What a perfect evening for Goodgym, cold but crisp and still and although a bit cloudy the light of a full moon added to the atmosphere. And it was great to welcome back Abi, Davidand Tabithawho have all missed the past few months due to dodgy knees, backs and hearts!
Our task was to help Stuart from the Palmeira & Adelaide Garden Fund group keep on top of all the work that needs doing in these lovely and well used squares. Council cuts means that there just isn’t the people power to do all the work, and groups like this really make a huge difference in keeping our open spaces tidy.
Our efforts tonight focussed on the northern most part of the square (oval?!) around the floral clock I discovered that the clock was installed to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II so it’s not surprising that it no longer works!
We scraped all the grass that had spread from the side it should be to the side it shouldn’t, sweeping followed scraping, shovelling and bagging followed sweeping and in about 45 minutes the job was done. Lots of passers by thanked us for our efforts, it’s always good to know that we are appreciated.
A quick fitness session of lunge variations followed before we went our separate ways into the night.
Our very own Nancy Platts, councillor for East Brighton has invited us along for a tree planting event to launch a Friends of East Brighton Park group.
We'll be helping to plant up to 50 'whips' which are very small trees and quite easy to plant.
Meet at East Brighton Cafe for 9.45am to start the task at 10am.
We will also be having our January parkrun meet up at 9am which you can sign up for here
Every month we meet up together and run or walk a park run. We are spoilt for choice in Brighton and for January we will be at East Brighton.
We are also doing a tree planting community mission in the park afterwards which you can sign up for here.
Palmeira and Adelaide Square Garden Fund are a group of local residents who are making a real effort to inject a bit of 'community' into their community!
The Square is well used by residents and the local neighbourhood. We will be focusing on weeding beds in the floral clock area.
Meet at The Peace Statue at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm sharp start of the run/walk. Fitness session will follow the task on the prom.
It was a long weigh to go to our task tonight, 3km in each direction to get to St George's Hall in Moulsecomb to meet up with Cllr Kate Knight who helps run a Social Supermarket from the hall.
First a warm welcome to Mel joining us for the first time. It was great to chat about your very interesting job (enhancing the health of rivers) and great to have you along!
The weather was great for running, no wind and a cooling drizzle but not so great for outdoor weeding so Cllr Kate redeployed us to the inside of the hall to help get organised for the social supermarket which happens on Wednesdays. This is a great scheme where members pay £3.50 per week to shop from a bank of donated food and goods. Tasks tonight included breaking down bulk packeted goods into smaller parcels, for example weighing large 10kg bags of rice into 1kg bags, counting teabags and nappies into smaller parcels. There was a also a box of donated greetings cards to be sorted, a large pile of cardboard boxes to be broken up for recycling and some large rubbish bins to be painted to identify as belonging to the hall.
We got all the jobs done in about 20 minutes and headed back into the night for the 3km run back to base, although a significant part of the group decided the best weigh to go was to get the bus!!
St George's Hall in Moulsecomb is a well used community hall serving the local community with amongst other things a social supermarket. We will be helping out with looking after the outside of the building. Expect weeding and cutting back of bushes and shrubs.
The hall is to the north of the city so one of our longer runs (3km each way) so we will meet at the North East corner of The Level on the junction of Union Road and A270 at 6.15pm for a 6.30 start.
Another year, another night of ferrying festive firs to their final resting places. Winter pulled out all her tricks - newly freezing temperatures and treacherous wet leaves (hope your knee isn't too bad Rachael) but of course, GoodGym prevailed. Welcome to Rosie andCarla
Meeting at Hove Peace Statue, we split into teams, each covering a section of lovely Hove. Everyone sped off in different directions, armed with Tara's intel on the best areas to find the abandoned trees (including a suspiciously close former collection point that particularly benefited one prolific team).
Some dragged and some hauled their hard-won booty to the collection point, and in the end about 50 trees were added to the pile. We finished with a brisk seafront AMRAP session won by a super keen Jay Overall, a great start to the year!
Real Christmas trees can be recycled into soil improver or compost and our council has 23 collection points located around the city for you to drop off your Christmas tree.
But of course lots of lazy folk can't be bothered and leave them next to communal bins which is very naughty and is fly tipping! You could be fined! Don't do it!
So for our first task of 2022 we will be going on a Christmas tree hunt around Hove and taking abandoned trees to the recycling points so they can be returned to the earth from whence they came and not end up in land fill.
Twas the last one before Christmas and all was not well! With a number of dropouts due to covid and illness our numbers were depleted but the lure of a Christmas party still drew 10 hardy souls to our last task of the year!
It was a two for one task with an indoor and an outdoor task, needless to say the indoor task was more popular. So most of the group headed off to the Real Junk Food Project to get the kitchen clean for Christmas!
We vacuumed, wiped, scrubbed and mopped the kitchen and cafe areas and task owner Emma was very grateful for our efforts to help keep this excellent project spick and span.
The other (braver) group headed off to the delightful back streets of Elm Grove to paint over some graffiti to get the town ready for the party season. But rather than painting the town red it was a mixture of grey, white and magnolia! We made light work of a number of walls despite a very stubborn old paint tin taking a while to crack. We then joined back up with the main group for the fitness.
Although I say the main group, the temptation of the pub had proved too much for many so only five us braved the drizzle to do a couple of laps of the Christmas market before heading off to the party! We lost a few more to Covid concerns and all agreed a bumper summer party might be the best approach in the New Year.
So that was the last task of the year, it has been another strange one but it has been wonderful to get back to Goodgym and see everyone again. All that is left to say is Merry Christmas and a Happy (hopefully better) New Year!