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Sat 10th Dec 2022 at 1:00pm

An Adventful Afternoon

Tower Hamlets Report written by Rahul

It was a bright, crisp day as our GoodGymers entered The Felix Project’s depot. The sun was shining, much like the spirit of our runners, who were ready to get stuck in.

Before starting the task, we were treated to a hot meal. A variety of food was on offer - from mushroom stroganoff to burgers to rice. This provided us with all the sustenance and strength we needed to work hard.

First, the team got suited and booted into safety wear and received a tour of the depot. The tour provided an insight into the scale in which the Felix Project works tirelessly to sort and deliver food to charities and schools. We were instructed on the sorting process and what activities our GoodGymers would be undertaking throughout the task.

After that, it was time to get to work. We began by shifting all the sweet potato into crates. Time past quickly, as our GoodGymers worked collaboratively with other volunteers at the depot. We then sorted donations into different use by dates and food groups, to prepare for their eventual circulation.

But, the highlight of the day came at the end of the task. Our GoodGymers were split into two groups and tasked to sweep designated areas of the depot in the fastest time. The winner took home a box of ciders. The stakes were high and the atmosphere was tense. You could not separate the two teams.

In the spirit of Christmas, we each received an advent calendar and cheers’d to great day. A huge shoutout to Julia and the team at the Felix Project for welcoming us with such warmth and generosity. We had a great time and look forward to returning very soon!

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Monday 21st November 2022

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Rahul been cheered 10 times.

GoodGymers have noticed what Rahul has done and have cheered her 10 times. We doff our caps to you Rahul.

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Mon 21st Nov 2022 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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Mon 31st Oct 2022 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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Wed 21st Sep 2022 at 6:45pm

Saw & Order

Tower Hamlets Report written by Laura Williams

A small group met at the end of Harley Grove this evening for a short warm-up before tonight's task. Balancing on the wall, we performed Bulgarian split squats, tricep dips and incline push ups before we headed into charity GET OUT's Food Forest a little further up the road.

(What is GET OUT?

Charity GET OUT uses ‘environmental education to strengthen the connection between Tower Hamlets' young people and the natural world via a programme of outdoor education, surfing and food growing projects').

One by one, GoodGymers joined us and in no time at all we were a sturdy team of 10.

Kieran, our task owner, spent some time telling members a little about the project and the charity, including its relationship to the local school, the recent open day and all the different types of vegetables and herbs in the garden.

With an amazing list of tasks arranged on his 'phone, Kieran proceeded to divide the team into five teams of two. Tasks were very varied, and task selection before description was obligatory! The teams were soon dispatched to all areas of the garden as follows:

  • Joel and Grace on tree felling.

  • Rosie and Leo on watering.

  • Benoît and Sree on polytunnel picking.

  • John and Rohan on bed-turning.

  • Shrey and Rahul on pond-repair.

It's been a while since we've enjoyed such a variety of tasks, and it was quite something to wander around the garden and see continual activity: problem-solving at its finest, whether tackling the last stubborn cells of a tree trunk or negotiating tape in a toad-infested pond.

As usual it was all go, and the team stuck loyally to all their tasks. No reinforcements for tree-sawing required; no rotation out of plant watering for something new; the joy expressed from pulling up Padrón peppers...The GoodGymers seemed happy.

And then, of course, it was after 8 and we were posing for a final pic with Kieran by the surprisingly well-stocked tool shed. Another fabulous night. Well done team.

Until next time.

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