Trip to Bath

Yesterday on Thursday 14th of July, Jane, Suzette, Julia, Billy and I went on a trip to Bath. We went on the train from Yeovil pen mill, and got off at Bath spa. When we arrived in Bath Jane had printed off some maps so we could find where we wanted to go, although after spending about five minutes trying to decipher where we were and where we wanted to go on this tiny little map i discovered we had been stood behind a massive poster with the same map we had been looking at the whole time. We finally made it to Pultney Bridge it was absolutely beautiful, we had the weather on our side and it was a glorious day, the sun was shining and it was really warm.  We looked at the bridge and the all the little water falls underneath, in the meanwhile it was like Julia hadn’t left work and was constantly on the phone trying to sort things out. We went for a coffee in a little cafe which looked out right over the bridge and the water.  After that we went to the Queen Victoria art gallery and looked at some truly wonderful pieces of work full of colour, no two pieces were the same and were all fantastic in their own way. Upstairs in the gallery was full of much of older work which dated back to the 1300’s  the painting were a lot more dark and more depressing but were really good in their own way. Afterwards we walked up to Royal crescent and walked through the circus on the way, all the old Georgian houses were absolutely  stunning in the Royal crescent, here is where we has our picture taken, after multiple tries to get Jane’s camera to work, and Jane feeling more and more embarrassed we finally had one taken on my camera. Afterwards we sat in the green on the front of the crescent and sat down and had some lunch, the sun was still shining and made it all the more gorgeous and we had finally managed to prize Julia away from her phone for five minutes. Afterwards the time had flown by and it was nearly time to go home, and we hadn’t even done any shopping yet, we walked back to the town but on the way got drawn into lots of little shops with sales in. By the time we had got back to the town we only had about 40 minutes until we had to meet at the train station, although i was relieved i was knackered and ached everywhere i felt like i had walked a marathon. After popping in a few shops we all met at the train station, i know i can speak for us all when i say we had a really wonderful day and the weather was absolutely gorgeous.


July 19th, 2011 by Becki in curriculum, Links for students

Hello Sailor!

Ian joined the WOEC group on a Monday for a sailing session.  The weather was ideal with glorious sunshine and just enough wind!

Ian took to it like a duck to water. (Like a duck in water, on a couple of occasions.)  Life on the ocean waves has never been so much fun!!

This is another fantastic resource for SLC students. Thank you to Rebecca for the work she puts in down there, and thank you to Sue for being brave/foolish enough to let Ian share your boat!

July 19th, 2011 by Becki in curriculum

Ride’em Cowboy!

Zone Manager Ian Hedley discovered the joy of horse riding today at Phil’s farm!  Apparently the secret is to be relaxed and comfortable and not let the horse know you are nervous!  Ian passed with flying colours and is due to recieve a rossette for his efforts.  Show jumping here we come!!

Additional bit from Ian:

This is not entirely true, as can be seen from the expression on my face. However, the work that Phil does with students at the farm is fantastic. It’s an amazing resource. Thanks Phil.

July 19th, 2011 by Becki in curriculum

Dylan and Sue find their ‘Path’

As the end of the year draws closer, the cycling group chose London for their annual trip out. Starting in Richmond Park we made use of all the fantastically laid out cycle routes through the city, ending in Battersea Park.

Whilst in Battersea, Dylan and Sue explored their faith and embraced Buddhism. They are now fully committed to. .

  • Practicing the good way
  • Practicing the straight way
  • Practicing the true way
  • Practicing the proper way

    Fingers crossed.

    A great end of year treat for a group who’ve worked hard and made great progress.

    More info about the Peace Pagoda is at

    July 17th, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students

    Dog Walking

    A bright eyed and bushy tailed spaniel called Penny joined the workforce today to kick off a new friday afternoon activity.

    We will be walking and exploring the local scenery with the help of our four legged friend every week to compliment the fishing and cycling activities already on offer.

    If you fancy a nice hike in the country with a bit of ball throwing along the way, then join us.

    Who knows where we’ll end up.

    July 8th, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students


    A great day at Cranborne as these pictures show, lots of work, lots of fun.

    Thanks to all for their hard work.

    June 24th, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students


    Becky learnt the power of a striking image with silhouettes today.

    After completing a tutorial using stock photos, she created this beautiful picture using two of her own photos.

    A wonderful dramatic shot was created. Good work Becky, and working solo. Oh my days!

    June 23rd, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students

    Death’s door

    Patrick has started painting again and has returned in style creating this GORGEOUS picture of Death from Neil Gaiman’s highly acclaimed ‘Sandman’.

    Check out the picture in the marching hall gallery.

    June 21st, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students

    Bird Photography

    Becky worked with borders and frames to enhance her wildlife photography today. Using a picture she had taken of a young dunnock, she added a frame and then used stylized brushes to create a wildlife theme.

    June 16th, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students

    Cycling at Puddletown Forest

    The Cycling group went for an off-road challenge last week and visited Puddltown forest.

    We parked near Thomas Hardy’s birth place, for a spot of culture. We couldn’t afford to go inside so stood on each others shoulders and peered through the windows. All very Beano.

    Our maintenance skills were put to the test as we had to fix a puncture in the middle of the forest with minimal tools and no bowl of water, but thanks to Michael’s super hearing and puncture spotting ability, we fixed it whilst eating lunch.

    Mick got lost and claims he ‘couldn’t see the direction arrow we left for him on the ground even though it is claerly visible from outer space. He was obviously never a Wilderness Explorer.

    A great afternoon cycling off road was had by all

    May 26th, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students