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Southend Sparkles thanks to community groups

Published Thursday, 16th February 2017

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Volunteers have been giving up their free time to make two popular Southend parks cleaner and greener, as part of the Council’s pioneering “Make Southend Sparkle” campaign.

Make Southend Sparkle encourages people who live, work and visit the town to improve the local area, whether it’s simply tidying up the front garden, working with neighbours to clean communal areas, a litter pick on your street or volunteering in local initiatives.

Since its launch last year, the team behind Make Southend Sparkle has worked tirelessly to bring the communities of Southend-on-Sea together with one aim: to take pride and positive action to improve our town.

With the help of proactive and dedicated volunteers the Make Southend Sparkle team now has two committed support groups: The Blenheim Parkers and the Southchurch Hall Inspirational Parkers (SHIPS). Both groups meet regularly and help keep their respective parks clean, tidy and beautiful for all to enjoy.

It’s not all hard work though. Both groups plan to take part in social events, making it a great way to meet your neighbours and others from the community.

Other groups including Project 49 and students from Lancaster School have enjoyed completing numerous litter picking sessions around Southend with the Make Southend Sparkle team, creating a big impact on the area and the local community.

Last year also saw the introduction of Responsible Dog Owner Day, encouraging residents to be responsible owners and clean up after their four-legged friends, as well as offering free micro-chipping and other advice. We can look forward to further events this year around Southend-on-Sea thanks to the team’s hard work and sponsorship from Medivet and Davis Construction. The next Responsible Dog Owner Day will be in Shoebury on Wednesday 22nd March.

Cllr Ann Holland, Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and The Economy said: “The work of Make Southend Sparkle has been terrific. They have brought communities together and shown just how much the residents of Southend love their town.

“With each event, more and more people volunteer to make their town beautiful. Their civic pride is inspiring and the volunteers and Make Southend Sparkle team should be commended for all their efforts.”

Make Southend Sparkle has a number of events coming up, which everyone is welcome to attend and lend a hand with.

  •          23rd February, 10am – 12pm: Blenheim Parkers meeting
  •          25th February, 10am – 12pm: SHIPS meeting
  •          27th February, 10am  - 1pm: Community Litter Pick – York Road and Queens Way
  •          3rd March: Great British Spring Clean - Belton Hills 11am – 1pm
  •          4th March:  Big Beach Spring Clean* – Eastern Esplanade 10am – 12pm

Anyone wishing to take part in either group please email Make Southend Sparkle or visit their Facebook page.

*The Big Beach Spring Clean welcomes younger residents aged 7yrs and up with adult supervision.

For more information about these events and how you can help visit Make Southend Sparkle or email the Make Southend Sparkle.