A Great British Spring Clean Witter

Spring has sprung, we’ve had some glorious weather and the Great British Spring Clean (GBSC) is underway! That’s good news for us all but it may also have some surprising consequences, one of which is that Blom is unable to write this weeks drivel and has asked me to stand in. But why is this a result of the GBSC I hear you ask? Well, it’s only a rumour but it’s been suggested that he put his laptop in the dishwasher to give it a good clean! I’ll say no more!

Last Saturday saw David Parkin manning a stall on Rawtenstall Market to show people what we do, to recruit new volunteers and even raise some money! A lot of interest was shown and a group from Garstang were asking for advice on how to start. Well done David, sounds like a great day.

Meanwhile 7 CP volunteers and 3 local residents (soon to become regular volunteers we hope), ably led by our new Litter Manager Roger Roundell, started to clear the banking below Taylor Avenue at Edgeside. Two back breaking hours and 52 bags later about one third of the area was cleared. The prize for the most unusual find of the day went to Keith who retrieved two 2 metre high illuminated Christmas decorations which went rather well with the Christmas tree found nearby! If you missed that one, don’t despair there are two more events this week!

So this weeks events are:
• Tuesday 2nd April 10am to noon. Meet McDonalds Rawtenstall to help their staff clear litter as a part of the GBSC.
• Thursday 4th April 10am to noon. The Thursday gardening crew are meeting on t’ Gyro where t’ toy train is! I’m sure Auntie Lynn will be there with canapes, Prosecco and other delights. On the other hand it may be hot drinks and biscuits so bring your own mug (no, not them, a mug to drink out of)!
• Saturday 6th April 1pm to 3pm. Another GBSC event being run by Kirsty Stoddard a Cowpe resident. Meet Cowpe Sunday School BB4 7DQ.
• Sunday 6th April 10am to noon. Meet on St Mary’s Way embankment. Anne and Chris are away but Helen (remember her?) is coming out of retirement to lend a hand. Lots to be done on one of our most talked about gardens so be there if you can.
• Monday 8th April. 9.30am to noon. Trickett’s Memorial Ground, Burnley Road East, Waterfoot. Loads of planting, weeding and general maintenance. Meet Liz and the team on site.
• Monday 8th April. 10am to noon. Bacup Pride. Meet at the lock up behind Bacup Market.
• Wednesday 10th April 10am. Masonic Hall Rawtenstall. A talk for the local Probus group. ‘Work in Progress – a tour of the area with a Civic Pride volunteer’. Yours truly is doing the talk but if you’d like to come along, more details next week.
• Monday 15th April. 7pm. An Extraordinary General Meeting for all our volunteers to vote on the new Rules of the Charity. If you’d like to see any amendments to them please email info@civic-pride.org uk before next Monday.
That’s it folks but the bad news is, it’s me again next week so better tighten up the spam filter!

Roger