Manor Paddock is a council run senior's accommodation in East Brighton. They have a charming garden, lovingly maintained by resident Luc and others but there's plenty to do to keep on top of things so they are looking forward to Goodgym helping them out.
Eight Goodgymers met outside Somerset Point building and welcomed GG Brighton newest member Shirely.
We were greeted by Somerset Point resident Eilleen who showed us where the tools are and told us what needs to be done in different parts of the garden. We assigned ourselves different gardening tasks and started the work while chatting about our days and plans for the rest of the week.
In one hour, we were done and Eilleen was impressed with the output. We took a group selfie before heading on our different paths while feeling a little better for accomplishing another GG deed.
6 of us met Pippa and her lovely labrador near the entrance of St Anne’s Well Park, including Corie who we welcomed on her very first mission – sounds like Helena did a good job of preaching the gospel of GG to her when they were work colleagues!
Our mission tonight was to empty and tidy a shed belonging to the Friends of St Anne’s Well Park. Pretty straightforward stuff, you might be thinking. But our evening quickly turned in to a very low budget version of the Crystal Maze, as we couldn’t unlock the shed door from the outside. Jacob showed some keen breaking and entering skills, and managed to squeeze himself through the window, then had to jimmy (I think that’s the term used by master burglars) open the door from the inside, all the while knowing the clock was ticking on our 1-hour challenge.
With the door opened, we quickly emptied the shed, chucked away a fair few random old bits of gazebo and items from various past events, cleaned up some of the charity collection buckets, gave the shed a good sweep and re-stocked it, much to Pippa’s delight. And in the end we managed it with 5 minutes to spare! A job well done.
This is another council run seniors accommodation scheme with a garden maintained by the residents who can always do with an extra helping hand from Goodgym.
Tasks include lawn mowing and trimming and general gardening and tidying up.
Meet resident Eilleen at the front entrance between Montague Street and Somerset Street.
The Friends of St Ann's Well Park group have a garden shed housing some old gazebos and collection buckets. It's got into a bit of a mess so we will be emptying everything out, checking it's still usable, giving it a good clean and putting it all back in nice and tidily.
Any spare pairs of hands will be put to good use in the park litter picking and weeding.
Meet inside the park by the tennis courts at the Somerhill Road entrance.
At the Brighton Table Tennis Club we arrived and met Tim, small baby in hand. Initially we were going to weed the new area of plants that had been planted on the lawn opposite but it was pointed out that there really wern't any weeds! So with various tools,ladders and a bucket of water Nancy, Frannie, Jacob, Sherman, Abi and myself cleared all the weeds from the base of the building, washed the walls, cleared dog poo & gull poop from various surfaces and this writer cleaned the windows while singing George Formby songs (one for the kids there!) The club really is an inspirational place and Tim told us that after opening again last week and particularly with the kids still being on Easter hols the place was packed. It really is incredible what they have done for the local community there and you can feel the buzz around the place...it's a constant hive of activity. I'm sure we'll be back.
Oh how we love Brighton Table Tennis Club! The following from their website tells you what you need to know, and they also operate as a food hub and work with The Real Junk Food Project as well! We'll be helping them clean window and the outside of the club ready for re-opening.
Mission To inspire everyone to be a champion, instil a lifelong love for table tennis and a positive sense of community within all our players
Vision An integrated community where people from all backgrounds play table tennis together while breaking down barriers and prejudice
Values Community Respect Solidarity Competition
What a better way to end the day...
Tara, Amro, Jacob, Sherman and NancAAAy....
Met at the square after running this way....
Greeted by Gary, they grabbed the litter pickers that were very okay...
They collected all the litter and didnt stop midway...
Smoothly covering all areas of the square like they were dancing ballet...
In one hour they were all done exactly at the start of the soiree...
They said their goodbyes and left Amro to write this essay...
Staying fit by doing good will never ever sound cliche..
Isn't it great to see so many people out enjoying themselves on the beach, parks and squares after the year we've had?!
BUT OMG all the litter!!! I don't know if I'm weird but I actually enjoy picking up litter, it's so satisfying to fill up those bags and get the feeling that your are fixing a problem rather than contributing to it.
We'll meet at the northern end of Brunswick Square and make our way south, picking litter as we go.