Dan

Oxford

6Good deeds

6runs

33cheers

Dan went on a party
Party
Oxford

Lord Mayor’s Charity Quiz Night

Fri 8 Apr

Mark is into his last few months as Lord Mayor of Oxford, so it would be great to support one of the few in-person events he’s been able to host at Oxford Town Hall.

PLEASE BE SURE TO CLICK THROUGH AND BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE.

GET QUIZZICAL WITH THE LORD MAYOR OF OXFORD – FRIDAY 8 APRIL 2022, OXFORD TOWN HALL

Get your thinking caps on and put your knowledge to the test at the Lord Mayor of Oxford's Quiz Night on Friday 8 April 2022. Will you get your hands on the coveted Lord Mayor's Quiz Cup?

As well as a night of top trivia there will be some fantastic prizes up for grabs in the Charity Auction, with all proceeds going to the Lord Mayor's Chosen Charities (Oxfordshire Mind, Ark-T Centre, Wood Farm Youth Centre).

The on-site bar will be serving soft drinks, beers, wines and spirits, plus you can grab some delicious hot food for some added brain power (pre-order required).

A maximum of 6 players per team.

Tickets are £5.98 including the booking fee. If you would like to order a meal it is £15 extra.

  • Fragrant Thai Chicken or Vegetable Curry.
  • Middle-Eastern Lamb or Vegetable Tagine with Coriander & Pomegranate.
    All served with basmati rice and poppadoms.
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Dan has cheered by other people 25 times. Wed 6 Apr 2022

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

Dan went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

You can Glebe the Moss On

Wed 6 Apr
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

It was a momentous evening - the return of the GARLAND OF JOY!

For the first time since the start of the pandemic we resurrected the Garland of Joy last night, and the first recipient was Jane to celebrate her 10th Good Deed. Well done Jane! There was some chat about passing it around to make up for all the missed Garland wearing over the last 2 years, so send in your petitions/applications if you've missed out on a garland-worthy milestone.

Iffley Glebe is one of Iffley village’s most important open spaces, playing a vital role in maintaining the rural atmosphere of Iffley within it's city setting. The field is full of wildflowers each summer and the ancient hedge across the field provides birds with nesting places, and insects and berries for food. At night the glebe is an important hunting ground for bats and owls. The stone wall surrounding the site has a lot of weeds growing in it which, although pretty, need clearing regularly in order to keep the wall in good condition. That was one of our tasks for the evening, as well as some (very careful) pruning back of tree branches in the corner of the site - being sure to check for any signs of nesting birds before chopping.

It turns out 25 pairs of hands makes light work of weeding walls and pruning. Despite some minor traumas (spiders, stinging nettles), snickering over childhood names for galium aparine (aka...sticky-willy), and not quite resisting the urge to stick goose-grass on anyone's back (thank you Samantha, in an hour we had stripped the main wall along the Glebe of the worst of it's weeds inside and out (not the moss though!), and made a good start along the two side walls too, although some of the ivy proved extremely tenacious.

The cold wind meant there was no hanging around after the group photo - we were straight away off running, taking the scenic route back along the Thames Path past Iffley Lock.

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Dan signed up to a party
Party
Oxford

Lord Mayor’s Charity Quiz Night

Fri 8 Apr 19:00 pm
Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX
Let’s support Mark and raise money for Mind, Ark-T Centre and Wood Farm Youth Centre

Mark is into his last few months as Lord Mayor of Oxford, so it would be great to support one of the few in-person events he’s been able to host at Oxford Town Hall.

PLEASE BE SURE TO CLICK THROUGH AND BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE.

GET QUIZZICAL WITH THE LORD MAYOR OF OXFORD – FRIDAY 8 APRIL 2022, OXFORD TOWN HALL

Get your thinking caps on and put your knowledge to the test at the Lord Mayor of Oxford's Quiz Night on Friday 8 April 2022. Will you get your hands on the coveted Lord Mayor's Quiz Cup?

As well as a night of top trivia there will be some fantastic prizes up for grabs in the Charity Auction, with all proceeds going to the Lord Mayor's Chosen Charities (Oxfordshire Mind, Ark-T Centre, Wood Farm Youth Centre).

The on-site bar will be serving soft drinks, beers, wines and spirits, plus you can grab some delicious hot food for some added brain power (pre-order required).

A maximum of 6 players per team.

Tickets are £5.98 including the booking fee. If you would like to order a meal it is £15 extra.

  • Fragrant Thai Chicken or Vegetable Curry.
  • Middle-Eastern Lamb or Vegetable Tagine with Coriander & Pomegranate.
    All served with basmati rice and poppadoms.
Read more
Dan signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Meadow Maintenance at Iffley Glebe

Wed 6 Apr 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Raking, Weeding, Frisbee

Iffley Glebe playis a vital role in maintaining the rural atmosphere of Iffley. The glebe is full of wildflowers each summer and the ancient hedge across the field provides birds with nesting places, and insects and berries for food. At night the glebe is an important hunting ground for bats and owls.

Iffley Glebe is not open to the public, so this is a rare chance to see it and contribute to it's upkeep.

Tasks will include:

  • Pulling/clearing of the plants growing in the wall (except moss)
  • Tidying up the area around the garage, including checking for nesting birds, chopping back branches, cleaning the drive of brambles/plants other than grass, and general tidying up
  • Cutting/pulling ivy off trees
  • Cleaning the sign

Please bring your own gardening gloves. All tools will be provided by Oxford Preservation Trust. Meeting options: * Anyone wishing to run to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd no later than 6pm. It's about a mile and a half to Iffley Glebe. There won’t be a bag drop available. We will take the direct route to Iffley Glebe but we can run back the scenic route along the Thames Path afterwards. * If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us outside Iffley Church Hall at 6:15pm.

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Dan has completed 5 good deeds with GoodGym. Wed 12 Jan 2022

Dan is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time

Dan went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

GoodGym flash mob to the rescue

Wed 12 Jan
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Last night we blitzed the tidying and organising tasks at the Oxford Mutual Aid food bank. As a 7-days-a-week operation there's rarely time to pause and take stock due to the overwhelming need to get the food parcels prepared, so a GoodGym flash-mob every now and then helps to get everything back in order.

This week there have been lots of large donations in from other food banks and larders which needed sorting into crates of similar items then stored properly. Also, now that we're into the New Year all the leftover Christmas items needed to be organised so that they can be stored off site instead of taking up precious space in the hall.

We divided into teams and got to work:
* Lorenzo headed up a group sorting through all the recent food donations, crating them up with like-items and stacking them away in a more organised fashion.
* Rachael took her team to the kitchen to sort through the fresh fruit and veg and dispose of any that were too mushy/mouldy to send out, organising the fridges into expiry-date order, and giving the whole area a good clean, before moving on to portioning up bulk bags of pasta.
* Bethan's crew sorted through mountains of Christmas gifts, categorising by age of recipient, and then picking a few crates to remain at the hall as birthday gifts and labelling everything else up for off-site storage.
* Holly, Vicky and Ben did the heavy lifting, re-organising the tin-can corner to make more storage space. Hope your arm muscles aren't too achey this morning!
* Last, but not least, Dan tackled cardboard mountain, flattening the pile of boxes and crushing as many as possible into the recycling bin.

We've already had effusive thanks from the Oxford Mutual Aid organising team:

"This is is so, so helpful! Thank you thank you!"
"Thank you SO SO MUCH"
"I've just been in and everything looks like a dream."

Great work team. Well done!

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Dan signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Oxford Mutual Aid evening shift

Wed 12 Jan 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
All hands on deck!

Oxford Mutual Aid have asked for a GoodGym flash mob at the Richard Benson Hall food bank tonight.

There’s lots to do:
* Portioning out bulk bags of rice, pasta, and chickpeas.
* Restocking the food shelves.
* Sorting through the fresh food and throwing out food waste.
* Breaking down cardboard boxes.
* Helping load up food parcels for delivery.
* Cleaning

We ask that you wear a mask inside the food bank.

Tonight we will meet at the task - Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd - at 6pm. It’s next door to St Mary & St John church. There won’t be a run to the task but there will be a 5k run after we finish at the food bank. We’ll also provide a run-walk option for those starting Couch-2-5k this month. All welcome, so come in your running kit if you fancy a social run.

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Dan went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

TOAD in the hedge

Wed 5 Jan
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Last night we started 2022 as we mean to go on, helping the food bank and litter picking some of the city grot spots!

Heading West for the first time in a few months we planned to tackle the Osney Mead/Botley Road litter. Although we don't get out that way regularly we're still familiar with some of the favourite dumping grounds: around any park bench (even if there's a bin right next to it), car parks, and bushy hedge are surefire litter gold mines. Our 3 teams set off in different directions - forming a pincer movement from each end of the Osney Mead Industrial Estate, with the 3rd group cleaning up the known dumping ground in the small park next to the bridge. Sure enough, we were soon laden with gin bottles (some fancy artisan gin drinkers in Oxford green spaces), clothing, cans, takeaway containers, newspapers (old skool!), the ever-present masks, even a pair of steel toe-cap boots and a trolley!

An hour of litter picking in freezing temperatures yielded over 20 sacks of trash. We came away thinking that it's high time the UK stole Rwanda's system of Umuganda: "Umuganda is a national holiday in Rwanda taking place on the last Saturday of every month for a morning of mandatory nationwide community work. Participation in umuganda is required by law, and has resulted in notable improvement in the cleanliness of Rwanda."

Welcome to GoodGym Chris!

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