Activities Remotely #9 St John's Foundation Est. 1174

Welcome to our 9th newsletter, packed full of activities and news for you to keep well at home.

We do hope these weekly bulletins are going some way to help replace the loss you may be feeling at not being able to attend your usual face-to face activities.

Please also stay up to date with the latest news from St John’s by visiting our website and social media.

BBC Rewind & Reminiscence Archive


This platform provides access to a selection of footage from the BBC Archives, designed to support reminiscence therapy.

The principle of reminiscence therapy is to assist people who have dementia to interact and converse in a natural way, by stimulating their long-term memory with material from the past. It is often the case that long-term memory can still function when the person’s working (short-term) memory is degraded. Tapping into long-term memory can make it possible once again for them to enjoy interacting with others, through their stories.

A number of reminiscence systems have been developed for people with dementia, based on photographs, photo books, boxes of objects and materials and interactive computer applications. The BBC wants to contribute to this growing set of supports for people with dementia and their carers by drawing on the enormous amount of photos, videos, and sound clips in its archives.

To begin, simply select a Theme (such as Sport, Events etc.) or a Decade (1930s, 1940s etc.) and choose whether you wish to view image, audio or video content. The results are randomised, however items can be 'favourited' to return to later, if you wish.

For more information about dementia, please visit The Alzheimer’s Society or bbc.co.uk/dementia


Meals to your door

B&NES Council, AgeUK and Bath City Farm are offering home deliveries for those in need. Each service is offering daily meals at a reasonable cost, saving you time on shopping and cooking.

B&NES Council is offering a meals-on-wheels service, information can be found here: https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/care-and-support-and-you/staying-your-own-home/help-meals

View AgeUK's menus here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/wiltshire/aukw-community-meals-menus-2020.pdf

To place an order with AgeUK please contact: communitymeals@ageukwiltshire.org.uk or phone 01793 687017 (Age UK Wiltshire)

To contact Bath City Farm - please email them at mealsonwheels@bathcityfarm.org.uk

Wellbeing & Wildflowers by Grow Wild UK


We know you will have spent lots of time at home and indoors over the past few weeks, and we've been thinking about what (other than growing) connects us with plants and exploring how we can use the lessons from our flowered friends to help support our wellbeing through these challenging times.

Despite the lack of access to growing spaces, we were pleasantly surprised by all the ways in which we could connect with and learn from wildflowers. Here are our top findings:

1. Being patient

Plants can teach us a lot about patience. Wildflowers stay snuggled in their seeds, taking their time gathering the nutrients and strength they need, until they are ready to slowly germinate, grow, and eventually flower. Sometimes it can seem as if nothing is happening, but if we look carefully, we can see tiny changes every day. As humans, we often feel the need to change a situation in which we are uncomfortable, frustrated by or don’t have control over. Experiencing a global pandemic in full force is overwhelming and it can cause many of these feelings. However, if we pay attention, changes, however small they may seem, are happening every day. This is a positive reminder that this situation will eventually pass, just as the wildflowers will continue to grow.

2. Taking time out

Wildflowers won't be rushed. We've been following suit and taking some time out to reflect on the things we’ve achieved since Grow Wild’s launch. In turbulent times like these, it can feel disappointing if our work, personal lives and goals aren’t moving forward at the pace we’d like, and we can end up feeling less than productive. In these moments, it’s important to remind ourselves of what we have achieved, and celebrate the wins, however small they may seem.

3. Adapting

Just as wildflowers will find a way to adapt to even the most challenging environments, at Grow Wild, we have had to adapt many of the activities we offer. It’s been an interesting challenge and one that’s certainly exercised our creative muscles! When the unexpected strikes, it’s important to pause and take time to make new plans or adapt those we had put in place in a way that means we can feel positive about them. This could mean taking certain projects online, rescheduling plans for a community garden project or connecting socially via virtual means instead of face-to-face.

4. Growing

Many of us are finding ourselves with some extra time on our hands at home, and whilst we are perhaps unable to go and bury our hands in the soil, there are plenty of wildflowers and UK native plants to learn about - growing doesn’t always have to be in a pot! If you can’t access the planting materials you need right now, spend some time growing your knowledge: learn more about UK-native wildflowers by getting to know the plants in our wildflower gallery, or check out our campaign on weeds; "What is a Weed Anyway?". You might be surprised about what you discover...

Contact Stephen at stephenmagrath@hotmail.com to subscribe for weekly reflections. 

British Sandwich Week

Celebrate the ultimate food-to-go during British Sandwich Week from 17-23 May 2020.

British Sandwich Week is a week-long celebration of the greatest food-to-go and quite possibly the most iconic British culinary invention, the Sandwich.

The humble sandwich is celebrated in all its glory during British Sandwich Week, and year-on-year the buzz around the occasion seems to grow with more and more companies using the commemorative celebration to promote their business.

#BritishSandwichWeek trends across Twitter and newspapers, magazines, TV shows and radio programmes join in celebrating what is a staple British lunch.

There were over 200,000 articles about British Sandwich Week, both online and across printed media. The BBC One Show featured the Sammies Sandwich Designer of the Year Winners, making sandwiches live on the show.

We hope to engage with our members for British Sandwich Week 2020 and continue to promote the sandwich. The dates for British Sandwich Week 2020 have been confirmed as 17-23 May so don’t miss out on the action.

A message from Surrinder Bains, Bath organiser for Playlist for Life

I am the local organiser based in Bath for Playlist for Life. We here at Playlist For Life understand how difficult it is to help people living with dementia and their families during this time and we would like to help in any way we can.

On our website, www.playlistforlife.org.uk we have a number of resources that can help you create a Music Playlist.

And don’t forget the 100 Years – A Century of Music Book – where each decade is available to download as a pdf. Go to https://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/the-100-years-book/

Please share with anyone you feel may find them helpful and if I can be of any help with any of these, please let me know.

Stay Safe,

Surrinder Bains

How to make your own face mask

People in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are now being advised to wear face coverings while at the shops or on public transport to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

While medical face masks and respirators are prioritised for health and care workers, you may wish to make an attempt of making your own face covering.

Here's our guide to different types and step-by-step instructions on how to make them.

Whether you're handy with a sewing machine, enjoy cutting up old t-shirts or just want a quick fix, the principles are the same: the more layers of material the better, and the mask needs to fit snugly around the face, and you should be able to breathe comfortably.


Get Creative in Foxhill, Bath

Newspaper article from The Bath Gazette

To read the article from the Bath Gazette, please visit the page here: https://simplebooklet.com/bathgazettemay2020#page=8

Volunteer Machinists

Bath Spa University and the University of Bath are working together to make hospital gowns for the Royal United Hospital, Bath.

They are looking for competent machinists, skilled in using either industrial or domestic machines. Overlocking experience will also appreciated.

Please contact Dave Tinkham to discuss your skills and availability: d.tinkham@bathspa.ac.uk

Louise's Bread & Butter Pudding

This week, Louise brings us a tasty recipe for a lovely Sunday bread & butter pudding. Send us your photos and let us know how you get on!

The Circus Restaurant & Bath Veg Box Project

​While temporarily closed, The Circus Restaurant has teamed up with the Bath Veg Box Project who are delivering their delicious assortments of fruit and veg for £16 per box, plus any other fresh produce you may need.

There are various ways to place your order:

Call 07843643112 to get your veg box and fresh produce delivered.

Order and pay for your next day delivery/next day store pickup with their online shop: https://www.thecircusrestaurant.co.uk/

The Circus Restaurant will be open between the hours of 10.00am – 12.00 midday, Monday to Saturday, for locals to buy/collect fruit and veg boxes and staple items.

University of Bath Exercise Study

Use this link to access the study: https://tinyurl.com/BathExerciseStudy

Grayson Perry's Art Club

Grayson Perry, one of Britain's leading artists, brings the nation together through art. He makes new works and hosts masterclasses set to unleash our collective creativity during lockdown.

The theme for the second Art Club is animals - a beloved pet, an abstract, or an exotic animal. He's joined by Harry Hill and artist Maggi Hambling.


Golden Oldies Sing & Smile

The Golden-Oldies Charity is well loved by hundreds of BANES residents, known for their regular Goldies Sing & Smile sessions. These are not choirs, but social groups where people come together to enjoy each other’s company and sing-a-long to the popular hits of the 50s onwards, from artists like Cliff Richard, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, Petula Clark and many more. You don’t need to have a good singing voice to join in, just a love of music and good company.

Whilst the monthly sessions are currently closed due to the pandemic, they are pleased to continue to be providing mini live online singing sessions that you can get involved with and sing-a-long from home. Why not tune in on one or every Thursday at 2.30pm to their Facebook or YouTube channel? Or, watch pre-recorded at your convenience, completely free of charge.

www.facebook.com/goldiesuk www.youtube.com/user/UKgoldies

Online Cribbage Games

Cribbage, or crib, is a card game traditionally for two players, but commonly played with three, four or more. It involves playing and grouping cards in combinations which gain points.


Innovations in Dementia & Alzheimer's Society Useful Links

These links are provided by Innovations in Dementia and Alzheimer's Society who are working in partnership to support those who need help in this difficult time.

'Innovations in Dementia' guides and makes short films featuring people with dementia to help volunteers interact, with deliveries, befriending and transport.


Alzheimer’s Society’s toolkit for COVID-19 volunteers:


Daily Hope

We're pleased to share with you Daily Hope. Daily Hope is a response to the nearly 3 million older people living in the UK who cannot access the internet and who now find themselves even more isolated and cut off from those around them. Many are struggling with anxiety and fear.

If you know an older person with little or no access to online resources, please share the Daily Hope information with them. It’s a FREE phone line, so they can listen to hymns, prayers, daily reflections, and a choice of church services.

The phone number is 0800 804 8044.

Gardening from the Wellbeing College

Now is the perfect time to get out in the garden or on your allotment and start growing. Our gardening guru will be sharing her expertise and giving you tips and advice on gardening and food growing via an online video linked group. Starter kits with some veggie seeds may also be available.


Breathe & Begin with Jacky Wise

Zoom Tech Support

Shania Jones from Connecting Generations is pleased to announce that this Friday's call is featuring Surrinder Bains from Playlists For Life (https://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/).

Surrinder is going to be discussing and presenting how to create your own playlist and to reconnect with music. This is a brilliant way for people to get involved and have fun. The charity is all about helping individuals (especially with dementia) reconnect with family and friends.

To join this interactive session please follow the link to a scheduled Zoom meeting on Friday at 10am. Please also send the link to anyone you know who may find the session helpful.


Meeting ID: 181 481 673

Video Conferencing

Below, we have included a number of live videos that you can watch and engage with from home. You’ll see that they are all linked by the free video chat application 'Zoom', which can be downloaded here. You can also use Zoom to stay in contact with family and friends, with video chats online for free!

Exercise Classes with Liz Coleman

Join Liz every Monday from 12-1pm live on Zoom for her weekly session. Click here to take part in a fun, friendly exercise class that you can do straight from your own home.

Staying in touch

For more information on using social media and other forms of staying in touch with friends and family, visit this BBC article.

Free access to exercise at home

In addition to the many online exercise videos on the internet right now (see below), we are also able to offer tailored exercises from 2 of our fantastic tutors:

Here is the brilliant Jules with some short mindfulness and yoga videos:

Visit Jules Yoga Wellbeing page on Facebook for online yoga tutorials.

Liz Lees Yoga programme is available upon request - please email community.outreach@stjohnsbath.org.uk.

By using YouTube (see Entertainment section below), you can stay healthy by following a number of online videos. We’ve got the following suggestions (just remember, they’re not for everyone, and only do what you can!):

BBC Exercising at Home – the BBC are offering tips on exercising at home, and The Green Goddess – “the original keep-fit queen of the 80s - is making a comeback on BBC Breakfast. Eighty-year-old Diana Moran will be doing exercises three times a week from self-isolation so viewers can follow along at home”.

Chair Yoga – for beginners and anyone wanting seated chair yoga.

General Work Out – aimed at older persons, can be done seated or 

Previous Newsletters

Click on the links below to access previous newsletters, each week full of different and fun things to do:

Activities Remotely 1

Activities Remotely 2

Activities Remotely 3

Activities Remotely 4

Activities Remotely 5

Activities Remotely 6

Activities Remotely 7

Activities Remotely 8

We hope you will find this useful while our activities are temporarily suspended. Please forward this information pack on to anyone who you feel would benefit.

We would also love to hear from you – how are you managing? Do you have useful tips to share? Get in touch at community.outreach@stjohnsbath.org.uk and we could feature you and your advice in the next newsletter!

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Sam Norris