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Being the newbie
Joining GoodGym, by Megan Cumberlitch
An email request begging for help brought huge excitement to Bristol GoodGym with an urgent need to shift and spread 6 tonnes of sand across some space that had been lawn, to increase the wildlife and plants right in the heart of the city. GoodGymmers who were still at work spied on us from afar.
In the (not) shadow of City Hall on a gloriously sunny late afternoon, red t-shirts approached from all directions on foot and on bikes and 11 GoodGymmers split into their groups of a 5 and a 6 to be sand-shifters or sand-spreaders across a pleasing trapezium*, entitled to 4 of the 6 dumpy bags of sand.
Social distancing went vertical as Shreena enjoyed being the tallest GoodGymmer, standing on her sack of sand.
Charlee, from the Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation and Joe from ParkWork (long-term friend of GoodGym) were super impressed with the speed of spreadage and after lots of hardwork we had a vote on further raking or a fitness session. Tge raking won and the sport Synchronised Socially Distanced Raking was born - already listed as a demonstration sport for the 2028 Olympics.
It was fantastic to be back in the heart of the city, getting fit by doing good.
*Maths is fun
College Green is getting a facelift!
Is raking your thing? With a bit of shovelling?
We need to spread and level 6 tonnes of sand to prepare the ground at College Green to be planted with 500sqm of wildflower meadow.
How amazing is this going to be for Bristol? 😍
Once the flowers are blooming, this new habitat will support thousands of new species and provide an opportunity for local people to connect to nature right in the heart of the city.
We’ll have two groups of 11, split into smaller Covid-safe groups of 5 and six, working with Charlee from the Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation - this is at 5 o’clock, the other group will start at 6 o’clock.
Six GoodGymers went to the Southbank Centre to help with their presentations for reopening. We spent the time clearing the outdoor space, which involved hauling rubble, using various methods, to make their outdoor space usable. Be there from Thursday 🍻😁😎
The SouthBank Club is local community venue which normally thrives from dance classes and community groups using the space. We helped there a lot last year whilst they did some works on the venue and it seems like they have been busy again and want our helping hands to clear the garden (and fill a skip - all outdoors) so that is can be used seating area for beverages and refreshments.
Please note - there are some other Community Missions listed that morning so if you fancy doing a double good deed there should be enough time for you to get to this task (don't worry if you're a little late!)
Please bring your own gloves and respect social distancing at all times throughout this Community Mission.
Megan completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Megan was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
Megan 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.
Four GoodGymers met on a chilly Tuesday evening at a BnB to help assemble a number of beds. The BnB has been assisting with providing homeless people a safe place to stay during the pandemic.
We welcomed Megan tonight on her first ever GoodGym mission! Was great to meet you.
We paired up and split between the room to help out. I underestimated how challenging putting up beds was! Well done everyone, great work :)
We will be moving beds and mattresses between two floors in a private B&B that has been being used as a night shelter for homeless people.
The tasks involves heavy lifting whilst moving up and down stairs, so a full body workout!
We will be working indoors so please bring gloves and a face mask. The location of the task is confidential. We will therefore meet at Mud Dock and I will lead you to the task in Bedminster.