Windsor and Maidenhead

2Good deeds



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A Trifle Bazaar!!!

Sat 26 Sep
Report written by Sara

2 runners met at St John the Baptist Church in Eton Wick to help with round 2 of the fence facelift, it was a blustery but sunny morning, perfect for an outdoor task. On arrival we filled out the Covid tracing forms and then were given our tools for the job by he said..choose your weapons, I opted for the larger brush learning from last time to make the job easier. We were using Creosote this time round so it was very much don't get it on your clothes, especially seeing as Nadege was so colour co-ordinated now she has her GG T-shirt. We started at the end with one person on either side of adjacent panels to keep our distance and painted away telling stories and listening to Georges' grandad jokes( see the pun) and the time flew by, I stayed a little longer this morning as my OCD wouldn't let me leave a panel half finished and was very happy with what we had achieved between us.

There will be more dates to follow to finish up this project if you want to come along, look out for them on the website.

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Fence facelift at St John the Baptist Church - part 2

Sat 26 Sep 10:00 am
At John the Baptist Church, Eton Wick Road , Eton Wick , SL4 6JA
Rejuvenate the area by painting the fence around this Eton Wick church

Join the second community session to give a new lease of life to the fence around St John the Baptist Church in Eton Wick. For a taste of what the morning will be like, check out our run report from part 1, A fence intended....

Don't wear your smartest clothes in case you end up getting painted too.

There may be the option to stay and help for longer than the stated time. Equally if you can only stay for an hour that would still be helpful.

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Nadège has has earned their community cape by completing their first community mission. Fri 18 Sep 2020

Nadège completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Nadège was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.

Nadège has done their first good deed with GoodGym. Fri 18 Sep 2020

Nadège 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.

Nadège went on a community mission
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Ockwells That Ends Well

Thu 17 Sep
Report written by Sophie Lack

11 runners met in the car park at Ockwells park on this fine sunny evening. Nadège was joining us for her second ever GoodGym task (we hope you had fun Nadege)! We set off on the 1km journey across to the fenced off enclosure where we would be meeting "Ranger Al" from Braywick Nature Centre, to learn how to plant the 800+ acorns that we had harvested in the previous tasks, and that that had passed the float test!

The Aces of Spaces

We set to work in two pre-marked out squared off areas with gardening gloves, spades and acorns! We made a slit in the tough ground with our very large spades (not sure about anyone else but Sophie had it in her mind we would be using tiny shovels!) and dropped in 2 or 3 acorns, lying on their sides, about 1-2 inches beneath the surface.

Purpose is Planting a Tree Whose Shadow Your Kids Will Rest Under

We learned that the wooded areas nearby are called "Little Thrift Wood" and "Great Thrift Wood" and the new forest that we are contributing to with our acorn planting efforts will be called "New Thrift Wood". Ranger Al said maybe if we help every week, we could name it the "GoodGym Wood" - a challenge we may gladly accept! How exciting that we are planting a whole new forest for our future generations and wildlife to enjoy!

A Totally Normal Conversation

During our planting session there was much debate around whether the acorns have hats or pants - you know - the little cup on the top of the acorn where it hangs from the tree? It's actually called a "Cupule" but after a democratic vote it was 5 votes to hats and 4 votes to pants. Sorry team pants!!

From Tiny Acorns Do Mighty Oaks Grow

So whilst this feels like a slightly surreal sort of task, planting trees that won't be fully grown for another 200 years, they should start to sprout in around April-May next year. So keep a lookout! "New Thrift Wood" (aka "The GoodGym" wood) will be in it's glory in only a couple of centuries time! Not that long to wait eh?! We even got to see a real life tiny little sprouted oak before we left (see photos) - as Oak Tree babies go, it was a cutie!

Squat's Next?

After the task we said our goodbyes to the ever so knowledgable "Ranger Al", who took all the equipment back to his car, and the rest of us set off for the 1km run back to the car park. Some members squirelled home whilst 6 others stayed for a short HIIT session led by Sophie, with a mixture of cardio, strength, balances and strectching! Everyone did a great job and Nicole treated us with KitKats, Twix and Celebrations at the end - you can DEFINITELY come again Nicole!!

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Planting GoodGym harvested acorns in Ockwells Park

Thu 17 Sep 18:15 pm
Ockwells Park, Maidenhead, SL6 3YX
More trees = more oxygen!

By the 17th of September we will have had 2 sessions of harvesting acorns, with over 1,000 being collected in the first session already, so there will be lots of planting to be done!

The plan is to meet at the Ockwells Park car park at 6:15pm ready to walk/run over to the planting site (approx 1km from the car park) where we will meet Alastair from Braywick Nature Centre to show us how and where to plant the acorns that he's been safely keeping moist and germinating at home.

Please bring your own gloves suitable for the task, as well as a headtorch as it's now getting darker a lot earlier. Conditions underfoot can be sludgy and uneven so make sure you are wearing suitable footwear.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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