Steve Murtough

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Greenwich

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Shedding a Shear for Christchurch School Community Garden

Wed 3 Aug
Report written by Steve Murtough

A definition of nostalgia is a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning to return to some past period.

And I admit, looking into my own eyes in the shimmering pond at the Christchurch School Community Garden, my thoughts drifted upwards into the blue, and through the clouds, and they wafted, blown by the wind of nostalgia, to Wednesday evenings of the past… digging up dirt and moving it to the back of the garden… watering plants and shovelling dirt… digging a hole for a pond, and getting mucky with dirt… oh my, with all that dirt, my heart doth hurt…

But it shan’t, because tonight we were back. For the first time since the pandemic.

We, 15 of us, met in Greenwich’s Naval Colleges, which moved with a buzz of summer activity – there was sunshine, warmth, runners and walkers, and people just out and smiling, enjoying the vibe. We nattered until the bells cried out for 7pm, and our run leader (and twinny), Alex, started off with a welcome to Greenwich newcomers, Rawan and Tom (welcome both, hope you had a good evening!), and an important question - what’s your favourite cake? Well, us Greenwich bunch have a varied palate, and we surely encompass all possible variations of the proverbial tastebud. We had:

Chocolate Cake Birthday Cake (whose?) Apple Pie Millionaire’s Shortbread Colin the Caterpillar (I hear there’s also a Clyde, a Curly, Cecil, Morris, Cuthbert…) Cheesecake (with real cheese)

This chat got us itching to move in the direction of cake, but Alex skilfully herded us onto one of the ‘greens’ for a political warm up. Basically, like Parliament, we had to run around, and then – we U-turned, we climbed the ladder, we headed to the other side - and we had an awesome time doing so too; it was great to see so many of us laughing together.

All warmed up, cake out of our immediate thoughts, we headed to Christchurch School Community Garden. There, we were met by a familiar friendly face, Fiona, who’s one of the team that curates this awesome green space for the local community in East Greenwich.

After some moments moving around the community garden’s multiple vegetable plots and heady flowers, we were given our task. The hedging, in all this sunshine, had grown through the railings and was overhanging the adjacent footpath. So, shears-abundant, we headed onto the pavement outside, and we just started clipping. And pruning. And lopping and cropping and snipping and thinning. In minutes, the change was impressive, and some of us got out brooms and swept up the foliage, and others wheelbarrowed them to disposal. By the end of the task, I think it’s fair to say we made a lovely difference; just 16 happy helpers in 30 or so minutes.

And with an artistic tunnel-like photo (see evidence above), that was a wrap. It was awesome to be back at Christchurch School Community Garden, and if you’re looking for sanctuary, it’s open every Friday from 10:30am. Go check it out, go fuel your own nostalgia.

Thanks all :)

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GROUP RUN - gardening at the Christchurch School Community Garden

Wed 3 Aug 18:45 pm
Queen Anne Building, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, LONDON, SE10 9LS
Get fit and do good in Greenwich

Hi everyone and welcome to GoodGym Greenwich!

We're a friendly and social group who combine running with volunteering in the local community. We meet every Wednesday to get active and do a physical task for charities and community organisations in the area.

The Task

This week we'll be helping at the Blackwall Lane Community Garden, working on the path outside, litter picking and pruning back their hedge on Blackwall Lane. There’ll be lots of back and forth with wheelbarrows too!

The Run

Our run this week will be just under 1km each way. Everyone is welcome at any pace - we never leave anyone behind!

Where & When

We meet at 6.45pm for a 7 o'clock start at the Royal Naval College between the Queen Mary and Queen Anne buildings. There is space to store bags in the Trafalgar Tavern if you'd like to. The session will be about 90 minutes in total so we should be all wrapped up by 8.30pm.

What To Bring

Please bring some gloves, otherwise it's just yourself!

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Overshadowed by Cute...

Wed 6 Jul
Report written by Alex Murtough

Events, dear boy, events.

As they say, sometimes other factors just take over...

...however, I'm not referring to Boris. But rather to something much cuter.

Because yesterday evening we were joined by a little pup of the cutest of cute extremes. They rolled and jumped and ran and bounced, and they made this group very happy as we had our post-good-deeding stretch.

If you're to be convinced, do have a look at the photo of our little friend above. I genuinely can't remember much that happened before or after the arrival of Pup Cute.

But I will try...

This lovely group met in our usual haunt in the Naval College, and after a quick (politically amended...) drama game we shot over to the lovely team at More2Childcare.

Their front garden had been a victim to summer weeds, and we got to grouting, picking, and pulling. It's genuinely amazing what 10 people can do in 30 minutes. We left a tidy, neat, and weed-free space for More2's children.

And then it was Greenwich Park at sunset. Although, as you'll know already, the sunset was no match for cuter than cute Pup Pup Cute.

Thanks for a lovely one, folks!!

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GoodGym Greenwich group run and helping at More2Childcare

Wed 6 Jul 18:45 pm
Queen Anne Building, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, LONDON, SE10 9LS
Get fit and do good in Greenwich

Hi everyone and welcome to GoodGym Greenwich!

We're a friendly and social group who combine running with volunteering in the local community. We meet every Wednesday to get active and do a physical task for charities and community organisations in the area.

The Task

We will be helping out at More2Childcare this week. There's always plenty to do, including washing down chairs, tables and walls and a spot of gardening.

The Run

We will be running from the Old Royal Naval College which is only half a km each way. It is a walkable distance so you are welcome to join us at whatever pace - we never ever leave anyone behind!

Where & When

We meet at 6.45pm for a 7 o'clock start at the Old Royal Naval College between the Queen Mary and Queen Anne buildings. The session will be about 90 minutes in total so we should be all wrapped up by 8.30pm.

What To Bring

Please bring some gloves, otherwise it's just yourself!

See you then!

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GROUP RUN - weeding at the Bridge

Wed 22 Jun 18:45 pm
Queen Anne Building, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, LONDON, SE10 9LS
Get fit and do good in Greenwich

Hi everyone and welcome to GoodGym Greenwich!

We're a friendly and social group who combine running with volunteering in the local community. We meet every Wednesday to get active and do a physical task for charities and community organisations in the area.

The Task

This week we'll be helping at The Bridge in East Greenwich Pleasuance. The team planted carrot seeds with the local Primary school reception children but sadly they didn’t grow well and the whole bed has been overwhelmed by weeds. They are hoping to plant some fast growing salad crops but need some help in tackling the weeds to clear the bed first so that's our job this week!

The Run

Our run this week will be just under 2km each way. Everyone is welcome at any pace - we never leave anyone behind!

Where & When

We meet at 6.45pm for a 7 o'clock start at the Royal Naval College between the Queen Mary and Queen Anne buildings. There is space to store bags in the Trafalgar Tavern if you'd like to. The session will be about 90 minutes in total so we should be all wrapped up by 8.30pm.

What To Bring

Please bring some gloves, otherwise it's just yourself!

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A Lovely Evening in Greenwich

Wed 15 Jun
Report written by Alex Murtough

A quick and late - oh so late - report. Please do forgive my tardiness, friends!

We started and it was hot. Proper summer hot. And our glistening faces could first be seen in a large circle in the Naval College. Where we were - admittedly - a little silly.

Lassos, snakes in boots, bandits... the joy of an old drama game made us all a little silly in the sun.

And then we were off - down a rather wonderfully historic part of Greenwich - and through to the lovely garden at Christchurch on Trafalgar Road.

We weeded and tidied and (as you'll see from our photos) we grabbed up a fair amount of nature's excesses, and all in time for that lovely community to enjoy their garden over the summer.

Nice one, folks!

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GROUP RUN - gardening at Christchurch

Wed 15 Jun 18:45 pm
Queen Anne Building, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, LONDON, SE10 9LS
Get fit and do good in Greenwich

Hi everyone and welcome to GoodGym Greenwich!

We're a friendly and social group who combine running with volunteering in the local community. We meet every Wednesday to get active and do a physical task for charities and community organisations in the area.

The Task

This week we'll be helping Christchurch with their garden. There's always lots of weeding, watering and planting to be done so we'll get stuck in and might be back on a regular basis.

The Run

Our run this week will be just over 1km each way. Everyone is welcome at any pace - we never leave anyone behind!

Where & When

We meet at 6.45pm for a 7 o'clock start at the Royal Naval College between the Queen Mary and Queen Anne buildings. There is space to store bags in the Trafalgar Tavern if you'd like to. The session will be about 90 minutes in total so we should be all wrapped up by 8.30pm.

What To Bring

Please bring some gloves, otherwise it's just yourself!

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If only we could stay at Charlton House...

Wed 18 May
Report written by Alex Murtough

I have an admission.

I suffer from a terrible and unbecoming affliction.

An affliction that can consume and dominate my delicate emotions.

And I bet you have it too. Go on - admit it - you too suffer from 'Stately Home Envy'. Or as I like to call it, SHE.

Which always makes going to the wonderfully lovely Charlton House rather painful. Perhaps they'll let me stay this time? Maybe everyone forget me and I can STAY? What would happen if I just slipped off to an evening in the library?

Alas, my fantasies remained and remain unsatisfied.

But anyway, reports reports reports.

Wednesday evening felt like summer, and this lovely group greeted it with smiles and laughter. Which was how we started - and we were even more excited having heard all about Marta and Jenny's Portuguese running exploits, including one of their awesome medals :)

Following a quick warm-up (where we all remembered how to play British Bulldog...), we trundled up through Greenwich Park and over the WONDERFULLY GORGEOUS AND AMAZING Charlton House, where we were met by a merry group of GoodGym friends.

Half the group donned their gloves and grabbed bags to spruce and tidy Charlton Park, and the other half took leaflets (advertising the House's family-friendly tours and events) to distribute throughout local streets and roads.

There was one particularly special moment on our group's (Julian, Matt, and I) tour of local streets - picture an old Victorian house - flowers blooming all across the frontage - imposing doorway - with its door wide open - and inside its pianist occupant treating the evening to some lovely music - amazing.

We got back to the full bags of freshly packed litter and the empty hands of busy leafletters.

And after sharing a few moments chatting and chilling, we headed back to Greenwich.

Thanks for a lovely evening, folks.

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GROUP RUN - polishing windows at Charlton House!

Wed 18 May 18:30 pm
Queen Anne Building, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, LONDON, SE10 9LS
Get fit and do good in Greenwich

Hi everyone and welcome to GoodGym Greenwich!

We're a friendly and social group who combine running with volunteering in the local community. We meet every Wednesday to get active and do a physical task for charities and community organisations in the area.

The Task

We will be helping out at Charlton House this week. They'd like us to help polish windows as part of their big spring clean!

The Run

We will be running from the Old Royal Naval College which is 3.7km each way. You are welcome to join us at whatever pace - we never ever leave anyone behind!

Where & When

We meet at 6.45pm for a 7 o'clock start at the Old Royal Naval College between the Queen Mary and Queen Anne buildings. The session will be about 90 minutes in total so we should be all wrapped up by 8.30pm.

What To Bring

Please bring a mask and some gloves, otherwise it's just yourself.

See you then!

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