Tony Hewett

Portsmouth

138Good deeds

138runs

533cheers

Tony Hewett went on a group run
Group run
Portsmouth

Roots of our labour

Wed 19 Jan
Report written by Katie Carew-Robinson

First visit of the New Year to the Miltoncross garden.

We started with a game of domes and dishes with a narrow victory by the yellow team! That got the heart rates up ready for raking, digging, picking and moving.

Maura filled a bag with litter including a sports water bottle and flowers / that had come over from the graveyard.

Charlotte got an unexpected workout from the heavy leaf bag, Rosie kept piling up the leaves and branches while Jen got her favourite job of chopping down a tree! Rachel was collecting the branches and the litter that was unearthed.

Tony pulled up the decking which Sam, Angela and Jo got their 10000 steps in just by taking it around to the bins.

A very productive evening with the area looking so much clearer than when we first went there.

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Tony Hewett went on a community mission
Community mission
Portsmouth

There's a pole in my bucket

Sat 15 Jan
Report written by Katie Carew-Robinson

I don't know how many parkruns start with bucket and spades but Southsea does!

While the event set up team filled the buckets with stones to set up the start and finish areas, other marshals signed in and donned their hi viz vests. Catherine checked in for her 100th good deed and got to wear the wings whilst taking pics.

Seagulls showed what they thought of the lack of snacks by pooing on Aoife's phone and a bit of her, which may explain why she had a bit of trouble uploading the results at the end!

Rachel celebrated her birthday weekend by volunteering and running. Happy birthday Rachel!

It was a calm and still day so there were loads of runners out chasing PBs with a high percentage of them taking the time to give a thumbs up or a thank you.

Happy parkrunday everyone!

Next parkrun takeover is at Great Salterns on 29th January. followed by a second good deed. And then maybe a coffee afterwards too!

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Tony Hewett went on a group run
Group run
Portsmouth

The 12 days of Twigmas

Wed 15 Dec
Report written by Katie Carew-Robinson

Thanks to Jo for the punning title!

Tonight's return to Miltoncross was an on, off, on task but fortunately we managed to be allowed in AND the football floodlights were on so we could see what we were doing.

Jen was presented with her 200 good deeds tshirt and managed to fit it over her fleece so we could all enjoy the excellent design work from Angela.

Rosie wore her festive leggings and Maura wore about 10 layers!

Most GoodGymers are counting the days till their time off with Tony winning, only having 1.5 days left.

Rachel and I collected 2 bin bags of rubbish and everyone else continued clearing up the green area with many many trips down to the compost with very full garden sacks!

News was shared and the world was put to rights. We reflected on how much clearer the green space is compared to when we started. We will be back next year to carry on.

To finish off the evening, we moved on to the astro for a rendition of the 12 days of Christmas complete with exercise actions. Wilson was particularly impressed with the singing!

Heroes were then shared and the final group run of the year was done. There is still the quiz on Monday and many a community mission going on, GoodGym never stops! Listings are here.

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Tony Hewett went on a group run
Group run
Portsmouth

What the fox saw 🦊

Wed 17 Nov
Report written by Katie Carew-Robinson

2 milestones reached tonight...

Congratulations to Jen (200) and Sinéad (50)

We look forward to seeing the new tshirts being modeled soon!

Tonight we continued to continue the clearing of the green space at Miltoncross. It was lovely to see Harry and Laura back in the gang.

Litter picking, branch pruning, nettle clearing (they're persistent plants!), leaf clearing and loading up the compost heap were the jobs of the evening.

Jen wore the cape of good deeds and did many steps up and down the area brandishing branches. Sinead and Rachel also did many trips with bags and bags of leaves.

There was plenty of catch up time, topics discussed varied from injuries to pets (shaven or otherwise) to school life to working from home.

The time passed quickly and Jen gave us all a sugar high to get us home!

Next week, we're going to Wymering Manor, meeting at Hilsea Lido at 6. Sign up here to join in.

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Tony Hewett went on a community mission
Community mission
Portsmouth

Take a leaf(let) out of my book

Sat 23 Oct
Report written by Katie Carew-Robinson

Wilson and I started making a dent in the scarecrow festival leaflet pile with a walk all the way down Tangier Road and Baffins Road. We also felt it necessary to sample the newly opened Hellenic Aromas cafe to keep our strength up!

Jen and Alice dodged the torrential rain on Monday and did Locksway Road. Tony went to Hayling Ave.

Tracey took Prince Albert Road & delivered up & down there.

Let's hope we see some scarecrows going up as a result!

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Tony Hewett went on a group run
Group run
Portsmouth

Let’s stick together.

Wed 20 Oct
Report written by Jo Kitching

This evening we had a double task, one was staying indoors and making lanterns for the light parade. The other was heading back to Miltoncross to continue with the clearing of the green space area.

On the way to the indoor task Jo spotted the Red Arrows but was unable to get a photo at the time. Next time she’ll be more prepared.

Getting Crafty with it

Aoife, India, Jen, Jo and Vicki met Anna from Fratton Big Local and we sat down to be given instructions as to how we were to make the lanterns. Jen was on her 3rd Goodgym task of the day and was assisted by her daughter Alice who had also come to make lanterns with us. We had to start making the initial structure and at one point we thought the sticks looked like the mini breadsticks you get at Christmas. Maybe that’s because some of us hadn’t yet had dinner so were a little hungry. The structures took a while making sure we had everything stuck together and thought it was similar to Bake Off when we were half way through the task and no where near finished. Once structures were completed the fun part began where we would stick the tissue paper onto the lantern with glue. This became quite tricky when we had to turn them over and they would stick to the table. Once decorated we admired our crafting skills and once dried they will be used at the light festival on 19th Nov.

Getting Diggy with it

Judy, Maura and Tony headed to Miltoncross to continue clearing the green space area. They were joined again by Charlotte (the senior student) and her parents. They chopped and cleared some more of the nettles, brambles and trees. It's starting to look clearer. Unfortunately the torrential rain didn't really help but it did give the waterproofs a good test out for the season!

More winter clearing tasks will take place at Miltoncross over the next few months.

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Group run
Portsmouth

I’d like to teach the world to sting…

Wed 13 Oct
Report written by Jo Kitching

We headed back to Miltoncross this evening to help continue the clearing of the green area which can be used for eco club. We didn’t have as many people as last time due to a few feeling unwell. Sending get well wishes to those. We were joined once again by Charlotte, a senior student who came up with the idea to clear this area and make better use of it.

We split into two teams, one team tackled the litter again and there is a lot of it. Jen, Maura, Rosie and Tracey started picking the litter in the area that had been cleared in our previous visit. A load more pens, sweet wrappers, plastic bottles and cans were discovered. Jen found a ruler that was in great condition and took this home so it can be cleaned up and used. The most interesting find was a school dinner tray that had been thrown over the fence into the area. This was left safely in the school yard hoping that it may be cleaned and reused back in the canteen.

The next group of Aoife, Charlotte, Jo and Tony started clearing more nettles near to the pond area that had been done last time. The nettles were never ending and most of us were still stung on the arms, legs and hands even though we all wore long sleeves and long leggings to try and protect ourselves.

The compost heap was added to yet again and plenty of rubbish and recycling was put in the bins. We’ve made progress again on clearing this area and there is still a lot more to do. We are back next week for those who want to win the battle of the nettles.

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Portsmouth

Green space fun at Miltoncross

Wed 13 Oct 18:00 pm
Miltoncross Academy, Milton Road, Portsmouth, PO3 6RB
Continue to clear the green space

We are back as a full group to help continue to green space clearance.

There will be:

  • litter picking - with some weird and wonderful finds guaranteed

  • nettle clearing - with a prize if you avoid being stung!

  • hedge trimming

  • bramble wrestling

And the compost pile will be getting higher and higher!

Head torches recommended

Meet at the school (run/walk/cycle to get there - bikes can be brought into the site). We will do a fitness session on the playground after the digging/clearing - we will be well warmed up by then!

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Tony Hewett went on a group run
Group run
Portsmouth

A sting in the ankles

Wed 22 Sep
Report written by Katie Carew-Robinson

A good turn out today for the first visit to Miltoncross to start to clear the green area so it can be used for eco club, Duke of Edinburgh's Award volunteering, science and geography lessons.

We were joined tonight by Andy Ames from Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust, Miss Williams the geography teacher and Charlotte, the senior student who came up with the idea to put the area to use.

There was A LOT of litter to be collected, many years of crisp packets, strange drinks cans (have you heard of "Emoji" drink?), LOADS of pens, an ancient football boot and a disfunctional laptop. We also filled a good few bags with recycling so the site bins are much fuller tonight. Andy used a found piece of guttering to hold some of the plastic bottles when we ran out of bags.

In addition to picking the litter, we also started to clear the old pond area. So. Many. Nettles. It didn't matter what protective clothing you had on, you were guaranteed to go home with more stings than you came with.

We doubled the compost heap, found plenty of wood for the bug hotel and rehomed some beetles and a bee.

90 minutes passed fast and although we made a good dent, there is still loads to do here so we will definitely be back! Watch this space for dates.

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Community mission
Portsmouth

Speedy pack up

Sun 19 Sep
Report written by Katie Carew-Robinson

Big thanks to Catherine for her promo stint in the rain today.

Fortunately the afternoon sunshine meant that the gazebo was dry for the pack down which I roped Tony in to helping with as we were post-race, post-lunch on our way home!

Hopefully the fitness festival was a success and a few more people will be aware of what we're about.

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