Volunteers land on Toft site

The team of young volunteers ready for action, with (left to right) Malcolm Wade of West Lindsey Street Force, District Councillor Di Rodgers, Parish Councillor Steph Orr, and team leader Jo Winterbourne.
The team of young volunteers ready for action, with (left to right) Malcolm Wade of West Lindsey Street Force, District Councillor Di Rodgers, Parish Councillor Steph Orr, and team leader Jo Winterbourne.

YOUNGSTERS from across West Lindsey have been giving up their time to help the community.

The volunteers have been taking part in the National Citizen Service and one of the places to benefit from their hard work has been the village of Toft Newton.

The former MOD site has received a spruce up courtesy of the young people on the scheme, which saw them undergo three weeks of full time training before undertaking 30 hours of work within the local community.

Local district councillor Diana Rodgers was contacted by the Curriculum Enrichment Partner from the Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership to enquire about a possible project in the area.

“Knowing West Lindsey District Council’s commitment to ex-MoD properties, I contacted the Toft Newton Parish Council and it was agreed that there was a good deal of work to be done within the community,” said Coun Rodgers.

“The work involved clearing weeds from footpaths and gutters around the Newtoft community.

“This is a marvellous example of young volunteers getting involved in their own areas.” 

Armed with high visibility jackets and waste collection bags provided by West Lindsey District Council, the group of young people set about their three day project and Toft Newton parish councillor Stephanie Orr was thrilled with the work that was carried out.

“The youngsters were so friendly and we were really pleased with the way everything went. They really impressed us,” said Mrs Orr.

“This project is a brilliant idea and it helps the community tremendously.”

And Welton teenager Georgina Hayes (17), who took part on the day, agreed it had been all worthwhile.

“I loved doing the work as I felt it genuinely made a difference to the village, she said.