As with all the villages along the A170, Ebberston suffers its share of litter being thrown from cars at speed as they pass along the roads that top and tail our village. A few times a year, a dedicated litter picking team collects what amounts each time to over 10 bags of rubbish from the verges which is then collected by the council.
This month’s pick has reflected the shift by fast food restaurants to paper and card packaging, and so plastic and polystyrene have been found in much fewer quantities compared to this time last year. The card and paper degrades quite quickly which is better of course, but still not as good as taking your litter home with you and recycling it.
The “interesting” haul from earlier this year is still hard to beat: a combo which included two car wheels, a pair of long black high heel boots, a pair of black gloves and a DVD case for an X-rated film – probably trumping the separate find of a pair of men’s pants! But this time round the awesome haul included more car wheels, bits of a caravan, a packet of Viagra and a £5 note! That’s a good night out…
The note was filthy and almost discarded but was spotted, cleaned and given to the village hall who are using it to buy a new biscuit tin for the newly refurbished kitchen.
Other people’s rubbish and discarded items are the bread and butter of archaeologists, but what on earth would all this say about us in the 21st century?
A disappointing turn out of spectators for the duck derby this year but thanks to some solid effort by Jan Abery and Glenys Rowe who sold lots of ducks in advance, we still raised over £100, which will no doubt be put to use in the planned refurbishment of the village hall kitchen!
The lovely pictures are courtesy of talented villager Richard Olivier.
The kitchen in Ebberston village hall was installed following the conversion of the former village school over 30 years ago. As many will know, it is now rapidly approaching the end of its useful life. So we are very pleased to have been awarded funds from the National Lottery Community Fund which will help to remodel the kitchen with new cupboards, work surface, sinks and new flooring.
The Village Hall, and by extension the kitchen, is at the centre of much community life in Ebberston. As well as children’s parties and funeral teas, the hall provides a meeting place for many village organisations (Parish Council, Women’s Institute, Sportsfield Association) and is used for many activities such as the Yoga, Table Tennis, Flower Arranging and Craft Groups, as well as chapel and church for lunches and other events. Almost all use the kitchen, so the update and revamp is essential to the continued vibrancy of the Village Hall and all its user groups.
We are really grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund (and everyone who buys a lottery ticket!) for the funding. We anticipate work to begin later in the year and we hope that disruption to hall users will be kept to a minimum.
What a brilliant day. The first (and maybe not the last) Made In Ebberston was a great success, and who knew there was such talent and creativity in such a small space? Well, to be honest, we did..but now you know too!
Stalls were spread across the village hall and the chapel, with 30 sellers and exhibitors. Well done to the organising team, especially Sarah and Lynne. From apple juice, to painting and photography, to model yacht-making, to jams and marmalades, to jewellery and needlecraft, to quilts, to massage, to honey, to ceramics…