Joao Fernandes


14Good deeds



Joao Fernandes went on a group run
Group run

We all live in a yellow sub-manure πŸŸ¨πŸ’©

Tue 30 Nov
Report written by Sam Lefevre

Pun credited to: Michael

This wasn't your usual GoodGym Lambeth group run. For starters, we had it lucky tonight with a two for Tuesday's in terms of tasks. Both Slade Adventure Playground and The Remakery needed our help tonight, but more on that later. Yet, the other unusual observation was the Group Run leader tonight looked different. Firstly, Yianny had a cast on his lower right leg, but that wasn't it. Related to that fact, Sam, the Area Activator from GoodGym Southwark was here to lead! (Wait for applause and cheering). It seems like the borough border control lets anyone through on a Tuesday night.... πŸ™„

Yianny was there for the start of the Group Run to deliver the introductions as 12 GoodGymers (which was a great split in terms of numbers) came out in full force. After a bitterly cold week last week, it was a pleasant change to have mild winds in our favour. However, most of us didn't get the memo and wrapped up to be warmer than a Polar Bear in the Caribbean. After a quick warm up and the ice-breaker question of - Tomorrow is the 1st of December, if you were to have any type of advent calendar, what would yours consist of?

Amongst the 12 answers, we had chilli sauces, sweets (Moams), biscuits, cheeses, coffee, tea bags and save the best for last, a different song every day....songs can last more than a day,!

Short Run or Long Run

Since we had two tasks that were fairly close to each other and both within less than 2k away, Sam decided to ensure the run to Slade Adventure Playground would have a massive detour and end up being 2.4k each way against a straight route Aislin was going to take to The Remakery, which was 1.6k away. Everyone had to make their choice and in the end, in turned out that all of the women - Aislin, Rebecca, Shauna, Gayle and Katy (and Michael) wanted to take the shorter run to The Remarkery whilst the guys - Sam, George, Michael, Chris, Nathan and Joao took the loopy route via Clapham North station (an out and back detour) to Slade Adventure Playground at a fast pace! πŸƒ

Such a sh*tty job

Actually, the task was quite lovely! The guys arrived at Slade Adventure Playground just after 19:25 to meet Jamie and we went straight into the task. He kindly turned on the floodlights so that we could see what we were doing, yet the portable floodlights we had came in handy for the final destination. But what were we transporting to the final destination?

It comes from Lansdowne Way, which is nearby - Jamie

Jamie said that to Sam when he asked about what we were dealing with tonight and thought there's no City Farm near here....where did this truck load of πŸ’© come from?

There's a local horse stables on Lansdowne Way - Jamie

Great to know that it wasn't the πŸ’© of the residents of Lansdowne Way....yet, we had the task of moving under a tonne worth of manure from the middle of the playground nearer to the community garden and the beds. Armed with four wheelbarrows and four shovels, we all got into a rhyme and a system of filling the wheelbarrows, walking/jogging over to the destination to pour the steamy πŸ’©.

Wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow, we saw the pile of πŸ’© get smaller and smaller. It was a full body workout - core and definitely, the upper body (shoulders and back).

We're running out of steam - Chris

Yes, Chris, as the steam came out of the warm πŸ’©, we were feeling the strain on our bodies. Before we knew it, the time was approaching 20:00. Yet, after scooping the last bit of powdery πŸ’©, Sam transported the last wheelbarrow to be dumped on the new pile we had created. There was no time for the top soil to be moved, however, Jamie said it would be a task for his volunteers (60+ age group) on Saturday. We wish them well!

Wood I?

I certainly would πŸ˜‰ Don't know what I am talking about here, but most things in life, I would. Anyway, Aislin, Rebecca, Shauna, Gayle and Katy (and Michael) arrived at The Remakery to be given the task of moving woodchip. Another strength and conditioning task that required them to shovel woodchip into wheelbarrows and transport/spreading them onto the beds that were in The Remakery's garden. They did remind the group that on Thursday night, they need our assitance with setting up their Art Studio. You can find and sign up to the task here.

Thank You Slade Adventure Playground and The Remakery

GoodGym is all about getting fit and doing good! We praise the runners/cyclists/walkers who come to get fit and help out, but we often forget about our task owners and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Slade Adventure Playground and The Remakery for agreeing to stay later than usual and for hosting us. They will have GoodGym Lambeth back to help them!

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Joao Fernandes signed up to a group run
Group run

Group Runs to The Remakery's Garden & Slade Adventure Playground Garden!!

Tue 30 Nov 18:45 pm
Papa's Park, 10-17 Pulross Road, London, SW9 8AF
Getting these community gardens ready for Winter

How's this for Bang for your Buck - Two for Tuesday is back again - Two Tasks, two great organisations, two sprint distance runs!! 😍

The Remakery is an amazing place where people repurpose old wood/fabric etc. into new furniture and other useful things. It turns out they also have a garden which fits alongside their green credentials!

Slade Adventure Playground offers over an acre of safe, staffed space where children & young people can come to play, make new friends, develop skills & try new things.

We've got a few different jobs:

🌲 mulching beds & tree root zones

🌱weeding & tiding beds

βœ‚οΈ pruning & removing raspberries

πŸ‚ turning & shifting compost

🌳 adding wire mesh around the trees

It's a short run away (1.5k) but we'll have a longer option too!

New to GG Lambeth? We're a super friendly group who meet at Papa's Park near Brixton Station at 7pm on Tuesdays. We run to a local organisation, do a physical task for them and run back by 8:30. You can leave things in Papa's Cafe where there's a loo too! Email me if you've got any questions??

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Joao Fernandes has completed their first run in a new area. Tue 16 Nov 2021

Curious? Joao has just run their first session in another area. For that explorative spirit Joao is awarded the scout badge. A Scout is trustworthy

Joao Fernandes went on a group run
Group run

Weeding & Writing

Tue 16 Nov
Report written by Yianny

πŸƒ 14 Intrepid runners braved the slick streets and traffic of Brixton to rescue the 50 meter long planters at Jubilee Primary School from weeds.

Pre-run briefing was delivered by Katie on the lifecycle of mushrooms that she picked up on last Saturday's Community Mission

In one patch, once the weeds were cleared, a trove of rock hard potatoes (or possibly large pebbles were unearthed) alongside plastic gardening tools, many pencils, a tennis ball and a small chalk board. These rescued items will be put back to good use!

After 30 solid minutes of work ten black bags stuffed with garden waste were disposed of while part of the group did a quick fitness blast. πŸ‹

Special shout out to Kaz for daring to go where no one had gone before with his clearing of the outer boundaries and to Jessie who just hit the milestone of 25 Good Deeds !! ⭐

A big thank you to Juan at Jubilee Primary School for equipping us - we will be back to help scrape the old rubber ff the tarmac in the playground πŸ’ͺ !

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Joao Fernandes signed up to a group run
Group run

Group Run: Clear out TRAID for new fashion season

Tue 16 Nov 18:30 pm
Old Spike Roastery, 54 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
Ensuring clothes are recycled and to promote a circular economy

TRAID needs our help like they do every quarter or so to clear out their shop in Peckham. The new fashion season is around the corner, so the autumn range needs to be packed away in large boxes and the clothes hangers sorted and packed away too. If you want to see how a shop can be transformed in an hour, come along for this group run/community mission.

This is an additional Group Run as our usual ones are on Wednesday evenings.

The "Where, When and What":

πŸ“ Meet at Old Spike Roastery for the Group Run OR at the task, TRAID near Peckham Rye Station at 19:00. If you are up for walking, you can meet us at the Old Spike Roastery and walk to TRAID whilst we run around Peckham Rye and meet you at the task.

⌚ 18:30 (leaving at 18:45 latest). If meeting at task, be there for 19:00. We will be back in Peckham by 20:15 (latest).

βœ… There will be access to Old Spike Roastery, so you can drop your bags and use their toilets before we head out.

πŸƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ We will be running around 2.5k around Peckham Rye Park and to The Rye and then 1k back. There will be a back marker to ensure no one gets left behind. Running at a medium pace to get to the task in 15-20 minutes.

Advisable: Bring a head torchπŸ”¦ as it's dark for the run and mask 🀿 for the indoor task.

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Joao Fernandes signed up to a group run
Group run

Helping out at Jubilee Primary School

Tue 16 Nov 18:45 pm
Papa's Park, 10-17 Pulross Road, London, SW9 8AF

Jubilee Primary is a delightful school on the way to Tulse Hill. Juan always has a big mixture of jobs for us to do so check back here nearer the time for specific tasks!

Yianny (GoodGym Lambeth's new Area Activator) will be leading the session so make sure you turn up to welcome him to the gang!

It's a 2km run but we'll have a longer option for those that fancy it.

New to GG Lambeth? We're a super friendly group who meet at Papa's Park near Brixton Station at 7pm on Tuesdays. We run to a local organisation, do a physical task for them and run back by 8:30. You can leave things in Papa's Cafe where there's a loo too! Email me if you've got any questions??

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Joao Fernandes signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Sorting & Stocking @ Borough Food Cooperative

Mon 15 Nov 13:00 pm
St George the Martyr Church, Borough High Street , London, SE1 1JA
Tackles food insecurity and reuses surplus food to prevent food being thrown away!

Borough Food Cooperative based at St George the Martyr Church need GoodGymers quite frequently to help with their operation:

  • Sorting through stock

  • Unloading deliveries and bringing them down the stairs into the crypt

  • Restocking the shop

  • Putting together deliveries for those who are housebound

There will be no GoodGym leader or taskforce member. Please note to ask for Adam or Kate, who is the task owner, she will be present. Thanks!

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