Wellie Wombles

Today’s Advent Calendar window opens to say thank you to Wellie Wombles, the litter picking group from Wellingborough Eco Group, started on Facebook by Freddie Harris in February 2021, as a Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire group of Northants Litter Wombles. Both groups have been set up to encourage people to litter pick. Here’s Freddie talking about Wellie Wombles:

Wellie Wombles are individual litter pickers who, like the TV Characters, go Wombling free tidying up after the everyday people. We do suggest that Wombles start near where you live but can litter pick whenever they want to, and pretty much wherever they want to. As a group we simply offer help, supplies and guidance, plus give litter pickers the chance to share photos with each other of what has been picked on the Wellie Wombles Facebook group.

Wellie Wombles regularly litter pick 100+ bags a month just in Wellingborough and have filled 60 bags so far this month already! Maybe you have seen a Wellie Womble or two tidying up your local area, or have seen one of those red bags at the side of the road? Wellie Wombles also join in the Wellingborough Eco Group ‘Two Hour Tidy Up’ every month, tidying up local parks and public spaces.

Plus Freddie is busy working behind the scenes and has had some great success stories, including engaging with local schools and young people on the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, by setting up local neighbourhood hubs where people can borrow our litter pickers and hoops; and with local business, to get them to take up litter picking. He is currently engaging with supporters over the festive period to see if they would like to do some picking too.

To help you, we have teamed up with Glamis Hall every Tuesday afternoon for Tuesday Tidy Ups, with Wellingborough Library Monday to Saturday and with Wellingborough Norse Monday to Friday; to loan litter pickers, hi-vis and hoops, and to give away bags. Equipment and bags are to be collected from one of the above locations, equipment is to be returned on the same day; and bags left for Wellingborough Norse by a public highway or at Glamis Hall on Tuesdays for collection. To get bags collected, simply report them on our website. You can also purchase a variety of pickers and hoops from us at our Tuesday Tidy Ups.

Come to Tuesday Tidy Ups this afternoon at Glamis Hall’s Community room from 2:00 until 6:00pm to meet Freddie and other Wellie Wombles for a tidy up or just a chat. Find out more about Wellie Wombles on our webpage or join the Wellie Wombles Facebook group.

Tuesday Tidy Ups and Swap Shop

It’s Tuesday again tomorrow, our fun day in Glamis Hall. Come and borrow (or buy) litter pickers and hoops, plus get your NNC bags for free. Come and and have a Tuesday Tidy Up!

Wellingborough Swap Shop is back again with food and more from Redeem Funds, Glamis Hall and our Community Allotment . As always, bring what you want, take what you like it’s all free!

Energy Savers is there too to save energy and cut your bills, lots of info now on the website at www.energysavers.org.uk (available on Tuesday afternoons too!)

See you tomorrow, 2-6, in Glamis Hall’s Community Room 🙂

Litter Picking at Northen Way

Wellingborough Eco Group & Wellie Wombles

Amazing job done at our monthly Two Hour Tidy Up this morning. The three of us picked up 30 bags, plus lots of other items including three bikes, three tyres, two cat carriers and a Morrisons shopping trolley!

Thank you to our brave #LitterHeroes Suzanne, Jessica and Jonathan for coming out today and Emma for manning the #Womble Wagon!

Litter Picking Northen Way Park

This Month’s Two Hour Tidy Up takes place on this Saturday (27th November) in Northen Way Park. Our Recycling Station will be set up from 9:30am near the Stewarts Road entrance to the park, for litter picking between 10 and 12. We will be litter picking the park, the nearby cycle path and flood reservoir.

This location has been chosen by Jessica, one of our Wellie Wombling litter heroes. Litter pickers can walk or cycle safely to where we will be using the cycle path that connects this area to the Hemmingwell Estate and to the wider town. As a group we have not tidied up this area before, and as you will see in the photos taken there’s a lot to do…

To help us and keep us safe at this and future litter picks, Wellingborough Eco Group have purchased some litter pickers, hi-vis vests and safety equipment including road signs. Wellingborough Norse are also lending us some equipment, so everything is provided but please bring your own gloves if you can.

Social distancing is a must, hand sanitiser will be available, please do not come if you have covid-19 symptoms, but apart from that, ALL WELCOME!

Here are lots of pictures of the park to get you in the mood, more photos, including ones of the cycleway and reservoir on our Facebook post

Litter Picking at Castle Fields

Thank you to the 16 litter heroes that joined us this morning for our Two Hour Tidy Up of Castle Fields, London Road Cemetery and the surrounding area. Together we filled 37 bags with litter, plus half filled a green bin with recycling! We also found a ladder, a shopping trolley, and car parts.

Our Recycling Station was set up from 9:30am at the entrance to the park off Castle Road, for litter picking between 10 and 12. This time for #Halloween there were no tricks, just picks and treats. Great to see a couple of families with us for this.

Thank you to Jess, Sue, Freddie and Georgina, Emma and Jonathan, Pretty and Mohapi, Niall and Wayan, Jane, Hannah and Sean, Marion, Bob and Gill. It was a real treat to see lots of Wellie Wombles working together. Thank you also to everyone who thanked us for tidying up their park and streets. Well done all!

Litter Picking Castle Fields

This Month’s Special Halloween Two Hour Tidy Up takes place on Saturday 30th October in Castle Fields. Our Recycling Station will be set up from 9:30am near the Castle Road entrance to the park, for litter picking between 10 and 12. We will be litter picking the park, nearby cemetery and the surrounding streets.

For Halloween, we will be having a bit of fun for the children this half term week. No tricks, just pick and treat! We will have a selection of small sweets and other treats for our young (and old) litter pickers, litter pick and get a treat.

To help us and keep us safe at this and future litter picks, Wellingborough Eco Group have purchased some litter pickers, hi-vis vests and safety equipment including road signs. Wellingborough Norse are also lending us some equipment, so everything is provided but please bring your own gloves if you can.

Social distancing is a must, hand sanitiser will be available, please do not come if you have covid-19 symptoms, but apart from that, ALL WELCOME!

To get you in the mood, there are lots more pictures of the park available on our Facebook and Nextdoor groups.

Litter Picking at Bassett’s Close

Thank you to the 12 litter heroes that joined us yesterday at our Two Hour Tidy Up of Bassett’s Close, Broad Green and the surrounding area. Together we filled 38 bags with litter, plus half filled a green bin with recycling! We also found a roll of carpet, a 25 year old crisp packet, a TV and a couple of tennis balls.

This Month’s Two Hour Tidy Up took place this morning (Saturday 25th September) in Bassett’s Close. Our Recycling Station was set up from 9:30am near the entrance to the park on Westfield Road, for litter picking between 10 and 12.

Thank you to Ros, Emma, Jonathan and Billy, Jessica, Judy, Freddie and Georgina, Suzanne and Niall, and Peter and Catrina. Great to see lots of Wellie Wombles working together. Thank you also to everyone who thanked us for tidying up their park and streets. Well done all!

Litter Picking Bassett’s Close

This Month’s Two Hour Tidy Up takes place this Saturday (25th August) in Bassett’s Close. Our Recycling Station will be set up from 9:30am near the entrance to the park on Westfield Road, for litter picking between 10 and 12. We will be litter picking the park and the surrounding streets.

To help us and keep us safe at this and future litter picks, Wellingborough Eco Group have purchased some litter pickers, hi-vis vests and safety equipment including road signs. Wellingborough Norse are also lending us some equipment, so everything is provided but please bring your own gloves if you can.

Social distancing is a must, hand sanitiser will be available, please do not come if you have covid-19 symptoms, but apart from that, ALL WELCOME!

To get you in the mood, there are lots more pictures of the park available on our Facebook and Nextdoor groups.

Litter Picking in our Town Centre

Thank you to the 12 litter heroes who took part in our Two Hour Tidy Up of our town centre this morning. We picked 24 bags of litter, including a bag of drinks cans for our Womble Bin; plus a car tyre.

This litter pick took place between 10 and 12 and our recycling station was next to the tree on Market Street. As you can see there is a huge pile of rubbish. North Northamptonshire Council have been informed of this. Unfortunately due to this new system Wellingborough Norse could not collect it on the same day.

Thank you to Freddie and Georgina, Suzanne and Tina, Angela, Caitlin and Olivia, Tricia and John, and Emma, Jonathan and Billy. The next Two Hour Tidy Up will take place on Saturday September 25th, location to be decided, follow this blog or join Wellingborough Eco Group on Facebook, Nextdoor or Twitter and/or Wellie Wombles to find out more…

Litter Picking our Town Centre

WELLINGBOROUGH ECO GROUP WITH WELLIE WOMBLES

This Month’s ‘Special Bank Holiday’ Two Hour Tidy Up takes place this Saturday (28th August) in the Town Centre. Our Recycling Station will be set up from 9:30am near the banks on Market Street, for litter picking between 10 and 12. We will be litter picking the whole town centre, from High Street to Sheep Street, from Oxford Street to Cambridge and all in between.

To help us and keep us safe at this and future litter picks, Wellingborough Eco Group have purchased some litter pickers, hi-vis vests and safety equipment including road signs. Wellingborough Norse are also lending us some equipment, so everything is provided but please bring your own gloves if you can.

Social distancing is a must, hand santiser will be available, please do not come if you have covid-19 symptoms, but apart from that, ALL WELCOME! For more info see https://www.facebook.com/events/533032784650862/ 

Here are some pictures to get you in the mood: