Roundhill Barn all set up for senior medical colloquium

We’ve got some senior doctors from Bath’s Royal United Hospital using Roundhill Barn tomorrow for a medical charity strategic awayday. We’d love to more for the local NHS, and we’ve tried to set up a soothing and creative environment for them.

The beautiful new boardroom table was a generous gift from Neal’s Yard pioneer Anya Saunders when she finally closed her long-standing practice. Weighs a ton.
Pallet sofas for chilling and chatting, round a fire if needed.

For details on hiring Roundhill Barn for strategic awaydays or celebrating life events visit

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Hah hah! the bridges say

Jon Hamp writes:


the bridges say,
You do not walk in Wales today….

But I have walked and I have seen,
your rain, your light , your grey, your green.

A gentle ‘SO?’
these Cotswolds say….
we hold close counsel here today.

and hide our jewels in folds and pleats,
where green cloaks; beech and alder meet.

So, let your mountains hold their height,

We sleep in folds and pleats tonight.

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Solstice: Kelston Roundhill

The Kelston Laureate Jon Hamp sends us these words:


The gate latch
falling lifts the head.
Antlers reach to touch the veil
resting soft against it.

The key is entered, upside down.
Lock turns, and time
breathes outward, through
to somewhere else.

And gently, dust and antlers
sift downward through the mesh.

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The Whale are back Saturday – tickets still available

This Sat 21 May Three Cane Whale are back at Roundhill Barn for an intimate concert. The trio play delicate, original instrumental folk tunes, and deploy rich array of original instruments many of which would be unfamiliar.

“It’s fantastic: Three Cane Whale are very talented musicians playing 20 or more instruments…what they do is to capture the natural environment. So to record them on a hill – Kelston Roundhill – seems perfect”

Verity Sharpe on BBC Radio 3, about the album Three Cane Whale live at the Old Barn recorded on Kelston Roundhill

Tickets £15 available here. Cash bar with excellent food available on the night.

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New splash of colour in Kelston clump

This was nice to see after our December bluebell planting efforts.

We’re very much hoping these are Hyacinthoides non-scripta and not the other ones; we love Jamon iberica but Hyacinthoides hispanica not so much…

Here’s the key to distinguish them…

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Middle Ground Growers’ equinox celebration at Roundhill Barn

We were pleased to welcome our new neighbours the Middle Ground Growers from the other side of the hill for an equinox celebration of their new venture and successful fundraise.

Their Weston Spring project is a new market garden growing local organic fruit and veg, with local delivery by e-bike. In an age of mini-courgettes flown in from Kenya and asparagus from Peru they’re taking the World Heritage City to the old ways in an outstanding, natural and beautiful way. Let’s not forget this is how Bath’s earlier Roman and Georgian residents would have fed themselves.

Starting a new venture is always risky, and earning a living from local farmland is hard work. Their worthwhile project is something we’re happy to support.

Weston Spring project supporters wandered up to the clump as drinks were served, with local cider and beer from the Electric Bear brewery .
Anticipation building as the bands soundcheck while Robbie cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
World music legends Baka Beyond – our local friends Su Hart and Martin Cradick with a superb Senegalese rhythm section – dishing up mellow danceable traditional Cameroon sounds. Excellent support by Easy Peelers.
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Spring, and the lettings season restarts for Roundhill Barn

Spring and beautiful weather has seen increased visits to Kelston Clump. The Roundhill Barn is again available for short-term hire: see dedicated web site here. Apologies if the lettings team has been hard to contact for some weeks: we had admin and staff issues (all now happily resolved).

This weekend two lucky 16-year-olds had a memorable birthday weekend of sunlight and moonlight with dozens of friends. Adult supervision was kept at a safe distance with the elegant solution of a 1967 Airstream Trail Wind from Nick at Glamstreams: all mod cons in a classic aero-engineering aesthetic.

Heating, shower, loo, cooker, super-comfy double beds; LED lighting and USB power throughout. The refurbished and modernised classic Airstream from Glamstreams is the business.
Who says 16 year olds aren’t responsible? Roundhill Barn beautifully cleared up by young people after an intense evening of exuberant celebration.
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More Roundhill pics: Dick Bateman

Dick Bateman, learned retired geography teacher and keen walker who knows Kelston Roundhill as well as anyone, has responded to Ben’s pictures below with some of his own.

Maybe its time we revived our photo competition (first prize was a Bath Soft Cheese, consolation prize hard cheese, and past winner in most categories typically the one and only Matt Prosser).

Jackdaws on Kelston Roundhill (please supply your own sound effects)
Kelston Roundhill on the horizon with mist over Kelston and Saltford (looks like from Prospect Style, but Dick may correct me)
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New Kelston Roundhill photo book project by Ben Walmsley

The photographer Ben Walmsley contacts us with some photos and questions:

I am a photographer currently putting together a series of images of Kelston Roundhill for a book. I was wondering if you had any information about the history, I have found that there is something about how it was very important to the town of Kelston a long time ago, but is there anything more you can tell me, or be able to point me in the right direction of where I could find out such information

Where do we start? Maybe with the Kelston History Group, and perhaps the detailed description of Dick Bateman’s 7000 years of enterprise walk from Saltford to Kelston, part of the RGS’ Discovering Britain series.

Thanks for the images Ben. Do share more as we go through the seasons, and best of luck with the book!

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Boxing Day planting bluebell bulbs; a gift from Middle Ground Growers

Boxing Day we planted a mass of English bluebell bulbs in Kelston clump. It always feels like an ideal location for bluebells, but we’ve never seen any flowering in there until spring 2021, and even then it was just a few of the invasive sort.

So we accepted with pleasure a generous Christmas gift from our new neighbour Hamish from the Middle Ground Growers of a bucket of English bluebell bulbs. He said it was 200 bulbs; we reckon we planted about 500 and had a good quantity left over for another round. We dug hem in around the base of trees, and sprinkled some chili flakes and cinnamon to deter pests.

Come and check in April. We’re hoping to see some first flashes of blue. But maybe you’ll just find a bunch of well-fed squirrels…

Super sunny conditions for a Boxing Day outing.
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