Monthly Archives: September 2020

Join the national celebration of Black History in Bath and North East Somerset

Join the national celebration of Black History in Bath and North East Somerset

The history, accomplishments and experiences of black people will be celebrated throughout October in Bath and North East Somerset as part of a national event.

Bath & North East Somerset Council is highlighting a range of activities and information that residents can access as part of Black History Month throughout October.

The highlights of how the council and other local organisations are marking Black History Month 2020 include:

  • A webinar ‘Black Lives Matter in B&NES’  will take place on October 19. Council leader, Councillor Dine Romero, will be working with young people from Boys in Mind & Black Families Education Support Group to host the webinar on their reactions to the Black Lives Matter movement and their ideas for promoting a more inclusive society. It will be open to young people and adults to attend.
  • The winners of the council’s anti-racist writing competition for young people will be announced during October.  The winning entries raise awareness of racism and its impact and will be posted on the council’s website and social media accounts.
  • This year the council renamed its Community Leader of the Year Award in honour of Beryl Dixon MBE, advocate for the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Bath and across the South West who sadly passed away in 2017. The first winner was Sarah Oughton from SWAN Community Transport and the video of the award being presented can be found here
  • During October the Bath Record Office will be highlighting black community history and the contributions that black and other minority ethnic communities have made to B&NES over the centuries. For further details see www.batharchives.co.uk
  • Bath and North East Somerset Libraries will be signposting inclusive novels and e-Audiobooks throughout the month. Visit their TwitterFacebook and Instagram to find your next great read
  • Fairfield House in Bath, the residence of Emperor Haile Selassie during the five years he spent in exile, is offering schools a choice of two fun and impactful assembly presentations about Bath’s most eminent resident. They can be delivered virtually by a presenter or by teachers using prepared slides. Contact info@houseofhismajesty.com or call William Heath on 07973 115024. 

You can find all the details by clicking on the council’s dedicated webpage here 

In response to the Black Lives Matter campaign, the council is also in the process of setting up a race panel made up of councillors and members of the community. More details will be made available soon.

Councillor Dine Romero, council Leader, said: “Black History Month is an important opportunity to celebrate the diverse community we have in Bath and North East Somerset. It’s important we all value and recognise black history.

“We are committed to tackling racism and promoting equality. Part of that is listening to all our local communities and valuing the contributions they make, so I’m particularly looking forward to our webinar with young people later in the month. I’m also pleased that every year when we hold our Community Awards, they will highlight how Beryl Dixon laid the foundation for local BME groups and her legacy will live on in B&NES.”

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Apply now for 2021 school places

Apply now for 2021 school places

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Libraries offer digital help for job seekers

Libraries offer digital help for job seekers

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North Somerset School celebrates 85th birthday

North Somerset School celebrates 85th birthday

Pupils at a North Somerset Independent School are celebrating its 85th birthday this week with a special service and an original song composed by music teacher Miss Clara Jeffrey. Fairfield School in Backwell is marking 85 years since the school first opened its doors to pupils with a ‘Founders’ Day’ celebration on 25 September 2020.… Read More…

Board urges people to follow government guidelines as Mendip sees increase in positive coronavirus cases

Board urges people to follow government guidelines as Mendip sees increase in positive coronavirus cases

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Council condemns Bristol’s Airport’s decision to appeal refusal for permission to expand

Council condemns Bristol’s Airport’s decision to appeal refusal for permission to expand

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Ralph Allen School statement

Ralph Allen School statement

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Pupils reminded to stick to the six-person rule

Pupils reminded to stick to the six-person rule

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East Harptree Church of England Primary School statement

East Harptree Church of England Primary School statement

Following advice from Public Health England East Harptree Church of England School will close for 14 days following two confirmed cases of Covid-19 at the school. Public Health England South West and Bath & North East Somerset Council are working to support staff at the school which closed yesterday (Sep 21) following one confirmed case.… Read More…

East Harptree Church of England Primary School statement

East Harptree Church of England Primary School statement

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