Time Bank Celebration Swap

We have sewn a coat of many leaves and in exchange we are being treated to a mummers play with other Time Bank members joining in with music and mince pies.  Come and celebrate with us!

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Macmillan Coffee Morning


We will be at the Oasis Project in Manor Street this Friday (29th September) between 9 and 12 am, taking part in the World’ Biggest Coffee Morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.  Come and join us and enjoy a cuppa and piece of cake.


We’ll be playing Petanque this Wednesday Afternoon at Union Corner (2 – 4 pm). I have no idea how to play but look forward to finding out. We have been donated plants, so they will need to be seen to, there are newly collected seeds for the Seedstore, there’s a barbeque to clean, leaves to sew on to the Green Man coat, and plenty of tea and coffee.  petanque-balls

100 Homes job vacancies, free courses, Big Lunch and more!

Stonehouse 100 Homes



We have just finished our first exhibition!  Held at Union Corner, 96 Union Street, as part of the Plymouth HIstory Festival we displayed pictures and stories of Stonehouse folk, art and craftwork created  by members of local community groups, a book about Cora Pearl made by one of our members, and collected memories of local shops. On the open evening on Wednesday 31st May people brought in old photos and diaries and told more stories.  Fascinating tales were told and it was wonderful to see how stories and people are beginning to link together.

Job vacancies

Because we weren’t very happy with our recruitment procedure the first time round we have decided to re-advertise the part time posts of coordinator and administrator for the Stonehouse 100 Homes project.  The deadline for applications is noon on Friday 16th June.  Details here – Stonehouse 100 Homes Letter-of-Recruitment Stonehouse 100 Homes Coordinator   100-homes-administrator


We held our agm on 24th May.  The Chair of our steering group, Pete Davey resigned so that he can help out more with 100 Homes and we were unable to fill the vacancy that evening.  If you would like to be the Stonehouse Time Bank Chair please get in touch.  We will help and support you in any way we can.

We have a strong and dedicated team that meets at 9 am on the last Friday of the month in the Oasis cafe to discuss how things are going and plan events and swaps.  Members are always welcome if they want to join us.


Big Lunch

On Sunday 18th June we will be joining Stonehouse Action to celebrate the Big Lunch, an annual celebration with community groups and neighbours all over the country taking to the streets to enjoy lunch together. We will be holdong ours outside Union Corner (indoors if it rains) from 11.30 – 3 pm.  There will be live music, games, children’s toys and bacon butties.  Bring some food to share and join in the fun!

Garden Tidy


To make sure Union Corner is looking good for the next day we’ll be there from 9 – 11 am on Saturday 17th June to tidy the garden.  Your help would be very welcome.

A vegan group is organising an All Day Elevenses starting at – 11 o’clock! You could stay on afterwards and treat yourself.

Tea, Toast and Treats

We are trying out a new time slot – from 9 am – 12.30 pm – starting this week.  Free tea and toast and Time Bank swaps and activities.

Free Courses!

Stonehouse Action have arranged courses in Creative Writing and Portrait Drawing with On Course. Creative writing starts on 6th June from 2.30 – 4.30 and portrait drawing starts on Thursday 8th June at 6 pm.  Both courses run for 6 weeks  It’s short notice but you may still be able to join now or after the start date -click on the links below.. These courses are open to all adults, not just Stonehouse residents.



Return of the blogs


New glasses mean I can see to add posts to the website again!  – and there’s lots to catch up on.

I’ll start with a brief reminder that Stonehouse Time Bank will be at Union Corner today for the usual Wednesday afternoon get together from 2 – 4 pm.


It may be too wet to work in the garden but there’s birthday party decorations to make; leaves to cut out, knit or crochet for a Green Man costume; a book swap library to organise; preparations underway for the Stonehouse 100 Homes exhibition starting on 31st May; and chocolate cake to eat.






November News

Lots going on this month


This Thursday and next (10th and 17th November) at Union Corner, Union Street.  Fast and Funny, a local theatre company, will be running a free taster workshops for comedy sketches.  If successful they will run a series of free workshops that will result in a performance at the Theatre Royal in February.  Their last shows sold out. Sounds like a lot of fun and aimed at everyone so even if you’re not very confident or aren’t too sure how funny you can be give a taster session a go – you might be surprised.  ‘In our workshops you will learn key skills in performance, theatre-making and creative writing that will enable you to bring your funniest ideas to life!’ Just turn up at 7.30 pm, the workshop will finish at 9.  Sessions supported by Stonehouse Time Bank and open to all.  Poster attached.

This swap has been a long time in the organising but we have finally arranged to work on a garden wall  – from 1.30 pm on the afternoon of Thursday 17th.  The work isn’t glamorous – it will involve taking down stones and removing ivy – in preparation for the next stage when a stonemason will oversee Time Bank volunteers in the re-building of the wall.  The house is close to Stoke Damerel Church, if interested contact Mary on 01752651746 for the address and directions.  Wear old, warm clothes and stout shoes and bring work gloves if you have them.  After all this time I hope we don’t have to cancel because of the weather, but leave your contact details with Mary just in case.

On Saturday 19th November from 11 tidy a back yard in Adelaide Street and planning an edible garden.  Refreshments and tools provided.  Again dress for work and the weather.  Reply to this e-mail for further details.



On Monday and Tuesday 28th and 29th November students from Plymouth College of Art will be coming along to Union Corner to run lino and mono printing workshops.  Sessions are 9.30 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 4.30.  Come along to just one or all of them.  It would be helpful if you could let us know if you are coming so we can even out the numbers.

Always lovely to see Stonehouse Time Bank members and passers by at Union Corner on a Wednesday afternoon.  Last week we stayed open later than usual due to families dropping in on the way home from school.  Happy to do this again if there is the demand.  We are there between 2 and 4 – possibly later.  We also had home-made cake, harvested our first crop of radishes and planted rhubarb last week.

This week with Stonehouse Time Bank

After an early downpour on Sunday we were able to enjoy sunshine at the Union Street Party where we gave out seeds and chatted to people about Time Bank.

This afternoon, being Wednesday, we will be at Union Corner from 2 – 4 pm.  Our list of things to do includes: planting bulbs in the garden (such a lovely show last year); sorting out the Seedstore after Sunday; organising fabrics and thread for the Joyce’s Quilt project; and making an apple sock.  Free short courses at Union Corner for Stonehouse residents available from the WEA and Stonehouse Action, pop in and find out more.

On Friday we are having a cream tea to raise money for McMillan Cancer Support (Hope that qualifies as part of their world’s biggest coffee morning).  Homemade cakes and scones welcome in return for Time Bank hours.cream-tea

Then on Saturday we will be returning to the Bere Ferrers Apple Fest – we had such a great time there last year.  Meet up at the station if you want to come along.



Not only will you have a hilarious (sorry, deeply serious and skillful) game of croquet on the hallowed lawns of the Millfields estate, but you will be treated to a sumptuous tea afterwards – scones and cream, chocolate cake etc, all home made.
So make sure it is in your diary
Meet by the main entrance to Millfields AT 2, by the barrier in High Street, next to the Office pub.
If you could let us know you are coming, that would help to make sure there is enough cake! So RSVP please.