OCTOBER 2017 NEWSLETTER
As the weather starts to get cooler and greyer, it’s easy to end up staying home on your own. But getting out and about and meeting new people is a great way to increase your wellbeing. Here are lots of groups and activities to encourage you to get involved this autumn.
Art & Crafts group
Time Bank member Paul, who is himself a talented artist, has kindly agreed to take on leading the Art Group for the time being. There are still spaces left so please do come along to this friendly, encouraging group. In addition to drawing and painting, you are welcome to bring materials for another art or craft activity. 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.
The Gardening Team are a friendly group of Time Bank members who go out each week on a Wednesday morning 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.
Tuesday Café at Rose Cottage
The Tuesday Café for Over 50’s is open every Tuesday from 11.00 – 2.30pm. With new and tasty dishes on the menu at rock bottom prices as well as old favourites like bacon sandwiches and all-day-breakfast, the café is a great place to relax with a friend or on your own. We would also love to hear from anyone interested in helping out at the café (you will get a delicious free meal thrown in).
The next Repair Café is taking place on Saturday 7th October, from 10am to 12.30pm, and on the first Saturday of every month. There will be expert volunteer repairers on hand to help with general and electrical repairs, sewing alterations, IT & mobile phone issues and more, so please do come along with your items in need of attention.
Sunday 5rd November is the date for our next longer countryside walk. Remember Guy Fawkes and you can’t forget that date! Please contact us for further details.
Our shorter walking group takes place every Wednesday. We meet at 2.30pm outside the White Horse pub on Shophouse Road, Twerton and walk for around an hour. If possible let us know you’re coming, but it’s also fine to just turn up.
Make a Positive Change for Wellbeing
Here is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who lives in the Twerton or Whiteway area and is looking to make positive changes to their mental and physical wellbeing. It’s a six-week ‘Wellbeing Self-Care Course’, based at Bath City Farm, which will take place on Tuesdays starting 7th November. You can also come along on a Tuesday at any time before the official start date. Please contact us for further details and info about how to apply.
Help out at the Football Club
Here’s a call out for anyone who'd like to volunteer at Twerton Park with Bath City FC. They need more people to join a team of volunteers helping out on Match Days with things like meeting & greeting, car parking, clearing up & selling merchandise. Match days are either Saturday afternoons or Tuesday/Wednesday evenings - usually twice per month. Contact us if you'd like more details.
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. This year we have enjoyed bumper crops of salad, chard, courgettes, runner beans and more. 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.
With autumn now upon us, the range of local seasonal produce is still fantastic. Currently available are potatoes, carrots, runner beans, squash, spinach, chard, broccoli, beetroot, cabbage, cauliflower, swede, apples, lettuce 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.
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 at our café at Rose Cottage on Tuesday afternoons, or at another time by arrangement.
The Borrow It ‘Library of Things’ is open on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, when the Time Bank office is open, and also stays open later on Wednesdays until 7pm. We have a big selection of useful things which can be borrowed free of charge by anyone who is resident in Bath. Please bring some ID and proof of address if you’d like to borrow something for the first time.
Most popular so far have been the gardening tools – especially strimmers, mowers, hedge trimmer and rotavator. We also have kitchen appliances such as juicers, ice cream maker and bread maker, tools including drills, sanders and a sack trolley, camping equipment, carpet cleaner, steam cleaner and much more. Please see our website for an up-to-date list of what’s available: http://timebankplus.co.uk/wp/?page_id=586
Creative Writing Group
Calling all budding writers and poets. We are looking at the possibility of re-starting the Creative Writing Group. Please get in touch if you are interested.
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.