Five GoodGym runners came together at Stephens house and gardens to run and demonstrate three community Mission in one day. (is it a good gym record?) We warmed up and introduced ourselves then set off to St Mary‘s Church in Finchley. The oldest building in Barnet dating from the 12th century. The graveyard was full of litter as well as the local garden. So we set about clearing with litter pickers and bags donated by Barnet Council. It took longer than expected because of the level of refuse. We then jogged further down the hill to do some leafleting. (We occasionally do this to raise funds or awareness for a charity. Our third and final mission was to visit and help at Finchley way Open Space another kilometre away. It was great to see so many volunteers helping and it’s becoming an amazing open space for the public. We then returned back having completed three community missions in one day!
thanks for coming running and helping out
Beginners Goodgym Starter session. If you are interested in doing good and getting fit you will be welcome to our first starter session for 2021. We will be gathering for a beginners run session at Stephens House and Gardens to visit local the spaces that we have helped. This includes a church and a new green space at Finchley way. We will then run back to Stephens House and garden. Join us for tea, coffee and cake after we return.
The run session will be lead by a uk athletics run leader and will be suitable for all beginners. We will be stopping on route and staying together over the 2km to Finchley Way Open Space. We may then split into groups for further running on the way back.
Meet in the car park opposite the zebra crossing. See further details on this link https://www.goodgym.org/join-goodgym
Peter is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time
Peter has helped keep other people motivated, Peter has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Peter.
So we can still be active, social and community spirited by doing a little plogging over this month. Ideally with another member or friend. Maybe you have spotted some rubbish locally. If you need a picker let me know and I will try to drop one off to you. Send us a picture of your exploits. This a a rolling event to do before the end of the month. (Litter pick any time that suits you)
well done on signing up and looking to improve your local environment. Thanks again for the photos and making that little bit of difference. I've set it up again for next month hopefully you can find a time again. It may be worth approaching your local council for litter pickers. It makes it much more fun!
Peter completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Peter was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
Five GoodGym members gathered together to help St Mary’s Church to sort out it’s railings ready for painting. We met with Helen who explained how we needed to work to remove the dirt, vegetation and a wiremesh from the railings. When we had finished Helen kindly showed us around the ancient church. The church has stone with carvings from the Norman conquest! We then went to see the tomb of John Cartwright, the “Father of Reform” and champion of universal suffrage, who was buried in St Mary-at-Finchley in 1824. In 1835 a monument to him was erected in the churchyard, paid for by public subscription. The monument is a Grade II listed building. Thanks for helping out, learning something new and doing some good.
St Marys church was established sometime in the 12th century. There is reference to a church here in 1274, and evidence of a building even before then. By 1356 it was dedicated to St Mary.The building has been altered many times since its foundation and the oldest parts, the north wall and the tower (which seems to have had a steeple during the 16th and 17th centuries), date from the reign of King Henry VII.
We will help Helen a volunteer leader. Work - 'It is removing vegetation and a strip of old wire mesh from the railings at the east end of the church. The aim will be to get it ready for painting. Soil has built up along the lower rail and needs scrapping away. The length of the railing is about 20m, so should be just about right for a quick task.
If we get time we would hope to see inside and get to hear about the history of the church.
Near Finchley Central Station. Running option can be arranged with demand please let me know.