Jessica Bell

Tower Hamlets

3Good deeds

4runs

10cheers

Jessica Bell went on a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

Arbor than it looks

Mon 7 Feb
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Report written by Laura Williams

No time to waste

We left our lovely Town Hall Hotel sharpish this evening, as we knew it was going to be a task-and-a-half.

We warmed up quickly on the hotel steps, with mucho multi-tasking: head-counting, planning, light-allocating, stretching and mobilising all in one quick hit.

With Chris leading the run, we headed along Roman Road's bustling back streets to meet the rest of our crew, and the fantastic Friends of Meath Gardens, at the basketball court in beautiful Meath Gardens.

Teams were divided into two to start with: the Cemetery Park Squad and Team Woodchip (but there was later a woodchip sub-squad). Tyres were pumped, trolleys revved and the team were off to the Cemetery Park.

What were they doing?

Well, remaining logs needed collecting from the Cemetery Park who had kindly donated these to the Meath Gardens newly created protected-tree areas. Transport this evening was eventually by Zip van, but...the logs needed piling into the van and unloading. So our runners jogged the mile-long route down the canal with wheelbarrows and trolleys and met the Meath team at the Cemetery!

Woodchip PBs

Meanwhile, the woodchip squad divided into teams of shovelling, wheeling and spreading. It was already hard work but then those bright sparks at the Mulch Mound decided to set an additional challenge of timing each wheelbarrow-run across to the rakers. Joy. "Go, Nina! 1:18 - we reckon that's a PB!" Gruelling!

The time flew: a lot was achieved and the Meath team were happy, as were we, at a fine evening's work.

And the round of applause...

Shout-outs to the whole fantastic crew this evening, especially Chris for leading the run; Áine for some cracking pics of the Cemetery Squad; Áine, Stephen, Simon and Chris for the Cemetery route planning and run-leading... And to Rob, for tonight's pun, the most sophisticated we've seen for a while.

And welcome to Jess, who joined us for her first Group Run. Hope to see you very soon, Jess!

We'll be returning to Meath soon to join a weekend tree-planting effort, and for a Monday Night Mulch Return.

Meanwhile next week, we're back to Kedlestone Community Centre as we join Margaret (and the tin of Heroes) for more gardening, glasshouse and Centre fun.

Until then.

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Jessica Bell signed up to a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: Collecting logs from the Cemetary Park; spreading mulch in the woodland

Mon 7 Feb 18:30 pm
Town Hall Hotel - Hotel Entrance, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
Come and play a part in the preservation of Meath Gardens' new woodland area...

GoodGymers, we need you...

...Why?

  • An incredibly fun and sociable task, this physical activity also needs many, many pairs of hands!

What it involves

  • We will meet at the Town Hall Hotel from 6:30 to drop bags and warm up.

  • At 6:40 we leave for Meath Gardens Basketball Court (address if you're meeting at the task is Meath Gardens Smart St, Bethnal Green, London E2 0SN).

  • One group will walk or run down the canal to meet Asia at the Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park.

  • On arrival at the park, we will load up the last remaining large logs into a van.

  • We will run back to Meath Gardens to help unload the logs.

  • Meanwhile, another large group will remain in Meath Gardens spreading mulch in two woodland areas.

Why is it important?

Friends of Meath Gardens and local residents have devoted years to tending to this beautiful green area. Many young shrubs and trees have been planted and tended to, whatever the weather.

The park acts as a vibrant, active space for many at the weekend, as well as enabling a growing amount of volunteering activity.

The new young trees need carefully fencing off, with oversized logs, to protect them from mowers and to alert park-users to their existence. We (GG TH and Friends of Meath Gardens) have explored all opportunities for transporting these logs, kindly donated by the Cemetary Park, and although there is now a van option to save the wobbly wheelbarrow return to the park, many pairs of hands are still needed to load them in and out of the van, and prepare the woodland area with mulch.

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Jessica Bell went on a community mission
Community mission
Tower Hamlets

Extremely ef-FISH-ent packing 🐟

Tue 4 Jan
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Report written by Leo

It was the GoodGym show today at Bethnal Green Food bank as 5 of us turned up for a lunchtime session preparing for the big day tomorrow - Wednesday is distribution day when the members of the community reliant on the food bank are able to collect an essential bag of groceries for the week ahead.

We joined a few of the regular volunteers and as most of us were new to the Tuesday sessions we quickly got up to speed with what was needed.

Initially we set about preparing the bags that are to be handed out tomorrow, starting with the packs for families with children which were very quick to assemble.

Then by the time the majority of us had arrived we moved onto the meat bags, which involved picking a number of standard items including cereal, orange squash, rice and some tins along with the meat specific portion of the bag.

Once we finished that and we were onto the 81 bags of fish 🐟 based packages we were in full flow and it was just the 5 of us racing through the bags in next to no time as we had very much honed the process. It was a very collaborative effort with the efficient production line of bag packing a joy to behold.

Once that was all sorted we handled a number of other miscellaneous tasks around the food bank before heading our various ways, pleased with another good deed done.

Special mention to Jess on her second ever task πŸ‘ Here's to many more!

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Jessica Bell signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Tower Hamlets

Foodbank Packing Session

Tue 4 Jan 12:00 pm
Raines Foundation School, Approach Road, London, E2 9LY
Helping the foodbank unpack deliveries and pack bags ahead of Wednesday session with Clients

Good Gym TH have been helping out at Bethnal Green foodbank all year and they have requested us especially over the busy Christmas period as a lot of their regular volunteers are away with family outside of London.

This sign up is for Tuesday the 4th where we will be unloading the weekly delivery, packing the weekly bags for Clients on Wednesday and sorting through any Christmas donations from some of our lovely local drop off points.

The event will be listed for the full session of 12-3.30 (end time depends on how quickly the work gets done) but volunteers are welcome to drop in for any length of time you can spare - an hour, 2, 3 or the whole session!

This is an indoor task so please bring your mask and expect to wear it. Also expect Christmas tunes and fun chats with some other local volunteers! :)

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Jessica Bell has earned their community cape by completing their first community mission. Thu 16 Dec 2021

Jessica completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Jessica was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.

Jessica Bell has done their first good deed with GoodGym. Thu 16 Dec 2021

Jessica is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.

Jessica Bell has logged their first training run with GoodGym. Thu 16 Dec 2021

Oh yes. Jessica is training. This is how the greatest atheletes on earth are made. Jessica is making it happen. They logged their first training run on the GoodGym site; extraordinary things are sure to follow.

Jessica Bell went on a community mission
Community mission
Tower Hamlets

Many hands make wrapping pressies at Hollybush Gardens fly by

Wed 15 Dec

Roll up and get wrapping.

We’ll be joining Margaret for a festive task to help her wrap up Christmas gifts for the children of Hollybush Gardens Community.

Please remember to bring your mask and be prepared to wear it.

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Festive music will be playing. I’ve had a merrily alternative crimbo playlist ready since last year and I intend to play it. Dancing and singing along very welcome.

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Jessica Bell signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Tower Hamlets

Many hands make wrapping pressies at Hollybush Gardens fly by

Wed 15 Dec 19:00 pm
Kedleston Community Centre, 3 Hollybush Gardens, London, E2 9QT
Improve community cohesion

Roll up and get wrapping.

We’ll be joining Margaret for a festive task to help her wrap up Christmas gifts for the children of Hollybush Gardens Community.

Please remember to bring your mask and be prepared to wear it.

πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽΆ 🎁🎁🎁🎁 πŸŽΆπŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

Festive music will be playing. I’ve had a merrily alternative crimbo playlist ready since last year and I intend to play it. Dancing and singing along very welcome.

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