Rosalind King

Waltham Forest

36Good deeds

36runs

37cheers

Rosalind King has has earned their community cape by completing their first community mission. Wed 24 Feb 2021

Rosalind completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Rosalind was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.

Rosalind King went on a community mission
Community mission
Waltham Forest

The Holy and the Ivy

Wed 24 Feb
Report written by Pippa Cossey

Taking up the loppers from last weeks intrepid team of GGWF runners - a smaller team continued to transform the gardens of Church End.

After a run down of what needed doing from Ramon - Nerys, Roz and I quickly got to work removing the ivy and brambles that were lessening the appeal of these lovely gardens.

45 minutes of hard graft later and we quickly filled up two bags of garden waste.

After some obligatory group photos we headed home - it was great to be out and doing good in the borough again and even better to see some friendly faces!

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Rosalind King signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Waltham Forest

Garden tidy for St Mary's - Round two!

Wed 24 Feb 19:00 pm
9 & 10 Church End, Walthamstow, London, E17 9RJ
help a community church fundraise by smartening up two gardens

St Mary's in the village have two houses they need to sell, to raise funds to allow their community work to continue.

To realise these assets, and release the maximum cash from them, they would be chuffed to have our help tidying up the gardens.

They were chuffed with our efforts last week! There's still plenty of ivy to cut back and if they can get a skip we can help dismantle the shed.

Make sure to wrap up warm, wear head torches. Tools will be provided. Thick gloves suitable for bramble even better..

We'll meet at the venue just before 7 to start at 7ish and finish by 8. Optional jog there can be organised via our Whatsapp group.

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Rosalind King went on a training session
Training session
Waltham Forest

Blue Skies and Blue Plaques

Sun 26 Apr
Report written by Ant Withstandley

Well done to everyone who completed the Blue Plaque challenge this week. A great way to get out and explore your local area on lockdown.

Sign-up to next week's Lockdown Challenge here

It was great to catch up with some of the folks from GGWF on Wednesday. We shared some stories about fitness and stuff we have been doing on lockdown. I'll be online again this Wednesday for a chat and I'd love it if you could join me. Weekly Catch-Up

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Rosalind King went on a party
Party
Waltham Forest

Mente Maestro

Wed 8 Apr
Report written by Ant Withstandley

First things first and a huge thank you to our quiz master extraordinaire, Ercole Lugari. What a brilliant set of questions stitched together on a slick online format that rewarded the fastest finger first as well as the correct answers.

Categories included Waltham Forest Flag Names Movies Athletics History Animals Politics UK General Music Food The questions came thick and fast with Kirsty (representing the NHS) and Joanna (representing secondary schools) emerging as the front runners and slugging it out for the top spot. It was a close run thing but eventually, Joanna won. Considering both of their employers have recently been noticed as just about the most important things in this country by a country mile, it seems only right that they did so well.

Looks like we will be doing the same again next week so I hope you can join us. Details to follow in my next weekly fitness email.

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Rosalind King went on a group run
Group run
Waltham Forest

Keep rollin' rollin' rollin' rollin'

Wed 4 Mar
Report written by Ant Withstandley

After a hard slog of a day at work and battling home in gloomy wet miserable weather, it's easy to collapse on the sofa and eat oneself into a coma while watching something that a lettuce leaf wouldn't find intellectually challenging. At times like this, it can feel like a challenge to go for a run to do some volunteering. All I can say is that I am thrilled that a bunch of people who live in and around Waltham Forest managed to prize themselves out tonight and meet up at Greenleaf Road Baptist Church to do the latter.

Our assignment tonight was to continue to paint one of the rooms of the Welcome Centre, a sizable community space attached to St Mary's Church in Walthamstow Village. This was week two of a three-week project and it is shaping up very nicely indeed. The original decor of this space was something of a contradiction to the name of the building. Essentially, it was a kind of white turning nicotine shade that was probably completed sometime before Fred Durst and chums penned the track that I borrowed the lyrics from for today's title (basically, pre-Y2K).

Our crew cheerfully picked up their rollers and went to work brightening up the somewhat drab walls with a lovely coat of shiny white gloss, or matt or some such. Whatever the sheen the fresh paint sparkled and shone like Marilyn Monroe's smile when they were done.

After completing our tasks and with the rain still drizzling away outside, we made use of the gymnasium next door for a quick indoor workout, incorporating burpies, squat jumps and a plank-off. The latter resulted in a draw between Clara and Ama, who both looked like they could have held those poses for several hours.

I have to say; I am glad they quit when they did because the thing I haven't mentioned, the thing that makes that decision not to spend the night on the sofa a good one, the thing we were doing after our hard yards tonight. Well, that thing was The Monthly Social! Tonight our new social secretary (Ruth, did you know this is your permanent role?) had organised a night of delectation at Yard Sale Pizza. Mmmmmmmm Pizza.

Soooo good. I love these guys, and after watching them do all those burpees, it had given me such an appetite that my lovely little salty anchovies and capers tasted as sweet as they were salty. Talking of sweet, don't even get me started on the ice cream sandwich. Yum, yum.

Next week is week three of our painting project so don't miss it, sign-up here

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Rosalind King signed up to a group run
Group run
Waltham Forest

Painting The Welcome Centre (Week 2/3)

Wed 4 Mar 18:45 pm
Greenleaf Road Baptist Church, 4 Greenleaf Rd, Walthamstow, , London, E17 6QQ
It will improve a well used and valuable community space

Welcome to GoodGym Waltham Forest! We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects in our area.

The Task: This is the start of a nice warm indoor task taking is through March. We have worked extensively with St Mary's Church and they, in turn, are highly engaged with their local community. The Welcome Centre near the church is widely used by lots of different local groups but it could do with a spruce up. We will be painting the entrance over three weeks. You are advised not to bring the cool new running gear you got for Christmas!

The Run/walk: GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.

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Rosalind King went on a group run
Group run
Waltham Forest

A Study In White

Wed 26 Feb
Report written by Ant Withstandley

Annoying warning! Before I get into this week's Group Run, I'm just going to repeat some news from last week's run report as it is all still relevant.

Would you like to volunteer at The Hackney Half?

GoodGym has filled one Hackney Half aid station, but so that no one gets left-out and GG can get double the presence, we’ve now got another one, not far away at Broadway Market.

  • Date – 17th May
  • Location – Broadway Market (10 mins walk from Bethnal Green Central Line)
  • Task – Handing out water with a load of other GG people
  • Incentive – Free VirginSport bib. So that’ll be the the Asics10K or Oxford Half this year, or the next Hackney Half in 2021.

Sign-up here

GGWF Taskforce Member Ercole has set up an excellent Community Mission on 8th March.

Sign-up to the Leyton Jubilee junior Parkrun Volunteer takeover here. It's like an adult Parkrun but much shorter and far more rewarding. What could be better than helping to facilitate youngsters doing a 2km race?

The next monthly social will be at Yardsale Pizza on Wednesday 4th March. That's next week y'all. Thanks to Ruth for sorting (again!)

Check the WhatsApp group for details. If you are not on the group email, hit me up

Wednesday's Group Run The crew from Waltham Forest have become so adept at decorating this winter that I am expecting a call any day now from the people in charge of painting The Forth Bridge. That would certainly keep us going for a few Wednesday's, although I am not sure about the 390-mile run we would need to complete to arrive there.

Luckily, St Mary's Church is only about 1 km away in Walthamstow village. As always when we visit this place, our task had been admirably set up by Tim, so within in minutes of our arrival paint was being liberally applied to the walls of the Welcome Centre. Our numbers were boosted tonight by (Megan and Emma. who were joining us for the first time. Great having you both along.

It wasn't long before all the walls were gleaming with lovely white gloss and it was time to wash up our brushes and pack everything away to head out for a set of intervals. However, it was a cold, cold night and getting straight into an interval session might have been a bit risky without a warm-up. Luckily, the welcome centre has a lovely hall where we could stretch our legs and get our blood pumping before heading out.

Our subsequent intervals were totally bossed by the women's team tonight with Ruth, Aimee, Meg and Emma bringing it home in 1 , 2, 3 and 4. Nice running.

Next week, we are back at the same place for coat number 2. Sign-up here

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Rosalind King signed up to a group run
Group run
Waltham Forest

Painting The Welcome Centre (Week 1/3)

Wed 26 Feb 18:45 pm
Greenleaf Road Baptist Church, 4 Greenleaf Rd, Walthamstow, , London, E17 6QQ
It will improve a well used and valuable community space

Welcome to GoodGym Waltham Forest! We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects in our area.

The Task: This is the start of a nice warm indoor task taking is through March. We have worked extensively with St Mary's Church and they, in turn, are highly engaged with their local community. The Welcome Centre near the church is widely used by lots of different local groups but it could do with a spruce up. We will be painting the entrance over three weeks. You are advised not to bring the cool new running gear you got for Christmas!

The Run/walk: GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.

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Rosalind King went on a group run
Group run
Waltham Forest

Chalking Up Another Good Deed

Wed 19 Feb
Report written by Ant Withstandley

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of our latest group, here are some important announcements.

Would you like to volunteer at The Hackney Half?

In addition to a fun day out in the sunshine (probably), you get Free Virgin Sport bib, i.e. entry to one of the Asics10K or Oxford Half this year, or the next Hackney Half in 2021.

Essential info and sign-up

  • Date: 17th May
  • Location: Hackney Empire (15mins walk from Bethnal Green Central Line)
  • Task: Handing out water with a load of other GG people
  • Sign-up here

GGWF Taskforce Member Ercole has set up an excellent Community Mission on 8th March.

Sign-up to the Leyton Jubilee junior parkrun Volunteer takeover here. It's like an adult Parkrun but much shorter and far more rewarding. What could be better than helping to facilitate youngsters doing a 2km race?

The next monthly social will be at Yardsale Pizza on Wednesday 4th March.

Check the WhatsApp group for details. If you are not on the group, email hit me up

Wednesday's Group Run

Thanks to the miserable weather on Tuesday night, we picked up a couple of GG Hackney regulars this Wednesday. Of course, it's always lovely to see Alex Passa who is no stranger to us here at The Forest, but we also got to meet Clair Sim who despite chalking up a whopping 175 good deeds, has not joined us since our launch almost 2-years ago.

It was also lovely to welcome the ever cheerful Helen Farebrother-Naylor who joined us for her first Group Run today. Of course, Helen was chalking-up run number two after joining us on a January Challenge Community Mission. I feel sure that there are more to come.

So why do I keep referencing chalk? I thought you would never ask! Well, you see we did a bit of painting tonight. Frankly, GGWF has become pretty handy with painting over the winter having splodged on gallons of the stuff on various wall in various places. The thing is it is always white! White, white white. Now white is no bad thing (unless you are Captain Ahab), but I think everyone was longing for a different shade of something. In part, our wish was granted with the opportunity to do a chalkboard feature in one of the rooms. Only a few people did this while everyone else stuck with the white, but it was enough. Good lord, it took me a while to explain the pun, didn't it?

As this was another task as our base, there was the option of a lovely Tour De Walthamstow afterwards. I was delighted to see that most people were up for it so out we headed to the damp tree-lined avenues surrounding Lloyd Park. With only a couple of wrong turnings by yours truly, which were quickly corrected by our every reliable backmarker, Señor Raymond Umunna we completed a decent 5km run with a lovely hill climb at the end. Magnificent stuff all round.

Next week we will be doing the same thing in a different place. Sign-up here

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