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Updated: Jul 10

The "Pride in our Bath Grounds" campaign was launched in July 2015.

The campaign has focussed on three areas;

1. Dog mess - "bag it, bin it"

2. Litter - "bin it, take it home"

3. Unwanted behaviour - "not welcome here"

We have been working with; Ruth Mulvany (District Council), Matt Longley (Chairman of The Cricket Club), Mark Arjoo (Leicestershire Police), Jack Fargher (Clerk, Town Council) and, of course, the general public.


We had great support with the dog flagging initiative in 2015, raising awareness and resulting in a 65% reduction in dog mess on the Bath Grounds over the last 6 months. We will be progressing this initiative again this year.

Litter

We had 2 successful litter picks in 2015 and are now arranging to be involved once again in the Big Ashby Litter Pick in April 2016. You can sign up to get involved here http:/www.bathgroundsfriends.com/pride-in-our-bath-grounds

We will be encouraging Police and Friends' presence on 'high risk' litter days in 2016.

The litter campaign is being organised by Annie Ingram, our Pride Co-ordinator, in association with NWLDC Street Action Team and Ashby Town Council. It is clear that the Pride in our Bath Grounds Litter initiative is supported by the Ashby community and that there is a great desire to look after the Bath Grounds.

Unwanted Behaviour

The new footpath and the work being carried out on the railway arch path are helping to open up the Bath Grounds and reduce dark areas which can attract anti social beaviour (ASB).

We have continued working with the police to ensure regular foot patrols.

Please continue to report ASB activity to NWLDC on their website www.nwleics.gov.uk/pages/antisocial_behaviour and to the Police on their non-emergency number, 101, at the time the incident is happening or at their webiste http://www.leics.police.uk/local-policing/ashby/team#.U8LioJRdWJB. You can ask to remain anonymous if you prefer.

The Rotary Club of Ashby de la Zouch Castle are putting on a Santa Fun Run & Walk starting and finishing on the Bath Grounds on Sunday 29th November. It consists of a 3km run or walk around Ashby de la Zouch dressed as Santa!



The main beneficiary of the event will be Hospice Hope, a very worthy local cause. For further information please go to:

www.ashbysantarun.com

www.facebook.com/ashbysantarun

Ashby Santa Fun Run (@AshbySantaRun) | Twitter

We are please to confirm that the Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds in partnership with Ashby de la Zouch Town Council have received £44,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project led by volunteers to create all weather footpaths and a heritage trail around Ashby Bath Grounds. The HLF funding, together with £20,000 previously awarded by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC), means that the Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds have now raised the full £65,000 required and work will commence this autumn.

There will be opportunities to get involved with a wide range of activities including discovering archaeology using surface techniques, performing a ballad, creating a mosaic and taking part in a programme of lectures and guided walks. If you are interested in taking part please come along to the project launch event at Hastings Cricket Club on the Bath Grounds on Sunday 20th September 2015 starting at 11:30am. All are welcome. There will be a brief introduction to the various planned activities and a celebratory drink and buffet. You can also keep in touch with specific project activities and events via the new Project website www.bathgroundspath.com.

Commenting on the award, the Secretary of the Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds, Clare Birch said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. We believe that this project will develop community pride and knowledge of the history of the Bath Grounds as well as providing a much needed, all weather pedestrian route between the two entrances. This will be particularly useful for elderly residents and parents with push chairs as well as attracting tourists through the park. We are hoping for a big turnout at the launch event on 20 September.”

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