Paul Morley

Derby

4Good deeds

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Next GroupRun Scouting for weeds!
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Scouting for weeds!

Tue 9 Aug 18:15 pm
Jurys Inn, King St, Derby, DE1 3DB
The spread of weeds is impacting on our neighbours

Clearance and remodelling of overgrown area of garden at Darley Abbey Scouts Hall, The Hill, DE22 1DT. Please bring gardening gloves. All abilities are welcome to run. There are toilets, a fridge and water at the task, and toilets and a bag drop at Jurys Inn. If you'd prefer to meet at the task, there's parking there and we should be there at about 18:50. Please let me know if you're meeting us there.

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A brilliant wind up

Tue 28 Jun
Report written by Naomi Hope

We were back at St Matthew’s for a very different GoodGym experience – a trip up the clock tower - something we’ve been looking forward to since admiring the clock on our first visit.

Ashley and Naomi planned to run through the park, but a last minute injury put a stop to that and so the group ran a total of 0 miles!

The wind ups started when Pete arrived, as the Church Warden David told him that Naomi had left something at the Jurys Inn and asked if he could run back and fetch it! Pete was not fooled, but Paul was momentarily perplexed when David told him the task had been moved to another Church and we’d meet him there! It was clear that we were in for a fun night!

We might have missed out on the run, but we made up for it as we climbed the narrow, winding steps to the top of the tower, over 70ft high. Each flight of stairs brought more gasps of awe as we saw initials carved into the 200 year old stone, the bell which pre-dates the Church, having been cast in 1787, and the incredible hand crafted workings of the clock. As a hobbyist watchmaker, Ashley was in his element, talking us through the parts and asking David all about the history and maintenance. Ashley and Paul were given the exciting opportunity to wind the clock up … the best wind up of the night!

The final climb up a steep ladder was a nerve wracking prospect for Naomi, who has a compromised balanced system following recent brain tumour treatment. Not wanting her to miss out, the group rallied like a team building exercise, providing encouragement, reassurance and lots of pairs of hands so that we all made it right to the top of the tower. The best team in the business. And what a view! With the wind in our hair and our hands firmly gripping the edges of the cage, we took in the spectacular sights of Derby from up high. It was worth the jelly legs and racing heart!

After a careful descent, David treated us to an egg custard tart and a cup of tea. It all felt very much like we were on the receiving end of the good deed, so although our time was up, we couldn’t leave without doing some work. We stayed for another half an hour and cleared the grass and weeds from a few more graves, feeling like we earned our treats.

We are back here on the 2nd July and 16th July if you’d like to join us. It’s always an adventure, a privilege and a joy to be at St Matthew’s Church. Thank you for a really special evening.

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Uncovering local history at St Matthew's Church in Darley Abbey

Tue 28 Jun 18:15 pm
Jurys Inn, King St, Derby, DE1 3DB
Unearth and clean up memorial slates from the garden of rest

After a fascinating task at St Matthew's we're returning to help uncover more of the memorial slates in their Garden of Rest.

Overgrown bushes, grass and soil have covered the slates, so our mission is to clear the overgrowth and reveal these poignant markers and uncover some local history.

Please bring gardening gloves and wear clothes you don't mind getting mucky.

The group will be running to this task. Meet at Jury's Inn as usual (6.15pm) for a run to the church (6.30pm set off) which is 1.4 miles through Darley Park to meet with the church warden. After the session we'll run back to Jury's Inn, another 1.4 miles. We'll be back at Jury's Inn for 8pm prompt.

For anyone who wants to meet us at the church and not walk or run there, the address is: Church Lane, Darley Abbey DE22 1EF Please let us know if you will be meeting us at the church.

There will also be an opportunity to climb the clock tower on this task.

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Helping the garden of rest to look its best

Tue 21 Jun
Report written by Rachel Carthy

The group had been asked back to St Matthew's Church in Darley Abbey to clear some more of the memorial plaques and help remove weeds from some of the overgrown graves.

A slightly less eventful visit than the first one as the group managed to get through the park to the church and avoid the bridge closure and there wasn't a rain cloud in sight. Some of the group had travelled the 1.4mile distance from the city centre to the church and then back again at the end of the session whilst others met the group at the church.

Naomi and Paul took on the memorial slates again, uncovering them so the details and designs of them could be seen clearly once again. Ashley, Pete and Rachel removed weeds and long grass from plots within the main graveyard in preparation for weed killer to be sprayed. It was great to see what an impact just one hour at the church had made, take a look at the photos from Rachel and Naomi to see some of the graves before and after the weed clearing. The group were told with much enthusiasm how many of the congregation had commented on how good the church's gardens and graveyard were looking having been tidied up at the initial GoodGym session.

There was lots to catchup on with Ashley following the Ramathon on the weekend which some GoodGym Derby volunteers marshaled at. Take a look at the run report here.

There will soon be a Saturday session at the church so keep an eye out and sign up to help out GoodGym with some more garden maintenance.

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Uncovering local history at St Matthew's Church in Darley Abbey

Tue 21 Jun 18:15 pm
Jurys Inn, King St, Derby, DE1 3DB
Unearth and clean up memorial slates from the garden of rest

After a fascinating task at St Matthew's we're returning to help uncover more of the memorial slates in their Garden of Rest.

Overgrown bushes, grass and soil have covered the slates, so our mission is to clear the overgrowth and reveal these poignant markers and uncover some local history.

Please bring gardening gloves and wear clothes you don't mind getting mucky.

The group will be running to this task. Meet at Jury's Inn as usual (6.15pm) for a run to the church (6.30pm set off) which is 1.4 miles through Darley Park to meet with the church warden. After the session we'll run back to Jury's Inn, another 1.4 miles. We'll be back at Jury's Inn for 8pm prompt.

For anyone who wants to meet us at the church and not walk or run there, the address is: Church Lane, Darley Abbey DE22 1EF Please let us know if you will be meeting us at the church.

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Paul Morley has cheered 10 times. Mon 13 Jun 2022

Paul has helped keep other people motivated, Paul has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Paul.

Paul Morley has earned their community cape by completing their first community mission. Tue 7 Jun 2022

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

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Patchwork gloves

Tue 7 Jun
Report written by Naomi Hope

Ashley, Naomi, Tracey, Gwyn, Rachel and Paul joined Carole at Oakwood Community Centre for part 2 of the summer garden tidy up. As always, it was a beautiful evening in Oakwood ... booking a task here always guarantees the sunshine!

We've been here a few times before, so Tracey, Gwyn and Ashley came armed with their hoes and scrapers, knowing they were the perfect tools for clearing the weeds from the patio. Paul brought along a selection of tools, including some very much appreciated kneeling pads, and Naomi brought some terrible trowels that bent and snapped with every move! This, along with a split pair of gardening gloves, led to a conversation about repairing rather than replacing. Tracey's resourcefulness and skill impressed the group as she showed us her patchwork gloves; holes repaired with pieces of material, determined for them to stay out of landfill. Naomi's next mission is to use the label from her new GoodGym t-shirt (the labels being the most indestructible material) to patch up her gloves ready for the next gardening task!

Another super evening with our lovely volunteers who all did a wonderful job with the community centre grounds.

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Clearing weeds ready for the summer (part 2!)

Tue 7 Jun 18:15 pm
Springwood Drive, Oakwood, Derby, DE21 2RQ
Making Oakwood Community Centre a nicer place to visit

Another top up of green-fingered support for Oakwood Community Centre!

Just in case any pesky weeds have grown back, we'll revisit the centre and give them a helping hand to make it ready for all the visitors this summer!

Please bring your own gardening gloves and any hand tools you want to de-weed the garden with. Bin bags are provided.

There is plenty of onsite parking and we can access the centre's toilets.

Meet at Oakwood Community Centre.

I've cancelled the group fitness activity as there were no sign ups, so we will meet just for the task at 6:15pm.

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Paul Morley has done their first good deed with GoodGym. Wed 18 May 2022

Paul 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.

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