Busy Bees and Wicked Wasps ๐Ÿ

8 Goodgymers helped their local community in Luton
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Monday 28th August 2023

Report written by Gill (She/her)

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The morning started out so well, despite it being a Bank Holiday the weather was fine and the team met at All Saints to complete the work started on Saturday. I would say there was a hive of activity, but under the circumstances of what happened later, that may be a pun to be avoided. Musa was back on path clearing duty and Assine did a marvellous job. Jelena started work on clearing the litter from the pavement and inside the grounds then joined Abim on cutting back some more of the shrubs. Yasin soon got busy cutting the bits of holly and ivy that had protruded through the fence to the pavement with Ehsan getting busy with the secateurs and broom. Although a late arrival Assine was brilliant at moving the mountain of cuttings, with Amir taking charge of the barrow. So that just left Gill who really should have stuck to her weeding and raking. Unfortunately she decided to help out with the secateurs and inadvertently cut into a large wasp nest. And boy were those wasps resentful of the intrusion - not content with attacking Gill, they started on Ehsan and Jelena too. But it was Gill who took the brunt of their ire. The rest of the group became a SWAT team, doing their best to swat the wasps off their companions. By the time the task ended, despite her hubby bringing antihistamine tablets and cream before taking the rubbish to the tip, it was clear that she and Ehsan werenโ€™t too well. After driving home Gill was then treated to another Bank Holiday outing - by ambulance to the hospital to be treated for anaphylactic shock!!! Despite the drama, our team of Busy Bees did an amazing job of clearing and tidying, and once the vicar has got someone to exterminate the wasps, this will again be a lovely space for community use.

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Providing practical and emotional support to Asylum Seekers housed in Luton, mainly in local hotels. They do this chiefly though a twice weekly drop in where clothing and toiletries can be accessed and the provision of a social space with refreshments. Advocacy and support is provided by a number of trained volunteers. We work closely with partners including Care4Calais, Red Cross, Discover Islam.

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Assine Aitbella
Musa Kamara
Jelena Karatajeva
Abim Adejumo
Yasin Lutale
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Luton Community Job Fair (Marsh Farm) โ€“ Meet and Greet
๐Ÿ—“Tuesday 27th February 2:20pm

Providing people with opportunities to develop CVs and meet with possible employers.

Yasin LutaleMusa KamaraSharron Cresswell
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Abim Adejumo
Abim Adejumo (She/her)

Mon 28th Aug 2023 at 6:16pm

Glad the bees didnโ€™t stop you writing about their ferocious attack on you today. Hope you feel better soon

Gill (She/her)

Mon 28th Aug 2023 at 8:50pm

Abim I needed to have something to do while I was recovering in the hospital. Thank you for swatting them off me and getting them out of my hair. X

Gill (She/her)

Sun 3rd Sep 2023 at 4:20pm

Update on the wasp nest: Fr David has had the council out who have destroyed and removed the wasps nest and checked that there aren't any others. So we should be safe for any other tasks in future at All Saints.