Group Fitness Activities
Our group run this evening took us to somewhere new, to help a charity new to us.
Safe and Sound (https://www.safeandsounddorset.org) is a charity that looks to support vulnerable women in our community by offering many different types of support and allowing them to express and explore through their creative side.
Laura, Amber, Chris and I met up at Kings Park to run the 3.4km to meet Dot at Meyrick Park. Vicky ran loops around Winton before meeting us at the task and Hannah managed to sneak away from her little boy to come and add some extra muscle!
We met Dot and she told us about her charity and what they had planned. Her friend lives in some lovely flats and they were getting rid of lots of bamboo...rather than waste it Dot wanted to use it for the charity's new cafe and shop.
Michael from Grounded Community had put us in touch and told Dot we would get the job done...and we weren't going to let anyone down!
With tools in hand we soon decided that focusing on one big pot would be better. Vicky got stuck in and powered through many layers of roots...for those of you that haven't dealt with bamboo before....well it's not very nice...the roots are so tangled and strong that for anyone other than GoodGym Bournemouth it would be a nightmare to split up and pull out...
Well, it took mainly girl power this evening. Chris and I took a step back when we saw the ladies meant business. Gradually chipping away we managed to pull out lots of the shoots and repot them, ready for them to then go in Dot's van.
After about an hour and with Dot happy she had enough bamboo, we tidied up the area so the residents wouldn't get annoyed and jetted off home again talking about our plans for dinner! Making us run back much quicker!
Next week's run is happening but trying to finalise details. It will most likely be on Tuesday though as it's my Birthday on the Wednesday!!
We are helping Michael at Grounded Community with one of their new projects. The community garden does so many great things and we’re always put to some physical work which is very rewarding!
We’ll be digging, moving, lifting and all sorts. Bring some gardening gloves and a can do attitude!
We’re meeting in Kings Park for a run before getting to Meyrick Park
Meet for the run is 6:05pm Kings Park Pavilion. Meet for the task is 6:30pm outside this address. Flat 2 Meyrick Hall, 16 Meyrick Park Cres BH3 7 AQ
We’ll be digging up some bamboo and loading it into a van.
Last night our good deed was to help out Paul at Bishop Aldhelm's Primary School with their long jump pit.
4 of us met up at the bottom of Coy Pond to go for a little run and chat together.
It was lovely to have Amber join us again after a little hiatus and Hannah managed her first proper run since having her little boy 11 months ago. It was a special evening for sure!
We took the lit-up road route, avoiding the usual off road trails, and although the distance was short, the hills were not!
Chatting along we made it to the school where Paul was waiting for us and guided us to the long jump pits at the back of the school.
We set up the lights and picked out the right tools and set about shoveling and scraping away all the moss that had grown on the running strip to the long jump pit.
We realised pretty early on that it was all about angles and that our arms are not as strong as we'd like! Hannah added her strategic knee sway to it and soon was shoveling large spades of moss clear.
We cleared one strip and with 15minutes to go we started and got half way through the second strip. A light drizzle started and this was our cue to pack up and make our way back to Coy Pond.
A very satisfying evening in many ways!
Next week's session is in the works so keep an eye out for it!
The lovely Paul need a little help. And as we’re trying to stay outdoors as much as possible, to enable everyone to stay safe, we’re heading over to Bishop Aldhelm’s to help clear their long jump running track of moss. It’ll be super satisfying to see it all clear of the green mossy jungle.
Please bring a head torch and wrap up nice and warm.
We will meet at Coy Pond for the run, 15mins before the actual task meet time and run the short distance to the school. So 6pm meet at Coy Pond for run. 6:15pm task start at school.
It's been a while since I last saw Mrs L, and although she's made good progress there is still quite a lot to sort! She started by showing me a few second hand things she had purchased lately, including a bike! Although she probably doesn't have much room for it, it is a nice blue bike 😀.
She asked me to focus on a small undercover area outside, so we made our way through the stuff together, with Mrs L deciding if it was keep, charity, recycle or rubbish. She explained that she finds it so much easier having someone there to help her and keep her mind focused, and I love a good sort out so didn't mind at all.
Before I left, I helped to do a temporary fix to the conservatory where a firework had made a hole and was letting water through, so hopefully it will keep the rain out until it can be properly repaired!
There were only two and a half of us last night, but we made it count. Hannah and John came from the other side of town to help do a little outdoor beach clearing at my school. We use the area to condition students with running and other games too. If the area starts to overgrow with weeds then we're unable to use it anymore due to health and safety.
Hannah and John set up the area with butterfly spot light to be able to see what they were doing and off they went plucking out weeds with forks and rakes. As it was quite dark the photo side of things was a little tricky.
They warmed up with a little berry tea infusion and coffee and off they went again. There weren't any wheelbarrows available so we ended up using an old curtain and then dragged it off to the bushes and emptied it there.
We also had a visit from the local very tame fox who was looking to see what we had dug up for it's dinner....I don't it had a lot of luck!
After about an hour, the main patches of weeds had been cleared and the area was left ready for us to use this Friday for our sports lessons.
Thank you so much guys! The photos don't do it justice!!
We are cleaning St Peter's Church next week guys and including a run! Come and join us!
We’re back at my school to do a little maintenance work on the outdoor beach area.
We’ll be working in lovely white sand so all the weeding will be light work and very therapeutic!
We will use the Oak Academy visitor car park on Duck Lane. As you come in through the gates, park up on the right hand side.
Meeting time is 5:50pm and we will work for an hour or so. I will be popping in and out as I have to keep an eye on the Sixth Form open evening at LeAF Studio.
Please bring a head torch and any tools you can bring along. I will bring gloves!
When I arrived to Mrs H today a carer answered the door- she's not been too well after a fall but I got to work and once the carers left we had time for a nice chat in the sunshine.
The leaves have almost all gone from the big tree now, but this week the wind had done a good job of making piles of leaves for me so saved me some work... but I still scooped up 4 bags full!