Stephen Tolfree

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Hike the beautiful Seven Sisters

Sat 2 Oct 09:24 am
Town Hall Hotel - Hotel Entrance, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
Enjoy spectacular coastal views in this 13 mile walk

Join us for a social walk in the South Downs National Park. This is one of the most magnificent and justifiably well known walks in England. We will walk from Seaford Station to Eastbourne along the white chalk cliffs via Cuckmere Haven, Birling gap and Beachy Head.

Distance: 13 miles / 20km with 500m of ascent (lots of ups and downs for each of the "sisters"). I anticipate that the walk will take about 5 hours, plus time for breaks. Please bring plenty of water and a packed lunch. We will find a fish and chip shop in Eastbourne before getting the train home.

Logistics. I've put the location as Bethnal Green so it shows up in our events but we will be meeting in Victoria station (outside WH Smith) at 9.05 before getting the 9.24 train to Seaford (changing at Lewes). Buy a day return from London to Seaford and then in Eastbourne buy an additional single ticket from Eastbourne to Lewes. If you have a Network Card you and three companions get 1/3 off, or if you buy your ticket on a group of 3 or more you can get a group save ticket which also saves 1/3 so it's worth arriving early and buddying up to buy tickets.

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Mile end park run and social coffee

Sat 25 Sep 09:00 am
Mile End Stadium, Burdett Road, London, E3 4HL
Back to our local park run and then social coffee

Join us for a return to park run in mile end for a 5km run and then we'll head to the nearby international comrades cafe for a coffee together. It's a run not a race all abilities welcome. After the run we'll gather near the coffee van and then walk to the cafe.

I couldn't list the location for the meet up point - mile end park run starts on the canal side of mile end stadium in the park.

Course Description The course consists of a two laps always running on the left hand side of the double paths. Starting in front of Mile End Stadium through Mile End Park and over the Green Bridge. Along the canal towpath turn right to loop behind the Art Pavilion then follow the path over the Green Bridge back to the stadium. A "turning point" will be marked; turn and repeat for a second lap. Finishing on the grass in front of the stadium

There's no warm up so do your own written you arrive early. The event starts by welcoming new comers and thanking the volunteers. And the run starts at 9am (so get there early). There are volunteers to show you the route which is straightforward as you just follow the people in front of you. If you've registered online (which is free - but if you haven't registered you can still run) and brought a printed bar code you will have your bar code scanned at the end and your time will be emailed to you a few hours later. More information can be found here:

And to register go here

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Trees the Day

Mon 23 Aug
Report written by Laura Williams

It was a decent sized group in the end who gathered to meet Lizzie and Simeon from the Trees for Streets team.

The sun put in appearance; the Museum Gardens looked beautiful, the project interesting, and then brought beautifully to life by Simeon and Lizzie.

Why trees on streets matter

We started with an explanation about Trees for Streets: why we were there; the role of the lowly tree, and how more of them can benefit our beautiful borough. We learned about how the scheme is one of sponsorship, in partnership with the council, and how multiple households can club together for a tree to make this doable and affordable for all.

All a-ward!

Then the serious business of the leafleting strategy was revealed: divided up into two wards, using our local knowledge of house-filled streets, we were divided into teams, along with highlighters and maps and dispatched to five areas of Bow and Bethnal Green.

We blitzed road after road, chatting to interested residents along our way. Those who headed further East managed to get a bit more running in, ending up with a decent step count for the day.

Mine's a flat white

We arrived back at base at 8 (some of us, who insisted on squeezing in "just that last half a street" a little after). And so the remaining leaflets were carefully laid out in team piles on our weighing bench where our flawless, highly sensitive adjudication system ascertained the thinnest pile was indeed Team Stepney, consisting of just a two-man effort of Johnny and Leo. What work. The lucky team won a £20 voucher for the lovely Chiringuito summer meeting spot, to help fuel a future Flat White Saturday for the boys.

The after-party

We posed for some winning team pics, savoured the last of tonight's Cadbury's Heroes, before bidding farewell to Lizzie and Simeon, with some of the thirsty leafleters heading off for a post-task beer.

Well done, team. Massive congratulations on finding the perfect streets, covering multiple miles, turning out on a warm, free August Monday to get on board with this splendid scheme.

Until next time.

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Trees for Streets Leafleting Competition

Mon 23 Aug 18:45 pm
Chiringuito, Museum Gardens, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA
Steps, speed and sass: This is a Monday night fitness challenge like no other...

We're one of the three areas invited to get on board with the new Trees for Street campaign in Tower Hamlets! And there's work to be done... In this first phase of our partnership, we take to the streets with the Trees for Streets crew, in teams armed with maps and highlighters in a quest to discover our fittest flyer-ers.

What we will be doing

  • We meet in our usual Summer spot by Chiringuito at 6:45 for a briefing by the Trees for Streets team.

  • We'll warm-up before dividing into teams to head out to neighbouring streets most densely-populated by houses.

  • Our teams will be divided up into fitness ability: those runners among us will be heading to further-away streets; the walkers to those closer by. But the end goal is the same - to see who can flyer the most houses in an hour...

  • We'll return to base, where the winners will claim a prize!

We'll also be collecting any spare shoes (women's, men's and children's) for the Care4Calais team tonight, which we'll run across the road before we start our leafleting, so do bring these if you have any.

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Park side of the moon

Thu 12 Aug
Report written by Stephen Tolfree

The clouds lifted as we met in picturesque Victoria Park this evening, to converse over a game of Kuub.

It was a good-sized team on board for this leisurely Thursday evening pastime. Beers were cracked open, red t-shirts donned and members we hadn’t seen for a while welcomed.

As the clouds gave way to a beautiful August sunset, Kuub rules were absorbed, sticks laid out and on we played.

Contrary to their name, The Downhill Team consisting of Si, Heather, John and Alex played strongly from the off, securing several strong topples in the opening few rounds.

The Uphill Team, however, buoyed by Even’s effervescent spirits and flowing Prosecco, pulled it all out of the bag at the eleventh hour.

Joel and Aarani kept the puns flowing, several of which had to be put to the 9pm watershed panel.

After an outstanding victory to The Uphill Team, we moved onto a quick game of rounders, where Team Downhill sought revenge with some strong bowling, batting and fielding by Joel on Team Uphill.

Following this lovely sprint finish to the evening, we enjoyed a Prosecco and Popchip finale as the sun set.

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Park games in Victoria Park

Thu 12 Aug 18:30 pm
The Hub , Victoria Park, London, E9 7DD
Enjoy socializing whilst playing park games

A social evening in the park where we will be playing rounders, kubb and any other park games you'd like to bring. This is a social evening so please bring something to drink and a picnic blanket. Please feel free to bring friends along as it's a social event and the more the merrier.

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GoodGym x I am Team GB: Moving sand and litter-picking Victoria Park, complete with victory lap

Mon 9 Aug 18:30 pm
Chiringuito, Museum Gardens, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA
We'll run, walk and cycle our way to this popular task, complete with sprint finish!

So this is fun. Tonight we become part of the I am Team GB campaign GoodGym have been invited to join this year. Yep, we're going to do our bit to increase sporty participation in our borough by creating yet another fun-filled night of activity.

Okay, what's the plan then?

  • We meet at Museum Gardens for a biscuit and a chat before making our way to Victoria Park.

  • You can run, walk or cycle - we will cater for all.

  • We'll join the Victoria Park rangers team for a busy hour of activity. Tasks will include moving a pile of sand to the V&A Playground, and a litter-pick on the West of the park.

  • We'll finish with just one victory lap of the gorgeous sandy running track adjacent to our task. A suitably sweaty high-five to all your effort this evening.

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Trash of the Titans

Mon 2 Aug
Report written by Laura Williams

Twix and chats

Our incredible team of 20 rose to the multi-sport challenge of a busy task and run this evening.

We met in the gorgeous Museum Gardens, eating Twix fingers and chatting, while we waited for the team to assemble.

Multi-sport options

Our tribe tonight was made up of club runners, joggers, walkers and cyclists, complete with a plan for everyone to enjoy tonight's picturesque route.

Chris was navigating the route and front-runners this evening; Sara and Fiona our cyclists who doubled-up as splendid route navigators and backmarkers for the walkers, while our Beth backmarked and led the walking team. It worked a treat! We all arrived at Meath on time, ready to be greeted and briefed by Joanna and Tunde from Friends of Meath Gardens.

Multi-task tasking

A small team joined Joanna and Tunde planting new trees in the far corner of the park, while the remainder of the team focused on a multi-task task: collecting litter, and pulling up weeds from around the new young trees, scattered around the park.

And did those kids get a haul: from hula hoops to mattresses; beer bottles to Red Bull tins, no trash stone was left unturned. Bags and bags were filled, as we enjoyed chatting to park-users and Meath residents as we went about our trashy task.

The stash

And then it was 8 and we were posing for our triumphant final pics, and our donation handover: yes, a multitask of tasks, this evening saw us gather any unwanted menswear and un-used tech for the Care4Calais crew, Tulio (and Joanna) for our temporary Bethnal Green residents who need a hand with some of the basics atm.

...And the shout-outs

To our Chris, Sara, Fiona and Beth, who led the sports activity. Well done for top teamwork and giving us a Group Run that saw us pottering along Bethnal Green streets, towpaths, and parks, without a single hitch.

To Sara and Ivy, who brought clothes and phones for this evening's donations!

To Harry, who brought you this week's spectacular pun.

Next week, we become Team GB...

And so 'till next week, folks, when we become I am Team GB as we head to Victoria Park, to once again join the phenomenal rangers team - sign-up here.

Until then, have a great week.

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GROUP RUN: Meath Gardens + Hollybush Gardens + Care4Calais Donation-Drop

Mon 2 Aug 18:30 pm
Chiringuito, Museum Gardens, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA
Choose from two-tasks (AND spread even more joy by bringing unwanted items to tonight's task...)

Choose from tonight's tasks: gardening with Margaret at Hollybush or litter-picking and weeding at Meath Gardens.

What's happening tonight?

  • We'll be meeting in Museum Gardens at 6:30pm for a warm-up and briefing.

  • At 6:45pm we'll be leaving for Hollybush Gardens to 'drop off' a small group for an urgent gardening task.

  • For those who fancy a longer run, we'll then speed down Roman Road, to help Joanna and the team pick some litter and pull some weeds in Meath Gardens.

  • At 7pm and 8pm we will also host two slots for donation drops in Meath Gardens, for Care4Calais' clients, new temporary residents of Bethnal Green, who could do with a hand on the clothing and tech front. (Tulio from Care4Calais will collect this at 8pm).

  • Items needed for the donation drop include:

1) Menswear in small or medium sizes, particularly summer wear and sportswear.

2) Men's shoes, up to size 10, and especially shoe sizes 8 & 9.

3) Old, unwanted tech: smartphones and tablets.

If you want to join the run and you're bringing items, we will all help carry them down to the task on our run!

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