Have you been to Moulescoomb school before? It's got the best outdoor area including loads of miniature historical buildings and an orchard!
It's a big space with lots to keep on top of. Don't forget to bring your own gloves and if you have a small tool, such as a trowel or secateurs that you can carry safely with you bring that along too.
Meet at the entrance to the school at 6.30pm.
A return to Brighton Community Kitchen where Jo was waiting to greet us with buckets of hot water, mops, squeegys and j cloths. Michelle, Rosemary, Pippa, Roy and myself set about cleaning windows, removing stickers, mopping the facia and clearing out the door way and as Jo said maybe removed six months worth of dirt and pigeon poo ready for their reopening next week. Another worthwhile evening and always a pleasure at the community kitchen who perform such an amazing job educating, teaching & helping with all things foodie to all members of the community whatever their situation.
Brighton and Hove Food Partnership do a great job of educating people from all sorts of backgrounds on the joys of good food and cookery. The Community Kitchen is their hub, providing paid cookery courses to the public to fund their work with people from low income families, dementia or learning difficulties.
Six fifteen start
Seven of us met at the Vicarage Lawn Bowls Club including Val who we welcomed back after nearly four years away. I say we met at this particular venue...we had to make sure we were at the correct one as there happen to be two bowling greens on the one site each belonging to a different club....the other being Brighton Bowls Club. Now that's what you call a local derby! Our main job was to weed the borders that run adjacent to the bowling green. Large borders they are too and while not overgrown there were plenty of weeds including lots of the sticky stuff! Extricating it was quite hard at times due to the lack of rain but Michael, Tara, Rosemary, Phillipa, Val and myself pulled and plucked while Amro did an amazing job as chief weed collector. Still lots to do....
The Vicarage Bowling Green near Preston Park needs a bit of Tender Loving Care. The paths need a good weed and the raised bed is looking quite neglected. But with a bit of attention from us it will be licked into shape to create a nicer environment for the bowlers and those that walk through it.
The green is on the A23 opposite Sainsbury's at the bottom of Preston Drove. (Don't pay too much attention to the map as I can't find an accurate postcode!)
Philippa completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Philippa was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
Philippa is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.
It was back to the Bevy, a community owned pub that runs projects for local groups of all ages. Whether its bringing in socially isolated retirees for Friday lunch or providing meals to children from low income families, the team at the Bevy are definitely local heroes.
We met Warren and Jonathan to help out with some gardening in the impressive vegetable terraces and a general tidy up of the outside seating area. Jay, Katharine, Susan and Jason helped Jonathan with the veggies, while Michael and Rosemary dead headed and watered the flower boxes in the outdoor seating area. And last, but by no means least, newcomer Philippa single handedly weeded the front of the pub and then helped this chatterbox with the litter picking. Hope you enjoyed your first Goodgym mission, hope to see you at another and group runs once social restrictions have eased!
We were treated to a gorgeous sunset before we said our goodbyes. Hopefully our next visit to The Bevy will include a few bevies!
The Bevy is brilliant! It’s a community owned pub that is so much more. It hosts a number of community groups and during lockdown it turned into a meals on wheels service.
Gardener Dave does a brilliant job but is always pleased to get some extra Goodgym help. Expect digging and weeding.