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By Ian Maddock - Posted on 25 August 2012

Rotarian Matt Pickett and Lin Hingley of Kinver Best Kept Village Committee receive the award from the Leader of the South Staff

Kinver Rotarians answered the call to help Kinver's efforts in the Best Kept Village competition. Rotarian Matt Pickett led a willing team of Rotarians on forays around the village, armed with brushes, shovels, buckets, litter pickers and sundry other implements. The original brief for Rotary was to keep Church Hill clean and tidy, but as the weeks progressed, so the area grew in size, taking in the High Street. As well as helping in the clean up, Vice President Nick Geoghegan knocked on every door in the High Street to ask if they would like a hanging basket outside their property, then ordered from the greengrocer sufficient beautiful floral hanging baskets – made at the rate of five a day. Nick then acted as apprentice, holding the ladder for Rotarian Roger Howe who put up the brackets on which to hang them. Roger managed to put the first forty-nine brackets up the right way, but initially put the last one upside down! Nick and Roger, assisted by other Rotarians, then hung the baskets. Together with the work of other Kinver residents, these efforts, spread over several months, reaped a reward in the shape of the trophy for the Best Kept Village in South Staffordshire District. Matt says that Lin Hingley of Kinver’s Best Kept Village Committee has her eyes on the County title for next year, though he hasn’t dared mention this to his wife!
The photograph shows Matt and Lin Hingley receiving the trophy from the Chair of South Staffordshire District Council.
Ian Maddock



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