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Mon 5th Jun at 6:00pm

Unearthing Heavenly Delights at the Church Garden

Worthing Report written by JULIA GLEESON

Location: St. Botolph's Church Garden, Worthing

Weather: Beautiful evening with loads of sunshine

Tonights Volunteers Belinda John Gillybean

Belinda and John (Mr. and Mrs. R), Gill, Barbara, Ricky, Sarah, Barbara and me !

Our amazing team of volunteers embarked on our second spring visit to St. Botolph's Church Garden, and what a delight it was! The weather couldn't have been more perfect for our horticultural escapades, and the mood was as sunny as the skies above. Armed with our forks and gloves, and a playful spirit, we set out to tackle the weeding and planting tasks that awaited us.

**Congratulations Ricky

Huge congratulations to Ricky for 10K togther with Jay and also Sue W who was 2nd in her age group.

The Playful Banter

As soon as we arrived at the garden, a wave of good vibes and risqué conversations engulfed the air. It seemed that the vibrant atmosphere had sparked a contagious playfulness in all of us. Who knew that weeding and planting could be such a hilarious affair especially wherever Barbara was!

The Lovely Surroundings

St. Botolph's Church Garden was a sight to behold, with its natural beauty and engaging atmosphere under the careful guidance of Rik and Val.

The Weeding Extravaganza

Our first task was to tackle the weeding in several beds and areas that needed some tender loving care. Armed with determination and a competitive spirit, we split into smaller groups, each vying to be the fastest and most thorough weeding team. Amidst the pulling, digging, and occasional accidental plant uprooting, we managed to transform the unkempt patches into tidy beds, ready for a fresh start.

The Planting Bonanza

With the weeding complete, it was time to bring life back to the garden through planting. We had quite a diverse selection of plantings planned for the evening. There was rosemary, foxglove, lavender, verbena, salvia, and sunflowers were on our list. As we carefully dug holes and planted the young plants into the ground, we couldn't help but imagine how the garden would transform into a vibrant oasis of blooms and fragrances in the days to come.

Laughter and Joy

Ah, the mischievous duo of Belinda and John! Their playful antics never fail to entertain. During our time at St. Botolph's Church Garden, we witnessed a comical incident involving Belinda and a rather unsuspecting green bin. With a mischievous glint in her eye, Belinda decided to show off her stomping skills and attempted to give the green bin a good stomp. Little did she know that her aim was a tad off, and instead of landing her foot on the bin, she hilariously missed and stumbled into an impromptu dance move. The laughter that followed was infectious!

Gill and My Seamless Moment

Not to be outdone, Gill and I had our own playful moment, although with a touch more grace in execution. As we were busy weeding and planting, an opportunity for mischief presented itself. A foot up and Gill was in! With a playful piggy back out of the bin we decided to repeat the process again one more time!

These light-hearted moments added an extra layer of joy and camaraderie to our gardening adventure. It's these spontaneous and playful interactions that make our time together truly memorable. As we reflect on our experiences at St. Botolph's Church Garden, we can't help but cherish these amusing incidents that brought us closer as a team and further fueled the jovial atmosphere of the evening. After all, gardening is not just about the plants; it's about creating lasting memories and sharing laughs with friends.


Our second visit to St. Botolph's Church Garden was an absolute success. With a playful mood and a dedicated team, we managed to weed and transform several beds, and planted a variety of beautiful flowers and herbs that will surely bloom into a kaleidoscope of colors. As we bid farewell to the garden, we carried with us the memories of a sunny evening filled with laughter, camaraderie, and a shared love for gardening. Until our next adventure, let's keep those green thumbs busy and our spirits as playful as ever!

Seafront flowerbed planting is happening this Sunday - More details to follow.

Have a great week :)

Julia xx

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Gillybean signed up to a group run.

Mon 5th Jun at 6:00pm

St Botolphs Church Garden

Getting ready for a big celebration later this year

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Wed 31st May at 6:00pm

Weeding out the confusion and making beautiful memories

Worthing Report written by JULIA GLEESON

On a sunny Wednesday evening, four dedicated GoodGymers volunteered at The Dementia Hub in Worthing

The Dementia Hub is a new task for us and a centre that provides daily care and socialising activities for individuals with both early and late onset dementia. It offers respite for caregivers at home while engaging clients in cognitive exercises to enhance their quality of life. The centre's coordinator, Lynsey, reached out to the GoodGym team for assistance in clearing the back garden of weeds, allowing the clients to create a colorful visual display that would complement the vibrant colours inside the facility.


Gillybean Anne Paula Julia

Task Description

The main objective of the volunteering task was to clear the back garden of weeds and prepare the area for the clients to work together and create a visually appealing display. The volunteers were tasked with weeding, pruning, and bagging plants, rubbish, and brambles.


We arrived at The Dementia Hub at 6 PM and were warmly welcomed by Lynsey, the coordinator. After a brief introduction and a description of the task at hand, the team immediately got to work. Equipped with gardening gloves, tools, and bags, we began the process of clearing the garden.

Gill, Anne, Paula, and I worked diligently, carefully identifying and removing weeds from the garden beds. The volunteers paid close attention to ensure that only unwanted plants were removed, preserving the existing flora and fauna. Pruning was also necessary to maintain the health and appearance of the plants.

The garden proved to be more challenging than initially anticipated, with an abundance of plants, rubbish, and brambles requiring removal. I experienced a small mishap when encountered a thorny bramble - there is visual evidence but not caught on camera.

Throughout the one-hour volunteering session, the team maintained a positive 'get this job done' atmosphere supporting each other. Our dedication and hard work were evident as we steadily filled 14 bags with the cleared debris which Lynsey ( or her husband ) will take to the tip.


After a fairly intense 60 minutes, the team of GoodGym volunteers successfully cleared the back garden of The Dementia Hub, preparing it for the clients to create a vibrant visual display. The collective efforts of Gill, Anne, Paula and myself, alongside the support and guidance of Lynsey, contributed to the transformation of the garden space.

The volunteering session at The Dementia Hub not only benefited the centre but also showcased the dedication and compassion of the GoodGym community. By providing assistance in maintaining and enhancing the outdoor environment, the volunteers played a significant role in supporting the overall well-being of individuals living with dementia.

Thank you so much all 4 of you - VERY much appreciated and so good to see Paula back with us again! Big love:)

See you all next week

Julia xxx

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