A chance encounter with Saroj during our May Day gardening task at Flo's led to us being asked if we could help out with the garden at Littlemore Village Hall. The Hall is a community run space which receives no public funding, and is kept going by a dedicated team of volunteers. They requested a GoodGym flash mob to help blitz a few of the bigger garden jobs so that the space is a bit smarter for hirers.
10 GoodGymers packed their gardening gloves and spent a couple of hours helping out the village hall team. We had a task list including weeding, pruning, emptying out old planters, composting, planting out new plants, filling raised beds and cutting back an overly vigorous hazel tree.
At the end of the session we were treated to a delicious cake buffet, cups of tea and coffee, and an opportunity to chat with the hall volunteers.
Will garden for cake!
One of the Trustees of Littlemore Village Hall met us when we were gardening at Flo's on May Day, and has subsequently got in touch to ask for help tidying up the village hall garden.
In exchange for some GoodGym weeding and pruning they will supply tea, coffee, and homemade cake. Surely that's everything we need to tempt us beyond the ring road?!
Please bring your own gardening gloves. Tools will be supplied.
I (Anwen) will be planning on running Horspath parkrun that morning if anyone wants to meet there first.
It was lovely to be back at the Children's Allotment for the first time since they opened up last autumn. It was quite a different sight than when we first came to help out back in the spring of 2019 - now there's a polytunnel classroom, mud kitchen, running water, loo, lots of produce thriving in raised beds, and barely a bramble to be seen.
This week we were back on wood chip duties...the play mound needed making safe by covering with weed suppressing fabric and a thick layer of woodchip. A few bits of glass and metal had been making their way to the surface so the nice thick layer of woodchip will ensure that the area is much safer for playing. Elsewhere Mark and Julia sharpened their carpentry skills repairing the mud kitchen work bench, a handful of GoodGymers were given a composing masterclass, and everyone else snapped on the gardening gloves and got weeding the polytunnel raised beds and around the raspberry canes. Watering was done, peas were eaten, and a generally wholesome evening was had.
Welcome to GoodGym Oxford Emily!
Thanks to Ben for the excellent pun/report title!
GoodGymers helped out with a variety of tasks at Oxford City Farm. We did some gardening, welcomed people at the gate and counted them in and out, and helped at the pop-up cafe. It wouldn't be a proper GoodGym task without some scything, so Sam obliged! Towards the end of the session we all turned our attention to weeding (and getting stung by nettles) and pulling out the "fat hen". This is a plant that chickens love, and fattens them up, so we fed them all we could find, and fed the sheep some leftover alfalfa pellets. All animals were very appreciative!
Welcome Marti to GoodGym Oxford!
Rescheduled from 15th June
The Children's Allotment is a gorgeous space near Florence Park. We helped them with the massive 2.5 year undertaking to get the site ready to open, and now they've asked for a bit of help with maintenance.
The main task will be replenishing the paths with new woodchip, but there are bound to be other jobs to do too.
All tools will be provided but please bring your own gardening gloves.
The Children’s Allotment is at the East Ward Allotments, off Cricket Road. The entrance is off the cycle path, not the main allotment entrance. Location pin here.
* 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. * If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at the location pin above at 6:15pm.
Pub Quiz at The Up in Arms. The quiz will start at 7.30pm but it’s best to come down for 7pm to get a head start in the picture round and grab your table!
£20 Bar Tab for first place dodopubs.com/locations/the-up-in-arms/
5-7.5km/3-4.5m walk in Uni Parks and along the Marston Cycle Path, ending up in The King's Arms for drinks and games. (With prizes for the victors).
Walkers meet at Keble Gate at 6pm for a 6.15pm start.
Pubbers/Gamers meet at pub at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.
13 (unlucky for some, but not in our case ) GoodGymers ventured back to one of our favourite places, Marston Forest Garden. Its been a while since we last helped at the site and it was amazing to see the progess the team has made. As always we were given a very warm welcome by Isobel and we divided into weeding parties. The superstars Thomas and Sam also helped move wheelbarrows of woodchip onto one of the plots. Weeding in and amongst the gooseberries also gave Katie the chance to bring our the Seek app to make sure that no plants were harmed in the weeding process! We finished with some wonderful homemade lemon drizzle cake from Isobel!