22 Month Streak
Wed 14th Dec at 6:45pm
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Sat 3rd Dec at 8:30am
Wow what a cold morning! Myself and Jen dragged ourselves up to Charlton after some festive celebrating last night. I contemplated my life choices as I wrapped up in five layers, but once in the park and greeting the volunteers, last nights cobwebs were starting to fall away.
We had a lovely turn out for volunteers today from GGG: Julian barcode scanned, Olivia did course check, Jen was run directing, I did token sorting, and Jenny brought the festive spirit as marshal with a Santa hat.
It was lovely to be out enjoying the cooler weather and getting our local Parkrun facilitated! Hope everyone has managed to defrost and enjoys their weekend.
Wed 30th Nov at 6:45pm
Take it from me, this is how it unfolded: When GoodGym Greenwich of Bag End announced they would shortly be celebrating their weekly group run with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton, Greenwich…
The party of course was at one of our regular haunts, found along the country lanes leading out of the Shire in Greenwich, but more of that later…
We started in lovely surroundings yesterday evening, and 17 of us gathered and spoke of good things, and not of the evil EYE, and at 7pm our run leader, Alex, started with a question: In an ideal world, what would your perfect advent calendar contain? Well, fascinating and tantalising, we had chocolate brownies, a weekend away somewhere hot (well, 25 weekends to be specific), puppies (presumably and hopefully with some holes in the doors...), a portal to a better world, and everything said before and to come and all of it in-between… hmmmm.... if only GoodGym paid. Perhaps, however, my favourite was a series of photos on alternating days of friends, family, and dogs.
Still thinking of opening advent calendars, we headed to the Naval College green for a drama game warm-up, where we invoked Tolkien legend. From yee-haw to mor-dor. The Ring, the One, was suddenly amongst us, in the Shire in Greenwich (!), but none of us wanted it and we passed it on – HAVE THE RING! – and the One Ring kept moving from one to the next until – YOU SHALL NOT PASS! – and Gandalf appeared and he was actually Ian Mckellen and this is all ABSOLUTELY TRUE and then we all stopped because it was time for our – SHIRE PARTY! – and then there were fireworks in the shapes of dragons and we all cheered GOODGYMGOODGYMGOODGYM but... but... but... the One Ring was never far from temptation…
Quickly, with the One Ring still in our possession, kept secret so as not to alert any Ring Wraiths lurking somewhere nearby (probably Eltham), we started off on our adventure...
Trotting through streets well-known to us all, it wasn't long before we arrived at... More TWO TOWERS Childcare, a regular haunt for us Shire Greenwich folk. There, we were met by the lovely Eve, who let us know our list of tasks, and then we split to it. Some cleaned chairs and tables; others went up to the top of the TWO TOWERS, sorting and clearing toys, including lego-las and a trilogy of books bound in leather and containing maps and stories of legends spoken from long ago; others became handy with drills and screwdrivers and fixed things that were broken; and some swept outside with magical flying brooms (which led to some being confused about the famous popular fantasy adventure they were living).
Alongside this, Julian and I went to fix a new door with new hinges. But… Eve could not find the door, it having been misplaced. Together, inspired by some dark internal energy, we cried: We need MORE-DOOR! MORE-DOOR! MORDOR! But in the nick of time, Eve saved our souls, and led us to another door (one with hope), and we fixed that instead. Saved.
Finished, we then had our party of special magnificence – the lovely more2 team, who we’ve been visiting for years, supplied us with alcohol-free mulled wine and ginger biscuits, and plenty more biscuits which we were even allowed to take home. Thank you! This made for a perfect end to a specially magnificent evening 😊
Thanks, guys, really looking forward to the next time!
Thu 1st Dec at 7:04pm
Brilliant report, Steve! MORE-DOOR! MORE-DOOR! MORDOR!
Thu 1st Dec at 9:55pm
Lovely Steve. The one report/run report to rule them all!
Fri 2nd Dec at 4:54pm
Despite all appearances to the contrary, the mulled wine *was* genuinely non-alcoholic…. 😂
Fri 2nd Dec at 7:44pm
This is truly an epic report Steve! Any mention of LOTR and I'm won in seconds but this hits new heights!
Mon 28th Nov at 6:45pm
The task at Seniors at this time of year is a simple one: put up the Christmas decorations. This years task had an added step: check the trees and decorations weren't broken or not working.
First up we built the 5 Christmas trees to check all had their parts and all looked good and not too shabby. One didn't make the cut but on the positive side these trees have served Senior's well and are probably around 15 years old!
It was time to decorate, we had a couple of trees that had a strict colour scheme with matching lights around the room and then 2 trees that just had a mixture of tinsel, decorations, lights - these turned out to be my favourite and even got picked for the centre of the group photo!
There was also a group hanging lights (being careful not to fall from the step ladder) and hanging decorations.
The space was looking Christmassy when it was time for us to head back to Glass Mill. We ended up with a small but dedicated to the hills group making it all the way back - great work tonight everyone.
We have a couple of community missions this weekend: - filling the skip at Brownhill Road Baptist Church - helping in the garden at Marsha Phoenix - helping at FUSS Christmas Fair