On a dry and mild Autumn evening, with the Sun not so late in its yearly journey that the sky was too dark to let us, six GoodGymmers descended upon Bath for some fastidious plogging.
Now I'm led to believe from Wikipedia that this word comes from the merging of the Swedish verbs 'plocka upp (pick up) and 'jogga' (jog) to form the new verb 'plogga', from which the word plogging derives. But that's enough Swedish for now, I wonder if Abba plog?
Emily, Aaron, Art, Holly, Laura and Meyrick met by the river next to the leisure centre equipped with binbags a plenty, gloves and at least one litter picker (the owner of which did not have gloves). Mission objective: walk downriver as far as we could in our alloted time and pick up as much litter as we could. Was there jogging as well? I like to think that I remember there being some, let's leave it at that.
There was a side quest initiated at the beginning to accumulate scores of 1, 2, or 3 (depending upon size of litter acquired) however this somehow got forgotten, presumably due to all that aforementioned fastidiousness and stuff.
Local heroes Holly and Meyrick also came to the aid of a tourist who had lost his wallet, hoping that maybe we had come across it during our plogging. However we hadn't, but bursting with community spirit we did advise him how to contact lost property in case it had been handed in elsewhere.
By the time we'd finished there was an impressive haul from a particularly well littered area for Bath, well done litterers for providing us with this harvest. This plogging session was definitely not a rubbish one. Or was it?
We will help the team at St John's Court (sheltered housing) put up Christmas decorations to bring joy to the occupants
We will meet on the riverside path by the sports centre, then jog/walk our way along the river towards Widcombe, onto Green Park and beyond (depending on amount of litter and daylight), litter picking on route.
You may want to bring gloves or a litter picker if you have one!
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Bath goodgymmers headed out bright and early to Bath skyline parkrun to volunteer or run. As it seems with a lot of things in Bath the parkrun is at the top of a large hill (it’s a 5km route on Claverton Down). Heading up through the thick mist this morning made it seem even more like we’d gone up into the clouds…
Meyrick volunteered as the tail walker, whilst others helped with the set-up and were marshals to ensure safety on the course. This helped make the run possible for 253 parkrunners.
I have really appreciated the return of parkrun after lockdown for both the fitness and the social interaction, and know for lots of others it’s something they look forward to every week too.
The sun eventually came out through the mist and afterwards we enjoyed a coffee nearby.
parkrun is a huge charity that puts on a weekly, free 5km timed run. These runs take place in parks all around the world. Those who take part range from young children through to senior citizens. You can walk, jog or run and even bring your dog to many of the parkruns! parkrun is hugely successful and is even being prescribed by GP surgeries for its physical and mental health benefits.
parkrun relies on volunteers to put on each event . Each week the Bath Skyline parkrun requires 30 volunteers to make it happen. Without volunteers there is no parkrun.
It's a magical community much like GoodGym. Filled with people who all have something in common... wanting to help others and being active.
Choose from being a marshal, timer, handing out finish tokens or scanning! You will need to register to parkrun if you haven't already and confirm your barcode number (A number). It's free to register and just takes a few minutes; https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/
Last Tuesday evening, 7 Goodgymmers headed down to Alice park community garden to help out with some end of summer maintenance.
After a fairly dry summer, watering was a priority, so Holly set to work with a watering can, making sure all the plants had a good drink.
Meanwhile, Richard and Adam took on the task of setting up 2 new water butts, in preparation for the Autumn rainfall.
There was also a pile of woodchip leftover from our previous mission here, which needed to be moved up the garden to create a path. Emily M, Emily K and Dan shovelled it into wheelbarrows to transport it up to Max who raked it into a nice new path between raised beds.
As the sun set we were quickly running out of daylight, so we finished up with a bit of pruning and weeding to tidy up the flowerbeds, followed by a group photo in the dark!
Holly completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Holly was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
Holly has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.
Five Good Gym-ers in red t-shirts, and a few hundred angry ants also wearing red met up at the Dry Arch, Middle Ground Growers this weekend to clear weeds, slugs and earth around promising new tree saplings in the Tree Nursery buried at the very back of the community allotment.
Emily K, Meyrick, Art, Holly, myself and Zoe from the More Trees BANES charity gloved up and crawled on hands and knees in between the trees to remove (a specific type of weed I have clean forgotten) pesky overgrowth that was putting the new saplings future at risk! Very dramatic.
A lovely morning up a windy hill, with an equally lovely view over Bath, definitely worth a visit!
It's hot! There is no better way to cool off then to dip in the water!
You can walk or cycle to Bathampton, and join us for a quick dip. For those not feeling too brave, you can wade into the water so can stay ankle deep if this makes you feel more comfortable :)
Bring warm clothes / hot drinks for afterwards