Juliet O'Brien

Brighton

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Painting a shed and gardening at Ingram Crescent

Tue 12 Apr 18:15 pm
King Alfred Centre (Southside), Kingsway, Hove, BN3 2WW
to look after a communal garden

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.

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Meet at seafront side of King Alfred at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.

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Goodgym Brighton goes Ivy League

Tue 5 Apr
Report written by Rebecca

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.

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Helping out at a Church

Tue 5 Apr 18:15 pm
Peace Statue , Hove, BN3 2WN
to keep the space nice for users and local residents

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.

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No Poddington Peas at the Bottom of the Garden

Tue 29 Mar
Report written by Brighton runner

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!

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Clearing dumped rubbish at some allotments

Tue 29 Mar 18:15 pm
Saunders Park, Brighton, BN2 4AE
to help the allotment holders

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Scrub a hub, don’t waste that grub!

Tue 15 Mar
Report written by Tara Shanahan

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!

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Date sorting food and cleaning at a Real Junk Food Project food hub

Tue 15 Mar 18:00 pm
Saunders Park, Brighton, BN2 4AE
to feed bellies not bins!

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.

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Lavender Toil

Tue 8 Mar
Report written by Rosie

Last night the Brighton GoodGymmers returned to the scene of one of our most satisfying and impressive weeding sessions ever, the aptly-named Lavender Court seniors residence in Kemp Town. How much of an impact we made this time is still to be confirmed, however, as we were trusted (perhaps naively) to work unsupervised in total darkness. But not to worry, at least 50% of the huge piles of vegetation we cleared were actual weeds and we’re pretty sure that the patio and flowerbeds looked a lot tidier by the time we left.

Any residents who happened to be looking out of the window were then treated to the sight of a squat-themed tabata fitness session – a lactic acid overdose that even had Tara crying out for mercy. After completing our smorgasbord of squats we all gratefully ran back to our starting point and most headed to the Bath Arms (shout out to Michelle for organising) to enjoy a catch-up and the unusual yet tasty pub classics.

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Tidying up the garden at Lavender House

Tue 8 Mar 18:15 pm
Victoria Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1WN
to help local residents look after and enjoy their communal space

Lavender House is a council owned Seniors Housing Scheme with a communal garden. The residents have done their best to keep on top of things but can always do with a little extra help.

There is a patio area and several flower beds that need weeding and lots of plant pots to sort out too. Plenty to do!

Meet at Victoria Statue at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.

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Happy Twos-day!

Tue 22 Feb
Report written by Tara Shanahan

Happy Palindrone Day! 22022022. And happy ambigram day too, that means that when written digitally it reads the same upside down as well as back to front.

And if only another 7 of you had turned up we would have had 22 runners! I wonder if any of you were completing your 22nd good deed tonight?

But it was great to have 15 of you along one of whom was Sarah joining us for the first time. You are very welcome, hopefully we will see you again soon.

Tonight’s task was a regular visit to the Real Junk Food Project’s town centre cafe The Gardner. Task owner Murray told us that In 2021, the project rescued 150 tonnes of food and fed 34000 people, very impressive and all staffed by volunteers. If you would like to see the cafe in action then they are open every day except Tuesday between 11 and 4 on a pay as you feel basis, so pop in for a coffee or a bite to eat. Or even better volunteer for a shift by contacting Murray at realjunkfoodbrighton.co.uk.

We did an amazing job of cleaning the kitchen, main cafe and upstairs cafe focussing on all the extra bits that don’t always get done at the end of a busy shift, like table legs and skirting boards. Task done it was time for the run and a 'two' themed fitness session featuring a course of 22 reps of sit ups, press ups and step ups and of course we did the whole thing twice!

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