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MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER

First and most importantly, YOU ARE INVITED to the Launch of our Borrow It! Project, which will be on SATURDAY 1ST APRIL from 2.30 – 4.30pm at Rose Cottage (just opposite our office at 43, High Street, Twerton). We will celebrate with a Bring & Share Feast, live music, children’s activities, games and general April Fooling. There will also be tours of the Borrow It Library of Things – any of which you are most welcome to borrow. Please bring along your family, friends and neighbours.

Donation of items to the collection will also be welcome. We already have a good number of donated items, but more are still needed. We have received a request for good sized tents for a teenager’s camping trip, together with camping stoves and camping chairs – please let us know if you can help.

Walk Out this Spring!

In addition to our regular Wednesday walking group, we are starting a new group which will be going out on longer walks. The first longer walk is on Tuesday 14th March. Participants will meet at the Time Bank office at 9.30am and proceed to Newbridge Park & Ride. From there, we will walk uphill and along the Cotswold Way to Kelston Roundhill, before dropping down to Saltford and back along the river (or cycle path, if it’s too muddy).

The walk is around 7 miles and will take about 4 hours. There is a possibility of stopping in Saltford for a hot or cold drink. Please bring sandwiches, rainwear and good walking boots or shoes. If possible, let us know if you are planning to come along, but you are welcome to just turn up on the day if you prefer to be spontaneous. Please also let us know if you can’t make 14th March but would like to join future walks.

The shorter walking 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.

Cycle rides are also a possibility – let us know if you are interested … if you need help with repairing or maintaining your bike we now have several members who are able to assist with this.

I, Daniel Blake film show

We currently have a small number of tickets on sale for Time Bank members who weren’t able to get to the earlier showing. The film will be shown on Wednesday 15th March at 7pm at Randall’s Bar, Twerton Park, BA2 1DB. It will be followed by a Q&A session with the Director, Ken Loach. We were delighted to hear that in addition to the Palme D’Or at Cannes, the film recently won a BAFTA for ‘Outstanding British Film of the Year”. If you haven’t already seen it, don’t miss this unique opportunity.

Southside Food Co-op offers bags of fresh, locally grown vegetables at affordable prices for collection or delivery on alternate Wednesdays. Bags are priced from £3.50 (small) to £6 (large) and there is a small additional charge for delivery. We are also now offering the possibility of putting in your own order each fortnight, from our list of available seasonal vegetables. Please get in touch for further details.

The Gardening Team are a friendly group of Time Bank members who go out each week on a Tuesday afternoon, 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.

Allotment Group

Spring is just around the corner and now is the time to prepare for the next season of food growing. We’d love to hear from anyone who’d like to join us on our allotment at Bath City Farm, whether or not you have previous food growing experience. Our plan is to set up regular group sessions as well as the opportunity to go along at other times that suit you.

The Tuesday Cafe at Rose Cottage is a lovely space to relax and enjoy lunch or a tasty snack, either on your own or with friends. It is normally open every Tuesday from 12 – 4pm, based at Rose Cottage, just across the road from the Time Bank office in Twerton. Prices are low and the menu includes soup, all-day-breakfast, bacon or cheese & tomato sandwiches, light meals such as pasta with salad or baked potatoes, snacks like omelette or beans on toast, cake and hot drinks. It’s a very friendly place with a great community feel so please do come along and join us.

Drop-in IT Advice Café

The drop-in advice sessions at Rose Cottage on Tuesday afternoons have been going well, with a steady trickle of people calling in to get help and advice with their mobile phones, tablets, laptops or other IT devices. These are free sessions open to anyone, so do pop in if you are in need of any IT help or guidance from our expert volunteer.

Free Training Courses

B&NES Volunteer Network is offering a number of courses to anyone volunteering in the local area, which includes Time Bank members. They include several First Aid courses, along with a number of courses on Mental Health Awareness. Here is a link for further details: http://wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk/index.php/Volunteers

The Time Bank has signed up to ‘Local Giving’, which means that anyone wishing to make a donation to our charity can do so online. Just click this link to take you to our Local Giving web page or find us at https://localgiving.org/charity/timebankplus/