The Upton Village Volunteer Group was formed in a very loose way as a result of several parishioners volunteering to undertake tasks around the village when they completed their Parish Plan questionnaire back in 2004. Since that time a member of the Parish Council has organised working parties to do such jobs as litter picking, hedge cutting, re-laying paving slabs, clearing an overgrown part of the churchyard, clearing an overgrown section of the stream, installing new play equipment, installing new safety mats, mowing the recreation ground and many other tasks.
Recently the group has been reorganised to spread the workload and to make it a more efficient and effective organisation. A steering committee consisting of four parishioners plus a member of the Parish Council head up the group and decide on the projects to be undertaken and nominate a member of the group to manage that project. If you are a member of the group who is prepared to undertake the sort of work that the project requires then you will receive an email asking if you can help (if you do not have an email address we will always get the details to you). There is no pressure to come along, you just help out if you feel like it. You will be asked to bring along certain tools or even a wheelbarrow but often there are more than enough tools for all the volunteers.
Although the projects are now organised by the group themselves just about all of the projects will be undertaken for the Parish Council such that volunteers are covered by the PC’s insurance.
At the moment we have just over 50 parishioners in the group some of whom restrict their activities to light duties like litter picking others are prepared to try anything. If you are new to the village please consider joining the group, it is a great way to meet like-minded neighbours and do a useful job for the village at the same time.
For more information or to join the group please call Mike Brown on 850135 or email him at moc.tenretnitbnull@93ikemak.