Kelston Roundhill pretty in pink, by Tim


Tim Graham, who set up the Kelston Roundhill Flickr group, sent in this shot taken from Saltford on a Sunday morning in January.

Do keep your Flickr photos backed up people. Under Yahoo there’s a risk Flickr will not be as reliable as photographers would like it to be.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Any ideas where this view of Kelston Roundhill is from?

Answers in the comments please.

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Visit of friends from Fairfield House: echoes of Ethiopia

On a chilly January evening we had the pleasure of a visit from our near neighbours at Fairfield House, former home of His Imperial Majesty the Emperor Heile Selassie. Today two charities operate there: Fairfield House (responsible for the substantial historic building on lease from B&NES), and the Bath Ethnic Minority Senior Citizens Association (Bemsca).

H.I.M, who is the Messiah for Rastafari, lived in exile for six years at 2 Kelston Road when his native Ethiopia was under Italian invasion 1936-1941. After his return home he bequeathed Fairfield House to the Corporation of Bath for the care of the elderly. Bemsca provides day care services there today in a splendid 1850s building set in a well-tended garden.

It is highly likely that H.I.M walked across Kelston Roundhill on his way to North Stoke church.

We look forward to opportunities for collaboration with Fairfield House in areas such as education, interfaith and community work and culture.


H.I.M wrote of his house at 2 Keslton Road “The view through its front windows always reminded us of the hills in Harer”

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Misty January

Walkers have been deprived of their distant views for a few days. But there is a different haunting beauty to the clump in the mist.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bath Preservation Trust kicks off 2017 with a team outing on Kelston Roundhill

Bath Preservation Trust was set up to in the 1930s to save historic Bath from being cut in half by a new road. Now the Trust safeguards the historic character and amenities of the town with planning advice and education. It also owns and runs four local museums: 1 Royal Crescent, Herschel Museum, the Museum of Bath Architecture and our neighbour across the valley Beckford’s Tower.

It’s a small, independent charity with a huge workload, so we were delighted when they chose to kick off 2017 with a day off and a team visit to Kelston Roundhill including lunch in the Old Barn.

Fireside strategic team talk for the Bath Preservation Trust.

They help many owners and managers around Bath, us included. They supported the protection of the Clump with a grant towards fencing, and are integral to much that goes on in the local built environment and landscape, including the successful Bathscape bid.

On a crystal clear day the team had a bracing and spectacular walk from Beckford’s Tower, coffee and a fireside chat at the Old Barn, followed by lunch before heading back to the Tower across the valley via Prospect Style.


The team heads up the hill back to work protecting Bath’s heritage in 2017 and beyond.
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Come spring & summer here’s what we’ll be looking for

Here’s the AWT’s magnificent meadows guide to what to look out for when the flowers are back.

meadow-id-guide-webAvon Wildlife Trust offers a meadowflowers identification guide as part of its “Magnificent Meadows” project.

The plan is to use these AWT and other specialist NGO resources to inform the new schools partnerships work which starts January 2017. This involves working with selected schools to use the Roundhill for specific learning (including plants and wildlife) artistic and personal development.

We also plan a second AWT “Magnificent Meadows’ day in July 2017.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The darkening hill

by Jon Hamp

Fainting colour on faintest stalk
Hidden from winter’s fist
Lonesome foxes stalk the stores
Panic on the list

Light heads west just after noon
Having never lit the scene
Blue, then black, like a rising tide
steals where the grey has been.

What is it now
That holds us still?
Pinned like flies on this darkening hill.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment