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.



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Time Bankers at the Union Street Party

Some photos collected from those taken at the Union Street Party that show how involved Time Banker members are in this wonderful community event.


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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.
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Stonehouse Time Bank Wednesday afternoons

An enjoyable afternoon this week for our first Wednesday Time Bank session at Union Corner: sitting drinking tea and chatting in the garden; welcoming visitors; hearing some great ideas; planning events; and even some time for gardening. Why not call in and see us next Wednesday?


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Big Lunch – Sunday 12th June

Join the  Big Lunch celebrations this Sunday with neighbours and communities all over the country getting together  to share lunch.
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We will be at UNION CORNER (96 – 98 UNION STREET opposite the Palace)
from 12 to 3. Indoors if raining.
We have arranged for a barbeque, some music and dancing, games, bunting, balloons, soft play for children (and others if you like!) but would welcome any other contributions that people might like to bring – food or fun.  Artist Liz West will be doing a tour to tell about a new art installation and there will be gardening and crafts.
Do let us know if you’d like to help set it up, but it is fine to just turn up on the day and enjoy.
FUTURE FUN – We now have a date for our annual croquet match, Saturday 27th August at Millfields (thanks to Oliver Colvile MP).  And don’t forget our litterpick and picnic at Devil’s Point on Saturday 2nd July.
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Saturday 7th May, agm, lunch and newsletter


Lots of familiar faces, but a new committee voted in at our agm on 7th May.  Pete Davey, who has done so much for Stonehouse Time Bank with his work on 100 Homes, is our new chair, Jacky Clift will be secretary and Barbara Hampson treasurer (until someone else is available to take on the role).  The committee is Anne Bate, Mary Toon, Sally Stopperton and Judith Dalton.  Along with steering group members  not mentioned abovee have a really strong team to take us forward.  And of course we have wonderful members getting involved in swaps and events.

New faces too – Jemma came along and her son has lots of great ideasfor Time Banking.

Our next event is the Big Lunch on Sunday 12th June, 12 – 3.  Food – free barbeque and bring and share lunch – the Ukulele band will be joining us again; soft play and games; local groups interested in supporting – Stonehouse Action, the Children’s Centre and Plymouth School of Crative Arts; and with sponsorship from Plymouth Community Homes and Devon and Conrwall Housing it should be a good afternoon.  It will be at Union Corner where the garden has just been cleared and is looking ready for a fun event.

Don’t forget to let us know of any swaps you need.  We have someone looking to help out by walking a dog.  Help need with building a garden and painting a hallway.  Contact



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April news


Our agm will be held on Saturday 7th May from 1 – 1.30 at Union Corner, 96 Union Street.  There will be a bring and share lunch before – from 12 – 1 pm –  and it will be followed by the creation of a new Stonehouse Time Bank newsletter (ideas, photos and articles welcome). I hope you can join us



On March 6th we joined the Seeds n Feeds project and some of the congregation from the Catholic Cathedral and local residents to ‘Clean for the Queen’.  20 bags of litter were collected from streets around Melbourne Place.  The streets we visited looked so much better afterwards.  Followed by well-deserved homemade squash soup at the Foyer.

Do you know of any other areas that could do with a clean-up?


On 16th March we hosted the Timebank SW network event and welcomed members from other Time Banks in Plymouth at Union Corner.  Great to see new faces, hear stories about Time Bank experiences from members and brokers and have lots of offers of help. Union Corner looked great.


We are waiting to use Union Corner.  Work there is progressing nicely with the new fence being put up.  When the building work is finished we are hoping to have a Time Bank afternoon each week.  Several people have come forward to help, there will be plenty to do in the garden and we will be able to tell visitors about Time Bank and Union Corner.

This year the Big Lunch is on Sunday 12th June.  We’ll be looking for musicians (hope the Ukulele Bank can play again), people to bring food, to decorate and help set up on the day, play games, have a stall, do an activity and just come along and eat, chat and enjoy the fun.

In July we will combine the popular picnicking and litter picking activities on a visit to Devil’s Point.

September brings the fabulous Union Street Party and we have been asked to repeat the train trip to the Bere Ferrer’s Apple Fest in October.  Can we squeeze in a couple of croquet matches too?

If you have further ideas for events, activities and sessions, or would like to help out in any way do let us know.  We are also keen to try to work in other venues and with other groups.


We have applied to the People’s Health Trust for funding for our 100 Homes project.  If successful we will be holding an event soon to celebrate and talk about plans for the future.  We will be looking for members to tell stories, record stories, learn new skills and help with events etc etc. If unsuccessful we are still keen to carry on and will see what we can do for the time being without much money.  Check out the stories on the lively Facebook page:

Do you have a story of a Stonehouse home to tell?



Recent swaps have included planting living willow, changing high light bulbs, more litter picking, cake baking and sorting out piles of clothes and helping at Union Corner. Thanks to those that helped.

Devon and Cornwall Housing are looking for volunteers to help with cookery sessions. Do you have cookery skills to share or would you like to lend a hand?

There’s follow up work to be done on the willow we have planted if you would like to try weaving on it.  An old stone garden wall is in need of repair and there’s always help needed with gardening, litter picking and trips to the tip.

If you want to take your Time Banking further you could think about becoming a broker and help organise swaps, use your computer skills, join us in steering group meetings or become one of the officers on the committee.


This will be on Wednesday May 18th (National Volunteering Week) at the Council House, Plymouth City Centre (next to the old Civic Centre)  9.30 – 10.00 registration and 10.00 – 3.00pm conference.

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