Lieke

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GROUP RUN: Meath Gardens + Hollybush Gardens + Care4Calais Donation-Drop

Mon 2 Aug 18:30 pm
Chiringuito, Museum Gardens, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA
Choose from two-tasks (AND spread even more joy by bringing unwanted items to tonight's task...)

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!

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The Pull Monty

Mon 26 Jul
Report written by Laura Williams

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.

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The Big Monday Gig: Weeding with Catherine on the Parkview Estate

Mon 26 Jul 18:45 pm
Victoria Park Royal East Gate, Grove Road, London, E9 7HJ
There's biscuits, there’s running, there’s weeding, there’s stretching…

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.

FAQs

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.

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Painting the railway arches (with the artist himself!) for the new artwork: Ackroyd Drive Wildflower Meadow Task Week 5

Wed 7 Jul 18:30 pm
Ackroyd Drive BURDETT ROAD JUNCTION, (opposite Elmslie Point), London, E3 4LB
Come and join the final week of the preparation for this big new creative environmental project.

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!)
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Hollybush Gardens ‘London in Bloom’ prep Part III

Mon 5 Jul 18:45 pm
Kedleston Community Centre, Hollybush Gardens, London, E2 9QT
This week we're heading to the Community Centre garden to make a start before the mid-July judging!

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!
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Party till drawn

Thu 1 Jul
Report written by Lieke

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!

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Painting the railway arches for the new artwork: Ackroyd Drive Wildflower MeadowTask Week 4

Thu 1 Jul 18:30 pm
Ackroyd Drive BURDETT ROAD JUNCTION, (opposite Elmslie Point), London, E3 4LB
Come and join the final week of the preparation for this big new creative environmental project.

We'll be joining Trapped in Zone One (TiZO) and The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park (FoTHCP) for Week 4 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 this beautiful area needs clearing!.

What you will be doing.

  • We will meet Bablu from Trapped in Zone One, for Week 4 of our part in the project. Our Task Force member Lieke 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 that are due to be painted, and be painting two arches together.

*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!)
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Clearing the wildflower meadow area of Ackroyd Drive Week 3

Thu 24 Jun

We'll be joining Trapped in Zone One (TiZO) and The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park (FoTHCP) for Week 3 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 this beautiful area needs clearing!.

What you will be doing.

  • We will meet Bablu from Trapped in Zone One, for Week 3 of our part in the project. Our Task Force member Becs 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, digging up Cow Parsley from the wild meadow area, and tackling other pesky, damaging weeds this week.

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The Lawn Identity

Mon 21 Jun
Report written by Laura Williams

We gathered in Weavers Fields for our mini fitness session this evening. The sky was grey, the wind was present, the temperature was October-worthy. But it didn't rain. #winning

After whizzing through 15 quick minutes of body weight, park bench and running exercises we made our way to VCSA (Vallance Community Sports Association) to meet our group of participants for this evening's task.

We kicked off with a couple of talks, about getting into the fitness industry, and about GoodGym. We loved hearing Ivo talk GoodGym: How it Started (many of tonight's GG members are new, and they loved hearing about the early beginnings).

We moved to our Q&A where participants Charlie and Nimrha took the floor to ask us what we get out of fitness; GoodGym, and a little bit more about the kind of stuff we get up to. It was good to hear members chatting about their own GoodGym experiences, from entering half marathons for the first time, to digging holes in community gardens and making friends.

Ground Force

We then headed out to the garden, to rake up a lot of grass; pack up a discarded gazebo and, much to our delight, get stuck into a last minute Buddleia cull.

Not a fan of the Buddleia, then?

Yes, Jamie from Spitalfields City Farm swung by to collect the tools he'd loaned the Centre for the evening, took one look at the poor, overbearing Buddleia and asked, "Why don't you have a crack at this? It's obscuring your light. Not to mention that beautiful Silver Birch."

And down it went. The Buddleia Bunch (Jamie, Ivo and Nimrha) wasted no time in hacking through branches and branches, and before we knew it, the Buddleia was no more. It was quite a site.

"So not much of the Buddleia left, even with its huge draw for the butterfly?", a wide-eyed Ivo asked Jamie as we stacked branches by the fence.

Jamie stood firm: "It'll grow back in no time, and just look at that light."

Then it was gone half eight, and the team were packing away. A really cracking start to the week.

The shout-outs

Well done to everyone, particularly Bablu for fantastic planning and organisation.

...To Ivo, for a great talk; for helping to lift everyone's spirits.

And to the stars of the evening, Charlie and Nimrha, who had no idea their evening was going to resemble an episode of Ground Force, so kudos to them both for befriending the lopper like they did.

And to everyone else: the team who came, contributed, filled bag after bag of cut grass and did what we do best.

Until next time.

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