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Stepney City Farm is a three-acre working farm in the heart of Tower Hamlets. It gives children and adults a chance to meet farm animals, learn how to grow food and try out arts and crafts. It's an educational charity with an extensive education programme, used by over 5,000 school children and young people every year.
In the past, Goodgym have worked on all areas of the farm: carrying, lifting, digging, shovelling and doing a lot to create the beautiful, calming pond area, as well as relaxing afterwards in the excellent cafe.
Sneak out of work early on Wednesday and join us again. We'll even finish in daylight!
(If you arrive a bit later and you can't see us, phone John on 07395 817789).
Join us for a social walk in the South Downs National Park. This is one of the most magnificent and justifiably well known walks in England. We will walk from Seaford Station to Eastbourne along the white chalk cliffs via Cuckmere Haven, Birling gap and Beachy Head.
Distance: 13 miles / 20km with 500m of ascent (lots of ups and downs for each of the "sisters"). I anticipate that the walk will take about 5 hours, plus time for breaks. Please bring plenty of water and a packed lunch. We will find a fish and chip shop in Eastbourne before getting the train home.
Logistics. I've put the location as Bethnal Green so it shows up in our events but we will be meeting in Victoria station (outside WH Smith) at 9.05 before getting the 9.24 train to Seaford (changing at Lewes). Buy a day return from London to Seaford and then in Eastbourne buy an additional single ticket from Eastbourne to Lewes. If you have a Network Card you and three companions get 1/3 off, or if you buy your ticket on a group of 3 or more you can get a group save ticket which also saves 1/3 so it's worth arriving early and buddying up to buy tickets.
Join us for a return to park run in mile end for a 5km run and then we'll head to the nearby international comrades cafe for a coffee together. It's a run not a race all abilities welcome. After the run we'll gather near the coffee van and then walk to the cafe.
I couldn't list the location for the meet up point - mile end park run starts on the canal side of mile end stadium in the park.
Course Description The course consists of a two laps always running on the left hand side of the double paths. Starting in front of Mile End Stadium through Mile End Park and over the Green Bridge. Along the canal towpath turn right to loop behind the Art Pavilion then follow the path over the Green Bridge back to the stadium. A "turning point" will be marked; turn and repeat for a second lap. Finishing on the grass in front of the stadium
There's no warm up so do your own written you arrive early. The event starts by welcoming new comers and thanking the volunteers. And the run starts at 9am (so get there early). There are volunteers to show you the route which is straightforward as you just follow the people in front of you. If you've registered online (which is free - but if you haven't registered you can still run) and brought a printed bar code you will have your bar code scanned at the end and your time will be emailed to you a few hours later. More information can be found here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/mileend/
And to register go here https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/
Not a bad-sized group for this evening's task, joining the wonderful Trees for Streets team for the second time.
But first, the workout...
Team GG showed up early in pretty St Stephen's Green a little earlier than our Task Owners, to enjoy a short workout (and few Cadburys Heroes). We sped through some slow-out-fast-back shuttle runs; endless squat variations and speed skating, and other lower body warm-ups, before handing over to the brilliant Lizzie and Simeon for tonight's intro and instructions.
Armed with A3 maps, highlighters galore and the best local knowledge going, we were soon divided into three teams, over two Bow wards.
Those brush letterboxes
It was a busy evening out on these bustling East London streets but we all managed to blitz our areas: no letterbox too tough; no dog bark too ferocious, no street too long. We did good.
And it was really great to get the opportunity to chat to residents, some of whom opened their front doors (mainly those who heard us wrestling with those pesky brush letterboxes), to come out and find out what all the fuss was about: "Trees, I tell you, it's all about the trees"
We arranged to meet back at the Lord Morpeth after 8, to compare our leftover leaflet stash; flyering anecdotes, pics and post-task plans.
Well. Done. All.
What a team.
A huge shout-out to Simon, who not only took the reins at dividing up all those many streets into teams, but who's also just became the most recent member of our Task Force. Amazing stuff.
And to Charlotte who took some great pics, and to all those who showed up to this step-heavy, productive task tonight.
Until next week, folks.