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Summer decision likely over RPZ in Oldfield Park The council has opened the door to a possible new residents’ parking zone for Oldfield Park. Last month we reported the concerns of residents who said trying to find a spot to park near their homes was becoming increasingly challenging. This is because the Bear Flat parking zone, introduced in April, is pushing motorists their way in a search for spaces. Bath and North East Somerset Council told Bath Voice it is undertaking a review of parking across the city. But any new zones will have to wait until the review outcomes are published next summer. Joint cabinet member for transport services Councillor Joanna Wright said: “We are currently reviewing residents’ parking across the whole city, including how Residents Parking Zones operate now and whether new zones are needed. “We’re also looking at how

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As Bath residents prepare to go to the polls on December 12, Bath Voice has asked each of the candidates to tell us why they should be our next MP.

The candidates standing for the Bath constituency include Bill Blockhead (Independent), Mike Davies (Labour Party), Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrats), Jimi Ogunnusi (Brexit Party) and Annabel Tall (Conservative Party). Read about their political careers and policies for Bath below. The general election takes place on Thursday, December 12.

Jimi OGUNNUSI Brexit Party

Mike DAVIES Labour Party

Jimi Ogunnusi is a university lecturer, a hybrid management consultant and an entrepreneur, all rolled into one. He is a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. “It is an honour and privilege to have the opportunity to represent the great city of Bath – a place I love and the best city to live, work, and raise a family,” he said. “The greatest gift we can leave the next generation is not money, nor status, but a genuine democracy answerable to its people, and acting on the people’s instructions,” the Bath resident of 23 years said. “Trust in our democracy is paramount. The alternative is opening Pandora’s box – leading to the breakdown of our respected systems and structures. “We must respect the result of the referendum, there is no moral nor democratic alternative.” My local pledges for Bath:

I’ve been canvassing every day in Bath since I was selected as Labour candidate, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the city, its communities and its people. I know that in Bath you’re dealing with a housing crisis, a growing student population, transport issues, poverty and council cutbacks. A Labour government will change things. We will: cap rents and build one million affordable homes; bring public transport under public control; increase council funding; and reduce poverty by reversing Tory welfare reforms. In Bath I am the only progressive candidate who opposes privatisation and austerity, supports net zero carbon by 2030, and is standing on a platform of giving you the final say on Brexit. If I were elected as your MP I would work hard to give your

1. I hear and pledge to energise the silent voices in Bath. You may not shout the loudest, but I promise you will be heard; 2. Zero tolerance on crime, including more police on our streets, and a dedicated police station; 3. The eradication of homelessness. It’s a disgrace and unacceptable that we have people sleeping on the streets; 4. Regenerating our high streets and boosting Bath’s local economy; 5. The provision of more affordable housing; 6. Zero interest on all student loans, with all historic and accumulated interest cancelled; 7. The Brexit Party will abolish inheritance tax.

Wera HOBHOUSE Liberal Democrats

Bill BLOCKHEAD Independent

Wera Hobhouse is a former secondary school teacher and mother of four who was elected Bath’s first female MP in 2017. Since then, she has helped Bath constituents with more than 15,000 pieces of casework, on issues like housing, health, settled status and environment. She helped a woman fleeing domestic violence find a new home. She has fought for more funds for Bath schools. She is campaigning to improve mental health support, and to bring a public-facing police station to Bath. And she made upskirting taking photos under someone’s clothing - a criminal offence in England. Wera is calling for strong climate action now. She has supported B&NES Council in declaring a climate emergency and led the call in Westminster to get the UK to net zero carbon by 2045. The Liberal Democrats would

Born as a Blockhead, throughout his life Bill put his larger than average brain to good use. There was plenty of space in his rather impressive head for many different ideas. A resident of Bath for more than two decades, Bill has observed a lack of political diversity. Therefore, he has decided to stand as an independent in the 2019 snap general election. Bill’s first five pledges: • He will campaign for the UK to leave the solar system by 2028 • Improved mental health services (furry animals on prescription) – he will give a FREE guinea pig or alternative small rodent to every citizen • The environment – he will personally begin digging up the London Road and plant it with spring bulbs and perennials • Bring back the trams to Bath – made from strawberry jelly and

stop fracking now and ensure that the transition to net zero is fair, so those who can least afford it do not end up with the highest cost. They would increase renewables to 80 per cent of our electricity by 2030 and plant 60 million trees every year - the biggest replanting scheme ever. Wera is a committed proEuropean who has fought to stop Brexit in line with Bath which voted to Remain.

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progressive values a voice in Parliament. The MP Bath elects will affect who controls the government after December 12. A vote for the Lib Dems will help Boris Johnson’s Conservatives get in through the back door. Only Labour MPs and a Labour majority government can stop a disastrous No Deal Brexit and five more years of Tory cuts. Vote Labour for a once-in-ageneration chance to transform our country and deliver the real change Bath needs.

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Annabel TALL Conservative Party Twenty years ago something happened to Bath’s Conservative candidate, Annabel Tall, which completely changed her life. “My second son was born with a range of complex disabilities, and I found myself trying to use services which I’d not before. “I wasn’t happy with what I found but I’m not one to sit back and accept inadequate situations, so I set about trying to change things. “I found along the way, as I successfully lobbied to change an education act, and improve access to services for disabled person, that I wasn’t just good at improving things around disability, I could actually change other things as well.” Annabel is a Certified Engineer by training, having studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bristol University. She worked for British Gas, before setting up her own internet business in Monkton Combe. After discovering she was good at political campaigning, she


became a District Councillor in North Somerset, and for six years was an online adviser at charity IPSEA, providing advice to parents seeking to secure appropriate education for children with special educational needs. Annabel is a qualified Mountain Leader. She volunteers on the regional Community Resilience team, spending regular nights undertaking safety patrols on the River Avon in Bath. She stood in Bristol West in 2017, increasing the Conservative vote, and was adopted as the candidate for Bath in October last year.

An Indian family have realised their dream by opening a new restaurant in Widcombe. Bikano’s is being run by husband and wife Jesaram and Parvati Bhamu. The couple have lived in Bath for a decade and their three children attend local schools. Crowds were drawn to the drumbeat when they opened the Widcombe Parade restaurant in style on November 19. They put on a free, allafternoon buffet to give people a taste of their recipes. The restaurant offers a mix of north and south Indian cuisine, vegetarian and meat dishes and a full bar. The Bhamu family are originally from the vibrant city of Bikaner, in Rajasthan state, north India. Mr Bhamu has been a chef in Bath since 2010, working at Indian restaurants in the city. Crowds gather outside for Bikano’s grand opening

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It has long been the family’s dream to open their own establishment. They said they have been saving money each month and spent three years searching for the perfect premises. Bikano’s Indian Cuisine is now taking bookings for sit-down dining and takeaway. Its arrival has gone down a treat with social media users. Bath Comedy Festival director Nick Steel wrote on Twitter: “Fabulous food - what a fantastic addition to the street!” Another user wrote: “Wow why couldn't have this been there the whole last year I was at Widcombe.”



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n SPECIAL REPORT - SUPPORTING BATH’S SMALL BUSINESSES Shoppers have been urged to shun “massive faceless corporations” and instead use the stores on their doorsteps this Christmas. Bath Voice has spoken to traders in Bear Flat, Widcombe and Oldfield Park about how their business is doing. The ease of online shopping – and new same-day delivery options – has led to more and

Let’s back our local shops this Christmas more people making purchases over the internet. But do you get the same customer service, interaction

and sense of community? Is it an environmentally-friendly, sustainable way to shop? Service with a smile is

available on your nearest high street and this is why the traders themselves say you should pop in.

Bath Spa Florists, Widcombe The shop has been running for 45 years. Owner Tash Nolan-Kemp said they offer flowers for particular occasions, such as funerals – a service that supermarkets can’t. “So if you don’t use florists for everyday flowers, they won’t be there when you need them for the big events,” she said. “It’s all very well sitting at home and doing it all online. “What are people going to do when these shops aren’t here?” Bath Spa Florists summed the situation up in a poem they posted recently on social media: The geese are going to pop. Please spend a penny in a local shop If you spend it all online We don’t know what we’ll do ‘cause we won’t stay on the high street without customers like you.

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Madison Oakley, Moorland Road Moving house is a major life event and you want it to be as stress-free as possible. And a friendly, personalised service is what estate agent Madison Oakley prides itself upon. Partner Carey Gilliland said: “I’m very grateful to work in the heart of such a hive of independent traders in Moorland Road – a street that attracts a huge number of shoppers from both the local area and wider sections of Bath. We’ve got a unique cross section of retail in an increasingly rare traditional high street setting. “Local shopping such as ours does amazingly at encouraging community interaction, creating local jobs and cutting down on traffic. “However, by shopping here, you’re also directly helping independent business owners buy their daughter’s school shoes or pay the mortgage. “If I go and get a coffee from Hannah at the Grumpy Baker, cards from Sara Jane at This n That or buy a book from Harry at Oldfield Bookshop, I’m putting money directly back into the Bath community, not contributing to the bank balance of a massive faceless corporation. “You also get direct accountability with your purchase from independents. “We’re all locals who are here day after day and year after year, so you know the people behind the product and get fantastic personalised service.”

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n SPECIAL REPORT - SUPPORTING BATH’S SMALL BUSINESSES Flamingo, Widcombe It is fair to say that Flamingo stands out along Widcombe Parade, which has a 100 per cent occupancy rate. Amanda and Simon Brown’s bright pink gift shop sells Bath-themed items such as tea towels, aprons and doormats which can be adorned with the name of your house or even favourite pet. Artist Amanda sells her contemporary work on both greetings cards and canvas. Other items for sale, such as mugs and reusable cups, are made in nearby towns and villages, such as its scented candles made in Bradford-on-Avon. Mr Brown said: “It’s a community thing. You get unique products which are good for local people and tourists. “You build up a relationship with customers. “People suggest ideas and you suggest things that would suit them, as we can remember what they purchased before. “Quite often it’s much more of an experience.” The strong city connections make it a popular haunt with celebrity shoppers, from rugby stars to actors and film directors. Amanda added: “We’re a destination shop.” The Browns say there are a number of perks to shopping in Widcombe: • The parade is nearer to the railway station than Bath Abbey • It boasts just about everything you could want – including pubs, cafes and restaurants to a kitchenware shop, florists, estate agents and pharmacy • It offers a kinder shopping experience away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre • There’s not an empty shop in sight

House of Radiators, Bear Flat It is hard to walk past this eye-catching shop and not pause for a peek. Its walls and front windows are full of radiators of various shapes, colours and designs. But if you’re hoping for a quick blast of heat to warm up during the winter months, you may be disappointed – owner Clare Betts does not keep them all on at once. Speaking about the business, she told Bath Voice: “Our experience is still a positive one. “Yes, times are difficult in the current market but thankfully we are still growing year on year. “Being a small independent business allows us to keep the personal touch with our customers that you do not get online or with bigger businesses. “We have local customers who still pop in for a quick hello and a chat as they are passing the shop which is lovely. “Being smaller allows us to offer a high level of customer service which customers deserve, especially when spending money on something that is going to be an important feature in their home. “It is tough competing against online competitors and with overheads rising annually it is certainly a concern for us. “But thankfully our local community is very supportive. “Our customers locally and nationally are finding that although we are an independent we are managing to stay competitive with the online market.”

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Bath Greengrocers, Moorland Road Amid the doom and gloom of news about shops closing and declining profits, BAth Greengrocers offers a hot take. Business is thriving. Sarah Doré from the store said green concerns, particularly among children and young people, are now a huge factor in consumer choice. Asked why people should shop locally, she said: “I don’t think people need encouraging these days. It seems to be on the turn anyway. “People don’t buy in bulk anymore. “We sell all kind of fresh produce and they don’t like waste. So they’re very happy to come in and buy a couple of carrots or an apple. They hate the plastic at supermarkets. “We put things into cartons and tip it into paper [bags] and that seems to be what the customers really want. Children are being educated from a very young age in schools and it’s what mums and dads talk about with their children.” A further attraction is the very reasonable prices at Bath Greengrocers, which reopened under new owners in the summer of 2017. You can get two punnets of grapes for £2 or a large bag of pink lady apples for only £1.29. Or, as many people are now doing, grab a single one and be on your way.



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Discover the magic of Bath at Christmas From the twinkling lights and seasonal smells of Bath Christmas Market to the chill in the air and the sounds of people enjoying an ice skating session at Bath on Ice, the city offers plenty of ways to take full advantage of the most wonderful time of the year. Bath on Ice skating and glowin-the-dark mini golf is being held in Royal Victoria Park until January 5. In the city centre, there is the Apres Ski Bar, a luxury gift wrapping station on Union Street, the Lodge and a magnificent Victorian carousel on Stall Street, carols at Bath Abbey, Christmas marquees and chalets inside Guildhall Market, Southgate’s Christmas village and Father Christmas’s workshop in Milsom Place. Bath’s museums are getting in the festive spirit, with the A Very Colourful Christmas event at the American Museum, Christmas Through the Ages at No.1 Royal Crescent and various events at nearby National Trust sites. Fancy a trip to the theatre?

Below left, Apres Ski Bar; below from top, Bath Christmas Market, Bath on Ice and Southgate Christmas Village

There’s Rapunzel at The Egg, Beauty and the Beast at Theatre Royal Bath and Rupert and the Frog Song and The Snowman at The Forum. Let’s not forget the market itself, which runs from November 29 to December 15, with a residents-only preview night on Wednesday, November 28. See blog/sixteen-ways-to-enjoybath-at-christmas/ for further details.

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Bath bobby honoured for going ‘above and beyond’ A remarkable policeman encouraged a Bath drug dealing duo to provide information for the arrest of a dangerous main supplier. Detective Constable Neil Wood won the confidence of a woman who was being threatened with extreme violence against her and her teenage daughter. The woman and her partner were safeguarded and the man exploiting them was eventually jailed for 16 years. DC Wood received a Chief Constable’s Commendation for his efforts. The award recognises “significant personal courage or significant initiative and/or commitment in the execution of duty far and beyond what should normally be expected”. Recipients were presented with awards in front of their friends and family and Avon and Somerset police chief constable Andy Marsh, Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and High Sheriff of Bristol, Charles Wyld. DC Wood below with Andy Marsh.

Avon and Somerset Police tell the story: Last year, a woman and her then partner were self-confessed drug dealers in the Bath area. The woman found herself in debt to her main supplier, a highlevel criminal linked to organised crime gangs in several parts of the UK. The main supplier exploited the woman regularly, using threats and violence to force her to deal increasing amounts of drugs for him. Over time, the woman was unable to pay and the intimidation became more extreme, including threats of harm to the woman’s mother, and to kidnap her teenage daughter, and force her into prostitution. In desperation she contacted the police. DC Neil Wood was part of a team of officers that

started the slow process of encouraging the woman to make a statement and put a safety plan in place. This involved moving her to a hotel and putting safeguarding measures in place for other family members. Many hours were spent winning the confidence of the woman and her partner, eventually persuading them to make comprehensive victim and witness statements. This included admissions to their involvement in drug dealing and setting out the background for the threats from the main supplier. Tireless work from the officers eventually led to them arresting the offender and gathering persuasive analytical evidence to secure a conviction, where he was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

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Police outline top crime concerns for south Bath Policing priorities across Bath have been revealed. In the south of the city, concerns include bike thefts, criminal damage and young people riding motorbikes dangerously around Odd Down. In the Bath City Outer area, where the team is led by Sergeant Adam O’Loughlin, officers make regular checks to ensure that

vehicles follow the restrictions in Lansdown Lane. Writing on his team’s webpage in 2018 Sgt O’Loughlin also said there had been reports of damage to vehicles left parked overnight on Weston Road and Weston Lane. After reports of criminal damage and antisocial behaviour at Bath City Farm in September, the beat team for western Bath started patrols on all night shifts. The officers’ other priorities include street drinkers in Twerton high street, speeding in 20mph zones and illegal vehicle use. Warning about bike thefts, Sergeant Jonathan Raisey (pictured, left) wrote in August: “Please be vigilant when leaving your bike in a public place and take care to keep them in a secure place at home. “Ensure you have adequate security in the form of locks or

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Delight as thousands raised to benefit local pre-school More than £2,800 has been raised for a delighted Oldfield Park Pre-School. The money will fund a trip to the theatre for children aged 2-4 and a makeover of an outdoor learning space. It was raised by the supermarket Co-op via its local causes initiative. Pre-school manager Carron Cummins said the funds will give a boost to the whole area. “We are thrilled with the donation from the Co-op local community fund and look forward to enhancing children’s experiences in the pre-school,” she said. “We are a charity-run pre-school, supporting local children and families so this will really benefit the Oldfield Park community as a whole.” The pre-school will be using

some of the money to take its 28 children to see Snow Mouse at the Egg, Theatre Royal Bath, in January. It recently relocated to new premises at Oldfield Park Infants School and will spend the rest of the donation on improving its outdoor learning area with new surfacing, equipment and outdoor planting. This will help the pre-school with its aim of encouraging children to learn about their outdoor environment. Co-op said: “We want to offer pre-school children the chance to enjoy a broader range of activities, from forest school experiences to yoga and music.” A total of £2,878 was raised and children with their families joined pre-school leaders on Saturday, November 23 to accept the donation.


n SPORT NEWS Finals for Beechen Cliff rugby team Beechen Cliff will compete for a first ever AASE rugby title after a convincing win against Exeter College. They won 35-14 to top Division 1 Pool A and book a place in the final against St Paul’s Catholic College who knocked out the two-time defending champions Hartpury College. AASE stands for Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence

and is a competition for 16 to 18-year-olds. It is a potential pathway to professional rugby and the school in Kipling Avenue is partnered with Bath Rugby. There will be a new winner of the AASE title after the final on Wednesday, December 4 at Allianz Park. Beechen Cliff will be motivated to avenge last year’s final loss against Hartpury.

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ath on Ice opened its doors for the 8th year running on November 15 and welcomes you to come and enjoy the festivities. With one of the largest outdoor rinks in the South West, it offers skaters a truly magical festive experience. For all you skating fans out

there, here’s a competition you won’t want to miss. You can win a Bath on Ice family skate ticket (2 x adults, 2 x kids), plus, warm up in the Alpine Bar afterwards with two hot chocolates and two glasses of Prosecco. It couldn’t be easier to enter. Simply send your name and email address to:

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Crackdown on engine idling A new campaign aims to encourage parents and carers who use their cars on the school run to switch off their engines. The crackdown on engine idling - when a stationary vehicle is left running for 30 seconds or more by the school gates was launched by Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) Council. Research shows that idling engines produce up to twice the amount of exhaust emissions

compared to when a vehicle is moving. In BANES, 12,000 people suffer from asthma, and exposure to high levels of NO2 - one of the pollutants emitted by cars - can trigger attacks. As part of the BreATHes campaign, primary schools will be putting up posters and banners and handing out postcards to encourage parents to stop idling outside the school gates.

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rist watches are making a comeback and it makes me smile. Although the volume of watch sales has halved over the last ten years, the value of this market sector has doubled. Tick tock. I smile because, when I remember my father, I instinctively associate his memory with the no-nonsense watch that would always be on his wrist: large, clear faced and reliable – much like Harry himself. He had a number of these watches, not through any sense of vanity or wealth, but purchased as reassurance that he would always be punctual – and he always was – sometimes ridiculously so. It was reassuring to hear my father – regular as clockwork – wind up his watch at night and it was comforting to hear the rhythmic tick of this timepiece. His watch straps were always leather, never flashy, and again, he would keep a stock of replacement leather straps in both black and brown in case of any untimely emergency. Of course the current watch market is much more complex and retailers fight hard in the fierce competition for space on a customer’s wrist. This potentially watchful customer needs to navigate the choice of smart watch, wrist tech and high-end design as well as functionality. Purchasing a watch with this wealth of choice can be no speedy activity. Those with money can demand a watch that merges its personality with their’s; high art and craftsmanship are required if the wearer is to wear the watch rather than the watch wear the wearer. Difficult times. Today I wonder if a gifted smart watch would be well received, or, seen by the recipient as an unsubtle hint that time spent on the sofa would be time better spent tracking metabolic rate and step count. Personally, I would need to steer clear for fear of potential SWA (Smart Watch Addiction). The offer of one of my father’s old watches would certainly be much more attractive to me. Such a gift would certainly make me smile.

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A Bear Flat teacher has raised more than £850 for charity after running two marathons. Beechen Cliff’s head of maths Edward Gill laced up his shoes to run the 26.1 mile race in Scotland and Greece. The money he raised will go towards CLIC Sargent, a charity for young people with cancer. Writing in the school’s newsletter, Mr Gill praised its “wonderful” support for one of his students who has spent the last six months battling cancer. He wrote: “I’d set myself the challenge of two marathons this year - having done Edinburgh in May it was off to Athens last weekend for the ‘authentic’ marathon experience. “In particular I wanted to highlight the wonderful support CLIC Sargent has given one of my sixth form tutees who has been fighting the disease.” Visit fundraising/Edward-Gill5

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Charity appeals for help to fund new treatment centre Bath social exclusion charity Developing Health and Independence launched a public appeal to open a new drug and alcohol treatment centre at their 20th anniversary celebration. Nearly 200 people filled Widcombe Social Club on an evening which heard emotional accounts from adults and young people who turned their lives around with DHI’s support. The charity is aiming to raise £180,000 in the next five months in order to transform an empty building on St James’ Parade into a new treatment centre. If the appeal is a success, the facility will open in 2020, in response to the high demand for DHI’s services, in particular from those struggling with alcohol problems. DHI has already secured £248,500 in Public Health England funding via Bath and North East Somerset Council for the centre. DHI treatment services director Julie Hughes said: “There are hundreds of people in Bath and North East Somerset who have a problematic relationship with drugs, especially alcohol, but do not get the help they need. “Problematic alcohol and drug use takes a huge emotional and financial toll on individuals, families and the wider community. “This treatment centre will make a difference by supporting the most vulnerable members of

Nearly 200 people were in attendance for the DHI charity’s 20th anniversary our local community to turn their lives around.” At the anniversary event on November 7, DHI founder and chief executive Rosie Phillips gave a speech looking to the future. There were poems, musical performances and the annual Client Achievement Awards which aim to counter negative perceptions around drug and alcohol use and homelessness.

The recipients of these awards moved attendees to tears by recalling how they were able to improve their lives. Ms Phillips said: “Even after two decades running this charity, I never fail to be inspired by the stories of people who have turned their lives around. “One person who received an award had, just two years ago, been in an abusive relationship, suicidal and drinking to cope.

“Now, she’s in work, in stable housing and volunteering to help other people with alcohol or drug problems. “She was quite clear that DHI had saved her life. “I know there are so many other people who would benefit from that kind of help, so I really hope this appeal is a success.” Donations can be made to the appeal at uk/appeal.

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n WHAT’S ON MONDAYS (ZUMBA) at St Mark’s School, Larkhall, Bath 7:15-8pm £6 WEDNESDAYS (ZUMBA) at The Hub, Mulberry Park, Bath 9:30-10:15am £6 THURSDAYS (STRONG by Zumba) at St Marks Sports Hall, Larkhall, Bath 7:15-8pm £8

Mondays Walking Football on Mondays 10am - 11am at Odd Down Sports Ground (Chelwood Drive, Bloomfield, Bath). £4 Pay-as-youplay (no membership) active@ or 01225 484510. Sing & Play. Fun and lively music and instrumental games for babies and preschoolers. Come and join us for a free trial. Refreshments included. Bruton Hall, Bear Flat, Bath, BA2 42J. To book contact Janette 07752 880116 Yogalates is a fusion of Yoga moves and Pilates, a dynamic energising class to build strength improve flexibility, mobility and core. Suitable for all levels, ages and abilities. Monday 9.30am at The Hub Mulberry Park Combe Down, Children welcome. Barty’s Parents and toddlers. Every Monday of term time 9.3011am at St Bart’s Church, King Edwards Road, BA2 3PB

Tuesdays Bumps and Babies every Tuesday (term time). For ages 0-18 mths, come along and meet other parents/carers and enjoy a range of activities. 10am-12pm at Twerton Village Hall, Landseer Rd, BA2 1DX. Call Becky 07703883995 Bath: Art Group, Tuesdays 10am 12pm at St Michael’s Centre. £3 inc refreshments. Some of the Tuesday group also choose to stay on for Lunch Club. Some resources are available, but students also provide

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their own materials. To book your place, contact active@ageukbanes. or 01225 484510. Roots & Shoots Toddler group at Bath City Farm. Tuesday 10am-1pm. No need to book just turn up with your little one and enjoy the farm. The National Autistic Society runs two weekly out of school sessions on Tuesday in Central Bath. The session for children and young people aged 8-14, 6.30pm until 8pm & 8pm to 9.30pm for those aged 15-21. For further information email

Wednesdays AGE UK Book Club Second Wednesday of the month at 10.30am - 12pm. Bath Central Library. £3 suggested donation. The groups are open to everyone of 55+ and those attending will decide what books they would like to read for future sessions. For more information contact active@ or 01225 484510. Gadget Buster sessions offer support with using laptops, tablets and phones. People your own ‘gadget’ along and ask our volunteers questions and learn

walk from the centre of the city. Doors open at 7pm for a drink and a chat, with the meeting starting at 7.30pm.For more info please email

Thursdays Community Tea Party first Thursday of the month at 3.30pm at Beechen Cliff Hall. Zumba every Thursday evening in La Scala in Moorland Road (above the Co-op) 7.00-7.45pm, £5 per class. No need to book, just show up. All ages and abilities welcome. Bag-Fit Thursday evenings at Twerton village hall, 7-8PM this class is suitable for all levels and abilities it’s easy to follow and great fun working the whole body, learn to kick and punch to our unique blend of music on free standing punch bags. For more info call 07850954863 Anorexia & Bulimia Care. Support Hub at Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, BA2 6AA. 9.30-5pm. Free weekly drop in for anyone affected by eating disorders. All welcome, free to attend and no booking required. For more information email hub@ or call 03000 11 12 13

Fridays FREE support to stop smoking or switch to vaping (e-cigarettes) available from the B&NES Wellbeing Service 4.00pm-6.00pm every Tuesday in the Meeting Room at St Martins Hospital, Odd Down. Walk in sessions- all welcome, no need to make an appointment. Just call in and talk to one of our experienced, friendly advisors. For more session times and venues please call 0300 247 0203 or email

Helping you quit, your way how to get the most out of your technology. St Michael’s Centre. Every Wednesday, 10am - 12pm. Cost: £3 Bath WI meet on the first Wednesday of each month at St Mary’s Church in Bathwick, a short

Wellbeing Café for anyone under 25, 4-6pm at Open House Centre Café, Manvers Street, Baptist Church, BA1 1JW Golden Club. Social club for older people living in the Beechen Cliff area. The group meet for companionship, cup of tea, scrabble or cards. Beechen Cliff Church, 1 Heather Drive, Sullis Meadows, BA2 2BW. Call 01225 832022 Carers’ café 2nd Friday of the month 10.30am - 12.30pm at Costa Coffee, Lower Bristol Rd. New to caring for someone with a mental illness? If you need a break, chat or advice drop into the carers’ cafe. The drinks are on us! For more information contact Lee on 07917 210817 Articulate Craft Club. Hillside Hall, 6-9pm. Twice monthly meetings

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on a Friday evening, next on 17th & 31st January. New members pay £5 on their first night which includes membership & entry fee. After that, each club night costs £3 for entry. Open to everyone 18+. www.

Saturdays The Bear Flat Community Market is on the third Saturday of every month from 9.30am – 12.30pm, in the Methodist Church hall in Bruton Avenue. Our aim is to promote local food and to provide space where the community can get together.

Events Saturday 7th, 8th & Saturday 14th December Bath Artisan Festive Markets, Queen Square. Come and try the delicious hot street food and buy your handmade Christmas gifts. Saturday 7th December Winter Fair at Bath City Farm, 12-3pm. Lots of festive activities to inspire and entertain the whole family. Visit Santa in his Grotto, make a Christmas wreath or get crafty. Fun for the whole family! The café will be open, selling a selection of festive treats, including their famous deluxe hot chocolate. Entry

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Low impact classes offer dance, exercise and core strengthening. Strengthen muscles, raise energy levels, improve balance and mobilise joints. 6.25-7.30pm at Fairlawn Primary School, Fairlawn Road, Montpelier, Bristol, BS6 5JL. Tel: Rachael at FL Exercise on 07966 418 714 / . Classes run on 5-7 week basis - charged as a block booking (£8 per class -1st Class Free)

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n WHAT’S ON is free but there is a small charge for some activities to help raise money to secure the farm for the future. Saturday 7th December Oldfield Park Infants School, Christmas Fair 11.30am - 2pm. Come and along and join in the festivities at this family friendly Christmas fair. Stalls, games, raffle, craft, BBQ and Santa’s Grotto. Entrance 50p per adult and children are free. Sunday 8th December Dog Friendly Carol Concert, 5.30pm. Bath Cats & Dogs Home host a dog friendly festive evening with the Royal High School Choir, Bath. No need to book and free entry. For more information www. Sunday 8th December, Bath Stone Property FREE Community Event. For the second year running we have Father Christmas joining us for story time in our office on the Bear flat. We’d love lots of local children to join in the festivities and receive a gift



from Father Christmas. Please email to tell us the child’s name, age and gender preference for a free gift. Monday 9th December. Felt Christmas Robin Workshop 10am – 1pm, Quebec Community Room, Twerton, BA2 1DJ Do you want to improve your wellbeing? Come along to a free felt Christmas robin workshop. To book your place 0300 247 02 03. www. 18-22nd December, Bath Unity Players with Curtis School of Dance present Aladdin. At Kingswood School Theatre, BA1 5RG. Bath Unity Players’ production of Aladdin is full of laugh-outloud comedy, stunning costumes, breath-taking scenery, and plenty of boos and hisses! Make tickets for this fantastic production one of your three wishes! Tickets £10/£12. Buy your tickets from www. Friday 20th December Cappella Nova, 7.30pm

A Celebration of Christmas, Church of Our Lady and St Alphege, Oldfield Lane, Bath BA2 3NR. Local choir Cappella Nova’s concert of music for Advent and Christmas includes well-loved carols, some familiar and some in new arrangements. A few well-chosen readings add to the atmosphere. Admission free: no need to book, just come along and enjoy the music, with refreshments in the church hall afterwards. Retiring collection in aid of FareShare South West (registered charity 1125905) and a charity nominated by St Alphege’s Church. Monday 30th December, Festive Fun Family Session at Fosse Way School 10-3pm. BAPP. KIDS and Fosse Way School have a fantastic Family Fun session. This is open to any B&NES family where there is a child with SEND and open to the whole family. Come in your festive jumpers or hats if you would like. BOOKING is ESSENTIAL. Closing Date 6th December. Contact the BAPP office (01225) 832479.

Bath Library Tuesday 17th December Festive Storytime and craft session for ages 3+ from 11.00 – 11.30am. Drop in session, free of charge. Bath Central Library, BA1 5AN Wednesday 18th December Baby Bounce and Rhyme Christmas special 11.15 – 11.45am for ages 0 -5. Drop in session, free of charge. Bath Central Library, BA1 5AN Festive ‘Lit out Loud’ session for ages 0 - 5 from 12.00 – 12.30. Drop in session, free of charge. Bath Central Library, BA1 5AN Festive ‘Lit out Loud’ session for adults from 12.30 – 13.00. Drop in session, free of charge. Bath Central Library, BA1 5AN

Join our team We look after adults and children at home, and at school and provide residential and nursing care. We are NHS and Local Authority funded with hundreds of our staff working across South Gloucestershire, parts of Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset. We are always on the lookout for great people and this is an opportunity for you to find out what is available, clinical and non-clinical. Flexible working patterns will always be considered (so long as our services can support your requests). Equally, we have a proactive Bank Team. We offer a wide range of benefits and Agenda for Change terms & conditions for some of our roles. Please submit a short supporting statement or CV as your application via, call us on 0300 124 5444 or take a look at our current vacancies here You can also find us on Facebook @SironaCIC or on Twitter @SironaJobs We look forward to hearing from you

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Powerful new movie highlights blight of homelessness A new film shines a spotlight on the “hidden” issue of homelessness in Bath. Meaningful Film’s A Roof over My Head premiered at Komedia in November. It was commissioned by St John’s Foundation to take a wide look at the problem – which affects rough sleepers to sofa surfers to those at risk of eviction. The film features the Petra Project, a nurturing home for up

to five young mothers and their babies who would otherwise be facing homelessness, the Southside Family Project and homeless charity St Mungo’s. It details the breadth of support available from Bathbased charities Julian House, Genesis Trust and Developing Health and Independence, with inspiring stories from those who have benefited. Louise Harvey, the foundation’s director funding

and impact, said Bath is a picturesque city but “if you scratch the veneer there is much more going on”. The latest statutory count carried out in November 2018 found there were 20 rough sleepers in Bath and North East Somerset. There are currently 30 homeless households in temporary accommodation across the district. Roanna Wootten from Julian House urged people to equip

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themselves with information about the support that is available: “You might be the only person a homeless person speaks to that day. Say: ‘Have you heard about Julian House?’ Members of the public can use an app called Street Link to alert outreach workers if they are concerned about someone. You can watch the film at



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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Bath Library divorce given to a woman at this time) and remarried with John Everett Millais, the most popular painter of the time. That places Effie Gray in the middle of the London good society and give us an idea of the artists

employee Mr Scratchett are spreading Christmas cheer. However that night Mr Scrooge has a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley who warns him to change his ways but Scrooge’s reply “Bah Humbug!” leads to the visit of the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come with surprising results. A timeless classic and one of Dickens’ easier stories to read, full of the Christmas spirit.

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story into a different direction and Cassie into a whole other world. A delightful read.

The Hairy Bikers’ 12 Days of Christmas – Dave Myers & Si King Join Si and Dave on a gastronomic guide to the 12 days of Christmas with excellent fool proof versions of Christmas classics in this scrummy cookbook! With colourful illustrations and clear guidelines, Si and Dave also take on dishes with a new and inventive twist – such as Goose risotto and chocolate and chestnut roulade. They cover what to cook on the big day itself but also covering Christmas Eve, delicious cocktails, fancy nibbles as well as ideas for the leftovers. They even show you how to make your own Christmas crackers - and help keep the kids distracted. This is the perfect companion to your festive celebrations.

Sarah Duck and the Christmas Lights – Sarah Gomes Harris circle, the chance to see a firsthand comments on the Universal Exhibitions and the rise of Scotland as a holiday destination to get some fresh air. I really enjoyed it and found it well written, by someone who wants to stay faithful and as close as possible to the Gray family.

Children’s Non Fiction 25 Crafts for Christmas – Christina Goodings

Christmas fun starts here! A great book full of 25 craft ideas for the festive season. Each page is brightly coloured with simple explanations and simple steps. So get out those scissors, paper and glue and make those Elf Boots, Frosty forest cards, sweet little mice and Christmas stars. A very handy template is at the back. Get crafty!

Effie: the passionate lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin and John Everett Millais - Suzanne Fagence Cooper,

as reviewed by Emilie Bioud, Keynsham Library Assistant Suzanne Cooper had access to all the correspondence from the Gray family that has been passed through time by their descendants. This allowed a really well documented biography on Effie Gray and a glance at what would have been the life of a woman in Victorian time. Effie grew in Scotland in a loving family, married John Ruskin who was a renowned art critic defending the Pre-Raphaelite rise, gave her the taste for travels in Europe. But having not consummate the wedding vow, she managed to divorce (one of the three cases of

A book for pre-schoolers – Sarah and her friend Duck are decorating their house, all ready for Christmas. However they are missing the very important Christmas Lights – oh no! Luckily, Bug knows a special

Children’s Fiction Frost – Holly Webb

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A Christmas Carol

– Charles Dickens

A classic Christmas tale which has been adapted for both film and television on numerous occasions and remains a staple Christmas story. Written in 1843 the story tells of a bitter old miser Ebenezer Scrooge who shuns the Christmas season while all around him, including his impoverished

From the best-selling author Holly Webb comes a frosty, wintery tale – a story to get cosy with and a story about a clever fox. Cassie lives in a city and thinks the foxes that live near her are beautiful, especially one with a white tail-tip that she has christened Frost. One snowy night she followed the tiny paw prints out into the street and she found Frost and gave him some food. However he soon trotted off and Cassie decided to follow him and this is when the adventure really begins. With Holly Webb’s usual flare she takes the

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Library News Please note that Bath Library will close at 3.30pm on 24th December and 27th December. The Library will be closed on 25th and 26th December and 28th and 29th December 2020. All of Bath & North East Somerset libraries have a successful social media presence and are buzzing with community groups, activities and events. Never miss a thing, by following our social media accounts at: www.facebook. com/BathnesLibraries1 and www.’

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n NEWS Art exhibition captures the beauty of our city Well-loved Bath locations such as Widcombe and Milsom Street feature this month in an exhibition of Pete ‘the Street’ Brown. More than 100 new oil paintings and drawings by the artist will go on display at

the Victoria Art Gallery from Saturday, November 30 to February 2 2020. Peter Brown: Bath Is It will celebrate the streets and green places of Bath, along with views of Glastonbury Festival, and more far-flung places on his travels. Humorous diary entries provide a fascinating insight into the working processes of an artist who is widely acclaimed as one of


Britain’s best plein air painters. Peter uses the street as his studio and often incorporates passersby into his work. Atmospheric views of many corners of the city are captured in different states: quiet and bustling, and in all weathers, even rain and snow. Peter came to Bath in 1986 to study for a foundation course in art, and then trained

in Manchester and Greenwich before returning in 1993. He said: “I have been painting and drawing this city since 1993. I have grown to love Bath: unique in its architecture and stone of ever changing colour.” Council leader Dine Romero said: “Peter Brown has held several exhibitions at the Victoria Art Gallery and we are delighted to welcome him back.”

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