Rebecca Hendry

Lambeth

38Good deeds

38runs

66cheers

Rebecca Hendry went on a community mission
Community mission
Southwark

Upcycling wood & Elderflower fritters

Sat 18 Jun
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Report written by Sam Lefevre
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On Saturday, four GoodGymers including first-timer to Thorlands, Alice were treated to a double task and some Elderflower fritters. More on that later.

Simon had arrived slightly late due to his culinary surprise, but we were in a rush as we were still waiting for Lucie and Rebecca when Simon let Alice and Sam in. He gave the whole vision and project speech to Alice whilst Sam gathered the tools for the first task.

The first task was to collect dry leaves (at least, four wheelbarrows full) from the compost heap by the clubhouse and bring it over to the compost in the Walled Garden. This took the team about fifteen minutes to do as they were taking their time and talking.

They had about an hour to finish the second task, which required two parts. First, the team had to organise the backwall of the Walled Garden to create space to move the donated and upcycled wood from an Adventure Playground near Brixton, which was temporarily living by two beds, which Simon needed access to. The team started to work in twos to move the wood, but figured out a human chain was a more efficient solution to the problem AND this ensured they finished the task in time, with five minutes to spare.

The session was polished off nicely with a couple of homemade Elderflower fritters, which were delicious as I lived to write this run report!

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Community Gardening @ Thorlands

Sat 18 Jun 12:00 pm
Thor Lands Gardens , Elsinore House, Denmark Road , London , SE5 9EJ
Will allow the community garden to flourish and for local residents to enjoy the natural space and food that is grow there

Thor Lands Community Gardens in Camberwell offers a range of tasks for us to get involved with! There is an on-going project to convert this half an acre site into a thriving garden for the residents and locals to love. We meet at the "Walled Garden", which for newbies can be located exactly here using "what3words" - share.wished.rips. There is a variety of tasks from composting to weeding, sawing wood to cutting back brambles and raking leaves to planting trees - each week is different.

Health and Safety first: Please be advised that the task owner, Simon, cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and would like us to be considerate, keep social distancing from him and to stay home if you develop a constant sneeze or cough.

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Rebecca Hendry went on a group run
Group run
Southwark

Feelin' hot hot hot

Wed 15 Jun
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Report written by Sam Lefevre
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On the hottest day in 2022 (so far), ten GoodGymers came out to enjoy the warm weather with a group run to Thorlands for their monthly session with Simon.

Five out of the ten met at Old Spike Roastery for the group run as the other five opted to meet us there as four cycled and one walked over. Since it is Pride month throughout the month of June, Sam was giving out Pride badges that he "stole" from his work.

After a brief speech to Benjamin, Daryl, Emma and Paulin and a quick warm-up out on the green, our ice-breaker question tonight was a simple one and since it was a hot day: What is your favourite type of ice cream or ice lolly?

We had various flavours from chocolate sorbet to coconut and from Magnum Caramel to Fruit Pastilles. There were also loads of chocolate, coffee and pistachio ice cream lovers too.


Mulching and chopping back

There was meant to be a newbie coming along, but once it reach 18:50, we departed for the hills and across over to Thorlands covering 2.8k in 16 minutes.

We were met by Emma, Lindy, Nathan, Olive and Rebecca who cycled or walked over. Simon did not need to do any intros as everyone had been, so we collected the tools and headed to the Kitchen Garden to access the Forest Garden.

There were a couple of jobs to be done. Firstly, Simon took away Rebecca and Paulin as they had to prepare the cardboard and leaf mulch to put down near the compost heap.

Emma, Emma, Daryl, Lindy and Olive focused on clearing the terrace of buddleia and brambles whilst Benjamin and Nathan dug out weeds and roots as they prepared the ground for the next set of cardboard and leaf mulch, which will be put down on the weekend.

The 40 minute session went quite rapidly with a summer playlist playing in the background. We had time to take a group photo and put back the tools, but we had to rush off to ensure we finished the group run on time. The cyclists and walker (Lindy) went their own way home.


Thank You to all the GG-ers

A personal thanks from me to all those who came out tonight! It was quite warm and one to note for future group runs - bring water! Thank you for getting stuck into the tasks and we're slowly maintaining Thorlands Community Garden whilst the overall vision is being implemented.


Thank You Simon

GoodGym is all about getting fit and doing good! We praise the runners/cyclists/walkers who come to get fit and help out, but we often forget about our task owner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Simon for keeping this regular monthly session with us. It is great to see the progress and we'll continue this on Saturday.

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Group Run: Community Gardening at Thorlands

Wed 15 Jun 18:30 pm
Old Spike Roastery, 54 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
Tidying up this community garden as we continue with its project and vision

Back to Thorlands! Simon has asked for a regular monthly group run session at Thorlands community garden. Continuing in the "Forest" garden, we will be:

  • Putting down woodchip for the "Forest" path
  • Potting plants in the "Walled" garden
  • Planting wild strawberries
  • Digging up acanthus and bindweed roots
  • Mulching with cardboard and semi-composted material
  • Adding to the new compost pile
  • Shaping shrub canopies

New to GoodGym Southwark?

Not to worry, it can be daunting coming to your first group run, but we are so welcoming whether you're just starting out as a runner or have been running for years. We welcome all!

Here's the important information - the "Where, When and What":

๐Ÿ“ We meet at Old Spike Roastery in Peckham between 18:30-18:45. You can also meet us at the task: Thor Lands Gardens, Elsinore House, Denmark Road, London, SE5 9EJ at 19:10.

โŒš 18:30-18:45 (leaving at 18:45 latest). If meeting at task, be there for 19:10. We will be back in Peckham by 20:30 (latest).

โœ… There will be access to Old Spike Roastery, so you can drop your bags and use their toilets before we head out.

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ After a quick warm-up, we run together as a group. If there are loads of us, there will be a back marker to ensure no one is left behind. On this run, we will be running 3k each way. Running at a medium pace to get to the task in 20 minutes. We will spend 45-50 minutes doing the tasks mentioned above (or as much as we can) before running back to finish by 20:30.

Advisable: Bring ๐Ÿงค gardening gloves for the task!

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A lot of bark in a small park

Sun 12 Jun
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Report written by Sam Lefevre
He/Him

On a sunny Sunday morning, eight GoodGymers found themselves in a quiet neighborhood behind Kennington station, ready for a grueling gardening session. ๐ŸŒฑ

We welcomed newbies: Ed as well as Suzanna, who came along with Rachel. ๐Ÿ‘‹

Alex, the task owner, had brought over the tools and wheelbarrows to move the piles of woodchip set all out in the park. There were five massive piles of woodchip that needed to cover the edge of the park in the hope of covering the weeds would kill them and bring moisture to the terrible soil. ๐ŸŒณ

We split into teams of two: Ed and Sarah took on the first pile, Rachel and Suzanna had another, Claire and Alex took on the third and finally, Lici, Rebecca and Sam worked on the fourth pile. The fifth one was being looked after by local volunteers who came out to help. ๐Ÿ’ช

Helped with some Sunday morning tunes, the team smashed it by completely shifting and mulching three out of the five piles of woodchip in an hour and a half! ๐Ÿ˜ณ it's no easy feat!

The session ended with a group photo and Alex took everyone to collect some ripen fruit. ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“

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Spreading woodchip @ Alberta Estate Communal Garden

Sun 12 Jun 10:30 am
57 Ambergate Street, London, SE17 3RZ
Improve the area for fruit growing

Alex from Alberta Estate Communal Garden has called upon GoodGym as they have a large task to spread 4 large piles of woodchip in their communal garden on the Alberta Estate, Walworth, Southwark. They are a community fruit growing project and this communal garden is the latest area they are looking to improve!

The task will take up to 90 minutes, but could end earlier. There are in need for 6-8 people.

They have all the tools - spades and shovels and a couple of wheelbarrows for shifting the woodchip around.

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We must be barking mad!

Wed 8 Jun
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Report written by Sam Lefevre
He/Him

Running from Peckham Rye station, Sam thought he would be late opening up Old Spike Roastery as he backmarked a group run at work just 20 minutes before.

With about 10 minutes to change shirt and compose himself, Saskia then Lindy and finally Emma arrived. Sam knew Rebecca and Zack would be meeting us there, so he got going with his GoodGym updates before heading outside for a warm-up.

Our ice-breaker question tonight was to do with it being World Ocean Day, so he wanted to know: What is your favourite Ocean creature?

With all the fish in the world, Saskia and Sam both said Sea Turtle whilst Lindy and Emma opted for the intelligent Octopus.


Water you doing tonight?

Over the hill and down across over to Camberwell, the four of us went. There was no need for a backmarker as we kept as a group. Plus, we had plenty of time to get our 2.8k run done. In the end, it took us 18 minutes as we arrived to meet Alice and Paul outside The Wildlife Triangle.

There was a massive pile of woodchip, but we knew there was a task of watering plants, digging and sawing too. Everyone was raring to go, but with only one wheelbarrow on hand and three shovels, Alice had to quickly go and get two tonne bags so that the team could fill them with woodchip before transporting it over to another area on the estate.

Emma, Lindy and Saskia took a shovel each and within less than a minute the wheelbarrow was full. We waited awkwardly for directions as we did not know where Alice and Paul went. After a few minutes, Alice came around the corner with the tonne bags as we filled them Zack walked over. We immediately gave him the task to take the big yellow bucket, which was to be used for filling up with water to water the plants.

Emma, Lindy and Saskia worked together to drag over the woodchip for 2 trips before the latter two stayed on the other side to spread the woodchip whilst Emma made several trips with the wheelbarrow back to Sam who was guarding the woodchip mountain. In all of this, Rebecca walked to the task and Paul gave her the task of sawing an old woody branch near a fence before joining Emma with transporting woodchip.

We did a lot in the 45 minutes that we were there, but to quote Zack, "it didn't feel like 45 minutes". That's because you were having so much fun, Zack!

After putting back the tools and taking our group photo, we said our goodbyes as we dashed off down the more direct route to Peckham. Lindy headed towards Camberwell and Emma and Saskia peeled off at Peckham Library, so it was a sprint back to Old Spike for Sam.


Thank You to all the GG-ers

A personal thanks from me to all those who came and ran tonight! The same incline route via Grove Hill, but slightly longer than last week. Everyone was willing to get stuck in with the tasks at hand and I am always in awe of that. Alice, Paul and the volunteers of Elmington Estate Community Garden send their thanks to all of you!


Thank You Alice

GoodGym is all about getting fit and doing good! We praise the runners/cyclists/walkers who come to get fit and help out, but we often forget about our task owner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alice for inviting us over to help out at your community garden. It seems like the Southwark Council is giving out all the woodchip they have! Looking forward to our next session, possibly in August? Just get in touch with me and we'll make it work.

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Group Run: Watering & Gardening @ Elmington Community Garden

Wed 8 Jun 18:30 pm
Old Spike Roastery, 54 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
Help the residents of Elmington Estate continue to grow their community garden/space

Alice from Elmington Community Garden would like our assistance to water the vast amounts of plants dotted about the estate. If there's time we can do some light gardening too.

New to GoodGym Southwark?

Not to worry, it can be daunting coming to your first group run, but we are so welcoming whether you're just starting out as a runner or have been running for years. We welcome all!

Here's the important information - the "Where, When and What":

๐Ÿ“ We meet at Old Spike Roastery in Peckham between 18:30-18:45. You can also meet us at the task: The Wildlife Triangle on Brisbane Street, London, SE5 7NZ at 19:10/19:15.

โŒš 18:30 (leaving at 18:45). If meeting at task, be there for 19:10/19:15. We will be back in Peckham by 20:15 (latest).

โœ… There will be access to Old Spike Roastery, so you can drop your bags and use their toilets before we head out.

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ After a quick warm-up, we run together as a group. If there are loads of us, there will be a back marker to ensure no one is left behind. On this run, we will be running 2.5k there and about 2.5k back. Running at a medium pace to get to the task in 15-20 minutes. We will spend 30-45 minutes doing the tasks mentioned above (or as much as we can) before running back to finish by 20:15.

Advisable: Bring your gardening gloves ๐Ÿงค for the task.

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Rebecca Hendry went on a community mission
Community mission
Southwark

Surrey Docks Farm? We dig it.

Sat 28 May
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Report written by Jenny P

On a sunny May afternoon, six keen GoodGym-ers arrived at one of our all time favourite Community Missions - helping out at Surrey Docks Farm!

As usual we received a very warm welcome from Kate and Pat, who had prepared a wide range of tasks for us to get stuck into. The main theme of the day, however, seemed to be digging and shovelling!

Rebecca and Vic got started by attempting to dig out a stubborn fence post that had snapped in the orchard. Meanwhile Zeina and Monika shovelled manure into barrows ready for use during the imminent planting of tomatoes. And over in the greenhouse, Lindy and Jenny set about clearing unwanted plants from pots and, reusing the soil in the raised beds where the farm are currently growing hops!

Half way through the task we had a bit of a change around of tasks, and Zeina and Monika moved onto turning over decomposing compost in the compost heaps. Lindy and Jenny carefully dug up weeds in the border, while avoiding the lovely Nasturtiums, ready for even more planting to take place.

And, of course, as per tradition the last half an hour of the task was spent playing with the animals! Firstly feeding chard to the hungry chickens and pigs, followed by cuddling the goats in their pen (without letting too many escape!)

Well done, great work everyone!

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Helping out at Surrey Docks Farm ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ

Sat 28 May 14:00 pm
Surrey Docks Farm, Rotherhide Street, London, SE16 5ET
Help maintain this community farm

We are back at Surrey Docks Farm

Gemma, Pat and Kate (coordinators at the Farm) need 6 volunteers to help out with a host of tasks from weeding to sieving compost and from bagging manure to sweeping the goats pen. There's always plenty to do! The session is from 14:00-16:00.

  • Please remember to bring your own gloves
  • Adhere to the Farm's rules at all times
  • This is a popular and in-demand task, so please sign up and turn up on the day if you can commit. Otherwise, please give the space to someone else.

As always, the last hour half is spent cuddling goats, sheep and all the other Farm animals! Hope you can join us and say hello to the pigs, goats and sheep again!

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