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ST OSYTH “CLEANS FOR THE QUEEN”
To celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday


Just before the ‘off’ the majority of those taking part in today’s activity paused for a photograph.

Just in case you have never heard of “Clean for the Queen”, let me explain a little: Today Saturday 12th March, St Osyth and Point Clear decided should be the day when the village took part in the National “Clean For The Queen” campaign which had been launched by Country Life magazine in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy, to attempt a clean-up of Britain, to coincide with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 90th birthday on April 21st 2016 and then publically celebrated with her official birthday in June.
The campaign called on individuals, volunteer groups, local councils, businesses and schools to do their bit, and whilst the official campaign weekend was planned for March 4th, 5th and 6th, everybody will be happy that our “Clean for the Queen” event took place before her Majesty’s birthday which, as I said above is the general intention.
The Parish Council was in the process of organising some publicity for a Clean-up in our area, when they received from Stephanie Smith, Secretary of the St Osyth Women’s’ Institute, a letter informing the P.C. of their intentions to organise a Clean-up! The Council jumped at the chance of combining all efforts into one event. Good news all round.
The Parish Council then contacted local organisations inviting them to send any able members along to meet at the Village Hall where many assembled, including Ray Titchmarch Scout Leader of 1st St. Osyth Group, who never loses an opportunity to involve his young members, Beavers and Cubs, in anything considered a Civic Duty, which prepares them for being a citizen in adult life. With this in mind it allows us to say quite truthfully that both ‘young and old took part!’ in our event!
The weather was fine if chilly and everybody seemed in good heart as their St Osyth and Point Clear clean-up began around 10 a.m.


St Osyth W.I. provides tea and cake to all participants .


St Osyth W.I. litter picking and public sign washing team, Cleaning for the Queen!

Ray Titchmarch with a group of his Scout Group members ready to give their all.


Instruction being given to share out work ahead, dividing up areas between groups.


Sonia and Julie fill their buckets from a water container in the boot of Sonia’s car!

Parish Council Chairman Sonia Grantham, (above, left and below), with Parish Councillor Julie Ward in the picture alongside, are seen below washing and scrubbing where necessary, the Village welcome sign at the junction of Clacton Road and the Bypass Road. I regret the pictures aspect, but they were far too busy to hear the call – “Please look towards the camera!” I think the picture shows however, to those who did not know, that Parish Council activities are led from the front by our Parish Council Chairman.


Two willing male volunteers sweeping the gutter
and litter picking Clacton Road


Parish Councillors, Colleen and Mandy, cleaning
along verges in Point Clear Road


Some of the rubbish, Paper, Tins, Bottles and Plastic litter picked by the teams today and collected ready to be transported to the County Council disposal site.

The above photographs were taken by myself as and by Neil Williams our Parish Clerk and are a very small selection from over 80 pictures taken on the day. It was heartening to see so many residents, young and old, dashing around in fluorescent jackets all with the communal objective of cleaning St Osyth and Point Clear, under the umbrella of the National ‘Clean For The Queen’ activity before her Majesty’s 90th birthday on 21st April, next month!

M.J.T.
19/3/16


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