Mark Gilyead

GoodGym Bromley

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Logging out

Sunday 14th July

Written by Mark Gilyead (he/him)

A nice little crew, part GG, part Friends of Betts Park got together to tackle a few tasks.

First up we freed some space on the steps down to the canal, chopping back brambles, pulling up weeds and Kelly did an ace job eking out the grass between steps.

Then we took a wheelbarrow of logs to a little wooded area to line the paths - cute.

Finally we spread some wildflowers in one of the community planters, hoping to bring some new life to them.

We even found some potatoes growing there. Dinner sorted.

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Running and Digging around town

Tuesday 16th July

Written by Michael

The GoodGym team braved some rain and drizzle to get down to Kendall Lodge in Bromley to help dig up some weeds, unneeded flowers and create a newly formed flowerbed that will no doubt look lovely in a few months. Fun was had with wheelbarrows, spades and shovels as we helped Mike dig up the areas he needed all whilst having fun doing it.

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In Burr Land, In Burr Land, In Burr Land, In Burr Land, Nah, Nah.

Monday 15th July

Written by Mark Gilyead (he/him)

Fresh off the back of England's defeat at the Euros, our incredible nine-up were shaking off the blues with a good deed for Penge's Salvation Army.

It was lovely to have Charlie back from injury, but very sad to be saying farewell to Nick who is headed off to tread new ground.

We kicked off with our top players from the match. I agree with Kelsey and Catherine that Jonny Longlegs was on top form. Then we split in two.

Cat led the run there crew whilst Charlie, Hannah and I took a stroll to the Sally Army building.

We were met by Becky who had tools and bags-a-plenty, and a jungle of burr-covered weeds to tackle.

Harry took a corner. Clare took our breath away (literally, with mozzie spray). And Catherine dismantled a wee tree - no way it can come back from that.

The rain was due to pour, but fortunately we played a blinder and managed to finish in half-time.

What a team!

We promptly followed this up with a celebratory beverage in honour of Nick.

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Drizzle Kicks

Monday 8th July

Written by Mark Gilyead (he/him)

A bit of a moist one this eve! 5 fearless GoodGymers got together at the Bridge House for a 3km jog down the hill to Dorset Road Allotments. It's a lovely place to be, even in the rain!

In this third installment of Chicken Run (I heard Aardman are working on it), we made some surprising progress considering our somewhat limited numbers.

Fi found her spot in the final section of the chicken run, sensibly sheltering from the rain and dislodging the most stubborn of planks.

Kelsey and James worked together to free the longest metal pole you've ever seen.

Harry revisited the right hand side, yanking the planks like there was no tomorrow.

There were some loud cracks and bangs as parts of the chicken run were dismantled - luckily no one was hurt.

Top job and jog everyone. See you next time โœŒ๏ธ

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Who let the logs out?

Monday 1st July

Written by Mark Gilyead (he/him)

For tonight's task we headed to the delightful Betts Park, home of the last remaining section of the Croydon canal and a lovely new obelisk "dedicated to all the people who never get memorialised".

A few weeks back the council did some work chopping down some dying trees but they just left a couple of piles of logs and ivy. Our job was to sort the logs from the ivy, building up the "compost heap" and leaving the logs - maybe they will be a path edge one day?!

It turned out ivy was stubborn as hell but we did manage to free it all from the big logs eventually ๐Ÿ’ช

Whilst all this was happening, Molly was on a solo mission to de-weed the entrance to the shed - I hope those splinters have come out?!

Lovely stuff everyone, and I can't wait for our knowledge exchange event! ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Helping out our local community-led market

Saturday 29th June

Written by Cat

We were up bright and early on Saturday to help Jo and the Maple Road Market team set up for their first market of 2024. Leaonie, Kate and I packed van loads of gazebos and tables at the storage locker with Simon and Tyrell while Charlie waited on site with the rest of the market team ready to help unload the equipment. Once all of the equipment was on site, we set to work putting up gazebos for stall holders and (after some initial head scratching) quickly became pros. Our community mission was wrapped up by 9.30am and we celebrated having done a good deed in the sunshine with coffee and pastries at a local cafe. What a lovely way to start the weekend!

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