Win for Keynsham Wombles as they are named Neighbourhood Team of Year

Published on: 04 Mar 2016

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March 2016

A group of volunteers have been honoured for their efforts to keep Keynsham clean in Bath and North East Somerset Council Chairman’s Community Awards.

Keynsham Wombles were named Neighbourhood Team of the Year at a ceremony at the Guildhall last month for their work to keep the town’s streets clear of litter.

Volunteers can focus on keeping one area tidy as well as joining the group’s Big Wombles, when they target a litter hot spot together. The group also launched “Womble Watch” in January 2015, putting up signs around the town to make people think twice before dropping litter.

Chief Womble Erica Davies said: “I was delighted to receive this award for Keynsham Wombles, I feel a real sense of pride that so many dedicated residents across Keynsham are happy to pick up litter to help keep our community clean and safe for the benefit of the people and wildlife with which we share our town – this award is in recognition of all your hard work, so a huge, big thank you from me!”

The awards celebrated the work of volunteers and carers across B&NES, with 18 winners selected from 106 nominations.

Chairman of B&NES Council Councillor Ian Gilchrist handed out the awards in front of an audience of around 300 people.

He said: “Once again it was brilliant to see so many nominations for people who do great things in our communities across Bath and North East Somerset.

“It was an honour to present the worthy winners with their awards and I would like to congratulate and thank all of them for the admirable work they do.”

Those attending the awards also saw films on Book Bugs volunteers, who help with reading in schools, as well as a film about the volunteering work of former Keynsham councillor Adrian Inker, who won the Lifetime Achievement award in 2013, and Matt Humberstone, who won the Chairman’s Special Award last year.

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