Joel

Tower Hamlets

79Good deeds

153runs

127cheers

Joel completed a training run • Good Gym + Run
Sun 8 May
7.6km
44:27
05:52/km
Joel went on a community mission
Community mission
Tower Hamlets

Plant Get Enough

Sun 8 May
Report written by John Shirley

Catherine at the Glasshouse had a delivery of baby plants - but they urgently needed to be planted. So who's she going to call? GoodGym of course!

With less than 48 hours notice, she had four of us on site, willing and able to strip the covering from dozens of plants, insert them in flower-pots, and line up the pots in trays. Most of the estate's residents haven't got gardens, so they'll now have a chance to "grow their own".

And that wasn't all - we filled buckets of water from a hose, to provide much needed irrigation to two large trees (which we made earlier), much to the gratitude of one resident.

Catherine's son Liam, a big fan of GoodGym, was even on hand with "food" provision, though the earth, twigs and stones on offer weren't the most appetising.

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Joel signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Tower Hamlets

Potting up baby plants and planting sunflowers on the Parkview Estate

Sun 8 May 10:30 am
The Glasshouse, Parkview Estate, 161 Old Ford Road, London, E2 9QB
Join Catherine and team for some sunny Sunday gardening.

We join Catherine and young son Liam in this lovely gardening activity.

An active TRA member, Catherine is keen to ensure the new delivery of baby plants reach the residents of this large estate, most of whom do not have gardens.

What you need to know

  • Catherine will be leading this task. Any queries, contact Area Activator Laura at laura@goodgym.org

  • The activity will take around 90 minutes. Please arrive on time so you hear the briefing and know where to go.

  • You will meet by the small community garden, just by Mark House, near the Community Centre building.

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Joel has done a 12 month mission streak. Thu 7 Apr 2022

Wow, Joel has completed a 12 month mission streak. That means they've cleared gardens, moved furniture and changed light bulbs in spring, summer, autumn and even winter. Show your support and give them a massive cheer!

Joel went on a community mission
Community mission
Tower Hamlets

We're gonna take you flyer and flyer

Wed 6 Apr
Report written by Ivy

Team tower hamlets managed to brave the torrential rain and tackled a few tower blocks around Mile End to promote foodcycle. We will be back next week for more flyers!

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Joel went on a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

The Dig Easy

Mon 4 Apr
Report written by Laura Williams

We always knew it was going to be a good one.

When Catherine of the Parkview Estate got in touch to ask for a hand planting two fruit trees, we were pleased to say the least.

It’s been a while since we visited this pretty, large estate that borders Victoria Park, and so we were delighted to be heading back to this well populated area, served excellently by a committed TRA, including Catherine and her family.

And into teams it was...

Teams were soon divided, with a larger group digging the holes for the trees (and uncovering all sorts of treasure in the process); another team was tasked with filling barrows with compost, while another, unrelated-tree-team were dispatched to clear a large-ish roadside bed of weeds.

It was all go.

Assisted by Catherine, husband Des, and son Liam, the team dug, planted, shovelled, wheeled and watered for well over an hour. It was tough, it was pretty tiring and it was a tremendous task.

We congregated in front of the community food garden after 8, to drop trowels and say our cheerios.

A brilliant night was had by all.

We can’t wait to return and the shout-out’s go to all this week.

(…But especially to our Leo, who last week headed back to the Kedleston Community Centre, the night after our great Monday night task, to address the TRA about the activity GoodGym have been involved with at the Teesdale and Hollybush Estate over the years.​

This was a much appreciated contribution, and one that Leo offered to participate in very generously at the last minute. Leo was presented with a certificate to thank us for joining in. Way to go, everyone).

And as for next week, keep your eyes peeled for next week’s task, details of which are being finalised as we speak…

Until then.

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Joel signed up to a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: The Big Spring Plant at Parkview

Mon 4 Apr 18:30 pm
Town Hall Hotel - Hotel Entrance, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
We join Catherine and young son Liam for our first task on the Parkview Estate of 2022!

Background

The Parkview Estate is a large Estate managed by Tower Hamlets Homes, situated on the edge of Victoria Park between Old Ford Road and Sewardstone Road. It has a hardworking TRA, and longstanding, committed residents all playing their part in helping to keep the Estate beautifully maintained for the many residents, some of whom are unable to tend to their own gardens and balconies.

We have enjoyed many tasks with Catherine Powell and son Liam, who has brightened up many a GoodGymer's day on previous occasions.

Tonight we enjoy a big planting debut for Spring 2022...

What you need to know

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

  • We leave for the short run to the Estate at 6:35pm.

  • We will meet Catherine and Liam outside the Community Garden, which is situated just by Mark House, off Sewardstone Road next to the Glasshouse Community Centre, at 6:40pm. (Closest address is Mark House, Sewardstone Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9QA).

  • We will spend an hour gardening and planting in small teams.

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Joel completed a training run • Good Gym
Mon 28 Mar
1.5km
08:41
05:57/km
Joel went on a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

Return of the Shedi

Mon 28 Mar
Report written by Laura Williams

We arrived one by one to the Kedleston Community Centre this evening, where a workout-and-a-half awaited us: Margaret had called and asked us to take down the shed at the bottom of the garden to make way for an exciting new construction.

“No one’s been in there for 9 years, so we don’t know what you’ll find,”

Righty-ho.

Donning goggles and gloves, we headed to the bottom of the garden.

Multiple small teams were formed to start emptying the shed of pots and paint cans before another team proceeded to start the demolition.

Pots and concrete were wheeled away, while another team proceeded to dismantle three spearmint green benches, whose creaky, unstable presentation meant they too faced the crowbar-wielding GoodGymers.

The hour flew by and many full bin liners and barrows later, we posed for one final pic.

Way. To. Go.

The team did good, and Margaret was over the moon.

We dispersed into two teams: those who headed straight home, and those undertaking a brief detour via The Dundee Arms.

As for next week, we’re back to the Parkview Estate for our first visit of 2022!

Until then.

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