Events

Here’s some truly exciting news! We’ve been working with Bath City Football Club to arrange a community showing of Ken Loach’s new film‘I, Daniel Blake’.  It’s a fantastic 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 himself to 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).

Tickets will be priced at £2 for people on benefits or a low income. Others will pay £10 or £20 for a ‘solidarity’ ticket. Tickets are available from the Time Bank office, or they can also be bought from the Football Club or the Little Theatre. They can also be booked and paid for online through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-screening-of-i-daniel-blake-and-qa-with-director-ken-loach-tickets-29332359878

i-daniel-posterWe 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.

The film tells the story of 2 ordinary people - a carpenter who has become disabled following a heart attack, and a single mum with 2 young children - and their struggles with the welfare system in Britain today. Here is a link to the trailer: https://www.theguardian.com/film/video/2016/jun/15/i-daniel-blake-trailer-ken-loach-palme-dor-winner-video

 

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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:

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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 July 2016 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.

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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.

For further information or to book your place, please ring Time Bank Plus on 01225 442813 or email timebankplus@googlemail.com

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.

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.

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At lunchtime, we warmed up at the Time Bank office with hot soup and tasty vegetable stew prepared by some of the volunteers.

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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.

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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.

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Our 10th Anniversary Celebration this August was attended by well over sixty Time Bank volunteers and supporters. The weather was warm and dry so many people opted to sit outside in the lovely Rose Cottage garden and perhaps have a go at scarf juggling, diabolo or other fun circus skills activities led by Claire.

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Inside, we were entertained by two members of the U3A Swing Band; some people couldn't resist singing along to the well known jazz standards and popular music from the sixties.

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Everyone enjoyed the delicious home-baked cream teas, prepared and served by our volunteers.

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We were delighted that Sarah Bird, who set up the Time Bank 10 years ago and has now become CEO of Timebanking UK, was able to attend.

All photos courtesy of Time Bank member and amazing photographer, Tony McNichol

This was a development from last year’s micro exhibition in Foxhill Point. A portion of a small grant from B&NES Arts Development Team was used to finance this year’s large scale exhibition (along with a contribution from the CURO grant for the festival).
It was held in the Exhibition Room of Bath Central Library. This was a partnership initiative with Arty Buddies and B&NES Library Service and was an opportunity to showcase art works produced in Foxhill in the centre of the city.
Arty Buddies is an organisation that runs art groups established in Bath &NES communities and is supported by Time Bank Plus. The Foxhill group meets on Tuesday mornings at the small community building ‘Foxhill Point’ which is the former laundry for Dunster House (a block of flats in the centre of the Foxhill estate).
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• The art exhibition itself was held for seven days from Monday 1st June to Sunday 7th June
• The art exhibition opening event was held between 5pm and 6.15pm on Monday 1st June. The exhibition was opened by Cherry Beath, the Mayor of Bath.
The most senior contributor to the exhibition was Margery Crocker who is in her hundredth year and had never drawn before joining the art group at Foxhill.
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The exhibition opening went with a buzz and was enjoyed by all. During the week the exhibition had a steady flow of visitors with some lovely comments in the visitor’s book. The most frequently appearing word was ‘inspiring’.
A small selection of comments are shown below:
‘Very inspiring exhibition’
‘Inspiring and wonderful. Hopefully community art will flourish again’
‘Amazing and inspiring’
‘Wonderful and such a friendly group. Well done!’
‘Excellent exhibition. Really effective and affecting. Thanks for sharing your art.’
‘Beautiful work – colourful and inspiring.’
‘Excellent, some of the paintings were very moving.’
‘Most vibrant, adventurous, colourful and inspiring’
‘Brilliant exhibition. Well done everyone.’
‘Love the colours – what a high standard!’
‘Fantastic work! Beautifully presented too.’
‘Wow, so much work and detail makes this a very special set of pictures to view. Thank you.’
We also amassed quite a collection of visitor’s contributions both sketches and ‘word images’.
Tis exhibition will be going 'on tour' so watch out for it if you missed it during the Foxhill Festival.

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This was the second Foxhill Festival and built on the successes and learning of last year’s. It was organised at short notice by a very small team taking advantage of a CURO grant. Our partners were Arty Buddies and the Bath and NE Somerset Library Service.

It included arts and crafts and music events as well as a guided local walk. Kite making was provided as this year’s crafts element and a picnic and kite flying event replaced last year’s ‘Party in the Park’.

Last year’s mini art exhibition was succeeded this festival by a much larger exhibition in Bath Central Library Exhibition Room (the library has a footfall in excess of 40,000 per month). This exhibition has a planned continuing life in other exhibition venues.

The music element ran to the same format as last year’s successful day.

This year’s local walk was particularly useful in following a route which linked Foxhill, the MOD site/ Mulberry Park area and Combe Down.

Kite Flying
Kite flying is an activity that spans cultures and historical eras. As a non-flying species we’re fascinated by flight and delight in making something that we can launch into the sky, watch and learn to have some control over.
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There were five separate sessions of kite making all of which involved an element of kite flying on completion. These were made up of:

• two sessions at Combe Down Primary School with the first two years of the Juniors involving in total 60 children. The children test flew their kites at the end of the session in the playground. These workshops were held during the first two weeks of May.
• two family workshops during the May half term holiday. The venue for these workshops was the Foxhill Community Centre. These were very popular and attended by over 40 people. These were mainly groups of children with parents and grandparents but also some unaccompanied teenagers.
• a further kite making workshop was held during the festival weekend at St Andrew’s Church in between music events on Saturday 6th June. This was again attended by family groupings.
In addition:
• a picnic and kite flying event was held on the afternoon of Sunday 7th June in Entry Hill Playing Field. This was a family event and families taking part included those from the primary school sessions, some from the half term workshops and some from the workshop held the previous day. There was a real mix of age ranges from babes in arms to grandparents.

Music Day!
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This year the music strand included (all at the St Andrew’s Community Church on Saturday 6th June):

• a morning drumming workshop led by Justin Fellowes of Rhythm Instinct.
• a morning guitar workshop
• an evening of music performances starting with an open mic. led by Suzanna Lea (country and western artist)
• followed by performances provided by: petesavin and co. (music and self -penned songs), Untapped (blues and popular covers) Serendipity (young, cool and contemporary sounds and lyrics from Emily and Katie Seaborne) and After Lark ( playing jazz standards and original lyrics from Kait Lee (vocals) and Becky White (bass guitar))

See the separate post with news of the Art Exhibition 'Ekphrastic'