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Sat 17th Dec 2022 at 7:30pm
On Saturday evening, a group of us gathered in the Lord Mayor's Parlour for a festive celebration. The room was decorated with holiday cheer, and there was an abundance of snacks and wine to enjoy. As we mingled and caught up with one another, we couldn't help but overhear the excitement coming from the adjacent room where an F1 party was taking place. Despite the hustle and bustle next door, we were able to have a lovely time in the Lord Mayor's Parlour. One of the highlights of the evening were the chocolate prizes that were up for grabs. In addition to the chocolate prizes, there was also a life-size plush toy tiger that many GoodGymers took turns posing with for pictures. It added a fun and playful element to the party. As if that wasn't enough excitement, we also had the opportunity to try on the Lord Mayor's gowns. It was a unique and memorable experience, and we all had a great time trying on the different outfits and taking pictures. Overall, it was a wonderful evening filled with good company, delicious food and drink, and plenty of fun and laughter. We left the Lord Mayor's Parlour feeling festive and joyful, ready to continue celebrating the holiday season.
Credit to ChatGPT for the report text generation.
Wed 14th Dec 2022 at 6:00pm
'Twas the last task before Christmas, and all through the Hall
We were wrapping and packing, and having a ball.
The chocolates were wrapped in the kitchen with care,
GoodGymers freezing their (finger)tips off in there.
Worker elves packing up hundreds of gifts,
Hats, socks and toiletries, prepared on our shift.
While out in the cold a hardy quartet,
Delivered fundraising leaflets to the roads near Taste Tibet.
We sprang to our tasks, feeling Christmassy cheer,
Just leave it to GoodGym we'll complete it; no fear!
Then we called out as we walked out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
Great work on our last group task of 2022 everyone - so good to finish delivering the leaflets for The Porch winter fundraiser and also to prepare so many of the Christmas gifts which will be delivered with The Oxford Mutual Aid Christmas week food parcels.
Welcome Lucy - good to meet you!
Wed 7th Dec 2022 at 6:00pm
The Porch Day Centre have been providing day-long support for homeless and vulnerably housed people wanting to move forward in their lives for over 35 years. They focus on housing, health, wellbeing, education and employment; providing healthy food, showers, laundry, learning skills, work related skills and opportunities for development. Each Christmas The Porch provide Christmas lunch and presents, and a warm, safe venue for the day. This year they are also providing blankets, hot water bottles, thermos flasks and torches.
Demand for the centre's services keeps growing, and they are now providing breakfasts and extending their opening hours. With the rising cost of gas and electricity their costs were rising even before they extended their hours, so this year's Christmas fundraising campaign is more important than ever.
Having seen their plea on social media for help to deliver leaflets advertising their Warmth and Welfare Christmas Fundraiser, GoodGym Oxford sprung into action. It was the coldest day of the year, so we were a smaller group than usual, but it definitely focused the mind on how much we appreciated our warm homes to go back to, and how bleak it would be to be homeless. Suitably layered-up against the bitter cold and fueled with mulled cider, we leafleted around the Iffley Fields area (some excellent Christmas decorations on display already), then also managed quite a few of the roads west of Magdalen Road.
Between us we got 736 leaflets delivered - 105 per GoodGymer!
Joe plans to do another 110 over the weekend, and with the aid of the wider GoodGym Oxford community we hope we'll get about another 500 delivered over the next week. If you feel moved to donate to support the work of The Porch this winter you can do so here.
This group task took us to over 6000 Good Deeds done in Oxford - Great work team!
Sun 27th Nov 2022 at 10:00am
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.
Wed 23rd Nov 2022 at 6:00pm
On this month's GoodGym Food bank flash mob we:
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.