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Mon 12th Feb at 6:30pm
On Pancake Day eve, we totally flipped out to find we had some lovely new faces to welcome to GoodGym - you batter give a cheer to Areti, Niklas, Jason and Leo who all came along for their first session. Great to meet you all!
After a warm up, our question for the night was, of course, pancake related. What is the best topping? The classics including lemon and sugar and maple syrup made an appearance, and there were some more renegade suggestions such as peanut butter, but ultimately it was nutella that came out on top.
Fueled by the prospect of imminent pancakes, we set off for Paradise Cooperative garden, which was founded in 2014 with the aim of utilising underdeveloped land for urban growing and community gardening. After many years of hard work, volunteers have transformed the abandoned and overgrown site into a beautiful smallholding for local people.
We go regularly to help out, although usually it is with the benefit of a bit more light. Unfortunately a charging error on my part (sorry!) meant that we didn't have our floodlight, which did add an extra challenge to the proceedings. However, we quickly split up into to groups, and undeterred, began to tackle the two jobs for the evening.
The soil shovelers had two enormous raised beds to fill, while the concrete block transporters had the upper body workout to end all workouts, carrying the heavy weights across the garden so that an outside classroom could be built this weekend. What a way to get stacked (I know I'm laying on the pancake puns pretty thick...)
If you'd like to help with the creation of this learning space on Saturday, they'd love the support. You can sign up here to lend a hand and you'll even be rewarded with a free lunch!
Despite the dark we powered through, making great progress. Well done team! We decided that was our task and fitness session in one, so all that was left was to roll back to base for stretches and for the pancake crew to head off for some well deserved sweet treats.
Next week we have an inside (and much better lit!) task helping to paint a community kitchen. Sign up here for some Monday fun spent getting active and doing good. Hope to see you there!
Mon 15th Jan at 6:30pm
GoodGym is all about promoting an active lifestyle, embracing new skills, making a positive impact on local communities and building new friendships. It turns out that aligns with many of the pillars of local Brownie group, the 19th Battersea Brownies. Unfortunately the organisation has seen a drop off in new members since the lockdowns, and they asked us if we could help get the word out about the fantastic opportunities they offer. With many similar values we were only too happy to help, so 11 of us met at the BAC for our Monday mission.
Temperatures were seriously low, so we wasted no time warming up our muscles. After a few minutes of heart pumping exercises we took a moment to banish the bad vibes of Blue Monday by going round the group telling the others what cheers us up when we're a bit down. Chocolate and cheese featured highly, as did chats with friends and family, and meeting new dogs!
After a brisk run down to the Katherine Low Settlement we were greeted by the happy sight of lots of little Brownies who came out to meet us holding loads of leaflets, posters and some beautiful thank you cards which they had made themselves. What a lovely gesture - have a look at the photos to see their creations!
We divided up into groups to cover as much of the local area as we could, and quickly started putting as many leaflets through letterboxes as we possibly could. Before long we had delivered the whole pile. If you know of any little ones who could benefit from joining the Brownies then drop them a message on firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
We just had time for a brief but intense fitness session which involved short, sharp bursts of exercises such as toe taps, high knees and power squats, before retreating into the warm for a pub quiz. Questions throughout the night included where is that draft coming from, where have the beetroots disappeared to, and what on earth links Simon Pegg to tipping? We didn't make the podium this time but a great time was had by all! Well done teams.
Next week we're off to Waste Not Want Not to help with various jobs, and if you're looking for a way to get involved this weekend there is also a mission on Saturday helping to shift willow branches. Until then, keep warm!
Mon 15th Jan at 6:30pm
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Mon 8th Jan at 6:30pm
After an afternoon of pretty consistent snow and temperatures dropping below zero, I wasn't necessarily expecting a massive group ready for an outside task in challenging conditions for our first run of the year. But as I turned the corner to our meeting point at the BAC, there they were - a group of happy faces, red tshirts and even some bare knees, like a beacon of positivity in the dark!
It was great to see everybody again after the break, and lovely to welcome some new faces, including Frances to her very first session.
After a warm up we went round the group talking about who had made New Year's resolutions, who hadn't, and who doesn't believe in them one bit! It was great to hear that some involved doing more volunteering or getting more active - you've certainly got off to the right start!
We took a nice steady run down to the Doddington community garden, just about avoiding the big rat that had met a bit of a sticky end on the way, and arrived as the snow started up again. Malissa was there with a list of jobs, and we quickly got moving shifting cardboard boxes, pulling up grass, clearing area, clipping up old shrubs and shifting compost.
Malissa was really pleased with everything we got done. There was just one big task left - moving a huge, incredibly heavy, marble-topped unit. We discussed at length and from every angle how it could happen, plotted potential routes and tried to come up with a hack. Eventually we had to admit defeat - for now. We won't be beaten! We're back on the first Monday of every month to contribute our time and energy to this much loved community space, so let's see what we can work out next time (when hopefully we won't have to contend with an impending blizzard!).
With temperatures dropping even further and with icy fingers and toes to contend with, we decided to forgo our usual fitness session in favour of a speedy run back to base. There is loads of good stuff coming up to look forward to, starting with a pub quiz and social next Monday immediately after the group run, when we will be delivering leaflets to encourage girls to join the local brownie and guide group.
On Saturday there is a mission to hep out at Wandsworth allotments that could do with a few more pairs of helping hands. Keep an eye out for all the future missions, such as this one to help cut and move willow branches by the river side.
Well done on kicking off 2024 in a positive, active way that supports the community- what could be better! Looking forward to seeing what the next month holds - and don't forget every good deed you do and every mile you run contributes to GG Wandsworth's progress with the January challenge!
Sat 9th Dec 2023 at 10:30am
It was a wet morning in Wandsworth on Saturday but that didn’t stop a big crew of us getting together to help create a new garden at a local school. a huge welcome to Nicole who came for her first session! Some brave GGers even came directly from parkrun- and if we weren’t already muddy it wasn’t long before we were all covered from head to foot! It turned out to be quite the challenge- from huge paving slabs to heavy wet compost bags to tree stumps that would simply not budge! However we persevered and after an hour and a half the garden was looking dramatically different. No snails were harmed in the making of the this garden! Pat and Viv were really pleased with all we got done, and had this to say today:
"Thank you so so much for your hard work on Saturday at Graveney. After Viv and I had brushed and tidied the area we could see that so much had been achieved. Over half the paving slabs dug up and moved; the whole pile of wood and rocks moved to behind the greenhouse; masses and masses of huge compost bags lugged up to the garden where they're needed; roots slashed and rubbish picked up. You guys truly are amazing!
I am sorry it was such heavy work, we truly hadn't realised how massive the slabs are, but you were all just so strong and determined and didn't give up. The rain and slippery mud didn't help either!
Thank you so much - when we show what has been achieved this morning to our colleagues at Graveney, they will be so impressed. You have helped us make a great start to our orchard and outdoor classroom."
Sat 9th Dec 2023 at 10:30am
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