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Over 100 volunteers, including residents, school children, Councillors and Arundel MP Andrew Griffith, turned out to enthusiastically support Arundel’s autumn Community Clean Up. This year’s event was spread over three days in October, with groups tackling different areas to keep the beautiful town of Arundel looking its best.

Year 3 pupils from Arundel Church of England School were first to assemble their equipment on Thursday 21 October. Working in groups with teachers and adult helpers, they combed the woods adjacent to the school to find and retrieve litter. Ryley said: “It’s important to collect rubbish so that animals don’t get caught up in it and die.”

Ethan said: “The most fun part has been using the litter pickers. We want to recycle things to help stop climate change.”

On Friday 22 October it was the turn of St Philip’s Catholic Primary School. Year 5 and Year 6 pupils tackled London Road and Arundel Park.

Alessia said: “In our eco-warrior club we learn that saving our world is important. If we destroy any more of it, we won’t have a planet.”

Florian added: “What makes the event fun is the thought of helping your community to make your world a cleaner place.”

Saturday 23 October saw a large contingent of residents joining in with the Community Clean Up both in the town centre and in the residential areas south of the town.

Mayor Tony Hunt said: “We are fortunate to live in a beautiful town, and the largest turn-out ever for an Arundel Clean-Up day shows just how much we all want to protect its special character”.

Arundel Town Council ran a competition for the most unusual object found. Amongst the worthy entrants, objects found included a copy of Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island, a baseball cap and one workman’s kneepad, two ‘L’ plates and pieces of a car, a road light and hub cap, a hat and three out of date unopened cans of cider, a smashed skateboarding helmet, a soaking wet and heavy piece of multicoloured carpet, a distressed piece of wood with a gate latch still attached and a very long pink acrylic false nail!

The Mayor Tony Hunt declared the acrylic nail as the most unusual object, which was found in London Road by St Philip’s pupils. They receive a £10 book token to spend in the Book Ferret in recognition of their efforts!