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Wrapping Christmas presents

Wed 8 Dec 18:30 pm
Park Grove Primary Academy , Park grove , York , YO31 8LG
Children Will get a wrapped gift from FC

Quite possibly the favourite task of 2020 is back.

Join a team of elves happily wrapping presents whilst listening to Christmas tunes and eating mince pies.

Indoor task but well spaced out with ventilation.

10 elves needed

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Pottering with Ms P's Pots

Wed 27 Oct
Report written by Barbara Griffin

We were met at Ms P's by Catherine the referrer, who showed us what needed doing, mainly in the back garden making the area outside the French doors where Ms P sits nicer to look at. As she is virtually housebound this will be a huge help in allowing her to enjoy her garden again.

Our first job was to remove a very dead (and very flat-looking) hedgehog. I grabbed a spade and quickly passed it to Ellie who bravely removed it to under a nearby hedge (it was a "hedge"hog after all). Ellie then took the shears and trimmed the tall hedge which was partially blocking Ms P's view and I started moving some of the more dead-looking and empty/weedy pots and tubs to the other side of the patio. We removed the weeds from between the cracks, neatened the edges and placed the pots that still had plants in them (especially those with some colour) nearer to the French doors. I found 2 lovely blue pots which we thought would give some colour and so we repotted a couple of plants into them and added them to the arrangement around the French doors.

Just before we left, Ellie found a shiny new edging tool (which she couldn't resist) and she set to work making the other side of the patio look neat and tidy. I tidied up and ferried the pile of weeds we had created via a narrow passage through to the green bin at the front of the house, using a green crate Ellie had found hiding under the bench (after deciding that the pink trug wasn't big enough - although it did make Ellie look a bit like Little Red Riding Hood so I had to take a photo).

Ms P had a quick chat with us and said how grateful she was . She also told us about her cat who has lots of cat boyfriends, one of which sits outside on the drive at night waiting! We went our separate ways, Ellie walking and me cycling, glad to have helped Ms P enjoy what she can see of her garden again.

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Wed 27 Oct
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Group run

🌱 Getting to the root of the problem

Mon 18 Oct
Report written by Nicky Woodall

πŸ™ŒA group of brilliant GoodGymmers gathered for our weekly group run. After congratulating some hardcore folk who arrived after running the races yesterday, we also welcomed Rob who was visiting from GoodGym Leeds. In honour of yesterday's races, we each chose our favourite things about Yorkshire, as part of our numbering off. Fell running, Yorkshire puddings and Tristan were just some of the highlights!

πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈAbi led a walking crew while we warmed up and then split into two groups. Mitch and Leanne led a group to West Bank Park while the rest of us went to Glen Gardens.

Here's what Mitch had to say about the West Bank Park task...

  • 7 runners left,
  • 8 arrived,
  • 11 did the task,
  • 6 came back.

πŸ¦” After a run consisting of multiple traffic light stops and hedgehog talk, we arrived at West Bank Park. We needed to tackle the infamous mountain of mud, which is located in the raised wooded beds. Our task was to dig out the mountain and then spread it down on the path.

⛏️ After half an hour of pickaxe, digging, raking and borrowing, we managed to make a large dent in the pile, but will have to come back!

🧹 Whilst we were digging, Tristan, Abi, Ellie and Tay were busy raking away. I didn't see what they were doing (great run leading there, Mitch!) but I imagine they were working hard!

πŸƒ After the hard work and a quick group stomp to flatten the path, it was time to leave for the fitness session. However, the darkness proved difficult for some.

"I kept trying to find the handles of the wheelbarrow,Β  it realised I was on the wrong side". Carl

🧨 Meanwhile at Glen Gardens, we met Adi in the dark and quickly got to work clearing a patch of ground. Ivy and roots came up while certain other plants were protected. Debs joined us at the task and quickly got stuck in with Barbara digging up a particularly stubborn root. They persevered and were eventually told that it probably went 20 feet deep! So with great reluctance, they called it a day and moved on to some less intractable weeds. Stefan advocated the use of dynamite for clearing the ground and after a (short) discussion, we concluded that probably wasn't covered under GoodGym's health and safety.

πŸ¦ΈπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ¦Έβ€β™‚οΈ After a run back, we met by the wall near Priory Street for a "quick" fitness session. A little competition of who could stand on one leg for longest turned out to be longer than expected, due to the muscle power present in GoodGym York.

🍻 A stretch and pub trip concluded our Monday evening. See you next week!

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Water Paul-aver

Sun 17 Oct
Report written by Nicky Woodall

πŸ• 12 excellent GoodGymmers (including 3 Pauls), a child, a baby and a dog got up VERY early to set up and run the Mile 3 of the Yorkshire Marathon and 10 mile

πŸ‘ We welcomed Paul for his very first good deed with us. Hope you had fun and we'll hopefully see you again soon.

🧷 Paul was our de facto leader, having been the only one there early enough (keen bean) to oversee the arrival of our water supplies and equipment. These included safety pin signs and what may or may not have been the finish sign, but no water station flags. So we just had to hope that the tables of water and yellow-bibbed marshalls were obvious enough for the runners to spot and get the hint.

πŸ’§ Our official supervisor got stuck in Leeds so, given the expertise and professionalism that GoodGym York is renowned for, we were trusted to run the water station unsupervised.

🚰 We quickly set to work putting out the bottles of water. Ellie came up with a bottle-arranging system to avoid too much bottle-knocking carnage. Leanne did a test run as a runner speeding past and deemed it suitable. The system was taken on by other tables to a greater or lesser extent and we were quickly set up and raring to go.

πŸͺ Time for a biscuit break and a little trip by some to use the facilities of the Gover household, partly to admire their lovely cat (speaking for myself anyway!) 🐈

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒ In no time, the first marathon runners came speeding through and after that, we were kept busy re-stocking the water tables and playing Spot the GoodGymmer, with much pride and affection for our red- (and other-) topped runners.

🧹 Once everyone was through, it was time to pack up, which was a relatively simple job. Fortunately, someone was on hand to take lots of the spare water bottles to Your Cafe

πŸ† After a group photo, some of us went to the bottom of the hill to cheer our excellent runners at the end of the race too, with the added volume from the Griffins' cow bells. Absolutely superb effort from everyone, runners and water station-ers - so much to be proud of.

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Back to school

Wed 13 Oct
Report written by Michal Czekajlo

On a dark, but warm autumn evening seven GoodGymers met to eat some cake together. After two slices each and nice time chatting we were ready to go home... JUST KIDDING... however chocolate brownies were served this evening.

We arrived at OLQM to be welcomed by Bob, the caretaker, who had a selection of tools waiting for us.

I thought I will be here on my own'- Bob

When I arrived 5 minutes before the task start Bob was becoming concerned that we are not coming, however I reassured him that we are a punctual bunch. Few minutes later the whole team assembled ready for the task briefing.

First part of the task was to trim overgrown lavender, dig over soil and remove rocks in readiness for stage two which included barrowing fresh top soil, topping up flower beds and planting tulip and daffodil bulbs.

We had such a good time chatting and neither the Yorkshire Marathon nor the 12 k's of Christmas challenge was mentioned, no way ... who would want to talk about it ;) , that we were carried away and did a bit of overtime.

With just over 1 hour on the clock and all the bulbs in soil we were ready for the second slice of chocolate brownie and a team photo before offering our services for the future and saying good bye to our host.

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Group run

My heart willow on

Mon 4 Oct
Report written by Nicky Woodall

27 excellent GoodGymmers met on a pleasant Monday evening for this evening's group run.

πŸ‘‹πŸΌ We gave a huge welcome to Martin on his first GoodGym task.

πŸ¦ΈπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ¦Έβ€β™‚οΈWe also had two caped GoodGym heroes - tonight was Louise's 100th good deed and John's 300th! Huge congratulations to both of you.

πŸ™ŒπŸΌ And if that wasn't enough, we had mega kudos to give to lots of runners who ran excellent races in both Kielder and Dalby Forest. *What a week! *

πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈThe walking group, led by Leanne, was a popular option this week, while Pete and Nicky (mostly Pete) led the running group, after a quick warm up.

To the task

We were met at Willow House Garden by Rachel and her colleague who helpfully provided tools and bags.

"Get rid of everything"

🌿That was the instruction and we didn't need telling twice. There was some enthusiastic pruning (hacking?!), sawing, sweeping and even a bit of topiary! In half an hour, the area looked well-shorn and Rachel was very happy with the result.

πŸ“Έ After a quick group photo, we did some game-based fitness, using the classic Rock, Paper, Scissors and Stuck in the Mud. Before we knew it, the walking and running groups were ready to head back for a cool down and stretch.

πŸ‘πŸΌ Back at base, a huge thank you was given to Michal for everything he's done as Area Activator, including through a beautiful card created by David. Further thank yous and catching up happened at the pub before we said our farewells and went our separate ways.

Thank you everyone for making my first group run as AA such a good one πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

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OLQM front garden dig

Wed 13 Oct 18:30 pm
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Hamilton Drive, Holgate, YO24 4JW
Enhanced school garden for school pupils to enjoy

Our Lady's Queen of Martyrs Primary School asked us to help with the garden at the school entrance. They plan to plant some bulbs for the spring and require the garden to be dug over and old soil replaced.
A team of 6 to 8 people should make it happen in 40, 45min tops.

Please bring your gardening gloves and a head torch as it will be dark already.

Meet at the school entrance from Hamilton Drive.

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Group Run - Willow House garden

Mon 4 Oct 18:15 pm
York CVS, Denham Room, 15 Priory Street , York , YO1 6ET
Garden clear up in readiness for archeology project

Welcome to GoodGym York!

We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. Every Monday we meet to get active and do a physical task to help the charities or community organisations in our city.


We meet at the Priory Street Centre and our usual room is the Denham Room. As you approach the front of the Centre, turn right and go to the car park area. The room we use is locked whilst we're out so you can leave your bits and bobs in there. We will have a person at the door managing one in, one out system while dropping the bags etc. There is no requirement to wear a face mask when entering the building, as you will be there by yourself and only for a short period of time, but you can wear one if you feel more comfortable that way. 10 bay pay and display car park is available behind the nursery block, to the left as you approach front of the Centre. In addition on street parking is available on Priory Street.


A number of weeks ago we have cleared the Willow House car park area in readiness for the Archeology on Prescription project. Today we are going back to help clear another part of the garden for the archaeology project.

Please bring your gardening gloves.


GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and if the task is close enough we have a walking group too. It's possible to walk to this task (1.5km each way). Walkers will leave at 18:25 promptly so please arrive in plenty of time.

We always have a back-marker too so nobody will get left behind - no matter what your pace is.


We will head to The Ackhorne Pub on St Martin's Lane after our run for a spot of liquid refreshment and a good chat. Please join us!

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