Paulin Shek

Southwark

TaskForce

140Good deeds

354runs

607cheers

TaskForce achievements

60

Community Missions
listed

2

Group Runs
back marked

0

Walking Groups
led

35

Run reports
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2

Run reports
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Group Fitness Activities
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Paulin Shek went on a community mission
Community mission
Southwark

It's just a Mattock of Time

Tue 30 Nov
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Report written by Paulin Shek

Yesterday, four Goodgymmers went to continue our work at Thorlands Gardens.

Simon put us to work in the kitchen garden, where a previous group had already visited the previous Sunday. Tilly had a solo task of raking up all the leaves and moving them to the compost. Everyone else (Sophie, Abilio and I), were given forks and a mattock to dig up weeds with. At first, it looks like there wasn't a lot to do, since the previous group had done such a group job of clearing the area. However, we soon realised that the few that were left were part of a network of bindweed that laid just below the surface of the soil. We quickly got to work, slowly getting the hang of unearthing as much bindweed as we could without breaking up the roots so that we could dig as much of it out as possible. The quantity of bindweed combined with the nature of the task meant that we got a thorough and satisfying workout.

The time passed very quickly and it didn't feel long before it was time to pack up. We headed home knowing that we'd done the best could have done in the short time available. To add to that, Simon gifted us each with a goody bag of salad leaves and tulip bulbs! πŸ™ Thank you Simon, and well done all! πŸ‘

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Paulin Shek went on a community mission
Community mission
Southwark

I be-leaf in miracles

Tue 23 Nov
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Report written by Paulin Shek

Yesterday three Goodgymmers went to Thorlands to help out with some gardening. This week, our mission was to tackle some bindweed that had swallowed a fence, and to also do some raking.

This was Abilio's first mission and he got stuck in and raked up all the leaves - we learnt from Simon from Thorlands, that this means that weeds will be open to frost rather than protected by leaves and so raking up the leaves now means less weeding later, smart! Good job Abilio!

Meanwhile, Rebecca and I pulled off bindweed from a fence. Abilio joined us after he was finished with the raking. This was a fiddly job since the bindweed was so tangled up in the fence! But we got there with patience and perseverance.

We had time to tidy up at the end (bindweed goes in the bin, everything else gets composted) and headed home - just in time since my toes were starting to get cold... Well done everyone!

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Paulin Shek signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Southwark

Being Creative @ Mercato Metropolitano's festive holiday programme for kids

Tue 28 Dec 10:30 am
42 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6DR
Helping out "MM in the Community" facilitate this festive programme for the local kids

Mercato Metropolitano near Elephant & Castle is probably best known as a great date venue or hang out spot with friends with its diverse food court, however, they have a "giving back to the community" angle to their business. "MM in the Community" are organizing a programme of activities for the local children during the Christmas break. This includes cooking classes, arts and crafts and theatre workshops.

The classes will be attended by 20 kids (over a two day cycle - new set of 20 kids every two days). The sessions will be run by professionals. However, they would love our support to oversee the activities, look after the children, serve lunch and other small tasks. They would need 2-3 volunteers for this. Please sign-up, if you can commit.

The two day programme is as following:

Day 1 (10:30-13:00): Cooking class and lunch

Day 2 (10:30-15:00): Arts & Crafts, Lunch and Theatre workshop - This listing

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Paulin Shek signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Southwark

Helping out at Surrey Docks Farm πŸπŸ–πŸ

Sat 18 Dec 14:00 pm
Surrey Docks Farm, Rotherhide Street, London, SE16 5ET
Help maintain this community farm

It's back! We are back at Surrey Docks Farm every last Saturday of the month!

Gemma and Kate (coordinators at the Farm) need 6 volunteers to help out with a host of tasks from weeding to sieving compost and from bagging manure to sweeping the goats pen. There's always plenty to do! The session is from 14:00-16:00.

  • Please remember to bring your own gloves and wear facemasks at this task
  • Adhere to the Farm's COVID measures at all times
  • This is a popular and in-demand task, so please sign up and turn up on the day if you can commit. Otherwise, please give the space to someone else.

As always, the last hour half is spent cuddling goats, sheep and all the other Farm animals! Hope you can join us and say hello to the pigs, goats and sheep again!

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Paulin Shek went on a group run
Group run
Southwark

Flyering Firing Squad πŸ—žοΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ—žοΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ—žοΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ—žοΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Wed 17 Nov
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Report written by Sam Lefevre

Two Group Runs in a week felt slightly weird considering I had two sets of different runners. Yet, I had the exact same amount of enthusiam and motivation. When it's the hump day, it's sometimes hard to find it after a frantic day at work. However, the comforting warmth of Old Spike Roastery mixed in with the smell of coffee takes all those worries away even if it's just for an hour or two. That's what I love about Group Runs, it's a time to focus on yourself, the friends you run with and the communities you help out.

Looking at the register, I saw that tonight was going to be a small, but intimate group run. Paulin, Nelly and I had signed up, but I knew we were going to meet Paulin at the start of the task. Thus, when Emma walked in first, I was pleasantly surprised. I knew she was a regular Wednesday night runner, but thought maybe she was on holiday or sick, but nope, she just forgot to sign up πŸ˜‚ Nelly soon followed afterwards and I knew we had the whole team, but I still wanted to wait until 18:45 to see if anyone would show up last minute (on the off chance). As I did the night before, I informed them of our last group run of the year on Wednesday 15th of December, which we'll have a Xmas social afterwards. After a quick warm-up, I asked the same ice-breaker question as the night before:

Tonight's ice-breaker question - what is the one item of clothing you cannot get rid of? I said my running shoes as you never know when there's a rainy and muddy day that you can wear your old shoes and not get your new ones dirty, Nelly said her warm gillet, which she was wearing and Emma said she would never give up her slippers!


One Long Group Run

Unlike most Group Runs, where we run to a task and then run back, tonight it was just one continuous group run with multiple stops along the way. In total, we ran 7.9k in over an hour! πŸ”₯ The pace did slow down when we were flyering, but more about that later. Our run took us from Old Spike Roastery down towards Goose Green through East Dulwich onto East Dulwich Grove, which is a slow, but gradual hill killer! After gently coming down the other side and passing near North Dulwich station, we were on the final stretch on Half Moon Lane.


Prime Location for GROAD

I was half looking out for a massive van, but I couldn't see one....instead I saw in luminating gear, Paulin! 🌟 Still trying to look out for where Andrea was, I suddenly saw that Paulin had a bunch of flyers in her hand. πŸ—žοΈπŸ’ͺ After a quick photo (thus, the blurriness), we split the flyers in four and split the teams in two. Paulin and I took care of either side of Stradella Road whilst Nelly and Emma went down Winterbrook Road. Although, it might have been an unsocialable task as we concentrated on flyering our side of the road, it was quite rewarding to know we were spreading the word to these "mansions" that they could get rid of their unwanted goods for a good cause!

Wow, these houses are big....

We weren't in Dulwich Village yet, but the houses around Herne Hill heading towards Dulwich were impressive. Something to aspire to. After we met each other on Stradella Road, we ran further down to Turnkey Road, but started towards the railway bridge and worked our way up. Staying in the same teams, but doubling up, we covered both sides of the road in quick fashion. So, quick we finished the task of flyering those roads within 35 minutes (10 minutes to spare). We said our goodbyes to Paulin as she had to go back to get her bike, but Nelly](/runners/nelly), Emma and I gently ran back through Dulwich Village towards East Dulwich back to Old Spike πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

After a good stretch to sort out the muscles (since we ran "almost" 8k), we said our goodbyes, but not after taking the pastries the store manager of Old Spike left for us. πŸ₯


Next week, we're heading to Salvation Army Nunhead to complete a task we started a few weeks ago - sorting out donated books and creating a space into a reading/library area. Can't make it? The following week, we're doing a Tesco Run for Food2You, a joint Southwark and Lewisham council + AgeUK charity organisation helping to provide a food delivery service to the elderly in the community. We'll be putting up posters on the advertising board in every Tesco in the Peckham/Camberwell area. Keen for a longer run? Sign up here!

Thank You Andrea & GROAD

GoodGym is all about getting fit and doing good! We praise the runners/cyclists/walkers who come to get fit and help out, but we often forget about our task owner(s) and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrea for letting us help out and to GROAD for existing and providing a means for the rough sleepers. I know our partnership with blossom and grow!

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Paulin Shek signed up to a group run
Group run
Southwark

Group Run: Flyering to encourage donations

Wed 17 Nov 18:30 pm
Old Spike Roastery, 54 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
Drive awareness for this charity - to encourage donations around Southwark

Get Rid Of And Donate (GROAD) run by Andrea needs our help with flyering for Robe project. We will flyering around the area to encourage donations as we're getting closer to Christmas and the bitterly cold winter months - the homeless need our help to keep warm this winter!

The run from Old Spike Roastery to our flyering start point: Stradella Road/Half Moon Lane will take us through East Dulwich, uphill on East Dulwich Grove and straight towards Herne Hill Station (stopping just short). The run should take us 20-25 minutes to do 3.2k.

Once we arrive, if you prefer to walk, you can walk and distribute the flyers, but we'll get the task done quicker with a jog.

The "Where, When and What":

πŸ“ Meet at Old Spike Roastery for the Group Run OR at the task, corner of Stradella Road and Half Moon Lane at 19:10/19:15.

⌚ 18:30 (leaving at 18:45 latest). If meeting at task, be there for 19:10/19:15. We will be back in Peckham by 20:15 (latest).

βœ… There will be access to Old Spike Roastery, so you can drop your bags and use their toilets before we head out.

πŸƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ We will be running around 3.2k there then running the roads around Dulwich Village, so can safely say we'll cover 5k+. There will be a back marker to ensure no one gets left behind. Running at a medium pace to get to the task in 20 minutes.

Advisable: Bring a head torchπŸ”¦ as we will be running at night!

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Party
Southwark

GG Southwark End of Year/Xmas Social πŸŽπŸŽ„

Wed 15 Dec 20:15 pm
Old Spike Roastery, 54 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
To all the good tidings

After our last group run of the year, let's share a toast to all the good deeds everyone has done this year! Would be great if you would come along as there may be a surprise πŸ˜‰

We'll collect our things from Old Spike Roastery and head across to Voodoo Rays for a couple of drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and a slice (or two) of pizza! πŸ•

Xmas gear is encouraged! Any hat/jumper/dress or anything you fancy...

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Paulin Shek went on a community mission
Community mission
Southwark

No of-fence taken

Sat 6 Nov
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Report written by Paulin Shek

On Saturday, six Goodgymmers went to help out at Thorlands Gardens. We divvied up the tools and split into two groups to work on different plots.

Sam, Ema and Rebecca continued buddleia bashing in the forest garden.

Paulin, Jessie and Nathan started clearing a new section of the kitchen garden, starting with a fence which was only held in place with bindweed!

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Paulin Shek went on a community mission
Community mission
Southwark

Buddleia-ding gardeners

Tue 2 Nov
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Report written by Paulin Shek

Paulin and Rebecca spent Tuesday night helping out at Thorlands Gardens

We were given the task of cutting down a specific buddleia tree - that was the easy part! The hard part was detangling the branches from bindweed and separating it out, since it can't be composted. However, we managed it and was able to tidy everything up before heading home on time. Great job!

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