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News Update : 30-SEP-23

Since the last news update, we have:

a) Continued with our twice monthly litter picks :

5 volunteers met at Summerfields on Wednesday 6th September.
At least 5 bags were collected. We also reported some fly tipping to ANSA

5 volunteers met at The Farmers Arms on Saturday 9th September and dispersed to litter pick the surrounding area.
At least 5 bags were collected along with a shredded tyre.

Thanks to everyone who participated.

b) Continued with our solo picks

c) Held an AGM at the Quaker’s Meeting House.  We were pleasantly surprised that 14 people attended – which led to some interesting discussion.  We had a report from the chairman (Chris), a summary of our finances from the treasurer (Stuart), a demonstration of one of our new trolleys and various other discussions (e.g. whether we can become more active in schools, whether we can pick during 10k road closures etc.)

d) Responded to a request from the Round Table to litter pick during the annual fireworks event.  We are against picking amongst the crowds in the dark but have offered to assist the next morning – although the scouts and guides are already lined up.

e) Made an initial response to a request to assist some “Junior Park Run” volunteers to procure some equipment.

f) Responded to a request to support another high school student who wants to litter pick as part of their Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

News Update : 31-JUL-23

Since the last news update, we have:

a) Continued with our twice monthly litter picks :

7 volunteers met at Lindow Common on Wednesday 5th July. We collected 6 bags were collected, plus a few larger debris items. We were pleased to welcome a new volunteer.

5 volunteers met at The King’s Arms on Saturday 8th July. We covered Knutsford Road (and some of its side roads), the area around Kenmore Medical Centre, Sainsbury’s car park and Alderley Rd from Kings Arms to the main traffic lights, and Water Lane.  4 very full bags were collected.

Thanks to everyone who participated.

b) Litter picked the Carnival Field after the Wilmslow Show. A good turn out but not a huge amount of litter. We will receive a donation to our funds for helping out though.

c) Continued with our solo picks

d) Responded to a request to do some extra litter picking on the “Wilmslow In Bloom” judging route.

e) Liaised with Richard who is hopefully joining the committee soon.

f) Completed an exercise to tidy up our email distribution list. A few new members have been added and some inactive members have been removed.  Please let us know if you don’t think you should be getting this email.

g) Started to organise our AGM. This will be in September – more details soon – all welcome.

News Update : 30-APR-23

Since the last news update, we have:

a) Continued with our twice monthly litter picks :

3 volunteers met at Lacey Green Park on a wet morning on Wednesday 5th April.

The pick was very local to the meeting point on Barlow Rd – including Lacey Green (Road), Lacey Green Park and the litter strewn

area by the front Twinnies Road shops.  There is still a lot of uncollected litter at the side of the shops which remains uncollected. 4 very full bags were collected,

8 volunteers were litter picking on Saturday 8th April – either as part of the planned Bank Square event or on a solo pick.

We focussed on the town centre and collected 12 bags and some recyclables.

Thanks to everyone who participated.

b) Continued with our solo picks.

c) Liaised with 1st Wilmslow Scouts who are looking to include litter picking as a volunteering experience for the cubs in May

d) Liaised with at 4th Wilmslow Scouts who want to do a litter pick around the High school and the passageway at the back (known as  (scaly alley).

News Update : 27-FEB-23

Since the last news update, we have:

a) Continued with our twice monthly litter picks :

8 volunteers met at Bank Square on Wednesday 1st February.  We covered the surrounding area including the station, the leisure centre, Sainsbury’s car park and the Bollin Link Road. We collected at least 14 bags and some recyclables. Many thanks to the 2 “Pets At Home” staff who came along.

An even higher turnout of 12 volunteers met at The Honey Bee on Saturday 5th March.  We collected at least 21 bags and some recyclables. We focussed on Altrincham Road and the area near the airport tunnels.  One volunteer went over to the Prestbury Road and did the verges on the roundabout at the back of the high school. Thanks to Elliot who came along with his father – he has been doing a great job as part of his Duke Of Edinburgh award.

Thanks to everyone who participated.

b) Continued with our solo picks.

c) Continued trials with the new trolley – and received interest from a volunteer who is keen to use it in future.

c) Liaised with Wilmslow Town Council about the degree of involvement in the coronation related activities being planned in the town. We have decided to re-jig our May picks. We have swapped the locations and we have moved the Saturday pick to the following Monday. This is so that we aren’t clashing with the coronation.  It also means we can be in the town centre and therefore more visible for “The Big Help Out” on the Monday :

In tribute to His Majesty The King’s public service, The Big Help Out will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas. The aim of The Big Help Out is to use volunteering to bring communities together and create a lasting volunteering legacy from the Coronation Weekend.”

News Update : 28-JAN-23

Since the last news update, we have:

a) Continued with our twice monthly litter picks :

3 volunteers met at The Kings Arms on Wednesday 4th January.  We covered the surrounding area and collected at least 6 bags.

We emailed our members to cancel the pick on Saturday 7th Jan due to heavy rain. However, 5 hardy volunteers turned up at Lindow Common just as the rain was easing off.  We collected at least 9 bags.

Thanks to everyone who participated.

b) Continued with our solo picks.

c) Performed a successful initial trial of our new trolley – which allows for easy separation of recyclable and non-recyclable items

d) Held initial talks with the local Round Table who made contact via Facebook.  It looks like they will be kindly donating £200 so that we can purchase another trolley. We also confirmed that we would consider assisting with the clean-up exercise after the annual fireworks display at Carnival Fields (for a further donation).

e) Continued supporting a student at WHS who is litter picking for their Duke of Edinburgh award

Hope to see you at the February picks.

News Update : 01-OCT-22

Since the last news update we have:

a) Continued with our twice monthly litter picks :

4 volunteers met at Summerfields on Wednesday 7th September. We covered the surrounding area and collected 6 bags. We also asked ANSA to remove some debris.

7 volunteers met at The Farmers Arms on Saturday 10th September. We covered the surrounding area.

Thanks to everyone who participated.

b) Continued with our solo picks.

c) Altogether this month we have collected at least 25 bags.

d) Responded to a contact made by Skipton Building Society who want to support us in their community initiative.  It looks like we will receive between £200 and £500 (depending on member votes). We are suggesting that this funds some trolleys to lighten the load of the heavy bags when we are litter picking.

e) Started planning for a committee meeting where we can discuss the results of some research into alternative options for our insurance.  The proposal is that we stay with the current provider.

f) Contacted ANSA about the removal of a broken pushchair on Broadway

g) Held discussions with another potential sponsor.

i) Lent some equipment to 7th Wilmslow guides – we really appreciate their ongoing efforts to help keep Wilmslow tidy.

j) Responded to enquiries from some potential new volunteers

k) Asked ANSA for more information about “mixed recycling” litter bins  (as spotted in Macclesfield)

Hope to see you at the October picks.

News Update : 28-NOV-21

Since the last news update we have:

a) Continued with our twice monthly litter picks :

7 volunteers met at The Honey Bee on Wednesday 3rd November.  We covered the surrounding area including Altrincham Road and collected 9 bags.

11  volunteers met at the Parish Hall on Saturday 6th November including some children who came along with their parents. We covered the Parish Hall Car Park, The Carrs down to Twinies Bridge, Cliff Road, Old Road, Styal Road, Manchester Road and the footpath along the Bollin near The King William roundabout. 12 bags were collected.

As always, we were pleased to welcome some new faces.

Thanks to everyone who participated.

b) Continued with our solo picks.

c) Gratefully welcomed “The Big Fish” and “Mark Rogers” to our new “co-sponsor” scheme
https://wilmslowcleanteam.org.uk/get-involved/sponsors/

d) Planned in a meeting to better define the roles on the committee

e) Renewed our annual insurance – switching to Zurich who provided a more competitive quite

f) Provided equipment to David, an employee at “Pets At Home, so that he could litter pick for a day as part of their “Our World Better Pledge” initiative.  Great work David.

Hope to see you at our December picks – new volunteers welcome.

News Update : 26-SEP-21

Since the last news update we have:

a) Continued with our twice monthly litter picks :

9 volunteers met in Summerfields Car Park on Wednesday 1st September and picked in the  vicinity of Dean Row Rd. We collected 9 bags altogether plus a wooden board.

Wilmslow Clean Team Chapel Lane September 2021At  least 14 volunteers met at The Farmer’s Arms on Saturday 4th September.  We covered the surrounding area as well as venturing further afield and picking at the back of the row of shops from Sainsburys to Hoopers, Sainsbury’s car park, the area around Gorsey Bank school, Mobberley Road, Adlington Road, Hawthorn Street, Little Lindow etc. We estimate that 16 bags were collected altogether.  We would like to thank Chelsea Flowers for providing hot drinks to our volunteers after the pick.

We were delighted to see some new faces.  Well done everyone.

b) Continued with our solo picks.
c) Informed ANSA of fly tipping incidents – e.g. a mattress on the A34
d) Continued to liaise a local business about a potential big sponsorship deal
e) Responded to a contact made by the manager of Hickory’s who is interested in offering support to the Clean Team.
f) Started a project to encourage local businesses to sponsor us by donating £50 to our funds.  In return they will receive a window sticker and a mention on our website.  Thanks to our business co-ordinator Peter for his efforts on this.
g) Designed 2 separate prototypes for a trolley which could support 2 bags.  This would not only assist those members who struggle with the weight of the litter but would also allow us to more easily recycle cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles.  Recycling is something we ought to be encouraging more of.  Some of us take a smaller carrier sized bag with us – and collect cans and plastic bottles (which are very light) which we can take home and put in our grey bins.  The huge energy required to extract aluminium is really bad for the environment – so it will be great if we can help make sure that this kind of waste is not “single use”.
h) Started to consider how we might re-work a banner which could be used to advertise our activities
i) Battled with bureaucracy to try and change the committee members who can sign off cheques – due to recent changes to the committee.

Hope to see you at our October picks – new volunteers welcome.

News Update : 30-AUG-21

Since the last news update we have:

a) Continued with our twice monthly litter picks:

Held a litter pick at The Honey Bee on Wednesday 4th August.  We covered the surrounding area including Altrincham Road down towards the airport tunnels. Lovely to see some very young helpers.

Despite the poor weather, 9 volunteers met at Bank Square on Saturday 7th August.  We covered the town centre including the area around the railway station, the Leisure Centre, Church Street, the roundabout near the King William pub, Manchester Road.  At least 12 bags were collected.  We were delighted to welcome 3 new volunteers to this pick.

Well done everyone.

b) Continued with our solo picks.
c) Responded to interest from some new volunteers
d) Responded to a request from a local brownie group to borrow our equipment
e) Re-organised and cleaned the equipment held in our storage bunker
f) Liaised with a local business about a potential sponsorship deal
g) Written an article that we hope to get published in the “Inside Wilmslow” magazine
h) Had an article about us published on wilmslow.co.uk :
https://www.wilmslow.co.uk/news/article/21762/cleanteam-are-back-sprucing-up-the-streets
i) Responded to a contact made by Radio Manchester about a possible interview with the Clean Team.

Hope to see you at our September picks – new volunteers welcome.

Litter Picking Event – Saturday 7th August 2021

Regular litter picking event. Focus will be the town centre including the area around Sainsburys.

Meet at Bank Square

New volunteers are most welcome to come along – but please familiarise yourselves with the safety guidance first.

Please try to arrive at the meeting point no later than 15 minutes from the start time. Organisers of each event will typically litter pick after the 15 minute period has elapsed, returning to the meeting point up to an hour later.