Village Spring Clean 2017


A strong turnout of regular team members and first timers on the morning of Saturday 29 April were rewarded this year with a lovely spring day. Several people were so keen that they started well before The Hare & Hounds opened for pre-session coffee at 10 am.

Also it was interesting to note that people are now bringing power tools to tackle slightly larger jobs. Mark used a strimmer to tackle hedge creep at ground level that tries to take away our new safe walking strips whilst Aldo ensured that the Hallifax Gardens hedge is the best in the village with a finish that Waverley find impossible to match. As the new bench in Hallifax Gardens made the other three look very sad, Roy brought along his jet wash so that the old benches could be cleaned for the first time in their lives.

In addition to family groups picking up litter in the recreation ground, Annie & John made their way down The Long Road and were amazed at how much litter they collected.

Matthew, Bob & Noel tackled the verge creep at the junction of Manley Bridge Road making the junction wider and safer whilst Stanley swept pavements into the gutter for Waverley to pick up on their quarterly sweep.

We persuaded Waverley to cut the grass in Hallifax Gardens and along Fullers Road the day before the spring clean and so David, Steve and Graham were able to concentrate on cutting new edges for the coming year. What a difference a sharp edge makes when walking past!

Liz and Maggie led teams who concentrated on managing the shrubs that have been planted during past sessions in the large circular bed in Hallifax Gardens and in the triangular bed outside the Co-op. Some of the grasses have been so successful that they now need thinning and were able to be transplanted. Also a start was made thinning out some of the shrubs at the rear of the gardens which are now at head height having been planted just 4 years ago.

Throughout the session Diana took photos of the team at work and play and at the end of the session.

As we were stacking up all the waste for Waverley to come and collect later, Jeremy Hunt, who by coincidence was in the village canvassing, passed by. He was most impressed by the village’s initiative in extending the scope of the Council’s green space and highways work and he then joined us in The Hare & Hounds to have the opportunity to meet villagers over a sandwich and a pint.

The Autumn Cleanup will be in October/November if you would like to join the team e-mail circulation list please contact Phil Thomas 01252 793802; philthomas36@btinternet.com