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April 2007


A premier team took on clean-up the Rib phase II ( Luyens Rise downstream) in exceptional weather conditions and scored 36 for the Civic Society and supporters and nil for those who may increasingly be described as suffering from 'incivility'. In contrast to the experience during clean-up phase I, the team removed not only the usual debris from the Rib and its banks but there was a significant amount of 'industrial material' which begs the question �is there a body on the Watermill Industrial Estate which takes responsibility to keep the environment clean and tidy?�

River Rib Clean Up

The Civic Society had material support from EHC for this direct action and we are grateful for their commitment but on the ground it was Glyn Jones and a bunch of caring volunteers who made it happen and we are indebted to them for their expression of Civic Pride.

Recently we participated in the 9th. annual award to community publications sponsored by the Cambridge Building Society. (The Buntingford Journal has won in the recent past and regularly receives commendations ) This year there were 56 entries, 20 of which were new. The fact that 20 were new publications says that there is a real need at grassroots for community based media so treasure your Journal and more strength to your editor Val Hume.

As we all know, organisations evolve and personalities change but if the core values are worthwhile the enterprise makes progress. The Civic Society will miss Jo Markwell, who will shortly be moving south of the river, not only as membership secretary but for the lasting work she has done for Layston Gardens and a number of artefacts of historical value in the Town.

The membership secretary function will, in future, be met by Chris Eagle and we know that with the skills he brings to the role we can anticipate a drive to increase our already substantial membership and have an even more meaningful voice in the community.

There are two vacancies on the Executive Committee and we seek the involvement of individuals who have a real sense of Civic Pride, are confident they can function in an increasingly complex legislative environment and have the space in their lives to do things, whether that is as a delegate to a national conference or picking-up discarded cans in the Rib or working through from concept to implementation boundary signs which reflect the merit of Buntingford.

Elsewhere in the Journal you will find an appreciation of the late Chris Woods. His contribution to the Town over a long lifetime was outstanding and his like is irreplaceable.

Derek K Cooper, Chairman.
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