This week three really great organisations are joining forces to make something great happen!
The Brighton Table Tennis Club have joined forces with The Real Junk Food Project to create a junk food cafe in the hall next to the BTTC. And of course the third great organisation is us!
We'll be helping them clear the hall to prepare it for some major building works.
This is an indoor task so please bring a mask and I'm sure we can find something to do outside for anyone who is uncomfortable working inside.
Meet at Victoria Statue at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.
What a perfect evening for Goodgym, cold but crisp and still and although a bit cloudy the light of a full moon added to the atmosphere. And it was great to welcome back Abi, Davidand Tabithawho have all missed the past few months due to dodgy knees, backs and hearts!
Our task was to help Stuart from the Palmeira & Adelaide Garden Fund group keep on top of all the work that needs doing in these lovely and well used squares. Council cuts means that there just isn’t the people power to do all the work, and groups like this really make a huge difference in keeping our open spaces tidy.
Our efforts tonight focussed on the northern most part of the square (oval?!) around the floral clock I discovered that the clock was installed to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II so it’s not surprising that it no longer works!
We scraped all the grass that had spread from the side it should be to the side it shouldn’t, sweeping followed scraping, shovelling and bagging followed sweeping and in about 45 minutes the job was done. Lots of passers by thanked us for our efforts, it’s always good to know that we are appreciated.
A quick fitness session of lunge variations followed before we went our separate ways into the night.
Palmeira and Adelaide Square Garden Fund are a group of local residents who are making a real effort to inject a bit of 'community' into their community!
The Square is well used by residents and the local neighbourhood. We will be focusing on weeding beds in the floral clock area.
Meet at The Peace Statue at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm sharp start of the run/walk. Fitness session will follow the task on the prom.
A soggy sandwich, a packet of crisps and a fizzy drink for a few quid? No, you’re alright thanks.
A couple of hours weeding and spreading muck in the rain for a vegan curry? Now you’re talking, that’s my kind of meal deal!
Luckily 7 other Goodgymmers are of a similar mind so despite the rain we headed to community pub The Bevy to help them prepare their fruit and veg garden for spring by weeding around the raspberries and spreading manure. Yes it was raining but no we didn’t care and the food we were given as a thank you was very much appreciated by all!
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.
This Saturday they are hoping to get a few locals along to help get the veg garden ready for spring and have invited us to join in.
Jobs include weeding fruit bushes, digging out old raspberries & mulching with manure.
I'll be doing Bevendean Down parkrun first and heading straight there so come along from 9.45am. The session will end at 12.30 when The Bevy will supply you with a meal as a thank you! Please drop in when you like and stay as long or leave as you like!
Another year, another night of ferrying festive firs to their final resting places. Winter pulled out all her tricks - newly freezing temperatures and treacherous wet leaves (hope your knee isn't too bad Rachael) but of course, GoodGym prevailed. Welcome to Rosie andCarla
Meeting at Hove Peace Statue, we split into teams, each covering a section of lovely Hove. Everyone sped off in different directions, armed with Tara's intel on the best areas to find the abandoned trees (including a suspiciously close former collection point that particularly benefited one prolific team).
Some dragged and some hauled their hard-won booty to the collection point, and in the end about 50 trees were added to the pile. We finished with a brisk seafront AMRAP session won by a super keen Jay Overall, a great start to the year!
Real Christmas trees can be recycled into soil improver or compost and our council has 23 collection points located around the city for you to drop off your Christmas tree.
But of course lots of lazy folk can't be bothered and leave them next to communal bins which is very naughty and is fly tipping! You could be fined! Don't do it!
So for our first task of 2022 we will be going on a Christmas tree hunt around Hove and taking abandoned trees to the recycling points so they can be returned to the earth from whence they came and not end up in land fill.
Twas the last one before Christmas and all was not well! With a number of dropouts due to covid and illness our numbers were depleted but the lure of a Christmas party still drew 10 hardy souls to our last task of the year!
It was a two for one task with an indoor and an outdoor task, needless to say the indoor task was more popular. So most of the group headed off to the Real Junk Food Project to get the kitchen clean for Christmas!
We vacuumed, wiped, scrubbed and mopped the kitchen and cafe areas and task owner Emma was very grateful for our efforts to help keep this excellent project spick and span.
The other (braver) group headed off to the delightful back streets of Elm Grove to paint over some graffiti to get the town ready for the party season. But rather than painting the town red it was a mixture of grey, white and magnolia! We made light work of a number of walls despite a very stubborn old paint tin taking a while to crack. We then joined back up with the main group for the fitness.
Although I say the main group, the temptation of the pub had proved too much for many so only five us braved the drizzle to do a couple of laps of the Christmas market before heading off to the party! We lost a few more to Covid concerns and all agreed a bumper summer party might be the best approach in the New Year.
So that was the last task of the year, it has been another strange one but it has been wonderful to get back to Goodgym and see everyone again. All that is left to say is Merry Christmas and a Happy (hopefully better) New Year!
12 awl-mighty runners cleaned for Brighton Tool Library.
The group covered 3km plus an exercise session.
Grateful the earlier storm had passed, we gathered at Victoria statue in anticipation of cleaning tools ahead. A group run to Kemp Town saw us grind up a favoured Brighton hill.
Arriving we found the task was well organised, with a workstation prepared for each runner and a mix of cloths, scourers, brushes and wipes. Or white spirit and WD-40 for the more stubborn dirt. We learned the goals of the project, to provide low-cost access to tools and avoid waste, and how infrequently the average DIY tool is (not) used in its lifetime.
Then all that was needed was a whirlwind of Good Gym elbow grease to scrub and polish 18 power tools to a shine, from Jigsaws to Planers, Sanders to Angle Grinders, Heat Guns to Hammer Drills, Staple Guns and Snips.
Outside Tara led the group exercise, the group nailed several sets of high kicks and squats, before retracing their route(r) to the start with Frannie as back-marker and the percussion of legs hammering on the pavement.