After a difficult few years it was great to be back together as a community and even the weather gods looked upon us favourably.
Our largest turnout ever with all ages and all roads represented made this the most successful gathering to date. There was music and dancing, great food, amazing cakes, prosecco and of course the legendary never-ending raffle.
Many thanks to all who work quietly behind the scenes to make this happen so seamlessly. What an amazing community!
This year our open gardens event has gone online. Thanks to all our Neighbours who have shared pictures of their lovely gardens for us to enjoy during the lockdown.
Beautiful roses and courtyard with shady front garden – Teresa’s garden on St Marks Road
Keith and Jess’s garden on St Marks Road is a heaven for wild life
Ruth’s Garden in Calton Walk – firstly in spring before everything took off and then later with aliums, geum, fuscia and thrift all vying for space.
Ro’s garden in Holloway – A very mossy lawn with a wide sweep of planting bisected by steps leading to a shady upper patio.
Dave and Moira’s garden in Alton Place – lovely small terraced garden on three levels – patio, lawn and shrubs.
Mary’s garden in Holloway: We’ve planted more beens this year in containers along with lettuce.
Easy to maintain family garden in Calton Gardens – north facing so shady spot for dog on a sunny day.
We had a really great afternoon at St Marks on 8th December when we all came together to celebrate the season. A good turn out for the communal feasting, carol singing and craft making. The ever popular Raffle raised £101 which we will use to keep this group running in 2020 and beyond…
We’re so pleased that so many were able to come to the widcombewest barbecue (Sat 6 July) and make it such a convivial event. A special thank you to the musicians, those who lent barbecues, those who helped set up or clear up, the young people who ran the raffle and all of you who brought food to make such a wonderful spread!
We’re pleased to announce that we raised £57 from the raffle and this will be added to the widcombewest fundraising pot. Later in the year, we hope to find a local improvement project to spend funds raised at recent events.
The Widcombe West Open Garden event on 23rd May 2019 was a huge success and we want to thank everyone who helped to make it such an enjoyable evening. From those who opened their gardens to those who gave plants for the plant stall, who donated wine, who helped us clear up at the end and generally all who came along and entered into the positive spirit of the evening – a big thank you!
We hope you enjoyed meeting some new neighbours and old friends. And perhaps you’ve been inspired to open your garden next year?
To top it all we made just over £100 to put towards future community activities and events – thank you for your generosity!
A huge thank you to everyone who came along and made this year’s Christmas lunch such a success. We’re so glad so many of you could make it. A big thank you to Pip Weaver, Jon Gore and David Stares from the Orchestra of Everything for their festive entertainment.
Thank you also to Dave for his mulling expertise – the mulled wine and cider was very popular.
We made a wonderful £111 from the raffle, which will help to fund future Widcombewest events. Well done to the children who diligently sold tickets and announced the winning numbers!
A special thanks to Annette for organising us all, printing the leaflets, purchasing the supplies needed and hosting our planning meeting at her house.
There’s plenty of space at St Mark’s Community Centre so we hope even more of you can make it next year. If you’d like to get involved in organising future Widcombewest events, please do get in touch.
Until February 2018 widcombewest was an officially constituted community group. Because we held a bank account, we were required to elect officers and hold an annual AGM. This year instead of the AGM we held an Extraordinary General Meeting to address issues concerning widcombewest continuing in its official capacity.
Purpose of Extraordinary General Meeting
The meeting was held primarily to deal with the proposal to discontinue widcombewest as a formal organisation with a constitution, elected officers and an audited bank account, due to the difficulty in finding local residents willing to stand for office and fulfill the requirements of the constitution.
It was also proposed that the widcombewest bank account should be closed and the cash funds held by former treasurer Annette on trust, provided that an annual reconciliation of funds be informally presented to supporters.
These proposals were passed unanimously, so widcombewest is now simply an informal group of local residents who are happy to get together for social events and for helping to keep our area of Bath looking good.
Join the widcombewest Community Group
We don’t charge subscriptions or have official membership. Interested residents can enroll on our mailing list for regular updates, and anyone is welcome to join in our activities. The modest funds needed for publications, printing costs and so on are raised by the occasional raffle at social events.
The core widcombewest team hasn’t changed but now we no longer hold any official constitutional roles.
For more information visit widcombewest.uk/who-we-are
or email us on info@widcombewest
Made in Widcombe Dinner
Friday, 27th October 2017 at 7:30pm, Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill
This year our autumn social event will be joining the Widcombe Association for a celebration of local food and enjoy an evening of dining and dancing at the Widcombe Social Club. Tickets are on sale now, at only £25 per head, which includes a three course buffet meal, all provided by our local cafes and restaurants and a complementary glass of prosecco on arrival. Junction 18 will be providing the after dinner entertainment and Lady Margaret will be in attendance as our Mistress of ceremonies for the evening.
Unfortunately we cannot make a group booking, so those of you who wish to attend must BOOK YOUR OWN TICKET in advance. This will be a very popular social event and tickets are selling fast so we recommend early booking. Please let us know if you will be attending so we can keep track of who to look out for on the night. As seating appears to be on a first-come-first-served basis prompt or early arrival is important.
To book tickets CLICK HERE!
More information on this and other events can be found on the Widcombe Association website.
Many thanks to all who attended the widcombewest community barbecue on Sunday, and special thanks to volunteers who worked hard to make the potential washout a great success. In spite of the weather, over 30 people attended and we raised £58 on the raffle. Uncertain to begin with: Annette, Helen, Gordon, and David standing under the gazebo in the pouring rain, trying to keep warm from the BBQ flames!
Then gradually they all came as the weather improved, including Mayor Ian Gilchrist and our new MP Wera Hobhouse who not only brought wine and a raffle prize donation but also helped out and luckily won a prize too. Another successful event!