OX4 Free Food put out an SOS at lunchtime for people to deliver free meals today. Bethan and I figured we could help out if we collaborated: Bethan dashed to Flo’s Cafe to collect the food before they closed after her Community Mission at the Children’s Allotment. She then brought it over to me at Oxford Mutual Aid, and once my OMA food bank Community Mission was over I delivered meals to 4 addresses on my way home.
Between us we delivered 11 meals to 4 households.
Where there’s a will there’s a way!
This afternoon eleven (10 beautifully on time, one sprinting in sweaty and late) goodgymers descended on the Children's Allotment. We were greeted by the lovely Alice and her snazzy new blackboard full of tasks for us to get stuck into. A lot of these tasks built on work that previous goodgym sessions had started.
Splitting into appropriately socially distanced teams we sawed logs, spread woodchip (we are experts), unearthed bramble roots, watered fruit plants, spread and raked top-soil, sowed grass seed and finished the construction of the silver-birch border around some plant beds.
It was such a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. The sun shone, we discussed the zen-like nature of raking, discovered smutty labels on the top soil bags and at the end had a well-earned rest in the allotment hammock. We are already looking forward to out session in May - soon to be listed, keep your eyes peeled.
A huge welcome to Jo joining a group run for the first time - we hope to see you again soon!
GoodGym (not)parkrun will be hosted by a different GoodGym area each week during lockdown and is aiming to get everyone involved throughout 2021, get fit and active in your local community and carry forward the parkrun spirit, whilst following Covid rules of course.
GG Tower Hamlets is picking up the baton for (not) parkrun on Saturday April 17th, and we have a very special guest joining, cue the drum roll...our founder Ivo! Real parkruns will be 🤞back soon folks, so this is a chance to get back in the groove. Everyone is very welcome to join and to run, walk or skip if you like!
And remember to follow all Covid rules and guidelines on your run, be safe, be socially-distanced and keep moving!
You can complete your 5K any time on Saturday and submit your time, by midnight on Saturday, using the form
A big shout out to Melanie Young @ GoodGym Bristol (aka tech savvy whizz kid) for creating the results form and who will put the results together for our (not)parkrun events.
To let her know your email address and other useful information, there's a one-off registration form to complete. You can find this here.
If you'd like a photo to be included in the run report, please take a selfie and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's get out there and do this!
Come and join us as we tackle the litter in one of the favourite picnic and bonfire spots beside the Thames in Oxford.
As well as being an eyesore and dangerous to wildlife, the litter accumulating in this area easily washes onto the waterways, so the Longbridges Nature Park has been identified by Oxford City Council as a high priority area for clearing litter. We'll do our best to get it into a good state before the May bank holiday weekend.
We will divide into groups to plog along nearby stretches of the Thames Path, clean up Longbridges Nature Park, litter pick parts of Donnington Bridge Road, and possibly also do a litter sweep around Iffley Meadows.
Litter pickers and bin bags will be provided. Someone from the City Council's green spaces team will meet us to collect the full bags at the end of our session.
6pm at The Richard Benson Hall on Cowley Road if you would like to jog the 1 mile over to the litter pick. OR 6:15pm inside the vehicle gate into Longbridges Nature Park on Donnington Bridge Road west of Donnington Bridge.