THIS website carries reports of the
activities of various local societies who have the town's interests
at heart. But the groups got together on two "clean up" days
at the start of June. Volunteers in small groups could be seen in
various parts of the town centre painting bollards at the ends of
footpaths before weeding the paths, tidying flower beds, painting
seats and other street furniture, and clearing areas of litter.
There were members of
Nantwich Civic Society, Nantwich in Bloom, and the Nantwich Litter
Group, assisted by volunteers from Barclay's Bank Headquarters in
Students from Reaseheath
College, near Nantwich, were reshaping the flower bed in The Square
ready for this year's floral display. Rather than the flat bed of
previous years there were raising the wall at the rear of the bed to
give a better angle for seeing the flowers. They were lead by
Reaseheath tutor and Nantwich in Bloom member, Anthony Saxon.
recently-elected Vice-Chairman of Nantwich in Bloom, said: "The
students were carrying out work for Nantwich in Bloom. Their
work had been planned to commence the previous week but they
completed it at the same time as the clean up. It was an
excellent day and a credit to all involved."
Jeff Stubbs, Chairman of
Nantwich Civic Society said: "The clean up shows how many people really
care about the appearance of our town - and are prepared to
do their bit by getting stuck into a bit of extra
maintenance and enhancement.
"We also had
members of Nantwich Litter Group together with six to eight
staff members from Barclays HQ at Knutsford on their
"community days". Colleagues of the bank staff had also been
present on two previous years.
Council's Streetscape Team have once again, been really
supportive. I can't thank them enough. They provided tools,
equipment, wheelbarrows - and supplies of water around the
town. They were out in force doing their maintenance works
in Nantwich all week.I met the Highways Maintenance Officer
who earmarked various potholes, rusty poles and blocked
drains for his team to deal with.
"I think it shows
that if local volunteers show they are willing to do some
work, others follow - especially the council."
Jeff also revealed
that he and Mark Betteley had been "talking about holding a
meeting of any town-wide volunteer groups with an interest
in the environment - so we all know what we do and are
planning - to see if we can help each other out and ensure
we don't hinder anyone."
About 14 members of the
groups carried out the tasks.
Left: Joyce Webb, Leader of Nantwich
Litter Group picks up paper in Monk's Lane.
Right: This post in Pepper
Street will be
a floral basket provided by Nantwich in Bloom by
time the town is ready
for a visit from Britain
Bloom judges. But
first, it needs a coat of paint.