5 Month Streak
Sat 3rd Sep at 12:00pm
Maidenhead Town Show is having a yarn bombing campaign, aiming to decorate the town with colourful knitted and crocheted items. Five GoodGymers rose to the challenge and got out their hooks, needles and spare yarn, and started creating! Claire, Hannah, Nicola, Gillian, Amanda and Sheila created sea creatures, a bucket and spade, granny squares, flowers and pom poms, which will all be used to decorate columns, railings and post boxes around the town centre, together with creations from other local knitting and crochet groups. For anyone who would like to help put up some of the creations, sign up for Wednesday's session here
Mon 22nd Aug at 11:00am
For our latest mission, four GoodGym volunteers rose to the challenge of helping Lavender Green Flowers in Windsor to re-home the leftover blooms from a busy weekend of weddings.
Anita, Gillian and Nicola got started on the task in the morning, and after a bit of practice our flower-arranging skills were really starting to blossom.
With three boxes of small bouquets ready to go, Anita and Gillian set off to make our first donations, to care home, hospital and library staff. Some flowers were taken into Windsor town centre and delivered to Craft Coop, while a few were given to a People2Places driver for his passengers, and some were handed to members of the public in “random acts of kindness”.
In the afternoon, Nicola and Hannah added to the bouquets made earlier, and delivered some to the therapy team at Thames Hospice. We were also able to make several buckets of bouquets for a local church, which was planning to gift them to Ukrainian families in the area.
Thanks a bunch to everyone who sent in suggestions for good causes we should donate the flowers to - we hope we made people’s Monday a little brighter.
And last bud not least, congratulations to Anita on reaching 100 good deeds. We look forward to celebrating properly with you soon!
Sat 23rd Jul at 11:45am
What do you get when you cross a bunny and a spider? A hare-net of course! What about a dog and a rose? Well that would be a collie-flower. And what if you throw in 9 unicorns, 12 dinosaurs, 3 lightening bolts, Deadpool, 5 ladybirds and a car park? Well then you would be volunteering at the Braywick Nature Festival!
The Festival, which was hosted and expertly organised by our friends at the Braywick Nature Centre, offered loads of free activities, from pond dipping and story telling to face painting and African Drumming. We couldn't have asked for better weather, the Nature Reserve offered a beautiful setting, and everyone was in a wonderful sunny mood.
A warm welcome to Emma and Jayne, who were GoodGyming for the first time and bravely joined myself, Hannah, Amanda, Sophie and Kim as volunteer face painters. It was lovely to see everyone and to have the chance to chat a bit as we worked.
Emma summarised our afternoon nicely:
Lots of faces painted, with varying levels of success. My arm and hands have more paint on them than some of the faces!
I estimate we painted around 160 children's faces, plus a few brave mums and dads. We also practiced on ourselves, and kudos goes to Sophie for wearing her caterpillar to her bowls match later in the day. Amongst the crowd-pleasing butterflies, rainbows, puppies and tigers, we enjoyed a few more unusual requests including a day of the dead skull and 'a pineapple called Jeff'.
We were sitting down, so it wasn't your typical GoodGym fitness session, but I felt like I had run a marathon at the end and shoulder and wrist muscles definitely got a workout. We had gret fun though, and would love to do more face painting in the future.
Meanwhile Sheila and Anita also worked really hard. Not only did they brave car park duty at this festival, they also helped on community missions at the Maidenhead Festival at Kidwells Park. A special mention to superstar Sheila, who will have clocked up 5 good deeds across the two festivals by the time the weekend is finished, and a HUGE thank you to Anita, who kept the face painters going with her amazing home made cooking.
Sat 23rd Jul at 11:45am
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Tuesday 1st March
Hannah Bolton done a 6 month mission streak.
Hannah just completed a six month streak of doing missions. That’s so many bags of garden rubbish cleared and jobs done to help someone out and put a smile on their face. Give Hannah a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.
Sun 27th Feb at 7:00pm
Maidenhead's Big Read are putting on a brilliant ocean-themed festival this weekend, and they asked us for help creating sea creatures to decorate the library. It dolphinately wasn't your typical GoodGym community mission, as we made the creatures at home, in our own time and often with help from our families, but it was whaley fun!
I found that cutting out a large carboard sea horse, shark and other marine friends made for a surprisingly good workout, and others got fit on their journeys to deliver the creations to my house. Kudos to GoodGymer Tessa Allanson, who is on the Big Read Committee, and did a beautiful job of hanging up our handiwork in the library windows on Monday morning.
I took my children to check out the display on Monday afternoon and it looked fin-tastic! From turtley awesome sequinned creations and s-gill-fully crocheted fish, to a 'Mr Blobby' Octopus (who looked like he needed a wee), we really made a splash!
You should make a trip yourself to sea the displays this weekend, and to enjoy the Ocean Alive! event. Check out the o-fish-ial programme for the weekend by clicking here. There is lots to entertain both children and adults - from story telling and visiting authors to an incredible Ocean Dome in the amphitheatre. The events are free but you can book tickets to secure your space.