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We had not one but two brilliant GoodGymers writing tonight's report, with Sree's wonderful pun...
"As the timeslot was earlier than usual (to get as much daylight in as possible) a whole new set of eager Stepney City Farm first timers were able to join this very popular community mission - guided by our very own Task owner Siobhan.
Reika and Anna chose the task of weeding, and Ellinor and Sarah chose to deadhead sunflowers. The rest of us - Katrine, Zoe and farm veterans Sree and Ceiling were given the task of sweeping the courtyard and barn.
As a result of our efforts, many wheelbarrow trips to the compost heap were required.
As the light started to fade, we packed up and spent some time getting acquainted with the barn animals.
As ever the mission flew by and was enjoyed by all those who attended. Hopefully we shall see some of you first-timers back at the Farm soon!"
And Reika adds,
"It’s lovely to see GoodGym friends and help our local farm, sharing laughter with donkeys before the lockdown.
Yes, it's a tough time for everyone but it’s priceless to do something for someone. x"
#goodgym is about small, candid and regular acts.
It is a simple and joyous way of interacting with ones own neighbourhood and keeping an eye out for one another.
The sheer visibility enables me to engage with lots of people I would otherwise not have the chance to talk to.
Today during lunch hour I think I beat my PB again and also met a fellow #Goodgymmer doing her rounds in Wapping!
Three deliveries today, a bit of jogging, cycling, charring and sightseeing - All easily during the lunch hour!
#coronachronicles #theanfieldtourist #thewanderinglondoner
Lindsey, Older People's Project Co-ordinator at St Hilda's was in touch this week to say, “We only have two weeks left of the project so would love any support from runners! Both days will be based at Sonali Gardens, and Tuesday lunch will be tuna mayo wraps, while Thursday lunch will be cheesy pasta salad."
What GoodGymers say about this flexible lunchtime activity
"As usual, food parcels were already packed, grouped and labelled at Sonali Gardens centre where I was greeted/welcomed with big smile!", writes a regular of this Community Mission, Ceiling.
"I had such a nice long chat to an appreciative resident!", enthused Alex.
"With us all getting used to the #newnormal it really is an important time to give some time to those struggling to adapt. It greatly helps that the food parcels are freshly packed and ready for our arrival at St Hilda’s. I really enjoyed having brief chats with my happy customers today," said a satisfied Emdad.
READ ALEX'S FAB REPORT FROM LAST THURS HERE!
• We are looking for up to 7 GoodGymers to meet at the pick up point (St Hilda's Sonali Gardens, Sonali Gardens, 79 Tarling Street, London E1 0AT) at anytime between 11.00 and 12.30 and each grab 2-4 parcels each (whatever you can manage).
• The parcels will be packed in a bag, with individual delivery addresses. These will be grouped into 2-3 bags with addresses closest to one another, all in neighbouring area.
On arrival at the Community Mission:
• When you arrive, please let them know you're from GoodGym and here to deliver parcels for Lindsey.
• The mission ideally involves carrying 2-4 bags to a destination within the E2 & E3 area. You can run, walk or cycle - do consider bringing a backpack if you're cycling.
Any problems and organiser Lindsey Gibson is happy to help out! Just ask for Lindsey on arrival, who'll be able to answer any queries. Or if you have any issues when you're out and about, the St Hilda's team are always on hand to help you: 020 7739 8066
I will not be present at this Community Mission, but I am leading it, and have overall responsibility for it, so if any problems or questions arise, and you need any support, don't hesitate to contact me. Laura
Saturday mornings lay in after the COVID Tier 1 final hurrah ? Nooot for us, thank you very much...
The ever-enthusiastic Alex greeted us with his clipboard full of tasks and divided us into 5 teams:
Ottla & Si & myself were set to work on the brute (and some brains...) task of the day by clearing and tidying up the wood pile from the corner of the playground - some efficient work to be continued next week. Charlotte Eimear Paula & Sree smashed and sawwed two old benches, crafted some more then painted the upgrades with finesse so quickly that they ended up helping with two other tasks - kudos Joel & Sian got straight to work, doing a fab job of spray painting the radiator covers that they had been working on the previous week. Nina & Rosie made a dash for the power tools (drills) to help create the decking in front of the crate that Alex is eventually going to fill with deckchairs and artwork to give the holiday vibe for Instagram-loving youths... In the absence of a third drill, Reika removed all the weeds in the surrouding area and offered a heling hand in moving some wood around. Eva & Hannah were also paired up to work on the de-decking, removing the old wood deck panels so a sponge layer could be added to stop weeds growing through the decking over the coming years - the type of novel/simple solution that you can pretty much only learn from Goodgym tasks (for me anyway...)
Lots of shout outs for this morning: Ottla for getting stuck in and designing the service of wood piling on her first session and Hannah for her first Tower Hamlets task this morning - welcome to the family! Joel, Sian, Eimear & Srta who were the last to leave as they were committed to finishing up the painting jobs they had started - a perfect example of the grit and determination we love to see at Goodgym :) The natural-born leaders Charlotte and Si for leading and taking some really great photos for today's task. Reika for the jumping for joy, photo of the day. And myself for today's pun.
Thank you for some more great work today all, pls come again soon.
We're going back to this fun adventure playground for our third Autumn visit where we'll be joining Alex for a variety of manual tasks, from lifting outdoor decking to loading the skip.
It's fun, it's friendly and it's the perfect way to kick off your weekend.
What you need to know
Alex, experienced task owner, is leading this morning's activity.
The session runs from 11-1. You don't need to commit to the whole time - Alex will find jobs for you if you arrive late!
Please bring gloves. Alex always has spares but good idea to bring your own too.
Why are we going?
This farm activity, while great fun for us, is also an enormous help to the farm, particularly at this time, enabling them to 'spread the load' of some of their essential farm chores.
What do we need to bring
Your own gloves.
Face covering, in the unlikely event you end up working in a confined outdoor space.
What will we be doing?
- You will be greeted and briefed by experienced Task Owner Siobhan, who will then distribute you throughout this spacious, outdoor, animal-filled oasis, for a variety of tasks which may include cleaning, wheeling straw and turning compost.
Reika 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.