Bryony Thomas

Oxford

9Good deeds

9runs

63cheers

Bryony Thomas signed up to a party
Party
Oxford

Sunday Night Quiz at The Butcher's Arms

Sun 6 Feb 19:30 pm
Oxford, Oxford, OX
Let's get Quizzical!

Put your general knowledge to the test at The Butcher's Arms Sunday Night Quiz!

The Butcher's Arms, 5 Wilberforce St, Headington, Oxford OX3 7AN.

Start 7.30pm, £1 per person entry, max 6 per team. Kitchen open 6-8pm.

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Bryony Thomas signed up to a training session
Training session
Oxford

Group Walk - Uni Parks to Old Marston

Sat 5 Feb 10:45 am
Keble Gate, University Parks , Parks Road , Oxford, OX1 3PB
Saturday leg stretch

Starting at the Keble Gate of University Parks we will follow the river round to Old Marston and back along through mesopotamia. The route will probably be muddy in places.

It's 8.5km, will probably take just under two hours.

Meet at 10:45. We will set off at 11:00.

There's cycle racks near the park entrance.

👀 View the route https://onthegomap.com/s/4u93nfh8

📍 Dropped Pin for Keble Gate meeting point https://maps.app.goo.gl/XpN9RSt6rYxrpTf16

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Bryony Thomas went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

Literary Lost for Words

Wed 2 Feb
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

With 8 GoodGymers out of 15 running together to the task tonight we tipped over the 50% runners mark - more Gym than Good this week ;-)

Orinoco is a new project for us, but in fact has been going for over 20 years. Their mission is to save items that would otherwise be destined for landfill and create something great out of them. They aim to inspire art, creativity and play through reuse. Previously based in Peat Moors, they now have a shiny new home in Temple Cowley shopping centre and a lot of moving-in jobs to be done. The first event in the new space will be a book day this Saturday - all info here - so the GoodGym flashmob was called in to put together shelving and arrange the books in a browsable way.

Luckily books are our bag, and several GoodGymers eyes lit up when they saw the boxes and boxes of books. Resident bookshop expert Katie got a team working away on book display while half a dozen other GoodGymers did battle with the shelving units. They definitely came out on top in the tussle, as many shelves were slotted together and pushed into place to be filled with donated books. Meanwhile Sarah and Anwen hauled sacks of red curtains with some elusive connection to David Beckham (no, not sure what that was) upstairs to the store rooms. Having previously been a clothes shop the stock rooms upstairs had some hanging rails, so we hung up as many of the curtains as we could to air. The room ended up resembling washing day in the Republic of Gilead but hopefully it will save the fabric from a mouldy future!

After an hour of GoodGym treatment the store was looking very close to being ready for a book event at the weekend. We were each invited to take a book home if something had caught our eye, and many did. Katie couldn't resist a book on Popes despite, or maybe because, she has a doctorate on the topic, Alice nabbed a colouring book for a self-isolating housemate and then had an interesting time working out how to cycle home with it, and Bethan ran back to base through the streets of Cowley clutching Baba the Elephant.

We'll be back again next week to get a load of the other stock loaded in and organised ahead of the grand reopening on 19th February.

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Bryony Thomas signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Helping at Orinoco Scrap store, Take ii

Wed 9 Feb 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Getting them organised for their launch event

Orinoco is a charity who’s mission is to banish boredom and save the planet using creativity and play to inspire the reuse of materials.

Over its 25 year history, Orinoco has saved lorry loads of interesting resources from ending up in landfill. They collect suitable waste materials from businesses for potential reuse, including usable garden and workshop tools, small electrical items for repair.

The Orinoco Scrap store sells scrap items for art, crafts, play and creative projects as well as new art materials, refurbished tools and DIY stuff. The Oxford store used to be based in Wood Green but they had to move out last year and have just moved to new premises. Their full relaunch is on Saturday 19th February.

This week we will organise the store, price up stock and put more shelving up.

As always with indoor tasks, please wear a mask.

Meeting locations:
If you would like to run together to Orinoco meet at Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd at 6pm. It’s about 1.25 miles to Orinoco. If you would prefer to meet at the location meet us on the corner of Between Towns Road and Crowell Road by the Castle Car Park at 6:15pm.

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Bryony Thomas signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Helping at Orinoco Scrap store

Wed 2 Feb 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Getting them organised for their launch event

Orinoco is a charity who’s mission is to banish boredom and save the planet using creativity and play to inspire the reuse of materials.

Over its 25 year history, Orinoco has saved lorry loads of interesting resources from ending up in landfill. They collect suitable waste materials from businesses for potential reuse, including usable garden and workshop tools, small electrical items for repair.

The Orinoco Scrap store sells scrap items for art, crafts, play and creative projects as well as new art materials, refurbished tools and DIY stuff. The Oxford store used to be based in Wood Green but they had to move out last year and have just moved to new premises. They will be having a Book event on Saturday 5th February as a ‘soft launch’ ahead of their full relaunch on Saturday 19th February.

This week we will be putting book shelves together and organising the books. Next Wednesday evening we will organise the store, price up stock and put more shelving up.

As always with indoor tasks, please wear a mask.

Meeting locations:
If you would like to run together to Orinoco meet at Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd at 6pm. It’s about 1.25 miles to Orinoco. If you would prefer to meet at the location meet us on the corner of Between Towns Road and Crowell Road by the Castle Car Park at 6:15pm.

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Bryony Thomas signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

It's our birthday!

Sun 20 Feb 11:00 am
South Ward Allotments, Oxford, OX1 4XS

Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.

...and we'll garden if we want to.

TODAY WE ARE 3!!

Harvest@Home (part of the Cherwell Collective/Cherwell Larder) aims to provide the equipment and skills necessary for people to plant, care for, and harvest their very own produce at home. They have been popping up all over Cherwell district with seed swaps and advice sessions, and are establishing allotments both for teaching/community growing and to grow produce for the Cherwell Larder. We have already helped Harvest@Home and Cherwell Larder a few times in Kidlington and have done one previous session at their plot at South Ward Allotments.

The allotment plot in South Ward Allotments will be used for some experimental growing projects, but it needs a bit of work to get it ready for that. We have previously cleared the long grass and brambles, and over the winter months Harvest@Home have worked hard to get all the broken glass off the plot. It is now ready for strimming the grass, laying cardboard and spreading woodchip. Please bring your sturdiest gardening gloves and shoes just in case a few bits of glass might still be lurking on site.

Getting there:
The allotments are a bit tricky to find, tucked away past the static caravan park and through a locked gate, so for anyone who doesn't know the way we will meet on the opposite side of the road from the Redbridge Household Waste Recycling Centre at 10:50am and walk down to the plot together.
If you are getting the bus to the meeting point please keep your bus ticket as Harvest@Home have a volunteer fund and would like to reimburse your travel costs.

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Bryony Thomas went on a training session
Training session
Oxford

Wind tunnels and raindrops

Wed 8 Dec
Report written by Bethan Greenaway

A group of hardy Goodgymers completed a session on the famous Iffley Road track this evening.

We started with some warm up laps and dynamic stretches (must learn the names of things and not call warm up moves "swooshy things"). We then did a couple of sets of a 300s work out before cool down jogs and stretches.

A slightly bitter wind tunnel on the home stretch added extra resistance to our work out!

****Thanks everyone, you are all wonderful and athletic!

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Bryony Thomas signed up to a training session
Training session
Oxford

Back on Track!

Wed 8 Dec 18:15 pm
Roger Bannister running track, , Iffley Rd, Cowley, Oxford , OX4 1EQ
running at the Roger Bannister track - where the first sub4 minute mile was run

We've been given access to the Roger Bannister Track for a running session this evening, so if you didn't get a spot on the Shoebox Project task this is your alternative.

Track sessions are great for all speeds and experience of runners - since we run around in circles no-one can get too far ahead or behind the group!

We will do an introductory session including a warm up, section of fast and slow intervals, then a cool down jog at the end. The principle is similar to a HIIT session, where you alternate sections of higher effort with gentle recovery sections. Everyone will run or run-walk at their own pace, so the faster runners will just have to complete more intervals in the time ;-)

Open to all, come and join in!

Meeting point: Meet outside the main reception to the sports centre at 6:10pm. If you are late then explain to reception that you are with GoodGym and they will direct you through to the track.

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Bryony Thomas has cheered by other people 25 times. Wed 1 Dec 2021

Bryony is part of a crowd that's making a huge noise. Bryony has been cheered by 25 people - that's a round of applause just on their own. We hope they keep it up.

Bryony Thomas went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

Scavengers!

Wed 1 Dec
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Tonight's GoodGym task was "Pick own Adventure" style.

The Rules:
* Teams must be back at base by 7:30pm or points are docked.
* Teams must get at least 3 items from each list.
* Finds must be photographed as proof.
* You can go anywhere within the ring road as long as you’re back by 7:30pm.

The items to hunt down:
LITTER PICK:
Crisp packet
Cigarette butt
Coffee cup (will allow just lid)
Energy drink can
Fast food wrapper
Face mask
Glass bottle
Alcohol container
Plastic bag (dog poo bag permitted)
Piece of clothing – 5 BONUS points for pants

WILD CARDS:
Selfie at a GoodGym Task Location (a point for each one)
Number 48 (we were the 48th GG area)
A pictorial representation of GoodGym – get creative!
Christmas Decorations
Gold Letter box
Blue Plaque

Strategic thinking was all the rage tonight, with tactical approaches from 'run fast around lots of task locations' to 'focus on the litter', with most opting for 'just try & find ALL the things'. An impressive amount of litter was collected, many miles walked and run, numerous GG task locations and Oxford landmarks visited, and so many photos submitted as evidence that there were too many to upload to the report. I especially enjoyed the creativity shown in the 'pictorial depiction of GoodGym' - gold champagne bottles, the logo spelt out in leaves, bodies twisted into logo shapes.

Bragging rights to Samantha, Sarah, Bryony, and Dan who took the win with 25 points and a Full House of litter items and wild cards, and were also first back to base. Very efficient scavenging!

Kudos to 2nd place team Matt, Sarah, and Bethan, who made it to the most GoodGym task locations -12! - and to the 3rd place team lead by Holly who also got a Full House.

Prizes were awarded by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, although apparently he'll only make a speech if you give him advance warning.

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