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Reconnecting with my town
How GoodGym helped Sandy feel at home in Slough again
Tonight's task was a real community event. We were helping a local councillor (Madhuri Bedi) with a playground clean to help the local kiddies enjoy a safe, clean area to enjoy. As ever, one of our GoodGym members Mabu was instrumental in making this event happen for us...thank you Mabu.
Before we go on and tell you about the task, let's talk about turning three!
Ha-pea birthday to us
This week marks our 3rd year of starting GoodGym Slough. I simply cannot believe how quickly this time has gone, how much we have achieved and how many lives and community groups we have helped support.
We've spent one and half years in a 'normal' world and the other half in a pandemic world. The pandemic months have seen us stop doing what we loved the most - our Group Runs, yet seen us grow and expand in so many ways. For those of you who like stats, this sums it all up
2018 - Good Deeds 314
2019 - Good Deeds 836
Then came the pandemic...
2020 - Good Deeds 1115
2021 (so far) - Good deeds 798
Suffice to say we will smash the 2020 good deeds tally by the end of 2021!
Let it slide...
GoodGym is more than a community of runners - it is now a community of walkers, cyclists and runners all who want to get fit and do something good back for our town. We could of taken a downwards slide during the start of lockdown 1, with us loosing our ability to meet up, run together and hang out, but we didn't. We put on our big girl/boy pants and started to help our community by making well-being calls to our vulnerable residents and shopping and prescription tasks to those shielding. And when the time was right, we were back out in the community with our Community Missions.
Swinging into the next phase
In July 2020, soon after our 2nd birthday, we started our Community Missions - capped sessions where we made our own way to the task. Boy were these popular! With so many charities and community groups needing our help, we were out in allotments, in church gardens, at recycling centres, charity shops doing something to help them re-open, re-start or just have a tidy up.
During this time we've had members reach 50 milestones to 100 milestones. Some have gone on to the 200's, 300's and even 400!
The GoodGym grit has always been there and we made sure our team had a focus and something to enjoy. We had endless virtual fitness sessions on the go as well as quizzes. Keeping in touch was important - hanging in zoom became a 'thing'.
Did you know?
We've covered over 27, 000 km's since we started in 2018!
That's the same distance as running to Darwin, Austrailia and back!
So once again, from the bottom of my heart - THANK YOU to each and every GoodGym member in Slough for helping us to achieve all these milestones!
50 Club As well as our birthday celebrations it was also Gauri's 50th Good Deed today - well done Gauri, welcome to the Club!
Back to the task in hand. With the freedom to meet anytime, any day, any place for our group sessions - tonight's meet up was at Kederminster Park where did our welcome brief, task brief and warm up before heading out the 2km distance to Grampian Way park.
So off we went down this road, up that road, left here, right there until we eventually reached the park to find the local community already hard at work! This is what you call a community task. Councillor Bedi had put a shout out to the residents to help and/or provide equipment like brooms and brushes and wipes! And low and behold, there it all was. Well done Foxborough for really getting into the community spirit.
Brushing up on our techniques
It's been a while since I've had to stand in front of a group of people to sell the GoodGym story, but Madhuri wanted us to go on facebook live to tell the followers who we were - and I never shy away from a camera!
Soon we were all in full flow of the actual task. We paired off and took a section of the park each.
Meera was on the biggest slide straight away! She had that piece of kit ship shape by the end
Gauri was below deck giving the poles a once over whilst Sut focused on the ropes and made sure they were safe
Sandy and Ruth were on the flat swing, the baby swing - or just any swing really - no monkeying around from these two
Jean was our sweeping beauty whilst Pam and Jen brushed up on their piling skills (think Jen was just practising last week with her piles in readiness for today!)
Mabu was in all corners of the play area - brushing here, sweeping there, with Kam was moss lady today, digging out all that green!
In 45 minutes we had helped to clear up 5 bags of debris, leaves, moss and litter off the play ground floor!
There was no hanging around tonight as we had birthday cake to enjoy, though we did enjoy a cold ice pop kindly given to us by a local resident before we set off.
A great task! And thank you for your hospitality Foxborough.
With a group of children at both parks as our captive audience (and there really was an audience as we warmed up in Kederminster park and then when we did the task in the Grampian Way park), so we took this opportunity to tell the families all about GoodGym for the adults and junior parkrun for the children! Some very keen kids eager to show us their running speed skills. Lets hope we get a few signups for both.
Our second return group session and it’s also our 3rd birthday!
This session will be to help a local councillor improve the play area for her local residents. Madhuri Bedi would be delighted to have our help in making the play area on Grampian Way cleaner for the local children to enjoy over the summer holidays.
We will meet at Kederminster Park (if you are driving down park on Reddington Drive). The meet up point will be near the play area. Meet up time is 6:15pm
After our welcome brief and warm up we will make our way to Grampian Way via Trelawney Ave, onto High St then into Common Rd and ending at the bottom of Cheviot Rd
This will be 2km each way so a nice run/walk distance.
Our return group run/walk/cycle session is back to one of our originals!
Mike from Wexham Park Hospital’s Voluntary Services Dept has always been so grateful for our help so it’s time again, to help our local NHS hospital.
The task will be to sweep the car park of any debris and litter pick the rubbish.
We will meet at the corner of Shaggy Calf Lane and Wexham Rd (we will use outside of the King Wexham pub as our meet up point). Meet up time will be 18:15, with the aim of heading out by 18:30 at the latest.
The distance to Wexham Park Hospital from here is exactly 1 mile so a nice easy return session suitable for walkers, beginner runners and more experienced runners (imagine a speed work session for you!). Cycling is also welcome.
Would be great to have as many of you as possible join us on this return session.
Tonight was our first session back at Antz kids at St George’s Church after a little break from the weekly community missions.
Our task was to battle the bushes and give them a little makeover.
With a few hands on deck tonight we got the clippers ready to trim the bushes.
We knew there was an important event happening later so there was to be no added time tonight… at stoppage time I would be blowing the whistle!
Sandy Sterling had the front bush and the clippers until she realized that clippers vs bush was like nail cutter vs grass. So as soon as the trimmer was free she was a woman on a mission!
Gauri Linekar and Jean Kane had the very apt St George’s sign bush! They did an amazing job off cutting that back, even creating a little hide n seek area!
Joe England - our man of the match, having run down was given the biggest bush to trim down. He had the height advantage over some of us!
Pam and I started with the big side bush with Pam using the trimmer for the first half as I held the lead making Shaw no one Trippier over it, then at half time I took over.
By full time we were done! All clippings were collected and disposed off in the green bin where we found Gary’s friend Gareth Snailgate!
Great task and as always great hospitality by Eva and the team.
That leaves me with just one thing to say:
Creating One Match to Emotionally obsess
Earn our Next Goal to Leave us with Another Night of Dreams
It's coming home;
It's coming home;
Football's coming home
We have missed the allotments. Having taken a few weeks off, the weeds were starting to peek through the two plots that Seb asked us to work on today.
Seb wasnt feeling great so I collected the keys from her earlier in the day and played umpire as our two teams of doubles battled to top spin the soil and win the battle.
They scored a few aces with the soil being very moist, the task in hand was well served and easy to pull out with no faults!
Plot 2 had the advantage with Gardeners Pam and Kam in their team however, Plot 1 team took their game up a level when Joe arrived and gave him the baseline to dig through.
Game, set, match! All done within 45 mins!
We will do an outdoor tidy up for this new venue for Antz Kids. They have lovely outdoor space which could do with a little makeover so we will be cutting back the hedges, bushes and generally tidying up the flower beds
Please bring gardening gloves
We are back at the allotments! helping Wexham's maternity unit create a therapy garden for its pregnant ladies and new mums to have a space to think, breathe and relax!
Please bring your own gardening gloves, all tools will be provided
Seb will be there from 17.50 incase you wish to go a bit earlier, otherwise the task is from 18.00
Wear old trainers or bring your wellies.
This was a day of firsts
It was Eva who introduced us to Charmaine from Ace Preschool a few weeks ago, so it was lovely to have a task owner (Eva), find us a task and then join GoodGym and come along to her second task!
On arrival, Charmaine gave us the brief after telling us she thought we looked like The Calender Girls (I jumped at being Miss December!!)
The kiddies garden was delightful, with its little potted plants, strawberries and flowers.
Jessica on her initiation task cracked on in true GoodGym spirit by turning over her patch.
Pam, Alison and Gauri had a few patches between them that they unearthed, turned over and made look brand new!!
Sandy and I had the main section on the left that Charmaine wanted a wave effect on. We gave it our best creative efforts until Kam came and showed us how its done!
Eva had the best patch! She was Mrs Clippy with the clippers clip clip clipping away giving the hedge a well needed haircut! She did such a great job she actually managed to hide in it!
Great little task for a bit of Monday motivation.