Under Locke and Key at The Courthouse
2 GoodGymers made their way 7.7km to help the Barnsley Churches Drop-In Project in Barnsley.
- Wednesday, 22nd of February 2023
- Led by James Smith
Tonight Daniel and James hit the ground running to Hope House; there we met Peter and a couple of other familiar faces who regularly volunteer at the BCDP who were waiting for us inside. The bags of food to take to the homeless were already made up for us tonight, so all we had to do was pop them in rucksacks and make up a flask of hot drink to take with us. We received a list of areas that we needed to check and planned a route accordingly.
First we headed to the car park near The Courthouse pub. Here we found a tent hidden in some bushes, we checked for anyone inside by shouting that we were Peter (as we were instructed to by the man himself), but there was nobody inside. From here we had an uphill struggle to Locke Park to check for rough sleepers there. Up there we headed to the bushes around the bowling greens, we also checked around the back of the storage shed near the Serpentine Walk. Again, we didn't find anyone anywhere in the park, or evidence of encampments. Even though we didn't find anyone at the locations we checked tonight, it is still useful for the BCDP as they then know where people are staying and where not to bother checking later so they can focus their efforts elsewhere.
Parking up the wrong tree!
With both destinations checked, we headed back to Hope House to report back and drop off the bags. After this we headed back to Glasshouse up the stairs from the car park below. At the top of the stairs we found a space in the courtyard with a view over the roundabout from which we had just ascended. Here we did the Roxanne fitness push-ups challenge. The song Roxanne by The Police was put on and every time 'Roxanne' was sung we did a press-up from a plank position which we were holding the rest of the time. In total this means doing 27 press-ups!
After this bit of fun fitness we headed inside to the stairwell for the led stretching off session and announcements (more sign-ups 😻).
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