A big thank you to all the Fleet fans and volunteers from the Northfleet Big Local who took to the streets in the rain on the morning of the Oxford City game to take part in the Community Clean Up Event organised jointly with our partners at Gravesham Borough Council and the Northfleet Big Local.
Some 35 bags of rubbish were collected by over 22 volunteers of all ages, with two teams heading separately up Stonebridge Road and Grove Road, meeting up along College Road at Wallis Park. About 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped on the streets of the UK every day. Thirty million tons of rubbish are collected from England’s streets each year. That’s enough to fill Wembley Stadium four times over.
I am now in discussions with Gravesham Council about organising another similar event to coincide with the ‘Clean for The Queen’ campaign launched by Keep Britain Tidy to clear up Britain in time for The Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016. This campaign will rally an army of volunteers across the country to clean up their local areas and will include a special clean-up weekend on 4th–6th March, 2016, which coincides with the Fleet’s home game v Gosport Borough.
As November rapidly comes to a close, it is only a quick sprint now to Christmas and Gravesham Council are again promoting their festive programme under the banner “Gravesham’s Christmas Everyday”. Events include:
• Christmas on the Hill,
Sat 28 Nov, 2pm – late
Winter wonderland and festive candles parade.
• Head Boppers World Record Attempt
Fri 11 Dec, 1- 2pm / Community Square
Christmas-themed head boppers world record attempt to beat the 465 record set in the USA.
• Christmas Tree Festival
Sat 12 Dec, 11am – 4pm
St George’s Church and Emmanuel
An array of festive and quirkily decorated Christmas trees.
• Magic of Christmas
Sat 19 Dec, 9.30 am – 5pm
Gravesend Town Centre
Family festive crafts, lantern-making workshops, music, entertainers and a sparkling parade.
For more details go to Gravesham Borough Council’s Christmas Events website at www.christmasingravesend.co.uk. Also look out for the promo video of Gravesham’s version of the Wizzard hit “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” to get you in the Christmas spirit. n