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Group Fitness Activities
It's been a hot summer with hardly any rain. Thus, Alice and the Elmington Estate Garden team need our help to water their tree saplings, plants and herbs in and around the Estate. Please meet at the task for 19:00 on Thursday 18th of August at The Wildlife Triangle. Bring gloves and but all other tools will be provided.
Ellie from Arbor has loads of projects around London, we know and have been to the lovely Bells Gardens a few times now, but this time we're heading back to Dawson's Height Community Garden. Last time, we were planting summer bulbs. This time we will be watering (during this hot summer) and gardening around the same area and we may be joined by some of the residents who tend to this community garden regularly.
New to GoodGym Southwark?
Not to worry, it can be daunting coming to your first group run, but we are so welcoming whether you're just starting out as a runner or have been running for years. We welcome all!
Here's the important information - the "Where, When and What":
📍 We meet at Old Spike Roastery in Peckham between 18:30-18:45. You can also meet us at the task: Dawson's Height, behind AM Supermarket on Overhill Road, SE22 0PN at 19:10/19:15.
⌚ 18:30 (leaving at 18:45). If meeting at task, be there for 19:10/19:15. We will be back in Peckham by 20:15 (latest).
✅ There will be access to Old Spike Roastery, so you can drop your bags and use their toilets before we head out.
🏃🏃♀️ After a quick warm-up, we run together as a group. If there are loads of us, there will be a back marker to ensure no one is left behind. On this run, we will be running 2.25k there and about 2.25k back. Running at a medium pace to get to the task in 15-20 minutes. We will spend 45 minutes doing the tasks mentioned above (or as much as we can) before running back to finish by 20:15.
Advisable: Bring your gardening gloves 🧤 for the task.
Come and help!
This was meant to be last week's group run, but it has been moved!
Denmark Hill Community Garden need us on Thursday evening to sort out their compost bays. More bays need to be built and one bay needs to be cleared.
Location: Don't look at the map and go to Denmark Hill Community Centre, it's actually on the corner of Sunray Avenue and Denmark Hill (technically, Cross Court and Basingdon Way) - there will be some bath tubs by the barriers and it's there!
Olive and I spent our Monday evening spreading the word about Get Rid of and Donate (GROAD) to the residents of Cressingham Gardens estate. Yianny had provided us with a load of leaflets with two slightly different designs to post through letterboxes, which explain how to get involved and about new drop off locations. We had a vague strategy that led us in a sort of zig zag across the estate but managed to get rid of ALL of the leaflets about 45 minutes later. We were quite chuffed with that considering there were only two of us!
After last weeks heatwave there were some very thirsty flowers and fruit and veg beds in need of a good watering at the remakery gardens! Olive and Lindy and some other local volunteers got to work filling up the watering cans and giving the beds a thorough watering.
we ended the session by doing a little weeding and pruning the scorched leaves off the raspberry plants, kept company by one of the local residents adorable two year old who was very excited to help out with some berry picking!
🙃 This week was a slightly different group run than usual, since Sam was on holiday! - and I was left to lead my first group run...
⏳ Wanting to be extra prepared, I turned up early, but then so did everyone else! So by 6:30, everyone (apart from Emma who had already let me know that she would be meeting us at the estate) had turned up. Meanwhile Andres from Old Spike had forgotten that we would be coming (woops!), so he was busy mopping and clearing up around us. We left Old Spike to get out of Andres' way and I had the daunting task of keeping us all busy before we needed to get to Cossall Estate at 7:10.
⚽️ We did a short warm up, and followed Sam's tradition of asking a question as part of the head count. My one was a bit meta: What question would you ask if you were in my position, leading a group run?! Answers included learning languages, holiday destinations but Daryl went down a slightly different tract and he said his question would "What is the score going to be in tonight's Women's Euro match?" - very topical! After a lot of chitchat, time killing and a failed leaflet collection, we finally set off to Cossall estate.
🌿 When we arrived, we were met by Jaki, who gave us two tasks: litter picking in the nature reserve and watering the plants around the nature reserve. We split into two teams: Nelly, Daryl and Emma chose to be on litter picking duty, whilst Gemma, Olive and I went for watering.
🚽 Of the litter pickers, the most "exciting" object that was found was a toilet seat, by Nelly! All the pun credit goes to her too!
💦 The watering turned out to be a more adventurous task than expected, since the hose was broken, so we used a wheelbarrow to wheel big containers of water around instead. The speed bumps and other road furniture made the task feel a bit like a bad game show!
🙏 Thanks everyone for coming this week and being so supportive!