community.
Its community cafe is up and running and ready for people to discover it. Now it is up to Twerton and Whiteway residents to engage with the centre and help shape its future.

Joe, 20/09/11


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