Update: Meet behind leisure world, near the recycling bins, not at the entrance, thanks.
Help Keep Britain Tidy by gathering up some rubbish. Better for the wildlife, better for the environment, and where possible, we'll recycle what we find. This litter pick will sweep along the river between Leisure World and the bottom of East Hill. We can have up to 16 helpers, under current guidelines. We may split into two groups on the day. Bring your own gloves, bags will be provided.
This is a gardening task near the riverside. Bring gloves, and any tools if you have them - secateurs, trowel, etc. We are now meeting at the steps by the bridge, by the cottages on North Station Road, opposite the Riverside Hotel.
Most people were able to make it to the right location for the mission ;) and so with litter pickers and bags we set off in two separate groups to clean up the areas around Castle Park. It was good to chat and catch up with GoodGymers old and new with a special mention for Magano who was joining us for her first GoodGym mission. There was discussion of work/life balance in the pandemic world, pets and obviously whether anyone had managed to get to the pub and take advantage of the recent changes to restrictions! Whilst it wasn't quite as messy as we feared it might be, there was evidence that some people who had been taking the chance to have a picnic in the park, hadn't cleaned up after themselves and we managed to fill three large bags of rubbish between us. As someone who lives in the area close I know I appreciate the park will be a little cleaner for the time-being, and hope others will be similarly pleased.
In the past 12 months the outdoor spaces in our town have possibly mattered to us more than ever before.
Litter blights our streets, parks and everywhere else in our town. Hence GoodGym can help make a difference.
To maintain social distancing and to follow the Rule of six we will meet in two areas of the town. One group by the river near Middleborough and the other on the other side of Castle park.
Nearer the time I will confirm the details.
Litter pickers and sacks will be provided, but please bring your own gloves.
Any questions please let me know.
We had two separate groups planting bulbs in Colchester last night!
One group had a fantastic bulb planting sesh near the weir for Colchester in Bloom, accompanied by swans taking back the park for the evening.
The other group planted in some areas in the town centre. It was a chilly evening but lovely to see people after so long.
We look forward to seeing the fruits of our labour next Summer when the tulips bloom!
Following on from being back together on 31st March Colchester In Bloom are looking forward to welcoming us once more. I will confirm details of where to meet nearer the time as I am not sure what Pam would like us to do.
Once again the plan is to meet in 2 groups of 6.
Look forward to seeing you again.
Any queries please let me know.
Tonight's community mission was all about helping make an area smarter and more presentable to the vistors at Firstsite.
Eddie gave us the brief of going round the large room and painting over any areas on the walls that were in need of a bit of TLC.
We set about the task with our usual GoodGym gusto.
Everyone was pleased to see each other and catch up on each other's lives.
We are blessed to have such a fine group of people in GoodGym Colchester.
Thank you to Catherine for the the title of the report and Rosalind for taking some of the photos.
Finally thank you everyone for coming this evening and helping making a difference.
Eddie from Firstsite very much appreciated us helping him out with the D-Lawn a few weeks ago and says the space looks amazing now.
He would now love some help painting the studios.
To maintain social distancing the plan is to separate into 2 groups to work in different areas .So one group of 6 in studio 1 and 1 group of 6 in studio.
Hence there is a limit of 12 people for this community mission.
Eddie will meet us outside Firstsite and a take each group in separately.
As its painting perhaps best not to wear you best running gear.😄
Any queries please let me know. Thanks Ian
Straight away I must say a big thank you to everyone for coming along tonight. It wasn't a great evening weather wise and as we were about to leave the rain became very heavy.
Anyway onto the report-welcome to Alistair for his first evening with GoodGym,it was good to see you Alistair.
Also Katherine made her first appearance in her black t shirt after reaching 50 Good Deeds recently.
Pam explained what she wanted doing and we set about the task with the usual GoodGym gusto.
We swept and cleaned up all around the fountain and removed alot of excess Ivy from around the outskirts of the area.
As always on a GoodGym evening there was plenty of chat and good humour.As always everyone was pleased to see each other.
I think it's fair to say we made a significant improvement to the area and Pam was certainly pleased with our evenings work.
Thank you once again for coming along tonight.