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The Destructor Bridge in Bath is finally open to all

Bath Voice News in brief

River tragedy: Police confirmed in September the missing University student found in the river was Martin Bowers. In a statement they said: “We do not consider the circumstances to be suspicious and we’ll carry out further enquiries on behalf of the Coroner’s office.”
Green Flag Park: Five of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s parks have been recognised in this year’s Green Flag awards for meeting the highest quality standards used as an international benchmark. Alexandra Park, Bloomfield Green, Hedgemead Park, Henrietta Park and Royal Victoria Park have all won the international mark of quality for being well-managed.
Widcombe butcher: Larkhall Butchers are opening a new shop on Widcombe Parade this month. The traders are represented by Simon and Amanda Brown at Flamingos. Amanda said it meant the street had 100% occupancy which showed that local people had rediscovered local shopping. She said having the Larkhall Butcher open a store endorsed the community as a vibrant centre
Medals recovered: A collection of war medals stolen from a house in Bath nearly five years ago have been returned to their owner Leslie Waldron’ s daughter after they were recovered by police last month. Mr Waldron passed away late last year aged 82. They were eventually tracked down through auction records in Surrey and given to his family.
Oldfield Park pub’s refit: The Moorfields pub in Oldfield Park has reopened following £500,000 investment from Stonegate Pub Company and The Bath Pub Company. The pub serves food so hopefully remain open should the covid restrictions tighten. The manager is Paul Newson and the chef is Jack Scarterfield.

Access for vehicles at night at denied in Alexandra Park

Chemistry University winner: Dr Asel Sartbaeva a researcher from the University of Bath has won the ‘Emerging Technologies’ competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), in recognition of her work making vaccines safer for children around the globe.
Annual Exhibition goes online: The Bath Society of Artists Annual Exhibition will be displayed online instead of the Victoria Art Gallery, which is currently closed due to Covid-19. The exhibition will be online from Monday 2 November 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021 at www.victoriagal.org.uk/bathsociety2020.
Park’s night closure: Alexandra Park’s night closure to vehicles is under review. It was closed to cars in October from 6pm-9am due to anti-social motorists misusing the circular park’s road at night. A community group said they are monitoring the situation on a daily basis ahead of a reopening.
Work starts on gardens: Work has started to revive Bath’s Sydney Gardens following funding boost from The National Lottery. Improvements will include a new large play area for all ages, improved tennis courts and a new Community Pavilion.
Student removed: A student has been removed from Beechen Cliff School after an “inappropriate” and “prejudicial” video was shared on social media last month using Snapchat.

A new butcher is open in Widcombe

Tennis winner: Ralph Allen School’s Grace Piper who won the prestigious tennis British Tour event in Taunton last weekend. The British Tour 2020 provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players. More good news from the school Toby Osgood has got selected for the County Badminton team.
New superstructure: The next milestone in the creation of the first new crossing point to be installed across the River Avon in Bath for a century will be completed next month. The superstructure of Bath Quays Bridge, a 60m long steel bridge which will link Bath Quays North and South and provide a new route for pedestrians and cyclists, will be in place early this month.
Cameras to catch cars: Cameras for the temporary bus gate at the junction of Milsom Street and George Street in Bath have been switched on. The vehicle restriction allows only buses to travel along the one-way Milsom Street up to the junction with Quiet Street – 10am and 6pm.
Bridge repair in 2021: Work to repair Bath’s historic Cleveland Bridge is set to start in the spring/summer of 2021 following the approval of listed building consent by councillors. While the bridge has been routinely maintained over the years, a survey has shown it needs major repairs including the replacement of some of the major structural elements. The council applied for financial assistance from the Government through the Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund. The Department for Transport is contributing £3.5m to the repairs.

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Bath City Farm – 25 years on

One of Bath’s best kept secrets has celebrated a quarter of a century in existence.

It started as a dream but 25 years ago, on the 26th October 1995, a new City Farm was born in Bath following years of hard work and campaigning by a passionate group of local residents. More than two decades on and the charity, Bath City Farm, has helped to educate, improve well-being and transform the lives of thousands of people from across the city.
Last month the charity held a socially distanced birthday party for their animals, with cake, singing and games.

Helen Fisher, Farm Manager said: “I have been working at Bath City Farm since 2002 and these past few months have been extremely difficult for the farm, with periods of uncertainty caused by the financial impact of having to close. However, this week, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of supporters, we have reached the £50,000 shortfall we needed to keep the farm open.”

Last year, Bath City Farm transformed 950 people’s lives through a range of targeted projects in animal care, horticulture and catering. Seven per cent of these people went on to find employment, 25% re-engaged with training or education and 35% reduced their clinical mental health support or medication.

Some of the charity’s highlights over the past 25 years:
1991 – 1995 Local residents Mike and Sue Walker registered the farm as a charity on the 26th October 1995.
1995 Jonathan Dimbleby attends the charity’s AGM and becomes the farm’s first Patron.
1998 The first animals arrive – Six Soay sheep, thanks to Bath City Football Club with goats arriving five years later.
1999 The charity employs their first member of staff, Kathy Jordan, to run courses and a children’s club.
2005 TV show DIY SOS spends a week at the farm transforming the buildings.
2006 Pigs Molly and Maggie arrive. Author Dick King-Smith comes to the cut the ribbon at the opening and read from his latest book, the Sheep Pig, which was made into a film Babe.
2007 Toddler group Roots and Shoots opens and the charity’s first Animal Care and Horticulture courses start.
2010 The farm starts rearing its own chickens and guinea fowls.
2011 The café, The Trough, opens.
2012 The charity successfully applies for a large funding bid with the Lottery. This money was used to build a volunteer cabin and to recruit a Visitor and Volunteer Coordinator.
2020 The farm closes due to the outbreak of Covid-19, however supporters of the farm help the charity to raise £50,000 to keep the farm open. Staff at the farm cook and deliver thousands of meals to vulnerable members of the local community during lockdown and kept supporters and visitors in touch with life on the Farm via live animal feeding every Saturday morning on FB live.

More details of the farm’s activities and opening times at http://bathcityfarm.org.uk/

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There are five fields in total – on a steep slope

An area seen as a green lung in Lyncombe is now being managed and improved by a group of Friends.

Lyncombe Hill Fields straddles the slopes below Beechen Cliff School and above Greenway Lane.

The site known for its wildlife, flowers and fauna will be managed under licence by the Friends of Lyncombe Hill Fields, a newly formed not-for-profit Community Interest Company (FLHF CIC) working with the Council.

With views across the valley and featuring many mature trees the ten acres of pasture land the fields lie just above Beechen Cliff and are crossed by footpaths making it a popular green space. The land is owned by Bath & North East Somerset Council and until 2018 was grazed by horses.

Cllr Alison Born, ward member for Widcombe & Lyncombe, said: “Lyncombe Hill Fields are a fantastic community resource and I’m delighted to see that the land is now going to be managed by the community for the benefit of the community. I am excited by the group’s improvement plans, which include encouraging great biodiversity on the land and improving access for walkers.”

Following the transfer to community management, work will get underway to clear debris from the land and cut back overgrowth before the winter sets in.

Maurice Tennenhaus, director of the Friends of Lyncombe Hill Fields said: “There is some hard work ahead of us, but we will hopefully reap the rewards with many years of pleasure for local residents and visitors, and huge benefits for wildlife. We are looking for volunteers to give us hand though, particularly over the autumn months in the run up to winter.”

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