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GoodGym Worthing's 7th Birthday - Newt like Pondering

9 GoodGymers made their way 5.2km to help the English Martyrs School in Worthing.

  • Gillybean
  • Belinda Robinson
  • Sue
  • Barbara Barrett
  • Stephen Blaine
  • John Robinson
  • Daisy
  • Worthing runner
Monday, 18th of March 2024

Happy 7th Birthday GoodGym Worthing

What an evening it turned out to be! Seven, yes seven years after GG arrived in Worthing and we had a brand new task tonight. We celebrated our special occasion with some Athletic Brewing AF beer ( complimentary with the GG sponsorship agreement) and Worthing Run Fest giveaways and also a very special announcement from Stephen ( but more about that later! )

We were helping out at a local first school, English Martyrs, to give some assistance with their pond and surrounding shrubs and bushes together with raised beds that needed a good weed and tidy.

We had a friendly welcome from the head teacher, Helen, who let us in and showed us what needed to be done before she dashed off for her ballet class.

Barbara, John and Belinda were the resident consultants for the pond maintenance and we were all super grateful for their knowledge and the tools they brought too. With Belinda still on light duties due to her thumb injury, Barbara and John started work on the pond whilst Belinda was in charge of the photography ( much appreciated by me ! )

Daisy, Ricky, Stephen and Gillybean did some amazing pruning on the large bushes surrounding the pond whilst Sue and I worked on digging over and weeding the raised beds outside of the pond area. Belinda also did some innovative compost heap creation then single handedly ( literally) shifted debris to the newly created site.

Back at the pond the pruning was still in full swing but with the entrance turning into a quad mire we decided to recycle some of the prunings to make a path that we could actually walk on with out slipping everywhere.

The pond clearing was also going well and with the discovery of frog spawn and newts we all took some time to take a look whilst also being careful to reunite any newts in the moss safely back to their pond home again.

The GoodGym flag made an appearance on this special day and just after the photo, Steve made his special announcement that he and fellow GoodGymer Natacha are engaged ! Wow ! Congratulations to the happy couple and another Worthing GG happy ending ( it must be the sea air! )

With happiness and good vibes flowing, and after clearing up, we cracked open some beers in celebration of everything and I off loaded some spare runfest tee shirts to anyone that would take one ( or preferably two!)

A great feel good evening with both a great task and plenty of happy banter and news to share with our fellow GG buddies.

Next week there will be two options of tasks - Bugcycle will be led by Gillybean and Beehive Care Home in Ferring led by me. Take your choice and vote with your feet!

Have a great week

Julia xx

Report written by JULIA GLEESON

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I love the concept of getting physically and mentally fit whilst combining it with helping others. I run most days.

GoodGymers helping out
  • Photographer

    Take photos for the session report

    • Belinda Robinson
  • Walk Leader

    Lead a walking group to the task

    • Belinda Robinson

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