Sara

Tower Hamlets

28Good deeds

35runs

96cheers

Sara went on a community mission
Community mission
Tower Hamlets

MONDAY NIGHT TASK OPTION 2: FoodCycle Bow Road leafleting - Help Promote Free Community Meals

Mon 11 Apr

Background

'FoodCycle Bow Road hosts free, sit-down, community meals made from surplus food that would otherwise go to waste. They do this every Friday at 7.00pm at Bow Road Methodist Church. Volunteers share in food and conversation with anyone who needs it. They'd love your help to spread the word and make sure the whole community knows about the fantastic free community meals!'

Task Force regular Ivy is a regular FoodCycle volunteer and so when the opportunity to deliver 1000 leaflets came up, Ivy took the lead and made a great start with this task.

We plan to blitz the remaining leaflets in this Monday evening task, which will set a terrific tone for the week ahead, clocking km as we spread the word.

What will we be doing?

  • Meeting Ivy and Laura outside the Methodist Church Tower Hamlets at 7.00pm.

  • Putting GoodGym fitness to good use as we distribute the remaining leaflets in the area, for this project. You'll be popping leaflets through doors in the residential roads around FoodCycle Bow Road - this will have a massive impact in making sure those that can benefit from free meals do not fall through the net.

  • This task usually takes around an hour, often less, if previous GoodGym leafleting speed is anything to go by.

https://www.foodcycle.org.uk/location/london-bow-road/

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Sara signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Tower Hamlets

MONDAY NIGHT TASK OPTION 2: FoodCycle Bow Road leafleting - Help Promote Free Community Meals

Mon 11 Apr 19:00 pm
The Methodist Church Tower Hamlets , 1 Merchant Street, London , E3 4LY
Come and help us finish this huge leafleting task!

Background

'FoodCycle Bow Road hosts free, sit-down, community meals made from surplus food that would otherwise go to waste. They do this every Friday at 7.00pm at Bow Road Methodist Church. Volunteers share in food and conversation with anyone who needs it. They'd love your help to spread the word and make sure the whole community knows about the fantastic free community meals!'

Task Force regular Ivy is a regular FoodCycle volunteer and so when the opportunity to deliver 1000 leaflets came up, Ivy took the lead and made a great start with this task.

We plan to blitz the remaining leaflets in this Monday evening task, which will set a terrific tone for the week ahead, clocking km as we spread the word.

What will we be doing?

  • Meeting Ivy and Laura outside the Methodist Church Tower Hamlets at 7.00pm.

  • Putting GoodGym fitness to good use as we distribute the remaining leaflets in the area, for this project. You'll be popping leaflets through doors in the residential roads around FoodCycle Bow Road - this will have a massive impact in making sure those that can benefit from free meals do not fall through the net.

  • This task usually takes around an hour, often less, if previous GoodGym leafleting speed is anything to go by.

https://www.foodcycle.org.uk/location/london-bow-road/

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Sara went on a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

The Dig Easy

Mon 4 Apr
Report written by Laura Williams

We always knew it was going to be a good one.

When Catherine of the Parkview Estate got in touch to ask for a hand planting two fruit trees, we were pleased to say the least.

It’s been a while since we visited this pretty, large estate that borders Victoria Park, and so we were delighted to be heading back to this well populated area, served excellently by a committed TRA, including Catherine and her family.

And into teams it was...

Teams were soon divided, with a larger group digging the holes for the trees (and uncovering all sorts of treasure in the process); another team was tasked with filling barrows with compost, while another, unrelated-tree-team were dispatched to clear a large-ish roadside bed of weeds.

It was all go.

Assisted by Catherine, husband Des, and son Liam, the team dug, planted, shovelled, wheeled and watered for well over an hour. It was tough, it was pretty tiring and it was a tremendous task.

We congregated in front of the community food garden after 8, to drop trowels and say our cheerios.

A brilliant night was had by all.

We can’t wait to return and the shout-out’s go to all this week.

(…But especially to our Leo, who last week headed back to the Kedleston Community Centre, the night after our great Monday night task, to address the TRA about the activity GoodGym have been involved with at the Teesdale and Hollybush Estate over the years.​

This was a much appreciated contribution, and one that Leo offered to participate in very generously at the last minute. Leo was presented with a certificate to thank us for joining in. Way to go, everyone).

And as for next week, keep your eyes peeled for next week’s task, details of which are being finalised as we speak…

Until then.

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Sara signed up to a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: The Big Spring Plant at Parkview

Mon 4 Apr 18:30 pm
Town Hall Hotel - Hotel Entrance, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
We join Catherine and young son Liam for our first task on the Parkview Estate of 2022!

Background

The Parkview Estate is a large Estate managed by Tower Hamlets Homes, situated on the edge of Victoria Park between Old Ford Road and Sewardstone Road. It has a hardworking TRA, and longstanding, committed residents all playing their part in helping to keep the Estate beautifully maintained for the many residents, some of whom are unable to tend to their own gardens and balconies.

We have enjoyed many tasks with Catherine Powell and son Liam, who has brightened up many a GoodGymer's day on previous occasions.

Tonight we enjoy a big planting debut for Spring 2022...

What you need to know

  • We will meet at the Town Hall Hotel to drop bags and warm up at 6:30pm.

  • We leave for the short run to the Estate at 6:35pm.

  • We will meet Catherine and Liam outside the Community Garden, which is situated just by Mark House, off Sewardstone Road next to the Glasshouse Community Centre, at 6:40pm. (Closest address is Mark House, Sewardstone Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9QA).

  • We will spend an hour gardening and planting in small teams.

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Sara went on a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

It's no laughing matter!

Mon 21 Mar
Report written by Tower Hamlets runner

GoodGym members signed up for a group run and litter pick in our first task with Tower Hamlets Green Party.

  • Nitrous oxide (NOx) canisters can cause problems for cyclists, scooters and pedestrians when scattered on roads and pavements.
  • The canisters can also pose a threat to wildlife, once they start rusting.
  • Local hotspots include the area around Mile End Park, particularly by road junctions where they are discarded from passing cars.
  • Canisters are made of steel so cannot be recycled in your normal waste, they have to be taken to a scrap metal dealer!

We were joined by Natalie Bienfait of the local Green Party, who, as an experienced local litter-picker, and kicked off our task to show us where the nitrous oxide canister hot spots can be found.

UPDATE: We collected a whopping 8kg of cannisters!

Task leader Simon is part of GoodGym's Environmental Task Force, looking for ways to help us do more tasks and activities that help the environment and this was the first collaboration our Borough have done with the Green Party.

Of course we then went to a local pub for drinks and chats, and the usual Monday night laughter.

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Sara signed up to a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

MONDAY NIGHT TASK: Litter-pick-with-a-difference in Mile End Park

Mon 21 Mar 18:45 pm
Town Hall Hotel - Hotel Entrance, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
Boost step count, squeeze in some squats and make new friends on our second litter-pick of the month.

In our second big litter-pick of the month, we're joined by Natalie Bienfait of the local Green Party, who, as an experienced local litter-picker, is coming to show us where the nitrous oxide canister hot spots can be found.

Come and join us as we boost step count, squeeze in some squats and a lot of chatter on our big Monday night activity.

Background

  • Nitrous oxide canisters can cause problems for cyclists, scooters and pedestrians when scattered on roads and pavements.

  • The canisters can also pose a threat to wildlife, once they start rusting.

  • Local hotpots include the area around Mile End Park, just a short run from our regular meeting point.

What the evening will involve

  • The task is taking place at 558 Mile End Rd, London E3 4PL, at the steps just to the left of Roosters Piri Piri 7:10pm.

  • This activity has changed from a Group Run to task-only. If you need to leave belongings at the Town Hall Hotel, Area Activator Laura will be at the Hotel between 6:30-6:40 for you to do this. There will be no led Group Run, but you may run independently in groups of 2-3 to the task.

  • 7:10pm Intro from Simon and Natalie.

  • 7:15 pm Get picking!

What you need to know

  • Please bring a head torch if you have one, and your own gloves.

  • If you have any plastic bags (Bags for Life are good for this...), please bring these.

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Sara has completed 25 good deeds with GoodGym. Mon 14 Mar 2022

Sara has already done 25 good deeds with GoodGym. Instead of doing anything else, they've used their run to go and help people that need their help; digging, lifting, scraping, clearing, planting and weeding. Stuff that makes this a better place to be.

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