Group Fitness Activities
Some people like to count down to Christmas. Just this week someone told me it was 7 weeks to go. Eeeek. And they didn't even look especially festive, so it must be fairly common.
And some people count down to other things. Like birthdays - or holidays - or (my favourite) pay days.
But we, in Greenwich, had been waiting for something a little more unique. In addition to birthdays, holidays, and pay days. Because it'd been 602 days since our last group run. I know this because I tattooed a very small 'GoodGym' logo on my body for every day that went by.**
And last night the waiting was up and we were off to start spreading our good-deeding energy across Greenwich again. Most of us met at the very lovely Charlton House for some pre-session nattering, giggling, and chatting. GG Greenwich old-hands (and friendly faces) were joined by Jonathan, who was on their first GG outing, and Debbie, who was on their first group run with GG Greenwich - welcome to the family, guys!
It was a full moon last night and after a quick warm up, we collectively howled 'RED THUNDER'*** to mark our come back, before setting off to the wonderful Glyndon Community Centre in Plumstead. Which is where we were met by the lovely GG Greenwich Area Activator, Rachel, and all-round wonderful souls, Jennifer, Pieter, and Matt.
In 2 weeks, we'll be coming back to Glyndon to get painting. But last night was prep night and we got to work sanding and sugar soaping. It was quick and swift, but with 19 hands a-working, you can always get a fair bit done.
After that, it was back to the roads for a steady and happy jaunt back to Charlton. Where we celebrated being back and together with a drink at the Bugle Horn.
A big big big thank you to Rachel for organising everything yesterday :)
Here's to the next one next week, and the one the week after, and the week after that...
Hi everyone and welcome to GoodGym Greenwich!
We're a friendly and social group who combine running with volunteering in the local community. Since May 2020 we paused our group runs but now they're back! We meet every Wednesday to get active and do a physical task for charities and community organisations in the area.
For our first group run in a while we will be helping out at Glyndon Community Centre in Plumstead. They need loads of help with painting and gardening and other odd jobs around the centre so we will be returning here on a regular basis. This week we will be doing some painting indoors and a spot of weeding in the garden.
We will be running from Charlton to Plumstead which will be about 3km each way. As it's a bit of a way to walk, you're welcome meet us at the task at 7.30pm if that's too far to run this week (Glyndon Community Centre, 75 Raglan Road, SE18 7LB).
Where & When
We meet at 6.45pm for a 7 o'clock start outside Charlton House on the corner of Hornfair Road and Charlton Road. Unfortunately we don't have a location to store bags so come prepared to run!
The session will be about 90 minutes in total so we should be all wrapped up by 8.30pm at which point we can have a drink at the Bugle Horn in Charlton Village to celebrate getting our group runs back!
See you then!
Debbie has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.
This Sunday in Charlton comes the fair once described as the yearly collected rabble of mad people. As well as, in the Daily News in 1872, a reign of the Lord of Misrule.
Of course, this is surprising GoodGym fodder, and I for one felt shivers at the prospect of flyering for such an event.
Thankfully however, the Horn Fair these days is a celebration of life that’s staged in the decadent grounds of Charlton House and Gardens, in collaboration with the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust. On offer will be numerous dance performances, a new kids’ zone run by Charlton’s new Montessori Moments nursery, and gastronomic delights including Jamaican rum cakes and local mead.
Last night, seven GoodGymmers met outside Charlton House to bang the drum for the upcoming event. We had reams of leaflets and were dispersed into a group of three and four, and we headed in opposite directions.
Julian, Debs, and I quickly got onto residential streets with the help of Julian’s local knowledge, and we fed leaflets into letterboxes until our hands were empty. Then, we jogged back to Charlton House, buoyed by our timeliness, and shortly afterwards, we were joined by the other group. We nattered for a short while and then asked a passer-by to take a photo, and that was a wrap to a lovely GoodGym evening.
And remember, if you’re at a loose end this coming Sunday 17th October, then pop down to the Horn Fair at Charlton House and Gardens between 11am and 4pm. I expect it will be a rabble of community and zing that will keep the Autumn cold away!
The Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust needs some help promoting their big event on Sunday 17th! Celebrating life in Greenwich, Horn Fair returns to Charlton House & Gardens after a year's absence.
This year's event will include a kids' zone by our friends at Charlton's new Montessori Moments nursery, a community photography exhibition documenting Greenwich's pandemic experience, dance performances from Spotlight Dance with the Collectors' Project and the Greenwich Morris Men, tours of St. Luke's church, and local treats from Jamaican rum cakes to mead. There will also be pop-ups from the Producers' Market and Green Goddess Pub.
We'll meet out the front of Charlton House (the corner of Hornfair Road and Charlton Road) and blitz some of the surrounding streets.
See you there!
It's been 2 years since we last helped prep for the Erith Christmas tree festival!
It's a unique and fun task which involves prepping the Christmas trees for the festival, a brilliant way to get into the Christmas spirit!
The trees will be held inside the Church and will need to be moved outside, unwrapped, placed in the bases and moved back inside and into position ready for decorating.
This year we have our very own Christmas Tree, sponsored by GoodGym Bexley. We have been given the opportunity to decorate our tree after having completed the set up!
After the task we are planning to head over the the Erith Exchange for brunch
See how we got on last time
Bring gardening gloves if you have them as the trees can be prickly.