Swaffham volunteers urged to clean for the Queen

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Community volunteers in the Swaffham area are being urged to apply for grants to hold events to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The initiative is part of a nationwide Clean for the Queen programme, which aims to encourage people to tidy up their areas ahead of the landmark in the spring.

To coincide with that, Breckland Council is offering grants of up to £200 to people who can show they have done their bit to keep their communities tidy.

The money can be used to stage a celebration event between April 21 and 24, around the weekend of the Queen’s actual birthday.

Trevor Carter, the council’s cabinet member for place, said: “There are hundreds of volunteers in Breckland who help keep the district tidy, for example by carrying out litter picks and weeding sessions and by preparing village halls and sports grounds ahead of community events; they are the true embodiment of community spirit.

“The Queen’s milestone birthday gives us all a good excuse to join our friends and family for a celebration and this one-off grant scheme gives the council an opportunity to reward existing and new volunteers with a little help towards a community get-together.”

The scheme is open to community groups, sports clubs and parish councils. Applications should be submitted by February 1.

For more information, visit www.breckland.gov.uk/