We met in the Lido car park, accidentally in middle of a Mini meet up. To escape all the cars and car chat, we headed down the foreshore to stretch our legs before getting on with the evening's good deed.
It was almost Wind in the Willows tonight although the couple of rats we spotted weren't wearing waistcoats! They were impressive swimmers though. We were kept in check by the swans and cygnets who were supervising our litter pick of their nesting area. A field mouse and a few slugs were other animals that joined us. No sign of Badger or Toad of Toad Hall sadly.
Armed with torches and bat lights, we managed to pick a lot of bottle lids, wrappers, stinking bags and cigarette ends out of the swan's nest as well as other rubbish from around the water's edge.
Nothing too scary or frightening for Halloween as yet but plenty of talk of costumes and pillow cases full of sweets. 🦇 🎃
Are you ready for a visit to a haunted house? Hopefully no ghost spotting this evening as we will be inside Wymering Manor! The team are hoping to restore one of the kitchens and would like our help to make a start on cleaning it up.
If you prefer to be outside, there are always flowerbeds to be dug over and weeds to be pulled.
Please bring a head torch
Meet at Hilsea Lido car park to run or walk up to the task. Runners will take a longer route to get there.
You can also meet us at the task just before 1830 - please comment below if you are taking this option so we know not to wait for you at the Lido. The address is Wymering Manor, Old Wymering Lane, Cosham, PO6 3NL
An opportunity to help Naomi House sort out all their donations (there are lots!) while they are short on volunteers.
If you can't make this time but still want to help over the weekend, they will be more than happy to accommodate you!
The bargain £1 sale is still on so don't forget to bring your money and a bag!!
We had a great afternoon working on lots of different tasks at Naomi House! Nick set to work sorting donations, moved onto bag stuffing and even found time to model a bumbag (see photo). Maxine did amazing work sorting, hanging, tagging and organising the children's wear. Sarah took the challenge of pricing children's toys and made the children's toy section look wonderful. I had fun pairing shoes, arranging handbags and searching for Halloween treasures! The only thing I found which was suitable for a Halloween party was a bumble bee costume, lucky for me Sarah saw it and said ZomBee! Brilliant!
5 GoodGymmers and one hungover husband joined the Eastney Junior ParkRun team this morning to help marshal their event.
John, Vicki, Tracey, Sam and our honorary "volunteer" Chris covered the marshal stations whilst Alice and I led an interesting warm up! The RD was incredibly grateful for our help.
Sign up to join us next month here:
First of all a huge GoodGym welcome to Harriet who joined us for the first time, she sorted and re-packed bags like a champion, she fitted right in! Tonight Anne and Molly (the dog) from Sams Place charity shop had us sorting bags of stock, tagging unlabeled items and rebagging stock. There are some incredible treasures in that store so do go give them a visit. Rosie and Maxine tackled the many many scarfs and what we termed miscellaneous by the end of the night, which included a tea cosie disguised as a bobble hat! Enjoy the photos and we hope to see you soon!