Rosie

Brighton

69Good deeds

69runs

147cheers

Rosie went on a group run
Group run
Brighton

Under a night Sky Scrapers

Tue 18 Jan
Report written by Tara Shanahan

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.

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Rosie signed up to a group run
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Brighton

Helping out in Palmeira Square

Tue 18 Jan 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. 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.

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Rosie went on a group run
Group run
Brighton

Weigh to go!

Tue 11 Jan
Report written by Tara Shanahan

It was a long weigh to go to our task tonight, 3km in each direction to get to St George's Hall in Moulsecomb to meet up with Cllr Kate Knight who helps run a Social Supermarket from the hall.

First a warm welcome to Mel joining us for the first time. It was great to chat about your very interesting job (enhancing the health of rivers) and great to have you along!

The weather was great for running, no wind and a cooling drizzle but not so great for outdoor weeding so Cllr Kate redeployed us to the inside of the hall to help get organised for the social supermarket which happens on Wednesdays. This is a great scheme where members pay £3.50 per week to shop from a bank of donated food and goods. Tasks tonight included breaking down bulk packeted goods into smaller parcels, for example weighing large 10kg bags of rice into 1kg bags, counting teabags and nappies into smaller parcels. There was a also a box of donated greetings cards to be sorted, a large pile of cardboard boxes to be broken up for recycling and some large rubbish bins to be painted to identify as belonging to the hall.

We got all the jobs done in about 20 minutes and headed back into the night for the 3km run back to base, although a significant part of the group decided the best weigh to go was to get the bus!!

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Rosie signed up to a group run
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Brighton

Helping out at St George's Community Hall

Tue 11 Jan 18:15 pm
The Level, Brighton, BN1 4ZN
which is home to a social supermarket

St George's Hall in Moulsecomb is a well used community hall serving the local community with amongst other things a social supermarket. We will be helping out with looking after the outside of the building. Expect weeding and cutting back of bushes and shrubs.

The hall is to the north of the city so one of our longer runs (3km each way) so we will meet at the North East corner of The Level on the junction of Union Road and A270 at 6.15pm for a 6.30 start.

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Rosie went on a group run
Group run
Brighton

Santa and Sanitiser!

Tue 30 Nov
Report written by Brighton runner

Not that anyone needs a reminder that the festive season is about to go into OVERDRIVE, the Brighton Santa Bus was in town!

Not to be distracted, ten Brighton Goodgymers met, pleased by the milder but wetter weather. A brief, but uphill, run to the Brigton Community Kitchen where we met Jo who runs the Social Enterprise. The Community Kitchen run a variety of cooking classes to the general public, from curries and dim sum to cakes and guides to nutrition. The money made from these classes go on to fund sessions for those who need life skills to provide a means of supporting themselves.

As always, Jo was very organised with a list of jobs for us to do including; sorting through cupboards and drawers and sanitsing EVERYTHING! With the tunes playing we got a lot done in 40 minutes including a last scramble to sort the measuring spoons and cups (which a few Goodgymers hadn't come across before!)

With the kitchen 99.9% bug free we jogged down to the seafront only to be beaten back by the wind and rain! A quick diversion back in land we set up for our fitness session. For those who missed it, but don't want to miss out we did; 10 step ups (5 on each leg) to improve our glutes, 10 tricep dips to improve our triceps (obvs) and 10 V crunches to improve our core.

Three rounds completed we made our way back to where we started, waving each other off as we went on our ways home.

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Rosie signed up to a group run
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Brighton

Cleaning the Community Kitchen

Tue 30 Nov 18:15 pm
Victoria Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1WN
to help people learn about good food

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership have a wonderful community kitchen on Queen's Road. They run variety of paid cookery courses and they use the profits from this to run courses for disadvantaged groups so its a great cause.

They have requested a visit from 10 of us to give it a good clean.

It's a short run/ walk but expect a big fitness session!

Meet at Victoria Statue at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start for the run/walk.

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Rosie went on a group run
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Brighton

Dishing the Dirt

Tue 9 Nov
Report written by Rosie

10 Goodgymmers met last night for some unusually energetic autumnal activities. We started with a short jog to the Real Junk Food project on Gardner Street, where the inspirational Emma laid on a veritable harvest festival of activities for us to choose from according to our level of freakishness. There were floors to be vacuumed, fridges to be cleaned out and for the weirdos in the basement kitchen (the Rosies and Angela), walls to wipe and satisfyingly greasy extractor fan hoods to transform.

Michael successfully corralled us back outside for a run down to the i360, where Tara had us doing some actually quite fun exercises involving high planks and crawling on the floor next to the spooky remains of the West Pier.

We then gratefully headed back along the beach and through the city for our social at the North Laine Brewhouse (thank you to Michelle for organising!), where we talked about knitting and bonfires. Wholesome or what?

We’re also looking forward to Christmas (keep an eye on the WhatsApp group for details) and our next Parkrun meetup this Saturday at Hove Prom. See you there!

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Rosie signed up to a group run
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Brighton

Cleaning a Kitchen at the Real Junk Food Project cafe

Tue 9 Nov 18:15 pm
Victoria Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1WN
to help reduce food waste and feed people in need

The Real Junk Project intercepts food before it goes to landfill, cooks it and serves it at various locations across the city on a pay as you feel basis.

We will be helping them to clean and organise their new cafe in Gardner Street.

Timings (approximate!):-

6.15pm - meet at Victoria Gardens (southern end near Victoria Statue)

6.30pm - Run or walk to task (very close by!)

6.35pm - Task

7.20pm - Run or walk back to Victoria Gardens

7.25pm - Fitness session (might be fast intervals of our lovely new Valley Gardens!)

8,00pm - Stretch and say goodbye!

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Rosie went on a group run
Group run
Brighton

Junks not dead!

Tue 12 Oct
Report written by David Richards

There's just about enough light left for us to see each other when we meet up now as the leaves start to gather on the ground, the temperature starts to drop and the rubbish starts to pile up...quite literally in Brighton right now.

The Real Junk Food Cafe is a wonderful place where customers can pay what they want or even pay it forward for a great meal that uses waste or donated food. Cleaning was the order of the day in the downstairs kitchen, upstairs in the cafe area and up in the laundry area.

Katharine and Jay went particularly above the call of duty, scrubbing the oven to within an inch of it's life. Shelves and surfaces were wiped and this writer cleaned the washing machine and drier removing plenty of lint in the process.

Having wiped,polished,scrubbed and buffed most of us made our way to the Basketmakers Arms for our first proper post lockdown social which was brilliantly organised by our new social secretaryMichelle. Talking of Michelle...I once met Michelle Pfeiffer in New York! Those who were there last night understand why I say this!!! A good time was had by all.

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Rosie signed up to a group run
Group run
Brighton

Cleaning a Kitchen at the Real Junk Food Project cafe

Tue 12 Oct 18:15 pm
Victoria Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1WN
to help reduce food waste and feed people in need

The Real Junk Project intercepts food before it goes to landfill, cooks it and serves it at various locations across the city on a pay as you feel basis.

We will be helping them to clean and organise their new cafe in Gardner Street.

Timings (approximate!):-

6.15pm - meet at Victoria Gardens (southern end near Victoria Statue)

6.30pm - Run or walk to task (very close by!)

6.35pm - Task

7.20pm - Run or walk back to the Level

7.25pm - Fitness session (might be fast intervals of our lovely new Valley Gardens!)

8,00pm - Stretch and say goodbye!

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