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Check here regularly to see the latest news on the Bath Grounds. To download our regular Newlsetters please see the separate Newsletter page.

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FOABG AGM - Ashby Museum - 7:30pm Wed. 27th May 2015. All members welcome - join us for a glass of wine!

Posted by [email protected] on May 15, 2015 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (21)

Elect your Committee and hear updates on our Heritage Lottery Fund Application "Ashby Bath Grounds - Improved Accessibility and Community Heritage Project" and other new initiatives. See our Home page for a link to download the Agenda.

Plant Sale on Bath Grounds - Saturday 23rd May 10.00am till 4.00pm

Posted by [email protected] on May 15, 2015 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (1005)

 We will be raising money for the Hospice Hope Charity and the Friends during this year's Ashby Arts Festival.Our plant sale will rely on the kind donations of the public, local groups and friends to make this a successful event. If you have any plants to donate please contact Clare Birch at [email protected] or tel 07958 232291or you can deliver them between 4 - 7 pm on Fri 22nd May at the Cricket Clubhouse on the Bath Grounds. :)


Posted by [email protected] on December 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (33)

Thanks to the online votes of our members and supporters, we have been awarded one of the District Council's "£20k for 7" grants.

Claire Birch, Secretary and Elaine Robinson, Acting Chair collectied the Friends' "Golden Ticket" from Council Leader Richard Blunt at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 17th December 2014. See the photo on our Projects page 

We still have to raise a further £25000 to make the footpath a reality and the Golden Ticket will only be honoured by the Council when our fund raising reaches another £20k. So the real challenge now begins.

We have recently begun the process of applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the rest of the money and will be meeting with them in the New Year to discuss our bid.


Royal Hotel Planning Application Approved

Posted by [email protected] on November 20, 2014 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (1210)

The plans to build the "leisure pavilion" (commercial development) on the rear of the Royal Hotel car park and the kiosk at he front of the carpark were approved by of the NWLDC planning committee on November 4th 2014. We opposed this Application because of the design and proposed use of the Pavilion and Kiosk though we have no objections to the much needed improvements to the hotel itself. These are long overdue and will enhance Ashby and the Conservation area.

Ashby Town Council Planning Committee objected to this applications on grounds of loss of open space and poor design. However when it came to the District Council Planning Committee, those members of Ashby Town Council who also sit on that Committee all voted in favour of the Royal Hotel Application.

Thankyou to our many supporters who lobbied the District Council Planning Committee and came along to the meeting. We must now work to ensure that the building work is completed as sympathetically as possible for the Bath Grounds with the best materials available. In particular we must ensure that the improvements to the Royal Hotel are actually implemented.

Please lobby the District CouncilPlanning Committee before Tuesday

Posted by [email protected] on November 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (22)

If you would like to contact one of the councillors on the District Council planning committee to express your concerns/objections before next tuesday, regarding the Leisure Pavillion commercial building - then below are email and telephone contacts. Even if you can't speak to them in person you should be able to leave a message!

It can make a difference and is a powerful way of lobbying .. the Planning Application Number is 14/00104/FULM


[email protected] – 01530 459235 /07557 038432

[email protected] - 01530 411643 /07765 251208

[email protected], - 01530 564645

[email protected], - 01530 414300

[email protected] – 01530 223074 / 07854 687629

[email protected] - 01530 452930

[email protected] - 01530 468179

[email protected] - 01530 834597

[email protected] - 01530 01530 832457 / 07976 728003

[email protected] – 01530 415692

[email protected], - 01530 832622 / 07981 500997

[email protected] - 01530 515317 / 07738 461947

[email protected], - 01530 835668

[email protected] - 01530 817544

[email protected] - 01530 222970 / 07762 924720

[email protected] - 01530 831542 / 07989 577847

[email protected], - 01530 459514 / 07773 341531

[email protected] - 01530 564645

[email protected] - 01530 589625

Oppose Pavilion Application at Planning Committee 4th November!

Posted by [email protected] on November 1, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (387)

The Spaceship is Landing!

Planning application to be decided next week

Next Tuesday, 4th November, is decision day when the planning application for improvements to the Royal Hotel and new commercial buildings on the car park next to the hotel is due to be considered.


We are encouraging as many people as possible to come along to the meeting.


Our concerns centre on the planned 'pavilion', next to the Hotel and facing the Bath Grounds (shown above).


We have no objections to the proposed improvements and extension of the Royal Hotel itself as these are long overdue and will enhance Ashby and the Conservation area.


However, the proposed 'pavilion' is a substantial two storey building, with a larger footprint than the hotel itself, located in the conservation area, overlooking the Bath Grounds and between a pair of grade II* listed buildings.

• The design is wholly inappropriate for this very sensitive area;

• It will impact the character of the area due to its scale, proportions and massing;

• It has an imposing frontage on to the Bath Grounds;

• Important views within the conservation area will be lost;

• The proposed uses are contrary to planning policy;

• Car parking spaces for users of the Bath Grounds will be lost.

We are also concerned about the impact of the overall proposal on the Hastings Garden, where parking is planned. Little reassurance has been given about continued access by the public and the impact on trees in the area.


The application will be considered by the District Council planning committee on Tuesday 4th November, at the council offices in Coalville starting at 4:30pm. It's first on the agenda so you won't need to be there for too long!


Thank you for your time and support. Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Footpath Project - Please Vote on the District Council Website

Posted by [email protected] on October 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (40)

Great new on Funidng!


We have just heard that our application for £20,000 towards funding for the Bath Grounds Footpath Project has been supported “in principle” by North West Leicestershire District Council.


However, this doesn’t mean that we are certain to win the funding. We now need you, and everyone you know, to prove that the Project commands a high level of support amongst the community.


To do this you need to vote for the “Area 5” Project on the council website. You can vote by following this link


You will have to register on the site and then place your vote. Although ours is the only Project submitted for Ashby you still need to vote for it so that we can prove to the Council that it’s well supported. And please only vote for our Project as its popularity will be judged against the number of votes for the other Projects.


Don’t worry if you don’t have your own email address. Just register using an address made up as follows: [email protected] We are assured that will work.


The closing date for voting is Sunday 9th November so please VOTE NOW.



Oakland Hotels Approves Plans for Footpath Project

Posted by [email protected] on September 26, 2014 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (14)

Many thanks to Oakland Hotels for approving the plans for our Bath Grounds Footpath Project. Their formal approval and consent were required as they hold the freehold of the Bath Grounds. Also we are most grateful to Ashby Town Council for requesting the approval as the Lease holder.All we have to do now is raise £45,000 to build the path.

Footpath Project Funding Bids Now Submitted

Posted by [email protected] on September 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (19)

We have now submiited a bid for £20,000 to the North West Leiciester District Coucil £20k for 7 scheme and are awaiting confirmation of eligibility. If everything is in order our Footpath Project will be placed on their website and the public invited to vote on it's merits against any other community projects which have been submitted for Ashby.

To get the money we will need to attain the most votes.

We'll keep you posted on progress and let you know details of how to Vote for the Project as soon as we hear.

If we are successful we will still need to raise another £25,000. So we have also submitted an "Expression of Interest" to the Biffa Awards scheme. This allocates money from the Landfill Communities Fund and was the reason why we have recently changed our Constitution. They will be letting us know shortly if they want us to submit a full funding bid.

Again, watch this space!

General Meeting on Sunday 14th September 2014

Posted by [email protected] on September 11, 2014 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

All members are invited to a General Meeting of the Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds to be held at the Hastings Cricket Club Pavilion on Sunday 14th September at 2:30pm.

The main business will be;

  • To consider minor changes to the Group's Constitution which will enable us to bid for funds from the Landfill Communities Fund.
  • To appoint an auditor.

The General meeting will be followed by a short update for all supporters of current Friends' activities including the Footpath Project and an opportunity to socialise. There will some nibbles provided and the bar will be open.