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Since the unfortunate outbreak of Coronavirus, St John’s has had no choice but to suspend all activities in line with government advice.

We are very saddened that we have had to do this and are conscious that many of you will be missing the benefits that come from attending our activities - be them social, creative or physical; as such, we have put together some information that we hope will be a great help to you during this difficult time.

This week, in our third newsletter, we are focusing on activities from our tutors and fun ways to stay in touch with friends and family online. We recommend using ZoomSkype or Facebook Messenger as they are all free, easy to use and a great of staying in touch. Just make sure the person you want to talk to is also using the same application.

We also have some fun features from the Royal Opera House, St Mungo's and online Mahjong. Plenty of variety to keep you on your toes.

Bristol-born actor Joe Sims, known primarily for his role in the ITV drama 'Broadchurch', has left you a message

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

Video Activities From Home

Video Conferencing

In this week's newsletter, 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!

Tech Support

Every Friday from 10am-12pm, students from the University of Bath and Connecting Generations will be offering free Tech Support from the comfort of your home. To access this, please click this link.

Exercise Classes with Liz Coleman

Liz usually offers exercise classes from Southdown Methodist Church every Monday, but you can now do them from home. Click here to take part in Liz’s classes. They take place on Mondays between 12pm - 1pm.

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.

Cooking Recipes

Louise Griffin, tutor of our weekly Supper Club, has kindly sent through a range of recipes for you to try at home. Everything from Bean Burgers to Chilli Con Carne, Bread & Butter Pudding and Oat Cakes. Each week we will share with you a new recipe to try.

Ballet From Home

“The Royal Opera House launches a programme of free online content for the culturally curious at home, offering a schedule of free broadcasts and live content that audiences can access for free anywhere, anytime”.

This will include the following productions offered on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels:

• Peter and the Wolf, The Royal Ballet, 2010 – 27 March 2020, 7pm GMT (you can watch it retrospectively)

• Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009 – 3 April 2020, 7pm BST

• Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 – 10 April 2020, 7pm BST

• The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 – 17 April 2020, 7pm BST

• Gloriana, The Royal Opera, 2013 – 24 April 2020, 7pm BST

• The Winter’s Tale, The Royal Ballet, 2014 – 1 May 2020, 7pm BST


Mah-jong Online

Free, fun games of mah-jong can be found online at: https://themahjong.com/mahjong/turtle-free-mahjong

Some retailers will be offering select times specifically for older people:

Tesco – every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-10am will be specifically for vulnerable and older people to shop and avoid the busiest periods (except smaller, ‘Express’ stores).

Iceland – some stores will be offering the same as Tesco on Wednesdays 8-9am (check with your nearest store).

Farmers Market Alternatives

During the lock down, Keynsham Farmers Market are not holding their usual Keynsham Farmers Market. However, most of their farmers and food producers are still producing food and would like to be able to get it to you via delivery schemes, or click and collect from their premises during these challenging times.

Please try and support our local farmers and small businesses.

Chewton Farm - Lesley will have meat prepared for collection at her Farmhouse on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Fresh beef, pork and lamb, plus Castlemead Poultry. Orders will be made up for collection with no physical contact. Payment accepted via online banking. Orders can be made to lesley.bowes55@gmail.com or via phone on 07765091443 for more information.

Bradleys Juices are starting to offer home deliveries of apple juice. To order, please email miles@bradleysjuice.co.uk. Price per box is £13.50.

Bath Soft Cheese continue to provide cheese and other essentials via their farm shop at Park Farm, Kelston, Bath, BA1 9AQ. Their number is 01225 436332, and they offer an online shop via www.parkfarm.co.uk.

Catacolours - Bristol based Chilean savoury food. Contact cata50@hotmail.com for more information, or phone 07816013618.

Fishman with a Difference - please contact Steve on 07831785812 to find out about availability of fish, or email fishmanwithadifference@hotmail.co.uk.

Fussels Fine Foods - You can click and collect at the farm in Rode. Phone 01373 831286 or visit their website for online shopping, www.fusselsfinefoods.co.uk.

Nutts Scotch Eggs - Contact 01934 811511 or visit their Facebook page @nuttsfor to find out about deliveries of scotch eggs, plus a new expanding range of meals.

Oven to You - New online shop for a delicious range of sweet tarts: www.oventoyoushop.co.uk.

Taylors of Bruton - Unfortunately they don't offer home deliveries, but they distribute via www.localfooddirect.co.uk, otherwise keep up to date via www.taylorsofbruton.co.uk.

For home delivery, you can try Pistrina, a Bristol based organic sourdough bakery www.pistrina.co.uk.

The Incredible Brewing Company has set up an online delivery scheme, all information can be found on www.incrediblebrewingcompany.com.

The Somerset Cheese Company has an online shop, you can visit www.somersetcheese.co.uk or phone 01749 860237.

Root Connections - An organic vegetable box delivery scheme that can be reached on 07891298360 or via sue.crossbourton@rootconnections.co.uk.

Worthy Food has just developed an online shop for cheese scones, quiches, homity pies etc. More information can be found via their website, www.worthyfood.co.uk or by phone 07802845071.

For details of all of our Somerset Farmers Markets members, visit www.somersetfarmersmarkets.co.uk.

Our fantastic cooking teacher, Louise is offering a variety of recipes for you to do at home via her Facebook pages: Youwant2cook and What2eattoday

Stay Safe From Scams

Unfortunately, during this trying time, there are a number of scams circulating regarding the Coronavirus. Advice from Trading Standards can be found here.

Please stay safe online!

St Mungo's Wellbeing Guide

Online resources and ideas to support positive mental health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 outbreak.

In the Wellbeing Guide, you will find useful online resources and ideas to support positive mental health and wellbeing whilst at home during Covid-19. Each resource is based around one of the 5 ways to wellbeing, which may help to maintain your positivity, gain a fresh perspective and give you a different focus during this difficult time.

Find all of the links here.

Free News Platforms

Somerset Live – stay up to date with local news and how it affects you.

Bath Chronicle – stay up to date with local news and how it affects you.

BBC – for national and local news.

Free access to exercise at home

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

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 

The Open University (FREE) offer varying online courses covering everything from arts, sciences, health, wellbeing and much more.

Free Books Online (FREE) – a resource of fifteen websites where you can read books for free.

Netflix – an online video streaming platform to watch TV, films and documentaries.

YouTube (FREE) – videos covering everything from arts to education and more.

Crosswords and puzzles – lots of options to choose from here.

We are launching a new competition for you to take part in from home!

Decorate an Easter egg and take a photo of it when you're finished using any technology you have available (mobile phone, tablet, iPad etc.), and then email it to community.outreach@stjohnsbath.org.uk.

The winner will receive a free of charge Activity session when we are able to return to our normal programme.

Please be aware and protect yourself from scams. People and organisations are being targeted with emails, texts and phone calls offering advice and treatment for the coronavirus, as well as setting up fake websites selling products and offering “cures”. You can find information on how to recognise and avoid these scams here: https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2020-03-23/how-to-protect-yourself-from-the-surge-of-coronavirus-scams/

wikiHow – online instructions you can trust. Want to learn a new skill or how to set up a new email address? wikiHow has it all covered.

Hobbycraft – for all of your creative and craft needs.

Great Art – offering delivery of all art supplies.

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 and we could feature you and your advice in the next newsletter!