Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Bath City Farm

WW2 bomb crater site
 I visitied the City Farm just before Christmas to meet Matt Smail and find out more about a grant application bid for funds to develop the WW2 bomb crater into an amphitheatre, to put down accessible paths from the main building along to the animals and other parts of the farm and to develop the play area at the top so that the 'roots and shoots' play scheme can be expanded.

A great application and whilst there I brought some of the farm's fabulous suasages.

Kuney Pigs
For more detail on the city farm and events check out their website by clicking this link  Bath City Farm

Anyhow having visited the farm I was more than happy to support the bid application and letter of support follows:-

Letter in support of Bath City Farm Grant application bid  28/12/10

From Cllr Paul Crossley
Councillor for Southdown Ward

To Whom it may concern

Dear Sir/Madam,

I wish to write in support of the Bath City Farm grant application for funding for play space, amphitheatre and footpath.

The City Farm has been an important part of the social fabric of this area for many years now. It is a vital asset for the people of SW Bath and is increasingly being used by people from all over Bath and beyond.

It has recently secured its future with the Council (its landlord) and with the recent appointment of its new manager is looking forward to the future positively despite the current financial climate.

It has a robust plan to raise funds from diverse sources and has a great scheme of work.

It borders the Whiteway Estate which is a disadvantaged area. The farm does great work with a wide range of children including:-
  • physical and learning disability
  • emotional and behavioural problems
  • school visits
  • play-schemes

It is also building up its volunteer force and this can lead to job opportunities and also to new skill learning courses.

The current bid extends all these aims.
Pre-school play space: An excellent site for the play space close to the main building. This will allow an extension to the popular Roots and Shoots toddler group.
Outdoor Amphitheatre: The WW2 bomb crater provides a fantastic opportunity to create a small natural amphitheatre for performance space that can be used by the community. The amphitheatre would provide seating for 70-100 people and with the idea of creating the stage on the small central mound and surrounding it with a moat will provide one of the most exciting small outdoor performance venues in the area.
Footpath: An important part of the farm’s ethos is accessibility and the footpath is required to provide level access from the main building to certain areas and features of the farm to enable all visitors to get the maximum enjoyment from their Bath City Farm visit.
These projects will allow the City Farm to expand its customer base and provide better support and facilities for the growing number of users and volunteers. I commend this application to you and hope that you are impressed by the detail submitted and can support the bid.

Yours sincerely

Paul Crossley

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