Activities Remotely #17 St John's Foundation Est. 1174

Welcome to our seventeenth newsletter!

With the introduction of our new digital activities programme, At Home with St John's, and restrictions of lockdown slowly starting to ease, we are now bringing this newsletter to you on a fortnightly basis. As before, this vital publication will still include important updates, upbeat news stories and useful information.

In this edition, you can find information on the Government's new 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme, handy tips on making and wearing face masks, information about our online activities, At Home with St John's, and plenty more.

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

At Home with St John's - limited spaces available

We are delighted with the launch of our online programme, At Home with St John's. It has been wonderful to see so many familiar faces (and some new!) joining in our classes again. We hope you've also enjoyed reconnecting with tutors and friends from the groups.

Our full online programme of activities

We still have a few space available on Tuesday's Seated Exercise class with Liz C., and Wednesday's Cook-a-long with Louise.

You can join Liz for a morning of gentle exercise, all from the comfort of your own home, or come to the Cook-a-long and learn to make some delicious meals. You can book your places for these activities here.

Eat out to help out, Bath

The hospitality industry is struggling now more than ever due to lockdown, but you can help remedy this with the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme in Bath. Now that restaurants, pubs and cafes are back open, you can at last enjoy eating at your favourite restaurant!

The hospitality industry needs a massive boost to recover from the effects of lockdown, so the government has created the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme.

All day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from the 3rd of August until the 31st August 2020, you will be able to get a discount of up to 50% off (up to a value of £10 per person) when eating in any restaurant that is participating within the new government scheme.

Take a look below to see which restaurants, cafes or pubs near you are participating within the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme...

For more information, visit Total Guide to Bath here.

How are your gardens?

A bountiful harvest

I have been making the most of lockdown by tending to my garden and growing a variety of fruit and veg. In these pictures from Sunday's harvest you can see courgettes, cucumbers, tomatoes, and lemons, plus blackcurrants (2kg!) and rhubarb.

At the front of the house I've also been growing sunflowers which are now taller than me. I like sunflowers as they are the epitome of summer.

How are your gardens looking? Have you grown something new and exciting? Send us your pictures!

Uplifting News

Suffolk villagers club together to buy dog a wheelchair

A dog is a "happy chappy" again after villagers clubbed together to buy him a wheelchair so he can enjoy walks after losing the use of his back legs.

The spaniel, called Max, was fitted with wheels thanks to villagers in Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, who raised more than £850 in 10 days.

Max lost the use of his back legs when he fell off a bed in October.

Read the full article here.

Re-wilding Britain: the plan to restore an area the size of Manchester

A new nature network plans to re-wild 300,000 acres of land in the UK, in a bid to boost biodiversity and tackle climate change

Re-wilding is about letting nature do its thing and take care of itself, but it’s also about people

The conservation charity, Rewilding Britain, is ramping up efforts to rewild the UK, with the aim of turning an area the size of Greater Manchester over to nature within three years.

Find out more about the project here.

Boy swept out to sea at Scarborough 'followed TV advice'

A lifeboat crew was left in "awe" of a 10-year-old who survived for more than an hour at sea using advice he had seen in a BBC TV documentary.

The boy had been reported missing in the sea at Scarborough, North Yorkshire, on Friday.

The town's lifeboat crew later found him floating on his back, with his arms and legs spread, shouting for help. His actions are those the RNLI recommends to anyone who might find themselves in difficulty in the water.

You can read more about the lucky lad here.

Making & Wearing Face Masks

Sam expertly modelling his very own homemade face mask
To prove it's not difficult to make a mask, I've created my own. Hand stitched with left over fabric and using hairbands instead of elastic (following the BBC's Stitch Mask Guide below). If I can do it, there's no excuse for anyone else!
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To contact Stephen, please email him at stephenmagrath@hotmail.com

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At Home with St John’s is live!

We have now launched At Home with St John’s – our new programme of zoom classes, with activities at 10am and 2pm throughout the week.

Book your classes

Classes cost £3.50 each and booking is now open for each activity. You can find out more in this issue of Activities Remotely (see below) or on our website, and book your class(es) online. If you have any trouble with the booking process, please do not hesitate to email us at community.outreach@stjohnsbath.org.uk

Thank you and we hope to see you (virtually) very soon.

Let's Talk Stitch

From Monday June 29, 2020 @ 10:00am

Get creative over a cuppa with tutor, Jill Perry, and connect with your fellow stitchers.

Register in advance for this webinar here.

Seated Exercise with Liz Coleman

From Tuesday June 30, 2020 @ 10:00am

Chair-based yogic exercise, including breath work and a lovely long relaxation, either from your chair or mat.

Register in advance for this webinar here.


From Tuesday June 30, 2020 @ 2:00pm

Enjoy learning and developing different watercolour techniques in Sarah's step-by-step sessions. With your fellow painters, you will create a watercolour sketch and come away with ideas to develop further. Suitable for beginners through to the more creatively experienced.

Register in advance for this webinar here.

Chair Yoga with Liz Lee

From Wednesday July 1, 2020 @ 10am

This class is for anyone who would like to improve their mobility, balance and co-ordination. The exercises are a mix of gentle yoga-based stretching, strengthening and breathing - all done either sitting or standing (no lying down on mats).

Register in advance for this webinar here.


From Wednesday July 1, 2020 @ 2pm

Join cookery teacher, Louise Griffin, in this fun and sociable cook-a-long class. Recipes will be shared in advance, so you can prepare the ingredients and enjoy cooking with your classmates. Suitable for all.

Register in advance for this webinar here.

Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing

From Thursdays @ 10am

During this gentle and relaxing class, you will learn 'Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing' (TMW) - an easy-to-learn sequence of twelve movements designed to promote physical and emotional wellbeing.

Register in advance for this webinar here.


From Thursday July 2, 2020 @ 2pm.

Start your ukulele journey in this small and supportive class. We will go at a slow pace, give you time to practice and even give 1-2-1 help if you need it. This is a beginners-only class.

Register in advance for this webinar here.

Previous Newsletters

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

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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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