A morning with The Prittle Brook Community Group

It’s my favourite day of December, apart from the obvious of course. Wonder how many bags we’ll get today. I hope Number 11 has got a replacement blue bin. Last week there was food all over the road.

 I did mention we’re going for tea and cake after didn’t I? Yes, I sent emails and texts and phoned Rosemary and Bill. Reckon I’ll have enough money in our collection pot for at least six of us. Still got a bit left from that £20 I found on the pavement last year.

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“Come on fellas, here comes the blue bin. The handle’s still broken. I’ll knock it over and we can get to that fish I can smell. Oh here we go. Dust carts coming up the road now. Best get out of the way don’t want to end up as a flat pack meal for carrion along with that pile of mushy chips.”

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“Did you watch I’m a Celebrity final at the weekend Dave?”

“Yeah Steve, what a load of rubbish!”

“Foxes been out again.”

“Yep…wish we ’ad time to pick this lot up. We’ll get the blame, you know.”

“I know. We don’t have time, there’s snow on the way and anyway we’re not paid for picking up what’s on the road, only for emptying the bins.”

“In three weeks we’ll have the turkey carcasses to deal with. Don’t you just love Christmas?”

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If Bill comes today, he can take the barrow and I’ll wheel the shopping trolley. Should have taken it last month. Can’t believe somebody dumped a boiler part. It weighed a ton.

 Hope I can persuade them to wear the Stop the Drop hi-vis jackets especially as it looks like snow. We need some retractable litter pickers. These ones we bought with the money from the council are great but too big to cart about for two hours.

 Must contact the council about these broken ones. Paul said they wouldn’t be a problem to replace and next time I’m in their offices I’ll get some pink sacks.

 Got to apply for another Tesco Clubcard, now I’ve read about Can Man on the Litter Action blog. I could put the money towards more equipment. I hope the workman replaced the bins along the new pathway. It took so long to get them. That reminds me I must write to David. If he hadn’t got involved we’d probably still be waiting for them. I’ll send him next year’s task dates. I know his diary is probably full already-an MP’s work is never done, but he may have a Wednesday morning free.

Wonder if Councillor James will come out today. Will ask him to promote our next task day in his newsletter. Thanks to his article last December we got another volunteer.  

 Shame the Waitrose ladies couldn’t make it. We always have lovely weather when they come out and they have such a good time. Makes a change from stacking shelves I guess. I’ll ask Karen to write a bit for our next newsletter and I’ll offer to do an update for the Waitrose Chronicle with another photo. I must get the big tidy up certificates done for the volunteers and some ideas for our fifth anniversary next March.

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“Thanks everyone for coming out on this wintry day. I’ll just phone the council and tell them we’ve finished our litter pick then we can go for tea and cake. That makes a total of 76 bags for 2012. I don’t like to say well done, because it means the more bags we get the more litter there is but well done us and thanks for all your help this year.”

http://www.litteraction.org.uk/prittle-brook-community-group

One comment

  1. Joanne Reynolds

    Hi everyone,

    I live in Westcliff and would like to get involved with your group.

    Joanne

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