Lydia

Cardiff

78Good deeds

78runs

237cheers

Lydia went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

U Can't Cwtch This

Tue 19 Apr
Report written by Michael

With a bit of rain threatening to run today we were hopeful that it would stay away enough for the task to be a success. Not to be put off, we decided that rain or shine - you can't touch this!

8 goodgymers today split into three groups, we had ourselves a couple of cyclists, a couple of walkers (honestly we didn't just pick people off the street on the run), and finally 4 runners. Today was also a SPECIAL farewell run for Nicholas who was off to pastures new at the end of the week.

"Best of Luck Buddy"

Within no time at all we had arrived at the task, after chatting about our lovely bank holiday weekends and the adventures that we had over the days.

Our task tonight was to help out at the wonderful Cwtch Together, they had been hit by the great force of nature and needed some helpful volunteers to clear up. Cwtch Together is a disability play project held in the centre of Cardiff which promotes inclusive play and socialisation for disabled children and their families. It's therefore important that the ground outside is nice and can be used as much as possible.

Our Tasks

  • Clear the leaves (as much as possible)

  • Remove any stingy things

  • Weed in between the paving

  • Move the bags of slate over to the stepping stone area

"No time to natter, let's get busy"

Everyone was busy today, spreading out over the ground to do their work. Leaves were flying, 'some' people were getting carried away with the weeding devices.....and the brave few took to picking the nettles. How do you pick a nettle? Very carefully!

It was soon time to put the tools away, quickly show our lovely host for the day Sarah what we had done and plan a return trip soon. It was great to be back at Cwtch, it had been quite a while since we'd been here putting up the sheds.

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Lydia went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Taught it, Sort it, Bought it....

Tue 12 Apr
Report written by Michael

Not the Start to Spring that we had last week as a wet weathered Wales emerged from the grey evening sky.

Not to be beaten by the rain, 8 eager goodgymers stayed strong and committed to the cause, and tonight that would be the wonderful YMCA shop on Colchester Avenue.

For those taking on the full run - a nice 7km, with our usual relaxed start closer to the task and a lovely 1 mile.

Lots to talk about tonight with Easter break just around the corner and for most a luscious long weekend, an opportunity to see family and friends in some (hopefully) better weather. Once at the task there was just enough time to rehydrate - Always important when being active, and now to get our volunteer muscles worked out. We had three tasks on the go,

  • A load of new records to sort
  • A library of books to arrange and sticker
  • The usual sorting of donations ready to transfer to the other shops in Cardiff

Hannah was first to jump straight at the books, with three jobs on the go. If the books could be sold, then a YMCA sticker went on ready to be added to the library of books with a great deal of 6 for £1...

Andrew and Karolina were our 'record breakers' getting to work on the cage of records to be sorted, some reminders of the past in there.

Finally, the rest of the group hit the donation tables. Four cages of bagged donations to get through, with sanitiser and gloves ready and after a quick talk through, we were off. Anything that was not good enough for resale was bagged up for recycling with as little waste as possible.

The time went as quickly as ever and it was soon time to stop, but not before a quick bit of time to SHOP. A few items purchased and a quick group photo and we were off, returning to the city. Not the Start to Spring that we had last week as a wet weathered Wales emerged from the grey evening sky.

Not to be beaten by the rain, 8 eager goodgymers stayed strong and committed to the cause, and tonight that would be the wonderful YMCA shop on Colchester Avenue.

For those taking on the full run - a nice 7km, with our usual relaxed start closer to the task and a lovely 1 mile.

Lots to talk about tonight with Easter break just around the corner and for most a luscious long weekend, an opportunity to see family and friends in some (hopefully) better weather. Once at the task there was just enough time to rehydrate - Always important when being active, and now to get our volunteer muscles worked out. We had three tasks on the go,

  • A load of new records to sort
  • A library of books to arrange and sticker
  • The usual sorting of donations ready to transfer to the other shops in Cardiff

Hannah was first to jump straight at the books, with three jobs on the go. If the books could be sold, then a YMCA sticker went on ready to be added to the library of books with a great deal of 6 for £1...

Andrew and Karolina were our 'record breakers' getting to work on the cage of records to be sorted, some reminders of the past in there.

Finally, the rest of the group hit the donation tables. Four cages of bagged donations to get through, with sanitiser and gloves ready and after a quick talk through, we were off. Anything that was not good enough for resale was bagged up for recycling with as little waste as possible.

The time went as quickly as ever and it was soon time to stop, but not before a quick bit of time to SHOP. A few items purchased and a quick group photo and we were off, returning to the city.

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Lydia signed up to a group run
Group run
Cardiff

It's fun to HELP at the YMCA

Tue 12 Apr 18:15 pm
Big Moose Coffee Co, 4-5 Frederick Street, Cardiff, CF10 2DB
Help to fund the great work of the YMCA

We will meet outide BIG MOOSE and head on over to our friends at YMCA Colchester Avenue.

If you're looking for a shorter distance, meet at the Penylan Library at 18:45. We will run to you and head off from there to the final destination.

Full distance Below

18:15 - 18:30 Meet up and chat
18:30 - 19:00 Active travel to task (Walk, Run, Cycle)
19:00 - 19:30 Volunteer Task funtimes
19:30 - 20:00 Active travel back (Walk, Run, Cycle)

20:00 - Optional Social

If you want to meet at the task please leave a note on the sign up page below, just so that I know and we aren't waiting for you at the start. All that we ask is that you don't drive!

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Lydia went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Drop Dead Head

Tue 5 Apr
Report written by Michael

Welcome to our ALBUM cover edition........

Tonight, we returned to the wonderful group of 'Forget me not Cafe' who had met to take advantage of the light evenings and get some seed planting on the go. It will not be too long until they are out in the gardens planting up and making a wonderful display.

Our task tonight was three-fold,

  1. Clean up the community space in the Church, pack away the tables, vacuum the carpets and put the chairs back ready for Church usage.
  2. Secateurs on the go - and dead head ahoy to the no longer blooming daffodils.
  3. Finally, using up the space in the raised planters to plant some gladioli bulbs.

FACT

Gladioli is Dame Edna's favourite flower

We split into groups tonight, those that ran the full 5 km from the city centre and back again, those who made a 2 km who we picked up along the way and the final meeting at the task. Once there we again split into three groups, but this time for the tasks at hand. And once split we wasted no time going full throttle getting everything done, and with time to spare at the end to chat without hosts about the upcoming events that were due - followed of course by the helping had of Cardiff goodgym afterwards to clear.

Party rings all around, and on a full sugar high it was time for a quick photo - album cover style before we made our ways back home / to town for a little social.

A lovely evening and a lovely bunch of people, what more do you need on a Tuesday?

Why not join us next week for more fun and frolics......?

Sign up HERE

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Lydia signed up to a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Helping the Wonderful 'Forget Me Not' group

Tue 5 Apr 18:15 pm
Big Moose Coffee Co, 4-5 Frederick Street, Cardiff, CF10 2DB
Support the return of 'Forget me Not' cafe

Forget me not cafe meeting again at St. Edward Community Hall and so we are also returning to help them, this will be there 'in person' meeting in the hall so we will be making our way over to help put things back all clean and tidy.

We will be mopping, vacuuming and having a workout moving the chairs back into position. Possibly a bit of gardening. Exact work will be listed closer to the time

18:15 - 18:30 Meet up and chat
18:30 - 19:00 Active travel to task (Walk, Run, Cycle)
19:00 - 19:30 Volunteer Task funtimes
19:30 - 20:00 Active travel back (Walk, Run, Cycle)

20:00 - Optional Social

If you want to meet at the task please leave a note on the sign up page below, just so that I know and we aren't waiting for you at the start. All that we ask is that you don't drive!

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Lydia went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Anything trove

Tue 29 Mar
Report written by Michael

This week we met outside Big Moose, to be a little closer to the task - making it a nice 2 miles of active travel each way.

Our chat today consisted of blancmange (tedious link to a future task), so here are some facts about blancmange.

  1. The origin is unknown, but one of the oldest recipes is German.
  2. The traditional recipes included ingredients like almond milk or milk, shredded chicken or fish, and sugar.
  3. The typical Blancmange recipe consists of nearly 393 calories including 45% fat, 14% protein, and 12% carbohydrate.

We set off on our straight 2 miles to the task, on the way came another conversation - argos moving into Sainsburys, what's the point?

Tonight we were on our way to help at StarGarAllot Community Allotment, we have been helping here for several years now so it seemed fitting to be back to celebrate the clocks going forward giving us back our light evenings. Over the years we have seen the site develop and grow, we've made pathways, built sheds, and seen them awarded the green flag award. Our task today, to dig over the plot ready for planting potatoes, and move as much of the bags of gravel back onto the site as possible.


TO WORK

First we all had to get together and move the cold frame from on top of the soil, the cold frame was actually once the roof to the old greenhouse that we dismantled on a previous task. Once moved, Jamie and Michael made their way to start shovelling the gravel, one barrow at a time. After several wheelbarrows each, two of the bags were ready to be dragged over to their new location - today was a cross-fit kinda task

Meanwhile, Emily, Flo, Lydia and Su were busy with forks, turning and loosening the soil and removing and large weeds. Having an amazing time as they discovered an array of goodies from their digging, there's always something when you dig on this plot. It was a bit of a fight to finally get everyone to stop digging, as it became something of a treasure hunt, but we did finally down tools and get our group photo in.

Quick time so some plums, cake and fruit tea, before heading home for the evening. There's plenty more listed for the next two months, so get choosing your volunteer tasks for April & May and we will see you then.

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Lydia signed up to a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Community garden - tidy up

Tue 29 Mar 18:15 pm
Big Moose Coffee Co, 4-5 Frederick Street, Cardiff, CF10 2DB
Help to prepare the community allotments ready for Spring

StarGarAllot Allotments

  • 18:15 - 18:30 Meet up and chat (warm up)
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Active travel to the task
  • 19:00 - 19:30 Helping at the Allotment
  • 19:30 Active travel back

*20:00 Social gathering for any who choose

Please note, if you are cycling we would still like you at the meeting point so that we know you joining us.

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Lydia went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

The sorting life

Tue 22 Feb
Report written by Michael

Tonight 17 eager goodgymers took to the evening to help out at our old friend of a Charity - the Y.M.C.A

It had been a few years (thanks pandemic) since we had been about to help, so the task was well overdue.

In a few groups we made our way, runners, walk/joggers and walkers heading a good 6km to the task location on Colchester Avenue. There was plenty to do upon our arrival, a mountain of donations just waiting for our help. Bags were ripped open as garments were checked and inspected to see if they passed the test.

If they looked good enough to keep they were sorted;

  • Kids
  • Womens
  • Mens
  • Non-Clothes (books etc.)

There were more bins to fill but by now I was busy with my new friend HENRY as we cleaned the floors, shouting countdowns to the sorting crew. We also had our bed builders - Martin and Marie, busy creating a lovely bed.

As the final shout out was made, the sorting was called to an end and it was time for a quick group photo.

We will be back again in a few weeks to help out with the sorting some more.

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Lydia signed up to a group run
Group run
Cardiff

It's the return to the YMCA

Tue 22 Feb 18:15 pm
Big Moose Coffee Co, 4-5 Frederick Street, Cardiff, CF10 2DB
a lovely run / walk to help out at a deserving charity

It's a return to days gone by, we will meet outide BIG MOOSE and head on over to our friends at YMCA Colchester Avenue.

  • 18:15 - 18:30 Meet up and chat (warm up)
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Active travel to the task
  • 19:00 - 19:30 Helping at the YMCA
  • 19:30 Active travel back

*20:00 Social gathering for any who choose

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Lydia went on a community mission
Community mission
Cardiff

Move ya butts & get ya plants outta bed!

Sat 8 Jan
Report written by Cardiff runner

Six GoodGym volunteers gathered on a grey day for our first visit to Stargarallot of 2022.

Michael, Lydia and Sean were joined by some new faces...

Welcome to Anna on her first mission in Cardiff. Welcome to Alastair and Matt, each on their maiden GoodGym mission. Hopefully the first of many more to come!

Camilla showed us an area of the allotment consisting of water butts, plant beds an a greenhouse. She explained that this area of land was to be repurposed as a polytunnel. Our task was to begin clearing the way for it.

We began by creating a new home for the water butts alongside the storage sheds: We cleared away wood and slate in order to lay down some paving slabs, before moving the water butts into position atop the slabs.

We then got to work on the beds. Starting with the brick borders, we shuttled back and forth until we had stacked them all away. Next, we uprooted the plants from their bed and repotted them.

Finally, we turned or attention to the greenhouses. We emptied the still-standing greenhouse of its contents. Where once a greenhouse had once stood, we deconstructed the metal base frame, and dug up the support chord anchors from the ground.

By the time we had done all that, it was time to pack up the tools and finish with some tea and fruit.

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