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Wed 14th Dec 2022 at 8:15pm
How do you wrap up an amazing year with incredible people?
By inviting them to an "End of year / Christmas" social in an exclusive bar (shout out to Bo Kiri) with pre-ordered pizza from Voodoo Ray's on GG Southwark, to take part in a closely contended sensory pub quiz with dubious spelling and grammar mistakes and even more questionably smelling lip balm...and a gift giving ceremony to those people who deserve a special mention/shoutout. That's how.
After watching France beat Morocco and as we demolished 6 x 22" inch pizzas and 2 x 12" inch pizzas, we were all ready for the pub quiz, which Sam had prepared during his holidays in Thailand in November and updated it that morning. It was a sensory pub quiz, which meant there would be a blindfolded touching, tasting and smelling round. We split into teams of 3s or 4s and ultimately, we had 6 teams fighting for the grand prize of....Thai soaps (shaped in the fruit that they smell of). After 10 rounds mixed in with general knowledge of the events of 2022, the winners winning by 1/2 point was "BAP" - Benjamin, Anna and Paulin.
The awards ceremony consisted of nine out of the twelve GG Southwark members who were given a yearly target of "number of good deeds to reach by the Xmas social" reaching them and being awarded with Thai gifts or gifts that meant something to them/GoodGym. Kudos again to Lindy, Emma McNally, Emma, Nelly, Daryl, Paulin, Anna and Benjamin. Also, to Laura Grant and Olive who were not there on the night for reaching your targets! There will be 2023 targets, but after the January Challenge!
The proceedings ended with a wholesome GG Southwark 2022 highlights video and a send off for Emma McNally who is leaving us for three months to travel and explore!
Thank you to my GG Southwark family for the gifts - GG shirt and the "Walking the O2" experience. Treasure both and will post photos once I go on the experience.
Finally, we were kicked out of Bo Kiri after overstaying by 30 minutes, but Michael (supervisor) was fine with that. We headed off to Nag's Head for the after party, but the after after party at Four Quarters didn't happen as we were content with finally getting a table and chairs.
Thank you one more time for coming to whether it was one or multiple GoodGym sessions this year and after a much deserved rest, we go again! See you in 2023!
Wed 14th Dec 2022 at 6:30pm
Having a day off, Sam arrived early to check the tech setup at Bo Kiri for the social later and then mingled with Andres in Old Spike to catch-up on the past few weeks and months. Joao arrived super early as he was super keen, but soon enough everyone started to pour in from 18:30 - 19:00 as the Old Spike filled up its narrow space like the old days (pre-pandemic). It was by far the largest group run of the year and luckily we had two tasks to split the group. Sam went through the motions of his GG speech before deciding on tonight's ice-breaker question, which was to do with the fact it's our last group run of the year, so let's reflect and tell everyone: What was your highlight of the year?
There's too many on here to remember their answers, but moving or changing flats, new homeowners, running the Big Half, sister getting married, seeing family, changing or quitting jobs, seeing new places (US/Canada/Slovenia) to name a few.
We split the group in two inside Old Spike Roastery, Anna took the hardcore Goodgymers who were willing to brave the cold and walk/light jog over to the Rye Hill Estate to blitz it with leaflets for Nunhead Knocks. Sam took the rest for an indoor task at the Salvation Army in Nunhead.
Anna's lot were given the first batch of leaflets and teams of two set off on a treasure hunt to find the right blocks around the estate. Anna spent the rest of the task on a treasure hunt for Goodgym runners! With speed and efficiency we managed to cover almost all of the addresses listed. Daryl and Gemma finished first and led the charge back to the pub for the social. Katy and Louise went next, having conquered a ten storey tower block the Goodgym way (stairs, not the lift!). Paulin, John, Lindsay and Emma finished off Torridge Gardens.
8pm came around, but Benjamin and Claire were nowhere to be found! After a jog around the estate to try and find them, we assumed/hoped they had headed back already so we all went back to the bar. Mild panic ensued when we arrived with no sign of them! Visions of them locked away at the top of a tower block arose. Thankfully, they strode through the door at 8.20, having managed to do the majority of the extra tower blocks that the rest of us had given up on!
Well done all for covering an area that would have taken normal volunteers hours and hours, Nunhead Knocks will be very grateful.
On the other side of Nunhead, Sam led the run with Nathan backmarking and Lindy, Nelly, James, Joao, Jess and Clare running inbetween 1k to open the doors of Salvation Army. Like sneaky elves, they made their way to the library/book store as their task for tonight was to re-create two "reading" areas. One for the adults and one for the children. They had to move a fridge, a microwave and other furniture to get the space prepped before bringing in a sofa, carpet, lights, bookshelves and books to make it feel homely.
With different versions of "Rockin around the Christmas tree" being played, the 40 minutes flashed by as the team paused for the last five minutes to search for a book to take home as well as get that all essential group photo before locking up and heading back to Old Spike and to start the evening's proceedings - Christmas social!
Thank You to all the GG-ers
A personal thanks from me to all those who came out tonight! I know everyone was looking forward to the social more, but it's also great you could help out with two meaningful tasks on the night.
Thank You Polis & Nunhead Knocks
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 Polis for allowing me to borrow the keys to Salvation Army Nunhead to get on with the task and to Nunhead Knocks for giving us flyers to flyer around Rye Hill estate! See you in 2023!
Wed 7th Dec 2022 at 6:30pm
It was much much colder this Wednesday, but five GoodGymers braved the wintry weather and had the comforts of the warmth of Old Spike Roastery first. Sam welcomed in Gemma and Steve who was a visitor from GG Lewisham. Emma also arrived with Sam as we had a visit from another Steve who was dropping off Nunhead Knocks leaflets for next week's task. We waited until 18:45, but no sign of Ben, thus we proceeded with a warm-up outside and it was only during the warm-up did he show face.
Sam's ice-breaker question tonight, was to do with the fact it's close to Christmas and the festive period is all around us: What Christmas carol and/or song is your favourite?
Emma started us off with "Feliz Navidad", Gemma and Steve both went for "I wish it could be Christmas everyday" by Slade and Sam chose "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" as a carol and "All I Want For Christmas" by Mariah Carey as his Christmas song.
A wheelbarrow, trolley and a bucket
Our 2.8k run from Old Spike kept us warm for the duration of the run and even as we met Simon and waited for him, we were still warm. As we collected the tools, we learnt that Ben's favourite Christmas carol was "Away in a manger" and his favourite Christmas song was "Fairytale of New York", which so happened to be Simon's favourite. He somehow had a relation to the song....forgot what it was....
Our task was simple enough, move the woodchip mulch pile that has been there for months from point A to point B. Having just a wheelbarrow and a trolley, Steve soon identified that there would be a lot of waiting around, so he saw the opportunity to convert a bucket full of water into a bucket full of woodchip. This ensured that we could transport the mulch in a more fluid way. Trip after trip, we took it in turns as we had an efficient rota system.
After multiple trips and 40 minutes later, we took the last barrows of mulch back towards Thorlands before taking a group photo and leaving the tools back in the "Walled" garden. After a brief admin check with Simon, we took off into the night and just arrived back in time for a 20:30 finish!
Thank You to all the GG-ers
A personal thanks from me to all those who came out tonight! It was a freezing one...coldest one this year (so far). Although, we were a smaller group than usual, we were mighty. I was impressed with the amount of trips we managed to do in 40 minutes. Lastly, a "thank you" to Steve for coming from Lewisham!
Thank You Simon
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 Simon for this past year as we helped Thorlands on a monthly basis to maintain and improve this community garden! It's all about the slow and steady...see you in 2023!