Lansdown Crescent Association, Bath, UK

Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom

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Gallery 15
Snow in the Crescent

Last amended 15 November 2017
Gallery 102
Hope House under floodlights,
13th November 2017
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Gallery 101
Hope House development,
as at 13th November 2017
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Hope House development,
as at 28th October 2017
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Hope House development,
as at 24th October 2017
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LCA Garden Party, 10th September 2017
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LCA Garden Party, 10th September 2017
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LCA Garden Party, 10th September 2017
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Hope House development,
as at 5th September 2017
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Hope House development,
as at 22nd August 2017
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Hope House development,
as at 29th July 2017
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Beckford's wall, mended
20th July 2017
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Beckford's wall, awaiting mortar
14th July 2017
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Mending Beckford's broken wall,
10th July 2017
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Arrival of the Hope House crane,
9th June 2017
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Arrival of the Hope House crane,
9th June 2017
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Still waiting for the Hope House crane
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Easter Walk 2017, by Valerie Scott
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Newly installed snuffer, March 2017
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Newly installed snuffer, March 2017
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Trying to keep the HGVs out
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Health and Safety gone mad
in Lansdown Place East
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Health and Safety gone mad
in Lansdown Place East
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A rather more proportionate solution,
thanks to Highways
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Farewell, 1950s classrooms
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Demolition of the Hope House extension
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Autumn view from Lansdown Place East
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Autumn mists and autumn mud
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Halloween in Lansdown Place East
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Completion of the
Lansdown Crescent Finials Project
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Completion of the
Lansdown Crescent Finials Project
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Completion of the
Lansdown Crescent Finials Project
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Completion of the
Lansdown Crescent Finials Project
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Dr Marianna Clark celebrates
the completion of the
Lansdown Crescent Finials Project
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Completion of the
Lansdown Crescent Finials Project:
the Mayor joins the celebrations
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Completion of the
Lansdown Crescent Finials Project
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Ironart repairing the railings
opposite Lansdown Place East,
September 2016
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Drilling on the old playground, August 2016
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Drilling on the old playground, August 2016
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Drilling on the old playground, August 2016
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Finial fitting in Lansdown Crescent
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Finial fitting in Lansdown Crescent
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Finial fitting in Lansdown Crescent
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LCA Summer Party 2016
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LCA Summer Party 2016
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The beginning of the end for the Gloucester Hall
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New arrival, Spring 2016
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Hope House Unexploded Bomb, 12-13 May
Moving the defused bomb
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Hope House Unexploded Bomb, 12-13 May
Construction of the sand screen commences
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Mini Bluebell Meadow in All Saints Road
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Our sheep on the move before lambing, March 2016
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Gallery 51
Incomplete zebra crossing and pavement encroachment, April 2016
Note the lack of visibility for
cars turning out of Lansdown Place East
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Clearance on the Hope House site, April 2016
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Closure of the pavement in Lansdown Place East, April 2016
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Closure of the pavement in Lansdown Place East, April 2016
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The first digger appears on the upper Hope House site, April 2016
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Work continues on the finials, April 2016
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Work continues on the finials, April 2016
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Work continues on the finials, April 2016
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The Council's Conservation Officer inspecting finial test samples in the Crescent, advised by the blacksmith (left) and the architect (right).
She subsequently approved the method, permitting the remainder of the finials to be replaced. 25 February 2016
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Demian Bellaart of Chapel Forge starting the first finial replacement in Lansdown Crescent
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Gallery 41
Jean Hansell's 94th birthday party
at Worcester Lodge, Badminton
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Foxes in Dixon Gardens
January 2016
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LCA carol singers in the Crescent
17 December 2015
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Demolition on the Hope House site
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Demolition on the Hope House site
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LCA Christmas Party 2015
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LCA Christmas Party 2015
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Singing carols at the
LCA Christmas Party 2015
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LCA Christmas Party 2015
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LCA Christmas Party 2015
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Halloween Pumpkin lanterns
in Lansdown Place East
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Beech tree about to fall in Hope House grounds
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West section of south wall to Beckford's garden following unauthorised removal of stonework, 2 September 2015
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West section of south wall to Beckford's garden, 28 August 2015
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A sheep's eye view, 18 May 2015
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Stolen pennant stones in All Saints Road securely replaced at last, 20 May 2015
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Celebrating the 93rd birthday of Dr Jean Hansell
with a cake made by Sue Branfoot; Brenda Bridgeman made the sugar birds
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LCA Christmas Party, 2014
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LCA Christmas Party, 2014
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Mountaineering in Lansdown Place East
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Mountaineering in Lansdown Place East
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An unusual sunset view
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We are not the only ones with sheep in an urban setting! Spotted at a reading of Dylan Thomas' poetry in Fitzroy Square, London, October 2014
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Park Street footpath handrail plaque
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Spring in Lansdown Place East, 2014
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Snow in the Crescent
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Snow in the Crescent
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Invasion of the 20mph signs
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Lansdown Crescent with no cars, 2013
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Opening of the new Park Street
footpath handrail, October 2013

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Opening of the new Park Street
footpath handrail, October 2013

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Opening of the new Park Street
footpath handrail, October 2013

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LCA Summer Party, 2013
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Dr Marianna Clark celebrating 60 years
in Lansdown Place East, July 2013
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LCA Summer Party, 2013
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Information Archive

Lansdown Crescent Association press releases
Members' Information Archive
News Archive
Police and Neighbourhood Watch Archive
Association Events Archive
Planning and Development Archive
Other Local Events Archive
Sheep Archive
Federation of Bath Residents' Associations Archive

Lansdown Crescent Association press releases
  • Lansdown Crescent Finials Project
  • Park Street Handrail Installation, 21 September 2013
    The Committee succeeded in obtaining B&NES funding for the installation of a handrail along the length of the slippery footpath from All Saints Road to Park Street. The Mayor attended the formal opening.

    Members' Information Archive
    2014 Annual General Meeting:
  • Minutes
  • Chairman's Report
  • Hon. Treasurer's Report
  • Webmaster's Report
  • Agenda for 2014 AGM, 27 March 2014
    2013 Annual General Meeting:
  • Minutes
  • Secretary's Report

    News Archive
  • Dr Jean Hansell, 21 June 2017
    The Association is sad to announce that Dr Jean Hansell, founder member (with her late husband Peter) and Trustee, died peacefully at Cranhill Nursing Home on Wednesday 21st June, aged 95, after a short illness.
    Mandy Shaw (Webmaster) |
    Email


  • Installation of Crane on Hope House Site, Friday 9 June 2017
    Rhatigans have announced the delivery of the crane, which will be delivered via the M4 tomorrow (Friday 9 June). Residents should be prepared for traffic delays on Lansdown Road throughout the day, and are advised if possible to avoid driving past Hope House. They apologise for the short notice of the warning, which is partly attributable to unpredicted wind conditions.
    Mandy Shaw (Treasurer) | Email


  • FoBRA response to Sunday Times article concerning perceived threat to Bath's World Heritage status, March 2017
    The article in question may be found here (paywall).
    The Federation of Bath Residents' Associations (FoBRA) writes:
    "Nick Tobin, Chairman of our Planning Sub-Committee is also FoBRA's representative on Bath’s World Heritage Site Steering Group. In both capacities he monitors all planning applications submitted to the Council, focusing closely on the larger proposed developments in the city. He has read the article and recognises residents' concerns about the purported threat of the proposed South Quays and other major site developments to Bath's WHS status.
    Having consulted relevant officials within B&NES and from his own perspective, he considers the article to be adversely slanted – disappointing but not untypical of newspapers, especially as the Sunday Times asked for and received reassuring comments that would have helped to counter the reported concerns by Historic England and Bath Preservation Trust, but chose not to include them in their piece. Since 1972, when UNESCO initiated the WHS inscription process, only two sites have been taken off their list.
    Nick does not consider that the current amended plans to develop South Quays, if approved, would threaten the city's WH site status; nor does he believe the other current planned but not yet approved larger developments in Bath are likely to be a threat either, although recognising that many stakeholders perceive the South Quays planned buildings in particular to be too tall and too bulky. He observes that by and large most office blocks are likely to be perceived as being too bulky, too ugly and too high but points out that the current industrial Stothert & Pitt / Newark site is hardly appealing to the eye; in fact it has been an eyesore for many years, as has much of the south bank’s derelict and under-developed riverside. The developers have reduced the height of the proposed building by one storey, have changed the cladding and have been encouraged to improve the roof treatment, which is of particular concern to the planners. He nevertheless is confident that the Council would not permit any development that would be likely to encourage Historic England or any other campaigning group to trigger "a formal notification to UNESCO".
    Indeed, he has been advised that Historic England would be reluctant to notify UNESCO as has been suggested. His experience of trawling some 200 planning applications a week would also suggest that Historic England, BPT, Bath Heritage Watchdog and others fairly regularly splice "damage to WHS status" phraseology into their objections to planning applications but, that said, he reckons the Council will note objectors' concerns about South Quays in particular, especially now that it's had wider exposure in the national press. The article will have made its mark and he believes that B&NES will consider a more pro-active way ahead to counter any potential threat of future planned development to Bath’s WHS status."
    Rachael Hushon | Email


  • West of England Mayoral Election Hustings, BRLSI, Queen Square, Wednesday 26 April 2017
    There will be a hustings meeting with the 6 Metro-mayoral candidates in BRLSI on Wednesday 26 April from 7 to 9.30pm. Bookings to attend may be made here.
    For more information on the mayoral election, click here.

  • Loss of Parking Spaces and Application to Block Pavement at 11 Lansdown Place East, 9 January 2017
    James Whatmore, LCA committee member, writes:
    You will have seen the red and white plastic barriers in the road outside No.11 Lansdown Place East which have been in position for a week or so depriving us of two parking spaces. This was done with no permission from the council, who charge a fee for this privilege. This morning (Sunday) the situation has been regularised with the council; traffic cones have been put out prohibiting car parking between the cones and the illegal barriers have been removed. Their purpose is to provide parking spaces for delivery lorries and/or skips. The provisional date for end of works is June this year. It is irritating that the cones are to remain in place at weekends and in the evenings even though they are not needed then.
    In addition I was told by the contractor's "safety officer" on Friday that the pavement outside No.11 is to be closed off by similar barriers. Thus anyone coming up or down the pavement will have to make their way between parked cars into the road, or to the other side, and then do the same to re-join the pavement. The parking official tells me that pavement obstruction is the decision of the Highways Department, but if successful a gap of 1.2 metres has to be left for people to pass through.
    The reason for this obstruction has been given as "health and safety", for on those occasions when building materials are to be carried into the house there might be a collision with someone walking past. This is clearly ridiculous and could easily be overcome with a supervisor present.
    There is much greater health and safety risk in obliging adults and children to go out into the road on a half bend to pass around the obstruction. How will residents with sight/hearing issues cope with a blocked pavement?
    No other refurbishment along here has felt it necessary to close the pavement. Our loss of pavement outside Hope House has emboldened contractors to want to do the same elsewhere.
    I have been in touch with the Highways Department regarding the situation, as has Robin Kerr of No.3, our LCA Chairman, and he has also contacted councillors about the matter.

    If you would like to get your opinion of this proposal taken into account by the Highways Department, who will apparently be receiving the request very shortly, please contact James by telephone as soon as possible:
    James Whatmore (Sheep and Field) | Email

    Update 19 January: issue resolved
    Following further discussions with Highways, with the contractors, and with the owner of the house, this issue has been resolved as follows:
    The red and white barriers have been replaced with mesh fencing. This is lit with 'dawn to dusk' lamps to make it visible to pedestrians and road users.
    There will be no permanent closure of the pavement.
    At the time of a delivery, or when the skip is to be loaded, signs will be put out indicating temporary closure of the pavement, and barriers will be erected. The signs and barriers will be removed immediately the loading or delivery is complete, and work will be timed to minimise disruption.

  • Funds raised for Julian House by LCA Carol Singing, 19 December 2016
    The usual carol singing round the Association's streets took place on 19 December, led by Judith Liddell and attended by about 30 singers. As before, it started at the Derry-Evans' house and ended at the Shaws'. A collection for Julian House was taken, and totalled £280.17, accompanied by a cheque from a generous single donor for a further £250.
  • Launch of Bath Alliance for Transport and the Public Realm, 24 November 2016
    The new Bath Alliance for Transport and the Public Realm was launched on Tuesday 22 November, sponsored by Bath Bridge.
  • B&NES Parking Survey, running until 19 December 2016
    Bath & North East Somerset Council is asking local residents to complete a parking survey.
    The results will help the Council review existing parking policies and practice as part of developing a long-term strategy for the management of parking within the Bath and North East Somerset area.
    The online survey is now open and will run until 5pm Monday 19th December 2016 at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/parkingstrategy2016.
    Cllr Anthony Clarke (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Transport, said: "This survey covers all aspects of parking policy, including on-street and off-street parking, as well as residential parking, and will help us in developing an approach that balances demand and availability of parking both now and in the future.
    "The Council is keen to hear the views of residents, as well as visitors to our area, as we look to establish a balance between the social, economic, cultural and environmental needs of the whole community. I would therefore like to encourage residents to take a few moments to complete the online survey." If you have any questions about this survey please contact Parking Services at parking@bathnes.gov.uk, or call 01225 477133/4.
  • Road from Sion Hill to Somerset Place closed for a week from Wednesday 13 July

  • LCA Response to Fortnightly Refuse Collections Proposal, 31 August 2016
    On behalf of the LCA, Rachael Hushon has written to our Councillors opposing this proposal. She listed the hygiene and aesthetic impacts of the proposed change in areas (such as ours) with extensive multiple occupation, no refuse storage facilities, and many students.
    29 October update
    On 26 October, councillors, with representatives of Bath Residents' Associations (including the LCA), walked through many of the affected areas for fact-finding purposes.

  • Somerset Lane residents support local charity to celebrate the Queen's Birthday, June 2016
    In June 2016, Somerset Lane residents held a "Patrons' Lunch" to celebrate the Queen's Birthday. They raised approximately £200 including Gift Aid for Bath charity the
    Peggy Dodd Day Centre.

  • A36/A46 Link Road Parliamentary Petition, 5 June 2016
    Our MP, Ben Howlett, has decided to conduct a petition of all Bath residents to determine the level of support for some form of A36/A46 link road to be built, to reduce the number of HGVs travelling North/South through central Bath. The parliamentary petition will be hand delivered across the city during the summer months. It is a petition to the House of Commons which can be filled out and returned free of charge. So look out for the petition arriving on your doorstep in the coming months. You can also download a copy of the petition here if you want to get signing straight away.
    Volunteers needed for final push, 21 January 2017
    Ben Howlett is arranging a final push on this petition (see above), prior to its presentation to Parliament in early February. This effort will be non party-political. Would you therefore consider giving up a few hours of your time this Saturday morning, 21st January 2017, to help? Ben and his team will be gathering outside Phones4U, at 54/55 Southgate. Please send mobile numbers/email addresses to Selaine Saxby at selaine.saxby@parliament.uk, telephone 01225 311422, and she will finalise the details before the end of the week.

  • Pavement encroachment, disabled bus stop, and incomplete zebra crossing, Lansdown Road and Lansdown Place East, 20 April-16 November 2016
    Acorn Property, developers of the Hope House site, have closed off the pavement around the site in Lansdown Place East and Lansdown Road, purportedly for safety and security reasons, by planting large concrete blocks on the pavement and fixing continuous hoarding to these. Pedestrians now have to cross to the other side of the two roads to proceed, and it is effectively impossible for drivers to turn safely from Lansdown Place East southbound into Lansdown Road.
    As an additional result of the pavement closure, the northbound Lansdown Grove bus stop is currently out of use, with no temporary provision as yet in place.
    Further, an incomplete and therefore hazardous zebra crossing has been painted on Lansdown Road just above its junction with Lansdown Place East.
    The Association have investigated these unexpected and potentially dangerous developments with B&NES, the developers, and First Bus.
    It has been stressed to the developers that the lack of consultation, or even communication, experienced in relation to the pavement closure has resulted in considerable confusion and ill feeling, especially given their recent distribution of a newsletter that made no mention of it.
    The zebra crossing was not authorised by B&NES.
    On 25 April, Council Connect informed us that the developers did not have authorisation for the encroachment and that the matter was in the hands of B&NES Planning Enforcement.
    On 26 April, Cllr Tony Clarke, Lansdown Ward (Conservative) and also Council Cabinet Member for Transport, sent the following via the LCA to all Lansdown residents on behalf of the Council:
    "I have not yet had it confirmed, but it is likely that the team which licenses scaffolding and hoardings probably authorized this work. Clearly they should have notified ward Councillors and residents that this was about to happen, due to the sensitivity of the site and the possible (indeed, probable) disruption that would be caused.
    "On behalf of the Council I would like to apologize for the poor communication, the inconvenience, and the distress caused. My senior officers and I are determined to improve the service we give residents and the way we communicate."
    On 27 April, B&NES issued the following action plan - see diagram:
  • Removal of the temporary traffic lights
  • Introduction of temporary Pelican crossings above and below the site
  • Elimination of the incomplete zebra crossing
  • Installation of water filled barriers on Lansdown Road, near the junction, to move traffic flow away from the hoardings in order to improve visibility
  • Replacement bus stop above the Upper Lansdown Mews turning (i.e. where it used to be some years ago)
    All this will be put in place on Friday/Saturday 29/30 April. The Association understands that we may have to endure it for about two years.
    29 April update: the LCA understands that implementation of the action plan is now likely to be delayed for a week or more.
    3 May update: BBC Radio Bristol featured this matter early on Tuesday 3 May, talking to Cllr Tony Clarke, local resident George Scott, and LCA Chairman Robin Kerr. There is now also an article on the BBC website.
    16 May update: a temporary northbound bus stop is now in place just above the turning to Upper Lansdown Mews.
    19 May update: the following letter from the LCA Chairman was published in the 12 May Chronicle, with the exception of the section shown in bold, and with the title changed to the bland 'Homes bring some unwelcome features':
    Dear Editor,
    Incompetence on Lansdown
    54 new dwellings are to be built on the upper part of the Hope House site in Lansdown. I welcome new homes in Bath, as they are sorely needed. The developer, Acorn, has started groundworks and has kept the neighbouring residents informed with newsletters: until now. On 20th April, with no warning, we woke to find large concrete blocks being planted on the pavement joining Lansdown Place East to Lansdown Road. These sprouted interlocking hoardings over the next days, thereby preventing residents from safely walking into the city, and blocking use of an important bus stop, while one-way traffic was imposed by temporary lights, causing traffic chaos. A little earlier, a curious “zebra crossing” had mysteriously appeared nearby, on busy Lansdown Road, which seemed to have no legality: and was later officially “barred” by the Council. All this greatly inconvenienced and outraged residents, but enquiries to Acorn and the Council revealed only more confusion, safety worries and delay. No one seemed to agree on a single plan, whereas we might have expected this to have been developed before starting work, and residents to have been informed, or even consulted! Acorn and two Council departments were found to be arguing with each other, and even Councillors (both Ward and Cabinet) were perplexed. Lastly, local radio featured this crazy circus on 3rd May, and, as I write (6th May) it is only just coming to a conclusion: but where was our own Chronicle, to help in holding Authorities to account?
    Yours sincerely,
    Robin Kerr

    5 June update:
    Acorn have now lowered the water filled barriers in front of the hoarding to improve visibility.
    26 June update:
    Residents will have observed that the Lansdown Grove Hotel's delivery lorries have resumed unloading on the double yellow lines in Lansdown Road. While the hoardings and temporary pedestrian crossings remain in place this is clearly even more of an obstruction than usual. The Association has taken this matter up with them, indicating that we would expect the lorries to reverse into their back car park. Discussions continue.
    13 July update:
    Following ongoing issues with the temporary traffic lights Acorn have now replaced them with more solid and secure equipment from a different manufacturer.
    20 September update
    The unsafe nature of the current arrangements has been further highlighted by a recent 'near miss' experienced by a resident turning right out of Lansdown Place East.
    Residents are recommended, in the case of any such incident, to report it to Acorn using this contact form, giving date/time. Please note (and please remind Acorn) that under the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 such a report makes Acorn responsible for logging the incident on their risk register, and for putting appropriate mitigation in place.
    B&NES are preparing a report on the safety of the current configuration; Acorn have separately submitted this proposal to B&NES, effectively cutting off the corner of the hoarding in the hope of improving visibility. Neither B&NES nor Acorn has in any way consulted local residents. We await developments.
    Meanwhile Acorn are proposing extensive and distracting sales advertising on the hoardings.
    7 October update
    Robin Kerr spoke to Acorn's project manager on 4th October. She predicts that it will take until 18th October to start the visibility work (because of the need to design, approve and publicise the arrangements) and that it will take about two days to do (during which 3-way single-direction lights will be in operation, so anticipate big queues).
    19 October update
    The visibility work is currently held up by lack of temporary traffic lights.
    29 October update
    The visibility work was eventually carried out on 27-28 October at short notice. The Association is currently assessing the benefit of the change; if you have any comments, please contact Robin Kerr as below.
    13 November update
    See this link for the latest news re the advertising hoardings.
    16 November update
    Following many complaints about the amount of mud on the surface of Lansdown Road, Acorn are now hosing down the wheels of lorries leaving the site.
    19 January 2017 update - traffic disruption on Lansdown Road, week beginning 23 January
    Acorn's application to advertise on the hoardings has been approved by B&NES. The work will be carried out in the week beginning 23 January. Working times have been restricted to 09:30-15:00; temporary traffic lights will be in place.
    18 February update - development lorries stopping or parking on Lansdown Road
    We are assured by Lee Jones (JJ Rhatigan, Hope House upper site developers) that no lorries will be allowed to park or stop on Lansdown Road, and that, if there is not room for them to pull on to the site, one of the two banksmen will ask them to drive away until there is space.
    If you observe this rule being broken (which has already occurred) please contact:
    Robin Kerr (Chairman) | Email


  • Temporary Closure of bottom of Winifred's Lane
  • LCA Carol Singing - Collection for Julian House, 17 December 2015
    As usual, a large group sang carols round the Association's streets on the evening of Thursday 17th Dec, which was mercifully fine. They started from the Derry-Evans' house, reinforced with mulled wine, sausages and mince pies; were led and conducted by Judith Liddell; and ended at the Shaws’ house where mulled apple juice awaited them. £337.05 was collected in aid of Julian House.
  • Eastern Park and Ride Site - Email from Federation of Bath Residents' Associations, 26 November 2015
    Please click here for the full text.
  • Eastern Park and Ride Site Consultation Update, 8 November 2015
    Members will be well aware of the spirited debate over the Council's proposals for an Eastern Park and Ride site. On FoBRA's website at http://www.bathresidents.org.uk/papers.php can be read the response which FoBRA made to the Council's consultation, a press release made jointly by FoBRA with Bath Chamber of Commerce (an edited version of which appeared in the Chronicle dated 5th Nov), and a letter sent by FoBRA to the Chronicle (but not so far published) and to all Councillors. The Council issued the results of the consultation in a press release on 4th Nov: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/latestnews/council-releases-consultation-results-proposals-east-bath-park-ride. A full Council will be debating this on 12th Nov.
  • The Association has received the sad news that irreplaceable long term Lansdown Crescent resident Karl Jaeger died on 2 November. Click here to read his obituary in the Daily Telegraph.
  • Eastern Park & Ride: the Association's response to the consultation, 6 October 2015
  • Have your say on plans for new eastern Park & Ride site, 7 September 2015
    Bath and North East Somerset Council are holding a public consultation to seek the public's views on possible sites for a new park and ride to the East of Bath. Click here for details of the proposals, and how to respond. The first consultation event is on Saturday 19 September.
  • B&NES public consultation on the future of community health and care services, until 30 October 2015
  • Council agrees targeted approach to amplified busking in Bath, 9 September 2015
    Bath & North East Somerset Council has decided to put in place a targeted approach to amplified busking in the city, rather than an outright ban. A ban was considered following concerns raised by local businesses and residents over amplification in Abbey Church Yard, Kingston Parade and Abbey Green. However, after considering responses to a public consultation on busking in Bath city centre, the Council has decided to use Government legislation to target those individuals causing problems, rather than an outright ban which affects everyone.
    Cllr Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North) Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: "The results of the public consultation gave a clear message that a total ban on amplification for every busker in the area around Bath Abbey was not welcomed. This is an issue people clearly feel passionate about as we received almost 1500 responses to our consultation - the most we’ve ever received to an online consultation. 56% of respondents said they were not adversely affected by amplified music from busking and the majority (51%) also said they were not supportive of a ban. We have therefore decided not to introduce a Public Space Protection Order but instead we will use another power under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The service of a Community Protection Notice allows us to target individuals who are not adhering to the rules."
    The 12 week public consultation took place between January and March 2014, and included an online questionnaire and a public workshop – bringing together residents, businesses, buskers and councillors – where concerns were raised that the broad brush approach of a Public Space Protection Order might penalise everyone rather than dealing with just the small number of buskers who fail to busk responsibly. There were offers of support from Bath Abbey, Bath Business Improvement District, the Musicians Union and the buskers – which has resulted in a review of the buskers voluntary code of practice and the convening of a buskers liaison group that continues the positive conversation. All those involved have agreed that the situation has already improved greatly as a result of this cooperation. The Council has agreed to continue to work with the busking community and other partners, to achieve harmony through better communication and the serving of Community Protection Notices, if necessary. This will be reviewed in December 2015.
  • Bath Quays Bridge Exhibition, 14-25 September 2015
    Six designs for a new bridge across the River Avon are to be unveiled as part of an international design competition run by Bath and North East Somerset Council.
    The designs for Bath Quays Bridge will be showcased at an exhibition to be held at the One Stop Shop on Manvers Street, Bath, from September 14–25.
    The designs will also be available to view online at www.bathnes.gov.uk/bathquaybridge.
    Cllr Tim Warren (Conservative, Mendip), Leader of the Council, said: "The new bridge is an essential component of the Council's plans to create a new business district, Bath Quays, in the city's riverside quarter. A development of the scale of Bath Quays is a fantastic opportunity for Bath to reinvent a somewhat overlooked corner and connect it with the vibrant and beautiful historic city."
    Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: "This is a game-changing development for Bath. We want to gauge public opinion on the competition entries before we select the preferred design for what will become a major landmark in the city."
    The design competition began in February 2015 when it was advertised internationally to ensure a wide and expert field of applicants. 50 architectural and engineering practices from the UK and beyond applied to be considered and these have been reduced to a shortlist of six design teams by a judging panel made up of Council representatives and respected figures from the fields of bridge engineering and architecture.
    Voting boxes will be available at the exhibition and feedback can also be given online, so members of the public can choose their favourite design. This feedback will then be considered by the jury panel as they decide which design should be adopted.
    Alongside the exhibition of the six designs all 50 children’s entries for the Bath Bridge Top Trumps competition will on display at the One Stop Shop. The winners of the competition will be selected by the expert panel of bridge design judges.
    The winning design for the Bath Quays Bridge and the winners of the Top Trumps competition will be announced in November.
  • Consultation on towpath upgrade, 28-29 August 2015
    Bath & North East Somerset Council is running a public consultation as to how best to improve a significant portion of the towpath along the Kennet & Avon Canal between Sydney Gardens and Bathampton.
    The towpath is one of the most heavily used sections on the canal, and is popular with pedestrians, cyclists, anglers and boaters. Working with the Canal & River Trust and in consultation with local ward councillors, Bath & North East Somerset Council has developed preliminary proposals which include improving the surface for year round use and widening the towpath where possible.
    The proposals will be presented at a public exhibition which will seek views on the proposal from the local community and users of the towpath and the canal.
    The exhibition will run as follows:
  • Friday August 28, 2-8pm: Bathampton Village Hall
  • Saturday August 29, 11am-5pm: New Oriel Hall, Larkhall
    Improvements are being made possible thanks to a successful bid for City Cycle Ambition Funding by the Council, which has been allocated £3.8 million over the next three years. £650,000 is available to undertake the works on the towpath. This will include an improvement to the towpath along the Kennet & Avon Canal between Sydney Gardens and Bathampton, and two cycling facilities across the River Avon near Bath Spa Station and Locksbrook Bridge.
    Cllr Anthony Clarke (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Transport, said: "The Council has been awarded a significant amount of money by Government for this project and wants to ensure that all users of the towpath have their say in how it is spent. I would encourage anyone who is interested to attend one of these events."
    The proposals will also be available to view on the Council's website.
  • Traffic Investigation: Lansdown Crescent, Lansdown Place East, Lansdown Place West, summer 2015
    As discussed at the 2015 AGM, the LCA Committee has pursued the acquisition of information about speed and volume of traffic passing through the Crescent and its approach. Robin Kerr and Nick Bishop had a helpful meeting with an officer from the Council. At this meeting we were given detailed information from a traffic survey that was conducted in late June 2013. The traffic officer has agreed to carry out a similar survey so that comparisons can be made. This will happen during school term time and will show both speed and volume throughout the day. The measuring equipment will not be obvious.
    Once we have this information the Committee will be in a position to decide whether any further proposals should be discussed.
  • Bath 2015 Great Western electrification, May 2015
    There will be major disruption to services from Bath Spa from 17 July to 31 August. See the FGW website and National Rail website for details.
  • Letter received re Bath Carnival, Sydney Gardens, 11 July 2015, 17 March 2015
    If anyone is interested in attending the proposed meeting, please contact the organiser directly.
  • Amplified busking in Abbey Churchyard - Consultation, 24 March 2015
    The Council is running a consultation on busking in and around the Abbey, and, in particular, whether amplification of it should be allowed, following complaints at disturbance of services in the Abbey. This can be found at http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/consultations/public-space-protection-order-0. Some may feel that a ban would be appropriate, either permanently or while services are taking place, there being few places in Bath available for quiet contemplation, and the squares around the Abbey perhaps offering such sanctuary. Others may argue that the quality of busker in Bath is high relative to most places and that they form part of the Bath experience for tourists, bearing in mind that many buskers these days rely on backing tracks played through amplifiers. It's a tricky question and compromise may be difficult, which is why the LCA Committee has so far been unable to agree a way ahead for the whole Association. The deadline for responding is Sunday 29th March 2015.
  • Noisy Drain Cover in Somerset Lane - Fixed, 18 January 2015
  • Carol Singing - Money Raised, 17 December 2014
    The Lansdown Crescent Association carol singing on 17 December raised £220 for Julian House. With Gift Aid this becomes £275. Well done everyone.
  • Christmas and New Year Recycling and Rubbish Collections, 19 November 2014
  • Annotated Press Release following recent Council Budget Fair, 18 November 2014
  • Stolen Pennant Stones, All Saints Road Footpath, 3 November 2014
    New pennant stones, sourced from a North Wales Quarry at a cost of £1000, have been received by the Council and are awaiting fitting.
    Pete Clark, chief Highways Officer, says that because of the special nature of the stones, the Council has only one or two council employees able to carry out the work and central Bath has priority, so there will be some delay.
    However, he promised the work will be done as soon as a fitter is available.
  • LCA Treasurer Change, 30 October 2014
    David Anderson tendered his resignation as Treasurer and from the Committee, with immediate effect, on 29th Sept, due to pressure of work. The Committee much regretted this, but respected his decision, and, at its meeting on 22nd Oct, co-opted Corinne Taylor as Treasurer until the AGM, when she can stand for confirmation by election if she wishes.
    The Association is deeply grateful to David for his years of excellent service on the Committee and as Treasurer; and to Corinne for having volunteered to replace him.
  • Parking Restrictions - Upper Lansdown Mews, 29 October 2014
    Order 201 reference PEV10120/CG
    The Council proposes to replace the white "Keep Clear" lines by double yellow ones. If residents wish to object, they must do so in writing by Thursday 30 October (now extended to Sunday 9 November) to:
    Transportation Team, Floor 2, Riverside, Temple St, Keynsham BS31 1LA
    or by email to transportation@bathnes.gov.uk.
  • FOUND-GLASSES IN CASE, 27 October 2014
    A glasses case with glasses in it and another item have been found just below the kerb at the western end of Lansdown Crescent. If these are yours, please contact:
    Robin Kerr (Chairman) | Email

  • BBC2 Pest Control Offer, August 2014
  • Going Wild in Somerset Lane, July 2014
  • Student event at Bath Racecourse, May 2014
    This item provided advance warning of a large student event planned on Bath Racecourse on Saturday 31 May. The event was to include various stages with DJs, fireworks, and an amusement park, and they aimed to sell 5000 tickets.
  • Dorchester Street Busgate - Refund of Fines, 30 April 2014
    B&NES announced today that all Dorchester Street Busgate fines issued would be refunded. The LCA's contribution was to arrange, on 28th April, for FoBRA to issue to its members: 'Several LCA members feel aggrieved on having receiving fines for driving ... along Dorchester Street... Although they (mostly) recognize that they should have known about (it), they point out that the signage at Broad Quay is very confusing, as revealed in leading pieces (in the media), and that the Council has announced consideration of signage revision. In this situation they feel that fining ... is immoral, not to mention the ... cash the Council has made, and that their fines should meanwhile be excused.'
  • Road signage, Upper Lansdown Mews, 19 April 2014
    For some time, the Committee has been concerned about drivers who ignore the one-way rule on the section of Upper Lansdown Mews behind Lansdown Place East by driving down it, thereby endangering walkers and garden-users, as well as breaking the law. It was thought that the signage at the top of this section might be confusing or obscure, so Council Traffic Officers were approached, and they agreed to make this more clear, by adding white paint markings on the road. This work has now been completed and we hope the contraventions will cease.
    Robin Kerr (Chairman) | Email

  • March 2014, Cavendish Road resurfacing
    Exact dates of the road closure were advertised on advance resident/driver information boards at each end of the site approximately 2 weeks before commencement. The Contractors permitted works hours were between 0700 and 1900.
  • December 2013: Carol Singing - Money Raised
    With various extra contributions received subsequently, the total sent to Julian House was £183.29. With Gift Aid, this was worth £229.11 to them. Well done everyone.
  • 28 July 2013: Lansdown Crescent Association has just placed the contract with Chapel Forge to manufacture and fit a handrail to the steep path which leads from the top of Park Street to Lansdown Crescent field - a well-known slip hazard, particularly in the autumn. Funding has been assembled from a number of sources, principally both Ward Councillors.
  • 18 July 2013: the LCA Committee attended the drop-in consultation held by developers Square Bay to show the final proposals for new housing on the Hope House site, once Bath High Junior school transfers to Cranwell, Weston, in the New Year. LCA and St James's Park RA have cooperated in advising Square Bay of their members' views on the plans as they have evolved.
  • 16 July 2013: LCA members held another of its periodic meetings with Stephen Green of Future Heritage, developers of Somerset Place, on progress with the plans for the buildings to the rear of the site, and traffic arrangements in Somerset Lane.

    Police and Neighbourhood Watch Archive
  • Police Public Forum, 28 September 2017
    31/08/17 7164 CS218-CS226 Public Forum
    PCC Sue Mountstevens will be holding a Police Public Forum at the Guildhall in Bath on September 28th 2017, from 6:45 onwards.
    The Guildhall address is as follows: Council Chamber, Guildhall, Bath, Guildhall, High St, City Centre, Bath, BA1 5AW.
    Sue Mountstevens will be joined by Chief Constable Andy Marsh as well as a representative from your local neighbourhood policing team. The Public Forum is a chance for you to hear from the PCC, Chief Constable and local neighbourhood team about policing in Avon and Somerset, as well as giving you an opportunity to ask your questions.
    If you wish to send us your questions in advance, please use the phone number or email address provided below.
    If you are interested in attending this event, please visit
    this page to register on Eventbrite for free tickets. Alternatively you can call the PCC’s office on 01275 816377 or email us at PCC@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk.
    Rachael Hushon | Email


  • Lansdown Police Beat Surgery Dates-2016
    To be held in the Foyer at St Stephen's Church, Lansdown, on the following Saturdays from 10am-12 noon:
    16th January (Notes)
    16th April
    16th July
    10th September
    19th November

    A reminder that your local police team are holding a Beat Surgery at St Stephen's Church, Lansdown on July 16th from 10:00am till 12:00 mid-day.
    Please drop in with any problems or concerns you have in your area or any crime prevention advice we can help with.
    However if you feel like stopping by just for a chat and a coffee we will be very pleased to see you.
  • Neighbourhood Watch News, 1 January 2015
  • Neighbourhood Watch-Breaking News, 13 November 2014
    Delia Jay | Email

  • Neighbourhood Watch News, October 2014
    Delia Jay | Email

  • Neighbourhood Watch News, August 2014
    Delia Jay | Email

  • Neighbourhood Watch News, May 2014
    The Association is looking for additional volunteer Neighbourhood Watch officers. If you are interested, or for general information about Neighbourhood Watch and about our local Police, see the About the Area page.
    The next meeting with our local Beat Officers will be at St Stephen's Church Centre, 10am-12 noon, on Saturday 26th July.
  • 3 January 2014: Door Knockers Stolen in Lansdown Place East
    The Committee is aware of several door knockers having been stolen in this incident. If you have lost yours and have not notified us, please contact
    Robin Kerr (Chairman) | Email

  • 30 October 2013: Crime Alert Message from Police
    Over the past week, Bath has suffered a series of incidents where cash points in the city centre have been tampered with.
    Please be vigilant when using cash points; be aware of your surroundings, cover the key pad when entering your pin and report anything suspicious.

    Association Events Archive
  • Late Summer Garden Party, Sunday 10 September 2017, 12 noon-2.30pm
    The Social Committee of the Association would like to invite members to a Late Summer Garden Party on Sunday 10 September, 12 noon to 2.30pm, to take place in a lovely local garden by kind permission of one of our members. Drinks and canapés will be served.
    Invitations have now been distributed. Tickets (£12 each) will be allocated on a first come first served basis to those who have returned their slip and cheque, since numbers are limited.
    For more information, or if you have not received your invitation, contact:
    Marian McNeir (Events Secretary) |
    Email

  • Talk on Beckford's Walk by Dr Amy Frost, followed by Tea, Saturday 1 April 2017, 2.30-5pm, St Stephen's Centre
    We are delighted to welcome well-known local architectural historian Dr Amy Frost, Curator of Beckford's Tower and an expert on the life and aesthetics of William Beckford. Beckford lived in the Crescent for twenty years and built the bridge to Lansdown Place West. Amy will discuss the walk he created from his home, through a gateway in the Mews (near the wall that is currently the subject of an appeal to the High Court), and up to his Tower. The talk will be followed by tea.
    £2 per person (free if you arrange to bring cake), children free. For more information or to book your place please contact:
    Sue Branfoot | Email

  • 2016 LCA Carol Singing, Monday 19 December 2016
    We will meet at 6pm for a carol rehearsal before going out to sing in Lansdown Crescent and the close environs. We collect for the homeless at Julian House.
    All members who sing are welcome. Please remember to bring a torch. The LCA Carol Book can be downloaded here; plenty of paper copies will be available on the night.
    For details including rehearsal venue, contact
    Marian McNeir (Events Secretary) | Email

  • 2016 LCA Christmas Party, Saturday 17 December 2016
    The Lansdown Crescent Association Committee invites members to apply for tickets for our Christmas Party, with drinks and a buffet supper, on Saturday 17 December from 7-10pm.
    We are restricted on numbers so tickets, priced £12 each, will be issued to adult members only, on a first come, first served basis.
    Update 27 November: please note that this event is now SOLD OUT.
  • Celebration of the Completion of the Finials Project, Sunday 16 October 2016
    The Lansdown Crescent Association Committee invites all residents whose finials have been replaced, and all its members, to join the celebrations on the completion of the Finials Project. Fizz and light refreshments will be served from 11.30am to 1.00pm on Sunday 16th October.
    We are delighted that the Mayor of Bath, Cllr Paul Crossley, will be with us on this unique occasion.
    To help with catering, please email your acceptance by 10th October to
    Marian McNeir (Events Secretary) | Email

    For more details, or if you have not received your invitation, please contact Marian as above.
  • Lansdown Crescent Association Midsummer Party, Saturday 18 June 2016
    The Lansdown Crescent Association has pleasure in inviting members (only) to a Midsummer Garden Party from 6.30 to 8.30pm on Saturday 18th June. Drinks and canapés will be served. Indoors if wet. Tickets £10 each from
    Marian McNeir (Events Secretary) | Email

    Update 5 June: Unfortunately this event is now SOLD OUT.
  • The Lansdown Crescent Association Christmas Party 2015 took place on Saturday 19th December, 7 to 10pm. Members enjoyed a buffet supper in lovely surroundings.
    Marian McNeir (Events Secretary) | Email

  • Invitation to Private View/Tea at The Edge, Bath University, 9 September 2015
    As LCA Events Organiser, Marian has been offered places for LCA members to attend a Tea Party to celebrate the famous artist Alan Cotton's exhibition at The Edge , which is the new Arts Building at Bath University.
    As you can see from this invitation from John Struthers, the Director of The Edge, the Tea Party is on the 9th September from 3.30 to 6pm and is free to LCA members. Apologies for rather short notice but we had to wait for Alan Cotton to confirm the date.
    Could you please reply direct to Marian by 1 September if you'd like to attend:
    Marian McNeir | Email

    Numbers are limited to 30 so it will be first come first served. No tickets will be issued but there will be a guest list.
    The Edge is situated just beyond the University Sports Centre so it is best to park in East Car Park which is first right after the Sports Centre and The Edge and which is pay and display.
    It's a stunning exhibition which will then go on to Exeter and extremely generous of the University to offer us this chance to see it - and a Tea Party - what could be more charming?
  • Tea and Cake, Sunday 28 June 2015, 3-5pm
    Join other Association members for tea and cake in a lovely local garden, by kind permission of the owners. Look out for your invitation!
    Sue Branfoot | Email

  • Highgrove Garden Tour, May 2015 - Final Details and Application Form, 27 February 2015
  • Highgrove Garden Tour, May 2015 - Update, 17 February 2015
    The LCA is planning a visit to the lovely gardens at Highgrove House. The group booking for May opens on 23 February 2015 when Marian will be glued to her phone to make sure we get the booking we want, 21 or 22 May, which is when the famous wild flower meadows are at their best. Final details will be sent out on 23 February. We have 30 members interested at the moment so we will book 2 groups. For more details and/or if interested in joining the party, contact:
    Marian McNeir | Email

  • Christmas Party, Friday 19 December 2014
    Following a most kind and generous offer of hosting from two members, the Lansdown Crescent Association is delighted to announce a Christmas party of drinks and canapés to be held on Friday 19th December from 8pm to 10pm.
    For full members the ticket price is £10 each.
    Full members can bring one guest for £12.
    Non-members may buy tickets at £12 provided they join the Association for 2015 and pay the subscription, with their tickets.
    Booking is now closed.
  • The 2014 LCA Carol Singing, Wednesday 17 December 2014
    We are grateful for the opportunity to meet at 17 Lansdown Crescent at 5pm for a carol rehearsal before we go out at 6pm to sing in Lansdown Crescent and the close environs. We collect for the homeless at Julian House.
    All members who sing are welcome. Please remember to bring a torch.
    Any queries, contact
    Marian McNeir (Events Secretary) | Email

  • Annual General Meeting, Thursday 27 March 2014
    The 2014 AGM was held at St Stephen's Church Centre. Minutes and committee reports are now available on the Members' Information page.
  • Winter Party, 28 February 2014
    The Association's winter party was very kindly hosted at short notice at the home of two members, following water damage at the home of a third. We are very grateful to them all. The evening was much enjoyed, and around 40 members attended.
  • Summer Party, 28 July 2013
    LCA's summer party was held in the large garden of 20 Lansdown Crescent, in mercifully splendid weather. Well over 60 attended. A presentation was made to Dr Marianna Clark who has lived continuously in the Association's area for the last 61 years, during which she has been a GP, a magistrate, a Councillor, Mayoress, a trustee of both the Holburne and the Bath Preservation Trust, and a renowned supporter of the Arts. She was a founder member and Chairman of the LCA; and co-founded the Museum of Bath at Work.
  • Visit to no.1 Royal Crescent, 26 February 2013
    Before no.1 reopened in the summer of 2013 following the acquisition of no.1A, the Association arranged a preview visit for for about 40 members on February 26th 2013, which was much enjoyed.

    Planning and Development Archive
    Robin Kerr (Chairman) |
    Email


  • Beckford's Embattled Gateway/Land Behind Dixon Gardens
    Please see updates on this below, most recent first.
    Update 21st August 2017: three Bath Preservation Trust Listing Applications to Historic England, and a request to Dixon Gardens residents
    This is to let you know that today the Trust has submitted three detailed applications to Historic England, these are:
    1. Application to amend the list entry for the north and east walls and terraces to include the west and south walls (i.e. the whole horseshoe around Dixon Gardens).
    2. Application to amend the designation of the Gate to Grade II* to highlight the special architectural, historic and artistic significance of the Gate.
    3. Application for the Nursery Garden Terraces with the Gate, as a distinct and legible urban garden (and a survival of the larger designed landscape) to be included in the Register of Historic Parks & Gardens.
    I will keep you posted with any developments (the applications have been submitted under the longer, free service so might take some time). It would be useful to know, should we be asked, whether any home owners in Dixon Gardens would be willing to provide access to their back gardens should the HE representative wish to view the revetments, walls and vaults.
    Sacha Hunter
    Architecture & Planning Assistant
    Bath Preservation Trust
    01225 338727 | conservation@bptrust.org.uk

    Robin Kerr (Chairman) | Email

    Update 14th August 2017, Enforcement Notice satisfied
    Following a site visit on the 9th Of August 2017 to Land Rear Of Dixon Gardens it is apparent that work has now been completed in order to fulfil the terms of the enforcement notice.
    At the time of the visit it was noted that a wooden gate had not been installed. I have been informed the intention is to manufacture a new door as the old one was in such a poor state however as this element did not form part of the notice the case can now be closed.
    Regards
    Robert Warren
    Planning Enforcement Officer
    Planning Services
    Bath & North East Somerset Council

    Update 14th July 2017
    Work is now complete - see the photograph to the left.
    Update 7th July 2017
    The Council's deadline for rebuild of the wall having expired on 20 June, the owner directed her builder, and he started work on 7 July, using some stone contributed by the Association. This work is being closely supervised by Council Enforcement Officers.
    Update 3 April 2017
    "In light of the recent court decision the terms of the enforcement notice are upheld and Ms Barton has 3 months from the date of the court decision to reinstate the wall, this would be the 20th June.
    Ms Barton did not seek permission to appeal from the judge, but does still have until 10 April 2017 to do so.
    I will be writing to her this week to remind her of the requirements and requesting we are informed when works commence so as we can make an inspection.
    Kind regards
    Robert Warren, Planning Enforcement Officer, Planning Services, Bath & North East Somerset Council"
    Meanwhile the Association has offered Ms Barton some Bath stone at no cost, to help with the rebuilding work.
    Beckford's Embattled Gateway/Land Behind Dixon Gardens: Appeal to High Court: Dismissed, 20 March 2017
    LCA member George Scott attended the Cardiff Justice Centre on 20 March to witness the handing down of judgement and to hear the decision on the case.
    George has advised that Ms Barton's appeal on a point of law has been DISMISSED.
    Judge Jarman said that the reasons for his decision will be emailed to the parties involved. Further information will be posted here when available.
    In a letter to LCA Chairman, Robin Kerr, George Scott has stated:
    "The detail behind the judgement will be of considerable interest and there is little doubt that the combined force of the LCA has successfully fought off a very dangerous precedent being established in Bath and indeed elsewhere."
    George and Robin both presume that this will lead to re-imposition of the Enforcement Order on Ms. Barton (to rebuild the wall).
    Details of the decision may be found here.
    Beckford's Embattled Gateway/Land Behind Dixon Gardens: Appeal to High Court, 11 October 2016
    On 11 October the Council announced that the owner of the wall (Ms K Barton) had submitted an Appeal to the High Court against the Secretary of State's rejection of her earlier Appeal. Because of this, the enforcement order requiring her to reinstate the wall by 2 December 2016 is deferred.
    Beckford's Embattled Gateway/Land Behind Dixon Gardens: Appeal refused
    Thank you to all who contributed to this very satisfactory outcome. The appellant has 3 months from the date of the appeal decision to undertake works to reinstate the wall.
    Beckford's Embattled Gateway/Land Behind Dixon Gardens: Appeal by owners: objections required by end Tuesday 28 June 2016
    The owner of the partially demolished wall in Upper Lansdown Mews was served with an Enforcement Notice (to rebuild it) on 4th May 2016, against which she appealed on 17th May (see below for details). The sample objection letter proposed by the Association is available here.
    Note that the Inspectorate, despite indications to the contrary, do not publish any submissions on their website. The relevant information is, however, obtainable via B&NES, and the LCA has a copy which can be viewed on application to:
    Robin Kerr (Chairman) | Email

    There were 38 letters and emails of objection, but none in support.
    Beckford's Broken Wall - Appeal by owners, 8 June 2016
    As you will be aware, the partially demolished wall near the entrance to Dixon Gardens is no nearer reconstruction. The Council issued an Enforcement Order on the owners (Messrs Sparrow and Barton) in May, but they have now appealed against this on the following grounds:
  • planning permission should be granted for what is alleged in the notice
  • there has not been a breach of planning control
  • the steps required to comply with the requirements of the notice are excessive, and lesser steps would overcome the objections
    The Appeal will be conducted by the Planning Inspectorate on the basis of written representations and a site visit. Accordingly, the Association has formed a task group to determine the Association's response, working closely with the Bath Preservation Trust, and funding some specialist research by a consultant. This group held its first meeting on 7th June and will present its detailed submission before the deadline on 28th June, based on the owners’ evidence which is here.
    This evidence is formidable stuff (86 pages in the 'Statement and Appendices' alone), prepared by a Planning Consultant. Please respond in your own way and in your own words to the situation of this planning and cultural vandalism (if that’s what you think it is).
    Details of the Appeal are also available for inspection at the Council's One Stop Shop, 3-4 Manvers Street, Bath during normal office hours. Comments on the Appeal can be submitted by mail to: The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/13, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN, enclosing 3 copies, and quoting the Inspectorate’s Appeal Reference: APP/F0114/C/16/3150383 on all correspondence. Alternatively, you can do it online by visiting https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk, using reference 3150383. Information on taking part in Planning Appeals can be accessed via the B&NES website or the Planning Inspectorate at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/planning-inspectorate.
    Beckford's Broken Wall - the enforcement process, 12 April 2016
    Land Behind Dixon Gardens – Beckford’s Wall 15/04695/FUL: update, 23 February 2016
    Click here for the Chairman's letter giving the latest situation. The Council's reply is that a Planning contravention notice has been issued to the owner of the land, this being the first step in enforcement action, requiring the owners to provide the council with additional information within 21 days.
    Beckford's Embattled Gateway: very informative Statement of Significance commissioned by the new owner, 12 February 2016
    Bath stone, January 2016
    A resident has kindly made available some Bath stone for use by the local community. This could, for example, be used to help in restoring the gateway damaged in September 2015 as described below. For more information, please contact the LCA Chairman as above.
    Land Behind Dixon Gardens – Beckford’s Wall 15/04695/FUL: update, 27 November 2015
    When consultation closed there were 40 objections to the retrospective application to permit a new (double gate) entrance, including from the Association, the Bath Preservation Trust, the Beckford Society and the Beckford Tower Trust. There were no messages of support. We await the Planners’ verdict.
    Beckford Gate: damage to south wall of Beckford's Garden - retrospective planning application 15-04695-FUL, 5 November 2015
    Click on the link above to read the LCA's Objection. This consultation is now closed.
    Beckford Gate: damage to south wall of Beckford's Garden - update, 24 October 2015
    The owners of this wall (Messrs Sparrow and Barton) were given 30 days by the Council to consider what to do, on the expiry of which they were given until 21st October to rebuild it. This did not happen, but on 22nd October a (retrospective) application was published on B&NES Planning website (15/04695/FUL), in which the owners seek regularisation of their demolition, and approval to create a vehicular entrance with double gates. This application refers to their intention later to build a dwelling on the terrace (as previously). Comments on this application are invited until 19th November. The LCA Committee will be meeting on 4th November, and will consider how to respond, after which advice will be offered to members.
    Beckford Gate: damage to south wall of Beckford's Garden, 2 September 2015
    There is a grass terrace beside Beckford's Embattled Gateway (listed grade 2) on which the owner has ambitions of building a house, having submitted an application last year, but having later withdrawn it (14/04025/FUL - click here for details). However, access is difficult and would involve widening the door in the wall in Upper Lansdown Mews through which Beckford walked when going to his Tower (listed grade 1). To give these historic structures greater protection, the Bath Preservation Trust recently asked Historic England to upgrade classification of the Gate, as well as to list these adjoining walls. On 2nd Sept, in advance of this protection being implemented, the owner instructed builders to demolish part of the wall in the Mews to create a vehicle-sized opening. Thanks to members' vigilance and the actions of the Association and the Bath Preservation Trust, Council Enforcement Officers attended and ordered this work to cease, but not before significant damage had been done.
    Please see the 'before' and 'after' photographs to the left, for which we are grateful to Amy Frost of the Bath Preservation Trust. Click on the images to see larger versions.
    Beckford Gate, 23 February 2015
    The owners of Beckford Gate have recently been cleaning it and removing ivy, following the withdrawal of their Planning Application for a house on the terrace and access via the western walkway. The LCA Committee recently discussed the Application, noting the very helpful personal contribution of Dr Scott, of Dixon Gardens, who commissioned a planning survey of the proposed access, revealing many problems. The Committee agreed that a welcome outcome to this would probably be for the Gate and all its walkways and terraces to come into the ownership of a suitable Trust, such as the Beckford Tower Charitable Trust (wholly owned by the Bath Preservation Trust, or BPT), if this could be engineered and if adequate funding could be found. However, a halfway house should probably be "spot listing" of rather more of these historical assets than currently exists, and the BPT is apparently pursuing this.

    Wooden Stairs, 3 Lansdown Place West
  • Wooden Stairs, 3 Lansdown Place West - update, 25 June 2016
    As below, the owners of 3 Lansdown Place West submitted a new planning application (16/02027/LBA) in April 2016. The Association commented as follows: "The Lansdown Crescent Association supports this proposal, which will, inter alia, rectify the earlier inappropriate wooden baluster to the basement to which the Association objected earlier."
    This planning application has now been approved by the Council.
  • Wooden Stairs, 3 Lansdown Place West - Further Planning Application, 7 June 2016
    3 Lansdown Place West has submitted a new planning application which includes modifications to the external oak staircase. The proposal is for the bulky oak handrail to be replaced with more sympathetic black iron balusters and handrail to the lower courtyard; including modification of existing external staircase to basement, provision of new lower ground floor external door, replacement of modern glazed roof light above stairwell, and reinstatement of multi-paned windows to ground and first floors. Application reference: 16/02027/LBA.
    The Bath Preservation Trust have supported the application with the following comment: "The Trust welcomes this application to reinstate traditional multi paned timber sash windows to the first and second floor of this listed building as this will integrate and harmonise the overall composition of the front elevation given the fact that the third floor windows are multi paned and that the overall street scene is predominantly multi paned."
    The Association has also supported this proposal (deadline for comments was 8th June).
  • Wooden Stairs, 3 Lansdown Place West - Retrospective Planning Application, 1 June 2015
    The Association has submitted an Objection to this retrospective Application, on the grounds that its design does not meet the accepted norm and therefore sets an unwelcome precedent for this street of listed buildings. The text can be found at http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/planningdocuments=15/01813/LBA.
  • Wooden Stairs, 3 Lansdown Place West - Retrospective Planning Application, 28 May 2015
    Our last post about this subject was on 8th Feb. Since then, the owners have submitted a retrospective planning application, 15/01813/LBA. The deadline for commenting on this is 5th June. The LCA Committee is considering its position, and, if it decides to object, will advise the membership by email to do likewise, because, to mis-quote Stalin: "Quantity has a Quality all its own".
  • Wooden Stairs, 3 Lansdown Place West - Update, 8 February 2015
    The Council's Enforcement Officers reported on 15 January 2015 that the wooden stairs constitute a breach in planning control, and are being investigated.
  • Wooden Stairs, 3 Lansdown Place West, 4 November 2014
    Members may have noticed new, unpainted, wooden stairs recently erected in the basement of 3 Lansdown Place West. It is understood that the Planning Department has been contacted about them and that they are investigating their suitability for a Listed building.

  • 16/01310/FUL: Bath Christmas Market period extension to 25 days, for 3 years from 2016, 18 March 2016
    The LCA has objected to this proposal (comment dated 24 April).

    Somerset Place Development
    Association members hold periodic meetings with Stephen Green of Future Heritage, developers of Somerset Place, on progress with the plans for the buildings to the rear of the site, and traffic arrangements in Somerset Lane.
  • Right of Way across Green in front of Somerset Place, 25 February 2015
    B&NES Council confirmed on 17th Feb 2015 the City of Bath Definitive Map Modification Order 2014 adding to the city map the public footpath running from the stairs at the west end of the Somerset Place green to the north-east corner of the green. It appears that this Map Modification will become final, if nobody applies to the High Court within the six-week period allowed, that is by 31st March 2015, to question the validity of the Order.
  • Right of Way across Somerset Place Green: Decision, November 2014
  • Right of Way across Somerset Place Green, August 2014
    The LCA has been contacted by Bath and North East Somerset Council's Public Rights of Way team regarding an application to establish a public footpath from the existing public footpath stairs BC46/4 across Somerset Place Green to the junction of Somerset Place and Somerset Lane.
    Previous 'user evidence' shows use dating back to the 1950s which would be sufficient to show that the alleged public route has been used for more than 20 years 'as of right', i.e., without force, without secrecy and without permission.
    Delia Jay, LCA secretary, has been supplied with User Evidence forms, to be used if any LCA member wishes to submit further evidence of at least 20 years' use of the Green-crossing footpath in question. Delia also has maps and drawings etc. showing what is involved.
    Evidence about use of the Green-crossing path should be submitted by 5th September 2014. If you would like a form, and/or to see the plans supplied by the council, or more information on the subject, please email Delia. Alternatively, you may contact the council officer, Graeme Stark, Senior Officer: Public Rights of Way, Bath and North East Somerset Council, tel. 01225 477650, or visit their website: www.outdoorswest.org.uk/home/activities-and-info.

  • Land Above Dixon Gardens: Planning Application 14/04025/FUL - Decision, 19 November 2014
    Members will wish to know that this application has been withdrawn. Many thanks to all those who objected! In her statement, the Case Officer drew particular attention to the number of objections received and to the historical nature of the site, which would be compromised by the building proposed. However, it is always possible that a revised application will be submitted, so eternal vigilance is needed.
  • Land Rear Of Dixon Gardens - LCA Planning Objection, 16 October 2014
    Please click here for details of the Association's planning objection; members and other local residents are also encouraged to comment personally on the plan (the relevant B&NES website link is below).
  • Land Rear Of Dixon Gardens, Upper Lansdown Mews, Erection of a four bed dwelling - Ref: 14/04025/FUL, October 2014
    Application has been made for a four bedroom, flat roofed house to be built on the lawn to the rear of Dixon Gardens and to the west of Beckford's Embattled Gateway (which is listed). The proposal seeks to create access from Upper Lansdown Mews by enlarging the door in the wall between The Coach House and the west side of Dixon Gardens, and creating a lane along Beckford's Walk (which Beckford used to reach the lawn from his house at 20 Lansdown Crescent, prior to mounting his horse!) This application is currently being examined by the Association, in conversation with the Bath Preservation Trust, and further advice will be published. Those who wish to comment on it should visit B&NES' Planning website at http://isharemaps.bathnes.gov.uk/projects/bathnes/developmentcontrol/default.aspx and insert Ref. 14/04025/FUL. Deadline for comment is 20th October.
  • St James' Dispensary - Threat to Local Pharmacies Lifted, August 2014
    At the Council's Development Control Committee on 30th July it was decided by elected members to refuse permission for the St James' GP Practice to add a dispensary to their premises in Northampton Buildings (14/00958/VAR), despite a recommendation from Officers to permit it. The reasons were the very large number of objections received, compared to supportive letters, and the likely effect which this would have had on both local chemist's shops and on the small shopping centre in St James' Square.
    Robin Kerr (Chairman) | Email

  • St James' Dispensary - Threat to Local Pharmacies, Update 18 June 2014
    The Chairman posted a piece on 19th April about the threat to local pharmacies posed by the planning application to create a dispensary at the St James' surgery in Northampton Buildings (14/00958/VAR). Since then, another 15 objections have been posted on the Council's Planning website, including one from the Association, in response to a statement by the applicant about how he would propose to run the dispensary. This would threaten not only our local pharmacy (Hawes Whiston in St James' Square) but also the one in Brock Street. Further objections will be accepted until 25th June.
  • St James' Dispensary - Threat to Local Pharmacies, Update 19 April 2014
    Robin Kerr, Association Chairman, wrote to all members on 7 April about the threat to local pharmacies posed by the planning application to create a dispensary at the St James' surgery in Northampton Buildings - and particularly to Hawes Whiston in St James' Square. He is delighted to be able to state that no fewer than 148 objections have been registered against it, and only one in favour, so thanks to all those who wrote! Further, an excellent email about this was written by Cllr Andy Furse to the Planning Case officer, which he and Anthony Pearson (our Planning Adviser) consider to be textbook treatment from the local councillor - well researched, well written, no repetition, sensitive to local feeling, and covering all the points.
    Robin Kerr (Chairman) | Email

  • Conservatory refused for 6 Lansdown Crescent, May 2014
    A conservatory was proposed in March for the yard behind 6 Lansdown Crescent, to which the Association objected, having been alerted by the owners of the basement flat, who were LCA members. Several other members objected individually. Permission has now been refused by the Council, because it judged that this would (a) unacceptably loom over the basement and (b) undermine the character of this Grade 1 listed building.

    Other Local Events Archive
  • Millennium Green Calendars on Sale, 1 November 2017
    On Wednesday November 1st, 3pm-4.15pm, the 2018 Millennium Green calendars (lovely photos taken throughout the months of the year) will be on sale on the Green priced at £8.00 each or two for £15.00. There will also be damson jam, medlar jelly, and crab apple jelly for sale made from the fruit gathered from the Millennium Green this Autumn. Good presents to put away before the Christmas rush. Click
    here for details.
  • Jubilate Concert Series: 'A Bath Musical Assembly' (FREE) and 'For the Benefit of Mr Herschel', Wednesday 25 October 2017
    Wednesday 25 October, 4-5pm:
    FREE afternoon concert in the Tea Room at the Assembly Rooms, to include vocal and instrumental music from the time of William Herschel.
    Bath Spa Georgian Band
    Free booking from Bath Spa Live: www.bathspalive.com
    Wednesday 25 October, 7.30-9pm:
    Evening concert in the Assembly Rooms by the Vauxhall Players, leader Simon Koderand.
    William Herschel was the director of the subscription concerts in the Bath Assembly Rooms in the 1770s and directed concerts in the very room in which this performance will take place. As part of his season he would always be given a 'benefit concert' that wouId highlight himself and his friends. The Vauxhall Players recreate such a concert with symphonies, songs and concerto movements by Herschel and his close Bath associates Chilcot, Brooks and Rauzzini.
    Tickets £12, £10 and £6 from Bath Spa Live: www.bathspalive.com
    For more information about these concerts and about the Herschel Museum of Astronomy's Jubilate series in general, see http://herschelmuseum.org.uk/events/.
    Mandy Shaw (Webmaster) | Email

  • St Stephen's Millennium Green Summer Fair & Produce Sale, 28 August 2017, 2pm
    "To the friends and community of St Stephen's Millennium Green: can you help with donations for the Summer Fair & Produce Sale on Bank Holiday Monday August 28th?
    Vegetables, fruit, plants, flowers and home-made jams and chutneys will be welcome giving our visitors the chance to enjoy delicious produce which has food yards rather than food miles. Please bring your donations to the Green from 11am on the morning of the 28th.
    CONTACT: (details available from the Webmaster as below) and if you could advise your donations before the 28th that would be helpful.
    The Bric a Brac stall is a firm favourite with visitors so please let us have any good quality bygones, unwanted gifts, useful small pieces of china, glass, silverware, ornaments or souvenirs. Your donations will be someone else's treasures.
    CONTACT: (details available from the Webmaster as below) to arrange delivery or collection several days prior to the 28th.
    Gifts for the ever popular Tombola will be very welcome. All donations please at least four days before the event.
    CONTACT: (details available from the Webmaster as below).
    Bakers of Lansdown, for donations of delicious home-made cakes please:
    CONTACT: (details available from the Webmaster as below). Cakes to be brought to the Green at 1pm please.
    In the event of wet weather the fair will be held in St Stephen's Centre: please bring all donations on the day to the foyer."
    Mandy Shaw (Webmaster) | Email

  • FoBRA Garden Party, 26 July 2017
    Please click on the above link for details.
    "All members of FoBRA member Associations are eligible to apply for tickets."
  • Hope House Barbecue, Saturday 8 July 2017, 1pm, Lansdown Grove Hotel
    Click here for the invitation.
  • Lansdown Lunchtime Walk, Friday 16 June 2017
    The Bath Preservation Trust are hosting a free lunchtime heritage walk on Friday 16 June at 12.30pm starting at No.1 Royal Crescent and covering Lower Lansdown and Camden (to celebrate 50 years of Bath's Conservation Area). It will led by buildings historian Kay Ross and the BPT Conservation Officer Joanna Robinson, and they will be looking at the development of this area and the threats, opportunities, etc. it faces.
    For more information, see http://www.bath-preservation-trust.org.uk/community-engagement-project/.
    Robin Kerr (Chairman) | Email

  • Lansdown Open Gardens 2017: Sunday 4 June, 2pm-5.30pm, including Request for Donations
    A fundraising event for the upkeep of St Stephen’s Millennium Green on Richmond Road. This year’s six gardens include two newly established gardens, some old favourites and a delightful lake hidden in the Charlcombe Valley. As well as gardens to visit, there is a plant and bric-a-brac sale on the Millennium Green, and teas and the famous cakes in the St. Stephen’s Centre.
    Tickets £5 (children free) available on the day from the Millennium Green, St Stephen’s Centre and the gardens.
    For more information visit www.millenniumgreen.org.uk.
    Their Events committee would be very grateful for donations of cakes and plants to help make the afternoon a success.
    For all donation contact details please apply to the LCA webmaster:
    Mandy Shaw (Webmaster) | Email

    The most popular plants with their visitors are perennials, annuals and vegetables; all donations welcome.
    They usually need around 35 good sized cakes to cater for their visitors; if able to help, please get in touch by 28th May.
    They will also have a small garden accessories and bric-a-brac stall and any donations for that will be very welcome - turn out your sheds please.
  • Charity Dog Show and Plant Sale, Royal High School, Lansdown Road, Saturday 20 May 2017
    If you would like to donate plants, or for more information, please contact Tim Nobbs, email t.nobbs@rhsb.gdst.net.
  • Bath Cats and Dogs Home: Spring Talks 2017
    Join Bath Cats and Dogs Home for a talk on "What are our cats really thinking" led by Dr John Bradshaw, a world expert on animal-human relationships
    Where: Bath Cats and Dogs Home, The Avenue, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AZ
    When: Thursday 23rd February, 2017 – 7pm
    Cost: £12 per person
    To book your place visit: www.bcdh.org.uk/springtalks or call 01225 787 334
    Join Bath Cats and Dogs Home for a talk on First Aid for Pets:
    Learn how to care for your cat or dog in an emergency with veterinary surgeon Heidi Richards.
    The talk will cover: transportation of sick animals, bleeding, bandaging, choking, dealing with road traffic accidents, fits/strokes/collapsing, burns, heat strokes, wounds, stings & bites.
    Where: Bath Cats and Dogs Home, The Avenue, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AZ
    When: Thursday 16th March 2017 – 7pm
    Cost: £20 per person (price includes mini first aid pack)
    To book your place visit: www.bcdh.org.uk/springtalks or call 01225 787 334
    On Thursday 4th May, 2017 at 7:00pm, Lisa Tenzin-Dolma, principle of The International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour and founder of The Dog Welfare Alliance, will be delivering a presentation at Bath Cats & Dogs Home. She'll be discussing how we can tell the difference between emotions, feelings and moods in a dog and what effect do our emotional states have on our dogs.
    Tickets can be purchased from the Home's Fundraising Office, or can be booked online via our website at www.bcdh.org.uk/springtalks. They’ll cost £7 per person. If you have any queries, please feel free to call us on: 01225 787 334.
    Join Bath Cats and Dogs Home for a talk on Dog Reactivity, led by our behaviourist Rosie Taylor-Trigg, with over 7 years of experience.
    Learn how to help your dog, recognise the triggers & how YOU should react.
    Where: Bath Cats and Dogs Home, The Avenue, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AZ
    When: Thursday 20th April, 2017 7pm
    Cost: £10 per person
    To book your place visit: www.bcdh.org.uk/springtalks or call 01225 787 334.
  • St. Stephen's Millennium Green Talk and Tea: Inside Stories at the Queen's Palaces, Saturday 25 February 2017
    "Our speaker is David Beeton, former Chief Executive of the Historic Royal Palaces. His subject is "Inside Stories at the Queen's Palaces". This will be followed by a full afternoon tea. The venue is the St. Stephen's Centre, Lansdown, and the talk starts at 3pm. Tickets £11, available from Joyce Peachey - telephone 01225 780336 or email robin@peachey.me.uk."
  • 2017 FoBRA Winter Reception, Tuesday 17 January 2017
    The usual evening Reception is being held by the Federation of Bath Residents’ Associations (FoBRA) on Tuesday 17th January in the Victoria Art Gallery, to which all LCA members are welcome. Guests include your Ward Councillors, a slice of the Cabinet and senior Council Officers, and leaders of Bath in other fields. See this flyer to book tickets.
  • Bath Christmas Market: Aix-en-Provence Stall,
    Thursday 24 November to Saturday 11 December 2016
    Bath-Aix Twinning Stall, 2015
    Bath Christmas Market opens this Thursday, Nov 24 and runs until Sunday 11 Dec.
    LCA Committee member Marian McNeir is Chairman of the Bath-Aix Twinning and has organised a stall with all the goods coming especially from Aix and Provence. These authentic products include ProvenÇal wine, tapenade, candied fruits and nougat, wonderful lavender products and typical textiles. Find the stall (no.160) near the Spa entrance.
  • Bath Abbey Footprint Project: Talks aimed at Local Businesses, 14 and 21 November
    "You are invited to find out the latest about Bath Abbey’s Footprint project. Simply come along to one of our talks on:
    Monday 14 November 15:00 – 16:00
    or
    Monday 21 November 18:30 – 19:30
    South Transept, Bath Abbey
    You will have the opportunity to hear the latest and to put questions to Charles Curnock, Director of Footprint on our plans to develop a space that is not only beautiful and atmospheric but also fit for purpose."
  • Millennium Green Christmas Wine Tasting and Supper, Saturday 19 November
    "Our next St. Stephen's Millennium Green fund raising event will be a Christmas Wine Tasting & Supper on Saturday November 19th at 6:30pm in the St Stephen's Centre.
    Great Western Wines will be offering a selection of 6 wines suitable for the Christmas festivities and you will be invited to taste and comment on them. Patrick Goudge from Great Western Wines will be on hand to discuss the wines and to tutor our tasting. The wines will be available to order for Christmas during the evening.
    The tasting will be followed by a two course supper and wine will be available to purchase by the glass or bottle.
    Tickets are £18 per person for the tasting and supper. Purchase of wine for supper is extra. All profits are for the upkeep of the St Stephen’s Millennium Green.
    For tickets email contact@millenniumgreen.org.uk. We are limited to 64 guests so please do order early."
  • 2016 Millennium Green AGM, Tuesday 15 November
    "The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the St. Stephen's Millennium Green Trust will be held on November 15th 2016 in the foyer of St. Stephen's Church in Lansdown starting at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.
    This is your yearly opportunity to hear about developments on the Green and to quiz the Trustees about the future of the Green. We hope that as many supporters of the Green as possible will attend the meeting.
    Visit us at http://www.millenniumgreen.org.uk. You can contact us via email at contact@millenniumgreen.org.uk."
  • Bath Cats and Dogs Home Annual Family Fun Day, Monday 29 August 2016, 11am-4pm
    Join Bath Cats and Dogs Home for their annual Family Fun Day and Fun Dog Show on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August. Bring along your pooch and enter them in the dog show – categories include Best Rescue, Prettiest Eyes, Best Trick and Golden Oldie. Enjoy agility demonstrations from the Home's very own dogs, and why take your dog along to play some doggie games. There will be lots of stalls to browse and buy gifts for yourself and your pet, and you can have a bite to eat either from the tea tent selling delicious homemade cakes and savouries or from the barbecue. Other attractions include FREE kids' zone, mini golf, onsite bar and a visit from the fire brigade from 12-1pm. A family ticket is just £11 and parking is free at Bath University. For full details and ticket prices visit www.bcdh.org.uk/funday.
  • St Stephen's Millennium Green: Summer Fair and Produce Sale, Monday 29 August 2016, 2pm
    "Come and join us in celebrating our beautiful local community garden. The Summer Fair offers an opportunity to spend some time sitting on the lawn amongst the flowers and trees of the garden whilst you enjoy tea and home-made cakes from our team of local bakers.
    "You can stock up with with fruit and vegetables and flowers from the allotments, home-made jams and chutneys, all delicious and irresistible; produce which has food yards rather than food miles. There will also be various other stalls where you can browse and shop for useful items including bric-a-brac, and books and then try your luck on the tombola.
    "Our much loved Punch and Judy man is bringing his entertainment for the younger children and there will be live music for the grown-ups."
    Update 24 August - Donations Needed
    The Millennium Green have provided us with telephone numbers and email addresses re each of the below - please contact:
    Mandy Shaw (Webmaster) | Email

    and we will pass the contact information on.
    "We still need help with donations- can you help?
    "Vegetables, fruit, plants, flowers and home-made jams and chutneys will be welcome giving our visitors the chance to enjoy delicious produce which has food yards rather than food miles. Please bring your donations to the Green from 11am on the morning of the 29th. If you could let us know about your donations before the 29th that would be helpful.
    "The Bric-a-Brac stall is a firm favourite with visitors so please let us have any good quality Bygones, unwanted gifts, useful small pieces of china, glass, silverware, ornaments or souvenirs. Your donations will be someone else's treasures. Please get in touch to arrange delivery or collection several days prior to the 29th.
    "Gifts for the ever popular Tombola will be very welcome. All donations please at least four days before the event.
    "Bakers of Lansdown, for donations of delicious home-made cakes. Cakes to be brought to the Green at 1pm please.
    "In the event of wet weather the fair will be held in St Stephen’s Centre: please bring all donations on the day to the foyer."
  • FoBRA Summer Reception, Lyncombe Court, Widcombe, Monday 27 June, 6.30pm-8pm - please note change of date.
  • St Stephen's Millennium Green: Lansdown Open Gardens 2016, Sunday 5 June 2016, 2pm-5.30pm
    "On Sunday June 5th 2016 the St Stephen's Millennium Green Trust will host the annual Lansdown Open Gardens to raise funds for the upkeep of the St. Stephen's Millennium Green. This year there will be six gardens open from 2pm until 5.30pm. Tickets (price £5) can be purchased on the day from the Millennium Green, the St Stephen's Centre and the gardens. There will also be a Plant Sale on the Millennium Green and teas and home-made cakes at the St. Stephen's Centre to provide visitors with a truly enjoyable afternoon."
  • St Stephen's Millennium Green trip to Bowood House, 3 May 2016
    "Our next event is a visit on May 3rd to Bowood House and the 'Capability' Brown landscape. This special event has been planned as it is the 300th anniversary of 'Capability' Brown and there is a small exhibition of his work at Bowood. We will also be visiting the private walled garden which is only open to groups and of course enjoy a walk in the pleasure gardens of the estate. Coffee on arrival, a two course lunch and the coach fare is included in the cost which is £45.
    "Maybe your members would like to extend their bank holiday weekend and join us on our visit."
    Click here to view the poster.
  • Cleveland Pools: Slide Show, BRLSI, Queen Square, Thursday 24 March, 2.15pm
    To be given by Sally Helvey, Trustee/Marketing - Cleveland Pools Trust, on behalf of Trust chairman Ann Dunlop and the team. Click here to view a flyer.
    Sally writes:
    "We are looking for an audience of locals who may have swum there and/or are interested in supporting us if they knew a bit more about it. I am confident the myriad slides will help fully inform - and hopefully delight too! Some may have seen the Pools on Heritage Open Days, and may even be on our mailing list, but this is a further way to spread the word - with interesting photos, historic illustrations, and stories.
    "We'd be so grateful for your support - as you may know it's such an exciting local heritage project for Bath, especially now the HLF are behind us after 12 years of campaigning."
  • Magna Carta: A Musical Backdrop, St John the Evangelist, South Parade, Bath, Saturday 21 November 2015, 3pm
    Take a break from your Christmas shopping!
    The Chandos Singers, conducted by Malcolm Hill, are one of Bath's leading chamber choirs. Soloists Jane Hunt, Paul Feldwick and Peter Hodgson along with the Chandos Singers perform music associated with the signing of Magna Carta by King John; historian Dominic Singleton will give a talk on the relevance of the document. The concert is in aid of registered charity Freedom From Torture, which provides therapeutic care for survivors of torture in the UK.
    For more information, or to book, click here.
  • Abbey Remembrance Service, Sunday 8 November 2015
    Poppies
    A civic procession led by the Mayor of Bath will leave the Guildhall at 2.30pm on Sunday 8th November for a service of Remembrance in the Abbey at 3pm.
  • St Stephen's Millennium Green Happy Halloween Party, Saturday 31 October 2015, 1.30-3pm
    Families and children are invited to join us on the Millennium Green for Halloween activities including a treat trail, lantern making, apple bobbing, face painting and costume competition. If wet, in the St Stephen's Centre.
    For more information, visit http://www.millenniumgreen.org.uk/.
  • St. Stephen's Millennium Green Summer Fair, 31 August 2015
    This will be held on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2015 from 2pm-5pm on the Millennium Green. This year this is a special event to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Millennium Green. Attractions will include:
  • 'On The Edge' - The U3A Swing Band playing songs from The Shows
  • Punch and Judy Show
  • Bric-a-Brac Stall
  • Plants, Produce and Flowers for sale
  • Tombola
  • Book Stall
  • Tea with homemade cakes and a Special 15th Anniversary Birthday Cake. In addition there will be a 'Birthday' raffle with prizes including a 3-course dinner for 2 (+ a bottle of house wine) at the Marlborough Tavern, champagne, a basket of fruit and other exciting prizes.
    More information can be found at www.millenniumgreen.org.uk, or contact them via email.
  • Bath City Conference 2015, 10 July
    Your Bath City Conference takes place on Friday 10th July at The Guildhall, Bath from 12 noon until 6pm. This is your opportunity to find out about:
  • Railway electrification
  • Projects involving the regeneration of the river
  • Local energy and food production in your community
  • Future governance for the City of Bath
  • Support to the community
  • Who make up your cabinet in the new Council
    Following on from afternoon’s activities, the day will conclude with a Question and Answers session with Councillors and other decision-makers. This will be from 6.30-7.30pm. Do you have a question that you would like answered? Send us your question and we will ask the most popular questions at this session e-mail – bathcityconference@bathnes.gov.uk. If you are unable to attend you can log into the webcast through the Council website!
    The Banqueting Hall will be filled with exhibits, stands and representatives from community groups across the City.
  • Federation of Bath Residents' Associations Summer Party, Violet Bank Farm, BA2 6AY, Thursday 23 July, 6.30pm-8pm
    The garden of Violet Bank Farm is beautiful, with a superb view.
  • Lansdown Open Gardens, Sunday 7 June 2015, 2pm-5.30pm
    The Lansdown Open Gardens afternoon is one of the key fund-raising events for the St Stephen's Millennium Green and was first launched in 2000. Since then it has been one of the area's most popular attractions of early Summer.
    This year there will be six gardens open during the afternoon of Sunday 7 June from 2pm until 5.30pm. Tickets can be purchased on the day from the Millennium Green, St Stephen's Centre and the gardens. In addition there will be a wide variety of plants for sale on the Millennium Green, all donated by local residents and allotment holders. Tea and delicious home-made cakes baked by local people will be available all afternoon at the St Stephen's Centre nearby.
    The gardens open this year are:
  • The Cott Richmond Lane
  • St Stephen's House, Richmond Lane
  • 5 Mount Beacon
  • Kimbolton House, 2 Mount Beacon
  • 18 Springfield Place
  • Northcote Lansdown Road
    Come and enjoy a splendid afternoon exploring your local green space and the six open gardens all of which are within a short walk of each other and at the same time help to sustain the beautiful free space which is your Millennium Green.
  • Bath Cantata Group, St Stephen's Church, Saturday 21 March 2015, 7.30pm
    Duruflé Requiem and Quatre Motets sur des Thèmes Grégoriens, Handel's funeral anthem for Queen Caroline The ways of Zion do mourn. £12.50, students £5. See their website for more details and booking information.
  • Bath Literature Festival, 17 February to 8 March 2015
    Bath Literature Festival presents a varied and exciting programme including big names like Kazuo Ishiguro (Remains of the Day) and the wonderful actress Celia Imrie.
    Book online or tel.01225 463362. But hurry-events are selling out fast!
  • Illustrated Talk on a Christmas Trans Mongolian Adventure from Beijing to St Petersburg, 31 January 2015
  • Federation of Bath Residents' Associations Winter Reception, 20 January 2015
  • Kaffe 2014: The Colourful World of Kaffe Fassett, 22 March to 2 November 2014 at the American Museum
    Kaffe Fassett is a very famous textile designer and also an artist and a ceramicist.
  • St Stephen's Millennium Green Trust AGM, 26 November 2014
    The St Stephen's Millennium Green Trust AGM will be held on Wednesday November 26th 2014 in the St Stephen's Church Foyer at 7:00pm. The agenda is as follows:
    1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
    2. MINUTES OF THE LAST AGM
    3. CHAIRMAN'S ANNUAL REPORT
    4. TREASURER'S REPORT
    5. ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
    Refreshments will be served.
    More details at http://www.millenniumgreen.org.uk, or email contact@millenniumgreen.org.uk.
  • B&NES 'Budget Fair' presentations and workshops in the New Oriel Hall and the Guildhall, 4 and 6 November 2014
  • Network Rail Electrification Drop-In Session in the Guildhall, 15 October 2014
    There will be a drop-in session, run by Network Rail, in the Guildhall on Wednesday 15th October, for all those who have questions about the forthcoming rail electrification. This might include: the effect on Sydney Gardens, improvements to the timetables, pollution and noise, temporary disruption to the rail service, etc. To download a flyer click here.
  • Millennium Green Summer Fair and Produce Sale, Monday 25 August 2014, 2.00pm-5.00pm
    An event not to be missed on August Bank Holiday Monday afternoon at the Millennium Green, Richmond Road, Lansdown, with many attractions and the usual tea and delicious homemade cakes.
    If wet the event will be held in St Stephen's Church Centre and St Stephen's Church.
  • Mayor of Bath's Free Walking Tours, July 2014
    The Mayor's Guides offered a series of themed walking tours this summer linked to the wall plaques we see around the city. Ideal for visitors and residents alike. Click here for more information.
  • Cerulean Summer Exhibition, Freshford, 21-22 June 2014, click here to download a flyer
    A beautiful and exciting exhibition in an idyllic setting. The work was rich and diverse including sculpture, prints, pastels, and painting. Saturday 10.30am-6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm.
    Marian McNeir | Email

  • Julian House Open Gardens, June 2014, click here to download a flyer
  • Federation of Bath Residents' Associations Summer Party in Lansdown Crescent, Monday 16 June 2014, click here to download a flyer
  • Millennium Green Open Gardens, Sunday 8 June 2014, 2-5.30pm
    An annual opportunity to have a good look behind the hedges and high stone walls. A great event for families with a pleasant walk around Lansdown followed by a visit to the St. Stephen's Millennium Green, where the children made 'seed bombs' and entered the sunflower competition. In addition the usual highly renowned teas and cakes were available plus plants for sale and a second-hand book stall. Tickets were £5 for adults, children free and were available at the St. Stephen's Church Centre, on the Millennium Green, and at each of the Open Gardens. All proceeds went to support the St. Stephen's Millennium Green.
    Seven gardens were open: one in Upper Lansdown Mews, two in Lansdown Place East (accessed from the Mews), one in Richmond Road, St Stephen's School garden, and two in Charlcombe Lane. Garden entrances were identified by balloons.
  • More Trees for Bath: Many Hands Make Light Work, Weston Park East, 7 June 2014 (morning), http://www.moretreesbanes.org/
    Adam Gretton, who organises More Trees for Bath, welcomed help with the new woodland at Weston Park East: a weeding, staking, and mulching session on Saturday morning, 7th June. Contact details: 07739 737274 or via the web link above.
  • Bath Music Festival 2014, 16-26 May 2014
    The internationally renowned Bath Music Festival opened with the free Party in the City when city venues from the Octagon to St Swithin's Church hosted taster sessions of most of our local choirs, bands, etc. The Festival continued with daily performances of choirs, Bath Phil, jazz from Brass Jaw, and the Festival Evensong in the Abbey.
  • Widcombe Art Trail, 17-18 May 2014, various venues in Widcombe
    Local artist Sue Wales opened her beautiful garden in aid of Dorothy House, exhibiting with other artists in her garden studio - contact sue.wales@zen.co.uk.
  • Your Bath-City Conference, 30 April 2014, 12.30pm-6.30pm at the Guildhall
    The aim of the day was to engage with the people of Bath; to discover what they think, and what they value in the City. A broad range of local businesses, community groups, charities, social enterprises, public organisations and Council departments showcased their services in the Banqueting Room.
  • Bath Festivals LitFest, Friday 28 February to Sunday 9 March 2014, annual event
    Some of the biggest names in the world of literature/the media: Jennifer Saunders, Henry Blofeld, Hanif Kureishi, David Lodge. Caroline Zoob's Virginia Woolf's Garden, The Great Bath News Debate with Jon Snow, and the Early Morning Walk: Bath at War were not to be missed.
  • Bath and the Roman Empire, Saturday 8 February 2014
    A fascinating archaeological event at the Roman Baths offers the chance to delve 2,000 years into the past and explore the huge importance of Bath in Roman times.

    Sheep Archive
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  • Latest Sheep Update, February 2016
    During summer and autumn 2015 the sheep did an excellent job in munching the grass nice and low for the winter. However the recent mild wet conditions have seen considerable grass growth, and even now the pasture would be fine for sheep. Mr Creed, our sheep farmer from Kelston, prefers to mate his sheep relatively late so that lambs are born after the worst of the winter is over. He also needs to wait until the lambs are of sufficient size and hardiness not to walk through the railings into Lansdown Crescent and face danger from passing traffic. We therefore will not be seeing sheep in our field just yet, but obviously look forward to their arrival.
    The strip of garden under our stewardship opposite Lansdown Place East is starting to wake from its winter slumber. Already the celandines are out, giving some welcome colour, and the daffodils are about to bloom. Later in the year we shall have nasturtiums, more foxgloves, and hopefully poppies to see as we pass by.
  • Latest Sheep Update, 27 October 2014
    As you are all aware, the sheep have done a wonderful job in munching down the dead grass as well as the new shoots in the field. Some weeks ago, we scythed down the nettles and after a day or so the sheep ate all of them as well. The field is now neat and tidy for the Winter, and the sheep will shortly be moving back to Mr Creed's farm in Kelston to fresh pasture.
    The garden area opposite Lansdown Place East has been planted out with foxgloves, nettle-leaved bellflower, self-heal and the pre-existing celandines are already starting to show through the ground. A quantity of wild poppy seed has been scattered, so hopefully we should have a good display after the daffodils next year.
  • Latest Sheep Update, 25 August 2014
    You will have noticed that sheep have now returned to the field. These are the same ewes that were here with lambs earlier in the year, but the lambs are now fully weaned and independent of their mothers. Both sheep and lambs needed to leave the field as the quality of grass declined and became inadequate to produce high quality milk for the lambs.
    Mr Creed, the sheep farmer, tells me that the ewes had to wait for a visit from the shearer,and they have lost their formerly shaggy fleeces. With no milk to produce, the ewes are here for some time to munch down the stringy grass, to leave the field neat and tidy for the winter.
    Once the field is munched down, they will need to be moved away to another field on Mr Creed's farm in Kelston. They may be replaced by the three rams we saw last Autumn.
  • Latest Sheep Update, 29 June 2014
    The sheep are currently away for shearing and will return in a few days, accompanied by additional lambs.

    Federation of Bath Residents' Associations (FoBRA): committee meeting and AGM minutes
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  • AGM Minutes, 17 May 2016
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 15 November 2016
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 20 September 2016
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 13 July 2016
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 17 May 2016
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 7 April 2016
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 4 February 2016
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 12 November 2015
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 10 September 2015
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 30 July 2015
  • AGM Minutes, 12 May 2015
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 12 May 2015
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 24 March 2015
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 13 January 2015
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 20 November 2014
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 11 September 2014
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 9 August 2014
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 8 May 2014
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 25 March 2014
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 4 February 2014
  • Summary of Committee Meeting Minutes, 30 November 2013
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