Nina Jhatakia

Tower Hamlets

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GoodGym January social

Thu 20 Jan 19:00 pm
339 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9LH
The now-traditional monthly festival of fun

We are returning to the Dundee Arms for the January social.

This bar has an open courtyard at the back, which mitigates against Covid transmission and has the added bonus that if it gets boring (which it won't) you can watch the trains go by.

However, I suggest you wrap up warm as it's winter and hugs are still not medically recommended. The more attendees the merrier; however please don't come if you show any illness symptoms on the day.

Hot food is available. Also beer.

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MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: Big gardening catch-up in Rocky Park

Mon 17 Jan 18:30 pm
Town Hall Hotel - Hotel Entrance, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
It's our first visit of 2022 to the Hollybush & Teesdale Estate for some big gardening activity...

Come and join the team this Monday night as we combine working out and weeding.

What you need to know

  • We'll be meeting from 6:30pm at our usual Monday night location, the gorgeous Town Hall Hotel, where we're allocated a room to change in, use toilet facilities and leave bags securely.

  • At 6:45 we'll start a warm-up on the hotel steps, and at 6:50 we'll start the short run to Rocky Gardens on the Hollybush Estate, for a 7pm task start.

  • Please bring gloves and a head torch if you have one. Gardening activity will be varied, from weeding to pot plant-relocation.

  • If you'd like to head straight to the task at 7pm, the location is Rocky Park on the Hollybush Estate (closest address is Stockton House, Ellsworth Street, London E2 0AY).

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Many hands make wrapping pressies at Hollybush Gardens fly by

Wed 15 Dec

Roll up and get wrapping.

Weโ€™ll be joining Margaret for a festive task to help her wrap up Christmas gifts for the children of Hollybush Gardens Community.

Please remember to bring your mask and be prepared to wear it.

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Festive music will be playing. Iโ€™ve had a merrily alternative crimbo playlist ready since last year and I intend to play it. Dancing and singing along very welcome.

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'Tis the season to be trolleyed

Mon 13 Dec
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Report written by Laura Williams

"So, we'll just pump up the wheels on the trolley and head out",

...Tunde said cheerfully on arrival at Meath Gardens.

And so began our Meath Gardens finale of 2021...

Fitness first

We'd had a lovely start to the night: meeting back at the welcoming Town Hall Hotel for the first time in, well, a long time, we enjoyed a chat on the steps before our Ivo led us through a brilliant warm-up. No fitness stone was left unturned as he took the team (and a couple of enthusiastic residents) through a mobility, cardio and flexibility warm-up, combining upper and lower body moves, complete with full team consultation as to how many reps we should do.

From there, we headed out to Meath Gardens, along Roman Road, running at different speeds, but the same animated expressions, delighted to be together, heading to a fun-sounding Monday night.

The Plan

Our task tonight was to head down to the Cemetery Park, with trolleys and wheelbarrows, to collect large logs that the Park have been kind enough to donate to Meath Gardens, to help create the new protected woodland area. After some research, it was concluded that the only way currently to transport these rather large logs back to the garden was via wheels, walking - and GoodGym strength.

The outbound route saw us taking in the sights of Grove and Mile End Road, via Mile End station naturally. On arrival at the park, we easily located the logs and the team successfully, skilfully loaded them into barrows and trolleys and began the tough, treacherous, one-mile-plus wheel back to Meath Gardens.

Terrific teamwork

It was a true team effort. The journey saw us rotating in-and-out of wheeling and pushing like never before, the noise of puffing and panting broken every few minutes only by various quiet voices gently enquiring, "Just wondering how much further?"

But we did it. The moment came when we arrived at Meath Gardens, and rolled the huge logs out of the barrows and into the woodland area, to safely protect the precious new shrubs and trees, and shrubs-and-trees-to-be.

We finished with a few stretches, with some tips on how to repeat them in the days ahead (yes, forearms, we're looking at you) before dispersing in various directions, including a well-deserved alfresco pint at nearby Dundee Arms.

What. A. Night.

Shout-outs

Thanks to Ivo for our brilliant warm-up and leading our run tonight.

And a huge shout-out and thanks to all who joined. Joking aside, it was a task-and-a-half, that looked like it might not get completed at several points, so well done for sticking with it; helping one another out so much, and getting the job done.

Until next time.

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Monday Night Group Run: Meath Gardens Finale + GoodGym Tower Hamlets Christmas Party

Mon 13 Dec 18:30 pm
Town Hall Hotel - Hotel Entrance, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
Calling ALL GoodGymers: Come and be a part of this evening's wonderful line-up.

For our LAST BIG ONE of 2021, we'll be returning to the Town Hall Hotel for a warm-up on those splendid steps - led by our very own Ivo!

We'll then enjoy a fun-run down Roman Road, before meeting the Meath Gardens team where our main task will be collecting large logs from Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park, and wheeling them back to Meath Gardens!

Evening line-up

  • Meet at the Town Hall Hotel for bag-drop between 6:30-6:45pm.

  • 6:45pm Warm-up on hotel steps.

  • 6:50pm Run together to Meath Gardens.

  • 7pm Tasks with the Friends of Meath Gardens team.

  • 8pm Run back to hotel to collect bags.

  • 8:30pm For those that fancy it, we'll then head to the Star of Bethnal Green for a quick drink en route home!

PLEASE NOTE

  • You can join for as little or as much as you like: run-and-task; task-only...Any combination at all.

  • This activity is for all GoodGymers - not just Tower Hamlets members.

  • The run is for all fitness abilities and sports: if you're walking or cycling, you won't be on your own.

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Many hands make wrapping pressies at Hollybush Gardens fly by

Wed 15 Dec 19:00 pm
Kedleston Community Centre, 3 Hollybush Gardens, London, E2 9QT
Improve community cohesion

Roll up and get wrapping.

Weโ€™ll be joining Margaret for a festive task to help her wrap up Christmas gifts for the children of Hollybush Gardens Community.

Please remember to bring your mask and be prepared to wear it.

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Festive music will be playing. Iโ€™ve had a merrily alternative crimbo playlist ready since last year and I intend to play it. Dancing and singing along very welcome.

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TWO much of a good thing

Mon 6 Dec
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Report written by Laura Williams

Spoilt for choice...

And so it returned: two-task Mondayโ€ฆ

First up: Mile End Community Garden. This garden is a โ€œcommunity-led garden whose space, including pathways, seating areas and edible borders, is available to all, and accessible to all, in the Tower Hamlets community.โ€ We were therefore really pleased to be invited down this evening to help with some gardening work, to make the area more accessible for local residents.

Leading this brand new task tonight was Becky J, along with task owner, Nic.

Writes Becky, โ€œThis eveningโ€™s task was to level the uneven ground ready for concrete to be laid, to allow for wheelchair and other access.

We all picked a patch to shovel: Simon took the entrance, levelling the earth under some old rubber matting; Hester took leaves, leaving everyone else taking on passageways between planters.

Ceiling proved Queen of the Wheelbarrow, navigating tricky terrain and a steep slope (carefully avoiding the samplings round the perimeter) to tip barrow after barrow into the designated spot at the bin in the back of the garden.

A satisfying task where we could clearly see the difference made - looking forward to seeing the finished pathways next year!โ€

Meanwhile, over on the Cranbrook Estate...

...a team of five tackled every tall block on the estate leafleting for the upcoming Christmas holiday HAF (Holiday Activities and Food Programme) project, for Trapped in Zone One. In a race against the clock, we took odd and even-numbered floors in pairs, making our way through the buildings at record pace. No landing left uncovered, no block too tricky to access, we were assisted by residents inside and out, as we distributed leaflets on this youth activity all over the estate.

The two teams finally called it a day a little after 8, and we all made our way home in different directions, chilly but cheerful, and glad to have spent another evening out in our Borough.

Until next time.

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Monday Night Group Run: TWO TASKS! Levelling the a path at Mile End Community Garden or Leafleting the Cranbrook Estate

Mon 6 Dec 18:30 pm
The Ecology Pavilion Mile End Park, off Haverfield Rd, Grove Rd, London, E3 5TW
Two-task Monday returns!

It's back! Two tasks to choose from...

What we'll be doing

  • We'll be meeting at the Ecology Pavilion at 6:30pm for a pre-task workout.

  • At just before 7pm we'll leave for our tasks, just a short run away. 5-6 runners will be needed for leafleting with Area Activator Laura and Bablu from Trapped in Zone One; up to 15 will be needed for pathway-building in Mile End Community Garden, led by our Becky J!

  • And the activity itself? Leafleters will be boosting step count and kicking off the week's cardio with at the many stairs and steps at the Cranbrook Estate, while the Community Garden crew will be levelling the garden path and other gardening activity at the Mile End Community Garden as we join for the first of our new tasks at this small, community-led outdoor space.

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Beth-nal Queen lends a helping grand

Mon 29 Nov
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Report written by Laura Williams

A chilly, cheerful start

It was a splendid start to the night: a good-sized crew gathered above the well-lit Art Pavilion in Mile End Park to speed through thirty minutes of the sweaty stuff this evening.

It was a chilly one and the team didnโ€™t stop.

Off they sped through the usual tough balance and abs moves; running drills and stretches. And to top it all off, we enjoyed an impromptu segment taught by Ivo: partner exercises, hip strengthenersโ€ฆWe were very lucky indeed.

Our Beth

And then we went to meet John, our task owner from Friends of Mile End Park, an 'independent and inclusive group that will play a role in ensuring that the Park is developed, cared for and used in ways that actively involve and benefit the local community.'

But before we moved on to The Main Business of the Night (woodland clearing) we paused to congratulate Beth on her 1000th good deed. Beth does a lot of GoodGym. A lot. And keeps pretty quiet about it. But what an asset she is, to so many.

About the offal

John then gave us a thorough briefing, with plenty of health and safety, including The Story of the Buried Offal, and other nasty need-to-knows.

Off to the woodland we marched, complete with lights, spare gloves and a can-do attitude.

Teams were divided into three: one shovelling and wheeling woodchip in an attempt to uncover The Missing Snowdrops; another headed to the ivy area, to clear the pathway, while a third team tackled beastly brambles, taking their life into their hands as they got stuck into the grim greenery.

It was all go, I can tell you. Barrows were filled, ivy un-knotted, kitchen implements uncovered (will explain another time).

Despite freezing temperatures, spirits remained high and productivity off the scale.

At gone-8, we reluctantly agreed to call it a night, before dimming lights, posing for pics and saying cheerful cheerios, with a promise from John we could return soon.

Shout-outs

To Joel for this eveningโ€™s fabulous pun.

To Ivo for leading some fab last minute fitness.

To the Central team, past and present, who came to show their support and respect for Beth, but who boosted morale and warmed spirits more than they could realise.

To John, from Friends of Mile End Park, our brilliant task owner whose planning, humour and commitment to our activity always makes our night.

And to Beth. โค

Until next time.

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Clearing brambles, spreading woodchip and planting bulbs with Friends of Mile End Park. AND CELEBRATING BETH'S 1000TH GOOD DEED.

Mon 29 Nov 18:30 pm
Mile End Park, Clinton Road, London, E3 4QY
Today we join Friends of Mile End Park to get some much-needed gardening done.

What's the story?

We've been asked to join the Friends of Mile End Park for the second time this year, helping get some tough gardening done.

We're also going to be celebrating the biggest milestone, as tonight, as she helps weed, de-bramble and chat, our Beth Hoskins will celebrate her 1000th good deed.

Come and join this brilliant Monday night gathering, as we enjoy being active and useful, and celebrate this vast commitment and contribution.

What we will be doing

  • We will meet outside The Art Pavilion in Mile End Park at 6:30pm for a workout. There will be somewhere to leave bags if you're coming straight from work.

  • If you'd like to join for task-only, we will meet at the Pavilion at 7pm.

  • We'll meet John from Friends of Mile End Park and spend an hour or so clearing brambles and nettles in this popular stretch.

What you need to know

  • Please wear long sleeves and trousers. John, our task owner, will be bringing tools and sturdy gloves, but do bring own gloves and head torches if you have them.
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