Katie Thomas

Bristol

8Good deeds

9runs

12cheers

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Emmaus-ing maneouvres in the dark - 26 Oct

Tue 26 Oct 18:20 pm
Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4LH
Somewhere will be tidier/cleaner/better publicised/painted

It's Tuesday so it's a group run, meeting in (and returning to) Queen Square and leaving there at 6.30

Whoop! We're back to see our very good friend Xanne at Emmaus's magic Tardis warehouse to do whatever needs doing - constructing, destructing, puzzling, cleaning and mainly wearing anything possible as a hat.

This is indoors, but in a very well ventilated huge warehouse - the enormous roller shutter doors will be open so there will be a gale blowing through the warehouse. Please bring your mask as well as your gloves :-)

Changing facilities, lockers and loos are available at Workout Harbourside- bring your own padlock or inventive personal prized possession to swap for one of theirs if you want to lock your, er, locker. Otherwise it’s just an er. Make sure you’re back out in Queen Square for 6.20!

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We knew weed manage it

Tue 21 Sep
Report written by Melanie Young

Just one task on a Tuesday night made for a much simpler intro and plan, though the counting thing was still a struggle! Cycling and running groups set off after celebrating various event successes and supporting including Maria's VI guiding for the Bristol 10K. We're hoping to further increase GG Bristol's involvement with the Bristol VI Runners - watch this space! Maria then led the whole group to the lovely Berry Maze.

Jackie was so impressed with the turnout that the first action was to get more tools out!

GoodGymmers were soon recreating sharp edges on the maze beds, giving the lavender plants space to breath, unwinding bindweed, clearing prickly weeds and eating lovely red and golden raspberries and a few blackberries.

Maybe the most fun was the resultant "Weed Toss" - all the weeds get chucked into the wilderness zone, initially over Very Tall Phill's head.

It was great being back amongst so many GoodGymmers helping our community. We were rewarded with a gorgeous sunset, a realisation that headtorches (or Vaguely Northern Darren's glove lights) are a good idea already!

Congratulations to Clo for her 300th good deed and accompanying cake :-)

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Back to the Berry Maze

Tue 21 Sep 18:20 pm
Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4LH
The berries can grow even better

It's Tuesday so it's a group run, meeting in (and returning to) Queen Square and leaving there at 6.30

We’re back to the Berry Maze for weeding, wiring, tying and hopefully munching some berries.

Please bring your own gloves, the tools are provided for us. There may be cake 🙂

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Bindweed Ball

Tue 14 Sep
Report written by Melanie Young

After a good old GoodGym powwow in Queen Square, including celebrating Maria and Richard's Green Man Ultra achievements (30 and 45 miles self navigated!), Alice W set off for Brunswick Cemetery, Alice D set off on the longer route yo the SouthVILLE Centre and Maria headed straight to the Centre. Like Pied Pipers, they were followed by red-shirted runners and much chat was had.

Everyone was very impressed by the Sea Shanty Choir Melanie had laid on in the Cemetery* where we met up with the Council volunteers Jo and Di who had dumpy bags and some tools for our bindweed blitz.

We set to in three areas, determined to unearth the (probably dead) tree that was a cascade if bramble and bindweed, make further progress into the triangle bed (halted by the wasps who seemingly quite like bindweed) and a new section of wall of bindweed that stood no chance in the face of Caroline and Richard G who then invented the game of Bindweed Ball - hours of fun.

Vaguely Northern Darren proved that if you grab the same bundle of bramble theee times it hurts you three times, we discovered the the Polish and Czech for "ow" are the same, that sea shanties are a great accompaniment to bindweed bashing but the singers didn't want to come and get the satisfaction of bindweed pulling this evening - adding "I cant get no satisfaction" to their repertoire.

If Alice asks, of course the tree is still alive and will now grow back.

Back at workout, we celebrated Melanie's 800 good deeds and new 500 t-shirt - who will be next?!

*may have been total coincidence

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Blitzing Brunswick Bindweed Bin Bag Brilliance

Tue 14 Sep 18:20 pm
Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4LH
The Cemetery will be much tidier heading into autumn

It's Tuesday so it's a group run, meeting in (and returning to) Queen Square and leaving there at 6.30

We're heading back to the bindweed-bound cemetery to see how many bin-bags we can fill with bindweed so it starts next spring in a much more healthy state.

Gloves are good, it's a needle area so we're always wanting to check each area visually before putting our hands anywhere near it. If you have hand tools, it'd be great to bring them, too - I'll update with whether I'll be driving and can therefore put tools into the car (not so green but it'll enable us to make the Cemetery less bindweed-green).

I'm still hoping to get another weekend-day session in so we can picnic afterwards, in daylight, to celebrate our work :-)

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Harbouring a good time

Tue 7 Sep
Report written by Chris Bennett

An elite team (of three) did an amazing job distributing Get Growing Trail leaflets and posters to shops, cafes and pubs around the harbour. A really nice run on a beautiful evening!

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Get going for Get Growing

Tue 7 Sep 18:20 pm
Workout Bristol, Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SB
Let everyone know about the Get Growing trail

The Get Growing trail is an annual event run by Bristol Food Network to encourage people to explore growing spaces around the city. This includes lots of GoodGym favourites such as the Haven, Golden Hill Allotment, Easton Community Garden and Bramble Farm.

Our task is to drop off leaflets and posters to cafes, shops and bars around the harbourside area.

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