Activities Remotely #15 St John's Foundation Est. 1174

Welcome to our fifteenth newsletter!

There are plenty of activities to do online and at home, and if you have any suggestions or have been enjoying the newsletter and would like to share your thoughts, please do let us know.

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

Uplifting news

The happy stories of the moment

Hundreds of socially-distanced hearts appear in Bristol parks

Hundreds of giant white hearts have been painted onto parks in Bristol to keep people at least two metres apart and help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The 374 large white hearts are being applied to Queen’s Square, Castle Park and College Green in Bristol this week.

They are part of #BristolTogether, an initiative by businesses and leaders in the city as it safely reopens with the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Find out more here.

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.

The artwork can be seen in the hall next to St Mary's Church in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire, and has been blessed by the vicar.

The project was started by the sisters who made a poppy waterfall to mark the centenary of World War One in 2018.

Sarah Barnsley attached all the donated flowers and pom-poms to a frame.

Ms Barnsley said:

"It looks absolutely lovely. It's a credit to our community as they've done a great job, all the knitters and crocheters. It looks absolutely beautiful.
I'm not really sure how many people have contributed because it's been done quite anonymously, flowers have been dropped at my doorstep for me to put on to the frame."

Read more here.

Man, 73, finishes 1,000-mile lockdown run

A 73-year-old runner has completed his personal challenge of running 1,000 miles during the coronavirus lockdown.

Dic Evans from Ceredigion took part in a ceremonial final run on Friday evening to cap his achievement.

He was joined by other runners for a four-mile run, cheered on by supporters at the finish on Aberystwyth promenade.

He actually notched up a total of 1,011 miles, raising £6,000 for the chemotherapy unit at the town's Bronglais Hospital.

Find out more from the BBC here.

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.

Charlotte Cole, 30, of Kirkham, Lancashire, said her "heart feels full again" as she was reunited with George.

The toddler was seen sprinting to his mother, who admitted she broke down in tears, and his father Daniel, also 30.

George went to live with Ms Cole's parents after Covid-19 was confirmed at one of the care homes where she works.

The couple had been making regular trips to see the toddler through a window.

BBC article here.

Staying productive: 31 productive things you can do at home

Make the most of your free time!

Being on lockdown doesn't have to be boring, not if you keep yourself occupied. From learning a language, or organising your wardrobe, to writing a novel, there are plenty of productive things you can take up to pass the time - why not start right now?

Have a look at this great article from Hello! or this one from The Mirror.

Contact Stephen at stephenmagrath@hotmail.com

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At Home with St John’s is now 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) 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 Thursday Jul 16, 2020 @ 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.

Contemplative Prayer from Stephen Magrath

Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son, c. 1669.
To contact Stephen please email him at stephenmagrath@hotmail.com

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

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Activities Remotely 11

Activities Remotely 12

Activities Remotely 13

Activities Remotely 14

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