We had a small head start on our Saturday afternoon shift this week thanks to finishing at the vaccine centre a bit early. I got in an hour ahead of the usual time, which gave me a chance to work with the previous shift on ways to make it quicker to prep the food parcels for the 2nd delivery route of the day, and also got a handful prepared by the time I'd normally be arriving. Not something I can do every week, but helpful today.
When the GoodGym team arrived at 3pm we were able to take over smoothly and get remaining food packages packed in good time. For the first time in a few weeks Chris the van driver didn't have to wait while we finished getting all his parcels ready. WIN!
There's lots to take in quickly when working at the food bank for the first time, and plenty to catch up on if it's been a few weeks between shifts, so well done Ben and Venetia for getting up to speed quickly!
Van loading, we turned to restocking, tidying, and cleaning, before using the vacated space for the 9 Emergency food requests.
Final task of the day? Binning the mouldy, slimy food waste. It's all glamour on a GoodGym task!
Congratulations on your 50th Good Deed Jo! Look forward to seeing you rocking the black Tshirt soon.
It's Christmas Party time!
We're still pinning down all the exact details, but the date of our Christmas celebration is confirmed, so please sign up if you're interested in attending so that we have an idea of how many of you to expect.
We're currently considering whether to have the whole event at the Lord Mayor's Parlour, or to have a drinks reception there then head out for dinner around 8pm. There will be a cost to attending due to food and drink costs. This amount will be confirmed soon.
Let's get dressed up and celebrate everything you've all done in the last year!
Session 2: Planting the trees!
Marston Forest Garden is part of the Marston Community Garden cooperative, which comprises a community allotment, the Forest Garden, a chicken coup, an orchard and a new Community Wood on New Marston Recreation Ground plus much more.
This time we’ll be planting the trees in the areas we prepared last month. Wellies are advised as the ground can get quite muddy at the Forest Garden through the winter, and please bring your gardening gloves. Tools will be provided.
Meeting point: Outside of the main allotment site on Boults Lane near Marston Saints FC.
Escape the city for a 10km walk through the Cotswold countryside.
We’ll take the road through the pretty village of Kingham, venture out along the farm track (wellies required- this bit gets muddy in winter) towards Daylesford. We can pick up hot drinks at Daylesford farmshop at the 4km point (pricey but excellent coffee) before carrying on through the woods, over the fields and back through Bledington village.
I have booked a table for lunch at The Kings Head for 2pm. It is at about the 8km point.
If you’re driving there is plenty of parking at the workshops.
Train from Oxford to Kingham leaves at 10:44am and arrives Kingham at 11:10am. The station is 400m from the workshops.
Toilets available at the meeting location.
The last few weeks Oxford Mutual Aid have been very short-staffed on Saturday shifts, so we have spent much of our time packing food parcels to be sent out that afternoon. We will give training on this if you haven't done it before. Obviously, providing the food is the highest priority, but we always try and make sure we do some cleaning and sorting out too.
Please wear a mask.