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APRIL 2018 NEWSLETTER

We hope you’ve all had a good Easter break and are ready to join us for a flurry of Springtime activities. We’ll start by telling you about our outdoor opportunities, as being outside and connecting to nature is such a great boost to health and wellbeing. Please do get in touch if you’d like more details, or just pop into the Time Bank office on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

Community Allotment

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. Email for further details, ring us on 01225 442813 or just come along to the allotment on a Friday morning.

Gardening team

The gardening team are a small, friendly group of volunteers who meet on Wednesday mornings and go out to people’s gardens to help with jobs like clearing, weeding, mowing and tidying. There is space for more people to join the team – you don’t need to be an experienced gardener as volunteers are given training, support and supervision, as well as tea and cake! We can also take new gardening referrals from Time Bank members so do let us know if you need occasional gardening help. Email for further details or ring us on 01225 442813.

Walking Groups

Our next countryside walk will take place on Sunday 8th April. Led by Time Bank member Tim, we will be exploring the countryside around Kelston Round Hill. The walk will be approx 5 miles and will take between 2 & 3 hours. It includes hills and may be muddy in places. Please wear stout walking shoes and bring rain & sun protection, water & a snack. The starting place will be Newbridge Park & Ride at 10.30am. Lifts are available (by arrangement only) from outside the Time Bank office. Please let us know if you’re interested and if you’re happy for us to pass your contact details on to Tim.

Our 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. If possible please let us know you’re coming, but it’s also fine to just turn up.

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.

Guitar Group

We still have space for 1 or 2 more people to join our guitar group, which meets in Twerton on Thursday afternoons from 2.30pm – 4.00pm. Led by fantastic new tutor, Angie, this is a small, friendly beginner-level group which learns and strums simple well-known tunes together. Email for further details or ring us on 01225 442813.

Art Group

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.

Crafts group

‘Start the Week’ crafts group meet on Monday mornings in Twerton. Following the Easter break, our Spring programme will include making our own cosmetics such as moisturising creams & bath bombs and the possibility of rag rug making, working with clay and/or willow weaving.  New members are welcome – or just join us for a one-off session. Email for further details or ring us on 01225 442813.

Social Activities group

Also on a Monday morning and based in Twerton, the Happy Mondays Club is a social & activities group for older people. There are opportunities to take part in baking, 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.

Food Co-op

Southside Food Co-op offers bags or orders of local produce, grown mostly in the Batheaston area, almost entirely without chemicals, at excellent value. Bags 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 on alternate Wednesdays.

Seasonal produce this month includes beetroot, cabbage (green, white or red), cauliflower, celeriac, kale, leeks, onions, parsnips, purple sprouting, potatoes, spring greens, squash, swede and more.

Borrow It

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. Recent additions to our collection include an industrial carpet cleaner, a dehydrator & an infant buggy. Please 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

‘Out to Lunch’

Our latest project is a new weekly lunch club which will shortly be starting up in the Twerton area. We will be cooking lunch for around 20 older people and offering afternoon activities such as quizzes, games and knitting. Transport will be available to those needing it. We will be looking for volunteers to help with cooking, serving, afternoon activities, transport and general help & support. Please get in touch if you live locally and would like to help out or come along.

 Escort / befriender needed

We are looking for a volunteer who can spend a little time with an elderly man with dementia (but good mobility) on either a Monday, Thursday or Saturday. This could involve taking him out for a coffee and chat or escorting him to and from a social group in the Twerton area. Expenses will be paid. Please contact us for further details.

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: First Aid for Older People; Safeguarding Adults & Children; Dementia Awareness; Peer Mentoring; Equality & Inclusion. For further details, please follow this link: www.wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk/Volunteers

Twerton Park Redevelopment

Local people are invited to attend drop-in sessions at Bath City FC this month to discuss the redevelopment of Twerton Park to provide new sports facilities and a community hub. These sessions are an opportunity for local people to share their ideas on what the scheme, particularly the community hub, could include.

Drop-in sessions will be held on Wednesday 11th April, 12pm-7pm & Saturday 14th April, 12pm-3pm in one of the bars at Bath City FC. If disabled access is required please call 01225 423087 to make arrangements. All of the consultation information will also be available via www.bathcityfc.com/twerton-park-redevelopment/

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