Bath Borrow It is a new project which we are setting up thanks to funding from Bath & West Community Energy.
Borrow It will offer people in B&NES the opportunity to borrow a range of useful items which are needed only for occasional use, such as tools, household and gardening equipment, catering utensils, camping items, children & baby equipment, etc – it could be anything from a hedge trimmer to a sewing machine, a gazebo or a chocolate fountain!
Did you know that the average drill is only used for 13 minutes during its entire lifetime? The Borrow It project will provide a way to reduce waste and clutter, make better use of resources and help people to save money.”
The Borrow It ‘store’ will be located at the Time Bank centre in Twerton High Street and will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturday mornings. People wishing to borrow items will need to register with the project and asked for a small donation towards costs (eg 50p or £1).
We are looking for donations of items to stock the Borrow It ‘store’. Alternatively please let us know if you would like to offer a ‘virtual’ contribution to the project, ie loan of an item which you will continue to own and keep at your own home.
Here is our wish list of useful items we are currently looking for (click on it to read).
Here’s sometruly excitingnews! We’ve been working with Bath City Football Club to arrange a community showingof Ken Loach’s new film – ‘I, Daniel Blake’. It’s afantastic film, which won the Palme D’Or for best film at Cannes Film Festival this year, and what’s more,Ken Loach will be coming along himselfto answer your questions after the showing. The screening will take place on Thursday 8th December at 7pm and will be at Randall’s Bar, Twerton Park (BA2 1DB).
We expect that tickets will sell out fast, so please book yours as soon as possible. If you fail to get a ticket let us know, as we will be keeping a waiting list. You could also try just turning up on the night, in case of last minute cancellations.
Ken Loach has now confirmed that he will be on our panel of judges. He joins Grenville Jones, the Mayor of Bath Cllr Paul Crossley and other local personalities who will be attending on Sat 9th July.
We are delighted with the response from local people of all ages and the fabulous array of performers who will take part. Please come and join us for some or all of the day. Here is the full programme:
Our new Afternoon Tea sessions are launching on Tuesday 14th June. This is part of our cafe for over 50s at Rose Cottage on Twerton High Street, which run every Tuesday from 12 noon serving bacon butties, home made soup and more.
The afternoon teas will be available from 2.30pm to 4pm. We will be providing a free cream tea to everyone that comes to the launch on Tuesday 14th June.
We're also planning to provide some activities at Rose Cottage while the afternoon teas are on which people can take part in if they'd like to. At the launch we'll be asking what people would like. Some ideas so far are: book group, crafts, quizzes and memories sessions.
Don't miss the launch and the cream tea on Tuesday 14th June!
'Twerton's Got Talent' will take place on Saturday 9th July2016 at Bath City Football Club, Twerton, from 10am to 7pm. The event will celebrate the creativity, skills and talents of a wide range of people who live or have connections with Twerton, Whiteway and Southdown.
Over the past few months, we've been busy getting together with loads of different groups and agencies, like schools, youth hubs, arts projects and community groups, to involve local people of all ages, cultures and abilities.
Registration for Twerton's got Talent is now complete and we are delighted to announce that we have a fantastic array of performers of all ages signed up, as well as many great displays. Here are some talented young performers, from auditions at Twerton Infants School for the under 7's category.
Entry to Twerton's got Talent is free on the door (space permitting), but to help us with numbers we are asking people to book their place in advance. Everyone booking in advance will receive a free prize raffle ticket.
Twerton Singers is a new, free 'Pop Up' community choir for anyone living in or around the Twerton area who enjoys singing, whether or not they have previous singing experience.
Starting on 9th May, the choir will meet weekly on Monday evenings at the Rec House, which is just up the High Street from the Time Bank office. They will be singing uplifting popular songs and will work on preparing a couple of songs for performance at Twerton's got Talent in July.
Growing Together is a community project that will provide free training and support to families and individuals who would like to grow their own food at home or in a shared allotment. An experienced tutor will help train people in the necessary skills to successfully grow and harvest their own fresh and delicious produce. The project will also run a Buddy Scheme to connect local people together, thus enabling them to give and receive mutual ongoing support with growing, harvesting and sharing produce.
We are holding a launch event on Saturday 27th Feb at 2:30pm on our allotment at Bath City Farm. We are inviting anyone who would like to find out more about the project to join us for "Food, Fun and Campfire Cooking".
From early March, we will meet every Tuesday at the Bath City Farm allotments from 1:30-3:30pm. It is open to anyone at any skill level, and will be a welcoming environment. A gardening mentor will also be available to meet people at their own gardens at other times by appointment, to offer help, guidance and encouragement.
One of our volunteers, who is originally from India, led a great Indian cookery session last week. We made a mound of delicious onion bhajis and spicy vegetable pakoras.
Everyone enjoyed the session and it was great to learn to cook different types of food. The customers at Rose Cottage and our Over 50's Cafe also loved having Indian food on the menu. We will be organising further cookery sessions in the New Year.
Last week, on a cold winter Sunday, 14 amazing volunteers spent the day transforming a small area of neglected wasteground in Twerton into a fruitful community garden. We cleared brambles and nettles, cut the grass, dug out flower beds, collected about 8 bin bags of rubbish and planted soft fruit bushes and other plants, all of which had been donated to us.
At lunchtime, we warmed up at the Time Bank office with hot soup and tasty vegetable stew prepared by some of the volunteers.
We made and painted a wooden sign - and Hanna Close Community Garden came into existence. This is a space for the local community, where anyone passing by or living in the local area can get involved or help themselves to the odd raspberry, apple or globe artichoke.
Bath Guerrilla Gardeners were actively involved with this project and have created several other beautiful community growing spaces throughout the city.
We are delighted to announce that we’ve received funding from the Big Lottery (Awards for All) to co-ordinate a local ‘Twerton’s Got Talent’ event next summer.
The event will be an opportunity for groups and individuals in the local community to showcase their creativity and talents, whether that may be acrobatics or artwork, ballroom dancing or baking, choir singing or crafts, devil sticks or drumming….
We’ve already heard from local schools, youth hubs, arts projects, community groups and children's centres which would like to take part, so we anticipate an amazing gathering of talented local residents of all ages.
Contact us or watch this space for further details.