GoodGym Newham Trainer.
Just the one mile trot over, as we head to permaculture heaven, we'll receive instruction from Kieran via a note, then do our green-fingered thang.
Look forward to seeing you all, head-torches beaming.
A visit to Cody Dock is always good for the soul and has been a pleasure over the last few years to see how this place has changed and introduced new visitors.
Sign up and come and join us for a gentle run/walk down The River Lea.
After our stint helping at CD, we'll enjoy our end of year Crimbo Social at Print House. Give me a woop! Should be a blast.
*Please remember head torches
Another beautifully bright wintry Wednesday, nice and brisk, perfect for a flyering task for Cody Dock. The team left Print House at 7pm, I intercepted them at Cody Dock as have a battered leg from a car crashing into me, no running till next week a sensible option.
We took our flyers from Basia, even got to say hello to Simon too. We had a quick skim over the map of the roads that were allocated for Frost Fair info, then broke into two teams. The runners took the roads of the northern sector, courageously utilising their aerobic wealth, the walkers, or as Sharon succintly put it 'the old and sick', took the southern sector.
We carefully honed our technique of pushing the 'not spam' flyer through the letterbox, without tearing it, and equally importantly being swift enough to avoid the inevitable rabid pitbull waiting to eat your digits for dinner. Personally was good to have a nose around the area and have a natter with Kev and Sharon. Hope the North Sector clan had a good eve too, never got round to hearing about your 'system', I'll wait impatiently to hear its merits.
Good to see you all, some of you briefly, but nice nonetheless. Great work spreading info about the community happenings and hopefully bolstering numbers for Frost Fair.
Please see community missions for this Sunday if you have any time help at Frost Fare.
Next week, Richard would love us to lend a hand back at Crisis, sign up here if you're up for some warehouse fun.
This session was very much about marking a huge milestone for Sharon, four hundred good deeds. It's not possible to do that level altruism justice in a few words, but I think we all have an inkling for the amount of graft and dedication that it took. So we doff our GoodGym caps to the one and only, Sharon.
We also did a Group Run, with this week's RWQ courtesy of our visiting guest, Dev: "If you could have four hundred of anything what would it be?" Four hundred different types of coffee, four hundred different packets of crisps, four hundred hours in a free store that sells everything, four hundred plants, four hundred hours in a day and four hundred extra square metres of home. A great selection of answers to a tricky open question.
Claudia and Hilary met us at the warehouse where shelf building was on the agenda. We moved into two teams of four and got to it. Richard oversaw and occasionally gave very faint hints disguised in questions. They had been constructed a few times before, so had seen some wear and tear, meaning alignment wasn't as easy as we would've hoped. Together we made 5 shelves, in just under an hour, rewarding in its own way, a task that was all about team skills and whacking stuff into place.
The evening ended with loaded fries, pizza, chocolate, flapjacks and percy pigs - as we re-energised our depleted gycogen stores for next week, very important I'm sure you agree.
Sign up here for next week at Cody Dock and have a great end of week and weekend.
First Crisis session of the season went to plan yesterday, on a day that looked baltic but in fact was unusually warm. We had the pleasure of welcoming Jay to the Group Run mix, a superb personality, come back again soon.
In fact it was her RWQ this week "With COP 26 happening, what individual action are you taking to help the environment?" Everyone had something positive, which was encouraging, from selling cars, to reducing meat, cycling more, working in energy efficiency, buying second hand and hosting a sustainable medical module. Decent work squad.
After winding through industrial estates we infiltrated the high security perimeter and entered the Crisis warehouse. Much less cavernous, old and large than last year. Richard greeted us, and instructed what to do - taking a stock check of a plentiful amount of donated food.
As always, we naturally found an efficient process, emptying boxes, checking best befores, separating into categories and then itemising each product. There was some decent bits; few nice tagliatelles, some useful bits; loads of canned stuff, then some weird bits; jarred hot dogs and tinned beef ravioli. Each to their own, I guess.
We definitely overran, by at least 20mins, but the satisfaction derived from completing the job was worth it. Everything arranged into tidy, categorised boxes with a nice itemised list. Wish my cupboards looked like that. All in less than an hour, 9 people working swiftly and in unison, a thing to behold.
Next week we are back at Crisis, sign up here
Until then, keep up the eco-warrior activities and have blimmin' ace weekend.