Helping Hands give village a spring clean

CLEAN-UP TEAM: PCSO David Edson, Darren Meadows, resident John Mason,  Grahame Morris and PCSO Ian Goodwin.
CLEAN-UP TEAM: PCSO David Edson, Darren Meadows, resident John Mason, Grahame Morris and PCSO Ian Goodwin.
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A VILLAGE has been given a spring clean as a community campaign gets under way.

Horden’s Helping Hands began its work by collecting more than 45 bags of rubbish over two days, bringing together a host of organisations and individuals to pool their efforts.

We want to send out the message to residents of Horden that we care about the village where they live and we can come together and do have community spirit.

Darren Meadows, Helping Hands

The work, on the former colliery site, is to be followed by a host of projects, such as revamping the pit wheel and supporting Horden In Bloom, with flower displays to be put in placed on the green between Third Street and Fourth Street.

The project has been launched by Darren Meadows, 21.

He said: “We want to send out the message to residents of Horden that we care about the village where they live and we can come together and do have community spirit.

“Going forward, we want to make it a better area.

“We’ll be working in the denes and the beach and generally tidying up the place we live.

“It’s a great chance to meet some new friends, have fun and put something back into the community.

“We want to make it a better place to live for ourselves, our children and grandchildren, so whether you’re 16 or 60, if you think you could help make a difference then we’d love to hear from you.”

The litter pick brought together residents, the National Trust, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate Grahame Morris and Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing Team, while it was supported by Durham Heritage Coast, Walkers and Wilkinson.

The organisation has also been backed by Councillor Paul Stradling, East Durham Area Partnership and Groundwork.

The group has its own Facebook page and anyone who would like to make contact with Darren can email him via darren@hordenshelpinghands.co.uk.