Linda Blackmore


2Good deeds



Linda Blackmore went on a group run
Group run

Smells like Team Spirit

Wed 18 Aug
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Altogether now, to the tune of The Teddy Bears' Picnic

If you go down to the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise
If you go down to the woods today
you’d better take plogging supplies!

For all the trash that ever there was
Is gathered there for certain because
The woods are where the litter bugs go to picnic

Litter pick time for GoodGymers
The GoodGym crew are having a smelly time tonight
Watch them pick up underwear
On a litter pick in the holidays

See them hunt for all the trash
They love to clean it up
They never leave any can behind
Then sharps and bottles are bagged up and dragged out
And loaded on the truck
Cos it’s home time for the GoodGymers.

Tonight's oddest litter finds:
A fan, a trolley, a Play Station, a fire extinguisher. We did pull out a lot of litter, but the woods were in a better state than they have been on our previous visits.

Welcome to GoodGym Will - good to meet you!

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Linda Blackmore signed up to a group run
Group run

Magdalen Wood Litter Pick

Wed 18 Aug 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Litter, litter everywhere

Magdalen Wood in Wood Farm was once part of the Royal Woods of Shotover until it was separated by the Easter Bypass. It still shares the same ancient species of trees with it's larger neighbour. Oxford City council purchased the land and woods in the 1950s. The land became Wood Farm estate, but the woods remain open and accessible.

Unfortunately, Magdalen Wood suffers a bad litter problem. We have visited a number of times before to try and help improve the situation, and this Wednesday we go again.

Please bring your own gloves. Litter pickers and bin bags will be provided but bring your own litter picker if you have one. It can get a bit boggy underfoot in places, so if you aren't running you might want wellies (depends how the weather has been in the week leading up to our task).

Meeting options:
* 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 5:45pm. There will just be a running group this week as the wood is a little too far to get there in time walking. There won’t be a bag drop available.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us on the corner of Atkyns Road and Nuffield Road (Wood Farm) at 6:15pm. OX3 8RA should get you to the correct location.

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Linda Blackmore has earned their community cape by completing their first community mission. Sat 7 Aug 2021

Linda completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Linda was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.

Linda Blackmore has done their first good deed with GoodGym. Sat 7 Aug 2021

Linda is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.

Linda Blackmore went on a community mission
Community mission

Someone's lost their punglasses...

Sat 7 Aug
Report written by Vicky Arnold

Ten Goodgymers defied the stormy forecast and spent what turned out to be a beautiful morning on Port Meadow, forensically scouring paths, riverbanks, and undergrowth for the detritus left behind by the less conscientious minority of meadow users.

The wetter weather recently has meant less mess. Nevertheless, Julian the Meadow Ranger met us with a grim photo of what broken glass can do to a cow's leg, taken just this morning, and pointed out where we could make the biggest impact by picking up the bottles and plastic waste which pose such a threat to the livestock and wildlife.

A classic Goodgym litter pick then ensued, complete with pants (unerringly detected by Julia) , thongs (spotted by Matty) , socks (Linda, on the ball on her first task), and masks, as well as bottles, cans, cardboard, and dog poo bags. Weirder highlights included glasses, sunglasses, and - with a bit of teamwork - a fire extinguisher fished out of the river.

The skies were dramatic, the Meadow looked stunning, and Matty pretty much successfully made friends with a cow. We also welcomed three new Goodgymers - Emma, Linda, and Christopher. Thank you to Julian for his bags and litter pickers and Meadow lore!

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Linda Blackmore signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Litter picking Port Meadow

Sat 7 Aug 10:30 am
South entrance Port Meadow, Walton Well Road, Oxford, OX2 6ED
Help fight the litter in one of Oxford's greatest green spaces

The combination of sunny weather, school holidays, and the easing of lockdown means that Port Meadow is more popular than ever. While a lot of people are scrupulous in taking away their litter, many unfortunately are not, meaning that food packaging, broken glass, and barbecue detritus are left to be a hazard to other Meadow users, livestock, and wildlife - sadly, both last summer and this have seen injuries to animals, some fatal.

We'll be meeting Julian the Meadow Ranger at the Walton Well Road entrance. Bags and litter pickers will be provided, but please bring gloves if you have them.

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