Raymond

Windsor and Maidenhead

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12runs

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Raymond went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Ockwells was flooded so we hedged our bets at Norden Farm instead!

Wed 7 Oct
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Report written by Sophie Lack

G-room for a different task?

Due to some pretty severe flooding at Ockwells, our planting acorns task had to be canceled, but luckily the staff at Norden Farm had a great replacement task for us! Their hedges in the car park were suffering with a touch of "lockdown hair" and were in need of a good trim (and in some cases, compete removal)!

Amy Secateur-ned right into Norden Farm

Amy arrived with a running buggy full of tools to meet with Raymond, Jess, Tara, Sophie, Claire, Jess from GoodGym Slough (who was joining us for her first Windsor and Maidenhead task) and Charlotte from GoodGym Ealing. As we were celebrating a particularly epic milestone; our 100th community mission (Whooooop! Go team!), Sophie wanted to mark the occasion and made a special banner for Amy to wear around her neck for the entire task! We also had "Goodie" the team mascot, lovingly crocheted by Claire, joining us for her first task. Goodie managed to weed-le her way into quite a few of the photos!

A clean sweep

We spread out across the back wall and got to work on cutting back the hedges, weeding, sweeping and filling the huge green waste bags to the very top. We even climbed in the bags to give them a good stomping down to make sure all of the space was being used. As the darkness set in and the floodlights came on, we swept the area, collected up all the remaining leaves and said our goodbyes, some setting off for a short run home as the rain started to creep in.

As you will see from the photos, we did a pretty cr-hacking job of well...hacking!

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Raymond signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Not planting acorns - helping at Norden Farm instead!

Wed 7 Oct 17:45 pm
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF
Help tidy up the car park at our local arts centre

We were going to plant acorns in Ockwells Park, but the park is flooded so we have had to cancel. Instead we are heading to Norden Farm to cut back bushes that are threatening to take over the car park.

Please still bring your gardening gloves and head torch.

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Raymond signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Maidenhead Waterways Saturday morning work party

Sat 3 Oct 08:45 am
TBC, Maidenhead, SL6
Help Maidenhead Waterways clear weeds and debris

The Maidenhead Waterways project aims to restore and enlarge waterways through the town centre, making them accessible for everyone to enjoy, whether by boat, on foot or by bicycle.

Join a Maidenhead Waterways work party using rakes, nets, trugs and possibly boats or waders to clear litter, debris and dead weeds from the streams.

If you're up for donning some waders and getting into the water, please let Amy know your shoe size by emailing amylovell@goodgym.org.

In addition to the risks outlined in the community mission training and the general guidelines for safety for group sessions (see links below) please also be aware of the following safety advice from Maidenhead Waterways:

  • We'll be working near water and potentially on steep banks. To ensure we avoid slips, trips and falls into the water, please look out for yourself, be aware of surroundings at all times and wear appropriate footwear.
  • Long sleeves and trousers are recommended to avoid nettle stings/scratches.
  • No lone working - please stay in sight of each other.
  • Please avoid disturbing wildlife such as birds as you work.
  • Don't forget your gardening gloves!
  • Face masks are not mandatory but may be worn at your own discretion.

Meeting place is TBC but likely to be in Maidenhead, Cookham or somewhere in between. The listing will be updated with an exact location nearer the time.

Please arrive by 8.45am for the safety briefing but if you can't stay the full 3 hours this is not a problem.

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Raymond went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

A good weed for the day!

Wed 30 Sep
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Report written by Jess Smith

3 runners met to help out at the Maidenhead Community allotment

The rain could not keep Raymond, Rekha and Jess away from the allotment tonight.

A few tasks were awaiting the team and they dug in straight away.

Raymond and Jess got the hose set up and left the infamous water butts to fill (although just taking the lids off would have done the job tonight!!). They then moved to the the sunflower bed and started weeding the area.

Meanwhile Rekha wielded the litter picker and set about tidying the car park. Not satisfied with her haul there she ended up in the park as well!

Litter cleared, Rekha joined Raymond and Jess in the sunflower bed and they cleared an area. They finished this up by laying empty bags on top to prevent any re-growth and prepare the area for spring planting (yes - well ahead of the game there!).

No one could quite 'fig'ure out how to prune the Fig tree so any budding tree surgeons out there.....your skills are required!!!

So with litter cleared, butts filled, weeds cleared and tools stashed the, now very soggy, 3 left for home.

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Raymond signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Helping at the Maidenhead Community Allotment - this time on a Wednesday!

Wed 30 Sep 19:00 pm
Boyn Grove Community and Resource Centre, 11 Courthouse Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6JE
Water, weed and dig to help this community veggie plot thrive

Stop by on your run to help at the Maidenhead Community Allotment. Weeding, watering, digging new beds, filling water butts, marvelling at the thriving vegetation and perhaps snacking on some kale - there is always something to keep us busy!

Don't forget your gardening gloves!

We will spend approximately an hour on the task, and then head into Boyn Grove park for a fun fitness session.

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Raymond signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Helping at St Luke's School

Wed 23 Sep 19:00 pm
St Luke's Church of England School Car Park, Entrance from Ray Mill Road West, Maidenhead, SL6 8SB
Help lay weed matting and spread stone chips in the car park area

Join us as we head back to school to help St Luke's Church of England Primary with putting the finishing touches on a newly planted area in the school grounds. We will be working outside in the dark so please bring a head torch.

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Raymond has completed 10 good deeds with GoodGym. Mon 21 Sep 2020

Raymond has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.

Raymond went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Trim and proper

Mon 21 Sep
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Report written by Ana Guzman

This evening we were helping the relationship support charity Relate to tidy up the paths and garden around their office, as they prepare to offer more 'in person' support from there again.

Task owner Emma is such a sweet person she started removing weeds before us and she stayed during the next hour working with usπŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Welcome to Louisa who travelled from Ruislip and loved cutting the bushes so much that she couldn't stop doing it.

Rehka and Raymond are such a perfectionists they swept the broom again and again until there wasn't sign of weed or dust.

Tara came back with more strength than ever cutting but especially pulling the weed and bushes like super woman πŸ’ͺ🏼.

We filled 15 bags and we came home running, by bike and by car (to London of course).

Meggie wasn't there this evening but she is normally the star of our Monday evening community missions and a Monday wouldn't be a Monday without us thinking of her. Meggie is going to Italy until December. Meggie we will miss you and the kale and weeds at the allotment will miss you too!

Report by Ana. Edited by Amy to add... Ana stepped in to lead this mission at the last minute after Amy double booked herself. Thank you Ana, you're a life saver! Some brilliant before and after photos there. Great job! ⭐

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Raymond signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Gardening for Maidenhead Relate

Mon 21 Sep 18:00 pm
4 Marlow Road Community Centre, Maidenhead, SL6 7YR
Tidy up the garden outside this charity's offices

The Maidenhead office of UK charity Relate need help tidying up their garden as they prepare to return to seeing clients in person again.

Join a small group to dig out weeds and trim back bushes.

See you there!

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Raymond went on a community mission
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Windsor and Maidenhead

Maidenhead Waterways Mud Spa

Sat 19 Sep
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Report written by Charlotte

Sara, Ray, Charlotte and Amy joined Alisdair from the Maidenhead Waterways project to help clear weeds from the old flood defence streams that feed Maidenhead town centre.

The aim was to continue the good work of the Maidenhead Volunteers and clear the weeds and debris, thereby allowing the river water to flow freely into Maidenhead town centre. The longer term aim is that eventually the water levels will be high enough in the town centre to allow for water sports to take place!

We met at Cookham Rise first thing on Saturday morning and were kitted out in waders, elbow length gloves and high vis vests. Looking like a very motley crew, with all our kit and tools, we walked to the stream, crossing the beautiful Cookham countryside.

The work was done in two shifts, with those brave enough, sliding down the ditch into the waist height water, pulling out the weeds from the very silty stream and sling them up onto the bank, whilst the other half of our group raked them up. Mud flew everywhere and the time flew by.

Seeing that we cleared approximately 50 meters of waterway made us think that we made a real difference. By the time we left at we could visibly see the water flowing easily through the newly cleared path.

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