Helping community brings rich rewards

IT’S been a chilly spring but that hasn’t stopped residents getting out and about to help make the most of the beauties of our area.
The amazing Downend and Bromley Heath in Bloom volunteers have been planting trees at Cleeve Hill and Bromley Heath Road and scattering wildflower seeds and they promise us an Avenue of Flowers to enjoy in the summer.
Meanwhile improvements are under way to the play areas at Page Park and King George V playing fields, meaning that the youngest members of our community will have even more to enjoy in the fresh air and – we hope – warm days to come.
Parkruns are a great way to get fit and meet people and it’s wonderful to see that the weekly Pomphrey Hill event, which started in March 2014, is going from strength to strength and will continue to remain free of charge and open to everyone.
The rewards of getting involved with activities in the community are evident in so many of our stories this month, as always. In this edition, we report on many individual and group efforts by residents, from small children through to people close to their tenth decade who are prepared to step forward and collect signatures in support of the library.
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