I’m rather enjoying this volunteering lark :)
Group Fitness Activities
Help the community to look after the trees and shared spaces. This will include adding mulch to trees. Wheelbarrow big piles of wood chip to the trees planted around the Elmhurst / Catherine Way Estate.
Meet at Coalpit road/Avon Court junction
Based at the Gateway centre on London road, this task involves weeding the entrance way to tidy up the site for easier access. This premises provides a day centre providing crisis support for people who are homeless, vulnerably housed or experiencing complex challenges such as financial insecurity, mental health and substance misuse
Browns folly is a beautiful folly set amongst ancient woodlands above the village of Bathford. Just outside of Bath this is a beautiful spot for city views! We'll meet at the Bathampton mill where we can return for pub drinks and snacks :)
As the group gathered it all became curiouser and curiouser about the tasks that lay ahead. We were led to the tree nursery and shown the range of jobs from heeling trees to clearing brambles. Most were hard at work - Jer, Rob and Cosmo were heelings trees; Emily, James and Meyrick were clearing tree branches. Then there was calls of 'I'm late, I'm late' as Laura arrived. The hard work continued for just over an hour until we supposed we ought to eat or drink something or other; but the great question is ‘What?’ We had a short pause for a mini tea party to celebrate Emily's 50th Good deed and Meyrick's new 50 black t-shirt that he was proudly supporting. Refuelled we continued with our tasks despite nearly losing a couple of members down the rabbit holes.
A bunch of us headed over to the slopes down below Sham Castle to help with some grounds maintenance to help the local wildlife.
We met with our contact from the National Trust, Joe, who is responsible for maintaining much of the land around Claverton Down. He explained that a large area of brambles had recently been cut back and that our job was to rake the cuttings into piles and then use pitchforks to transfer those into bigger heaps to leave the area clear both for cattle to graze and also to aid the growth of wild flowers, which in turn encourages birds.
We set about the task with our legendary GoodGym efficiency which meant that Joe had time to show us around the slopes a bit and talk about some of the difficulties the ancient woodlands are facing, plus some interesting ear-like fungal growths (insert he’s a “fun guy” joke here...)
At the end of the task James took the opportunity to go and have a look at Sham Castle and discover the two-dimensional hoax of our secret Bathonian in-joke!
This task will involve painting an shed and outdoor toilet. The garden is a beautiful secret garden in the hills of Widcombe.
Please wear suitable clothing for painting.
This task may need to be rearranged last minute due to wet weather.
They would help at the Dry Arch in Bathampton. You will be helping to rebuild a compost heap, and tend to their gardening ready for planting.
Please bring gloves
They will provide the equipment and refreshments!
Today we helped Genesis Trust with a bit of garden maintenance. They were looking for someone to tidy up the outside area around their HQ building which had become overgrown, big time, with many too many weeds.
I (Jesus, he knows me!) arrived a couple of minutes early, and loitered for a short while, a man on the corner waiting for absent friends Emily (Keep it dark) and Meyrick (No son of mine) whilst trying to think up a theme for this Genesis-inspired run report...
Out host Hilary gave a little tour of the building and background to their work and what needed doing today, and we got to it. It's never "just a job to do" with GoodGym of course, so it was time to turn it on again and spruce up this land of confusion as if it was a place to call my own.
You can't hurry love, of course and despite the weather there was no reason to see red. Rain was falling throughout this mission, but Emily had her waterproof socks on, and even though I stepped in a puddle I didn't go in too deep...
Against all odds we finished the main bit of weeding pretty quickly, and had time to spruce up the little patio courtyard area which was a little overgrown like the Congo basin, and allowing the staff to enjoy the outside area through the fruits of our invisible touch.
After the ordeal we'd generated a few bags of green waste to get rid of (apparently John the office manager will be heading to the recycling centre and throwing it all away on our behalf).
Possible future mission
There may be another similar job coming up to similarly spruce up their other location which is over on the Solsbury Hill side of town.
It's not about us, but kudo to Meyrick, who completed his 50th mission last week. I congratulated him in person at the time, but thought I'd put it in writing here. Albeit a week late! :)
Did you spot..?
I don't imagine you'll have noticed, but I managed to sledgehammer a few Genesis (and associated acts) song title references into this run report! See if you can find them all. Feel free to comment below...