Pete Emery

Derby

38Good deeds

38runs

150cheers

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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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Social meetup and litter picking

Tue 24 May 18:15 pm
Alvaston Park, Off London Road, Derby, DE24 8QQ
Improve Alvaston Park and Elvaston for local residents

Meet at the car park (near the public toilets) at Alvaston Park at 6.15pm - we will be leaving at 6.30pm for a litter picking session along the river path towards Elvaston.

There is a free car park by the Community Centre. To access the car park, go down Meadow Lane off the main A6 London Road. The postcode is DE24 8QQ.

Please sign up if you're planning to attend and also remove yourself from the register if you can no longer make it - so I know who to look out for and don't leave without anyone.

Please wear your GoodGym t shirt if you have one, gloves, bring a bin bag and a litter picker (I have a few to hand out if you don't have one).

I need to know in advance who needs a litter picker so I don't have to carry multiple ones with me during the session if they're not being used - please let me know in advance rachelcarthy@goodgym.org

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A bridge too far

Tue 17 May
Report written by Naomi Hope

A bridge too far, a comedy of errors, a grave mistake, bridge over troubled water, cry me a river... so many possibilities for this week's run report title! Any why? Well, it all started with a bridge closure. One we knew about. Yet still accidentally ended up heading towards, through the park and on the wrong side of the river! Tracey, Mandy, Ashley and Naomi found the whole situation hilarious, albeit frustrating, as we could almost see the Church but just could not get to it! We were hoping to discover another way to cross the water (even considering swimming or asking the passing rowers for a lift!) but our only realistic option was to head back the way we came and start again on the right side of the river... turning a 1.4 mile run into 3.7 miles. Luckily for us, and the Church Warden David, Paul and Pete were meeting us there so could crack on with the task to make up for our late arrival. Ashley did a sprint finish for the final mile so he could also make a head start.

So onto the task... we were uncovering memorial slates in the Garden of Rest at St Matthew’s Church in Darley Abbey. Overgrowth of the surrounding bushes had left many of these slates covered up by branches, soil and weeds, so our job – in fact our privilege – was to uncover and clean them. Working in the pouring rain, it was a muddy and physical task, but with lots of moments of reflection as we thought about the people whose ashes had been laid to rest there. Young and old, with some who had lived into their 70s and 80s - incredible for the 19th Century. It really was a privilege to help reveal these markers of lives lived and lost.

We uncovered many of the slates but there’s more work to be done, so we will be heading back to St Matthew’s to continue this task in June. Please keep an eye out for future sessions and join us.

After the task, our run back to base was a less eventful but equally enjoyable, 1.4 miles.

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers for their hard work tonight. It was great to be joined by Paul on his first task, bringing with him not only his expertise as a Gardener and Gardening Tutor, but also plenty of tools to help us. Everyone worked incredibly hard and ticked both GoodGym boxes: Doing Good and Getting (very) Fit!

History of St Matthew's Church and the Garden of Rest St Matthew's Church was built in 1819 by Walter Evans the very wealthy owner of the Darley Abbey cotton mill. Quoting from an article in the Parish Magazine in 1968 by the vicar, the Rev Bill Chivers, 'They were one of the foremost Evangelical families in the county. In their village they provided a miniature 'welfare state' of their own, with free maternity benefit, medical attention, and burial, with a standardised slate memorial stone.' The Evans family really cared about the spiritual and physical welfare of the Villagers. Their patronage ended in 1929 with the death of Ada Evans. A lasting gift to the village was Darley Park which is enjoyed by so many today. The houses they built for the workers, the old school building, and the mill buildings are also a valued living heritage in Darley Abbey today. They, and the Church, are part of the 'Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site'.

In 200 years there have been 3100 burials, the early ones being marked with a slate ledger. To protect these, and to enable churchyard maintenance, the grass has been allowed to grow over the slates. In two areas, however, around the Fellowship Room, and around the Garden of Rest, the slates have been moved from their original grave positions and are very visible.

The Garden of Rest (GoR) was created at St Matthews in the early 1950s by moving 122 slate ledgers which were marking existing graves to form a path on the sides of a rectangle, with a beech hedge on the north and east sides. The Ashes are buried on top of the existing graves.The first burial of ashes in the GoR was on 4 February 1954 (two years before Markeaton Crematorium was built). I can only surmise that the GoR was established in anticipation of Markeaton Crematorium being built, and a resultant significant increase in requests for the burial of ashes without an existing family grave in which to bury them.

Over the years the two beech hedges have thickened considerably and grown over the slate paths edging the north and east sides of the GoR. By cutting back the beech hedge even further than the recent cut, GoodGym were able to clear and reveal, for the first time in many years, the line of 34 slate ledgers at the base of the north beech hedge. They date in the 1830s, those on the full 122 edging slate ledgers range from 1824 (5 years after the building of the church) until 1853. A list of those buried is on a church database and can be checked off against those revealed by GoodGym. There is a slow moving, but active, Church project to map all the slate ledgers buried under the grass areas.

John Bishop Parochial Church Council (PCC) member and unofficial archivist/historian for the Church having worshipped there since a choir boy for 67 years.

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The Big Plastic Count 2022

Mon 16 May 00:00 am
Anywhere and Everywhere, Sheffield, .
Help push the government, brands and supermarkets to take bold action to tackle the plastic crisis

Count your plastic for one week – 16-22 May 2022.

Across the country, households of all shapes and sizes, schools, community groups and businesses, will gather new evidence. How much plastic are we really having to throw away, and what happens to it?

We’ll show the government it’s time to commit: reduce single plastic use by 50% by 2025 by switching to reusable options that work for everyone – and ban sending our waste to other countries.

Sign up here, receive your pack and tally all the plastic you throw away in a week.

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Shouting and cheering about SEND

Sat 14 May
Report written by Naomi Hope

Today's mission was to support the spectacular SHOUTaboutSEND event - an inclusive 2.5k and 5k race organised by Derby special schools St Martin's and St Andrew's.

Ashley, Tracy, Pete and Naomi were joined by Johanna on her first task and Simon on his second. What a great opportunity to show new members how much fun GoodGymers have!

After a briefing and photo shoot (minus Simon as he was busy warming up for the race ... don't worry, I snapped him on the route!), we set off to our marshal points. The loopy 2.5k route, run twice for those braving the tropical temperatures and aiming for a 5k, took runners through fields around the rugby club on grass and paths.

Simon and Ashley ran, supporting participants around the course, while Tracy, Pete, Johanna and Naomi cheered, whooped, clapped and encouraged runners from their marshal points, whilst pointing everyone in the right direction.

A super event, a glorious day, a fabulous team 👏 Thank you everyone!

Our next Group Run is taking us to St Matthew's Church in Darley Abbey - there's still time to sign up!

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No Mow May (1st - 31st May)

Sat 14 May 18:15 pm
Your lawn, Anywhere, *
Let the wild flowers in your lawn bloom to help our bees, butterflies, wildlife and us! 🌼 🐝 🦋

🌼 Plantlife’s annual #NoMowMay campaign launches this year on the 29th April 2022. So lock up your lawnmower on the 1st May and let the wild flowers in your lawn bloom, providing a feast of nectar for our hungry pollinators.

There's a range of resources for download, which will be added to as the campaign progresses.

🌼 Let it grow… let it groooow… 🌼

Why not also join in with Plantlife's nationwide Every Flower Counts survey at the end of May, which helps us to learn more about the health of the nations’ wild flowers? In return, they will tell you your lawn’s personal nectar score. Sign up to the campaign for more details.

Please send your wild flower photos and news to naomihope@hotmail.co.uk to be included in the report and to be marked on the register. Thanks! 🌼

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Running circles around the park

Tue 10 May
Report written by Naomi Hope

Ashley, Naomi, Tracey and Gwyn met up early for a group fitness session before the task. We ran 3 laps (1.3 miles / 2.2km) around Oakwood Park as a brilliant warm-up for our task and then joined Pete and Oakwood Community Centre's Chairperson, Carole, ready to tackle those weeds.

Carole was thrilled to have us back again, and wanted to show us the recent developments to the Centre - a newly refurbished function room which provides more space for the groups and events they host. It's a fabulous facility for the local community and we were very happy to play our part in making it even nicer with a bit of weeding! I say a bit, because the grounds are really well maintained and at first it was hard to spot any! But lurking amongst the plants and in the patio cracks we managed to find and remove plenty of small weeds and grass.

It was great to hear that Gwyn and Ash are training to become Run Leaders as we are all excited about returning to Group Runs! We talked about upcoming tasks, including the cheering opportunity at this weekend's SHOUTaboutSEND event and next week's Group Run to St Matthew's Church ... plenty in the calendar and something for everyone! There's also still time to sign up to Plantlife's No Mow May - the opposite of tonight's task - where we will be embracing the weeds and wildflowers in our lawns!

Our GoodGym superstars do lots to support our local community. Tracey and Gwyn had done a double GoodGym mission today, having volunteered earlier at Elvaston Castle ... well done and thanks to you both! Pete volunteers at The Hope Centre's Food Bank and mentioned the rising number of people who need support while at the same time donations are decreasing - a very sad reflection of the rising costs of living. A simple thing we can all do to help is to pop some food into one of their collection bins when we go shopping, which will go a long way to helping local families who are struggling at the moment. You can also support their Hope Store Sale on May 14th from 11am - 2pm - perhaps pop along after SHOUTaboutSEND.

Huge thanks to everyone for their hard work and brilliant company at tonight's task. We'd love to see you at the next task at Oakwood Community Centre.

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Growing fruit, veg and communities

Sat 9 Apr
Report written by Naomi Hope

What an absolute pleasure to support today’s mission: helping holistic horticultural community interest company, Socorro, to build a polytunnel at the Derwent Oak Community Growing Space. The polytunnel will be used to grow fruit and vegetables with and for the local community, teaching horticulture and cookery skills, and providing food to those who need it. Even more than that, this community project will bring together people from different groups of society, sharing stories, skills and resources that benefits everyone’s wellbeing. It was really inspiring to hear about the impact this will have on so many people.

It was an exciting day for GoodGym Derby as we celebrated Lorraine’s 1st task and Tracey’s 99th (that’s an incredible 100 good deeds between them!) And what better way to celebrate Tracey's amazing milestone than with a flake 99!

Now talk about doing good and getting fit … Tracey cycled to and from the task (including a hilly diversion when encountering a closed footpath!), having also run at Parkrun this morning, Pete marshalled at Parkrun, saving his legs for the Derby 10k tomorrow (go Pete!) and Lorraine is going stand up paddleboarding tomorrow … it’s lucky we’re an energetic bunch because today’s task took a lot of strength!

It was a big and slightly daunting task, but thankfully Socorro's Chris knew what he was doing so we just followed his brilliant instructions. After carefully measuring the area, we worked in small teams to assemble the poles and build the metal arches. We found different tasks for different heights (playing to our natural strengths and lengths!) with Pete and Naomi holding the high centre poles and Tracey and Lorraine keeping things steady on the sides. Then half the team built the timber doors and frames while the others dug a trench around the structure. We stayed for an extra couple of hours to get as much done as possible, but had to leave Chris to finish off without us. We excitedly await the final photos and an opportunity to go back and help with sowing some seeds.

Huge thanks to Reverend Sharon for inviting, hosting and feeding us; to Chris and Lynn from Socorro for their guidance, expertise and enthusiasm; and to our superhero GoodGym team who so worked so hard, determined to make a big impact while loving every minute!

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

Tue 17 May 18:15 pm
Jurys Inn, King St, Derby, DE1 3DB
Unearth and clean up memorial slates from the garden of rest

The church warden at St Matthew's Church in Darley Abbey has asked us to help discover memorial slates (small engraved slates with names and dates of people whose ashes have been laid, many of whom are mill workers) from the garden of rest. There are around 3000 slates so this task might need repeating...

We'll be searching for the slates and unearthing them to then brush the soil off them. There's also an out of control hawthorn bush and some ivy which needs cutting back to hopefully reveal some of the slates too.

This is a physical and dirty outdoor task - please wear old clothing, bring some gardening gloves and secateurs if you have any. The church warden will provide bin bags, brushes and a rake.

We are able to use facilities at the church.

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

History of St Matthew's Church and the Garden of Rest St Matthew's Church was built in 1819 by Walter Evans the very wealthy owner of the Darley Abbey cotton mill. Quoting from an article in the Parish Magazine in 1968 by the vicar, the Rev Bill Chivers, 'They were one of the foremost Evangelical families in the county. In their village they provided a miniature 'welfare state' of their own, with free maternity benefit, medical attention, and burial, with a standardised slate memorial stone.' The Evans family really cared about the spiritual and physical welfare of the Villagers. Their patronage ended in 1929 with the death of Ada Evans. A lasting gift to the village was Darley Park which is enjoyed by so many today. The houses they built for the workers, the old school building, and the mill buildings are also a valued living heritage in Darley Abbey today. They, and the Church, are part of the 'Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site'.

In 200 years there have been 3100 burials, the early ones being marked with a slate ledger. To protect these, and to enable churchyard maintenance, the grass has been allowed to grow over the slates. In two areas, however, around the Fellowship Room, and around the Garden of Rest, the slates have been moved from their original grave positions and are very visible.

The Garden of Rest (GoR) was created at St Matthews in the early 1950s by moving 122 slate ledgers which were marking existing graves to form a path on the sides of a rectangle, with a beech hedge on the north and east sides. The Ashes are buried on top of the existing graves.The first burial of ashes in the GoR was on 4 February 1954 (two years before Markeaton Crematorium was built). I can only surmise that the GoR was established in anticipation of Markeaton Crematorium being built, and a resultant significant increase in requests for the burial of ashes without an existing family grave in which to bury them.

Over the years the two beech hedges have thickened considerably and grown over the slate paths edging the north and east sides of the GoR. By cutting back the beech hedge even further than the recent cut, GoodGym were able to clear and reveal, for the first time in many years, the line of 34 slate ledgers at the base of the north beech hedge. They date in the 1830s, those on the full 122 edging slate ledgers range from 1824 (5 years after the building of the church) until 1853. A list of those buried is on a church database and can be checked off against those revealed by GoodGym. There is a slow moving, but active, Church project to map all the slate ledgers buried under the grass areas.

John Bishop Parochial Church Council (PCC) member and unofficial archivist/historian for the Church having worshipped there since a choir boy for 67 years.

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Clearing weeds ready for the summer (part 1!)

Tue 10 May 18:15 pm
Springwood Drive, Oakwood, Derby, DE21 2RQ
Making Oakwood Community Centre a nicer place to visit

We're back at Oakwood with the lovely Carole! Has it really been almost a year since we were basking in the sunshine there?

Our help is needed clearing weeds and collecting litter from the garden that surrounds the centre - let's spruce up the space ready for all the visitors this summer!

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

There is plenty of onsite parking and we have access to the centre to use the toilets.

Meet at Oakwood Community Centre.

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