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Bath restaurant Rajpoot wins place at the Grand Final of the Tiffin Cup 2012

June 1, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, News

Rajpoot has been chosen to represent Bath as one of the 13 national finalists in the prestigious Tiffin Cup competition.

The Grand Final of the Tiffin Cup 2012 is to be held in the House of Commons on Wednesday 27th June 2012. The competition is held each year to find the best South Asian restaurant in the country.

Rajpoot was nominated by Don Foster, MP for Bath, who said:

“I am delighted that Rajpoot has made it to the final of the Tiffin Cup 2012. This is such a prestigious award and I am sure everyone in Bath will be rooting for our restaurant to be crowned the 2012 champion on June 27th

Manda Rigby, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Abbey added:

“This is well deserved. For many years Rajpoot has been a wonderful restaurant and a firm favourite for tourists and locals.”

Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Tiffin Club said:

“We are delighted that Rajpoot has beaten off strong competition in order to become one of the finalists of the Tiffin Cup 2012. This is a great tribute not just to the nomination of the Rajpoot but also to the constituency of Bath as a whole. We wish them the very best of luck for the final.”


Don Foster MP launches Bath schools manufacturing competition

May 25, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, News

Don Foster MP joins UK manufacturers to encourage young people to get excited about manufacturing careers.

Don Foster, MP for Bath, is proud to be launching the We Made It! competition in the city, working with local schools and industry to help young people understand how exciting and rewarding a career in manufacturing can be.

The competition will invite young people aged 13-16 to submit designs and ideas for a gadget, gizmo, toy or tool they’d like to see made. Any invention, no matter how creative, is welcome and as long as it’s realistic enough to be made there’s a chance it could be!

The entries will be judged by Don and the winner will be entered into a nation-wide competition judged by a group of organisations involved in manufacturing, including Boeing, the Manufacturing Institute, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Finmeccanica, Renewable UK, the Confederation of Paper Industries and Lloyds Banking Group. The organisations are all partners in the Dods Manufacturing Dialogue, which is working to increase interest in manufacturing skills in schools.

The best entries nationwide will be invited to a Fab Lab, the outstanding facilities provided by MIT and the Manufacturing Institute, where their designs will be manufactured and brought to life.

Later this autumn, Don will bring the winner of the local competition to a reception and awards ceremony in parliament and they’ll have the opportunity to meet the heads of the manufacturing organisations involved in the project and learn how to take their career in manufacturing further.

Commenting, Don said:

“I’m very proud to be supporting the We Made It! competition to help young people turn their ideas into reality. Britain needs more young people aspiring to high-level manufacturing jobs in order to gain a better understanding of how the industry and businesses involved in it actually works.”

“We should be proud very proud of the “Made in Britain” mark, which is a sign of quality the world over. Our country’s manufacturing industry should not merely have a proud past, but also a proud future and I look forward to seeing what Bath’s young people think the gizmos of tomorrow will be!”

Bath treasure at British Museum

May 23, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, News

Don Foster on Monday visited the British Museum to see the work being done to conserve a stash of Roman coins known as the ‘Bath Hoard’.

In November 2007, during a routine archaeological excavation in advance of building work in Bath’s Beau Street (a stone’s throw from the famous Roman Baths themselves), archaeologists came upon what was clearly a large number of coins contained within a cist (a stone-lined box).

Upon further excavation, they quickly came to realise they were looking at one of the largest coin hoards found in the UK (approximately 30,000 with a value of approximately £400,000), representing quite a tumultuous time in Roman Britain – about AD 270.

The coins are currently being held together by soil and metallic corrosion. Interestingly, within this copper corrosion is actually a layer of silver that was plated over the copper during the manufacture of the coins.

Within this large hoard appears to be a collection of six individual smaller hoards. It is believed at this stage that each hoard was separated within a bag, made of a material that has not survived, and are being individually excavated according to this layout which has been revealed via an x-ray machine.

The coins have been cleaned using chemicals such as formic acid with some incredible results. The project is expected to take eighteen months to complete.

Coins identified thus far have shown a real mix of the many Roman emperors of the third century AD: Septimus Severus (AD 193-211), Gordian III (AD 238-249), Philip I (AD 244-249), Decius (AD 249-251), Trebonianus Gallus (AD 251-253), Aemilian (AD 253), Valerian I (AD 253-260), Gallianus (AD 253-268) and Postumus (AD 260-268).

Roman Baths spokesman Stephen Clews said: “The find is also unusual as it was discovered by professional archaeologists as opposed to an amateur using a metal detector,”

Don Foster said: “It was simply staggering to hold a handful of these coins from around 2,000 years ago.”

Approximately 1,500 coin hoards have been discovered in Britain but the mid 3rd century is one of the most poorly represented periods, which makes this a find of considerable archaeological interest. Also intriguing is its location: most hoards come from rural locations but this one was deposited against the inside face of a masonry wall in what appears to have been a small, roughly oval pit, measuring 40cm x 30cm, dug through the floor of a Roman building.

Conventional thinking is that hoards were concealed by their owners with the intention of later recovery – which, for some reason, was prevented. They are more common from some periods than others and in some instances this can be linked to known periods of political and economic crisis.