September is a great time to get focussed, start something new or put a bit more structure into your life. We have many opportunities which might be of interest to you. Develop your creative side, by coming along to our art group, guitar or crafts sessions. Volunteer with our lunch club, gardening team or food co-op. Or get fit by coming along to our walking group or dance sessions. Read on for details of these and other opportunities…

 Feel Good Dance is the name of our newest activity, which will take place on Mondays from 1.30 – 2.30pm at Bath City Football Club, Twerton Park, for 8 weeks as from 24th September. Led by TB+ staff member Paula, who is also an experienced dance instructor, these free-of-charge fun sessions are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. (However please note that as it takes place in an upstairs room unfortunately this activity is not wheelchair accessible.) Please contact us to book your place.

Monday Crafts Group

We are delighted that ‘Start the Week’, our popular Monday morning crafts group, is able to continue this autumn and will be based partly at Rose Cottage and partly at Bath City Football Club. Our programme of activities this term includes Woodland crafts, pottery, sewing and upcycling, cosmetics making and card-making. Sessions are generally from 10.15am to 12.15pm and the autumn programme will start on Monday 10th September. Places are limited so please contact us to book your place or if you would like further details.

 Volunteers Needed

We would love to hear from anyone who can help with these requests:

·        Someone with DIY skills (& able to work from a ladder) who could put up another large shelf in our office for storing ‘Borrow it’ items

·      Someone with a good head for figures and familiarity with Excel, to help on alternate Wednesday mornings with book keeping for the Food Co-op (training given and some free vegetables)

 ·        A PAT tester for newly donated ‘Borrow It’ equipment

·        Drivers & other helpers for our Wednesday Lunch Club (free lunch & petrol expenses given)

·        People to join our friendly Wednesday morning Gardening Team or Friday morning Allotment Group (training & supervision provided)

·        Helpers to work with and assist elderly people at our Happy Mondays club or our Tuesday Shoebox project

·        Anyone interested in joining our Management Committee (contact us for further details of what’s involved)

·        Plus of course lots more volunteering opportunities as usual with our other projects and Time Bank exchanges

Indian Cookery

We will be holding a cookery session in early October led by a Time Bank member from India, where we will learn to make pakoras and other Indian cuisine. Please let us know if you’d like to book a place.

Food Co-op

Southside Food Co-op offers boxes or individual orders of fresh seasonal produce, grown locally by a traditional market gardener, with virtually no sprays or artificial fertilisers, at excellent value. Boxes are priced from £3.50 (small) to £6 (large). This is a great time of year for local produce, with a wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruit currently available. Orders can be collected from the Time Bank office or delivered for a small charge to your home (South & West Bath only) on alternate Wednesdays.

Produce available this month includes: apples, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, courgettes, cucumber, lettuce, onions, potatoes, runner beans, spring onions, spinach, sweetcorn, tomatoes and more. Let us know if you would like to make an order.

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. Our most popular items include strimmers, hedge trimmers, carpet cleaner, camping equipment and DIY tools. Why not borrow our juicer to make delicious juice from those windfall apples or our dehydrator to preserve apples, pears and other produce for later in the year? Please bring some ID and proof of address if you’d like to borrow something for the first time. You can see an up-to-date list of what’s available (including photos) on our website:

Walking Groups

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. These walks are an excellent opportunity to help build up your health & fitness. If possible please let us know you’re coming, but it’s also fine to just turn up.

Longer Walks take place on the first Sunday of each month. These walks are in the lovely countryside surrounding Bath and are suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness. They are generally between 4 & 7 miles long and take at least 3 hours. Lifts from Twerton are usually available for people who don’t have their own transport. Please get in touch if you’d like us to send you details of the next walk.

Gardening team

The gardening team meets on Wednesday mornings and goes out to people’s gardens to help with jobs like clearing, weeding, mowing and tidying. It’s a great way to boost your health and wellbeing and make new friends, and you don’t need to be an experienced gardener as volunteers are given training, support and supervision, as well as tea and cake. Please contact us for further details.

Community Allotment

Food growing sessions take place on our allotment at Bath City Farm on Friday mornings from 10am to 12pm. 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.  Please contact us for further details.

Guitar Group

The guitar group meets in Twerton on Thursday afternoons from 2.30pm – 4.00pm. This is a small, friendly beginner-level group which learns and strums simple well-known tunes together. Anyone wishing to join will need their own guitar to practise on and be able to play at least 3 chords. Email us 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 11am – 1pm in Twerton. The group is led by its members and has proved to be a huge success and produced some fantastic artwork. Please contact us for further details if you are interested in joining. 

‘Out to Lunch’

Our Wednesday lunch club, based in Twerton, is a great new Time Bank project. A freshly cooked two-course lunch is provided and there are a number of activities such as quizzes, sing-along and raffle. The cost to members is £5 and this includes transport where needed (from the Twerton & Whiteway areas only).

We currently have space for more members and also need volunteers to help out with all aspects of the club. Training and support will be given, together with a free lunch. We aim to cater for special diets as far as possible. It’s not necessary to be able to help out every week – fortnightly or occasional help is also most welcome.

‘Avondown Shoebox Scheme’

This is a fantastic project based at an ‘Extra Care’ Home in Twerton, which takes place on Tuesday mornings. We are working with the residents to make small items which are used as part of a ‘Shoebox’ project. It’s a great opportunity for the residents to be able to practise their creative skills and contribute to others, whilst working in a group with volunteers of all ages. Please get in touch if you are interested in volunteering with this project. You don’t need any special skills & all training will be given. 

Photos & Family Memories of Twerton 100 years ago

Bath City Football Club are involved in a local history project to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. They would love to hear from anyone who has photos, other memorabilia or family stories they can share with others as part of a display to be held at the Football Club.

On Saturday evening 10th November, the Museum of Bath at Work will also be coming to the Football Club to show slides of Twerton 100 years ago together with a silent film. More details will be available nearer the time.

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: Mental Health Self Advocacy training; Dementia Awareness; Safeguarding Adults & Children; Everyday First Aid to support Homeless People; Introduction to Equality & Inclusion; Peer Mentoring. Please follow this link for further details:


Finally, here is a reminder that our Annual General Meeting will be on Wednesday 3rd October at the Time Bank office, starting at 3pm. It will be an opportunity to hear about our work, approve the accounts, elect the Management Committee, share your ideas and suggestions for what we should be doing in the future & enjoy some tasty home-made Indian snacks. Please let us know if you would like to make a nomination for the Management Committee. We hope you are able to come along.