Wera takes her ‘desk’ out to Twerton.

Wera takes her ‘desk’ out to Twerton.

You have to hand it to Bath’s MP Wera Hobhouse. She’s come up with a new way of meeting the people.

Rather than her constituents making appointments to come to her, she decided to move her desk out onto the streets to meet them.

 Friday afternoon saw her trying out a novel way of holding her surgeries. As Wera described it, she held a “Street Surgery” on Twerton High street, setting up a stall and talking residents as they passed.

Street Surgery

Out meeting the people of Twerton. Bath MP Wera Hobhouse and local campaigner Sarah Moore.

Wera said, “I had been thinking about doing this for a while, and a slot in my diary cleared up, so I took the opportunity! It was great talking to people about their concerns, some of whom had seen that I was going to be there on social media, but most of whom just stopped to chat.”

Wera was joined by Liberal Democrat Councillor Tim Ball, who has represented Twerton for 27 years, and local campaigner Sarah Moore.

Tim Ball, Wera Hobhouse, Sarah Moore

Twerton Cllr Tim Ball, Bath MP Wera Hob house and local campaigner Sarah Moore.

Wera said; “The thing that people are most concerned about in Twerton seems to be the redevelopment of Twerton Park.”

Bath City Football Club, along with private investment company Greenacre Captial, have announced plans to redevelop Twerton Park with an aim to secure the club’s financial future.

The development, which is at an early consultation stage – and hasn’t gone to planning yet – could see the car park at the ground developed into a mix of affordable housing and student accommodation. The aim is to use funds from this sale to improve the facilities and stands at the ground.

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Bath MP Wera Hobhouse with Twerton Cllr Tim Ball.

Cllr Tim Ball said; “The plans should be described as early stages. They have things in them that are controversial to the community, and I think it’s wise that the community goes on to the consultation on the Bath City Football Club’s website, and replies to the consultation at this moment in time. Of course, I’m always happy to hear what people have to say. ”

Wera continued, “This project will only succeed if the community are behind it, and so the developers need to make sure they listen to the consultation and make changes appropriately.”

Wera says she is going to hold a number of street surgeries in different areas of Bath over the summer and will be announcing them on her website and over her social media channels.

Other surgeries are regularly held in Wera’s office at 26 Charles Street, and appointments can be made by contacting Wera’s office on 01225 307024, or e-mailing office@werahobhouse.co.uk.

All information regarding Bath City FC’s redevelopment can be found here: http://www.bathcityfc.com/twerton-park-redevelopment/
Let’s talk Twerton Park.

Let’s talk Twerton Park.

Local people are being invited to drop-in sessions at Bath City FC next month to discuss the redevelopment of Twerton Park.


The Club announced last year that it is working with Greenacre Capital to redevelop part of its site to provide new sports facilities and a community hub.
The scheme could also include the regeneration of the parade of shops on the High Street in Twerton, as well as reduced income housing and an element of Purpose Built Student Accommodation.
As part of ongoing engagement, people living in Twerton are being invited to attend drop-in consultation sessions at the football club where they will be able to share their ideas on what the scheme, particularly the community hub, could include.

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Bath City Football Ground at Twerton Park.

Nick Blofeld, Chair of Bath City Football Club, said “The consultation drop-in sessions next month will again help inform the next stage of this exciting project to redevelop part of Twerton Park, which we believe will secure the future of Bath City FC and deliver real benefits for the surrounding community.
“We are still in the early stages and we are keen to have as much input as possible from the Twerton community and those who live in the area.
“We ran a successful workshop last year where stakeholders and residents shared their thoughts and ideas on what the new development could include.
“The feedback gathered at that event has proved invaluable to the project team but now we want to give more people the opportunity to have their say, particularly concerning the community elements.
“We hope as many people as possible will come along next month and talk with members of the project team about their ideas for the community hub.”
Bath City FC will bring detailed plans and designs on the redevelopment project to the public later in the year.
The drop-in sessions are being held in the J.Reynolds (Western) Limited Lounge at Twerton Park, High Street, Bath, BA2 1DB, on Wednesday 11th April between 12pm and 7pm, and in Charlie’s Bar at Twerton Park on Saturday 14th April between 12pm and 3pm (before kick-off of the home game with Hungerford Town).
If disabled access is required please call 01225 423087 to make arrangements.
All of the consultation information will also be available via www.bathcityfc.com/twerton-park-redevelopment/.

Brush up on industry

Brush up on industry

Yesterday – Saturday, September 24th – l popped along to the seventh Industrial Heritage Exhibition  – held at Bath City Football Club in Twerton – and designed to make people aware that this was very much  an industrial and well as a grand residential city.


The idea of organising such events – giving information on everything from brass foundries and coal mines to crane building – came from Bryan Chalker – a former mayor, councillor and B&NES heritage champion.


Organiser, Bryan Chalker.


With seven exhibitions under his belt – and another one planned – l asked him how pleased he was to see the event continue.

If you think you can help Bryan and his gang with repainting the old steam crane at Western Riverside – and have some time to spare next weekend – October 1st and 2nd – you can contact Bryan via  Bryan.Chalker@yahoo.co.uk

Bath business getting behind Big Bath City Bid

Bath business getting behind Big Bath City Bid

Representatives from Bath’s business community have come together to show support for the Big Bath City Bid and to encourage other businesses to help the Bath City FC Supporters Society raise the £300,000 needed to move the club into community ownership.

Businesses gathered in Queens Square on Tuesday morning to sign a pledge board. Businesses represented included The House, Media Clash, Minuteman Press, Yum Yum Thai, Ignition Strategic Design.


The Mayor of Bath, Cllr Paul Crossley, joins others in supporting Bath City Football Club.

The Supporters Society has until Wednesday 28th September to hit its target, and as of Wednesday 14th of September has succeeded in securing £193,378.

Lee Centromere of Yum Yum Thai said “We are very supportive of the Bid. Bath needs a strong, forward looking football club and community ownership is the best way for the club to progress. A strong club will bring many benefits to the city, and community ownership will also help develop the club and the Twerton Park ground as a community asset. We hope other businesses in Bath will join us in support of the Bid. Every share purchased helps push the Bid towards the £300,000 goal.”

Adam Lloyd-Smith of Ignition Strategic Design added “The Bath business community has a vital role to play in helping make community ownership of Bath City FC a reality. The business community in the city is very close and generous to good causes. We think the Big Bath City Bid is a fantastic cause worthy of our support and we will be watching closely as the Society moves in on its goal.”

Nick Blofeld said “We are delighted to see our corporate supporters being so vocal and positive in encouraging other businesses to support the Bid. If we can hit our target of £300,000 it will give the whole city a reason to celebrate. This is a campaign that brings the city together. The clock is ticking, but we are confident that with a final push from businesses and residents we can give the city the football club it deserves.”

The Big Bath City Bid team will also be holding a public meeting in Randalls at Twerton Park at 7.30 pm on Thursday 15th September. The meeting will give interested parties an opportunity to hear about the Bid and to ask questions about the recently relaunched community share offer.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

The Supporters Society encourages all Bath residents and businesses to visit www.bigbathcitybid.org.uk for more information on how they can get involved, or confirm their previous pledges still stand.

Industrial Heritage Day

Industrial Heritage Day



The seventh annual Bath Industrial Heritage Day is being held at Bath City Football Club in Twerton today –  Saturday, September 24th.

It’s free admission for all and the exhibition is open from 10 am to 4pm.

Amongst the exhibitors will be the Museum of Bath at Work, Cleveland Pools, Somerset Coal Canal, Saltford Brassmill and the Mineral Water Hospital.  

Former Mayor, Councillor and  B&NES Heritage Champion Bryan Chalker will also be bringing along items from his extensive collection.

Lucky 7 for Bath’s Industrial Heritage

Lucky 7 for Bath’s Industrial Heritage

Looks like it’s going to be a lucky seven for organisers of Bath’s annual Industrial Heritage Exhibition – and they are looking for new exhibitors to make it even bigger!unspecified-6

The sixth such event – to celebrate the city’s wealth of industrial history – was such a success last month that a seventh is being organised for later this year.

Bryan Chalker –  a former Mayor of Bath, councillor and B&NES Heritage Champion – tells me:

‘I am pleased to confirm that the 7th Bath Industrial Heritage Exhibition will be held on Saturday, 24 September at Bath City Football Club, Twerton, between 10am – 4pm.unspecified

 We are restricted to one function room, Randalls, but don’t see this as too much of a problem.

 I am hoping to bring in some fresh displays this time, including a focus on Harbutt’s Plasticine, and would urge local history groups to get in touch with me if they’d like free exhibition space.

 Please feel free to publish my e.mail address and home telephone number – 01225 329 299.’

That’s Bryan.Chalker@yahoo.co.uk!

Bath’s industrial heritage draws the crowds.

Bath’s industrial heritage draws the crowds.

Seems like Bath’s recent exhibition of Industrial Heritage – held at the Bath City Football ground in Twerton – proved so successful that they are going to hold another one in September.unspecified-6

Organiser Bryan Chalker – who is a former councillor and Heritage Champion for B&NES – told the Bath Newseum:

“I am delighted to report that last Saturday’s Bath Industrial Heritage Exhibition (the 6th) was as great success and another is being planned for September. unspecified-4

It is hoped that we will be able to use the Bath City Football Club facility again, as it ticks all the necessary boxes where accessibility, space and parking are concerned.  unspecified

These industrial heritage displays have, over the years, created a huge amount of public interest and are reminders of what this World Heritage Site once stood for in terms of manufacturing.unspecified-7

My sincere thanks to all exhibitors and members of the public for their loyal support.”unspecified-1

All photos taken by Jim Warren of Bath Heritage Watchdog Group.unspecified-3