12 Month Streak
Sat 17th Sep at 9:00am
Our Nargis could not do the full session at the Frenford Food Bank today so sent along a ringer in the form of her cousin Amira. Quick to learn and keen to get on with it Amira proved to be a real asset to the Food Bank team and is interested in looking into GG membership.
AJ put her organisational skills to good use in nappy and toiletries corner again while James continued last nights shelf filling. Yasmin made a welcome return to the team and got on with quiet efficient packing, so too did Sharon who, after a short refresher and introduction to a few changes, was soon making a valuable contribution.
Pretty soon we were all assigned to packing alongside the regular Frenford volunteers. We seemed to be all done in double quick time and in very good humour, from gently teasing James who was keen to organise our untidy rabble to his and Sharon's performance debut with a rendition of Wonder Wall. 🎶
Nargis arrived to relieve Amira and was still there helping to clear up after the last of us left.
I do apologise for not being on the ball and missing half the team out of the photos 🙈 please be assured you all did a great job and it was much appreciated.
Ed assisted Linda with a couple of deliveries after the session which is why he's been added to this mission because Linda was too lazy to set up a separate one. 😜
Sat 17th Sep at 9:00am
Helping those in need in RedbridgeRead more
Sat 20th Aug at 5:30pm
On arrival we noted that proper bike stands have been put in at the church which is good because when it had been previously suggested they said they didn't think it would be possible. There was a last minute change of plan as the task owner gave us the choice of tasks. AJ and Linda were there first and decided to go for clearing out a grave top so that gravel could be put in instead. AJ thought that meant weeding out the grave while Linda thought it meant digging out the earth from the grave surround the idea of which gave AJ the collywobbles. When Sharon arrived (sporting her new black GG T-shirt) we settled on removing half the earth, which would at least help the task owner a bit. On discovering that there was a concrete base a few inches down AJ felt a little better knowing we weren't going to uncover any remains. There was some banter about grave diggers and "Carrie" moments but to show we do have respect for the deceased the grave was left very tidy and we saved the bulbs that had been in there for future planting.
Sat 30th Jul at 10:00am
A lovely morning for a parkrun and post-parkrun picnic!
It was a nice morning for a jog around Valentine's Park so myself, Peter and Linda participated in the parkrun for a bit of exercise, whilst Edward and James volunteered as marshalls providing much needed motivation on what sometimes felt like a torture run (I'm not being dramatic or anything...).
Once we all finished, stretched, hydrated, we were joined by Aj and Sharon and also a new parkrun friend to enjoy a picnic. Every one brought some snacks and drinks and we enjoyed having a lovely conversation (as usual topics ranged WIDELY, including a significant drop in tone at one end of the table - you know who you are:)).
And just like that we celebrated Linda's amazing 100th Parkrun and GoodGym Redbridge's 6th birthday!
Sat 15th Oct at 8:00am
Goodgym have been invited to host our own aid station at the awesome Epping Forest 50km this OctoberRead more
Tuesday 12th July
Sharon Graham done 50 good deeds and got their black t-shirt
The next time you see Sharon, they might be wearing black instead of red. They've completed 50 good deeds with GoodGym and have earnt their black t-shirt. Give them a nod when you next see them.
Mon 11th Jul at 7:00pm
Finishing a hot day with a hot litter pick!
We all met at Fairlop Waters at the Boathouse and were very much relieved that a cooling breeze was already in the air - made our walk & litter pick rather enjoyable!
We decided to focus on the 'off the beaten path' areas where the rangers don't tend to go and litter pick so ignored the rubbish at the Boathouse and went behind it walking around the perimeter through smaller paths picking up all sorts of things, including a few socks!!! As usual lots of plastic and glass bottles, bags of rubbish, small plastic bits and a few doggy poo bags....
We started the walk with a good old moan about the state of the council, community and litter pickers! Once that was off our chest we just chatted as usual:)
An enjoyable evening out and it was Sharon's 50th good deed, which is fantastic - well done Sharon!
Until next week when we will be in Wanstead helping Marian with odd jobs for Wanstead Gardeneres group:)
Sun 10th Jul at 1:15pm
A scorcher of a day but that didn't stop three of goodgymers getting to Hainault station to fill up the water reservoirs to keep all the flowers nicely watered through the heatwave.
We all arrived more or less on time but sadly Claudia didn't come but hopefully next time!
We don't know how many buckets and watering cans we carries but it was plenty to feel the burn in the upper body and soak every single planter!
Afterwards we all decided to treat ourselves to an ice cream!:)
The flowers are looking lovely and bringing a very welcome dash of colour to what can be an unwelcoming look outside the station without them!