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Bath Grounds Achievements Celebrated - Mayor Opens Exhibition

Posted by [email protected] on January 25, 2017 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The exhibition at Ashby Library, celebrating the many achievements of the Bath Grounds Footpath and Heritage Project, was opened by Ashby’s Mayor, Mike Ball, on Saturday. The opening was also attended by John Cotterill, Chair of the District Council, Heather Broughton, from the Heritage Lottery fund, members of the Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds and many of the volunteers who have contributed to the Project. The exhibition is free to the public and will run till Saturday February 11th in the meeting room of the library during normal opening hours. Everyone is invited to come and see what has been going on at the Bath Grounds over the last year and, if you were one of the hundreds of volunteers involved, you may well see yourself amongst the exhibition photos.


 

Grand Opening of Footpath, Heritage Trail and Fish Mosaic

Posted by [email protected] on October 29, 2016 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

At Jim's Tractor Run on 31st July 2016, the new Bath Grounds footpath and Heritage Trail were offfficially opened and the community produced fish mosaic unveiled. The Heritage Trail comprises five heritage imerpretation boards, four waymarkers and two mosaics arranged on a circuar route around the Bath Grounds, mainly along the new footpath bewteen the South Street entrance and Prior Park Road entrance.


The ceremony commenced with a speech by Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds chair, Clare Birch, followed byunveiling of the Fish Mosaic by Ashby's Mayor, Mike Ball, and mosaic artist, Llyndda Baugh. The Fish Mosaic,which is located beside the Prior Park Road entrance to the Bath Grounds, celebrates Ashby Castle's medieval fish ponds, which were located nearby. It was constructed by Llynda, assisted by by community volunteers, at two community mosaic events over the summer, one on the Bath Grounds during the Arts Festival and one at the Prior Park Commmunity Centre. It was designed by local artist, Di Lorriman. 


Following the mosaic unveiling, North West Leicestershire District Council Deputy Chair, Virge Richichi, officially opened the improved accessibility footpath and Heritage Lottery Fund regional committee member, Geoff Nickolds, opened the complete Bath Grounds Heritage Trail. A printed trail guide is now available from Ashby’s Tourist Information Centre and other tourist venues around the district or can be dowloaded from this website (see homepage) and the Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds website.


Fun and Frolics on the Bath Grounds

Posted by [email protected] on June 1, 2016 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

A good time was had by all on Sunday 29th May celebrating the heritage of the Bath Grounds in Ashby de la Zouch. The day was kicked off by Ashby’s very own town crier, Paul Smith, who introduced the events with a wonderful ringing traditional ‘shout’.


This first event of the day was the Mayor of Ashby, Mike Ball, unveiling the brand new Ivanhoe Spa mosaic. The mosaic depicts the Ivanhoe Baths in its heyday when they were the centre of social life in Ashby. Alongside the unveiling, Llynda Baugh, who made the Ivanhoe Baths mosaic, ran a mosaic workshop where people learnt about the art of mosaics and helped make a ‘fish’ mosaic inspired by the medieval castle fishponds that used to be on the Bath Grounds. People also made coaster mosaics that they could keep.



The mosaic unveiling was followed by a bespoke community choir singing their hearts out performing the ‘Ballad of the Bath Grounds’ to the tune of Tavern in the Town.


“There is a special place in town, Ashby town

Where people love to wander round, wander round.

The historic spa's long gone, we're afraid,

But the Bath Grounds are our heritage, heritage.”


The choir, made up of members of the Ashby community, the children from Ashby C of E Primary school and members from ‘Ukulele Go Crazy’, came together for the one off performance. The ballad words were written by Lorna Titley, a friend and a passionate committee member of the Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds.


The day finished off with maypole dancing led by the Jerusalem Jammers. Lots of people joined in and great fun was had by all.


All events were organised by the Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, District Council and Ashby Town Council.


The Heritage Day followed a series of successful events - talks, guided walks, ‘Have a Go’ Archaeology and the film ‘Polkas and Pustules’ - all celebrating the history of the Bath Grounds and Ivanhoe Spa.


And there is more to come – talk and guided walk about the history of the Bath Grounds on 14th June and more ‘Have a Go’ Archaeology in June and July. Lots more information at www.bathgroundspath.com

 

Second Archaeology Introductory Talk

Posted by [email protected] on May 10, 2016 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The second introductory talk on Wednesday 4th May for the 'Have a Go' Archaeology was again very well attended. The audience at the Cricket Pavilion heard Mercian Archaeological Services outlining the techniques to be used - resistance, magnetometer and topographic surveys. They described the types of features that might be found and set them in the context of the wider area around the castle. They were very optimistic that in an area like the Bath Grounds, so near water courses and the castle, there are likely to be undiscovered features waiting to be found.


The talk was followed by a walk around the Bath Grounds to view the area to be surveyed.

 

Everybody came away very enthusiastic about the Have a Go sessions planned for later in the summer. There will be lots of 2½ hour sessions, morning, afternoon or evening to choose from, all organised and supervised by Mercian Archaeological Servicess. There's no need for any prior knowledge of archaeology. You can just come along for one session and see how you get on. You can always sign up for more if you like it – most people do!

 

The first sessions kick off on 17th May, there are more in June and July, and you can sign-up on the website.

Successful talk and guided walk on the history of Ashby Spa and the Bath Grounds

Posted by [email protected] on April 24, 2016 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A well attended talk about the history of Ashby Spa and the Bath Grounds at the Ivanhoe Club took place yesterday. Ken Hillier, from Ashby Museum, answered those questions – why Ivanhoe and why Bath Grounds? The history of the spa, the water from Moira, the ups and downs of the Hastings family who built the Ivanhoe Baths and the imposing terraces that grace South Street and Station Road were all part of a fascinating talk.


All attending were impressed by Ken Hillier’s comprehensive knowledge of his subject. He followed the talk with a guided walk around some of the remaining features of the spa town and also the site of the Ivanhoe Baths, sadly demolished in 1962.

For those that missed this spa talk and guided walk, there is another opportunity on Tuesday 14th June, 7pm at the Ivanhoe Club. Details of all the heritage events taking place this summer can be found at www.bathgroundspath.com or on 07525 339896.

 

First Archaeology Introductory Talk

Posted by [email protected] on April 20, 2016 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The first introductory talk on Tuesday 12th April for the 'Have a Go' Archaeology was very well attended.  The audience at the museum heard Mercian Archaeological Services outlining the techniques to be used - resistance, magnetometer and topographic surveys. They described the types of features that might be found and set them in the context of the wider area around the castle.  They were very optimistic that in an area like the Bath Grounds, so near water courses and the castle, there are likely to be undiscovered features waiting to be found.


Everybody at the talk came away very enthusiastic about the Have a Go sessions planned for later in the summer.  There will be lots of 2½ hour sessions, morning, afternoon or evening to choose from, all organised and supervised by Mercian Archaeological Servicess. There's no need for any prior knowledge of archaeology. You can just come along for one session and see how you get on. You can always sign up for more if you like it – most people do!


For those that missed the first talk, there's another one on Wednesday 4th May, 7:30pm at the Cricket Pavilion on the Bath Grounds.


The first sessions kick off on 17th May, there are more in June and July, and you can sign-up on the website.



New Path Completed

Posted by [email protected] on November 11, 2015 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Construction of the new path around the northern and eastern sides of the Bath Grounds was completed on Monday 9th November despite some pretty bad weather over the last couple of weeks. The Contractors will return in the Spring to check levels and ensure that the drainage is working according to specification.

We are now busy writing and designing the Heritage Trail which will be installed around the new path.



 


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