Emily Alder

Kingston upon Thames

3Good deeds



Emily Alder has cheered 10 times. Tue 3 Mar 2020

Emily has helped keep other people motivated, Emily has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Emily.

Emily Alder went on a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Living on the Edge!

Tue 3 Mar
Report written by Hannah Cochrane

Make no bones about it - it looked like a grave task but it wasn't as turf as it looked!

We kicked off the warm up with the biggest group of the year so far: 23 of us including four new recruits! Welcome to Paul, Daniel, Cassandra and Connor on their first GoodGym run and welcome back for a 2nd run to Philippa. After kicking, squatting and burping for a while, we got on with the warm up. Everyone enjoyed a longer warm up this week, honing in our technique and agility.

Off we ran (and walked) around Surbiton and Kingston and up to Surbiton cemetery. The wheelbarrow squeeking around the pitch black cemetery made for an edgy setting as we picked up the tools and got ready to work. Digging things up in a cemetery may sound like grave task but it wasn't an undertaking. 23 of us made light work of edging and removing turf from the paths and we cleared a path in no time.

Back we ran to the Guildhall - stopping on the way back for an obligatory photo in front of the iconic leaning phone boxes of Kingston, before we dialed up the pace for the final leg. Then back for stretches.

Super effort to all

In the news tonight we mentioned a few things but one we need to think on was the message about reducing the risk of Coronavirus spreading so here is the link to GG's tips on the matter https://www.goodgym.org/stories/coronavirus-information-for-goodgym-activities

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Emily Alder signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Kingston upon Thames

Lending a helping hand at the Edible Forest

Sun 15 Mar 11:00 am
Edible Forest , Knollmead Allotments, , Tolworth, , KT5 9QP.
Promoting sustainability by planting for the future, while being able to harvest from trees planted in the past.

We are heading back to the Edible Forest - A community orchard and group allotment since 1992. They have an acre of fruit, nuts, shrubs and bushes and veg arranged as natural woodland. There is a couple of ducks on a pond for eggs, a polytunnel, tree nursery and they propagate apple trees for schools.

Last time when we visited we were unable to plant trees due to the weather so hopefully the rain and wind will hold off and we can start sawing up some of the oak branches where they have pollarded the trees, constructing cane barriers to protect the saplings already planted, doing some tidying and, may be transplanting figs and grapes ...

They are located within Knollmead Allotments, Tolworth near postcode KT5 9QP. The entrance to the allotment site is to the left of Knollmead Primary School and the community centre. Follow the track around to the right and follow the path (around the community centre) to the top of the allotments site (south west end) and through a gate into an area of mature trees.

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Emily Alder signed up to a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Clearing the path!

Tue 3 Mar 18:45 pm
Guildhall, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, KT1 1EU
Help improve access for all at a local cemetery

The paths at Surbiton cemetery are closing in making it difficult for some to access (especially those in wheel chairs) areas where loved ones are laid to rest so we have started some great work clearing the way for all.

Don't be scared ... yes it is physical and perhaps the muscles will feel a little stiff the next day but that's what we do right !! PLUS it is super therapeutic, mindful, great for fitness and we are doing much GOOD

So let's meet at Guildhall 6.45pm and dig in for the community

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Emily Alder went on a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Stone Me did the Earth Move!

Tue 28 Jan
Report written by Claire Dunne

Having enjoyed the comfort of some warm tasks on our group runs over the past few weeks we braced ourselves for a task in the great and rather cold outdoors. Once we had welcomed new member Owen to his first run and Emily back for her second Kingston task we decided how many layers we really needed before leaving the warmth of Guildhall.

Our first stop was the market square for a much needed warm up. Mark had us playing stuck in the mud with a few jumping jacks involved for good measure and then working in pairs on a set of squats and lunges to make sure we were fully warm for our run.

Then off we went running along the river and up into the roads of Kingston for 3km until we reached our task at Latchmere Recreation Ground where we were met by members of the Friends of Latchmere. Four GoodGym members headed off in one direction to get shovelling while the rest set off to get digging.

A large amount of earth needed clearing from a concrete area behind some storage containers so that a shed could be built and there was lots of earth for our GoodGym team to move.

Across the other side of the recreation ground 5 holes needed to be dug 2ft square and 1ft deep for fruit trees to be planted. This was easier said than done when we got through the turf and the topsoil to find lots of huge rocks. It was time for the pick axe to take over from the shovels to loosen those rocks.

Rocks removed we kept digging and emptying the holes until they were deep enough. Once ready we refilled them backwards with the turf on the bottom and topsoil on top.

They are now all ready to have fruit trees planted in them on Thursday when the Friends of Latchmere volunteers go to the park to complete the planting.

By this point the warmth of the run and the digging and shovelling had worn off and it was time for another 3km run back to Guildhall and a good warm down on the steps.

Well done to our Owen and Emily on competing their first and second tasks.

Thanks to Martell for being backmarker and Caroline for leading the walking group.

Looking forward to seeing you all next week!!

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Emily Alder signed up to a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

2 for 1 - Bench Prep and litter pick has moved onto digging and planting

Tue 28 Jan 18:45 pm
Guildhall, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, KT1 1EU
Let's improve our fitness and the area for this great community led project

3 picnic tables that need prepping for painting and a litter pick all in the one task was the plan but now the Task Owner has asked ....

'We now have an orchard coming …well 5 fruit trees and we wondered if goodgym can help and dig us the holes and backfill? Depending on how many come there is also a need to clear earth off the concrete area behind the containers'.

So how many are coming - Have you signed up yet??

We meet at 6.45pm Guildhall 1 to do some good work for FOLAR (Friends of Latchmere Rec) a community based project to enhance our surroundings making a park space for all to enjoy in our Kingston area

This is definitely a head torch and gloves task btw!

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Emily Alder has done their first good deed with GoodGym. Sun 19 Jan 2020

Emily is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.

Emily Alder went on a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Digging for a pun with 6 new ones on the run!

Sun 19 Jan
Report written by Jenna

What a glorious day for a starter run! 14 of us met at the Guildhall, to run 5km and get physical with a great task of clearing the paths at Surbiton Cemetery.

We were very lucky today to welcome 6 new runners - Rush, Zoe, [Nancy]Nancy), Matt, Emily, and John as well as the return of Ruth who we haven't seen in a while - give them all a cheer!

After another groovy warm up guaranteed to get our hands out of our pockets and get us mobilised, we set our stravas and envisaged the hot chocolate we would hunt down on our return into Kingston town centre.

Although cold we ran in the beautiful sunshine , a little different to our regular Tuesday nights in darkness and this made all the difference for the task at hand. When we arrived at the Cemetery we could see what great work had already been achieved by the group a few weeks ago and now we were here to use the light to dig into a overgrown grass verge of the path and clear it so that people can get to the headstones more easily.

We each picked up a shovel or a spade - I'm unsure which is which but which ever one we had they were great at clearing the path. This was some really satisfying work, a great way to get our muscles working and doing a good deed at the same time. Once all the grass and soil were lifted it was time to load up the wheelbarrows with it for a race to get it out of sight to expose a clear and user friendly path.

Great work everyone, such a great team effort!

Hope to see you on a Tuesday night group run - 6.45pm at Main Guildhall or if you cannot make Tuesdays, look out on the website for other runs and good deeds you can get involved in

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Emily Alder signed up to a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Clearing the paths at Surbiton Cemetery

Sun 19 Jan 10:45 am
Guildhall, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, KT1 1EU
Allow better access for those visiting the cemetery

It's a Kingston Starter Run so we get to do our good deeds as a group in the daytime for a change and that means we don't need head torches - Yay!!

Even better news is that the run is open to those who have never run before and those that have completed 500 deeds or more so we can all do good at Surbiton Cemetery

The pathways there have overgrown with moss, grass and mud to form trip hazards and make access awkward especially for those in wheel chairs

Some of us have tackled this task in the dark but this time we shall get a better look at what we are dealing with and make a start to 2020 with a project that will keep our fitness and feel good endorphins fully charged!

Come join us at Guildhall 10.45am and bring your own gardening gloves if you have some ; - )

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