Alison

Crewe

36Good deeds

36runs

35cheers

Alison went on a group run
Group run
Crewe

On a Roll-er!

Tue 19 Oct
Report written by Nicola Marshall

Tonight was another lovely Goodgym Group run. Admittedly, we weren't a very BIG group but we were a group none the less! ;-)

Tonight we set off from our base at St. Paul’s pantry for a nice powerwalk. There weren’t enough of us to split the group, lol! We had a lovely chat as we pounded the pavements, making our way through the streets of Crewe in a circular route back to the food bank (luckily the weather was on our side once again!).

When we arrived back at the food bank, we were greeted by Elliot and his lovely wife Nicola who showed us to our evening task. The food bank is housed inside a huge, old church. It really is quite something. The staff and volunteers are investing a lot of time and energy into this amazing project and it really is looking fabulous.

Tonight we were painting a large room that will be used for the adults that work and volunteer at the centre. It’s at the top of the old church and is a big old room. Alison, Karen & Nicola set to work with their paint trays and rollers (luckily the cutting in had already been done – result!).

We worked alongside Elliot and Nicola and between us all, we soon had the task all wrapped up. It looked lovely when it was finished. At the end of the evening, Richard, the CEO of St. Paul's pantry gave us a guided tour of the new community cafe. It looks fabulous and I for one, can't wait to try it out soon.

It was another lovely evening, spent in lovely company doing work to help improve the lives of our local community.

Well done team, you were amazing as always!!! xx

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Brush Strokes At The Food Bank

Tue 19 Oct 18:15 pm
42 Hightown, CREWE, CW1 3BY
St. Paul's Food Bank do amazing work for the community, providing food, furniture and more to the local community

We've been to the food bank on various ocassions, helping with various tasks. Tonight will be no exception as we don our painting attire and get stuck in with our brushes and rollers. Some of the space within the old church needs painting (it's just been re-plastered, so nice smooth, easy walls!).

With many hands, we can make light work of this task, so please come along in something suitable for paining in (with you GG top underneath of course!).

Hope to see you there (PS - I found the chocolates that should have come with me on our social walk! Just sayin..... ;-)

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Crewe

George's Litter Pick and Fitness Session

Wed 27 Oct 18:15 pm
George's Playing Field, West Street, Crewe, CW2 8TT
Making the Communal Area a Tidier Place for Local Residents

Tonight we will be meeting at the George's (near Simply Gym on West Street) where we'll be doing a fitness session, litter picking and a run/walk. The run will be a maxium of 5k and the walk a maximum of3k.

Litter pickers and bags will be provied, so all you need to bring is yourslves - if you have a head torch and you'd lik eo bring it along for the evening, please do, as it may get dark towards the end.

There might even be some biscuits on offer at the end (if I remember that is!!!).

If you'd like to come on your bike, they can be locked up by the railings at the Wishing Well.

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Alison went on a group run
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Crewe

Right Up Our Alley

Wed 29 Sep
Report written by Nicola Marshall

Despite downpours of rain all day, the weather dried up in time for our weekly Goodgym group run.

4 lovely members gathered together to help out on another joint community project- Alley Angels. Volunteers and local residents have been working hard to improve the back alleys of Crewe. The results have been incredible – transforming alleys that were once weed and litter ridden into tidy, vibrant spaces where people want to spend their time.

Tonight it was the turn of Alison, Emily, Maurice & Nicola to get involved. We worked alongside other keen volunteers, local residents and our MP.

After rain all day, the alley was quite muddy and it was our job to get all the dirt from between the small cobbles. It was a great physical task though as lots of elbow grease was required when scraping and shovelling. We filled a fair few bags with the soil and although there’s still lots of work to be done, you can begin to see the start of the transformation.

As the nights are beginning to draw in much earlier and the group was meeting early to maximise the light, we decided to do our run at the end of the evening instead of at the beginning. It was a lovely chatty run and our pace felt much quicker than our watches reported! Lol

We are looking forward to seeing the progress on this fantastic alleyway and hope to be involved in the next clean up session too.

Well done team on another fantastic task completed. You’re all superstars.

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Alleyway Clean Up

Wed 29 Sep 18:00 pm
Westminster Street/Walthall Street Alleyway, Gates on Stalbridge Road, Crewe, CW2 7LP
Make the back alleys of crewe a cleaner, safer and nicer environment for the local residents

On this task, we will be joining forces with other local residents and volunteers to make the alleways of Crewe a cleaner and nicer space to live.

Lots of work has already been done by the local community on this amazing project to make these spaces brighter and cleaner.

Tonight we will be helping to install the hanging baskets!

As the nights are drawing in, we'll be starting this task a little earlier than normal and the other groups will be there from 5. Our exercise session will be at the end of the evening instead of the beginning.

Bikes will have to be locked up somwhere locally, so please bring a lock if you're travelling by bike.

Please meet directly at the task. We are meeting at the Westminster/Walthall Street alleyway gates in Stalbridge Road.

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Alison went on a group run
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Crewe

A Perfect Night - Litter-ally!

Wed 15 Sep
Report written by Nicola Marshall

It was a beautiful evening last night and the feeling of summer was definitely still in the air. It was wonderful to see Maurice sporting his new 100 task T-shirt!!! A first for Goodgym Crewe, but definitely not the last!

6 lovely Goodgym members walked their way to the task for an evening of fitness and litter picking in some local green space and woodland. Our task wasn’t quite what we had planned but with the weather being so beautiful, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as were able to enjoy a lovely walk combined with some good deeds.

We had a walking group and a running group this evening and so after our warm up, we set off with a plan to meet en-route on the way back. Maurice, Karen & Nicola were in the running group and Alison, Emma & Rob were in the walking group. We each start off by running through the woods, down to the path that followed the brook. The path can be quite busy at times as it’s a popular spot with dog walkers, runners and people just generally out enjoying the fresh air, and last night, the late evening sun.

The running group did a 2 mile run down the path, across the road and almost to the Rising Sun Pub – a stop off for a swift, cold half was tempting but we resisted – and back. The plan was to meet with the walking group somewhere along the route but sadly, it didn’t quite work out that way, lol! However, all is well that ends well as the walking group collected the litter pickers back from base and met us down by the play area.

Litter wasn’t aplenty this evening but to be honest, I’m not complaining – that was really a good thing. It didn’t stop us from having fun, laughter and good chats as we were on our mission to fill a bag or two. We even found some time for some fun on the children’s play area where one or two of us regressed back to our childhoods – again!

I think I speak for everyone when I say that we enjoyed a lovely evening in the last rays of the summer sun. By the time we got back to base though – it was really dark. We managed to get a decent haul of rubbish in the end – most of which was collected from the last street we walked up.

It was a really lovely evening, spent in really lovely company as always. Well done everyone!

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Crewe

Helping Motherwell Box Up Summer Uniform & Get Halloween Ready!

Wed 22 Sep 18:15 pm
54 Beech Drive, Crewe, CW2 8RG
The uniform exchange is not only helping people who may struggle financially to pay for uniform but also is helping to look after our environment by recycling

It's always a pleasure to help Motherwell with their tasks as the work that they do for our local community is incredible.

As summer will be drawing to an end (boo), it's time to get all the summer uniform boxed up and put away ready for next year. We're going to be helping with this as well as sorting out the winter coats and Halloween costumes ready for the next season.

There might also be some gardening to do, so please come with your gloves!

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Alison went on a group run
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'Pooling' Our Resources!

Wed 4 Aug
Report written by Nicola Marshall

Wow! Well there’s so many things to say about such a wonderful night last night that I don’t really know where to begin…

But I’ll start by firstly welcoming our two fabulous new members that joined us for their first time last night – Kat and Nahashon. It was great to have you both with us for your very first Goodgym task. We hope you had a fabulous evening (and weren’t put off by the rain – which has never happened to us before on a task would you believe!!). We hope you’ll be back with us again soon – we absolutely loved having you!

And… HUGE congratulations to our lovely Claire who last night reached her 50th Task milestone! Well done Claire, we are so proud of you and the commitment you’ve shown to Goodgym Crewe over the past 20 months. You are such an important part of our Goodgym family and GG Crewe just wouldn’t be the same without you.

Our evening started by meeting up at the Lighthouse Centre. We did a short, dynamic warm-up (space was limited), which included high marches, butt kicks, heel reaches and leg swings. We felt a few drops of rain just before we set off but luckily, it stopped and we set off on our run. We took an indirect route to the baths – a fairly short burst but we managed to sneak a nice hill sprint in there too.

We arrived (slightly sweaty) at the old site of the Flag Lane Baths. Such an iconic building that once stood proudly as Crewe’s main swimming pool. Sadly, it’s now in a state of disrepair and has been subject to anti-social behaviour and vandalism. It’s a huge 1.5 acre site and the vision is to turn it into a bustling community hub in the heart of our town. Pastor David Edwards of the Lighthouse Centre has been passionately driving this forward for the past couple of years and it’s edging ever closer to becoming a reality. Tonight it was the job of the volunteers to help tidy up some of the outside space. There was lots of litter, cans, glass and lots of weeds!

The best part of the evening was seeing so many local residents, community leaders and community groups come together in a joint effort to improve the space. We worked hard sweeping, picking litter, hoeing, shovelling and generally tidying up the area. The old saying of ‘many hands make light work’ was certainly fulfilled tonight – the place was looking hugely improved in such a short space of time. And we even got served with tea and hot chocolate by some wonderful young volunteers.

Just as we finished for the evening, the heavens opened and gave us all a good soaking! We ran back with squelchy trainers and soggy t-shirts. I think it’s fair to say that we all looked like drowned rats by the time we got back. We were quite put out by this new phenomenon of rain on a Goodgym night!! Lol

Well done to everyone involved. What a fabulous community we live in. We are so proud to be part of it!

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The Old Flag Lane Baths Project

Wed 4 Aug 18:30 pm
56 Stewart Street, Crewe, CW2 8LX
This iconic building is going to be converted into a fabulous community hub.

The Flag Lane Baths have been lying empty and unused for several years now and sadly, the building, internally and externally are deteriorating and needs lots of work and TLC!! (That’s where Goodgym come in of course!).

This brilliant space is hopefully going to become a community hub - a place for people of our community to come together and enjoy one anothers company, as well as take part in varied cultural activities and events.

Tonight we will be tasked with cleaning up some of the outside of the building and helping it on it’s road to a new lease of life!!

We will be having a run and some Fitness, so please be prepared for a raised heart rate!

Please meet outside the lighthouse centre and we will do our fitness session from there

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Alison has cheered by other people 25 times. Thu 22 Jul 2021

Alison is part of a crowd that's making a huge noise. Alison has been cheered by 25 people - that's a round of applause just on their own. We hope they keep it up.

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