Group Fitness Activities
This morning we helped out Friends of Whirlow Brook Park (FoWBP) in their summer Plant Swap/ Sale event set up to help fund new bat boxes for the park.
First things first - directions! Our trusty group of GoodGymers got to work erecting signs to guide the public to the location.
- A morning with GG friends
- Meeting FoWBP volunteers :)
- Icecream for sale to support the bats - so we had to purchase of course, eating icecream to support wildlife - win-win
- A large variety of plants for perusing - with our GG volunteers purchasing a fair few
- Learning fun facts to support bats, and posing as bats in our GG and FoWBP joint picture
- Explaining to FoWBP the work GoodGym does and how we can help with events/ gardening volunteering as future GG Community Missions - they said they would be in touch :)
- And finally, post community mission lunch at the new cafe at Whirlow Hall Farm - we definitely recommend a trip to :)
See you again :)
Helping with plant swap in aid of bat boxes: Receive donated home-grown house and garden plants, move tables, plants or signs around, arrange plants, keep tables tidy, talk about plants (and bats), watch out for anything that needs doing, take photos, tidy up.
Goodgymer positive enthusiasm and energy will be extremely beneficial and much appreciated by Friends of Whirlowbrook Park (FoWP). On this day the regular FoWP volunteers will be busy gardening and working on the land and would benefit from GG helping hands :)
We welcomed some traveling GG members from Leicester in the form of Zachary who was one his first run and Elena. You are both welcome back anytime and hope you enjoyed it!
This week we were back to help out our good pal PARKY ROB who is always so appreciative of the work we do. Unfortunately he had some bad news for us, letting us know that some of the trees in the park were to be chopped down due to Ash die back. Sad times, but necessary to keep the park users safe.
Out task for this week was to cut back three beds that were getting a bit keen with the better weather and encroaching onto the pavement and park a bit too much, so we got straight to it giving them a good haircut.
James proved too strong for the secateurs which were fortunately the only casualty on the night.
Well I avoided the cape as long as I could but MARVELOUS MAX wouldn't let me get away with it. With the 200 milestone reminder it was time to done the silky marvel and embrace the magic. We said our goodbyes to Rob and some of the other runners and headed to the U-Mix center for some DOUBLE TROUBLE, working in pairs and each taking on 4 exercises in total, including:
- Box Jumps
- Step Ups
- Leg Lifts
- Chin Ups
Back at base we stretched off and headed in to sample the extensive new menu The Showroom had to offer.
Until next week, happy running :)
A Tourist likes nothing better than exploring new areas and meeting new people, and that's what Max has been doing. Max has been to three different GoodGym areas now - nice!
A warm welcome to our first tourist for over 2 years... all the way from Sheffield, Max. Make sure you give him a cheer!
It was just as lovely to see everyone else too, of course! We were a bit dismayed to see how much the nettles had grown since the last time we were in the garden, so the main mission of the day was to try and get them somewhat under control...
Angela, Jo, Max and Paul got to work chopping and hoeing and covering lots of ground. Val and Charlotte picked up the rubbish as it was uncovered. Lots of pens were found as well as a softball and tennis ball. Judy weeded the planters and planted some geraniums.
Tony was king of the keys and equipment which was fine until he had to put the equipment away and the gates were locked!
Everyone was allowed out eventually and we all got home in the light.... we love the light evenings!
We will be going back to Miltoncross Academy to continue with the garden clearance. The stinging nettles may well have returned so if you can bring gloves and cover your ankles hopefully you can avoid the worst of it. Alternatively, stick to the stinger free area!!
There is some funding to turn this area into a wellbeing garden so hopefully we'll be helping get a bit closer to this!
Fitness session before or after in the playground.
GG Max and I went to move a mattress from an upstairs spare room to make space for medical equipment. However the stairs were very narrow and the mattress VERY large! I got wedged underneath it on the stairs but with much furniture rearranging from Max and wiggling from me, we eventually managed to bend it into the hallway and then outside for collection. The resident was very grateful of the extra space!
Max has just reached another level: 100 good deeds with GoodGym. That's at least 100 times when they could have easily done something easier. But they didn't, Max has kept going and going. Helping a lot of other people and getting a bit fitter at the same time. Congratulations Max.