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The Club’s traditional ‘first of the year’ event – Christmas tree recycling – took place on Saturday the 10th of January. Members answered the ‘call to arms’ and the Club deployed 24 members into the ‘field’ at 4 collection stations: Faringdon, Clanfield, Shrivenham and Watchfield.

Rodders managed to bring along, once again, his full- sized Tonker Toy of tractor and trailer which Santa must have had desperate trouble delivering. Glynn and Clive led the Clanfield

Crew in a discreet special operation to the North, whilst the Shrivenham Shower established themselves outside the Barrington Arms to welcome discarded Christmas favourites.

Whilst Nigel, with Aly otherwise engaged, took the opportunity to experiment with the Watchfield collection and distributed ‘flyers’ offering a bespoke ‘from your door’ collection service with a rearguard established outside the Co-op. This proved popular and indeed very profitable – I am sure there is scope for further development!

As something of a Christmas tree expert now, judging by the number of trees brought along with a full set of needles, clearly the ‘norseman’ has taken over as the tree of choice for family’s with a hard pressed vacuum, keeping its needles throughout the festive season – to be recommended to those still undecided.

A number of people took their trees for a final walk to the collection point (looked like hard work to me!!): in fact I spotted one tree being ‘walked’ down Coxwell Road as I was driving home at 5 minutes to three and thought ‘they are not going to make it’. I subsequently learnt from the twitter feed that the tree did make it – so late opening too! What a service.

Clearly there were some ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ in terms of the

donations made at the various collection stations but overall the Club collected a creditable £931, up £10 on last year.

Well done everyone involved – a good effort. Nick Spence

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