Owlets come home to roost
Decorated owlets from this summer’s successful Minerva’s Owls of Bath sculpture trail have officially flown the nest for their new homes. They will now roost at the schools and charities which decorated them as a reminder of the colourful trail for future generations. Among those welcoming their owlet home are Oldfield School, Midford Road Nursery, Widcombe Junior School, Freshford Pre-school, Bath Young Carers, Great Western Air Ambulance and WASPS (Weston All Saints Primary). Megan Witty, Minerva’s Owls of Bath event organiser, said: “All the owl sculptures have brought so much happiness, fun and colour to the streets of Bath this summer and it’s wonderful that the owlets will be nesting at schools and charities across the region, where they will be much loved mascots for many years to come.” Many of the large owls from the sculpture trail, along with three specially commissioned owlets, are going under the hammer to be sold at the Minerva’s Owls of Bath Charity Auction, which takes place at The Apex Hotel in Bath on Wednesday. Owl bidding is expected to start in the region of £1,500, with some expected to raise considerably more. All event profits will be donated to four charity beneficiaries – the new Royal United Hospital Cancer Centre, Bath Young Carers Centre, Roman Baths Archway Project and UK Little Owl Project. If you would like to make a bid one of the unique Owls of Bath sculptures for your garden, home or business, visit https://minervasowls.org/auction/ for details of how to bid in person or on the phone, or visit www.theauctionroom.com to bid live online. One lucky owl enthusiast will have the chance to win the blank Hospit’owl via a charity raffle. Tickets can be bought from the Minerva’s Owls team at Southgate Bath on Sunday.
Pupils from Widcombe Junior School with ‘Ralph’, the Owlet they painted for Minerva’s Owls of Bath Sculpture Trail and below, youngsters from Freshford Pre-school with ‘Wowlet’