Conservation group calling out for youth
Leader says aim is to make area a safer place
A CONSERVATION group leader has called on young people to help make an area safer for women and children.
Bill Collins, 81, runs the Gerrards Cross Conservation Volunteers group, which formed in 2008 with the intention of keeping the pathway between East and West Common clear – an action the group says discourages vandals and crime.
Mr Collins is always looking for more volunteers and said that younger members of the community would be most welcome, adding that volunteering ‘would, I think, give them the pleasure of accomplishment’.
Mr Collins said: “We’re making the pathway safer for people to go along, mostly for woman and children. It puts a nice emphasis on safety.
“I think it’s quite important because since we’ve been doing this on the Common it’s become much more of a popular area of course and people find they get much more pleasure now thanks to the work that the volunteers have done.
“It would affect the pathways if we weren’t here and also particularly affect the women, who are a bit apprehensive about walking across the Common.”
Encouraged by prime minister David Cameron’s idea of the ‘Big Society’, the group initially approached a number of traders in the village to send along volunteers to help out.
Now the group gets a regular contingent of helpers from businesses, such as Tesco, in Packhorse Road, and around 10 to 15 people regularly turn up to meetings, which take place on the third Saturday of every month – apart from August as it is holiday season.
Organised by Gerrards Cross Parish Council, the group undertakes a range of horticultural activities, such as cutting any overgrown plants, disposing of rubbish and cutting down any dead or overgrown trees.
Describing it as a ‘friendship group’, Mr Collins says the group meets at 9.30am and works until 12.30pm, but this does include a coffee and biscuits break.
‘AMAZING’: Dancers from the Pink Academy, Denham, were invited to perform at the 02 Academy in London recently DANCE school students who raised more than £1,000 for charity were thanked by being asked to perform at the 02 Arena in London.
Pink Academy dance school, based in Denham, took part in the British Red Cross Dance: Make Your Move fundraising event, which was open to dancers of all abilities, on Sunday, July 12.
People find they get much more pleasure now, thanks to the work that the volunteers have
They won their local heat earlier in the competition but could not continue as they had pre-booked ballet exams.
But because they raised such a large amount, as a thank you the Red Cross invited the team to perform their dance as a guest group.
Committee member and mother Terri West said the team was ‘amazing and incredibly professional’.
She added: “They are very technically able dancers and the costuming is fabulous.
“It was lovely, so nice to see them up on stage.
“The girls were absolutely delighted and loved the chance to perform at such a fabulous venue. They had a great day and danced beautifully.”