Michelle Bacon

Cardiff

43Good deeds

43runs

253cheers

Michelle Bacon went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

goodgym FIVE is alive

Tue 24 May
Report written by Michael

What a time it's been, the past FIVE years have flown by in a haze of volunteering, fun and great NEW friends. By taking part in goodgym we are given the opportunity to get active, do good, meet new people and see the good side of our community through the groups that we engage with.

We started our week of celebrations with a party in the park on Saturday, games, food and of course goodgym FUN. Now, for the actual group activity which we always have on a Tuesday here in Cardiff.

Tonight, we were helping out again with our friends at Cwtch Together to clear their outside area ready to be used for the Jubilee Garden Party. We had slabs to move, a BBQ to move, weeds and rubbish to bag up ready to go, and a Mud Kitchen to build - what a workout we can have in store.

18 of the crew turned up tonight, including some of the originals WELCOME BACK.

It was going to be a good 5km round trip, and the weather was on our side as the skies cleared and the sun beamed down upon us.

It was a nice route, some park, some streets and then another park - scenery, friends and chatting always help on a run / walk. Once there, we split into groups and got straight to work, plenty of weight lifting with the slab crew, a nice quieter task for the weed brigade and the rubbish rebels simply hit everything. Whilst outside was a hub of activity, the Mud gang made their way inside to make a start on the build.

But wait.........who's this?

A surprise guest arrived to have a look at the great things that goodgym are doing here in Cardiff, and what a pleasure it was. Can you spot them in the photos?

Nearly out of time so a quick..

Tools down, a quick tidy up and just time for a photo or 20, we may have got overly excited with the cutout.

A huge thanks to all the members, past, present and future - you are the reason for our survival and continuation with the support and time that you give.

Diolch yn fawr

Keep an eye out for us on the streets and maybe join us sometime soon.

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Michelle Bacon signed up to a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Cwtch Together - OUR 5th BIRTHDAY RUN

Tue 24 May 18:15 pm
Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW
Allow the children to continue to enjoy the Cwtch space

The children are loving their time down cwtch but as spring has come so quickly we have the dreaded garden area to sort out and make safe for the children to play without stingy nettles and spiky weeds

So, come one and all goodgymers for some weeding, general gardening cutting grass etc.

  • 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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Michelle Bacon signed up to a party
Party
Cardiff

Park PARTY

Sat 21 May 13:00 pm
Cooper's Field, Bute Park, North Rd, Cardiff , CF10 3ER
We are having an early celebration for our upcoming 5th Birthday

Come one come ALL (if you can)

We will be meeting for a picnic in the park, there will be games and of course music.

Bring a blanket for sitting on, and hope for GREAT weather.

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Michelle Bacon signed up to a party
Party
Cardiff

Mini Golf

Sat 28 May 16:00 pm
Basement Unit at Imperial Gate, St Mary St, Cardiff, CF10 1FE
Our second weekend celebration for our 5th Birthday

Good food, great drinks and some friendly competition, all under one roof

A brand-new collaboration between Gareth Bale’s Elevens Group and Cardiff’s The DEPOT, Par 59 brings the competitive world of golf to Cardiff city centre. Inspired by elite performance, our underground venue is custom designed to bring people together. It’s home to a premium bar, independent kitchen, space for laid-back, casual dining, and two custom-designed mini-golf courses boasting 9 holes each. Located in the heart of St Mary Street, Cardiff, Par 59 is the perfect place to socialise, relax, and feed your competitive edge.

Sign Up NOW, we will look at booking for this soon so need to know who's coming.

There are two options for tickets...

£10.00 - Mini Golf A round of mini golf (9 holes)

£15.00 - Mini Golf + Drink A round of mini golf + 1 drink voucher to redeem at the bar. Choose from a range of wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks.

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Michelle Bacon went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

That was MINT

Tue 26 Apr
Report written by Michael

7 goodgymers for a short distance today, Just the 3km total - but we will make up for that at the task.

We were heading back to the lovely Samye Foundation, the difference that you can see here since we first started our volunteering partnership back in June 2017 is amazing. You'd think we would have run out of tasks by now, but that's never the case.

Our list for the evening was ready by our water when we arrived.

  • Take the broken fire door from the back to the car - ready for the tip.
  • Remove all full black bags, also to the car.
  • Tidy up the leaves that have blown around out in the back space.
  • Take the cover of the gazebo.
  • Stack up the red chairs at the front.
  • Collect the large stones into the yellow bucket.
  • Remove the Mint and strawberry plants, place them in containers ready for re-potting.
  • Dig over the vegetable plot ready for planting.

No time to dilly-dally

We got to work and tackled the tasks as they came up, the hardest were most certainly the deceivingly heavy broken door, moving and getting into the car (although the crumbling did help), and the mat of mint roots that had taken over the veg patch. In a little extra time, we were done.

Time for some snacks and a chat and then our short distance back.

Join us next week for our return to SCHOOL - Sign Up HERE

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Michelle Bacon signed up to a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Sam-YAY Visit

Tue 26 Apr 18:15 pm
Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW
Help to maintain a wonderful space for mindfulness

Let's get out and help our friends at Samye again.

  • 18:15 - 18:30 Meet up and chat
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Active travel to the task
  • 19:00 - 19:30 Volunteering at the task
  • 19:30 - 20:00 Active travel back

20:00 - Social catch up (should you wish to stay)

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Michelle Bacon 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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Michelle Bacon 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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Michelle Bacon went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Harping around

Tue 22 Mar
Report written by Michael

Tonight we had an opportunity to get a good run in for our task, SEVEN goodgym volunteers met to take to the streets and distribute flyers for Oasis.

Catrin Finch, from Llanon on the west coast of Wales, is the most gifted classical harp virtuoso of her generation, grounded in prodigious early achievements and intense classical training, and serving as Royal Harpist to H.R.H. The Prince of Wales in her early twenties. Catrin has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras; she has also achieved chart success with her number 1 rendition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and has recorded for the world’s leading classical labels.

After Catrin had heard about the support that Oasis offer refugees and asylum seekers in Wales, she kindly offered to run a fundraiser event for them. Oasis Cardiff and Oasis One World Choir are honoured to invite Catrin to The Gate for a performance for the local and wider community.

We all met outside our usual start / end location - Sport Wales National Centre, and enjoying the sunshine and the fact that we were starting in the light we made our way through the local park. Over Bridges, up steps, it was a nice workout making our way to the Gate (A lovely community Centre for varied performances and art exhibitions). A quick photo check and time to split up the leaflets, runners all heading off in different directions to look work up some encouragement for what looks to be a great event.

Once all the flyers were gone, we got together and made our way back. This time we had to head through town, making our final run a little longer - but that's the point of our Tuesdays, active travel, volunteering and fun with friends.

Come join us next week!

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