Holly

Oxford

100Good deeds

107runs

507cheers

Holly has run 100 good deeds with GoodGym. Wed 10 Aug 2022

Holly has just reached another level: 100 good deeds with GoodGym. That's at least 100 times when they could have easily done something easier. But they didn't, Holly has kept going and going. Helping a lot of other people and getting a bit fitter at the same time. Congratulations Holly.

Holly went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

Weed all about it

Wed 10 Aug
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Heat wave weeding

In a nice (if worrying) change from the 2020 trend of getting soaked to the skin and covered in sticky mud at Marston Forest Garden, lately we've been basking in sunshine on our tasks there.

This week's plan was to weed around lots of the saplings and fruit bushes to stop them getting choked by perennial weeds. Bind weed, thistles, brambles and nettles were the main targets, with bonus points for Mares Tail which seems to be having a good year. A power hour of weeding and de-tangling got a lot of the plants de-weeded, uncovering wild strawberries, blackcurrant bushes and many more. We also grabbed a couple of loads of woodchip to replenish the mulch around a few plants.

This week's fun fact courtesy of Bethan: the bindweed flower is a symbol of affection. We almost feel bad for pulling so much of it up this spring and summer.

Weeding hour over we gathered under the oak tree for watermelon, biscuits, brownies and chat before heading off running, walking and cycling to seek shade and/or a bit of river to jump in.

Prize for most enthusiastic GoodGymer this week goes to Cassie the pup, who seemed to have a wonderful evening running around and keeping us all in line.

Congratulations to Holly and Kieran for reaching their 100th and 50th GoodGym Good Deeds (respectively). I failed to spot it ahead of time, but also congratulations to Sophie who did her 10th good deed with us yesterday.

Welcome to GoodGym Oxford Ellen.

Big THANK YOU to Alice for gathering up the runners and leading them on the route to MFG after I got delayed.

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Holly signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Food Forest

Wed 10 Aug 17:45 pm
East Oxford Community Centre, 44 Princes St, Oxford, OX4 1DD
Marston Forest Garden

Marston Forest Garden is part of the Marston Community Garden cooperative, which comprises a community allotment, the Forest Garden, a chicken coup, an orchard and a new Community Wood on New Marston Recreation Ground, plus much more.

Jobs at Marston Forest Garden ususally include digging and weeding, laying cardboard for weed suppression, spreading wood chip etc.

Bring your gardening gloves. All tools will be provided.

Meeting locations: * If you would like to join a group run to the task location please meet at 5:45pm outside East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, OX4 1DD. Please note the community centre is now closed for redevelopment so we won’t have access for toilets etc. It is approximately 2 miles to Marston Community Allotment from there.
* If you prefer to meet at the task meet at the Boults Lane Recreation Ground entrance to Court Farm Allotments at 6:15pm. OX3 0NT

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Holly went on a party
Party
Oxford

Ready, set, game!

Mon 8 Aug
Report written by Ruth

10 Goodgymmers enjoyed a Monday evening of games - ranging from Cockroach Poker to Sushi Go!

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Holly completed a walk • Night Walk
Mon 18 Jul
5.1km
50:33
09:52/km
Holly signed up to a party
Party
Oxford

Board Game Night at Thirsty Meeples

Mon 8 Aug 18:00 pm
Oxford, Oxford, OX
Curb your board-om with a games cafe!

GoodGym Social at Thirsty Meeples board game café. Meet at Thirsty Meeples on Gloucester Green - 97-98, Oxford OX1 2DF Note there will be a cover charge of £6 per person

For further information and to take a look at the games library, visit:

https://thirstymeeples.co.uk/pages/thirsty-meeples-board-game-caf

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Holly signed up to a party
Party
Oxford

Hinksey park fun

Sun 17 Jul 14:00 pm
Hinksey Park, Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4PZ
Last week was lush - let’s do it again!

More ping-pong, scatch ball, tunes and swimming in the sunshine!

Will try and get the same spot as before - between the tennis courts and the lake at the end.

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Holly went on a party
Party
Oxford

SUP pup?

Fri 15 Jul
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

What a gorgeous, sunny riverside evening.

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Holly went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

TeePee? Or not Teepee?

Wed 13 Jul
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

The Ark-T centre have a Summer Celebration event on Friday evening this week, so they called in the GoodGym flashmob to get the garden ready for an influx of visitors.

Armed with secateurs, brooms and paint brushes we set to work:

  • Painting the wooden teepee in funky colours
  • Giving the pathway a good sweep to clear it of as much sand as possible
  • Trimming the willow fronds back so that they weren't at eye level (and blocking the sight line of the CCTV).
  • Pruning the shrubbery so the hammock can be used.
  • Litter picking (2 condom wrappers found)
  • Moving decking boards so that they don't form a trip hazard
  • Breaking down rotten wooden pallets
  • Giving the garden a thorough watering
  • Topping up the sand pit

Fun was had on the climbing frame and slide and no-one over heated while running or gardening, plus we had a full compliment of GoodGym Tshirts, with everything from Race Team Vest to 50 and 100 Good Deed milestone Tshirts, to New Balance AND Saucony versions - a successful summer evening!

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