Group Fitness Activities
Gardening in Cranbook Community Food Garden and tree-watering on Roman Road: with pre-and-post task workouts!
We're back for an August visit to Cranbrook Community Centre to help Janet and Eileen tidy up the garden, and clear the area around the garages.
If there are enough of us, we will also head to Roman Road, to water some of the young trees who are a little thirsty...
What you need to know
We will be meeting outside the Cranbrook Community Centre at 6:45pm for a pre-task workout on the grass.
The task will start at 7pm, and run until 7:50pm.
At 7:50pm, we will head back to the grassy mound outside the Centre, for a relaxing, full body stretch, to get the week off to a great start.
Rain, what rain?
The forecast didn't look too promising, but come 7pm and arrival at our Monday night task, the earlier drizzle was but a distant memory: t-shirt-clad, a bit sweaty, and thoroughly happy to be shuttling from one area of the Hollybush Estate to another at our usual frenzied pace.
Margaret had asked for a hand with some weeding around the Estate's various garden areas, but the task had quickly evolved into bramble-chopping. Not however, before a warm-up task had been completed: distributing woodchip in the new shed area.
It was all go.
Wheelbarrows were whizzed from one garden to the next; woodchip shovelled at a ferocious pace, and new surfaces raked and smoothed over so speedily we finished even earlier than the earliest estimation.
And so we headed to the Family Area with a few more full barrows of woodchip (never know when they might come in handy) to tackle brambles, buddleias and... wobbly stepladders (shh - we won't say anything if you don't).
Lots to do, lots of brilliant, buzzing activity to enjoy while catching up with the latest news.
The time flew by, and then it was 8pm and we were trying to organise ourselves for one final pic. In the photo it all went: brambles, bin liners, the lot.
The small hotel team returned to base to collect bikes and other belongings, while the remainder of our energetic little group headed home in various different directions.
Until next time.
MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: Hollybush Estate's 'Big Bundle of Weed-Clearing' + woodchip clearing (new addition)
It's summer, it's warm, it's light, which can only mean one thing: weeds.
Margaret from the Teesdale & Hollybush Tenants and Residents Association (and 'instigator of one of the largest community allotment projects in east London') has called to ask for a hand with a huge number of weeds in and around the Community Centre.
Please note: this activity has been amended, to include large moving of woodchip, too.
Come and join the team as we enjoy a short run from our lovely hotel base to meet Margaret and Basil the dog for a gardening bonanza.
What you need to know
We will meet at the hotel for a short warm-up between 6:30-6:45. You can leave any belongings securely here too.
At 6:45 we'll make our way to the task just around the corner to start our evening's activity. If you're meeting us at the task, the address is Kedlestone Walk Community Centre, Hollybush Gardens, E2 9RP.
Choose from tonight's tasks: gardening with Margaret at Hollybush or litter-picking and weeding at Meath Gardens.
What's happening tonight?
We'll be meeting in Museum Gardens at 6:30pm for a warm-up and briefing.
At 6:45pm we'll be leaving for Hollybush Gardens to 'drop off' a small group for an urgent gardening task.
For those who fancy a longer run, we'll then speed down Roman Road, to help Joanna and the team pick some litter and pull some weeds in Meath Gardens.
At 7pm and 8pm we will also host two slots for donation drops in Meath Gardens, for Care4Calais' clients, new temporary residents of Bethnal Green, who could do with a hand on the clothing and tech front. (Tulio from Care4Calais will collect this at 8pm).
Items needed for the donation drop include:
1) Menswear in small or medium sizes, particularly summer wear and sportswear.
2) Men's shoes, up to size 10, and especially shoe sizes 8 & 9.
3) Old, unwanted tech: smartphones and tablets.
If you want to join the run and you're bringing items, we will all help carry them down to the task on our run!
Amazing gardening work from Team TH this evening.
Yes, a sturdy crew of 15 helped Catherine de-weed the large Parkview Estate, of thistles, bindweed, and just about every other menace to a garden you can imagine.
How it started
We met in our current meeting location to the East of Victoria Park, where we separated into two groups: a small team headed out on a shorter, more leisurely lap of the park, while Chris, for the second week running, took out a bigger team on a much longer loop.
What we did
We gathered together by the community garden, where Catherine had prepared maps and Weed Teams (more wholesome than it sounds) before we all made our way to our respective corners of the garden.
It was thistle-y, it was tough...We dug, we tugged, we loaded, we binned. It was a humid one too, so more pats on the back to tonight's team.
The time flew by, and soon we were posing for a final couple of pics, before Catherine led us through several relaxation and grounding exercises, the theme being 'letting-go-of-the-day', along with any unforeseen difficulties (yes, unexpected adversities, we're looking at you).
...And how it ended
A team then headed off to the pub, for a cooling drink and a chat - a great way to start the week.
Next week, we're two-tasking it: yep, we're at Hollybush cutting back more overgrowth of the Family Area and heading to Meath Gardens for a litter-pick and weeding. It's all go.
Until then, have a really good week.
This is how your Monday evening Group Run looks, folks:
Meet for briefing in Victoria Park, opposite The Royal Inn on the Park.
Run to Parkview Estate in the Greyhound-and-Hare running game.
Undertake 45 mins of ferocious, much-needed weeding. Please bring own gloves!
Finish with Stretch 'n' Soothe in Parkview Gardens, taught by Laura and Catherine.
What's the Greyhound and Hare game?
It's when we run at two different speeds: runners who want to take it a bit easy accompany Area Activator Laura heading out at a leisurely pace, while the faster runners, who want to squeeze in a more serious bit of pre-task mileage, start a few minutes later with Chris B and aim to catch the chatty joggers up…
What’s with the weeding?
Weeding an estate garden of this size without the use of strong chemicals (that disrupt the wildlife) is not normally feasible. But with GoodGym Tower Hamlets…
What will we be eating?
McVities Gold Bars.
What’s Stretch and Soothe?
It’s where we spend a few minutes at the end of the task ‘landing’ for the week: we’ll run through a few post-task stretches with Laura, and then Catherine, an experienced meditation teacher, will help you finish the evening with some relaxation exercises.
Painting the railway arches (with the artist himself!) for the new artwork: Ackroyd Drive Wildflower Meadow Task Week 5
We'll be joining Trapped in Zone One (TiZO) and The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park (FoTHCP) for Week 5 of this splendid summer task.
What's the story?
In July, a new mural has been commissioned for the arches along Ackroyd Drive, to be accompanied by guided walks from FoTHCP, but the arches need painting white before the mural can be painted on top.
What you will be doing.
We will meet Bablu from Trapped in Zone One, and the artist creating the new mural, for Week 5 of our part in the project. Our Task Force member Stephen is leading tonight's activity on Ackroyd Drive Green Link where Burdett Road meets Ackroyd Drive (just opposite Revolution Karting), at 6:30pm. PLEASE USE THIS LOCATION FOR ADDRESS.
We will wander down to towards the arches together, and prepare the walls with the artist himself, ahead of the actual mural-painting next Thursday.
*Please wear clothes suitable for painting, and bring gloves if you have them.
- You will also have the option to contribute to a short film being made about the project on creativity in the community (not compulsory!)
What you need to know
The tasks this evening may consist of weeding, last minute clearing, planting...
Please bring your own gloves, if you have them.
Area Activator Laura will lead this task with Margaret (it's worth coming along just to see Laura and Margaret navigating the Air Drop...).
Need to cancel?
- Please sign and un-sign accordingly! (Margaret checks in before the task to see how many GoodGym members she can expect, and what preparation she needs to do). Thank you!
A lovely group of (new) Goodgymmers joined us today at Ackroid Drive (well technically on Thursday but i'm a little late with the report, oops!).
Our main task at hand was to help Bablu from Trapped in Zone One getting various arches ready for new and exciting mural paintings. We picked up the relevant painting tools provided by the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetry Park, whilst some of us continued to clear the overgrown cow parsley.
Please come join us this Wednesday to see the Artists bringing the designs to life!