Events

This was a development from last year’s micro exhibition in Foxhill Point. A portion of a small grant from B&NES Arts Development Team was used to finance this year’s large scale exhibition (along with a contribution from the CURO grant for the festival).
It was held in the Exhibition Room of Bath Central Library. This was a partnership initiative with Arty Buddies and B&NES Library Service and was an opportunity to showcase art works produced in Foxhill in the centre of the city.
Arty Buddies is an organisation that runs art groups established in Bath &NES communities and is supported by Time Bank Plus. The Foxhill group meets on Tuesday mornings at the small community building ‘Foxhill Point’ which is the former laundry for Dunster House (a block of flats in the centre of the Foxhill estate).
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• The art exhibition itself was held for seven days from Monday 1st June to Sunday 7th June
• The art exhibition opening event was held between 5pm and 6.15pm on Monday 1st June. The exhibition was opened by Cherry Beath, the Mayor of Bath.
The most senior contributor to the exhibition was Margery Crocker who is in her hundredth year and had never drawn before joining the art group at Foxhill.
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The exhibition opening went with a buzz and was enjoyed by all. During the week the exhibition had a steady flow of visitors with some lovely comments in the visitor’s book. The most frequently appearing word was ‘inspiring’.
A small selection of comments are shown below:
‘Very inspiring exhibition’
‘Inspiring and wonderful. Hopefully community art will flourish again’
‘Amazing and inspiring’
‘Wonderful and such a friendly group. Well done!’
‘Excellent exhibition. Really effective and affecting. Thanks for sharing your art.’
‘Beautiful work – colourful and inspiring.’
‘Excellent, some of the paintings were very moving.’
‘Most vibrant, adventurous, colourful and inspiring’
‘Brilliant exhibition. Well done everyone.’
‘Love the colours – what a high standard!’
‘Fantastic work! Beautifully presented too.’
‘Wow, so much work and detail makes this a very special set of pictures to view. Thank you.’
We also amassed quite a collection of visitor’s contributions both sketches and ‘word images’.
Tis exhibition will be going 'on tour' so watch out for it if you missed it during the Foxhill Festival.

Sun, kites, music and art!
This was the second Foxhill Festival and built on the successes and learning of last year’s. It was organised at short notice by a very small team taking advantage of a CURO grant. Our partners were Arty Buddies and the Bath and NE Somerset Library Service.

It included arts and crafts and music events as well as a guided local walk. Kite making was provided as this year’s crafts element and a picnic and kite flying event replaced last year’s ‘Party in the Park’.

Last year’s mini art exhibition was succeeded this festival by a much larger exhibition in Bath Central Library Exhibition Room (the library has a footfall in excess of 40,000 per month). This exhibition has a planned continuing life in other exhibition venues.

The music element ran to the same format as last year’s successful day.

This year’s local walk was particularly useful in following a route which linked Foxhill, the MOD site/ Mulberry Park area and Combe Down.

Kite Flying
Kite flying is an activity that spans cultures and historical eras. As a non-flying species we’re fascinated by flight and delight in making something that we can launch into the sky, watch and learn to have some control over.
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There were five separate sessions of kite making all of which involved an element of kite flying on completion. These were made up of:

• two sessions at Combe Down Primary School with the first two years of the Juniors involving in total 60 children. The children test flew their kites at the end of the session in the playground. These workshops were held during the first two weeks of May.
• two family workshops during the May half term holiday. The venue for these workshops was the Foxhill Community Centre. These were very popular and attended by over 40 people. These were mainly groups of children with parents and grandparents but also some unaccompanied teenagers.
• a further kite making workshop was held during the festival weekend at St Andrew’s Church in between music events on Saturday 6th June. This was again attended by family groupings.
In addition:
• a picnic and kite flying event was held on the afternoon of Sunday 7th June in Entry Hill Playing Field. This was a family event and families taking part included those from the primary school sessions, some from the half term workshops and some from the workshop held the previous day. There was a real mix of age ranges from babes in arms to grandparents.

Music Day!
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This year the music strand included (all at the St Andrew’s Community Church on Saturday 6th June):

• a morning drumming workshop led by Justin Fellowes of Rhythm Instinct.
• a morning guitar workshop
• an evening of music performances starting with an open mic. led by Suzanna Lea (country and western artist)
• followed by performances provided by: petesavin and co. (music and self -penned songs), Untapped (blues and popular covers) Serendipity (young, cool and contemporary sounds and lyrics from Emily and Katie Seaborne) and After Lark ( playing jazz standards and original lyrics from Kait Lee (vocals) and Becky White (bass guitar))

See the separate post with news of the Art Exhibition 'Ekphrastic'

We had a really great day on Saturday 13th in Pennyquick park and a fantastic turnout from the community and from all the organisations that attended.

Bath City Farm came down with chickens to show the children, and Adrian Secker brought along a couple of the police horses which were a huge hit.

We also had a few Vikings doing sword fighting and they helped to draw the raffle that Time bank had put on. The bouncy castle was very full with young people most of the day and Rachael's Community Shop made some fantastic multicultural food to give out to everyone who came down, as well as running a jumble sale.

There was Art & Craft with Sophie who made some great masks with the young people, Michelle ran some window sill gardening. Unique Voices did some great drama based activities with all the children interested, while Be creative had a stand giving out information on their carnival project for next year.

And of course Claire ran the circus skills which were very popular as always and Time bank had free tea and coffee on the go.

All in all it was a great day, many many thanks to everyone who helped to make it happen - especially all of our volunteers.

This is the last Redland event in this project and it has been the best yet. We hope to access more funding for future projects in and around the Twerton area and will still be running lots of great groups and 1-1 exchanges from Time bank, come in to the office at 86 Twerton High street and have a chat to find out more.

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Our first Family fun afternoon in Pennyquick park today and the rain stayed away! We started the afternoon with some hazel coppicing and then made some hazel pencils with the help of Matt from the Avon Wild life Trust. We also made some wooden name badges and afterwards some of the boys helped to set up a ban marie to melt pieces of chocolate for our banana chocolate snacks - yum!  Later in the afternoon Sophie set up a craft area and we made lots of great paper crowns.

One boy commented that it was great participation and when I asked him what that meant he said:

How I see it is its about having fun, helping people have fun and being a part of whats fun and to try not to spoil it for anyone else

Come along to the next free family activity day if you are free, there will be more basic nature activities, art & craft, simple refreshments and next time Clare is doing some circus skills. Wednesday August 27th 1.30-6pm - First session 1.30-3.30 and second session 4-6pm.

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Foxhill Festival was a week-long programme of creative events taking place in the Foxhill area in May 2014.

Co-ordinated by Time Bank Plus in conjunction with the local Foxhill community and funded by the Big Lottery, Foxhill Festival was a celebration of all things Foxhill and a week to be remembered.

The programme kicked off with a Party in the Park, attended by over 300 people, and also included art exhibitions, a treasure hunt, local history talks, a family filmshow, music workshops, a pub quiz, local walks, an evening of performance by local musicians and more.

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The final music event attracted an audience of over 80 people and was a fitting close to a truly magnificent week. Congratulations and thanks to all who worked so hard to make this happen.

It looks as if the Festival is already stimulating a number of ongoing activities in Foxhill. Watch this space for further details.

We had a great day with our volunteers in Pennyquick park, Twerton, running a showcase   of all the outdoor activities we have on offer through Time Bank. We were joined by Julian House bike repair team, Avon20140405_145337 (2) Wildlife Trust, Curo residents team and Rachel's Bath Community Shop who had a huge amount of young people making lots of Easter crafts!  We also had the various Time bank garden teams who displayed simple windowsill gardening techniques to everyone.

There was some outdoor cooking on a fire wok to help launch the 'Out in Nature' project, circus skills for the whole family and a football game that starts our football coaching sessions for 12-18yrs in Pennyquick park, Newton Road.

The weather was great for an early spring day and lots of people came and joined us for   the afternoon. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped to set up and ran the activities!

Joe Scofield came down and took photos at the event and put them on page 6&7 of the     May edition of Twerton and Whiteway News