Bathscape project: walking into words

This is not to be missed. A writing workshop at the Old Barn led by Sue Boyle, organised by the inimitable Tessa Strickland as part of the Bathscape project:

Looking for the right words to catch the real feeling of a place is often a way of learning to see it for the first time. This creative writing workshop will encourage you to take pleasure in turning our landscape and cityscape into words and in sharing what you write.

Based at Kelston Old Barn, Kelston Roundhill, take your inspiration from the views and the surrounding countryside, or else use the workshop time to reflect on aspects of the Bath landscape you already know and love.  Whether or not you’ve ever written anything before, Bath writer, Sue Boyle will guide and support you.

Sunday 17 Sept from 1330. More info at the Bathscape web site. 

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Upcoming music events in Kelston

See Kelston Records for details of three terrific upcoming music events – two at the Old Barn 15 July and 5 Aug, and one down at the foot of the hill in the village 28 August.

Here’s the location: to be filled with music Sat 15 July and Sat 5 August (June 2017 photo by passing balloonist Darwin Peltan)


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Cotswold AONB “save our magnificent meadows” day with WASP schoolchildren

Highly enthusiastic Year3 and year 4 pupils from Weston All Saints Primary did a day of wildflower identification, bug-hunting and art class with the Cotswold AONB team

Pupils from our closest school Weston All-Saints Primary (WASP) spent a happy morning with Richie and Ellie from the Cotswold AONB. In a fresh breeze that blew away the heatwave of the previous four days they did wildflower identification, bug hunting and art exercises in Roundhill field. They then had picnic lunch around the clump, and walked back to school the way they had come, down the Coltswold Way.

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Come and spend Th 22 June on Kelston Roundhill – open invite

Come and spend a day on Kelston Roundhill tomorrow! Bring picnic lunch. You can check about wildflowers, learn scything, help the farmer by picking some ragwort. Or just chill, walk and relax.

It’s that season again! Common orchid in Roundhill field this week. 

Richie Smith from Cotswold AONB will be on hand with activities. Arrive any time up to 1300 or so. We’ll stay as long as people fancy.


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Learn scything and help with ragwort-pulling! Free event 22 June

Richie Smith from the Cotswold AONB writes:

Fancy spend the afternoon scything and ragwort pulling on one of the iconic landmarks on the Bath Skyline? With tea and cakes to follow? All equipment and instruction provided for an afternoon of good old fashioned farming exercise! Its all happening on Kelston Roundhill from 1pm on Thursday 22nd June. Email Richie Smith at to book a place. Cheers!

Photo by Deb Roberts

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One for the train buffs…

…which is all of us when it’s The Flying Scotsman pulling through Bath last weekend, with Kelston Roundhill clear on the skyline behind the Abbey.

Pic “’Flying Scotsman’ heading a ‘Cathedrals Express’ through Bath yesterday” by @GlenBatten1 I think – see this Tweet. Apols if extra HTs/credit is due elsewhere

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Visit with Evensong from Christ Church, Bath

As well as schools, weddings and funerals, NGOs and small businesses we’re happy to invite church and community groups up at the Old Barn.

Last Sunday we welcomed a group from Christ Church, Julian Road in Bath. They spent a day of quiet up at the Old Barn, with walks and kids activities. They celebrated Evensong and then tucked into a scrumptious tea.

They’ve sent a thank you note:

It is truly a very special place; everyone who took advantage of the opportunity really enjoyed the experience. The soup was fantastic, and coupled with the local cheeses and fruit, we had a tasty spread. The weather was perfect so some of us were able to amble up to the tump to take in the fantastic views. The addition of being able to have the fires lit and the marquee available allowed us to run some activities under cover.  It was truly a fruitful afternoon.

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