Caitlin Rollison

Camden

23Good deeds

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Islington

Thornhill and Pho!

Mon 10 Jan
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

On a crisp Monday evening, Area Activator Simon met with 6 other Goodgym runners (a mix of regulars, Goodgymmers from other boroughs and cities and new comers!) outside Elizabeth House Food Hub. It was a pleasure to catch up with some many folks after an eventful festive break for us all! Our crew set off from Hurlock Street together, and covered the 2 mile social run to Thornhill Square, taking on the slope to Aubert Park like it was nothing!

Upon our approach, we spotted another 6 Goodgymmers had already started with gardening tasks, led by Anna, the top volunteer coordinator for Thornhill Square Gardens. Last week, we were alerted that our Goodgym Islington team had been included in the Islington Tribune (page 13 if you plan to pick it up) as part of an article about spring bulb planting in local gardens.

Steve, Paul, Emily and Caitlin were in charge of filling wheelbarrows with compost and mulch, and laying the contents across various flower beds across the gardens. Hortense and Eilidh were on weeding duty around a series of enclosed beds in the middle of the park (while being greeted by local puppy dogs).

Alex, Alison and first timer and local resident David (welcome!) committed to the difficult task of attempting to remove rose bush stumps from a recently renovated piece of earth. These are particularly tricky specimens to shift (as I have learned from other community missions!), but you all did a smashing job. Marie Laure, Francesca, Katie and first timer Melissa (welcome!) helped with our on-going project of replacing willow branch borders around the flower beds in the centre of the gardens. A tricky task to complete in the dark- but it all looked great!

After dropping off our tools in the community shed and taking a group photo together, we parted ways with 8 runners running to Pho House on Holloway Road for our first social of 2022! Hot soupy noodles was a perfect way to cap off a smashing evening of gardening and fitness fun.


Upcoming events

Finsbury Park parkrun volunteering

A few of our Islington crew have signed up to marshal and help out at Finsbury Park parkrun this Saturday. Parkrun is a free weekly timed 5km event, designed to be inclusive, social and a wonderful community focused run.

Sign up here to get involved:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/finsbury-park-parkrun-volunteer-marshalling

Caledonian Park Junior parkrun volunteering

Junior parkrun is another smashing free weekly timed event, but specially orientated those between the ages of 4 and 14. A wonderful way to introduce running as a fun, social activity for the next generation!

Every Sunday, starting at 9am. Always looking for marshals, barcode scanners, funnel managers and any assistance with set up and close down!

More info can be found here:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/volunteer-at-caledonian-junior-parkrun

CREOS (Crouch End Open Space) Forest Path Building!

One of Goodgym Islington's longest running community missions, and a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning!

The Friends of CREOS volunteers have invited the local community to help with laying down new weather proofed foot paths between Highgate Woods and Alexandra Palace greenways.

Sunday 16th January, 11am - 1pm, followed by social coffee at Time 2 Chill vegan cafe (the picnic crew can't make it this month).

Sign up here to get involved!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/crouch-end-open-space-creos-volunteering-day-january-2022

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Goodgym Islington Monthly Social (January)- PHO HOUSE

Mon 10 Jan 20:45 pm
Pho House, Salisbury House, 39 Holloway Road, London, N7 8JP
Our first meet-up after the festive period!

After our arranged group run to Thornhill Square Gardens, we will visit Pho House next to Highbury and Islington station for some warming and delicious food!

15 places have been allocated here, but more can be added if we reach a sign up limit. We plan to make a booking a week before.


Please note that this social will be subject to government restrictions, and may be postponed depending on guidance on the day.

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GROUP RUN- Thornhill Square Gardens 2022!

Mon 10 Jan 18:45 pm
Elizabeth House Food Hub, 2 Hurlock Street, London, N5 1ED
First trip back to Thornhill Square Gardens this year

The plan is to meet up at Elizabeth House Food Hub on Hurlock Street, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to Thornhill Square Gardens.

Task Location:

Thornhill Square, Islington, N1 1BE

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Thornhill Square Gardens will be 7.10 - 7.15pm.

After our session, we will aim to arrive back at Elizabeth House Food Hub for 8.30pm at the latest.

Things to Note

We are delighted to announce that we now have a bag drop and bathroom facilities for our group runs. Thank you to Elizabeth House Food Hub for accomodating us!

Please allow enough time to drop bags, as we will be running at 7pm sharp!

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Paint 'n' Pizza

Mon 6 Dec
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

On a brisk Monday evening, Area Activator Simon and Annikki run together to Caxton House Community Centre from Elizabeth House Food Hub near Blackstock Road, Islington. 2 miles covered on route, passing residential neighbourhoods and streets full of tasteful (and slightly more gaudy) Christmas lights!

Upon arrival, we made our way upstairs to meet Rose and Sue, the volunteer coordinators of the project. Our task this week was to continue painting the interiors of a new sewing and textiles room- hopefully accessible to visitors early 2022. Last week, we successfully laid down a base layer, and this week, Alison, Caitlin and Annikki applied the finishing touches and lined the edges with smaller, finer brushes. Very satisfying work!

In the main room, Steve and Emily, our resident master flat pack builders, continued their project of constructing 4 large moving cabinets for the community centre. After a difficult first attempt last time (locating fiddly bolts and attachments is always a challenge!), our duo did a smashing job building these from scratch!

We wrapped up our evening of activities after a solid 45 minutes of assistance, and set off into the night. AA Simon and Steve ran the approx 2 miles back to Elizabeth House together, using some of Steve's knowledge of local backstreets near Seven Sisters Road (a useful contact for efficient running in Islington!), and enjoyed some refreshments and pizza at the Bank of Friendship pub as part of our monthly social.

Great job everyone! We will be heading to Thornhill Square Gardens next week. See you then!

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GROUP RUN- Caxton House Painting part 2!

Mon 6 Dec 18:45 pm
Elizabeth House Food Hub, 2 Hurlock Street, London, N5 1ED
Indoor painting task for a pair of new sewing and textile rooms

The plan is to meet up outside the Elizabeth House Food Hub, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to Caxton House.

We have been invited back to Caxton House to lend a hand with their ongoing indoor regeneration project. After cleaning all of the walls in an under-used workspace, the plan is to proceed with painting all of the surfaces.

  • Newest sports clothes are not recommended for this task, as we will be painting! -

A limit of 10 sign-ups have been placed on this task, to ensure we do not over-crowd the indoor space.

However, if the sign-up limit is exceeded, additional gardening tasks can be arranged.

Task Location

Caxton House, 129 St John's Way, London N19 3RQ

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Caxton House will be 7.10 - 7.15pm.

After our session, we will aim to arrive back at The Elizabeth House Food Hub for 8.30pm at the latest.

Things to Note

We are delighted to announce that we now have a bag drop and bathroom facilities for our group runs. Thank you to Elizabeth House Food Hub for accomodating us!

Please allow enough time to drop bags, as we will be running at 7pm sharp!

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Base layers for painting base layers

Mon 29 Nov
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

On Monday evening, 4 of our Goodgym Islington crew braved the zero degrees temperature outdoors, and joined Area Activator Simon for a run up to Caxton House Community Centre (approx 1.2 miles from the Emirates Stadium). After raising our heart rates with a warm up and a brisk run across the borough, we met up with the rest pf our team (on bikes or walking from home) outside the main entrance. Sue and Rose, the main volunteer coordinators for Caxton House lead us upstairs (after we masked up- thank you all for bringing face coverings for our indoor task!) and explained the proceedings for the session.

We split our Goodgymmers up into 2 groups. Group 1 (Alison, Emily, Caitlin and Annikki) were the main painting team tonight, who got straight to covering the walls of a newly refurbished sewing room. This week, our plan was to apply a base layer of white paint (after our sanding and wall cleaning task a few weeks back), and we hope to do more next week. Between our 4 painters, we got about 80% of the room covered in 45 minutes, which is a pretty remarkable effort!

Group 2 (Steve and Marie Laure) took on the technical challenge of constructing a tall metal shelving unit out of flat pack furniture. This was no easy feat- simply locating the right screws, bolts and fixings was a trick start! But the structure took shape over the last 10-15 minutes, and we were able to finish our session with a new piece of equipment set up and ready to use!

Fantastic work everyone. Very satisfying to see a plan come together! If you would like to join us to help complete our painting next week, feel free to sign up here:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/group-run-caxton-house-painting-part-2

(We will also be visiting The Lamb 🐑 on Holloway Road for social refreshments after our group run next Monday)


Upcoming missions and events

Saturday 4th December:

Finsbury parkrun Goodgym Takeover 8.30am-10am, Finsbury Park

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/finsbury-parkrun-goodgym-takeover

Market Road Gardens Open Day 11am-12.30pm, Market Road Gardens

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/market-road-gardens-open-day-december

Met League Cross Country From 11.30am onwards, Uxbridge

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/met-league-cross-country-uxbridge

Sunday 5th December

CREOS (Crouch End Open Space) Christmas Work Day 11am-1pm, Crouch End (Hanley Tennis Court Car Park)

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/crouch-end-open-space-creos-volunteering-day-december-2021-hoggin-day-part-2

Thursday 16th December

Goodgym Islington Christmas Social 18.30-20.30, Hammerton Brewery Taproom, off Caledonian Road.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/goodgym-islington-festive-social-at-hammerton-brewery-taproom

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GROUP RUN- Caxton House Painting part 1!

Mon 29 Nov 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Indoor painting task for a pair of new sewing and textile rooms

The plan is to meet up outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to Caxton House.

We have been invited back to Caxton House to lend a hand with their ongoing indoor regeneration project. After cleaning all of the walls in an under-used workspace, the plan is to proceed with painting all of the surfaces.

  • Newest sports clothes are not recommended for this task, as we will be painting! -

A limit of 10 sign-ups have been placed on this task, to ensure we do not over-crowd the indoor space.

However, if the sign-up limit is exceeded, additional gardening tasks can be arranged.

Task Location

Caxton House, 129 St John's Way, London N19 3RQ

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Caxton House will be 7.10 - 7.15pm.

After our session, we will aim to arrive back at The Arsenal Community Hub for 8.30pm at the latest.

Things to Note

Please only bring items you are willing to run with.

The bag drop option is not currently available to us at the Arsenal Community Hub, as the space is being used as a Covid testing facility.

This also means that we do not have access to toilets or changing areas yet either.

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FROGGspotting

Mon 22 Nov
Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Gloves and jacket weather has begun!

Area Activator Simon met up with Steve, Eilidh and Dee at the Arsenal Community Hub on a crisp, slightly chilly Monday evening. After a chat and a warm-up, our team run up to Grenville Gardens (a super straight line covering 1.2 miles up Hornsey Road), passing the Hornsey Baths illuminations on route. Upon arrival, we met up with the rest of our Goodgym crew, who had run, cycled and walked from other locations, and with Sarah, the key coordinator for all Friends of Grenville Gardens projects.

Our objective this evening was a continuation of our previous group run session task, when we broke apart a collection of old rotten planter boxes. A large pile of fresh compost had been donated to Grenville Gardens, and we distributed the new material throughout the three main flower patches in the gardens, using wheelbarrows, buckets, tubs and spades. The plan is to give the flowers an extra layer of fertiliser throughout the winter months.

We made a smashing effort within 40 minutes of help, and our crew covered every area of the flower beds very efficiently! Local passersbys inquired about what we were up to (a busy group of red t-shirted folks in running kit and headtorches, digging and gardening at night!), and were thrilled with our assistance in their community gardens.

Wonderful evening of Goodgym fun, folks! See you same time next week for our next group run to Caxton House Community Centre!

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GROUP RUN- Leaping for the FROGG (Friends of Grenville Gardens) 🐸

Mon 22 Nov 18:45 pm
The Arsenal Community Hub, 56 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BA
Emptying and rebuilding veg boxes for this lovely local project!

The plan is to meet up outside the Arsenal Community Hub on Benwell Road, and after a short warm up, health and safety briefing and a warm welcome, we will run together to Grenville Gardens.

Task Location:

Grenville Gardens, Grenville Rd, London, N19 4ER

If you are not planning to run with us, our arrival time at Grenville Gardens will be 7.10 - 7.15pm.

After our session, we will aim to arrive back at The Arsenal Community Hub for 8.30pm at the latest.

Things to Note

Please only bring items you are willing to run with.

The bag drop option is not currently available to us at the Arsenal Community Hub, as the space is being used as a Covid testing facility.

This also means that we do not have access to toilets or changing areas yet either.

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Goodgym Islington Festive Social at Hammerton Brewery Taproom

Thu 16 Dec 18:30 pm
Hammerton Brewery Taproom, Unit 8 & 9, Roman Way Industrial Estate, London, N7 8XH
Holidays are coming, so let's enjoy some Goodgym good times!

Come and join the Goodgym Islington crew for an evening of refreshments (freshly poured pints, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks), pizza and good times at the Hammerton Brewery Taproom.

Located between two classic GG Islington group run tasks (Thornhill Square and Market Road Gardens!).

15 seats have been reserved in a heated and covered outdoor space

More seats can be booked (possibly on separate tables), so please comment below if you want to join us even if our sign ups are full. We just need to notify the Taproom in advance.

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