All the Fun of the Fair

Saturday 3 December saw a showcasing of Timebank products and services at the Newtown Weekly vintage fair held at the Newtown Community Centre.

The No Sh*t Gift Shop, now in its third year, offers an alternative to the excess consumerism associated with Christmas. ‘There’s no need to spend vast amounts of money,’ explains Chris, Timebank’s coordinator. ‘Time can also be seen as gifting.’

Everything from vouchers for dog walking to Christmas crackers and Kombucha was on offer. Other vouchers included ones for massage lessons, venue hire, violin and Salsa lessons.

Gifts ranged through handmade soap, brooches, cards, wallets and bunting, to dream catchers, bowls created out of vinyl, crocheted dishcloths and chocolate reindeer noses. All of the above-mentioned gifts and services are available in exchange for Timebank credits.


A Kai for Koha food stall displayed bliss balls and fruity chews for a koha, as well as yummy Indian treats and delicious Toasties, thanks to Renee and her team.

And of course help organising and running this event was also done by Timebank volunteers, gaining Time credits for admin before and after, promotion, cooking, cashier, shop assistants, food stall helpers and more. Great effort by many people!

What a great display of Timebankers creative talents, and an opportunity for Timebankers to catch up as well as others to find out how the Timebank works.