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The Bath Gazette

August 2019 FREE
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BATH residents have the chance to be
involved in a local radio station that
will help bring their community to life
and create future broadcasters.
BA1 Radio has been launched by three local
people who studied at Bath Community
Academy (formerly Culverhay School). They
were a part of the on-site radio station back in
their school days.
"Radio allowed us to gain condence, learn
how to communicate with people and have
fun whilst doing it," say founders Luke Nix,
Tom Wyatt and Samuel Maggs.
"When the school closed, the station moved
to Bristol and links to local schools and
organisations were lost. Radio gave us so
many life skills, from communicating with
others to raising our condence. We felt we
had lost a resource for the people of Bath."
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A BATH RUNNER took on a challenging African marathon in June,
raising money for the charity Send a Cow which has a base at Newton
St Loe.
Emilia Edwards, 22, set out to run the Uganda Marathon which
combines road, trail and scenery, as it winds through Ugandan villages
and the main town of Masaka. The course has plenty of steep hills to
climb, including one appropriately named 'The Beast'.
Emilia originally planned only to run a half marathon. But having
visited the charity's Uganda Orphans Project the week before, she
was inspired to run the full 26 miles on the day. She was joined by
ten members of the charity's Uganda team who ran alongside her and
encouraged her to  nish the race 13 miles further than expected.
Emilia had spent a full week seeing the real di erence that Send a Cow
makes to people's lives. And now on her return to the UK, she is even
more determined to raise funds for the Uganda Orphans Project.
She said: "I was encouraged by the many little hands that came to 'high
ve' me and cheer me on – so I decided to do another lap and complete
the full marathon. We ran past some of the orphanages and families
that Send a Cow supports, so it was really
important to me to do them proud."
The Uganda Marathon was created with a
vision to uplift communities across Uganda.
It is Uganda's largest fundraising event,
aiming to support as many worthy causes
in the country as possible. This year some
5,000 runners crossed the  nish line.
Send a Cow currently works in six African
countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya,
Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. The charity
set up the Uganda Orphans Project to
support households where the loss of
parents leaves families headed by children.
A FANTASTIC group for adults and children is held in the attractive
setting of Bath City Farm in Twerton-Whiteway.
Taking place every Thursday in term-time, the Farm Hub Group
helps people to make new friends and support one another. Children's
activities run at the farm at the same time, allowing parents to take time
out for themselves with workers on hand to give advice and a listening
ear if needed. The group does a lot of di erent activities including arts
& crafts and cookery.
Pictured below, the group are shown trying out some herbal teas made
from wild and cultivated herbs growing on the farm. The following
week, they made salads, again using a variety of edible plants grown
around the farm. They have their own outdoor pizza oven with a small
garden patch that overlooks a chicken pen, miniature goats and other
gardening projects.
Pilates exercise classes will be starting up once enough people have
signed up for them.
The group is run by the Southside
Family Project together with Bath City
Farm worker, Sam Lindberg, who helps
people to connect with the farm.
To  nd out more call the Southside
Family Project on 01225 331243. Or
just drop in to one of the sessions on
Thursdays between 10am and 12 noon.
A SPECIAL ceremony has been held to
mark the centenary of the planting of the
Peace Oak in Sydney Gardens. Manda
Rigby, the Deputy Mayor of Bath, unveiled
a stone plaque beneath the tree on Saturday
6th July to commemorate the anniversary.
The Peace Oak was planted in 1919 by the
then Mayor, Alfred Wills, as part of Bath's
Peace Day celebrations to mark the end of
the First World War. It is a Belgian variety
of oak, connecting Bath to Belgium where
many British soldiers fell on the battle elds.
Mayor Wills' granddaughter, Jane Tolly eld
from Combe Down, was present at the
centenary dedication. She said: "It's so
important that we remember the sacri ce
made by so many in the war and that we give
thanks for the peace that we enjoy today."
For the dedication, classical musicians
performed in the park – playing the same
pieces that were played during the Peace Day
celebrations 100 years ago.
The Bath Gazette is a publication with a
gentle Christian values base. We respect all
people but reserve the right not to publish
news or advertisements which we feel would
undermine the ethos of this newspaper.
David Pa� e of
Bath's Central
United Reformed
Church reads a
prayer of peace at
the dedica on
A NEW GENERATION of mobile phone
technology known as 5G is being rolled out in
the UK, bringing faster download speeds and
the promise of more connectivity.
However, a growing number of people are
voicing concern about the risks to health and
the environment from this technology. Over
240 scientists and medical doctors from more
than 40 countries have signed an appeal to stop
the rollout of 5G.
One of the doctors is
Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe who gave a talk on
the subject at the Guildhall in July. The event,
organised by the campaign Stop 5G Bath, was
attended by MP Wera Hobhouse, council leader
Dine Romero and other local councillors.
Dr Mallery-Blythe has studied the e ects of
wireless radiation and is the founder of the
Physicians' Health Initiative for Radiation and
Environment (PHIRE). Her background in
hospital medicine enables her to engage with
research where scientists explore the pathways
by which wireless radiation can a ect living
tissues. Her talk at the Guildhall covered some
of the latest scienti c research.
One area of study mentioned in her talk was
the research by Martin Pall, Professor of
Biochemistry at Washington State University.
His work has shown how wireless radiation
can cause human cells to absorb calcium,
prompting a cycle where damaging molecules
called free radicals are formed. This type of
damage is called "oxidative stress" and may
contribute to cancer formation and a range of
other health conditions.
Dr Mallery-Blythe also highlighted a type
of tumour called a schwannoma which is a
1. The 5G appeal at: .
tumour of the tissue surrounding nerve  bres.
Some scientists have identi ed schwannomas
as a tumour associated with increased mobile
phone use.
Schwannomas were also found in
rats exposed to wireless radiation in the
US National Toxicology Program; and further
evidence was reported in a follow-up study by
Italy's respected Marazzini Institute.
Dr Mallery-Blythe went on to discuss how 5G
could involve new networks of antennas being
installed across public areas. And she spoke of
the threat from the higher frequencies used in
5G to bees and other pollinators. She said that
guidelines from Public Health England on the
safety of wireless technology are out of date
and based on inaccurate reports.
The talk was followed by a lively debate,
re ecting the fact that many residents have
strong concerns, particularly over the lack
of public consultation on 5G. Some of the
audience were from Frome and Glastonbury
whose local councils have voted to stop 5G on
public health grounds – following the example
of cities such as Brussels and San Francisco.
MP Wera Hobhouse agreed to consult with
parliament on the issue, while Councillor
Romero pledged to  nd out all that she could
about the proposed rollout of 5G in BANES.
Dr Mallery-Blythe's presentation can be
watched at this link: .
To sign Stop 5G Bath's petition visit this link: . The petition is also
available on the Stop 5G Bath Facebook group.
2. Hardell et al, 2003, 2002.
Dr Mallery-Blythe presen ng
on 5G at the Guildhall in July
walk covering the
history of Combe Down
village aroused interest
in July.
Starting at the new
Mulberry Park housing
estate and nishing
at The King William
Pub, this was part of a
programme of guided
walks organised by
the Mayor of Bath's
Honorary Guides.
Guides David and
Andrew unravelled
the history of Combe
Down, beginning with
the Saxon era when the
Combe Dunun
denoted a hill bordered by valleys. With the arrival
of the Normans, John de Villula built the former Bath Cathedral and
established a deer park for hunting deer which stretched from Claverton
to Pope's Walk. King John (1199-1216) probably hunted there.
The land was owned by the Bath monastery before being sold with
the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1537. In the 18th century, it was
bought by pioneer Ralph Allen who set about buying all the Combe
Down quarries and planting some 55,000 r trees. There was no proper
village at this point, just scattered cottages and huge scenes of industry
around the open and underground quarries. A row of quarrymen's houses
that Ralph Allen built later became known as Church Street, though they
were once surrounded only by green elds.
A swathe of Combe Down was known as Greendown: a name still
preserved at Greendown Terrace and Greendown Place. In 1812 a piece
of land was purchased from a quarrier and turned into a Jewish cemetery
at Greendown Place (its iron gate is pictured left). The cemetery
contains about fty Jewish tombs including that of Joseph Sigmond, a
Georgian gentleman who invented a type of toothpaste.
By 1839 Foxhill Farm was in existence. Ralph Allen's r trees had
reached maturity and needed to be chopped down, hence the pub name
The Forester (now The Forester and Flower). A 19th century village
sprang up supplied with water coming all the way from Tucking Mill.
With the Second World War, land belonging to Foxhill Farm was turned
into the Admiralty base where warships were designed. The base closed
in 2013, its workers relocating to Abbey Wood in Bristol.
Combe Down still bears the marks of its quarrying and stone mining
activities if you know where to look. An example is the old quarrymen's
cottages at Quarry Vale, erected in 1803-4 on the site of a quarry, with
the quarry cli face rising behind them. The area had at least forty-four
open and underground quarries, giving it an massive industrial heritage.
Quarry Vale built on the
bed of Church Quarry
Continued from the front page
FOLLOWING the loss of the radio station that used to be based at the
Bath Community Academy, the team decided to start up an organisation
to train and educate people in radio broadcasting. Last year they were
granted funding from The National Lottery Community Fund to run
BA1 Radio for a year.
The station already has 19 volunteers aged from 15 to 65. Some
come from youth services and local schools, and others have
disabilities, but what they all have in common is the love of radio
and how it helps to bring the community together. Volunteers can
gain a range of new skills. They can become technicians, work
with the social media team or be trained in video marketing and
website building.
The radio station gives a listening platform which can help
businesses and groups, as well as showcasing local talent. The
station has already attracted support from local organisations,
including BANES 3SG which oers support and resources to
Bath charities, social enterprises and community groups.
James Carlin from BANES 3SG said: "We know our members
have brilliant projects and stories that they want to share with people in
Bath but sometimes it can be hard to get heard. BA1 Radio oered us
recording space so we could share these stories across the community."
Pictured below are the team receiving the Creative Organisation Award
at the Bath Creative Awards 2019.
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to a Bath canal
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bank in the 19th
century but now
converted into
apartments. Located
in the south of Bath,
it overlooks a road
leading to a church.
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People have been spotted having a go at
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AN INSPIRATIONAL talk on the subject of
"community wealth building" was held in Bath
in July.
Community wealth building is an approach
designed to ensure that local economies create
prosperity for everyone rather than just the
powerful few. It can include employers paying
workers a real Living Wage as calculated by
the Living Wage Foundation, as well as setting
up community banks geared towards investing
in the community instead of generating prots
for distant shareholders.
Institutions like councils, hospitals and
colleges, use taxpayers' money to build and buy
things – and this wealth can be harnessed to
support the local economy. New cooperatives
can be set up to provide those institutions with
goods and services, allowing workers to have a
stake in the wealth that they create.
Community wealth building is seen as a way
of addressing deprivation and rising inequality.
It can have benets for the environment as
it favours greener economies too. The main
speaker, Ted Howard (pictured), had travelled
from the United States to speak in Bath. He
is president of the Democracy Collaborative
which rst developed the principles of
community wealth building.
Mr Howard discussed how the approach
had beneted low income communities in
Cleveland, Ohio. Under a project called
Evergreen, several worker-owned cooperatives
had been established. There is an Evergreen
Cooperative Laundry that serves local
hospitals, hotels and nursing homes. Another
cooperative called City Green Growers,
supplies locally grown salad vegetables to
grocers and restaraunts. And a third cooperative
provides energy solutions such as solar power
to businesses in the area.
The key is to establish worker cooperatives
supported by local institutions.
Mr Howard went on to talk about the way that
the approach was making a big dierence to
communities in the city of Preston in Britain.
In 2018, Preston was named the most improved
city in the UK after adopting community
wealth building principles.
The talk in Bath was organised by the Bath
Cooperative Alliance and held at Widcombe
Social Club. The Bath Cooperative Alliance
formed about 18 months ago, started by
residents keen to support all kinds of
cooperatives to set up in Bath. Their website
can be found at: .
THE SOUND of double bass combined with
rock guitar came to St James Wine Vaults in
July, when a band from Leeds stopped by on
their way to a festival.
Howlin' Ric and the Rocketeers play original
rock & roll and rhythm & blues, with a fresh
style of their own. They were travelling south
to perform at a live music festival on the
Somerset Levels called Fanny's Meadow, and
they always do a few shows when they travel
far. So an audience in the cellar bar of the Bath
pub were treated to a take on a great American
Howlin' Ric (pictured centre in the photo)
talked a little bit about the origins of the
band, saying that he had been into rock & roll
all his life. Inuenced by American music
artists like Nick Curran and JD McPherson,
he was inspired to write his own songs using
traditional music notation and old fashioned
recording methods. "I loved it and wanted to do
it myself."
Howlin' Ric's full name is Richard Colley. The
others in the band are Adam Richards (double
bass), Nicholas Carew (lead guitar) and Jack
Amblin (drums). The band said it's great that
St James Wine Vaults has a music venue. They
had walked around Bath earlier and seen some
of the sights like "that big posh crescent of
homes". Ric said that Bath was very pretty and
it reminded him of York.
Rosewarn Park
play area
A TEAM OF Whiteway residents are determined to improve their
public park, despite feeling that they don't have enough support from
housing association Curo who are responsible for the upkeep of the park
and its play area.
The Rosewarn Park play area has clearly seen better days, with paint
peeling o equipment and swings missing from their frames. In June a
girl cut her hand while using the slide. Yet, Curo haven't announced any
plans to renovate the play area, causing some local people to think that
the intention may be to build housing there.
But the Whiteway Community Association have dierent ideas, and so
the fundraising to pay for improvements to the park goes on.
In May, the
reported on the fundraiser Easter Egg Hunt held by
the Community Association in the same park. This they followed with
a jumble sale at Southdown Methodist Church in June. At the jumble
sale there were handy things available to buy, including football boots,
pushchairs and a baby cot. People could come and ll a big black bag
with clothing for a pound.
The active residents are continuing to raise funds in other ways as well.
For example, they
collect aluminium
drinks cans and sell
them to a recycling
centre. In one week,
£24 was generated in
this way. So if you
are able to donate
used drinks cans to
the cause, please call:
07521 334637.
Other projects are
also underway.
Whiteway resident
Mr Ian Nicholls
makes bird feeders
out of various bits
and bobs – and these
make nice additions
to gardens around the
Jade from Rosewarn Close, running a
clothes table at the jumble sale in June
A PROJECT established to bring dierent crafts
and people together, has matured into a club with
over a hundred members.
The Articulate craft group, based at Hillside
Hall in Oldeld Park, began eight years ago
around a team of ladies who loved to do crafts.
From those small beginnings an art and craft
club formed that would support anyone to try
dierent crafts for themselves.
The club is structured to make crafts more
accessible in a variety of ways. There are the
special workshops which focus on a dierent
craft activity each session. Or, somebody can
bring along a craft that they've been working on
at home and get advice over an element of the
craft that they've been struggling with. Another
opportunity is that an individual might learn a
craft like crocheting from someone else at the
club who possesses such a skill.
A club like Articulate can be eective at drawing
people out from behind closed doors. Crafting is
often an isolating activity, but once some group
sessions are established it's easy for people to
bring along their craft and do it in the company
of others. To take another example, a support
worker named Hannah does one-to-one work
with a client and brings her along to enjoy the
craft workshops.
Articulate can help make crafting more
aordable too. The club has treasure troves of
materials and often if someone needs an item
like a button, a red thread, or a piece of ribbon
to complete their project, one can be found for
them. It saves having to go out and buy a big
pack of something to nish a craft.
The club is designed for all levels of ability –
you don't have to be good at crafts to join! It runs
at Hillside Hall, 76 Hillside Road, on alternate
Fridays between 6.15pm and 8.30pm. More
information is available on the club's website at: .
Hannah giving the coaster making
workshop a try. Coasters were being
fashioned from fabrics and used CDs.
AN UPLIFTING project to beautify a
corner of a Whiteway housing estate is
bringing neighbours together.
A cul-de-sac of the Rosewarn Close estate
has been transformed through the additions
of a diamond-shaped ower bed and ower
boxes to what used to be a plain grass verge.
And shrubs have been planted on another
grass verge in an initiative started by
residents of houses 70–75 this year.
Tina Kelsey (pictured left) is one of the
active residents behind the project. She
sees it as a combined eort that does the
community a lot of good. "People come out
to talk and work together on the gardening. It
makes the place look a lot nicer and gives it a
communal feel," she says.
A lot of the plants were donated by dierent
people on the estate and two young people
supplied the ower boxes. Alongside the
fenced area are grown edible plants including
tomatoes, runner beans and cucumbers to
be shared – and this can be of benet to
single parents involved in the project. It's a
refreshingly novel way to improve a street
corner and one that could be repeated on other
estates around Bath.
A FLOURISHING community garden at
Chandler Close in Weston, grows lots of
vegetables to be given out free to residents.
Flowers are planted around the edge of the
garden making it an attractive focal point for
the community, while vegetables are grown in
the inner part of the garden. The produce, which
typically includes lettuces, courgettes, onions
and tomatoes, is shared with residents when
they attend the Chandler Close coee morning.
Some of it also nds its way into community
The community garden was established by a
residents' group that covers Chandler Close and
several other Weston streets. After cutbacks
caused the Chandler Close area to lose its
wardens, the group tried to full the role of
a warden by supporting residents wherever
possible. A main ethos of the group has been
to get people out of their homes and mingling
with others in the community.
Led by activist John James Richardson, who
is himself a resident of Chandler Close, a
children's group called Chandler Rangers
was set up in 2016. The Chandler Rangers
worked with older volunteers to create the
community garden. The garden has since won
several Bath in Bloom Awards, and this year
it was supported with a generous community
grant from Curo.
Other activities undertaken by the group have
included a knitting circle, shopping trips and
trips to the seaside.
Bath Area Play Project have organised a
fun event for families with a SEND child
(Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).
Taking place at the Odd Down Community
Centre on Thursday 29th August from 10am
to 4pm, there will be a bouncy castle, live
music, games, crafts, sensory activities and
refreshments. You will need to book a place
in advance and tickets cost £10 per family.
Phone: 01225 432749 or email: .
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WITH BATH'S nightclubbing culture geared mainly towards young
people and students, there aren't many music venues for people in their
mid-thirties upwards who want a night out.
A DJ collective called
Transmission Indie DJs
helps to  ll this gap by
organising discos with new wave, punk and indie music – for people
who used to jump around to those sounds in the 1980s and early 1990s.
DJs Tim James and Ade Poole hold the discos at Widcombe Social Club,
normally getting about 120 people. They run from 8pm to 1am and the
dance  oor really starts to  ll up at around 10pm.
While Bath has long had a colourful nightlife, most of its nightclubs
have been styled on mainstream music. In the 1980s a club called
The Underground tucked beneath Pulteney Bridge, was one of the few
places to go for alternative music such as punk. Then in the early 1990s,
when the band Nirvana became big, a club called Fusion under the
County Hotel catered for alternative tastes.
Now people who frequented those venues can dance again to the tunes
they used to enjoy listening to. A woman named Helen went to the disco
at Widcombe Social Club pictured below. She said: "I like it because it's
not full of teenyboppers. And you know what it's like to go to a club and
feel you have to dress up – but here you can just
wear a tee-shirt and jeans."
At the discos it feels nice to be among people
who have kept themselves fun and fresh despite
their years of maturity. It makes for a positive
atmosphere, with people using the events to catch
up with old friends.
Tim and Ade also run discos playing 1980s pop
music at the same venue. To  nd out more and to
get the link to book tickets, visit the
Indie DJs
Facebook page. The next disco will be
happening on Saturday 14th September from 8pm
to 1am at Widcombe Social Club.
A COMMUNITY picnic held in
Alexandra Park every summer, has
turned into a highly popular event with
many attractions. Called Picnic in the
Park, the event draws residents from the
Bear Flat area and other parts of Bath.
Lots of people are content to come to
spread a blanket over the grass, set out
their picnic and enjoy being part of the
community vibe. But this year people
looking to expend some energy could try
out the exercise equipment brought by
the local gym, Space Health and Fitness.
A less strenuous option was to give
lawn bowls a try with guidance from the
Alexandra Bowls Club.
The event also featured non-stop live
music, with a line up of several bands
playing on the big stage.
The most spectacular activity was
surely the monster wall provided by
the Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team.
Rising to over seven metres in height,
the wall attracted plucky youngsters
eager to see if they could scale it and get
a bird's-eye view over the park! Pictured
right is a girl named Flo on the ascent.
Picnic in the Park is organised by the Alexandra Park
Friends, a team of residents who care for and promote the
use of the park. The May edition of the
reported on
their planting activity where children and adults were invited
to seed a  ower bed with wild ower seeds. By the time of
the picnic, the bed was bursting with beautiful wild owers.
The Alexandra Park Friends have a website where you can
catch up on their planned events and latest activities. Visit: .
THE SOUNDS of an energetic stringed instrument orchestra
swept through St Barnabas Church at Southdown in May.
Called Lundi Bleu, the twenty-four-piece Dutch orchestra was on tour in
Bath for a few days, hosted by the Bath Fringe Festival.
All the superbly talented musicians were
from Amsterdam and between thirty and
forty years of age.
The Southdown church has enough height
to give it good acoustics. It provided a
striking setting, with the deep hues of its
stained-glass window depicting Christ
descending from the cross and the nails
falling away.
The audience appeared to be well
immersed in the melodies, with pieces
ranging from the dramatic and vigorous, to
contemplative and perhaps even haunting
tunes at times. Several of the pieces were
Dutch, several English, and one was
Estonian. One of the pieces had been
composed only two weeks earlier.
It's quite a novelty for an orchestra to play
at Southdown but at the end of the concert
Vicar Catherine Sourbut said: "We would
love to host a quality music event like this
again." Then she prayed a blessing over
the musicians who were due to play at
Christ Church, Julian Road, two days later.
A FUN DAY hosted by
Larkhall Athletic Club in July,
brought together activity clubs
and groups to produce a day
of entertainment for the whole
Stalls, gazebos and seating
were arranged in a big circle,
creating space in the middle
where dierent groups could
put on their displays. The
action kicked o with Zumba
dancing led by Jess Davies.
Jess teaches two classes in
Larkhall, at the Oriel Hall and
St Mark's School.
There was a display of boxing
training skills put on by SJ
Boxing from Radstock; a show
by the Enchanté Baton Twirlers
who are based in Bath and
Keynsham; and line dancing
from a group that meets at the
Sports Centre.
Karate enthusiasts from Shodan
Martial Arts performed a karate
drill, showing some of the
self-defence moves that they
practice at St Mark's School on
Mondays and Wednesdays.
Later some girls from
Hayeseld School, who belong
to the Combined Cadet Force
Royal Navy, performed a dance
routine with their military drill
deftly woven into it.
One exhibit that aroused the
interest of many children was
the police van accompanied
by the two PCSO's pictured.
The children liked sitting in the
driver's seat, as well as getting
an arrested person's view out
from the back of the van!
The fun continued into the
evening with live music from
Dad'z Band and Covergirl.
A MAJOR redevelopment of the Twerton Park football ground site
and the adjacent section of Twerton High Street could commence if a
planning application by Bath City Football Club goes ahead.
The development would include a new grandstand, a community hub
and gym, 12 a ordable  ats, 33 co-living apartments and 356 student
ats, as well as new and improved retail units. It would also see the
club clear debts of £1 million by selling land to development partner
Greenacre Capital, who would own the accommodation and retail units.
The application has drawn responses from council departments and
other interested parties. While most support the regeneration of the land
in principle, signi cant concerns have also been raised.
A response from the council's Landscape Environment Team accepts
that the regeneration of this land would be bene cial, but goes on to
say that the planned six and seven storey student blocks would be
overbearing and out of keeping with the area. The appearance of the
development is described as "harsh and unrelenting" given the lack of
tree-planting to soften the look of the build. Many of the apartments
would look out solely over car parks and this too is criticised. Similarly,
a Conservation O cer's report objects to aspects of the
appearance and the "high rise" character of the tall buildings.
Meanwhile, a communication from the Planning Policy
department comments positively on the bene ts that this
redevelopment would bring to the High Street. But it raises as
a concern the "overconcentration" of students in the scheme,
in terms of the principle of achieving balanced communities.
The Federation of Bath Residents' Associations (FOBRA)
have also put in a response. Their letter to planners says that
they would be reluctant to scupper the only means of saving
the football club and improving the centre of Twerton. A redevelopment
could add to the vibrancy and range of facilities, they say, but they are
concerned about the height of the buildings and the a ect that this could
have on local homes.
"A danger of the permanent community being overwhelmed"
FOBRA also note that with so much student accommodation already
present in the area, there's a danger of "the permanent community being
overwhelmed and the character of the area being lost".
Twerton councillor Sarah Moore (Lib Dem) has registered a number of
concerns and asked for the case to be heard by the planning committee.
Her correspondence points out that the Twerton bus service is under
strain and vulnerable residents are often unable to use the buses due to
high demand. Adding large numbers of non-car owning residents to this
route would be unsustainable, she says. She also states that the absence
of any parking provision for the tenants of the new development would
worsen existing parking problems in surrounding streets.
Reactions of residents
There have been mixed reactions to the plans among Twerton residents.
Some have responded positively, pointing to the need to upgrade
the shabby shop units; while others have objected to the scale of the
accommodation and the related parking pressures. Some have also
criticised the lack of a ordable housing and social housing in the
scheme. At a meeting of residents who live in sheltered housing next
to the football ground, residents expressed concerns about how the
redevelopment might impact on them. Nobody from the football club
had come to listen; and afterwards, several activists shared a feeling that
the positive spin surrounding the redevelopment tends to "belittle" what
are real concerns about these plans.
Many people are now talking about the need for a better compromise,
but at the time of writing (early August) the application looks unchanged
and a target date of 28th August is set for planners to decide the case.
Cri cs say that the redevelopment would
be overbearing above Twerton High Street,
towering over nearby homes
Exis ng
Complex of 407 dwellings
including 356 student fl ats
Comments in support of the plans note that the land and shopping area
around the High Street are in need of regenera on
THE HOME Library Service is looking to recruit
new volunteers and encourage new readers to sign up.
The service supports people who are housebound and
can no longer get to their local library, by o ering
home delivery through a team of book loving
volunteers. Currently around 120 readers use the
Home Library Service supported by 42 volunteers.
Carers whose ability to leave the house is severely
restricted may also be eligible for the service.
To  nd out how to become a volunteer or if you think
you may be eligible to use the Home Library Service,
please contact: .
THE LIFE PROJECT is a charity that
promotes and protects the health and
well-being of people with learning
disabilities and their families across Bath.
The project was started by Christian families
caring for their young adults with learning
disabilities. Their mission and ethos is rooted
in Christian principles, as they believe
that in God's eyes everybody is "fearfully
and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14).
They provide a wide range of activities for
children and adults with learning disabilities,
their families and their carers, oering
opportunities to:
discover and develop new talents
develop life and work skills
receive respite and support
pursue friendships and faith, and
express their uniqueness to the world
around them
Day-time activity sessions for adults with
learning disabilities are held at the Old Acorn
Barn in Englishcombe. A variety of activities
are on oer in the
art & craft room,
kitchen and
Parent and
are run for
carers who
need time out
from their caring
roles. These oer a
chance to become part of a supportive
network of people who understand the
challenges of caring for those with learning
and other disabilities. Coee and tasty treats
are always on oer, and those who attend
can de-stress by joining in with an
exercise or pilates class.
The Life Project has fortnightly
adult fellowship meetings, with
worship and prayer for each
other creating a special time for
everyone. Another fellowship
group is held for families with
children aged 0-11 who have
additional needs: an afternoon of
play, singing, stories and crafts in
the context of worship.
Bi-monthly social activities
include rambles, barn dancing,
bowling and barbecues etc.
To nd out more contact:
The Life Project,
13 Church Street, Weston, Bath.
Telephone: 07708 217901
THREE PEOPLE in Bath were recently
prosecuted for illegally using Blue Badges to
take advantage of free and convenient parking
around the city.
The prosecutions were brought by the council
and supported by the investigation company
Blue Badge Fraud Investigation (BBFI).
Councillor Joanna Wright, joint cabinet member
for Transport Services, said: "We recognise that
most Blue Badge holders are legitimate, but a
minority play the system and use blue badges
illegally. It means that fewer disabled parking
bays are available for those who really need
them and less money goes into the public purse
through parking charges.
"These prosecutions send a clear message to
fraudsters that they risk going to court, receiving
a criminal record and a ne of up to £1000 if
Residents can apply for Blue Badges if they
have a disability or health condition that aects
their mobility. Parents of a child with a health
condition that aects their mobility can also
apply for a Blue Badge.
However, strict rules apply to the use of Blue
Never use someone else's badge, even if you
are doing a job or running an errand for them.
Never lend your badge to someone else.
Never buy a badge in the pub or on the internet.
Never photocopy a badge or make a fake
badge. Even a copy of your own badge is classed
as a forgery.
Instances of suspected Blue Badge abuse can be
reported to: .
Alternatively you can call: 01225 477133.
WORK carried out by residents and the
council to improve Bath's Hedgemead
Park has been recognised with a Green
Flag Award.
The 130-year-old park is one of ve across
the city that have been ocially named as
among some of the country's best green
spaces. Alexandra Park, Bloomeld Green,
Henrietta Park and Victoria Park have
also scooped Green Flag Awards.
Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet
member for Community Services, said:
"I'd like to congratulate residents of
Walcot, Lansdown and Camden who've
worked with the council in transforming
Hedgemead Park."
Community news is key
When newspapers stop reporting
community news, they make it harder to
get ideas from what communities around
the city have been doing.
Witness the Larkhall fun day where
a range of clubs were invited to give
demonstrations of their activities (page
10). It's a great way to organise a fun
day because it gives people a taste of
hobbies that they might like to take up.
Also commendable is the work of
Whiteway residents in making ordinary
grass verges more attractive by planting
them with owers (page 8). This is
surely a project that could be repeated on
lots of other housing estates.
Reporting on community news has the
eect of sharing ideas, so that projects
which worked well in one part of Bath
might be tried elsewhere.
5G in Bath?
A lot of time has passed since I visited
Berkeley Castle as a boy. A tour guide
showed visitors the castle's historic
kitchen and I remember looking with
curiosity at the dark grey kitchen sinks.
The guide explained that the kitchen
sinks where the castle folk once prepared
their food, were made of lead.
Our ancestors didn't know the risks to
health posed by lead, just as modern
people didn't always understand the risks
posed by asbestos. Now in 2019 are we
about to make similar mistakes with 5G
(page 3)?
The children in our society rely on adults
to make wise decisions over their health,
and one thing is certain: the growing
number of scientists urging caution
over 5G are highly qualied men and
women, some of them doing research in
related elds. Against that backdrop, the
untested roll out of 5G
in our city would seem
to me a foolhardy
thing to do.
Joe Scofield
THE TRANSFORMATION of buildings in
Swallow Street, into a Learning Centre for the
Roman Baths and a World Heritage Centre for
the city, has begun.
The project is designed to greatly improve
learning and engagement at the Roman Baths. A
project team will work with community groups
and schools from across the region on events and
activities for school groups. Workshop leaders
will provide learning opportunities to investigate
the Romans and the science of archaeology, in
an exciting Investigation Zone set among the
Roman remains of the site.
At the same time, the World Heritage
Centre will contain displays to show why
Bath is a World Heritage Site and inspire
people to explore the city. The centre
will be free to visit.
The project, which is supported by
£3.4m from The National Lottery
Heritage Fund, will also open new areas
of the Roman Baths to visitors, including
a Roman laconicum (similar to a sauna)
and a possible Roman exercise yard. The
new facilities are due to open in 2020.
Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet member for
Community Services, said: "The new spaces will
be accompanied by exciting community events,
activities and learning opportunities – from
wellbeing courses for community groups, to a
digging pit where school children can unearth
replica Roman objects. In addition, we hope to
attract visitors from around the world to see parts
of the Roman Baths revealed to the public for the
very rst time."
The work will be undertaken by Beard
Construction who have a long history of carrying
out projects involving historic sites.
WITH NEWS stories of plastics
polluting the environment, more
and more of us are trying to
reduce our plastic waste. The
problem is that most plastic bags
and wrappers are unrecyclable,
so they usually end up going in
with the general waste.
One option is to turn those
plastics into ecobricks, to be
used for building projects in the
UK and developing countries.
Eco-bricks are easy to make and
there are drop-o points where
you can donate them. Their water
resistance and longevity make
them a handy building material.
An example of an ecobrick is
shown opposite. To make one,
you get a large empty plastic
bottle and stu it with dry,
non-biodegradable plastics. Your
ecobrick can be lled with
plastics such as bags, crisp
packets and straws, as well as
fruit and vegetable packaging.
It's important for these to be
clean so as not to encourage
bacterial growth, so making
one can entail washing plastics
and hanging them up to dry.
Plastics are crammed tightly
into the bottle by pressing
down hard with a stick (a short
garden cane does the job well).
If a bottle isn't tightly packed,
it won't be strong and rm
enough for use as a building
Find out more about ecobricks
and their uses on the website: . A map of
drop-o points is available at: .
Age UK
Provides care and support to older
people. Phone: 01225 466135
Alcoholics Anonymous
Phone: 0800 9177 650
Benets, Housing and
Council Tax Support
Visit the One Stop Shop at
Manvers Street, or phone:
01225 477777
Carers’ Centre
Supports people who care for
someone that needs extra
day-to-day help. Phone:
01761 431388
Cizens Advice Bureau
Free, condenal informaon
and advice on issues including
money, legal, consumer and other
problems. Visit the One Stop Shop
at Manvers Street, or phone:
0344 848 7919
Chrisans Against Poverty
Oering free debt advice and help.
Phone: 0800 328 0006
Council Connect
For help with a range of Council
services including waste, parks,
roads, lighng and planning etc.
Phone: 01225 394041
Bath based charity supporng
people facing homelessness, drugs
and alcohol issues.
Phone: 01225 329411
Genesis Furniture Project
Sells furniture, white goods and
clothing to people on low incomes
and benets, including the elderly
and students. Call in at 31a West
Avenue, Oldeld Park, or phone:
01225 421111
Oers free advice, training and
praccal help to single parents.
Also campaigns on single parents'
behalf. Phone: 0808 802 0925
Next Link / Renew
For women and children
experiencing domesc abuse.
Phone: 0117 925 0680
Chat online to a support worker
If you are unsafe and need
immediate help call 999
NHS 111
A fast and free 24-hour health
advice helpline. Phone: 111
O the Record
Provides informaon and support
for children and young people.
Services are free and condenal.
Phone: 01225 312481
Housing advice for all situaons
including emergencies.
Phone: 0808 800 4444
Social Services
Phone: 01225 477000 (enquiries)
or 01454 615165 (out of hours
Southside Family Project
Supports families to deal with
issues like disabilies, domesc
abuse, substance abuse and
mental health. Phone:
01225 331243
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Mystery photo:
De Montalt Place in the 'village' part of Combe Down. Overlooking Church Road
and a moment's walk from Holy Trinity Church.
FIRST AID Training (Bath) Ltd, provides regular free rst
aid courses for parents and carers of babies and children.
Not long ago, the life of a choking baby was saved by
the actions of a passer-by, Rob Stockwell. He received a
community award for his prompt action which he learned
on a rst aid course.
Tutors from First Aid Training deliver free rst aid courses
at St Philip & St James' Church, Odd Down. This is a
two-and-a-half-hour course that involves debrillator
training and emergency rst aid for babies and children.
Details are at:rstaidtrainingbathltd .
A COMMUNITY Lunch is held
at St Andrew's Church Centre,
Hawthorn Grove, on the Foxhill
Called Foxhill Focus, the meal
is welcoming to all and is free,
although donations are welcome.
It runs every Wednesday from
11am till 1pm. Drop in for a mug
of tea, a nice meal and a chat with
others in the community.
A TRADITIONAL Sunday School takes place at Bethel Bapst Church,
St John's Road, Bathwick. It runs from 3pm to 4pm on Sundays and is free.
Bethel Bapst Church says: "Sunday Schools used to be very common
in England. Many children were taught from the Bible that they might
receive beliefs and values which would help them throughout life. We
aim to teach the children the meless lessons of the Bible, by combining
the oen gripping accounts of people like Moses, Joseph, David, Mary,
the Apostle Paul and the Lord Jesus Christ with modern teaching aids
and illustraons. Each week the main lesson is accompanied by a range
of acvies including singing, quizzes and special items. The children
are taught in small classes with their own age group. We have children
coming from Widcombe, Weston, Twerton and further aeld. We try to
collect children and take them home if we can."
Contact Pastor Bill Goodman at: pastor.bethel@b .
Faith Spot
NOW IN ITS FIFTH YEAR, the Bath Christian Festival held at
the Parade Gardens draws people to enjoy live worship music and
hear the stories of people who have dramatically come to faith.
The story of Davey Falcus captures the sense of breakthrough that
features in many of these testimonies. His story was heard by about
150 people at the Bath Christian Festival on 27th July this year.
Sometimes when you hear the details of someone's childhood, you can
see why their life took the direction it did. At the Parade Gardens, Davey
Falcus began by describing the turmoil of his childhood years. The
following account is put together from two talks that he gave on the day.
From Gangland to God
I was brought up in Newcastle. My father was a bank robber and my
mother committed suicide when I was six weeks old. So I was adopted
by a Christian family and I used to get taken to Sunday School.
When I was about ve years old a wave of death hit the family. I lost my
second mother, this time to tuberculosis, and three of my grandparents
and an uncle died; all within a 12-month period. I was left devastated.
There had been a lot of love in the family but suddenly everyone was
gone. My dad hit the bottle and changed overnight, becoming distant
and angry. Boys do the things they see their fathers doing, so at seven
years old I started drinking whiskey and vodka.
I'd had such a lot of attention at home but after my family died, I didn't
get much attention. I found that by misbehaving I could get attention
on the streets – even before my tenth birthday I was getting locked up.
In my teenage years I went from one oenders' institution to another.
In fact, a man from social services stood up in court and said: "We can't
control him, he's going to have to go to prison."
What started as petty crime ended up as very serious organised crime
where I became part of the rm that controlled the region's drug scene.
I was also involved with the London rm and the Glasgow rm, and I
became part of what you would call the British maa. You'll nd my
name in books alongside the Krays and people like that. I thought that if
I had a lot of money, I'd be happy, so I robbed banks. But all the money,
drugs, sex and power, didn't ll the emptiness that was inside me.
During a drugs war, I was involved in a plot – God forgive me – to
kill two men. And in the middle of the nightclub I heard a voice say:
"Davey, life doesn't have to be this way. It's not too late to come back."
Over the days this voice kept on challenging me; but I also began to get
another voice telling me to take my own life.
Somebody had left a Bible in my house and one day in August 1995,
I opened it and read: "The Lord is my Shepherd". Something started to
come back into my mind about Sunday School and Jesus. I just started
to shout out: "Jesus, if you're there and you can sort me out, I'm yours."
A bright light came into the room. At rst, I thought it was the sun, but
this light got brighter and brighter. I had to put my hands over my eyes.
A feeling of beautiful peace started to ow over my body and after a
while, I took my hands away and Jesus was standing there. He said to
me: "Son, your sins are forgiven".
God gave me a healing ministry and if you search my name on the
internet you'll nd accounts of all kinds of healings. I once prayed for a
man who had been dead for 26 minutes and he returned to life. My life
story is now used as a resource for pupils studying religious education.
Davey's book Gangland to God is available to buy on Amazon. And to
hear him telling his story at the Bath Christian Festival, see the YouTube
video at this link: .
Davey Falcus
PAGE 16 © Joe Sco eld 2019
Walking football
at Odd Down
The Bath Gazette
— Date 2019 —
IT'S THE FASTEST growing sport and is terri c for getting people
active again regardless of age. Could walking football be for you?
In Bath the sport is held on the AstroTurf at Odd Down Sports
Ground, a lovely facility which has changing rooms and a cafe. Most
of the players are over sixty. Some used to play a fair bit of football in
their youth, but this version is for people of all abilities and degrees of
tness; the walking pace puts everyone on about the same level.
Because walking football is a non-contact sport it's easy for women
to take part among the men. The games at Odd Down have seen
some female players enjoy a match. A grant from the Odd Down
Community Centre has furnished the players with a team kit, enabling
them to compete in walking football tournaments under the Somerset
Football Association.
One of the players, a gentleman named Dick Bateman, spoke of
the enormous bene ts of this activity in helping him to recuperate
from a heart attack. All the matches are preceded by warming up
and stretching exercises – and he found these to be a good follow-on
from the exercises that the hospital had initially given him to do. The
football has helped him to regain a degree of  tness, and he is never
under pressure to do more than
he feels able.
Steve Collins, the organiser of
walking football in Bath, also
puts together social activities
for all the players. There are
big breakfasts and curry nights
as well as trips abroad.
Walking football is held on
Mondays and Fridays at Odd
Down Sports Ground from
10am to 11am. Anybody is
welcome to come and watch
one of the games to see if they
would like to get involved.
A PROGRAMME for this year's Bathscape Walking Festival has
been announced and bookings are now being taken.
The Walking Festival this year spans nine days between the 14th
and 22nd of September.
The Festival features  fty free walks covering a variety of themes
and distances. Starting at locations around Bath, the walks explore
every corner of the city and the surrounding countryside. All the
walks are led by knowledgeable leaders.
The packed programme includes historic
walks where you can learn more about John
Wood, Ralph Allen, Emperor Haile Selassie
and William Beckford. There are also walks to do with climate
change, gardens, and plants and foraging. Many of the walks are
child friendly – including some bat walks. There are walks designed
for those living with dementia, as well as for people wanting to
improve their health and well-being. You can even take part
in helping Bathscape to create a meadow!
The grand  nale is, as ever, the annual sponsored walk
in aid of Bath's Julian House homeless charity. This is a
challenging 20-mile circuit of Bath taking place on Sunday
the 22nd of September. Walkers can enrol now and start
fundraising to help this important local charity.
Details of all the walks are available on the Bathscape
website at: . Or phone:
01225 477265. To register for the Julian House walk visit: .
Bathscape aims to reconnect people with the unique natural
setting of Bath and the surrounding area. They are always
looking for volunteers and want to hear your ideas for walks.