Museums Week comes to Bath and North East Somerset this October half-term
This October half-term, visitors to museums in Bath and North East Somerset can enjoy a host of special events and activities as part of Museums Week (22-30 October 2016).
Organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council, Museums Week is the new name for Heritage Open Week, which has been running for more than 30 years. There are 22 different venues taking part this year, with events for all ages and interests.
Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “Museums Week will celebrate the unique collections and activities in our local museums. There are more than 100 special events and activities to choose from over October half-term, and admission is free for local residents with a Discovery Card.”
From children’s activities to filmmaking and food tasting, there’s something for everyone during the nine-day celebration, for example:
• Take part in The Big Draw at Victoria Art Gallery and make a life-size drawing of yourself
• Learn a bit of Latin and make a Roman bookmark at the Roman Baths
• See the fantastic leggings and trousers at the Fashion Museum and create life-size legging designs with amazing patterns
• Make a moving carousel toy inspired by the Silver: Light and Shade exhibition at the Holburne Museum
• Create mosaic pictures and patterns using card and special papers at Keynsham Civic Centre
• Use technology from the 1960s to make a short film at Museum of Bath at Work
• See Bath’s royal charters, gold, silver and sword in the Mayor’s Parlour
• Go on an outdoor fossil hunt at Radstock Museum
• Enjoy free tastings at Sally Lunn’s Buns, where there will be a different Bath bun topping on offer every morning
• Follow the clues on the Children’s Trail and collect stickers at each museum
For more details visit www.bathmuseumsweek.co.uk.


Back in July and September of last year, B&NES Council discussed the Syrian refugee crisis and explored avenues through which it might be able to help in resettling individuals and families who have been forced to flee their homes. 25 individuals have now been resettled here, which represents half of the figure of 50 that Citizens UK has asked all Local Authorities to welcome as a minimum.
We have hit a very real stumbling block in the path towards bringing more refugees to safety, in that there is no housing available in which we can accommodate any more families. The council has done some brilliant work in supporting the existing families to resettle and rebuild their lives, but we cannot hope to bring more people to safety unless we overcome the problem of where to house them.
Are you a landlord? Do you meet the following criteria?

• Own a family-sized rental property
• Willing to rent out your property for the Local Housing Allowance Rate. The first 12 months of the rent will be paid for by the EU via a scheme for placing vulnerable refugees and subsequent months either through housing benefit or the family’s own earnings
• Prepared to offer your property as a home for a Syrian refugee family
• Able to offer a 2 year tenancy (ideally, or 14 months as an absolute minimum) to enable the family to have some stability when they arrive in the UK

If you are able to help then please get in touch with Bath Welcomes Refugees on their Facebook page:
Thank you




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Bath and North East Somerset’s Chairman, Cllr Alan Hale, has announced the three charities he will be supporting during his year in office.
They are:
• Whizzybugs at the RUH, a charity that designs and and builds small powered wheel chairs for children under five with cerebral palsy.

• The RICE Institute at the RUH, which carries out research, treatment, support and much more to for individuals affected by dementia and their carers.

• Butterflies Haven, which is based in Keynsham but serves a much wider area, providing support, motivation and other services for people on the Autistic spectrum.

Cllr Hale has decided to adopt a different approach to fundraising and won’t be holding a grand dinner and dance; instead he is asking local communities to help fundraise.
He said: “I have decided to break with tradition and organise lots of smaller events to enable the wider community to get involved. I want to encourage groups, churches, social clubs and others to hold functions that will enable the community to have fun whilst raising money for three very worthy charities, very much like the how it works with Children in Need and Comic Relief.
“This idea will allow us to include the whole community as some people might be able to organise a small scale coffee morning whilst others might feel able to hold a choir concert or organise a sponsored event.
“I want everyone to feel wanted and included and most importantly to have fun in what they decide to do. I don’t have funding to support these but I will endeavour to support them, and attend as many as I can.”
A number of events are already in the planning stage but the Chairman is hopeful that many new ideas will come forward to raise funds for the charities.
Those who wish to organise an event can contact Cllr Hale at Chairs_office@bathnes.gov.uk or ring on 01225 394235. Their events can then be publicised on the Council’s website and on other social networks. The Chairman can also be contacted to discuss fundraising idesas on 0117 9837923.


The current edition of the Westfield Warbler is now available:
See the link on the right hand side of this page.


Grants of up to £6,000 are available to make energy saving improvements to your home through Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Energy at Home scheme.
This grant is available to all home owners, private landlords and privately renting tenants. You do not need to be on a low income or an elderly person to be eligible for this grant, but you do need to be signed up by the end of February.
It can be used to help cover the costs of improvements including:
• heating systems including gas, electrical and oil fired systems,
• internal, external, or cavity wall insulation, and loft insulation,
• glazing including secondary glazing, double glazing and external doors,
Measures such as these can improve your home’s energy performance, reduce the amount you spend on your energy bills, and will help keep your home warm and cosy during winter.
The Energy at Home scheme provides free expert guidance on all aspects of home energy including: how to get the best deal on your energy bills; which energy saving improvements might be most appropriate for your home; and which grants and support are available to help you.
Cllr Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “This home improvement grant is coming to an end very soon so I’d encourage residents to contact the Energy at Home Advice Service as soon as possible to find out what help they can get to improve their home’s energy performance.”
The Energy at Home scheme will continue to be available after this particular grant ends, with access to other local and national grants, however funding to this level, accessible for so many people, and for this range of measures is unlikely to be available again.
Contact the Energy at Home Advice Service
Freephone 0800 038 5680 available Monday to Friday 9am-6pm, and on Saturday mornings 9am-12pm.
Email advice@energyathome.org.uk or visit www.energyathome.org.uk
The grant money has been made available from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.


Parish Council is delighted to announce we have a Twitter address and are now able to communicate with even more residents and businesses in Westfield.
Our Twitter address is @westfield_pc
We look forward to hearing from you!