We're heading to Upper Norwood Library Hub on Crystal Palace Triangle. They're having a massive clear out of their shed and archives and would like us to make a pile outside so it can be taken away.
It's 2km uphill but we may take a longer, more gradual windy route. It'll be downhill all the way back though ;)
We'll be outside most of the time but please bring a mask in case we go inside. 🤿
Some gardening gloves will also be useful as we'll be piling up things like planks! 🧤
Running with GoodGym Bromley
🏃♂️ Whether you're brand new to running or a seasoned pro, you are so welcome at GG Bromley.
📍 Every Tuesday we meet at the Bridge House pub in Penge. There's a space to leave coats and bags.
🕖 We run at 7pm but turn up any time from 6:45 for a pre-run chat! After doing our good deed we run back to base for 8:30. Sometimes we stick around for a drink!
🧤 Please bring gardening gloves - these are useful for lots of tasks. A headtorch can also be useful when it's dark! 💡
Any questions? Drop Mark an email!
Still time for one last mission this year before the calendars change - a quick bit of new year's eve shopping for food for Mr M which included 8 cans of soup. [Apols no photo of my own - so thank you Calle Macorone on unsplash].
A lot of kids had a rather late night waiting for the chance to meet Santa this evening as we went up & down the roads near Birkbeck. And a lot of loose change and quite a lot of notes got pushed into the Rotary Club's collecting buckets, plus a few dabs of contactless payments. I even got recognised by former Goodgymer Kerry - who tipped a few coins in as well of course!
Today's task was to help out Living Well and their food bank with checking and packing "Christmas Bags" - a more festive version of their regular packages they give to those that need them.
Members of the public were asked to provide specific things (salmon, shower gel, coffee, festive biscuits, tinned fruit...etc.) and we were there to check that everything was there.
Firstly we shifted all the bags into the church, before getting on with going through each bag and matching them with the list of food. If there was something missing, we'd grab it from the usual food bank stock, and then we'd top the bags up with mince pies and other Christmas treats!
Once they were all filled, we moved the bags back into the containers outside. A good test of brain power, speed and muscle! 🧠🏃💪
Mary from Living Well sent me this after the session:
"A big thank you to everyone who helped today with Christmas bags. If we had to do them without your help it would have taken many hours."
Great work guys! And big shout out to Carla who came along for her first GG task - A baptism of fire with a speedy session! 🎉🔥
We are continuing our tour of parkrun takeovers in the borough (after a Christmas break). It would be great to see as many red t-shirts as possible along the route and in the finish area to spread the word about all the good we are doing in the borough.
There's plenty of options to choose from, including marshals, barcode scanners, finish tokens and tail walker. See what's available on the volunteering page and don't forget to email email@example.com to confirm which volunteering role you'd like to do.
Alternatively, please follow this link to chose a volunteering role: https://script.google.com/macros/s/AKfycbzhtcopv6lgikkt9bQREdAqL1vW0amRBGzQyRPi8I86N6cYitWo/exec
Don't forget about the post-Parkrun coffee at the cafe in the park!
Molly (my dog) will also be in attendance in her GoodGym bandana
It was a pleasure to spend time at Ms A’s home where the help of two Goodgym volunteers was needed to get her TV back into use so she can enjoy her favourite channels. A wall-mounted bracket was in place but the TV needed attaching. After a bit of detective work, Ian managed to identify the correct bolts and washers, then he worked as a team with Linda to lift and secure the screen. A quick wipe over to remove our fingerprints from the surface and the job was finished!