Georgie has helped keep other people motivated, Georgie has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Georgie.
What's ten-and-a-half-tonnes between friends?
(Turns out it wasn’t actually nine tonnes to be shifted but nineteen-and-a-half. Love a challenge).
So we met outside the Hub where Joelle gave us a brief history of the park, and some interesting key stats.
We then made our way over to the children’s playground for our Task briefing:
Shovel sand into wheelbarrows by the Changing rooms.
Navigate the 5-min walk/wheel back to Playground, depositing sand on areas where it’s most needed (edge of swings; bottom of slides).
Rake and distribute sand evenly.
Return wheelbarrows to sand pile for refilling.
… You get the picture.
The team were something else. They didn’t stop: they were like machines. I don’t know how (I consider myself fit but I caved in after one trip, such was the forearm fatigue).
After 90 minutes of hard graft we called time (“Send the last barrow out at 8:30”) before returning tools to shed, enjoying a quick stretch and bidding farewell to Joelle and Richard. Until next time 🤞.
Well done everyone - it was fast, it was furious, and as always, it was phenomenally good fun.
A huge huge warm welcome and shout-out to Iain whose first GoodGym event it was and who was unstoppable (literally). We watched, we marvelled… We wondered how. Thanks for a brilliant contribution and we really hope to see you soon.
The Big Monday Night Task: Shifting, wheeling & raking 9 tonnes of sand over the Victoria Park Children's Playground.
9 tonnes of sand has been delivered to Victoria Park, which needs shovelling into barrows, wheeling across to the playground, and raking across the playground, to keep this surface safe for the children.
Are you in?
What you need to know
You will meet Task Owner Joelle and Area Activator Laura outside The Hub at 7pm. Please arrive punctually, as you will be given instructions at this time.
You will be divided into teams to shovel, wheel and rake. You may also have some other clearing, spreading and raking tasks in the vicinity.
Activity will then be overseen by the Duty Ranger and Laura.
Please allow 90 minutes for this task.
We will finish with a short fitness session, including vital post-task stretches.
And so it was a full house on this afternoon's Crisis session.
Teams were yet again dispatched throughout the building, with squads scrubbing the soon-to-be medical room within an inch of its life; building the call centre (including knocking down doorways); pallets being cut and assembled, new flooring prepped ready to be laid, and the outdoor cleaning and clearing went on late into the afternoon...
Yet more amazing work.
Yep, was a very busy site, with GoodGymers working tirelessly and carefully with Crisis staff, putting a wide variety of skill sets from engineering to gardening to very good use. Thanks to everyone for putting in a big Saturday effort (and to Peter for sending some great pics).
And the brilliant Ray (Ray is a longstanding Crisis volunteer, who's been doing this for seven years) continued to whizz around on the fork lift, overseeing and caring for our GoodGymers outside. Oh, and I got to the bottom of his 'RayRay' name: given by the Crisis team, as he does everything twice as quick as everyone else.
Well, what a day at the warehouse. And so, 'till...TUESDAY! When we'll be back at the usual Tuesday time of 6.30pm, to continue the countdown prep.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
Background as to why this Community Mission is taking place
Crisis need help preparing their Christmas logisitcal hub.
They have bundles of support from organisations and companies wanting to be involved with their Christmas provisions, but they do still need a few pairs of local, experienced volunteers to help get the warehouse ready in time.
What you will be doing
This Saturday we'll be joining Richard in prepping the warehouse for more of the basics: the installation of the medical centre, the call centre and some delivery assistance...
Health and Safety: What You Need to Know Before Signing-Up
You need to bring your own gloves to wear.
You need to bring a face covering and although this is a vast area, when you're working in an indoor area here, you will need to wear your face covering.
The warehouse gets chilly. Please wear plenty of layers.
MOST IMPORTANT: We have to adhere to strict number caps on sign-up,but Crisis DO need 20 GoodGymers. PLEASE UN-SIGN IF YOU CANNOT MAKE THIS ACTIVITY CLOSER TO THE TIME. If you un-sign, someone else waiting for a place on this activity then gets notified a spot has become free.
Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
We'll be back plodding at Lea Valley Riding centre for this regular task.
Meet at the riding centre car park.
Bring a head torch if you have one (top tip: a bike light and a stretchy band can be a good backup!)
22 of us gathered last night for our two-task Monday extravaganza.
We spaced ourselves nicely out in front of the beautiful Cranbrook Community Food Garden to enjoy our first workout, where we whizzed through some stretches, balance moves and standing waist exercises. Limited content with no floor or surface to lean on, but the team wereexceedingly tolerant of my limited repertoire.
It was a wonderful start to the evening not just because we put the working day behind us, exchanging keyboards for courgettes, but because this was also our time to welcome Alex and Becs to our Task Force! What a time to join! We are so excited about you joining our unbelievably talented, dedicated Task Force squad. What a fit. Here's to many happy, sociable, exciting weeks ahead for us all.
And so to work.
Becky G was heading up our task de-suckering (is that a term?) the big White Poplar tree at Meath Gardens. Now you may read this and think, "What are they going on about?" but let me tell you: this was a big gardening gig. The council have threatened to take the beautiful vast tree down unless it was tamed, and so the fantastic Friends of Meath Gardens called on us to help tame this tricky tree.
Nothing to see here. Just a yellow skeleton among the trees.
A team headed to the canal, and while some cut brambles and branches, others participated in a litter-pick. And in the process, found a skeleton attached to the outside of a bridge. A yellow plastic skeleton (sorry, should have specified earlier). Which became the focus of the evening. Sorry, White Poplar.
Meanwhile, Leo was heading up the Cranbrook crew who were planting; fixing those fickle vegetable bed trellises, and scurrying around productively as usual. Janet and Eileen who head up the Community Centre and garden are so appreciative: what is great fun for us, and provides an opportunity for us to be together, helps them enormously as local resources are currently a little thin of the ground. And despite their drive and dedication, they do need a hand.
We all met by the canal after 8, and while some opted to call it a night, a few of us gathered by The Mystical Tree (an old tree trunk) at the front of Meath for a little stretching and a bit of extra breathing, to the backdrop of Massive Attack. Heaven.
And so to our shout-outs...
Well, always it's to our Task Force. Our truly terrific team of individuals who enable us to enjoy weekly activities (Friends of Meath Gardens sent over an eye-wateringly long list of dates to help out, and because our Task Force picked up every single one of them, we can enjoy this regular Monday night gig). Thank you tonight to Becky, in particular, who took time out from moving house to heading up this Community Mission and to Leo for Cranbrook task.
Thank you to Chris, our HTFM (Honorary Task Force Member) who was on hand, as always, to advise on, ahem, dubious-looking litter-pick items; First Aid, and other top bits of consultation.
Thank you to Isabelle for coming up with this week's pun in record time (Isabelle had little choice when faced with the option I was proposing...).
And a HUGE warm welcome to Conor, whose first GG outing it was. Such fun! You did so much - thank you. See you soon?
And that's it for now. Well, until next week when our Isabelle heads up a Monday mission to Hollybush where you'll be fixing netting to a fence, weeding...Ooh, it sounds like a lot to do, so do come on board.
Until then, have a good week and take the greatest care.
Two-task Monday: Clearing trees by the canal at Meath Gdns + more Cranbrook gardening! PLUS MONDAY BOOSTER WORKOUT!
Come on board another two-task Monday where you'll get to choose from:
- Clearing the White Poplar tree from the canal at Meath Gardens
- OR staying at Cranbrook Community Food Garden to join Eileen and Janet as we clear leaves, fix trellises and stake tomatoes.
What's the fitness offering?
Very good question. So, Laura will be taking you through a short workout after our introductions designed to tick the following boxes:
- 'Landing' for the day (putting our working day behind us, and stretching out before we start our tasks).
- Getting heart rate raised in case we skipped that lunchtime sweat sesh.
- Squeezing in a little strength work, in case our fitness routine has been lacking.
Then, you can either:
- Head with Becky's team to run to Meath Gardens task.
- And/or join the team around 8pm for a few laps of these exquisite gardens if you fancy it.
So, to clarify, our itinerary for the evening will look like this:
- Meet at 6.45pm for hellos and intros.
- Introduce you to our latest Task Force member... (we'd suggest arriving in time for this...)
- Monday Booster Workout (see above)
- 7/7.10pm Start tasks
- 8-ish Cool-down running at Meath for anyone who fancies a sociable sweat to end the day
And last, very important message: Our sessions are for all, regardless of fitness levels and area! If you're new, we'll make THE biggest fuss of you!