Brown­ies want to help be the best

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

A GROUP of Brown­ies gave their vil­lage a spruce up ahead of a bid to win Ger­rards Cross the Best Kept Vil­lage ti­tle.

AGROUP of Brown­ies got into the com­mu­nity spirit by help­ing to clear up a com­mon in a bid for their vil­lage to win a pres­ti­gious prize.

The Fifth Ger­rards Cross Brown­ies went along to East Com­mon on Mon­day to carry out a lit­ter pick there. The group scoured the com­mon, pick­ing up dis­carded rub­bish and dis­pos­ing of it in or­der to make the area as tidy as pos­si­ble.

Later this month, Ger­rards Cross will be marked on its pre­sen­ta­tion when judg­ing for the an­nual Best Kept Vil­lage com­pe­ti­tion takes place.

It is the first time that Ger­rards Cross has en­tered the con­test in re­cent years, and since Christ­mas, work has been tak­ing place to make the area as pre­sentable as pos­si­ble in or­der to give the vil­lage the best chance of land­ing the prize.

Com­mu­nity groups have been en­cour­aged to come for­ward and to get in­volved in help­ing the vil­lage win by lend­ing a hand in en­sur­ing the vil­lage looks its best.

Parish coun­cil­lor Mike Law­son said: “We are re­ally grate­ful to the Brown­ies for com­ing along and help­ing out.

“Their work will make a big dif­fer­ence to us. The com­mons are an im­por­tant part of the vil­lage and we need them to look as at­trac­tive as they can, so this will be a big help to us.”

Last month, a work­ing party from Waitrose su­per­mar­ket helped to clean foot­paths in Sta­tion Road and Pack­horse Roads as part of the Best Kept Vil­lage bids.

Ger­rards Cross scouts were also set to lend a hand in clear­ing up the com­mons on Wed­nes­day af­ter the Ad­ver­tiser had gone to press. The parish coun­cil has given its thanks to ev­ery­one who has helped out so far and is now ask­ing peo­ple in Ger­rards Cross to make sure that the vil­lage is as tidy as pos­si­ble this month when judg­ing takes place.

The win­ner of the con­test will be an­nounced later this year.

Pho­tos by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­ BE153438

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