Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Green Gym article in the Herald

An interesting article about the history and benefits of the Green Gym has appeared on the local Herald news website - including input from some of our members.  Find it here:

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Ock Valley Walk, Tesco end, 26th January 2013

Following the abandonment of last week's activities due to heavy snow, and the last-minute cancellation of our advertised session for this week at Caldecott Primary School, it was good to finally get back to our outdoor activities on Saturday.

Owing to aforementioned late cancellation, session leader Eleanor hastily made alternative arrangements for us to return to the Tesco end of the Ock Valley walk to continue with our work there.  As usual, this involved tidying-up the areas around the paths, both by cutting and stacking tree branches (some of which had been left lying around following apparent clearance by local council contractors!) and by litter-picking.

Conditions underfoot were soggy to say the least, a situation caused by the melting snow and also by the ground around the paths having been churned-up by working vehicles during the week.  

However, the recent floods had washed much litter into the area and so there was plenty to keep us constructively occupied throughout the morning and crucially, to stay warm. 

With the cold ambient temperature, the tea break was even more eagerly anticipated than usual and with Dieuwke supplying us with doughnuts to go with the usual hot beverages it definitely did not disappoint.  The extra fuel was certainly welcome to enable us to keep working hard until the close of play at 12:30pm.

tea break with added doughnuts

muddy wellies - as modeled by Carolyn

tyre tracks and mud

a pile of cut branches

Victor and Robert talk tactics

evidence of Kate and Margaret's hard work

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Programme update for this Saturday - 26th January - Ock Valley Walk, Tesco end

Due to circumstances beyond our control, I have been advised by this weekend's session leader, Eleanor, that there is a change to the programme for this Saturday 26th January.  Instead of the advertised session at Caldecott School, we will instead be at the Ock Valley Walk at the Tesco end. 

The session will involve cutting and stacking tree branches, some bramble clearance and litter picking.

We will be meeting at our usual location for this site - the Davis Langdon car park behind Barclays Bank (just off the road into Tesco) on Saturday at 9:30am.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Session at Frilford Heath Golf Club - 19th January 2013 - CANCELLED!

Due to the heavy snow in the Abingdon area, tomorrow's session at Frilford Heath Golf Club has been cancelled.

Hopefully, the programme will resume as normal next week, and we have another session at Frilford scheduled for 9th February.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

AGM,12th January 2013

Abingdon Green Gym reconvened after the Christmas/New Year break for the Annual General Meeting 2013 at James and Ursula's house.  An impressive turn-out of around 20 members, comprising all of our regular group, attended to discuss a variety of issues including a retrospective on the past twelve months, a discussion on the contents of the forthcoming programme, the purchase of new tools and training requirements.

The meeting itself, chaired by James, proved to be very constructive, with many decisions made and some lively debate over its approximately two-hour duration.

Following the meeting, a buffet lunch was enjoyed, with delicious food provided by the majority of the attendees.  Eleanor's meringues were once again a particular highlight.

The first programme for the new year will be uploaded soon, after the details of all the sessions have been finalised.  However, it is possible to confirm that the first session of the year will be held at Frilford golf course - a new site for us.  Anyone planning to make it should note that it is necessary to meet at 9:30am sharp on Saturday 19th since we are at a new venue and it may be difficult to locate us one we are shown to the work site.  Details on how to get there will follow soon...


James chairing the meeting

Lauren at the buffet!

Eleanor's show-stopping merigues!
mulled wine
due to a strict admissions policy, not everyone was permitted entry!