Cathy Aicardi

Richmond

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70Good deeds

74runs

944cheers

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Walking Groups
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Cathy Aicardi went on a community mission
Community mission
Richmond

400 Deeds 400+ Bulbs

Thu 16 Dec
Report written by Anita

The third bulb planting session at The Three Pigeons Plot/Arcade Rockery to ensure all 1200 bulbs donated by Taylors of Holbeach through The Metropolitan Public Gardens Association are planted before Christmas.

This afternoon Anita, Ken, Cathy, Salwah, JP and Adam planted over 400 large bulbs at The Three Pigeons:

c100 (the balance of the) Kingslet and Golden Trumpet daffodils

50 Pink Impression tulips

100 Fashion tulips

50 Oratorio tulips

50 China Pink hyacinths

50 Denmark tulips

50 Red Riding Hood tulips

in addition to this amazing feat we also weeded as we planted, removed browning stems of late summer perennials, and decorated the Insect Hotel for Christmas.

Special thanks to:

Ken, who's superpowers include extraordinary feats of bulb-planting and other amazing acts of horticulture.

Cathy, who gave our Insect Hotel a Christmas present: a wonderful, bespoke bee-vacancies sign .

Also Anita, who completed her 400th mission today but kept it very quiet.

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Cathy Aicardi went on a group run
Group run
Richmond

Leave-ing ETNA in a great state!

Mon 13 Dec

Starting at The Tap Tavern at 18:45, Jack will be leading a 3km run to ETNA Community Centre and Cathy will be leading a walking route with a few aerobic dance moves along the way!

The Tap Tavern have kindly agreed to let us use their upstairs venue (DJKs) as a secure locked area for bag drops every Monday session moving forwards.

ETNA is a welcoming and vibrant Community Centre in the heart of East Twickenham. The evening task includes clearing leaves from the garden (front and back areas) as well as any general litterpicking or other garden duties that support is needed with. ETNA will provide all the tools/litter grabbers/bags etc required but we recommend bringing your own gloves and a headtorch if you have one.

Jack and Cathy will be leading the respective runs and walks back to The Tap Tavern after the mission. And if anyone fancies a drink after, I'm sure there will be a few attendees happy to oblige!

First timers are more than welcome and this is a great task to see what we are all about!

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Community mission
Richmond

Bulb Planting at The Arcade and The Three Pigeons Plot

Thu 16 Dec 13:00 pm
Buccleuch Gardens, Petersham Road, Richmond , TW10 6UH
Keeping our riverside gardens blooming and beautiful

We've had a donation of over 1200 spring bulbs that urgently need planting.

We applied for 400 bulbs but got a bumper delivery from the annual scheme run by The Metropolitan Public Gardens Association in partnership with Taylors Bulbs of Holbeach.

I've listed three group sessions for bulb planting:

Thursday 9 December: Drop-in for anytime between 13.00 - 1600

Tuesday 14 December: 18.30 - 20.00

Thursday 16 December: Drop-in anytime between 13.00 - 16.00

Meeting Point is at The Arcade on the Thames Path in Buccleuch Gardens, Richmond. If there is no-one there, head 200m back along the Thames path towards Richmond and look out for bulb-planters at The Three Pigeons Plot (Just off the Petersham Road, opposite the entrance to Terrace Gardens).

Bring gloves. Other equipment provided.

If you have already worked at The Arcade and Three Pigeon Plot and would be able to do some bulb planting in the daylight at other times before Christmas, please leave a message and Anita will get in touch to sort out practicalities.

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Group run
Richmond

Leave-ing ETNA in a great state!

Mon 13 Dec 18:45 pm
Tap Tavern, Princes Street, Richmond, TW9 1ED
Supporting ETNA Community Centre in delivering the great social activities and services for the community that they do

Starting at The Tap Tavern at 18:45, Jack will be leading a 3km run to ETNA Community Centre and Cathy will be leading a walking route with a few aerobic dance moves along the way!

The Tap Tavern have kindly agreed to let us use their upstairs venue (DJKs) as a secure locked area for bag drops every Monday session moving forwards.

ETNA is a welcoming and vibrant Community Centre in the heart of East Twickenham. The evening task includes clearing leaves from the garden (front and back areas) as well as any general litterpicking or other garden duties that support is needed with. ETNA will provide all the tools/litter grabbers/bags etc required but we recommend bringing your own gloves and a headtorch if you have one.

Jack and Cathy will be leading the respective runs and walks back to The Tap Tavern after the mission. And if anyone fancies a drink after, I'm sure there will be a few attendees happy to oblige!

First timers are more than welcome and this is a great task to see what we are all about!

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Cathy Aicardi went on a community mission
Community mission
Richmond

A Marathon Mission with Treats Every Stop!

Wed 17 Nov
Report written by Sam

Cathy topped her collections target within the first hour of this near four-hour GoodGym Community Mission, such was the marvellous response it received.

Richmond borough residents were asked if they could bring vital toiletries so we could pass them on to the charity SPEAR, who'll distribute them on November 24th at the NHS-designated Health & Wellbeing Day for Homeless People and Asylum Seekers in Twickenham.

GoodGymmers Stella, Sam, JP, Monika and Jenny joined Cathy at the ETNA Centre in St Margarets to greet arrivals, process their kind donations and hand out slices of cake.

Among them was a young mother with her toddler who had recently moved to the neighbourhood and wanted to contribute; a young man who hauled in two huge bags overflowing with a wonderful array of toiletries and sheepishly said: “I don’t take any credit, this is from my mum”; Diran who runs an over 50s table tennis classes at ETNA on Thursdays; plus new GoodGym members Michelle who dropped off a bag with her husband and Stella who brought a haul of items which her church in Twickenham had gathered.

While two retired couples happily stayed on for a sweet treat (banana and coconut raspberry cakes and double choc chip cookies) and coffee, Jenny ran full speed ahead with a great idea of separating out the items into categories: shampoo, soaps, toothbrushes and paste, deodorants, sanitary products, combs and brushes, wipes, and several luxury brands as well as mini samples which will make each kit assembled by homeless charity SPEAR that extra special. The goal was to collect enough toiletries for 24 mini wellbeing kits but such was the generosity we ended up with around 100 to be distributed to those in need next Wednesday.

This was the first time we held a collection for this cause so keep an eye peeled for a repeat in the future.

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Community mission
Richmond

Collecting essential Items for those in need at ETNA Community Centre

Wed 17 Nov 16:00 pm
ETNA , 13 Rosslyn Road, East Twickenham , TW1 2AR
Supporting the homeless and those seeking asylum in the UK with essential toiletries as well as offering vaccinations

The NHS, in partnership with SPEAR and other organisations, has designated a day at the end of November as a Health & Wellbeing Day for Homeless People and Asylum Seekers in Twickenham.

Ahead of this important day, GoodGym is on a mission to collect 24 wellbeing kits to donate to the event.

You can help this Community Mission in two ways: - Donate your time to support the collection effort at ETNA, e.g. attending for 1 hour between 4pm and 8pm - Donate toiletries to the collection effort. Items needed are: toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorants, shampoo, hand sanitisers, moisturisers, plasters, brushes/combs, sanitary products

Here's a recap of how you can support: Where is it? ETNA Community, 13 Rossyln Road East Twickenham TW1 2AR When? Wednesday, 17 November 2021 What Time? Any time from 4pm - 8 pm

The mission is led by Cathy who can be reached on 07857 129 646 if you would like to arrange a time to help on the day.

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Cathy Aicardi went on a community mission
Community mission
Richmond

Mix up, pick up, 100 up!

Sat 6 Nov
Report written by JP

It was a mild morning on the Ham Lands as 8 GGers gathered to help the FOHL. Something wasn’t right though, and before long we realised that JP had got the dates wrong and set the mission for the wrong Saturday…

Not to be deterred from doing good, and determined to ensure we could help Monika celebrate 100 good deeds, we decided on an impromptu litter pick. A quick dash to Tesco and we were armed with bin bags, then set off to spread out across the Ham Lands to do our bit.

The eight of us made a big impact and gathered 4 bin bags of rubbish, then we made our way to the Swiss Bakery for some delicious cheese snacks and celebratory brownies!

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Community mission
Richmond

Helping the Happy Ham Landers

Sat 6 Nov 10:00 am
Corner of Riverside Drive / Croft Way, Richmond, TW10 7NB
Improving the natural habitat of the Ham Lands nature reserve

This is a repeat community mission, which takes place every second Saturday of the month, from 10.00 - 11.30am.

The Friends of Ham Lands work with local naturalists and the Council’s ecology officer to identify work that needs doing in the Ham Lands area.

Tasks will vary from week to week: sometimes we will be clearing weeds, brambles or other undesirable plants, sometimes tackling Himalayan Balsam by the river (in the summer), sometimes it will be a litter pick.

All of these tasks are aimed at (1) maintaining the sheltered open grassland areas and open woodland, to improve the habitat for flora and fauna, and particularly for the local butterfly population and (2) maintaining some of the small footpaths through the scrub that are in danger of being overgrown, to ensure people can continue to enjoy the area.

Please wear working clothes including strong and waterproof footwear. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Friends of Ham Lands are not able to provide gloves and hi-vis vest. Please bring your own gardening gloves. If you have a hi-vis vest or jacket please wear it. If you have secateurs or saws please bring them.

Children are very welcome but need to be accompanied by an adult.

We meet at the corner of Croftsway and Riverside Drive https://goo.gl/maps/78E2thtb5J1f1rP2A

Time: 10.00 – 11.30am

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Cathy Aicardi went on a group run
Group run
Hounslow

Brush Hour 2

Wed 3 Nov
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

It was distinctly nippier in Hounslow last night than it has been in previous weeks, so we started off the group run with a warm up that got our temperatures up in no time and maybe tested our coordination and reflexes a little too - goodness knows what the passing cars thought with the constant changing direction, jumps and floor touches!

Before we set off on our run we each talked about one little or big thing we are doing to fight the climate crisis in light of COP 26 happening this week. You're a true group of eco warriors, pledging to take fewer flights and more public transport, reducing meat or even going vegan, and switching off machines in standby.

It was a short run down to Strand on the Green school, where we arrived to find that Janitor Claire had left us out a barrow full of all the tools we'd need to stain the wooden structures in the playground to protect them from the rain, and also to clear the paths of leaves. Wasting no time, we split into teams and got to work.

With the painting team enjoying the impossibly small chairs and wendyhouses (with Beth even getting inside one to check out the teeny dimensions while also giving it a lick of paint) the leaf clearing team did a sterling work making sure the drive and playground was free of rotting leaves while discussing the terrifying old bonfire night public service announcements urging us never to pick up a sparkler after it had gone out. We even discovered that there are no native hedgehogs in America. Who knew?!

Jobs done and tools away, our GG heroes took on the Leg Finisher. This was just as brutal as it sounds, with six different exercises all designed to work our leg muscles to the max. There was some great form on the cursty lunges (looking at you, Paul!), serious height on the squat jumps, and some technical prowess from the ballet dancers on the plié squat calf raises. Amazing job team!

A quick run back to the Town Hall and some stretches and we were ready to get somewhere warm. Next week we have been challenged to clear an overgrown area outside a local church. Hope to see you there! Until then, run happy and sustainably, GoodGym.

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Cathy Aicardi signed up to a group run
Group run
Hounslow

Clearing leaves and preserving wood

Wed 3 Nov 18:30 pm
Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, Turnham Green,, Chiswick,, W4 4JN
at a local school

Strand-on-the-Green school have asked for help clearing fallen leaves so the children don't slip and preserving some wood for the winter.

Bring your headtorch for this one as it is quite a dark area. We'll also squeeze in a fitness session before heading back for 8pm.

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