Cutting turf is a tough task, but that was GoodGym Huddersfield's job for Saturday morning. We were helping Golcar Environment Group remove a grassy area in the village park in order to create a more interesting flower bed area.
So spades in hand, Kati Law, Louise Galvin, Heather Wilshaw Jones, Catherine Gormley and SallyAnn Maish set about cutting whilst I ran up and down with the wheelbarrow removing and stacking the sods at the opposite end of the park.
Two hours later, much effort expended, a few biscuits eaten and plenty of chatting done, we had completely removed all the turf from the designated area. There is however still more digging to be done, and now we have proved ourselves as excellent turf cutters GoodGym will be returning to Golcar again in the coming weeks to continue cutting.
Thanks to everyone for your help this morning, another great GoodGym task completed.
We need some GoodGym excavators....to help Golcar Environmental Group create a large flower bed in Golcar Park. We'll be using spades to remove turf and topsoil so you'll definitely get a good workout!
Meeting outside Golcar Liberal Club where parking is available, although please walk, cycle or run there if you possibly can. Don't forget your gardening gloves....and your muscles!
As with all Community Missions currently this session is limited to 6 participants who will need to work in a socially distanced fashion.
It was my 100th GoodGym task tonight, a fact not missed by Kati Law who ensured I wore the fairy wings as is traditional for a 100th task in Huddersfield. Along with Kati and I, Ben Godfrey, Tom Elcock, Jackie Cork and Catherine Gormley managed to shift another stack of flyers promoting Kirkwood's Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme. Well done folks another good job done!
In common with many charities 2020 has been a tough year for Kirkwood Hospice. With all of their usual fundraising events being cancelled and so much of their regular income drying up practically overnight, funding sources are under greater pressure than ever. That’s why Kirkwood Hospice are determined to make this year’s Christmas tree collection the biggest yet, and to help make this happen they need GoodGym to assist!
Their target is to collect and recycle collect over 2000 trees, but before they can do this they need to get the word out and this is where GoodGym can help. We'll be posting hundreds of promotional leaflets in local letterboxes to let people know how they can get their trees recycled following the festive period and raise money for our local hospice into the bargain.
So bring your wooden spoons and spatulas for opening letterboxes and plenty of energy for running between the houses as we deliver. On this occasion we'll be delivering the leaflets in the Birkby and Edgerton areas so we'll be meeting outside the Spinks Nest Pub in Birkby and not the Stadium Health and Fitness Club as previously advertised.
As ever if you can do so please run, cycle or walk to the meeting point.
Catherine has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.
Golcar's Ginnel No.2 had a makeover this morning courtesy of GoodGym. Some decidedly wet conditions didn't stop Kati Law, Louise Galvin, Zena Whalley, Catherine Gormley and David Bilton from getting busy with the spades, secateurs and brooms to remove weeds and vegetation from the narrow pathway.
Thanks to Matt Ellis from Golcar Enviroment Group for providing the task, we'll be back to clear some more ginnels next year when hopefully the weather will be a bit better.
Thanks also to David Bilton for today's report title!
If you're not from Yorkshire you may never have heard of a ginnel, I certainly hadn't before I came to live in Kirklees. However the people of Golcar know ginnels, as they have loads of these little narrow alleyways throughout the village. In fact Golcar is so famous for ginnels there is even a dedicated and marked Ginnel Trail for local people and tourists use on a daily basis.
However some Golcar's ginnels on the trail are currently becoming a little overgrown with weeds, making them unsightly and challenging for some users. As a result GoodGym is joining forces with the Golcar Environment Group for a morning of intensive ginnel clearance. Focussing on one of the most overgrown examples we'll don our gardening gloves and blitz the weeds leaving the ginnel tidier and safer for future users.
If you are able to please walk, run or cycle to this Community Mission. If you need to drive the most convenient parking spot is opposite St. John's church in the village centre.