Stephanie Stevenson

Wandsworth

88Good deeds

88runs

186cheers

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Painting the community area at Paradise cooperative garden

Mon 8 Aug 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
Lend a hand at this special place

The beautiful Paradise Cooperative garden was created from an abandoned and overgrown site into a beautiful smallholding for local people with the original aim of finding and utilising underdeveloped land for urban growing and community gardening.

They have asked for help painting the community area at this lovely site which is also enjoyed by people visiting Wandsworth prison, so you'll really be supporting a valuable space.

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Go on and cake my day

Mon 1 Aug
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

Last night 15 GoodGymers came together to celebrate SIX whole years of GoodGym Wandsworth! In that time we have achieved huge things together. Can you believe we have clocked up:

  • 8456 good deeds done by 1109 runners

  • 634 Missions to help older people

  • 533 Group sessions to help community projects

  • 711 Coach visits to an older person

  • 118401 kms run

  • 45729 cheers given

What an amazing legacy...so far! Well done to each and everyone of you who has been a part of it.

We kicked off the evening with a warm up and we were very happy to welcome Amy to her first session - give her a cheer!

Last night's task was at a local community centre where we were replanting flowers that had been donated by Wimbledon Tennis charitable foundation. But first there was a spot of digging to do. Well, that's what we thought at first. It didn't take long for us to realise that the area where we were going to be doing the planting was filled with some rather stubborn roots. However, we were not to be defeated and after some epic battles we were victorious over some of the biggest and toughest roots in Wandsworth.

It wouldn't be a GG Wandsworth party without a bit of compost, so true to form, we shifted and spread many bags of the stuff ready for the plants, some of which looked like they were more than ready to find a new home!

Next came the creative part, and with several of us assuming art director roles we began designing the new bed. Alan Titchmarsh would be proud - check out some of those before and after shots to see the massive difference.

Job done, and it was time for Chi to put the group through their paces with a short but hard core fitness session- although there may have been a relaxed attitude towards the timings (!), it was an effective all over body session which meant everybody was ready for the post-task celebration. And what a celebration it was! Hadas, who runs the Waste Not Want Not charity put on the most incredible spread, with a huge BBQ of jerk chicken, as well as loads of other goodies. There was also some incredible baked goods created by you lovely lot, including an amazing cake made by Catherine.

It's such a pleasure to run with you all, and to see the amazing way you make things happen for the better across the borough and beyond. A very happy birthday to each and every one of you and here's to many more years of GoodGym Wandsworth!

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Planting donated flowers from Wimbledon

Mon 1 Aug 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
PLUS OUR 6TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS!

Join us for a double whammy tonight - not only will we be running down to a local community centre in Battersea to help plant our flowers donated from Wimbledon, but we will be following up the task with a little party at the centre to celebrate us turning a massive six years old at GoodGym Wandsworth! That's right, we are a whole six years old so we will be marking the occasion with some fun. Feel free to bring a dish, snacks or drinks, or there is a supermarket just round the corner. We have a kind volunteer to transport anything you want to bring to the run down to the task, so don't worry about having to run with it! Any questions just let me know (ana@goodgym.org)

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Hot to trot

Mon 11 Jul
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

In the sweltering heat what better way to kick off our run than to do a sloowww warm up and play a game of Hotter or Notter than London? So as we did some dynamic stretches we named various spots around the world including KL, Lagos, New York and Porto to guess where it was warmer. Turns out we were top of the pops in London and hotter than pretty much everywhere!

We took a slow and steady run down to Battersea Park, making sure we hydrated on the way, and ignoring the delicious smells coming from the BBQ, headed straight for Thrive. Thrive is a charity which manages therapy gardens for people living with disabilities. It's a beautiful space full of gorgeous plants, pathways, trees and beds. The therapists there work with people with all kinds of disabilities, including mental ill health, visual impairment, dementia, learning disabilities, older people and young people with special needs as well as veterans.

The team there asked us to come and help out with various jobs, so while Janice and Steph got the enviably weather-appropriate job of watering the pot plants, Annabel and Alice got stuck into the compost beds while I tackled the weedy pathways. The compost task was to sieve and bag up the good stuff, and all was going very well until they uncovered the biggest toad, who we quickly named Terry. We didn't want to disturb Terry's habitat too much, so with a good lot of compost done, we let him go back to bed.

All that was left was to take a gentle jog back to base and to stretch out those hot muscles. Watch out for the community mission next Monday which will happen in place of our usual group run, plus plenty of other opportunities to get involved throughout the week. Stay hydrated if you're out and about running this week, and run happy!

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New task! Supporting Thrive in Battersea Park

Mon 11 Jul 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
Thrive is the leading charity in the UK using gardening to change the lives of disabled people

Thrive offers therapeutic gardening programmes and support to hundreds of people in and around London who may have a defined health, social or educational need in four gardens in Battersea Park, as well as various outreach projects in the wider community.

They have asked us for some help keeping on top of the gardens in the park, so we will be going there to help weed, water, sort compost and other jobs to help keep this amazing place in tiptop condition!

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Helping out at Paradise cooperative garden

Mon 6 Jun 18:45 pm
Paradise Cooperative Garden, 19 Heathfield Rd, London, SW18 3JE
Yurt cleaning and wood chip spreading

The beautiful Paradise Cooperative garden was created from an abandoned and overgrown site into a beautiful smallholding for local people with the original aim of finding and utilising underdeveloped land for urban growing and community gardening.

They have asked for come help dispersing some wood chip through out the garden and also lending a hand to clean their famous yurt so that they can use it post lockdown.

You can either meet Lorna at the Battersea Arts Centre at 18:30 for a run together to the garden, or go directly to the garden at 18:45 for the task.

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Last of the summer vines

Mon 16 May
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

After last weekend's Eurovision, it was only right we started off GoodGym last night with a Europe flavoured challenge - and a big well done to Annabel and Kaz who both managed to name capital cities starting with a vowel - very impressive! After warming up brains and muscles, we set off for our task at Christchurch school in Battersea.

After the previous week's epic task where we shifted over 200 bags of compost up to the roof of a community garden, I had been pretty confident that this week was going to be compost free. Unfortunately, shortly after arriving at the school and meeting head Ms Morris, we soon found out that was not the case. Sorry gang! Our first task was the unpack several massive bags of the stuff using the teenytiny school scissors, and to recycle the cardboard. Once this had been achieved we set off for the very well hidden secret garden the children use for learning about nature and growing their own fruit and veg.

The main task was to clear the pathways which had become overgrown and unmanageable. It seemed quite a daunting one, with masses of wild brambles, vines and all other manner of things, but it became quickly clear that nothing was going to hold GoodGym back. As Catherine and Sophie bravely faced the wall of weeds and began hacking, Jordan, Janice and Kaz tackled the huge vine, while Steph, Becca and Annabel got stuck into lopping, shifting and composting.

After 40 minutes of hard work, Ms Morris was delighted with the newly created pathways, so we downed tools and set off for the park. Last night's fitness was a short but very intense one, focusing on really working those legs muscles, and then moving on to arms. Even after all that, there was still the mean old hill to go! We finished off the night hot, tired and, in my case at least, at least 60% covered in sticky weed. Nice job everybody! Next week we're off to help sort out the planters ahead of a community Jubilee event. Hopefully see you there!

Don't forget about the Clapham Common parkrun meet up this Saturday and there are also several great missions coming up, including this one off task to help the volunteers at a church in Balham and one to support Cancer Research at their race for life event. Have a very happy week of running, all!

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Clearing the ground in a secret garden

Mon 16 May 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
at Christchurch school

Tonight we're off to a local school that has an amazing outside learning area for the kids. Unfortunately it has become very over grown and the kids can't manage it themselves. The headteacher has asked us to come in an help sort it out. It might be worth wearing long sleeves for this one as there are a few nettles and scratchy things.

We'll also fit in a short, fun fitness session before heading back to base.

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Composter Syndrome

Mon 9 May
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

There are no better words to use to describe last night's effort by GoodGym Wandsworth than Truly. Epic.

The task was to move masses of donated bags of compost up to Doddington Community Roof Garden. 'Masses' doesn't really do the job justice. We're talking over 1000 bags. Not only that, but it was up two flights of stairs!

We kicked off the night by guessing how many we would manage, which ranged from 110 to 575. Read on to find out just how many of the 50 litre bags we shifted between just 11 of us....

After just over a mile we arrived at the garden to find a pile of pallets packed with bags. OK, we thought to ourselves, that seems fairly manageable. That was before we realised there was another massive lot of them just round the corner! Not ones to be put off, we set about forming a human chain and got to it. There were many different techniques, from the 'hold it like a baby' to the 'hoik it over the shoulder' approach, but we were soon making good progress. There were some much needed breaks and shifting round of positions, and passers by must have wondered what on earth was going on a shouts of 'the chain!, the chain!' echoed around the estate.

Luckily we managed to borrow a couple of trolleys from kind Mr Tesco, which sped up the process, and we kept careful count as we went. After 40 minutes of the upper body work out of all time, we called it a night and I can reveal that Steph guessed the closest final number at an astonishing...

  • 215 bags of compost!

Well done gang, that is a huge amount of work, and massively helped out the volunteers at the garden. If you would like to come back and put in another shift, there will be a community mission happening on Saturday morning, where we will be back again to help transport some more.

If you fancy the first in a series of monthly north of the river GG on tour parkruns, then check out this one at Gunnersbury park, while there is also a great lunchtime mission every Friday to help serve food at a homeless centre. There's so much to look forward to! Happy running, all.

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MASSIVE CHALLENGE!

Mon 9 May 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
Are you ready to take on a huge job for a much-loved community garden?

We have been asked by Doddington Community Garden a massive number (we're talking hundreds and hundreds!) of donated bags of compost up to the roof garden. This is going to be one big work out, plus you'll be doing a really valuable job for a garden that relies on volunteers. Without our help it would take them days!

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