Ash Simmons


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Ash Simmons completed a walk • Morning Hike
Fri 14 May
Ash Simmons signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Heeley People's Park Woodchip Spreading

Mon 17 May 18:00 pm
Woodchip pile within the park opposite the Sheaf View pub in Heeley , 25 Gleadless Road , Sheffield, S2 3AA
Maintaining paths through the playground so its nice for the kids

Help out at this great community run outdoor space in the heart of Heeley.

This task will be shovelling and spreading woodchip over the paths that run through the playground. This is an essential maintenance activity to keep the paths defined and in good order.

Things to bring: *Suitable clothing and shoes *Your own gardening / work gloves.

There will be no sharing of tools unless they have been cleaned down by Heeley People's park to keep us all Covid safe.

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Ash Simmons completed a training run • Morning Run
Tue 4 May
Ash Simmons went on a community mission
Community mission

We came, we trimmed bushes AND went to the pub!!!

Mon 26 Apr
Report written by Michelle Clarke

Heeley People's Park has missed its regular volunteer groups that usually help out in the park so it was great to be back to lend a hand. Goodgym have worked all over the park and shifted a lot of wood chip in all weathers over the years so coming back to see the park in full blossom was lovely.

Covid meant that only a small number of staff were left to manage the park without all the extra help they normally have so it's great that is building up again. We were very grateful to have a task to do and to be able to see each other in such numbers! Socially distanced of course!

We worked in two groups to cut back undergrowth that needed a trim. Some was growing over paths, some was strangling fruit trees and some just needed a bit of a haircut after lockdown.

Plant ID apps were used to identify trees which led to debate about what trees smell of and whether we all had much experience of the scent. Coronavirus testing came about with someone wondering if it was only them that could not smell the jasmine but the real debate was about what linden trees smell of. It seems various rumours and half facts were circulating realising we all need to go home and do some DIY research.

We said goodbye to Bev who is leaving for another volunteer coordinator role in another organisation. Thank you Bev!

Still split into two groups we went to the Brothers Arms where we realised we had forgotten how to socialise. On our table at least, the conversation was pretty dire at times with us realising how nothing much had been happening with months of lockdown. Even apparent interesting 'gossip' fell on its face but we were glad to be together and we'll improve our social skills for next time. Apparently someone other people don't know, called 'Ben' has slightly longer hair and more beard. It did get that bad.

No fish and chip shops are open in Sheffield on a Monday but we'll start building a directory of where is good to eat for post mission snacks. Italian on Chesterfield Road was open and was very good.

Lovely to catch up and look forward to more regular tasks and hopefully runs soon... :)

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Ash Simmons went on a community mission
Community mission

Turf away, plants to stay

Sat 24 Apr
Report written by Ash Simmons

5 goodgymers met Marvelous Maria and her dog at the Common Ground Community Garden, where the task was to clear all grass and weeds out from an area adjacent to the pavement ready for the planting of a new lavender hedge. The task looked daunting but the Sun was shining and in typical GG style we all got straight to work and finished the first clear of the bed in the two hours, and even had time to start planting up. Looking forward to seeing and smelling the lavender grow in the coming months.

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Ash Simmons signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Heeley People's Park

Mon 26 Apr 18:00 pm
Albert Road - Heeley People's Park entrance, Opposite number 46, Sheffield, S8 9QW
Maintaining this outdoor space for local community use

Please sign up and help support this great local organisation and green space.

Group 1 of 2: Trimming of hedge to stop it overhanging the path using secateurs. Tidy up clipping and bag up for easy removal.

Tools will be wiped down before use and to remain with the Goodgymer for the session (no sharing of tools).

Things to bring: *Suitable clothing and shoes *Your own gardening / work gloves.

Note: Plan is to have to separate Goodgym groups of 6 people working at a safe distance from each other. If we don't quite get the full 12 we may split the group in two on the day to have equal numbers in each group.

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Ash Simmons signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Common Ground community garden

Sat 24 Apr 13:00 pm
Machon bank, Netheredge, Sheffield, S7 1GR
Improve community space, increase growing space, create an even more family friendly area

We have been asked back to Common Ground community garden to assist with, among the usual spring jobs, creating a lavender hedge. This will involve removing turf, digging over and planting.

I will likely not be able to attend this time, so there may be no Taskforce presence. Maria who manages the garden will be there. As usual, bring your own gloves.

NB. If preferable, Maria is also available for the session to run Sunday 25th 10-12

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Wed 7 Apr
Ash Simmons completed a training run • Derwent Valley Heritage Way Day 1
Tue 6 Apr
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