With the hot evening sun on our backs we got together in the Oak visitor car park ready to walk into our weeding challenge for the evening. Before that we welcomed a new face to the GoodGym family in Ben. Please give him a cheer and follow! What a great addition Ben is going to be!
A guided walk through the school grounds brought us to the sports field and the location of where the weeding party would take place.
A planting area outside the gym was snapped up by Lea, Daryl and Neil. This was to be the place where the wildflowers would be sowed. In hope that it would bring a bit of colour to the area.
Ben, Keith, Sean, Hannah, my colleague Ollie and his partner Claudia headed over to the massive sand pit to tackle all the weeds somehow finding enough nutrients in the sand.
We improvised wheelbarrows by using old, super stylish pink curtains from my house. Loading them up and then slinging them into the underbrush for them to have their weed party in the bushes last night. Finally back together again after dispersing in the sand. Who knew weeds could socially distance better than many humans!?!?
The wildflower group dug up a few boulders and metal rods, no dangerous utensils thank goodness.
The sandpit gang finished with a whole lot of sand in hard to reach places...but we all left feeling a sense of achievement and with a better tan too.
Thank you so much for all your help in making a place I see everyday, that much more inviting. And I'll walk by each area and remember your visit with gratitude!
Another task next week Thursday....and we'll be painting so please check the website!!
Lea and Keith I hope your backs aren't too sore for your double day volunteering marathon on Brownsea!!
Good luck to Daryl this weekend who is going through sweeper training at the Crafty Fox Half on Sunday, and Nicola, John, Karen and Charlotte who will be hoping they don't get swept up!!
I work at LeAF studio school, which is a sports specialist school. Part of their grounds have a huge sandpit on it that was used during the Olympics for the Beach Volleyball events.
We've cleared a lot of the weeds on it, but they are slowly coming back, so we need to do some clearing. Along with that we will be clearing some other areas and planting wildflower seeds to add a bit more life and colour to the area.
If you have any gloves AND gardening tools you could bring along that would be amazing. Forks in particular as well as metal rakes too.
We will meet in the Oak Academy car park which will be open. As you come through the gates, turn right into the visitors section of the car park. From there we will walk through together.
Six of us got together at our old gardening spot in BH2. St Michael’s school was our destination and this time we were going to do some painting in their pre-school area.
Rachel and Anthony met us outside and showed us where we were needed.
Their pre-school fence was a blend of orange and Rachel had started to paint it a more peaceful sage colour.
Oh man, we LOVE painting so much. And it was the perfect evening for it too. Lots of different conversations topics, soothing task, laughing and catching up in the sunshine.
We worked in pairs on each panel and moved along gradually, and after about an hour we had managed to do most of the fence with a base coat.
We will be back after half term to help with more painting and gardening next time.
Well done everyone, and I think a social in the sunshine is on the cards very soon!!!
The lovely people at St Michael's School need us to come and clear our a plot at the entrance to the school. Last time we were there we cleared the one on one side, and this time we are clearing the other elevated flower bed. Along with that their pre-school area needs some painting (it will be outdoors) too.
We are meeting at their main entrance and we are capping the group size to 10 as I don't think we will need more than that. Please only sign up if you're sure you can make it, as late cancelations could force us to cancel the mission.
Please bring some gardening gloves if you have them.
The gang, with lots of new faces, gathered near the entrance to the Sovereign Center.
We welcomed Dominic and Nicole to their first GoodGym mission, although thanks to Tracy, they had heard about GoodGym from her Poole connections.
Angie and Star met us outside the Creative Kids studio and we split up into two groups. One was to help Star sort through musical equipment, and clear and area for a shelving unit to go in and then the musical instruments had to be sorted back into the shelves.
The other group was clearing out an area in the storage room to free up a shelving unit for the musical instruments. Then had to find space for costumes etc to go back into.
Lots of moving, shuffling, keeping our distance from each other and getting a good sweat on, and struggling to breathe with our masks on!!
But we got it all done in under an hour, Angie and Star were amazed and delighted!!
They would like our help more frequently on Saturdays moving forward, helping with moving equipment up and down before and after their performances.
WE'LL BE BACK!!!
THIS HAS NOW BEEN MOVED TO THE SATURDAY AFTER. Please remove yourself from the register if you are not able to attend the 15th May.
We are helping Codified Orchestra via Creative Kids this Saturday morning. They have ust moved in and need some big units moving and some large boards to help them have a larger storage unit.
We will meet outside the main entrance to the Sovereign Center on the pedestrian section of the high street. Not sure how long it will all take, but you are free to come and stay as long as you can or leave when you need to.
Ideally, we'd like around 10 of us and we'll work in separate groups to allow for social distancing. I am going to cap the session to 12 to make sure we don't have people standing around. Bring some gloves and a mask please.
Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
THIS HAS NOW MOVED TO THE WEEK BEFORE. THIS WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE 22ND MAY!!
Michael needs a lot of GoodGym hands to develop their plot above the Sovereign Centre....so we need as many of us as we can get together! We will be making composters and moving things into place, so bring some gardening gloves if you have them.
We are meeting opposite Aldi in Boscombe, by McDonalds and then we head up the ramp to the roof top together.
Feel free to join for all of it or only part of it.
6 of us gathered at the bottom of Horseshoe Common for a litter pick with an added incentive.
A bingo sheet!! Thanks to Olivia from GoodGym Ealing for her creativity and ingenuity!
We split off in pairs with a bag and sheet each trying to avoid the people hanging out in the shrubs and around the trees...not wanting to put them off their suspicious doings.
Kristina and Caprice took the path through the middle of the Common, Hannah and Laura forked off to the right and Daryl and I veered to the left.
After about an hour of rummaging and ultimately realising that the council had done a pretty good job of clearing the park we got together to tally our scores.
Hannah and Laura emerged victorious with 17 items from the list, Caprice and Kristina managed 16, and Daryl and I managed a respectable 14.
Lovely evening once again and we’re back out and about next week so please keep an eye on the website!