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APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER

Spring is finally here and what could be better than joining one of our outdoor activities to make the most of the warmer weather, the lovely new greenery, fragrant blossom and birdsong. Here are a few options:

Allotment group

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. The allotment group is currently meeting on Tuesday mornings at our growing plot at Bath City Farm. They welcome anyone who would like to come along and join them. Please contact us for more details.

Short walks

This 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.

Longer walks

The first long walk took place a couple of weeks ago and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Some people have said that next time it would be easier for them to come along at weekends. We are hoping to fix a date soon for the next walk (possibly a Sunday) so please let us know if you might be interested in joining us and what days are best for you.

Cycle rides

These are also a possibility – perhaps a ride through the Two Tunnels - 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.

 Gardening Team

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.

Borrow it!

The ‘Borrow It’ launch took place on 1st April. Our ‘Library of Things’, based at the Time Bank centre is now officially open and any B&NES resident can register with the scheme and borrow items. There is no charge, we just ask for a small donation to help us cover costs.

Please note that the Time Bank centre will now open on Saturday mornings from 10am to 1pm, so as to make it easier for people who are working during the week to access the ‘Borrow it’ scheme.

Please see the Borrow It page on this website for the latest catalogue. It will be updated regularly as more items are donated.

This month, we are particularly looking for: a carpet cleaner, a dog cage, a petrol strimmer, a hedge trimmer and a sewing machine – please let us know if you can help.

Please note that anyone wishing to use the Borrow It ‘library’ will need to register and bring proof of their name and address (unless they are already an active Time Bank member).

Tuesday Cafe at Rose Cottage

The café 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, light meals such as pasta with salad or baked potatoes, bacon or cheese & tomato sandwiches, 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

If you need help or advice with your mobile phone, tablet, laptop or other IT device, then do remember to come along to our free drop-in advice sessions at Rose Cottage on Tuesday afternoons from 2 – 4pm. Our expert volunteer will give advice and support and help to sort out any problems.

 Southside Food Co-op

This month, the locally grown, new season produce available through the food co-op includes spinach, rhubarb, broccoli, cauliflower, spring cabbage and spring onions. The food co-op offers bags of fresh, local 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.

 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 welfare benefits awareness, several First Aid courses, and a number of courses on aspects of Mental Health. Here is a link for further details: http://wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk/index.php/Volunteers

 Waitrose fundraising

In May, Waitrose in Bath are making us one of the 3 charities which customers can choose to support through their green token scheme. Please support us by putting your green tokens in the Time Bank container if you shop at Waitrose next month.

Local Giving

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/