Emma Jones

Tower Hamlets

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Emma Jones went on a community mission
Community mission
Tower Hamlets

As wood as it gets

Mon 15 Aug
Report written by Laura Williams

Monday evening and we were off to a relatively new task for GG TH in the heart of Bow…

GET OUT is a charity that connects young people to nature through surfing, food growing and outdoor education.

The Food Forest, based in Bow’s Harley Grove, works closely with the local primary school to offer a well-served community garden for local young people to enjoy and learn in.

Tonight we were joining Kieran, GET OUT’s founder for some heavy lifting...

A workout from start to finish

We started with a few body weight exercises in the park across the road. A keen canine participant made sure we rattled through our exercises very speedily, so after some tricep dips, seated leg lowers, Bulgarian split squats and the obligatory dynamic warm-up we made our way across to the enchanting little garden.

As the project prepares to make way for a skate ramp revamp, large logs needed lifting and so the team proceeded to give upper and lower body a workout-and-a-half with this amazing teamwork as they carried log after log over to the far corner of the garden. The runners didn't stop, wouldn't stop: they carried every last huge bit of wood across the garden, navigating tight pathways and tricky corners.

“Wow. Didn’t expect you to blitz it that quick,” exclaimed a delighted Kieran 20 minutes in.

Plan B

And so to the second tasks: chopping back greenery, sweeping paths, litter-picking – and breaking up soil boulders for Josh.

It was humid, it was heavy going, and it was great fun.

8pm came around in no time, and we were returning tools, discussing dates for our next visit, and posing for a final pic.

We headed back onto Harley Grove and finished with some stretches to end the night.

A really, really fun task. Well done everyone.

A big shout-out tonight to Emma, who joins our Task Force! Welcome Emma!

Next week, it’s another heavy lifting job, as we head to St Margaret’s House to fill a skip…

Until then.

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Emma Jones signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Tower Hamlets

The Big Monday Night Task: Gardening with GET OUT in Bow

Mon 15 Aug 18:45 pm
Next to Gurdwara Sikh Sangat, 43 Harley Grove, London, E3 2AT
We join Kieran for a variety of gardening tasks.

Come and help experienced task owner Kieran with a variety of gardening jobs. This evening we will be:

  • Moving logs
  • Weeding
  • Clearing, and focusing on general garden maintenance

What you need to know

  • We will be meeting outside the task at 6:45pm for a short warm-up workout. This will include some dynamic stretching, balance and body weight moves.

  • The task will start at 7:00pm prompt.

  • At 8:15pm, we will enjoy a short cool down (i.e..a very thorough stretch, to get the week off to a great start).

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Emma Jones went on a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

Just the thicket

Mon 20 Jun
Report written by Laura Williams

A small group of runners gathered at the Cranbrook Community Centre to help Janet and Eileen give the garden a good tidy.

Why were we doing this?

Cranbrook Community Centre has been serving the Cranbrook Estate and local area for many years, and Janet and Eileen are active members of the TRA.

They often need a hand clearing the area around the Community Centre. Tonight's task involved cutting back high hedges, gathering leaves from the borders, and raking weeds, leaves and litter from the Community Centre garden.

A fabulous hour's work

What initially looked like a lot of work for our small team, was in fact no match for the productive GoodGymers who blitzed the tasks in less than an hour.

Si and Leo headed out to the side hedge with secateurs and loppers; Emma and Eimear to the front borders and Liz and Fiona to the garden front and back.

Bags and bins were filled; debris disposed of, photos posed for... It was a lovely, companionable way to spend a warm and bright Monday evening. Shout-outs to the whole team this evening, (including Emma who came up with tonight's lovely pun).

And then it was 8 and we were saying our farewells, assuring Janet and Eileen we'd return soon.

Until then.

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Emma Jones signed up to a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: Gardening at Cranbrook Community Garden

Mon 20 Jun 18:30 pm
Town Hall Hotel - Hotel Entrance, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
Janet's asked for a hand clearing out the garage area!

Come and join the powerhouse team that is Eileen and Janet at the Cranbrook Community Food Garden this evening.

Following on from our last visit several weeks ago, Janet's been back in touch to ask if we can return to clear the area by the garages; rake the whole garden area, and continue trimming back the hedgerows.

Why are we doing this?

The Cranbrook Community Centre and Garden is a hive of activity, home to many groups throughout the week, and a thriving, popular garden space for all locals to enjoy.

Janet and Eileen tend to the Comunity Centre area, including the immediate garden, and sometimes need a hand during the Summer months, when the garden is at its finest (and most overgrown).

Always, a lively, active and very fun task, this is a fantastic way to start the week.

What you need to know

  • We will meet at the gorgeous Town Hall Hotel to leave belongings and warm-up, before running the short distance to the Community Centre.

  • If you'd like to meet us directly at the task, you can make your way to the Cranbrook Community Centre, Mace St, Globe Town, London E2 0RB for 7pm.

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Emma Jones went on a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

Living on the hedge

Mon 13 Jun
Report written by Laura Williams

Skies were blue, sun was out, temperature mild...It was the perfect backdrop to a terrific Monday evening task.

We were due at the Hollybush Estate at 7pm, to help Margaret trim the laurel hedge, by the family area.

Why were we doing this?

The laurel hedge bordering the fences of the estate's allotments and garden is pretty, no doubt. It creates an important microclimate for the raised vegetable beds belonging to the estate's residents.

However, it can grow a little high, and it can grow outwards, taking over vegetable beds, making the area hard to access, as well as becoming a bit of a pest to pedestrians as they navigate narrow pavements on the other side of the fence.

And so it was up to a 14-strong team, to help Margaret of the TRA chop the laurel and other greenery back, bagging and binning, sweeping and clearing as they went.

It was hot, it was hunger-inducing but it was successful. And it was an upper body extravaganza, as the team reached for the higher branches, working skilfully in pairs to tackle the hardest-to-reach top of the hedge in the absence of a step ladder.

As always time, flew, and it wasn't long before we were tying the handles of the last bin liners; sweeping up the final lime-green laurel leaves and posing for that farewell pic. And congratulating our Liz on her 50th good deed :)

We split into three groups at 8pm: those running back to the hotel; those heading home for dinner, and those stopping at the pub to rehydrate.

Until next time.

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Emma Jones has completed 10 good deeds with GoodGym. Mon 6 Jun 2022

Emma has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.

Emma Jones went on a community mission
Community mission
Tower Hamlets

"I feel the need, the need for weeds."

Mon 6 Jun
Report written by Laura Williams

One by one we gathered at The Soanes Centre in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park this evening, to collect decent gloves and make a start on a new area of weeding in the park.

Why were we doing this?

The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is an independent charity that oversees Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, a vital nature reserve and heritage site in Tower Hamlets. The park is 'a people’s park, a sanctuary for wildlife, a place for remembrance and a site for community events.'

With just two full time staff, volunteers are always welcome at the park!

With bundles of woodland paths and other areas to clear of weeds, GoodGymers embarked on our second visit of our Summer series clearing some of the more densely populated paths of cow parsley and goosegrass.

These particular plants are invasive, and block light; they end up being the dominant plants, to the detriment of a more diverse ground flora, and so 13 pairs of productive hands on a Monday night was much appreciated.

Mind the nettles

Well-briefed by Park Manager Ken Greenway, we jogged from The Soanes Centre to the middle of the park, where we worked in a big group, wandering right into the meadow, getting stung despite our best clothing efforts, coupled with Ken's nettle-trampling tutorial, hauling our stash down to the green waste heap, where those pesky plants eventually get shredded, turned to compost and donated to projects all over the city.

We were wading through weeds for an hour, but the time flew. Chatting, sneezing, plucking and hurling, we passed a most companionable, productive hour together.

Before we knew it, it was gone-8:15 and we were posing by the green waste heap for one last pic.

Shout-outs

  • A big congratulations to Task Force member and Social-Squad-Pro Stephen, who tonight hit his 50th good deed.

  • And a huge hello and welcome to Louise, who joined us for her first task tonight, making amazing progress, and expertly navigating, by bicycle, the runners back to base!

Next week, we've been asked to head to the Hollybush Estate, to help out with more shed tasks, mulch-moving aaand...gardening.

Until then.

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Emma Jones has cheered by other people 25 times. Mon 6 Jun 2022

Emma is part of a crowd that's making a huge noise. Emma has been cheered by 25 people - that's a round of applause just on their own. We hope they keep it up.

Emma Jones signed up to a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: Hollybush Estate' June gardening catch-up, and mulch-moving

Mon 13 Jun 18:30 pm
Town Hall Hotel - Hotel Entrance, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
Margaret's been in touch with a whole array of important summer gardening tasks...

Margaret from the Teesdale & Hollybush Tenants and Residents Association (and 'instigator of one of the largest community allotment projects in east London') has asked us to come by for a June visit to help with some more moving of woodchip, shed clearance and weeding and cutting back.

Come and join the team as we enjoy a short run from our lovely hotel base to give Margaret a hand helping maintain this huge Estate garden.

What you need to know

  • We will meet at the hotel for a short warm-up between 6:30-6:45. You can leave any belongings securely here too.

  • At 6:45 we'll make our way to the task just around the corner to start our evening's activity. If you're meeting us at the task, the address is Kedlestone Walk Community Centre, Hollybush Gardens, E2 9RP.

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Emma Jones signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Tower Hamlets

THE BIG MONDAY NIGHT TASK: Summer weed-clearing project in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Mon 6 Jun 19:00 pm
Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park, The Soanes Centre, Southern Grove, Mile End, E3 4PX
We're back to the Cemetery Park to help clear more footpaths...

PLEASE WEAR LONG SLEEVES AND TROUSERS FOR THIS TASK.

Manager Ken of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park has asked for GoodGymers to lend a hand clearing the footpath in this beautiful, well used park, as the park has suffered with a lower-than-usual supply of volunteers over the last couple of years.

Over the coming months, we will be working with his Weed Treasure Map to help clear some of the park's busiest walkways.

Tonight, on our second visit of the summer we'll be tackling more stubborn cow parsley and goosegrass whose seeds are about to drop, and adding to the huge weed pile in the middle of the park

What you need to know

  • We'll meet at 7pm by the Southern Grove Entrance, just outside The Soanes Centre.

  • After grabbing gloves, we'll make our way to the centre of the park to make a start on tonight's clearing.

  • The park will supply gloves but please bring your own too. Please wear long sleeves and long trousers.

  • We have allowed 90 minutes for this task, but you can leave earlier if you need to!

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