Jack Plume

Windsor and Maidenhead

19Good deeds

19runs

69cheers

Jack Plume went on a group run
Group run
Windsor and Maidenhead

We love you Kanika, we do!

Wed 6 Jul
Report written by Amy Lovell
she/her

This evening's sunny session had 3 distinct parts:

Part 1 - Greet and Retreat

The first part was our run or walk, where I had everyone going round and back and down and up the hills of Boyn Grove Park in our meet and retreat session. I very much enjoyed seeing GoodGymers head towards each other and pause to greet each other with squats or side bends before turning heel and running away again. It looked like the start of a flash mob and I would love to know what other park users made of it. It was also a great workout!

Part 2 - Back to the Cutting Hedge

We then got stuck into our task for the evening - a return to the corner of Courthouse Road and Bath Road to do battle with an over-enthusiastic hedge. Last Summer this hedge completely overwhelmed the pavement, making the route unsafe for pedestrians, particularly families on the school run. Back in the Autumn, GoodGym helped task owner Lydia and other local residents to recover the pavement, and today's aim was to maintain that good work. Armed with secateurs, we quickly made our attack and in about 45 minutes the job was done.

Lydia described us as like a trail of destruction. We'll take it as a compliment!

Part 3 - 🎉 Celebrating Kanika's 100th Good Deed

Then onto the part we had all been waiting for: celebrating Kanika's 100th GoodGym good deed. Whoop whoop! As is now customary for the 100 milestone, we celebrated with cake (thank you Diya!), a home made medal and a poem:

100 good deeds by Kanika!

This GoodGymer is one awesome chica.

Skilled with a paintbrush, a spade or rake,

And she doesn’t fuss when she can’t have the cake.

She’s always smiling, thoughtful and calm

An animal lover, who would do no harm.

Her capacity for good knows no limits,

She even bought us all baby Guinness.

She cycles here and there on her Carrera

Even the Brighton 50km didn’t scare her!

She walks a lot too and even parkruns

She inspires others to get off their bums.

As a Taskforce member she goes beyond and above

She helps me share the GoodGym love.

She has lead on over 30 a session

And she fits this all in around her other obsession...

You think I mean Diya, but that’s not it!

I’m talking about a team with a red and white kit

Thank you Arsenal for bringing Kanika to the UK!

And now there’s only one thing left to say…

We love you Kanika, we do

We love you Kanika, we do

We love you Kanika, we do

Oh Kanika, we love you!

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Jack Plume signed up to a group run
Group run
Windsor and Maidenhead

Hedge trimming to maintain a safe walkway

Wed 6 Jul 18:45 pm
Boyn Grove Open Space and Play Area, Maidenhead, SL6 6JD
Keep the Courthouse Road/Bath Road corner safe for pedestrians

#WednesdayNightisGoodGymNight and this Wednesday we are revisiting a previous task in Maidenhead - the hedge on the corner of Courthouse Road and the Bath Road, which threatens to consume the pavement. As always we'll also be getting fit and having a lovely sociable evening!

We will meet at Boyn Grove Park (also known as Punt Hill) and enjoy a pre-task run or walk including laps of the park. We welcome all fitness levels and it is up to you how fast you go. We will also make sure no one is left alone at any point.

After our run/walk we will head over the road to tackle that threatening hedge. Please bring gardening gloves and be aware that we will be working close to a busy road. I can't wait to see the before and after photos for this task!

Once we've made the pavement safe we'll head back to the park for a lovely stretch and to see everyone safely off home. Looking forward to seeing you there!

We love to welcome newcomers. If you have any questions before joining the session feel free to email session leader Amy on amylovell@goodgym.org.

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Jack Plume went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

GoodGymers stop for a pea!

Tue 28 Jun
Report written by Amanda Quincey

We welcomed first time GoodGymers Liz and Dave to Braywick Nature Reserve where Ranger Tom let us try the freshly grown peas…. yum. Amy, Anita and Amanda got to work grasping the nettle(s) whilst Jack got a twig(gle) on chopping back the high branches. It was lovely and peas and quiet by the bird watching hide so Liz and Amy didn’t mess about clearing the path so people could enjoy watching nature again without getting stung by the nettles.

The team worked so quickly we then moved on to sorting out the overgrown steps. Dave cut it vine clearing the path and Nick did his good weed for the day tearing back the brambles from the hand rail so people can safely use them to cut across the park.

This work was just the thicket to put everyone in a great mood for the rest of the day. Well done team and we hope to see Dave and Liz back with us again soon.

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Jack Plume signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Help cut back stingers on the parkrun/MAC 5km route

Tue 28 Jun 09:30 am
Braywick Nature Centre - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead , Hibbert Road, Maidenhead , SL6 1UU
Help keep the route clear

EDIT We have heard that some great volunteers from MAC have now cleared the route, so our services are not required on the main paths. However, if you’re still up for helping, the team at Braywick Nature Centre need help clearing stingers in other parts of the reserve that are used by school groups and walkers. Report to the Nature Centre at 9.30am and Ranger Tom will brief us.

Meet at Hibbert Road car park, next to the Braywick Nature Centre. We'll walk the Eastern side of the parkrun loop and cut back nettles as we go. The aim is to help clear the route ready for our friends at Maidenhead Athletic Club to host a 5km race in the evening. It will also be much appreciated by parkrunners. Gardening gloves and long sleeves are a must. If you have suitable tools, please bring these along, but if not there will be some you can borrow.

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Jack Plume went on a group run
Group run
Windsor and Maidenhead

The Jolly and the Ivy

Wed 8 Jun
Report written by Amy Lovell
she/her

Well done to the awesome foursome who joined this week's group run. It was a glorious evening and the Great Park looked stunning in the evening sun as we enjoyed a pre-task run and walk among the majestic oaks.

We also enjoyed hearing about Steve's childhood cross country runs in the area (leaping the streams and dodging bullets from the firing range!) and trainee doctor Jack's more recent experience helping an elderly lady, who had fallen in the street in Maidenhead. We were lucky the paramedics came in time for Jack to join our session.

After our lovely run/walk we headed to the expansive and beautiful Windsor Cemetery, locally known as 'Spital Cemetery' and met our task owner Councillor Karen Davies. Karen has been working with local residents to give the cemetery some TLC. She explained that gentle tidying was needed, stressing the importance of balancing the need to make graves accessible with the promotion of biodiversity. We then got stuck in, making use of the impressive collection of secateurs Karen and Steve had gathered.

We cut back bushes and tackled graves that were being smothered by Ivy, whilst taking care not to damage the stone. Karen showed us an amazing hollow dome-like structure further into the cemetery created by Ivy completely overwhelming a grave, and the idea was to stop more graves being lost in this way. We met a few friendly spiders, soaked up the peaceful setting, and amassed a big pile of cuttings. We made a noticeable change in the patch where we focussed our efforts.

Thanks to Karen for welcoming us and showing us the ropes and well done team for a great evening! We hope to return soon.

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Jack Plume signed up to a group run
Group run
Windsor and Maidenhead

Spital Cemetery Tidy Up

Wed 8 Jun 18:45 pm
Car Park next to Windsor FC, St Leonards Rd, Windsor, SL4 3DR
Enjoy a walk or run in the Great Park and help maintain a local gem

#WednesdayNightIsGoodGymNight and this Wednesday we are heading to the oldest cemetery in Windsor to sort out the weeds and cut back the over zealous shrubs.

This is a group run rather than a community mission, so before we get stuck into the task we'll enjoy a walk or run together. Everyone is welcome, you can choose whether you walk, run or do a bit of both, and we'll always have a back marker to make sure no one gets left behind. The meeting point for this evening is the car park next to Windsor FC, which is very close to the cemetery, so rather than walk or run directly to the task we'll take the scenic route via the Great Park - can't wait!

At the cemetery we'll meet Councillor Karen Davies, who has been working with local residents to tidy up the area. She'll show us where to focus our efforts and we'll get stuck in. You will definitely need your gardening gloves and if you own a pair of secateurs they would also come in handy.

At the end we'll make time for a quick fitness session and some stretches before a short run or walk back to our start location.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Jack Plume went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Pile it high, sell it cheap!

Tue 17 May
Report written by Sheila Attenborough

Maidenhead Foodshare is opening a new social supermarket facility, and needed some help in reorganising their space. Anita, Jack, Steve and Sheila joined 6 other volunteers in the old Tescos shop space. We were greeted by Debbie, one of the Foodshare trustees, and Vanessa who is currently on loan from Waitrose one day a week to contribute her retail expertise to the project. After explaining the tasks, we split into 2 teams and set about moving the contents of one set of shelves onto other shelves, moving shelving units and rearranging tables to become the new facility for preparing the Foodshare parcels. Then we moved crates of food into the appropriate places, ready for sorting. It proved to be a good physical workout, and with a can-do attitude we achieved a total transformation of the space in a short space of time - our contribution was cratefully received. We look forward to seeing the fruits of our labours.

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Jack Plume signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Odd jobs for Maidenhead Foodshare

Tue 17 May 11:00 am
Nicholson's Shopping Centre, Maidenhead, SL6 1LB
Help this vital charity prepare to help even more people

Maidenhead Foodshare help feed those facing poverty. Join a small and sociable team to help the charity with odd jobs such as moving shelves. The charity are based in the old Tesco unit in the Nicholsons Shopping Centre, but the shop front will be closed so please enter through the ground floor of the Nicholsons Centre Car Park. Even if you can only stop by for an hour, your help would be very much appreciated.

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Jack Plume has completed 15 good deeds with GoodGym. Wed 4 May 2022

Jack has completed their 15th good deed with GoodGym

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