Sian Dobson Hughes
Area Activator for Stockport. A born and bred Manc and a lover of all things running. From marathons to trails, triathlons to tracks.
Bramhall Parkrun and planting Community Mission
With Bramhall parkrun called off at the last minute due to the ground frost, we took the opportunity to warm up to our planting mission with a brisk walk of the park instead.
And what a walk it was, the perfect combination of frosty sunshine and blues skies!
The Friends of Bramhall Park had a hefty planting session ahead, thanks to kind bulb donations from Notcutts Garden Centre. 17 boxes of beautiful bulbs were donated and needed planting asap as they had already begun sprouting. and so GoodGym Stockport were on hand to get stuck in with such a mamouth task.
After we worked up a sweat for a few hours, we finished off our task with a warming drink at the Stables Kitchen.
We can't wait to see the splashes of spectacular colour that will bloom come Spring
Stockport Rotary Lamp Lighters are looking for a number of volunteers to identify public benches in the Stockport Borough where they could affix a Buddy Bench sign.
A Buddy Bench is a designated bench within a green space where people can sit and encourage communication and conversation with others. It's a great initiative to reduce the effects of loneliness and encourage community cohesion.
On our group run, we set off on foot, (illuminated by headtorches and hi vis gear) to scour and scout the local green spaces in search of benches that could be the perfect locations for people to mingle and chat.
Our aim was to hit (or HIIT) 3 parks near to the centre of Stockport, take photos of any suitable locations and then return to base. The 3 parks: Hollywood (bright lights and city views, just in Stockport not LA) ; Alexandra and Cale Green were our destinations.
We found, we photographed and we conquered the task, all in a respectable 7km.
We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects across the Stockport region.
The Task Leaflets have been created, by Stockport Library Service, to be distributed to specific streets in Brinnington. The leaflets promote the local library and the services that can be accessed through joining Stockport Libraries. This task is to try and engage with local residents and promote the benefits of using their local library. Our group run task is to deliver, on foot or wheels, the leaflets to the local residents.
GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.
Our run will begin at 6:30pm on Tuesday 25th January from Life Leisure Brinnington and we will run a leisurely route to deliver the leaflets.
*Toilet and parking facilities available at Life Leisure Grand Central. Bring a mask for indoor areas. Headtorches and visible running attire advised. Dress appropriately for outdoor conditions. Bring a running rucksack if possible.
The Friends of Bramhall Park have seventeen large and heavy boxes all crammed with bulbs that have kindly been donated and need planting in the park, ready to spring up in Spring.
Since Saturday is also Parkrun day at the park, why not get a swift 5km run in before the mission starts?
Some of the boxes have clearly been out in the rain and lots of bulbs have started growing, so we need to act pretty quickly to get them into the soil. There are a beautiful array of tulips and daffs plus some others, so we have an opportunity to do some mass planting and make a real impact in the Park.
Our mission is to help the Friends to make lighter work of a spectacular task and get a GoodGym Parkrun in too!
There will be complimentary refreshments provided by The Friends after the planting session and The Stables Cafe.
*bring gloves and dress for the weather.
Feel free to join for all or part of the mission. Parkrun begins at 9am and the planting task begins at 10am - meeting Harry and the Friends outside the tutor house.