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Dean Court Community Centre

Wed 14 Apr 18:15 pm
Dean Court Community Centre, Pinnocks Way, Oxford, OX2 9DG
Helping tidy up the outdoor space

We are dividing ourselves between East and West Oxford tonight: This is the West Oxford option. Check the listings for activities in Cowley at the same time.

Dean Court Community Centre has been closed throughout lockdown and is now getting ready to open their doors again. They would like our help to tidy up their outdoor space ready for reopening - weeding the planters and communal areas, cutting back brambles, litter picking.

Tools, litter pickers and bin bags will be provided, but please bring your own gardening gloves.

Julia and Bethan will be in charge of operations at this task - Task Force takeover!

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Training session

A brave brave quest

Sun 28 Mar
Report written by Bethan Greenaway

Five brave and noble Goodgymers took on the quest of marking Tolkien Day.

Katie explored Pembroke College, The Bodleian and The Radcliffe Camera.

Julia visited 20 Northmoor Road.

Bethan went for a sunny stroll around University Parks listening to a Tolkien themed podcast.

Anwen quaffed some Ashmolean gin.

However, the biggest adventurer this week was Ben who ticked off the vast majority of the Tolkien landmarks on a glorious looking run around Oxford.

I now have an urge to re-read the Hobbit!

Gandalf himself has the best description of Goodgymers:

It is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Simple acts of love and kindness.

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Community mission

No muss, no fuss, delivery superstars r us

Wed 24 Mar
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Tonight we packed 38 parcels of food and hygiene supplies and delivered 25 of them on foot around East Oxford.

Peggy was excited to show off her snazzy new jumper, we peered at each other in actual daylight, and although more than 1 of the bag handles didn't survive beyond the car park fortunately all the cheese, greek yoghurt, corned beef, milk, veggies, bread and pasta made it to the 50 recipients in tact. There may have been a couple of head-scratching moments, but nothing we couldn't sort out, and everything got delivered before it was fully dark - an exciting springtime first!

Thank you to those who answered the call for donations and brought along some hygiene supplies to replenish the bare shelves with shower gel, deodorant and sanitary products, as well as other useful and appreciated items (tin openers, chocolate).

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Training session

One ring (road) to rule them all

Sun 28 Mar 18:00 pm
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Marking Tolkien Day

25th March is "Tolkien Day".

This week's challenge (should you choose to accept it) is to go on a VERY BIG ADVENTURE!

See if you can visit any of these Tolkien landmarks in your exercise sessions:

The Radcliffe Camera

Exeter College

Wolvercote Cemetery

20 Northmoor Road

The Eagle & Child Pub

Blackwell’s Books

The Bodleian Library

The Oxford University Botanic Garden (you'll have to peep over the fence from Christchurch)

Merton College

University Parks

The Ashmolean Museum

Rollright Stones (this one might be in here especially for Anwen.......)

As usual please send your photos for the report - either through our social media channels or on the Whatsapp group.

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Julia went on a community mission
Community mission

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Wed 17 Mar
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

By the last light of the day 31 GoodGymers gathered beside a church on the Cowley Road.
At 5:45pm a watch beeped and -pop! - out of the Richard Benson Hall came a red-clad and very bossy group leader.
She started to look at the food parcel delivery list...

Who's here so far?

At 5:50pm the first food parcels left to be delivered.
But there was still more to do.

At 6pm bike panniers and rucksacks were filled.
But there was still more to do.

At 6:05pm asparagus and ragu were added to the parcels.
But there was still more to do.

At 6:10pm 5 food parcels went out in a flurry of activity.
But there was still more to do.

At 6:15pm the last of the regular food parcels went out of the door.
But there was still more to do!

At 6:30pm Emergency food parcels were loaded up, crates were stacked away, shelves were restocked, cardboard was broken down, meals were put in the fridge, fruit and vegetables were sorted out, buns were emptied, and stock levels reported.......

The team started to feel tired.

So the GoodGymers ate a whole Colin the Caterpillar. And they started to perk up, giving them the energy to run home and recover from their exertions....

.....so that they can do it all over again next Wednesday evening.

39 food parcels were packed and delivered on Wednesday night, which will help 50 adults, plus several children and babies.

Well done Angus on completing your 50th Good Deed!

Check out The Very Hungry Caterpillar here.

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Julia has done a 12 month mission streak. Wed 10 Mar 2021

Wow, Julia has completed a 12 month mission streak. That means they've cleared gardens, moved furniture and changed light bulbs in spring, summer, autumn and even winter. Show your support and give them a massive cheer!

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Community mission

Wet, Wet, Wet

Wed 10 Mar
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

First things first, THANK YOU for turning out to make food bank deliveries tonight despite the dreadful weather. I hope you are all warm and dry now.

Secondly, I failed in my duties both as a group leader and a sister by not having cake tonight to celebrate Bethan's 100th Good Deed, which she did since last Wednesday. Double cake for everybody next week to make up for it! Well done also to Ruth and Alistair for getting to the 10 Good Deeds milestone. Warm welcome to Ariane who joined us for her first GG experience.

Tonight your efforts meant that:

40 food parcels were packed
32 food parcels were delivered by GoodGymers (the rest went by car with OMA volunteers)
which helped 56 adults plus several children and babies.

Here's some thanks from one of the recipients: "Thank you so much for that food parcel you made up for me today,.... Perfect!! It shows you care. You're a real life line for me.
Thanks again,
Your friend."

That's worth getting soggy for!

Big thanks to Tamasine for excellent work restocking and clearing up in the hall - the extra help inside was much appreciated.

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Parcel deliveries for OMA 24.3.21

Wed 24 Mar 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Alleviating food poverty

We're now into our 5th consecutive month of Wednesdays at Oxford Mutual Aid. It's proved to be a valuable partnership for us and provided crucial extra help for Oxford Mutual Aid through this COVID lockdown winter. It has kept us busy and connected with each other, and enabled Oxford Mutual Aid reach more people with deliveries of food and other essentials. Whilst we hope to be able to offer a greater range of tasks from April, we're really pleased to be continuing to support Oxford Mutual Aid in their vital work.

This 6pm task will be delivering food parcels within walking distance of Richard Benson Hall. We will divide into small groups to deliver in different areas. No-one will be asked to deliver on their own. We will stagger your arrival times at the hall, and you will receive an email on Wednesday (around lunchtime) to let you whether to arrive at 6pm or 6:15pm.

Please wear a mask when you arrive at the hall to collect the food parcels and when you drop them off with the recipient.

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