Sharon Graham

Redbridge

46Good deeds

70runs

453cheers

Sharon Graham went on a group run
Group run
Redbridge

Putting the energy in 'Energy Garden'

Mon 23 May
Report written by Peter Van Tongeren

The Energy Garden team asked if we could lend a hand checking up on the planters on the South Woodford tube platform.

So this evening the gang welcomed the lovely Pauline for her first group run and made our way from our little base down to the station, where Sharon was waiting with cuttings to add to the planters.

James joined Pauline & Sharon in looking after the planters and finding space for the new cuttings, while Linda was filling watering cans which got expertly emptied by Jenny and her two charming assistants.

Many hands make light work, let alone when there is Goodgym energy involved, so soon enough all the planters were watered and all the cuttings planted - time to make our way back to base after a job well done!

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Sharon Graham signed up to a group run
Group run
Redbridge

South Woodford Energy Garden

Mon 23 May 18:30 pm
Wanstead House Community Association, 21 The Green, London, E11 2NT
Will help you stay active and help local community

Meeting Place: We will meet at 'our' room at the back of Wanstead Community Centre. A safe place to leave kit behind, with bicycle parking on the premises

Task: We have been asked if we could pop down to South Woodford station to help out the platform garden there that some GG'ers have helped build and maintain, with some watering and general tidying up. So tonights 'gym' section will be carrying watering cans!

As usual, you're encouraged to walk, run or cycle to the session!

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Sharon Graham went on a party
Party
Redbridge

100 !!!

Sat 21 May
Report written by Peter Van Tongeren

Just to clarify a point that was mentioned early on today - this wasn't a celebration of two GGers becoming 100 each, but more like together -> 60 + 40 = 100!

Now that is clarified, the adventures at this afternoon.

The gang gathered at Fairlop Waters for a little picnic to celebrate Julia's & Linda's birthdays, which added up to 100 together as mentioned. The weather cooperated and the former golf course provided more than enough space for our gathering... and leave room for some wedding pictures being taken as well (no, not GG related, we think)

Besides everyone bringing some snacks & drinks, Ed brought along some games to play as well.

Badminton with oversized equipment didn't last that long, not in the least when the conversation turned to comparing (shuttle)cock sizes

However Rounders was a bigger success.... some stars in the making it seems!

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, so we said our goodbyes, leaving just some flattened grass as evidence of our presence.

P.S.... anyone know of a fellow Goodgymmer reaching the 40 milestone around November? Asking for a friend... P.S.S... thanks to Kathryn for the great mugs

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Sharon Graham signed up to a party
Party
Redbridge

Linda and Julia are turning 100 YEARS OLD (together) - come and celebrate with a picnic and some games!

Sat 21 May 14:00 pm
Fairlop Waters, Forest Road, Barkingside, IG6 3HN
Joy

That's right, J&L are 100 in May and they couldn't just ignore it without celebrating it with the lovely company of fellow goodgymmers - everyone is welcome, we hope to see folks from other boroughs!

The plans are rather loose but we are hoping for good weather so that we can enjoy the nature of Fairlop Waters and play some summery games like rounders, frisbee and anything else that comes to mind!

If the weather is bad we can hide away in the lovely Boathouse that has a cafe and a restaurant.

Let us know if you can come along - will be great to celebrate gettting more mature with you!:)

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Sharon Graham went on a group run
Group run
Redbridge

Digging for Good

Mon 9 May

This was a lovely evening yo spend outside! When we got to the site we were astonished how much work was done by the EDS already since our last visit!!! The whole site was cleared and weeded and raised beds put into place!

We helped to rake and clear the ground from pebbles and debris such as glass that was on the ground as it appears to have been a structure of sorts!!!

Great to see this place coming to life and we are looking forward to seeing how the veggies grow in this space!

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Sharon Graham signed up to a group run
Group run
Redbridge

Weekly Group session - back at Empowering Deaf Society allotment - meet there

Mon 9 May 18:30 pm
St Laurence Church, Donington Avenue, Ilford, IG6 1AA
Will help you stay active and help local community

Meeting Place: This will we will go directly to the task in Barkingside for the task.

What to bring: Please bring suitable weather clothing, gardening gloves and head torch.

Task: The society have done an amazing progress since our last visit as they were really buoyed by the start we'd made. We will continue helping to create an edible garden with the usual array of gardening tasks.

As usual, you're encouraged to walk, run or cycle to the session!

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Sharon Graham went on a group run
Group run
Redbridge

Can I AXE you a question?

Mon 11 Apr

A sunny evening with a great group of people!

John, James and Julia met at Hainault station and started to jog through the Fairlop Waters towards the task - it was such a beautiful evening to run in nature! Unfortunately, John got a bit of a stitch (Ok, a lot of a stitch...:)) but he carried on like a trooper and finished the run! Getting jumped on by a dog helped to forget about the stitch! We managed the full 4+km - great effort!

The rest of folks together with people from the Empowering Deaf Society met at the church. We had a little introduction from Mangai who explained to us what needed to be done - cutting down branches, clearing ivy, digging up the patch and weeding!

It was such a great group effort with everyone pitching in and clearing a huge space in just under an hour! The time went really quickly and at the end Mangai taught us a few things in sign language, including how to sign 'GoodGym' (which you can see on our twitter:))!!

After that the 3 Js ran to Gants Hill for John to take the tube back home and James and Julia ran back, stopping finally at Sainsbury's in Barkingside and walking back after that (with James being a hero on the way back!).

Well done everyone - great evening!

P.S. Huge Kudos to John for coming up with an excellent pun for the report title!

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Sharon Graham signed up to a group run
Group run
Redbridge

Weekly Group Session - meeting at Wanstead House

Mon 4 Apr 18:30 pm
Wanstead House Community Association, 21 The Green, London, E11 2NT
Will give you that little spring in your step;)

*Meeting Place: * We will meet at Wanstead Community House. There will be place to store bags and a bike in a safe(r) place but don't leave valuables.

What to bring: Please bring suitable weather clothing, gardening gloves and head torch.

Task: We are going to St Peters today! Walkers will need to leave at 6.30pm promptly or walk directly there from their locations as it takes about 30ish minutes. Runners will leave a bit later after a warm up:)

As usual, you're encouraged to walk, run or cycle to the session!

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Sharon Graham went on a community mission
Community mission
Redbridge

Stand by your bags

Sun 20 Mar
Report written by James Clare

James managed to run all the way there but got confused by Julia's directions, the actual meeting place was near the garden centre, easy mistake to make luckily Sharon spotted James before he committed to his plan.

We met up with the brilliant Jan, who came well prepared: multiple litter picks and something to carry her rubbish in. Sharon borrowed one of the litter pickers and we were off.

Not getting too far Jan managed to find a bra that had been tossed, definitely a picture worthy moment.

There was quite a bit of litter tossed in the stream, but our litter picks weren't long enough or our footwear suitable enough to fetch it ☹️.

We came along to where the brambles had been cut down and the real litter pick came in. Some of the litter looked like it had been there for a long time.

After an hour and a half we had 4 full sacks and 1 wheel guard to conclude our litter pick.

After goodgym called it a day, Jan later on continued litter picking in another park, well done Jan.

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