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To all Timebankers


I thought you would like to read the information below from Timebank UK (TBUK), as the West Wight Timebank is a member.......

"We have now entered another period of national lockdown with no definite end in sight; in all areas, our time bank brokers and coordinators will by continuing to support people in any way they can while staying safe and adhering to national guidelines. 
Our time bank coordinators and members are beacons of positivity, supporting their communities via timebanking exchanges and in other ways. We at TBUK feel that timebanking can provide the confidence boost and renewed connections to keep people buoyant through tough times... and on into happier times to come.
Onwards and upwards..
TBUK has recommended that timebanking exchanges take place remotely or online. From Thursday, we are unable to recommend any face-to-face exchanges at all, though time bank brokers may wish to approve exchanges based on their own assessment of the risks involved."
So, bearing this in mind, I have decided to put on hold our plastic eco-refill scheme, as this is not an essential exchange, but I will be continuing to collect and supply goods for our Family Drop and Swap bags, and food bags as they are supporting local families who find these so helpful, particularly at this very difficult time. I have completed the specific risk assessments for these activities.
So please do continue to let me know if you would like to donate any of the following and I can collect them from your doorstep:
Tinned or dried food
New children’s toys, books, puzzles, games or outdoor toys.
I sometimes receive donations of toiletries from members and other West Wight community members, shower gel and talc, and thought it would be really nice if we could work in partnership to help others, by offering these to a scheme called ‘Christmas Gift boxes’ for Care Home Residents with no friends or family (run by Care Home Friends). If you would like to donate any of these items along with soft hair brushes, or small packets of tissues, I will share them.

Our Allotment: For the next month, we will need to ensure only 2 people are at our allotment to comply with government guidelines (they will both need to maintain social distancing, wear masks (unless exempt) and sanitise hands). 


Keeping in touch:
Please don’t hesitate to call, email or text me during lockdown if you think I can help with anything. I will be setting up a monthly zoom session so that we can all share a cuppa and have a chat and see each other again! I’ll send details of this in the next newsletter.


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November 2020 Newsletter
The November 2020 monthly Timebank newsletter is now available. 

Read the next installment of The Way We Are and try our latest Quiz - Missing Words 

Published 30 October 2020.

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Eco-Refill Scheme
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.

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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. 

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Bulb boxes
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.

Paul with one of our bulb boxes

Eco-Refill Pop-up
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.

Eco-Refill Pop-up Scheme October 2020

Items offered
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.

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October 2020 Newsletter
The October 2020 monthly Timebank newsletter is now available. Check it out here.
Why not try our female animals quiz too?
Published 5 October 2020.

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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!

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August 2020 Newsletter
We're now back to monthly newsletters here at Action 4 Support. Find the latest from the West Wight Timebank including "Thumbnails", a collection of short stories written during, but not about, the lock-down. All this and more here.

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County Press Article
Check out this article in the County Press highlighting the way West Wight Timebank has adapted during the pandemic to support the local community.

Read the full article here.

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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.

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Special Weekly Newsletter 20 July 2020
The 20 July 2020 special weekly Timebank newsletter is now available. Check it out here.

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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: info@wwtb.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
Wicker baskets

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.

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Special Weekly Newsletter 13 July 2020
The 13 July 2020 special weekly Timebank newsletter is now available. Check it out here.

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Special Weekly Newsletter 6 July 2020
The 6 July 2020 special weekly Timebank newsletter is now available with news of our quiz winners! Check it out here.

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Special Weekly Newsletter 29 June 2020
The 29 June 2020 special weekly Timebank newsletter is now available. Check it out here.

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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' 

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Special Weekly Newsletter 15 June 2020
The 15 June 2020 special weekly Timebank newsletter is now available. Check it out here. This week's quiz rounds are 'Artists' and 'Artist Anagrams'.

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Special Weekly Newsletter 8 June 2020
The 8 June 2020 special weekly Timebank newsletter is now available. Check it out here. This week's quiz rounds are 'Collective Animal Nouns' and 'Flags'.

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Special Weekly Newsletter 1 June 2020
The June 1 2020 special weekly Timebank newsletter is now available, check it out here. This week's quiz rounds are 'Name the Band' and 'Song Lyrics'.

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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'.

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Special Weekly Newsletter 18 May 2020
The 18 May 2020 special weekly Timebank newsletter is available here. With an update from the Coronavirus Support Hub, plus news of the exciting new "Timebank Box Scheme". This week's quiz rounds are soaps and words.

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Special Weekly Newsletter 11 May 2020
The latest special weekly Timebank Newsletter dated 11 May 2020 is now available here.

This week's quiz rounds are birds and Island anagrams.

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Special Weekly Newsletter 4 May 2020
The latest special weekly Timebank Newsletter dated 4 May 2020 is now available here.

This week's quiz rounds are food and landmarks. Good luck! 

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Special Weekly Newsletter 27 April 2020
The newest weekly Timebank newsletter dated 27 April 2020 is out now. Read it here. The latest quiz rounds are designer logos and the letter T. 

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Special Weekly Newsletter 20 April 2020
Check out our latest weekly newsletter from 20 April 2020 with more quiz rounds and news about volunteers here. The latest rounds of the quiz are plants and West Wight.

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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.

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Special Weekly Newsletter 6 April 2020
Check out the second of our special weekly newsletters during the COVID-19. outbreak, plus the butterfly and chocolate rounds of our quiz, published 6 April 2020. 

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Special Weekly Newsletter 30 March 2020
During this uncertain time with the virus outbreak we are putting out special weekly newsletters to keep our spirits up.

Here is our first one and the programme round and eyes round of our home quiz, published 30 March 2020.

Stay safe everyone!

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Eco Refill Scheme Update March 2020
Don't forget our Eco Refill Scheme takes place several times a month throughout venues in West Wight. Prices are calculated by volume and are very competitive, for example, an average sized refill bottle of washing up liquid costs £1.20.
Payment is by cash only.
When Venue Town / Village Time
First Friday of monthSt Saviours Church HallTotland11am-12noon
Second Monday of monthFreshwater Methodist ChurchFreshwater10am-12noon
Third Wednesday of the monthFreshwater Coffee House *Freshwater2pm-4pm
Third Friday of the monthMini Market Freshwater Memorial HallFreshwater8:30am-12noon
Last Thursday of the monthWest Wight Sports and Community CentreFreshwater10am-12:30pm
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* 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 info@wwtb.org for address details.
Please also bring your lunch with you!

We look forward to seeing you there.

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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...

February 2020 Newsletter
Our February 2020 Newsletter is hot off the press. Check out all the latest West Wight Timebank news here.

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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.

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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.

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December 2019 Newsletter
Our December 2019. newsletter is out now. Check out all the latest news here.

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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.

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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.  

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November 2019 Newsletter
The November 2019 West Wight Timebank Newsletter is now available. Find out more here.

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October 2019 Newsletter
Our latest newsletter for October 2019 can be found here.

Dimbola Lodge Event UPDATE
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Dimbola Lodge event planned for Saturday 19th October has been cancelled.

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September 2019 Newsletter
The September West Wight Timebank newsletter is now available. Find all the updates here

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.
 

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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.

The latest West Wight Timebank newsletter for June 2019 is now available here.

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.

May 2019 Newsletter
The latest West Wight Timebank newsletter for May 2019 is now available here.

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.

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April 2019 Newsletter
The latest West Wight Timebank newsletter for April 2019 is now available here.

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Action4Support Launch
Action4Support launched on April 4th 2019 at an invitation only event at Dimbola Lodge Museum and Galleries.

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Action4Support Press Release:
Launch of Action 4 Support CIC April 4th 2019 @ Dimbola Lodge, Freshwater 7 pm -9pm

A celebration of the launch of Action 4 Support (A4S), a community interest company incorporated in April 2018 to provide a not for profit company underneath which different community projects sit with the overall aim of strengthening our local community.

The West Wight Timebank which has now been running for 3 and a half years was the first to come under the A4S legal structure, and this was made possible through a ‘Reaching Communities’ grant (Big Lottery Community Fund) to continue our work for the next 3 years.

The Timebank builds capacity in the West Wight by recognising and releasing the assets that every individual has. Members offer to do things for others, and in so doing earn a time credit for every hour they do, which they can spend on something another member is offering, save for a time they need something, or give the time credits away to another member.

The Timebank now runs a food redistribution scheme, a ‘Meet and Eat’ shared lunch in partnership with the Real Junk Food Project IOW CIC, a family drop and Swap scheme in partnership with Barnardos, an adult drop and swap scheme, a garden allotment scheme, and a new community voucher scheme designed to support West Wight businesses.

We now have 74 individual and 12 organisational members and between us have exchanged over 5,300 time credits.

A second project, ‘support brokerage’ will be offered from April 2019 under Action 4 Support, where a broker works directly for the person and their family (if appropriate) to make sure they stay in control and get the most out of their lives.

Future growth of Action 4 Support will see a vision where a network of individual Time banks all over the island demonstrate that people are the real wealth of our communities and it is through and with other people that we can hope to make positive change.


Feedback from the launch:

"Thankyou, it was a privilege to be at your launch, again thankyou"

"Inspiring evening"

"A heartwarming event"

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."

Letter from George, Aged 7
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