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What a lot of litter
In its sixth year this year's Iwade Village Clean-up saw the best turnout yet with community spirit and cake to-boot.

A big thank you to all the residents who gave up their Saturday morning on 11th June to concentrate on a big litter collection through the village. A special thank you to the new residents at Saxon Mews that came along, residents in their infancy!

Thanks go to the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who came along, Parish Councillors and Parish Clerk Lynda, our KCC Councillor Mike Whiting, MP Gordon Henderson, our SBC Councillor and Mayor Ben Stokes.

Thank you to Debbie McNamara from the Environment Agency who came along with colleagues Gary Enever and John Osskooe, kitted out in waders to clean-up the Iwade stream and were reportedly looking for a gate in the stream!

The Environment Agency chatted to us about water voles and bats and are going to compile some information for residents that we will share with you as soon as we have it.

Thank you to Tim at GGS who supplied a trailer for the day. Tim advertises in the Directory so why not look him up if you need guttering, fencing or tree surgery.

A lot of general rubbish was collected (we found a tyre, a whole glass and a metal spoon on the green next to Sheerstone along with the usual wrappers and cans) and areas that need more work have been noted for later this year.

The weather was unsuitable for painting posts and fences so will now be done in September in conjunction with the Environment Agency and with the help of Cubs and Beavers.

Even if you don't plan to come along next year please do your bit by taking your litter home and if you're out with your dog and have a bag with you anyway why not pick up bits you see?!

My mission is to see if we can get more litter bins installed around the village. And watch this space for images of the Iwade Village Clean-up 2011 and you'll wish you were there!

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