Stella

Richmond

4Good deeds

4runs

7cheers

Stella has been to three different GoodGym areas. Sat 15 Jan 2022

A Tourist likes nothing better than exploring new areas and meeting new people, and that's what Stella has been doing. Stella has been to three different GoodGym areas now - nice!

Stella went on a community mission
Community mission
Kingston upon Thames

Egg-citing tasks at Parkfields Community garden

Sat 15 Jan
Report written by Rachel White

It was a cold, frosty morning but that didn't stop an intrepid group of GoodGymers head to Parkfields Community Garden to help tackle their jobs list. Two main tasks for the day - to clear the rubbish out from under the fruit trees and add more cardboard as a base layer to stop the weeds AND move the wood chip pile left on the side of the road that had rotted into perfect compost (once the roots, weeds and brambles had been removed) to the orchard. Heavy jobs but we joined other volunteers and kept at it. Adam and Rosanna tackled the wood chip pile - removing weeds and getting it ready for transporting whilst Rachel and Stella prepared the orchard. The wood chip pile was full of interesting finds including a boiled egg and a roll of tape! Very eggciting. Yes, eggsactly. Eggcellent.

The wheelbarrows were filled multiple times (and we even tried to guess how many runs we had left once the woodchip bag was removed - although we forgot to count so I say we all won that score). The fruit trees will feel the benefit as soon as the compost rots in.

We all felt we'd achieved alot in the time we were there and it was very satisfying to see the progress. Tea was made by Amanda but I don't think we paused to drink it! We have promised to return as they have big plans on how to open it up to the community but lots of prep work needs to be done. We'll see you next week to remove the play sheds.

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Stella signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Kingston upon Thames

Removing the playhouses at Parkfields Permaculture Community Gardens

Sat 22 Jan 10:00 am
Parkfields Community Garden, Meet at the gate to the allotments opposite Barnfield Riding School, Parkfields Rd, , Kingston upon Thames, KT2 5LL
Clearing the children's playspace at the garden will enable us to begin forest school sessions

Two semi derelict play houses need to be broken up, and waste metal and plastic stacked ready for collection by council contractors.

We will use a trailer to remove plastic and metal waste which is currently a hazard around the garden. After that we can begin forest school sessions for local children, and permaculture, gardening, art and yoga sessions for adults.

Risks
We will use lump hammers and crowbars to break up two wooden playhouses, then we'll separate the timber, plastic and metal waste ready for collection by council contractors. Wood splinters and nails can scratch, so please wear the gloves provided and take care when breaking up the structures.

Task owner contact is Amanda 07765696022.

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Stella signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Kingston upon Thames

Bramble bashing and orchard mulching at Parkfields Community Garden

Sat 15 Jan 10:00 am
Parkfields Community Garden, Meet at the gate to the allotments opposite Barnfield Riding School, Parkfields Rd, , Kingston upon Thames, KT2 5LL
Clearing the garden will enable us to begin forest school sessions for local kids

We need to clear brambles from a pile of woodchips, then spread the chippings onto cardboard mulch around the community orchard. The cleared brambles will be added to our compost heaps. Then we'll use buckets and wheelbarrows to spread the woodchip around the orchard.

Moving the woodchip pile will enable us to use a trailer to remove plastic and metal waste which is currently a hazard around the garden. The mulch will make sure our fruit trees thrive and remain weed free. After that we can begin forest school sessions for local children, and permaculture, gardening, art and yoga sessions for adults.

The garden is enjoying something of a renaissance - help has been offered by Kingston's biodiversity officer and the council's parks contractor will be supporting our volunteering sessions. We are also expecting some grant money to help with the pathways and polytunnel. There will soon be lots of opportunities for gardening and learning about permaculture, so these will be great occasions to chat to you about how you'd like to be involved.

There's real opportunity to make a huge difference here so if you like a project where you can see the progress, this one would be ideal.

Risks
Brambles can scratch, so please wear long sleeves if possible. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Task owner contact is Amanda 07765696022.

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Stella went on a community mission
Community mission
Richmond

A Marathon Mission with Treats Every Stop!

Wed 17 Nov
Report written by Sam

Cathy topped her collections target within the first hour of this near four-hour GoodGym Community Mission, such was the marvellous response it received.

Richmond borough residents were asked if they could bring vital toiletries so we could pass them on to the charity SPEAR, who'll distribute them on November 24th at the NHS-designated Health & Wellbeing Day for Homeless People and Asylum Seekers in Twickenham.

GoodGymmers Stella, Sam, JP, Monika and Jenny joined Cathy at the ETNA Centre in St Margarets to greet arrivals, process their kind donations and hand out slices of cake.

Among them was a young mother with her toddler who had recently moved to the neighbourhood and wanted to contribute; a young man who hauled in two huge bags overflowing with a wonderful array of toiletries and sheepishly said: “I don’t take any credit, this is from my mum”; Diran who runs an over 50s table tennis classes at ETNA on Thursdays; plus new GoodGym members Michelle who dropped off a bag with her husband and Stella who brought a haul of items which her church in Twickenham had gathered.

While two retired couples happily stayed on for a sweet treat (banana and coconut raspberry cakes and double choc chip cookies) and coffee, Jenny ran full speed ahead with a great idea of separating out the items into categories: shampoo, soaps, toothbrushes and paste, deodorants, sanitary products, combs and brushes, wipes, and several luxury brands as well as mini samples which will make each kit assembled by homeless charity SPEAR that extra special. The goal was to collect enough toiletries for 24 mini wellbeing kits but such was the generosity we ended up with around 100 to be distributed to those in need next Wednesday.

This was the first time we held a collection for this cause so keep an eye peeled for a repeat in the future.

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Stella signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Richmond

Collecting essential Items for those in need at ETNA Community Centre

Wed 17 Nov 16:00 pm
ETNA , 13 Rosslyn Road, East Twickenham , TW1 2AR
Supporting the homeless and those seeking asylum in the UK with essential toiletries as well as offering vaccinations

The NHS, in partnership with SPEAR and other organisations, has designated a day at the end of November as a Health & Wellbeing Day for Homeless People and Asylum Seekers in Twickenham.

Ahead of this important day, GoodGym is on a mission to collect 24 wellbeing kits to donate to the event.

You can help this Community Mission in two ways: - Donate your time to support the collection effort at ETNA, e.g. attending for 1 hour between 4pm and 8pm - Donate toiletries to the collection effort. Items needed are: toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorants, shampoo, hand sanitisers, moisturisers, plasters, brushes/combs, sanitary products

Here's a recap of how you can support: Where is it? ETNA Community, 13 Rossyln Road East Twickenham TW1 2AR When? Wednesday, 17 November 2021 What Time? Any time from 4pm - 8 pm

The mission is led by Cathy who can be reached on 07857 129 646 if you would like to arrange a time to help on the day.

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Stella has completed their first run in a new area. Wed 6 Oct 2021

Curious? Stella has just run their first session in another area. For that explorative spirit Stella is awarded the scout badge. A Scout is trustworthy

Stella went on a group run
Group run
Hounslow

Dark matters

Wed 6 Oct
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

In perhaps a record for GoodGym Hounslow we had not one, not two, but THREE huge good deed milestones to celebrate. Congratulations to Jon and Chris who have both racked up a fabulous 50 good deeds, and to Leticia who has reached that magic 100 mark. Give them the biggest cheer ever!

It was also lovely to see Leanne, Stella and Dilly at their first Hounslow run - welcome to the gang - and to celebrate our marathon runner Remy (and the cheerers!). What a lot to feel happy about.

Our task was just across the green, so we wandered over after having a quick poll about all the things we'd like to do before we get to 100 years old. Traveling the world was high on the list, as were PBs, running half and full marathons, and many other fabulous things which I have no doubt you will all achieve.

Jan, as one of the lead volunteers at Friends of Turnham Green, had a barrow of tools and gloves waiting for us and we quickly set about getting rid of the thistles and weeds that plagued the wild meadow. Luckily for us, with all this rain the thorny little blighters were easy to pull out, unlike at the height of summer, so we were soon done. A good job too as night had quickly fallen and we were soon struggling to spot them.

Luckily it was not too dark for a fitness session, so after a quick warm up where we tested our coordination skills, we set about smashing out a circuits session where one pair acted as our 'clock' to determine how long we had to do each exercise. Great effort everyone!

Next week we're at Chiswick House Gardens, you can sign up here for more doing good and getting fitter. Don't forget your headtorch if you have one!

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