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Sun 5th Feb at 10:30am
Emma, Paulin, and Daryl met up on a beautiful Sunday morning for our regular task at Surrey Docks Farm.
We began by sweeping the goat pen before moving on to mucking out the donkey stables. After that we split up into two teams for the gardening tasks. Emma and Paulin were tasked with weeding and mulching. While Daryl and Bex, from the farm, pruned back a willow arch, saving the stems we sawed off to be weaved into a fence/edging before helping to finish off the mulching.
We got through a lot in an hour and a half! As always we finished up by feeding the goats. This week we were treated with cuddles with Roger the rabbit which Emma was happy about!
Credit to Paulin for the run report title.
Wed 1st Feb at 6:30pm
It's Wednesday night, which means it's a GoodGym Southwark group run night. Yet, there's something a bit different about tonight...
The first to arrive at Old Spike was none other than newbie, Tamsin, who came a few weeks ago for a docs check, but this was the first time she was doing a GoodGym session. It just happened it was on a social night as well as a special occasion. The small coffee shop started to fill with keen GoodGymers as there was a high turnout for tonight's indoor task at Salvation Army Nunhead.
As we approached 18:45, Sam began with his speech and ensure to include the special mentions:
Lindy had earnt her wings after reaching 100th good deeds! Six months or so after hitting 50, very impressive!
Sam in just under four years became the 4th person in GoodGym history to hit the coveted 1,000 good deeds milestone! 😲
After all the pleasantries, Sam informed everyone of tonight's ice-breaker question, which was meant to be last week's for Chinese New Year....but he had a second question too: What is your favourite Chinese food? and/or What is your favourite GoodGym task?
With thirteen people, I will try to remember a few answers: fortune cookie, mapo tofu, anything with "crispy", anything with "soya sauce", egg tarts, duck pancakes, dumplings and wonton soup were the answers for the first question. The second one was a variety with a few moments of regular tasks like Thorlands Community Garden, Old Alleynian Rugby Club, Surrey Docks Farm and Galleywall Nature Reserve as well as newer tasks like Kingswood Arts and tasks from outside the borough in Bristol, Hackney and Lewisham.
A thousand reasons why
Waiting for us at Salvation Army Nunhead was Anna and our contact, Hilary. They gave us a warm welcome as we entered through the charity shop entrance.
The task tonight was to clear out the room we had cleared out a few months ago of books, but it had before a dumping ground. Hilary wanted us to sort the books out and take the other items down to the charity shop. The room would become a sorting room. That was one task, the other was to shift what we create in December away from the cozy corner to the middle part as Hilary wanted the corner space to be used as a delivery space for the massive amounts of donations they have been getting.
With Sam's playlist booming out of his speakers, everyone got in the groove and swing of things as we started to sort out the donations. We were so efficient, Hilary asked us to slow down. After 20 minutes or so, we were clutching at straws on what we could do for the last 10-15 minutes, so Sam told the team to browse and get 1 or 2 books as a treat.
As we said our goodbyes to Hilary, we headed out to celebrate Sam and Lindy's major milestones as well as our anniversary at the Old Nun's Head (next door). Some had to go back to Old Spike to get their belongings, but joined the gang later and just in time for Drag Karaoke Bingo! Some had the vegan food of offer, everyone had drinks and almost everyone had a slice of the lovely beetroot cake Paulin had baked. Thank you Paulin! We made sure we got our customary "milestone birthday" photos for Lindy's 100th and Sam's 1,000th before we celebrated GoodGym Southwark's 7th birthday....they grew up too fast 😢 We did join the Drag Karaoke Bingo (thanks Anna for putting us all in), but we didn't win any prizes....Steve was close....a line away or was he... 👀
Thank You to all the GG-ers
A personal thanks from me to all those who came out tonight! A special thanks to Daryl for backmarking the run, Paulin for taking the photos (at the task and after) and Anna for being sub-task captain. Another thanks goes to Tamsin for showing up for her first group run! Hooray! And a massive thank you to everyone for celebrating this major milestone with me.
Thank You Hilary
GoodGym is all about getting fit and doing good! We praise the runners/cyclists/walkers who come to get fit and help out, but we often forget about our task owner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Hilary as it would have normally been Tiziana or even Polis, who would like us in. However, Hilary was kind enough to not only let us in, but gave us tasks that lasted the whole session...granted we did have to slow down as we were quick.
Sun 29th Jan at 8:45am
A fresh and cold start to our Sunday morning as the bitterly cold winds brought out four GoodGymers: Daryl, Gemma, Gillian Dulwich and Sam to assist Peckham Rye Juniors parkrun team with various roles such as marshalling, funnel manager and timekeeping.
84 kids and their parents showed up despite the weather and there was even a course record of 6:42! 😳 3:21 a kilometre ♥️ and smashed his own previous course record by 9 seconds
Wed 8th Feb at 6:30pm
Maintaining the Nature Reserve during the colder monthsRead more
Sat 28th Jan at 10:00am
6 GoodGymers, including first timer Leigh, came along on Saturday morning to help out at Kingswood House, a 19th century mansion that used to be owned by the inventor of Bovril!
Kingswood Arts are working towards opening for the public in April. Today's task involved continuing to clear a room at the back of the property that was started on Southwark's Wednesday night group run. There was appliances and furniture that needed to be moved down into the basement in order for the floors to be restored. The room used to be an orangery and the Kingswood Arts team are planning to make it into an indoor garden. We got to work while Jack from Kingswood Arts made us hot drinks. After an hour and a half of heavy lifting, Jack was happy with what we had got done and made us a round of Bovrils before sending us off with donated bread that was going to go to waste.
Sat 28th Jan at 4:14pm
Impressive teamwork getting those cookers and the sofa down the basement stairs (and we even had our very own "Pivot!" moment)!