Preparations across the land are in full swing for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and Hove is no exception.
Palmiera Square are having a Big Lunch event to celebrate this historic occasion, including live music, kids play areas and a whole lot more. And of course local residents are keen for the square to be looking its best.
So tonight after a balmy day with thundery rain threatening we did our best to sweep up as many leaves and elm samaras as the strong wind would allow.
Resident Stuart’s dog Scampi entertained by chasing the leaves as we swept them.
We ended the evening with a pairs fitness session, with one holding a position whilst the other worked e.g squat.hold/ squats, boat hold/sit ups etc. and just as we were finishing the skies opened the rain came down and I legged it round the corner back to my flat!
Hope you all didn’t get too wet on the way home!
Palmeira and Adelaide Square Garden Fund are a group of local residents who are making a real effort to inject a bit of 'community' into their community!
The Square is well used by residents and the local neighbourhood and there is always plenty to do to keep things tidy.
Meet at The Peace Statue at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm sharp start of the run/walk.
Firstly huge congratulations to Michael for not only completing a marathon on Sunday but turning up to do Goodgym on Tuesday! I know the marathon didn’t go quite to plan but it is a phenomenal achievement to have completed and we loved hearing all about it last night. Feel proud!
Also last night a big Goodgym welcome goes to Matthew joining us for his first experience.
Our task tonight was a visit to the ever fantastic community garden that is Ingram Crescent. Every time we visit this place just gets better and better and they have now added a large seating area including a carved wooden fox. Michael & Juliet worked with resident Vic to scrub all the bird droppings of the benches ready to be used for the upcoming Easter weekend.
With a wet afternoon ruining the possibility of painting the shed as planned gardener Kim came up with a couple of alternative tasks. Firstly we created a 'fence' out of old bits of wood to house bags of rotting leaf mould and then we raked over some beds to remove sticky weed.
A quick pic with the fantastic Mx Fox before we headed back and then off to the Wick for our monthly social.
Ingram Crescent Garden is a wonderful project and well worth a visit if you haven't been before.
Head gardener Kim has a variety of jobs lined up for us including painting a shed.
New Meet Location Alert!!!
Meet at seafront side of King Alfred at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.
Welcome to JJane who joined us last night for the first time!
A light-ish, bright-ish evening saw us return to St. Andrew's Church. We met vicar Dan and two church volunteers, who asked us to remove ivy from the fences and remove a sweet little tree that had grown awry, and was also blocking the view of the CCTV. They hope this will help to reduce anti-social behaviour in the churchyard.
While the volunteers stuck up signs on the newly bare fences, Tara led us all in 'planking around the world'. And before we left, the last of the tree was uprooted from the ground.
Like many places of worship around the city, St Andrew's in Hove provides space for many community groups to meet and it's churchyard is well used by locals.
We will be helping them keep the church yard tidy, expect weeding and pulling back ivy.
Meet at the Peace Statue in Hove at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.
Spring is officially here, and after a beautifully sunny weekend and it being the end of March, we got a little taste of April showers.
Tonight we ran to Natal Road Allotments to meet Heidi and Sally from the Moulsecoomb Allotment and Horticultural Society. Part of the allotment has become a dumping ground for all sorts of garden and household waste.
Five Brighton Goodgymers braved the nettles to scratch the surface of the rubbish mound. There was no official fitness tonight however, we managed cross overs with a pick axe, overhead weights lifting a corrugated sheet and a tug of war with several garden hoses!
Though there is still a mound to takle the shear amount of bags shows how much was cleared and sorted in an hour before the light started to fade.
We'll be heading back in about a month to help Heidi and Sally with another go at that rubbish mound!
Moulsecoomb Allotment and Horticultural Society are the society for plotholders and co-workers at Moulsecoomb Estate allotment site in Natal Road, Brighton.
They have asked us for help clearing an area which has become a bit of a dumping ground over the years. We are talking a fair amount of litter, here so plenty for everybody to do.
Meet at Saunders Park at 6.15pm for a 6.30 start.
Oh and IT WILL BE DAYLIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gotta admit I was a bit worried about that one! A new meet location, a new task, a longer run and a LOT to do! What could possibly go wrong? Well as it turned out absolutely nothing!
So after meeting at Saunders Park we made out way into deepest, darkest Bevendean to visit The Real Junk Food Project’s Food Hub. Task owner Sarah explained that this is where all the food collected from supermarkets is stored before it gets distributed to the various cafe projects around the city. The hub also functions as a shop, on a pay as you feel basis. It’s not a food bank, no referral needed so if you fancy doing your shopping there and paying a fair rate for it you would not only be helping keep food out of landfill but also help the project with some of its costs, like shop rental etc.
Under the direction of Sarah and Julie the task tonight was to get all the food out of the hub so that we could give it a good clean and then help get all the food back in, in date order. No mean feat as there is a LOT of food. Using a combination of trollies and good lifting practice we moved all the crates to the outside of the hub where we date sorted a LOT of pasta. Meanwhile inside we vacuumed, mopped, wiped and scrubbed away all the dirt, condensation mould and cobwebs. Now all that was left was to put all the crates back in a date ordered and food categorised way. We all got on top of each other a bit, it was kinda chaotic but after one hour of hard work, order did indeed emerge!
Sarah and Julie were delighted with what we achieved. Lack of man power and time would have made it so difficult for them to do it without our help, and now with a newly scrubbed hub they can carry on with their great work of not wasting grub!
The Food Hub at Bevendean is where all the food for the various Real Junk Food Projects around the city is stored.
We will be helping them have a really good sort out, to ensure the dried food is stored in date order and to give the space a sweep and mop.
There will be lots of crates and boxes of food to take out of the store which we will then clean and then put it all back in in date order.
This is a big task so all hands on deck!!!
It's a 3km run in each direction and lots to do so we will be meeting at 6pm and starting our run at 6.15pm to ensure we can get everything done.
If you prefer to meet us at the task the address is 13 Leybourne Parade, BN2 4LW.
New meeting place outside of Saunders Park on the Lewes Road, just north of the bus stops.