John Metcalfe

Redbridge

56Good deeds

56runs

200cheers

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Discovery adventures at St Peters

Mon 24 Jan
Report written by Peter Van Tongeren

As part of our ongoing connection with the lovely 'St Peters in the Forest' church we headed over tonight to help clear weeds & ivy off some graves, so they can be identified if possible.

Welcoming Tony from the Waltham Forest team at our little base in Wanstead we packed some additional lights and set off on the run to St Peters, chasing down Sharon who set off before us.

At the church, James & John set to clearing up a large pile of weeds & ivy & brambles already cleared by others, while Julia took charge leading the rest into clearing more graves, discovering some very interesting grave stones along the way.

Time flew by clearing & chatting, before we knew it was time to round off, pack away tools and make our way back to base. Only a section done, so we'll be back another evening!

Next week we are meeting at Hainault station, please do sign up here to join Julia for a new adventure in that corner of Redbridge!

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Weekly Group Session - meeting at Wanstead House

Mon 24 Jan 18:30 pm
Wanstead House Community Association, 21 The Green, London, E11 2NT
Will give you that little spring in your step;)

*Meeting Place: * We will meet at Wanstead Community House. There will be place to store bags and a bike in a safe(r) place but don't leave valuables.

What to bring: Please bring suitable weather clothing, gardening gloves and head torch.

Task: TBC

As usual, you're encouraged to walk, run or cycle to the session!

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Exposure....

Mon 10 Jan
Report written by Peter Van Tongeren

Blink and it is gone... it seemed only yesterday that all of us were looking forward to the festive break and now it has been & gone, back to the 'normal' routine of Monday evening group runs!

A team of Redbridge Regulars assembled at base, joined by the lovely Amy from our neighbours Waltham Forest. With plan A & B unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances, plan C not quite coming to fruition and back-up plan D not required, we set ourself to Plan E... A (physic?) Dharmesh seemed to have sensed it in advance and came prepared with his own personal litter picker.

We set off to the Green Man roundabout, usually a prime hotspot for litter. This time round there wasn't as much as expected (council been round recently?), but wandering up the road towards Whipps we did come across enough to fill the binbags brought along. There weren't any prices for weirdest item, but if there were, the male underpants would probably take top spot! The discussion about how the pants ended up where we found them led to some interesting local knowledge, best not discussed in a public forum... Bags dropped off at a nearby bin for the council to collect, we set off for the run home, job well done.

Next weeks group session will be at Hainault with Julia.

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Weekly Group Session - meeting at Wanstead House

Mon 10 Jan 18:30 pm
Wanstead House Community Association, 21 The Green, London, E11 2NT
Will give you that little spring in your step;)

*Meeting Place: * We will meet at Wanstead Community House. There will be place to store bags and a bike in a safe(r) place but don't leave valuables.

What to bring: Please bring suitable weather clothing, gardening gloves and head torch.

Task: TBC

As usual, you're encouraged to walk, run or cycle to the session!

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Chilly chilled chillout - we took it easy

Mon 29 Nov

A very chilly evening on our hands tonight! The task tonight was to help weed and prep the area by the wall just opposite wanstead house for trees and bulb planting to make this neglected area into a fantastic display of greenery and useful habitat next spring, a project that Wanstead Climate Action are taking a lead on!

We started with a little jog around the George Green and then we worked on weeding, digging and more weeding interspersed with 'high energy warm-ups', which included interval running, squats, lunges, jumping jacks and more jogging!

Once we finished everything up, Jenny, James and John (The J-crew) went for a festive drink whilst Julia and Linda boringly went home for an early night:)

Great wintery evening!

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Group sesh (Wanstead)

Mon 29 Nov 18:30 pm
Wanstead House Community Association, 21 The Green, London, E11 2NT
Will give you that little spring in your step;)

A weekly group run/walk/cycle and a good deed in Wanstead. More details to come a few days before the session.

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Run & Rake

Mon 15 Nov

We started the session with a good old warm up and a jog - it was great to see so many goodgymmers getting out on Monday evening to do good and get fit!

Our run took us through greenman roundabout past whipps cross, all the way round to eagle pond to finish at Snarebrook Station where Marian from Wanstead Community Garden was ready to put everyone to work! We pulled off a lot of ivy, sowed down some dead mini-trees and cleared a lot of leaves! Great evening to catch-up whilst getting a workout through gardening for a good cause!

Afterwards, we raced it back to Wanstead House, making it overall 5.5km run - great job everyone!

Cool down and chat to finish the evening was just what the doctor ordered for a great start to the week!

A special shout out to Cedric for completing his 10th Good Deed!

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Group sesh (Wanstead) - please note earlier time

Mon 15 Nov 18:30 pm
Wanstead House Community Association, 21 The Green, London, E11 2NT
Will give you that little spring in your step;)

A weekly group run/walk/cycle and a good deed in Wanstead. More details to come a few days before the session.

Arrival 18.30-18.45 to start at 18.45pm:)

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Leave-ing no leave.... or almost none

Mon 1 Nov
Report written by Peter Van Tongeren

A recurring task at the community centre is dealing with the seemingly never ending volume of leaves dropping all over the car park & driveway & garden...

Having gone for a run first, welcoming back Helene escaping her desk, we set to work sweeping up leaves. Soon enough another large bin was filled and the place looking a lot tidier and safer - no slippery wet leaves.

A quick tidy-up of 'our' room, which will be used by others soon, and on our way we went, job well done.

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