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Holmes Chapel Village Volunteers

Since about the year 2000 a small group of residents have contributed to keeping Holmes Chapel looking attractive by maintaining the flower beds in the village centre and litter picking around the village. This was an initiative by the Parish Council which has continued to provide financial support and publicity over the years.

The group has been directed by Dave Monks and John Clowes who have sourced plants and advised on maintenance. Over the years new beds have been added and there is now a wide range of interesting plants around the village. On the wall near the carpet shop is the Moroccan Broom which smells of pineapples. In the bed near Barclays Bank is a fine group of hydrangea called Annabelle which put on a brillant show of white flowers each summer. And in the recently planted Sensory Garden near the Fire Station is a plant called mellianthus major which has large frilly green leaves, another shrub called the sweet pepper bush and a tree called the paper bark maple.

Largely the plants look after themselves but need weeding and occasional pruning and these as well as litter picking are the main activities when the Village Volunteers meet each month. They meet on a Sunday morning 10 to 12 once each month – usually the second Sunday in the month. Also in the summer on the fourth Monday of the month in the evening from 6 to 7 pm. The full programme is available on the Parish Council web site.

The group are always looking for new helpers both to garden and to litter pick. No particular skill is required but if you can spare just an occasional hour it will help keep the village looking special. Just contact the Parish Council office (01477 533934 or clerk@holmeschapelparishcouncil.gov.uk) for more information.


This year Dave Monks and John Clowes plan to retire from their organising roles, which they have been doing for 20 years, so they are keen to find someone to take over. They will hopefully be around for some time to give help and advice but they feel now is the time to pass over to younger hands to continue keeping the village in top form.


Holmes Chapel has grown rapidly over the past few years so we now have a lot more residents in our community. It would be great if a few of the new residents would like to get involved along with those who have been here for some time and hopefully ensure there will be a team who can continue the work into the future.


Holmes Chapel Village Volunteers

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