"Join us or lose us" says Fenland village community group

"Join us or lose us" says Fenland village community group

Published by KLFM
5:40am 3rd January 2020.

Gorefield Street Pride group is looking for more volunteers.

They've launched the appeal to stop them having to disband from not having enough members.

For 9 years they've carried out regular litter picks and planted a number of borders and barrels around the village.

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Members also trim hedgerows, clean road signs and maintain a willow tunnel.

Chairman John Timms, who is stepping down from the role, hopes new recruits will show their support by attending the group's Annual General Meeting on Saturday, January 18.

He said:

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Street Pride family, and am proud of everything we have achieved in the village. But the time has come for me to step down" 

"Unfortunately with only a few members left, the group may have to disband unless new members join. All too often we don't appreciate what we've got until it's gone, and I'd hate for that to happen here."

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Councillor Peter Murphy, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Fenland District Council, which co-ordinates the district's 17 Street Pride groups, said: 

"The work that Street Pride groups undertake within their communities is valued by the Council and the people living in those communities alike. It would be such a shame if the Gorefield group had to fold.

"We will be supporting the group and working with them to find new volunteers, and would encourage residents to get in touch to see how they can get involved.

"Many of us make New Year resolutions to do something new, and perhaps to make a difference. What better time, therefore, to help make big improvements to the environment on your doorstep? It's also a great way for individuals and young families to get outside and be active together, and to meet new friends."

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The group also works with Gorefield Primary School, and in 2016 at the Council's annual Celebration Evening it won the Best Youth Project in partnership with the school for a nature garden. The school continues to focus on attracting wildlife to the garden, gardening and growing plants from seeds.

Residents can make a difference in lots of ways, and give as much or as little time to the group as they like. Members would particularly like to welcome anyone with fresh ideas of things the group could get involved with in Gorefield.

The group is holding its Annual General Meeting at Gorefield Community Hall on Saturday, January 18, at 10am, when a new Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary will be elected.

Anyone who is interested in joining the group or would like more information can contact Rebecca Robinett, Fenland District Council's Street Pride Co-Ordinator, on 01354 654321 or email: rrobinett@fenland.gov.uk

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