The next time you see Zena, they might be wearing black instead of red. They've completed 50 good deeds with GoodGym and have earnt their black t-shirt. Give them a nod when you next see them.
Tidying the town centre planters was last night's task. Some of the large containers had not faired well during the recent hot spell meaning there was plenty of dead vegetation to remove, along with the inevitable cigarette ends, drinks cans and various other detritus.
Anyway, a GoodGym crew comprising Kati Law, Ben Godfrey, Zena Whalley, (who was also attending her 50th GoodGym task), David Bilton and myself were more than equal yo the task. We tidied about a dozen planters and will be returning in a couple of weeks to populate them with new plants.
Some of you may recall some lockdown tasks where we helped Andy Goff from Kirklees Council tidy up some of the planters in the town centre. Well guess what....the planters are in a sorry state once again full of litter, dead plants and weeds. Consequently Andy is calling in the GoodGym team to get the planters looking pretty again.
Grab your gardening gloves and don your running shoes, we'll be busy on this one! As ever, please join us for the run from the Stadium at 6:30pm if you can, but if not you're welcome to meet us in the Market Square outside Barclays Bank at 7pm.
On 26th July, GoodGym Huddersfield will be in Huddersfield town centre maintaining some of the flower beds. We want to take advantage of this convenient location and stay in town afterwards and enjoy a Thai meal. You may wish to park near town, run to the stadium first and then run back to town. You may also choose to meet us for the task and then go for the meal, or you may be really outrageous and just meet us for the meal! Everyone is welcome but please sign up so I can book the table. There are lots of meaty, vegan and gluten free options available.
All for one and one for all was definitely the motto for tonight's GoodGym crew. With their secateurs unleashed Kati Law, David Bilton and Zena Whalley (plus a little help from some local yoofs) made short work of trimming back the vegetation to unblock the footpath at Middlemost Ponds. Well done team....great effort!
Middlemost Ponds are Birkby's hidden gem. The little green area and adjacent ponds provide a haven for wildlife and a quiet area for local people to enjoy. However the footpath running through the site is becoming blocked by unruly vegetation which has grown up over the last few wet and warm weeks. Armed with secateurs and our usual 'get it done' attitude GoodGym will make it passable again. Whilst I have a few pairs of secateurs to use, please bring some along if you have are able to....don't forget your gardening gloves also!
Hopefully you'll be able to make the run, however in order to keep GoodGym accessible to those who do not wish or are unable to take part in the group run, there is an option to meet at the task.
So if you are running we will convene outside the entrance to the Stadium Health & Fitness Club at 6:30pm. If you are meeting us at the task you'll need to be at Middlemost Ponds (most easily accessed via Woodland Rise, Birkby (HD2 2SZ) at 7pm. Let me know if you're meeting us at the ponds and we'll look out for you. We'll finish the task for 8pm and run back at the Stadium for 8:30pm.
We all absolutely loved tonight's task, helping to construct a polytunnel on the S2R allotment. Piecing all the parts together was definitely a mental as well as a physical workout. But after much slotting, screwing and a bit of head scratching we managed to get most of the structure erected.
Another good job done Kati Law, Ben Godfrey, Louise Galvin and Zena Whalley.
Allotments are hard work....there is always something to do! Fortunately GoodGym is here to assist our friends at S2R with some specific tasks on their site. I've been told there is a polytunnel to erect and some raised beds to build, so we'll need plenty of willing workers.
Bring your gardening gloves and your running shoes, its a fairly flat run and just 2.5K from the Stadium to the site and 2.5K back- so great if you're new to running and/or GoodGym.
Run good, do good, feel good!
South Crosland Junior School had a old raised bed that needed dismantling, so along with our friends from Growing works GoodGym were called in to tackle the job.
An hour of hard labour later we had made a dent in the job, but there is still plenty to do on our return visit next Tuesday.
Thanks and well done to Kati Law, Louse Galvin, Zena Whalley and David Bilton for their top effort this evening.
We’ve built raised beds for Growing works before, well now we are going to remove one!
The folks at Netherton Infant School have decided they want their raised beds, built from old railway sleepers, shifting in order to make way for a wild flower meadow. We’ll need plenty of muscle for lifting and shifting, and don’t forget to bring your gloves.
The run is from the Lockwood Park Health & Fitness Club, meeting at 6:30pm outside the main entrance. The run is 3K each way, including some off-road sections and a couple of steep gradients.
Please note the change of start venue for this run