West Parley Volunteer Awards 2011
West Parley Parish Council held a reception on October 28th 2011 in the Memorial Hall to honour the volunteers who work tirelessly in the village on behalf of all residents. The Council is very proud to have approximately 100 volunteers who assist in improving the appearance of our village by doing a variety of tasks and we are very pleased to have this opportunity to pay tribute to their efforts.
The reception was attended by over 50 of the volunteers, by all Parish Councillors and both District Councillors. The main guest was Mr Christopher Chope MP who presented awards to the Volunteers of the Year
The Parish Council values the efforts of each and every one of our volunteers but the awards were made to the residents who represent all of the members of the various volunteer groups.
Working Party - Our working parties meet on Tuesday and Thursday on alternate weeks
and on Wednesday on the intervening week. Up to 6 men in each session
Over last two years we have cleared all pavements of weeds and overgrown
verges, Churchyard, Memorial Hall garden, Millenium Garden, worked on Floral
display , planted daffodils in Verges, repaired verges.
Frank Trollope is a most regular attendee at the Working Party and has worked with us for 5 years. Frank also does the watering of floral display very conscientiously
Watering - 8 teams of 2 men and women form a rota for the watering of the 11 troughs of
plants on the railings at Parley Cross.
Jon Ladd has been a most conscientious member of the watering team for more than 3 years.
Preparation and Delivery of Leaflets - For about 5 years we have relied on a team of up to 70 volunteers who have prepared leaflets or letters by addressing envelopes, counting out batches for delivery and then delivered to 1600 homes in West Parley on numerous occasions.
Marianne Parker has on all occasions prepared/addressed 500+ leaflets and then delivered up to 100. Marianne is also a member of the Watering team
Litter Picking - We also have a large team of volunteers who regularly patrol the streets,
particularly the main roads in West Parley, and pick up the litter dropped by
Lorna-Jean Heaslip is one of the most regular litter collectors of our group, and a very willing helper at events - making tea etc at meetings
Emptying Litter Bins - Recreation Ground - Up to this year the WPPC paid someone to empty the litter bins in the Recreation ground every week. Now this work is done by volunteers. Andy Steele and Diana Penwill volunteered to do this for us and they also play a regular part as members of the Litter Squad, Deliver leaflets to residents and are former members of the watering team.