We had a short run to our monthly session at the Barnsley Churches Drop-in Project where Peter and his cohort were already busy distributing items to the homeless.
This month we had several tasks to help with:
- We were 'sorting favour' by sorting donated toiletries into crates depending on their type; shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste etc. Some of these were open which led to some sweet smelling sticky slimy hands.
- Michelle made some very sweet hot chocolates (with 3 sugars added to every cup!). We're sweet enough already, but the hot chocs evidently are not!
- Goody two-shoes's Kirsty and Celine made up 60 goody-bags ready to be given out at the door. They risked it for the biscuits.
- Clothes-horse James went back and forth to the lock-up over the road to transport the bin bags of clothes from there into the main building. They will be sorted at a later date, perhaps by us!
After a busy task we said our goodbyes and headed off to do our planned fitness session in our favourite pocket park, Sparrow Park. Each person picked a card with a designated exercise on it and a number of repetitions, with a handy hand-drawn diagram showing how it should be performed. After completing the exercise on a card a lap of the small park was ran. We continued until all cards had been used. The cards consisted of the following: - Squat thrusts x5 - Back corner lunges x5 - Side leg-ups x10 - Lunges x10 - Star jumps x5 - Tricep dips x10 - Butterfly sit-ups x10 - Squats x10 - Press-ups x10
When we had all done the exercises it was time to stretch with the help of the handy little standing shelter. Some advanced stretching was led by stretchy-lady Celine along with the standard set which we usually do.
Stretched off we all went on our merry ways.
Kirsty is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time
On another gloriously sunny Barnsley evening we gathered for the run up to the YMCA allotment. We were met by other YMCA volunteers who were already busy on site by the time we got there.
After some introductions and chats about what the allotment was all about, who used it, and plans for the future of it post pandemic, we were informed about the work we were to carry out. We were shown inside the container where all of the tools were kept and we picked up a roll of green bin bags, some trowls (including a frog trowl; spot it in the pictures), forks of all varieties (a duck fork, hand forks, long forks etc) and some trugs... 'the darling trugs of May(June)'. We were then shown the tasks we were to undertake; weeding the paths (which were looking more like flower beds) and weeding the beds. Some of the weeds were deeply rooted and took serious digging effort to get out, but we forked them up! 6 bags of unwanted invasive plants were bagged up for disposal. After all the work was done, we were treated to some fruits for our labours; delicious cherries and strawberries, picked fresh. Feeling refreshed from the fruity sugar boost we tidied our tools away and locked up the container as the other volunteers had already left, before starting our run back.
On our return run we did interval sprints between lamposts on the pavement. We sprinted from one to the next and then slowly jogged to the next post, before sprinting again. This really got the heart rate up.
Arriving back near GlassHouse, we used the nearby pocket park to stretch off and have a chat about upcoming activities.
We will be running to help Peter and his team at the drop-in project sort donated bags of items. Rucksacks full of food, clothing and hygiene products are donated to the project and stored in a lock-up. The items need sorting into categories for later distribution ,and the current staff at the centre don't have the time. This is where GG comes in. We'll be opening each bag and sorting items into designated crates (coats, gloves, hats, dry food etc).
We will be meeting Anne from the Friends of Locke Park to help with the maintenance of the park. We could be sweeping sand back into the sandpits, plucking weeds from beds, or doing a spot of topiary... who knows?!
Come along to find out!
There is also some lovely fitness equipment in the park which will be getting some use!
Kirsty completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Kirsty was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
After having ran or volunteered at the Parkrun in Locke Park we had a gentle walk up to the Locke Park tower to help the Friends of Locke Park with a very special task; cleaning and sprucing up the tower. The tower and surrounding area are only open to the public once a month, so we were very honoured to have it opened up for us to work on. We were met by Anne and some other FoLP volunteers, along with Kirsty, who as one of our core members had agreed to meet us at the tower despite being very busy the night before; woop, nice one!
We were told a little of the history of the tower, which was erected in honour of Mrs Locke, wife of Joseph Locke whom the park is named after. It sports 360 degree views of the park and surrounding area. Anne and the FoLP had organised putting some boards up around the outside of the tower for us so we could read about it's history too. We were certainly not board!
After this knowledge boost, we all got to work. We were scraping moss around the outside of the tower, sweeping the steps of dust, stone and debris, wiping down the windows and paintwork and brushing away the mountains of cobwebs from the ceilings. "What wicked cobwebs we weave". We were also joined by two very young birds at the top of the tower who could not yet fly, hence the title!
There wasn't much room but there was definitely a view and lots and lots of dust! 'A cramped space with a view' is the phrase I think!
After some hard work, with everyone having put in substantial effort, we were treated to drinks and special Jubilee delights. Chats were had and we agreed with the FoLP that it would be a good idea for us to return in future. With that goodbyes were said and we helped take the equipment back down to the storage shed, passing by areas where we have done jobs for the park previously.
Great work all!
Kirsty has helped keep other people motivated, Kirsty has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Kirsty.
We will be getting exclusive access to the tower in Locke Park from the Friends of Locke Park. The tower sports 360 degree views of Barnsley and is only open on a handful of occasions throughout the year, but is being opened especially for us! This rare treat will be sampled by us after completing a GoodGym Parkrun takeover event beforehand in the same park. Hopefully attracting some welcome attention!!
See you at the tower!