The 14th Ashtead Spring Clean 2019
The Ashtead Spring Clean has evolved over the past 14 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. This year the Daily Mail are organising a month long litter pick starting on March 22nd.They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
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.
Real community spirit can be fostered by getting your neighbours to work together, cleaning street signs, trimming back overgrown hedges, clearing nettles and brambles from alleyways and town paths, 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 Saturday 6th April at 10:00am. Working locally is quite as important as the litter pick.
If you are walking or driving round Ashtead, litter is not the first thing you notice, except on the surrounding main roads. There are many local residents who pick up litter whenever they see it. However, some of it escapes their attention, and the A24 is a problem, with drivers chucking rubbish from their cars. Ashtead Residents' Association holds an annual litter pick, and the meeting places are listed below, but the 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 sprucing up the village ourselves.
If you notice an area that needs extra attention, please let us know.
If you would like to join a LITTER picking group the near you on April 6th please go to one of these venues at 09.50 for briefing, where there will be an ARA member or Local Councillor to meet you.
Ashtead Station car park
Outside the Football Club, near the pond
Outside The Greville School, Stonny Croft
The corner of Barnett Wood Lane and West Farm Avenue
Outside St Andrews School, Grange Road
The corner of Craddocks Avenue and A24
Ottways Lane, opposite Skinners Lane
or for the centre of Ashtead, meet outside Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall half an hour later at 10.20.
For all litter picking activity wear boots or strong shoes, and bring thick protective gloves. Bags, Hi Viz vests, and litter pickers will be provided.
The rubbish bags will be collected from each area and brought back to the APMH car park,. If you are working in the centre of the Village, please bring your bag back with you to the recycling area of the APMH car park.
The Landlady of our village pub, The Brewery 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 or coffee will be served from 11.45 free of charge. Please join your ARA Committee members and Local Councillors there, after the work is done, and also meet other Ashtead residents who care about the Village.
Please put the date in your diary now. Saturday morning April 6th.
ARA Spring Clean Co-ordinator
Last year's collection!