The call to clean up Sidley was answered by young and old last Thursday with “outstanding” results.
The event was organised by Heart of Sidley and it’s now hoped to make this a regular event on the last Thursday evening of the month with more local people being encouraged to get involved in this community effort.
Jay Carroll, of Heart of Sidley, commented: “It went really well. The youngsters who came to help were outstanding.”
He was delighted that groups of Brownies and Scouts took part in the effort to tidy up - this included long grass verges being cut back, an alley way cleaned out, overgrown borders, and even a telephone box being spruced up.
Taking part also were Cllr Michael Ensor, Cllr Jimmy Carroll, and various volunteers including from Micropower, and link road project contractors.
“They really all did great work,” said Jay.
“I think everybody that turned up was outstanding. If we were to repeat it I would like to see more people - lots of people have said they didnt know anything about it - and it would be good to have more. If we got out there for an hour and a half with another 50 people it would be great. We had 30 turn up last time, so to have 80 out there would be amazing.
“It was such a positive fantastic great event - and the kids were fantastic, as were the adults who turned up. Each one of them has done something positive for the community.”
Mariann Lawson, also of Heart of Sidley, agreed: “The event was a great success. The youngest little helper was only three and a half! People were brilliant and they made such a big difference. We had 25 at the start that I personally got to see but later on people just pitched up and joined in, people from all age groups which was great, across the whole community, people from every singel age were involved. We would like to thank them all, but specifically the children - there was a lot of children there.”