Susan Hirst

Brighton

13Good deeds

13runs

20cheers

Susan Hirst went on a community mission
Community mission
Brighton

Merry Christmas Everyone! (except for the fly tippers)

Sat 19 Dec
Report written by Tara Shanahan

It's pretty hard to have any Christmas good cheer for anybody that has fly tipped on the corner of Tenantry Down. What could be a lovely little copse is being turned into a mini land fill site. This was our third visit, and having made really great progress on the previous two we were hoping to finish the job. However loads more rubbish had arrived, including old kitchen cupboards, guttering, vacuum cleaners and so much more. The actual dump is literally round the corner which makes it even more senseless.

But after an hours hard work from five Goodgymmers plus Garry from the Tidy up Team, to the naked eye at least things looked considerably better. All that was left was to load up the tipper truck for Garrry to drive to a pretty country lane and ....only kidding (at least I hope he was!!).

All the litter picking got me remembering a song we used to sing in primary school assembly, all about the virtues of a tidy neighbourhood. Any one else remember it?

Milk bottle tops and paper bags, Iron bedsteads, dirty old rags, Litter on the pavement, Paper in the park Is this what we Really want to see? No! No! No!

So it's time for us to have our Christmas and New Year break on what has been a strange year, to say the least. But I'm very proud of how we have stuck together and supported each other and continued our activity to make the world a little bit better whilst making ourselves a little bit fitter!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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Susan Hirst signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Brighton

Litter Picking at Tenantry Down

Sat 19 Dec 09:00 am
Junction of Bear Road and Tenantry Down Road, Brighton, BN2
to tidy up the neighbourhood

This will be our third visit to this site having made a humungous difference on our previous visits. We picked so much litter and left the site transformed to the naked eye.

There is still plenty to do and no doubt more has been added since our last visit.

There is a fairly steep slope to negotiate which might be muddy so wear grippy shoes.

Meet at the junction of Tenantry Down and Bear Road.

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Susan Hirst signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Brighton

Weeding the grounds of a community hall

Tue 8 Dec 18:30 pm
St George's Hall Community Centre, Newick Hall, Brighton, BN1 9JG
to keep it nice for the people who use it

St George's Hall in Moulsecoomb is a community hall hosting, amongst other things, Brighton's first Social Supermarket.

But with all the focus on what's going on inside the hall the outside has become a bit neglected and needs our attention!

There's lots to do and lots of space to do it in, so no limit on sign ups. The area is reasonably well lit but bring. a head torch if you have one.

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Susan Hirst went on a community mission
Community mission
Brighton

We’ll be Biden our time until we Trump Covid!

Tue 3 Nov
Report written by Tara Shanahan

As America went to the polls and England prepared for lockdown, Brighton Goodgym headed to Ingram Crescent Community Garden.

Our task tonight, the last one before L2, was to turn a grassy, weedy bank into a meadow. Using forks, rakes, edgers, trowels and mattocks we dug, scraped, pulled and weeded and there was plenty to chat about as we did it. Topics included food waste vs food packaging, Trump vs Biden, and positives vs negatives of another lockdown.

We also exchanged ideas about how to stay connected and keep each other motivated during the next few weeks. We decided we will use our Tuesday evenings to share our personal goals for lockdown (fitness or otherwise) and check in weekly to ensure we are staying on track! We will also be setting collective goals that we can work on together, such as collecting as many street names of cities on our runs. All ideas on this are welcome!

So Covid might be forcing us apart for the next few weeks, but we will stay connected, support each other and come out the other side ready to continue our efforts to make the world a little bit better whilst making ourselves a little bit fitter.

Stay safe, stay sane, stay connected x

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Susan Hirst signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Brighton

Making a meadow at Ingram Crescent Estate

Tue 3 Nov 18:30 pm
Ingram Crescent East, Hove, BN3 5LB
to improve the communal gardens

About three years ago, residents at the Ingram Crescent Estate took over the management of a large communal garden space from the council, and have turned it into a beautiful, dynamic space with lots of ornamental plants and healthy veggies too.

We love helping in the garden but for this task we'll be spreading the joy outside of the garden and onto the estate where we'll be preparing a slope of grass to prepare it for wildflower sowing to make a meadow.

As you head north on Ingram Crescent East, after 100m look for the entrance to the garden on your left. We'll be working on the other side of the west exit.

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Susan Hirst went on a community mission
Community mission
Brighton

Boom 101!

Tue 27 Oct
Report written by Tara Shanahan

Celebrations all round tonight as David turned 50 something and 101 on the same evening and that’s just three days after turning 100! I’ll leave it up to you guys to decide if he will be receiving a telegram from the queen or a new Goodgym winged t-shrt in the post this week!

We all wish David a very happy birthday and I for one am very thankful for all of his hard work and commitment to Goodgym over the past few years. I really hope you enjoyed the firework display we organised to celebrate!

A great task for us tonight with lots to do and lots of space for us to do it. - and ginger biscuits and chocolate chip cookies!!! Local councillor Kate has established a social supermarket in St George’s Hall in Moulsecoomb providing cheap food to local residents. But the grounds of the building are looking a little tatty and neglected so that’s where we came in.

Jobs included weeding the pathways around the building, cutting back some out of control clematis, weeding a herb garden, lopping back some big shrubs, scraping, sweeping, bagging up and generally giving the place a good spruce up.

Kate was astonished at how much we achieved. With 18 of us working hard for one hour, by my reckoning that’s 3 days labour once you take out all the tea breaks and head scratching! We left about 18 bags of weeds and cuttings to be collected and disposed of by the council, plus loads more that went through the chipper. The front entrance to the building looking much smarter, but still lots to do round the back so we will back soon!

A few of us rounded off the evening by heading to the Gladstone pub to finish the celebrrations. It was a a shame we couldn’t all sit together like in the old days but I can confirm that the inside table was where the party was at! Big thanks to Social Secretary Rosie for organising.

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Susan Hirst has completed 10 good deeds with GoodGym. Sat 24 Oct 2020

Susan has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.

Susan Hirst went on a community mission
Community mission
Brighton

Putting a rake on the fly tipping.

Sat 24 Oct
Report written by David Richards

11 of us revisited Tenantry Down Road and its notorious fly tipping site including new recruit Diego all the way from Northern Spain. Holà Diego. Our council contact Gary split us into 3 groups with the aim of cutting back some of the excess vegetation at the top of the road and raking back leaves and earth to reveal some of the more hidden and historical delights that have been left here by people in their infinite wisdom. We came up with the moniker "rubbish archaeologists"...not bad purveyors of the science you understand...rather ones who dig up detritus and awfulness. Amongst our finds today were plastic drainpipes, more tyres, an old mattress, more builders rubble, two chairs and the usual array of plastic and wood. It still amazes this writer, even on his 100th task, that people resort to the wanton destruction of our local environment. However, as I sit here writing this in the prescence of my father on his 87th birthday who's taking a nap after cake and wine, I firmly believe that we, the good ones, outnumber those who are lazy, can't be bothered and have no regard for the planet and our green spaces. I left the task today with my heart full of hope, incredibly grateful for Goodgym and looking forward to my next 100 tasks in rain or shine.

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Susan Hirst signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Brighton

Weeding the grounds of a community hall

Tue 27 Oct 18:30 pm
St George's Hall Community Centre, Newick Hall, Brighton, BN1 9JG
to keep it nice for the people who use it

St George's Hall in Moulsecoomb is a community hall hosting, amongst other things, Brighton's first Social Supermarket.

But with all the focus on what's going on inside the hall the outside has become a bit neglected and needs our attention!

There's lots to do and lots of space to do it in, so no limit on sign ups. The area is reasonably well lit but bring. a head torch if you have one.

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Susan Hirst signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Brighton

Litter Picking at Tenantry Down

Sat 24 Oct 09:00 am
Junction of Bear Road and Tenantry Down Road, Brighton, BN2
to tidy up the neighbourhood

This is our second visit to this site having made a humungous difference on our first visit. We picked so much litter and left the site transformed to the naked eye.

There is still plenty to do and this time we'll be finishing what we started by cutting back the vegetation to get the rest of the buried rubbish.

There is a fairly steep slope to negotiate which might be muddy so wear grippy shoes.

Meet at the junction of Tenantry Down and Bear Road.

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