Clean For The Queen 5th March 2016 – Success in Stanwix Ward, Carlisle
Back in March the community movement went a bit mad to clean things up for her Royalness’ birthday! Stanwix Councillor Paul Nedved, her loyal servant in Stanwix took on the mantle and turned his annual Stanwix Big Tidy into a far more majestic entertainment! He was supported by Liz Mallinson our other Stanwix Ward Councillor; to get the show on the road.
The Queen Clean became part of “Big Tidy Week” which ran between 29th February and 6th March. Before the week started, the kids at Stanwix Primary School were invited to design a poster promoting the event and more than 400 of them put entries in. Yet another example of the great ethos that our local school encourages.
Councillor Stephen Layden, the current Mayor of Carlisle, judged the competition and a winner was selected from each Year at the School. The Mayor, with gold chains jangling, then attended an Assembly at the School on Friday, 4th March to present prizes to each of them. Copies of the winning entries were then displayed throughout various venues within the Ward and a set also made available to our Library who were more than happy also to join in the fun and display the Posters for the wider community of Carlisle to see.
Children from the School enthusiastically took part in their own litter picks throughout the Ward from Monday, through to the Friday, and then on Saturday the 5th, the “Clean For The Queen” itself took place. This turned out to be a huge community event with residents, children and a slew of community groups joining in the day. More than 60 bags of litter were collected throughout the Ward. An article was included in our local daily newspaper the “News & Star” highlighting the day.
It was a wonderful event for the Ward and indeed the City given the devastation from Storm Desmond in the previous December and shows the pride and spirit of all those involved. Cllr Fiona Robson, another Stanwix Ward Councillor took to Twitter (copy also attached) following the event thanking Cllr Nedved for his drive and determination to make the event the success it was.