Activities Remotely #8 St John's Foundation Est. 1174

Welcome to our 8th 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 will be probably 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.

Image from the BBC

VE Day Celebrations

Join in our nation's celebrations of the 75th anniversary of VE Day by singing Vera Lynn's We Will Meet Again. Everyone across the country is being encouraged to sing together on Friday 8 May from 9pm. Here you can find a VE Day timetable from The Telegraph:

  • 11am — Two-minute national silence to remember the declaration of victory and the end of the Second World War in Europe.
  • 2.45pm - 3.45pm — The first of two special BBC One programmes to mark VE75, including an extract from Sir Winston Churchill’s victory speech, delivered at 3pm on VE Day.
  • Afternoon — Britons are encouraged to hold 1940s-style afternoon tea parties at home, rather than traditional street parties, including homemade bunting and recipes from the era.
  • 9pm — Address by the Queen followed by national doorstep rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s "We’ll Meet Again".

If you are unsure, these are the lyrics to We'll Meet Again:

"We'll Meet Again" was written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles in 1939. 

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, making new works and hosting masterclasses set to unleash our collective creativity during lockdown.

The theme for the first Art Club is portraits - maybe a member of your family or housemate you're isolating with. Comedian Joe Lycett joins in with his lockdown portrait.


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

Kirstie Allsopp: Keep Crafting & Carry On

Kirstie Allsopp shows us more crafts and skills to help us navigate these unique times. She makes a cool light box, a beautiful spring garland and a fun painted pebble game.


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.


Craft Box Subscriptions

Fancy doing something practical to keep busy? Craftiosity, Cosy Craft, and Makerly (amongst others) are offering monthly subscription boxes full of crafty ideas and projects for you to complete at home. It's worth noting that these subscriptions cost around £20-25 per month.

Craftiosity: https://craftiosity.co.uk/

Cosy Craft: https://www.cosycraft.club/

Makerly: https://www.makerlycrafts.com/gallery

A message from Stephen Magrath, tutor of Mindful Art and Meditation Facilitator classes in Bath

Please join us every Monday at 11am for a shared silence and stillness in the comfort of your home. Thank you to everyone sharing this half-an-hour time where we can simply be with each other in the peaceful presence of the Spirit. If the time doesn't suit you, practice the meditation when it does and perhaps share with others .

Please read the weekly reflection below and then hold the silence using a repetitive prayer word or focus on your breathing or a positive image to help avoid the inevitable thought-stream .

As mentioned previously, the desert fathers of the 3rd Century described contemplative prayer as 'the prayer of the heart ' through which one moves from thinking spiritual thoughts to being open to the Spirit . This experience cannot be forced into being and requires a patient surrender to the light much as a flower's blossoming. Hafez's poetic image perfectly describes this process of trust in letting go .

Poem by Hafez, Persian Poet, 1315-1390

May this Peace be with you ,


If you would like to receive these weekly emails direct, please respond to stephenmagrath@hotmail.com. If the group meeting time is not suitable, practice when you can.

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.

Wellbeing College B&NES

Wellbeing College B&NES is offering free, online sessions for individuals to take part in from the comfort of their own home. Using the free video chat application 'Zoom', you can get together and chat, stitch, paint, or just see a friendly face. Follow the links below to see what you can get involved in:

Knit and Natter

This is an opportunity to meet up on video link with your knitting or crochet and a cup of tea in a friendly, supportive group. An expert volunteer will be on hand to give advice and tips on knitting and crochet issues and they'll also try to find useful Youtube clips for people needing help. You are welcome to turn up for a chat even if they don't have knitting needles and wool to hand.


Exercise for Wellbeing

This friendly 6-week exercise class is for those looking to use physical activity to improve their mood. The programme is run by a friendly, welcoming tutor named Sam; he will take you through a routine each week to get your body moving.

There will be moves to suit all abilities and he will give you the option of easier or harder alternatives if you prefer. Exercises will be inclusive for all and vary in difficulty to suit everyones needs. You can expect HIIT (high intensity interval training) style workouts, body weight circuits and fun exercises to leave you feeling great!

All you'll just need is water and a mat, if you have one. There will be time at the end of the session to stay and ask questions and even share a cup of tea. Why not try something new and book your place now?


Wellbeing Support Group

Do you feel you need a little support during these uncertain times? Would you like to connect with others who may also be feeling isolated? The Wellbeing Support Group would be delighted to welcome you to this weekly online-based support group where you will have the opportunity to speak to others, express how you are feeling and receive support and connectedness from the group.


Mindfulness Meditation

In this class, you will learn relaxation exercises and stress-busting techniques. You will incorporate mindfulness, movement, laughter, deep relaxation, breathing techniques and lots more.

You will need to find a quiet, comfy space in your home, a yoga mat or blanket if possible, and there will be an opportunity at the end of the class for people to connect through conversation.


Creative Writing

Join this online group to get inspiration and share your writings with a small supportive group. All levels and abilities are welcome. Each week has a different theme, last week the theme was 'describe yourself as a holiday'! Come and join us - what have you got to lose?!


Gardening and Food Growing

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.


Games Group

We will be playing simple word games like Boggle, doing crosswords together or having a go at some quiz games via an online video link.


Nature Connection

Connect with yourself, others, and the landscape around you through virtual walking, talking and guided meditation. Deepen your awareness of the living world and experience the power of connecting to nearby nature. You are invited to sit in a location where you can see an aspect of the living world; a tree, birds on a feeder, a potted plant or the wild sky through the window. Even an object made from a natural material can be used.


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

Meals at Home

If you're struggling to get meals, both AgeUK and Bath City Farm are offering home deliveries for those in need.

BaNES 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 

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

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