Groups & opportunities

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.