News in January 2013

Great new project with young people and Time Bank Plus

A new line of engagement with young people aged 16 to 25 is unfolding in Twerton. Time Bank Plus is talking to young people to find out what projects they would like to set up with support from the Time Bank itself.

An interesting point about this development is that it arose naturally, with younger generation people going into the Time Bank and talking about activities and community ventures they would like to try.
Last week, a couple of lads walked into the Time Bank – they were out of work and looking for something to fill the time. There has also been interest shown from others in the 16-25 age bracket, including young mums and students who have recently left university.
The Time Bank now has a list of people to bring together to plan the way ahead with this project.
Ideas that have already been suggested focus on work experience, skills and confidence building. Some activities mentioned include bike maintenance, gardening, dance, cookery and DIY.
The Time Bank is situated next door to Boots the Chemist in Twerton. The office number is 01225 442813 and there is a website at: Top picture:

Joe, 30/01/13

Bits and pieces, 25th January


Bath City Farm

We are holding a Community Litter Pick at the farm on Saturday 9th February, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Come and help us remove unsightly litter around the site. Gloves, bags and litter-pickers are provided but please wear suitable clothing.

Community projects

New funding to help residents set up community projects is available from Curo (Somer Housing). But applications need to be in by 5th March. See the flyer here and the application form here.

Bath Area Play Project

A free training course is on offer for anyone who wants to get involved in supporting children’s play. If you are interested, see the leaflet here and the booking form here.

Joe, 25/01/13

Local parent organising a Fun Day in aid of hospital unit

A local mum named April Hull-Ryan (pictured) is organising a Family Fun Day in Twerton to raise funds for the babies intensive care unit at the Royal United Hospital.

April says, “It means a lot to me as they saved my son’s life, so please come and support. If you want to help, please get in contact. Any ideas would be most welcome.”
The Fun Day will take place on Saturday 13th April from 10am to 4pm, in the Randall’s room at Bath City Football Club.
People have already come forward and volunteered to do face painting, glitter tattoos, a raffle, a tombola and different stalls – sweets, jewelry, cards and skin care.
Flyers and posters to advertise the event have been kindly donated by Minuteman Press.
if you would like to set up a stall, you can either pay £5 for a table or donate some or all of your profits to the cause.
Another way to support this event would be to donate some prizes for the raffle. And is anyone able to help with the cost of a bouncy castle? For more information phone April on 07870 588499.

Joe, 22/01/13

Community shop springs back to life!

A short while ago it was an empty building with lifeless whitewashed windows… This morning when I visited, it was a vibrant Aladdin’s Cave full of everything you can imagine, from toys to household items to clothing.
The situation surrounding this charity shop in Twerton High Street, is a story of the determination of residents to hold on to a community resource even when its end seemed in sight.

Formerly the charity shop raised money for the Genesis Trust, with a company managing the shop on behalf of Genesis. Unfortunately much of the revenue was going to the company – to the point where it no longer seemed viable for Genesis to keep the shop open.
Local residents who staffed the charity shop, asked if they could take over the management themselves, in order to keep it afloat. But their offer was not accepted and Genesis ended its lease on the shop, effectively closing it down.
Not to be dettered, shop staff Rachael, Jackie, Meg and Rose, worked hard to win permission to run the charity shop independently, and have now remodelled it as The Bath Community Shop – raising funds for the benefit of the community.
Donations to the shop have already come pouring in from people in the surrounding community. Support has also come from Curo (Somer Housing) and Regency Cleaners in East Twerton. Rachael says: “When we heard what was going to happen, we got our skates on, because we know what our community needs”.
The Bath Community Shop collects tinned food to make up food parcels for the needy. One of its first acts was to provide a food basket for a young couple in Twerton. Money raised at the shop will go toward community events in the area, as well as helping with the cost of school uniforms. You can also go in and nominate a good cause to support.
There are enough toys at the Bath Community Shop to keep a child occupied for hours, and the welcoming staff give it a friendly atmosphere. If you would like to donate any items, they can be collected for free – phone 01225 420707.
The above photo is of Rachael (left) and Rose (right) at the Bath Community Shop.

Joe, 15/01/13

Bits and pieces, 12th January


Friends of Southside

Happy New Year from Friends of Southside.
The next meeting of our group will be held in the Southside Centre on Tuesday 15th January at 2.30pm. Anyone can come along who is interested in supporting local residents to engage with the Southside Centre.

Time Bank news

The New Year brings lots of new Time Bank opportunities… Would you like to learn coversational Spanish, Italian or Polish? Or how about having a massage?
Could you do with some advice on how to budget and sort out any debts you may have? Would you like to improve your reading and writing skills or prepare for an interview?
The Time Bank in Twerton can offer you all of the above, and lots more, so get in touch. With all good wishes for 2013.

Southdown Community First

Three grant applications for community projects in Whiteway and Southdown have been made to Southdown Community First – which is a fund of £17,000 allocated to the Southdown Ward.
How would YOU spend £17,000 to help your community? If you have a project idea and would like to apply for funding, you can get all the information and application forms here.

Joe, 12/01/13

The Twerton Co-operative Society

The old photograph below, shows a display inviting people to join the Twerton Co-operative Society some time in the late 19th or early 20th century. The horse and cart appear to be standing in Pulteney Street.

Thanks to Mr John Rawlings of Whiteway for sending in this photo

The Twerton Co-operative was started by a figure named Benjamine Colbourne – a railway goods guard who moved to Twerton in 1888. He had seen a co-operative society at work in Derby, paying out dividends to its members based on their purchases.
Colbourne organised meetings in East Twerton and soon there was enough support to launch the Twerton Co-operative. The Twerton Co-operative became popular all around Bath. In 1922, it had six times as many members and 35 times more investment than the Bath Society with which it merged (Bath Chronicle, 4th August 2011).
The presence of a co-operative would have helped Twerton people through the economic depressions of the 1920s and 1930s. But the arrival in the 1960s of the American-style supermarkets, contributed toward the eventual demise of the Twerton Co-operative.

Memories of the Twerton Co-op

The photo opposite, shows the location of the old Twerton Co-operative branch in Twerton High Street. It is the building on the near right. Here are some recollections of that shop from our Articles section:

“Next to the Twerton Co-operative there was a three cornered piece of wasteland, railed off, that belonged to the Co-op. We used to find some scrap material, make it into a parcel, wrap it up nice and tidy, and put a long string on it. Then we climbed over the railings and threw the parcel out into the road. When someone bent down to pick it up, we’d pull it away with the string!” – Alfie, Memories of old Twerton 3.
“The people serving weren’t allowed to handle money. You’d give the money to the person behind the counter, she’d stick it in a little pot, pull a lever, and the money would go along an aerial runway to the back of the shop where all the money was handled. Then your change would come back. It would take ages and occasionally there would be a jam.” – Chris Stillman, Memories of old Twerton 2.
Does anyone else have memories of the Twerton Co-op they want to share?

Joe, 07/01/13


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