The Great British Spring Clean in Stockton Heath took place from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 March
On Friday morning around 14 people arrived from all corners to
congregate at Ackers Pit and spent a pleasant, if cold, couple of hours
picking over the Pit and the surrounding streets. We collected about
12 bags full of rubbish.
By Friday afternoon the weather had taken a quite a turn for the worse
and four souls plodded and splashed through the constant stream of rain,
making their way along London Road, picking up various small pieces of
litter and unblocking some drainage grids along the way.
Then came Saturday, dawning bright and clear and a congregation of 16
descended on Alexandra Park. Work was soon underway, picking along the
beds and hedges, out to the Mill Lane Field and down into the Lumb
Brook, hauling out plastic bottles, discarded carrier bags and used
nappies!! Another full carload of bags found their way to the tip.
The Friends of Alexandra Park opened up the Pavilion to the volunteers
for a welcome cuppa and a biscuit.
Sunday morning started very early at 8am. Ten willing volunteers,
battered by the slush that fell from the sky from the moment they
started, picked, pulled and swept rubbish and leaves from shrubbery and
pathways, filling over 20 bags and finally ended the session dripping
water in Esquires with much welcomed (and discounted) hot drinks.
Heroes, every single one, from Parish Councillors, Friends of Alexandra
Park, representatives of Stockton Heath Festival Trust and dedicated
residents. Thanks also to the operatives of Sandy Lane Recycling
Centre for accepting the rubbish collected and Esquires Coffee Shop for
providing discounted drinks.