SWAN WINTER NEWSLETTER
THINGS TO DO IN BATH AT HALF TERM
February half-term fun at the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery
Families can enjoy a host of fun, hands-on activities this February half-term at the Bath & North East Somerset Council-run Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery.
Kids can get creative and a make laurel crown, add sparkle to a royal tiara, design a Georgian hat, dress like a Roman in a toga, or create a stylish sedan chair.
All activities are included in the normal admission price. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Councillor Paul Myers, (Conservative Midsomer Norton Redfield) cabinet member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “There’s something for children of all ages to do in our museums over the half-term holidays. The great news for local families is that all activities are free for Bath & North East Somerset residents with a Discovery Card. We hope this will encourage local parents and carers to sign up for a Discovery Card if they don’t already have one, as well as attracting new visitors into our museums.”
Togas and Tunics
The Roman Baths
Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Saturday 17, Sunday 18 February 2018, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm
Find out how the Romans dressed and try on a toga.
The Roman Baths
Monday 12-Friday 16 February 2018, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm
Learn about Julius Caesar and use his secret code to make a Roman laurel crown.
Top It Off
Fashion Museum Bath
Thursday 15 February 2018, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Top off your outfit by creating a tiara, crown or sash and explore the new Royal Women exhibition.
Hats Off to Bath
Victoria Art Gallery
Wednesday 14 February 2018, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Turn yourself into a Georgian with hats and head gear. Ages 3 to 7.
Go Out in Style
Victoria Art Gallery
Friday 16 February 2018, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Create a sedan chair fit for a king. Ages 6 to 11.
YOUTH ACTIVITIES IN WESTFIELD FEBRUARY-APRIL 2018
SOMETHING FOR HALF TERM AT THE ROMAN BATHS
Fascinating new tours are set to take visitors behind the scenes of the largest archaeological excavations at the Roman Baths for more than 30 years.
The 20-minute tours will run at regular intervals throughout February and will give visitors access to the excavations taking place in vaults which are not normally open to the public.The work is taking place as part of the Archway Project, which will create a new Clore Learning Centre for the Roman Baths (romanbaths.co.uk/archway).
The tours are free with admission to the Roman Baths, however visitors can give a small, optional donation to the Roman Baths Foundation (charity number 1163044) to support the excavations. Highlights of the new tours will include:
- A Roman exercise area, which will be part of a new Investigation Zone, in which schoolchildren will be able to carry out research in and amongst Roman remains when it opens in 2019
- An in-situ stylobate – a colonnaded walkway which contains a Roman doorway leading through to a possible row of shops, where traders might have sold memorabilia to visitors, oil for the sauna, or food and drink.
- The other side of the south wall of the Great Bath, behind the curved alcoves (exedra) where people relaxed.
- A Roman culvert, and pipe work and drains from Georgian and Victorian times.
- A wall where you can see archaeological deposits (stratigraphy) dating back 2,000 years.
Councillor Paul Myers, Cabinet Member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “The tours are a great chance for visitors to go behind the scenes, meet archaeologists and possibly watch them at work discovering even more about the history of our treasured Roman Baths. It’s also great for any Bath and North East Somerset residents with a Discovery Card because these archaeology tours are free with the card.”
Although modest in scale, this will be the most significant archaeological work to have taken place on the site since Sir Barry Cunliffe’s investigations in the 1970s and 1980s. Professional archaeologists will lead the excavations, supported by local volunteers from the Bath & Camerton Archaeological Society. They will begin by carrying out ground radar and resistivity surveys, before opening up a number of trenches and re-excavating some 19th and 20th century drains. This will allow them to investigate the deposits through which the drains were dug.
A small programme of archaeological works took place in September 2017 and unearthed some exciting finds: three Roman coins and a Roman nail cleaner with a rare peacock design. The Archway Project is supported by National Lottery players through a £3.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
CALLING WESTFIELD COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS
We have a unique opportunity to offer you, following a partnering with the popular and local radio station Somer Valley FM the opportunity to 10 hours of media training for a group of up to four people from your organisation.
This could include:
- Project and task management – working to time deadlines
- Verbal communication skills, using a microphone, interview skills, creating a script, editing skills
- Production skills, editorial decision skills, production planning and techniques.
Radstock Museum have recently completed the training and are now hosting a weekly radio programme showcasing what the museum has to offer.
We believe this is a great way to share your good news stories and also learn some transferable skills!
Please let us know if you would like to take up this opportunity so we can arrange the first session: email@example.com or call Sarah on 07845 756 700
OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
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WESTFIELD INSPIRATIONAL CITIZEN AWARD
Whether it is gritting the pavements, watering the flower displays, helping at the allotment site or singing at the Christmas Lights Switch On, Westfield has a proud history of public spirited residents.
To foster our community spirit, the Westfield Inspirational Citizen Award recognises the achievements of the extraordinary people who voluntarily and selflessly improve the lives of those around them. In giving the Award, we recognise that these people are an inspiration to us all.
Do you know someone whose service to the community should be recognised? Someone whose voluntary work has made a difference in our parish? If so, please go to the Westfield Inspirational Citizen Award page on this website under ‘Community Information’ and make your nomination.
Nomination forms should be received by 26th March 2018 and the Award will be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting on 23rd April 2018.
LET’S BE SUGAR SMART IN WESTFIELD
Bath and North East Somerset wants to hear local people’s views on its new Sugar Smart campaign.
The council has teamed up with local organisations Sustainable Food Cities and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation to help get the Sugar Smart message across.
The campaign aims to address obesity, poor oral health and diabetes by helping people to recognise how much sugar is in their food and drink as well as supporting people to make healthy choices.
Residents are being asked for their views to inform the campaign by taking part in a survey with the chance to win prizes, including tickets to a Bath City football match, 1 month gym membership with Better Leisure, a Riverford Organic veg box and many more.
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
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!