Encourage one another to follow Lady Brunner...
across the North West join the biggest litter pick in history.
Keep Britain Tidy launched the “Big Tidy Up” with the recreation of
a 1954 photo-call.
The charity is calling for a return to 1950s values – when people
cared about their environment.
With levels of rubbish on our streets constantly unsatisfactory, the
nationwide “Big Tidy Up” will see an unprecedented month-long blitz
on litter. Thousands of litter picks take place the length and
breadth of the country. It’s hoped half a million bin bags of litter
will be collected. So far 6,000 groups have signed up. The National
Federation of Women’s Institutes has pledged support. And thousands
of its members are set to take part.
Even before the official launch of the campaign there were 350
clean-ups planned in the North West. It is hoped as many as 1,000
events will take place in total in this region.
More than half a century ago Women’s Institute chair Lady Elizabeth
Brunner kick-started Britain’s anti-litter movement. And the 1st
anti-litter act was passed 50-years-ago this month.
Last Monday, 2 of Lady Brunner’s great grand-daughters will repeat
that very 1st rallying call and echo the sentiments from 5 decades
ago. Madeline Brunner 10 and Marnie Breadin, 9, will kick off
the Big Tidy-Up by re-creating their great grandmother’s 1954
photo-call. They will wear clothes from that era and hold placards
bearing the very first slogan:- “Please Take Litter Home”.
Marnie Breadin, said:- “We have heard all about our great
grandmother and how she started Keep Britain Tidy. We think she was
cool to start it all off because she didn’t like litter and we don’t
like litter either.”
Phil Barton, Keep Britain Tidy chief executive said:- “The Big
Tidy Up will be the biggest organised litter pick this country has
ever seen. We are delighted that 350 schools, businesses and
community groups in the region have already signed up. People in the
North West want to make a difference. We are turning the clock
back to the era of our founding mother Lady Brunner because we want
to see a return to 1950s attitudes.
At that time litter was seen as being unacceptable. Unfortunately
for a minority of people today, dropping litter seems to have become
the norm – accepted even. If people are fed up with litter in
their neighbourhood and want to make their area better, please go to
is helping communities get together to tidy up their patch.”
The month-long campaign is being run by Keep Britain Tidy and
partners: National Federation of Women’s Institutes, British Trust
For Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), Campaign to Protect Rural
England (CPRE), CleanupUK, Waste Watch and Thames21.
Environment Minister Jonathan Shaw said:- "50 years on from
the 1st Keep Britain Tidy campaign litter is still a big issue.
People need to realise that their careless behaviour is ruining our
streets and public spaces, when it only takes a moment to drop their
litter in a bin instead. By discarding litter you are breaking
the law and could be fined up to £80. It's also a costly business
for local authorities, who spend more than half a billion pound a
year picking it up - money that could be best spent elsewhere in the
I wholeheartedly support the Big Tidy Up campaign and I urge
everyone to get involved with the clean up activities in their
MENINGITIS TRUST ISSUES 'BACK TO SCHOOL' WARNING
Trust is issuing a warning about the dangers of meningitis as
students return to school, college and university this autumn.
The charity - which provides practical and emotion support to anyone
affected by meningitis - is urging all parents, students and
teachers to be vigilant of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and
septicaemia (blood poisoning). Meningitis is an infectious disease
that can kill within hours and leave some survivors with severe
after-effects including brain damage, sight and hearing loss, and
where septicaemia has occurred, limb loss and scarring.
While children under 5 are most 'at risk' for meningitis, teenagers
and students are the second most at risk group (aged 15 - 23 yrs).
It is estimated that 10% of the population carry the organism which
causes meningitis, but this increases to 25% for students.
Transmission of this organism is by droplets going from person to
person when coughing, sneezing or through close personal contact
such as kissing.
Harriet Penning of the Meningitis Trust says:- "Shared
accommodation arrangements, sitting in close confines and prolonged
exposure to bacteria can all unfortunately lead to an increased risk
Identifying the signs and symptoms of meningitis can be difficult as
they can easily appear like more common illnesses such as flu. The
Meningitis Trust is asking people to learn these signs and to trust
their instincts if they suspect anything.
The Trust produces FREE life-saving cards designed to fit inside
your wallet, which display the signs and symptoms of meningitis. The
Trust currently gives out more than 2 million cards each year, but
as it celebrates its 21st anniversary this October, it's urging more
people than ever to request one and carry it at all times. The card
is available free from the Meningitis Trust's freephone 24-hour
nurse-led helpline on 0800 028 18 28.
The symptoms of meningitis can include; fever with cold hands and
feet, headache, stiff neck, dislike of bright light, drowsiness,
joint pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, confusion and in some cases a rash
which doesn't disappear under pressure. Symptoms can appear in any
order and some may not appear at all.
reception followed by a meal and entertainment by Brendan McCormack,
Phil and Loura and local 6 piece band Soul Searchers.
The event will be held on 18 October 2008 at the Floral Hall,
Ballroom in Southport.
Colonel Bryson, OBE TD JP DL and Life President of the Royal British
Legion and Major Jan Pilgrim who received the Royal Red Cross Medal
last month and has affectionately been called the modern Florence
Mess Dress, Formal or Lounge suits with medals. Tickets
will cost £30. Please send your cheques to:-
5 Mardale Close
Please make all cheques payable to:-
'The Veterans Fund'.