Bit of a tidy-up for Stranraer

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THE Community Reference Group in Stranraer ran another successful litter pick and Family Day based in Park School recently.

Supported by Community Learning and Development Service, this is the fifth year of the litter pick project, and the group won £100 of gardening vouchers from last year’s event courtesy of the Keep Scotland Beautiful Spring Clean, owing to their family-orientated event.

Although last Wednesday was not the nicest of days with the odd shower and a strong wind blowing, around 60 youngsters with around 40 parents and friends in tow came together to give parts of Dicks Hill a bit of a spring clean. Some of the older boys who volunteered were tasked with removing the detritus from the pathway between Ashwood Drive and Sun Street.

After the clearing up of the area was completed, it was back to Park School for the family part of the day. The boys from the RNLI had many hungry mouths to feed with their barbeque with Kath from Neighbourhood Renewal on hand as always to ensure all were well watered.

During lunch many of the adults were tasked with painting the youngsters’ faces. Catherine McWilliam and Jamie Henderson from the Community Engagement Project, Lesley Glenn from DGHP, Wendi Cuffe from Neighbourhood Renewal, Jacqueline McKeand from the Community Wardens as well young Miss Irving, were all noted trying out their artistic talents.

The councils Leisure and Sport were on hand with their bouncy castles to try and use up the youngsters energy so the not so young could get a relaxing moment with a cuppa.

Kerry Marshall a new member of the Community Reference Group said: “I became involved with the Reference Group after their recent open night in Park School. Events like today are good for youngsters as it shows they can all work together as well as play together, all good examples for the future of our neighbourhood”.

After lunch Magic Monty a magician from the Castle Douglas area put on a show. Although the show was very much aimed at the youngsters there, all the adults had a wonderful time. We still cannot suss out how Magic Monty got young Kay Marshall floating in mid air. It must have been magic!

Shirley Cluckie the chair of the Community Reference Group added; “We asked those attending for some comments about the event. The replies were: it was great to see community spirit with all working together; it was a good day out for the family which cost us nothing. The Reference Group is keen promote one of the national objectives which is to have cohesion with all parts of the community coming together. I think this event did that”.

The Community Reference Group would like to thank those that helped the group out for the event including the Community Wardens, Community Learning & Development Service, DGFirst, Neighbourhood Renewal, Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership, the Co-op Fund, Morrison, the RNLI and the Ryan Centre.