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: https://www.facebook.com/100HomesProjectStoneHouse/?fref=ts
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.
TIME BANK SOUTH WEST ANNUAL CONFERENCE
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.