Organisations Rosie T has pledged to support
We had a tremendous turn out tonight for our litter pick along the River Colne for Keep Britain Tidy and RiverCare. Fourteen energetic GoodGymers armed themselves with pickers and sacks to tidy a beautiful area used by walkers, runners, cyclists and nature lovers. It's good to help maintain a clean and safe outdoor space, especially so close to play and leisure amenities and the popular Castle Park.
We split into two groups, with one covering the Kings Meadow and Middle Mill area, and the other taking the route East along Riverside. The rain eased off and nature showed us its best with rich green river plants, elegant swans and cygnets, bindweed, poppies, ducklings and a nosy herring gull. Speculative rats ran along the lake's edge and we even celebrated their place in the world!
We filled a good number of sacks, all weighed down with assorted remnants of people's lives: cans, fast-food packaging, wrappers, party balloons, hair bands, phone cases and plastic, plastic, plastic. Ella got top picker in our team with her mega pizza box! Littering is a great shame, a menace for people and wildlife, and so sad to see. But we plogged along in usual good spirits, putting the world back in shape and our minds back in good form.
The groups met back at Leisure World where we compared finds and joked about this being possibly the smelliest litter pick to date. GoodGym Colchester certainly have a nose for rubbish! We safely disposed of the sacks in the large Council bins behind the Leisure Centre.
We were thrilled to welcome Detti to our group tonight. We also commend Katherine on her 49th good deed and Rosalind who has now reached her 10th task - significant milestones.
With GoodGym Colchester's 4th birthday on the horizon and an upcoming social as well, I think we're doing pretty well at keeping active and connected during these worrying and changeable times. Well done everyone!
The evening began by unloading Bob's car of all the cleaning equipment he's kindly given to the Foodbank. Mops, brooms, buckets, dustpans, brushes and a even a feather duster were unpacked. Chief Officer, Michael, has given you extra "Brownie points", Bob, and these essential tools will be put to use at Moorside and other sites. Thank you! Six Goodgymers then set to work with sweeping the warehouse and giving the front-of-house a vacuum and mop. James took the unenviable task of the bathroom, with a smile under his mask(!) and Emma whizzed round with surface cleaner and cloth, and her usual sparkle and chat! Cleaning done, we then took to the main task of decanting produce from about twenty crates. Having already been weighed in and sorted into produce type, it needed shifting to the racking in date order. Finding use-by dates on tins and packets isn't easy, especially when you're fumbling around with foggy glasses and dim conditions; thank you, Bob, for locating the light switch, and to Ian, for the cheerful loan of a soft cloth (ever the able optician). As an experienced Foodbanker from her GoodGym Norwich days, Rosie was adept at working the system and it was nice to chat about how she's been involved in other volunteer work, and is keen to do more. Well done Rosie! Some of us were teased by a desire for a Fray Bentos pie....all that joyous nutrition in a tin....but we settled for cold drinks, with Ian opting for a soothing banana milk:-) By 8:15pm, we had emptied all the crates which was great. Tomorrow, the Moorside staff should be thrilled to see a cleaner and clearer floor, with sufficient room to receive further food and commodity donations. We took a final, socially distanced snap before heading home. All seemed in agreement, that in these changeable times, it was good to have a purpose to get out, get some exercise, meet friends and do good. Lovely to see you.
Join us for an evening of litter picking along the banks of the River Colne in Lower Castle Park and Riverside. We will meet at Leisure World (address shown) to hand out equipment, before heading towards the river. GoodGym encourages you to run, walk or cycle to the task, but there is car parking if needs be. It's best to bring your own gloves as I will only have a few spares. Please adhere to GoodGym and Government guidelines on social distancing, wash hands before and after the task and carry hand sanitiser. I am liaising with park staff over the best routes. I have set the maximum to 12 with the idea of organising us into two groups of up to 6, each taking a different route. We may have a staggered start with an interval of 15 minutes between groups. I will let you know further details if this happens. RiverCare are thrilled we can work with them and, with more people meeting outside, using the takeaway facilities etc, this task should prove worthwhile. Hope to see you there! Thank you.
The Foodbank reception and warehouse area at Colchester Moorside site needs a good clean to keep it fresh and hygienic for workers and visitors. With a large volume of deliveries, stock taking and parcel packing keeping staff busy, it is difficult to find time to clean the site. Goodgym regularly help with this task to help out the busy weekday volunteers. This involves hoovering, sweeping, mopping and wiping surfaces. All equipment is provided. The task is limited to 6 people to enable social distancing in this limited indoor space. Individuals need to make their own way to the venue, with walk or run the best of course! We hope to see you there.
We met at Pam's house in Abbeygate Street and it was so good to be back together again.
We welcomed Becky for her first time with us and James for his second.Pleasure to have you both with us,please keep coming !
Everyone was pleased to see other and spend time with each other.We were blessed with a quite beautiful evening after possibly the warmest day of the year so far.
We were there to help a group we have done lots of things with in the past,Colchester In Bloom.Pam is always pleased to see us and tonight was no exception.
We split into 2 groups of 6 so we could cover the various areas Pam wanted us to tidy.
The 45 minutes we had set ourselves flew by with everything getting done and with lots of catching up with how our lives have been in the last few months since we last all met.
I think it's fair to say everyone was pleased to see each other again !!
There are various planters around the town which needed their winter bedding taking out.Hence we took out any weeds and any plants than can be replanted next year were kept.
We said our goodbyes and looked forward to the next time we will be together.
A lovely sunny day in Langham saw 7 GoodGymers shifting, sorting, lifting and cleaning at the Foodbank warehouse. Mike met us at the warehouse and set us to work! The first morning shift consisted of Ella, Tav and our two new Colchester members Rosie and James - welcome to you both! While Rosie and James set to work sorting and moving crates in the main warehouse, Ella and Tav did some sorting and shifting in the utility room, freeing up access to the much needed sink area. Plenty of heavy lifting and good use of our arm muscles! The second shifters were Ian, Nick and Phil who set to work on the cleaning - sweeping the floors, wiping the shelves and giving the food cans a good wipe down too. Meanwhile, our task organiser Vanessa was busy helping out at Colchester Foodbank itself, as she does every Saturday. A lovely friendly face for all who enter to be greeted by!
Well done all and thank you. Especially Rosie and James who did a fantastic first good deed for GoodGym Colchester. We hope to see you at another task soon :)
I did my weekly round of welfare calls to elderly and isolated individuals living in and around Colchester. I checked on their welfare through ensuring they have enough food and prescriptions, and if Community 360 can be of any more assistance. The individuals I speak to are happy to have the calls and chat to someone to take their mind of the global environment. I look forward to speaking with them next week.
The Foodbank would be grateful for more help at the warehouse in Langham. A large volume of crates needs to be shifted and moved to an open space. These need a thorough clean before they are moved to the main site, for use to store food produce. There are also cans to sort and clean. The plan is for an organised, three-stage task. With a good team of people, and our usual focused approach, this should be a very worthwhile morning. Usual bonhomie and chat is a given! Address is Unit 6, School Farm Buildings, School Road, Langham CO4 5PB. Park at the Community Centre, a short distance along the same road. 5/6 miles out of Colchester. We really hope you can come along!
As per social distancing rules we can only have 6 at a time. If needed we will split ourselves into two shifts.
On Thursday I spent the morning telephoning my group of vulnerable individuals, to check on their wellbeing, make sure they had access to their prescriptions and food, and have a general chit chat! They were all pleased to speak to someone to take their mind of their problems and loneliness as a result of Covid19. I am looking forward to speaking with them next week to see how they are!