Local Events Bath

Building The Successful Accountancy Practice
8:45am - 1pm

Building The Successful Accountancy Practice
24 April 2018
Bath Function Rooms, Green Park Station, Bath, BA1 1JB
FREE event, CPD accredited 4.5 hours, including complimentary lunch and refreshments
Brought to you by Begbies Traynor, this free seminar is tailored especially for accountancy practices and covers a range of topics that will enable you to protect, enhance and grow your practice.
Following an introduction from Arthur Bailey, Begbies Traynor Group consultant and former ICAEW President, the agenda on the day will include:

Winning Work Through an Effective Digital Strategy - our industry-leading digital marketing team will provide practical advice on how accountants can win new business online looking at simple SEO strategies, content marketing and social media.

Preparing for GDPR - as we near the 25 May 2018 deadline, our practical tips will help to ensure your accountancy practice is compliant with the new data protection regulations which will affect all UK businesses.

Cyber Security and the Human Firewall - challenging two major misconceptions; "My business is not a target" and "We don't need to worry about cyber security", we will investigate what cyber security means, potential threats and the steps you can take to protect your business.

Practical Practice Development for Accountants - led by a Begbies Traynor Group Partner, this session discusses client retention, adding value, marketing new services and winning new instructions.

Registration is from 8.15am (refreshments served), presentations will start at 8.45am and the seminar will conclude at approximately 1.00pm with a complimentary buffet lunch and networking opportunity.
For more information please contact rachael.weaver@begbies-traynor.com, 0161 837 1700 
Bikepacking Mid-Week Break - The Cotswolds 24/25 April 2018
24th April - 25th April

Cotswolds Bikepacking Breaks
Dates:  March - September 2018​Price: Starting from £175Ability:  Novice to Advanced

Weekend and midweek packages - 2 days riding and 1 night wild camping
​Mountain Bike (Marin Pine 27.5+), helmet, saddle bag, frame bag and bar bag
Full guided riding for the duration
MBLA qualified guides with outdoor first aid training qualification
Maximum of 6:1 client to guide ratio
Maximum group size of 12 excluding guides
​Video and Photo’s – GoPro photos and video documenting your adventure will be available through Dropbox.
Knowledge –We happily provide mentoring, tuition on any aspects of bike packing, bike skills, repair & maintenance, equipment, first aid, navigation, bush craft, personal security, wild foods and just about anything else related to living off two wheels!​
Bike Repair – All but catastrophic bike mechanical issues can be sorted on the trail keeping your adventure on track. Any replacement components will be charged at cost. 

Enjoy our relaxing weekend and midweek bikepacking adventure packages providing the opportunity to unwind and enjoy some of the Cotswolds and South Wales classic adventure cycling routes. Experience wild camping and enjoying the simple pleasures of cooking outside and the warmth of a camp fire.

​Our riding style is focused on enjoyment and adventure as opposed to white knuckle down hill descents. Routes will take between 6-8 hours to complete with stops en route to enjoy coffee, cake and lunch! We run a number of 2 day packages catering for newcomers, experienced riders and women only ensuring that you get the most out of your time with us. You will need a moderate level of fitness to get the most out of the weekend, there will be a few hills to climb!

For group bookings of 6-12 we will modify the routes to suit the fitness and technical ability of the group.

Business Essentials for New Businesses - Bath
9:30am - 5pm

Business Essentials for New Businesses
Free of Charge thanks to the European Regional development Fund, Bath and North East Somerset Council and other members of the Enterprising West of England consortium
Please Note this workshop is restricted to businesses based in Bath and North East Somerset.  If you are based elsewhere please call us to discuss how else we may be able to help
This one-day workshop is a must for those individuals who are close to, or who have recently started their business. This forms part of our Starting in Business programme and is a follow on from our 3 hour Starting in Business workshop. 
This is a practical workshop which will provide you with the essential tools and information you need to set up and run your new business.
During the day, we will explore key topics such as:

Planning your business

Understanding your customers
Marketing your business  
Creating the right image
Planning the numbers
How to keep adequate financial records
Tax issues for start ups
Action planning & next steps

The workshop is being run by Dr Emma Smith who runs her own business and has a number of years experience of advising individuals and to start and run successful business.
There will be an opportuntity to have your marketing materials reviewed during the day if you have reached the stage where this would be useful.
 #wegrowthhub #marketing #financinggrowth #governmentsupport #startup #business
NESA Training
10am - 11:30am

You are invited to attend training on the new NESA process and Web App. There are 7 sessions as follows:

Friday 20th April, 9.30-11.00 in 3E 3.1
Monday 23rd April, 10.00-11.30 in 1E 3.9
Tuesday 24th April, 10.00-11.30 in the Virgil Building IT Suite
Monday 30th April, 11.00-12.30 in 1E 3.9
Thursday 3rd May, 11.00-12.30 in the Virgil Building IT Suite
Thursday 10th May, 9.30-11.00 in Chancellor's Building 4.17
Tuesday 15th May, 10.30-12.00 in 3E 3.1

Please register your place in advance by following the prompts.
Bath Treasure Hunt with 20% off at the finishing Treasure (the pub)
10am - 10pm

The Great Game is a daily exciting Treasure Hunt that you do on your own time when ever you want around the beautiful City of Bath. Upon purchasing your ticket please email info@ggtreasurehunts.com to redeem. There a different tickets for different groups of people. 
Single route - for 1-2 people or 3-4 people is great for seeing the sights and using your brain.
Once the ticket is redeemed via email your treasure hunt pack will be mailed out to you so please provided your address in your email. Each pack includes discount wrist bands for each player, a clipboard, a real compass, a map, the clues sheet, a prize sheet, a brief history of Bath and a pen.
Let us know the time you wish to begin your hunt and we will book you a table at the finishing "Treasure" a historic Bath Pub steeped in History, where you will 20% off your food and drink bill.
The Hunt starts at Bath Train Station and takes roughly 2-3 hours to complete, solving clues and riddles and puzzles as you wind through Bath viewing the sites of the city and trying to find the "Treasure" - The pub, where you simply show your Treasure Hunt wrist band to the staff to get your 20% discount on your food and drink bill.
You will be sure to have a fantastic half day or evening out!
Atomic-Scale Insights into Energy Materials (Batteries Included) - Prof Saiful Islam, University of Bath
4:30pm - 5:45pm

I-SEE Seminar
'Atomic-Scale Insights into Energy Materials (Batteries Included)'
Professor Saiful Islam, Professor of Materials Chemistry, University of Bath
Abstract:  For the next generation of clean energy technologies, the development and fundamental understanding of new materials are crucial. With the aid of 3D glasses, this talk highlights the use of advanced modelling methods in synergy with experiment to gain new insights into the properties of materials for lithium batteries and perovskite solar cells.
[Research details at: http://people.bath.ac.uk/msi20 ]
Saiful grew up in Crouch End, north London, and obtained his BSc and PhD degrees from University College London, completing his PhD under Professor Richard Catlow FRS. He then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Eastman Kodak Labs in Rochester, New York, USA, working on oxide superconductors. Saiful returned to the UK to become Lecturer, then Reader, at the University of Surrey before joining the University of Bath in 2006 as Professor of Materials Chemistry.
His research interests include computer modelling of new materials for lithium (and sodium) batteries and perovskite solar cells. He recently served on the Diversity Committee of the Royal Society and is a Patron of Humanists UK.  Saiful presented the 80th anniversary Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (2016) on the theme of energy. His outside interests include family breaks (as a dad to two), indie music (The Smiths et al.), progressive politics and football.
You are welcome to join us for prior discussions and afternoon tea 16:00-16:25 'Wessex Restaurant', University of Bath
TechforGoodBath meetup - digital tech for mental health
Tech for Good Bath
6pm - 8:15pm

Exploring the challenges, opportunities and case studies for the use of digital tech in supporting mental health services. In particular we will explore the vision for technology within the Bath and North East Somerset health and care system.

This event kindly sponsored by @theguildhub donating space, and @cxpartners for drinks and snacks!


6pm Sign-in / networking

6.25pm - 630pm Intro & notices
@catainsworth @AnnieLegge

6.30pm - 6.45pm TALK 1: Loneliness in the Digital Age
Julie Barnett, Professor of Health Psychology at Bath University @LiDA_Project @UniofBath @Julieatselhurst

Julie is a key member of the Loneliness in the Digital Age (LiDA) project. Loneliness is one of the most significant challenges facing society in the 21st century. Research by the Mental Health Foundation suggests that 1 in 10 people in the UK have feelings of loneliness. One of the key aims of the project is through collaborative design and creative methodologies, to prototype and evaluate digital technologies that help manage periods of loneliness by harnessing empathy for, and with, others.

6.45pm - 7pm TALK 2: What can Service Design do in the fight against suicide?
Daniel Harris, Experience Strategy Director at cxpartners
@cxpartners @danramble

Suicide remains the biggest killer of people aged 20 to 34 and men under the age of 50. At cxpartners, we’ve been working with Samaritans on a major programme to design the role of digital in their mission to respond to those in severe crisis. Samaritans listening service responded to more than 5.7 million calls for help by phone, email, SMS, letter and face-to-face last year. That’s one contact every 6 seconds from someone that needed someone to turn to. Patterns of communication are changing. Increasingly, people are turning to real time, text-based chat services such as WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger as their preferred method of communication. This talk will explore service design approach to research and prototyping and how we used the creative application of technology to solve the biggest challenges facing the development of the Samaritans online chat service.

7pm - 7.15pm TALK 3: Immersive technology and PSHE education
Steve Hutson, Young Visions
@VisionsYoung @stevehutsonCGE @BristolVRLab

Supported by Bristol VR Lab, University of Bristol, and the Prince's Trust, Steve has launched Young Visions to improve outcomes for young people. Steve is a volunteer youth worker, and on his own journey from a difficult background to becoming a social entrepreneur developing a virtual learning environment to engage and inform young people using virtual reality on topics including mental health, knife-crime, substance misuse, domestic violence and homelessness.

715pm - 735pm TALK 4: Signposting mental health and wellbeing provision in Bath and North East Somerset
Richard Brookes (VirginCare), Rebecca Fox (St Johns Foundation) and Caroline Mellers
@VirginCare @bathnes @stjohns1174

Mental health third sector organisations from across the region have been gathering together to look at ways in which they can support and grow service provision in BANES. What are the opportunities and challenges for the use of tech, and the role of collaboration to ultimately drive a joined up approach.

735pm - 740pm TALK 5: Digital Community Champions BANES - Your care your way
Andy Morley

BANES vision is for technology to be as pervasive across the BANES health and care system as it is in every walk of life , and enable the right care, in the right place at the right time. Andy will introduce the key activities of Digital Community Champions who are the voice of the public and the digital community to share experiences and ideas for developing better services.

740pm - 750pm Community Notices
750pm - 815pm Networking and Close
The road to chartership
6:15pm - 7:30pm

Becoming chartered is probably the single biggest step taken in a structural engineering career but how should you prepare, when are you ready and what will you have to do? Fortunately Ralph has considered all of this for you and, through his website and resource packs, already helped countless people to obtain chartership. In this event, Ralph will demystify the charteship process with a 30 minute talk followed by a 15 minute question and answer session that should leave any early career stage engineer better prepared for that next step.
Meetup chez The Rising Sun
Bath French Meetup
7pm - 10:30pm

Salut à tous. Suite à de nombreuses suggestions, cette fois ci nous retournerons chez The Rising Sun. Vu aussi que le group fonctionne très bien de lui même, je vais essayer d'organiser les réunions plus régulièrement, puisque ce n'est plus essential que j'assiste à chaque événement. (Que je suis modeste!). Je demande donc aux habitués d'accueillir les nouveaux arrivants dans les cas où (rarement j'espère!) je ne serais pas en mesure de venir.
Dans l'attente de voir de vieux et de nouveaux amis au rendezvous
"How to stop time" - rescheduled March meet-up!
Bath Book Club
7pm - 9pm

This is the rescheduled meet-up from March...meeting to chat about "How to stop time" by Matt Haig.
I really enjoyed this book, and perhaps rescheduling this has enabled more of you to read and enjoy it too! All welcome!
Introductory Course in Christian Meditation
7:30pm - 8:45pm

Be still and know that I am God - Psalm 46:10
Have you ever wondered what is Christian meditation… Where does it come from… How to do it… Could it be relevant for people like me who don’t go to church?
Meditation is an ancient form of prayer. Its aim is to bring the distracted mind to silence and stillness, and rest in the presence of God. Even in our modern busy lives, this is possible. We invite you to come along and try this form of prayer which is simple and peaceful.
This introductory course provides an opportunity to experience the practice of Christian meditation in a small group, to learn about its origins, and to discover its relevance as a form of prayer for the contemporary world
The course is non-denominational and there is no charge. It begins on Tuesday 3rd April and finishes on Tuesday 8th May. Each meeting will start at 7.30pm and last about an hour. It takes place in a room at St Mary’s Church, Julian Rd Bath. BA1 2SF. The course is open to all. Please do not worry if you cannot make every session or miss earlier sessions. Do still come along.
 What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
By Car: Turn off Julian Rd and up Burlington Street. Immediately take the first left down a ramp into the car park and park anywhere. Take the path at the back of the church (turn left into it) below the iron railings. The entrance is on the right. There will be signs and others will be waiting to welcome you.
Arriving via Public Transport or On Foot: EITHER come into the carpark from Burlington St and follow instructions for those coming by car. OR go through the iron gate to the left of the church, beside a small garden. Go up the steps beside the church, through another iron gate and turn right following a footpath behind the church, and below some iron railings. The entrance is on the right. There will be signs and others will be waiting to welcome you.
 How can I contact the organiser?
Please email christianmeditationbathcentral@btinternet.com with your name and contact number and any questions and we will get in touch  

Long Running Events:

Pencil To Paint: Apr - Jun 2018
18th April - 13th June

“I think that painting today is pure intuition and luck.”
Francis Bacon on Matthew Smith (1909-1992)
For most of us, our relationship with art begins with a line. We take a pencil or a crayon and delineate our idea. In our enthusiasm, we may even attempt to colour it in. In the experience of many, that attempt leads only to disappointment. We know that a painting is more than just a coloured-in drawing, but how do we do it? What exactly is the difference?
This course explores the gulf between drawing and painting and then seeks to provide a bridge between the two disciplines. Beginning with simple pencil studies, we will then develop our work in both charcoal and ink, gaining confidence in our abilities, before embarking on five weeks of painting in bold colour.
This course is open to all-comers and is ideal for beginners or those who wish to take their art in a new direction. 
The theme for this particular 8 week Pencil To Paint course will be abstraction and we will look at how form, gesture and emotion all play their part in successful picture-making, regardless of genre.
Topics will include:
Line, measurement and proportion
Colour: theory and mixing
Tables and chairs and a roll of newsprint paper are provided. Please bring a drawing board, paper or pad and your preferred drawing media. Materials required for sessions using colour will be discussed nearer the time.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available for a small donation.
16:30 - 18:00
Wednesdays:  18, 25 April; 02, 09, 23, 30 May; 06, 13 June (8 x 1.5 hour sessions)