Mon 20th Nov at 6:30pm
We had a last minute cancellation of task today but we never gift up as we soon had one lined up with Clare from Stoke Park Trust helping to wrap up presents for their grotto, tinsel up some tea lights, sort through Christmas lights and a bit of light hovering
We met at the task location at 6:30pm and those wishing to get out for a run went off for a 10 minute out and back run with Ruth back marking and me leading.
Whilst those who wanted to just do the task met us at the task location at 7pm
Clare gave us the low down on what she wanted us to do… there was no time like the present to crack on.
Pam, Keith, Devajani, Maya, Kam and Jean spent some qualitree time wrapping up the empty boxes
Ruth was doing her best not to get her tinsel in a tangle and get it nicely wrapped around the tea lights
Whilst I was doing my best impersonation of Freddie and the famous hoovering scene …
The task was nicely wrapped up in 45 minutes.
Thank you Clare for the last minute task - much appreciated
Mon 30th Oct at 6:30pm
Twas the night before Halloween and the good people of GhoulGym Slough were out and ready to give the town a Hallo-Clean at Salt Hill Park
We met at the Salt Hill Activity Centre and after a little photo shoot with Mike we descended into the deep dark depths of the park.
With no running for me tonight (legs are like the living dead after the Dublin marathon yesterday!), I sent the team out for a lap of the park - walk it, run it, jog it… just don’t get totally ghosted with your efforts!
Back from their fitness efforts we stuck to each other like glue and worked as a team to clear a section of the park.
With plenty of dirty hidden treasures in the bushes we had enough to keep us occupied. But when Hamid found what looked like a dumped rucksack with clothes and then we found rope and sheets we decided the witching hour was upon us and time to move on to another part of the park.
Although we had some great masks and accessories tonight, the best dressed award had to go to Sandy - we loved her outfit - she got it at the new boo-tique in Slough- Give em pumpkin to talk about!
With 6 full bags of rubbish collected it was time to call it a night! Everyone was thanked for their efforts and offered a ‘hero’ chocolate - bone appetite!
Witching you all a happy halloween
Mon 18th Sep at 6:30pm
We descended on the allotments tonight knowing that the daylight hours were fading fast and that we would have to be a bit speedy on tonight's task.
With a team of 9 helpers even an overgrown plot was no battle for us! With tools in hand, we got to work - we were all beetrooting for each other! The weeds were very high again, but given the recent wet, dry, sunny, wet weather it's no wonder...we could all loose the plot when faced with these conditions.
Hamid worked very hard tonight and beavered away at all the spickey roots, Mehdi took charge of the wheelbarrow duties, whilst Kam, Jean, Sandy, Devajani, Maya and Pam worked on their little patches until all the weeds had been removed.
By 7.30pm it was getting too dark to do much more, although the plot looked miles better than it did at the beginning.
Great job all round!
Next week we are meeting at Salt Hill Activity Centre for 6.30pm and making our way to Northampton Ave to help Parvaaz Project with their garden space.
Mon 21st Aug at 6:30pm
Such a glorious evening today with the sun beaming down on us as we carried out an environmental task at St Mary's Church on Church St.
We had a mixed bag of those who wanted to meet at the task location and those who met me at Upton Court park for a little warm up and jog/walk down to the Church.
Great to have Sandy back after a little break and of course the usual team. As the walkers set off, the runners did a warm up and jogged down after them.
The task tonight was to litter pick the grounds. As the Church has a footpath going through it, it does get used by residents as a cut through which unfortunately results in excess litter.
The last time we did this task here was on the King's Coronation bank holiday as part of the big help out. We, alongside local residents and businesses collected over 30 bags of rubbish that day!
On arrival we were met by Reverend Scott, who gave us an overview of the areas he wanted us to focus on - which was basically all of it. It was nave of us to think we wouldn't find any litter as sadly the whole grounds were full of it.
We knew we had to be a litter bit careful of the needles on the Church grounds and low and behind, Sara and Mehdi found a bunch of them tucked away in a corner. We used the safe methods of disposal into the sharps bin the Church had - we took no chancels on this litter!
The best way to tackle this task was to split off into pairs or trio's and take a section of the grounds each. Our paths crossed as we worked our way around picking up cans, crisp packets, clothing, handbags and even a £5 note! Good find Maya
Within 40 minutes we had altared the way the grounds looked and holy smoke we had collected 12 bagful's of rubbish.
As always, the Church are always very hospitable and had cold drinks and fruit for us at the end of the task, whilst the team enjoyed that, Sara and I had a lovely chat with Reverand Scott -about the Church, it's history and burials! - he's a font of all knowledge
Next week it's bank holiday Monday but we will still be out doing our good deeds. We will be at Salt hill park at 6.30pm for a litter picking task.
But before we go here is a picture to show how bendy we are (or not!)...well done Hamid! Clearly the winner!
PS.. thank you Jen for all the puns