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Like all good British conversations, this one starts with the weather! Tonight’s task was rearranged after being cancelled due to the heatwave last month.
We’re just coming out of another heatwave but the forecast for the evening was for heavy rain and thunderstorms! Fortunately though, Aimee and I were treated to a cool, dry, still evening for our uphill slog from the Cycle Hub to Recyke y’bike - a bit of a cycling theme here!
We were greeted by task owner extraordinaire Sara, who as always was ready for us. We should take a minute to note that this is our last task with Sara at Recyke as she has a new job. However, as we wave goodbye we say hello - Sara is keen to get us busy with tasks in her new workplace, Stepney Bank Stables. We can’t wait!
The task tonight was a simple one of sweeping and mopping. Sara explained that the pigeons get in through the vents and had been particularly “active” lately! This meant that there were lots of feathers to sweep up and lots of the other stuff that pigeons tend to drop to be mopped! It’s a big space but between Sara, Aimee and I we were able to make quite a difference.
We left for our downhill jog back to the hub, knowing we’d made a difference, looking forward to catching up with Sara in her new job and hoping to continue our great partnership with Recyke’s new manager.
Aimee is extraordinary; they've received 1000 cheers. That's some serious noise and some serious support. Aimee is an apostle.
Aimee and Elly helped Big Local Gateshead in the Fountain Court care home garden in tonight's sunny community mission.
They were joined by a group of BL volunteers and some very enthusiastic young people who got stuck in. Aimee and Elly really put their backs into tonight's session to turn over the whole fountain area.
Meet at the Cycle Hub ready to run, cycle or walk (there are no changing or storage facilities available) NB parking is chargeable if you arrive before 6pm but free after that.
Recyke is an amazing hidden space and we will be helping out with a range of tasks to keep the area looking splendid. .
This is an outstanding charity that we are always proud to support.
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We are excited to help BL Gateshead with another tidy up session. This time we are gardening at Fountain Court Care Home. The session runs for an hour so feel free to drop in for as long as you like, when you like, to give your support.
Ok I was unsure whether to proceed with this dodgy pun but it perfectly describes how prickled and hayfever riddled I am after tonight's group run!
Another blue sky Monday for another brilliant weeding session at Newcastle Eagles and the three GoodGym disciplines represented with Charlotte cycling, Aimee and me walking and everyone else running.
We were back in our favourite patch battling the (very scratchy!) weeds as we work through a patch at the front of the arena to keep it looking tidy. We got straight into it tonight picking up tools and hacking away at the weeds. Check out how professional Charlotte looked tonight!
Max regaled us with tales of his jobs in a garden centre and in Greggs where they have a bouncer on the door after 10pm. The things you learn at GoodGym! He also filled us in on his least favourite plant which thankfully he was not faced with tonight.
I have to give special kudos to Andy who has attended all of these super squatting weeding sessions so far- that is proper commitment.
Time flew by before it was time to pack away and finish the last job of moving some fencing from the front of the arena. Paul made this look much easier than it was.
Well done everyone! I'm off to take another antihisthamine.
We love a new task and it was the perfect night for it! We helped out at Welford Centre in Gosforth which is an amazing day care facility for adults with complex learning disabilities. The brilliant staff met us and explained all of the great services they provide to service users including rebound therapy- with the use of trampolines!
We kept our feet on the ground for this task though as we were there to help out in the massive gardens at the back of the centre. It was brilliant to have Eleanor along for her first task with GoodGym Newcastle as a regular GoodGymer in Bath. We love to get people on loan!
Two tasks awaited us tonight, weeding and planting. Anthony, Louise and Rae got stuck into some very pretty planting while everyone else hacked away the weeds- the best way to work off a stressful start to the week. We loved this task and can’t wait to go back later in the summer.
Nice work everyone!
(Thanks Charlotte and Dan for the puns. You rock.)
We are back at Saltwell Junior parkrun this week if you want to grab double volunteer points!
Come to give the gardens at Welford Centre, Jubilee Road a proper clear up! We are meeting at Salters Road car park at the crossroads near the Queen Vic pub ready to leave at 18:15- this is a walking task only. There are heaps of places to park and it's just a ten min walk from Regent Point Metro too.
Please bring gardening gloves if you have them.
MEET AT THE TASK FROM 18:30: Welford Centre, Jubilee Road, Gosforth NE3 3UR
It’s been a while since we climbed the great hill of Westgate but needs must and we did so tonight to lend a hand to FoodCycle with another great leaflet drop.
It was an all-walking task tonight with all four GoodGymers choosing to do the task together. Lucy had run from home to the start point and arrived in a super-quick time. Kudos! Thankfully the weather was cool and dry and we had perfect letter box conditions for the job.
We have been helping to drop over 1000 leaflets in and across Newcastle and Gateshead to spread the word of the brilliant work FoodCycle do at a number of locations, tonight of course being Westgate. We know this area pretty well now after previous leaflet tasks and the job was done in no time. We managed to cover four and a half streets in just 30 minutes feeling accomplished (and hungry thanks to the many food establishments in the area!) before heading back to base.
Louise is leading the final part of this job on Thursday night in Byker if you fancy getting involved. It’s a great way to get your steps in and a sociable way to grab another good deed.
The sun always shines on Newcastle Eagles arena!
(From experience we know this isn't 100% accurate but it was nice again last night!)
Another great task for us from Neil- task owner and GoodGymer extraordinaire! Last night, Louise and Andy ran, I walked and Neil and Aimee met at the task. We just needed a cyclist to complete the set! We have been working on weeding a small patch of the gardens for the last three visits and its equally back-breaking and rewarding seeing the progress we make. Neil also used the time to catch up on his grass cutting which needed to be done after his week off work.
Aimee arrived a little later tonight at which time we were already stuck in to the task and feeling like we had done 200 squats. Aimee's arrival obviously stunned and delighted a bee who decided to sting her to say hello. I am pleased to report both Aimee and the bee are doing well.
We are back to work on this more in July, but this weekend there is another double Urban Green to get stuck into! Join us at 10am at Nunsmoor Park on Saturday, or Iris Brickfield Park on Sunday.