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Middlewich organisations work with the Clean Team to brighten up the town with spring flowers

THE Middlewich Clean Team believes that a little effort makes a big difference as demonstrated by their planting of bulbs and flowers to help to brighten up the town.

Photo: Ian JonesThe latest Middlewich Clean Team’s annual community bulb planting event took place on Sunday, 21st October 2012. They were joined by Fiona Bruce MP, representatives of Middlewich Cricket Club, the 2nd Cledford Brownies and other residents.

The planting went like clockwork and everyone was in good spirits; in less than an hour they had planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs. The location on this occassion was Croxton Lane, Middlewich where a bright spalsh of yellow daffodil flowers will welcome in the spring next year. Middlewich Cricket Club kindly rewarded everyone with refreshments afterwards.

Janet Chisholm, the Chairperson of the Clean Team said: “It was wonderful to see so many people willing to help to brighten up our town and particular thanks go to the Cricket Club and the Brownies for their valuable help and to Tulloch Private Hire, Winsford and Middlewich Rotary Club and Middlewich and District Round Table for sponsoring the event”. A press release for the Autumn 2012 bulb planting is available here.

The community bulb planters at work. Photos: Maxine Wrench & Fiona Bruce

The planting of bulbs in the autumn and flowers in the summer is aimed at promoting pride in Middlewich and the desire to keep it tidy. To this end the Middlewich Clean Team has been involved in these activities right from the early days of it's existence. The events are aimed at involving the community so local organisations are always invited to join in the planting and where appropriate, to sponsor the event.

An example of the Middlewich Clean Team flower planting took place in May 2011 with an evening of busy lizzie planting at the churchyard of St Michael and All Angel’s. This was a community event organised jointly with the Middlewich Community Pride Group. The photograph shows Scout Cubs who were eagerly getting stuck into the job.

As St Michael and All Angel’s church is at the centre of the town it is often the focus of attention however the horticulteral activities do not stop there. Bulbs have been planted at many locations around the town - pretty much anywhere there is suitable open ground and if there hasn't been suitable ground then flowers in large planters have been the answer.

A project close to the hearts of Middlewich Clean Team Members is "Katy's Wall". The project was in memory of a dear friend & fellow committee member, Katy Lee, following her tragic death in a car accident, whilst on holiday in 2005. 

The site was an area situated in Lewin Street between the Library and Jenny Edwards material shop which needed some attention and was rather overgrown. The project was actually an idea that members of the Clean Team committee developed a few years previously and Katy was in full support of developing of the project so it made a fitting trubute. The project to brighten up a very visual part of the town was a joint venture between Middlewich Vision & Middlewich Clean Team.

More information about the Middlewich Clean Team is available at their website


Photos: Ian Jones unless otherwise stated.

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About Ian Jones

I have been a mainframe computer operator, supermarket department manager, policeman, application developer and now I run my own website consultancy/design business IPJnet Web Developments. As well as web design I offer specialist T shirts via IPJ Aerosh... read more