14 GoodGymers made their way 1.0km to help the Stoke Park Trust in Slough.
- Tuesday, 19th of December 2023
- Led by Manjit Birk
Our last session of the year brings us to Stoke Park Active and an indoor Christmas present wrapping task. A perfect end to the year.
Clare our task owner cum GoodGym member had given us a Christmas cracker of a task - we were pack some treats into little goody bags, wrap them up, tidy up the venue and get it all ready for the panto that Clare and her amazing team are doing for the children that come along to their sessions.
As the weather had made it virtually unsafe to run on the footpaths due to flooding and muddy conditions, we actually missed the run part and cracked in with the task part....but I had a master plan....there was still a fitness session involved that would earn the team their treats.
So after we had done this and done that, shifted that chair and this table we were ready to rumble.. I had prepared a 12 days of Christmas fitness challenge with a reducing time frame.... 1 burpee, 2 push ups, 3 prisoner squats and so on all the way to 12 star jumps. I thought I had demo'd it all really well....but the videos show that VR was needed as some level of cheating did take place...and some level of mis counting..but it was all in the name of fun and both teams did an amazing job!
As well as the 12 days exercises we had a moves based Chinese whisper type of game! Less said about this the better! And the finale was a strict game of instructions! Fail the instruction - you got kicked out - I had final sleigh on it!
Oh and we had a bit of karaoke!
Thank you to our amazing 14 volunteers for coming along to our last session of 2023! and a very warm welcome to Ali
Let's review our tree-mendous 2023
We had double deeds galore as we kick started the January challenge and spent some time guarding the iconic knife angel, and not forgetting a whole load of parkrunning
All you seed is love as we helped Artful Hub on numerous tasks this month helping to get them set up in their new unit
We made a sweeping statement as we continued to help the Ujala Foundation with their community garden and lets not forget Jean obtaining her 100th Good Deed
We had a Ra-leigh good time as launched our partnership with Raleigh and enjoyed some Easter treats.. Jen and Gauri will remember the shed sort out for Shin! We really did like to 'move it move it'
We saw some fashion items that were a blast from the past as we continued to help Thames Hospicecare. New tasks were starting to pile up as we started helping some local churches like St Paul's and St Mary's
The plot thickened allot this month as the weeds just kept on growing on our allotments task with Home Start. Lucky we had some keen gardeners in the team with Pam, Peter and Jen...plus a handy app to decipher a weed from a plant! This is the month that we built a stronger relationship with Slough Refugee Support and Mehdi, Hamid, Mohammed and Eshan joined us.
Hi Five to us all as we celebrated our 5th birthday! Our first group race at Beat the Boat was knot too shabby!
Pew..we did it! Plenty of outdoor tasks as we basked in the summer sunshine helping St Mary's Primary school with painting and gardening as we well as plenty of gardening tasks at St Paul's
More swede times as our gardening skills grew!
Our GhoulGym was out in full force with our Hallo-clean tasks
Didn't we win an award (or two??).... Group of the Year...lets just leave it there
Wrapping it up now with our networking natters, keeping the rein(deer) as bay and getting some indoor tasks with Shin and Clare
We clocked up a huge 498 tasks in 2023 by 51 members
So what's going on in 2024? PLENTY!
Yule be sorry if you don't attend our January sessions to get your good deeds and km's logged. Our target for January is 55 good deeds and 750km's. I've kept it realistic this year as we do have a natural drop in our good deeds overs the years so hopefully this target feels more achievable.
This is our first community mission on Friday 5th January 10.30 - 11.30 at Slough Outreach shop
We then have a double deed Sunday with volunteering at Salt Hill junior parkrun and then a litter pick (we will actually be doing this every Sunday in January, so plenty of good deeds to be had)
Then our first Monday eve group session is on Monday 8th January helping Slough Outreach again with a clothes sort out
The following Monday we have a task that requires LOTs of volunteers, so if there is only one Monday that you can do please do this one. Its helping the Not Just a Store - waste warriors shop on the Bath Rd with setting up the Pet Food area.
So that's all folks...time to Ho Ho Home
Enjoy your rein-beers and have a great festive break.
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