Con­ser­va­tion group call­ing out for youth

Leader says aim is to make area a safer place

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

done.”

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.”

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