Linden Baxter


21Good deeds



Linden Baxter went on a training session
Training session

Mud, mud, glorious mud

Sat 4 Dec
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

...there's nothing quite like it!

After a few last-minute re-thinks thanks to trains, work and sickness we finally embarked on our Cotswold Walk. The advance party did a circuit of Kingham village before looping back to the station to collect the train-team (delayed by engine failure). We then free-styled a walk route very loosely based on the backwards version of the original plan, aided by the OS map app and a bit of local knowledge.

There was mud. Lots of mud. And Ben found all of it. Those trainers and trousers will never be the same again! 3 tumbles into the mud (Ben - 2, Anwen -1), a few horses and a field of sheep, and we arrived for our lunch booking bang on time. It could be said that we filled our boots with pub grub, then rolled back to the station, passing the small child in a tutu on a miniature pony (only in the Cotswolds...), fuelled by chips and sticky toffee pudding.

Hopefully there will be fewer logistical issues next time we go on an adventure, but it was lovely to spend a few hours walking, sliding through mud and chatting.


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Linden Baxter signed up to a training session
Training session

Cotswold Walk

Sat 4 Dec 11:10 am
17 Langston Priory Workshops, Station Road, Kingham, OX7 6UP

Escape the city for a 10km walk through the Cotswold countryside.

We’ll take the road through the pretty village of Kingham, venture out along the farm track (wellies required- this bit gets muddy in winter) towards Daylesford. We can pick up hot drinks at Daylesford farmshop at the 4km point (pricey but excellent coffee) before carrying on through the woods, over the fields and back through Bledington village.

I have booked a table for lunch at The Kings Head for 2pm. It is at about the 8km point.

If you’re driving there is plenty of parking at the workshops.
Public transport:
Train from Oxford to Kingham leaves at 10:44am and arrives Kingham at 11:10am. The station is 400m from the workshops.

Toilets available at the meeting location.

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Linden Baxter signed up to a group run
Group run

Warneford Hospital

Wed 8 Sep 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
- autumn garden tidy

We've been helping regularly in the garden of the young person’s mental health unit, the Highfield. There is only one gardener for the whole of the Warneford Hospital site, so it is a difficult to keep it all looking as good as it could.

The Highfield Unit has a large fenced garden divided into 3 different sections, and a public area in front of the ward too. We will split into teams to work in the different sections. We'll be looking to get it ready for autumn, as this will be our last evening session here until the spring. Sunset is at 7:36pm this evening.

We plan to do some weekend sessions in the autumn and winter to plant bulbs and do preparatory work for spring.

Please bring gardening gloves. Other tools will be provided, but if you have a small pair of secateurs please bring them - we always need more tools for pruning at this 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 6pm. There will be running and walking routes planned. It's less than a mile to Warneford Hospital, but be warned that it's mostly up hill! There won’t be a bag drop available.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us on the lawn outside reception at Warneford Hospital at 6:15pm.

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Linden Baxter went on a community mission
Community mission

Good Thymes and Good Deeds

Sat 24 Apr
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

What a difference 6 months makes! Back in October we had a super-soaker of a Community Mission at the Highfield Unit of the Warneford Hospital. Today we were basking in the sun as we gardened.

The Highfield Unit is the young person's ward at the Warneford Hospital. It has a large garden, which is wonderful for the young people but quite hard to keep in order with just one gardener for the whole hospital site. Today we were called in to work some GoodGym magic.

One of our small teams focused on the garden area outside the dining room: This was the domain of the injured GoodGym runners ;-) Since our last visit the weeds have re-established themselves, so we cleared them and pruned the unruly shrubbery to improve the mealtime view. Through in the next-door section of the garden another GoodGym team de-tangled brambles from choking the rosemary bush and apple sapling, and weeded and pruned as much of the border foliage as we could manage.

It's going to take a few visits to get he garden looking it's best, but we made a good start today filling 9 wheelbarrow loads of weeds and brambles.

The Highfield Unit have sussed the way to our hearts, supplying hobnobs and water to keep us fueled and hydrated as we worked.

Welcome Amy - glad you could join us for the first time.

Top suggestion of the day: Mayor Mark should instigate Umuganda in Oxford.

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Linden Baxter signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Garden Tidy at Warneford Hospital

Sat 24 Apr 10:30 am
Warneford Lane, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7JX
A repeat visit to the Highfield Unit garden

We've been asked if we can help give the garden of the young person’s mental health unit a good tidy up to get it ready for spring-/summer. Having visited at the start of October last year to plant bulbs and do some weeding, we're returning to get some of the brambles and shrubbery under control.

The Highfield Unit has a large garden divided into 3 different sections, but there is only one gardener for the whole of the Warneford Hospital site, so it is a struggle to keep it looking as good as it could.

It would be fantastic to improve the environment for young people struggling with their mental health - let's get to work!

Please bring gardening gloves. Other tools will be provided.

Meeting point: on the lawn outside the main entrance of the Warneford Hospital. We will walk to the ward together from there, collecting the tools along the way.

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Linden Baxter has done a 6 month mission streak. Wed 31 Mar 2021

Linden just completed a six month streak of doing missions. That’s so many bags of garden rubbish cleared and jobs done to help someone out and put a smile on their face. Give Linden a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.

Linden Baxter went on a community mission
Community mission

Cardboard lasagne and an adequate sufficiency of logs

Wed 31 Mar
Report written by Bethan Greenaway

With lockdown restrictions slightly relaxed we were delighted to be able to head back to the Children's Allotment.

With flapjacks in hand to celebrate Anna and her amazing 100 good deeds we headed to the site and were greeted by Alice who had some jobs for us.

The main aim for the evening was to prepare some planting beds around some existing fruit trees. This involved creating a "cardboard lasagne" - a cardboard layer to prevent weeds popping up topped with some soil and finally some lovely rich compost - ragu, pasta, white-sauce.................... Silver birch logs to edge the beds were also prepared by Aoife who's eyes lit up at the mention of using a saw!

We cheerfully got to work, chatting as we went. Conversations topics were wide ranging and delightfully random - from rescuing bumblebees from spiders to the joy of river swimming.

By the end of our session we all sat back and surveyed the fruits of our labours - ripe and stinky manure piled around the fruit trees, cardboard lasagne built and some lovely silver birch chunks prepared ready to by made into a gorgeous border. We will be planting strawberry plants next week!

We were all so happy to be back in this gorgeous space and hear all Alice's plans for clearing and planting.

Til next week!

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Linden Baxter signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Parcel deliveries for OMA 31.3.21

Wed 31 Mar 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Alleviating food poverty

This week, for the first time on a Wednesday evening, we will split between 2 tasks!

We're now into our 5th consecutive month of Wednesdays at Oxford Mutual Aid, and the majority of our Wednesday team are still needed for food deliveries. 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.

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. With the slight easing of restrictions on Monday the rule of 6 now applies, so delivery groups can be slightly larger. The clock change will mean we will have daylight so I might bring the litter pickers too.

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

There is a 2nd listing for this evening for 6 people to help The Children’s Allotment, do check that out and take your pick between the 2 tasks.

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