Jade just completed a six month streak of doing missions. That’s so many bags of garden rubbish cleared and jobs done to help someone out and put a smile on their face. Give Jade a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.
5 goodgymers met at Cuckoo Farm Studios on a cold and wet Sunday morning. We have been coming to Cuckoo Farm regularly for the last few months to help with gardening.
We met with Pam first thing and she loaded as up with scrubbing brushes cloths and warm soapy water. Rather than the usual gardening, we were tasked with helping clean some of the outbuildings ready for painting. The rain poured non-stop but we diligently carried on with the task in hand. First of all we worked on cleaning the wood panelling on one of the buildings, taking it from mossy green to a nice, clean white. We made light work of this and we then moved on to cleaning a caravan which houses the Cafe during the opening season.
With the place looking significantly spruced up, Pam thanked us with tea and biscuits before sending us all on our way.
Cuckoo Farm Studios was formed in 1992, in converted farm buildings on the northern outskirts of Colchester.
Since then it has grown to become a valuable resource within the wider community, through collaborative links with Colchester School of Art and Design, firstsite and Essex University.It supports emerging talent through a Graduate Award Scheme.
So it well worth supporting.
So we have another Sunday morning at Cuckoo Farm Studios. They may want some painting doing this time as well as some gardening.
We met at Pam's house as arranged and welcomed Dominic for his first evening at GoodGym Colchester😀
We were blessed with beautiful evening.
Our destination was the church in Trinity Street .
The churchyard was full of weeds and the roses needed deadheading.
Hence in true GoodGym fashion the eight of us ,along with Pam and two other volunteers ,got on with what needed to be done .
Within about an hour after alot of weeding and deadheading it was starting to get dark,so it was time to head back to Pam's house with a number of bags of weeds.
We then said our goodbyes and headed off into the night.
Thanks (again) to Andy for tonight's report title.
Thank you for coming .
Meet at Pam's house in Abbeygate Street for 6.45pm please.
I'm not sure exactly what Pam wants us to do at this stage,but if the meeting place is anything other than Pam's house I will let members know nearer the time.
As it's getting dark that bit earlier now I would suggest bringing along a head torch.
On a separate matter I was volunteering at the Dedham Sensory Farm this morning and they are keen to have us back there again soon.
Details and date to follow......
Any queries please get in touch.
Another Wednesday evening and another community mission for GoodGym Colchester.
Welcome to Mikaela for her first time with GoodGym Colchester.Mikaela is a experienced GoodGym member having done nearly 25 Good Deeds with GoodGym Hounslow.Loveley to have you with us and hope to see you again soon.
It was also a noteable evening for James as it was his 10th Good Deed with GoodGym Colchester.Well done James.
We met Eddie the Site Manager at Firstsite and collected the various tools we needed.
Eddie asked us to cut down any branches from the trees that were below head height on the 'D' Lawn ,along with picking up any litter we found.
Everyone set about the task in good spirit and within an hour we had filled up 2 wheelie bins with branches and twigs.
As the rain started to get heavier we said our goodbyes and headed off into the night.
Credit goes to Andy for tonights report title,thanks Andy !!
Eddie ,the Operations Manager at Firstsite would like our support to clean up the D-Lawn as we have done in the past, especially the trees at head height etc. Eddie will have some cutting tools but if people can bring some that would help and also avoid surface contact issues.
As the evenings are drawing in it might be wise to bring a head torch !
Please meet outside Firstsite for 6:45pm.
Thank you ,
We met Pam at the Colchester In Bloom allotment on a particularly wet August evening.The rain did pretty much stop as we started but it was of course already very wet underfoot on the allotment.
Pam asked us to clear up an area in the corner of the allotment under a slightly overgrown tree .She wanted the large boxes that had been used in the town for plants taken out from under the tree so we could lay so me sheeting down in the area .We also tided up the area as the tree was overgrown in places and the area needed weeding .
Once this was done we put the planters back to form a border around the area. Pam is planning to put some seating in the area.
As you can hopefully see from the photos we made a real difference to the area.
At the end of the evening we were rewarded with some courgettes,aubergines ,various types of beans and some lettuces to take away and enjoy ! Thanks Pam.
The wet evening didn't deter the four of us ,but very well done to everyone for turning out on a pretty miserable evening.
Extra Brownie for everyone