Sheila Attenborough

Windsor and Maidenhead

TaskForce

57Good deeds

76runs

235cheers

TaskForce achievements

15

Community Missions
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0

Group Runs
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1

Walking Groups
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22

Run reports
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3

Run reports
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Group Fitness Activities
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Sheila Attenborough went on a group run
Group run
Windsor and Maidenhead

That's a wrap!

Wed 1 Dec
Report written by Amy Lovell

'Twas the first day of advent, and we couldn't have asked for a more festive task! Eleven Santa's helpers - dressed not only in the traditional red and white, but also sporting some excellent festive accessories - ran, walked and cycled to the Spencer Denney Centre in Windsor to help Age UK prepare for Christmas.

Special mention to Georgeta and Sheila for cycling the 20km roundtrip from Maidenhead on this extremely chilly evening - brrrr-illiant stuff! Also big thanks to Hannah for walk-leading, Jess for back-marking and Jen for her super knowledge of Windsor underpasses.

At the Spencer Denney Centre, I got a lovely cheer for managing to unlock without jingling any alarm bells and we were delighted to find that our task owner Rachel had left out all the ingredients for a great Christmassy evening. Jack's festive playlist and Jen's scrummy mince pies provided the icing on the Christmas cake.

Hannah, Georgeta, Anita, Emma and Michelle, Jen, and Vikie made like socially distanced elves and wrapped well over 60 gifts. Sheila and Jack decked the hall with festive bunting, fa la la la la la la la la, and since Jess had a Christmas tree hat on, it was only right that she should dress the tree. Fir(st) she untangled the fairy lights, then she did a tree-mendous job with the tinsel and baubles. It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Speaking of music, we finished the evening with a fitness session to the tune of Deck the Halls (one burpee for every fa la la la la!) and We wish you a Merry Christmas ('we wish you squats', 'figgy pudding high knees' and 'won't go until we get some jacks'). The music was so quiet it was more silent disco than epic Christmas party but we still raised a few smiles from passers by and we got a bit fitter too.

We took the same routes on our return journeys. In total the runners and walkers covered about 5km, with the odd extra 'loop back' for some so that we could make sure everyone stayed warm and no one got lost. It was a nice to surprise to meet Anita's husband Santosh the Great in the car park after we finished our stretches.

Christmas can be a stressful time of year and it can be hard to find the time to exercise, especially when the weather is uninviting. However if you're like me, it's at times like this that I most need exercise and fresh air for my mental health. If you're looking for the motivation to get out and escape the Christmas crazies then click here to check out the listings for lots of social 5km runs and feel-good activities like tree planting.

Next Wednesday we will be delivering leaflets in Maidenhead to share St Peter's Church's programme of Christmas events. A great activity to keep that festive feeling alive and to keep us warm! Sign up here.

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Sheila Attenborough completed a ride • Evening Ride
Wed 1 Dec
24.2km
02:17:54
05:42/km
Sheila Attenborough has led a GoodGym walking session, leading others to the task to get more good done Tue 30 Nov 2021

Sheila became a walk leader. Sheila led the way for others to get fit by doing good.

Sheila Attenborough signed up to a group run
Group run
Windsor and Maidenhead

Painting at St Edmund Campion School

Wed 15 Dec 18:45 pm
All Saints Church, Boyn Hill Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4HE
We're going back to finish the fence!

We are delighted to be heading back to St Edmund Campion for another round of rainbow picket fence painting. We started this in November and had a lovely sociable time working together.

This evening's session is a group run, meaning we combine our good deeds with getting fit. We will meet outside All Saints Church on Boyn Hill Road, ready to warm up together at 6.45pm. There is free parking and plenty of space on this residential road at this time of day.

For our journey to the school there will be options to run, walk and everything in between. Walkers will take the most direct 1.5km route, whilst runners will have the option to go further. We will make sure there is a route to suit everyone, no matter what pace you want to go. We always have a back marker to make sure no one gets left behind.

At the school we'll be working together to paint the parts of the fence we didn't have time for last time. Could be messy, so don't wear anything that you don't want decorated with a bit of paint splatter. Please also bring a head torch as we won't have much light.

Our journey home includes a small hill, providing a nice little fitness challenge! When we get back to All Saints we will have a stretch and see everyone off safely.

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Sheila Attenborough went on a group run
Group run
Windsor and Maidenhead

Been there, dung that

Wed 24 Nov
Report written by Amy Lovell

This evening's group run took us back to the Maidenhead Community Allotment, the task location for our first ever GoodGym group run, and the setting for many happy sessions watering, weeding and digging since.

We met at the Windsor Castle pub, resisted the urge to go in and instead welcomed everyone and warmed up in the car park. It was great to meet Anita, who officially joined us for the first time, having met Sheila 'At the Cutting Hedge'. We also admired Sheila's brand new black t-shirt, signifying her completing 50 good deeds with GoodGym. She only reached the magic 5-0 a week ago, but somehow she's clocked up another 5 good deeds since then....incredible stuff!

To reach the Allotment, Carina, Jess, Steve, Jen, Jack and I ran a 3km route, with a few squats thrown in along the way for good measure. Thanks to Jess for back-marking and to Sheila for walk-leading with Anita. Hannah met us at the Allotment having stayed home a bit longer to try and get small children to sleep - arguably a bigger challenge than anything the rest of us were doing!

At the allotment, we read through task owners Sue and Gary's instructions, which included weeding, digging in manure and covering two beds with weed matting, as well as a spot of litter picking and grass trimming.

As always, it was a case of manure hands make light work. Everyone mucked in, we manure-vered our way through the list and weed did it! I know my puns really stink, but they are nothing compared to the whiff of that manure. It was scent-sational! It wasn't long before it was time to clear up, celebrate with a one minute plank and say smell you later.

Sheila and Anita walked back, Hannah returned to parenting duties, and Steve, Jen, Carina, Jack, Jess and I headed for the hills, or rather 'the only hill in Maidenhead' as Strava would erroneously have you believe. We challenged ourselves to run up and down this steep stretch of Boyn Hill/Punt Hill Park as many times as possible in 5 minutes. Between us we managed 19 reps before we were dung for - not bad! I'm trying to think of a hill areas pun for this part of the report, but can't come up with anything funny...

A few of us then jogged back to the pub for stretches, whilst others peeled off home.

Well done everyone on another great evening of GoodGyming and extra kudos to Steve for this evening's title pun.

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Sheila Attenborough went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

At the Cutting Hedge

Mon 22 Nov
Report written by Sheila Attenborough

Amanda, Juli, Tessa and Sheila joined the Courthouse Road hedge-cutting group for another session cutting back the shrubs encroaching on the pavement. Again, we were blessed with sunny weather, and we set to work with loppers, secateurs and a saw, filling the dumpy bags with the cuttings for Lydia to take down to the tip. Once the years of accumulated leaf humus had also been shovelled up, significantly more pavement had been revealed, meaning that parents and children can now walk along the pavement safely. Another satisfying session which has made a real difference to the residents

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Sheila Attenborough signed up to a group run
Group run
Windsor and Maidenhead

Digging at Maidenhead Community Allotment

Wed 24 Nov 18:45 pm
The Windsor Castle Pub, Bath Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4JT
Help prepare the beds for next seasons veg

Please ignore the map on this listing. It might try to send you to the wrong pub!

The Maidenhead Community Allotment is where we had our first ever group run, and we love returning and seeing this productive garden change with the seasons.

On this evening's session we meet at the Windsor Castle pub on the Bath Road for a briefing and warm up. Then we head off on foot to the allotment. There will be the option to walk or run, with walkers taking a more direct 1-2km route, and runners doing closer to 4km. We welcome all fitness abilities and paces and always have a back marker so that no one gets left behind.

At the allotment it will be a case of 'manure hands make light work' as we get busy digging manure into the beds, enriching the soil ready for next season's veg. If there are too many of us for the to do list then we can do some litter picking as well.

Before we head home we will do a quick fitness session at the park. The emphasis will be on having fun, and there will be lower and higher impact options to suit everyone.

We will then take the most direct route back to the pub, where we will stretch and maybe even grab a drink or two!

Don't forget your head torch and gardening gloves.

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Sheila Attenborough went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Vaccine Art

Fri 19 Nov
Report written by Sheila Attenborough

Juli and Sheila helped out at the Maidenhead Vaccination Clinic. We rotated around the various tasks throughout the afternoon, greeting members of the public, giving out leaflets, allocating people to the vaccinators and sanitising the chairs. Towards the end of the session Sheila helped to create some 'Vaccine Art' utilising the spent vaccine vials to make some Christmas Decorations which, once sprayed with glitter, will be used to decorate the Christmas Tree. A unique celebration of 2021!

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Sheila Attenborough went on a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Pyjamarama

Fri 19 Nov
Report written by Sheila Attenborough

Alice and Sheila helped out the Baby Bank in Maidenhead. The Baby Bank has recently launched a Christmas Pyjama Appeal, to provide local children in need with a brand new set of winter pyjamas, a chocolate selection box and a new book, all packaged in a Christmas gift bag. There has been a massive response and the floor is covered in donations. More donations are coming in all the time , and these all needed to be checked that the contents were as requested. Merry Christmas, children!

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Sheila Attenborough signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Windsor and Maidenhead

Helping the Baby Bank

Fri 19 Nov 09:30 am
4 Providence Place, Maidenhead, SL6 8AG
Help provide essentials to vulnerable families

The Baby Bank helps families in extreme need with everyday essentials such as nappies, wipes, school uniform and shoes, as well as larger items such as cots and buggies. They are completely volunteer run and rely on donations of new items and good quality second hand clothes, baby care equipment and furniture. During the Covid-19 crisis, demand for the Baby Bank's help has increased dramatically.

We can help by sorting through donations, preparing bundles ready for delivery and cleaning donated furniture.

Meet opposite Monello Hairdressing and please bring your head-torch with you - the storage facility has poor lighting. This task is indoors and face coverings are mandatory.

The task is listed for an hour but there may be the opportunity to stay and help for longer.

Please note your Area Activator Amy may not be present at the task and the task may need to be cancelled if we do not find an experienced GoogGym member to lead. If necessary, notice of cancellation will be sent by email no later than 9pm the night before. Please check your junk mail as well to make sure you're kept in the loop.

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