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Tue 19th Dec 2023 at 6:30pm
Our last session of the year brings us to Stoke Park Active and an indoor Christmas present wrapping task. A perfect end to the year.
Clare our task owner cum GoodGym member had given us a Christmas cracker of a task - we were pack some treats into little goody bags, wrap them up, tidy up the venue and get it all ready for the panto that Clare and her amazing team are doing for the children that come along to their sessions.
As the weather had made it virtually unsafe to run on the footpaths due to flooding and muddy conditions, we actually missed the run part and cracked in with the task part....but I had a master plan....there was still a fitness session involved that would earn the team their treats.
So after we had done this and done that, shifted that chair and this table we were ready to rumble.. I had prepared a 12 days of Christmas fitness challenge with a reducing time frame.... 1 burpee, 2 push ups, 3 prisoner squats and so on all the way to 12 star jumps. I thought I had demo'd it all really well....but the videos show that VR was needed as some level of cheating did take place...and some level of mis counting..but it was all in the name of fun and both teams did an amazing job!
As well as the 12 days exercises we had a moves based Chinese whisper type of game! Less said about this the better! And the finale was a strict game of instructions! Fail the instruction - you got kicked out - I had final sleigh on it!
Oh and we had a bit of karaoke!
Thank you to our amazing 14 volunteers for coming along to our last session of 2023! and a very warm welcome to Ali
Let's review our tree-mendous 2023
We had double deeds galore as we kick started the January challenge and spent some time guarding the iconic knife angel, and not forgetting a whole load of parkrunning
All you seed is love as we helped Artful Hub on numerous tasks this month helping to get them set up in their new unit
We made a sweeping statement as we continued to help the Ujala Foundation with their community garden and lets not forget Jean obtaining her 100th Good Deed
We had a Ra-leigh good time as launched our partnership with Raleigh and enjoyed some Easter treats.. Jen and Gauri will remember the shed sort out for Shin! We really did like to 'move it move it'
We saw some fashion items that were a blast from the past as we continued to help Thames Hospicecare. New tasks were starting to pile up as we started helping some local churches like St Paul's and St Mary's
The plot thickened allot this month as the weeds just kept on growing on our allotments task with Home Start. Lucky we had some keen gardeners in the team with Pam, Peter and Jen...plus a handy app to decipher a weed from a plant! This is the month that we built a stronger relationship with Slough Refugee Support and Mehdi, Hamid, Mohammed and Eshan joined us.
Hi Five to us all as we celebrated our 5th birthday! Our first group race at Beat the Boat was knot too shabby!
Pew..we did it! Plenty of outdoor tasks as we basked in the summer sunshine helping St Mary's Primary school with painting and gardening as we well as plenty of gardening tasks at St Paul's
More swede times as our gardening skills grew!
Our GhoulGym was out in full force with our Hallo-clean tasks
Didn't we win an award (or two??).... Group of the Year...lets just leave it there
Wrapping it up now with our networking natters, keeping the rein(deer) as bay and getting some indoor tasks with Shin and Clare
We clocked up a huge 498 tasks in 2023 by 51 members
So what's going on in 2024? PLENTY!
Yule be sorry if you don't attend our January sessions to get your good deeds and km's logged. Our target for January is 55 good deeds and 750km's. I've kept it realistic this year as we do have a natural drop in our good deeds overs the years so hopefully this target feels more achievable.
This is our first community mission on Friday 5th January 10.30 - 11.30 at Slough Outreach shop
We then have a double deed Sunday with volunteering at Salt Hill junior parkrun and then a litter pick (we will actually be doing this every Sunday in January, so plenty of good deeds to be had)
Then our first Monday eve group session is on Monday 8th January helping Slough Outreach again with a clothes sort out
The following Monday we have a task that requires LOTs of volunteers, so if there is only one Monday that you can do please do this one. Its helping the Not Just a Store - waste warriors shop on the Bath Rd with setting up the Pet Food area.
So that's all folks...time to Ho Ho Home
Enjoy your rein-beers and have a great festive break.
Fri 17th Nov 2023 at 6:30pm
Oh what a night!
15 of us all dressed in our best ready to party the night away at the returning Slough CVS Awards Nights.
We had been shortlisted under Group of the Year award category and although I knew we had a good chance we were up against some great competition (some of whom were our task owners!).
The night started as all good nights do, with a dressed up crowd sipping on gin n’ juice with a chocolate fountain. Though the late arrivals (Nisha, Ricky and I) missed the chocolate fountain!
As we entered the lobby area we bumped into our ever so glamorous team members Jean, Ruth and Agni. Wow! Did you see how amazing Jean looked!!
After having our 1st photo taken (1st out of around 100!) we made our way into the function hall to see the rest of the gang at our tables.
Each and everyone looked amazing!
Slough CVS team opened the event with key note speakers and a warm up act from Ramesh, CEO!
And dinner is served… a delicious medley of South Asian food and a tray of fish..
We nearly won on the raffle! 170 is close to 180 right? But not close enough.
Then onto the dancing act from Creative Academy!
Dr Jim and Dom were an amazing double act on stage presenting the ceremony. A few drinks were consumed by now so can’t tell you how funny they were but I know I laughed (a lot!)
First up were the Business Impact Awards followed by our much awaited Volunteer of the Year Award. We had our very own Sutyee shortlisted for this category for all that she does to support junior parkrun.
Drum roll please……
The award goes to…. Cindy! Well done Cindy…
The highly commended award goes to SUTYEE!!! Wohooo! Applause please as she stands to receive her certificate
Next onto Public Sector Partnership Award
Now the one we were waiting for - Group of the year
First up is a short film on each group nominated. As always, each time GoodGym is mentioned there are cheers all round. Pipe down GoodGym!
And I am delighted to tell you that we received awards in 2 categories
Highly Commended for Making a difference to the environment
Winners of Designing innovative projects!
Even more applause 👏
What a night. It ended with a disco that had everyone up and dancing
We had such a great time! Uber Ricky dropped us home and somehow 'stole' the award which left me in a panic thinking i'd lost it! Luckily the thief returned in the morning with award intact!
Enjoy the photos.. we certainly enjoyed the night
Sun 19th Nov 2023 at 2:34pm
Wow that is amazing its a7n absolute shame I missed maybe next year I will come around and then win again next year lol. Also I am unwell too but I feeling better now
Sun 19th Nov 2023 at 2:34pm
Congratulations goodgym slough and members
Sun 19th Nov 2023 at 8:29pm
Thank you 🙏
Mon 31st Jul 2023 at 6:30pm
This evening's task had so much going on! Firstly, a warm welcome to newcomers Tim, Sama and Hamid and the lovely ladies from GoodGym Windsor and Maidenhead - Jess, Sophie and Sheila. Thank you all for coming along to the session and a special one at that.
Thank you to Chrissy for hosting our 5th birthday task at St Mary's Farnham Royal Church of England Primary School. We managed to get a fair few tasks completed tonight including the learning garden, the play area and the side garden.
Hat's off to Team Dr who with cutting hedge technology chopped back the shrubbery to expose the window and security camera! Everyone was rooting for him to cut it back as sometimes trees crowd and well, let's face it, someone has to grow! Well done to Sheila, Jess, Sophie, Nimi and Jenni who all worked really hard on clearing this area.
Whilst over in the learning garden Team Harsha had Jean, Abdulaziz, Mehdi, Hamid, Sama, Tim, Pam and Kam clearing up the bed edges and deciphering the weeds from the plants (thank goodness we have keen gardeners in the group who know the difference).
Peter took on the lone ranger task of removing all the weeds along the perimeter of the school! And what a phenomenal job he did too!
Forty odd minutes in and we were all done....everyone keen and eager for the fitness session (or maybe I just imagined that).
We had games, circuits, confusion, basketball hooping, leg exercises, (hatred for me)... you name it...we worked it tonight.
The finale were the cakes, sing song and speech (you'll be glad to know that I didn't sing...and only did a tiny speech).
Thank you so much to all 21 team members who made our 5th birthday task so special.
Now onto our summary of the year in action.
Hi Year 5
Five years in and what can I say that hasn’t been said before. This group only exists because of YOU and your dedication to GoodGym Slough. We have community in the heart of everything we do. We are diverse, we are open to all, we target groups that need the help and we do it all with such passion and love. And we continue to grow with new members joining us and finding new task owners.
Since launching in July 2018, we have tallied a total of 4240 Good Deeds! We’ve helped over 30 local groups and charities with tasks ranging from gardening to litter picking to flyering to painting to marshalling to packing and stacking, sorting and storing. You name it, we've done it.
So what have we been up to in the year leading to us turning 5...here is a little reminder in the only way we write with GoodGym - with puns!
We gave a lidl help to local residents with shopping tasks;
We were rooting for all our new gardening projects;
We had a Ra-leigh good thyme at the spring, summer sessions at the allotments;
Our art will always go on with the help we've given to Artful hub with indoor painting, leaflet distributing and what a crate job we did too with helping Eva move units;
Jen did a great job of b'rambling on with her BBOWT tasks at Haymill Nature Reserve;
Save - a - life : Surrender your knife was probably our most emotional task this year;
We surfed the net-work with many networking events in Slough promoting all things GoodGym Slough;
Christmas was a time for happy holly-days as we finished the year with our annual hamper wrap with Slough Outreach and called it a day till the infamous January challenge!;
We marshalled our way through the year with tasks at junior parkrun as the cheer squad, sleighing with Santa at the Burnham Parade, stalling it at the Cippenham fayre and sharpening our knowledge with the Knife Angel task;
The Golden Girls were formed after another epic task at Thames Hospice care. The jackets even made a cameo appearance at junior parkrun last Sunday;
Let us spray with all the new Churches we have supported this year. From St Paul's to St Marys to St John the Baptist;
Slow Ways or is it Slough Ways? We verified the route from Slough to Eton. Enjoyed a coffee in Eton then re-routed ourselves back to base;
Acting like kids at the schools we helped tidy up (especially tonight);
Decluttering Slough of the hoard of litter litter-ally everywhere!;
As for the races, this year we have glowed, beat a boat and run backwards (not literally). We started off with the Dorney 10k Glow in the Dark run at which Gauri did her first ever 10k distance. Followed by a little run around Paris with Ricky where he got his marathon PB and I ate loads of cakes at each water station. Loosely followed by a backwards route run in London with Harsha - never forget that night out! And our final escapade was a 10k run along the River Thames trying to beat a boat with Jenny, Claire and Ricky!
Reward with Awards
Most memorable task - Knife Angel
As 5 of us guarded the Knife Angel and guided visitors around the Angel... who could forget the mum that lost her son in a case of mistaken identity to a knife crime? Not a dry eye that day.
Most Impactful task - Slough Refugee Support
Our most impactful task this year have been the ones we have carried out with Slough Refugee Support English Class. The class participants have very much enjoyed doing something back for the community and 4 of their members have even joined us now on our weekly Group Runs.
Best Race - Beat the Boat
What a brilliant concept of a race, run by a local runner and delivered in a simple yet effective way. Ok, it's not a PB type of event but it was full of camaraderie, support and fun (and processo!)
Biggest contributor - Jen
Wow! what hasn't Jen done this past year? From group runs at both Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead, plus missions and task force ownership of the monthly task with BBWOT, she racked up the good deeds - WELL DONE JEN
Best Photography session - Allotments
Our monthly visit to the allotments is not only a pure strength session of digging, lifting, wheelbarrowing soil, it's also one where we get our best shots (photo type not drinking!)
Best Dressing award – Burnham Lions Christmas Fayre
We all looked adora-bell in our Santa hats and baubles
Best Grit and Effort award – Ujala Foundation garden sessions
So much to do such little thyme, pure effort was needed on this mini project back in March.
Best Community Award - King's Coronation Weekend - The Big Help Out
Our collaboration task with Slough Bid and St Mary's Church led to a 30 plus turnout including residents and local business on a litter pick around Slough Town centre.
Cheers to five years...here's to many more
Mon 31st Jul 2023 at 10:36pm
Lovely report Manjit xxx 😘
Mon 31st Jul 2023 at 10:59pm
Amazing achievements from Goodgym Slough!! Well Done and thanks for having us at your party!! 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳
Tue 1st Aug 2023 at 7:36am
Fantastic work and community spirit 😍
Tue 1st Aug 2023 at 8:30am
Such a lovely evening - great to meet such a great group of people, thanks for inviting us. Here's to the next 5 years!
Tue 1st Aug 2023 at 8:32am
Thank you all for coming. Great to meet Jess, Sheila and Sophie. Very proud of everything we have achieved since we started… well done team GG Slough
Tue 1st Aug 2023 at 8:42am
What a brilliant 5 years it's been and a great report Manjit. 🎉🎉🎉
Tue 1st Aug 2023 at 8:43pm
Congratulations on 5 years 😍
Thu 3rd Aug 2023 at 8:08am
Brilliant report Congratulations on year 5 anniversary and looking forward to seeing and reading more amazing reports. Well done GoodGym Slough, great work Manjit for being such an inspiration all round.
Mon 31st Jul 2023 at 6:30pm
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Mon 13th Feb 2023 at 6:30pm
So after 3 weeks on the artistic task at Artful Hub, we were running low on supplies so had to make a few decisions on tonight’s task which we went a big rouge on!
My memory can be a bit sketchy but I’m sure Eva asked us to use the white paint over the lime green areas that the yellow paint didn’t quite stretch to!
With a few last minute decisions made the white went on lovely with a few cloudy patches by Sandy and Gauri.
The remaining yellow was mixed with a blue to create a green! Thank goodness we remembered our primary colours from primary school! Nimi and Abdul did a remarkable job at creating the greeny clouds with white swirls.. the paint all put together by mixologist Harsha!
With so much artistic flare amongst the group tonight the end result was pretty amazing (considering we got off to a bad art!). We just hope Eva likes it!
Monday 6th February 2023
Nimi Oladapo led a GoodGym walking session, leading others to the task to get more good done
Nimi became a walk leader. Nimi led the way for others to get fit by doing good.
Mon 6th Feb 2023 at 6:30pm
Tonight was round two of our task to help Artful Hub with their unit makeover. We had already helped move all the items from their previous unit and given the walls a lick of paint. So now all that was left was to give a walls another coat to keep them warm!
With a smaller group, Nimi, Harsha, Hina and I met at Sainsbury's/Tesco’s and then made our way into Slough Town. With a Starry night above us we all had the 'when you gotta Van Gogh ya gotta Van Gogh' vibe tonight! En route we collected Agnie to make the famous five!
On arrival, we called for security to let us into the precinct (hoping not to see Mr Rat again!).
And that's when the real fun began.
Moving displays, putting out sheets, getting brushes and rollers ready for the task.
We improvised with the kit we had and made rollers fit the handles …. sometimes you have to blend the rules though and us pirates love arrrr-t (you had to be there to know this joke!)
Painting to perfection we were lucky to have a skilled painter decorator Agnie with us tonight. She did an amazing job!
Hina joined us in her first task and soon got the hang of the GoodGym gang!
Nimi was all fired up to paint like Picasso
Whilst Harsha was chilled and making sure she got the strokes right.
Next week, we will need to re-arrange the leaflet task in order to finish off this task as we could do with one more spoonful of mustard!