John Metcalfe

Redbridge

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45runs

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John Metcalfe went on a community mission
Community mission
Redbridge

No Milestone left unturned

Thu 27 May
Report written by Julia Shmotkina

Lovely day for a lovely task!

Arrival Linda and Julia and John cycled to the session and were the first ones to arrive. Suzy got lost and took a long time to find parking space but thankfully found us - we set Suzy a challenge to walk or run for the next session!:) We are not going to mention how late Raymond was.... ;)

Task Francis met us with all the tools and had a new task for us - to 'find' the paths in the memorial garden that has been left to nature way to long. We weeded and evened out the paths and also weeded the beds. The weather was very summer-like, birds were chirping - including a very loud woodpecker, conversation touched on many different topics and not going to lie some of them were pretty random :)

1st ever Community Session!!! Suzy did her first community session - fantastic!!! Well done Suzy!

100 good deeds This was Ramon's 100th good deed and Julia was hitting 100 later in the day! Great achievement!

Well done everyone - great company for a great task in great weather!

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John Metcalfe signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Redbridge

St Peter-in-the-Forest gardening - helping to create a peaceful community space

Thu 27 May 12:00 pm
Peterhouse Community Centre, 122 Forest Rise,, London, E17 3PW
Provides a space for local community and nature

St Peter-in-the-Forest This is a community centre and church area that aims to create a space for community arts, community gardening, community cooking, and community history. Their historic churchyard is a fantastic area for local wildlife and nature.

How can we help Currently this centre is after some gardening help and therefore the usual gardening tasks are waiting to be completed - weeding, planting, clearing historical graves, creating a conservation area for birds, insects and other wildlife.

As always, you're encouraged to run/walk/cycle etc to the session, if that's available to you

Covid Guidelines are still very much in place so please keep adhering to all guidelines

Exact location on 3words: ///violin.studio.editor

We will meet at the gate that is located on the path between Woodford New Rd and Forest Rise.

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John Metcalfe went on a community mission
Community mission
Redbridge

Let's get ready to bramble!

Thu 29 Apr
Report written by Julia Shmotkina

Once again we were very lucky with the weather - no rain and the sunshine came out by the end!

1st GoodGym Session!

This was Russell's first ever GoodGym session!!! Welcome and well done!

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Welcome to Redbridge!

Emma had a last minute sign up to pleasantly surprise us with her first visit to Redbridge community mission! Welcome!!!

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Arrival Linda, John and Russell were first to arrive with Julia coming a few minutes late, with Ramon and Emma coming shortly after. A huge well done to everyone for selecting Active Travel to get to the community mission: Raymond ran and the rest cycled! Great mid-day workout for all:)

Task Francis, St Peter in the Forest community engagement, met us with some serious tools, including much needed wheelbarrow and rakes - we made a good use of them to clear a fairly big area on the side that we hadn't touched before. Linda focused on the corner by the tree, thoroughly de-weeding it. John and Russell attacked some serious bramble overgrowth and in the process revealing gravestones that were quite hidden, Russell then moved a lot of brambles to the fence for a new 'wild corner' - let's hope hedgehogs will discover it and make its home! Raymond and Emma cleared a huge area, creating a pile of bramble cuttings that were then needed to be moved to find a pair of secateurs that Raymond put away well before the work started:)

After task chat It's always great to see everyone so some folks stayed back to chat about quite a few things - bike riding, gendered toys, gender equality, safety, gardening and much more - join us next time to find out;)

We are back in two weeks on Thursday 6th May! See you then:)

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John Metcalfe signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Redbridge

St Peter-in-the-Forest gardening - helping to create a peaceful community space

Thu 29 Apr 12:00 pm
St Peter in the Forest, Redbridge, E11 1SP
Provides a space for local community and nature

This is one of our favourite sessions - lovely nature setting, great company and a bit of gardening is good for the soul:)

St Peter-in-the-Forest This is a community centre and church area that aims to create a space for community arts, community gardening, community cooking, and community history. Their historic churchyard is a fantastic area for local wildlife and nature.

How can we help Currently this centre is after some gardening help and therefore the usual gardening tasks are waiting to be completed - weeding, planting, clearing historical graves, creating a conservation area for birds, insects and other wildlife.

What to bring Gloves and, if you have them, some secateurs. Anti-bac gel and a mask.

Meeting Point There is a gate on the path between Forest Rise and Woodford New Rd. 3 words location: ///wipes.arrow.detect

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John Metcalfe went on a community mission
Community mission
Redbridge

Just the two of us, we can Rake it if we try

Thu 15 Apr
Report written by Julia Shmotkina

Folks must be getting busy with lockdown restrictions easing - we had 3 late cancellations and one no show!!! So it was up to me and John to get our secateurs on and cut some serious brambles! We focused on the same area we were clearing on the last visit and this time we discovered a couple of pedestals under the ivy and brambles.

Julia felt personally attacked by brambles with a lot of small thorns splintering her hands, think it's time to get proper gardening gloves! John was quick to point out that he 'came prepared' with his proper gloves :) Indeed!

It was such a lovely day - sun was shining, birds were chirping and spring flowers in the churchyard bright with colour! We did about 45-50 mins of clearing whilst chatting about abandoned places, buildings, towns (because why not?) - must be something about an overgrown yard perhaps:)

Overall a great break in the day to cycle (John) and run (Julia) to and from the session!

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John Metcalfe went on a training session
Training session
Redbridge

A beautiful evening to catch up

Tue 13 Apr
Report written by Jenny McCurry

Apologies for the late report - was lovely to see John, Vicki and Sarah Jane for a 5km run and a catch up in Wanstead park.

Thanks to Vicki for reminding me to take a photo 😀

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John Metcalfe signed up to a training session
Training session
Redbridge

Tuesday evening run

Tue 13 Apr 19:00 pm
Wanstead House Community Association, 21 The Green, London, E11 2NT
Get out in the fresh air and feel better!

Meet at the Wanstead community house for an easy 5-6 km run in the local area, all welcome :-)

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John Metcalfe went on a community mission
Community mission
Redbridge

Another gardening task sun and dusted!

Thu 1 Apr
Report written by Jenny McCurry

On a beautiful spring day we tackled some more bramble clearing at St Peter's in the Forest. Everyone arrived by bike, special kudos to Linda for cycling an hour there and back! Also great to see John join the cycling enthusiasts :-)

Upon arrival, Francis had the gardening gear all ready for us to make a running start on the task. It was very satisfying to cut back the undergrowth and see the progress we'd made. It was also lovely to see John, Linda and Julia and enjoy a chat in the sunshine. Great work everyone.

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John Metcalfe signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Redbridge

St Peter-in-the-Forest gardening - helping to create a peaceful community space

Thu 15 Apr 12:00 pm
Peterhouse Community Centre, 122 Forest Rise,, London, E17 3PW
Provides a space for local community and nature

We are being optimistic about this and booking this provisionally, but let's hope it won't be an April's Fool joke!

St Peter-in-the-Forest This is a community centre and church area that aims to create a space for community arts, community gardening, community cooking, and community history. Their historic churchyard is a fantastic area for local wildlife and nature.

How can we help Currently this centre is after some gardening help and therefore the usual gardening tasks are waiting to be completed - weeding, planting, clearing historical graves, creating a conservation area for birds, insects and other wildlife.

Read more
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