New plea for parish vol­un­teers

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

VIL­LAGERS met to dis­cuss plans for two projects to boost com­mu­nity pride and bring peo­ple to­gether.

A pub­lic meet­ing was held at Sut­ton Ex-Ser­vice­men’s Club for res­i­dents from Sut­ton, Lyme Green and Lan­g­ley to dis­cuss vil­lage is­sues.

The main items on the agenda were ar­range­ments for the Queen’s birth­day this sum­mer and to en­ter the Com­mu­nity Pride Com­pe­ti­tion, which was for­merly Best Kept Vil­lage.

The award cel­e­brates ef­forts to im­prove the ap­pear­ance of com­mu­ni­ties with plant­ing and gar­dens.

The parish coun­cil has been dis­cussing the two projects and wanted to meet with res­i­dents to gauge opin­ion and sign up vol­un­teers.

Joy Wil­liams chaired the meet­ing and ideas for the Queen’s birth­day in­cluded the Sut­ton Bell Ringers tak­ing part, scouts mak­ing a bea­con and a flower fes­ti­val at Sut­ton St James church.

The com­mu­nity could take part in lit­ter picks as part of a na­tional clean-up ahead of the birth­day.

Coun Brian Thomp­son, chair­man of Sut­ton Parish Coun­cil, said this would help with ef­forts for the Com­mu­nity Pride award.

He said: “We’ve been dis­cussing en­ter­ing the best kept vil­lage and wanted to do some­thing for the Queen’s birth­day so a num­ber of more proac­tive mem­bers of the com­mu­nity de­cided to hold the meet­ing for the three vil­lages.

“There were ideas but it needs peo­ple to take a lead.

“I will put the items on the agenda at the next parish coun­cil meet­ing and ask coun­cil­lors from the four wards to join with peo­ple from the meet­ing or other vol­un­teers to get things mov­ing.”

Con­tact Sarah Giller, parish clerk on 01625 850532 or email sut­ton­

Sarah McNaught

●● One of the rush­bear­ing cer­e­monies held at St Stephen’s in Mac­cles­field For­est ev­ery Au­gust

●● Res­i­dents in Sut­ton, Lyme Green and Lan­g­ley are be­ing in­vited to band to­gether to spruce up the vil­lages to en­ter the Com­mu­nity Pride Con­test, as well as mark­ing the Queen’s birth­day

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