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

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 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.’


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





Industrial Heritage success.

Industrial Heritage success.

Cllr Bryan Chalker.

Cllr Bryan Chalker.

Pleased to hear from ex-Mayor of Bath and Councillor, Bryan Chalker that the city’s fifth Industrial Heritage Day – held recently at Bath City Football Club – was another winner.

Last year's event.

Last year’s event. Click on images to enlarge.

Bryan says: ‘ I am delighted to report that yesterday’s event as another huge success, so a sixth is now planned for April 2016.

Among the new exhibitors were Combe Down Heritage Society, Ipswich Transport Museum, with a splendid model of the old Bath horse-drawn tram currently undergoing restoration, and Widcombe Antiques, who showed up with a trunk purporting to be from the Mayor of Bath’s Rolls-Royce, circa 1940-3.

I am now endeavouring to authenticate the Dunhill trunk, with a view to having it purchased and presented to the City.’

Big Bath City Bid

Big Bath City Bid

The booklet which explains why the football club should be owned by its supporters.

The booklet which explains why the football club should be owned by its supporters.

Bath City Football Club has – for too long – made the mistake of not getting out there and selling itself – says a man who hasn’t let defeat in the political sphere get in the way of helping to achieve victory in a more sporting one.

Steve Bradley was the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Bath and fell victim to the national rout his party suffered in the recent elections.

The city has gone ‘blue’ and – instead – Steve has turned his hand to supporting the ‘black and whites.’

The Big Bath City Bid stall at the Bath City Conference.

The Big Bath City Bid stall at the Bath City Conference.

He is spokesperson for the Big Bath City Bid – a group of supporters and local people who have come together to try and see through a members-led, community-owned future for the city’s Twerton-based 125 year old football club.

I caught up with him at the Bath Conference – held recently at the Guildhall – in which dozens of representatives from community groups across the city had come together to network and gain supporters.

Some of the community group stalls at the Bath City Conference

Some of the community group stalls at the Bath City Conference

Some of its hi-lights included news on transport strategy, rail electrification and river regeneration.

There too was a stand offering further information about the Bath City FC Community Ownership Bid Share Offer where Steve Bradley was leading efforts to get the Club back under the Bath spotlight and to harness the appeal of the world’s most popular sport.

All this in a place more famous now for its rugby!

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