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GROUP SESSION- Caxton House Sensory Garden Building
🗓Monday 15th April 6:45pm

📍Archway Station N19 5RQ

Building a lovely new sensory garden at this great community centre

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Mon 8th Apr at 6:00pm

Easter Eggs and Excellent Energy at Elizabeth House

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Early on Monday evening (a rare 6pm start!), 5 Goodgymmers met with Area Activator Simon outside Arsenal Underground station. Together, we walked together down Gillespie Road, and over to Elizabeth House Food Hub on Hurlock Street- a busy "supermarket style" community food bank for the Highbury and Arsenal boroughs.

The Easter holidays often affects the availability for regular helpers at the food hub- families and those with dependents may find themselves unable to attend the "supermarket" in person as well. So Goodgym Islington have been maintaining a frequent connection with this essential centre, offering assistance over holiday months. The hub was in full flow when we arrived, but Roshni and the crew had set up a series of pre-prepared drop off locations for supplies and essentials. Including a special Easter Egg for a former volunteer and visitor over in Highbury Hill!

Emre and Dan took on a collection of deliveries around Twyford House, on the estate, while Charlotte and Faye ventured further into the borough (past the former Arsenal stadium complex!). Upon the return of our Goodgymmers, the food hub had started to close down for the night. So we all pitched in to move non-perishable food and supplies back into the kitchens and on to shelving. All perishable items were then composted or offered to any hungry volunteers (lots of allotment grown rhubarb, celery and mushrooms were taken home!).

A wonderful evening had by all. Well done everyone!


GOODGYM ISLINGTON NEWS

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Caxton House Community Centre Sensory Garden Building

Monday 15th April, 6.45pm, Archway Underground station

We have been invited back to Caxton House to lend a hand with their new sensory garden project. Lifting, shifting and digging to be expected. But other lighter tasks are also available as well!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/group-session-caxton-house-sensory-garden-building

And following our group session, we will enjoy our monthly social:

Post Group Session Social- The Archway Tavern

Monday 15th April, 8.45pm, Archway Tavern

Excellent refreshments and good times kn Navigator Square, Archway!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/post-group-session-social-the-archway-tavern


Achilles International VI Guide Running Sessions

Every Thursday, 6pm, Various London locations

On Thursday evenings, the all abilities sports charity Achilles International holds a group run session at a London location.

Here is a list of our upcoming events and sign up pages. Runners, supporters and guides of all abilities and experiences welcome!

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Thursday 11th April- Emirates Stadium (Arsenal tube station)

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-emirates-stadium-97c18e66-4836-4992-95e4-9e11a7d46e19

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Thursday 18th April- The Big Battersea Park London Marathon Meet Up!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/achilles-international-vi-guide-running-big-battersea-london-marathon-gathering


Thursday 25th April- Stratford Olympic Park

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-olympic-park-stratford-route-8ab55c50-d137-4389-812a-56f43f003406

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Thursday 2nd May- Green Park

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-green-park-summer-session-be3638a8-9cab-4297-bdd7-3c5ac8616be6


Thursday 9th May- Paddington Rec Track (Maida Vale underground)

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-paddington-rec-track-dabb9655-646a-4c7d-bca8-6b96c43812d2

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The Garden Classroom- Weekly Volunteer Mornings in Islington Parks!

Wednesday mornings, 10am - midday, Newington Green

The Garden Classroom has started multiple weekly open garden mornings in Newington Green, Market Road and Hillside Park (near Caxton House). Set up by trained horticulture specialists and open to all!

Newington Green Next Wednesday- 10am - midday

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/the-garden-classroom-newington-green-volunteer-morning-11b34c92-756d-4e39-9848-5da9adfce6c8

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Compton Terrace Gardens Volunteer Open Morning - April

Saturday 13th April, 10am - 1pm, Union Chapel

Monthly community gardening mornings with the Friends of Compton Terrace Gardens.

A smashing community mission for those partaking in Highbury Fields or Finsbury parkrun on a Saturday morning!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/compton-terrace-gardens-volunteer-open-morning-april-2b3023ac-cc7a-4a40-a9a3-41dc490f2941


London Heathside AC Track Busting Volunteer Afternoon!

Saturday 13th April, 2pm - 6pm, Finsbury Park Track

Call out for volunteers to spend a few hours 2- 6pm Saturday 13th April (the weather forecast predicts a scorcher) helping to get the track ready for the season ahead.

Come prepared for some manual labour, a bit of banter with club mates, afternoon tea and the satisfaction that you have helped your club keep this invaluable facility going - it is largely run by a small band of dedicated volunteers.

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/london-heathside-running-club-track-busters-volunteer-session

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Friends of Canonbury Square- Volunteer Morning (April)

Saturday 20th April, 10am, Canonbury Square Gardens

Lending a hand with this beautiful neighbourhood maintained garden in Islington, a perfect post-parkrun task!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/friends-of-canonbury-square-volunteer-morning-april-47df49e5-fe6b-49c1-8f7f-db1a3ea72d6b


Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) Volunteering Day

Sunday 21st April, 11am - 1pm, Hanley Tennis Club Car Park, Greenways

Our annual trip to CREOS this year for a woodland regeneration- loads of smashing forest path building has been planned!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/crouch-end-open-space-creos-volunteering-day-april-2024

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Highbury Quadrant Greening with Elizabeth House

Every Saturday, 10.30am - 12 midday, Highbury Quadrant Meadow

A fantastic task for post-parkrun runners at Highbury Fields or Finsbury Park!

Elizabeth House Community Centre, in partnership with Islington Council, Highbury Quadrant Tenants and Residents Association, Highbury Councillors and community organisations transformed three unloved and unusable green spaces on Highbury Quadrant estate.

These green spaces have been designed into three distinct spaces, improving bio-diversity and the local environment. There is now a beautiful meadow, an orchard and woodland areas.

Local residents have the opportunity to access these green spaces and take part in gardening and nature based activities, every Saturday mornings 10 am to 12 pm.

Saturday 27th April

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/highbury-quadrant-greening-with-elizabeth-house

Saturday 4th May

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/highbury-quadrant-greening-with-elizabeth-house-7b9e8578-50ca-4d6d-a57d-28fe4008fc50

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Penn Road Gardens Volunteer Open Day

Sunday 28th April, 10am - midday, Penn Road Gardens

Every last Sunday of the month, the residents of Penn Road invite keen volunteers to help with maintaining this lovely community spot just off Holloway Road.

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/penn-road-gardens-open-morning-march-184b9602-cc34-44e0-8e8d-a8d7694dcff7


Night of the 10,000m PBs- Volunteer marshals for the UK athletics party of the year!

Saturday 18th May, 2pm - 10pm, Parliament Hill Track

Help the UK's premier grassroots athletic event go ahead on Parliament Hill!

The event is an annual full day of endurance distance racing with the most competitive runners on the scene. These races have been listed as part of the European 10,000m qualification criteria, so some incredible running will be on show!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/night-of-the-10-000m-pbs-2024-official-saturday-show-time-volunteers

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Michael WelshDan DunnSam LefevreHarvey Gallagher
Simon Fitzmaurice
Simon Fitzmaurice signed up to a party.

Mon 15th Apr at 8:45pm

Post Group Session Social- The Archway Tavern

Finishing up a smashing task with refreshments in Archway

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Simon Fitzmaurice
Simon Fitzmaurice signed up to a community mission.

Sat 4th May at 10:30am

Highbury Quadrant Greening with Elizabeth House

A regular community gardening volunteer meet up, near Clissold Park!

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Matthew StuartLatoya Stephens
Simon Fitzmaurice
Simon Fitzmaurice signed up to a group run.

Mon 6th May at 6:45pm

GROUP SESSION- Caxton House Sensory Garden Building- BANK HOLIDAY

Building a lovely new sensory garden at this great community centre

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Matthew Stuart
Simon Fitzmaurice
Simon Fitzmaurice signed up to a group run.

Mon 15th Apr at 6:45pm

GROUP SESSION- Caxton House Sensory Garden Building

Building a lovely new sensory garden at this great community centre

Read more
Matthew Stuart
Simon Fitzmaurice
Simon Fitzmaurice went on a group run

Tue 2nd Apr at 6:45pm

Lethal Weapons for Weeds

Islington Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

After a glorious Easter weekend, our Goodgym Islington team returned for an unusual Tuesday evening group session, over in Canonbury (sandwiched between Islington and Dalston]. Area Activator Simon met with Dan (running down the canal towpaths in the rain!) and Charlotte (first time attendee- welcome) for a walk/hobble to The Rose Bowl Youth Club on Ramsey Walk.

We were greeted by the lovely Dawn, the top coordinator for this active community hub and after school club, and shown the way to the main playground area. Easter Holidays for local schools have kept the centre busy, so our help is hugely appreciated!

Maggie, Anne and Charlotte were offered a collection of funky looking gardening group tools, and assisted with some super satisfying weeding around a bed of newly planted fruit trees. Charlotte used a special trowel with a serrated edge to dig out some stubborn roots around the unwanted greenery, and Anne used what could only be described as a weed scooper to pop the roots straight out of the ground without having to stretch! Genius!

Maggie was in charge of raking over a bare patch of a former gardening bed, before spreading some new grass seeds across the patch. We might be able to see some growth next time we visit! Dan and Caitlin started the session with some lifting and shifting tasks, and then swept up slippery leaves and debris from the access ramps to the playground (to avoid possible trips and falls).

Together, we pitched in a solid 30 minutes of help in a very wet evening. Congratulations everyone!

We will be visiting Elizabeth House Food Hub next Monday at 6pm to help with local food bank deliveries!

Sign up here to get involved:

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/group-run-elizabeth-house-food-hub-easter-helpers-6pm-start


GOODGYM ISLINGTON NEWS

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Achilles International VI Guide Running Sessions

Every Thursday, 6pm, Various London locations

On Thursday evenings, the all abilities sports charity Achilles International holds a group run session at a London location.

Here is a list of our upcoming events and sign up pages. Runners, supporters and guides of all abilities and experiences welcome!

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Thursday 4th April- Paddington Rec Track, Maida Vale Underground station

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-paddington-rec-track-c83dfc27-896b-4526-b010-406fc794d7fa


Thursday 11th April- Emirates Stadium (Arsenal tube station)

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-emirates-stadium-97c18e66-4836-4992-95e4-9e11a7d46e19

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Thursday 18th April- The Big Battersea Park London Marathon Meet Up!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/achilles-international-vi-guide-running-big-battersea-london-marathon-gathering


Thursday 25th April- Stratford Olympic Park

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-olympic-park-stratford-route-8ab55c50-d137-4389-812a-56f43f003406

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Thursday 2nd May- Green Park

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-green-park-summer-session-be3638a8-9cab-4297-bdd7-3c5ac8616be6


Thursday 9th May- Paddington Rec Track (Maida Vale underground)

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-paddington-rec-track-dabb9655-646a-4c7d-bca8-6b96c43812d2

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The Garden Classroom- Weekly Volunteer Mornings in Islington Parks!

Wednesday mornings, 10am - midday, Newington Green

The Garden Classroom has started multiple weekly open garden mornings in Newington Green, Market Road and Hillside Park (near Caxton House). Set up by trained horticulture specialists and open to all!

Newington Green Next Wednesday- 10am - midday

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/the-garden-classroom-newington-green-volunteer-morning-153999bc-7041-4e54-a281-d02ba5604fa8


Compton Terrace Gardens Volunteer Open Morning - April

Saturday 13th April, 10am - 1pm, Union Chapel

Monthly community gardening mornings with the Friends of Compton Terrace Gardens.

A smashing community mission for those partaking in Highbury Fields or Finsbury parkrun on a Saturday morning!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/compton-terrace-gardens-volunteer-open-morning-april-2b3023ac-cc7a-4a40-a9a3-41dc490f2941


Friends of Canonbury Square- Volunteer Morning (April)

Saturday 20th April, 10am, Canonbury Square Gardens

Lending a hand with this beautiful neighbourhood maintained garden in Islington, a perfect post-parkrun task!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/friends-of-canonbury-square-volunteer-morning-april-47df49e5-fe6b-49c1-8f7f-db1a3ea72d6b


Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) Volunteering Day

Sunday 21st April, 11am - 1pm, Hanley Tennis Club Car Park, Greenways

Our annual trip to CREOS this year for a woodland regeneration- loads of smashing forest path building has been planned!

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/crouch-end-open-space-creos-volunteering-day-april-2024

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Penn Road Gardens Volunteer Open Day

Sunday 28th April, 10am - midday, Penn Road Gardens

Every last Sunday of the month, the residents of Penn Road invite keen volunteers to help with maintaining this lovely community spot just off Holloway Road.

https://www.goodgym.org/v3/sessions/penn-road-gardens-open-morning-march-184b9602-cc34-44e0-8e8d-a8d7694dcff7


Night of the 10,000m PBs- Volunteer marshals for the UK athletics party of the year!

Saturday 18th May, 2pm - 10pm, Parliament Hill Track

Help the UK's premier grassroots athletic event go ahead on Parliament Hill!

The event is an annual full day of endurance distance racing with the most competitive runners on the scene. These races have been listed as part of the European 10,000m qualification criteria, so some incredible running will be on show!

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/night-of-the-10-000m-pbs-2024-official-saturday-show-time-volunteers

Read more
Matthew StuartChalomi KingDan Dunn
Simon Fitzmaurice
Simon Fitzmaurice signed up to a community mission.

Thu 9th May at 6:00pm

Come and Guide Run with Achilles International (Paddington Rec Track!)

Be a sighted runner and explore the world of guide running!

Read more
Matthew Stuart

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