Many hands made light work on ‘Tidy the Town’ Civic Day

14th July 2023

On Saturday 17 June, Civic Day 2023, members of our Cheltenham office joined Cheltenham BID and Civic Society for their Tidy the Town event.

Civic Day is a national celebration of civic pride – a day on which residents can demonstrate their care for the place where they live by taking action to undertake a variety of community tasks, an ethos supported by HCR Cheltenham’s CSR initiative.

To mark this day, volunteers took to Cheltenham town centre to deep clean The Strand area of High Street, Cambray Place and Grosvenor Terrace. The volunteers completed a ranged of tasks including weeding, sweeping, litter picking, and removing graffiti, stickers and gum from street furniture.

With good attendance on the day, including volunteers from various local businesses, Cheltenham’s MP Alex Chalk and Mayor of Cheltenham, Matt Babbage, many hands made light work!

Steve Murray, Partner at Harrison Clark Rickerbys said: “It was a very satisfying morning, we were pleased to be involved. It was great to see the number of supporters prepared to get their hands dirty and to work alongside other local businesses to improve an area of town members of our Cheltenham office use on a daily basis. The team was proud of what was achieved on the day.”

Andrew Booton, Chair of Cheltenham Civic Society said: “This part of town has a lot of street furniture and isn’t always seen as a priority when it comes to attention from the local authorities. The simple act of cleaning and weeding has made a significant difference and should set an example to how we treat the public spaces.”

Heath Gunter, chief executive of Cheltenham BID said: “Dozens of bags of rubbish and weeds were collected by Ubico after the volunteers had finished, leaving this part of the town looking more attractive than it did at the start of the day.  It was amazing to see our businesses volunteering their time to improve our town centre and the feedback we’ve received from them has been overwhelmingly positive.”