The Harlow Wombles are growing and growing

Communities / Sat 17th Apr 2021 at 09:01am

Harlow Wombles A Month On

By Barry Beaton

THE growth of our members is amazing, their enthusiasm, response and involvement is fantastic, each turning their frustration into action.

I am extremely grateful to our administrators, moderators, co-ordinators and the many members going that extra mile to support the group.

Our unfunded group has now formed several co-ordinators across the town helping to link up members as litter buddies and have even set up their own chat groups to support members, other members are helping by distributing HTS bags and in some cases actually delivering them to members whilst other members are currently making an application for a Harlow Council Civic Pride Community Fund .

Should we be successful with the Community Fund we hope to be able to purchase public liability insurance, publicity items and kits for our junior members so when the time is right we can organise group events for them and hopefully competitions. If unsuccessful alternatives will be to try and find sponsors and also considering doing as Bishops Stortford litter pickers do to raise funds by taking part in the Essex County Lottery.

Other ideas in the pipeline included adopt a street for our Junior Wombles and we are now seeking an ORWSUM Womble to pester Essex Highways to remove the many obsolete road works signage lying around adding to the litter all around Harlow.

We can’t praise Harlow Council and HTS enough for their support, responding very quickly to fly tipping reports and litter bag collection even over the past Bank Holiday the result being that many consider Harlow is looking much cleaner.

We like many others would like to see stiffer penalties introduced especially for those who fail to clean up after their dog, especially those who throw their filled dog poo bag into trees and bushes.

We stay positive, we know we are being appreciated and receiving lots of compliments as we pick. Our message is spreading and sure many residents will react and in turn support us which will assist in the town get cleaner.

It’s a delight to have created this group, all our volunteers have achieved so much in high spirits in their own time and at their own costs, they are absolutely amazing. I am one very proud Great Uncle Bulgaria

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