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Bath Gazette, November 2019

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THE BATH ODD DOWN S GAZETTE November 2019 FREE CONNECTION WITH BIG HIT ACTION FILM Page 9 Contact BathGazette gmail com Circulation 14 000 households BATH BECOMES SETTING FOR NETFLIX DRAMA BATH S world famous Georgian streets and landmarks became a backdrop for the filming of a new historical drama in August and September Due to be released on Netflix next year the series called Bridgerton revolves around the powerful Bridgerton family in 1800s England The drama is based on Julia Quinn s Bridgerton novel series and will be available to internet connected devices around the world giving it a global audience Bath s Holburne Museum and the Assembly Rooms are two spots in the city where filming took place Continued on page 2 Roots star Reg Jean Page was filmed on horseback at Bath s Holburne Museum for an episode of Bridgerton From your local Which Trusted Trader Finance and flexible payment options available on selected Worcester bosch boilers Arrange your free boiler survey today 01225 738 397 www gregorheating co uk Terms and conditions apply Advertise with the Bath Gazette for less

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BATH BECOMES SETTING FOR NETFLIX DRAMA Continued from front page THE FILMING of Bridgerton at the Holburne Museum was an exciting time for museum staff The staff hope that when the series is shown next year fans of the drama will visit the museum as they track down all the places where the film was shot British celebrities Reg Jean Page and Adjoa Andoh were spotted in scenes filmed on the museum s large front lawn Reg Jean Page was born in Zimbabwe but later settled in London acquiring his acting skills from the National Youth Theatre and the Drama Centre London He starred in a 2016 remake of the mini series Roots playing the part of grandson to ancestor Kunta Kinte as the storyline unfolds the history of a black American family Page also had a role in the television series For the People 2018 and has appeared in Waterloo Road and Casualty Adjoa Andoh is a very accomplished actress starring in films as well as on television stage and radio She is a familiar figure on British TV having had spells in Doctor Who Casualty and Eastenders The film crew kept tight lipped during this filming in Bath refusing to tell onlookers anything about the story or even the names of the actors in view One detail that has leaked out is that the filming will make the Holburne Museum garden and Assembly Rooms interior seem as though they are parts of the same building Reg Jean Page filmed in a scene with actress Adjoa Andoh at the Holburne Museum TWERTON S NEW MEADOW IN THE MAKING too rich it will be hard for wildflowers to compete with grasses Therefore a key stage of creating a meadow is to remove the cut grass to prevent it from mulching down and enriching the soil Supervising the activity was People and Wildlife Officer Nicole Daw She said that establishing new meadows like this is good for pollinator species of insects It s good for people too as instead of just having this big green desert you can have a biodiverse landscape to enjoy One of the team of around fifteen volunteers was a man named John Dunn from Southdown Road He came with his wife Angela to do some scything out of a desire to support wildlife THE SWISH of curved scythe blades slicing through grass came to Innox Park in Twerton in late summer The plan is to have a wildflower meadow stretching across part of the park so a large swathe of grass had been left uncut until September Cutting grass early in the year has the effect of removing wildflowers before they can drop their seeds onto the ground So to grow a meadow the grass must be left uncut until late summer then the ground will contain a lot of wildflower seeds ready to germinate the following year The Avon Wildlife Trust were commissioned to cut the long grass at Innox Park They prefer to use old fashioned hand tools such as scythes and rakes skilling up their volunteers in traditional land management techniques Many wildflowers thrive in soil that is low in nutrients if a soil is PAGE 02 John said It keeps you fit and is cheaper than going to the gym He often walks his dog at Innox Park and has an interest in wildflowers The organisation Bathscape are overseeing the creation of this new meadow and another one at Kensington Meadows on the other side of the city BATH BURIAL INDEX Looking for the burial place of a Bath ancestor Try the Bath Burial Index at the Bath Record Office website at https www batharchives co uk It covers over 70 cemeteries graveyards in and around Bath and has 300 000 burial records 35 000 images of memorials Descriptions and locations of cemeteries 15 000 pages of documentation of inscriptions on memorials 150 maps

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WELLBEING CAFE FOR UNDER 25 s YOUNG PEOPLE S charity Off the Record have established the first wellbeing caf for under 25 s in Bath Called the Okay Caf the aim is to create a safe space for young people aged 13 25 who are struggling with their mental health The caf provides opportunities for them to meet up relax make new friends share experiences and develop new ways of talking and coping Offering reasonably priced drinks and snacks the cafe is for any young person who needs support with their mental wellbeing It is staffed by Off the Record qualified counsellors listening support workers youth workers and volunteers A range of activities are on offer and young people can help shape the development of the caf The sessions have initially been funded by Altus Ltd and by a grant from the Quartet Community Foundation Manvers Street Baptist Church has kindly donated the venue To help ensure the sustainability of this new service the public can make one off donations through Off the Record s Facebook page at www facebook com OTRbathnes Or people can set up a monthly donation at www localgiving org charity offtherecord To find out more about the caf please email Alice Hoyle on alicehoyle offtherecord banes co uk or phone 07753 891747 Sessions run every Friday from 4pm to 6 30pm in the Open House Caf Manvers Street Baptist Church 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 DONKEYS DELIGHT KIDS AT SYDNEY GARDENS FUN DAY RESCUED DONKEYS that are cared for by a Beckington donkey sanctuary were a big attraction at a fun day held in Sydney Gardens in September The event was organised by the council together with the Friends of Sydney Gardens to entice more people to explore the gardens now undergoing restoration following a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund Other children s activities at the fun day were provided by Bath Area Play Project the Play Rangers and the Holburne Museum For adults the attractions included live classical music and a live metal forge display by Ironart of Bath The two donkeys from a sanctuary called Danny Donkey Pals gave children short rides around a tranquil area of the park The dark brown donkey is named Bella and the pale donkey is Flash Bella was pregnant with twin foals when she first arrived at the donkey sanctuary and Flash is an ex beach donkey The children enjoyed learning some facts about the donkeys before being taken on their rides These gentle and friendly donkeys are often brought to schools hospitals and care homes to interact with children and adults with special needs those who are ill and the elderly FORMER MAYOR BECOMES A WELCOME AMBASSADOR PATRICK ANKETELL JONES was the 791st Mayor of Bath and now in his retirement he shares his knowledge of Bath by volunteering as a Welcome Ambassador Patrick says that he wanted to volunteer as an Ambassador to use his knowledge of the city sharing it with visitors who are keen to learn about Bath The Welcome Ambassadors are the friendly faces of Bath volunteers providing a warm and informed welcome to Bath city centre for visitors workers residents and students They help to direct people throughout the city encouraging them to explore the hidden gems and the must do activities He feels that this is a unique city saying The Pump Rooms Abbey Guildhall and Victoria Art Gallery are a distinguished collection of buildings that project a strong sense of the city s identity They are at the heart of Bath and are essential to maintaining civic pride There s also the human scale public spaces unity of colour and design no other city in the world is quite like it A team of about fourteen help visitors from Thursday to Sunday each week In addition to requests for directions and maps they are asked a wide range of questions such as We re in Bath for the day what are the must sees What year was the weir built Are there walking tours in Spanish and Can you recommend a jewellery shop for an engagement ring If you would like to join Patrick and volunteer as a Welcome Ambassador please email welcomevc bathbid co uk More volunteers are needed to expand this service particularly over the busy Christmas season PAGE 03

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MOORLAND ROAD COMMUNITY LIBRARY STILL A POPULAR RESOURCE FOR ALL AGES FOUR MONTHS after the Moorland Road Library was taken over by volunteers it continues to thrive as a library and now the team can develop their own ideas for taking this popular asset forward The Moorland Road branch was shut down last year in a wave of council cutbacks but the Oldfield community rallied to reopen it with residents stepping up to put in voluntary hours Their initial efforts were mainly about restoring what was there before The library is to stay linked to Libraries West meaning that people can reserve and order books from a huge catalogue spanning the south west of England You can also use the library facilities to browse the internet scan a document and print things out The former Lego Club is being reinstated as well The library possesses a vast ocean of Lego bricks to keep kids occupied on one Saturday of the month Another activity for children storytelling is held twice monthly and can be combined with related crafts as pictured above This library now has its own Facebook group and people can sign up to its newsletter The team have been busy fundraising and will be adding a selection of nice new books to the shelves soon The library also took part in the Summer Reading Challenge awarding certificates to children who had read six books through the summer season In October the team held a celebration of 100 days of the library being run by the community The celebration was housed in the nearby Baptist church hall and the library itself with crafts cakes and singing led by choirmaster Grenville Jones The passion of the volunteers for developing this community library came across strongly at the event MOTHER AND DAUGHTER DO THE BRAVE SHAVE IN TWERTON FOR CANCER CHARITY A MOTHER and her daughter have raised money for Cancer Research by sacrificing their long hair at an event they organised in the White Horse Pub Natasha and her teenage daughter Sinead had got a lot of sponsors ready to donate to Cancer Research if the pair went ahead with the challenge held in August Sinead was first to face the hairdresser having her long hair cut to shoulder length Natasha pictured went further by allowing her hair to be clippered into a style short enough to make an army sergeant proud There was encouragement and applause for the two ladies in the Twerton pub The family who are from the Woodhouse Road area of Twerton also collected prizes from local businesses for a raffle to raise more funds for this good cause And the strands of cut hair were given to the Little Princess Trust to make wigs for children who lose their hair to cancer treatments PAGE 04

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PUZZLE PAGE Where was this picture taken A few testers to get the grey matter working This former drinking fountain bears the words Presented by Alderman Major C D Brickmann Sadly ill health prevented him from attending the opening ceremony in 1907 and he passed away the same year But where in Bath is it Can you crack our mystery photo crossword and sudoku challenges People have been spotted having a go at these in the pub and whiling away time on a reception desk Solutions are on page 14 The Bath Gazette Crossword 1 12 2 14 13 15 Across Down 1 Fast Ford car manufactured from the 1960s to the 1980s 1 Georgian crescent with a view over Hedgemead Park 2 Spherical body 3 4 5 6 7 16 8 3 1979 James Bond film 7 Co op supermarket housed in an old cinema building in Bath 4 Our opinion of ourselves especially our sense of importance 12 To suspend a session of parliament 5 You might find one in a gold mine or a McDonald s fast food restaraunt 13 Popular pet that lives wild in Australia 6 Double reed woodwind instrument 14 Underground room 15 Suburb of Bath with a library and memorial cross at its high street 7 Soldier stationed to stand guard 17 8 Competently 16 Tibetan ox 9 Brother of Moses 9 18 10 19 17 Commence 10 Chess piece 11 Bath pioneer who bought the Combe Down stone quarries 5 5 11 Sudoku easy 4 5 7 6 1 7 19 Added to copper to make bronze Sudoku medium 7 9 6 8 3 1 5 9 3 4 2 4 6 9 8 2 1 8 4 4 4 9 6 2 18 Senior citizen abbreviation 2 How to play Fill the grid so that each column each row and each of the nine 3x3 boxes contains the digits from 1 to 9 No repeated numbers should be present in any column row or box 8 2 3 7 6 4 7 1 7 2 5 1 1 3 2 6 4 4 1 3 2 6 4 8 4 7 8 5 1 9 PAGE 05

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STONE CLAY COAL IN THE HISTORY OF BATH A TALK on Bath s mineral wealth was organised by the Widcombe Lyncombe Local History Society in October Stuart Burroughs Director of The Museum of Bath at Work spoke at The Ring O Bells Pub on the extraction of stone clay and coal around Bath Our city is blessed with a wealth of the world famous Bath stone But Mr Burroughs observed that local geology has also been responsible for landslips in the Hedgemead area of Bath where houses were built on top of unstable clays The worst landslide occurred in 1881 with the loss of 135 houses after which city leaders thought it wise not to build there again but to turn that piece of land into Hedgemead Park Similar layers of clay stretch across to Snowhill and when the Berkeley House tower block was built the constructors had to drive deep foundations into the earth The attraction of Bath stone in Georgian times was that buildings made from it needed only thin layers of mortar the boast being that the joins between blocks were imperceptible With an abundance of the stone in the surrounding hills Italian style Georgian architecture took off in Bath in an 18th century property boom The pioneer of the Bath stone industry Ralph Allen rose to the fore from his ability to bring under one business the quarrying of stone the transportation of stone and the marketing of stone Ralph Allen built the first railway in the south west a system of tracks and carriages bringing stone from his Combe Down quarries through the route that is today Prior Park Road and into the city on its way to mason s yards Nearby his own magnificent home at Prior Park served as a showcase of the things that could be achieved with Bath stone The use of this stone reached beyond its purpose just as a building material It was put into limekilns to be turned into lime then the lime was used as a fertiliser The Georgians spread lime over unfertilised land and were able to ward off much starvation The talk at the Widcombe pub continued into a discussion of clay Clay bricks were used in the building of Bath s Georgian streets more than it may seem from their facades Builders would dig clay pits and make brick kilns on the construction sites Demand for brick increased in the Victorian era The Victoria Brick and Tile Works situated where the Brickfields park is today was one of several established in the Oldfield area the Somerset coalfield A colliery appeared at Pennyquick in Twerton and survived for a time An earlier attempt to extract coal appears on Thorpe s 1742 map of Bath which shows Harrington s coal mines near the Globe Inn at Newton St Loe Built close to the river Avon these suffered greatly from flooding and had to be abandoned but Mr Burroughs has heard from a Wessex Water engineer that the waterlogged tunnels are still intact He gave the tongue in cheek suggestion that future technology might one day allow them to be pumped dry and explored The special clay called fuller s earth was extracted locally this being a region where the strata reaches the land surface In water fuller s earth was literally walked into textiles to remove grease and impurities The process was known as fulling or tucking and people with the surnames Fuller Tucker or Walker will have ancestors in this industry The coal around Bath was poor quality but nevertheless attempts were made to mine it and head off competition from Bath entrepreneur Ralph Allen 1693 1764 DONATION OF FOOD TO BATH S RESCUED DOGS A WILTSHIRE pet food company has donated 1 157 meals to the Bath Cats and Dogs Home in recognition of the work that this charity does to rescue and rehome animals Poppy s Picnic supplies raw food meals of fresh mince and meatballs for dogs and is a winner of the Rural Business Award Located in Melksham its staff are keen supporters of local animal rescue centres such as the Bath Cats and Dogs Home which saves around 500 dogs each year Dylan Watkins Founder of Poppy s Picnic said It s heartbreaking to know that these rescued dogs have experienced neglect And we are thrilled to be able to provide them with nutritious food and support the fantastic work that staff at the Bath Cats and Dogs Home do for our four legged friends Rachel Jones Head of Fundraising at Bath Cats and Dogs Home said We work tirelessly to PAGE 06 rehome rescues and rely heavily on charitable donations to improve the lives of dogs that have experienced cruelty abandonment and mistreatment We re incredibly grateful for this generous donation of delicious food which will fill over 1 000 dog bowls The gift of dog food follows donations by Poppy s Picnic to a number of other charitable organisations both human and canine These include the British Heart Foundation and Dogs For Good which supports people with needs including physical disabilities autism and dementia To find out more about Poppy s Picnic visit www poppyspicnic co uk Donations to the Bath Cats and Dog Home can be made through their website at www bathcatsanddogshome org uk Amanda Telfer of Bath Cats and Dogs Home receives the dog food from Dylan Watkins of Poppy s Picnic

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FOXHILL FETE SHOWED HEALTHY SIGNS OF COMMUNITY BUILDING ON THE ESTATE A LOVELY FETE held on the Foxhill estate in September showed signs of residents working together to bring positive changes to the neighbourhood The fete was organised as part of the Local People Foxhill Project which has supported residents to improve and make better use of public spaces Funding for the three year project has now ended but the project In addition to the usual kinds of attractions the succeeded in setting up several action groups fete featured a table of Indian cuisine pictured on the estate each with visions for improving made by two families who are from India One green spaces at Foxhill into the future A proud of the families lives at Dunster House and the display of the work of these groups was on other at Queen s Drive and they have teamed view at the fete where people could see that up with an aim to be involved with activities that strengthen the community A Spring Action Group was launched in February after residents spoke fondly about the spring at Springfield Park where they used to play The group have been meeting to clear vegetation and litter from around the spring so that it can be visited and enjoyed by all An action day to improve Tippee Toe Park took place in May 2019 Residents have been involved in planting flowers and designing new play equipment for the park A community garden is starting to take shape on Foxhill and looks set to become a grow and eat project with volunteers sharing the fruit and vegetables grown on this patch The Foxhill Fete was held at Springfield Park a large grassy area overlooked by Meare Road and the Dunster House flats A lot of children came out to try the inflatable slide coconut shy and other outdoor games A face painter did a good job in making the children s faces more colourful and a BMX stunt bike expert was passing on some of his skills The Local People Foxhill Project has been delivered by Sustrans and funded by the People s Health Trust with support from housing association Curo and the council NEW OUTREACH WORKERS FOR WHITEWAY A NEW FAMILY have moved onto the Whiteway estate and will be looking to build bridges with the community there Ian and Rachael Spence come from Worcester where they led a couple of Baptist churches Now they serve a charity called Urban Expression which supports Christian outreach workers to engage with city communities They will be connected to St Barnabas Church at Southdown because Whiteway falls under the parish of Southdown well as Ruth Worsley the Bishop of Taunton Alan Ashworth a retired Baptist pastor who lives in neighbouring Twerton was among those who offered prayers for this family He prayed that their lives would be like lights on the hill as they represented the love of God by serving the Whiteway area Working with the people of Whiteway will be about listening to people and finding ways to be part of the community Ian Spence works as a freelance journalist for BBC radio he says that he would be happy to contribute to the BA1 Radio project which was set up at the Southside Youth Hub by former pupils of Culverhay School Rachael Spence has been very involved in the creation of parent and toddler groups as well as craft groups in the past A welcome event for Ian and Rachael with their children Reuben and Jacob was held at the Southside Youth Hub in September Present were leaders from different churches as PAGE 07

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LISTENING TO ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS AT AUGUST S SHOW OF FEELING IN THE CITY CARRYING brightly coloured Extinction Rebellion flags and with the beating of drums hundreds of people march into Queen Square and settle on the summer green grass The demonstration held in August was not the most recent one to be led by Extinction Rebellion in Bath but the gathering at Queen Square did present a good opportunity to mingle with demonstrators and learn more about their motives for taking this action David Searby is Extinction Rebellion s media spokesman He told the Bath Gazette Today is largely about consciousness raising and showing our concern for issues He talked about the effects of global warming such as rises in temperature increasing the likelihood of forest fires At the time an immense fire had been burning across the Siberian forest for some weeks causing thick smoke to drift into Russian cities and impact on the health of the inhabitants Mr Searby also talked about the crises at the equator where droughts linked to global warming are leading to food shortages this is one reason why so many people are trying to migrate to other countries The conversation led into a discussion of President Donald Trump s erecting of a wall to keep South American migrants from entering the United States The irony is that as a major producer of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming the United States is contributing to harsh environmental conditions that prompt people to migrate in the first place Ahead of the August protest some cynical PAGE 08 voices on social media had suggested that the protestors drink from disposable plastic bottles and in other such ways add their own burden to environmental pollution In response to this criticism Mr Searby said We re all trapped in the system but Extinction Rebellion is about challenging that system as the problems are now too severe to ignore Councillor Joanna Wright speaking at the demo The demonstration aroused solidarity from other green groups and activists creating on the day a loose alliance of people suporting the concerns that Extinction Rebellion stands for Taking part was Lin Patterson former Green Party councillor for Lambridge and co organiser of a new non party citizens group designed to monitor the council s performance on its climate change declaration She said that so far the council s vision for cutting fossil fuel use and protecting the environment looks good Also present was councillor Joanna Wright Lambridge Lib Dem who is joint cabinet member for Transport Services She said that in her view steps need to be taken to reduce pollution from cars in the city possibly through the introduction of a congestion zone with charges based on the size of engines Although this may be unpopular with many motorists she felt that the way to get people on board is to communicate the very real implications of climate change emergency Among the demonstrators were some young people One of them named Eve aged 15 came from Twerton She said I want to secure my future and do my bit to help this global issue It s important to be doing something The August demonstration was succeeded by another one the following month timed to coincide with Extinction Rebellion marches staged around the world The movement is gaining pace the passion of the supporters is obvious and environmental concerns look set to become a much bigger part of political activity in Bath into the future

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THE BATH MARTIAL ARTS CHAMPION GIVEN A PART IN BLOCKBUSTER ACTION MOVIE Antonio Burstoff was given a part in the film Angel has Fallen Antonio with his coach Salvatore Pace at the jiu jitsu academy in Bath A BATH MAN who has been British heavyweight jiu jitsu champion multiple times now has an acting career which he attributes to his devotion to this dynamic martial art Antonio Bustoff lives with his wife Jade and trains three times a day in Brazilian jiu jitsu a style which focuses particularly on ground fighting that occurs when two fighters fall to the floor in a clinch He is Portuguese born in Lisbon in 1984 After winning golds in various championships Antonio attracted the attention of producers looking for solid characters to play supporting roles in their films He found himself acting the part of a mercenary in the action thriller Angel Has Fallen The film is the third instalment of the Fallen series depicting the challenges faced by Secret Service agent Mike Banning Gerald Butler as he protects the US President Since the filming of Angel Has Fallen Antonio has also been a supporting actor in a new film coming out in May and has another production starting in October He puts his success down to his finding Brazilian jiu jitsu saying that the discipline and focus it has brought to his life is unparalleled Antonio receives tuition from former world champion Salvatore Pace who runs the Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy at Odd Down Both men are strong advocates for anti bullying visiting schools and promoting self defence classes at the Odd Down jiu jitsu academy Uplifting the community at Odd Down Antonio and Salvatore speak of the changes that the jiu jitsu academy has made in Odd Down Today s schools have a hard job dealing with the problem of bullying and teaching children self defence may be the most effective solution Many local children have learned how to defend themselves against bullies by attending the kids jiu jitsu classes Salvatore plays a key role in this field talking with school staff about bullying and offering to run self defence seminars at their school There is also a weekly women only class Antonio said Some men who are cowards attack women but after the women have learned jiu jitsu I don t think they will be messing around A lot of people in the community have grown in confidence and discipline after taking up this martial art Salvatore said that some people started the classes thinking of themselves as tough guys only to find out that they weren t tough guys after all but through the practice of jiu jitsu they have been able to better themselves He believes that everybody can benefit from giving jiu jitsu a try The Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy in Odd Down is located at 49 51 Upper Bloom eld Road To nd out more phone 07515 689559 or email graciebarrabath mail com PAGE 09

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SOUTHDOWN S BRAND NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN OPENS FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY A PLEASANT community garden planted in the grounds of St Barnabas Church Southdown beckons passers by to come in and spend some chill out time at this peaceful spot A new gate on the Mount Road side of the church enables residents to enter the garden where there s seating and attractive flower beds The garden is a good sun trap too and offers a striking view of Roundhill The project took shape after a new curate Adam Pitt pictured was taken on by the church and sought out funders to support the transformation Vicar of St Barnabas Church Catherine Sourbut said The idea had been knocking around for a long time but Adam had the energy and the nounce to raise the funds and make it a reality The garden was launched with an open day in August featuring cream teas and family fun an event which also gave an impression of all the different people and age groups connected in one way or another with St Barnabas God gave us two words beauty and joy As well as being open to the community the garden is frequently used by the Little Blossoms Nursery and the Busy Bees Toddler Group On a nice day it can be used for outdoor worship and by Sunday School groups It is closed to the public when the nursery are using it Things began to move after church leaders at St Barnabas met to pray for the surrounding area and were given the words beauty and joy Adam said God told us that the Southdown community deserved to have Funders who supported this project are the Medlock Trust St John beauty and joy so we built this garden Hospital and Enovert HUNTING FOR BATS AT KENSINGTON MEADOWS A SEPTEMBER bat walk held at Kensington Meadows introduced children to some fascinating bat facts Lucy Bartlett from Bathscape explained how bats navigate in the dark by emitting high pitched shrieks and picking up the echoes from these as they bounce off objects In this way bats build a picture of the environment around them and can home in on the flying insects they eat Lucy handed out electronic bat detectors that convert the sounds bats make into noises humans can hear As the group moved close to trees by the river the chip chop sounds of noctural bats and the faster clicking sounds of pipistrelle bats were detected These bats are small but active a pipistrelle is the size of a mouse but can eat 3 000 insects in a night A pipistrelle PAGE 10 bat in ight

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PRINCE NIGHT AT WALCOT STREET PUB RAISES MONEY FOR CHILDREN S CHARITY A NIGHT of DJ s spinning Prince albums on the turntable at the Bell Inn raised funds for the Jessie May charity in September Jessie May is a Bristol based charity providing nursing care at home for children and teenagers with terminal illnesses Its team of dedicated nurses are trained to care both for the children and their families Managers at the Walcot Street pub felt that the charity was a nice one to support with a celebration of music by singer songwriter Prince Rogers Nelson 1958 2016 usually known simply as Prince The Bell was decorated with pictures of Prince and his music was played through the pub s loudspeakers Bar manager Will said It s been a couple of years since Prince passed away and we decided to hold this event to remember his music We ve had a few other nights like it with celebrations of music by George Michael and David Bowie in the past Standing with collection buckets beneath a spotlight were two young employees of the Jessie May charity named Helen and James They appeared full of enthusiasm for this charitable organisation Afterwards the Bell Inn posted on Facebook Many thanks to all who came along for our Prince celebration on Saturday the evening was a fundraiser for the Jessie May charity and 127 was collected on the night The Bell Inn is adding another 250 on top of that The Bell Inn is a community owned pub having been bought by customers and fans in 2013 WESTON MAN RECORDS HIS MEMORIES OF THE CIVIL SERVICE AND WESTON VILLAGE A RETIRED man who was born in Weston Village and still lives there has written a book recounting his memories of growing up in Weston and working for the Admiralty for some forty three years Royston Tucker a resident of Purlewent Drive this year fulfilled his ambition to produce a book and he has been encouraged by all the positive feedback received from readers so far One part of the book covers Royston s childhood giving an interesting look at Weston in the 1940s and 1950s This was a time when the former Weston All Saints Infant School was so chilly in the winter that pupils were told to keep their coats on Household deliveries of bread and coal the rag and bone man and chimney sweeps doing their rounds were all familiar sights Royston recalls His life story rolls into the time when he was first recruited by the Admiralty And his book includes a chapter revealing how the Admiralty came to have a strong presence in Bath in the first place Just before the outbreak of the Second World War the Admiralty commandeered the major Bath hotels and used them to house its workers brought from London to relative safety in Bath After the war many more civil servants arrived in Bath to work for the Admiralty At various points in time Royston worked for the Admiralty bases at Foxhill the Empire Hotel and Ensleigh From the early 1960s he was involved in buying contracts for equipment to be installed in Royal Navy warships His memories provide a window into the workings of the Admiralty at one time Bath s biggest employer as well as glimpses of the many personalities customs and colourful social activities tied in with the civil service of yesteryear As such his book comprises a valuable record of a part of Bath life that has now gone The book titled Forty Three Years a Civil Servant is priced at 9 99 It is available from Waterstones the Western Caf in Weston High Street Kit Johnson Estate Agents and online booksellers PAGE 11

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JULIAN HOUSE HELPS BURO HAPPOLD WORKERS KEEP THEIR BIKES IN GOOD NICK A MOBILE bike workshop provided by the Julian House homeless charity has been helping Buro Happold staff keep their bicycles safe and in top condition Julian House runs a bike workshop at Corn Street as well as three more in Bristol Trowbridge and Exeter These operate as social enterprises reinvesting profits back into the business and aiming to help vulnerable people by providing work experience courses The workshops are good for the environment too as they incentivise people to ride their bikes instead of relying on motorised vehicles In September the Julian House mobile bike workshop visited the Buro Happold engineering consultancy near Churchill Bridge in Bath A day was spent fixing and maintaining bicycles that many of the staff ride to work The event coincided with a climate change awareness campaign run by Buro Happold the same week The two bike mechanics The Julian House bike workshop at Buro Happold performing the workshop take their work very seriously One of them Mark Sayer likened servicing a bicycle to doing an MOT for a car the bike has got to be safe for rider and pedestrians when it leaves the workshop Mark talked about how keeping a bicycle in a good state of repair has its own role to play in preserving the environment While bikes are a greener form of transport they are still not super green he said as the parts of a bike are all manufactured with some degree of pollution However keeping a bike well maintained means that parts will need to be replaced less often Mark also discussed the skills courses offered at the bike workshop in Corn Street These are designed for five or six participants who get taught how to assemble a bike from scratch The courses provide social interaction and confidence building for vulnerable people Normally people are referred to a course by a support worker but individuals can self refer by walking into the Corn Street bike shop PARKING CHARGES UPSET PARKING CHARGE notices issued at Bath s Royal United Hospital have attracted media attention BBC journalist Beth McCleod started a conversation on the Facebook group Mums in Bath resulting in many replies from people who felt that they had been unfairly given the 80 charge for supposedly breaking a parking rule A story was prepared for BBC One West in October There are concerns that visitors may be getting caught out at the Royal United Hospital at a time when they are most vulnerable LARKHALL S MUSICAL JOURNEYS FOR INFANTS BABIES AND small children get taken on a magical journey of sound rhymes and music at Larkhall s New Oriel Hall The Hartbeeps multi sensory music classes have been running for over two years in and around Bath Back in 2018 Jenny Quinn who runs the classes felt that the popular Oriel Hall close to Larkhall Square would be an ideal location for a class She said We visited the New Oriel Hall on a venue hunt in October 2018 and discovered a hub of culture community and comfort I felt that this would be the perfect setting to offer parents and local carers a regular class to attend with their babies and toddlers The sessions offer a safe space for parents and carers to sing and interact with their little ones Jenny says Hartbeeps is vibrant interactive and fun Our classes PAGE 12 A freedom of information request reveals that from September 2018 to September 2019 the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Trust received 603 complaints alleging unfair charges issued by their contractor Parking Eye take grown ups and little ones on a different sound journey every week exploring real life from our beautiful sensory sets We set the scene using lights sensory stimuli and music We tell the story and make the magic happen There are now three Hartbeeps classes at Larkhall Two are designed for babies of different age groups newborn sitting and sitting toddling A third class is designed for confident walkers up to 4 years of age this class is all about confidence as well as physical and emotional development The times on Wednesdays are 9 30am Happy House walkers to 4 years 10 30am Baby Beeps sitting toddling 11 30am Baby Bells newborn sitting To find out more visit www hartbeeps com email jenny hartbeeps com or phone 07929 200560

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WORDS FROM THE EDITOR Getting Lansdown connected MOST areas of Bath such as Odd Down and Larkhall have Facebook groups connecting local residents organisations and venues Such groups can be used to serve a community in multiple ways for example by sharing useful information and promoting community action Missing out on this trend is the Lansdown area of Bath but perhaps somebody will consider setting up a Lansdown community Facebook group soon LANSDOWN FRIENDSHIP CLUB on Thursday 5th December To find out more THE NEWLY formed Lansdown Friendship please call St Stephen s Office on 01225 420946 Club offers fun and friendship in a caf style or email lansdownfc ststephensbath org uk setting for anyone experiencing memory difficulties The monthly group is hosted by St Stephen s Church and a warm welcome is extended to those living with memory difficulties in Lansdown and it s surrounding communities The club is a place where people with dementia can come together with a family member friend or carer and enjoy good company Each month there s an opportunity to participate in a different activity Recent themes have been allotments summer holidays and artefacts St Stephen s is a member of the Bath Dementia Action Alliance and has joined their community wide initiative to create a dementia friendly Bath Learn from grassroots people The club is held on the first Friday of the month in the St Stephen s Centre St Stephen s Church Lansdown from 2pm to 3 30pm with the exception of December 2019 when it will fall Brave the Shave events in which the participants shave their heads to raise money for good causes are not uncommon in Twerton page 4 IS THIS BATH S LONGEST ESTABLISHED MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING Normally the participants seem in high spirits as they prepare to embrace their radical new haircuts Occasionally though a sense of loss is felt at such events Women especially are proud of their hair and it s not a small thing for a woman to part with her long locks in return for bringing support to a charity A SMATTERING of venues across Bath played their part in the MacMillan World s Biggest Coffee Morning again on the 27th of September When grassroots people who don t have much power or resources do what they can for the sake of good the sentiment conveyed is pure and touching Which venue in Bath has been holding a MacMillan coffee morning for the most number of years The Blagdon Park Community Centre at Whiteway may be it Sue Coggins who hosted this year s event at Whiteway says that they ve been holding one there for about twenty years The Whiteway coffee morning for Macmillan In contrast when people with power and wealth do what is wrong the feeling is jarring The big developers who plan to build dwellings but do nothing for all the people on the waiting list for a social housing home Often such developers try to duck or diminish any requirement to build affordable or social housing while employing armies of professionals to ensure that their schemes carry every chance of getting approved Many community centres churches pubs and businesses open their doors for the annual event offering coffee and cakes in return for donations to the MacMillan cancer care charity usually features a raffle too with residents collecting together the raffle prizes It s a bit of extra fun that brings more donations rolling in One time a representative from the MacMillan Team came to the Whiteway coffee morning out of recognition of the long term efforts put in by residents for this cause A lady named Kimberley who lives at Blagdon Park praises MacMillan for the support she received when she was found to have cancer She said I was so low but MacMillan were fantastic and helped me a lot The nurses can give advice on all sorts of things like managing money at a time when you re in a state of shock and need someone to guide you With a new year coming in soon may the council share the sentiments of grassroots people who want to see the right thing done and make developers well aware of their responsibilities Joe Scofield PAGE 13

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LOCAL EXPLORER PREPARES TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO IN AID OF JULIAN HOUSE COMMUNITY LUNCH BATH RESIDENT Victoria Humphries will join nine other people next February to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Julian House The plan is part of a challenge she has set herself to complete 50 challenges at the age of 50 But Victoria is no stranger to challenging treks for in 1997 she was part of the first all women s relay expedition to the North Pole A COMMUNITY Lunch is held at St Andrew s Church Centre Hawthorn Grove on the Foxhill estate Called Foxhill Focus the meal is welcoming to all and is free although donations are welcome Victoria hopes to raise over 6 000 for three charities which are close to her heart Julian House The Brain Tumour Charity and Teenage Cancer Trust Take a look at what she already has planned make a donation or suggest a challenge for her at www 50at50 org uk 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 Victoria left with her mum Sue PUZZLE PAGE SOLUTIONS C A A M P R I R O O O V N R A W K E D R U S E O L T T O N U G G E U S E A L R A U R G O I B O E N T R Y A B L Y O N K H T E N I A L D E A R Sudoku easy B N C A R P H A L L DIRECTORY E G I I N N 4 5 9 1 2 7 8 3 6 1 7 6 9 8 3 5 4 2 8 2 3 6 5 4 7 9 1 7 4 8 5 9 1 6 2 3 Sudoku medium 5 6 1 8 3 2 4 7 9 3 9 2 7 4 6 1 5 8 2 8 4 3 1 5 9 6 7 9 3 7 4 6 8 2 1 5 6 1 5 2 7 9 3 8 4 1 4 9 8 3 2 7 6 5 clothing to people on low incomes and benefits including the elderly and students Call in at 31a West Avenue Oldfield Park or phone 01225 421111 Alcoholics Anonymous Phone 0800 9177 650 Christians Against Poverty Offering free debt advice and help Phone 0800 328 0006 Benefits Housing and Council Tax Support Visit the One Stop Shop at Manvers Street or phone 01225 477777 Council Connect For help with a range of Council services including waste parks roads lighting and planning etc Phone 01225 394041 Gingerbread Offers free advice training and practical help to single parents Also campaigns on single parents behalf Phone 0808 802 0925 Carers Centre Supports people who care for someone that needs extra day to day help Phone 01761 431388 DHI Bath based charity supporting people facing homelessness drugs and alcohol issues Phone 01225 329411 Next Link Renew For women and children experiencing domestic abuse Phone 0117 925 0680 Chat online to a support worker at nextlinkhousing co uk contact If you are unsafe and need immediate help call 999 Citizens Advice Bureau Free confidential information Genesis Furniture Project Sells furniture white goods and NHS 111 A fast and free 24 hour health PAGE 14 3 8 6 4 7 5 2 9 1 4 2 5 7 9 8 6 1 3 9 3 8 1 2 6 5 7 4 7 6 1 3 5 4 9 8 2 8 9 3 2 6 1 4 5 7 6 1 2 5 4 7 8 3 9 5 7 4 9 8 3 1 2 6 Mystery photo The former drinking fountain is near the public loo at Larkhall Square and advice on issues including money legal consumer and other problems Visit the One Stop Shop at Manvers Street or phone 0344 848 7919 Age UK Provides care and support to older people Phone 01225 466135 2 5 7 6 1 9 3 4 8 advice helpline Phone 111 Off the Record Provides information and support for children and young people Services are free and confidential Phone 01225 312481 Shelter Housing advice for all situations including emergencies Phone 0808 800 4444 Social Services Phone 01225 477000 enquiries or 01454 615165 out of hours emergencies Southside Family Project Supports families to deal with issues like disabilities domestic abuse substance abuse and mental health Phone 01225 331243

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IS THE CHRISTMAS STORY RELEVANT TODAY Major Amanda Lee of the Bath Salvation Army Citadel answers Faith Spot something grand and glorious would be at the other end we end up in the backyard of a barn We all experience times when we find that something isn t as promising as it looked when the future that looked so exciting seems out of reach when the plans and dreams we have are shattered when love seems in short supply when instead of a palace we find a stable If we re honest there are times when we feel disappointed angry uncertain sad and lost So what can we do in times like that Well what did the Three Kings do Refuse to go in No Walk away sad and disappointed No They went in and even though they found themselves in a stable they looked for God and they found Him The Nativity scene isn t clean and calm it s messy and noisy but in its midst is Jesus Wonderful Counsellor Mighty God Everlasting Father Prince of Peace IT S A story we know so well if only from Christmas carols and pictures on Christmas cards scenes of Mary Joseph and the baby Jesus in a stable surrounded by animals and visited by Shepherds and Kings It always looks so calm and clean doesn t it but I think that might be artistic licence I mean a new born baby parents who had just travelled for 8 10 days from Nazareth to Bethlehem and a working stable with animals that doesn t say calm and clean to me So can you imagine what the Three Kings must have thought They had set out on a long journey in the hope and excitement of finding a new born king they were expecting a palace but ended up in a stable Can you imagine how they must have felt Disappointed Angry Uncertain Sad Lost What happens when we ve been following a star and it leads us to a stable What happens when all of a sudden after thinking that Is the Christmas story relevant when dreams have been shattered when the future looks hopeless when peace eludes us when joy seems an impossibility or when we feel unloved Absolutely for the Nativity reminds us that Jesus is born and with Him we can have hope for the future the promise of peace a joy that doesn t depend on our circumstances and unconditional love The stable did not prevent the Three Kings from finding God for He was in the midst of it This Christmas enter the stable and find Jesus the gift of hope peace joy and love FAITH ENABLED HIM TO OVERCOME SELF HARM AN ACADEMIC man who found that he couldn t build his life on scientific reasoning alone gave a talk at the Bath Christian Festival in July Dr Tim Wiles holds two master s degrees and a doctorate in the subjects of maths physics and chemistry He said at the festival For the first 24 years of my life I was convinced that there was no God Things started to change for Tim after he went to church with friends What he saw when he walked into the church amazed him the love joy and peace that these people seemed to have Tim said One man had been living on the streets addicted to drugs and he had found a new family in this church I heard him share his story but to my surprise he hardly mentioned the church itself Instead it was obvious that the foundation for his life was a belief that he d been forgiven in some deep mysterious way by a chap called Jesus Tim carried on going to the church for four years as he wanted to know how to find this joy and peace but without the believing in God bit The plan didn t work In his talk he revealed Every time I tried to build up my life and identity sooner or later they would come crashing back down And I d be there again spending my time alone often self harming My whole body from head to foot was covered in red marks from anxiety induced self harm Tim continued At a Christian conference somebody suggested that I try telling God how I felt I was a non believer but I tried it anyway I poured out my heart saying Jesus take away my anxiety And for a week after that I had no symptoms of anxiety or self harm At the end of that week I woke up at 4am in my flat because I could feel a voice in my heart talking to me It was saying You ve seen enough you need to believe that I rose from the dead So then and there in my flat I chose to believe that Jesus rose from the dead I made Jesus the foundation of my life seeking him above all else And suddenly everything changed I was filled with the same joy and peace that I d seen in people at the church When I read the Bible it was no longer a dull old book now it was a story about a person that I felt I knew and who could empathise with me I still make mistakes day by day but I know that there s a God who loves me as his son PAGE 15

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SHINING A LIGHT FOR MENTAL HEALTH DAY BEAUTIFUL translucent lamps were carried in procession from Bath s Royal Crescent to the Abbey on the 10th of October Called Shine a Light the event was organised by Bath Mind to raise awareness of mental health and mark World Mental Health Day Many of the lamps were created in a workshop hosted by the Holburne Museum To make these thin lengths of willow were bent into shapes such as hearts and stars and a material called wet strength tissue paper was stretched over the willow framework When dry the paper goes tight like the skin of a drum and diffuses the light Strings of electric lights were placed inside the lamps to produce their glow This year Bath Mind had asked schools to support the event and as a result lots of children took part with their parents and carers The procession passed through the Circus Gay Street George Street and Milsom Street and finally gathered at the Abbey The Bath Gazette November 2019 called Boys in Mind boysinmind co uk which tries to improve mental health and reduce suicide rates in males Part of this work involves challenging unhelpful notions of what it is to be a man Paul Cooper from Bath Mind praised everyone who had come to support this event saying This really was a fantastic effort we all made today We need to say thank you not only from Bath Mind but from all the providers Mr Cooper went on to say A lot of people we meet on our travels need help once in a while We want to reach out and help as many people as possible but we can only do that if people talk honestly about mental health It should not be a taboo subject Bath Mind can be contacted on 01225 617983 At the Abbey church leaders welcomed the procession inside for a celebration of World Mental Health Day One of the aims of the occasion was to recognise that everyone has their own mental health which experiences highs and lows Talks were given by several young men who had been helped by an organisation BATH BIKERS TEST ROAD SAFETY SKILLS A LANSDOWN location was turned into a moto gymkhana in September with cones metal posts and other challenges laid out to create a motorcycle skills trial for bikers Lansdown Playing Fields was chosen by the Wilts and Bath Advanced Motorcyclists as the spot to make the circuit This was for their Motorcycling Skills Handling Day held on the 28th of September to promote road safety Organiser Eddy Lambah Stoate said that while motorcyclists make up 3 percent of road users a disturbing 30 percent of motorcyclists end up killed or seriously injured on the roads Present to support the event was National Moto Gymkhana Champion Robert Fox from Swindon Individuals wanting to brush up their riding skills can get training by contacting the Wilts and Bath Advanced Motorcyclists at www wabam org uk The moto gymkhana challenged bikers to test their swerving and filtering skills Filtering is the manoeuvre used by motorcyclists to pass through stationary traffic and riding a motorbike between two posts was a test of one s ability to do this safely Other challenges included picking up a tennis ball from the top of one cone and placing it on another while still riding a test of peripheral vision PAGE 16 Joe Scofield 2019