Monday, 7 March 2011

Litter Pick 12th March 2011

Invite to Sandbach Clean Team Members to the next litter pick

The next monthly litter pick will take place in Sandbach on Saturday 12th March from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon. We will meet on the lower Waitrose car park in the usual place opposite the roundabout.

Three areas for picking this time, so a good turnout would be great..

The town centre, there is always a need there.

A Rocha will be having a litter pick on the Sandbach Environmental Trail. We will offer them some help.

The field by the by-pass garage next to the service station by Junction 17 is horrendous. Although it is private land, there is a public footpath through the field. Volunteers for this will be MOST welcome. Strong boots and thick gloves are particularly recommended for this area. (I probably have put everyone off now!).

If there are any particular areas that members are aware are in need of attention please let me know. It has been suggested by members that we pick in other areas, all we need are the details of where our attention is required. Also if members wish to pick near their home please feel free to do so.

For further information on Sandbach Clean Team contact Dick Macaulay on

Friday, 4 March 2011




We are in the process of getting some funds, and soon (hopefully) we will be able to have public liability insurance and can get down to some real work!

Meanwhile there are a number of events to let you know about.

You have already had information on George’s forthcoming walks and details of these are on the blog. The dates are 2.30pm this Sunday 6th March, and similar Sunday 27th March. (The blog link:

On Monday 7th March there is a public exhibition about the Yerwood Farm diversification scheme at Sandbach Cricket Club in Hind Heath Road in Ettiley Heath in Sandbach. It is a “drop in” event and open from 1.00 pm to 8.00 pm. SWWG will have a stand there, not staffed all the time (any volunteers? let me know) with details of what we do and how to get more information about us. It is planned that Sandbach Allotment Society’s first allotments will be at Yerwood Farm. All are welcome to see the plans for this innovative scheme.

On Wednesday 30th March, the SWWG has been chosen to be the recipient of the money from the raffle held at the March concert of Sandbach Concert Series. These events are excellent, and are held between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm at St Mary’s Church Hall in Sandbach. The first half hour of the concert is performances by local young people, and from 8.00 to 9.00 pm top class artists give a recital. The standard of performance is very high.

The artists on 30th March are Richard Marshall and Harvey Davies (Cornet and Piano). Details and tickets from, Demeter Wholefoods or Bramwell Opticians in Sandbach. Here is your opportunity to get some culture and support SWWG at the same time! Sandbach is lucky to have music recitals of this standard.

On Saturday 9th April from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, TATRA (Third Avenue Tenants and Residents Association) and Sandbach Clean Team are joining together to do a major rubbish clearance in Brook Wood. Plus Dane Group are providing a skip for the rubbish. We want as much help as possible and SWWG members are invited to come along on that day. (Anyone helping will be “one day members” of Sandbach Clean Team if SWWG have not their insurance sorted by then). Meet at Town Fields by the grassy entrance to Brook Wood on the Avenues estate.

Even 70 year olds can blog

I ureg everyone to have a go at using this blog. We have a gigantic task ahead if we are to make Sandbach the Sustainable Community that we would like. It will require all of us to make our contribution, however small.

If I can blog, anyone can!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Bypassing the things that matter

All right, here's a test blog in the form of a question. How can we get drivers on the bypass to notice more of the green world that they race through? Occasionally I stand by the lower Waitrose roundabout gazing into the wood, hoping that some drivers will wonder what I can see. Oh, by the way, have you noticed how wonderful cycling weather it is at the moment? Try the bypass cycle lanes if you can - surprisingly nice when the traffic drops. If not, please at least wave as you overtake my bike. Then drive to the bike shop! Cheers! George Hill