Well, it has to be said that there was a brilliant turn out for the village clean up event on 16th April, despite it being a decidedly chilly start to the day. More than 40 people gathered in the Village Hall car park to collect equipment and be allocated an area of the village. The Scouts, Cubs and Explorers were out in force, and many other village groups were represented including the Guides, Friends of the Green, the Conservation Group, the Bentley Green Players, the Conservatives and Protect Great Bentley. There were individual residents from the village joining-in, in pairs or teams and with so many people, each area allocated was quite manageable.

The Brownies did a great job in the Cricket Club, serving refreshments and home made cakes to everyone.

Unsurprisingly, the largest collection came from the verges along Plough Road, with the removal of a countless number of tin cans, bottles, mugs, food wrappers, car wing mirror parts and even a car suspension spring.

Luckily the rain held off until the afternoon, by which time everybody was tucked up in their homes again, hopefully suitably proud of a job well done. We managed to fill Bobby’s trailer with our purple bags of rubbish, and he will be disposing of this (responsibly!) for us.

Cllr Pippa Drew would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who joined in, including those who baked cakes, lent equipment, and helped with the organisation.

(photo credit: Pippa Drew)