Jessica has completed their 15th good deed with GoodGym
Saturday at Oxford Mutual Aid is always a bit of a 'pot luck' task. The intention is to clean and restock the food bank, but if previous shifts have been short-staffed it can turn into a bit of a scramble to get the last of the day's food parcels prepared. That was exactly the case this week: we arrived to find about half of the day's parcels incomplete, so switched mode to parcel packing!
Sarah took on adding the fridge items to the part-prepped parcels, while Jo and I prepared the parcels which hadn't yet been started. We were very grateful that Jessica answered our call for an extra pair of hands when we realised our 4th GoodGymer had removed themselves from the task last-minute. Team work = dream work, and between us we got all food parcels sorted, deliveries put away (the return of bread mountain!), some restocking done, and the fresh fruit and veg checked over.
Great work team!
Jessica has done their first race with GoodGym. Performing on the day is a lot of pressure; Jessica's dealt with the nerves and turned up on the day to make it happen.
We've been asked to tackle a few tasks at the top of South Park to make it safer and more pleasant for everyone.
Jobs will include:
* Raking up fallen leaves.
* Clearing the park railings of ivy (revisiting our first ever GoodGym task!).
The ivy covering the railings is a safety issue at this end of the park - since the park is open 24 hours it would be much safer for people using the path if they could see into the park before entering, particularly in the dark.
* Litter picking along Morrell Avenue/Cheney Lane.
Bring your gardening gloves and head torches. We'll bring the GoodGym litter pickers and lights, and the Distillery will provide some other tools.
The Oxford Artisan Distillery has offered a complimentary G&T or soft drink to all GoodGymers taking part in this task. Please wear your GoodGym Tshirt if you have one so it's easy to identify who is a GoodGym volunteer.
* Anyone wishing to run or walk to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 6pm. There won’t be a bag drop available but we can use the toilets there. It's under a mile to the top of South Park from there. NB: due to the social after the task there won't be a run back to Cowley Road this week.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at 6:15pm outside the gate of The Oxford Artisan Distillery.
We’re rushing to beautify the roadsides of Oxford before the bulb-planting window passes for this year!
We've designated this a 'starter session' as it's particularly suitable as a first GoodGym task. Of course, seasoned GoodGymers are really welcome, and we'd love your help explaining about GoodGym to newcomers. We will have refreshments available.
Please bring a trowel/bulb planter if you have one and your own gardening gloves. Other tools will be supplied.
Meeting point: The Up in Arms pub, Marston Rd, OX3 0EN.
If you can’t stay for the whole session that’s no problem, every little helps!
Oxford, like any University town, gets an influx of newcomers each autumn. Last year we met lots of lovely new people as they joined GoodGym in September and October, so this year we decided to get prepared and make sure we had a task designated as an introductory session.
We've teamed up with our friends at Marston Community Garden, and on 31st October we will have a GoodGym Community Mission planting bulbs around Marston.
Our local Asda Community Champion has donated soft drinks, so we will have refreshments available - Thank you Linda - and we'll have a bit longer than we do on a Wednesday evening to chat and answer people's questions about how GoodGym works.
All that was left to do was to spread the word. Meeting at our pre-pandemic home East Oxford Community Centre, we split into groups to paint the town red. Clutching posters created and printed by the marvellous Ruth we ran and walked East, West and Central areas pinning posters up in pubs, community centres, cafes, shops, colleges, and the library, covering anything from 2 - 4.5 miles. Some made it a pub crawl (sorry, I mean networking opportunity), some a tour of Oxford's greatest architectural hits, and some a spooky run along the river at dusk. It was lovely to run/walk and chatter away!
For full details, and to sign up to the introductory session (open to all - not just newbies!), click here.
There are always lots of newcomers to the city at this time of year, and it can be difficult to find a social circle during a pandemic. We like to think GoodGym can help with that, so tonight we'll be dividing into groups to distribute posters around Oxford to help promote GoodGym and spread the word about all the opportunities we offer to do good and get fit.
There will be at least one walking group and a handful of running routes. Exact routes tbc but are likely to be between 3km-5km and include Central and East Oxford.
As we'll be approaching autumn by then, please be sure to bring headtorches and high vis gear if you have them.
The run will be followed by drinks in the James Street Tavern.