The Residents group in Copeland Park is already gathering significant pace, with their first community event going ahead yesterday (Sunday). It was great to meet a group of volunteers who were willing to give up an hour or so to go over the public spaces and clear some of the litter that was there. To be honest, there wasn’t a huge litter problem but what we did find was a great way to show some pride in our community and meet some of our neighbours.
Trying to get my kids out of the door to come and help was more difficult than usual because of the lovely weather, but when they got there and realised they were not the only children involved, then it wasn’t so bad. Thanks to Quedgeley Parish Council we had litter pickers and gloves to use, free of charge, and everyone got stuck in. Sophy Gardner, who was also volunteering with us, likened it to a sweep that the RAF do to clear foreign objects from runways and she was right. We split into two groups and gathered a bootful of rubbish, so a job well done by all. We talked about this being repeated every two months so there wil be plenty of opportunity to get involved in the future.
The next actual event will be a Speed-watch week, but there is also murmurings of a BBQ in the late summer, so watch this space.