Jess

Kingston upon Thames

14Good deeds

14runs

85cheers

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Community mission
Kingston upon Thames

Donations of much needed perishable goods to Kingston Foodbank

Mon 20 Apr 18:45 pm
Guildhall, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, KT1 1EU
Keeping stock levels up at Kingston food bank for those in need

Kingston foodbank have seen a dip in donations and as stock has been in greater demand the need to keep stock topped up is more important than ever. To help ensure Kington's most vulnerable residents are supported during this time please help by asking for donations from your local neighbourhood whilst following the social distancing rules. Goodgym members have been placing a box outside their homes or communal areas for residents to add donations to, this will then be collected and taken to the Foodbank. For tips on what to donate please see the website https://kingston.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/ All donations will be collected by one Kingston Goodgym member by the week of the 20 April and drop all off to the Foodbank.

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Jess went on a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Digging for a pun with 6 new ones on the run!

Sun 19 Jan
Report written by Jenna

What a glorious day for a starter run! 14 of us met at the Guildhall, to run 5km and get physical with a great task of clearing the paths at Surbiton Cemetery.

We were very lucky today to welcome 6 new runners - Rush, Zoe, [Nancy]Nancy), Matt, Emily, and John as well as the return of Ruth who we haven't seen in a while - give them all a cheer!

After another groovy warm up guaranteed to get our hands out of our pockets and get us mobilised, we set our stravas and envisaged the hot chocolate we would hunt down on our return into Kingston town centre.

Although cold we ran in the beautiful sunshine , a little different to our regular Tuesday nights in darkness and this made all the difference for the task at hand. When we arrived at the Cemetery we could see what great work had already been achieved by the group a few weeks ago and now we were here to use the light to dig into a overgrown grass verge of the path and clear it so that people can get to the headstones more easily.

We each picked up a shovel or a spade - I'm unsure which is which but which ever one we had they were great at clearing the path. This was some really satisfying work, a great way to get our muscles working and doing a good deed at the same time. Once all the grass and soil were lifted it was time to load up the wheelbarrows with it for a race to get it out of sight to expose a clear and user friendly path.

Great work everyone, such a great team effort!

Hope to see you on a Tuesday night group run - 6.45pm at Main Guildhall or if you cannot make Tuesdays, look out on the website for other runs and good deeds you can get involved in

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Jess signed up to a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Clearing the paths at Surbiton Cemetery

Sun 19 Jan 10:45 am
Guildhall, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, KT1 1EU
Allow better access for those visiting the cemetery

It's a Kingston Starter Run so we get to do our good deeds as a group in the daytime for a change and that means we don't need head torches - Yay!!

Even better news is that the run is open to those who have never run before and those that have completed 500 deeds or more so we can all do good at Surbiton Cemetery

The pathways there have overgrown with moss, grass and mud to form trip hazards and make access awkward especially for those in wheel chairs

Some of us have tackled this task in the dark but this time we shall get a better look at what we are dealing with and make a start to 2020 with a project that will keep our fitness and feel good endorphins fully charged!

Come join us at Guildhall 10.45am and bring your own gardening gloves if you have some ; - )

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Jess went on a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Santa Baby!

Tue 17 Dec
Report written by Mark Barun

12 elves met at Guildhall for the final GG Kingston run of the year.

With a ho ho ho and run run reindeer they were off to rock a warm up around the christmas tree

The elves raced santas hat, with Rhian remembering it was Rudolph pulling santas sleigh on a foggy night (much to the delight of everyone else who could finally stop planking!)

After the elves had braved the wintry conditions of Kingston, they arrived at the Grow Baby workshop, where there was just 30 minutes to work their magic.

Growbaby is such a giving charity in our community who since 2003 have been doing so much in the community, donating clothes to families with babies and younger children that are in need. The giving does not stop there as they serve the community in far more ways too so if you would like to know more then check out https://www.kingstonvineyard.co.uk/growbaby/

Spurred on by the glasses of bubbly, they got to work folding mountains of generously donated clothes and sorting into age groups.

As well as sorting baby clothes we were also tasked with cleaning duties and after an initial attempt to clean the windows only made them foggier than a cold december night that not even Rudolph could navigate, we changed our methods leaving them crystal clear.

Armed with brooms, dustpans and henry, we sweeped into action for the final job to leave the hub spick and span.

Back out into the cold we went, with bellies warmed with bubbles and our hearts warmed with the good deed.

We ran, we sorted, we wiped, we swept and we cheered! It was great!

All in all to round off a great year of GoodGym tonight was a thoroughly heart warming task with Grow Baby followed by a good warming drink or two...

On the 12th day of Christmas my goodgym gave to me.... 12 runners running , 1 walker walking and a mince pie dunked in beer!

Ho-ho-hope you all have a very merry Christmas. See you next decade!

Report written by everyone, ignore the line below

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Jess went on a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

A whopper of a roo(u)t(e)!

Tue 10 Dec
Report written by Laura Waller

It’s raining, it’s pouring,

The warm up had us falling.

We ran to Skerne,

And gave the beds a turn,

To stop the weeds from soaring!

It’s raining, it’s pouring,

We wore many a layer for warming.

Picked up some litter,

And got a bit fitter,

It’s always fun Kingston exploring!

It’s raining, it’s pouring

The wind was certainly roaring,

We admired the Xmas lights

And avoided the hill heights,

Tuesdays definitely aren’t boring!

Report written by Martel

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Jess signed up to a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Lots of fun working with ID Verde to improve our community spaces

Tue 10 Dec 18:45 pm
Guildhall, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, KT1 1EU
Improve the ambience and environment for all who work and live here

Remember Skerne Road - How many were so pleased with our efforts to help improve their neighbourhood - Well we are back there this evening to carry on some great work with I.D Verde

We made a huge transformation to the hedges we worked on last visit so let's get that look good feel good going on this evening.

Surely it qualifies for the odd Santa hat on this run no? Either way head torches and gloves are definitely needed

Looking forward to seeing you at Guildhall 6.45pm

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Jess went on a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Don’t paint goodgym into a corner

Tue 3 Dec
Report written by Martel

9 runners were warmed up on the floor planking, walking in and out slapping hands, everything we may have to do painting a floor apparently! Then they were off to SHEDx, project that encompasses a range of activities to activate and engage the local community. At their allotment off the Broadway we were met by the lovely Georgia who gave us the good news that we were allowed to throw some paint on the floor and spread it around - Yippee.

So we started in a line with brushes on the edges and rollers in middle and not one of us got painted in - making it back to the door in good time. A quick wash with festive spirit and a few additional splashes to our running kit will remind us of this great task.

Thanks for having us it was a blast and super to be helping all warm indoors on a chilly night

Thanks too for the lovely treat that awaited us back at base from Councillor Lynne to celebrate all our hard work on tasks done earlier this year - Went down well after all that running this evening!

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Jess signed up to a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

LAST (Group) RUN of the year is to the Grow Baby Hub Christmas clear up!

Tue 17 Dec 18:45 pm
Guildhall, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, KT1 1EU
Help improve the look and function for this great Charity

The Vineyard / Hub in Kingston houses faith in the community and through it's charity provides clothes for families with babies and young children. It has been doing so since 2003 and since then so many have benefited from it's service to community.

In addition it houses drop in centres and connect groups for many to attend as well.

Out task will be to assist in adding some Christmas order and sparkle from cleaning windows, sorting the stock room and if time allows perhaps some last minute Christmas prep too!

It's our group Christmas run out to do good where we live so trim your Santa beard, polish your elf shoes and get that Rudolph nose a flashing

Ho ho ho - or rather see you at Guildhall - 6.45pm (Head torch flashing too!)

Beer and Food to follow straight after too ; - )

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Jess signed up to a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

It's a PAINT job with ShedX

Tue 3 Dec 18:45 pm
Guildhall, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, KT1 1EU
Help to create a brighter, functional environment for those that use and work at this great community/ charity org

You know ShedX well we are helping them paint the concrete floor at the Farm/ Allotments area (DON'T WEAR YOUR NEW TRAINERS FOR THIS ONE!)

Those that don't then check out https://www.thecommunitybrain.org/shedx

They have asked us to assist with a quick prep and straight to painting and as it sounds like a full on task and a bit of a run we shall get going just as soon as we can this evening - So no wall squats or plank in the warm up (sorry) just straight business and have at it!!

It is definitely a head torch run as dark along the way.

6.45pm at Guildhall is where we kick off so please sign up so we can see numbers to advise the Task Owner - look forward to seeing you then!

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Jess has completed 10 good deeds with GoodGym. Tue 12 Nov 2019

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

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