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Mon 30th Jan at 6:30pm
An amazing feat of organisation happened tonight at Growbaby! Our hardy team, packed in to a small storage space in the basement of The Hub, moved contents of tightly packed shelves into smaller spaces, so they could move the shelves. The plan was to create some space, which is a tough ask when there isn't much, but there was a plan devised by Rachel and Litza, and the wheels were put in motion tonight.
We arrived from the Group Run to find that a lot of the emptying out had already happened by Litza, Nathan, Sue and Petra - which was a great start to the mission as we didn't have alot of time to play with. The shelves had to be emptied to be able to move them safely and once the corner shelf was in, Claire got down to sorting the nappies into size order and loading up that shelf. Rachel and Petra sorted the girls clothes boxes into size order. Dave and Sue sorted out the perishable items - the formula and food bank items. Jade and Marie Noelle tackled the dressing up box and carefully hung them up on a small wooden rail.
It was a tough call to get the task list done but there was no slacking and the group did a tremendous amount in a short time. We did run over the hour but we had to make sure that it was in a workable situation - so that all the exits were cleared and no trip hazards were left. Once we had completed our task we ran off into the night happy with our efforts.
On the way back we bumped into some cheeky monkeys - they joined us for a post-run stretch. All part of the Chimps Are Family exhibition in town - there's loads of statues to look out for.
Sat 28th Jan at 10:00am
A lovely morning well spent with the Queen's Promenade Friends. They want to restore an Italian style terrace which has been neglected for too long and they needed lots of volunteers to sift through the soil removing the invasive St John's Wort plants and roots. Not a bad plant but it has completely taken over sections.
Jane, Petra, Marie-Noelle and our wonderful new GoodGymer Ana all went to help from 10am. They had made fantastic progress so when I turned up at 11am they had found a stone ledge and removed bucketfuls of weeds.
It was lovely to be by the river and chatting to Stefan, who had contacted us to help, we found out more about their plans to keep weeding and then plant a beautiful garden when the time was right.
Lots to do - we'll be happy to help in the future.
Sun 22nd Jan at 10:00am
Lovely frosty morning at Hogsmill Garden, 4 of us gathered to tackle a list of tasks left by Julie and supervised by Brian. Whilst Janet and Emily tackled the bricks and compost bags tidy up, Di attacked the bramble coming through the fence, working alongside Brian. We then all joined them, clearing the area incl breaking down a wooden table and digging out a rotten pallet, moving all to the entry gate for it to be disposed off later. At the end we were all rewarded by Julie’s delicious fruit cake.
Tue 17th Jan at 6:30pm
Our Tuesday Group Run task was back at Balance Support to help finish off the painting. They had the paint and willing volunteers from their office but there's nothing like a little GoodGym action to speed up the task in hand. We met with Fran and Lila and they showed us where a second coat of paint was needed - we grabbed rollers and brushes and got to work.
In the middle room, Claire, Petra and Jade worked as a team to do the cutting in round the window. Dave hopped on the ladder and did the cutting in at the top of the walls and Rachel rollered in between.
In the furthest room, Catherine and Laurel started the second coat of cutting in and rollering - a dream team! Pierre and Janet helped to build two office chairs and helped with all the other extra little jobs that are necessary in such a big project like this.
It was lovely to meet up again and the hour flew by. The walls looked amazing and a quick glance in the kitchen where the walls were the original mucky magnolia colour showed us how much had been done in a short amount of time. Great task and a brilliant turn out by GoodGym - thank you to everyone who helped out on such a frosty evening.
Sat 14th Jan at 10:00am
Our task at the Queen's Promenade got cancelled due to the weather so I challenged the attendees to go for a litter pick instead. Tiger the dog gets a special mention for being a cute mascot for GoodGym Kingston. Look at her adorable little face and such good company for Jen on her litter pick down the Thames Path. Jassy and her husband went to Kingston Road Rec and took the liberty of zooming along on the zip wire to deliver the rubbish to the nearest bin. Gemma and Dave took the kids to Canbury Park and cleaned up by the river and collected 4 bags of rubbish. Rachel and Liz took litter pickers to their exercise class and did a lap of Elm Park, which looked much better than the week before. Must keep up the good work and do this weekly - really does make a big difference.
Send any more photos of your litter pick to email@example.com and they will be uploaded to this run report.