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May Newsletter 2021

It’s a real joy to be able to meet up again in small Covid-safe groups. With restrictions finally lifting, we are keen to find out how the Time Bank can best work with local people to offer new opportunities and meet the current needs of the community. Please help us to plan and develop our new work programme by filling in a short survey – just click this link to do so.

Lunch Club

The opportunity to meet up again is particularly appreciated by members of our Lunch Club, almost all of whom do not have access to computers or smartphones. Thanks to the wonderful folk from St Michael’s Church in Twerton, they are now able to meet and enjoy a delicious two-course meal in the garden of the Rose Cottage centre. If you know an older person in the Twerton area who might like to join the club, please let us know.

Photography Challenge

The subject this month for our photography challenge is ‘Reunion’. Please send us your photos by email to timebankplus@gmail.com. Your entries will be uploaded onto an Instagram forum.

Feelgood Walks

Walking in nature is a great way to enhance your mood and keep fit and healthy. We are offering weekly walks for small, socially distanced groups of people. These are short, easy walks of up to an hour, suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. They take place on alternate Tuesdays & Wednesday and the starting point is the Time Bank office at 86 High Street, Twerton, BA2 1DE. 

The dates this month are:

Weds 5th May 2.00 – 3.00

Tues 11th May 12.30 – 1.30

Weds 19th May 2.00 – 3.30

Tues 25th May 12.30 – 1.30

We would also love to hear from anyone interested in volunteering to lead or assist with the walks; appropriate training is available. 

Sustainable Gardening Service

The TB+ gardening team is a small, friendly group which helps local people in need of assistance with their gardens. This project takes place on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 12pm.

Our emphasis is to encourage wildlife-friendly gardening. Whilst we are happy to help keep gardens neat and well-maintained, we are also mindful of the need to work in harmony with nature and provide habitat for the insects, birds and plant-life on which our future depends.

New members are very welcome. Gardening is a great way to keep fit, learn new skills & help others in the local community and the gardening team leader provides expert knowledge and guidance. 

Food Growing on the Allotment

This is an opportunity to join a small number of other volunteers growing food on our lovely allotment at Bath City Farm. Please get in touch for further details.

Southside Food Co-op

The Food Co-op provides boxes of fresh, locally grown vegetables every other Wednesday, and delivers them to your home. This is available to anyone living in South or West Bath (eg Twerton, Whiteway, Odd Down, Oldfield Park, Newbridge & Lower Weston).

The produce is all freshly picked and grown mostly on the edge of Bath near Solsbury Hill. The price, for those people on a lowish income (below £18,000 pa for a single person, £25,000 for a couple or £30,000 for a family), is £4.50 for a small box, £5.50 for a medium box and £7 for a large box. For those who are better off, we charge £6 for a small box, £7 for a medium box and £9 for a large box. All these prices include the cost of delivery. We use any surplus raised to provide veggies to those in urgent need.

Please email timebankplus@gmail.com if you’d like to order a veg box and please provide a phone number for us to contact you. We will need at least 2 days’ notice. Payment needs to be in advance by bank transfer or direct debit.

Community Litter Picks

You are invited to join our volunteer Litter Picker on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm to help keep the Twerton area clean and tidy. Contact us for further details.

Bristol & Bath Parks Foundation are also organising a Community Litter Pick at Brickfields Park for up to 30 people, which will take place on Sat 22nd May from 10am – 12.30pm. To take part, please book your place by following this link.

Borrow It

The Borrow It Library of Things is open on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm and Tuesdays between 2pm & 6pm. We have a wide range of gardening equipment, DIY tools, camping gear, sewing machines, carpet cleaner, kitchen items and more. There is no charge for borrowing items, though donations are always welcome. We also have a wish list of items we are looking for, to add to our collection. Click here for further info and our catalogue of things: http://timebankplus.co.uk/wp/?page_id=586

Zoom groups

Mondays (monthly)

4.00 – 5.00pm Knit & Natter Zoom Group. Get out your wool and knitting needles or crochet hook, make a cup of tea and sit down for a friendly online session with a small group of others. Expert advice is available if needed. These online sessions will take place once a month for the time being and the next session is on Monday 17th May.

Tuesdays (fortnightly)

3.30 – 4.30 pm Sewing Workshops. We would love to hear from new people who would like to join this small, friendly group. Most of the sewing projects can be done by hand, but there may also be some workshops which involve using a sewing machine. If needed, a machine can be borrowed from the Time Bank. Sessions this month will be on 4th & 18th May.

Thursdays (weekly)

10.30 – 11.30am Creative Writing Zoom Group. This is a very friendly and supportive group of people who are writing and sharing short pieces of prose or poetry. There is a different topic each week and we have an online forum where members of the group can post up their writings. (See below for a piece of writing from one of our members).

Fridays (weekly)

2 – 3pm Time Bank Social Café & Quiz. Brighten up your Fridays and meet with others for a chat, a light hearted quiz or some simple games. Please get in touch if you would like to join this friendly, fun online activity.

IT Assistance

If you, or others you know, need help with setting up Whatsapp, Zoom or other apps, or with other IT troubleshooting, please let us know and one of our volunteers may be able to help you. We’d also love to hear from anyone with good IT skills who is interested in volunteering to assist others.

Keeping in touch

If you aren’t already in our Whatsapp group, do join us. It’s such a good way to keep in touch with each other, share information or ask for help. Just email timebankplus@gmail.com with your mobile number and we’ll add you to the group.

Volunteering opportunities (summary)

We are currently looking for: people interested in leading or assisting with our Feelgood Walks; volunteers to join our Gardening Team; litter pickers; people to help grow food on our allotment; IT support; an occasional driver for our Food Co-op. We are also looking for a Treasurer for our Management Committee. Please get in touch if you can help.

Free Training Opportunities

Somerset Skills & Learning offer a wide range of online courses which are free for B&NES residents. There is a huge range of subjects including: Improve your Memory; Understanding Stress & Anxiety; Emotional Resilience; Assertive Communication; Succeeding in your Job Interview; Healthy Eating for Children; Effective Time Management; Autism Awareness and many more. You can find details of current courses by following this link.

Wellbeing College also advertise free courses which can be attended by any member of the Time Bank. Upcoming topics include: Online Safeguarding; Online Boundaries; Mental Health for Carers. Please follow this link for further details:

Other Groups & Activities

The Virtual Hope Guide includes a large selection of online groups and activities. Here’s a link: https://www.bridges2wellbeing.co.uk/hope-guide

Wellbeing College also publish a regularly updated calendar of activities: https://www.wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk/Calendar

Here are some activities for over 55’s, currently being run by St John’s: https://stjohnsbath.org.uk/what-we-do/activities/

Community Wellbeing Hub 0300 247 0050

The Community Wellbeing Hub is a collaborative service involving 3SG, B&NES Council & Virgin Care. It offers a range of support services such as mental health, returning home from hospital, income, housing and benefits advice, food and medication collections, as well as lifestyle services for help with stopping smoking, getting active or losing weight.

To contact the Hub:
Phone: 0300 247 0050.
Email: CWHBanes@virgincare.co.uk
Website: http://communitywellbeinghub.co.uk
Text: 07870 868368
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 9am until 5pm

Finally, here’s a piece of writing from the Creative Writing group. 

‘A House’ by Lynda Brown

Here I stand, deserted and forgotten. My paint peeling, my door knobs gone, my windows broken by the village children having fun, my stairs broken and dangerous.

In the bedrooms where children used to play, the shutters bang against the barred, glassless windows. Yet, when I was new, I was loved by everyone. People visited all the time. There were barbecues and music in the gardens, now overgrown. The greenhouse was alive with fruits, tomatoes and exotic plants. Couples entered stealthily on party nights and made love smelling the rich earth. All destroyed now.

Children creep in and play jokes on each other pretending to be ghosts. Screaming, they run for their lives. There are no spirits here, and if there were, they would be benign as this house was full of love.Except for the mice, the rats and the pigeons scratching in the loft, the spiders crafting their cobwebs,

I am alone here. It is getting darker now too as the ivy grows higher on the brickwork outside. I sleep.