Sarah Morris

Oxford

22Good deeds

22runs

74cheers

Sarah Morris went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Weed, sweep and eat

Wed 14 Apr
Report written by Bethan Greenaway

This evening we ventured to the west of Oxford to help Dean Court Community Centre spruce up their outside space ready for re-opening as restrictions continue to lift.

Twelve Goodgymers were quite the team of weeders, sweepers, litter-pickers and tidy-up-ers!

We weeded some very precious planters, removed grass from around the fencing, gave the carpark area a good sweep, pruned back some unruly budlia and did a thorough litter-pick around the site.

All this was achieved in excellent time meaning we could stop for a well earned cake break and sup some squash provided by the ladies at the centre.

We all then set off into the cold sunshine, some of us to run up a hill in the name of fitness!!

Congratulations and loud hurrahs to Stu for his 50th good deed and James for his 10th.

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Sarah Morris went on a community mission
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Can you dig it?

Sun 11 Apr
Report written by Ben Foster

Ten Goodgymers shrugged off yesterday's rain and the Sunday morning cobwebs to help out at Marston Forest Garden. So much has changed since we were last there in December, with pathways marked out, more trees planted, a labyrinth constructed and dead hedges set up!

With the onset of spring (despite the odd flurry of snow), more plants and trees and starting to grow but that also means that brambles are starting to poke out from where they aren't wanted. Half of the group spent the session unearthing bramble roots with some proving more stubborn than others and several large tree roots requiring a heavy dose of mattock-use. With the area cleared, cardboard can be laid down and the area is earmarked for mulberry trees and raspberries, amongst other things.

The other half of the group spent the morning digging a trench around a seating and meeting area, known as the Medicine Herb Circle. While Goodgymers dug, Richard from Marston Forest Garden constructed archways as entry points.

After a productive morning, we all agreed that the "gym" part of Goodgym was more than fulfilled with a solid workout of digging in the sporadic sunshine and hail showers! Thank you to Ruth for the Belgian chocolates to keep us sustained through the morning session!

Richard, Rhian and Anthony were very thankful for the group effort. Many hands do, indeed, make light work.

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Boundary Brook Nature Park work party

Wed 21 Apr 18:15 pm
Boundary Brook Nature Park, Boundary Brook Road, Oxford, OX4 4AN
Help restore and maintain this unique wild area

Boundary Brook Nature Park was created in 1990 when a group of community wildlife enthusiasts rescued a plot of disused allotments to carve out a wild space in the heart of East Oxford.

Featuring mixed woodland, meadow, a nature pond and butterfly glade, Boundary Brook is home to a rich variety of wildlife from birds and butterflies to frogs and foxes.

Oxford Urban Wildlife Group have asked for our help to with a mixture of tasks as they start reopening the site, including seeding grassland and building paths.

We will split into smaller groups of 8 or less to work on tasks in different areas of the Nature Park. We will also have the litter pickers with us for a small group of 6-8 people to clear up the surrounding walk and cycle way. There is plenty of space to spread out and maintain social distancing.

Please bring your own gardening gloves. Tools and litter pickers will be provided.

If you want to jog over to Boundary Brook please meet at Oxford Mutual Aid at 6pm (Richard Benson Hall, Cowley Road). If you want to meet us at the task meeting point is outside the gate to Boundary Brook Nature Park, which is on the cycle way just past Larkrise Primary School at the end of Boundary Brook Road. We will be there by 6:15pm

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Dean Court Community Centre

Wed 14 Apr 18:15 pm
Dean Court Community Centre, Pinnocks Way, Oxford, OX2 9DG
Helping tidy up the outdoor space

We are dividing ourselves between East and West Oxford tonight: This is the West Oxford option. Check the listings for activities in Cowley at the same time.

Dean Court Community Centre has been closed throughout lockdown and is now getting ready to open their doors again. They would like our help to tidy up their outdoor space ready for reopening - weeding the planters and communal areas, cutting back brambles, litter picking.

Tools, litter pickers and bin bags will be provided, but please bring your own gardening gloves.

Julia and Bethan will be in charge of operations at this task - Task Force takeover!

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Cardboard lasagne and an adequate sufficiency of logs

Wed 31 Mar
Report written by Bethan Greenaway

With lockdown restrictions slightly relaxed we were delighted to be able to head back to the Children's Allotment.

With flapjacks in hand to celebrate Anna and her amazing 100 good deeds we headed to the site and were greeted by Alice who had some jobs for us.

The main aim for the evening was to prepare some planting beds around some existing fruit trees. This involved creating a "cardboard lasagne" - a cardboard layer to prevent weeds popping up topped with some soil and finally some lovely rich compost - ragu, pasta, white-sauce.................... Silver birch logs to edge the beds were also prepared by Aoife who's eyes lit up at the mention of using a saw!

We cheerfully got to work, chatting as we went. Conversations topics were wide ranging and delightfully random - from rescuing bumblebees from spiders to the joy of river swimming.

By the end of our session we all sat back and surveyed the fruits of our labours - ripe and stinky manure piled around the fruit trees, cardboard lasagne built and some lovely silver birch chunks prepared ready to by made into a gorgeous border. We will be planting strawberry plants next week!

We were all so happy to be back in this gorgeous space and hear all Alice's plans for clearing and planting.

Til next week!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Wed 17 Mar
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

By the last light of the day 31 GoodGymers gathered beside a church on the Cowley Road.
At 5:45pm a watch beeped and -pop! - out of the Richard Benson Hall came a red-clad and very bossy group leader.
She started to look at the food parcel delivery list...

Who's here so far?

At 5:50pm the first food parcels left to be delivered.
But there was still more to do.

At 6pm bike panniers and rucksacks were filled.
But there was still more to do.

At 6:05pm asparagus and ragu were added to the parcels.
But there was still more to do.

At 6:10pm 5 food parcels went out in a flurry of activity.
But there was still more to do.

At 6:15pm the last of the regular food parcels went out of the door.
But there was still more to do!

At 6:30pm Emergency food parcels were loaded up, crates were stacked away, shelves were restocked, cardboard was broken down, meals were put in the fridge, fruit and vegetables were sorted out, buns were emptied, and stock levels reported.......

The team started to feel tired.

So the GoodGymers ate a whole Colin the Caterpillar. And they started to perk up, giving them the energy to run home and recover from their exertions....

.....so that they can do it all over again next Wednesday evening.

39 food parcels were packed and delivered on Wednesday night, which will help 50 adults, plus several children and babies.

Well done Angus on completing your 50th Good Deed!

Check out The Very Hungry Caterpillar here.

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Parcel deliveries for OMA 17.3.21

Wed 17 Mar 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Alleviating food poverty

We're now into our 5th consecutive month of Wednesdays at Oxford Mutual Aid. It's proved to be a valuable partnership for us and provided crucial extra help for Oxford Mutual Aid through this COVID lockdown winter. It has kept us busy and connected with each other, and enabled Oxford Mutual Aid reach more people with deliveries of food and other essentials. Whilst we hope to be able to offer a greater range of tasks from April, we're really pleased to be continuing to support Oxford Mutual Aid in their vital work.

This 6pm task will be delivering food parcels within walking distance of Richard Benson Hall. We will divide into small groups to deliver in different areas. No-one will be asked to deliver on their own. We will stagger your arrival times at the hall, and you will receive an email on Wednesday (around lunchtime) to let you whether to arrive at 6pm or 6:15pm.

Please wear a mask when you arrive at the hall to collect the food parcels and when you drop them off with the recipient.

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Marston Forest Garden

Sun 11 Apr 10:00 am
Marston Forest Garden, Court Place Allotments, Boults Lane, Oxford, OX3 0PW
Tree love

Marston Forest Garden is in the Court Farm Allotment area, a short walk from Marston Community Garden and part of the same communal gardening project.

Tasks will be similar to our autumn visits - cutting back and digging up brambles, pruning, mulching with wood chip etc.

In accordance with the current COVID-19 restrictions we will divide into smaller groups of 6 or less to work.

Please bring your own gardening gloves. It is usually very muddy on site, so wellies are advised, and definitely wear clothes you don't mind getting mucky! Tools will be provided.

Meeting point is at the end of Boults Lane, by the recreation ground. The Forest Garden is in Court Farm Allotments so we will walk from the recreation ground to the plot together.

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Helping out at The Children's Allotment

Wed 31 Mar 18:15 pm
The Children's Allotment, East Ward Allotments, Cricket Road, Oxford, OX4 3DJ
Help the progress at one of our favourite places

This week, for the first time on a Wednesday evening, we will split between 2 tasks!

We are now able to have 6 people participating in outdoor non-essential tasks. The Children's Allotment have requested our help on a monthy basis in 2021 and with the guidance now allowing non-essential tasks we are finally able to get stuck in again.

A small group will go and help the progress at one of our favourite tasks, for the rest there will be lots to do at Oxford Mutual Aid.

Those who would like to jog down to the allotment, please meet at the Richard Benson Hall at 6 pm (Oxford Mutual Aid), or if you prefer you can meet at the alloment itself at 6.15pm.

Tasks usually include pruning, woodchipping, gardening, clearing weeds etc.

Tools will be provided but please bring your own gardening gloves.

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