Don Foster, MP for Bath, has today announced the 8 acts that will compete for a chance to play at the Houses of Parliament.
Under 19 Solo Artist: Sunny Jones & Kerensa Mason
Over 19 Solo Artist: Melissa Bradshaw & Rhys Coleman
Under 19 Band: Unlucky Number & The Wranglers
Over 19 Band: Sundown & The Fade
The final is being held on Friday 14th March at the City of Bath College and the winners will be selected by the three judges on the night. The three judges, who all have a music background, will be;
Representing SuperAct, the award-winning saxophonist James Bateman who has toured with, amongst others, Joss Stone and Courtney Pine.
From Richer Sounds, the second judge will be Andy Wallace who is offering a prize for his favourite act of premium quality headphones or vouchers. In addition, Andy is also looking into running music events in the area so this is a real chance to impress for the acts.
Finally, the ukulele playing superstar that is Don Foster will complete the panel.
The constituency of Bath has been praised by Mike Weatherley MP for receiving the most entries, which highlights just how competitive this year’s event has been already.
The winners of each category, in addition to being put forward as the Bath constituency winners, will also get featured in the Bath Chronicle.
Commenting, Don Foster MP, said:
“I have been so impressed by both the number of entrants we have had this year and also the high quality of them. It seemed that every time I looked at my email I had notification that an act had entered the competition.
“It was hard to get the shortlist together, but we have managed to do it and I cannot wait to hear the shortlisted acts live. I am sure that it is going to be a fantastic night.”
On 5 March the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) approved a grant of £372,500 towards Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Beau Street Hoard project, which aims to deliver a range of activities around this fascinating find.
The Council was given the green light and a £54,000 development grant from the HLF in 2012. Thanks to this second successful funding bid to the HLF, along with £15,000 raised through public donations, the Council can move ahead with its plans to acquire, conserve and display the Beau Street Hoard, as well as develop an extensive programme of learning and community activities across the district.
The hoard of 17,577 silver Roman coins was discovered in Beau Street, 150 metres from the Roman Baths, in 2007. It contains coins covering a span of at least 300 years, dating back to 32 BC. Archaeologists concluded that they had originally been deposited in eight pouches made of animal skin, secreted within a stone-lined pit beneath a Roman building. The hoard is an important find, archaeologically and historically, and has the potential to develop an understanding of life in Roman Bath and beyond.
Commenting on the news, Don said:
“This is absolutely great news for Bath. The grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will make such a big difference and really enable to project to take shape. The Beau Street Hoard is such an amazing discovery and it is fantastic that many people, both from Bath and visitors to the city, will be able to enjoy learning more about the Hoard and about the Roman past of the city in general.”
Councillor Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said:
“We’re overjoyed to receive this grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which shows their support towards Bath & North East Somerset Council’s bid to acquire and conserve the Beau Street Hoard and ensure that it remains in public ownership locally for everyone to appreciate.
“We are tremendously grateful to everybody who has helped raise the funds required for this ambitious project – which will enable people to enjoy their cultural heritage and increase local learning opportunities right across Bath and North East Somerset.”
Officers and councillors from Bath & North East Somerset Council have worked closely with members of the local community involved in the project; including Genesis Trust, Roman Baths Focus Group, Norton Radstock University of the 3rd Age, Bath Spa University, and the deputy head of St John’s C of E Primary School, Midsomer Norton.
Nerys Watts, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said:
“The Beau Street Hoard is such an exciting discovery and this project will help everyone develop a better understanding of one of the most fascinating periods in the history of Bath. We’re proud to be funding these well thought out plans that will save the collection and ensure that the coins are held locally meaning that people from the surrounding community – as well as visitors from further afield – can learn about and enjoy them long into the future.”
Don was one of the many enthusiastic supporters out and about supporting the 11,000 strong runners on Sunday at the Bath Half Marathon.
The race, which been taking place for 14 years now, is continuing to grow in popularity and funds raised. This year being no exception, as it is reported that funds raised from this years race will exceed the record amount of £1.5 million raised last year.
During the day Don visited the stalls and runners for a number of great local and national charities, which included; Water Aid, Designability, Send a Cow, Forever Friends, AgeUK, Bath Cancer Unit Support Group and others.
Commenting on the race Don said:
“Whenever I attend the Bath Half marathon it never ceases to fill me with pride to see so many good causes being supported by the people of Bath and to see the city coming together to cheer on the runners. It was great to hear that despite the poor weather a record number of people still turned out to support the runners.
I felt privileged to be asked to start the fun run, sponsored by Send a Cow, and it was an honour to do this.
During the day, I had the privilege of meeting with a number of runners and learning about the causes that they were supporting. I was especially impressed by the runner going in a cardboard cow outfit, in support of the Send a Cow charity. I would have been interested to see how the suit looked at the end of the race.”