Volunteers are keeping streets clean and tidy

A TEAM of community- spirited volunteers of all ages gave up their Saturday morning to keep their streets tidy.

Members of Rushden West Community Association met at Highfield Community Baptist Church to take part in an annual estate litter-pick.

Armed with bags, litter pickers and high-visibility jackets, the team of volunteers set out on a three-hour clean-up, before returning to the church for a well-earned coffee.

The team who covered the area around Highfield Road, Tennyson Road and Rose Avenue included young children and pensioners.

All the participants spoke of their pride in their community.

Association treasurer and town councillor Tracey Smith, 41, of Rose Avenue, came along to take part with her eight-year-old son Nathan.

She said: “Because I’m a town councillor and it’s a new project in my area I like to get involved.

“It is getting the community to get back together and make it a better place to live.

“If the estate looks nice people will have more love for where they live.

“It’s nice all the parents involved in the community association and their children are willing to come down and help out.”

Bev Stevens, 64, of Highfield Road, said: “A lot of people haven’t got cars so they can’t get to the tip, and some kids always throw rubbish down.

“It’s annoying when you see some litter.

“There are bins about and people can use the bins. We are just doing our bit to help out.”

Tracey Manton, 40, of Tennyson Avenue took part with daughters Emma, 11, and Chloe, aged five.

She said: “It is about getting the community together and keeping the streets clean.”

Emma said she wanted to help clean up the park in Rose Avenue.

The community association also holds a coffee morning from 9am to 11am every Tuesday at the church, selling full English breakfasts for £2.50.

For more information visit www.highfield-community.org.uk.