A Repair Café is a free drop-in session where you can bring along an item that needs mending or servicing. It could be an item of clothing that needs alteration or mending, a bike in need of servicing, an electrical appliance which needs repair or PAT testing or a tool in need of sharpening. A team of volunteers will be on hand to repair the item or advise on what needs doing.
We will be hosting Repair Cafe's at our centre in Twerton High Street, on the first Saturday of the month, from 10am -12.30pm, starting on 3rd June 2017. Hot drinks and home-made cake will also be available to buy. Please do come along with your items in need of repair or servicing. This is a free service, open to everyone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everyone enjoyed the delicious home-baked cream teas, prepared and served by our volunteers.
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).
• 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.
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.