AUGUST 2017 NEWSLETTER
This newsletter starts with 2 invitations to all our members: Firstly, you are invited to our Summer Social, which is an opportunity to say a Big Thank You to everyone who’s been involved with the Time Bank over the past year. We’d like to invite you for a delicious Indian meal & evening social with quiz & games. You are very welcome to bring family or a friend.
It’s on Friday 18th August from 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Quebec Community Room, Dominion Road, BA2 1DJ (just behind the Time Bank office). Please let us know if you need (or can offer) a lift. It’s OK to just turn up if you’re not sure beforehand, but if possible we’d like to know you are coming so we have an idea of numbers. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring us on 01225 442813.
Secondly, you are invited to our AGM, which will be on Wednesday 20th September, starting 2.15pm at the Time Bank office. The AGM is an opportunity to find out more about our organisation, what we’ve been doing over the past year and our plans for the future. Your feedback and ideas are very important to us so please do come along. We will also be approving the accounts and electing the Management Committee for the coming year. Any nominations are welcome – please let us know in advance.
Coming very soon ...TB+ country walk on Sunday 6th August
Time Bank member Mark will be leading another walk on Sunday 6th August. The walk will start at 10.30am from Priston Mill (BA2 9EQ) and will be approx 5 miles (2 – 3 hours). It will include some steepish hills and may be muddy in places. Lifts can be arranged if you let us know in advance – leaving from the TB+ centre at 10am. Please do let us know if you are planning to come along.
Art & Crafts group
There are still a few spaces left to join our fabulous new Art & Crafts group, led by Time Bank member, Debz. She is offering a variety of activities including drawing, painting and card making. The group takes place at the Time Bank centre in Twerton on Thursday mornings from 11 – 1 and is open to everyone, whether or not you have done any art before.
Organic Farm trips
Time Bank member Simon has linked us up with the Community Farm in Chew Magna and is offering to drive up to 4 other people out there from time to time, for a few hours of volunteering and a picnic lunch. It’s a fantastic place, which grows a huge variety of fruit and vegetables, so as well as a lovely day out, it’ll be a great learning experience. Volunteers are able to work at their own pace and according to their needs and abilities. Please let us know if you are interested and we’ll let you know the date of the next visit.
This summer, why not borrow an ice cream maker, a tent & camping stove, a BBQ… or perhaps a strimmer or hedge trimmer to keep your garden in order. All items are available to borrow free of charge.
‘Borrow It’ is open on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, when the Time Bank office is open, and also stays open later on Wednesdays until 7pm. Please remember to bring some ID and proof of address if you’d like to borrow something for the first time.
Please see our website for an up-to-date list of what’s available: http://timebankplus.co.uk/wp/?page_id=586
Tuesday Café at Rose Cottage
Don’t forget - the café is closed for refurbishment over the summer from 8th August to the end of the month, but will re-open on 5th September, with a great new menu.
Free IT support
If you need help or advice with your mobile phone, tablet, laptop or other IT device, please let us know and we will arrange for our expert volunteer to give you free advice and help sort out any problems. This will take place on Tuesday afternoons, or at another time by arrangement, and will be at the Time Bank office whilst the café is closed for the summer.
The Gardening Team are a friendly group of Time Bank members who go out each week to help local people with basic gardening tasks such as clearing, mowing and weeding. Please get in touch if you would like to join us or if you need occasional help in your garden.
We are looking for more people to come and help on our lovely allotment at Bath City Farm. It’s in a beautiful location and the soil is amazingly fertile so we have already enjoyed bumper crops of salad, chard, broad beans & runner beans. This is an opportunity for anyone who’d like to grow their own veg but doesn’t have a garden, needs guidance or would prefer to share the hard work with others. Please contact us for more details.
Southside Food Co-op
The Food Co-op offers bags or orders of seasonal, locally grown produce at excellent value.
This is a fantastic time of year for local produce, with a wide range of veggies available, including potatoes, young carrots, peas, french & runner beans, lettuce, courgettes, spinach, broccoli, cucumber, beetroot, fennel, tomatoes and more.
Bags are priced from £3.50 (small) to £6 (large). Orders can be collected from the Time Bank office or delivered (for a £1 charge) to your home on alternate Wednesdays. Please get in touch for further details.
The Repair Café will be taking place at the Time Bank centre on the first Saturday of the month, as from 2nd September, from 10am to 12.30pm. There will be expert volunteer repairers on hand to help with general and electrical repairs, sewing alterations, bike maintenance, IT & mobile phone issues and tool sharpening, so please come along with your items in need of attention.
There is no charge but donations are welcome. Refreshments will be available and the ‘Borrow It’ Library of Things will also be open.
Shorter walking group
This group meets every Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm at the White Horse pub, Shophouse Road, Twerton. Walks generally take about an hour and are led by one of our members. You are welcome to come along.
Job Seekers & Timebanking
Those of you who are on Job Seekers Allowance may be interested to hear that the Dept of Work & Pensions have decided that timebanking hours can now be counted towards your job seeking hours.
Do you need help with transport? One of our members is offering lifts, including longer distance trips. You need to pay a mileage charge towards his petrol costs.