Chris B

Oxford

11Good deeds

11runs

66cheers

Chris B went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

Happiest when Scything

Wed 3 Aug
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

The Aston's Eyot Triathlon: Scything, Digging and log-carrying. It'll be a Commonwealth Games sport one day you know!

We spent our evening working around the new wildlife pond on Aston's Eyot - digging nettle roots out of the area where the Friends of Aston's Eyot plan to create a boggy area, scything and raking up nettles to try and encourage greater biodiversity, and moving logs to create suitable habitats for reptiles to hibernate (and to clear them from a new footpath).

Aston's Eyot used to be a rubbish dump, so there's lots of Victorian trash all over just below the surface, which makes digging and weeding a bit of a treasure hunt. Who could have predicted that we would be unearthing an old laxative bottle and taking it home to use as a vase? Hopefully the digging team won't get prosecuted for their efforts by Christchurch college - the sign prohibiting digging looked pretty ancient!

Scything is a GoodGym right of passage, so we're always delighted to have a chance to show our newer members how to do it. Fortunately this load of nettle scything didn't seem to trigger everyone's allergies like it did when we scythed nettles in June before. Good to know August is better for the hayfever sufferers!

Well done on reaching the 10 Good Deeds milestone Laurie.

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Aston’s Eyot

Wed 3 Aug 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Scything :-)

Aston’s Eyot is an island in East Oxford formed by the River Thames, the River Cherwell and Shire Lake Ditch. The 32 acre nature reserve was originally a water meadow, then a rubbish tip for a while at the end of the 19th Century, it is now a mosaic of woodland, open area and scrubland. The land is managed by the Friends of Aston’s Eyot as a nature reserve with public access.

There will be various jobs for us to do around Aston’s Eyot nature reserve, including digging out a pit to make a boggier patch near the trial pond, scything, and other maintenance tasks.

Please bring your own gardening gloves.All tools will be provided.

Meeting options:

If you would like to run to the task location with the group meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall at 6pm.It is less than a mile to Aston’s Eyot, but we can take a slightly longer route if we set off on time.
If you want to meet at the task we will be at the intersection of Meadow Lane and Jackdaw Lane at 6:15pm. We will walk along to Aston's Eyot together from there.

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Chris B signed up to a party
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Oxford

Hinksey park fun

Sun 17 Jul 14:00 pm
Hinksey Park, Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4PZ
Last week was lush - let’s do it again!

More ping-pong, scatch ball, tunes and swimming in the sunshine!

Will try and get the same spot as before - between the tennis courts and the lake at the end.

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Chris B went on a party
Party
Oxford

SUP pup?

Fri 15 Jul
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

What a gorgeous, sunny riverside evening.

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Chris B signed up to a party
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Oxford

Friyay

Fri 15 Jul 17:00 pm
Victoria Arms , Mill Lane, Old Marston, OX3 0QA
Riverside drinks and some paddling

Friday evening drinks in the garden of the Victoria Arms to make the most of the hot weather.

I’ll bring my paddleboard and anyone who wants to splash about is welcome to have a try on it.

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Chris B signed up to a party
Party
Oxford

Board Game Night at Thirsty Meeples

Mon 8 Aug 18:00 pm
Oxford, Oxford, OX
Curb your board-om with a games cafe!

GoodGym Social at Thirsty Meeples board game café. Meet at Thirsty Meeples on Gloucester Green - 97-98, Oxford OX1 2DF Note there will be a cover charge of £6 per person

For further information and to take a look at the games library, visit:

https://thirstymeeples.co.uk/pages/thirsty-meeples-board-game-caf

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Chris B has completed 10 good deeds with GoodGym. Wed 29 Jun 2022

Chris has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.

Chris B went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

Having a Kale of a Time

Wed 29 Jun
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

It was lovely to be back at the Children's Allotment for the first time since they opened up last autumn. It was quite a different sight than when we first came to help out back in the spring of 2019 - now there's a polytunnel classroom, mud kitchen, running water, loo, lots of produce thriving in raised beds, and barely a bramble to be seen.

This week we were back on wood chip duties...the play mound needed making safe by covering with weed suppressing fabric and a thick layer of woodchip. A few bits of glass and metal had been making their way to the surface so the nice thick layer of woodchip will ensure that the area is much safer for playing. Elsewhere Mark and Julia sharpened their carpentry skills repairing the mud kitchen work bench, a handful of GoodGymers were given a composing masterclass, and everyone else snapped on the gardening gloves and got weeding the polytunnel raised beds and around the raspberry canes. Watering was done, peas were eaten, and a generally wholesome evening was had.

Welcome to GoodGym Oxford Emily!

Thanks to Ben for the excellent pun/report title!

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The Children’s Allotment

Wed 29 Jun 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Replenish the paths

Rescheduled from 15th June

The Children's Allotment is a gorgeous space near Florence Park. We helped them with the massive 2.5 year undertaking to get the site ready to open, and now they've asked for a bit of help with maintenance.

The main task will be replenishing the paths with new woodchip, but there are bound to be other jobs to do too.

All tools will be provided but please bring your own gardening gloves.

The Children’s Allotment is at the East Ward Allotments, off Cricket Road. The entrance is off the cycle path, not the main allotment entrance. Location pin here.

Meeting options:
* Anyone wishing to run or walk to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 6pm. * If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at the location pin above at 6:15pm.

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