Shati Patel

Oxford

22Good deeds

22runs

125cheers

Shati Patel went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

Flower Power

Wed 20 Apr
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Marston Community Garden's ever-evolving project includes community raised beds, chickens, an orchard, and soon another new addition...a flower garden! This will both be a beautiful thing to have on the allotments and also great for pollinators.

This evening we grabbed forks and spades and spent an hour or so digging over the beds in preparation for planting out the flowers. There were lots of weeds and roots to remove so it kept us busy until nearly sunset. The local community will be encouraged to share flower cuttings from their gardens to fill the beds.

We look forward to seeing it in bloom!

Well done Henry for completing your 10th Good Deed!

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Shati Patel went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Trash talk

Tue 19 Apr
Report written by Shati Patel

I organised a litter pick for our work's "volunteer month": my colleagues and I wandered through the centre of Oxford, past the Westgate, and ended at the train station, picking up litter as we went! 🚂 Lots of smaller bits of litter and cigarette butts, and plenty of bottles/cans/masks outside the station...

(I didn't get a good picture of the actual litter pick, so here's a photo of my bin with googly eyes instead!)

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Shati Patel has completed 15 good deeds with GoodGym. Wed 13 Apr 2022

Shati has completed their 15th good deed with GoodGym

Shati Patel went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

Roll up! Roll up! Weed all about it.

Wed 13 Apr
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

We love a new task location! It's an excellent way to explore the hidden gems around Oxford and spread Goodgym love about.

Barracks Lane Community Garden is hidden away off the Cowley Road and is BEAUTIFUL. A tranquil space full of plants, trees, a bathtub full of flowers and some beautiful art.

Greeted by Hannah and Jenny we did the register stating our favourite ice cream flavours, ranging from strawberry to bakewell tart, and had an introduction to this gorgeous space.

Our tasks were weeding around some flower and herb beds, painting and sanding a shed and cutting back some unruly grass. We were supplied with overalls which did rather make Alice look like she should be on a gritty BBC crime drama!

As usual the time zipped by and after a very welcome cup of tea and cake we skipped off into the light evening. ****This was a gorgeous task, we hope to come back soon!

Welcome to Laura, so lovely to have you along this week!

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Shati Patel signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Marston Community Garden

Wed 20 Apr 17:50 pm
East Oxford Community Centre, 44 Princes St, Oxford, OX4 1DD
Weeding! Digging! Litter picking!

Marston Community Garden is a lovely community-run allotment on the Court Farm allotments site. People from the local area can adopt a raised bed of their own or help with gardening tasks. It's a lovely away to get involved with gardening even if people can't commit to a whole allotment of their own.

We have been asked to help with some dogging, weeding, and litter picking. We will probably also be helping at the Marston Forest Garden plot, which is on the same allotment site.

Bring your gardening gloves. All tools will be provided.

Meeting locations:
If you would like to join a group run to the task location meeting point is 5:50pm outside East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, OX4 1DD. Please note the community centre is now closed for redevelopment so we won’t have access for toilets etc. It is approximately 2 miles to Marston Community Allotment from there. If you prefer to meet at the task be at the Boults Lane Recreation Ground entrance to Court Farm Allotments at 6:15pm. OX3 0NT

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Shati Patel signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Barracks Lane Community Garden

Wed 13 Apr 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
New Task Alert!

Gratuitous cat photo because this is a new task so we don’t have pictures of it yet.

Barracks Lane Community Garden is a beautiful green space and eco building at the heart of a vibrant community in Oxford. It is for everyone to use and enjoy and hosts many events and activities throughout the year.

We will be taking on a few different maintenance tasks around the garden to keep it looking lovely.

Please bring your own gardening gloves if you have some (don’t worry if you don’t- we’ll bring some spares). All tools will be provided.

Meeting options:
* If you would like to run or walk to the task as a group meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Road at 6pm.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task location please aim for 6:15pm at Barracks Lane Community Garden, Barracks Lane, off Cumberland Road, OX4 2AP.

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Shati Patel went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

You can Glebe the Moss On

Wed 6 Apr
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

It was a momentous evening - the return of the GARLAND OF JOY!

For the first time since the start of the pandemic we resurrected the Garland of Joy last night, and the first recipient was Jane to celebrate her 10th Good Deed. Well done Jane! There was some chat about passing it around to make up for all the missed Garland wearing over the last 2 years, so send in your petitions/applications if you've missed out on a garland-worthy milestone.

Iffley Glebe is one of Iffley village’s most important open spaces, playing a vital role in maintaining the rural atmosphere of Iffley within it's city setting. The field is full of wildflowers each summer and the ancient hedge across the field provides birds with nesting places, and insects and berries for food. At night the glebe is an important hunting ground for bats and owls. The stone wall surrounding the site has a lot of weeds growing in it which, although pretty, need clearing regularly in order to keep the wall in good condition. That was one of our tasks for the evening, as well as some (very careful) pruning back of tree branches in the corner of the site - being sure to check for any signs of nesting birds before chopping.

It turns out 25 pairs of hands makes light work of weeding walls and pruning. Despite some minor traumas (spiders, stinging nettles), snickering over childhood names for galium aparine (aka...sticky-willy), and not quite resisting the urge to stick goose-grass on anyone's back (thank you Samantha, in an hour we had stripped the main wall along the Glebe of the worst of it's weeds inside and out (not the moss though!), and made a good start along the two side walls too, although some of the ivy proved extremely tenacious.

The cold wind meant there was no hanging around after the group photo - we were straight away off running, taking the scenic route back along the Thames Path past Iffley Lock.

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Shati Patel signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Meadow Maintenance at Iffley Glebe

Wed 6 Apr 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Raking, Weeding, Frisbee

Iffley Glebe playis a vital role in maintaining the rural atmosphere of Iffley. The glebe is full of wildflowers each summer and the ancient hedge across the field provides birds with nesting places, and insects and berries for food. At night the glebe is an important hunting ground for bats and owls.

Iffley Glebe is not open to the public, so this is a rare chance to see it and contribute to it's upkeep.

Tasks will include:

  • Pulling/clearing of the plants growing in the wall (except moss)
  • Tidying up the area around the garage, including checking for nesting birds, chopping back branches, cleaning the drive of brambles/plants other than grass, and general tidying up
  • Cutting/pulling ivy off trees
  • Cleaning the sign

Please bring your own gardening gloves. All tools will be provided by Oxford Preservation Trust. Meeting options: * Anyone wishing to run to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd no later than 6pm. It's about a mile and a half to Iffley Glebe. There won’t be a bag drop available. We will take the direct route to Iffley Glebe but we can run back the scenic route along the Thames Path afterwards. * If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us outside Iffley Church Hall at 6:15pm.

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Shati Patel signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

GoodGym on Tour to Marlborough

Sat 14 May 10:30 am
Cotswold House, Marlborough , SN8 3HL
Getting the garden ship-shape at the Eating Disorder unit

We’re going on a day trip!

The Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has an outpost in Wiltshire - the in-patient Eating Disorder Unit, Cotswold House. As we've done regular work with their Oxford-site (Warneford Hospital) they reached out to us to see if we would be able to help with the ED unit garden too. Obviously the distance means it's impractical to make this a regular thing, but a day trip with a good deed included sounded like a great idea. It's also an opportunity for some GoodGym collaboration, as we've invited GoodGym Swindon to join us.

Marlborough is a pretty market town on the edge of Savernake Forest. It's about 1 hour's drive from Oxford.

The proposal is that we would arrange some lift sharing and aim to be there in time to run Marlborough parkrun at 9am. (If non-parkrunners want to join we'll try and sort out a later car too.) We'll grab a coffee in Marlborough post-parkrun, then head to the hospital on the outskirts of the town for an hour or 2 of gardening. After the gardening we'll have a well-earnt lunch and wander around Marlborough before heading back to Oxford. If the weather is nice we could tag on a walk in Savernake Forest before setting off home.

It'll be a lovely spring day out, with a good deed thrown in to make you all feel positively angelic.

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Shati Patel went on a training session
Training session
Oxford

Happy Birthday Roger Bannister!

Wed 23 Mar
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

What a difference a week makes!

In a massive contrast with last week's wind and rain we were treated to a glorious spring evening for the last Wednesday before the clocks go forward.

Meeting outside the Iffley Road Sports Centre - site of Roger Bannister's original sub-4 minute mile - on what serendipitously turned out to be Roger Bannister's birthday, we split off into walking and running groups.

Lead by Katie, the walkers set off for a bucolic loop of Aston's Eyot, complete with deer sightings and a beautiful sunset.

Meanwhile the runners were put through their paces by Bethan and Ben - our amazing new Run Leaders. Dodging fellow track users we completed a warm up loosely modelled on a Junior parkrun warmup (if it's good enough for a 5 year old it's good enough for me...) then split the group down the middle for the main session. Ben's group completed a pyramid efforts session; gradually increasing the effort distance and decreasing the recovery distance then working back down to the original distances. Meanwhile Bethan's group took on sets of 300m efforts with 100m walk/jog recovery intervals.

Suitably sweaty we managed to all finish at roughly the same time, which is one of the major benefits of running on the track - everyone can work to their own effort level. With a mixture of experienced and less experienced runners, people who haven't been able to run for a few weeks etc, running around in circles is a great way to keep the group together.

With perfect timing we exited the sports centre just as the walkers got back and all headed up the footpath for a few drinks at The Oxford Blue.

This was Amy's last session before moving to Cambridge, where shockingly there is no GoodGym! Good luck Amy!

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