'Unsung heroes' celebrate 10 years of putting pride in their community
Ten years of helping to keep rubbish off the streets of their community and flower beds and barrels in bloom are being celebrated in Benwick.
Fenland District Council's Cabinet member for the Environment, Cllr Peter Murphy, visited Benwick Street Pride/In Bloom volunteers on Monday (6 March) to pay a special thank you for serving their community since 2013.
He presented the group with a new litter picking trolley to recognise their 10th anniversary milestone and a decade of dedicated voluntary service.
Cllr Peter Murphy, Cabinet Member for the Environment, presents a 10th anniversary gift to Benwick Street Pride volunteers, from left, Chairman Jill Hindle, Janet Fountain and Judith King.
The trolley will be used to transport the group's litter picking equipment, heavy bags of collected rubbish and plants for planting in the village.
Presenting the trolley, Cllr Murphy said: "I would like to say a huge thankyou to Benwick Street Pride for everything they have done over the years to help keep their community a cleaner, greener and more colourful place for everyone to enjoy.
"The difference they make to their local environment is immeasurable, from holding regular clean-up events, to bringing numerous planting and community projects to fruition like the Jubilee oak tree seat last year as part of Her Late Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations. They really are unsung heroes of the community.
"Our Street Pride groups - of which there are an incredible 16 across Fenland, plus a number of In Bloom and Friends groups - also do a fantastic job of supporting the Council's cleansing teams. The cleansing teams can't be everywhere at once so our volunteers really do help us to keep our district spic and span throughout the year."
Chairman of Benwick Street Pride in Bloom, Jill Hindle, said: "We started our group with the aim of cleaning, tidying and planting up the village, and working with and for the community. We're immensely proud to have reached our 10-year anniversary and of everything we have achieved together in those years.
"We're always on the look out for new volunteers to join us. Not only will you help to make Benwick an even better and more interesting place to live, but it's a great opportunity to have fun, make new friends, keep active and enjoy the outdoors."
For more information about Street Pride including how to join a local group, visit our Street Pride webpage.
Alternatively, contact the Council's Street Pride co-ordinator, Rebecca Robinett, on 01354 654321 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org