Say one thing for Bristolian weather, say its fickle.
We ran through all four seasons to meet the lovely folks at Narroways, a rather lovely nature reserve with a cracking view over the city. That view came at the price of being exposed to mother nature's wild ways and we seemed to be battered with wind and soothed with sun in equal measure.
Tej and Ruth had us sawing, hacking and lopping away at a hedge that was obscuring the aforementioned view. We even got to spontaneously practice a little dead hedging! After we expertly restored the view we were off for a well deserved spot of lunch.
Come and help at Narroways workday!
Meet at Mud Dock at 11 or meet us there at 11:30 at the bench on top of the hill - if in doubt this is the What3Words location (https://w3w.co/sand.blast.double)
On a beautifully sunny day eighteen Goodgym runners helped with a variety if tasks at The Haven: digging some veg beds for the next growing season and clearing some brambles.
Arriving from far and wide (some met at a cafe in the centre, some had been to a parkrun beforehand), we were just setting to work when a reporter from BBC radio Bristol turned up to interview us! Fame! we had a 7 minute segment to talk all about Goodgym Bristol. Have a listen here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p082qgmb Several runners fitted in a speed sunbathing session whilst our segment was cue-d up.
Getting back to work we split into two teams: diggers and bramblers. Team bramble rapidly chopped and hacked to clear their area, opening it up ready for some new fruit trees. Chris and David had a bramble off, judge for yourself who won from the photos. The diggers persevered through sticky mud to prep some growing beds. Bones were found, but Alison quickly identified then as likely from a goat.
A worm sacrifice was made to cluck the duck who thinks he's a chicken to ensure a good blessing for 2020s crop.
Another visit to The Haven (a lovely community garden space) to help out with a variety of tasks. Gardening? Trimming? Mulching? Clearing the growing areas for the new season? Finishing touches to the Tai Chi area?
Meet at the task for 11.30
Sioned got involved; they mucked in and they enabled GoodGym to complete the most community missions in a day, they are the Dupa to the Super.
A fabulous sunny Super Saturday as the majority of attendees convened at Mud Dock for a run over to Bramble Hill Farm on the Northern Slopes, where we were greeted by Kim and Addie and met up with the other GoodGym runners for this morning’s task.
Kim soon had us split into groups - the feeders, the composters and the cutters.
The feeders started by feeding the pigs who had started squealing as soon as we had arrived, before moving onto the ducks and chickens, filling water troughs and collecting eggs along the way, and then finishing off with the goats.
The composters busied themselves with ferrying barrow loads of compost from the top of the farm down to the vegetable beds to be spread amongst the soil.
Meanwhile, the cutters were armed with rusty saws and loppers and were tasked with clearing the dead parts of trees in the orchard, growing mostly sloes, to give some more space to the eagerly awaited arrival of some sheep later in the year.
Sidetracked only by the goats who clearly thought there was better food to be had by escaping from their pen, our crew had time to get the job done, rehouse the goats and enjoy some chocolate tea cakes and jammy dodgers in the glorious sunshine.
Always one of our favourite tasks and today certainly didn’t disappoint.
Big thanks to Liam and Danica for leading us over to the task (and some expert goatherding), Rich B for the pun, Kim for hosting us and giving us plenty to do and everyone else for just being awesome!
And a big welcome to Jon who joined us for his first GoodGym experience today, Matthew who was returning for his second and to Hannah for her first Saturday run!
Three Tasks, 56 GoodGymers, 15,000 Good Deeds, 10 years of GoodGym and a 200th Good Deed 😲
What a mammoth session we had ahead of us tonight! It was great to be joined by Maddy for the first time - welcome Maddy! After a game of Shona Says (which everyone is getting far too good at), we split into our three groups to get started on our three tasks and mini-tasks we had ahead of us to celebrate. Not only did each group have to complete their task, they had to try and take a creative photo of 15,000 while they were at it and think of a pun which somehow included 15,000 deeds, ten years and Richard's achievements.
Mel's group did a walk/run session to The Southville Centre to give the paintwork a final push to finish it off just in time for the change of seasons. They are now the proud owners of newly protected wooden features as well as painted bathrooms. Great job team!
Richard B took his group to Easton and St Werburgh's to help The Children's Scrapstore advertise their upcoming Community Reuse Festival on the 28th-29th September. They managed to hand out a whopping 350 leaflets in the local area in just 30 minutes.
The rest of the group headed up the hill to help Youth Moves at their allotment. This local charity engages young people from the city in community projects, including their allotment. We joined the young people in digging the ground around the polytunnel ready to build a trench to fix the tunnel and to cut back a very overgrown area. It was all hands on deck to get as much as possible done in our 30 minutes, and we managed to make a big dent in it. Matt also spent a long time being the artistic director behind the 15,000 photo, so please do show it sufficient appreciation.
All's Will that ends Will
Once we had all admired the sunset from our respective parts of Bristol, we reconvened at Queen Square to take on 15,000 squats. I think everyone regretted being quite so good over the past few years at this point! 277 squats each (don't do the maths) and we were all very much ready for a sit-down. Luckily, we were getting to co-ordinate all of this squatting with the brilliant achievement of Richard (Will) Breakspear achieving his 200th Good Deed!! Well done Richard, what an amazing number, the last 100 of which he has done in just 14 months! He is also now the proud owner of a t-shirt with him in the 17th Century on it.
This also produced the wonderful news that there was double cake for everyone to have a good sit down and munch while we read the GoodGym stories and spotted several Bristol names and faces in the book.
What a great night of celebration, which will be continued with Super Saturday!
Thanks to Russ who won tonight's three subjects, one pun competition. I am looking forward to your answer on the other competition of how many prime numbers in 15,000
Come and help GoodGym celebrate our 10th anniversary as we create our own super Saturday by aiming to complete the most community missions across all GoodGym areas in a day ever!
It’s not every day GoodGym turns 10 so we're aiming high, by trying to organise a community mission in every area. That means all over the country GoodGym members will be getting involved in their local community and helping out on the same day. Think of it like a national flash mob but in a GoodGym way!
In Bristol we will be returning to one of our favourite haunts to help Chris, Kim and the team with a number of varied tasks which could include some digging, weeding, shifting (who knows what else they might have in store for us!) as well as the chance to coo over the ducks, chickens and goats.
This is always one of our favourite tasks so why not come on down and join us?
You can meet at the task at 11.30 am or if you fancy running over with the group we'll be meeting at Mud Dock, as usual, at 11.00 am to run over from there which is about a 5 km round trip.
It was another mega edition of new runners at GoodGym Bristol tonight - it was great to have Vicki, Maria, Tom, Rosie, Sophie and David join us for the first time, as well as some of the Team GB GoodGym event runners come and join us for a regular session.
To match this huge number we also had three tasks to complete tonight. We got warmed up with a game of the playground-classic, Toilet Tig, then split into three groups, with Maria and Mel run and walk leading - thank you both!
The warm-up was fitting to get Mel's group ready for their task, as they were heading on a walk/run group back to the Southville Centre. After we had given their toilets a first lick of paint last week, our crafty walkers and runners got to work putting all hands on deck to give it a second coat. Even though some people were said to be loos-ing the plot (thanks Mel), the bathrooms were soon looking glossier in their sleek gray (the latest colour trend, of course).
Loos-ing the Plot
Meanwhile, Maria led a group of 10 on a longer 9km run to help the Matthew Tree Project at their gardening allotment plot. The group took the hill up there in their stride and arrived ready to tackle the work to be done. Rosa set the team to their tasks of composting, weeding and picking tomatoes. Not only did they get to use wheelbarrows, they also got a great view of Bristol as dusk fell!
The rest of the group headed off to Easton to help East Bristol Foodbank. They have just had their recent delivery of supermarket collection donations and we were doing our regular task of sorting them into different categories so they can be easily distributed to people in need. Andy from the food bank said that our half an hour session with them had saved their regular volunteers 3-4 hours of work! Wow.
As we were such a big group, we split into two groups, with half working and half doing The Centurion Burpee Challenge at any one time. This was created specially for this evening's centurion, Alice, but she had managed to sneak off into the toilet crew so everyone had to do her burpees for her. The two groups smashed it, with the winning teams making it to the top of Victorious Hill in 5 minutes and 4 minutes respectively.
After all of this, we headed back to Queen Square to reunite the groups and to crown Alice with her celebratory Centurion outfit and the latest addition of the UniHorn, which centurions now have to ride around the circle, while galloping, holding their shield and high-fiving all the rest of the GoodGymers. Some say it is harder than doing all of the 100 deeds put together. Massive well done Alice - you are amazing!
To prove her amazingness to us all even more, Alice had baked DELICIOUS celebratory scones which she militantly guarded until people proved that they were eating them the Cornish way. Stay true to your routes, girl.
Pun credit to Matt and Mel, who are way funnier than me
We are heading back to the Berry Maze to continue to help with weeding and prepare the maze for autumn so school children can continue to enjoy the maze. There also may be some delicious berries to pick!
Meet us at the maze at 11:30am or join us a for a run their from Mud Dock.