Catherine Darkins

Colchester

33Good deeds

33runs

80cheers

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Colchester

All is(n't) quiet on New Year's Day

Fri 1 Jan
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Report written by Ian Bown

Happy New Year to GoodGymers everywhere!

Lots of Colchester GoodGymers got out on a very cold ❄ New Year's Day for a run or a walk.

Anna joined us for her first session with GoodGym Colchester. A very warm welcome Anna from all of us.

We were also joined by Melanie and Darren from GoodGym Bristol, lovely to have you both with us.

Well done to everyone for getting out of the door on New Year's Day.

Let's hope that in the year ahead we can be together again and continue do some good.

As ever Ian

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New Years Day (Not) Park Run From Wherever You Are

Fri 1 Jan 06:00 am
Leisure World Colchester, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, CO1 1YH
A fine way to start 2021

Normally there are loads of parkrun's on New Years Day, but as its far from normal at the moment , I thought it would be good to put on a virtual (not) parkrun for Colchester GoodGym.

Simply run or walk 5km between 6 am and 12 noon on January 1st to start the year off on a high.

Of course we,sadly, can't all run together so please just run from wherever you are on the 1st January ,please ignore the location in the description.

Please take a selfie and give me a few details of your run or walk and send it to me via the WhatsApp group and I'll include them in the report.

I've 'borrowed' this idea from Leeds GoodGym with the full approval of Gemma Bridge the Leeds Area Activator .

Any queries please let me know.

As ever Ian

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Catherine Darkins went on a community mission
Community mission
Colchester

At last we have our paintings up in Firstsite πŸ–Ό

Wed 28 Oct
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Report written by Ian Bown

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.

Regards,

Ian

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Painting at Firstsite πŸ–Œ

Wed 28 Oct 18:45 pm
Firstsite , Lewis Gardens , Colchester, CO1 1JH
Help a local arts amenity

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.πŸ˜„

Any queries please let me know. Thanks Ian

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Community mission
Colchester

We(e) wander at the Grove

Sun 20 Sep
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Report written by Ian Bown

What an absolutely beautiful September Sunday morning to be out with your fellow GoodGymers.

Colchester GoodGym now has its very own radio personality after Tav appeared on Actual Radio this morning just after 8am to talk about all things GoodGym and this mornings litter pick. You can listen again via the link on the Whatsgroup . Well done Tav.

We met outside Philip Morant School and headed towards Blue Bottle Grove. Bluebottle Grove is a former Iron Age-era fort with walking paths through scenic woodlands & pre-Roman burial sites. It a popular area with local people, but sadly there is often quite a bit of litter in the Grove and the paths leading up to it.

There was the usual good humour and chat while we did good.

I had the pleasure of listening to Naomi and Rosalind sing a few lines from the Carole King song 'You Gotta A Friend'. 😊

After an hour of thorough litter picking we headed back to Tav's car.

Thank you all for coming today.

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Colchester

Litter Pick At Bluebottle Grove. Keep Britain Tidy Great British September Clean

Sun 20 Sep 10:00 am
Philip Morant School , Rembrant Way , Colchester, CO3 4QS
Help improve the area for local people

Bluebottle Grove is a former Iron Age-era fort with walking paths through scenic woodlands & pre-Roman burial sites. It a popular area with local people, but sadly there is often quite a bit of litter in the Grove and the paths leading up to it.

Litter pickers and collection sacks will be provided. Please bring your own gloves. As this is an outdoor task there is no limit on numbers, but all participants need to undergo the Covid 19 training which can be accessed via the Goodgym website.

Please meet outside the main entrance to Philip Morant School at 10.00am.

Thank you.

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Community mission
Colchester

Join The Green Side 😎

Wed 29 Jul
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Report written by Ian Bown

We met on a especially fine July evening.It was Katherine's 50th Good Deed with Colchester GoodGym .Well done Katherine !! πŸ˜€

We also welcomed back Ben for his 2nd time with us,good to see you Ben.

Abbey Fields is very popular,well used area of our town,with a wide variety of people taking advantage of the space and is popular at all times of the day.

On this particular evening Abbey Fields was especially busy,which was lovely to see.

Since the lockdown has eased the area seems to have become even more popular ,but sadly associated with this, there has been an increase in littering in the area.

It was an excellent turn out of GoodGym members who as always are happy to see each other and ready to do lots of good.

We split into 2 groups to try and cover as much of the area we could in the time available.Abbey Fields is a large area so sadly there's the potential for alot of rubbish.

We ended up with 6 full bags of rubbish,which was a great effort on our behalf,it's just sad it gets dropped in the first place!! πŸ˜₯

Thank you.

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Community mission
Colchester

Man-ure farm is great!

Sat 25 Jul
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Report written by Tav

As lockdown and Coronavirus hit the UK one of our last tasks we did was to plant trees along a fence border of Dedham Therapy farm. Circumstances dictated that we could not come back and admire our work until now but it was worth the wait. The trees are doing well, and in a similar way to when we see the flowers around Colchester from Colchester in Bloom, there is a sense of pride and satisfaction.

We were met by Katie who gave Ian and Vanessa the list of jobs and ensured all of the COVID-19 precautions were known and adhered to.

Our tasks included weeding a delightful plot and spreading manure ready for a new crop or bloom to flourish...one of the residents commented β€œcockadoodle-do-do” which nicely summed up the efforts made.

Additionally, there were plenty of nettles in the paddocks which needed to be removed and the Shetland Pony seemed pleased about that when he discovered the fresh grass hidden underneath the clearings!

I was stationed with Detti and we were amused by the 3 billy goats gruff. The smallest one had the largest horns and a deep bleet and the tallest goat had a high pitched bleet not befitting her stature!

Although the animals were more interested in there brunch than us, I am sure they appreciated having a few less weeds and nettles. And the clients of the farm will hopefully be able to spend some quality time with them as a result.

Never have we had such fun shovelling and wheelbarrowing poop!

Big thanks to Megan and Katie and the other volunteers who helped us with our questions!

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Dedham Therapy Farm part deux!

Sat 25 Jul 10:00 am
Mill lane, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6DH
Gardening to get the farm safe and ready for visitors again

Gardening...on arrival we will receive more instructions but essentially we have a two hour slot to garden and spend time with the animals!

This is a community mission, a community led session where you will meet other GoodGym runners at the task. Please make yourself known to anyone in a GoodGym top when you arrive. Alongside government social distancing and hygiene rules, you must:

Bring your own gloves suitable for the task Not share tools at the task or clean tools between each use If you have PPE please bring it incase we may need to be less than 2metres a part.

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