Sanctus @ St. Mary’s Bathwick on 20th Jan. at 7:30

A Handful of Singers From 1610 to 2013, and from Italy to Britain via France and Norway, A Handful of Singers’ first concert of the year provides a programme full of sumptuous textures and colours. Monteverdi’s Mass for 6 voices ‘In illo tempore’, dating from the same year as his Vespers but, surprisingly, not nearly as well known, makes ingenious use of harmony and melodic imitation to create a unique, rich sound-world. The ethereal quality of Allegri’s famous Miserere, his sublime nine-voice setting of Psalm 51 written 20 years later, gives way to James MacMillan’s spine-tingling and exquisite setting of the same psalm (also called Miserere), which at times clearly alludes to the Allegri. Eric Whitacre’s stunningly effective Sainte-Chapelle portrays the ‘many-coloured light’ shining through the jewel-like glass windows in that remarkable stained-glass chapel in Paris, while Ola Gjeilo’s Northern Lights evokes the powerful beauty of the aurora borealis. Paul Mealor’s atmospheric setting of Ubi Caritas, written for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, completes the programme. A Handful of Singers is directed by its award-winning conductor Christopher Finch.
At St Mary’s Bathwick on Sat 20th 2018 at 7.30 pm please book through Bath Box office.




Cleveland pools update

Heritage Lottery Fund visitors at the Cleveland Pools with some of our supporting team

Thank you for your patience waiting to learn what is happening with the Cleveland Pools.. In August we submitted our Stage II bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, to secure our final £4.1m grant request. We can now reveal that we have had a visit from representatives of the HLF, who spent the day with us going through plans on site and scrutinising our business case.

We felt it went well, although we still have to find £141,000 from a revised fundraising target of £869,000. We do have some promising pledges to help bring it down, and the result of the bid in the New Year could make all the difference. Either way we will be calling upon all our supporters to help us achieve the shortfall. If you wish to help now, please click here to go to our appeal page.

Meanwhile we’ve been given the charity chalet at the Bath Christmas Market next Sunday, 26th November. From10am – 6pm we’ll be selling merchandise, including this brand new Christmas card – ‘Snowman at the Pools’ – designed by graphic artist Catherine Phelps.

It is available in both packs and singles alongside Catherine’s ever-popular ‘Diving Lady’ posters, our logo’d cloth bags, and quality torch pens. Please spread the word to your family and friends.

All other news is on the website, so do have a browse when you have a moment and we will follow up on this bulletin with a New Year newsletter informing you of our Heritage Lottery Fund bid result.

Here is a short statement from our chairman Ann Dunlop:

“Well, it’s been a full-on few months for us and we would not have achieved our goals without the loyal support of our advisors, the unswerving dedication of my co-trustees, and the incredible tenacity of project director Christopher Heath.

“It will be a nail-biting few weeks now whilst we await our fate but whatever happens, on behalf of the Cleveland Pools Trust, I would like to thank you for your support and wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year.

“Do come and say Hello on 26th November if you can – the charity chalet is easy to find as it’s next to the taxi rank in Orange Grove”.

Ann Dunlop – Cleveland Pools Trust

BHRA Autumn Event 7th Nov. at 7:00 for 7:30

The meeting will start at 7:00 with food and drink.
Don’t forget the entrance charge is £5 per head, we will also have a raffle in aid of the Cleveland Pools Trust and Cleveland Pools Trust will be selling Christmas cards.
Please bring cash for payments.
From 7:30 we have prepared the following questions for our guests, after they have each talked for around 10 minutes the floor will opened for questions.
James Freeman ( or his representative from First ):
What plans are there to bring in more lower polluting buses – such as all with Euro 6 or electric engines
What speed restrictions are there on the buses ( tachographs)  and are they regularly checked?
Real TIme Indicators – how they can be more accurate (particularly at the Abbey bus stop going towards the University – they appear to show buses that don’t stop at the Abbey )
Bus services at night – these are scheduled at 20 minutes intervals until about 3 am – are these services really needed and are the quietest buses used?
Any other plans that First has that would be relevant to our residents.

Councillor Mark Shelford who is the lead Councillor for transport  :

What measures are that Council planning to reduce pollution in Bath

What measures are the Council planning to reduce traffic levels overall.  What is the view about the proposed by -pass?
What powers does the Metro Mayor have or plan to have to regulate buses and other traffic pollution.
Martyn Whalley from the university:
What control does the university have over bus services, would they prefer two different providers – fares have gone up since Wessex stopped operating.
Would the university consider a shuttle service using a low emission shuttle bus at peak times, just up and down the hill?  Or what other ideas are there that might reduce the pollution at peak times?
Any other ideas and plans that might improve the transport situation.
We will open the meeting to some questions after the input from all the speakers.
As the speakers may not want to stay on there will be an opportunity for feed back and more drink and food at the end, as well as the raffle.

News from BID – At Home in Bath

At Home in Bath is a week long celebration of homes and interiors special offers and events.  Bath businesses are opening their doors to specialist designers and experts to get your creative juices flowing.  From beautiful fragrances for your home to quality wallpapers, our team will bring you experiences to inspire your Christmas home restyle.  It is a great opportunity to get expert advice as a homeowner and relax and let others take the pressure in making your house a home and planning for your future. And don’t miss out on the discounts for Bath homeowners.
For information please go to for tickets and information.
Monday 23rd October
Lakeland kitchenware demonstrations. 11.30-14.30 (Free)
Molton Brown home fragrance consultations with massage (£15)10.00-17.00
TSB Bank how to fund your dream home. 14.00-17.00 (Free)
Walcot Street – inspiration  and events all day (Free)
Tuesday 24th October
Lakeland kitchenware demonstrations. 11.30-14.30 (Free)
Yves Delorme – Milsom Place – luxury bed dressing. 14.00-16.00 (Free)
Molton Brown home fragrance consultations. 10.00-17.00 (£15)
Jolly’s Tea Room – an afternoon of Country Living, Catherine Gee in conversation with Susy Smith over afternoon tea. 14.30-16.30 (£25)
Walcot Street – inspiration  and events all day (Free)
Wednesday 25th October
Lakeland – kitchenware demonstrations. 11.30-14.30 (Free)
TSB Bank – how to fund your dream home. 9.00-12.00 (Free)
Walcot Street – free inspiration  and events all day
Thursday 26th October
Laura Ashley Interior Design Event. 10.00-17.00 (Free)
Graham and Green – Pom pom workshops. 13.00-14.30 and 14.30-16.00 (£5)
Rossiters of Bath – styling tips with GP and J Baker and Mulberry. 14.00-16.00 (£5)
Walcot Street – inspiration  and events all day (free)
Yves Delorme – glamourous bedroom design. 14.00-16.00 (free)
Channii B Shoes – meet Claire Rendall – top designer.  16.00-20.00 (Free)
Brissi – Sparkling styling event with the Brissi team. 17.00-19.00 (Free)
Friday 27th October
Lakeland – cookie cutters and spiralizers demos. 11.30-14.30 (Free)
Molton Brown – home fragrance consultations. 10.00-17.00 (£15)
Pug & Puffin – open day. Bring along a pug!. 9.00-18.00 (Free)
Rossiters of Bath – The art of textiles with the Designers Guild. 14.00-16.00 (£5)
TSB Bank – fund your dream home (and eat cake!). 11.00-14.00 (Free)
Walcot Street – inspiration  and events all day (Free)
Special offers available throughout the week
Cath Kidston 3 Broad Street, HAY 36-37 Milsom Street, India Jane 20 Milsom Street, Quadri of Bath 16 Milsom Place, True Grace 19 Milsom Place,

New waste collections

You will recently have received leaflets about how the new waste collections will work, introducing the new black wheelie bins or black bags for household waste. You should receive yours shortly. We recommend you mark them with your address.

Also please be aware if you are short of recycling bins or your blue cardboard bag is disintegrating you can call council connect on 01225 394041 to get replacements or additional bins. With the winter coming please try to use the green bin lids so your recycling does not get blown away before collection.

If you have any issues with the new system please contact B&NES or Matt Cockrane our councillor.

** This Saturday afternoon – Open Gardens **

Don’t forget we have our open gardens at Combe Royal Crescent for 2:00 to 5:00 pm. All 3 gardens will be open.

Home made Cakes and Tea will be served, there is no entry fee but we will be collecting donations for the restoration of Cleveland Pools ( our chosen local charity for this year )

Don’t let rain deter you – we’ll keep the cakes dry and have shelter!

If you have mobility problems please contact Colin Clark on 01225 312 549. It should be possible to drive down the drive, but there will be no parking space. There is free parking  a bit lower down Bathwick Hill on the same side. There will be plenty of seating.

Federation of Bath Residents Assocs. Summer Event on Bathwick Hill

Hi, as we have told you, Felix Moore is hosting the Federation of Bath Residents Association Summer event at his home. This is attended not only by members of residents associations but other action groups and councillors, so part from having a chance to socialise and enjoy Felix’s garden and the canapés and drinks you can also get a chance to discuss local issues.

Tickets are £12.50 click on link for full details.

Microsoft Word – Garden Party 26 July 2017