James Connolly

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James Connolly went on a community mission
Community mission
Chelmsford

Some cracking bag-packing

Sun 22 Nov
Report written by Russell

The Little Edi Foundation is a small local charity that enables disadvantaged children to fulfil their potential, giving them equal access to food, education and learning development.

One of the many things they do is distributing food donations from Fareshare at Tescos to familes who need it in Chelmsford. They have sturggled to get enough volunteers to help with the food distribution, cue GoodGym to lend a helping hand.

Waiting around the back of the Tescos on Springfield road, we got to have a little catch up before the shutters opened and what looked like quite a few pallets worth of food were given to us. The food mainly consisted of bread with the odd bits of fruit and potatoes, some beef jerky and a rather tasty looking cake. We each grabbed a bag and filled them up with food to be distributed. Josh from the Little Edi Foundation gave us our drop off addresses and we all went off in seperate directions leaving the bags on families doorsteps to enjoy.

Well done everyone for getting stuck in and making quick work of what would otherwise have taken a lot longer.

This is going to be a weekly task every Sunday as well as every Wednesday morning.

Also on Wednesday this week we will be doing a virtual escape room and there will be another challenge to do during the week on a walk, run or bike ride.

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James Connolly signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Chelmsford

Delivering Food Parcels for The Little Edi Foundation

Sun 22 Nov 16:30 pm
Tesco, 47-53 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6QT
Keep children fed during these tough times

The Little Edi Foundation is a small local charity that enables disadvantaged children to fulfil their potential, giving them equal access to food, education and learning development.

They receive food donations from Fareshare at Tescos which needs to be distributed on Sundays and Wednesdays.

For this task we will be helping The Little Edi Foundation sort and deliver their food parcels on Sunday evening directly from Tescos on Springfield Road (please bring a mask) meeting at 4:30pm. Meeting around the back where the lorry's go!

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James Connolly went on a community mission
Community mission
Chelmsford

T'was the night before Lockdown

Wed 4 Nov
Report written by Russell

T'was the night before lockdown, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. That's probably because everyone was drinking the bars dry at their locals.

But 4 GoodGym runners took it upon themselves to meet up for potentially the last time in a while to give Chelmsford a quick litter pick, made surprisingly difficult with all the fallen leaves covering the rubbish.

It was cold and it was dark and I forgot to take any decent photos (I blame that on wanting to keep my hands warm). But it was lovely to see James, Laurie and Jenny for one last Community Mission before the dreaded second lockdown.

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James Connolly signed up to a training session
Training session
Chelmsford

A pre task run to Mencap

Wed 4 Nov 18:00 pm
Anglia Ruskin University , Mildmay Sports Centre, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ

Please note that this training session has been cancelled.

Improve your fitness and have a catch up

A 3km (roughly) run from the Mildmay sports hall at the University to the Mencap centre where we will be doing a redecorating Community Mission which can be found here OR a plogging community mission which can be found here.

We will be meeting up by the bike shelter outside the Mildmay Sports Centre and are not to go inside to use the facilities.

We'll be setting off at 6pm.

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James Connolly signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Chelmsford

Redecorating for Mencap

Wed 4 Nov 18:30 pm
Mencap Centre, 56 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0DZ

Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.

Help this wonderful organisation make the place nicer for their students

Mencap have been busy creating a new doorway but now their reception and hallway need redecorating, sounds like a perfect task for GoodGym.

This week we will be doing preparation work including sanding/rubbing down and filling in nail holes etc and will be on site for about an hour.

As this is an indoor task Facemasks will need to be worn and to maintain social distancing we have to limit this task to 6 people. Also given the nature of the task maybe don't wear your finest running gear.

Please note the date and time of this task are subject to change.

You can meet directly at the task or there will be a run from the university setting off at 6pm which you can sign up to here

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James Connolly went on a community mission
Community mission
Chelmsford

Going to the chapel!!

Wed 28 Oct
Report written by Russell

Whew, what a busy day.

So after three weeks we have finally cleared all around St Johns Church Hall…. Until all the leaves fall off the trees at least.

Before we get into all that though a few things to celebrate. Firstly a very warm welcome to Pam who joined us on her first Community Mission with GoodGym. Great to have you on board and hope to see you at another task in the not too distant future.

We also welcomed back our now regular tourist Charlotte who seems to love getting stuck right into the tasks.

Today also marked Andy's 50th good deed. He now has his own dedicated Instagram post (lucky boy), and will be rocking a well-earned black t-shirt soon.

And lastly, and probably most importantly. A massive congratulations to Laurie and David who having had their wedding put back this year were able to tie the knot last week. The second couple to get married from GoodGym Chelmsford!! You know what they say, those who GoodGym together….

All the above deserve lots of cheers so go ahead and give them a few on their profiles.

So…. On to the actual task. The grim reaper, uh, I mean Stephen, gave us our tools and told us what needed doing which was essentially picking up where we left off last time, breaking down the remaining fallen branches and raking the leaves into the wheelie bins. After not too much time we filled up the four brown wheelie bins to the rim. We’ve achieved so much over the past month here and have left the place in a much better condition than when we first started. A big well done to everyone who has helped out at the church hall over the past few weeks, you’ve made a massive difference. If only someone knew how to take before and after pictures we might have been able to see the whole transformation. Oh well.

This morning we were also featured on Chelmsford Community Radio, a great local radio station that plays some banging tunes and supports local community initiatives, you can listen to the whole show here (but the bit you really want to listen to starts at about 2 hours and 12 minutes.)

Next week we are off to Mencap to help with their redecorating and there will be a litter pick on the Tuesday as well. Not entirely sure where yet so if anyone has any ideas or has seen some particularly litter filled areas drop me a message.

We also have our regular 5km run on Saturday morning in central park to look forward to.

That was a lot to get through. Well done everyone, see you all again soon!

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James Connolly went on a training session
Training session
Chelmsford

Run to St John Church Hall

Wed 28 Oct

A 3.5km (roughly) run from the University to St John Church Hall where we will be collecting debris for a Community Mission which can be found here.

We will be meeting up by the bike shelter outside the sports centre and are not to go inside to use the facilities.

We'll be setting off at 5:30pm.

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James Connolly signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Chelmsford

Clearing around the church hall

Wed 28 Oct 18:00 pm
St John Church Hall, Glebe House, 19 Vicarage Road, Chelmsford, CM2 9PH
Getting rid of the debris from all the windy days!

With Autumn now upon us and the weather taking a bit of a turn, leaves, branches and debris have built up around St John Church Hall on Vicarage Road and they need GoodGym's help to collect it all up and get rid of it!! We will be finishing off what we started last week.

As it will be getting dark please bring a headtorch if you have one and gloves and a facemask due to the current pandemic.

There will be a training run from the university to the task setting off at 5:30pm limited to 6 people which you can sign up to here or you can meet directly at the task.

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James Connolly signed up to a training session
Training session
Chelmsford

Run to St John Church Hall

Wed 28 Oct 17:30 pm
Anglia Ruskin University , Mildmay Sports Centre, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
A short run to the task

A 3.5km (roughly) run from the University to St John Church Hall where we will be collecting debris for a Community Mission which can be found here.

We will be meeting up by the bike shelter outside the sports centre and are not to go inside to use the facilities.

We'll be setting off at 5:30pm.

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James Connolly went on a community mission
Community mission
Chelmsford

Night of the Litter Rain

Wed 23 Sep
Report written by Russell

Five brave Chelmsford GoodGym runners met up for a litter pick in the first of the autumn rain. It was great to see Russell D again after what has felt like a lifetime. Hopefully see you again soon at one of our upcoming Community Missions.

Meeting at our usual place at the university It was certainly much milder that it has been in recent weeks and there were dark gray clouds above our destination; the Miami roundabout!!! Whilst running there the heavens did indeed open, but thankfully, once we had arrived at the task the rain had ceased and left behind a trail of rubbish... Or maybe that was the McDonalds.

Wherever the rubbish had originated from we filled up our bags, picking up everything within reach. Julie dashed into the bushes whilst Andy and James managed to find all the large and heavy bits. Then the real challenge came. Finding somewhere to leave our full bags. After a bit of a think and a wonder we eventually found somewhere and finished our evening with a lovely run back to the university.

Our next Community Mission will be helping The Ideas Hub move out of the library to the Meadows which you can sign up to here.

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