Ham and Petersham Sea Scouts

81 GoodGymers have supported Ham and Petersham Sea Scouts with 38 tasks.

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Sarah-Jane Messenger

The Sun will come out Tomorrow

Monday 6th May

Written by Sarah-Jane Messenger

Task 1: Lifting a Shipping continar by hand! Who needs Strong men competition when you have Good gym. Ok we did use a large pole, we are still the strongest Goodgymers in the west.

Task 2: Prep for Moving boats, We moved old types ready fo boats to rest on. At this point I was questioning why, we are not preping for to the next 40 day flood.

Task 3: Switching Boats over so the outside boat can get cleaned. As you have guess the rain was getting heavyer and these Boats are not how I image Noah loading animals. By we did lift safely 2 by 2.

Task 4: Sweeding the main building, in doing this task the Kayaks where moved. I think it was a quick once over to confirm we can get into boats ready for the high waters.

Task 5: Sam climbed the stair way to mud, to clean the continars. I docmented the flowers so we have arecord for when the floods come.

We walked away in the Sunny (and not so dry) Richmond

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Teresa GebskiLucy Hill

Driftwood, floating underwater

Monday 22nd April

Written by Liz (She/her)

A happy return to Petersham & Ham Sea Scouts last night where scout leader Russell, surely one of the hardest-working scouts ever, had tasks ready and raring to go for us!

The group started with an intro and marathon congratulations for Steph Ducat and Adam, as well as Susan and Sarah who were getting some well-deserved rest in! It wasn't a sunny evening but the Richmond riverside has its own charm for a 2.5km run to the scout base.

Russell introduced us to the cycle of driftwood that comes in on the high tide and rips up the plants and growth in the wooded area. One group collected large pieces to add to the bug houses and get them out of the tide line while the other group emptied the woodshed of last year's dried out driftwood to be used for kindling at campfires. Next time we will be collecting the smaller piece from the grounds to go into the woodshed to dry out for next year!

Bugs aplenty and lots of heavy-lifting action made this a lively workout before a run back into Richmond town centre. Join us on Sunday back at the Scout base to help with the next stage.

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Teresa Gebski

The morning after the night before

Sunday 5th November 2023

Written by JP

It was a dazzlingly sunny Sunday morning which saw 4 Richmond GoodGymers gather at the Petersham & Ham Sea Scouts for our last visit of 2023.

The scouts had a big bonfire on Saturday evening and our tasks this morning were all part of the big clean up. The fire was still smouldering from the previous evening, allowing us to burn the twigs and small branches littering the area around it.

We then swept up the leaves on the lawn and put them on the compost heap, rolled up the plastic fencing, moved and put away the barriers, tidied up litter bins and dismantled and stored tables from the large hall in the scout hut.

A nice satisfying bunch of jobs to help out Russell and the gang. We'll see them again in 2024!

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A hull of a good scrub

Sunday 15th October 2023

Written by Richmond runner

We were greeted on a brisk but sunny autumn morning at Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts by four upturned and very mucky boats, which needed some TLC before they could be put to bed for the winter. No amount of scrubs would be enough as we set about getting these boats ship-shape.

We donned our Marigolds and had a stern word with ourselves before plunging into the icy waters containing the brushes and suds we needed to get the job done. Bowing to pressure (washer), we decided hose turn it was to use the more powerful equipment to jetsam more silt off the boats.

We soon saw a familiar shape on the horizon, shipmate Sam lived up to his ‘Captain Casual’ reputation by joining the task shortly after finishing The Cabbage Patch 10 in a mere 68 minutes.

Buoy, did the extra pair of hands make a difference, we flotsam good shine on those hulls and weighed anchor to warm these brass monkeys back up.

Although this one shivered our timbers, we’d never jib at helping out such a fantastic organisation. We’ll be back on 5 November to help restore the scorched grass after the Scouts’ annual bonfire night celebrations.

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Pippa A

Living life on the sedge

Sunday 10th September 2023

Written by Richmond runner

On a baking hot morning we were thrilled to be shown to a task in the shade when we arrived at Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts, where Russell briefed us on the particularly invasive species of sedge that was taking over their grounds and blocking paths.

We got to work clearing it and filling the compost heap by the barrowload, with some of the group also lending a hand to refill on-site water stations the scouts were providing for the Richmond Run-fest event when they were in danger of running out.

We left very warm despite our shady spot, but satisfied that it was a much-needed task well done.

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Sarah-Jane MessengerJPLucy HillJack ConcanonTeresa GebskiRain Luo

We all leaf in a Drebbel submarine

Monday 21st August 2023

Written by Liz (She/her)

A lovely sunny evening welcomed us for our weekly group run, heading along the riverside to Petersham. It's a wonderful place to be at any time, but summer in Richmond is even more special, with lots of boats, the surprisingly high tide, puppet theatre and evening strollers to observe as we ran past in our red t-shirts!

On arrival at Petersham & Ham Sea Scouts, task owner Russell shared info on what needed doing: caps on the boat scaffolding, moving rotten driftwood away from the floor area where it could dry out, shifting building sand and a team effort to sweep and collect leaves to add to their very fruitful compost heap.

When the work was done, Jack and Teresa were found adventuring with Russell, getting into to the historic Drebbel replica submarine that lives at the scout base. Jack poked his head back up with eyes of wonder, Teresa more with eyes watering from the smell!

A final run back to the centre as the sun set rounded off a lovely evening of GoodGymming.

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