Friends of Thringstone environmental group

The Friends of Thringstone is a local group that do a number of activities to benefit the village and local area. Among the activities the group litter pick, plant trees, shrubs and flowers and maintain 5 flower beds they have taken over from various other agencies, they clean graffiti, produce history booklets – all for the love of the village.
Their next meeting is on Thursday December 4th 2014 at 6:45pm
This will be a full meeting and anyone welcome to attend. It will be held in Thringstone Community Centre, Thringstone House, The Green,   Thringstone, LE67 8NR.

Friends of Thringstone was formed in February 2005 from a handfull of people who came to a public meeting organised by local councillors keen to set up an environmental group in the village. 9 years on, this non-political group now totals 127 members, and has won numerous awards, including the first ever Green Footprints Award for Community and Partnerships in 2009 and The Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service in 2011.

   Picnic in the parks 2014

Nita Pearson is the chairman of the group:

“I have been chairman since we started in 2005, and keep getting voted in every year. When we started, we just did litter picking which we still do – I litter pick daily in the village and we have groups of others who also help by litter picking every week. We also organise a quarterly community litter pick. However, since we started we have grown somewhat. We are now responsible for 5 areas of planting in the village, some of which we have taken over from the council, we produce a free quarterly village newsletter which our volunteers deliver for us in Thringstone and parts of Whitwick, we have published numerous books about the village, its people and their lives, and we put on village events as well as attend many others by selling stuff to both raise our profile and our funds.

Most of our events are just one day, but we recently put on our first ever 3 day event with Thringstone House Community Centre, centred around recording the lives of people who went off to the First World War. Thringstone is a great community, and it is nice to work with other agencies to try to dispel the myth that we are just another mining village which was decimated by pit closures. Thringstone was in the Domesday book, has a wealth of history, is set beside Grace Dieu Woods (left) which is a beautiful area in which to walk, and is a friendly community.”

Friends of Thringstone meet on the 1st Thursday of every month at 6.45pm at Thringstone House Community Centre. All are welcome to come along. The group can be reached through their website which is www.friends-of-thringstone.org.uk or through twitter @Thringstone2 or via facebook.

Friends of Thringstone