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46 Month Streak
87 Month Streak
Mon 11th Mar at 6:30pm
Two tasks - the choice is yours!Read more
Wed 28th Feb at 6:30pm
There were plenty of tasks to do tonight at the local Strand-on-the-Green, so without wasting any time, we did our warm ups and set off for our location.
After many months of dark tasks, it's exciting to feel that Spring is just around the corner. It's not quite pitch black when we meet anymore and as we made our way to the school we passed blossom, magnolia trees in bloom and plenty of spring flowers (some of which we had previously planted!). It won't be too long before we can ditch the headtorches.
There was a little bit of a mix up with the gate codes when we arrived (what is it about GG Hounslow and tricky locks?!) but luckily an incoming in came to the rescue and we were able to get our hands on the tools we needed.
While Luis, Paul and Monika grabbed spades and started shoveling the woodchip, Louise and Harvey got busy beautifully shaping the hedges in the car park. Jon swept the pathway until it gleamed, while Florian, Maddy, Jonny, Pippa and Chris tackled the overgrown ivy which was threatening to cut off the pond.
With all these different action stations the evening flew by, but we just had time to fit in a fitness session on the brand new astroturf. With a ball-based warm up (somewhat of a challenge int he dark!) and then moving onto EMOM, we knocked out a huge number of exercises including jumping jacks, lunges, ski jumps and even half burpees.
Great work everyone! Next week we're delivering leaflets to spread the word about swift boxes, and don't forget about the GoodGym-wide social happening in Paddington soon!
Wed 28th Feb at 5:30pm
While Louise created beautiful straight lines on the lawn of the Comboni centre, Paul was lugging the heaviest pot round to the kitchen so the nuns can use it to plant herbs. Whispering as we went so as not to disturb evening Mass we tidied up before heading off to the next task, our group run!
Mon 26th Feb at 6:30pm
It was a blustery evening in Wandsworth last night but we had a job to do, and that wasn't going to hold us back!
Have you heard of the Library of Things? This organisation in partnership with the council has a mission to make borrowing better than buying for people and the planet. It's a more affordable, convenient, socially-rewarding alternative to consumerism, which is particularly important during the current cost-of-living crisis. The idea is that we borrow from their 'library' of tools, equipment and more, saving money by affordably renting quality products such as drills, sound systems or sewing machines rather than contributing to the carbon emissions created by producing them. It has recently opened a branch in Wandsworth and we were asked to help spread the word about this new resource.
We were only too happy to help, so after a warm up, we took a look at the box of leaflets we had been sent, and took turns guessing how many there were inside. Guesses ranged from 500 to 1800, but Eaven showed some amazing spatial awareness skills, with an estimate only 20 off the correct total of 900!
Over the years we like to think we have perfected our leaflet delivering method, and we were soon running like clockwork. The idea is that we run single file, joining the back of the moving queue each time we post a leaflet so that we ensure we don't double up on any houses. That's the idea at least! It tends to work very well with the same number of houses on each side of the street, but we come a bit undone if not, with one team waiting for the other group to catch up!
We have a new empathy for our lovely posties, who have to cope with numb fingers, menacing barks, not to mention letterboxes at the bottom doors (not easy to bend down thatfar after a few kms!) Still, we managed to cover a big distance, running over 7km from the tip of Wandsworth Common, through Wandsworth Town and the surrounding area, even hitting estate agents, pubs and other organisations as we went to spread the net as far and wide as possible. Some keen beans even took a few to deliver on their way home - that's commitment to the cause! If you fancy a day with a waffle maker, carpet cleaner or even a projector, why not check them out.
Next week we have our regular trip to Doddington roof garden followed by our pub quiz social. Hope to see you there! We also have a new weekly task helping deliver hot food for vulnerable people every Sunday which is a fun and rewarding way to spend an afternoon spreading the love!
Sun 25th Feb at 1:00pm
Sun 25th Feb at 1:00pm
This will help to create space for her daughter who will be visiting to look after herRead more