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DECEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

You are invited to our Xmas Social on Tuesday 12th December, which will be at Rose Cottage (just across the road from our office in Twerton High Street) from 2.00 to 3.30pm.

Everyone who has been involved with the Time Bank in any way is welcome, so please do come along, you are also welcome to bring a partner or friend. There will be hot soup and festive food and drink (non-alcoholic) plus great company, of course. For those who wish, there will be an optional game or two and a chance to make a seasonal decoration.

This will also be our last Café day, as sadly this project is coming to an end. We want to take this opportunity to say a BIG thank you to everyone who has been involved with the Tuesday Café, whether as a volunteer or a customer.  And to thank ALL our fantastic volunteers, whether you have been involved with the Food Co-op, the gardening team, the allotment, Borrow it, the art group, Repair Café, walking group, guitar group, IT support, giving lifts, helping with housework, language teaching, literacy support, office help, sewing, cleaning, dog walking, tool sharpening, PAT testing… the list goes on!

 While we still have your attention, here are a couple of events to note in early December, which is in fact THIS WEEKEND!

The Repair Café is taking place at the Time Bank centre on Saturday 2nd December, from 10am to 12.30pm. There will be expert volunteer repairers on hand to help with general and electrical repairs, sewing alterations and more, so please do come along with your items in need of attention. Please note that due to space limitations this is the last time that the Repair Café will be based at the Time Bank. In the New Year it will be moving to Southdown Methodist Church, where the larger premises will enable it to expand to better meet demand. These sessions will still take place on the first Saturday morning of each month.

Sunday 3rd December is the date for our next countryside walk, which will once again be led by Mark. This will be a 6-mile walk, taking about 2.5 to 3 hours. The route goes from Priston through Dunkerton & Carlingcott and back up to Priston. As with all of these walks, please wear sturdy footwear and come prepared for rain, mud, hills and stiles.

The meeting point is Priston Green, 10.30am outside the Ring O’ Bells pub. Alternatively, lifts may be available on request, from Hillier’s Garden Centre, Whiteway, at 10.15am. Please let Mark know if you are planning to come or if you need a lift – his phone number is 07801 252799.

Our shorter Wednesday walks are still taking 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.

We are currently in the process of revamping our Creative Writing Group. Time Bank member Duncan has kindly agreed to lead it and has found a suitable venue in Odd Down. We are in the process of finding the best time to meet, so please get in touch if you are interested and we can discuss details.

The Time Bank Art Group is going strong and have been experimenting with some different styles and techniques. They meet on Thursdays from 10.30am to 1.00pm at the Time Bank centre in Twerton. New members are very welcome so please do come along, whether or not you have done any art before.

Southside Food Co-op offers bags or orders of seasonal, locally grown produce 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.

We will also be making up Xmas Hampers priced at £16, with a selection of fresh, local veggies including sprouts, parsnips and potatoes for your Xmas dinner plus some (non-local) seasonal fruit like clementines, dates & nuts. The hampers will be available for delivery or collection on Wednesday 20th December. Please let us know by 13th December if you would like to order one.

The Borrow It ‘Library of Things’ is open on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, when the Time Bank office is open, and also stays open later on Wednesdays until 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.

Everything has been kindly donated by local people. Recent additions include a guitar, a jam pan and a heavy duty carpet cleaner. We are currently looking for a dehumidifier and a fan heater. Please see our website for an up-to-date list of what’s available: http://timebankplus.co.uk/wp/?page_id=586

The Gardening Team are a friendly group of Time Bank members who go out each week on a Wednesday morning 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.

If you need IT help or advice with your mobile phone, tablet, laptop or other device, please let us know and we will arrange for our expert volunteer to give you free advice and help sort out any problems.

The guitar group meets on Thursdays from 2.30 to 4.30pm at the Time Bank centre. This is a small, friendly group who strum simple tunes together and will offer a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join them. Beginners are welcome. Please get in touch for further details.

Do you need help with transport? One of our members is offering lifts, including longer distance trips. You need to pay a mileage charge towards his petrol costs.

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/

Please note the Time Bank will be closed for the week between Xmas & New Year. We will re-open as usual on Tuesday 2nd January.

Wishing you all a very happy Xmas & a peaceful New Year