January 2019 Newsletter



Community Cook Up


Our Second community Cook Up in December 2018 was a wonderful success again. We had 46 attending, plus 12  Timebank members  supported the event throughout the day. We also had 3 additional adult helpers, and 2 brilliant boys, Max and George who showed everyone what the meaning of Timebanking really is all about, through their kind energetic help for others.

 The Timebank receives a ‘Reaching Communities Grant’ through the Big lottery funding which allows us to do the community work we do, some of which is our ‘food redistribution project’  and to run the community ‘Cook Up’ which took the best part of a year to organise.

We are also delighted to be able to support Faith with her ‘Real Junk Food project Isle of Wight’, which will be growing as more major supermarkets on the island contribute. Our partnership will enable  intergenerational  meals to be shared in our community and we can all help save food waste and stop it ending up in landfill, by using it whilst it is within its ‘best before’ state.

 Many of the people who came to the ‘Cook Up’ were able to take unused vegetables and food away, some to community groups, some for their own use, all of which we are thrilled with. Faith has a ‘Pay as you Feel’ theme, and all donations of money from the ‘Cook up’ will be going to her project which, like ours is a ‘not for profit business’. This will help Faith meet some of the costs of storage facilities in the West Wight. The December total was almost £200 which is almost double what we had in November.

We are currently exploring the idea of leasing shop a in Freshwater together to allow us to develop and expand our own projects and the community work we do. This is most exciting and we will update you as we can on this.

Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival

We were so pleased to have had children from Shalfleet, Yarmouth and Brighstone Primary Schools to help us decorate our Timebank Christmas Tree this year with their superb clock faces, and Avril’s paper chain with Timebank offers written on it really was well received by folk who saw it on display at the IOW Pearl Centre.







Hand massage

Welcome to one of our new members, Lavine, who is offering hand massage: Here’s a message from her….

Hi Everyone!

My names is Lavine and I moved onto the Island 2 years ago, and haven't looked back!!

 I am a hands-on beauty therapist who trained in beauty to help people look and feel better about themselves.   As part of my time with the West Wight Timebank,  I'm offering complimentary hand massages at The West Wight Leisure Centre.

If you are interested, please contact Sally and she will provide you with a Consultation form which needs to be completed prior to your treatment.

Please note that if you have any medical conditions, or have had surgery recently, you need to obtain permission from your GP (prior to treatment)

Look forward to meeting you all!


New requests and offers just in……



Book Club

Our monthly book club will now be held on the first Tuesday of every month as opposed to the first Wednesday.  The next one will be Tuesday 8th January 2019 7 @7.30 pm.

 Please do let Sally know if you’re interested in joining, as it would be lovely to have a few more members, we meet in Colwell Bay in Margaret’s  home, and it is a very enjoyable, sociable evening.



One of our members Pat Mills sadly passed away recently and we wanted to share her Timebank story with you….

Pat joined when she was in her 80’s as she wanted help to visit the local hairdresser, but as she had really poor mobility and found the voluteer services in our area could not offer any help, particularly as her wheelchair was really too heavy to lift into a car.  After discussions we arranged for a wheelchair to be at the hairdressers where there was a steep slope, and she used a walking aid to get from her home to the car.  This worked for about 6 months with occasional trips to the hairdresser, but she was concerned that she hadn’t given any back, despite reassurance that there would be a time when this would all fall into place, and she could offer some of her strengths. She was rather sceptical of this, as she seemed to feel disempowered having to rely on carers  coming to her home 3 times a day to help her.

Through chatting on our visits to the hairdressers, she mentioned that in her younger days, she had been a domestic science teacher, and as we had just been given a community garden to grow vegetables, it became clear that there really was a great offer she could make to others… so, with her carer she found a delicious favourite reipe for a simple potato pie, and they typed it up (earning time credits for doing so) and as this was the only crop we managed to harvest, it gave me great pleasure to put it into the monthly newsletter for members to use with the shared produce.

We would very much like to share this recipe with all Timebankers again in Pat’s memory,










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