Village volunteer scheme launches
PUBLISHED: 20:00 10 June 2016
A village scheme which encourages people to be kinder to one another launched with a community car wash.
The first Love Banwell event took place at the weekend, which saw people from across the village volunteer to help others with tasks including DIY, gardening and other odd jobs. Anyone needing help filled out a form, which was dropped through letterboxes, and volunteers then took on the jobs.
New Creation – a group which runs the churches across Banwell, Congresbury, West Wick, Puxton and Hewish – created the scheme to bring the community together.
There was also a free car wash outside the scout hut in West Street as part of the event.
One of the organisers Lisa Griffiths said: “Love Congresbury has been running for a few years now and has built up to a fantastic community event, this was our first Love Banwell and it went fantastically with more than 50 helpers on the weekend all willing to do jobs for others.
“We had around nine jobs to cover over the weekend which we did easily we also held two litter-picking groups over the two days along with the cubs doing a Friday group.
“We helped individual people at their homes and also community projects. We had the free car wash going both days which was a great success along with a couple of water fights as we were blessed with good weather.
“Jimmy Weston has kindly donated £50 to the project so we are well on the way for the event to run next year. We couldn’t have run the event without the support from the organisations and individuals who came along to help on the weekend and help with the setting up of the event a big thank you.
“Also thanks to the 1st Banwell Scout group for use of the scout hut, children’s centre and parish council for use of the car park, this village of ours is complex in many ways but we have people here who want to help, we may be divided by our main road but we came together and that feeling is grea.”