The rain held off as a fab five got to work on another Saturday with Urban Green Newcastle.
Almost all attending today's community mission came straight from a parkrun showing what goodness can happen on a Saturday morning!
The task today was to cut back hedges to fence-level for safety reasons, giving better visibility for park users. The before and after photos show the big difference the group were able to make in just 90 minutes!
We will be back with Urban Green in a few weeks time.
I'm still on my little break from GoodGym while I recover from knee surgery, so I love to hear of the good things that are happening in my absence! I was so pleased to hear this was another Eagles task that made a huge difference.
Paul led a super six tonight as we continue to help keep Newcastle Eagles Community arena car park looking slam-dunk.
It was brilliant to hear Max was back in action tonight after so many efforts at the food bank during lockdown. I hardly recognised him without a mask! Go and give Sarah a massive cheer too, on her first GoodGym Newcastle good deed - hopefully the first of many!
You can see despite the prickles and spikes, the group really made a difference with another area cleared and tidied under a lovely toon sunset.
Thistle start our week off nicely ❤
A few logistical hiccups last night meant it was a change to the start of the planned group run. I am isolating.. again! and Charlotte was stuck in Gateshead for the second time in a week, but a super six GoodGymers arrived at the old stomping ground of Hotel Indigo ready to rock. There were a few pairs of tired legs, as Paul, Louise and Michael were sporting Great North Run Monday legs after a brilliant day in our city.
Michael, Liz and Tanya made their way up to Newcastle University ahead of the runners and from my end of the phone (Tanya with the loudest laugh in the world) it sounded like they were having a ball. Remind me to always be with the walkers when I come back! They met Bridget our task owner first who explained the job in hand.
We were helping the brilliant NEST, a project at Newcastle University that supports asylum seekers in our city. They have been working on a huge project to create care packs and provide clothing donations to refugees. Our job tonight was to continue working through the huge amount of donations that have come in from generous Geordies for NEST.
Paul said, "When we got there, the whole computer area had been set up for sorting, it was full of IKEA bags. Our job was to sort clothing donations, but there were also a huge amount of toys and other things for other people to do"
The super six made a big difference, but it's easy to see from the photos how much is still left to do. If you have any time to spare this week to help out, please get in touch with me and I will link you up with Bridget as this project needs to be completed by Sunday!
"It was brilliant to be back!" - Louise.
Come to St Lawrence Park and get stuck into some hedge cutting and weed clearing. There's something for everyone!
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN GARDENING GLOVES FOR THIS TASK
No obligation to stay the whole time for this one, just come and stay as long as you like.
In honour of the 40th anniversary of the Great North Run, Nova have produced an amazing, emotive and inspirational film all about our region and the ties that gives to the GNR.
The screening of the film is attended by Terry Deary, the fantastic author who wrote the script for the film narrated by loads of local heroes. There are a few cameos from GG runners for the eagle-eyed!
You must BOOK YOUR OWN TICKETS for this, which you can do here I have booked row E for myself if you wanted to get seats close by.
We will stay for drinks afterwards for those who wish to.
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN GLOVES FOR THIS TASK!
Run, walk and volunteer at this monthly group session with Newcastle Eagles. The foundation relies on the support of volunteers to keep their gardens and outdoor spaces clear and tidy, and they have been great supporters of GG Newcastle since the start. We will be gardening and weeding, and there will be jobs for everyone.
There will be an optional fitness session to complete before we run and walk back to the start point.
You must register in advance for this group run.
Come to run, walk and complete a fitness session to get your week off to a flying start.
We are helping the amazing NEST (North East Solidarity and Teaching) with a big drive to make up volunteer packs for their work with refugees in our city. We’ve helped NEST on numerous occasions in the past and their tasks are always fun, fast and there’s something for everyone.
Meet OUTSIDE HOTEL INDIGO (we are not able to use their facilities so please arrive ready to run. Toilets are available at Central Station and at the task). There are NO storage facilities.
A new task to start a new week!
It was a night for some OGs to catch up with some familiar faces back for tonight's group run for Junction Point.
We were running and walking to spread the word and wonderful work of Junction Point to raise awarness of Passion to Paycheque, turning brilliant ideas from brilliant people into paid projects. We met at Benwell Asda and split into two groups of runners and walkers. It was also FINALLY Debbie's chance to wear the cloak of good deeds after hitting her fabulous fiftieth good deed a few weeks ago! Kudos Deb, you rock.
We managed to cover seven streets and a whopping 200 leaflets and the time flew by. We will be hitting a different location in October when we take on part two of this task.
Rounding off a brilliant night it was a car park workout of squats, drills, tricep dips and much more and we left feeling good and ready to face another great week.
Come along to run, walk and complete a fitness session.
This is an ideal starter session with no equipment required!
Meet at BENWELL ASDA ready to run or walk.
We will be spreading out to deliver 100 leaflets in the Benwell area to spread the word about the work of Junction Point, an organisation that works with non-profit businesses and individuals to support projects that change the world!
Hello September and hello again to Newcastle Eagles community gardens!
It's always a great task with super Task Owner Neil who doubles up as task owner and runner regularly for us! Tonight we were weeding in the huge car park which had already been started by a group of Cadets a few days earlier.
We trialled a new starting point tonight: Central Station.
Pros: easy to find, easy to get to, opposite a Starbucks
Cons: very busy, millions of passing runners, wanted to get a Starbucks before we'd even started.
I took a solo walk to the task tonight on what turned out to be the first autumnal day in what feels like a very long time, and met up with the others who were already about to get stuck in. We had to remove and clear (very prickly) weeds to keep the car park safe and clear. It was another task where the time flew by and contained several thousand very purposeful squats!
Neil, Amy and Paul got stuck into pulling, weeding and clearing while I nominated myself for carrying and dumping the weeds- very satisfying!
Paul had perhaps the toughest job of the night, removing a very deep-rooted and stubborn tree that eventually took both him, Neil and a fork to get it out. I think you can see from the before and after pictures that we made a tree-mendous difference tonight.