Two groups of litter pickers in Olton and Lyndon wards collected more than 145 bags of rubbish between May and December 2016. The brain child of community superstar Chris Dunster, and supported by Lib Dem ward Councillors, the volunteers cleared the streets of Olton and Hobs Moat every month.
(Can you spot the three Lib Dem Councillors in the picture? In the doorway, wearing a hat is Chris Dunster)
The bulk of the rubbish was collected in Olton, where the "Literary Litter Pickers", as they're known, first began. The Hobs Moat group begain in September after seeing the successful campaign in Olton.
Solihull Council's Love Solihull programme supplied the empty bags and tools, with support from local businesses McDonalds, London Midland, and Toolman.
The name 'Literary Litter Pickers', comes from the fact that the first group met each month at Olton library.
Olton Councillor Jo Fairburn said "Chris Dunster is a force of nature in the local community! She's always helping people, and she takes a real pride in our area."
She added "Come and join us one Saturday, and help us collect yet more litter in 2017. Mind you we'd really appreciate it if certain people would stop dropping it in the first place."
Here are the dates for next year, all at the usual time of 10.30 to 11.30am with refreshments provided by the brilliantly supportive and helpful hostesses of Olton Library:
1st April – don’t be an April Fool, don a litter picking tool!
5th August – ice-creams all round!
9th December – Mincepies Christmas special
Hobs Moat Dates
Join the Literary Litter Pickers of Hobs Moat Library for an hour from 10.00 - 11.00am with tea and coffee afterwards. Meeting on Tuesdays, once a month, starting from Hobs Moat Library on the following dates:
Children welcome as long as they remain with their parents / carer and stay away from the main road.
Feel free to bring a friend, or two, to either venue.
(The three Councillors in the photo were John Windmill, Jo Fairburn and Tony Ludlow.)