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Celebrating Community Spirit at the Southbrook Estate Big Thank You Community Event!

Written by on July 27, 2021

Article Published on Tuesday July 27, 2021 9:27 AM by

Celebrating Community Spirit at the Southbrook Estate Big Thank You Community Event!

Daventry Town Council (DTC) was delighted to work in partnership with Northamptonshire Sport in the organisation of last Saturdays (24 July 2021) Southbrook Estate Big Thank You Community Clean Up and Celebration. 

A successful application submitted by Northamptonshire Sport for a Virgin Media and O2 Together Fund allowed various partnership agencies, including ourselves, to organise the event hosted at Southbrook Community Centre and the Fishponds, as a celebration of the positive spirit that has got us through the past 18 months.

Whether it was neighbours who checked that we were okay, delivery drivers who kept food on shelves, volunteers who helped deliver the vaccine roll out, or kids for adapting to home schooling – the community recognised that we all had somebody to say thank you to.

The celebrations were a fun filled day; starting with a community litter pick, followed by a picnic on the Fishponds grassed area and rounded off with families participating in various sporting games and activities as provided by local sports clubs and groups. With the date also marking the first day of the Tokyo Olympics it was great to see residents taking part in sporting endeavours, particularly after a stop-start year for lots of Daventry based sports clubs. Children and families enjoyed all sorts of activities from Bowls to Tennis and Athletics, to a Dance, demonstration by Expressions Dance.  

The Big Thank You event was well attended by local residents, Town Councillors Mike Arnold, Malcolm Ogle and Janet Matthews, PCSOs Stephen Sangster and Kirsten Bates, DTC Town Ranger Charlotte Jones and the Mayor of Daventry Cllr Karen Tweedale who remarked afterwards: 

“It was such a pleasure joining in this fun family eventIt was a great day with lots of participants and smiling faces.”

“DTC held its first community litter picking event on the Fishponds back in September last year as part of our successful #Littereroes Campaign. This has concentrated on encouraging residents to target areas that can easily be cleared of litter to ensure the town stays as litter free as possible. A big thank you to our amazing volunteers who gave up their time today and help to raise awareness of our Litterheroes Campaign. Daventry is lucky to have such champions of the town!”

DTC provided litter picking equipment for use on the day, thefund has allowed organisers to purchase additional equipment, which will also be available for members of the Southbrook community to start their own regular collections after the event. 

The celebratory event also coincided with the Keep Britain Tidy’s #LoveParksWeek2021 which runs from 23 July – 1 August 2021 and highlights the importance of maintaining and appreciating our open green spaces. Again, something DTC is equally passionate about as we now manage and maintain parks and open spaces within the town.

Organisers would like to thank the following for their funding and huge support in making this event happen: Virgin Media O2 Together Fund; Bromford Housing Group; Daventry Volunteer Centre, DSLV School, Futures Housing Group; Northamptonshire Children’s Trust; Northamptonshire Sport; Orbit; Southbrook Community Centre & West Northamptonshire Council.

A special thank you also goes out to Aldi, Tesco and Waitrose stores within the town for supporting the event and kindly providing healthy snacks and refreshments on the day.

DTC are busy arranging dates for our monthly Community Litter Picks – so watch this space! We will be sharing details of how you can join in on our website and socials as well.

If you would like more information on our #Litterheroes Campaign, please visit our dedicated webpage: www.daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk/litter-heroes

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