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This is our rearranged session to paint the wall at Charlton Station's Pocket Park. A little oasis of green, it's a wonderful spot of harmony amongst the bustle of busy Charlton.
We gave the garden's wall its first coat in July and we're now back to get the second coat sorted.
The pocket park is just by the entrance to Charlton Station, you won't miss it :)
Looking forward to seeing you there,
Thunder and lightning are dangerous, kids. Scary and dangerous. Like Just like the bogey monster, but more electrical. An electrical bogey monster with a big thunderous voice.
Although I'm not sure where I was going with those sentences. Because there weren't any bogey monsters on Sunday morning. Nor thunder or lightning.
But there was talk of it (the thunder and lightning, not the bogey monster, there was no monster) as we were running under humid skies and against a weather forecast that said something along the lines of 'WATCH OUT FOR THE BIG SCARY STORM THIS AFTERNOON'.
Joining on Sunday's (red?) thunder run were GG Oxford's Jessica, GG Kingston's Rachel, and GG Greenwich's Steve.
And whilst taking our two loops of Hyde Park, Jessica introduced us to a PC game she used to play all about thunder and lightning. But my memory is bad and my Google searches all seem to lead to forum threads about whether it's safe to play video games in a storm. Which hasn't helped. If you're reading this, Jessica, let us know what the game was!
Our natters also extended to Taylor Swift (and how awesome she is), pickling, Holes (the wonderful book by Louis Sachar), Speaker's Corner, vaccines, PhDs, national identity, and much much more. Which meant it was a lovely and full morning.
As all of these mornings are - it's less about the running, it's always more about the people. Which, for me, is why GoodGym is so healthy and wonderful. Especially after the last year.
Thanks for a lovely morning, guys.
Thursday evening was hot. The type of hot where any movement makes you sweat. And where moving a fair bit makes you very sweaty.
Which was the state I was in when I arrived at the lovely More2Nurseries on Trafalgar Road. In normal weather, I'd have looked like I had a fever. Which would have made people run away. And in this weather, I think it was my smell that caused strangers to sidestep.
I was met by the wonderful GG Greenwich regular, Julian, and the lovely GG newcomer, Megan; welcome Megan!
And we got to our task at hand swiftly and surely. Which was cleaning chairs. The small chairs usually sat on by More2's young members. All chairs should have a clean now and again, and these needed one a little more, showing the products of fun days painting and creating.
Cleaning outside and shooting the breeze with Julian and Megan was just wonderful. We talked jobs, architecture, social housing, gentrification, and politics. And then the hour was up and safely filed into our memories. But not before a fleeting visit with More2's resident Giant African Snail, Sid!
A lovely evening well spent.
This will be a regular task at More2Nurseries who have a constant list of tasks including gardening, cleaning toys and furniture and other odd jobs that need to be done.
Rachel won't be there and we might not have any TaskForce there but you will be welcomed by Eve at the nursery. Bring some gloves, take some snaps, and nominate someone to write the run report!
Since GoodGym Greenwich was set up in early 2016, we've made a few local friends. Friends whom we come back to help regularly. Some every few months and others at least once a year.
The wonderful Montessori school on Westcombe Hill in East Greenwich is one such friend. And they're a friend with friendly people.
I associate the lovely Wendy and Richard with Summer. It might be nostalgia, but I don't think it is. Because every memory of popping on over to their gorgeous setup seems soaked in sun. But then maybe that's because they're so welcoming. Smiles always brighten, don't they.
But we have had a bit of a hiatus from our visits to Westcome Hill. The last time we were there, it would have been Summer 2019. We spent that time gardening and running vines (with real life grapes) through trellis. Arriving today, their garden - which they use as a forest school - is lush and their vines are full; they're even thinking of making a spot of wine this year... GG Greenwich Christmas party anyone?
Today, good-deeders Brin, Jenny, Julian, Kerry, Linda, Mandi (welcome to GG Greenwich, Mandi!), Sara, and Steve got to a whole suite of tasks. Several of us tackled their entire exterior fence, varnishing it into weather-proofed hardiness; a few more of us varnished and stained a bench and table; and a couple of us fixed up a new sign for the school. And all in an hour whilst soaking up the evening and each other's stories.
Let's not leave it 2 years until we're back.
GoodGym-ers old and new are invited to join the Greenwich summer picnic - our first social since the pandemic!
The plan is to meet in Greenwich Park by the bandstand (right in the centre, near the Pavillion cafe) at 6pm, then find somewhere to sit nearby on the grass. Feel free to arrive a bit later, or leave a bit early if you need to. I'll also share our location in the WhatsApp group on the day.
It'll be a super relaxed evening. Bring along something to drink and eat if you'd like (home baking strongly encouraged!) Bring along something to sit on if you're feeling fancy. Bring along outdoor/party games if you want to see us making fools of ourselves!
GoodGym-ers from Greenwich, and all of our neighbouring areas, are more than welcome. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Note: If the weather turns out to be awful, the social will be postponed until the following Wednesday. Hopefully this will be unlikely, but please do double check this listing and/or your email inboxes before setting off!
Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
Charlton Community Gardens put a lot of work in to maintain this lovely little garden at Charlton Station.
We've scrubbed down the wall and given it a fresh lick of paint. This week we'll be giving it a second coat to finish it off!
Do bring some gloves along with you
Montessori Education for Autism is a school for Autistic children. They have a long fence in need of a coat of preservative, so who do they call? GoodGym Greenwich!!
Bring some gloves and come and get involved!
Delays aren't good. They make you wait and sometimes you don't want to wait. And I have made this merry group of good-deeding peeps wait far too long for a report on their Herculean painting efforts.
Please forgive me, friends, life has gotten in the way. And please don't ask for my good deeds to be docked.
For I have wonderful things to report about Francis, Jenny, Julian, Laura, Michelle, and Steve (the brother), who turned a wall from tired grey to sparkling white.
Two weeks back, we scrubbed and rubbed away the wall's dirt and grime, and this task was about turning our clean canvas into something bright and hardy.
It's incredible to see what a group of GoodGymers can achieve in less than an hour. In 45 minutes, we'd gloved up, put out our ladders, painted, and tidied. And all under the watchful admiration of Charlton's steady stream of impressed commuters.
We're back at the end of the month to give this wall a second coat to protect it for the winter and years to come.
Thanks for coming, team, and for sharing your smiles and energy.