James Connolly

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Chelmsford

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James Connolly went on a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

We've run out of glasses, that was a bit short-sighted

Wed 22 Sep
Report written by Russell

After last week’s social of all you can eat pizza which the wonderful Laurie arranged, we had a chance to burn off some calories with a run to a new task for us, helping SVP Springfield sort out their donations of kitchen items.

SVP help people in need by befriending them and providing practical help where necessary. Many thanks for Rosie for helping us connect with the project which is run by her sister Jenny.

We met up at the usual place at ARU and welcomed Ohad to his first GoodGym session, who recently started studying at the university. I hope you had fun Ohad and hope to see you again in the near future. With Andy backmarking we made our way to Springfield for our task.

When we arrived we were quickly shown what to do and got straight to it. Making boxes filled with kitchen basics so they can be sent out as soon as they are needed by people and families. The boxes contained plates, bowls, cutlery, mugs, glasses (which ran out very early on, hence my awful pun, I’m sorry), oven trays, saucepans, frying pans, dish cloths and various cooking utensils.

After all our hard work, Jenny from SVP treated us to some flapjacks and drinks, thanks Jenny!!! And off we went into the darkness back to the University, headtorch season is definitely upon us now.

Next week we are digging for Mencap, as the task is a bit too far to run from ARU we will be meeting at Admirals Park, near/on the bridge.

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James Connolly signed up to a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

Helping SVP Springfield sort their kitchen donations

Wed 22 Sep 18:30 pm
Anglia Ruskin University , Mildmay Sports Centre, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
A chance to impress a new taskowner!

Meeting up as usual at the Mildmay Sports Hall at Anglia Ruskin University at 6:30pm. Although we will not have access to the building so there will not be any changing or storage facilities so make sure you come ready to run.

You must sign up for this group run if you wish to take part. You cannot turn up on the day as you could previously. If you are coming, make sure you sign up beforehand.

This week we will be helping SVP Springfield sort their donations of kitchen items so they can easily be distributed to people or families in need.

As it's getting darker in the evenings now, bring a headtorch if you have one and as this is an indoor task please bring along a facemask.

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James Connolly went on a party
Party
Chelmsford

I’ll have a Pizza that

Thu 16 Sep
Report written by Russell

Our first social in aaaages!!!!

Thanks soooo much to Laurie for arranging.

Some drinks at The Bootmaker followed by unlimited Pizza at Moto.

What happens on the social, stays on the social!

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James Connolly signed up to a party
Party
Chelmsford

Drinks and Pizza...

Thu 16 Sep 18:30 pm
The Bootmaker, 3-4 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0HR
Things are getting more and more back to normal... Yay!!!

Our first social in looooong time. The plan is to meet for some drinks at the Bootmaker at 6:30 and then head for some Pizza at Moto at roughly 7:30!!

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James Connolly went on a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

Getting a Pizza the action

Wed 1 Sep
Report written by Russell

This week we were leafletting to promote Foodcycle which has recently launched in Chelmsford. Once a week they offer a free sit down meal at Springfield Park Baptist Church using surplus food that would otherwise go to waste.

We started off with a rather brief introduction before a gentle warm up and run to our start point on Byron Road for the leafletting session, with Leanne leading and Laurie backmarking.

We continued leafletting around the Springfield Park area, finishing off the roads that we couldn’t get to last time. Byron Road, the maze of roads around the delightful Essex Police headquarters and back along Sandford Road.

Once we had finished dropping off the last of the leaflets along Sandford Road, we had a surprise visit from David who came back to the university with us.

Whilst having a post run stretch Laurie discussed our plans for a social following last week’s vote, which will be on Thursday 16th September; drinks followed by a meal, hopefully at Moto Pizza… If they can accommodate us all.

Thanks everyone for coming along and promoting this great new initiative in our city!

Next week we are back at the allotment which is need of a bit of care and attention!

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James Connolly signed up to a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

Leafletting for Foodcycle

Wed 1 Sep 18:30 pm
Anglia Ruskin University , Mildmay Sports Centre, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
Promote this new initiative in Chelmsford

Meeting up as usual at the Mildmay Sports Hall at Anglia Ruskin University at 6:30pm. Although we will not have access to the building so there will not be any changing or storage facilities so make sure you come ready to run.

You must sign up for this group run if you wish to take part. You cannot turn up on the day as you could previously. If you are coming, make sure you sign up beforehand.

This week we will be leafletting to promote Foodcycle which has just launched in Chelmsford.

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James Connolly went on a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

Kirks and Ladders

Wed 25 Aug
Report written by David Chatterjee

We met on a lovely warm evening at the usual place for my first GoodGym run lead since you-know-what! After a wonderful introduction we warmed up by opening and closing our gates, gotta get those hips moving!

We skipped off down the high street (ok, only skipping for about ten metres of it). It was lovely to see Grace at Mencap again after so long. They have been doing sensational work throughout the pandemic and managed to move to online provision in only three weeks after the first lockdown. Other volunteers had already started painting the corridor yellow, but had only done up to the height you could reach without climbing ladders! Obviously painting is one of our fortes, so we got stuck right in, ensuring the brand new flooring was left spotless. Ian and Kirk raced up the ladders (safely) to apply the first coats to those areas, with James and Laurie offering their assistance. Andy and Joel got to work on the more accessible areas. We all did a great job and I would particularly like to single out Ian for managing to not get his brand spanking new GG red tshirt covered in paint, a mighty impressive feat. We cleaned up, said our goodbyes, posed for a photo and jogged a slightly longer way back.

The Doodle poll for the September social is now live: https://doodle.com/poll/zqw2tks953vahuee?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link as always, we will go for what gets most votes. All welcome!

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James Connolly has done a 6 month mission streak. Mon 23 Aug 2021

James just completed a six month streak of doing missions. That’s so many bags of garden rubbish cleared and jobs done to help someone out and put a smile on their face. Give James a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.

James Connolly went on a community mission
Community mission
Chelmsford

James’s Big Jugs

Mon 23 Aug
Report written by David Chatterjee

I arrived late to see James trying to drive off! I soon stopped him and we headed to the allotment.

We watered and fed everything there while discussing the weekend’s football. I think some of it needs taking up - a couple of the potatoes are coming back to life but a couple may have sadly perished.

Good to do a task though!

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James Connolly signed up to a group run
Group run
Chelmsford

Group Runs - Painting at Mencap

Wed 25 Aug 18:30 pm
Anglia Ruskin University , Mildmay Sports Centre, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
We can run together, complete a task, and have a fitness session!! Aren’t we spoilt?

Group Runs are back! Although there are some slight changes.

Meeting up as usual at the Mildmay Sports Hall at Anglia Ruskin University at 6:30pm. Although we will not have access to the building so there will not be any changing or storage facilities so make sure you come ready to run.

You must sign up for this group run if you wish to take part. You cannot turn up on the day as you could previously. If you are coming, make sure you sign up beforehand.

This week we will be painting at Mencap. As this is an indoor task, please ensure you bring a facemask with you!

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