Youth club members vow to clean up Westward Ho!

YOUNG people from Northam and Westward Ho! Youth Club have started a clean-up campaign in the area around their youth club building in Westward Ho! The group of 11-18-year-olds aim to enter the Devon Crime Beat Award with their project to tidy up and repa

YOUNG people from Northam and Westward Ho! Youth Club have started a clean-up campaign in the area around their youth club building in Westward Ho!

The group of 11-18-year-olds aim to enter the Devon Crime Beat Award with their project to tidy up and repaint the area next to the tennis courts and pavilion on Golf Links Road.

Members from the youth club have taken photographs to record some of the vandalism, litter and dog mess in the area. The group has also gained permission from Torridge District Council to take action to repair some of the damage.

During the coming months they will be repairing and repainting the crazy golf course to make it safe and more attractive. They will also be replanting the flower beds with colourful displays, including sun flowers and marigolds.


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"It's disgusting how many people don't clean up after their dogs," said 13-year-old Ellie May Barrell.

Jess Masters, 17, added: "We like to bring our nephew to the playground, but there is so much broken glass and rubbish. We decided that if we do something to clean up this area, it might make other people less likely to drop litter and damage our youth club building. There are always people down here drinking and some cause a nuisance."

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The group will meet each week to continue to improve the area and any donations of suitable shrubs and plants or paint would be most useful. Adult volunteers are also required to get involved to support the young people.

The group plans to offer a range of family activities at the youth club during the Westward Ho! Potwalloping Festival in May and will be painting the small wall around the playground with a seaside theme mural. It will hold an open day so that people can see how much has been achieved by the group.

The 10 youngsters undertaking the work are hoping to raise funds through sponsorship. If anyone would like to sponsor this clean-up project or wants to get involved as a volunteer, they should contact Jane Elliott on 07773 679559.

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