Darren Watkins


132Good deeds



Darren Watkins completed a training run • Monday run
Mon 6 Dec
Darren Watkins signed up to a group run
Group run

Carol Singing @ Redmayne View

Mon 20 Dec 18:00 pm
Mountbatten Drive, Sprowston, Norwich, NR6 7PX
Put a smile on older people's faces

Traditionally (apart from 2020) we visit Redmayne View care home to do some carol singing or something Xmas themed.

As we can't go inside this year, we're going to stand outside their communal lounge (with the windows open) so the residents can hear us sing.

Please wear warm clothes as it may be chilly and bring your best vocal cords.

This will be such an amazing task to be part of.

You can either meet us outside The Woodman Pub (11 North Walsham Road, NR6 7QA) at 6pm to run, walk or cycle (it's about 2km each way), or meet us at Redmayne View (Mountbatten Drive, NR6 7PX) at 6.30pm.

There will be no baggage storage, although any valuables can be left in my vehicle at your own risk.

Please bring a head torch if you have one and wear some form of high vis clothing.

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Darren Watkins went on a group run
Group run

All Hands On Me Deck

Mon 29 Nov
Report written by Steven Hitcham

That was definitely the coldest session we've had for a lonnngggg time! Having said that, it didn't stop 8 GoodGymers well prepared to complete an outdoor good deed.

We visited St Alban Church to give their outdoor furniture a coat of varnish so it survives the winter. There were 3 wooden picnic tables and a wooden boat for us to do.

It was a very efficient task, probably as it was too cold to hang about! Nonetheless, it didn't hinder plenty of puns with the word 'deck' in an Australian accent.

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Darren Watkins signed up to a group run
Group run

Varnishing Furniture @ St Alban Church Hall

Mon 29 Nov 18:15 pm
The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF
Support local community garden

Launching on the grounds of St Alban Church Hall on Grove Walk, with an aim to create a pleasant green oasis with community seating, and lots of lovely plants!

We'll meet at The Forum at 6.15pm and aim to arrive at the task at 6.30pm (for those who want to meet directly at the task).

There is a walking or cycle option to and from the task.

Please bring your own gloves.

There may be some indoor painting tasks so 1) you may wish to bring a face covering, 2) you may wish to wear clothes that you don't mind getting paint on.

Although there is no baggage storage at The Forum, any belongings can be left in my vehicle.

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Darren Watkins completed a training run • Evening run
Tue 23 Nov
Darren Watkins completed a training run • Evening run
Tue 16 Nov
Darren Watkins went on a group run
Group run

To Me… To You

Mon 15 Nov
Report written by Steven Hitcham

As this week's task was a long way from our usual starting point, we met in the car park of the Brickmakers Pub (sadly the pub wasn't open!) before heading on a 2km each-way jog to Aslake Community Growers.

A big shout out to Mark who was completing his 50th good deed!

There were two tasks to do this evening. One was to move and manoeuvre some lights (that were attached to scaffolding poles) from one greenhouse to another, so that both greenhouses have lighting ahead of the dark winter months. This required a lot of brain thought to say the least as the poles were long and heavy.

The other task was to extend and double up one of the rows of plant stations.

Both tasks were rather physical and involved plenty of lifting and mindful placing.

A cracking job my everyone.

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Darren Watkins went on a group run
Group run

Clearing the weed at The Feed

Sat 13 Nov
Report written by Steven Hitcham

This was our first Saturday Group Run for a while and what a great morning it was.

A nice GoodGym crowd ran or volunteered at Catton parkrun at the start of the morning, most of which stayed on for the Group Run too.

We were then met by a few others at Catton Park, who hadn't completed the Parkrun... I mean who would want to run twice in one morning!

So we had a nice casual jog to Waterloo Park. The Feed have just taken on and reopened the Pavilion Cafe there. Our task was to clear the weed and flowerbeds around the Pavilion Cafe to give it an added touch of glamour.

A big welcome to Fran who was taking part in her first GoodGym endeavour.

The Friends of Waterloo Park provided us with the tools so we could really give the area a good makeover. We were so passionate about it at we stayed for nearly 2 hours and after that remained there for longer to have a bite to eat.

The Feed generously offered us a complimentary hot drink for our efforts.

The before and after photos really show what an amazing job everyone did. So much so that half of the team couldn't even keep their eyes open for the group photo at the end hahaha.

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Darren Watkins completed a training run • Short frosty
Wed 3 Nov
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