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Tuesday 6th September
Pete Emery done 50 good deeds and got their black t-shirt
The next time you see Pete, they might be wearing black instead of red. They've completed 50 good deeds with GoodGym and have earnt their black t-shirt. Give them a nod when you next see them.
Tue 6th Sep at 6:15pm
Ashley and Pete took on a run from Jury's Inn Derby to meet the rest of the team at St Matthew's Church for another gardening session. They were met with celebratory brownies that birthday girl Ellen had brought along much to everyone's delight.
Before the group took on some tidying in the garden of rest, David from the church invited them all to visit the crypt which houses graves of the Evans family. The group were fascinated by the fact some of the family had lived to be in their 80s with the eldest being 94 when they died - some feat for people living well over 100 years ago. Ellen spotted that the centre of the cross was made from Blue John stone and the group spent the first part of their session learning about the crypt and it's location in relation to what rooms were in the church above it, how drainage works in there and the different family members housed in the crypt. The group can confirm there weren't any rats or spiders on their visit and were seriously impressed with the quality of paintwork down there and general upkeep of the room.
For tonight's visit to the church, David wanted some help clearing the meadow area of the garden of rest, to prepare it for more graves and for trees to be planted by the wall. Some of the trees needed cutting back and grass needed clearing. The group set to work and soon found two new friends - a mouse and a frog in the grassed area.
After Pete had enough off cuts from trees to start celebrating bonfire night early and Ashley and Ellen had impressively pruned back a tree with just hand tools and enthusiasm, it was time to say goodbye to David, sample some more of Ellen's birthday brownies and discuss plans for our next session. David has taken some more postcards from the group to spread the word about GoodGym Derby to potential task referrers and of course volunteers.
Ashley and Pete headed back to Jury's Inn via a run through Darley Park, newly fuelled by brownies.
Thanks to everyone who came and to Ellen who brought along some tools for the group to use (and for the brownies).
Tue 6th Sep at 6:15pm
Unearth and clean up memorial slates from the garden of restRead more
Sat 20th Aug at 10:30am
David suggested an area to focus on - we had made a start there on Tuesday - and with 5 of us it seemed possible (5 people x 3 hours = 15 hours, minus a bit of time for a cuppa!)
We soon discovered that the area contains dozens of memorial slates which we were very keen to uncover, so set to work digging the grass around the edges to unearth and clean them up.
As well as clearing long grass from graves and ivy from headstones, we uncovered 6 large graves, 25 memorial slates and another dozen or so slates found and ready to unearth next time.
Thanks to the brilliant team of volunteers for bringing to light more of the Church's fascinating history and for the respect and interest shown in each and every one of the people who are buried there.
Sat 13th Aug at 10:30am
Sun, sports and solidarity - today was Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity's annual sports day.
We received a very warm welcome from the organisers (and not just because of the amber weather warning in place!) Volunteers and participants were briefed before we all set off on our sporty tasks.
We were asked not only to help with specific roles to make the activities flow, but also encourage participation and inclusion ... so if you saw someone on their own, grab a couple of badminton rackets and have a game with them! Tracy got straight into that and played some brilliant matches while Pete headed off to the welly wanging area and took on the brave challenge of marking the throws (while trying not to get hit by a flying welly!)
Lorraine and Naomi were on multi-sports duty, setting up and replacing bean bags, skipping ropes, sacks and eggs and spoons for the heats of all the races. Tracey and Gwyn took ultimate responsibility for the results, holding up the finish line and clocking the winners of each race.
Our volunteers joined in with a few challenges ... badminton, egg and spoon race, welly wanging and the tug o' war!
We were honored when our GoodGym team were asked to present certificates to the winners - a lovely way to round off a perfect day.
I think Pete summed it up when choosing our name for the tug o' war ... the preceeding teams had chosen football teams and Pete suggested "United". It felt like we were. A fabulous day with and amazing group of people.
Here's some feedback from the task owner Charlie:
"GoodGym volunteers Lorraine, Pete, Tracey, Gwyn, Naomi and Tracy all came along and supported Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity's annual Sports Day on Saturday 13th August. They were excellent, making a significant contribution to the smooth running of the day by helping to organise equipment and events as well as encouraging participation and joining in the activities! Their great initiative and enthusiasm were very much appreciated. Indeed, we were also pleased to recognise their valuable presence by asking them to present the winner and runner up certificates!"