Pete

Long limbed enthusiast for everything sporty and outdoor related !

York

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Pete went on a community mission
Community mission
York

The Gritted Mitch of the West (Bank Park)

Thu 14 Jan
Report written by Debs Sharpe

With 6 hours notice the Goodgym Grit Gurus were mobilised once more to help with the essential task of keeping West Bank Park safe for the local residents. Temperatures were dropping, leftover snow was turning to ice, and the space is needed for permitted exercise without fear of slipping.

Firstly we had to give a massive cheer to Michael for finally managing to complete his 50th good deed on the 3rd attempt!

As many good deeds as his age! Ed

We're not quite sure what's taken him so long, but (rightly) cancelling gritting missions due to dastardly warm weather didn't help.

We also welcomed Stuart to his first task - cold, dark and a bit damp, like all the best Goodgym tasks. Welcome on board!

Once we'd divided up, got headlights on barrows and shown the newbie gritters the trademark shovel-trowel grit 'n' flick technique, we were off. Cape-man and Robin (also known as Debs) set off for the lower playground, the Paulsopps for the playpark past the pagoda, and everyone else for the middle.

The remains of the snow cover made the ground slippy going, and many a puddle swallowed up grit never to be seen again. But the team persevered and worked their ways back into towards the buildings and the starting point, with Mitchell definitely not gritting any green bits inbetween.

Ellie was so thorough that she even persuaded some of the parks younger users (budding horticulturalists) to move along a bit so she could grit where they were standing.

All done we distance-assembled back at the start and cleaned off tools to prevent any corrosion from the salt. That makes this chemist very happy. One team photo later,

Look epic! ... how do we do that?...I went for silly (Leanne)

one practically perfect pun from the practically perfect Paul Kelly, and we were done for the night.

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York

Sprinkling grit at WBP - week 2

Thu 14 Jan 18:30 pm
West Bank Park, James Backhouse Place, York, YO24 4NS
Park users will be able to use it safely

We were asked by Kristina from the Council to help with gritting paths across West Bank Park during the current cold snap.

The plan is for us to visit on an evening and sprinkle grit on paths across the park. City of York Council staff will be checking the paths in the morning, before opening the park.

We have a key to the gate and the tools store where the gritting equipment is kept.
The park will be closed, or about to be closed for the night by the security company.

IMPORTANT

To avoid slipping and falling on a frozen surface walk using small steps and try to have both feet on the ground as much as you can. Wear shoes with good grip. It will be cold, so try warming up before coming to the task.

Bring your gardening gloves and a head torch, as it will be dark.

It is crucial that we all follow the latest COVID-19 guidance while at the task.

This task is classed as essential in order to keep the park open for its users.

Meet by the James Backhouse Place gate.

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Community mission
York

Gritsy-Bitsy, Red and Keen-y, GG Anti-Slip Machiney

Sat 9 Jan
Report written by Michael Leadbetter

Day 3 of helping City of York Council and the Friends of West Bank Park keep the park free of ice and a safe space for local residents to take essential exercise. 

Just to emphasise the need for gritting it was a chilly -1 (and according to my weather app, felt like -4), so the by now well drilled team sprung into action getting lights, wheelbarrows, shovels and trowels ready for the task.

And here was a revelation, Babs pointed out that the Friday night team had attached the lights to the front of the wheelbarrows. And how cool does a wheelbarrow look with a front headlight - everyone wanted to push one now! (Why have we never done this before?!)

Everyone split off into teams of 2-3 and spread out into the park; in most places a small top up was required but there was a definite frost forming.

Clearly on a frosty night no one was hanging around so it seemed no time at all before we gathered back around the gate and the task was done. 

Just time to tidy up the remaining pile of grit, brush all the salt off the shovels and barrows and pose for the team photo.

And with that everyone headed off into the night.

Pun credit to Debs and the Doncaster Gritters Collective

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Sprinkling grit at WBP - day 3

Sat 9 Jan 18:30 pm
West Bank Park, James Backhouse Place, York, YO24 4NS
Park users will be able to use it safely

We were asked by Kristina from the Council to help with gritting paths across West Bank Park during the current cold snap.

The park had to remain closed until 1pm on Wednesday 6th Jan due to slippery surfaces and black ice. It took two members of staff an entire morning and early afternoon to sprinkle grit before the park could be open to the public. The paths look like they have been sufficiently gritted now, however this needs checking every evening and additional grit added where required.

The plan is for us to visit on an evening and sprinkle grit on paths across the park. City of York Council staff will be checking the paths in the morning, before opening the park.

We will be given a key to the gate and the tools store where we will find equipment necessary for the task: wheelbarrows, snow scoops to put the grit on etc. The park will be closed, or about to be closed for the night by the security company.

IMPORTANT

To avoid slipping and falling on a frozen surface walk using small steps and try to have both feet on the ground as much as you can. Wear shoes with good grip. It will be cold, so try warming up before coming to the task.

Bring your gardening gloves and a head torch, as it will be dark.

It is crucial that we all follow the latest COVID-19 guidance while at the task.

This task is classes as essential in order to keep the park open for its users.

Meet by the James Backhouse Place gate.

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Community mission
York

Acomb green path edging

Wed 6 Jan 18:00 pm
Acomb Green, The Green, York, YO26 5LL

Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.

Improved access

2020 was a strange old year and it looks set to continue into 2021 but one things that stays constant is the great bunch of people that GG Yorkies prove to be. Start the New Year on the first weds of the year and help the council and the local residents in widening the footpath around the Green and improving access. Usual rules apply - please bring your own gloves and head torch - see you then providing no change in COVID restrictions before then.

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Community mission
York

Santa is coming to York

Wed 23 Dec
Report written by Michal Czekajlo

Santa has been very generous and provided numerous presents for the people of York to pick up from the Holy Redeemer Church. Items included brand new lego sets, massive dolls house, child bicycles, to name just a few. Fresh veg, fruit, tinned foods, chocolates, minced pies and other items to put up on a Christmas table were also available.

Take only what you and your family requires and leave some for others - Tracey

The project evolved from Tracey's independent venture, when in response to local need, at the start of the first lockdown she set up a food bank on her own driveway. Number of months later a strong partnership with the local church is flourishing and distribution of food and other items to people in need is now running from the church premises.

Being who we are we could not give this opportunity a miss and responded with a 'YES!' to Tracy's request for volunteers.

David arrived ahead of time and was rewarded with an extra briefing. Once Leanne, Michal, Jackie and Simon arrived a second briefing was held. All volunteers have been given a flashing badge, just so Tracy could tell us as volunteers. Following the briefing Jackie and David went to sort the remaining presents while Leanne employed her skills to draw a one way system map on a chalkboard provided. Simon and Michal were asked to bring the Christmas tree to the hall. Fortunately the tree was only about 6ft tall, however it's decorations, a selection of noodle soup pots, porridge sachets, chocolate bars kept falling off while the tree was being carried. With the tree at its desired location Michal and Simon went outside to be briefed by Beki, the Churchwarden, about the queue arrangments. The space outside looked like a football practice was about to take place, however it was just carefully arranged markers for the queue.

With Simon at the sign in station, Michal outside in readiness to manage the queue, Jackie, Leanne and David ready to keep tables stocked up we were good to go and opened the door.

Thanks to publicity on social media and York Press the event was really well attended. The first 30min was the busiest, with more and more people arriving and joining the queue. However the number of newcomers gradyally slowed down and just before 1pm there was no queue at all.

At 1pm Michal, Jackie and Leanne had to go and said their good byes. David went to take a break at home, before coming back later to help with tidying up. Simon made it a day trip today and stayed for the whole thing. He was later joined by Pete, who came to help with putting things away. David came back too and the GoodGym trio folded tables, packed unclaimed presents and put the church hall back in order.

Just after 3pm everything was clean and tidy and everyone on their home.

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Community mission
York

Christmas presents and food distribution

Wed 23 Dec 11:00 am
The Church of the Holy Redeemer, Boroughbridge Road, YO26 6AB
It will provide local families/individuials with much needed Christmas cheer this year

Danebury Drive/Holy Redeemer Church joint venture have asked if we could help at their Christmas event. The event will be open to the public between 12noon and 3pm.

The aim of the project is to provide Christmas food & presents for those in need.

Tasks will include: setting up tables, managing the queue, managing hand sanitizer/sign in station, help with restocking food on tables, help with tidying up after the event, being the Santa.

Please bring face mask/covering to wear while inside the church hall.

You don't have to be there for the whole thing. If we could have people helping to set up between 11am and 12noon, then to be there while the doors are open to the public between 12noon and 3pm (if you could be there for 1-2h during that time that will be grand) and help with tidying up between 2:30pm and 3:30pm.

Please comment below at what time you are happy to be there and for how long.

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Community mission
York

Last Minute Christmas Lopping

Thu 17 Dec
Report written by Debs Sharpe

It was a mild evening when 6 keen GG'ers rocked up to Park Grove School, one perhaps their usual 2mins late, by which time the lopping was well underway and a pun already in place! What a cracker.

In a task slightly reminiscent of St Nicks' job creation, Park Grove needed to fill their skip, the willow could do with reducing in height, and GG tasks were filling up like nobody's business. It was this happy combination that lead to us arming ourselves with saws, mini saws, and one good pair of loppers, and setting to.

Pete has bagsied said loppers and was making swift work of the little and not-so-little bits, whilst John had an extra-good mini saw to speed through willows of all sizes. Cara meanwhile was valiantly wrestling with a bigger saw of questionable sharpness, and a width that made it tricky to get into small spaces. Katie did an excellent job of filing the offcuts by suitability for willow sculpture, with the rejects being transported to the skip by herself and Vicky, inbetween her locking up the school.

Initially the job seemed far too big for 6 people in one hour, but the minutes ticked by, and the willows fell, and it became apparent that we were going to smash it. It was very satisfying to see them all brought down to one level, although there were some bits that were almost too tall for tall-Pete-with-loppers, so we'll have to watch out in future. The last annoying bits trimmed, we scoured the ground for every skinny whippy twig that could become a weapon in a small child's hand, and transported the last bits round to the skip. Job done.

All credit for top-notch-punnage and report writing reminders (sorry) goes to Katie.

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York

Willow Chopping at Park Grove

Thu 17 Dec 18:00 pm
Park Grove Primary Academy , Park grove , York , YO31 8LG
Help keep the willow at a manageable height, and create material for weaving

Tis the season to be choppy...

We have been asked to return to Park Grove to help chop down more of their willow. There will be roles for cutting directly from the tree, as well as "filing" the arisings into suitable sizes for where they end up next.

Bring gloves and a headtorch, and prepare for socially-distanced choppy fun :)

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