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Litter pick by torchlight for Spalding Cubs in Monks House Playing Field clean-up




Youngsters from the 4th Spalding Cub Scouts group and their leaders armed and ready for a litter pick around Monks House Playing Fields in Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG070318-154TW.
Youngsters from the 4th Spalding Cub Scouts group and their leaders armed and ready for a litter pick around Monks House Playing Fields in Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG070318-154TW.

Community-minded youngsters in Spalding showed pride in their town by carrying out a spring clean at night.

Youngsters from 4th Spalding Cub Scouts and their leaders wore high-visibility jackets as they went on a litter hunt at Monks House Playing Field on Wednesday.

About 20 children aged from eight to ten took part in the tidy up to mark Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean campaign throughout March.

Christine Grattan, group Scout leader, said: “The children loved it and they collected lots of bags of rubbish which were brought back to the Scout Hut.

“It was exciting for them to do it in the dark as they wore reflective jackets and used torches as they walked round the playing field, with adults present as well.

“We borrowed some litter pickers from Coun Andrew Newton (South Holland District Council member for Spalding Monks House ward) and although it was raining on Wednesday, the rain stopped as we were walking out of the Scout Hut.”

The children loved it and it was exciting for them to do it in the dark as they wore reflective jackets and used torches as they walked round the playing field, with adults present as well
Christine Gratton, group Scout leader

The group did its first tidy-up in 2016 to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday and the Cubs kept up the tradition a year later.

Christine said: “We have 22 Cubs on our books and, apart from the tidy up, the group also goes camping where they play games, cook sausages and learn how to pitch tents.

“We’ve also got a district swimming gala coming up before Easter when there will be races for the swimmers and fundraising by the non-swimmers.”

Parents with a few hours to spare can volunteer with the Cubs and Christine said: “We’re looking for people who are prepared to take on a bit of responsibility.”

Coun Newton said: “I am delighted to acknowledge the fantastic work done by 4th Spalding Cub Scouts in once again undertaking a litter pick on Monks House Playing Field on Wednesday.

“The youngsters knew it was the time of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean and were keen to show the community how much they take pride in the area of their headquarters.

“I know that the group litter picks around the Monks House Lane area three or four times a year and they are a credit to their group leaders, their parents and their schools.”

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