A good turn out today for the first visit to Miltoncross to start to clear the green area so it can be used for eco club, Duke of Edinburgh's Award volunteering, science and geography lessons.
We were joined tonight by Andy Ames from Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust, Miss Williams the geography teacher and Charlotte, the senior student who came up with the idea to put the area to use.
There was A LOT of litter to be collected, many years of crisp packets, strange drinks cans (have you heard of "Emoji" drink?), LOADS of pens, an ancient football boot and a disfunctional laptop. We also filled a good few bags with recycling so the site bins are much fuller tonight. Andy used a found piece of guttering to hold some of the plastic bottles when we ran out of bags.
In addition to picking the litter, we also started to clear the old pond area. So. Many. Nettles. It didn't matter what protective clothing you had on, you were guaranteed to go home with more stings than you came with.
We doubled the compost heap, found plenty of wood for the bug hotel and rehomed some beetles and a bee.
90 minutes passed fast and although we made a good dent, there is still loads to do here so we will definitely be back! Watch this space for dates.
Meet at Speaker's Corner (start of Southsea parkrun) to run or walk to Sam's Place (6 Grove Road South, Southsea, PO5 3QT).
We should be at the shop between 6:20 & 6:30 if you want to meet us there.
Once in the shop we will be sorting, steaming and tagging the winter clothes ready for the "season change" in the store next month.
Don't forget your card/cash just in case you spot a bargain!
Your run leader tonight is Mrs Charity Shop Bargain Hunter herself, Sam!
One of the head students wants to turn a disused part of the playground into a wildlife and growing area. First, they need our help to clear the ground so that the planting can begin.
Meet at the school (run/walk/cycle to get there - bikes can be brought into the site). We will do a fitness session on the playground after the digging/clearing - we will be well warmed up by then!
Pippa has already done 25 good deeds with GoodGym. Instead of doing anything else, they've used their run to go and help people that need their help; digging, lifting, scraping, clearing, planting and weeding. Stuff that makes this a better place to be.
Eve and Lucy were ready for us and had set up various work stations around the shop for us.
As well as studying the puzzles, Rich was on gift aid duty as were Lynn and I. It was Lynn's 100th good deed tonight and her donation bag included some great kids books so we even got story time while we worked.
Naomi House will be a regular visit for the rest of the year, keep the first Wednesday of the month in your diary free to come and join us!
An evening visit to Naomi House in North End (London Road, North End, PO2 0BJ)
Meet at Fratton Bridge near the pedestrian crossing at 6pm to run/jog up to the shop. Or meet at the shop at 6:30pm.
Once in the shop, we will stay for one hour to help sort through the many donations they've had. This may include sticking gift aid stickers to relevant stock or sorting clothes into sub-categories or hanging and sizing clothes.
Don't forget your pocket money - you're almost guaranteed to find a bargain!
Pippa and I worked our way through lots of bags of clothes, putting tops and trousers on hangers and adding the cube sizes.
The hardest thing was finding the size labels and working out the conversion from European sizes. Sometimes we had to just hold the item up and guesstimate the waist size.
After an initial wander through the shop, Tess behaved herself and snoozed on her GG-red blanket.
Another 2 racks of clothes to add to the shop floor.
The £1 sale is STILL ON! So Naomi House still need our help sorting through their donations and getting them out into the shop. If it's a cold and rainy day this is the perfect antidote - warmth, good humour and there's quite often a cup of tea too!!
It's the Olympics which means watching all the sports that you don't normally follow. This morning, that included our very own mini version with the snail and caterpillar racing in the yard at North End Baptist Church!
The weeds had started to take hold again and we were there to pull them up and make it a nicer / clearer place for the social groups to sit in.
Less than an hour passed before we had the place cleared and various snails, slugs and caterpillars encouraged to rehome themselves in the surrounding gardens.