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CSTG - Pride of Place

Clean Britain Awards (Towns Category) 

Helping put Civic Pride back into Britain
2008/09 Award Winners

Gold Award: Windsor & Eton Town Centres
Royal Borough of Windsor &Maidenhead

Silver Award: Southend High Street and Seafront
Southend Borough Council

Bronze Award: Church Stretton
South Shropshire District Council

What is 'Pride of Place'?


A scheme operating in Church Stretton and area, by a group of volunteers who clean streets and pavements, litter pick, wash signs, shop fronts, paint gates and fences and maintain public benches.All equipment used is provided by the Church Stretton Area Tourism Group.

The volunteers also respond to specific requests from residents, i.e. removal of fly-tipping, litter etc. Most of our work goes into keeping the town centre clean and free of litter.

The Group has been selected for the ''Adopt a Station'' scheme. Keeping the station area clean is an ongoing task and this year alone many shrubs and over 1,000 daffodil blubs have been planted. We invite you to view our section on the Railway for information on progress.

Church Stretton is the only market town in the Shropshire Hills Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are proud of our lovely town and we want our families and visitors to see it ALWAYS at its best.


Tools of the trade !

In January 2006 (pages 12 and 13) Focus Magazine published a comprehensive list of the achievements of the Church Stretton Area Tourism Group, which included the Pride of Place initiative.


Sign washing


The Burway and Church Way

When do we operate?

Early on Sunday mornings - usually once a month, (for approx 2 hours) when there is very little traffic about. We also schedule work dates to prepare for special events,
i.e. Easter, Remembrance Sunday, Arts Festival, Food Fayre, Christmas etc.


One of the main benefits for our volunteers is the opportunity to meet like-minded people, make new friends and experience companionship with a real sense of belonging and achievement. Plus, of course, healthy exercise in the great outdoors.


After a morning's work we enjoy breakfast together. This is supplied by
John & Lynwen Gott, Berrys (Coffee House of the Year) who kindly provide volunteers with a free breakfast after each work session, giving us the opportunity to swop experiences of the morning and plan for the next 'sweep'.

Interested in Joining Us?

If we had more volunteers, we could cover an even wider area. If you are interested, just turn up at 7.45am on any of the above days. We meet at the top of the slip road leading to the Railway Station. Or, if you would like to speak to someone first, contact

Team Leaders:

Trevor Halsey 01694 723270
Paul Godwin 01694 723022

We are a very happy, easygoing team and would be pleased to hear from you.