Zoe

Oxford

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42runs

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All calm on the OMA front

Sat 17 Apr
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Our regular Saturday afternoon shift at Oxford Mutual Aid is meant to be an opportunity to clean the hall and kitchen as well as restocking the shelves. Over the last few weeks the volume of food parcels needing packing has meant we've rarely managed to do much cleaning or restocking.

Well, STOP THE CLOCK: today we cleaned and restocked!

Jo restocked shelves with tins, rice, pasta, and coffee, Katie cleaned the fridges and logged the fridge temperatures, Zoe tackled the mountain of bread (there's always a glut of baked goods on Saturdays) and sorted fruit and veg, Anwen emptied bins and stacked crates. With a bit of teamwork on packing 6 Emergency food parcels, sorting baby clothes onto the appropriate shelves, and a scoot round with broom and mop we were done and out into spring sunshine on the dot of 5pm.

GoodGym does strange things to you...Hooray for a chance to clean and empty bins!

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Trash Mob

Wed 14 Apr
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

The East Oxford Plog Mob!

While our friends took on a task in Botley the East Oxford team tooled up with litter pickers and bags for a good plog.

The churchyard next door to the food bank where we've spent our winter Wednesdays has a litter problem, and now that the evenings are light it felt like high time we tackled it.

Alongside the usual detritus of masks, cans, pants, takeaway containers, lambrini bottles and condoms, we also found a broom/mop, car battery, several glass tumblers, a Santa mug, and jump leads.

It was good to see the nature reserve thriving having last done a task there all the way back in 2019.

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Hogacre Wild Wallow work party

Sat 1 May 10:00 am
Hogacre Eco Park, Oxford, OX1
New task alert!

Hogacre’s Wild Wallow aims to address the health and well-being outcomes of children, through environmental education and social connectedness. Based on the Hogacre Eco Park, very close to the Oxgrow Allotment, the project started in autumn 2020. This will be our first visit to help them.

The Wild Wallow team have asked us to help clear and sort out their area: A lot of large items are currently dumped at the entrance to the project's site (tables, chairs, palettes) and will ultimately need to be carried out of the Eco Park over the railway bridge to a skip. The skip might not be ready on our first visit, in which case we'll sort the items this time and return on a future date to fill the skip.

Please bring sturdy gloves (gardening gloves will be perfect).

Directions: Turn off the Abingdon Road down Whitehouse Road. As the road bends to the right you will see a pedestrian lane straight ahead between the nursery and the recreation ground. Head down the lane and over the railway bridge, then bear right as you enter Hogacre Common. You will see the Oxgrow Community Allotment fencing. We will meet by the Oxgrow allotment.

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Rivermead, Rose Hill Sunday afternoon Litter Pick

Sun 18 Apr 16:00 pm
Rivermead Nature Park, , 45 Rivermead Rd, , Oxford , OX4 4UE
keeping their green space lovely

There is a lot of rubbish under the ring road bridge in Rivermead Rose Hill, this will take a good few trips and a bit of energy to bag up and lug up to a point the council can collect it.

Also the nature reserve both before and after the Bridge have quite a lot of litter which is bad for any wildlife and looks a bit horrible too

We will provide bin bags and litter pickers Please do bring your own gloves

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Garden Tidy at Warneford Hospital

Sat 24 Apr 10:30 am
Warneford Lane, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7JX
A repeat visit to the Highfield Unit garden

We've been asked if we can help give the garden of the young person’s mental health unit a good tidy up to get it ready for spring-/summer. Having visited at the start of October last year to plant bulbs and do some weeding, we're returning to get some of the brambles and shrubbery under control.

The Highfield Unit has a large garden divided into 3 different sections, but there is only one gardener for the whole of the Warneford Hospital site, so it is a struggle to keep it looking as good as it could.

It would be fantastic to improve the environment for young people struggling with their mental health - let's get to work!

Please bring gardening gloves. Other tools will be provided.

Meeting point: on the lawn outside the main entrance of the Warneford Hospital. We will walk to the ward together from there, collecting the tools along the way.

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Can you dig it?

Sun 11 Apr
Report written by Ben Foster

Ten Goodgymers shrugged off yesterday's rain and the Sunday morning cobwebs to help out at Marston Forest Garden. So much has changed since we were last there in December, with pathways marked out, more trees planted, a labyrinth constructed and dead hedges set up!

With the onset of spring (despite the odd flurry of snow), more plants and trees and starting to grow but that also means that brambles are starting to poke out from where they aren't wanted. Half of the group spent the session unearthing bramble roots with some proving more stubborn than others and several large tree roots requiring a heavy dose of mattock-use. With the area cleared, cardboard can be laid down and the area is earmarked for mulberry trees and raspberries, amongst other things.

The other half of the group spent the morning digging a trench around a seating and meeting area, known as the Medicine Herb Circle. While Goodgymers dug, Richard from Marston Forest Garden constructed archways as entry points.

After a productive morning, we all agreed that the "gym" part of Goodgym was more than fulfilled with a solid workout of digging in the sporadic sunshine and hail showers! Thank you to Ruth for the Belgian chocolates to keep us sustained through the morning session!

Richard, Rhian and Anthony were very thankful for the group effort. Many hands do, indeed, make light work.

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The Fabulous Five go Gardening

Wed 7 Apr
Report written by Bethan Greenaway

On a chilly and slightly blustery evening five Goodgymers gathered at the Children's Allotment for more hi-jinks and good times.

Last week we spent a glorious evening constructing a cardboard lasagne to keep the weeds at bay, and this week we moved onto the next stage of our project.

Under Alice's kindly watchful eye we created a silver birch border, planted some lovely soft fruits (strawberries and raspberries) sprinkled compost around like confetti and added a layer of straw to make the plants alllllll cosy. Actually to protect from frost and beasties but I like to think of them all tucked up and comfy to grow and thrive......

As usual a glorious time was had by all. We dug, sawed and trowelled with all our might and were super pleased to be able to stand back and admire the fruits of our labours at the end of the session.

Big thanks to Ben for providing Oreo eggs at the end, because it's not a proper Goodgym evening without snacks after all!

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Litter picking at St Mary & St John churchyard

Wed 14 Apr 18:15 pm
St Mary & St John, Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Clearing up the litter-strewn and surrounding streets

Please note: we also have a team helping Dean Court Community Centre in Botley this same evening. Sign up here if you can make it over to West Oxford. This is the East Ox option for those who can't get to Botley for 6:15pm.

We have been based at The Richard Benson Hall, next door to St Mary & St John's Church, all winter. The churchyard is closed for new burials and is now being managed as a peaceful green wildlife space by community volunteers. As with so many things the work has been curtailed by COVID restrictions over the last year.

The churchyard is a hotspot for litter, and there have been few opportunities to tackle the problem through the winter months. Now that the evening light lasts for longer we can finally do a litter-blitz.

We will meet in the car park by the Richard Benson Hall and divide into smaller teams to litter pick different sections of the churchyard and surrounding area. Litter pickers and bin bags will be provided.

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Cleaning and Restocking 17.4

Sat 17 Apr 15:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
The weekly OMA sort out

PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME

This task will be based inside Richard Benson Hall unpacking deliveries, restocking the shelves in the food bank, packing any emergency parcel requests, sending out reheatable meals, and giving the hall a clean.

Please wear a mask.

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Cleaning and Restocking 24.4

Sat 24 Apr 15:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
The weekly OMA sort out

PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME

This task will be based inside Richard Benson Hall unpacking deliveries, restocking the shelves in the food bank, packing any emergency parcel requests, sending out reheatable meals, and giving the hall a clean.

Please wear a mask.

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