Christmas poem by Jon Hamp

I like this damp and this dark and this cold.
I do not fear it ,
It is the earth
It is old.

I like the scarlet winter moon that rose,
And hid its fire in the winter cloud.

And at this time when question,
raises challenge about worth,
I walk to the hill to follow the line,
of the last curve of the earth.

(c) Jon Hamp 2019

Photo by Conor Whelan: “I walked up to Bathwick Fields this morning to see the Solstice Dawn and looked across to Kelston Roundhill and thought of you…”

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New shed nearly complete…

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Les Newman’s work is nearly done. We’ll have a place to store benches and tables and also – if we go ahead with renewables – for a battery and a boiler for underfloor heating. Nice touch that when Les finds … Continue reading

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Kelston Roundhill from Beach Hill today

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Kelston Roundhill now open for activities with Moving Mountains

You can now enjoy a range of outdoor activites for young people and adults on Kelston Roundhill. Activities include archery, orienteering, woodcraft, survival and bushcraft. They’re organised by Dan Spencer, founder of the outdoor skills business Moving Mountains.

Dan and his team of instructors already provide activities for students from Weston All Saints Primary School, who are regular visitors to Kelston Roundhill and the old barn.

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Kelston Roundhill in summer by Paul Jackson

Limited edition prints available: more info here. Or drop into PencilTree studio at 5 Cleveland Terrace, Walcot Street Bath. More of Paul’s work at Saatchi Gallery

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Historic Ordnance Survey maps of Kelston and surrounds

Nice visit this morning from map collector John Hancox, who is decluttering and kindly delivered a selection of relevant historic local maps to the door.

Based on surveys from the 1880s showing buildings, springs, field boundaries, antiquity sites and trigpoints the maps date from the 1930s to the 1970s. It’s beautiful detailed work, not made easier by the transition from traditional measures to decimal. As the 1930s maps note:

“to convert decimal parts of an acre into roods and perches you multiply by four to give roods and decimals of a rood, multiply this decimal by 40 thus obtaining Perches and Decimals of a Perch.”

You can see why they needed slide rules. By the 1970s the maps are fully decimal and metric. Selected details below…

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Kelston summit on the potential for social prescribing

We were delighted to welcome the West of England Nature Partnership (WENP) and guests last week for a day-long workshop on social prescribing. The group included occupational and mental health therapists, psychiastrists and social workers and representatives of nature and wildlife projects and therapeutic outdoor activity providers.

Michéal Connors of the Natural Academy kicks off WENP’s social prescribing workshop at the Old Barn.

Social prescribing (see NHS description here) uses state health or welfare purchasing power to buy innovative and natural therapies such as outdoor activities in forests, gardens or sports clubs. Social prescribing is a great idea if it could be made to work at scale, and the sooner the better.

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