VILLAGES across South Oxfordshire will be holding events on Clean for the Queen weekend.
This is a national campaign designed to spruce up the country in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday on April 21, which will be officially celebrated in June.
Schools, businesses, volunteers and councils are being urged to “do their bit” and organise litter picks next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Events organised so far include ones in Nettlebed, Benson, Peppard and Goring next Saturday (March 5) and in Bix and Lower Assendon the following day.
Residents of Nettlebed are asked to meet in the car park off the high street at 10am.
Volunteers in Benson will meet at the parish hall at 10am and clean play areas, pavements and roads. All equipment will be provided by Biffa.
Benson Parish Council holds clean-up events about every three months.
Parish clerk Pete Eldridge said: “It is made more important by the fact there’s a clean-up for the Queen at the time we usually do one.”
In Peppard, volunteers will meet at 10am outside the Unicorn pub on Colmore Lane for what is an annual event run jointly by Peppard WI and Peppard Parish Council.
Hi-vis jackets, bags and litter pickers will be provided and residents are asked to bring gloves and shoes or boots.
Parishioners are also being urged to clear the debris from in front of their homes on the day.
In Goring, participants will meet at the village hall at 10am and decide which areas they wish to cover.
Litter pickers, refuse sacks and gloves will be provided and Cleeve-by-Goring Women's Institute will serve refreshments afterwards.
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In Bix and Lower Assendon volunteers should meet in the centre of the villages at 10.30am. Equipment will be provided.
In Binfield Heath a litter pick will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 10am.
Volunteers should meet outside the village stores. Equipment will be provided by the parish council. The campaign, which was launched by Country Life magazine, is supported by South Oxfordshire District Council.
Councillor Tony Harbour, cabinet member for waste, said: “This is a great opportunity for everyone to get a bit hands-on and give their local area a bit of a freshen-up.
“If there’s a patch by you that has seen better days, make the most of what we can do for you — we might be able to come along and give it a good tidy-up.”
Waste crews are carrying out extra clean-ups across the district.
To report a “grot spot” that needs attention, call on 03000 610610 or email email@example.com
If you’re interested in setting up your own litter picking group, register on the Clean for the Queen website, www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk
Meanwhile, Henley’s annual Hit Litter day will take place on Saturday, April 16.
Each year volunteers clean up “grot spots” across the town where there is no regular sweeping.
Bin bags and litter pickers will be supplied and afterwards soup will be served to the helpers.