We are all wise to the fact there’s nowhere quite like Bath and this summer a new owl sculpture trail will add another feather in our cap – when a hundred individually decorated large and small owls will grace the city’s streets.
I was lucky enough to go along to the launch of Minerva’s Owls of Bath 2018 trail at the Roman Baths on Tuesday. A hundred individually-decorated large and smaller owl sculptures will land in the streets of Bath in a brilliant three-month public art event to celebrate the city’s Roman heritage and raise funds for local charities.
Event organiser Megan Witty, who was also behind the hugely popular Pigs and Lions of Bath sculpture trails, has to be congratulated for her dedication to this brilliant idea which will raise funds for the Royal United Hospital’s new Cancer Centre, Bath Young Carers, the Roman Baths Archway Project and the UK Little Owl Project, which is based in Bath.
It is a great way to engage people, bring communities together and have a hoot about our wonderful city.
Beside owls, my week started with a meeting in London on Monday with the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rishi Sunak, to discuss the way councils, in the future, will fund themselves – something we are already addressing in our budget which went before cabinet on Wednesday.
I also caught up with Bath traders on Monday to listen to their views on what we can continue to do to help the local economy and support independent businesses.
One of our key priorities is to invest in young people and I was incredibly impressed by the students from various schools who I met on Thursday at a parliament-style event hosted by Hayesfield Girls’ School.
Issues around discrimination, dealing with mental health, looking at wellbeing, Sugar Smart and gender were all debated with lots of interesting and positive opinions put forward by the students – who clearly proved it isn’t just owls that are wise.