Her Majesty celebrates her 90th birthday on 21 April, but the people of the UK are being asked to turn out to clear rubbish this weekend – 4, 5, 6 March – in honour of the monarch. And Swindon is doing its bit by offering individuals, volunteer groups, businesses and schools to join in at events.
Swindon Borough Council’s Localities and StreetSmart Teams are assisting on:
Friday 4th: Love Swindon event meeting at Shaw Village Centre in West Swindon, meeting at 9.40am. Come along and join in to clean up the neighbourhood. Contact Tracy Scott on 01793 466239 for details or email: email@example.com
Friday 4th: Highworth Community Clean Up Group, 11am at the Highworth Town Council Offices. Contact Stephen Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 4th: Stratton St Margaret Parish Council are inviting residents to litter pick the Public Open Space off Church Street at 2pm. Contact David Boase at email@example.com
Saturday 5th: Highworth Community Clean Up Group meet at the Highworth Town Council Offices at 10am. Contact Stephen Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 5th: Shaw Residents’ Association is also holding one of its regular litter pick and village centre tidy up events from 10.30am. Meet in front of the Village Inn.
There is a further event in Liden on the Friday organised by the Liden Women’s Institute which already has enough volunteers.
The Clean for the Queen National campaign was created to recognise that when she came to the throne, litter was not the problem that it is today. Food packaging, plastic – bottles, takeaway meals and cigarette butts – have all contributed to a growing mess that affects wildlife, streets, countryside and the country’s sense of pride. More information is available at the website www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk
Cllr Brian Ford, Swindon Borough Council cabinet member for Streetsmart, said: “This is a great opportunity for residents, employees or groups to volunteer in the local community. By supporting these events, we will be able to build community networks and those involved will gain something positive from it too”.
The town’s two MPs are fully behind Clean for the Queen. Justin Tomlinson who represents North Swindon said: “This is a great opportunity to make sure we get the town neat and tidy in time for the Queen’s birthday on 21 April.
“It’s the support and action people take, not the dates, which is important. You can organise a local clear up at anytime.”
South Swindon MP Robert Buckland added: “We can all show respect for the Queen’s commitment to the nation and take pride in our communities by coming together in this great big tidy up.
“Litter is one of the key issues and it annoys the majority of people that a minority don’t look after their areas. But we can all do something about the problem and Clean for the Queen is a marvellous opportunity to take action together.”
Equipment, information and special edition ‘Clean for The Queen’ litter bags (subject to stock) are now available from Swindon Council for you to organise your own event. Mailing: email@example.com to help
Find out more about the organisation and how the big clean up came about at www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk