Sarah Morris

Oxford

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Oxford Mutual Aid evening shift

Wed 26 Jan 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
All hands on deck!

Oxford Mutual Aid have asked for a GoodGym flash mob at the Richard Benson Hall food bank tonight.

There’s lots to do:
* Sorting out the remaining Christmas gifts ready for storing or shelving.
* Restocking the food shelves.
* Sorting through the fresh food and throwing out food waste.
* Breaking down cardboard boxes.
* Helping load up food parcels for delivery.
* Cleaning

We ask that you wear a mask inside the food bank.

Tonight we will meet at the task - Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd - at 6pm. It’s next door to St Mary & St John church. There won’t be a run to the task but there will be a 5k run after we finish at the food bank. We’ll also provide a run-walk option for those starting Couch-2-5k this month. All welcome, so come in your running kit if you fancy a social run.

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Briars and poses

Sun 16 Jan
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there was an allotment site tucked away down a littery lane. Now these allotments were a thing of beauty with plenty of flowers, and fruit trees, and chirruping birds. The sun shone, the river didn't (often) flood, and the allotment holders were happy.

But ill-fortune befell some of the plots, and land was abandoned. In the place of flowers and vegetables grew a large hedge of thorns. Every year the brambles grew higher and thicker, 'til at last the abandoned plots were covered and hidden, and not even the greenhouses and swings could be seen.

Rumours abounded throughout the land of how beautiful a place stood behind the thicket of thorns down the littered lane. It was said that flowers had once bloomed with abandon and palm tree fronds would rustle in the breeze. After some years there came a group of intrepid souls who were not afraid, and thus it came to be that one fine Sunday morning in January a fearsome army of GoodGymers met outside the Redbridge Household Waste Recycling Centre (oh yes).

Armed with secateurs, and thick gloves, and loppers they toiled tirelessly under the blazing sun (as blazing as it gets in January) to vanquish the brambles and return allotment plots 204 and 275 to their former glory. For eons (2 hours) they battled thorns and brambles, ruthlessly weeded and pruned, and discovered such treasures as crutches, broken glass and rusty chairs beneath the thicket of thorns. As the sun passed high noon the GoodGymers retired from the fight for the day, retreating to refuel and tend their wounds (a few minor bramble snags - nothing worthy of the accident book!). Undefeated and undeterred they will surely return to continue the battle another day.

Now we hope that plots 204 and 275 meet their perfect gardener and live Happily Ever After.

Welcome to GoodGym Thomas and James. Good to meet you both!

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GoodGym flash mob to the rescue

Wed 12 Jan
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Last night we blitzed the tidying and organising tasks at the Oxford Mutual Aid food bank. As a 7-days-a-week operation there's rarely time to pause and take stock due to the overwhelming need to get the food parcels prepared, so a GoodGym flash-mob every now and then helps to get everything back in order.

This week there have been lots of large donations in from other food banks and larders which needed sorting into crates of similar items then stored properly. Also, now that we're into the New Year all the leftover Christmas items needed to be organised so that they can be stored off site instead of taking up precious space in the hall.

We divided into teams and got to work:
* Lorenzo headed up a group sorting through all the recent food donations, crating them up with like-items and stacking them away in a more organised fashion.
* Rachael took her team to the kitchen to sort through the fresh fruit and veg and dispose of any that were too mushy/mouldy to send out, organising the fridges into expiry-date order, and giving the whole area a good clean, before moving on to portioning up bulk bags of pasta.
* Bethan's crew sorted through mountains of Christmas gifts, categorising by age of recipient, and then picking a few crates to remain at the hall as birthday gifts and labelling everything else up for off-site storage.
* Holly, Vicky and Ben did the heavy lifting, re-organising the tin-can corner to make more storage space. Hope your arm muscles aren't too achey this morning!
* Last, but not least, Dan tackled cardboard mountain, flattening the pile of boxes and crushing as many as possible into the recycling bin.

We've already had effusive thanks from the Oxford Mutual Aid organising team:

"This is is so, so helpful! Thank you thank you!"
"Thank you SO SO MUCH"
"I've just been in and everything looks like a dream."

Great work team. Well done!

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South Ward Allotments

Sun 16 Jan 10:30 am
South Ward Allotments, Oxford, OX1 4XS
Clearing plots of weeds and brambles

South Ward Allotments is a 5 acre plot on the Southern edge of Oxford. After the 2nd World War the allotments here spread from the Old Abingdon Road all the way over to Hinksey, but unfortunately the site now has a teeny bit of an image problem: It's a little out of the way and with around 50% occupancy there are quite a few neglected plots gradually succumbing to bramble inundation.

The allotment committee have asked us to help get some of the vacant plots cleared of brambles and long grass to make them more appealling to potential gardeners.

We cleared one in September and now we’re heading back for round 2!

Please bring sturdy gardening gloves (we have a few spares if you don’t have any), and long trousers would be best for avoiding nettle stings/bramble scratches. (Is it even a GoodGym gardening task without some combination of those two?!)

MEETING POINT:
please meet us on the opposite side of the road from the Redbridge Household Waste Recycling Centre OX1 4XG at 10:20am (glamorous, I know!), and we will walk the last stretch as a group. It is a 10 minute walk from there.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are making your own way to the task the entrance is off Old Abingdon Road. Postcode OX1 4XS. Please be careful not to go into the static caravan site at Redbridge Hollow, but take the track to the right of the caravan park entrance. Let me know by commenting if you are likely to arrive after the main group as there is a padlocked gate so I will need to pop out to let you in. Probably best to park at the Redbridge Park & Ride, which is a 10 minute walk away.

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Oxford Mutual Aid evening shift

Wed 12 Jan 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
All hands on deck!

Oxford Mutual Aid have asked for a GoodGym flash mob at the Richard Benson Hall food bank tonight.

There’s lots to do:
* Portioning out bulk bags of rice, pasta, and chickpeas.
* Restocking the food shelves.
* Sorting through the fresh food and throwing out food waste.
* Breaking down cardboard boxes.
* Helping load up food parcels for delivery.
* Cleaning

We ask that you wear a mask inside the food bank.

Tonight we will meet at the task - Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd - at 6pm. It’s next door to St Mary & St John church. There won’t be a run to the task but there will be a 5k run after we finish at the food bank. We’ll also provide a run-walk option for those starting Couch-2-5k this month. All welcome, so come in your running kit if you fancy a social run.

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Oxford

Boundary Brook Nature Park work party

Sat 12 Feb 14:00 pm
Boundary Brook Nature Park, Boundary Brook Road, Oxford, OX4 4AN
February follow up session

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 dig out bramble roots so they can’t take hold again in the spring.

Please bring your own gardening gloves. All other tools will be provided.

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.

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Christmas, delivered

Wed 15 Dec
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

If wrapping Christmas gifts while listening to a cheesy Christmas playlist doesn't get you feeling festive then what will?!

Last night we took on our 2nd bumper session picking, packing and wrapping Christmas gifts for households which will be relying on the Oxford Mutual Aid food bank this Christmas. There's no wasted space at the food bank, so the first task was to create some room to work in. We hauled crates and crates of presents and chocolate selection boxes out from the end of the hall, organising the gifts by age/gender/unisex etc then once we could see what we'd got we were able to set to work selecting presents.

We had a HUMUNGOUS master list with the break-down of every family, which looked pretty overwhelming at first, but as with most things once we got into the work it was easier than it looked. Just focus on one line at a time and don't get overwhelmed by the scale of the task is always the best approach.

Getting stuck in (not literally - no tangled sellotape this week!) like the pros we are, the hall was soon swimming in wrapping paper and sticky tape, with difficult decisions being taken left, right and centre: Would a female child requesting girly stuff prefer a unicorn back pack or a jewellery set? Cuddly dinosaur or hat and mitten set for a baby?

In total 36 household gift parcels were picked, packed and wrapped, and we also got to play Santa, delivering 6 of the pressies to delighted recipients.

Just one more Wednesday before Christmas now, so Happy Christmas to those of you who we won't see before Christmas Day!

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Mud, mud, glorious mud

Sat 4 Dec
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

...there's nothing quite like it!

After a few last-minute re-thinks thanks to trains, work and sickness we finally embarked on our Cotswold Walk. The advance party did a circuit of Kingham village before looping back to the station to collect the train-team (delayed by engine failure). We then free-styled a walk route very loosely based on the backwards version of the original plan, aided by the OS map app and a bit of local knowledge.

There was mud. Lots of mud. And Ben found all of it. Those trainers and trousers will never be the same again! 3 tumbles into the mud (Ben - 2, Anwen -1), a few horses and a field of sheep, and we arrived for our lunch booking bang on time. It could be said that we filled our boots with pub grub, then rolled back to the station, passing the small child in a tutu on a miniature pony (only in the Cotswolds...), fuelled by chips and sticky toffee pudding.

Hopefully there will be fewer logistical issues next time we go on an adventure, but it was lovely to spend a few hours walking, sliding through mud and chatting.

Wholesome.

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Sarah Morris signed up to a group run
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Oxford Mutual Aid evening shift

Wed 15 Dec 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
GOODGYM ADVENT CALENDAR DAY 15

Our 2nd GoodGym flash mob at Oxford Mutual Aid's food bank tonight.

There’s lots to do:
* Wrapping Christmas gifts
* Portioning out bulk bags of rice, pasta, and other dry goods.
* Restocking the food shelves.
* Sorting through the fresh food and throwing out food waste.
* Breaking down cardboard boxes.
* Helping load up food parcels for delivery.
* Cleaning

We ask that you wear a mask inside the food bank.

Tonight we will meet at the task - Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd - at 6pm. It’s next door to St Mary & St John church. There won’t be a run to the task but we will go for a 5k run afterwards if anyone wants to join that.

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Race
Oxford

Blenheim Triathlon 2022

Sat 28 May 07:00 am
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP
Swim – Bike – Run – Repeat (or not)

Entries are now open for the 2022 Blenheim Triathlon! Set in the grounds of the palace, this is one of the UK's most iconic races.

Choose from a Super Sprint, Sprint, Sprint Relay or Weekend Warrior ticket.

Further information can on found at https://limelightsports.club/event/blenheim-palace-triathlon-2022

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