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Parkgate Community Spirit ‘Cleans' for the Queen

Author: David Johnson Published: 7th March 2016 08:12

On Saturday 5th March 27 volunteers, suitably clad against the cold breeze off the marsh, met at 9.30am in the grounds of St Thomas' Church on Mostyn Square, Parkgate.

Parkgate volunteers clean for the Queen

All had responded to the invitation to join the Parkgate Society Community Spirit ‘Clean for the Queen' event.

After a welcome and safety briefing, the volunteers collected their litter pickers and supplies of green CWaC bags and set off around Parkgate.

The obvious place to start work was the Marsh for which a number headed. The rest of the team split into pairs and headed off to the Wirral Way, Park Fields, Wood Lane, Boathouse Lane and the Ropewalk park area. The car parks on Station Road, Mostyn Square and the Old Baths were also targeted, as were the lanes and Weints leading off the Parade.

Parkgate volunteers clean for the Queen

After two and a half hours of litter picking, 62 bags had been filled and left for the Council's Streetscene staff to collect and dispose of. The volunteers were blessed with good weather and all agreed that they felt better for being out early on the Saturday morning getting some exercise and plenty of fresh air. The event ended with chips and a hot drink supplied to the volunteers by Neil of Parkgate Fish & Chips.

Parkgate volunteers clean for the Queen

The Community Spirit organisers wish to thank all those who attended the event, Neil and Helen the owners of Parkgate Fish & Chips, URENCO (who sponsored the bespoke Hi Visibility Waistcoats worn by the volunteers) and also Street Scene for the loan of the equipment used, as well as collecting the filled green bags left at the various pick up points.

Also thanks to the two ladies who joined us who were up from London visiting relatives in Meols. Asked what brought them to Parkgate to help, one responded that she works for ‘Clean for the Queen' and as she was not in London she wanted to join one of the groups where she was visiting.

The ‘Clean for the Queen' event in Parkgate will be followed by more events over the coming year and if you wish to join us, or would just like more details please contact us by email.

The Parkgate Society, in partnership with Neston Town Council, has entered the 2016 Cheshire Community Pride Competition. Three categories: Best Kept Village, Best Community Website and Best Community Initiative have been entered.

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