A huge thank you to all who helped with the Groves Litter-pick on Saturday (three pictured below), or at other times over the weekend. Thanks again too MSA for use of their office as a base. A LOT was collected and our streets and alleys look a lot better for it. We also reported some fly-tipping and contaminated bins. It would be so nice to not have to clear up after those still too lazy or selfish to clear up after themselves, but meantime it is good to work together for the common good of our community and environment.
Everyone is invited to a a community Christmas lights switch-on event on Wednesday, December 14, 4-5:pm. The lights are in nearby Swinton Grove Park and we will meet on Swinton Grove beside Elizabeth Gaskell House. There will be refreshments, singing of traditional carols and other music, plus special Christmas treats for the children. It's all free thanks to support from the Council and a number of local organisations including Moss Care St Vincent Housing and Elizabeth Gaskell's House, which will also be open from 11-4 for free entry for M13 postcode residents.
We are having another community litter-pick on Saturday December 3rd, 11am to 12:30pm. Come along and help make our streets and alleys look better, and have some fun and chat with your neighbours. Meet up at the MSA office on the corner of Upper West and North Groves to collect bags, gloves and pickers.
Let's take pride in our environment and not be beaten by the litterers and fly-tippers!
The return of our Bring and Share picnic in the Community Garden yesterday was a fun time of neighbours coming together to share great food and conversation. Thank you to all who came and all who brought food and drinks to share. A particular thanks to those who came early to help set up and stayed to help clear up. And thank you Georgina and Mario from M13 Youth Project for providing craft activities and games for the young people. Finally, thanks Marie for loan of the gazebo, Manchester Active for equipment and our various sponsors.
Our summer Bring and Share Picnic is back, after having to miss a couple of years due to Covid restrictions. It will be on Sunday August 14, 2:30 to 4:30pm in the Community Garden and everyone is welcome. This is a great opportunity to get together as a community on the Groves and get to know our neighbours better. We ask everyone to please bring some food or soft drinks to share (home cooked is always very welcome!), but if you're unable to do that come along anyway. There's always plenty to share.
Workers from M13 Youth Project will provide craft and sport activities for the children (parents are welcome to join in) and Manchester Active are bringing play equipment. The picnic is organised by Groves residents and supported by the Council, GM Police, MSV Housing and MSA. Download a leaflet here.
We had an excellent, productive and fun morning tidying up the community garden and clearing fly-tipped items and litter round the Groves. It feels good to make our neighbourhood look better. Big thanks to everyone who helped: local residents plus workers from the City Council and Moss Care St Vincent Housing. Thanks too for the drinks and snacks.
Our NEXT community event will be the return of our Bring and Share Picnic in the Community Garden on Sunday August 14 from 2-4:30pm. Make note of the date. More news to follow.
On Thursday we will be visited by staff from the Council, MossCare St Vincent housing and other landlords for a morning of gardening in our 'Secret' Community Garden, plus removing of fly-tipping. There will be new shrubs and flowers planted and gifts and healthy snacks for children. Why not come along and join in, meet your neighbours and say thank you in person to those coming to help us make our garden and streets look nicer for the summer?
A big thank you to everyone who turned out on a lovely sunny morning on Saturday to help tidy our streets. We picked up lots of litter, some smaller fly-tipped items, and had a good time working and chatting together. A big thank you again to MSA for use of their office as a base, and to Marzena for providing refreshments and the brilliant bubble machines! Thanks also to Manchester City council for bags, gloves etc, and Biffa for the bags pick-up.
We would still much rather that lazy people did not drop litter, but it's good to turn that negative into a positive and we can feel proud of improving our environment in this way. Not everyone was around when we took the photos, but they show some of the workers and bags we collected.
Our next community litter-pick will be on Saturday May 14, 11am to 1pm. We will meet as usual at the MSA Office at the corner of Upper West and North Groves for handing out bags, gloves and pickers. If you can’t come at that time but can help sometime over the weekend, get in touch and we’ll get you a bag (or two). This is always a fun time together, to chat and catch up while we make the Groves look better. And doing something to improve our environment always seems to make us feel better. Maybe we can find some prizes for the best junior litter picker uppers…
Thanks to everyone who turned out to help with our Groves New Year Litter Pick. Some of our litter heroes are in the photo. There was a lot to pick up, and we filled about 20 bags (some more will be added as other neighbours take a turn over the weekend). Our street and alleys now look a lot tidier, and it was great to meet and chat as we worked. And the chocolate rewards went down well!
It would be so much better if people learned to be tidy and respect their environment so days like these were not necessary, but while they are (because we don't want to live in a tip) we will enjoy them.
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