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Saturday March 28th dawned with a stiff breeze, and a short supply of sunshine. Phil Pughe still came along with all the gear we needed for the Big UK CleanUp at St John’s. We were also joined by five other ladies, Annette, Alison, Becky, Frances and Amelie, and two other gentlemen, Jim and Clyde, who braved the stormy breezes. Revd David joined us too, with his two younger stout sons, Joseph and Reuben, the eldest Isaac sadly being unwell, and they set off armed with pick-ups and bags. Although we have teams who clean-up on Mondays, nevertheless litter gets hidden under bushes and behind the railings, sometimes where people throw the remains of their picnics, sometimes where the wind blows it, lifting it over the railings – it can be quite amazing to watch a determined plastic bag “kite-ing” on the wind! This rubbish can be hard to reach without the appropriate “pick-up” tools, given that some plants are particularly prickly eg. blackberries - but we love their autumn fruits!
At the far end of the garden, alas, discarded furniture and other cartons and rubbish too often gets tossed over, and we were particularly grateful to Phil and Jim for their stout work in lifting this out, and then carrying or barrowing it to the entrance. See picture of the impressive stacked load awaiting collection! Revd David also found an old Filing Cabinet to add to the collection.
As a Thank You, UK Clean-Up had a hanging basket gift for everyone who helped, made of woven “re-cycled” branches etc. Not everyone wanted one, so there are three for St John’s own use.
We were most grateful to the Coffee Morning for their warm refreshments, but a combination of the cold windy weather and an alternative event taking place in the Hall meant that we had to stop by 2:00pm. We were also most grateful that the Collection Lorry came and removed the rubbish later that Saturday, leaving us a nice clean Church Garden for Easter!
Last year we had a most thorough Clean-Up but this year again shows how much we needed this Campaign. Thank you all who helped!
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