Rosie

Brighton

77Good deeds

77runs

150cheers

Rosie went on a group run
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Brighton

It's Ta-ra for now!

Tue 31 May
Report written by Tara Shanahan

So tonight…we met, we ran, we weeded, we snipped, we raked, we chatted, we cleared an entire allotment so it can now be rented out to somebody, we ran again, we did a fitness session, we went to the pub and WE MADE A DIFFERENCE.

It’s hard to know exactly what difference tonight’s task will make. I imagine the future allotment holder of the space we cleared, all the experiences they will have in that space, the friends they will make, the food they will grow, the knowledge they will acquire and share, the difference it will make to their health and wellbeing. Tonight we didn’t change the world but we will change somebody’s world, for the better, for the good.

And that’s what Goodgym does, it makes lots of little differences. The coached runners who take time out of their week to visit somebody elderly and isolated and make a huge difference to that person’s day and their sense of connection to the world. The Missions where the smallest, easiest of tasks for us can really impact the practicalities of somebody’s life and let that person know that there are people that care and are willing to help. And there are very few parts of our city that I can visit and not have a memory of how our group runs and community missions have made a difference to tidying, improving and caring for our little corner of the world and the people who live here.

Congratulations go to Katharine who tonight made a difference for the 100th time, joining several others present tonight in the 100 club.

We make lots of little differences to other people and places and of course also to ourselves. We support and encourage each other to keep active and to stay healthy. We’ve discovered training partners (and romantic partners) and friends amongst each other and I honestly believe there is no gym that can claim to be more welcoming and less intimidating than Goodgym. We are a community of lovely people who believe in the power of Good, that caring and taking action is worthwhile and really does MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

On a personal note Goodgym has made a huge difference to my life. I’m not a person who naturally steps into a leadership role but Goodgym has taught me that I can be a leader and has increased my self confidence. Goodgym has shown me a side of my city that I was entirely unaware of for the first 19 years I lived here. Now I know about all the great, caring people that are involved in so many community projects, like The Bevy, Brighton Table Tennis Club, Real Junk Food Project and so many more. I think most of all Goodgym reminds me that even in a world that can sometimes seem like its gone a bit mad and bad, that good people exist and I believe will prevail. As I said in my very brief farewell speech tonight ‘thank you all for being the antidote to all the sh** in the world!!’

Thank you so much to Helena who is leading group runs for the next few weeks. There are many more task owners who I know would welcome a visit in late June and July so if any of you want to do Task Force training to lead Community Missions, especially until the new Area Activator is recruited then please know that I am happy to help to facilitate this and don’t hesitate to get in touch.

I wish whoever takes Brighton Goodgym into the next phase all the best and I am excited to see where it goes and also to be a part of that journey. It really is just Ta-ra for now, see you all back out there soon xxxx

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Rosie went on a group run
Group run
Brighton

The Queen's Jubileaves

Tue 17 May
Report written by Tara Shanahan

Preparations across the land are in full swing for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and Hove is no exception.

Palmiera Square are having a Big Lunch event to celebrate this historic occasion, including live music, kids play areas and a whole lot more. And of course local residents are keen for the square to be looking its best.

So tonight after a balmy day with thundery rain threatening we did our best to sweep up as many leaves and elm samaras as the strong wind would allow.

Resident Stuart’s dog Scampi entertained by chasing the leaves as we swept them.

We ended the evening with a pairs fitness session, with one holding a position whilst the other worked e.g squat.hold/ squats, boat hold/sit ups etc. and just as we were finishing the skies opened the rain came down and I legged it round the corner back to my flat!

Hope you all didn’t get too wet on the way home!

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Rosie signed up to a group run
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Brighton

Helping out in Palmeira Square

Tue 17 May 18:15 pm
Angel of Peace (Peace Statue), Kingsway, Hove, BN3 2WN
to maintain a well used public space

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 and there is always plenty to do to keep things tidy.

Meet at The Peace Statue at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm sharp start of the run/walk.

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Rosie went on a group run
Group run
Brighton

A lot went in the bin at the allotment

Tue 26 Apr
Report written by Tara Shanahan

Now this is the task you were all waiting for! At least you were if you are Rosie who is literally as happy as a pig in sh** when dragging rubbish out of a dump site, and I have to say I tend to agree!

A second trip to the Moulsecoomb allotments and the rubbish just kept on flowing! Our mission is to help the allotment holders to clear an abandoned plot that has become a rubbish dump and help turn it into a little wildlife haven. And as we pulled up carpets (so much carpet!) radiators, bottles, cans, hose pipes, clothes airers and so much more we did come across a couple of slow worms, so I guess we are off to a good start.

It was great to see some of you back after a few weeks or months off for various reasons. Perhaps Philippa had the best excuse as she just ran a marathon! Huge congratulations to Pippa for an amazing achievement.

We concluded the evening with a push/pull partnered work out in Saunders Park, utilising the swings for pull ups and also a bit of actual swinging (no not that kind!) at the end.

See you next week for some meadow making at Carlton Hill primary school Sign up here.

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Rosie went on a group run
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Brighton

Concrete Jungle

Tue 19 Apr
Report written by Tara Shanahan

Welcome back to Roy, great to see this old stalwart of Brighton Goodgym back for his first group run of 2022! And welcome home to Holly, who did lots of Goodgym in London but now she’s all ours!

And a big shout out to JJane who has been inspired by Goodgym to resume running! After joining us a couple of weeks ago as a walker she has dusted down her Couch to 5k app and made it up Edward Street without breaking a sweat!

Our task tonight was Lavender House, a council run seniors housing scheme surrounded by garden with a concrete patio round the back that had got in a bit of a mess. We snipped back the brambles, cut back the Holly, demolished a dead shrub, swept and bagged up the cuttings all in 45 minutes leaving the area transformed.

Then we headed down to the terrace on the seafront for a balance themed fitness session, with the calm sea and setting sun as a backdrop.

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Rosie signed up to a group run
Group run
Brighton

Clearing dumped rubbish at some allotments

Tue 26 Apr 18:15 pm
Saunders Park, Brighton, BN2 4AE
to help the allotment holders

Moulsecoomb Allotment and Horticultural Society are the society for plotholders and co-workers at Moulsecoomb Estate allotment site in Natal Road, Brighton.

They have asked us for help clearing an area which has become a bit of a dumping ground over the years. We are talking a fair amount of litter, here so plenty for everybody to do.

Meet at Saunders Park at 6.15pm for a 6.30 start.

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Rosie signed up to a group run
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Brighton

Tidying up the garden at Lavender House

Tue 19 Apr 18:15 pm
Victoria Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1WN
to help local residents look after and enjoy their communal space

Lavender House is a council owned Seniors Housing Scheme with a communal garden. The residents have done their best to keep on top of things but can always do with a little extra help.

Meet at Victoria Statue at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.

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Rosie went on a group run
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Brighton

No Poddington Peas at the Bottom of the Garden

Tue 29 Mar
Report written by Brighton runner

Spring is officially here, and after a beautifully sunny weekend and it being the end of March, we got a little taste of April showers.

Tonight we ran to Natal Road Allotments to meet Heidi and Sally from the Moulsecoomb Allotment and Horticultural Society. Part of the allotment has become a dumping ground for all sorts of garden and household waste.

Five Brighton Goodgymers braved the nettles to scratch the surface of the rubbish mound. There was no official fitness tonight however, we managed cross overs with a pick axe, overhead weights lifting a corrugated sheet and a tug of war with several garden hoses!

Though there is still a mound to takle the shear amount of bags shows how much was cleared and sorted in an hour before the light started to fade.

We'll be heading back in about a month to help Heidi and Sally with another go at that rubbish mound!

https://youtu.be/eH1tin6XKbY

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Rosie signed up to a group run
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Brighton

Clearing dumped rubbish at some allotments

Tue 29 Mar 18:15 pm
Saunders Park, Brighton, BN2 4AE
to help the allotment holders

Moulsecoomb Allotment and Horticultural Society are the society for plotholders and co-workers at Moulsecoomb Estate allotment site in Natal Road, Brighton.

They have asked us for help clearing an area which has become a bit of a dumping ground over the years. We are talking a fair amount of litter, here so plenty for everybody to do.

Meet at Saunders Park at 6.15pm for a 6.30 start.

Oh and IT WILL BE DAYLIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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