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.

Tim Ball and Wera at Bath City FC

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/
 
Industrial Heritage Day

Industrial Heritage Day

 

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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.

Public meeting regarding Bath City FC ownership

Public meeting regarding Bath City FC ownership

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

Through the Big Bath City Bid, the Bath City FC Supporters Society is aiming to raise £300,000 by 28th September. If successful this will enable the Supporters Society to become a majority shareholder in the club, with a view to converting Bath City FC into a community-owned football club.

The Supporters Society invited public and businesses interested in supporting the Big Bath City Bid, as well as those that have previously pledged, but who want more information on the relaunches community share offer.

The link to the Crowdfunding page can be found here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bigbathcitybid/

Big Bath City Bid

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

The plan is to relaunch the Bid and use the proceeds to increase the Supporters Society’s stake in the club to over 50%, thus making the Supporters Society, a democratic membership organisation, the club’s majority shareholder.

Plans to move the club into community ownership were originally announced in 2015 and attracted the support of ex-Manchester United legend Eric Cantona, Royle Family actor Ricky Tomlinson, and Sky Sports pundit and ex-Bristol Rovers and ex-Leicester City manager Ian ‘Olly’ Holloway who along with former Bath City player and Southampton favourite Jason Dodd were guests of honour at the original Big Bath City Bid community share offer launch. The Bid is also passionately supported by two-time Palme D’Or winning film director Ken Loach, a resident of Bath who is one of the club’s biggest fans.

Nick Blofeld, who will become the Chairman of the proposed new board and is former chief executive of Bath Rugby, and who has been helping push the community ownership project forward said, “This will be a huge benefit for the club and hopefully the city as a whole. Bath needs a secure, stable and ambitious football club that is really engaged with the community. This ownership model is the best way to achieve it.P1120731

“Once we have moved into community ownership, a restructured Board will be put in place consisting of some members of the existing board, for continuity and their detailed knowledge about the day-to-day running of the club, plus fresh Board members with new skills, experience and contacts. The new Board will then work to complete a partial redevelopment of Twerton Park (the north car park and stand area). This will release funds to clear all pressing debts, putting the club on a more sustainable footing.

“Once the debts are cleared, the Supporters Society will then seek fresh finance, if necessary, to buy out the existing shareholders and move to the second phase of converting Bath City FC Ltd to a Community Benefit Society (CBS), with a new constitution and a fully-elected Board. This will put the club in a sound financial position, and help achieve the ultimate goal of providing the city with a football club that is a real asset to the city, attracting more fans and business support, and striving for promotion.

“It is an exciting time for Bath City FC and we hope as many people as possible will want to be part of a rare opportunity of owning part of your local football club or volunteering to help run it.”

The Supporters Society is confident that the new prospectus and the more structured, two-stage plan towards full community ownership, will attract even more support from individuals and businesses across the city and wider community. The Supporters Society encourages all Bath residents and businesses to visit www.bigbathcitybid.org.uk for more information on how they can get involved.

Bath Industrial Heritage Exhibition

Bath Industrial Heritage Exhibition

Don’t forget the annual Bath Industrial Heritage Exhibition coming up this Saturday – April 9th – at Bath Football Club’s Twerton ground.Bath Industrial Heritage Day 2016

Entry is free and doors are open between 10 am and 4pm.

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Last year’s event.

Come and see artefacts and links with the Bath Blitz, crane makers Stothert & Pitt, plus a host of other industrial aspects including the River Avon, Canals. Railways, Mills, Coal and Stone Mines.

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The coal mining industry of Radstock and Midsomer Norton. Picture from last year’s event.

Representatives of the Cleveland Pools Trust will also be at the exhibition to bring you the latest news on the restoration project involving Britain’s only surviving Georgian open air lido – which just happens to be here in Bath!

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Bath remembers…….

Bath remembers…….

The Mayor of Bath’s Office has issued details for the City of Bath Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service on 8 November  starting with a wreath laying ceremony and parade inspection at the War Memorial in Royal Victoria Park. That’s at 11 am.

The annual temporary war memorial erected outside Bath Abbey for people to plant poppy crosses.

The annual temporary war memorial erected outside Bath Abbey for people to plant poppy crosses.

At 2.30 there will be a Royal British Legion Remembrance Sunday parade and march past the Guildhall steps. That salute will be taken by Air Marshal Sir Peter Norriss KBE CB AFC NA FRAeS MCIPS RAF (Rtd).

A civil procession will leave the Guildhall at 2.50 for the Royal British Legion Remembrance Sunday service at Bath Abbey which lasts for an hour and starts at 3 pm.

Milsom Street, New Bond Street and Northgate Street will be closed from 1.00 pm. The Parade route is Milsom Street, New Bond Street, Northgate Street, High Street, Cheap Street, Farrs Passage, Abbey Churchyard. Orange Grove and Manvers Street will be closed from approximately 2.20 pm ready for the March past the Saluting Base in the High Street at 2.30 pm.

Meanwhile, the Mayor’s secretary Ms Elizabeth Mence has written to Charter Trustees and Honorary Aldermen to give them details of Armistice Day arrangements for November 11th.

On that day maroons will be fired from the Parade Gardens to mark the start and finish of the two-minute silence to remember those who died in the service of their country.

The two-minute silence will be incorporated into a short service being held outside the West Door of Bath Abbey. Standard bearers from the Royal British Legion will be located there. The Abbey Church Yard is generally the area where people gather to join in this act of remembrance. The immediate part mayor – Cllr Cherry Beath – will be present.

The West Door at Bath Abbey.

The West Door at Bath Abbey.

Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Bereavement Services will be holding a Remembrance Service at the Cross of Remembrance at Haycombe Cemetery at 10.45am. Past mayor Honorary Alderman Malcolm Lees will attend.

A service will be held at Hold Trinity Church, Combe Down at 10.00am. The Bath United Services Association will be holding a wreath laying ceremony at 11a, at the War Memorial in Firs Field.

The immediate past mayor Cllr Cherry Beath will be present.

A wreath laying ceremony will be held at the War memorial at Twerton which is on the north side of St Michael and All Angel’s Church at 11 am.

This will be attended by St Michael’s Junior School and past mayors Cllr Tim Ball and Honorary Alderman Mrs Sharon Ball.

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!

More information via www.BigBathCityBid.org.uk

Saying ‘hi’ to lower energy bills!

Saying ‘hi’ to lower energy bills!

 

SouthGate_and_Bath_from_Beechen_CliffTrouble with living in Bath is that often the property looks great from the outside but, if it’s a period home, heating it can run away with your money.  That’s a special issue but saving on heating and lighting is something we’d all like to do which is why an autumn programme of events to help make local homes warmer, greener and cheaper to run is being organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council, Transition Bath, Bath Preservation Trust, and other local partners.

Whether you are a home owner, live in rented accommodation or live in social housing, there are lots of things you can do to help bring your energy bills down. A number of talks and workshops are running in and around Bath during October and November including:

  • The Bathford thermal imaging exhibition, from 7th-20th October at Bathford Community Café, and Illustrated Talk on Thur 10th 7.30pm. Find out where heat escapes from homes. Bathford Energy Group.
  • Green Deal Q&A session Find out what’s in a Green Deal Advice Report, next steps, and possible grants available. Mon 14th October 8pm-9pm, upstairs at The Ring O Bells.  Energy Efficient Widcombe
  • Draught Proofing Workshop learn about and have a go at fitting different types of draught proofing. Tue 22nd October 6.45pm, book here. Transition Bath, Bath Preservation Trust, & Centre for Sustainable Energy.
  • Air Tightness Clinic Bookable half-hour slots with national air leakage expert Paul Jennings to discuss your project. Wed 13th Nov, 12pm-4pm, BRSLI, Queen’s Square. Transition Bath
  • Leak Tight, Ventilate Right! How to go beyond draught-proofing to make yours a leak-free, air-tight home that is healthy and warm. Wed 13th Nov, 7pm-9pm, BRLSI, Queen’s Square. Transition Bath

There will also be a number of coffee mornings and drop-in sessions organised by Curo Sustainability Forum where residents in rented or social housing can find out about what they can do to reduce their energy bills, taking place in Weston, Twerton, Odd Down, Snow Hill, Keynsham, Swainswick, Peasedewn St John, Kingsmead and Bathwick.

Cllr Paul Crossley Leader, B&NES

Cllr Paul Crossley
Leader, B&NES

Cllr Paul Crossley (Lib-Dem, Southdown), Leader of Council, said “These events are a great way for residents to find practical ways to protect themselves from rising energy bills and cut their carbon footprint, helping us move together towards a low carbon future. Reducing the community’s carbon footprint is not something that the Council and its partners can do on their own; it takes action by every single household across the district in the form of challenging their green behaviour and habits.”

Cathy Hough, from Transition Bath, said, “We know there is huge interest from people in Bath about how to make their homes warmer and greener, so we’re delighted to support such a range of events to help people take the next step this winter.”

You can enter the Bath Green Homes prize draw to win a tasty hamper of local food goodies worth over £30 by sharing your Home Energy Saving Tips. Tweet your tip using the hashtag #BGHtips or email it to us at admin@bathgreenhomes.co.uk to enter. Terms and Conditions apply.