Activities Remotely #22 St John's Foundation Est. 1174

Welcome to our twenty-second newsletter

In this newsletter, you can find information on the activities we are now able to offer in The Bubble and also in the wider community in B&NES. You will be able to rejoin your favourite classes, whether that’s Yoga, Tai Chi or Gentle Exercise, Cooking at The Supper Club, Get Creative or The Tuesday Art Group, the Artful Stitchers or something else entirely!

Not only this, but there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in from home, resources to help you stay healthy in body and in mind, and guidance in reflection and stillness.

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

Here's what you can find in this week's newsletter:

  • We need your help: St John's Activities Survey
  • Radio Bath interview
  • Compassionate Community Wellbeing Packs
  • Somerset Skills and Learning: Zoom Workshop
  • Stillness guidance
  • Activities in The Bubble
  • Activities in the community
  • Health & Safety while using St John's Activities
  • All the best bits from previous Activities Remotely Newsletters

We need your help!

St John's Activities Survey

Here at St John’s, we are very aware of the significant impact the Coronavirus crisis has had on everyone's lives and, in particular, those who are even more isolated than others.

We hope you have been able to make the most of our online sessions over the past few weeks and absorb the information in our Activities Remotely newsletter, but it is with great joy that we are now able to once again offer our face-to-face activities.

Please follow this link to answer a few questions to help us understand how you have coped during this time and how lockdown restrictions have impacted you.

By completing this quick questionnaire, we will be able to better support you going forward. It will only take a few minutes of your time and we would really appreciate it.

Radio Bath Interview

Has coming to St John's activities changed your life? Have you learnt new skills and made new friends? We're looking for people, like you, to meet with Radio Bath and tell them all the ways attending our activities has positively affected you!

The interview will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2020 in The Bubble.

Please get in touch with us asap if you'd like to be involved, email community.outreach@stjohnsbath.org.uk.

Compassionate Community

Wellbeing Packs Delivered to your door

Compassionate Community is offering to deliver a bi-monthly wellbeing pack, either for yourself or on behalf of someone who would benefit from receiving it (though, please confirm with the individual before requesting).

Click here to find out more about the wellbeing packs available, and follow this link to request you're own wellbeing pack.

Each pack is delivered by a volunteer from our Emergency Volunteer Response team, however we are only able to deliver within Bath & North East Somerset.

Anyone is welcome to download and print-off back-dated packs by clicking on the links below:

Somerset Skills & Learning

SS&L is running a FREE 60-minute workshop on How to Use Zoom. It’s the perfect short session for anyone who wants to use the video calling software, Zoom, with more confidence.

Using Zoom can open up a world of new experiences – from video calling family to joining in with online groups and learning opportunities. As so much of today’s socialising is happening in digital format, there are many people being left behind due to lack of experience with this technology – and SS&L wants to help bridge this gap and prevent further isolation.

This course is being held at the Percy Community Centre on the 6th of November in a COVID-secure setting, and more information can be found on the website.


​Stillness of mind and body offers a space for the heart to receive... to hear the voice of the Absolute whispering that we are loved.... unconditionally and eternally.

'Be still and know that I am God'

‘Be still and Know that I am‘

‘Be still and Know that I‘

‘Be still and Know that‘

‘Be still and Know‘

‘Be still‘


In times of anxiety and vulnerability, repeat the words above... distilling them into pure being. Thank you, Br. Sam for this contribution.

Another route into stillness is to watch the stunning video version of Steven Faux's Psalm 46.

Psalm 46 - God is Our Refuge and Strength

Psalm 46 movie. NASA public domain images and filmed on the Sea of Galilee. Cut by award-winning film editor, Martin Elsbury. Solo voice, Milly Johnston, with Wells Cathedral girls choir. Music by Steven Faux.

You are welcome to join us wherever you are for some stillness on Mondays between 11-11.30am.

For more information please contact Stephen at stephenmagrath@hotmail.com

Activities in The Bubble

Seated & Gentle Yoga with Pete Savin

If you want to improve balance and strength, this class will help. Led by Pete Savin with fun and purpose.

Starting Monday 21 September at 10am - 11am and 11.30am - 12.30pm

£3.50 per session

The Bubble, St John’s, Bath, BA1 1SQ

Get Creative with Sarah Prentice

Join tutor and artist Sarah Prentice to explore drawing, painting and mixed media. A friendly, sociable group. No experience necessary.

Starting Tuesday 29 September at 10am-12pm

£5 per session

The Bubble, St John’s, Bath, BA1 1SQ

The Supper Club with Louise Griffin

Whether you're an inexperienced cook or wanting to take your culinary skills to the next level, you will enjoy cooking delicious recipes with tutor Louise Griffin, and dining together as a group.

Starting Tuesday 5th October 2:30pm-4:30pm

£5 per class

The Bubble, St John’s, Bath, BA1 1SQ

Chair Based Exercise with Liz Lee

Join Liz Lee for a friendly and sociable yoga/ movement class. Chair-based either sitting or standing. Can help joints, balance & mobility.

Starting Wednesday 23 September at 10-11am, and 11:30am-12:30pm

£3.50 per session

The Bubble, St John’s, Bath, BA1 1SQ

Thursday Art Group with Pete Savin

Mixed media & creativity. Art history & art appreciation. These classes offer tutoring for beginners and mentoring for the experienced.

Starting Thursday 24 September at 10am-12pm

£5 per session

The Bubble, St John’s, Bath, BA1 1SQ

Stitch Friday with Jill Perry

Fun and friendly group with Bath Mind. Make something special using felts, embroidery and sewing. Materials included.

Starting Friday 25 September at 10:30am-12:30pm

£5 per class.

The Bubble, St John’s, Bath, BA1 1SQ

Artful Stitchers

A stitch group for beginners and upwards, led by Jill Perry. Use creative stitch, colours, threads, silks and ribbons. Basic materials provided.

Starting Friday 9 October 2-4pm.

£5 per class.

The Bubble, St John’s, Bath, BA1 1SQ

Activities in the community

Chair Yoga with Liz Coleman

Join Liz for this fun and accessible yoga class. Modelled on elements of yoga including proper breathing, flexibility, and mindfulness.

Starting Monday 5 October 12pm-1pm.

£3.50 per class.

Southdown Methodist Church, The Hollows.

Tuesday Art Group with Pete Savin

Explore mixed media & creativity with tutor Pete. Classes offer tutoring for beginners and mentoring for the experienced.

Starting Tuesday 6 October.

£5 per class.

Mulberry Park, Combe Down.

Important: Please read & take note

Health & Safety

Your safety is paramount and so we'll be introducing the following health and safety guidelines:

  • Smaller groups of up to 12, in line with current Government guidance around sport/education
  • Hand sanitiser to be used on arrival and departure
  • A temperature check taken on arrival
  • Contact details taken, and kept, for Track and Trace
  • Memory-prompt signage to remind individuals to stay 2 metres apart
  • Masks to be worn by all participants and tutors
  • Cleaners will carry out a full deep clean every Wednesday afternoon
  • After each session finishes, all surfaces will be sprayed down and cleaned by the Community Outreach team
  • Spray will be in the toilets for individuals to use on surfaces they have been in contact with
  • No kitchen facilities will be available but individuals can bring their own bottle of water if they choose
  • Card payment available

In this video Ricky shows us around the Bubble and all of the health and safety procedures now in please, ready for activities resuming Monday 21 September.

The best of the best

This week, we're taking the opportunity to showcase the best of the last twenty newsletters, whether it's helpful info on buying food or making it, keeping yourself entertained, or staying safe - it's all here.

Food Shopping Online


BaNES 3SG - Here, you can find a list of places across Bath and surrounding areas who are delivering groceries, food, takeaways and even medicines. Check out the full list with contact details for each place offering services.

Online Deliveries

Milk & More – basics including milk, cheeses, breads and more, all delivered to your door.

Hello Fresh – fresh food items delivered to your door.

Morrison's Doorstep Delivery - The Morrisons Doorstep delivery service is available to vulnerable and elderly members of the community, unable to go shopping in-store. Call 0345 611 6111 and select option 5 to place your order.

You Want 2 Cook

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

Meals on Wheels

If you're struggling to get the meals you need AgeUK, B&NES Council and Bath City Farm are all offering home deliveries for those in need. For more information from these providers follow the links below.

BaNES Council meals-on-wheels service, information can be found here.

AGEUK offer a range of meals delivered to your door, to view the meals available click here. To place an order with AgeUK please contact: communitymeals@ageukwiltshire.org.uk or phone 01793 687017 (Age UK Wiltshire covers the B&NES Meals on Wheels area) or use the online booking form.

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

Wiltshire Farm Foods – visit their website or phone 0800 077 3100. Ready-made meals which can be microwaved or oven cooked at home.


Leo very kindly filmed herself making these delicious crunchy oat biscuits from a previous newsletters recipe. They look fantastic! Thank you so much for getting involved and sending us this video, Leo.

Jamie Oliver: Keep Cooking & Carry On

Jamie Oliver shows us some recipes, tips and hacks tailored for the unique times we're living in, including pork stir-fry, steamed dumplings, and the ultimate roast beef sarnie. Watch Jamie here.

23 Delicious & Healthy Meals

Here are 23 delicious & healthy meals you can make at home, brought to you by Tasty.co. Whether it's pancakes for breakfast (recipe #1), salted honey, apple and gouda toast (#6), spicy chicken stir fry with peanuts (#15) or mac and cheese (#23), there is plenty for everyone. Have a look at the full list of recipes here.

Banana Bread Recipe

Here at St John's, we've been having a big baking debate and all anyone is talking about is Banana Bread! So, we thought we'd share with your our favourite banana bread recipe. Have a go and let us know how you get on. You can find it here.

NHS Health at Home

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has meant only leaving your home if it's essential, but it's still easy to get NHS help using your smartphone, tablet or computer.

This page contains information to help you:

  • contact your GP
  • order repeat prescriptions
  • manage long-term conditions
  • maintain your mental and physical wellbeing

If you need an NHS service, try to do it online first. If you cannot access what you need this way or do not have internet access, try asking a friend or family member to help you, or speak to your GP surgery on the phone.

Visit the Health at Home website by using this link: https://www.nhs.uk/health-at-home/

Creativity & Learning


The Open University offer a variety of free online courses covering everything from arts, sciences, health, wellbeing and much more.

Gardening Tips from the National Trust - lots of good advice from beginners to seasoned growers.

RSPB Bird Watching - an A to Z of birds.

RSPB Wildlife Guide - identify all wildlife around you.


Greyson Perry's Art Club - Greyson 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.

Learn to Draw - a free online tutorial covering sketching basics and materials.

Oil Painting for Beginners - basic techniques with a step by step demonstration for all abilities.

Introduction to Acrylic Painting - how to paint with acrylics, a paint along art class.

Easy Watercolour Painting - painting ideas for beginners step by step.

Stitching & Crafting

Hand Embroidery for Beginners - covering how to prepare for hand embroidery. Learn how to use embroidery hook, and how to start stitching.

Kirstie Allsopp Keep Crafting & Carry On - in this episode she makes a cool light box, a beautiful spring garland and a fun painted pebble game.


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

Online Video

Netflix – an online video streaming platform to watch TV, films and documentaries. From £5.99 per month.

BBC's Silver Screen Classics - all your favourite films online for free.

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

Crosswords & Puzzles

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

Virtual Tours & Events

Stonehenge virtual tour - take an interactive tour of Stonehenge with our 360 degree view from inside the monument.

BBC Rewind & Reminiscence Archive - this platform provides access to a selection of footage from the BBC Archives, designed to support reminiscence therapy.

Virtual Events in Bath - lots for culture vultures. With over 120 events spread out over ten days, the multi-arts Bath Festival is the perfect excuse for a longer stay in the city. The line-up features rock, classical and world music from a host of global performers, and for bookworms, there’s an encyclopaedic literature programme of talks and question and answer sessions from top writers.

Frome Open Art Trail - The Frome Open Art Trail celebrates local artists and makers, normally taking place alongside the Frome Festival in July. Now it will be online as a Virtual Art Trail.

Staying in Touch

How can we stay in virtual touch with our relatives?

As the government encourages "social distancing" in the fight against coronavirus, older adults are facing the prospect of being told to stay at home and isolate.

But what if a parent or older person in your life, doesn't already have access to video calling tech?

Integrated kit can be the easiest solution - and could be hundreds of pounds cheaper than buying a laptop, tablet, or a mid-range smartphone.

Amazon, Google, and Facebook all have smart devices with screens for video calls.

One problem with all these devices is their expense and another is their need to be on a stable, decent wi-fi connection at all times. Sometimes, a smartphone might be the better option.

Read the full BBC article here.


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”.

Beginners Tai Chi – a good beginners Tai Chi class which can be done seated or standing.

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

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

Meditation – a 5 minute video on meditation that you can do anywhere.

Our fabulous tutor, Jules, has also put some of her courses online for free. The short mindfulness and yoga videos can be viewed here. Below is one of Jules' most popular videos: Chair Yoga.

Uplifting News Stories

Poetry in the pandemic - project aims to engage young people in creative writing

Man, 73, finishes 1,000-mile lockdown run - he completed his personal challenge of running 1,000 miles during the coronavirus lockdown.

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

Nurse hugs two-year-old son after 11 weeks apart - a self-isolating nurse has finally hugged her two-year-old son after 11 "heartbreaking" lockdown weeks apart.

Hundreds of socially-distanced hearts appear in Bristol parks - the 374 large white hearts are being applied to Queen’s Square, Castle Park and College Green in Bristol

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.

Free bike repair vouchers - there are an estimated 16.5m cycles gathering dust in England’s sheds and hallways, according to the charity Cycling UK. But that number could be about to fall with the introduction of the government’s ‘fix your bike’ scheme, which is giving away 50,000 bike repair vouchers worth £50 to people living in England.

Blue tit rescued from Ipswich garden may become 'a friend for life'- a blue tit found abandoned in a back garden seems to have adopted his human rescuer as his mother.

Medal for lockdown litter picking boy in Sleaford - a seven-year-old boy from Sleaford has been given an award for his tireless efforts to keep his local park tidy.

Rainbow of knitted flowers to mark the 72nd Birthday of the NHS - A rainbow made from more than 1,300 knitted or crocheted flowers has been put on display in tribute to the 72nd Birthday of the NHS.

St Mungo's Wellbeing Guide

In St Mungo's Wellbeing Guide, you'll 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 information here.

Make Your Own Face Mask

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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To view the PDF of our current activities in The Bubble, please click here.

To view the PDF of our current activities in the community, please click here.

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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