Pauline is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time
A full - on task for David's final one as AA!
Ruth was an exemplary task owner, putting us straight to work, sanding metal benches before spray painting them.
Raymond made a hello visit which was really sweet of him.
Fergus, Charlotte, Pauline and Rosie all did an excellent job.
We were treated to juice and cake!
Pauline has helped keep other people motivated, Pauline has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Pauline.
They are entirely volunteer-run and we do struggle to stay on top of the garden as well as other things. In lockdown their group volunteer activities mainly stopped and the garden became quite meadowy.
This time we will finish repairing benches by assembling wooded beams and metal ends.
St Peter-in-the-Forest This is a community centre and church area that aims to create a space for community arts, community gardening, community cooking, and community history. Their historic churchyard is a fantastic area for local wildlife and nature.
How can we help Currently this centre is after some gardening help and therefore the usual gardening tasks are waiting to be completed - weeding, planting, clearing historical graves, creating a conservation area for birds, insects and other wildlife.
As always, you're encouraged to run/walk/cycle etc to the session, if that's available to you
Covid Guidelines are still very much in place so please keep adhering to all guidelines
A Tourist likes nothing better than exploring new areas and meeting new people, and that's what Pauline has been doing. Pauline has been to three different GoodGym areas now - nice!
Curious? Pauline has just run their first session in another area. For that explorative spirit Pauline is awarded the scout badge. A Scout is trustworthy
Arrival at Wanstead House
Well, the weather today's been ahem interesting so there was a decent level of trepidation regarding the rain for tonight. However, a little bit of water has not deterred any of the hardy goodgymmers and everyone arrived by foot or bike choosing active travel! Linda and James were there first by bike with Julia just about making it at 6.46pm on her two wheels, with everyone else arriving soon by running for a leisurely welcome chat and briefing about the task. Special kudos to Pauline for attending her first ever group run and by running 5km to the session!!!!
Tonight, we focused on sprucing up our Wanstead home base with some pruning, weeding, hacking down of overgrown bushes and trees that are obstructing the windows where lovely group of people were doing some sort of tai chi/sword magic! Bet they appreciated an energetic bunch of goodgymmers;)
We separated into 3 mini groups of 2 with Pauline and Vicki clearing up the overgrown area by the door of our mini-room; James and John were in charge of wheeling around a big green waste container and pulling down stubborn ivy from the walls of the community house; Dharmesh and Linda were in charge of cutting down an over-enthusiastic tree/bush area at the back! Everyone did a great job and very quickly too!
It's so hard to get back into running when group runs were off for so long but tonight we went for a 5km jog around Leyton flats and whilst it was hard, everyone jogged and walked like a hero - great workout on a mild evening with the weather sparing us the deluge of previous hours! And that snail that 'landed' on Linda's glasses didn't stop us either;) **Well done everyone!
Next week we will be in lovely Fairlop Waters - see you there!
We’ll be helping with a variety of tasks at Wanstead House as well as having a relaxed jog in Wanstead Park afterwards (5k).