JULY 2018 NEWSLETTER
We hope you can join us at our Summer Social this month, which is on Tuesday 31st July from 2pm – 4pm. It will be held at Rose Cottage, just across the road from the Time Bank, with the option of being outside in the lovely garden or inside in the comfortable indoor café area. You are welcome to bring along your kids, partner or a friend.
We will be providing a traditional cream tea and offering a few optional activities like games (for all ages) & face painting for the kids. This is an opportunity for us to say a big THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers for all that you do, helping to make so many great things happen in our local community. We really hope you are able to come along.
Out to Lunch
‘Out to Lunch’ is our latest venture. It’s a weekly lunch club & activities afternoon, which is taking place on Wednesdays in Twerton at Quebec sheltered housing on Dominion Road. We are cooking a 2-course lunch for up to 25 people and offering gentle activities like quizzes, armchair exercise, music or knitting. Transport is available for those needing it. The cost to those attending is £5 per session. The lunch club is mostly intended for older people, but anyone living in the Twerton or Whiteway area is welcome to come along. Please let us know if you, or someone you know, would like to join us.
We are also very keen to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer to help at the lunch club. This could be on a regular basis or more occasionally, depending on what is best for you. We are looking for people to help with giving lifts, cooking, serving, afternoon activities and general help & support. Drivers receive a petrol allowance and all volunteers are offered a free lunch.
‘Out to Lunch’ opens with a Launch Party on Wednesday 4th July from 12 – 1pm at Quebec. Anyone interested in being involved or who would like to find out more is welcome to attend.
This is a perfect time of year to join our friendly gardening team, who meet on Wednesday mornings and go out to people’s gardens to help with jobs like clearing, weeding, mowing and tidying. It’s a great way to boost your health and wellbeing and make new friends, and you don’t need to be an experienced gardener as volunteers are given training, support and supervision, as well as tea and cake. Please contact us for further details.
We have sessions on our allotment at Bath City Farm every Friday morning from 10am to 12pm, open to anyone with an interest in food growing. Tools, seeds and tea are all provided and an experienced gardener is on hand to guide and advise. Participants are able to take home a share of the harvest, with any surplus going to the Food Co-op. Contact us for further details or just come along to the allotment on a Friday morning.
‘Avondown Shoebox Scheme’
This is a fantastic project based at an ‘Extra Care’ Home in Twerton, which takes place on Tuesday mornings. We are working with the residents to make small items which are used as part of a ‘Shoebox’ project. It’s a great opportunity for the residents to be able to practise their creative skills and contribute to others, whilst working in a group with volunteers of all ages. We are looking for more volunteers to help with this project, so please get in touch if you are interested. You don’t need any special skills & all training will be given.
Southside Food Co-op offers boxes or orders of fresh seasonal produce, grown locally by a traditional market gardener, with virtually no sprays or artificial fertilisers, at excellent value. Boxes are priced from £3.50 (small) to £6 (large). Orders can be collected from the Time Bank office or delivered for a small charge to your home (South & West Bath only) on alternate Wednesdays.
Produce available this month includes: new potatoes, broccoli, courgettes, broad beans, peas, lettuce, runner beans, bunch carrots, cabbage, spring onions, rhubarb and more. Let us know if you would like to order a box.
We are looking for a volunteer to help with book keeping for the Food Co-op on a Wednesday morning once a fortnight. You don’t need accountancy experience but you do need to be comfortable with numbers and familiar with Excel. Training will be given and Food Co-op volunteers receive £2 worth of local vegetables. Please contact us for further details.
Happy Mondays Club is a social & activities group for older people which takes place on Monday mornings in Twerton. There are opportunities to take part in simple crafts, games, cards & other activities. Transport is available if needed. Participants over the age of 55 and volunteers of any age are most welcome. Email for further details or ring us on 01225 442813.
The Time Bank Art Group is a small, friendly group which meets on Thursday mornings from 10.30am in Twerton. The group is led by talented local artist and Time Bank member, Paul. New members are very welcome so please do come along, whether or not you have done any art before. Email for further details or ring us on 01225 442813.
The guitar group meets in Twerton on Thursday afternoons from 2.30pm – 4.00pm. Led by fantastic tutor, Angie, this is a small, friendly beginner-level group which learns and strums simple well-known tunes together. Anyone wishing to join will need their own guitar to practise on and be able to play at least 3 chords. Email for further details or ring us on 01225 442813.
The Borrow It ‘Library of Things’ is open on Mondays & Tuesdays from 10 – 4 & on Wednesdays from 10 – 7pm. We have a big selection of useful things which can be borrowed free of charge by anyone who is resident in Bath. Our most popular items at this time of year include strimmers, hedge trimmers, lawn mowers, BBQ & camping equipment. Why not have a go at making your own ice-cream for those hot summer days (goes well with strawberries!) Please bring some ID and proof of address if you’d like to borrow something for the first time. You can see an up-to-date list of what’s available (including photos) on our website: http://timebankplus.co.uk/wp/?page_id=586
Wednesday afternoon walks take place every week. We meet at 2.30pm outside the White Horse pub on Shophouse Road, Twerton and walk for around an hour. These walks are an excellent opportunity to help build up your health & fitness. If possible please let us know you’re coming, but it’s also fine to just turn up.
Longer Walks take place on the first Sunday of each month. These walks are in the lovely countryside surrounding Bath and are suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness. They are generally between 4 & 7 miles long and take at least 3 hours. Lifts from Twerton are usually available for people who don’t have their own transport. Please get in touch if you’d like us to send you details of the next walk.
‘Start the Week’ Crafts group
The crafts group is now fully booked for pottery sessions this month. We will be taking a summer break during the school holidays but aim to start up again in September. Please let us know if you would like to be sent details of our autumn programme.
Wellbeing through Nature
The Time Bank is involved, together with the City Farm & Avon Wildlife Trust, in a wellbeing programme based in the Twerton and Whiteway area, which offers local people many different opportunities to connect with others, have fun and improve your health. You can join this programme by calling MyScript on 01225 310077, alternatively you can ask for a referral to MyScript through your GP.
There is also an opportunity to join a highly recommended six-week ‘Wellbeing Self-Care Course’, based at Bath City Farm, which takes place on Tuesdays. For further details and info about how to apply please contact us or ring Bath City Farm on 01225 481269 or MyScript on 01225 310077.
Free Training Opportunities
Volunteer Network Banes are co-ordinating a number of free training courses which can be attended by anyone volunteering in Bath & North East Somerset (which includes all Time Bank members). Upcoming topics include: Supporting People with Mental Health needs; Dementia Awareness; Healthy Conversation Skills. For further details, please follow this link: www.wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk/Volunteers
Free Theatre Tickets
Bath Theatre School are offering free tickets to Time Bank members for their showing of CATS at Kingswood Theatre on 19th, 20th & 21st July starting at 7.30pm. The showing is suitable for all ages and you are welcome to bring your family along. You can find out more about the show here: www.baththeatreschool.com/tickets
Anyone interested in tickets needs to forward the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sun 15th July: preferred performance date; number of tickets required; full name for reservation & email address; any special requests (eg aisle seat). You will receive an email confirming the reservation and the tickets will be attached.
Finally, a request from one of our members: does anyone know how to set up a telescope! If so, please let us know at Time Bank and we’ll put you in touch.