The 13th Ashtead Spring Clean 2018
The Ashtead Spring Clean has evolved over the past 13 years; when it started it was a bit of a novelty, and there was a mass of litter to collect. Now there are town and beach litter picks held regularly all over the UK and many Ashtead residents also keep a regular eye on their own areas to remove the worst of any litter dropped by unthinking people – often from cars. And once a year, in the same way as you might refresh your home when the sun shines, Ashtead residents come out to work together to spruce up the Village and give it a Spring Clean.
Ashtead’s Spring Clean is not just about picking up litter; as there is less and less money available from our Councils for non-essential work, we can make the difference by doing it ourselves. Real community spirit can be fostered by getting your neighbours to work together, cleaning street signs, trimming back overgrown hedges, and tidying verges and gutters. Put a note through your neighbours' doors, and get them all to come out and join in the Spring Clean on March 24th at 10:00am
The Spring Clean is organized all around Ashtead but please let us know if there is an area that needs extra attention. However, if you would like to join a LITTER picking group near you on March 24th, please go to one of the venues below for briefing at 09:50am, where there will be an ARA committee member or a Local Councillor to meet you:
Ashtead Station car park
Outside the Football Club, near the pond
Outside The Greville Primary School, Stonny Croft
The corner of Barnett Wood Lane and West Farm Avenue
Outside St Andrew’s School, Grange Road
The corner of Craddocks Avenue and the A24
Ottways Lane, opposite Skinners Lane
If you plan to join in the Spring Clean for the centre of Ashtead, please meet outside the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall at 10:20am. Please note the later meeting time for this venue.
You might prefer to litter pick in outlying roads or alleyways. If you choose this option please could you let us know in advance so that we don’t send other people to the same place, when it will have already been litter-picked. Contact details are at the end of this article.
For all litter picking activity please wear boots or strong shoes and bring thick protective gloves. Bags, Hi-Vis vests and litter pickers will be provided.
The rubbish bags will be collected from each area and brought back to the APMH car park or, if you are working in the centre of the Village, please bring your bag back with you and take it to the back of the APMH car park (near the recycling bins) where we will gather for a group photograph.
Beverley, the Landlady of our village pub, The Brewery Inn has once again generously offered to host a get together in the back room of the pub for anyone who has taken part in the Spring Clean. Tea, coffee and snacks will be served from 11:45am free of charge. Please join your ARA Committee members and Local Councillors there, after the work is done, and meet all the other Ashtead residents who care about the Village.
Please put the date in your diary now: SATURDAY MORNING, MARCH 24th.
ARA Spring Clean Co-ordinator
Last year's collection!