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Ben Foster went on a community mission

Sun 4th Dec at 8:30am

Brisk and Bouncy at Junior Parkrun

Oxford Report written by Ben Foster

On a brisk Sunday morning, 4 Goodygymers joined other regular volunteers at Florence Park Junior Parkrun to oversee 50 super runners kicking off the day with a 2 km run.

Julia with baby in tow marshaled near Flo's, while Trev gave en expert first timer's welcome and marshaled on the first corner. Kieran was on barcode scanning duty to help give a flawless set of results for the morning. Ben was Run Director to give the main briefing, set up and set down for the run, dish out high viz for keen volunteers, and to make sure the results all match up from the event.

Thank you to everyone who helped out!

Next week is the 3rd year anniversary for Junior Parkrun at Florence Park for those who want to take part. We'll be back at Florence Park on 1st January so keep an eye out for the volunteer call for that.

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Ben Foster signed up to a party.

Wed 21st Dec at 7:30pm

Turf Tavern

Mulled wine and festive cheer

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Ben Foster signed up to a group run.

Wed 7th Dec at 6:00pm

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Sun 27th Nov at 10:00am

Through the wardrobe

Oxford Report written by Anwen Greenaway

The C S Lewis Nature Reserve is one of Oxford's many pockets of nature. Managed by BBOWT and some dedicated local residents, it is a lovely patch of woodland with a large pond surrounded by the residential streets of Risinghurst.

One of the big challenges in the Nature Reserve recently has been people walking and biking off the footpaths, causing erosion and destroying areas of wildflowers. In some areas it is so bad that there is concern that the soil erosion is undercutting the tree roots and will cause those trees to topple one day - hopefully not on top of an unsuspecting visitor! To try and stop further damage our task was to help use some logs and branches to create natural barriers along the edges of the footpaths so that it is more obvious to people which are the rights of way. Quite a few trees have had to come down recently due to Ash die back, so although sad that gave us a lot of materials to work with.

2 hours of hard work, and we had created barriers in 3 of the most critical areas of the Nature reserve - at the top and bottom of the 'cliff' and also along a long section of the footpath up through the woods.

Good to meet you Jamie and Steve.

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Ben Foster signed up to a training session.

Wed 21st Dec at 6:00pm

Back on Track!

running at the Roger Bannister track or head out for an evening walk

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Ben Foster signed up to a group run.

Wed 14th Dec at 6:00pm

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Ben Foster went on a group run

Wed 23rd Nov at 6:00pm

Pile ‘em high

Oxford Report written by Anwen Greenaway

On this month's GoodGym Food bank flash mob we:

  • Shifted all the crates of fresh vegetables in the kitchen to sweep and mop the floor
  • Cleaned all the fridges
  • Took out the food waste for collection tomorrow
  • Did an inventory of the medicines
  • Portioned up tea bags and nappies (needless to say not into the same parcels!)
  • Cleaned mucky food crates
  • Moved a large area of shelving, tables and stacked up food stock to thoroughly clean the area - probably for the first time since we did it last winter!

These maintenance and cleaning tasks are very difficult to find time for in the usual day-to-day running of the Oxford Mutual Aid food bank, and so our regular evening blitz of cleaning is very much appreciated by the food bank team. They've already expressed their appreciation for our efforts.

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Ben Foster signed up to a community mission.

Sun 4th Dec at 8:30am

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Sun 20th Nov at 10:00am

Much at stake with tree maintenance!

Oxford Report written by Ben Foster

Lots of trees have been planted in and around Marston over the last couple of years, with Goodgym Oxford providing a helping hand for a large chunk of these: Much ado about nothing, Breath Tree-ly and Fruitful Sunday. In addition to planting lots of trees, the hard part is making sure they survive the first few years of changing seasons and hungry local wildlife, notably deer. This requires repeated mulching sessions, some protection using tree guards, and the use of wooden stakes to make sure the trees grow upright.

Today's task was starting to see the very fruit of these labours, with the majority of the trees planted in New Marston Rec having survived this initial period and now looking healthy and strong. Many of the guards could be removed and recycled, stakes could be re-used for some of the smaller looking saplings, and fresh mulch could be applied on the surrounding area/grass that has worked so well to prevent other weed growth. Alongside other MCG volunteers including Alistair, Kate, Kay and Isabelle, we covered a lot of ground and suitably replenished the mulch around about two-fifths of the trees there. A date will be set in January to continue this work to cover the remaining trees there so keep an eye out for more opportunities in the new year!

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