Laura Williams

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Lucky enough to be the Area Activator for Tower Hamlets. Personal trainer. Seriously sweet tooth.


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Mon 5th Dec at 6:30pm

Sree's the day

Tower Hamlets Report written by Laura Williams

We met at the glorious Town Hall Hotel this evening, sinking rather too easily into comfy sofas we waited for fellow members to arrive.

A short winter workout

At just after 6:45, we headed out to the steps for a short warm-up before making our way to Bethnal Green Gardens. After locating a good meeting spot, we participated in a short fitness session, taking in a couple of small laps of the park, at various different speeds. We then ran through our single leg squat technique before heading off to meet our task owners, Avril and Nathalia.

After a short intro to get us all a little familiar with this new group that has just been created for Bethnal Green Gardens, we headed to the areas of the park where we were planting tonight’s bulbs.

Providing colour and cheer to any green space, some spring bulbs are also a nectar source for pollinators (plants depend on pollination…). And they can be pretty low maintenance too: the lowly daffodil doesn’t need full sunlight, and will return in subsequent years, even in partial shade.

And so to work

And so we assembled into four teams: three digging holes for bulbs, and one digging up – and relocating – rose bushes.

It was tough, chilly work but as usual the team blitzed it.

Rotating swiftly from digging, to scattering bulbs, and covering them over, it was a multi-task-task.

As the final hole was covered over, and the last head torch switched off, we reflected it was an evening well spent.

We posed for one final picture, where our Sree​ took centre stage as we celebrated her 100th good deed at tonight’s task. Well done Sree, and thanks for all you bring to GoodGym Tower Hamlets.

We then headed our separate ways: some to the pub; others back to the hotel, and some straight home. A great night indeed.


Loads of shout-outs tonight!

  • To Rosie, and Sam, who headed up the run to the park.

  • A big cheer for Emma, who oversaw the hole-digging; helped get it started, and allocated members to different locations.

  • ...And to Sree for tonight’s brilliant pun.

  • ...And to Alex, for organising Sree's 100th deed celebrations.

Next week, we return to The Royal London Hospital to join Nancy and the Barts Volunteers for some seasonal activity.

Until then.

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John Shirley

Tue 6th Dec at 9:57am

Did the group picture at the end come out?

Laura Williams

Tue 6th Dec at 9:15pm

All sorted! Thanks John!

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Mon 28th Nov at 7:00pm

Easy come, easy grow

Tower Hamlets Report written by Laura Williams

At 4pm the heavens opened. Who'd have thought it.

But still 7 GoodGymers braved the rain at 7pm, to help Ken and Terry plant hundreds of flower bulbs in time for next Spring.

How come we were here?

Forming part of a green corridor project for this specific part of East London, successful funding on behalf of the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park meant that we were able to join the team tonight in getting these bulbs bedded in for Spring.

A great way of boosting the landscape and injecting some fabulous colour into this well used park, bulb-planting also enabled us to get a decent upper and lower body workout in the process.

Working along the border of the Devons Road stretch of the park, we worked companionably getting tulip, daffodil and snowdrop bulbs into the wet ground (yes, rain, I guess you do have some benefits).

Pausing only to refill buckets and switch spots, we worked constantly for over 80 minutes.

At just after 8:15, we posed for that all-important final pic, said goodnight to Ken and Terry, and headed home to dry out and enjoy a well-deserved dinner.

Well done everyone - another rainy, satisfying Monday night.

Until next time.

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GoodGym December social

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Mon 21st Nov at 7:00pm

The Hedge of Glory

Tower Hamlets Report written by Laura Williams

It’s official: come rain or shine, Monday night is the official blues-beater.

13 chilly GoodGymers joined for tonight’s task, in Bromley-By-Bow.

Although damp, dark and windy (again), the prospect of getting together and getting a decent workout in such an enjoyable environment proved irrestistable to tonight’s study team.

Background to the task

Local schools, parishioners, residents; gardeners, dog-walkers… all are playing an important part in the restoration of this historic, pretty new park area.

Under the careful eye of the Bow Church team, headed up by Larry, the green area, St Leonard’s Priory Park, has recently seen the addition of a new hedge, new grass, bundles of blub-planting; the installation of benches - and new sheds to house equipment.

This garden regeneration means that the park will be able to host events, catering to all: from local primary schools to vibrant community groups looking to appeal to as wide a demographic across the area as possible .

Where do GoodGym come in?

Our Monday evening sessions mean a large group of GoodGymers can tackle tough weeds, clear rubble, fill in fox holes and dispose of litter and timber debris making a clear space for the regular gardening and volunteer team to progress quickly.

What we did

We were distributed along the back wall of the park tonight, removing tree branches, weeding, and clearing rubble and litter as we went.

Timber and rubble were ditched in the bin area; sacks of weeds were lifted to the park entrance, and fox holes were filled.

This is a full-on physical task.

The GoodGymers worked at their usual cracking pace, blitzing the area in no time, leaving time to start tackling the pesky fox holes.

Apart from pausing to pose for photos and pun-polling, we worked non-stop for nearly an hour-and-a-quarter.

At 8:15, we lugged the final sack to the exit, turned off head torches, and posed for one last time.

Fantastic work, team!

Shout-outs to you all, for your productivity and tenacity on a chilly November night.

A special shout-out to Rahul, who came up with this evening’s cracking pun.

Next week, we return to the Devon’s Road area, for The Big Bulb-Plant with the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

Until then.

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