Su Fernandez

Cardiff

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Su Fernandez went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Who run the WORLD

Tue 2 Aug
Report written by Michael

The weather was very different tonight, but with it still being so muggy (good word) the little rain that we got was very much welcomed.

Tonight, the Women of Cardiff goodgym took to the streets to help out the 'Forget-Me-Not' group with their raised beds.

The beds are used by the group and the local community and the task at hand;

  • Raking of leaves,
  • Removing the weeds, and
  • Encouraging plants to shake their thang releasing SEEDS.

We all already know my feelings about the term weed, but he ho lets go........As the wonderful Björk said:

It's wet in the middle
With a shell around it
It's called "life"
It goes wherever it wants to
Don't try to predict it
Then you'd offend it
It's meant to surprise

Nature's Great

We worked hard, and it could clearly be seen at the end of our 30 minutes volunteering. A few of us also got the gift of forget-me-not plants to take home. Mine have already been planted and hopefully have survived the run home.

We will return to help again soon, the time of the buddleja is getting close - our annual cut back of what is now a skyscraper of a plant.

Watch This Space

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Helping the Wonderful 'Forget Me Not' group

Tue 2 Aug 18:15 pm
Big Moose Coffee Co, 4-5 Frederick Street, Cardiff, CF10 2DB
Support the return of 'Forget me Not' cafe

Forget me not cafe are meeting again at St. Edward Community Hall and so we are also returning to help them, this will be there 'in person' meeting in the hall so we will be making our way over to help put things back all clean and tidy.

We will be mopping, vacuuming and having a workout moving the chairs back into position. Possibly a bit of gardening. Exact work will be listed closer to the time

18:15 - 18:30 Meet up and chat
18:30 - 19:00 Active travel to task (Walk, Run, Cycle)
19:00 - 19:30 Volunteer Task funtimes
19:30 - 20:00 Active travel back (Walk, Run, Cycle)

20:00 - Optional Social

If you want to meet at the task please leave a note on the sign up page below, just so that I know and we aren't waiting for you at the start. All that we ask is that you don't drive!

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Su Fernandez went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Nettle without a cause

Tue 12 Jul
Report written by Michael

A nice 13 of the goodgym crew turned up tonight, and the heat was not going to stop us.

It was just under 5km for total travel to the task and back, our mission to survive the heat and get the outside area for Cwtch together safe for the children to use again. The dreaded 'Stingies' had taken hold, so it was time to remove these problem plants for a while.

The wonderful Sarah, our task organiser, met us and showed us what needed to be completed. Ant 'stingies' that were around the area were to be removed as much as possible, the grass cut with the hover mower, edged, plus weeding the pathway and a final brush down of it all to clean away the cut mess.

We found a lot of wonderful features around as we made our way through the magical land of flora and fauna, including the great soil burrowing bee, some fantastic spiders and of course the sticky willy.

Thanks go to Su for introducing us to this pesky plant. You may also know it as cleavers, or as a weed - not a term that we like here. Weeds are nothing if not misunderstood plants, out of their correct surroundings, in fact, Cleavers can be a good addition to a wildlife garden, as it provides food for the caterpillars of many butterfly and moth species, including the impressive hummingbird hawk moth.

Our time exploring went by quickly, and it was soon time to head back to camp for a social and a proper catch up.

But before we go one last time for a quick photo as we......

Cwtch Together

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Cwtch Together

Tue 12 Jul 18:15 pm
Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW
Allow the children to continue to enjoy the Cwtch space

The children are loving their time down cwtch but as spring has come so quickly we have the dreaded garden area to sort out and make safe for the children to play without stingy nettles and spiky weeds

So, come one and all goodgymers for some weeding, general gardening cutting grass etc.

  • 18:15 - 18:30 Meet up and chat
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Active travel to task (Walk, Run, Cycle)
  • 19:00 - 19:30 Volunteer Task funtimes
  • 19:30 - 20:00 Active travel back (Walk, Run, Cycle)

  • 20:00 - Optional Social

If you want to meet at the task please leave a note on the sign up page below, just so that I know and we aren't waiting for you at the start. All that we ask is that you don't drive!

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Park Plog / Litterpick

Tue 5 Jul 18:15 pm
Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW
keep the Cardiff park plastic free

Let's get out and help our friends again.

  • 18:15 - 18:30 Meet up and chat
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Active travel to task (Walk, Run, Cycle)

  • 19:30 - Optional Social

If you want to do a litter pick walk please leave a note on the sign up page below, just so that I know and can bring litter pickers.

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Su Fernandez went on a group run
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Cardiff

Park Plog / Litterpick

Tue 21 Jun

Let's get out and help our friends again.

  • 18:15 - 18:30 Meet up and chat
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Active travel to task (Walk, Run, Cycle)

  • 19:30 - Optional Social

If you want to do a litter pick walk please leave a note on the sign up page below, just so that I know and can bring litter pickers.

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Park Plog / Litterpick

Tue 21 Jun 18:15 pm
Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW
keep the Cardiff park plastic free

Let's get out and help our friends again.

  • 18:15 - 18:30 Meet up and chat
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Active travel to task (Walk, Run, Cycle)

  • 19:30 - Optional Social

If you want to do a litter pick walk please leave a note on the sign up page below, just so that I know and can bring litter pickers.

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Su Fernandez went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

Rub n Sniff

Tue 7 Jun
Report written by Michael

After a very long weekend indeed, six of us met up to go and help at the wonderful 'forget me not' cafe and gardening club.

As the weather had held out and given us quite a warm evening, we took to the back lane to prune the overgrowing plants. Now that the weather is changing those that come to the club are starting to use the garden more, but this is a task that they just can't look after as the bushes and trees are just too large.

Just to make the task that little more difficult, there was a honeysuckle intertwined with the Hazel that needed pruning. We needed to leave the honeysuckle for the fragrant flowers, so some detangling was needed from the group.

After 30 minutes of so, the green fingered, red topped, active crew were done.

Time to quickly take a look around the garden to appreciate the work of the club, a group photo and then run back before the rain sets in.

Until Next Week ALL.

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Helping the Wonderful 'Forget Me Not' group after their PLATINUM JUBILEE PARTY

Tue 7 Jun 18:15 pm
Big Moose Coffee Co, 4-5 Frederick Street, Cardiff, CF10 2DB
Support the return of 'Forget me Not' cafe

Forget me not cafe

Today is a BIG one, they are holding a Platinum Jubilee party and there will be lots of clearing away to do for that. They have been pushing the boat out and making bunting, planning an old fashioned jelly and blancmange pass the parcel type of party, so expect a MESS.

Change to the task - if the weather is nice then we will be taking on the overgrowing greenery at the back by the lane. It has started to grow at super speed and is in need of a good prune.

If you're looking for a shorter distance, meet at the Penylan Library at 18:45. We will run to you and head off from there to the final destination.

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18:15 - 18:30 Meet up and chat
18:30 - 19:00 Active travel to task (Walk, Run, Cycle)
19:00 - 19:30 Volunteer Task fun times
19:30 - 20:00 Active travel back (Walk, Run, Cycle)

20:00 - Optional Social

If you want to meet at the task please leave a note on the sign up page below, just so that I know and we aren't waiting for you at the start. All that we ask is that you don't drive!

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Su Fernandez went on a group run
Group run
Cardiff

goodgym FIVE is alive

Tue 24 May
Report written by Michael

What a time it's been, the past FIVE years have flown by in a haze of volunteering, fun and great NEW friends. By taking part in goodgym we are given the opportunity to get active, do good, meet new people and see the good side of our community through the groups that we engage with.

We started our week of celebrations with a party in the park on Saturday, games, food and of course goodgym FUN. Now, for the actual group activity which we always have on a Tuesday here in Cardiff.

Tonight, we were helping out again with our friends at Cwtch Together to clear their outside area ready to be used for the Jubilee Garden Party. We had slabs to move, a BBQ to move, weeds and rubbish to bag up ready to go, and a Mud Kitchen to build - what a workout we can have in store.

18 of the crew turned up tonight, including some of the originals WELCOME BACK.

It was going to be a good 5km round trip, and the weather was on our side as the skies cleared and the sun beamed down upon us.

It was a nice route, some park, some streets and then another park - scenery, friends and chatting always help on a run / walk. Once there, we split into groups and got straight to work, plenty of weight lifting with the slab crew, a nice quieter task for the weed brigade and the rubbish rebels simply hit everything. Whilst outside was a hub of activity, the Mud gang made their way inside to make a start on the build.

But wait.........who's this?

A surprise guest arrived to have a look at the great things that goodgym are doing here in Cardiff, and what a pleasure it was. Can you spot them in the photos?

Nearly out of time so a quick..

Tools down, a quick tidy up and just time for a photo or 20, we may have got overly excited with the cutout.

A huge thanks to all the members, past, present and future - you are the reason for our survival and continuation with the support and time that you give.

Diolch yn fawr

Keep an eye out for us on the streets and maybe join us sometime soon.

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