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Tue 28th Nov at 6:15pm
A cold fast run led our evening to the warm welcome of our yesterday’s host: the Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project. BUCFP was set up in 1981 and is a registered charity providing practical support, education, advice and much more to the unemployed and those in poor living conditions, benefit claimants, the unwaged, pensioners, families and those on low incomes in Brighton & Hove. The centre is run by volunteers for the benefit of all users, alongside a small team of part time paid workers.
All are welcome!
The centre is organising several festive events, including a ‘Community Christmas Lunch‘ with activities and presents on the 13th December and a ‘Families Christmas Party‘ on the 15th December. Lots of presents needed to be wrapped for the event’s raffle and this was our task yesterday! What a fun session, really. Reminded my childhood when my favourite entertainment was apparently to wrap-up everything in the house making to find things a real challenge for my parents 😊
We enjoyed fully wrapping presents and we ended up our session with a present ourselves, leaving the centre with a big smile on our faces and a loaf of rustic bread – surplus food. A nice welcome to new member Patrizia
Sat 25th Nov at 11:00am
Seven Good Gymmers and Angela’s partner George ran, walked, cycled and took the bus to the recently re-opened Martlets Hospice on a cold but sunny Saturday morning. We met head gardener John and he told us that before the hospice was off-sited for 18 months so it could be re-designed and improved, he managed to save all the garden furniture, pots and planters. However the regular gardening volunteers were unable to lift them and move them into the right place. This was where we came in so with eight of us there, and a couple of wheeled trollies, we figured out how to safely move the items and worked as a team to do it. We were very grateful to Angela’s partner George who helped Rosie and Rebecca to manoeuvre the heavy planters on to wheels, while Frannie, Rosie, Ben, Tabi, Angela and I moved the pots. Then all of us, together with John moved the garden furniture to the back of the hospice. We also learnt from Rosie a new word, apricity (meaning the warmth of the sun in winter) which we have been using ever since!
Sun 8th Oct at 3:00pm
Apple Harvest Day is one of the biggest events in the social calendar of Stanmer Park, organised and run by volunteers from the Brighton Permaculture Trust (https://brightonpermaculture.org.uk). This year, as many before it, fresh apple juice, properly scrumped cider and a fruit crumble ‘extravaganza’ were dished out to the autumnal hoards. All to a soundtrack of live bands, while storytellers held the younger punters in rapt attention in the magical orchard space.
The evening sun shone, as GoodGym assisted in the clean-up and pack down following the main event. Ben, Carla, Caroline (honorary GoodGym member), Doug and Tabi shifted juice, lifted and packed crates, scrubbed and power washed all the apple pressing kit and generally helped the team get things back in order ready for more autumnal apple goodness to come.
On the same day, Michelle, Nicky and (I think) Frannie run a 10K for Rise and Carla, Sarah, Pippa and Mike did a trail run on Devils Dike.
A special thought goes to Joel who could not make this community mission.
Sat 30th Sep at 12:00pm
What a GoodGym – Blitz was this Saturday!
Bevendean Down parkrun, Stanmer trail run, apple juicing action with Brighton Permaculture Trust, BioBlitz, an impromptu hang out with Brighton & Hove Archaeological Society and tour of Bronze Age excavation. Carla proposed a multi-part adventure to finish off September in style, and so we did by joining who one who all the parts of this amazing day! In GoodGym style, we run our local parkrun and continued trail running to Stanmer park – our chosen location for the EuroBioBlitz 2023 Challenge on 30th September, a chance for anyone and everyone to contribute to the study of Europe’s wildlife, helping to support scientific research on natural conservation by recording local wildlife. On the same day we also helped Brighton Permaculture Trust, a charity that promotes greener lifestyles and sustainable development through permaculture design processes and principles in their projects, including the management of orchards and scrumping of fruit that would be not otherwise picked and used for good.
We scrumped 180kg of apples to produce 100 litres of apple juice, that will be served at Apple Harvest Day next Sunday. We will be there again too – Join us HERE