The students are back

This is fresher’s week, you will have noticed lots of coaches on the hill, extra buses have been added to ensure social distancing buses.

As is usual at the beginning of term there will be a lots of traffic to and from the Uni, this normally is lessens after the first 4- 5 weeks.

Freshers week events are online or in the East car park at the uni which has been set up to comply with Covid-19 rules, and will end at 10:00 pm in line with new restrictions when they come in.

The Uni has put measures in place to comply with Covid-19 regulations :

  • isolate all foreign students arriving for 2 weeks
  • create student bubbles ( by dormitories at the student housing distinguished by coloured wrist bands)
  • only 1 days 4 hours face to face teaching at the university
  • all lectures on line
  • reducing numbers allowed in the library
  • creating study space in town ( socially distanced )
  • increased security and student unions activity to regulate social distancing

They estimate that there will be 20% student attendance at the uni at most and many staff are working form home so the numbers going to and from the uni will be reduced.

While they can’t account for every student’s movements they are taking the Covid-19 regulations very seriously.

We will keep you updated.

NHS track and Trace

The NHS track and trace app is here, here’s the link.

This needs to be downloaded to a smart phone and you need to ensure that you allow your location to be seen and you carry your phone with you when you go out for it to be effective.

If you are detected as being within 2 meters of someone who tested positive for more 15 minutes or more you will be expected to self isolate for 2 weeks.

B&N ES Liveable neighbourhood consultation

Better health, environments and spaces for people and business

the consolation is open until 14th October , the details are on the B&NES web site link below

The council would like your views on developing ‘liveable neighbourhoods’ in Bath & North East Somerset. The consolation is open until 14th October , the details are on the B&NES web site link below and there is an online survey to complete on this link:

 Better health, environments and spaces for people and business

or call council connect on 01225 39 40 41 to request printed copies of the summary and survey.

Open gardens, 5th Sept 2:00-5:00 pm

Just to remind you that we are going ahead with the BHRA open gardens on Saturday 5th Sept. Those who have already signed up have fixed start times, and once they have visited the gardens are welcome to cross the road to Sarah’s house, Old Apple, for tea.

Anyone else who would like to join please come to Old Apple, Bathwick Hill first ( near White Lodge bus stop above Cleveland Walk on left had side going uphill ). We will allot a time to visit the gardens.

Teas will be served at Old Apple, please bring your face masks to wear near the tea serving area and when helping yourselves to cake.

The gardens at 5, 6, 7 and 15, Bathwick Hill will be open access will be via Madiera Walk and will be marked.

We are not charging for this event but please put something in the box for tea and we will donate any surplus over costs to the charity Julian House which has been very busy helping the homeless during the Covid crisis.

The weather forecast is good, but if it is wet on Saturday please check the web site, as the event is outside we will cancel if it is really cold and wet.

The canal towpath to Sydney gardens

You may have notice work stopped on the towpath and has just started again. We have received this update, for those who were wondering why it was still closed.

When the joints of the ramp were raked out it became apparent that there was a lot more damage to the setts than first thought.  Additional works were therefore required and given that the ramp is a listed structure, further consent was needed from the Conservation Officer.  In the meantime, the Canal & River Trust tried installing matting and fencing over the ramp to create a safe passage and reopen the path; however, this was found to be unsatisfactory due to the uneven setts, with a number missing or damaged. Therefore, for health and safety reasons, the decision was taken to apply for an extension to the public right of way closure.

Approval for the additional works to the ramp have now been granted and the contractors have returned to site today to complete the towpath works.  It is hoped that works will be completed by September 11th, but a contingency period until September 25th has been allowed, in case of poor weather or other issues occurring.  New signage should also be in place advising of the new date for opening the towpath.

Recycling and rubbish collections

The council have informed us that recycling and rubbish collections are now starting from 6:00 am , they suggest you put your rubbish out the evening before, after 8:00 pm if possible.

The crews are working longer hours so may also pick up later in the day than usual. They also ask that you bring your bins in promptly after the collection.

click here  for more info.

Also the recycling centre in Bath is now open, you need to book first

Bath recycling centre

Bath recycling centre will be open 7 days a week from Monday 27 July 2020 to Bath and North East Somerset residents. You must book an appointment online before you visit, otherwise you will be turned away.

Mayor’s photographic competition

Sorry this is very short notice we have received this, the deadline is Friday 31st, but you still have a chance to enter


Press Release 6 July 2020


As we pass the 100 day in lockdown point, what will you remember from this period?

The Mayor of Bath (Councillor Manda Rigby) is inviting entries to an open photographic competition, with the theme ‘Memories of Bath, Lonely in Lockdown’. Her theme for the year is ‘Combatting Loneliness, Bath the Friendly City’, and she is keen to receive your memories from the last few months.

There are three categories – age 11 and under, age 12-18, and 19 and above. The competition is aimed at all who reside, work, or study in the City of Bath, and hopes to complement the work of the Bath Record Office’s Corona Captured project, in creating a lasting memory of this time.
The Mayor commented, “Many more people have been isolated or suffered from loneliness over this period. There have also been many communities coming together to combat this. I’m looking forward to seeing any photos which encapsulate your experience of loneliness in this time.”

Entries will be accepted until the 31 July 2020 by email to Please include in the subject title ‘Photo Competition’ and your ‘Age Group’. Remember to include your name and a caption for your photo, which will be added to an Exhibition on the web site. One entry per person, JPEG file size limit of 2MB. Please ensure you read the full Terms and Conditions at at before you enter. (Entrants aged 15 and under must ask their parent or guardian to submit an entry on their behalf).

After the closing date the Mayor will choose 3 winners, in conjunction with Paul Gillis, professional Freelance Photographer for The Bath Chronicle. The winners will be invited (with up to 3 guests) to visit the Mayor in the Parlour at the Guildhall when the lockdown has been lifted. A small gift will also be presented (no cash prizes).

The Mayor admitted she is no photographer herself but is sharing this photo she took to encourage you to enter!


PHOTO: Bathwick Fields,
by The Mayor, Councillor Manda Rigby

Contact: Mayor’s Office, Guildhall, BATH, BA1 5AW
Tel: 01225 477411 E-mail

NT Bathwick Fields

Just to let you know the new NT ranger, Joe, is keeping an eye on activities on the fields. He tries to get a litter-picking team there once a week and is planning to put up a NO BBQ notice.

He is also looking to reinstate notices that show the location of nearest bins are to the exits from the fields.  We have been asked why there are no bins on the fields, this is because of the logistics and costs of emptying them.

Gates on the fields are propped open where possible to reduce the spread of Covid-19, as there is currently no live stock in the fields.