Another month has gone by and believe it or not, we have now passed the official start date for Spring! The gardening team has been out and about and a new food growing group is about to launch on our lovely allotment at Bath City Farm. If you don’t feel ready as yet to brave the weather, we also have lots of great indoor activities to tempt you, so please read on to find out more.

Guitar Group
We are delighted to say that our guitar group now has a great new tutor, who will be leading the group as from Thursday 15th March. Angie is a talented musician who has volunteered for us before, so we know just how good she is. The guitar group is a friendly, beginner level group which meet in Twerton on Thursday afternoons from 2.30pm and strum simple tunes together. New members are very welcome. Email for further details or ring us on 01225 442813.

Crafts group
‘Start the Week’ crafts group, which meet on Monday mornings in Twerton, are now working on some sewing & upcycling projects, with the help of a retired professional seamstress. Later in the month, we will be making our own cosmetics, such as moisturising cream, lip balm and bath bombs. New members are welcome – or just join us for a one-off session. We are also looking for volunteers who would like to share a crafts skill they have. Email for further details or ring us on 01225 442813.

Social Activities group
Also on a Monday morning, the Happy Mondays Club is a social & activities group for older people in Twerton & nearby areas. There are opportunities to take part in baking, simple crafts, games, cards & other activities. Transport may be available if needed. Participants over the age of 55 and volunteers of any age are most welcome – we are looking for people who enjoy chatting, baking or making things. Email for further details or ring us on 01225 442813.

Art Group

The Time Bank Art Group is a small, friendly group which meet on Thursday mornings from 10.30am in Twerton. Some sessions this month will be led by a tutor from Bath City College, who will be encouraging the group to experiment with some different styles and techniques. 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.

Gardening team
The Time Bank 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. They are keen to hear from anyone interested in joining 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! The team is also able to 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.

New Food Growing Group
With Spring on its way, we are launching a new food growing group, based at our lovely allotment at Bath City Farm. Training, advice and support are available so beginners are very welcome as well as more experienced growers. Sessions will take place on Friday mornings from 10.00am, starting on 9th March. (The session on 2nd March had to be cancelled due to heavy snow!!)
Seeds and tools are provided and volunteers will be able to take home a share of the produce. Email for further details or ring us on 01225 442813.

Walking Groups

Our next longer walk will take place on a Sunday in early April. These are lovely walks through the beautiful countryside surrounding Bath, with a small friendly group of Time Bank people. Walks are generally about 6 – 7 miles, and may include hills and be muddy in places. Lifts are generally available if needed. Please let us know if you’re interested and we’ll send out further details nearer the time.

Our Wednesday afternoon walks take place every week, led by Bernadette. 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
Did you know that spending time connecting with nature and your community can improve your health & wellbeing? 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.

Food Co-op
Southside Food Co-op offers bags or orders of local produce, grown on the edge of Bath 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), carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, kale, leeks, onions, parsnips, purple sprouting, potatoes, spring greens, squash, sprouts, 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. 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:

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: Supporting People with Mental Health Needs; First Aid for Older People; Healthy Conversations; Dementia Awareness; Equality & Inclusion; Lone Working. For further details, please follow this link:

Job Vacancy
Finally, we will shortly be advertising for a new part-time Time Bank staff member, who will be our ‘Lunch Club & Elderly Projects Co-ordinator’. Please let us know if you’d like us to email you a job application pack.