* From left, Tidy Towns Team member Alan Williams and
co-ordinator David Davies receive the £250 cheque from
Stan’s store owner Andrew Faulks.
A GROUP of dedicated volunteers who help keep Llangollen running smoothly has received a welcome boost to its funds.
The Tidy Town Team, which has this year worked hundreds of unpaid hours on projects as diverse as picking up litter to controlling traffic for a major funeral, has been given a donation of £250 from the Stan’s superstore chain.
The team was formed in 2006 by local residents with the aim of providing a volunteer resource to supplement official activity in the town.
Now around 20 strong, it meets on the first Friday of every month and in 2012 has done an incredible 800 hours of work including collecting 83 sacks of litter and picking up 152 discarded vodka bottles.Other tasks undertaken by the team during the past year have included the supply and installation of seating for the band stand and the installation of three extra picnic tables in Riverside park, planting trees, clearing overgrown vegetation and tidying dilapidated property.
Team members, a number of whom are retired professional people, have also assisted with events such as marshalling vehicles taking part in a car rally at Plas Newydd, the Food Festival at Llangollen Pavilion and the town’s Christmas festival.
In the summer they also hoped control traffic to allow the funeral cortege of Llangollen Silver band stalwart Albert Hammonds to pass through the main street.
The £250 contribution from Stan’s was handed over to the team by owner Andrew Faulks.
He explained that the money came from Nisa, the trade organisation to which the store belongs, as part of its national Making a Difference Locally Fund, which has so far enabled Stan’s to donate a total of over £11,500 to various good causes within 20 miles of its branches in Llangollen and St Martin’s, Oswestry in the past few years.
He said: “We believe in supporting good causes in our communities and the Tidy Town Team is one of them.”
Tidy Town co-ordinator David Davies said: “We are very grateful to Stan’s for this contribution which will help us to continue our work throughout 2013.
“As a group of local residents our aim is to provide a volunteer resource to supplement official activity in maintain Llangollen as a Tidy Town to the pride of residents and visitors alike.”