Kemble group receives ‘Clean for Queen’ prize money
Release date: 19 July 2016
Caption: Back row l to r Claire Blizzard (Ubico Ltd), Carol Dougill (Head teacher, Kemble Primary School), Cllr Sue Coakley (CDC), and Tom Barrow (Kemble volunteers group). Front row - some of the children who helped with the litter pick.
There were celebrations at Kemble Primary School today when a group of environmentally aware residents in the local parish was presented with a cheque for £1,000 after finishing first in a recent ‘Clean for the Queen’ competition which was organised by Cotswold District Council and its waste service provider Ubico Ltd. The competition, which attracted over 50 entrants across the District, was linked to a national ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ litter picking campaign to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.
Presenting the cheque to the Kemble and Ewen volunteers, Cllr Sue Coakley, Cabinet Member for Environment at Cotswold District Council, praised their efforts:
“There were some excellent entries for the Clean for the Queen competition right across the Cotswolds but the judges agreed that the Kemble and Ewen submission was a worthy winner. Adults from the parish cleaned up litter at the side of the road from Ewen to Cirencester on several occasions and recycled all the plastic bottles, cans and cardboard that they collected. The group also visited the local school and the parish council to attract further support which resulted in many more volunteers across a wide range of age groups carrying out similar clean ups in the Kemble area.”
Her comments were echoed by Claire Blizzard of Ubico Ltd, which kindly provided the £1,000 prize money:
“When judging entries, we were particularly impressed by the enthusiasm of Tom Barrow, the local Kemble resident, who kick started the whole process after reading an article in Country Life. He galvanised the community and they have made a real difference to the appearance of the road verges.”
Tom Barrow said:
“I am delighted that Kemble and Ewen have won the award given the efforts of so many people across the Parish. It has been a worthy cause and the prize money will now lay the foundations for a litter plan for the Parish and help us to continue efforts to keep the area clean, educate our school children about litter and encourage those who visit the villages to act responsibly and bin their litter rather than toss it out of the car window!”
Cotswold District Council regularly supplies bags, pickers, gloves and high visibility jackets for clean-up work, and can also arrange special collections of filled bags after litter picks. Please call 01285 623123 if you require assistance with equipment or collection of filled bags.