It was a nerve-wracking morning for me, after a huge amount of effort and many sleepless nights, January the 11th arrived for Christchurch’s first litter walk, and hopefully the official setup of Christchurch’s first street pride group.
My nervous wasn’t needed though, the community banded together and it was an incredable morning. We had 14 amazing people turn up, winter weather gear on, ready to make Christchurch Street Pride a success from the outset.
Rebecca Robinett Street Pride coordinator for Fenland District Council was there to watch and help our community come together, and help us set up street pride in the village.
We started just after 10 am, splitting into pairs, each taking a different part of the village. The waste was split into 2 bags, one non-recycling I’m one recycling.
We collected 5 bags of recycling and 10 bags of, non-recycling, oh and an old office chair.
After around about an hour of litter picking, we convened back to the community centre for coffees and teas, where we were able to talk about street pride in the village. Councillor Will Sutton who’s been a massive supporter for both me and the community and who joined us on our litter walk was very kind to stand up and help band the group together, and unofficially elect members to set up Christchurch Street pride.
There are a lot of people I’d like to think but Unfortunately, the list is so long and I would be afraid to miss anyone, but I am humbled by the love and support this community in helping me not only with Christchurch Eco but also Christchurch Street Pride.
On the 24th of February 2020, we will be meeting at the crushed at community centre Hall, too welcome all new members, officially set up the group and the rules for the group and work out the next stage for Christchurch Street Pride.
Below are photos taken of the little walk, by local photographer Andy Lansdell.