Andy Waterhouse

Greenwich

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Andy Waterhouse went on a group run
Group run
Greenwich

Shedding a Shear for Christchurch School Community Garden

Wed 3 Aug
Report written by Steve Murtough

A definition of nostalgia is a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning to return to some past period.

And I admit, looking into my own eyes in the shimmering pond at the Christchurch School Community Garden, my thoughts drifted upwards into the blue, and through the clouds, and they wafted, blown by the wind of nostalgia, to Wednesday evenings of the past… digging up dirt and moving it to the back of the garden… watering plants and shovelling dirt… digging a hole for a pond, and getting mucky with dirt… oh my, with all that dirt, my heart doth hurt…

But it shan’t, because tonight we were back. For the first time since the pandemic.

We, 15 of us, met in Greenwich’s Naval Colleges, which moved with a buzz of summer activity – there was sunshine, warmth, runners and walkers, and people just out and smiling, enjoying the vibe. We nattered until the bells cried out for 7pm, and our run leader (and twinny), Alex, started off with a welcome to Greenwich newcomers, Rawan and Tom (welcome both, hope you had a good evening!), and an important question - what’s your favourite cake? Well, us Greenwich bunch have a varied palate, and we surely encompass all possible variations of the proverbial tastebud. We had:

Chocolate Cake Birthday Cake (whose?) Apple Pie Millionaire’s Shortbread Colin the Caterpillar (I hear there’s also a Clyde, a Curly, Cecil, Morris, Cuthbert…) Cheesecake (with real cheese)

This chat got us itching to move in the direction of cake, but Alex skilfully herded us onto one of the ‘greens’ for a political warm up. Basically, like Parliament, we had to run around, and then – we U-turned, we climbed the ladder, we headed to the other side - and we had an awesome time doing so too; it was great to see so many of us laughing together.

All warmed up, cake out of our immediate thoughts, we headed to Christchurch School Community Garden. There, we were met by a familiar friendly face, Fiona, who’s one of the team that curates this awesome green space for the local community in East Greenwich.

After some moments moving around the community garden’s multiple vegetable plots and heady flowers, we were given our task. The hedging, in all this sunshine, had grown through the railings and was overhanging the adjacent footpath. So, shears-abundant, we headed onto the pavement outside, and we just started clipping. And pruning. And lopping and cropping and snipping and thinning. In minutes, the change was impressive, and some of us got out brooms and swept up the foliage, and others wheelbarrowed them to disposal. By the end of the task, I think it’s fair to say we made a lovely difference; just 16 happy helpers in 30 or so minutes.

And with an artistic tunnel-like photo (see evidence above), that was a wrap. It was awesome to be back at Christchurch School Community Garden, and if you’re looking for sanctuary, it’s open every Friday from 10:30am. Go check it out, go fuel your own nostalgia.

Thanks all :)

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Group run
Greenwich

GROUP RUN - gardening at the Christchurch School Community Garden

Wed 3 Aug 18:45 pm
Queen Anne Building, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, LONDON, SE10 9LS
Get fit and do good in Greenwich

Hi everyone and welcome to GoodGym Greenwich!

We're a friendly and social group who combine running with volunteering in the local community. We meet every Wednesday to get active and do a physical task for charities and community organisations in the area.

The Task

This week we'll be helping at the Blackwall Lane Community Garden, working on the path outside, litter picking and pruning back their hedge on Blackwall Lane. There’ll be lots of back and forth with wheelbarrows too!

The Run

Our run this week will be just under 1km each way. Everyone is welcome at any pace - we never leave anyone behind!

Where & When

We meet at 6.45pm for a 7 o'clock start at the Royal Naval College between the Queen Mary and Queen Anne buildings. There is space to store bags in the Trafalgar Tavern if you'd like to. The session will be about 90 minutes in total so we should be all wrapped up by 8.30pm.

What To Bring

Please bring some gloves, otherwise it's just yourself!

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Party
Greenwich

Picnic at St George's Garrison Church

Sat 30 Jul 12:00 pm
St George's Garrison Church, 5 Mill Lane, London, SE18 6BW
Bring your favourite foods to share at the GGG summer picnic

Our next GoodGym Greenwich social will take place on the 30th July 12pm - 3pm in the grounds of the lovely historic St George's Garrison Church, Woolwich.

We will have a picnic after our de-brambling community mission there. Although you don't have to do the task to attend the picnic! All are welcome. Family, friends, dogs, cats, welcome too!!

The plan will be for everyone to bring something for the sharesy table and a drink. I'll provide paper plates, napkins and cups.

Hopefully the weather will be nice and it will be a chance to sit around, chat, relax and shoot some summer breeze! If you want to come along just sign up and turn up!

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Andy Waterhouse went on a group run
Group run
Greenwich

Pals painting in Plumstead

Wed 27 Jul
Report written by Sara Brimble

This evening was a huge one for GG Greenwich as we were led on Jennifer's inaugural first time leading a group run. Spoiler - she did a great job!

The gang converged at our new shiny spot, outside the shiny new Elizabeth line station in Woolwich. We had Laura visiting us from Southwark and we welcomed Haley back after having her back. We had a brilliant briefing from Jen and a fun ice breaker, then headed into a warm up to get us primed and ready to run up a lengthy set of hills to the task.

It was a balmy evening and I really enjoyed seeing the group smashing up the hills from my back marker position. Everyone pushed through the challenges of the hills, and were rewarded with the knowledge it'll be a down hill journey home.

We met Alan at Slade community center, a lovely hub in the area with a library, hall and small garden. We split into two groups; painters and sweepers. The painters were cutting in with brushes and rolling, Alan was so pleased to see how quickly the group worked to get the area painted, it looked fresh and fab! Well done gang. The sweepers went out to the garden and car park to pick up litter and then sweep up the leaves that had fallen over the car park spaces. Two whole bags of rubbish were filled and the leaves were swept away in the bushes.

After lots of thanks from Alan and a group photo which was reminiscent of our school photos, we took in our rewarding downward run back to Woolwich. Jen gave us some great stretches and we headed off home.

There are lots of great activities coming up in the next couple of weeks including our summer social this Saturday at the Garrison Church. See you all soon!

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Group run
Greenwich

GROUP RUN - helping at the Slade Centre

Wed 27 Jul 18:45 pm
Woolwich Crossrail, London, SE18 6DS
Get fit and do good in Greenwich

Hi everyone and welcome to GoodGym Greenwich!

We're a friendly and social group who combine running with volunteering in the local community. We meet every Wednesday to get active and do a physical task for charities and community organisations in the area.

The Task

This week we'll be at the Slade Children's Centre in Plumstead. There will be lots of cleaning, tidying, painting and other odd jobs to get on with!

The Run

The run will be 2km each way. Everyone is welcome at any pace - we never leave anyone behind!

Where & When

We meet at 6.45pm for a 7 o'clock start outside Woolwich Crossrail. The Equitable pub will have a space to drop bags and get changed for the run so you can do this before we meet at the station. The session will be about 90 minutes in total so we should be all wrapped up by 8.30pm.

What To Bring

Please bring some gloves, otherwise it's just yourself!

See you then!

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Andy Waterhouse went on a community mission
Community mission
Greenwich

Ratus ratus

Thu 21 Jul
Report written by Matthew Watts

"IT'S JUST LIKE WOOLWICH" Gary shouted down the phone, "YEA A RIVER AND A DEAD RAT". Gary had left had reluctantly left woolwich for culture, history and new experiences settling in the serene picturesc town of Venice. Gary, or crazy gazza as his friendly neighbourhood acquaintances called him looked around. The medieval bridges, traditional venetian gondolas and sweet aroma of fresh market vegetables held a faint whiff of the exotic but these were not the scenes of a promised land. This place had more than one working ferry, a dead rat and a river. "IT'S RUBBISH... NO THEY DON'T SERVE PINTS OR SPEAK ENGLISH". Never again would he let himself be dragged away from his beloved woolwich to somewhere basically identical.

He opened his picture album and flicked through pictures of the woolwich ferry, stone statues and Sam's chicken with tears forming in his eyes.

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Community mission
Greenwich

Litter pick along thames path at woolwich

Thu 21 Jul 17:00 pm
erebus drive, london, SE28 0GN
Clear up the mess

Our beloved Thames Path is sometimes left in a bit of a state by people and it wont get sorted by anyone else. Feel free to join me picking up litter, bbqs and random river junk starting here (51.49601441141205, 0.07666700987549929 just paste it into google maps) and working our way down the path to the end of the paved section. The start location is a little along the river path from the bronze statues and this google link will show a walking route (https://goo.gl/maps/Nxq9f9FUMXi7usZ69). I will have a few bin bags and a litter picker and one pair of gloves so try and bring some or we can have 1 glove each and further subdivision if its somehow more than 2 people.

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Andy Waterhouse went on a group run
Group run
Greenwich

Leaf it to us, we'll get it good

Wed 20 Jul
Report written by Sara Brimble

Wednesday rolled around after a few sweltering days hiding from the heat. The group gathered in Greenwich for a relaxed run over to the lovely nursery pre-school More2. Before we get ahead of ourselves though, let's go over what was a really fun welcome and warm up...

Once everyone had commiserated with Claire over her fractured leg, rumours abounded over what was the cause. Was it Claire kicking me? Was it Claire running so hard and fast, that she broke the sound barrier? More likely the second if you ask me! You'll be on the mend and running super speedy again Claire, no doubt about it.

As I had planned a nautical warm up, the question of the evening as the register was taken was - "Dream location to go on a cruise or swim" we had some very fun answers and it was very revealing who preferred the swim option to the cruise! We dodged the many many many graduates who were celebrating today, and made our way over the grass in the quad to play a game of port/starboard. This is a game I played lots when I was in Brownies, and one of the reasons (maybe) that I became a run leader. The aim game was simple, to hear my instructions and do the action that accompanied it, the team ran all over the imaginary ship, swabbed the decks, climbed rigging and manned the lifeboats - while giving us a beautiful chorus of row, row, row your boat.

We did some quick dynamic stretching, allocated our back marker - thank you Marta, and headed off. Rachel and Claire walked over - that's the lovely thing about these shorter tasks, even someone on crutches can attend! The rest of the group took a lovely river path route and we were suddenly there. Eve met us and we got to work in the front and back gardens. Team front garden were clearing our the plant beds following the replacement of the fence, while the Team back garden swept with tiny rakes, watered the garden and cleared away a vine that was choking a pear tree.

The group did a wonderful job and the gardens were looking very tidy and happy again, several bags of garden waste and had been filled and the plants were quenched. The group then split into two, the superior group headed back to the college for a cheeky and challenging fitness session, while the others slunk away and missed the cherry on the top of the session - if I do say so myself.

Team superior consisted of Andy, Marta, Jenny, Minh, Matt and they took part in our very first fitness challenge. The aim was for everyone to take part in session that consisted of: 1. Run out to a point 2. 10 squats 3. Run back to me 4. 10 push ups 5. Run back out 6. 5 lunges with one leg 7. Run back 8. 5 lunges on the other leg 9. Run back 10. 5 star jumps 11. Sprint back as fast as possible

I started the stop watch and everyone did such a great effort!! Well done all, I hope you enjoyed it. The results were: Matt - 2:07, Minh - 2:30, Jenny - 2:49, Marta - 2:54, Andy - 2:59! Really impressive times guys, great form on the exercises and we'll try again in a couple of months and see if you get any quicker! We did some nice stretches, focusing on back health with some good spinal twists.

Lots of brilliant community missions coming up, and next week we'll be starting in Woolwich for our group run.

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Group run
Greenwich

GoodGym Greenwich group run and helping at More2Childcare

Wed 20 Jul 18:45 pm
Queen Anne Building, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, LONDON, SE10 9LS
Get fit and do good in Greenwich

Hi everyone and welcome to GoodGym Greenwich!

We're a friendly and social group who combine running with volunteering in the local community. We meet every Wednesday to get active and do a physical task for charities and community organisations in the area.

The Task

We will be helping out at More2Childcare this week. There's always plenty to do, including washing down chairs, tables and walls and a spot of gardening.

The Run

We will be running from the Old Royal Naval College which is only half a km each way. It is a walkable distance so you are welcome to join us at whatever pace - we never ever leave anyone behind!

Where & When

We meet at 6.45pm for a 7 o'clock start at the Old Royal Naval College between the Queen Mary and Queen Anne buildings. The session will be about 90 minutes in total so we should be all wrapped up by 8.30pm.

What To Bring

Please bring some gloves, otherwise it's just yourself!

See you then!

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Group run
Greenwich

Presenting the GoodGym Greenwich Roller Derby team!

Wed 13 Jul
Report written by Rachel Henry

On a balmy summer's evening, 7 of us had a leisurely run over to the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre to provide some more tlc for their lovely community garden.

Claire and Martin met us there, Claire having got lost and ended up cycling on the A2...maybe? And sporting an excellent tan line having just taken part in a punishing trail run in the Lake District. That's serious stuff, folks. And she went and came second - what an incredible achievement!

30 minutes passed quickly with our various jobs. Jen and Sara enjoyed suiting up with a fetching pair of knee pads to sand a planter down ready for a local artist to paint; Julian and Martin moved lots of things....it looked important and they wore a smile all the while; Marta, Claire and Andy watered the entire garden which was a little parched after all of this scorching heat we're enjoying (nothing compared to next week); and I replanted some little baby beetroots which brought out my maternal side and I felt quite attached. Hopefully they will survive the 40 degrees!

It was great to be back and Mat appreciates how much we get done in such little time.

Well done everyone!

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