Village Autumn Clean-Up 2018

A bright sunny morning greeted the large group of about 40 volunteers who turned up at the Hare & Hounds for coffee and biscuits courtesy of Adrian and Ann-Marie before tackling a range of tasks around the village.

The team from St James’ Church were looking particularly smart in their new personalized high viz jackets setting a new standard in both style and safety.

Arrangements had been made with Waverley and East Hants to sweep the gutters early in the week following the clean-up and so three groups set to, sweeping the pavements into the gutters and uprooting weeds growing in the gutters. They also pulled leaves from under hedges so that the road sweeper could reach them in order to maintain the width of the painted footpaths in The Avenue.

Three other groups collected an interesting selection of litter from the recreation ground and the verges along The Long Road and Boundary Road.

For the first time we included footpaths in our scope, the first being the path from Fullers Road across the valley and along the county line to the A325. Here we trimmed back overhanging branches, brambles etc., keeping the path clear for walkers.

Gardening activities were carried out in Hallifax Gardens where Waverley had cut the grass two days previously as requested leaving us to concentrate on the surrounding beds. The general opinion was that it was the best cut to date by the contractor, Glendale. More shrubs were added in the rear corner filling the gap left by the removal of dead trees and these will be paid for by Waverley. The raised beds in the centre of Hallifax Gardens and in front of the Co-op were both thinned out and plans were made to add some new plants. Finally the Farnham in Bloom flower beds were cleared and prepared for next year, the WI daffodil bed was weeded and the bed beneath the hedge opposite the Co-op was cleared and planted with ground cover to hopefully keep the weeds down. Do look right as you leave the Co-op and notice the difference.

By noon Hallifax Gardens was looking smarter than ever and the pile of full bags of waste indicated how much had been achieved around the village in just 90 minutes.

A number of helpers then retired to The Hare and Hounds to put the world to right over a sandwich and a drink.

The next Clean-Up will be held in April 2019, all are welcome to join in.