Westbourne was given a spring clean on Sunday 17 April by 21 residents who volunteered to pick up litter across the village. Equipped with hi-vis vests, gloves, bags and trigger activated litter pickers - supplied by Chichester District Council - the volunteers collected 28 large bags of rubbish that had previously been littering the streets and hedgerows.
The annual spring clean day is run by Westbourne Parish Council and has been held for the last three years. This year’s event was the most successful so far, both in terms of the number of volunteers that attended and the amount of litter collected.
Cllr Richard Hitchcock, Chairman of Westbourne Parish Council, said: “I would like to thank everyone who gave up a couple of hours of their Sunday afternoon to come and help us clean up the village. Our spring clean day is a great opportunity to meet other people, and to contribute towards making the village a place we are even prouder to live in.
“Sitting round and enjoying well-earned refreshments at the end of the afternoon represented an excellent opportunity for villagers to discuss various issues of concern, and to reflect on what else they might have done if people would only learn to dispose of their litter more appropriately!”
The 21 volunteers were Roy Briscoe, Ian Richardson, David Lee, Lynda and Graham Mortimer, Clare Kennett, Helen and Jim Barlow, Anne and David Newsom, Christine Adsett, Debra Humphries, Marjorie Kipling, Richard Hitchcock, Michael, Richard, Nessa and Ava Mackie, Rona Musker, Valerie Baker, Elizabeth Blower.