Wartime memories feature in WW1 Bath civic event.

Wartime memories feature in WW1 Bath civic event.

The memories of nurses who served during the two world wars is to feature in a  World War One Centenary civic event in Bath.

To commemorate one hundred years since the declaration of World War One, on Monday August 4, Bath & North East Somerset Council is holding a civic event to remember the impact this conflict had on people in our local communities.

90-year-old Heather Mackay, a retired nurse living in Lansdown in Bath, who worked during the Second World War, will be taking part. She will be reading extracts written during the First World War by a nurse at Bath War Hospital, whose account mirrors Heather’s own experience of nursing at a time of conflict.

 Heather Mackay’s aunt’s photograph album from her time as a nurse during World War One at Royaumont in France.  Courtesy of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Heather Mackay’s aunt’s photograph album from her time as a nurse during World War One at Royaumont in France.
Courtesy of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Heather said: “I remember when prisoners of war were repatriated; my job at that time was to bed-bath the ones that couldn’t do anything for themselves. I was talking to a lad asked him where he was taken prisoner. He said ‘Arnhem, nurse’. I said my cousin was at Arnhem, he got the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) in the Air Force. I went down the ward a bit further and asked another chap where he was taken prisoner and he also said ‘Arnhem, nurse’.

I told him ‘there’s a fellow up there taken prisoner at Arnhem, I’ll find out his name for you’. They were buddies and they each thought the other had been killed. As soon as we quietened down, we moved their beds next to each other and they were just so thrilled to see each other again. It was wonderful.”

Heather has many personal connections to the First World War too, with various family members having served across the war years. Her aunt, Marjorie Chapman, was an auxiliary nurse working at Royaumont, a Scottish Women’s Hospital Unit set up by pioneering surgeon, Dr Elsie Inglis. The British War Office had refused Doctor Inglis’ offer of help with the words, ‘My good lady, go home, and sit still’. Dr Elsie Inglis did not sit still. Instead she began setting up units abroad, starting with Royaumont, at an abbey north of Paris.

‘Bath War Hospital’ watercolour by E. Horton, 1918 (Credit: Wellcome Library, London)

‘Bath War Hospital’ watercolour by E. Horton, 1918
(Credit: Wellcome Library, London)

Heather says of her aunt’s experience: “It was an old Abbey, and it was nothing but women; the doctors, nurses and ambulance drivers were all women. Apparently they sent them a couple of men to service the ambulances and they said ‘no thank you, no thank you, women only’. And you think of that in 1915, it was very advanced. They were amazing women, way ahead of their time. In fact, someone asked me if my aunt was a suffragette and I said no she wasn’t – she didn’t have to be because my grandfather let his daughters do what they wanted. He was ahead of his time.”

The World War One centenary civic event takes place from 6-7pm at Bath War Memorial in the Royal Victoria Park. It is free, and open to everyone to come together in a shared act of remembrance, to mark the centenary through music, readings, and poetry from people from across the district. Contributions by local young people – who have been writing about the 1914-18 War – will also feature, and it will start with a parade by local cadets.

A commemorative wreath will be laid by the Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council and The Mayor of Bath.

Councillor Martin Veal, the Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “We will gather together 100 years to the day when war was declared. As the years pass it is even more important to tell the stories of the First World War so that each generation learns from history and understands about the impact the War had on everyone – young and old; female and male; those left at home, as well as those who went to the battlefields.”

Councillor Cherry Beath, The Mayor of Bath said: “This free civic event will help us understand how our local citizens were affected by, and reacted to the War. It is fascinating to hear about the work of nurses at Bath War Hospital in Combe Park, where the horrors of the trenches could be witnessed on our doorstep. At this event we honour and remember the contribution of local people during the War years.”

For further information about the World War One Centenary Civic Event please contact the event organiser Jasmine Loveys: jasmineloveys@gmail.com or 07984022426

Honouring our volunteers!

Honouring our volunteers!

The Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council, Councillor Martin Veal has launched his Community Awards and has plans to make a Special Award to one of the nominations received.

Cllr Martin Veal, Chairman of B&NES

Cllr Martin Veal, Chairman of B&NES

The aim of the awards are to recognise volunteers, community leaders, community organisations and local businesses who work tirelessly in the community to make a positive difference. The Awards highlight the contributions made by local people, their efforts to involve others and impact they make on their communities.

The Awards are organised annually in partnership with, the Volunteer Centre Bath and North East Somerset, social housing provider CURO, and the Student Community Partnership. Last year, there were 114 nominations.

Cllr Martin Veal, Chairman of Council, said: “I am delighted to be hosting the Community Awards this year, along with our partners the Volunteer Centre, Curo and the Student Community Partnership. It is important that we recognise the contributions made by such fantastic people who work tirelessly for the benefit of others. I hope as many people can take the time to nominate for an award as possible.”

Cllr Paul Crossley (Lib Dem, Southdown), Leader of the Council and Chair of the Student Community Partnership, said: “Young people’s efforts are often overlooked and it is important that we have the opportunity to recognise the contribution they make in the local community.”

Vanessa Collier, Community Engagement Manager at CURO, said: “Many of our tenants are key volunteer leaders who play an important role in their local community every day. We are hoping to see lots of nominations arriving from CURO residents, and we are delighted to be able to support the awards again this year.”

Mike Plows, Manager of the Volunteer Centre Bath & North East Somerset, said: “We are honoured once again to be a partner for these awards which allow everyone to recognise and celebrate the fantastic voluntary contribution of both teams and individuals in our communities. We are keen increase the nominations for local businesses who often work behind the scenes for their local community without any recognition.”
The award categories are:

Category 1 – Volunteering Awards

· Volunteer of the Year / Young Volunteer of the Year
· Volunteer Leader of the Year / Young Volunteer Leader of the Year
· Volunteer Team or Organisation of the Year/ Young Volunteer Team or Organisation of the Year
· Good Neighbour of the Year / Neighbourhood Team of the Year
· Lifetime Achievement

Category 2 – Business in the Community Award

· This Award will recognise a socially responsible business which actively supports its local community in positive activities.

The Award categories differ from previous years. The key change is that the Education Award will take place separately rather than as part of the Community Awards.

The Chairman will presenting at ‘Special Award’ to an individual who has improved the lives of those around them through their voluntary efforts in the local community, neighbourhood, church or local organisation. The Chairman will choose a winner of this award from all the nominations received.

How to nominate

The full details about the criteria for nominating people or organisations and nomination forms are available from the Council:

· Website: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/chairmanawards

· By email to: Sara_banks@bathnes.gov.uk

· In writing to: Sara Banks, Policy & Partnerships, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG.

Civic event to mark start of World War One

Civic event to mark start of World War One

People are invited to attend a civic memorial event organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council this August to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

Bath War Memorial

Bath War Memorial

The event takes place on Monday August 4, from 6pm-7pm at the war memorial by the main entrance to Royal Victoria Park near Queen Square. It is free and open to all.

It is just one of a number of events organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council to mark the anniversary.

Councillor Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “This will be a poignant and respectful occasion to mark this date.

“During the first six months of the war, one third of all the men in the area between the ages of 18 and 30 had enlisted with the services. The first Bath casualty came within just two days of the declaration of war.

“I look forward to welcoming residents to the civic event at the war memorial.”

The event will feature several readings, including the words of the Mayor of Bath in August 1914 encouraging local residents not to hesitate to do their duty.

For further information about the World War One Centenary civic event please contact event organiser Jasmine Loveys: jasmineloveys@gmail.com or 07984 022426.

Government urged to protect Bath’s thermal waters from fracking

Government urged to protect Bath’s thermal waters from fracking

The Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council has called on the Coalition Government to protect Bath’s natural Hot Springs from potential hydro fracturing in outlying areas.

The Great Roman Bath

The Great Roman Bath

Hydro fracturing – commonly known as ‘fracking’ – is the investigation underground of sources of gas by drilling a bore hole and obtaining data from either explosives or pumping water down the cavity. The Department of Energy & Climate Change had issued four Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences (PEDLs) for fracking for areas around Bath. Three of these have been relinquished but the fourth has been extended for a further year. Councillor Paul Crossley has written to Energy Minister, Michael Fallon MP, to express the Council’s deep concerns about the process and the possible damage to the supply of water to Bath Hot Springs and the impact on Bath’s major tourist attraction. He urged the Government to review its decision to grant a one-year extension to potentially explore and extract unconventional gas.

Cllr Paul Crossley Leader, B&NES

Cllr Paul Crossley
Leader, B&NES

Cllr Paul Crossley (Lib-Dem, Southdown), Leader of Council, said: “The springs are the life blood of this city, which is cherished worldwide. In economic terms, the city and region rely heavily on a tourist industry which is worth an estimated £380m annually to Bath alone and which employs 10,000 people Independent research carried out by the British Geological Survey has concluded that extraction of unconventional gas within the zone of influence of the Hot Springs of Bath has the potential to damage the delicate fracture-led delivery system of the hot water. In his letter, Cllr Crossley said: “The United Kingdom’s only natural Hot Springs emerge in the heart of the World Heritage City of Bath. The UK Government committed to protect and conserve these sites for this and future generations.” He added: “We strongly welcome the actions to relinquish three of the four licences and call upon the 4th licence holder to also relinquish their licence to frack in the areas that might affect the Hot springs. “I am also very concerned to learn that the relinquished licences will be made available again in the 14th round licence offer, as and when this is made. This once again invites companies to potentially explore and extract unconventional gas within the zone of influence of the Hot Springs. Our strong request is that these licence areas and others within the zone of influence are withheld from future licensing rounds.”

The King's Bath or Sacred Spring - fed by three-quarters of a million litres of natural water a day.

The King’s Bath or Sacred Spring – fed by three-quarters of a million litres of natural water a day.

Cllr Crossley’s letter concluded: “I would stress that Bath & North East Somerset Council is not politically opposed to the concept of shale gas extraction. Our concern is wholly focussed on the potential damage to the Hot Springs and is backed by research findings. “As such, we are not asking that Bath is made an exception in policy terms, but rather that a policy of pursuing shale gas extraction in appropriate areas recognises that for technical reasons it is wholly inappropriate to issue licences within the Bath Hot Springs catchment area.” Cllr Crossley has sent copies of his letter to the Department of Energy & Climate Change, the Leaders and Chief Executives of Mendip District Council and Somerset County Council and local MPs. Director’s notes: · Bath & North East Somerset Council is concerned that the process of fracking will result in the water courses leading to the natural Hot Springs being contaminated with pollutants from this process, or for the waters to adopt a different direction of travel through new fractures in the underlying rocks. · The Council has apparently obtained the very best expert advice on this matter and there is little to suggest that any thought has been given to the potential for damage to the deep water sources that supply the Hot Springs in Bath. ·  B&NES believes exposing the Bath Hot Springs to risk through the avoidable action of the issue of PEDL licences would appear to be in direct contradiction of the UK’s commitment to the 1972 World Heritage Convention.

When the River Avon froze over

When the River Avon froze over

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s archives team has discovered a Bath clergyman’s weather diary written around 250 years ago.

The 18th century weather diary Photo:  Freia Turland

The 18th century weather diary
Photo: Freia Turland

The small parchment notebook filled with tiny writing meticulously describes Bath weather every day for six years between 1756 and 1761. It shows that extremes of weather were not unusual: “17 December 1759. A sharp north east wind which has frozen the river so hard the people have walked over it in great numbers for 3 days past”.

This diary was kept by the Reverend Duel Taylor, Rector of Bath, and was found amongst the papers of Bath’s town clerks.

The weather diary at Bath Records Office Photo: Friea Turland

The weather diary at Bath Record Office
Photo: Freia Turland

It was discovered as part of an archives cataloguing project now underway at the Council’s Record Office – Bath, Water and World Heritage: the City Records from the 12th to the 21st centuries.

The project has been made possible thanks to £47,000 of external funding won from The National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives by the Record Office team.

The project, which started earlier this year, will enable archivists to catalogue Council records from the 12th to the 21st centuries for the first time.

The Project Archivists are Hannah Little, Lucy Powell and Rosemary Boyns. Hannah is currently recruiting volunteers to help with the project and maximise the amount of information that can be recorded.

If you would like to find out more about getting involved, please contact Bath Record Office at: archives@bathnes.gov.uk, telephone 01225 477421.

The 18th century weather diary Photo:  Freia Turland

Closer look at one of the entries.
Photo: Freia Turland

Cllr Ben Stevens, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development (LibDem, Widcombe) said: “We have always known we hold a wonderful collection of documents dating back to 1189, but have never had the opportunity to look at every single item before.

“This discovery of weather records is just one of many resulting from the detailed survey now made possible by the new funding. We’re rightly proud of our archives and details like these vastly enrich our understanding of our shared heritage as a city.”

The archivists’ work will create an online catalogue of the council’s historic collection which will be made available next year.

For more information visit the Bath Record Office website at http://www.batharchives.co.uk.

Bath Chinese tourist boost expected

Bath Chinese tourist boost expected

Bath & North East Somerset Council is expecting a relaxation of visa applications for Chinese tourists will boost tourism in Bath.

From the autumn, Chinese visitors to the UK and Ireland will be able to use a single visitor visa without requiring a separate visa to travel to each of these two countries.

Abbey Church Yard

Abbey Church Yard

Bath, and the Roman Baths in particular, is one of the most popular attractions for Chinese tourists in Britain, according to Visit Britain. The Roman Baths attracted 71,000 Mandarin-speaking visitors in 2013.

According to new research from Barclays, working in partnership with Visit Britain, the South West is the preferred destination for Chinese tourists. Between 2014 and 2017, the biggest growth will be in spending by visitors from China, the United Arab Emirates and Russia, according to the research. It predicts that Chinese spend will increase by 84% from 2013 levels, reaching £1bn per annum in 2017 in a total market of £27bn, and that Chinese spending could reach £1bn per annum by 2017, making up almost 4% of the total market.

Cllr Paul Crossley, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “With these predictions it is obvious that Chinese tourists are going to become even more important to Bath. We must make sure that we work together with local tourism businesses to encourage this and to make sure that we cater properly for this market. The Council-run museums are leading the way in this and we hope that this will help to make it easy for other tourism organisations to provide Chinese-friendly services for visitors.”

Get reading with mythical maze challenge!

Get reading with mythical maze challenge!

Bath & North East Somerset Council libraries are aiming to get children reading this summer by inviting them to find their way through the Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge.

And there are a host of events over the summer taking place at libraries from mask making to mini beasts and including a visit by a renowned children’s author.

To take part in the challenge children collect stickers to fill a Mythical Maze poster. The challenge is completed by reading six books, then children receive a certificate, a unique Reading Challenge Medal and a wristband. Children can also go on the website http://www.mythical-maze.org.uk to create a profile, chat about books, and play games.

Cllr David Dixon, (LibDem, Oldfield) Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Last year more than 2,000 children in Bath and North East Somerset signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge.
“My own children have enjoyed the summer reading challenge over the past years, so I have seen at first hand just how engaged with reading children become through this great scheme. We hope that this year more children than ever will be inspired to join their local library and get the most from the great range of books and other resources available.”

Bath Central Library.

Bath Central Library.

Bath & North East Somerset Council libraries will be welcoming children to take part in the Challenge from Saturday July 12 until Saturday September 13.

There will be free events in Bath Central, Midsomer Norton, Keynsham and Bath Moorland Road libraries on July 12 to launch the Summer Reading Challenge.

David Almond, world famous author of Skellig, The Boy Who Swam With Pirhanas and Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf ( shortlisted for this year’s Greenaway Award ) will be visiting Midsomer Norton Library at 10.30am and Bath Central Library at 2pm to talk to children and parents about his work.

There will also be mask making at Keynsham Library and face painting at Moorland Road Library 10 – 12
Other events for all ages take place throughout the summer in all Bath and North East Somerset Libraries. You can find out more about all Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Libraries events from: Facebook: Bathnes Libraries; twitter: @bathnes #bathneslibraries; email: Councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk; telephone: 01225 394041; website: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/libraries


Rival community scheme proposed for Newark Works

Rival community scheme proposed for Newark Works

The old Newark Works

The old Newark Works

Recent publicity and public and business support for an organisation called Craneworks – which is promoting a new community use for the old Stothert and Pitt factory building – has led to the local authority issuing a press release affirming their intention to continue with a plan they have themselves formulated for the former Newark Works – but not dismissing discussions with ‘interested parties.’craneworks

Craneworks  has announced its presence as a group of talented locals who want to set up a ‘cutting edge Centre for Invention’ at the old factory site to inspire young people and also hi-tech and dirty making spaces for art, film and digital media.

It intends to teach new skills and create new jobs and is looking for local support to make a formal approach to B&NES.

I spoke to one of those promoting the idea about the organisation and its aims.





Craneworks seems to think there might be room at the old Newark Works for both schemes – and certainly B&NES has not dismissed future discussions. In a recent statement B&NES said:

‘BMT Group (BMT) and Bath & North East Somerset Council can confirm that they continue to work together in order to redevelop the whole of the Bath Quays South area as part of the wider Innovation Quay concept for Avon St, the river and former Newark works site which is currently unoccupied and derelict. The masterplan for the area plans to deliver 1,000 jobs – including 250 in Bath’s successful creative sector.

The scheme still has to undergo design and receive planning approval as part of a comprehensive development. The balance of the site may include a mix of business, residential and creative uses, recognising the importance of the site’s industrial legacy. BMT is currently in discussions with developers in order to ascertain how the project can best be delivered to the benefit of all parties.

A number of organisations including Craneworks have expressed an interest in being involved as part of Innovation Quay, however at this early stage neither BMT nor Bath & North East Somerset Council have undertaken detailed discussions with interested parties. Funding opportunities will be announced in the autumn and will provide a basis to consider how and what is delivered.

Councillor Paul Crossley, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said, “I am delighted that our agreement with BMT is allowing the Bath Quays South redevelopment to progress as we had hoped. We are committed to making the best use of the site as part of Innovation Quay to provide a location for hi-tech, innovative companies that are a core part of this area’s future. By working with BMT we are seeking to achieve a comprehensive and economically viable solution based on sound commercial decisions that will deliver best value for Bath & North East Somerset Council, our residents and businesses.

“Craneworks have come up with a great initial creative concept and we look forward to receiving a more detailed business plan from them; in the same way we will welcome the ideas of similar interested parties. Depending on the outcome, we are keen to explore the opportunities for working with Craneworks in the city.”

The Newark Works - former home of Stothert and Pitt

The Newark Works – former home of Stothert and Pitt

BMT’s Regional Director for UK and Europe, Gary Smith commented: “BMT’s involvement in the Bath Quays South project is focused on delivering new, larger, office accommodation for its three Bath-based companies within the context of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s beautifully inventive strategy. We’re very aware of the historical significance of the Bath Quays South site and will continue to work with the Council to ensure that redevelopment is sympathetic to Bath’s unique world heritage status.”

Have your say on traffic!

Have your say on traffic!

Bath & North East Somerset Council is asking local people to put forward their views on a new draft transport strategy for Bath.

milsom streetThe strategy Getting around Bath was commissioned by the Council in April 2013, and looks at reducing congestion and allowing people to move around more easily to support the long-term economic strategy for the area.

Its aims are to:

· Support and enable economic growth, competitiveness and jobs
· Promote sustainable mobility
· Widen travel choice
· Widen access to jobs / learning / training
· Improve air quality and health, reducing vehicle carbon emissions
· Safeguard and enhancing the unique historic environment and World Heritage Site status
· Improve the quality of life in the city

Key proposals include: developing a walking/cycling strategy to make Bath the UK’s most walkable city; better management of HGVs in the city; continued expansion of Park and Ride sites and a new location for coaches to park after dropping off visitors in the centre.london road 1

Cllr Caroline Roberts (LibDem, Newbridge), Bath & North East Somerset’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “Bath is an important World Heritage City – it’s vital that we look after the environment of the city whilst ensuring it’s a great place to live and work.

western riverside“This is an exciting time for Bath as we develop plans for the Bath Riverside Enterprise Area which will bring significant housing and jobs. We must get the transport right to allow these developments to work.

“We want people to take a look at the strategy and give us their views – not just people who live in the city, but those that work here and travel to Bath regularly. These will help us develop it further and start to look at more detailed options.”

The Council is organising two public events on:

Monday June 30, BRLSI 6pm to 9pm.
Friday July 11, Guildhall 2pm to 5pm.

Those who attend can find out more about the strategy and ask questions. People who can’t attend but who are interested in this should visit the Council’s web pages – http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/gettingaroundbath – where you can find a copy of the draft strategy along with a questionnaire.

Printed information is available by contacting 01225 394408 or emailing transportation@bathnes.gov.uk

The closing date for views is July 25.

The Council is also organising a workshop for local stakeholders on June 26 at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute on Queen Square. This will be chaired by Sir Peter Hendy, who chairs the Bath Transport Commission, a body established to advise on transport in the city.

All views will be considered and a revised strategy will go to the Council’s Cabinet meeting on September 11.

New bike hire launches next week!

New bike hire launches next week!

Bath’s new bike hire scheme will officially launch on next Tuesday – 17th June – with a Bike Parade being held in the city centre to mark the occasion. The scheme – delivered by the independent company nextbike, working with Bath & North East Somerset Council – is designed with visitors and students in mind but local businesses and organisations are also being encouraged to use the bikes.


Bath & North East Somerset Council is supporting the nextbike initiative as part of its commitment to tackling congestion in Bath and getting more people moving around the city – through a variety of transport options – to support local businesses. The Council is also running a campaign to highlight cycling opportunities across Bath and North East Somerset – for more details visit: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/Love2Cycle

The ‘nextbike in Bath’ scheme will see 100 bikes docked across 9 rental locations including Bath Spa railway station, various city centre locations, Bath Spa University and the Royal United Hospital. The bikes are available 24 hours a day and users can register and hire bikes in just a couple of minutes.

To celebrate the launch, nextbike is organising a Bike Parade around the city centre with a live Samba band, free ‘nextbike’ t-shirts and prizes up for grabs. Parade-goers can borrow a shiny new nextbike for the ride or bring their own. The scheme will be officially launched to the general public after the Bike Parade.

The scheme, operated by nextbike, is part funded by Bath & North East Somerset Council through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, although it is hoped that it will become fully self-sufficient within a couple of years.

Cllr Caroline Roberts (Lib-Dem, Newbridge), Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “Bath & North East Somerset Council is very pleased to be part of this initiative which should tempt more people to consider cycling. We encourage everyone to give the nextbikes a try and help to tackle congestion, so that more people can get around quickly and easily, and make the most of the city’s wide variety of shops, places to eat and attractions.”

nextbike in Frankfurt

nextbike in Frankfurt

Rob Grisdale, Managing Director of nextbike UK commented on the launch: “It’s been a pleasure preparing for the launch of our Bath scheme and great to be working with so many local organisations, all eager to make the most of their new service. I can’t wait to be back later this summer to see lots more people exploring and getting around Bath on two wheels.”

It’s easy to join in with nextbike – users can register at any of the 9 stations, using the nextbike app, by phone, or at one of the service centres such as the Bath Visitor Information Centre, and it only takes a couple of minutes. Bikes can also be taken out the city centre with nextbike.

To take part in the nextbike in Bath Launch Parade, everyone must pre-book one of the free tickets as numbers are limited.

Registration to the scheme is free and each rental will cost £1 per half hour. For full subscribers rentals are free for the first half an hour of every rental. There is a maximum charge of £10 per day to allow riders to explore the city for longer. A lock is provided too so that the bike can be secured during use.

Visit http://www.nextbike.co.uk for more details and to register for the Launch Parade or the nextbike in Bath scheme. There is currently a special 50% off launch offer which ends at the end of June.

If you can’t make it to the launch parade, come along to the Fresh Air Fayre on Saturday 21st June to try out the nextbikes on Royal Avenue, in Bath, from 10am to 3pm.

There will be 9 stations around Bath with plans for more. The stations can be found at:
– Green Park
– Orange Grove
– Bath Spa Railway Station
– Sydney Place (Holburne Museum)
– Royal United Hospital
– Bath Spa University
– Charlotte Street Carpark
– Unite Student Apartments (Lower Bristol Street)
– Newbridge Marina / Caravan Park