tidy tavistock
Calling all local volunteers!

Do you care about the local environment & take pride in the appearance of Tavistock?

If so... We need you to help us with regular litter picking in our Community.

There will be a brief Health & Safety talk which will cover you for Public Liability Insurance and when we know how many people are willing to help, we will be able to provide equipment.

Please register your name and point of contact to our "Add your support" provision to the right herewith or contact Jeff Moody Ph. 01822- 615522 and give your name and contact details.

There have been many residents who have suggested this initiative & the local councils are happy to work with the community.

Stories and images courtesy of Tavistock Times Gazette

Sunday, 04 October 2015

TIDY TAVI'S 4TH Birthday celebration started with the official cake cutting ceremony by West Devon Mayor Cllr David Cloke. Tidy Tavi volunteers enjoyed cake donated by the new Tavistock Tesco Store Personnel Manager, Ashley Bryant, & Heather Mitchell Tesco's Community Champion & coffee kindly supplied by Meadowlands Pool cafe.

After their birthday party, teams set out for their monthly litterpick around Tavistock. Our Tesco visitors Ashley & Heather joined Steve Hipsey's team who targetted Anderton Lane layby, while Mayor, David Cloke, joined Jeff Moody's team which concentrated on the town centre streets. The teams collected around 15 bags of rubbish, and the town centre team members commented on how they noticed an increase in the growing problem of dropped cigarette butts around tavistock.

Thursday, 01 October 2015

Please come along to Meadowlands Leisure Pool this SATURDAY and help the hard working TIDY TAVI litterpick volunteers to celebrate their 4th Birthday of litterpicking in Tavistock.

Over the past 4 years, the group has collected in excess of 1600 bags of carelessly dropped litter in Tavistock.

This Saturday, local WDBC & TCC Councillor Jeff Moody is targeting cigarette butts at Tavistock bus station and around Tavistock Town Centre to highlight that cigarette butts are also litter.

Saturday, 02 August 2014

Many will have seen volunteers from the Tidy Tavi group out cleaning up the streets of Tavistock last Saturday.Apart from a few very brief showers the weather was good and the turnout very encouraging.

Several volunteers were welcomed back having been unable to attend for a considerable period of time. This highlights the nature of the group as a very informal gathering of like-minded folks once a month to pick up litter for a couple of hours. Help is always much appreciated but there is no pressure whatever to attend on a regular basis.

Much of the town was visited on Saturday and a considerable volume of rubbish collected, to be disposed of by West Devon Borough Council whose support is very much appreciated.

Also once again, the group is very grateful to 1Life at Meadowlands for proving a base for operations. Should you wish to come along next month, make some new friends and benefit from a little light exercise, please come to the Meadowlands Café at 10:00 on Saturday September 6th August

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Tidy Tavi would like to express many thanks to all the Tidy Tavi volunteers who helped to prepare for the visit of the Britain in Bloom judges during the last couple of weeks. This work was done largely on an individual and short notice basis. Together with the sterling efforts of volunteers from other organisations the venture helped to ensure that the parts of town inspected on the day were just about spotless.

The next Tidy Tavi litter picking outing will take place on Saturday 2nd August.

At the time of writing the weather forecast looks most favourable for a gentle stroll around Tavistock with a litter picker. All volunteers are extremely welcome! If you’d like to help maintain the excellent standard of cleanliness in our beautiful town, please meet in the Meadowlands Café at 10:00. Tea and coffee will be available before the teams set off to various parts of the town, kindly provided by 1Life. The fun ends at about midday, so there will be plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day in the sunshine. As usual robust footwear and a good pair of gloves are recommended.

Saturday, 05 July 2014

As from the 5th July, we will be meeting at the Meadowlands Leisure Pool, Tavistock who have kindly offer to give volunteers a free cup of tea/coffee before setting out.

Meadowlands has also kindly offered to support Tidy Tavi by storing our litter picking equipment and supplying extra volunteers from the Meadowlands staff. They will also be providing us with a banner advertising our monthly litterpicks which will be hung on the Plymouth Road tennis court fence the week leading up to the litterpick.

Tidy Tavi would like to say a big thank you to Meadowlands for their community support.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

We are looking fore more volunteers to help us on our 30th litterpick on the 7th JUNE.

Litterpicks last only 2 hours and occur on the 1st Saturday of each month. We meet at the Wharf Carpark Tavistock at 10am and finish at noon.

We would like to extend our litterpicking areas, further out into the outer lying areas as well as the Town Centre, but we need your help.

Each litter pick last only 2 hours and a full safety briefing is given so you know what to do. Tidy Tavi also provides all the litter picking equipment and hi-viz tabards.

Volunteers are divided up into groups and you will have a group leader to guide the way.

If you have a couple of hours spare on SATURDAY 7TH JUNE come join our enthusiastic group at 10 am at the Wharf Carpark...see you there!!!

Wednesday, 09 April 2014

After 28 'dry' consecutive monthly Tidy Tavi litter-picks, sadly last Saturday the Tidy Tavi record was finally broken when volunteers experienced a 'heavy mist', but I have been reliably informed that it was, in fact, rain.

However, despite the poor weather and a reduced turnout,  most central parts of the town were visited from Brook Street out to Pixon Lane, Down Road and Plymouth Road as far as Morrison’s supermarket. Litter was also collected from all the town car parks along the way. In total 15 bags of dropped litter were collected by the intrepid volunteers.

Special thanks go to Paul Blowey and Debo Sellis who kindly stepped in to coordinate the teams in the absence of the usual organisers, (who both happened to be otherwise occupied in drier parts of the country!)

Yet more thanks go to the Tavistock Launderette who have kindly offered to sponsor  a service wash of our high visibility tabards worn by volunteers. Their services were most certainly critical on this occasion as most of the helpers returned somewhat damper than when they set off.

The next foray will leave the Wharf car park at 10:00 on Saturday 3rd May. Anyone wishing to help out should bring a good pair of gloves. Hopefully wet weather gear will not be required once the spring sunshine has returned!

SEE YOU THERE..............

Saturday, 01 February 2014

Last Saturday, the weather was yet again fine for our 27th consecutive monthly Tidy Tavi litterpick.

13 brave volunteers braved the cold weather and forecast rain, but as expected by the group, who haven never had a wet litterpick since forming in October 2011, at the stroke of 10am the clouds parted and blue skies prevailed for the next 2 hours.

With a small group the usual routes were addressed around the Wharf and car parks, bus station, garden , the town centre and Pixon Lane and the riverside, In all 20 bags of litter were collected from around Tavistock.

Unfortunately, with Steve being away the outer lying areas such as the Anderton Lane layby weren't litterpicked but with the number back to normal next month, we will address all these outlying litter spots.

One thing that we do need is more volunteers to help lead litterpicking teams. If you can spare the 1st Saturday of each month and would like to be a 'team leader' please let Cllr Jeff Moody know on tele:01822 615522 or Twitter at @thejeffmoody.

Hoping to see you all at the next Tidy Tavy litterpick on Saturday 1st March at 9.50am at the Wharf carpark Tavistock.

Saturday, 04 January 2014

The Tidy Tavi group was delighted with Saturday morning’s clean-up activities for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, sixteen volunteers turned out to help, allowing a greater area of Tavistock to be visited than has recently been the case.

The teams included members of the Meadows Makeover group and an encouraging number of young people and children (including a toddler who enjoyed the outing in her pushchair!) Also, much to everyone’s relief and amazement, the weather was dry once again!

The effects of the recent storms had evidently spread the detritus created during the festive period to generate greater than normal accumulations of litter around the town. The storms had also soaked a lot of the paper waste, making the waste sacks heavy and unwieldy. Nevertheless, a considerable volume of rubbish was collected to be disposed of by West Devon Borough Council.

In a new initiative, the Tidy Tavi teams reported several instances of dog fouling to the appropriate authorities. These included particularly unpleasant examples in Market Road and directly outside St Rumon’s School. The teams will also be on the lookout for fresh graffiti in support of the local police on future forays.

Saturday, 04 May 2013

Some interesting items collected on our 19th litterpick included a flatscreen TV!

Sunday, 07 April 2013

The sun shone once again for the Tidy Tavi volunteers on Saturday morning.
Over thirty people old and young turned out to scour the town for litter, collecting the usual huge volume of rubbish from the streets of Tavistock. The group was delighted to welcome a number of new volunteers not only from the town, but also from villages in the surrounding area. Everyone is welcome to come along and help for a couple of hours on the first Saturday of each month. There’s no commitment required to attend regularly, we’re just a group of friendly and like-minded people who are keen to augment the local authority’s efforts keep our wonderful town clean and tidy for residents and visitors alike. We meet at 09:50 outside The Wharf. Litter pickers, rubbish bags and high visibility tabards are provided, just bring a pair of gloves.

Many volunteers commented on the very gratifying fact that the town centre was already very clean. The notable exception however, was the conspicuous deposits of cigarette ends discarded on pavements outside certain establishments. Cigarette ends constitute litter in the same way as any other discarded material and anyone dropping them in a public place is in contravention of the Litter Act of 1983. On the reverse side of this issue however, the group would like to commend all the businesses who regularly sweep the area where smokers gather outside their premises or provide ash trays for their employees to use.
Having worked along the main streets in the centre of the town, several groups of volunteers ventured further afield to more distant areas such as the Greenlands neighbourhood and the northern approaches to the town along the Brent Tor road. It is hoped to visit such as these more frequently in future.
The next Tidy Tavi day will be Saturday 4 May. Do come and join us!

Saturday, 05 January 2013

The New Year started off well for Tidy Tavi's January litterpick. 32 volunteers including Womble the dog collected a total of 50 bags of litter and a discarded 2 man tent!! Yet again for the 15th consecutive litter pick the weather was dry.

Jane's team who went from Pixon Lane, Whitchurch Road and back to the skate park, got a surprise when they found hundreds of tetra pac drink cartons dumped in a field in Down Road. They also found a hoard of glass bottles stuffed into the hedge in Deer Park Lane near to Whitchurch Road. Both of these incidents tend to point to repeat offenders and just goes to show that litter happens everywhere.

Other teams did the usual routes including Plymouth Road, BMX Park, Bus Station, Town Centre and Market Road.

Don't forget that the next litter pick is on Saturday 2nd FEBRUARY from 9.50 to noon (or as long as you like). Meet at the Wharf, litterpickers and tabbards provided. Bring stout gloves.


Sunday, 02 December 2012

Tidy Tavi’s December litter pick had another good turn out last Saturday 1st December with 25 volunteers and 29 bags of rubbish collected. This time, teams had some members dedicated to collecting just recycling items. 6 full bags of recyclable material were collected. Recycling proved very rewarding and will form part of future TT days. However, the team working in Tavistock town centre were very disappointed that the council contractors had not emptied the litter bins after Dickensian Night. The bins were full to overflowing with rubbish on the ground. The bus station bin was also overflowing. The Tidy Tavi team helped to empty some of the bins and also swept up cigarette ends and rubbish under the benches. A large amount of litter was cleared from the hedgerow at the end of Parkwood Road toward College Ave. Another team concentrated on the canal path and around the Tavistock College and Crowndale Road. Please don’t forget to come along to the next Tidy Tavi ‘ New Year’ litter pick on Saturday the 5th January 2013, 9.50am till 12 noon, meet at the Wharf.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Tidy Tavi volunteers, friends and family packed the function room at the Tavy Club, Tavistock last Friday 19th October to celebrate Tidy Tavi's 1st birthday with a 'Mega-Quiz', buffet and raffle.
The 'Megaquiz' was officiated by quizmaster, Steve Hipsey, using a dynamic and entertaining Powerpoint presentation of moving images and music, and included rounds such as picture spin, music, history and general knowledge and included questions for all age groups.Twelve quiz teams took part and was eventually won by the 'Dolly Mixtures'.
The Tidy Tavy raffle was also supported by 27 local Tavistock businesses who kindly donated raffle prizes which ranged from gift vouchers, jewellery and flowers to fish and a chip supper and a cream tea for two.
This year it was decided that all proceeds of the Birthday Raffle would be donated to the local charity, The Memory Cafe, which provides help and support to local families and carers of family members suffering from dementia or memory loss.
Tidy Tavi is delighted with the support it has received from volunteers and the public over the past year and looks forward to continuing its work to address the litter issue in and around Tavistock in the coming year.
Tidy Tavi litter-pick days are the 1st Saturday of each month meeting at the Wharf car-park at 9.50am and last about two hours. Litter-picking equipment is provided, just bring stout gloves.
The next Tidy Tavi litter-pick day is the 3rd November.

Sunday, 07 October 2012

To celebrate a very successful first year Tidy Tavi is organising a MEGA QUIZ NIGHT with loads of prizes so that all our supporters and friends can get together and have some fun. 7pm FRIDAY 19th OCTOBER TAVY CLUB, King Street, Tavistock. £3 Including Buffet Tickets are available from the Tavy Club or email: [email protected]

Saturday, 06 October 2012

Saturday the 6th of October was wonderful successful day to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of Tidy Tavi. For the first time ever, 12 volunteers concentrated on Bishopsmead, while 21 volunteers met at the Wharf and tackled the town centre.

This time our mascot Womble was eagerly helped a small poodle called Tony.

In all 31 bags of litter were collected. Jane’s team concentrated on the centre, where the litter consisted mainly of small stuff especially cigarette ends.

Other groups attacked areas covering from Callington Road to Parkwood Road, Pixon Lane and the cattle market on Whitchurch Road.

Good things:

So many people said ‘thank you’; a woman from St Austell was very impressed and, possibly, would have liked us to pay them a visit

Bob at the East End Cafe in the Pannier Market said we could have tea on the house!

And the amazing guitarist in Bedford Square called Al Marconi: Jane’s team could have stayed there all day.

Bad things:

The cigarette ends in certain places eg at the bus station and on King Street outside the betting shop. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if smokers could put stubs in ash trays instead of throwing them on the street. Cigarette butts are also LITTER!!!!

One of the best Tidy Tavy days so far !!

Please don’t forget about the 1st Anniversary Tidy Tavy Quiz Night (including buffet) at the Tavy Club on the 19th October at 7pm.? Tickets (£3) available at the Tavy Club, King Street, Tavistock.

Saturday, 04 August 2012

Tidy Tavi got some extra help this week from the Bank Square Artists’ Market when the market’s street performer stilt walker lent a hand to collect litter for Tidy Tavi.

23 keen volunteers dodged the showers on Saturday and managed to collect a total of 25 bags of litter dropped in the streets of Tavistock.

Jeff's Team covered, Bannawell Street, Glanville Road, Watts Road and Springhill. About 5 bags were collected here.

Other area's covered Benson meadows, Abbey Rise - lead by Debo ( she was seen pulling weeds up near the roundabout by Abbey bridge) !

Pixon Lane and Crelake Ind Est - led by Catherine - there was quite a lot of litter around the Ind est.

Town area - led by Pamela - cleared back of Wharf, bus station, Garden Lane, around the Church yard and up Killworthy hill.There was quite a lot of litter inside the church grounds where people had sat on the wall and thrown rubbish over the wall. We picked up quite a lot of Pasty House bags. Three of Pamela's group led by Tony cleared both car parks around the Wharf, Bedford Square car park and around toilet area.

Callington & Plymouth Road - led by Jane - she reported that the litter wasn't to bad along these area's.

Don’t forget that we meet at The Wharf car park at 9.50am on the first Saturday of the month. We look forward to seeing you there on the 1st of September.

Saturday, 07 July 2012

Volunteers attacked the litter around Tavistock again on July Tidy Tavi Day collecting 18bags of litter.

Today on our litter pick, one team worked around the cycle and canal path and along the path by the football field on Crowndale Road.

It was very encouraging to see less litter dropped along this area.

Our monthly litter picks are certainly making an impact on the community which is wonderful, and people are dropping less litter.

One area which is very bad is under the bridge by Brook Lane.

This is obviously used by students during lunch breaks and sadly they leave all the litter which is an absolute eye sore.
This area was cleared last month by the Tidy Tavi Team and again today.

Hopefully the message will finally get through to the youngsters who use this area.

Saturday, 09 June 2012

18 volunteers collected a total of 22 bags of rubbish including a childs wicker chair, wheel trim, large pieces of cardboard and pieces of wood. Once again the Tidy Tavi mascot was in action helping to collect litter. The Tidy Tavi litter picks seem to have reduced the amount of litter about in the town centre and lets hope that the message is getting through that it is not acceptable to drop litter in our beautiful town. However, there are still some litter hot spots in Tavistock.

Saturday, 05 May 2012

There was another fantastic turnout of volunteers for the May Tidy Tavi Day. We now have a new 4 legged volunteer, Womble the litter picking dog who helped the 2 legged variety.

One team worked the waste ground along side the BMX bike park which was terrible. There was so much rubbish that had been thrown over the wall, but still very rewarding to see the end result.

Another team went along the canal and then down to Langsford Park/Crowndale. They did the length to the football pitches in record time because there just was not that much rubbish. Obviously Tidy Tavi effort in this area is beginning to pay off!!

But they did find 2 spots needing attention and soon filled their bags! 1)Under the footbridge at Brook Lane, it is clear this is a favourite "hang out" for teenagers and there is a lot of litter on the river bank and under the bridge and the over-spill channels. 2) The river bank by the patch of grass to the south of West Bridge Cottages were quite bad.

Other areas included around the bus station, church, town centre, Dolvin Road and Drake Road.

In all, 32 bags were collected, along with all the usual bits and pieces including a child's scooter we collected.

And thanks to Cathy Hipsey, Tidy Tavi got another mention on Radio Devon!!

Many thanks to all (including Womble) who kindly gave up their Saturday morning.

Saturday, 07 April 2012

8 volunteers came in their Easter hats to add a bit of fun to the day. There were a variety to choose from for the best female and male hat. A traditional and an original one won on the day and prizes were awarded to the winners.

Saturday, 07 April 2012

Another great successful Easter litter pick on Tidy Tavy Day.

17 volunteers turned out during the holiday week end on the 7th April.

8 volunteers came in their Easter hats to add a bit of fun to the day. There were a variety to choose from for the best female and male hat. A traditional and an original one won on the day and prizes were awarded to the winners.

27 bags of rubbish were collected as well as a child's car seat and a food recycling container. A large amount of rubbish and a wooden pallet was collected from the edge of the canal by the BMX bike park. This is very sad to see rubbish being thrown into the canal by this area once again. There is a bin in the park so this sort of thing should not be happening.

Over all volunteers commented that there seems to be less litter about. This is so encouraging to see and we feel that the Tidy Tavy Team presence in the town is really making people more aware regarding throwing litter down. Long may it last! Thank you to all the lovely volunteers.

Saturday, 03 March 2012

Another good turnout for the 5th Tidy Tavy Day. 23 volunteers met at the Wharf on Saturday 3rd March and yet again, the weather was fine!! In total 30 bags of rubbish were collected. The volunteers were split into 6 groups and with their respective team leaders attacked different areas of Tavistock.

Pamela and her group tackled the skate park in Benson Meadows and up Pixon Lane to Crelake Industrial Estate. Her team collected 9 sacks of rubbish including a large piece of metal and a car alternator. 2 of the bags collected comprised drink cans and plastic bottles.

Jane and her team cleared behind the Wharf where there numerous bottles and paper on the canal bank. They also continued up to Whitchurch Road and along Abbey bridge.

Phil Jarman took a team of four up to the Anderton lay-by and cleared a lot of rubbish once again including a big yellow ‘Tiddybrook Meadows’ sign and 5 litre container full of corrosive liquid.

Paul and his daughter worked along Crowndale path and wood area and collected a large amount of litter, plus two strapped packages of ‘Lidl’ magazines. This happens almost every litter pick in this area.....obviously someone is not doing their job delivering them!

Jeff and Debo worked with their team clearing around the town centre, bus station, Bank Square, Bannawell Street and Glanville Road.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

14 volunteers from the TidyTavy group made a special effort on ‘Leap Day’ (Wed, 29th Feb) to do a much needed litter pic in and around the garden beds and perimeter of the Morrison’s supermarket car.

Morrisons supermarket had been approached by Tidy Tavy to increase the public awareness of the litter problems in and around Tavistock and to help build a working relationship with Tavistock business in order to address the litter problems in Tavistock. Morrisons staff had done a lot to improve the cleanliness of the supermarket car park.

In all 32 bags of rubbish were collected as well as 2 wooden pallets, 2 plastic jerry cans car parts and even a car bumper!!

With such a selection of eclectic items, one question keeps emerging....”why can’t people dispose of rubbish responsibility”

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Tidy Tavy founder, Pamela Steel, was recently interviewed on BBC Radio Devon. Pamela explains the background behind TIDY TAVY and how it all started. Click on play below to listen to the interview.

Saturday, 04 February 2012

In spite of the weather, 13 brave volunteers participated in the ’4th TIDY TAVY DAY’ on the 4th February 2012.

In all 26 bags of litter were collected. The total so far collected during the four events is a staggering 126 bags of litter which, had they not been collected would still be cluttering up Tavistock streets.

I hope that you would agree that Tavistock is looking much tidier since the TIDY TAVY campaign started in October 2011.

Saturday, 07 January 2012

Tidy Tavy’s January litter-pick got off to a great start last Saturday (7th January) with more than 39 bags of rubbish collected by 21 volunteers, several of whom were first-timers.

It is just wonderful to have the support of local Tavistock residents who take great pride in their town.

Many new areas of Tavistock were concentrated on and with the hard working team lead by Tidy Tavy Organiser, Jane Miller, the appalling litter in Battery Lane was finally addressed.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

The second TidyTavy day saw many familiar faces from the first meeting and some new people as well! With the great weather 22 volunteers collected 30 bags brimming with litter.

Starting in Pixon Lane, the volunteer groups moved onto the car parking area by Kings squash club, this was very bad where the area seems to have used as a dumping ground for some larger items such as old tyres. Another group set out to Crowndale (where the first TidyTavy litter pick was held) to maintain all the hard work done only a month ago, continuing around the school and canal path, along the track to Brook Lane and the football field area.
Due to the massive amount of litter picked up around the Kings area, Phil Jarman, a local business man, assisted us by collecting heavy bags of rubbish in his 4 wheel drive and taking them to the collection point. Many thanks to Phil as this made the difficult task of moving so much rubbish a lot less challenging!
With interest growing in the community to band together to help keep Tavistock a great place to live, several members of the public expressed their interest on seeing us picking litter and said they would be keen to help next time. Tidy Tavy Day was also mentioned on Radio Devon, with Pamela Steele highlighting the great work of all the volunteers and giving lots of encouragement for the next litter pick and all future TidyTavy days to be held on the first Saturday’s in the month, next one being Sat 7th January, meeting at the Wharf 10 am.
Many thanks to the Wharf as they have been a great supporter of the TidyTavy days. Also a big thanks to Cllr. Debo Sellis for her continued support both for all the hard work done behind the scenes as a councillor and for her hard work on the Tidy Tavy day itself.
'We welcome any and all help and advice and would love to hear if you feel a certain area of Tavistock needs to be tackled. As a community our strongest card is ourselves and if people can let us know when and where something needs doing, with your support we can keep Tavistock tidy.' For more information or to contact the Tidy Tavy group visit www.tidytavy.co.uk or email [email protected]

Saturday, 01 October 2011

THE first ever Tidy Tavy litter pick day took place recently with 30 community spirited individuals donning gloves and bin bags to tackle the problems from The Meadows to Crowndale.

Organisers were impressed by the large turnout of volunteers who in just over a hour filled a bag each of litter. They were assisted by representatives from South West Highways, West Devon Borough Council and refuse and recycling contractors FOCSA. Even Tony Boylin, Tavistock's only street cleaner came along on his day off.
With strong leadership by Tidy Tavy group members Pamela Steele and Jane Miller, teams of litter pickers followed a route from the underpass in The Meadows, around the school grounds and across the football fields. Another team cleared behind the Wharf, the Meadows and pathway alongside the canal and river, Bedford Square, Garden Lane and Dovin Road.
Town councillor Lynne Rose said: 'Generally I would say that Tavistock is a clean town and one its residents obviously take pride in compared to other areas of the country. 'There are obviously a few hotspots, it is a large area for one man to keep clean. But again I am very impressed by the large turnout of volunteers.'
It is hoped the day was the first of many and the Tidy Tavy group wants to hear from people in the community about problem areas and what they feel could be done to help whether it is litter picks or bins being emptied more frequently.
The Tidy Tavy Campaign started earlier in the year when Devon County councillors, highways officers and members of the community met to see how they could enhance the good work of the Tavistock street cleaner and South West Highways. Litter picking and hedge clearing was seen as priorities.
A way of obtaining public liability insurance and cutting through red tape was found without all the volunteers having to endure half a day in the classroom for health and safety training. A new change in attitude was established with a 'can do, will do' drive from all departments.
'I was not going to agree to anything which would make volunteers feel they were being bossed or that they couldn't use their own common sense,' said Devon County councillor for Tavistock Debo Sellis.
Devon county council cut back and trimmed the hedges along the canal in preparation for the first Tidy Tavy and posters were put up around the town advertising the event.
If anyone wants to join in the campaign or has any ideas visit the website: www.tidytavy.co.uk or email: [email protected]

Thursday, 11 August 2011

FOLLOWING a fantastic response to a call to tidy up Tavistock two weeks ago a Friends of Tavistock Canal Group has been set up.

Resident John Warne, who made the call through the Times, said this week that community spirit was alive and well in Tavistock.
Local residents got in touch with Mr Warne and have set up a group to monitor litter in the Tavistock Canal. South West Water has also promised to remove litter which has been reported within a two week period. Tavistock Town Council has given its support and so too has Devon County councillor Debo Sellis.
There are plans to take the project town- wide with clean-ups of the river, The Meadows and various other areas. Ross Mitchell from South West Water said the company had a community fund which the Tavistock Canal Friends group could apply to for a one-off clean up event involving lots of members of the community.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

HEDGEROWS in the Tavistock area are to be the subject of a litter pick, which is due to be organised by the town's county councillor.

Cllr Debo Sellis said she 'loathed' litter and she was keen to see something done to clear hedgerows around the town.
Cllr Sellis told last week's meeting of Tavistock Town Council that in future, there would be less cutting of hedgerows by the county council, due to financial restrictions.
And she applauded the move by town resident John Warne, who is spearheading a 'Tidy Tavy Day' - starting with Tavistock Canal.
Cllr Sellis said she wanted to organise a litter pick, to take place before the hedgerows were next cut, so that any litter hidden beneath foliage would not be 'macerated'.
'I have invited Mr Warne and his 'Wombles' to join us on that. It's about team-work and getting the community involved. The council does a really good job with litter and there are also a lot of volunteers around that will continue to do the good job they do off their own bat' she said.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

IT'S time for a clean-up! An increase in litter in Tavistock has sparked an initiative aimed at clearing up the area, beginning with the town's waterways.

Town resident John Warne recently contacted Tavistock Town Council to ask for support for a 'Tidy Tavy Day'.

Mr Warne said: 'Back in the 80s, when we had the Tavistock Civic Society and Tavistock Enhancement Group, we used to organise an annual Tidy Tavy Day on a Sunday afternoon — we could expect up to 100 caring citizens to meet at the Guildhall car park with their own brushes, dustpans, sticks for spiking litter etc, to work as a team to tidy areas of the town they felt needed attention.

'Sadly, these days there is no Tavistock Civic Society or Tavistock Enhancement Group to organise such a day, so I am willing to try to organise another at the earliest suitable date.'

Mr Warne said he recognised that these days, health and safety considerations had to be taken into account when organising such a venture. 'In the light of this, I am minded to focus now only on clearing litter out of the beds of the River Tavy and the particularly badly littered Tavistock Canal,' said Mr Warne. 'So, if there are enough public spirited people, including youth groups such as the Scouts and Guides, willing to join me at their own risk to help tidy these areas, I will gladly work towards organising a few hours on a Saturday or a Sunday to do that.'

Mr Warne said he would liaise with South West Water, which is responsible for the canal. 'We shall need to ensure that water flow is reduced in the canal to make our task less risky and easier and we will aim to clear the canal bed all the way from the Meadows to Crowndale.'

Members of the town council's properties committee backed the proposal at their recent meeting — Cllr Ted Sherrell said it was 'a splendid idea' and Cllr John Sellis said it was the sort of initiative that the council should endorse. The full council last week agreed to back the move, and support it by providing a vehicle and some manpower to take away the collected rubbish. The date for the tidy-up has yet to be arranged.

Anyone wishing to join Mr Warne in tidying the River Tavy or the Tavistock Canal should contact him by email at sjwn[email protected] com He will respond with details of the arrangements being made.



Next TidyTavy Day:
Saturday, 07/Nov/2015

The next TidyTavi Day is on


10:00 till 12:00

Meet at the Meadowland Leisure Pool coffee shop in Tavistock.

Meadowlands has kindly offered to supply free tea/coffee before we set off on our litterpick.

Please don't forget to wear suitable clothing and bring some stout gloves. Litter pickers, bags and tabbards will be provided.



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