As we all adjust to the new normal, there's a new approach to keeping Wetherby tidy.
Wetherby Wombles launched back in February as part of the LitterfreeLeeds initiative has seen a gathering of volunteers from the local community join forces to fight the battle of waste in the area - all passionate about keeping their town litter free and looking its best.
This non-political and family-friendly group are picking up their bags and litter pickers and venturing out to clean up where they live, encouraging children to get involved which they have fondly nicknamed the Womblettes.
Local residents Julie Ann Starr and Julie Stead (nominated bag holders), with David Fisher involved in an administrative role, now have over 300 members in their Facebook Group and it's growing by the day. Wombles post images of their litter pick and unbelievable finds they grab on their route! Pop across and take a look.
Statistics for March saw 405 filled bags of rubbish which contained 375 masks, and these figures continue to grow.
With Wetherby in Bloom joining in the litter picking and Morrisons agreeing to come on board it's evidence of what a community can do when like-minded people get together!
The Wombles have many ideas for the future but most of all they want to motivate others, succeed and change the thinking behind littering.
Be part of the solution, not the pollution.
Want to Get Involved?
Offer Alert - Touchwood is offering discounts on your litter picker tools if you are a member of the Wetherby Wombles, click the link to join here
Poster Competition Winners Announced
Wetherby Wombles recently ran a competition to encourage children up to the age of 12, to design an A4 poster, to stop people from littering our lovely town. With over 67 entries it was a hard choice for the Wetherby in Bloom volunteer judges.
Congratulations to Sophie, aged 11 (1st prize), Christiana aged 10 (2nd prize), Anna aged 9 (3rd prize) and Freddie aged 4 (special runner-up) who all won Easter eggs donated by Morrisons.
As the first-place winner, Sophie was also presented with a litter picker donated by Wetherby Wombles, as well as having her poster framed by Clares Creations from Wetherby.