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Students at Bath College design new space for Sparky the barn owl

Animal care students at Bath College have created a new space for Sparky the barn owl – one of the college’s oldest and most-loved birds.

Bath College students join press photographers for visit from the Archbishop of Canterbury

Two students from Bath College were invited to join press photographers and capture a visit from the Archbishop of Canterbury on film.   Sebastian Roberts, 18, and Louise Wakeham, 17, are both studying Level 3 photography and volunteered to cover the archbishop’s visit to Bath Abbey on November 9.   The archbishop visited for a talk on the Footprint Project– a £19.3 million project to stabilise the ground beneath the abbey floor and heat the abbey using energy from Bath’s famous hot springs.   In the afternoon, he led a special Eucharist service attended by 800 people with singing from the abbey’s choir of boys and girls, as well as local schoolchildren.  

Bath College footballer picked for three-month Bristol City trial

Bath College footballer Saikou Janneh has been offered a three-month trial with Bristol City after impressing talent scouts.

Bath College apprentices head to The Skills Show to compete in national finals

Three apprentices from Bath College will compete at The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham after performing highly in a challenging set of regional heats.

Bath College students team up with city's best chefs for charity lunch

Students at Bath College had the chance to work with some of the city’s best chefs at a four-course networking dinner for professionals in the hospitality and catering industry. Organised by the Chefs’ Forum, the dinner was held at the Bath College Shrubbery Restaurant and included a special ‘pay what you can’ lunch raising £1,000 for industry charity Hospitality Action. The Chefs’ Forum was created to mentor, motivate and inspire young talent by connecting chefs with education providers and industry suppliers in the South West. Top chefs at the event included David Campbell, Executive Head Chef at The Royal Crescent, Bath, Head Chef Daniel Moon, from The Gainsborough Hotel, and Michael Topp and Martin Black, from The Manor House Hotel. Lucknam Park chefs Elly Wentworth and Dean Westcar also volunteered their time. Elly, Junior Sous Chef at Lucknam Park, is appearing on MasterChef: The Professionals, airing on BBC2 on Tuesday November 8 at 8pm. Students from Bath College joined forces with the visiting chefs and learners from Hit Training to finish and plate each of the courses, and to serve eighty hungry guests. Bridget Halford, Head of Hospitality at Bath College said: “Today’s Chefs’ Lunch was an amazing experience for the students. It was a real privilege for them to work with such talented chefs from across the Bath area and a fabulous opportunity for the students to showcase their skills to local employers. “Every seat in our restaurant was filled and an impressive £1000 raised for industry charity, Hospitality Action, we are delighted with this!” Bath College Principal Laurel Penrose said: “I have been really impressed with the food and organisation of today’s Chefs’ Lunch at the college. “The Chefs’ Forum supports the college in an extremely positive and productive way, specifically in terms of raising the profile of our learners and our fantastically equipped facilities to potential employers in Bath and the surrounding area. “The meal was delicious and it was an excellent opportunity for our students to network with top chefs, suppliers and learning peers.” The Chefs’ Forum chose to stage a ‘pay what you can’ event to give chefs the chance to sample the very best in local cooking, at a price they could afford whilst making money for Hospitality Action. Hospitality Action helps chefs and hospitality professionals overcome problems with stress, debt, drug and alcohol issues. Participating chefs and sponsors all donated ingredients, driving down the food cost and allowing The Chefs’ Forum to raise vital funds for industry people who fall on hard times. Sponsors included: A.David, Total Produce, Kingfisher Brixham, Walter Rose & Son and Easy Jose. Catherine Farinha, Founder of The Chefs’ Forum, said: “The work Hospitality Action does is vital in offering support to hospitality people when they fall on hard times. “It is great that The Chefs’ Forum can help in raising the profile of Hospitality Action to chefs on a regional level, highlighting the work it does. “It is great to know that the money raised will go towards helping those in need. This lunch was a fabulous chance for current and future chefs and front of house professionals to witness first-hand, industry-leading cookery and first class service where cost was not an obstacle to them doing so.” The Bath College Shrubbery Restaurant in Avon Street is open to the public and is well-known amongst local foodies for its delicious three-course lunches and fine dining banquets.

Bath College students trained to host and run workshops at [email protected]

Students studying performing arts, international business and media are getting ready to welcome 900 young people to [email protected]  

Media make-up students at Bath College transform actors for scare attraction

Media make-up students at Bath College are taking part in some scary work experience with Fear at Avon Valley this Halloween. The scare attraction, just outside Bath, is up and running for a third year terrifying hundreds of visitors every night. There are three different scare mazes, as well as a street theatre with stilt walkers and a fire show led by Frank the masked clown. Level 3 media make-up students at Bath College are using their skills to get actors at the attraction looking as scary as possible. Taking part has given them a chance to experience what it’s like to work as a team under pressure on a live event. Bath College media make-up trainer and assessor Helen Eyre said: “There are three different mazes within Fear – anarchy, purgatory and phobia. “They all have different make-up and there’s also a street team. Our big priority is making sure the street team looks amazing and to help with make-up changes. “The first hour and a half is intense. You have ten to 15 minutes to do each design, but it’s really good fun and the girls have stepped up to the task. “It’s a really great experience for them. Often within the college, we’re very generous with time. At the event they have to work under pressure and that in itself is a really valuable lesson for them. “ Students studying for Level 3 media make-up at Bath College are asked to complete 15 hours of volunteering and 30 hours of work experience. On the course, they learn about cosmetic, photographic and camouflage make-up, as well as face and body art and how to cast small prosthetic pieces. Last term, media make-up students worked with performing arts students at the college on make-up for their production of Sweeny Todd. At Fear, they have been teaching actors some basic make-up techniques, including bruises and cuts, and how to make yourself look ill or gaunt. Helen said: “The idea is that it’s a scare attraction and the designs are there to challenge people. The challenge is to make it as scary as possible within the time frames we have been given. “Most of it is in darkness, so a lot of designs are strong and bold so that people can see them. As the actors go out of the gates, we flick fake blood at them as they walk past. “There’s definitely a lot of screaming every night.” Bath College is looking for more work experience opportunities for media make-up students. Please e-mail [email protected]

Professional chefs and ex-students return to Bath College for surprise retirement party

A top team of six professional chefs helped to turn a six-course gourmet dinner at Bath College into a surprise retirement party.   All six chefs started their careers at Bath College and have gone on to excel in the hospitality and catering industry.   The event, supported by ex-student and Michelin-starred chef Andre Garrett, was held in honour of hospitality and catering lecturer Kean Maslen who has worked at the college for 31 years.   Kean, known as Maz, knew about the event and was ready to help in the kitchen when he was asked to sit down and eat instead   Andre, executive head chef at Cliveden House, gave up his time to support the dinner alongside Jon Howe, this year’s winner of AA Restaurant of the Year for England.   The team preparing the dinner included Garry Rosser, from the Scallop Shell, Stuart Ash, from Woods Restaurant, Claire Wilkins, from The Olive Tree, and Micail Swindells.   Micail, who has worked for Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck and TV MasterChef judge John Torode, now works as head chef on a private yacht.

Students at Bath College open crèche and gym facilities

Students at Bath College are opening a new crèche and gym facilities offering parents affordable childcare and the opportunity to develop their health and fitness.   Organised by level 2 childcare and sport students, the new project will allow parents to drop off their children at the crèche and visit the college gym, which is open to the public for the first time.   Students on Bath College’s level 2 fitness study programme will be on hand to offer training advice during gym sessions from November 7 on Monday and Wednesday mornings.   Kate Hobbs, Interim Head of Department for Sport, Leisure and Care, said: “At Bath College, we place a strong emphasis on employability skills.   “Many of our students work in the community undertaking valuable work experience placements at local schools and nurseries.   “The gym and the crèche will provide students with another opportunity to experience a real working environment, supporting many aspects of their programme of study.   “Students working in both areas will develop their skills under supervision from their tutors and with the support of our second year childcare students.   “They will be working with people on a regular basis, as well as providing a service, giving them the opportunity to become more employable and experts in their own sector.”   Childcare students at the crèche are planning an exciting range of activities, including arts and crafts, messy play, sensory exploration and story times.   As part of the launch, the crèche and the gym are free for parents until the end of December, when affordable prices will be introduced.   Lecturer in early years Abigail Holt said: “The team have been working hard over the summer to transform the crèche. We have been painting and sourcing resources to make the space stimulating and enjoyable for the children.   “The room is bright and spacious, and we’re looking forward to seeing it in action. I’m looking forward to seeing the students develop into skilled practitioners using their classroom knowledge in practice.”   The crèche and gym, at Bath College’s city centre campus, will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am to 11am. This is available on an advance booking basis and is subject to availability.   There will be up to 13 level 2 childcare students managing each session, with space available for 12 children (from six weeks to five-year-olds).   To book call (01225) 328649 or email [email protected]  

Award-winning chefs return to Bath College to head up autumn gourmet dinner

Students at Bath College are preparing for the return of two award-winning chefs who are heading up a special six-course gourmet dinner with an autumn theme. Michelin-starred chef Andre Garrett started his career at Bath College and is executive head chef at Cliveden House, a 5-star country house hotel in Berkshire. Jon Howe, chef proprietor for the Lumière Restaurant in Cheltenham, is also a former student at the college and is still celebrating after winning AA Restaurant of the Year for England this month. Both chefs are returning to their old college on October 20 to work alongside current students and make the evening at Bath College’s Shrubbery Restaurant a big success. Mr Garrett, who was born in Bath, said: “I’m really looking forward to coming back to the college and cooking with the students. “It has been 23 years since I left college and I would like to make it a special event for them. I am bringing some great produce, including wild locally shot venison. “I’m hoping that we can give the students a taste of the great trade they have in front of them and encourage them to go forward.” The evening starts at 6.30pm with a welcome drink and canapés. Tickets are £49 per person and include a small wine flight. Managers from the Pig Hotel will help supervise the service. Former students Gary Rosser, from the Scallop Shell, Stuart Ash, from Woods Restaurant and Claire Wilkins, from The Olive Tree are also offering their support on the night. Lecturer Ryan Hanson, from Bath College, said: “Catering at Bath College is all about developing talent for a competitive, creative and ever expanding industry. “This evening will showcase three decades of talent that has come through our doors and progressed on to some of the finest eateries in the country. “To have these chefs back gives the department an enormous sense of pride and will prove a great inspiration for our current students, who we hope will also progress onto bigger and better things.” Mr Howe, from the Lumière Restaurant, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to work with, and hopefully inspire, the next generation of young, up-coming chefs. “Bath College has played such a pivotal role in my career, so it will be lovely to give a little back.” To book tickets e-mail [email protected]

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