Bulb Planting – Making Our Town A Nice Place To Be

In keeping with our motto “Love Your Town Keep It Tidy” the Middlewich Clean Team believes that a little effort makes a big difference. So we have got together with lots of others to makes an effort to make a big difference next spring when daffodil bulbs we have planted bloom. We had two teams at work, one in Croxton Lane the other in Booth Lane.

In Croxton Lane Steve Morris brought along an auger to prepare the planting holes then Brownies, Scout Cubs and MCT volunteers took no time at all to plant the bulbs despite a few light showers of rain. Of course our Mayor, Bernice Walmsley, attended and even had a try of the auger herself, which raised a few smiles and then together with her consort and husband Bill helped to distribute the bulbs to our eager helpers.

Meanwhile down Booth Lane, Maxine lead a team bulb planting by Peter’s memorial plaque assisted by the MCC. Athough they didn’t have the luxury of Steve’s auger they still made short work work of the job knowing that in spring a floral memorial will bloom and also contribute to a welcoming sight for people entering Middlewich from the Sandbach direction.

If you would like to see the full set of photographs from the day, they are in our 2013 Photo Archive. This season’s bulb planting sees all major routes into Middlewich prepared for a glowing welcome of yellow flowers next spring.

Photo: Fiona Bruce

Booth Lane Skate Park
Middlewich Clean Team were at the official opening of the Booth Lane Skate park in October. The ribbon cutting ceremony was led by the Town Mayor Bernice Walmsley and local MP Fiona Bruce. Fiona has kindly forwarded this photograph of Clean Team members at the occasion.

The Veolia Environmental Trust awarded Middlewich Vision a grant of £37,160 towards replacing the existing equipment on Booth Lane. The Veolia Environmental Trust award grants to community and environmental projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.
It is a fantastic facility for our young people, our task is to encourage everyone to use the bins! 

Photo: Bill Walmsley

Tesco Bag Pack
Middlewich Clean Team surprised shoppers at Tesco with the offer of bag packing on 21st September. Having the town Mayor, Bernice Walmsley, pack your shopping for you might indeed be something of a surprise, however Bernice is a very active member of the Middlewich Clean Team committee so naturally she joined in with everyone else. We raised almost £200 which contributed the purchasing of bulbs for the autumn bulb planting and hi-viz equipment.

Photo: Jannine Rogers

And Finally
News has just reached us of a role reversal where a dog, “Dotty”, is picking up the mess left by humans, often picking up discarded bottles along the canal and taking them home. The dog’s owner, Jannine Rogers, adapted a Middlewich Clean Team tabbard and commented, “I have since made alterations so it fits her – she makes a fabulous honorary member of the Clean Team, wish all dog owners made the effort in Middlewich”. It would be nice if humans took a lead from this cannine example and stopped to paws for thought instead of making a mess in our town.

The Middlewich Clean Team is a voluntary group with a vision to develop and promote a culture of pride in the town and the community by working towards a litter free town and a pleasant environment for all to live in. We are a positive, forward thinking group who are prepared to work hard to achieve our aims.

As well as organising litter picks, we also encourage and support individuals to help us in whatever way they can, whether by picking litter in their immediate area, joining group litter picks or by highlighting problem areas.
Anyone can help us and if you would like to know more you can find out how to contact us here

Photos: Ian Philip Jones unless credited otherwise.