Area Activator at GoodGym Greenwich. I love community and getting to know all the great initiatives and people that make it what it is!
This Sunday in Charlton comes the fair once described as the yearly collected rabble of mad people. As well as, in the Daily News in 1872, a reign of the Lord of Misrule.
Of course, this is surprising GoodGym fodder, and I for one felt shivers at the prospect of flyering for such an event.
Thankfully however, the Horn Fair these days is a celebration of life that’s staged in the decadent grounds of Charlton House and Gardens, in collaboration with the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust. On offer will be numerous dance performances, a new kids’ zone run by Charlton’s new Montessori Moments nursery, and gastronomic delights including Jamaican rum cakes and local mead.
Last night, seven GoodGymmers met outside Charlton House to bang the drum for the upcoming event. We had reams of leaflets and were dispersed into a group of three and four, and we headed in opposite directions.
Julian, Debs, and I quickly got onto residential streets with the help of Julian’s local knowledge, and we fed leaflets into letterboxes until our hands were empty. Then, we jogged back to Charlton House, buoyed by our timeliness, and shortly afterwards, we were joined by the other group. We nattered for a short while and then asked a passer-by to take a photo, and that was a wrap to a lovely GoodGym evening.
And remember, if you’re at a loose end this coming Sunday 17th October, then pop down to the Horn Fair at Charlton House and Gardens between 11am and 4pm. I expect it will be a rabble of community and zing that will keep the Autumn cold away!
Double, double, toil and travel;
Three members came to clear the gravel.
With three broomsticks like the witches fly;
Under London’s darkening sky.
Discussing Saturday’s Parkrun;
And Jenny’s marathon.
The buckets were filled;
And no frogs were killed.
As we finished shovelling in the dark
We said goodbye to Charlton Park!
credit to ‘Song of the Witches’, Macbeth
The Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust needs some help promoting their big event on Sunday 17th! Celebrating life in Greenwich, Horn Fair returns to Charlton House & Gardens after a year's absence.
This year's event will include a kids' zone by our friends at Charlton's new Montessori Moments nursery, a community photography exhibition documenting Greenwich's pandemic experience, dance performances from Spotlight Dance with the Collectors' Project and the Greenwich Morris Men, tours of St. Luke's church, and local treats from Jamaican rum cakes to mead. There will also be pop-ups from the Producers' Market and Green Goddess Pub.
We'll meet out the front of Charlton House (the corner of Hornfair Road and Charlton Road) and blitz some of the surrounding streets.
See you there!
Charlton Community Gardens are planning a planting event in both of their orchards in Charlton park.
The task will involve lifting up old trees and digging holes for new ones!
We'll meet at the Old Cottage Coffee Shop and then share out the tasks.
Bring some gloves and get ready for a good workout!
Charlton House's Walled Gardens are back open and looking lovely. The paths of the peace garden were filled with gravel a few years ago but this made the gardens less accessible for wheelchairs, buggies and high heels at weddings!
A group of us went to clear away a lot of the gravel last month and we're returning to finish the job.
Bring some gloves and come and get stuck in!
It was a warm September morning and two GoodGymmers wended our way to the heart of the Plumstead lands to paint a fence at Glyndon Community Centre with our mascot, baby Arthur in tow.
*Kudos to you, Tom who travelled all the way from York to run a London Parkrun and braved the Woolwich foot tunnel to reach our task! *
We painted one side of the fence in a fresh coat ready for our gang to come back next week to paint the other side. Sadly the before and after photos don't do justice to the fruit of our labour but we left it a lot fresher than when we arrived (which is more than can be said for me...what a hot day!)
Great to meet you, Tom and hopefully see you when you're next down South.
Job well done!
Glyndon Community Centre provides affordable space for voluntary groups to host social activities for local people. They are looking for regular support to help with the upkeep of the building and garden. We'll be getting involved in a range of jobs including gardening, painting the fence and building, garage clearance and general tidying up.
Come and get stuck in. Bring some gloves and wear something you don't mind getting paint splatters on!
On a lovely summer's evening, six GoodGymmers closed ranks to take on a path of gravel which needed to be cleared to make the Peace Garden at Charlton House accessible for the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. They have a play called Family Tree on over the next week and the path looks nice but isn't very easy for wheelchair users, prams and high heels.
Special welcome to Miguel who was on his second GoodGym community mission and ran all the way from the Isle of Dogs!
We got to work sweeping, shovelling and scraping gravel into piles to scoop into all of the buckets and bins we could find. Now Charlton House just need to work out what to do with 3 wheely bis worth of bins of gravel...any ideas??
As the clouds of dust from our heavy and incessant toiling melted away...we saw, as if in a dream, a thing of wonder: smooth hard earth, barely touched by foot or shovel, ready to welcome without incident the next pushchair wheel or primark high heel.
*As they say, many hands make light work. *
It was Arthur's first community mission - our new honourary GoodGym member, and he was pretty unphased by the whole thing, sleeping through the dust clouds and unabating clanging of metal on rock. He provided the vital cute factor that's missing on most community missions and gave us the motivation to keep shovelling to make the world that little bit better for the next generation.
The litmus test for our success was pushing the buggy back out of the garden which was certainly easier than coming in so it was a worthwhile hour spent ungravelling I'd say - good job team!