Posted on 30 April, 2017Comments (0)

Helping in Bentworth

Helping in Bentworth

There was a great turnout of Bentworth residents to help with the village litter pick on the 25th March. We were delighted to be joined by some relatively new faces to the picking crew and as has been mentioned in David Hawes article we cleared litter, washed road signs and cut back foliage that was hiding some of the signs. The village litter pick usually takes place twice a year in March and October.

On Tuesday 28th 3 villagers were to be found taking part in a speed watch session, these take place several times a month somewhere in the village for just an hour. Please contact Chris Hurley (562126) if you are interested in joining the speed watch team. What is most noticeable is that, in general, it is the same people who offer to help with both the above activities and that, generally, the parishioners who complain the most about litter, traffic, dog fouling, the state of the church yard, the greens etc. are the ones who never volunteer.

The Parish Council is short of one person and has been for some time now. The Parish Council meets on the first Tuesday of the month (except for January and August) with perhaps some time taken up during the month depending on what your role is within the council. There must be someone who lives within the Parish, who would be prepared to give up this amount of time.

The benefits of offering to help with any of these activities is varied, you have a chance to make your parish safer, cleaner, to meet new people and be pro-active in making changes to improve the local environment. If there are aspects of parish/village life that you are passionate about you may be in a position to see them come to fruition. We all grumble on occasions about village/parish issues but nothing will change if the people who live in the area do not put themselves forward to help in one way or another.

Bentworth is incredibly lucky to have an amazing Care Group, Garden Club, a village fête, the Villager Magazine, a cricket club and of course all those involved in producing the new Parish Plan. All run by volunteers. These groups would not exist if we all waited for someone else to do to the work. There are many reasons why people cannot/will not volunteer, they range from too busy to too old.

On Saturday the litter pickers included those who work full time and in some cases travel long distances to work, to those over 70yrs old. The speed watch team covers a similar age range. Many of the activities named in the previous paragraphs take place at weekends or in the evenings. If you are not one of the volunteers what is your reason for not being one?

Jenny Lewis

[Please note that this message is not posted on behalf of Bentworth Parish Council and does not necessarily reflect the Parish Council’s policy]

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