2Good deeds



sarah went on a group run
Group run


Wed 27 Oct
Report written by Bethan Greenaway

This evening’s task was a double whammy. Goodgym power was needed to clear and tidy the Toad Distillery yard and also clear ivy from the railings at the top of South Park – revisiting the scene of our very first task back in 2019!

A group of us huffed and puffed (I mean ran in an athletic manner) up the hill to the distillery, meeting Bryon and the rest of the team there. The register featured “what would your desert island drink be” with answers ranging from the sensible (filtered, safe-to-drink water) to the decadent (ruby port, champagne). We then split into two groups and got to work. The team headed up by Mark (Lord Mayor and tool breaker extraordinaire) tackled the distillery yard sweeping up mountains of autumn leaves and tidying up around the outside seating, as well as planting daffodil bulbs.
The other team headed out to South Park. South Park in Oxford is a gorgeous park with fantastic views over Oxford – Dreaming Spires galore. It is also a busy cut through from town to campus for a lot of the Oxford Brookes students. With the evenings getting darker we needed to do something to make the sight-lines clearer and safer for all involved. We stripped LOADS of ivy off the railings and did a litter pick along the lane. This week’s random spot was not the usual scattering of pants but a beautiful, slightly sparkly, toadstool which we left in-situ to grow.

After all our hard and dusty work, we headed back into The Oxford Artisan Distillery for a G&T and a lovely chat and catch up.

The gin was delicious and it was so fab to be able to relax and chat to everyone after a task. Thank you Bryon!!

Welcome Dan - good to have you along!

Thanks for the report title Sarah and to Bethan for the write up.

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sarah has done their first good deed with GoodGym. Sat 23 Oct 2021

Sarah is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.

sarah has earned their community cape by completing their first community mission. Sat 23 Oct 2021

Sarah completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Sarah was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.

sarah went on a community mission
Community mission

Winging it

Sat 23 Oct
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Saturday at Oxford Mutual Aid is always a bit of a 'pot luck' task. The intention is to clean and restock the food bank, but if previous shifts have been short-staffed it can turn into a bit of a scramble to get the last of the day's food parcels prepared. That was exactly the case this week: we arrived to find about half of the day's parcels incomplete, so switched mode to parcel packing!

Sarah took on adding the fridge items to the part-prepped parcels, while Jo and I prepared the parcels which hadn't yet been started. We were very grateful that Jessica answered our call for an extra pair of hands when we realised our 4th GoodGymer had removed themselves from the task last-minute. Team work = dream work, and between us we got all food parcels sorted, deliveries put away (the return of bread mountain!), some restocking done, and the fresh fruit and veg checked over.

Great work team!

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sarah signed up to a group run
Group run


Wed 27 Oct 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
South Park & Cheney Lane clear up

We've been asked to tackle a few tasks at the top of South Park to make it safer and more pleasant for everyone.

Jobs will include:
* Raking up fallen leaves.
* Clearing the park railings of ivy (revisiting our first ever GoodGym task!).
The ivy covering the railings is a safety issue at this end of the park - since the park is open 24 hours it would be much safer for people using the path if they could see into the park before entering, particularly in the dark.
* Litter picking along Morrell Avenue/Cheney Lane.

Bring your gardening gloves and head torches. We'll bring the GoodGym litter pickers and lights, and the Distillery will provide some other tools.

The Oxford Artisan Distillery has offered a complimentary G&T or soft drink to all GoodGymers taking part in this task. Please wear your GoodGym Tshirt if you have one so it's easy to identify who is a GoodGym volunteer.

Meeting options:
* Anyone wishing to run or walk to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 6pm. There won’t be a bag drop available but we can use the toilets there. It's under a mile to the top of South Park from there. NB: due to the social after the task there won't be a run back to Cowley Road this week.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at 6:15pm outside the gate of The Oxford Artisan Distillery.

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sarah signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Food bank clean and restock 23.10

Sat 23 Oct 15:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Oxford Mutual Aid

We’re back on some Saturday shifts for Oxford Mutual Aid.

This task will be based inside Richard Benson Hall restocking the shelves in the food bank, packing any emergency parcel requests, and giving the hall a clean and tidy up.

Please wear a mask.

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sarah went on a training session
Training session

Fitness Thursdays rebranded

Sun 17 Jan
Report written by Bethan Greenaway

Fitness Thursdays sat down and thought about their life goals and aspirations over the Christmas period and come the New Year thought "New year, new me, I shall be MAGNIFICENT in 2021. 2021 is MY year".

This year (or at least in January) a weekly session will be listed with suggestions of workout videos which might be fun and a running/walking/cycling route to help us all explore Oxford in all its quirky beauty.

We are also using this month to support Mark Lygo and his Lord Mayor of Oxford #MoveWithMayorMark campaign. Anwen took this quite literally and went for a run with Mark! Elsewhere yoga was done with snow leopard accompaniments, jazzy hats were worn and we all continued to enjoy magical fresh air.

Please do sign up for the next session, the exercise you do is totally up to you, but I would LOVE to see your jolly photos.
'Til next week xx

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sarah signed up to a training session
Training session

January Fitness Ideas #1

Sun 17 Jan 18:00 pm
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Explore, stretch, get fit

Previously known as "Fitness Thursdays" the exercise portion of Goodgym Oxford has had a re-brand for 2021!

The aim of these training sessions is to provide you with some workout ideas and a local route which you can explore either on foot or by cycling. Remember that your KMs all count toward the Goodgym January Challenge as long as you track them on Strava and connect Strava to your GoodGym profile.

This week:

HIIT - Joe Wicks will be starting his live PE sessions on Monday 11th January but there are hundreds of workouts on his youtube channel. This one from Halloween looks fun!

Yoga - I'm a HUGE fan of the Yoga with Adriene videos (especially when they include Benji the dog!) . This one is a lovely 15 minute gentle stretch to wake you up in the morning, with bonus Benji content.

Run/Walk/Cycle - This is a route for you to explore from Anwen. It starts and finishes at our pre-pandemic home the East Oxford Community Centre and wiggles through Aston's Eyot, Iffley Glebe and Florence Park, all places where we have done tasks in the past and look forward to returning in the future.

If you post about your exercise sessions on social media please consider tagging them with #MovewithMayorMark to support Mark Lygo's Lord Mayor campaign.

Please send me your selfies for the report and any fitness ideas you have for future training sessions. You can share via DM to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts.


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