Youth activities

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Out in Nature group met again this week and we all made up some calzones and cooked them on the fire pit. The children enjoyed grating the cheese and cutting up the tomatoes, and one boy commented:

They are just like cheese and tomato pizza thingys only folded up

There was lots of really good listening and sharing of all the equipment and some of the group learned how to light a safe fire pit to cook on and they enjoyed putting it out with water at the end.

The next session is on July 16th from 4 - 6.30pm in Pennyquick Park and we are planning to do some tool work and a drink from a kelly kettle, so if you're in the park come over and join in.

Sophie went up to Southside to run a craft workshop at the youth hub and came up with making constructions out of newspaper and sellotape..

A good few of the boys joined in to see who could make the tallest structure.  Meanwhile Sophie decided to make some hat creations!

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She is running a printing workshop at St Michaels Junior School on Tuesday 8th July from 3.30-4.30pm.

For more info on her other workshops contact us at Time Bank Plus on 01225 442813.

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.

 

Time Bank Plus has been running a series of circus skills workshops at South Side Youth Hub and at St. Michael's C of E Junior School. Here are photos from St.Michael's.

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On our second session children were able to invite an adult such as mum, dad, auntie or nan to come and have a go as well and learn some fun circus skills to play together. We hope to repeat this in the autumn.

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20140405_145148Free football coaching sessions for 12-18yrs are ongoing in Pennyquick Park, Newton Road, Twerton every Tuesday         afternoon from 4.30 to 6.30pm.

If the sessions prove to be popular we will be running them on into the summer months.

Darren the coach has all the equipment including some great portable nets to set up a pitch area.  So if you are interested in joining him then just show up on the day with your football kit and suitable footwear.

 

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.