Group Fitness Activities
Emma became a walk leader. Emma led the way for others to get fit by doing good.
Ten GoodGymers came to Peter's call when sadly about ten days ago, we received the news that Stompie the tank was taken away from Stompie Gardens for "renovations". This wasn't the only bombshell to drop as Peter explained to Sam that he was asked by the site owner to clear the site, which meant Stompie Gardens would no longer exist...Yet, where would all the plants that they have been planted over the years go?
End of a chapter, a beginning of a new one
Community spirit is very much alive, especially within GoodGym. Earlier in the week, this task had four people signed up to the task, but come Saturday morning (a few hours before the task) we had booked out the session. Ten hardy GoodGymers including the likes of first-timers: Asad, Jae and Dave coming out for a great cause to save the Stompie plants! GoodGymers from all parts of London (Bromley, Tower Hamlets, Lambeth, Wandsworth and Southwark) descended on a small street corner in Southwark.
Peter and his crew had already done most of the hard work by digging out almost all the plants and keeping their roots intact. As we arrived the majority of the plants were bagged and put on makeshift trolleys and wheelbarrows. We all chose our weapons (trolleys or wheelbarrows) as we dragged and pushed the plants amongst them; banana and bay trees to their new home. Like a freight train, we travelled from Mandela Way across the busy New Kent/Old Kent road roundabout and into Tabard Street as we zig-zagged our way to Kipling Estates. We carefully unloaded the plants side-by-side against a wall in their new garden and headed back with empty trolleys as we had a second round to do.
Upon arriving at Stompie Garden most of the remaining plants had to be bagged up, but there were one or two stubborn plants that didn't want to move homes. Kaz had a talk (and dig) with that spiky fern and sorted it out. 🙃 Whilst Dave and Jae took on a tougher plant. The rest of the team had already loaded the second lot of plants onto the trolley and were heading back to Kipling Estate. This time, we knew the route and it was more efficient. There were one or two times a plant fell (I know, it's emotional for them too), but overall, all plants made it safely to their new breeding grounds. One resident was happy to see these new plants, but slightly unhappy to hear none of the plants were cannabis...you can't please them all! 😂
Finally, we headed back to Stompie Gardens to collect our belongings and say goodbye to Peter, his crew and Stompie Gardens. It's been a pleasure and we can only say - Tanks for the memories! 🙏
Five GoodGymers came out on a gloomy, but light Saturday morning to assist Luigia with some spring bulb planting at our first Galleywall Nature Reserve community mission of 2022!
Luigia had bags and bags of tulips and daffodils to be planted as well as a few snowdrops and Jerusalem artichokes.
The main aim was to get these bulbs into the ground as they were starting to shoot after a mild (and still quite mild) winter. Luigia had strategically thought this out as Emma, Emma and Lucia teamed up to plant yellow daffodils near the entrance, Rianna had white daffodils and snowdrops to plant near the seating area for the scouts and school kids whilst Sam planted a mixture of tulips near the beehive box as Luigia created a new woodchip path to get there.
It only took an hour to plant over 250 bulbs (i reckon), but still having an army of volunteers, Luigia got us to turn the compost and start pruning the trees.
It was great to be back at Galleywall Nature Reserve and catch up with all those who I haven't seen yet.
CALLING ALL AVAILABLE GOODGYMERS
We need 8-10 GoodGymers to save the plants at Stompie Gardens after the infamous Stompie Tank was taken away for "renovations" - the story can be read here. The owner of the site has told our GoodGym contact, Peter, that the site needs to be cleared, which means we will need to save the plants and give them a new home.
We will meet at Stompie Gardens for 14:30 to dig the plants out and then transport them by trolleys and wheelbarrows (10-15 minute walk) to the Kipling Estate where the plants will be planted (at least the big ones and as much as we can get done).
Massive thank you if you could spare your Saturday afternoon to help out (if you can)!
Galleywall has asked for our first assistance of 2022 to help plant Spring bulbs in their Nature Reserve, so that they can blossom in Spring!
The "Where, When and What":
📍 Meet at Galleywall Nature Reserve near South Bermondsey Station at 10:00.
⌚ 10:00 - 12:00
🏃🏃♀️ Since this is a community mission, we'll meet at the destination, but GoodGym encourages you to cycle, run or walk to these community missions.
Advisable: Bring a gardening gloves 🧤 for the task(s).
Emma has got Strava connected. Strava is a great way to track your progress.
Are you available to help our friends at Food2You on a Thursday afternoon in SE16? This is a fun task that will make a big difference!
- Meet Food2You team at at the Yald Healthy Living Centre between 3-5pm (go around the back of the building and through the car park)
- Take boxes and lids from delivery vans
- Remove labels and disinfect with spray
- If needed, disinfect inside of van
Food2You is a shopping delivery service provided for older people through Age UK. We are excited to be able to get involved, with this task now a weekly activity on Thursday afternoons.
You will, of course, need to adhere to social distancing rules, wear a mask and gloves and take direction from the Food2You team.
We have been asked by Quay Health Solutions to help Mr S with his garden. The garden is accessible through the home. Mr S needs a bush cutting back and general weeding of the whole garden. There is also some weeding required around the concrete slabs at the front of the house. Mr S's carer will be there to help you find the tools required. Bags will be provided for the waste.
Two runners went to help remove a sofa for Mrs J who is bed-bound and keen to move her bed into the living room where she can benefit from more light, space for visitors and her TV.
Emma and Anne quickly assessed the size and weight of the sofa and the width of doors and corridors which the sofa had to pass through. Despite the sofa being a 3 seater with no removable parts, the two runners proceeded, confident in the logic that if the sofa had got in, it will also get out.
Being on the 3rd floor, the runners were grateful for the use of a generously sized lift to help get the sofa down to ground floor and out to the bins for collection.
Pausing only to mind fingers, watch the paintwork and take a few photos of the sofa's journey along the way, the tenacious goodgymers had the job done in no time at all.