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The next time you see Katie, they might be wearing black instead of red. They've completed 50 good deeds with GoodGym and have earnt their black t-shirt. Give them a nod when you next see them.
Following on from the wonderful work of our morning GG team- 6 Good Gymers helped at Oxford City Farm's Squash Fest. Whilst Katie, Zoe, Liz and Jessy helped with the apple pressing, Kieran and Matt helped in the bustling kitchen. It was fantastic to see hundreds of people at the farm enjoying a sunny Saturday and all the activities that had been laid on! By the end of our shift we'd cut, ground and pressed hundreds of apples into bottles of apple juice and the boys had run out of food in the kitchen!
The home made juice was apple-solutely wonderful!
We’re back on some Saturday shifts for Oxford Mutual Aid.
This task will be based inside Richard Benson Hall restocking the shelves in the food bank, packing any emergency parcel requests, and giving the hall a clean and tidy up.
Please wear a mask.
ARK-T centre is a community-minded arts centre and the home of the Waste 2 Taste cafe. Along the side of the centre it has a playground space which is open for members of the public to use every day. Over the summer months the play space has been heavily used, and has also attracted some anti-social behaviour, so the space had to be closed for a couple of weeks to tidy-up. We've been called in by Ark-T a couple of times previously at this time of year to help get the play space ship-shape, so we're old hands at it now.
While 4 of us disappeared off to get extra tools and a wheelbarrow from the Waste2Taste garden all of the other GoodGymers got straight to work weeding, digging out mushrooms (best not to take risks on whether they're the poisonous kind or not!), clearing out the storage benches (SO much rotten wood and heaps of wellies inside), and pruning back the buddleia and willow which were eye-level hazards.
The litter picker team whizzed around the playground, along the lane and plogged the surrounding roads, striking gold early on with a bucket (repurposed for our garden waste) and an onion, as well as the usual cans and (literal) crap.
Back in the playground we rigged up our portable lights and deployed the head torches to keep going as the daylight faded. Leaves swept up, brown garden waste bin filled and several trugs of gardening detritus and plastic tubing were piled up ready for the skip which will be arriving soon.
I call that a highly effective hour's work - Great work dream team!
Marston Forest Garden is part of the Marston Community Garden cooperative, which comprises a community allotment, the Forest Garden, a chicken coup, an orchard and a new Community Wood on New Marston Recreation Ground plus much more.
This time we’ll be planting the trees in the areas we prepared last month. Wellies are advised as the ground can get quite muddy at the Forest Garden through the winter, and please bring your gardening gloves. Tools will be provided.
Meeting point: Outside of the main allotment site on Boults Lane near Marston Saints FC.
Cherwell Larder’s food growing project Harvest@Home are having some ‘do days’ at their garden sites this autumn. We’ve been asked to help out at Hazel Walk Allotments for a couple of hours.
Bring your gardening gloves, other tools will be supplied.
Location: Hazel Walk Allotments, Kidlington OX5 1ED. We dismantled and delivered a greenhouse there earlier this year. Location pin is here.
As the nights get darker we're moving over to tasks in well-lit areas. Tonight we will be heading to a task we've done a couple of times before at this time of year at the Ark-T Centre. The Ark-T Play space gets heavy use over the summer months, and when it gets to this time of year it's always in need of a tidy up. We will be weeding, pruning, sweeping and generally giving it a thorough autumn clear up.
We will have tools, portable lights and litter pickers, but if you have a head torch do bring it along. Gardening gloves will also be useful.
* Anyone wishing to run 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 a little over a mile to Ark-T from there.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at 6:15pm at the Ark-T Centre
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.
8 goodgymers walked the final regular Monday walking group this year as the light escapes us in the evenings. Our route took us along the river and through the Brookes campus before taking the centre line back through South Parks overlooking the city. Great to have everyone along, and thanks especially to Vicky and her zingy arms! 😁