Susan Hirst

Brighton

19Good deeds

19runs

22cheers

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Palmeira Square Gardens Maintenance

Tue 25 May 18:30 pm
25-28 Palmeira Square, Hove, BN3 2JP
to help local residents look after communal space

The Palmeira and Adelaide Squares gardening group have been busy maintaining this lovely space for the enjoyment of all residents and passers by. They have established a Garden Fund to raise money for green spaces through events and other channels. They are a Community Interest Company with the aims of caring for the gardens and promoting environmental and social initiatives. The squares are large so they can always use a little bit of extra help from Goodgym to keep on top of things.

Meet resident Stuart on the western side of Palmeira Square outside number 25-28 who will set you to work!

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Painting over grafitti and litter picking in Hanover & Elm Grove Ward

Tue 1 Jun 18:30 pm
Junction of Elm Grove & Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 9SW
to help local residents look after communal space

We have been waging war with the graffiti scribblers of Hanover & Elm Grove for some time now and we are definitely winning!

But they have yet to permanently lay down their crayons and small battles still need to be fought.

Meet on the Lewes Road at the bottom of Elm Grove in front of the Percy Wagner Almshouses.

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Gardening at Moulsecoomb School

Tue 18 May 18:30 pm
Moulsecomb School, The Highway/ Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 4PA
to keep the school grounds looking great

Have you been to Moulescoomb school before? It's got the best outdoor area including loads of miniature historical buildings and an orchard!

It's a big space with lots to keep on top of. Don't forget to bring your own gloves and if you have a small tool, such as a trowel or secateurs that you can carry safely with you bring that along too.

Meet at the entrance to the school at 6.30pm.

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Herb Your Enthusiasm...

Tue 4 May
Report written by Brighton runner

We returned to the welcoming St. Georges Hall in Moulscoomb for another round of weeding. We were meet by task owner Kate, who told us about all the fantastic donations she was receiving from food and cosmetic manufacturers to be part of their Social Supermarket - a supermarket for those who are low income families, where they can buy great produce with dignity and choice.

Tonight's task was a continuation of our previous visit to rid the hall's grounds of weeds that had sprouted in the parking bays and herb garden. With a variety of tools on hand Michael and Rosemary tackled buddleia and other overbearing weeds on one side of the site, with Nancy and Juliet giving the weeds a good seeing to on the other.

Jason and Susan had the unenviable task of identifying the herbs from the weeds in the herb garden which needed a bit of an overhaul to make room for the herbs to grow and be used in community cooking activities.

It was quite the transformation, and great to see the hall in daylight for the first time as our visits to St. Georges typically take place in winter. As always, Kate never likes to see us go empty handed and some Goodgymers ran home with apples and jalapeño sauce! Not that we need much of an incentive to visit St. George's Hall, but there was definitely pleased faces all round!

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Gardening at Sloane Court

Tue 11 May 18:30 pm
Sloane Court, Park Street, Brighton, BN2 0DG
to help the residents enjoy their garden

Sloane Court is a council run seniors housing scheme with a big garden!

We've done loads over the years to improve this space, including planting a raised bed and a hedge to encourage hedgehogs! We'll be weeding and tidying up pathways.

Please bring your own gloves and a small tool such as a trowel or secateurs if you are able to carry it safely.

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Sherman and Robin: Issue 100!

Tue 27 Apr
Report written by Michael Pirrie

Last night we returned to Palmeira Square which we hadn't visited for a while and was in need of a bit of TLC! Our main task was to clear the weeds that had built up all along the pathways, a tricking task that required some good hoeing skills. We welcomed John for his first ever task and he got stuck straight into the weeds and made light work of a long path. We were also joined by Sherman who was completing is 100th task! Sherman joined us all the way from Honk Kong not long after we started in Brighton and has been a regular ever since, most notable for his excellent photography despite his often sweaty subjects! A big milestone that takes a lot of commitment to reach, so well done Sherman look forward to seeing your wings soon! That commitment seemed to inspire some of the local residents who joined in clearing the paths, most notably a couple of very friendly Robins, although I think their motivation was more related to their stomachs. We each took up different areas of the square and by the end had a made a huge change to the paths and finished off with some litter picking here and there to bring some order back to the square. We will be heading back their next week to continue the improvements!

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Weeding the grounds of a community hall

Tue 4 May 18:15 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, weeding paths and cutting back overgrown vegetation and litter picking.

NB 6.15pm start

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To the pub... but not for Bevys!

Tue 20 Apr
Report written by Brighton runner

It was back to the Bevy, a community owned pub that runs projects for local groups of all ages. Whether its bringing in socially isolated retirees for Friday lunch or providing meals to children from low income families, the team at the Bevy are definitely local heroes.

We met Warren and Jonathan to help out with some gardening in the impressive vegetable terraces and a general tidy up of the outside seating area. Jay, Katharine, Susan and Jason helped Jonathan with the veggies, while Michael and Rosemary dead headed and watered the flower boxes in the outdoor seating area. And last, but by no means least, newcomer Philippa single handedly weeded the front of the pub and then helped this chatterbox with the litter picking. Hope you enjoyed your first Goodgym mission, hope to see you at another and group runs once social restrictions have eased!

We were treated to a gorgeous sunset before we said our goodbyes. Hopefully our next visit to The Bevy will include a few bevies!

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Palmeira Square Gardens Maintenance

Tue 27 Apr 18:30 pm
25-28 Palmeira Square, Hove, BN3 2JP
to help local residents look after communal space

The Palmeira and Adelaide Squares gardening group have been busy maintaining this lovely space for the enjoyment of all residents and passers by. They have established a Garden Fund to raise money for green spaces through events and other channels. They are a Community Interest Company with the aims of caring for the gardens and promoting environmental and social initiatives. The squares are large so they can always use a little bit of extra help from Goodgym to keep on top of things.

Meet resident Stuart on the western side of Palmeira Square outside number 25-28 who will set you to work!

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The three Ps of Goodgym: Painting, Picking and Pizza!

Tue 13 Apr
Report written by Michael Pirrie

Despite the unusually cold weather at this time of year eight Brighton Goodgymmers braved it to go back to one of our favourite tasks at Elm Grove. We've been working on this area for a few years now clearing up the litter and painting over graffiti. There's been ample time in lockdown for people to undo a lot of our good work so there was plenty to get on with! We split into three groups two litter picking and one painting over the graffiti. The large group made light work of the graffiti covering a big wall that has built up over the last few months. The second group tackled the regular task of clearing the murky bushes outside the almshouses which always offer a trove of undesirable treasures. Not a fun task but really worthwhile and has transformed the area since we first came. Myself and the task organisers traipsed up and down the hills of Hanover to clear some particularly dirty streets of litter. Afterwards a few of us hung around for some alfresco pizza and remembered what it was like to socialize!

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