Laura Williams

Lucky enough to be the Area Activator for Tower Hamlets. Personal trainer. Seriously sweet tooth.

Tower Hamlets

Area Activator

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Raiders of the Lost Park

Mon 27 Jun
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Report written by Laura Williams

Sunny, warm and picturesque: that's how we like our tasks in Tower Hamlets.

And so it was a group of 9 came to meet Marcelo from the Parks team this balmy Monday evening.

Some of us met at the Town Hall Hotel steps, glad to be free of makeshift home work stations for the day, armed with the perfect excuse to head out. Others met us at the task, at the north east corner of huge, bustling, beautiful Victoria Park, on bike and foot.

Trash treasure

There Marcelo met us, complete with gloves galore; sturdy bin bags and bin bag hoops, the ultimate volunteering accessory (the bin bag hoop enables you to bag your trash treasure with infinitely more ease, much-appreciated when tackling dubious-looking damp items, and weighty vodka bottles).

We were dispatched all over this hidden woodland area, close to the Park's yard, which Marcelo explained didn't get a lot of visitors. We discussed the future of this area, which, although a bit of a litter hotspot, is also a sanctuary to much wildlife, with bundles of potential.

As always it was a companionable, active way to start the week. After navigating uneven, rocky, dense terrain for nearly an hour, we grabbed our litter bags and accompanied Marcelo to the commercial bin.

Piling the trash high, we posed for our final pics, promising to return soon for Woodland TLC Part II.

Next week,

...we're back at the Cemetery Park, to continue clearing those woodland paths.

Until then.

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MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: The Victoria Park litter-pick

Mon 27 Jun 18:30 pm
Town Hall Hotel, 8 Patriot Square, , London, E2 9NF
We return to the park for some woodland litter-picking...

PLEASE WEAR LONG SLEEVES AND TROUSERS FOR THIS TASK, AND WEAR STURDY FOOTWEAR.

Come and join the team as we head to Vicky Park on a Monday night, to tackle a tricky litter task...

Background to the task

We've offered to lend a hand to the Parks team with some litter hotspots, particularly those found in the woodland areas. Although the Park now have a good stream of volunteers, an extra few pairs of GoodGym hands, able to tackle dense undergrowth, and sturdy vegetation around the woodland borders, will be much appreciated this Monday night, at the Park's busiest time of year.

What you need to know

  • To join the Group Run, meet at the Town Hall Hotel between 6:30-6:40. At 6:40, we will leave for the pretty run up Sewardstone Road, right across the park, to the Victoria Park Road side (around 2.3km), where we will meet Marcelo, for tonight's task.

  • If you would like to meet us at the task, please come to E9 5DU, near the Victoria Park Harriers Club. The Google Maps location can be found here.

  • Please wear long sleeves, trousers and sturdy shoes for this task, as we will be working around tall vegetation on uneven terrain.

  • Please bring gloves if you have them.

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MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: Urgent tree-watering at Parkview

Mon 11 Jul 18:30 pm
Town Hall Hotel - Hotel Entrance, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
We're back to this large estate's gardens, to help water trees and catch up on a bit of weeding.

Background to the task

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, and vice versa.

Tonight we enjoy a big tree-watering session, to keep the trees alive over dry, warm summer months, as well as looking after the raspberry row, and enjoying a bit of weeding.

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 6:45pm.

  • 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 6:50pm. (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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THE BIG MONDAY NIGHT TASK: Summer weed-clearing project in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Mon 4 Jul 19:00 pm
Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park, The Soanes Centre, Southern Grove, Mile End, E3 4PX
We're back to the Cemetery Park to help clear more footpaths...

PLEASE WEAR LONG SLEEVES AND TROUSERS FOR THIS TASK.

The story behind the task

Manager Ken of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park has asked for GoodGymers to lend a hand clearing the footpath in this beautiful, well used park, as the park has suffered with a lower-than-usual supply of volunteers over the last couple of years.

Over the coming months, we will be working with his Weed Treasure Map to help clear some of the park's busiest walkways.

Tonight, on our third visit of the summer, we'll be tackling more stubborn cow parsley and goosegrass whose seeds are about to drop, and adding to the huge weed pile in the middle of the park

What you need to know

  • We'll meet at 7pm by the Southern Grove Entrance, just outside The Soanes Centre.

  • After grabbing gloves, we'll make our way to the centre of the park to make a start on tonight's clearing.

  • The park will supply gloves but please bring your own too. Please wear long sleeves and long trousers.

  • We have allowed 90 minutes for this task, but you can leave earlier if you need to!

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Just the thicket

Mon 20 Jun
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Report written by Laura Williams

A small group of runners gathered at the Cranbrook Community Centre to help Janet and Eileen give the garden a good tidy.

Why were we doing this?

Cranbrook Community Centre has been serving the Cranbrook Estate and local area for many years, and Janet and Eileen are active members of the TRA.

They often need a hand clearing the area around the Community Centre. Tonight's task involved cutting back high hedges, gathering leaves from the borders, and raking weeds, leaves and litter from the Community Centre garden.

A fabulous hour's work

What initially looked like a lot of work for our small team, was in fact no match for the productive GoodGymers who blitzed the tasks in less than an hour.

Si and Leo headed out to the side hedge with secateurs and loppers; Emma and Eimear to the front borders and Liz and Fiona to the garden front and back.

Bags and bins were filled; debris disposed of, photos posed for... It was a lovely, companionable way to spend a warm and bright Monday evening. Shout-outs to the whole team this evening, (including Emma who came up with tonight's lovely pun).

And then it was 8 and we were saying our farewells, assuring Janet and Eileen we'd return soon.

Until then.

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Ninety nine solutions, but rain ain't one

Sat 18 Jun
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Report written by Sam Lefevre
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39 GoodGymers and their friends (two and four legged) came together for the first GoodGym London North vs South of the river rounders tournament.

Teams were split into roughly those from GoodGym boroughs North and South, but there were a few more Southerners, who in the end represented the winning team...but more on that later.

We had No Runs Northerners versus Southern Softies in the first semi, where Ed smashed all his shots for a rounder and posted a 13 1/2 score. Unfortunately, No Runs Northerners could only score 7 1/2 rounders before being caught all out.

The next semi final saw Ninety Nine Problems, but a Northerner ain't one play Southern Spitballers and this wasn't a close affair as the Northerners put 14 rounders on the scoreboard leaving the Southerners with a difficult task to beat them. They managed 5 rounders before the whole team were caught or were run out.

We came to the 3rd/4th place and Southern Spitballers batted first, but could only manage 2 rounders as the rules changed to five outs and then we swap over. No Runs Northerners had a bit of a scare as they were 1 1/2 rounders from victory, but the Southerns had to get two more out. With grit and determination, the No Runs Northerners pushed and ran their half rounders to eventually score 2 and 1/2 rounders to win 3rd place!

By the time, it came to the final, misty rain swept in to make the surfaces slippery as a few players found out... Ninety Nine Problems, but a Northerner ain't one smashed 7 & 1/2 rounders. Which ended up being enough to secure the tournament as Southern Softies, even with big hitting Ed could only manage 5 rounders before five team members were caught out.

The team celebrated their victory with a "Champagne shower". Well done to Paul, Claire, Laura, Anna, Sam Smillie, Aaron, Maia and Jake (all Sam's friends) for winning with Ninety Nine Problems, but a Northerner ain't one!

We're on for the next rounders social in Victoria Park on the 16th of July! Sign up if you can make it. Watch out Northerners...the southerners will be practicing βšΎπŸ‘€

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MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: Gardening at Cranbrook Community Garden

Mon 20 Jun 18:30 pm
Town Hall Hotel - Hotel Entrance, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
Janet's asked for a hand clearing out the garage area!

Come and join the powerhouse team that is Eileen and Janet at the Cranbrook Community Food Garden this evening.

Following on from our last visit several weeks ago, Janet's been back in touch to ask if we can return to clear the area by the garages; rake the whole garden area, and continue trimming back the hedgerows.

Why are we doing this?

The Cranbrook Community Centre and Garden is a hive of activity, home to many groups throughout the week, and a thriving, popular garden space for all locals to enjoy.

Janet and Eileen tend to the Comunity Centre area, including the immediate garden, and sometimes need a hand during the Summer months, when the garden is at its finest (and most overgrown).

Always, a lively, active and very fun task, this is a fantastic way to start the week.

What you need to know

  • We will meet at the gorgeous Town Hall Hotel to leave belongings and warm-up, before running the short distance to the Community Centre.

  • If you'd like to meet us directly at the task, you can make your way to the Cranbrook Community Centre, Mace St, Globe Town, London E2 0RB for 7pm.

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Living on the hedge

Mon 13 Jun
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Report written by Laura Williams

Skies were blue, sun was out, temperature mild...It was the perfect backdrop to a terrific Monday evening task.

We were due at the Hollybush Estate at 7pm, to help Margaret trim the laurel hedge, by the family area.

Why were we doing this?

The laurel hedge bordering the fences of the estate's allotments and garden is pretty, no doubt. It creates an important microclimate for the raised vegetable beds belonging to the estate's residents.

However, it can grow a little high, and it can grow outwards, taking over vegetable beds, making the area hard to access, as well as becoming a bit of a pest to pedestrians as they navigate narrow pavements on the other side of the fence.

And so it was up to a 14-strong team, to help Margaret of the TRA chop the laurel and other greenery back, bagging and binning, sweeping and clearing as they went.

It was hot, it was hunger-inducing but it was successful. And it was an upper body extravaganza, as the team reached for the higher branches, working skilfully in pairs to tackle the hardest-to-reach top of the hedge in the absence of a step ladder.

As always time, flew, and it wasn't long before we were tying the handles of the last bin liners; sweeping up the final lime-green laurel leaves and posing for that farewell pic. And congratulating our Liz on her 50th good deed :)

We split into three groups at 8pm: those running back to the hotel; those heading home for dinner, and those stopping at the pub to rehydrate.

Until next time.

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GoodGym Tower Hamlets X London Frontrunners: Saturday morning run + social

Sat 30 Jul 10:00 am
Bonner Gate, Sewardstone Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9JW
We join the Frontrunners for their friendly fitness session - plus social!

Continuing our series with London Frontrunners, we join the club for their weekly Saturday morning run, before heading to the Pavilion Cafe for a post-run coffee and chat.

What you need to know

  • Meeting time: 09:50

  • Run starts: 10:00

  • Distance: Up to 10K (most runners opt for the 5K distance)

  • Meet: Bonner Gate, Sewardstone Road, Bethnal Green

  • Route: Starting at Bonner Gate, we take an anti-clockwise route around Victoria Park. (There is an option to do an extended 10K route from Victoria Park, to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and back again).

  • New to the event? Task Force member Simon will be on hand to greet you, and introduce you to the race.

  • Refreshment & social break: 11:00 (Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park, Old Ford Rd, London E9 7DE).

  • You can join for as little or as much as the morning as you like.

  • This run is suitable for all running abilities. You can stop when you need to, chat to other runners...Come and give it a go!

  • Any questions, just get in touch with Area Activator Laura, at laura@goodgym.org

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GoodGym June social

Thu 9 Jun

Come and join us at the Fugitive for the June social.

It's got "generous comfort food, craft beers and cocktails served in a trendy restaurant that has a terrace". Apparently.

More importantly, there'll be lots of lovely GoodGymers there, and just for once, no red t-shirts, shovelling or warm-up exercises. Though you can do all those things if you really want to...

And we'll be celebrating Stephen's BLACK T-SHIRT AWARD!!

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