Keep PALM and Carry On

3 Goodgymers helped their local community in Islington
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Monday 22nd January

Report written by Simon Fitzmaurice

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On a really blustery evening, Dan and Area Activator Simon met up at the Arsenal Community Hub for our Monday group run to The ARC Centre, Angel. After a dynamic warm up, we ran together to Highbury Fields, past Union Chapel, down St Mary's Church pathway and to the Packington Estate.

Upon our arrival, we met with Lucy outside the ARC centre coffee bar (open for yoga classes). This awesome community hub frequently helps out with green maintenance projects in Riverside Gardens, Union Square and along the Regent's Canal towpath. Our plan was to clear as much litter and discarded waste as possible from these three locations, using litter pickers, sturdy gloves and waste bags, especially after a night of powerful winds across London.

We began along the entrance of The ARC centre, and then walked to Regent's Canal to continue our task. Over the course of 40 minutes, we walked back to the two local parks, and filled 5 bags of rubbish within that time- super impressive! We completed our task alongside a huge palm tree in Packington Gardens, a wonderfully unexpected thing to see on a De Beauvoir estate! Well done everyone.

Goodgym Islington News

ON Running and JENKI run club- Thursday morning matcha runs!

Every Thursday, 7am, ON Running Spitalfields, Brushfield Street

Area Activator Simon has set up a series of morning runs, hosted every Thursday morning at the new ON Running store in Spitalfields market.

A social 5km before work, with the option to take out a pair of ON Running shoes for a test spin. Followed by complimentary matcha and hot drinks provided by the team at JENKI, Brushfield Street.

Next run is on Thursday 25th January:

Achilles International VI Guide Running Sessions- Paddington Rec Track

Thursday 25th January, 6pm, Maida Vale Underground station

Every Thursday, the all abilities sports charity Achilles International holds a group run session at a London location. This week, we will be meeting up at Maida Vale tube station, ready to run around Paddington Rec Track. Open to runners and guides of all abilities! Follow the link to get involved:

The Garden Classroom- Weekly Volunteer Mornings in Islington Parks!

Various parks and gardens on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

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

Hillside Gardens, Caxton House Next Thursday- 10am - midday

Market Road Gardens Next Friday- 10am - midday

Penn Road Gardens Volunteer Open Day- January

Sunday 28th January, 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.


Post Group Run Social- Happy January!

Monday 29th January, 8.45pm, Memsaab Islington

Following our final group run of the January Challenge, and Frannie from Octopus Community Network's last Goodgym task, we are planning on visiting Memsaab Indian restaurant for delicious curry and refreshments!

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Dan Dunn
Lucy Thomas
Simon Fitzmaurice
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The Garden Classroom, Newington Green- Volunteer Morning
🗓Wednesday 10:00am

Wednesday morning drop-in community gardening sessions with Lizzy and Decibel

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