19 October 2012 West Parley Parish Council held its annual reception at Parley Sports Club last Friday to thank all the village volunteers for their help over the last year.
Over 100 local residents give up their time to litter pick, plant and maintain floral displays and deliver regular parish newsletters. Working parties improve the look of the village by grass cutting, tree planting and verge trimming and this year also have undertaken projects such as the building of foundations for a new gazebo and replacement bus shelter and the installation of welcome signs at the entrances to the village.
Debbie Ward, Chief Executive Designate of Dorset County Council, in one of her first public engagements, thanked the volunteers for all their hard work and said that volunteering has its own rewards but was priceless in supporting the local community. She presented the awards for Volunteer of the Year.
Students from Ferndown Upper School gave up their own time to give solo musical performances to entertain the volunteers.
Volunteer Organiser Alan Macdonald said "For some time we have been working on improving the appearance of the village and keeping residents better informed about what is going on here and how they can be more involved in village life. Making this happen would have been difficult without the help of all the volunteers."
Parish Council Chairman Richard Heaslip said "The sheer scale of the local support we get shows the pride residents have in our historic village and how much they wish to be involved in local issues. We also get considerable support from some of our local businesses."
If you want to get involved and have some great fun helping out in your community, please contact contact Alan Macdonald 01202 571349, or visit our volunteers webpage for all the details.