Groups & opportunities

If you live would like to join others in growing veg and sharing the produce, the Time Bank Plus Community Allotment group may be for you!
We meet on Friday mornings, at the Bath City Farm allotments.
The Community Allotment is a social space for people who want to grow fruit and vegetables and share the harvest.
Everyone is welcome - no experience is neccessary, and there is nothing to pay.
Seeds, tools and tea will be provided.
An experienced gardener will be on hand to guide and advise.
If you are interested in joining us, contact Time Bank Plus on: 01225 442813, email : timebankplus@googlemail.com, or just pop along for an informal chat.

Our fabulous new crafts group will be starting in a couple of weeks' time on Monday mornings in Twerton.

Whether you'd like to have a go at willow weaving, mosaic making, crochet & knitting, fermented foods & chutneys, card making, sewing, soap making, flower arranging, cake decorating, felting or making your own cosmetics,  we'll try and make it happen.

Email us for more info at timebankplus@googlemail.com or call us on 01225 442183.

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.

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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.

Our Social Cafe for the Over 50's age group is up and running every Tuesday between 12 & 4pm at Rose Cottage (just across the road from our office in Twerton). With use of all 4 rooms at ground level, there is space to suit everyone’s needs.  We have a wonderful team of volunteers who prepare lunch, serve, clear up and help run a range of activities.

The cafe is proving a great place to make new friends, learn new skills or share existing skills such as crochet, knitting, and rag rug making, or to play board games or use the centre's computers. Some participants just want to come out for lunch, a chat or coffee & cake, without necessarily joining in the after lunch activities. It is possible to arrange transport, if needed, by arrangement.

The project aims only to cover its costs, so prices are very reasonable - £1.50 for home-made soup, bread & butter, £1 for a sandwich or just 30p for a cup of tea or coffee.

Several times a year, the Rose Cottage staff prepare a full 2-course lunch, open to all and bookable in advance at the cost of £5. The Easter meal, held in late March, was a great success and a good social mix where people had a chance to re-connect or meet others.

Please feel free to come along any Tuesday between 12 & 4pm and sample one of our delicious home-made soups, or just drop by for a cup of tea or a game of Scrabble. We are also looking for more volunteers who are confident cooks, to help prepare the soup once a month.

We had a great couple of herbal afternoon sessions this month. Both times we met at the Time bank office and did some herb identification and had a lovely cup of herb tea.  Then went for a refreshing walk into Pennyquick park to do some more identification at the edges of the park. Its fantastic to see how many herbs and berries are still out this time of year if you take the time to have a good look.

Hopefully we may run some more of these sessions in the future if there is continued interest. Please let us know if you would like to come along.

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Time Bank Plus runs two weekly knit and natter groups in assisted housing. This is about the Avondown House where people come and knit for Bath Cats and Dogs home.

The Knitting group chose to knit for the animal shelter because they need the blankets for the winter months.

In 2013 the charity re homed 1,560 and help 58 pets to remain with their owners. I spoke to Rosemary Williams she told me “I set the group up because there was a call for more activities.”

She spoke to Jack Fielding who is doing work experience with Time Bank Plus and has used it to gain a place on Project SEARCH.

Project SEARCH is an American-designed supported internship programme to help young people with learning difficulties or disabilities secure and keep paid permanent jobs when it ends. It is a unique, business-led, one-year, school-to-work programme that takes place entirely at the workplace.

Jack said “Working with Time Bank as helped me along with Banes youth services, St Michael's and City of Bath College (who lead the Project SEARCH programme) to gain my place. I am grateful to all especially Suzy May, Claire Coleman and St. Michael's C of E Junior School (in Twerton).” Jack also runs JAT Grand Prix and Formula One Vault.

20140618_171956Another lovely day at Pennyquick and we had a great time making tea with some families and their children. This is the second of the Out in Nature sessions, and although one of the team couldn't make it we still went down and made drinks with everyone who came.

The children are keen to do some more bird box making and cooking on the fire and we will be doing both these at the next session on Wednesday 2nd July from 4 to 6.30pm.

One of the girls asked about the mint tea and is taking a tea bag home with her to try out as she liked the smell of it.  Another boy decided he wanted a tea and hot chocolate mix! There was lots of great sharing with the biscuits and everyone enjoyed there cuppa.

Hope to see you all at the next session.

 

This is a free 6-week course in basic DIY skills and simple home repairs, led by Bob our DIY & Decorating team leader.

Ever wondered how to fix a dripping tap, change a fuse, put up shelves or unblock a sink? This is your chance to find out. Bob will cover topics such as the safe use of tools, fixings and adhesives, decorating, tiling or anything else which members of the course would like to learn. There may be opportunities for practical hands-on practise, including doing simple jobs together at peoples’ homes.

The course will take place on Friday mornings from 10 – 12 at the Time Bank office, starting on Friday 13th June. Please ring us on 442813 to book your place.

The raised bed garden project at St Michaels school has been running since the beginning of March on the school grounds. It began with a day of building up the raised beds with a group of volunteers from the Bath City University.

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Since then the group has been open to the children at the school every Thursday afternoon from 2-3pm and then any other volunteers interested in helping out from 3-4pm. The project has come along really well and the children have enjoyed spending time there. Angie Vale who is leading the project updated us at Time Bank last week:

We had Sapphire, Abbie, Alex, lily, Harry, Kieran, Preston, Ki and Jordan all working together in one group. We did lots of weeding, planted a bed of sweetcorn (they were all pleased about this - another popular children`s favourite) and gathered twigs to make pea stick supports for our rapidly growing pea bed. The courgettes are coming up nicely in the greenhouse and should be ready to plant out soon. We identified a shield bug, and the children were fascinated to see how leaf-like it was. Salads are in full swing and potatoes looking very good and healthy. I am bringing on some runner and french beans at home in my greenhouse for the project

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As you can see the project is coming along really well. If you are interested in joining Angie on the garden please feel free to come along to St Michaels Junior School, Newton Road from 3-4pm on Thursday until mid July. 

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We had a great launch to the Out in Nature project on 21st May in Pennyquick Park. The weather was fantastic and we had around 20 young people and 10 adults attending the session.

To start with we made some real lemonade in the 'Pennyquick parlour' - so called by one of our young chefs!

Then we practised using the spark sticks to light cotton wool, before lighting a fire in the fire wok. We had some lovely toasted marshmallows using sticks we cut from a fallen down cherry branch. One mum said:

This is great for my daughter to be learning about how to make safe fire, I think she will learn a lot from today

Then to end the session Matt from the Avon Wildlife Trust helped everyone make some bird boxes and showed us all his collection of bird skulls!

The next session is on 4th June from 4-6.30pm and we will meet near the basketball court in Pennyquick park. Come and join us for more outdoor cookery and conservation. Under 18yrs and families with younger children welcome.