Eco Refill Scheme returns to Yarmouth
We're pleased to announce that Gina will be taking the Eco Refill scheme back to CHOYD (Community Hall of Yarmouth and District) on the following dates:
Tuesday 21 September
Tuesday 19th October
Tuesday 16th November
Refill your empty bottles with eco-friendly products. Payment by cash or card.
Contact Gina on 07790 329 859 for more details.
Published 16 September 2021.
September 2021 Newsletter
We've got lots of news to share with you this month, including some exciting updates from the National Lottery Reaching Communities fund.
Check out the September 2021 newsletter now.
Published 6 September 2021.
Timebank Community Market
Don't forget each Friday you can find us at Freshwater Parish Hall on Victoria Road between 1pm and 3pm.
Come for a chat and a cup of tea or coffee, and if you like you can help us make boxes and goods to fill them for people in our community. It’s a pleasure to have Faith’s Real Junk Food project IW with us, along with Gina’s plastic refill scheme.
Published 3 September 2021.
National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund
We're pleased to announce that the National Lottery have agreed to fund West Wight Timebank for a further three years. Hear what they had to say below:
We’re going to fund your project!
We’re happy to tell you that we are going to fund your Reaching Communities application for National Lottery funding. We want to give The West Wight Timebank
£109,360 over 3 years.
The West Wight Timebank aims to improve both the wellbeing of their community members and form stronger partnership bodies in the West Wight to deliver meaningful, person centred, relationship-based time transactions, and outcomes to benefit the wider
community members, in an intergenerational way, both in the West Wight, and throughout the island. Members will report feeling empowered, benefits to physical and
mental health, increased confidence, make new friends and try new things.
This will be achieved by:
Operating a varied programme of volunteer and social events
Diversify the membership of West Wight Timebank to include more under 25’s and more men.
Continue to provide growing boxes, well-being boxes, and drop and swap bags to people in the local communities
Encourage other parts of the island to form own Timebanks
Increase fundraising income
Published 28 August 2021.
August Walks and Litter-Picks
Our walks and litter picks on a Wednesday are attended by between 4 and 10 people each week, and we welcome non-members to join us. Do come if you can.
All sessions start at 10.30am and finish at 12 noon.
August 4th Litter pick, meet at the car park next to the End of the Line café in Freshwater
August 11th Walk - meet at Gina’s house-Medlars B & B in Yarmouth (park in Westhill Lane)
August 18th Litter Pick starting from Moa Place in Freshwater
August 25th Walk -meet at Yarmouth main car park for a walk along the trail and through woodland and back.
Published 2 August 2021.
August 2021 Newsletter
There's so much to tell you in our latest newsletter this month.
From our Parish Hall Fridays, Quiz Walks, Terracycle scheme, Eco-Refill, Allotment, Walks and Litter-picks, upcoming events and loads more Check it out here.
Published 2 August 2021.
A Day at the Bay
Have you heard about A Day at the Bay on Saturday 14 August? West Wight Timebank will be there with 2 stalls: Our eco refill stall, and a produce stall -We will have our growing boxes available there, along with any home grown produce that Timebank members have donated-please do come along to support the event if you can.
Find out more on Facebook.
Published 29 July 2021.
Upcoming Walks and Litter-picks
Throughout June and July, we will be running the following Timebank walks and litter picks on Wednesdays, starting at 10:30am.
June 9th A litter picking session.
Meet at Colwell Common
June 16th A walk at Newtown.
Meet at car park.
June 23rd A litter picking session on Turf Walk at Totland
June 30th A walk in Bouldnor Forest
July 7th A litter picking session.
Meet at Moa Place.
July 14th A walk along the sea front.
Meet at Colwell car park.
July 21st A litter picking session.
Meet at Colwell Common
July 28th A walk at Newtown.
Meet at car park.
Published 6 June 2021.
May 2021 Newsletter
It may feel a bit more like April with the showers but we're getting closer to summer and the all-important easing of restrictions.
Lots has been happening with West Wight Timebank. See the winning photo from our recent photography competition, find about our fundraising Timebank quiz walks, Parish Hall event plus much more here.
Published 4 May 2021.
April 2021 Newsletter
It's April and the nights are getting lighter. Check out all the latest news from West Wight Timebank in our April 2021 Newsletter. Includes information about our Timebank Boxes, growing boxes, current requests, offers and more!
Published 6 April 2021.
February 2021 Newsletter
The February West Wight Timebank Newsletter is now available.
This month read the final part of the Red-Haired Rapunzel's story, enter our photography competition and get an update on all current Timebank projects
Published 1 February 2021.
Merry Christmas to you all from us here at West Wight Timebank. Remember, if need food or support over the Christmas period – get in touch with Sally via the contact us page on this site.
Published 23 December 2020.
The Eco-Refill scheme will outside Freshwater Library on Tuesday 3 November between 10am and 12 noon.
Pop along with your empty bottles to pick up some competitively priced eco-alternative products.
Published 30 October 2020.
Guided Bird Walk
We are hoping to arrange a guided bird walk with a local expert on Thursday 5th November in Yarmouth.
The cost would be £10 a head. Please contact Sally if you would like to be involved.
Published 11 October 2020.
Here is Paul with our first bulb boxes, using donated spring bulbs planted in decorated boxes that go to individuals and organisations in the West Wight as a gift.
Published 8 October 2020.
Our first Eco-Refill pop-up session outside Freshwater Library was a big success yesterday.
We'll be back again on 3 November 2020 between 10am and 12 noon
Published 7 October 2020.
Further to the newsletter yesterday, one of our members is offering a 6 x 4 shed made of plastic and a lawn mower free for collection. Ring Sally if you are interested.
Published 6 October 2020.
September 2020 Newsletter
The West Wight Timebank is now 5! We have a bumper Newsletter for you this month with news of all we have been doing during this difficult period including news on the allotment, the box schemes, the first installment of story from the Red-Haired Rapunzel, quizzes and more!
Special Weekly Newsletter 27 July 2020
Our final special weekly newsletter has now been published. Check it out here. From August we will revert to a monthly newsletter. Thank you all for your contibutions throughout this difficult period.
As the Timebank is about doing things together, Sally is delighted to say that a new Timebank box scheme was launched during the COVID-19 outbreak. This has enabled all members to share skills and gifts together, earning time credits, whilst maintaining our safety and following government advice.
1. So far 9 TB members have been helping with the growing vegetable and fruit boxes beautifully made by Tony from free donated pallets, painted by Sally and Joseph and filled with donated strawberry plants and herbs. These will be given as a gift this week.
Tony has also made up some pallet ‘kits’ with full instructions for any member to put together a fruit/vegetable box, so please let Sally know and she can deliver it to you, and collect again when it is ready.
Sally would also be most grateful for offers from any member who would like to fill a box with compost and plant it up with donated fruit and vegetables. Sally can deliver them, along with the compost and plants and then will take it as a gift to someone in our community.
2. 9 members (mostly different members to the vegetable boxes) are helping put together the ‘well- being’ boxes with donated hand made goods, These are being filled with hand -made soap, a pot of jam/chutney, 2 coasters, an artist’s card, a scarf, a bag of spices along with a recipe and a poem or story and a plant grown and donated by members. We hope this gift will make people feel happy when they receive it.
West Wight Timebank Telephone: 07872 304294 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to decorate the outside of a shoe box, and/or a cardboard vegetable box please let Sally know as we have 10 of each to do.
3. The 10 food boxes a month are going to be made up with bread from Sainsbury’s and donated items from The Real Junk Food Project IW, and given as a one off gift to children and families, via schools and nurseries.
4. In a few weeks, we will start making up the 10 drop and swap boxes to give out to children and families out on the same way.
If you have any of the following that you would like to donate to the Timebank please ring/text/or email Sally who will arrange safe collection from your house following government guidelines:
Small potted flowering plants
Vegetable plants –if you have any of the following spare we would be delighted to collect from your doorstep:
Lettuce (cut and come again), spring onion, radish, cress and mustard, small tomato plants, strawberries or dried lavender.
Special Weekly Newsletter 22 June 2020
The 22 June 2020 special weekly Timebank newsletter is now available. With news from the various different Timebank schemes, an update from the West Wight Coronavirus Support Hub and a short story, Check it out here. This week's quiz round is 'Island Place Names'
Special Weekly Newsletter 25 May 2020
The 25 May 2020 special weekly Timebank newsletter is now available. With news from the various different Timebank schemes and an update from the West Wight Coronavirus Support Hub, check it out here. This week's quiz rounds are 'Wordbuilding' and 'Kings and Queens'.
Special Weekly Newsletter 13 April 2020
We've got a bumper newsletter this week, 13 April 2020.
Find out how the West Wight Coronavirus Support Hub is doing, a story competition, quizzes and more! Find full details here.
|When||Venue||Town / Village||Time|
|First Friday of month||St Saviours Church Hall||Totland||11am-12noon|
|Second Monday of month||Freshwater Methodist Church||Freshwater||10am-12noon|
|Third Wednesday of the month||Freshwater Coffee House *||Freshwater||2pm-4pm|
|Third Friday of the month||Mini Market Freshwater Memorial Hall||Freshwater||8:30am-12noon|
|Last Thursday of the month||West Wight Sports and Community Centre||Freshwater||10am-12:30pm|
* If you can’t get along to any of the venues, Freshwater Coffee House are offering a pre-order scheme where you can drop off your empties to be refilled. You can collect and pay for them the following week. Please support this local scheme and do your bit to save the planet at the same time.
Seed Planting Event
UPDATE: This event has been postponed
Want to help with us with seed planting (in pots) in readiness for them going off to the Timebank allotment in the near future?
We'll be at a Timebank member's house on Friday 13th March from 11am in Yarmouth.
Please contact Sally on 07872 304294 or email email@example.com for address details.
Please also bring your lunch with you!
We look forward to seeing you there.
BBC Radio Solent Feature 3 March 2020
Did you hear West Wight Timebank on BBC Radio Solent this morning? (Tues 3 March) If not listen below to catch up...
January 2020 Newsletter
Check out our first newsletter of 2020. With a reminder of how exactly the Timebank works including how members have accrued time credits, an update on the Eco Refill scheme, the recent Timebank lunch at West Wight Alpacas plus much more! Find out more here.
National Lottery Community Fund Update
Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund, the West Wight Timebank continues to help people exchange their skills and to set up new initiatives like the Timebank allotment and the monthly Meet and Eat.
We're featured in the latest Community Fund press release about communities having a role in tackling climate change. Check it out.
PAT Testing Event 13 December 2020
On Friday, 13th December Timebank members were able to get their electrical devices checked for safety at the West Wight Sports and Community Centre with a Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) station.
Items were safety checked for just £1 per item.
We'll look to run another event in 2020.
Quiz Night at The Waterfront: Thank you
A really big thank you to Adrian and the team at The Waterfront who enabled us to raise £495 at our Quiz Night for the West Wight Time Bank.
It was a very happy evening with great questions, a hot supper and a really successful raffle. The prizes were lovely and we are grateful to all who donated them especially Freshwater Co-op who gave 4 of the 14 prizes.
Thanks to all who joined us and congratulations to the winning team who won a £50 voucher for a meal at The Waterfront courtesy of Adrian Bolton, a really special gesture.
We shall look forward to making more plans with The Waterfront in 2020.
Dimbola Lodge Event UPDATE
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Dimbola Lodge event planned for Saturday 19th October has been cancelled.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Saturday 28th September is our 2019 Annual General Meeting. Join us at the Freshwater Methodist Church, Brookside Road at 11am.
Hear about updates from the last 12 months and about what we have planned next.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Refill Revolution 14 September 2020
We attended the Refill Revolution event at Fort Victoria Country Park on Saturday 14th September 2019 with the refill scheme.
We filled clean, empty plastic bottles with competitively priced, eco-friendly products.
Other activities on the day included a recycled art workshop, planet aware talk, a beach clean and fossil walk!
Meet and Eat September 2019
Friday 6th September is our next Meet and Eat sesion up at St Saviour's Holy Family Centre, Weston Lane, Totland in conjunction with the Real Junk Food Project Isle of Wight.
Alongside the wonderful food cooked up from ingredients that would otherwise go to waste, we will have the drop and swap table and the Refill scheme in operation, helping you to cut down on use of plastic bottles.
See you there at 12 noon.
August 2019 Newsletter
August Newsletter now available!
Including articles about Shalfleet Fete and Yarmouth’s Vintage Car Boot Sale, the Refill scheme, Meet & Eat, the Timebank Allotment, a Timebank member's experience supporting Dimbola Lodge and much more!
Shalfleet Fete August 2019
On Monday 26th August, West Wight Timebank had a stall at Shalfleet Fete!
We ran some children's games and also sold chutneys and jams and other culinaries including flavoured oils and pickled onions.
Yarmouth Vintage Car Boot
On Sunday 25th August we had a stall at the Yarmouth Vintage Car Boot Sale.
This was a lovely community event celebrating all things vintage.
We ran the stall from a Classic Chrysler and soldall things vintage.
July 2019 Newsletter
The July West Wight Timebank newsletter is now available. With information on our most recent Meet and Eat event, our Timebank walk and information on upcoing events and Timebank requests Check it out.
Timebanking UK Quality Mark
We're thrilled to announce we have been awarded the Timebanking UK Quality Mark.
The Timebanking UK Quality Mark™ is awarded to time banks that adhere to the core values of timebanking and operate in such a way that they develop, support and celebrate good timebanking practice as recommended by Timebanking UK.
Timebank Fun Quiz Night May 2019
A VERY BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came to the Quiz at The Waterfront on the 12th May. We had an excellent evening and made £235 for Action4Support and the West Wight Time Bank.
Particular thanks to Adrian and the staff at The Waterfront for hosting the evening for us and for their generosity.
Hopefully TimeBank members will be making The Waterfront a destination, the sunsets are often superb!
PAT Testing Session 8 May 2019
On Wednesday 8 May 2019, the Timebank hosted a PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) session from 10am to 12 noon at West Wight Sports & Community Centre at Moa Place, Freshwater.
A number of Timebank members brought along table top items that they wanted testing, for just £1 per item tested.
Action4Support launched on April 4th 2019 at an invitation only event at Dimbola Lodge Museum and Galleries.
One of our excellent helpers at the launch event, George, aged 7, had this to say about Action 4 Support and Timebank:
"Thank you for Timebank helpers that helps raise money and help us support the island. But it’s not just about money because it’s about time did you know 1, 000,000 hours.
I like there tops on the back of the tops it sezz Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity. On the front it sezz Timebank Action (4) Support."