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Rob Stanley

Crossing the road safely for 20 years – paying homage to school crossing patrol officers

Along with train drivers, footballers and pop stars, lollipop men and women (or school crossing patrol officers as they were first called) are the unsung heroes of school children and their parents.
Rob Stanley has been thanked by the Council for his work as a school crossing patrol officer in Widcombe last month where he has seen his young charges across the road for 20 years.
Edmund Knollys, Widcombe Schools’ PTA Chair said: “Encouraging more children and their parents and carers to walk, cycle or scoot is better for them, our city, and our planet, but it wouldn’t happen without walk to school initiatives and the dedication of school crossing patrols like Rob.”

A lollipop lady in London in the 1960s – complete with her baby in the pram

The first lollipop lady took up her role in 1937 – in Bath. Mrs Hunt may have been the first but it was London’s Dorothy Pummell for Barking Council who promoted the post as the number of road accidents involving children was horrifyingly high.
Then 90% of children walked to school, falling to around 50% today. Harry Mottram.

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BATH VOICE MAGAZINE: December’s Issue is out now with news of an appeal over a murder; plus the future of Bloomfield Green; The Gore’s fountain of hope; and what’s on in Bath this month

December’s Issue is out now at Waitrose and the Prior Park Garden Centre or you can read it online here:


Milsom Street closed for resurfacing

Road surfacing work is being carried out to further enhance the advance notice signage for the new bus gate at the junction of Milsom Street and George Street in Bath.

The road will be closed overnight on Monday November 30 for the work to be completed. Cameras that were installed at the junction were switched on at the end of October.

The vehicle restriction introduced by Bath & North East Somerset Council allows only buses to travel along the one-way Milsom Street up to the junction with Quiet Street between 10am and 6pm.

The junction is monitored by the automatic number plate recognition cameras (ANPR) in line with other bus gates in the city and enforced by issuing of fines, to make sure the zone is safe for pedestrians and cyclists.

Councillor Joanna Wright, joint cabinet member for Transport Services, said: “We are carrying out resurfacing works in Milsom Street on Monday 30th to bring it in line with the other bus gates. We are also adding additional warning signs at other locations to make drivers aware of the new bus gate. Please remember that any driver who disregards the restriction will now receive an automatic fine.”

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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
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.

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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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