Ben Dove


119Good deeds



Ben Dove completed a training run • Afternoon Run
Tue 14 Jun
Ben Dove went on a community mission
Community mission

You’ve Been Bamboo-zled

Sat 21 May
Report written by Ellie Dove

7 GGers met Griselda from York Hospital to help prep two gardens for renovation next week. The first garden had some plants (mainly bamboo and grasses) which needed removing and the second garden needed the ornaments and benches removed.

We cracked on with garden number 1, where the instruction was to 'clear everything' - but Max was slightly disappointed that he could only prune the bush with the pretty white flowers on, rather than hack it to pieces.

Ben, Paul and Antonia got down to digging up what can only be described as chunks of bamboo and adding them to the pile, whilst Ellie, Tay and Emma attacked the grasses. Soon, the garden was cleared of plants (but looking arguably messier) so it was on to garden number two!

Garden 2 is behind the chaplaincy, so has lots of lovely pots and memorials that needed to be kept safe. The goal was to carry them to (another) garden for safe keeping, so soon there was a little line of Goodgym Army Ants carrying things back and forth to pass through an access window. Fortunately, Griselda had warned the cleaners and so we didn't feel too guilty (but still felt a little guilty) about the trail of mud!

Once we were done (although Ellie is still confused about how the benches went though the window), it was time for goodbyes and onto lunch!

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Ben Dove signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Clearing Hospital Staff Garden

Sat 21 May 10:30 am
York Hospital, Wiggington Road, York, YO31 8HE
Clear the yard prior to construction work to create a staff garden at York Hospital.

York Hospital is planning to clear one of its current outdoor spaces to create a garden for their Outpatients Staff (who current have just a stuffy break room).

The Hospital has asked for our help for an hour or so to clear the space before contractors come in and start the construction work. Tasks include lopping back with secateurs and digging up some plants (with the hope of transplanting).

Meet outside the front, main entrance (not the A&E entrance!) at 10:30am - please bring gloves. Masks will need to be worn when walking through the hospital, but they can be provided on arrival.

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Ben Dove completed a training run • Morning Run
Fri 13 May
Ben Dove completed a training run • Evening Run
Mon 9 May
Ben Dove went on a group run
Group run

🦎Isaac Newt-tonne🏋️‍♀️🏋️‍♂️

Mon 9 May
Report written by Nicky Woodall

🙌19 excellent GoodGymmers arrived for our double-deed group run today. We were thrilled to welcome Madeleine for her first session with us and hope you enjoyed it 👋

🎤After a quick round of "What did you want to be when you were younger?" (which featured Blue Peter presenters and pop singers), Mitch led his team in a running warm up as they set off for Heworth Without. Here's what he had to say about what they got up to...

⚡So despite the far distance, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five arrived at Jubilee Wood. Unfortunately, some vandals had removed some trees, so we were first tasked with planting some new ones 🌱

💪After a quick 15 minutes of digging, we had the trees all planted!

🌳Since we'd made quick work of the trees, we were then tasked with filling in some low spots with bark. These are getting waterlogged in rain, so needed topping up. Not wasting any time, we got straight to work, barrowing and spreading the woodchip. After 30 minutes, we'd made a massive start, but will need to come back to fill in the rest of the low spots 💦

🚚Meanwhile, the rest of us warmed up round the car park then set off for West Bank Park. After leading us to the wrong entrance (sorry everyone), we eventually tracked down Kristina and the van. The rain threatened but luckily didn't really materialise into anything significant (which Ed was particularly grateful for). And what a treat she had in store for us, with not one but two "interesting" tasks for us 🤔

🌊Half the group were tasked with clearing the pond. Armed with heavy metal spikes (aka fake mics for the wannabe popstars among us), we started off watching Ed and Stef stab holes in the pond liner, whilst being on frog and newt watch. Sadly, this wasn't overly successful so other tactics were employed. These included shovelling out stones, digging trenches and eventually organising a bucket relay 💨

🤢Oh, and all of this with the background smell of pond water and the very real risk of being splash with/falling into said smelly pond water. We like to live on the edge here 🤠

🦎On the plus side, a newt and a frog were both rescued from the pond during our work 🐸

💡Kristina has a number of ideas of what she'd like to do with the pond. One idea is to build another pond, with various options for alternative lining material (possibly concrete). Another is to build a bog area 🐾

🤺Meanwhile, the less mucky crew were constructing a fence. Dom and Martin banged fence posts in while Claire, Madeleine and Amy foraged for and cut up brash, which will eventually form part of the fence. The background to this task was the satisfying clunk of the fence posts being pushed in 👌

😳 Both our West Bank Park tasks revealed themselves to be bigger than we'd bargained for. And when we realised that all the pond tools should probably be cleaned before being put back in the van, we sadly had to sacrifice our intended hill reps. Everyone was pleased to learn that there was still a hill on the route back to base though, so we got some fitness in there (along with the mattocking, malloting, shovelling and barrowing that was part of the tasks) 👍

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️A slightly speedier run back to base minus a few people who decided to head straight home meant that we were less late back than we might have been, and were nearer in arrival time to our Heworth friends 😁

🥳Thank you for your hard work tonight everyone. We may not be able to say that the West Bank Park pond looks better than when we arrived but it's in a position for the work to be continued by Kristina's group on Thursday. And I understand that there may be another session at Heworth to finish the work there too 😎

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Ben Dove signed up to a group run
Group run

Clearing and digging ponds at West Bank Park and spreading woodchip at Heworth Without

Mon 9 May 18:15 pm
York CVS, Denham Room, 15 Priory Street , York , YO1 6ET
Making this a lovely space for everyone who uses it

Welcome to GoodGym York 🙌

🏃‍♀️🏃We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. Every Monday we meet to get active and do a physical task to help the charities or community organisations in our city.

WHERE WE MEET 🎒 We meet at the Priory Street Centre and our usual room is now the Foxwood Room. As you approach the front of the Centre, turn right and go to the car park area. The room we use is locked whilst we're out so you can leave your bits and bobs in there.

😷 We are asking people still to wear a face mask when entering the building to drop bags off where possible.

🚲There is cycle parking as you approach the Centre and a 10 bay pay and display car park is available behind the nursery block, to the left as you approach front of the Centre. In addition, on street parking is available on Priory Street.

TONIGHT 🌱We’re heading to West Bank Park tonight to clear the pond lining, gravel and mud out of the pond and dig it out a further six inches.

We'll also have a group heading 4k each way to Heworth Without to help spread some woodchip on the paths there. This will be a speedier run of ideally about 12 people, led by Mitch, and this group will need to leave promptly at 6:15.

THE TASK 🧤 As we'll be doing various tidy up tasks in the gardens/Heworth Without, please bring gardening gloves if possible.

RUNNING AND WALKING WITH US 👏GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and if the task is close enough we have a walking group too.

👍We always have a back-marker too so nobody will get left behind - no matter what your pace is.

POST-RUN SOCIAL 🍻We normally head to The Ackhorne Pub on St Martin's Lane after our run for a spot of liquid refreshment and a good chat (COVID rules-pending, obviously). Please join us!

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Ben Dove completed a training run • Evening Run
Wed 4 May
Ben Dove completed a training run • Morning Run
Sat 23 Apr
Ben Dove completed a training run • Morning Run
Thu 21 Apr
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