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Heather went to a social

Wed 16th Nov at 7:00pm

A Wapping good turn-out

Tower Hamlets Report written by John Shirley

For this month’s social, we descended on the Wapping Tavern, a former warehouse and Pizza Express where Wednesday night is quiz night and there are many game options downstairs, none of which we took up.

The persistent rain hadn’t deterred our ten knights of the round table and even the quiz didn’t disturb the conversation as we took over the big table in the corner and discussed Australia, fitness bands, vegan beer, the World Cup, absent friends, GoodGym romances and the Goo Goo Dolls, among many other things.

A special welcome to Mira, here for her first TH social, having arrived in Wapping via Finland, the Midlands, Bournemouth and Ealing. And thanks to Laura for all the pictures.

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Heather
Heather signed up to a party.

Wed 16th Nov at 7:00pm

GoodGym November social

It's the last November social until next year's November social

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John Shirley
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Heather went on a community mission

Mon 31st Oct at 7:00pm

Service with a File

Tower Hamlets Report written by Laura Williams

It was fantastic to be making our way back to the Royal London this evening, to join the team from Barts Volunteers for a busy evening in the volunteer offices, at John Harrison House.

One by one the GoodGymers joined, making their way from a drizzly Whitechapel Road to the hospital’s main reception where we were warmly greeted by Nancy, Tom and Richard from Barts Volunteers.

Chocolate and tunes

Making our way over to John Harrison House, home to many GoodGym tasks over the years now, we proceeded to head to the first floor, where our task awaited us, along with the best Halloween playlist and a large tub of Roses.

Initially divided into three teams, two teams, including first time GoodGymer Shobana (welcome Shobana!), focused on the activity packs and activities, sorting these items on behalf of the Patient and Family Contact Centre, while the third team embarked on the vast task of compiling new patient feedback files. These consisted of patient feedback questionnaires in many languages, housed in individual files for every hospital ward.

These questionnaires play an essential role in helping the hospital receive and respond to the feedback given by all patients.

GoodGymers devised various individual systems, rehydrating regularly, and replenishing glycogen stores with Cadbury’s finest.

Every so often the laughter and chatter was punctuated with some group song identification, as we figured out our faves from Britney and Shakira’s top tracks.

To say the time flew was an understatement.

The Final Countdown

Our last final pics captured the last file being stacked to the backdrop of The Final Countdown and lots of waving hands as we posed for the final song of the night, We Are The Champions.

Our final fantastic celebrations included a shout-out of shout-outs for Southwark’s Olivia’s 50th good deed, and our very own Fiona’s 50th good deed too.

What a wonderful night.

Until next time.

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Olivia Waller
Heather
Heather signed up to a community mission.

Mon 31st Oct at 7:00pm

Heather
Heather went on a community mission

Mon 24th Oct at 7:00pm

The wheel deal

Tower Hamlets Report written by Laura Williams

How lovely to meet in the warm Benk&Bo cafe this evening for tonight's task. Lulled into a false sense of security, we shed waterproofs and marvelled at what a great meeting spot this was.

Fast-forward fifteen minutes and we were up on the gorgeous rooftop garden as the heavens opened. "I'm glad this wasn't forecast," I kept saying, to an indifferent audience.

And so to the task...

There was a lot going on. Freya, our task owner at Benk&Bo/Middlesex St Community Garden, had arranged a brilliantly-planned session, but there were still little task bottle-necks with only one industrious task owner.

The team who'd taken on the heavy-lifting for the night, The Compost Crew, were very patient, sheltering under the stairs until their time came for expert instruction.

And so we headed down to the car park, where a huge sack of compost awaited. The task? To shovel into wheelbarrows; wheel into the lift, and back up to the podium level, to be distributed all over the garden.

Meanwhile, in the bamboo garden

A large team was assembled raking leaves to prepare for the newly-fetched compost. No mean feat in wind and rain, nonetheless the ground was cleared, making way for fresh new soil.

Another team headed to the sunken garden (yes, that's its name) to help empty a barrow full of compost into a planter (raising a full wheelbarrow into the air, turning and loading into a planter is a good Monday night lats workout, btw), before planting a new cherry tree.

While yet another team were turning compost in the large bays to the rear of the garden, adding coffee, and turning again. Another great workout.

The time flew, or so it seemed, and before long, we were committing to one last compost-run, and digging out forks and trowels from the dark, muddy undergrowth, before posing for one final picture.

The shout-outs

A huge success all-round: thanks to Freya our brilliant task-owner, who arranged all this, and ran a brilliant task, and a big shout-out to the whole team tonight, including Rob for our fun pun, and to our first time GoodGymers, Paul, Monty, Neil and Daryl. Thanks for a brilliant night and we hope to see you again soon.

Keep an eye out for new Sunday sessions at this gorgeous location coming SOON!

Meanwhile, next Monday sees us returning to the Royal London for a fun-filled evening with the Barts Volunteers.

Until then.

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Heather
Heather signed up to a community mission.

Mon 24th Oct at 7:00pm

Heather
Heather went on a training session

Mon 3rd Oct at 7:00pm

Pilates in the DARK

Tower Hamlets Report written by Laura Williams

Pilates in the Park soon became Pilates in the Dark...

It was in fact a gorgeous night to enjoy this dedicated fitness session, where we got a chance to catch up on all those items on our exercise to-do list.

High Vibes

One by one we gathered in magical Meath Gardens, complete with mats, resistance equipment, lighting and Apple Music's High Vibes Yoga playlist. By 7:10 we were all set, and proceeded to whizz through some dynamic stretches and warm-up exercises.

Moving swiftly onto a little Pilates theory, we learned about the main core muscles, and proceeded to put our new-found knowledge into practice with some challenging balancing moves. Add in some already-tough body weight moves combined with a little resistance equipment, a few minutes in and we were no longer worried about feeling the chill on this October evening.

Down to the ground we headed for 'ab attack', a dedicated section targeting all three areas of the abdominals, before moving onto upper body and arms; hitting the glutes, and finally finishing with some of the less tough stuff. At last!

As we lay on the ground, focusing on flexibility and mobility for the final time that evening, and having moved on to Apple's Peaceful Music list, we concluded that a lot had been achieved, and that it was an hour well spent on a lovely Autumn evening.

Until next time.

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Laura Williams
Heather
Heather signed up to a party.

Thu 6th Oct at 7:00pm

GoodGym October social

It's the last social before the clocks go back!

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Heather
Heather signed up to a training session.

Mon 3rd Oct at 7:00pm

THE BIG MONDAY NIGHT GET-TOGETHER: Pilates in the Park

Come and enjoy a sociable core session this Monday night.

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Heather
Heather signed up to a party.

Thu 8th Sep at 7:00pm

GoodGym September Social

It's the last social before the London Marathon!

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