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Youngsters wade in to clean up.

YOUNG volunteers who answered a call to help unblock a brook in danger of flooding found themselves marooned within minutes of setting off.

They were responding to an SOS - Sift Our Stream - which had been sent out by Fillongley Parish Council.

The teenage volunteers from the reVOLve project in north Warwickshire boarded a minibus in Atherstone and set off for Fillongley - but the vehicle broke down en route.

It threatened to leave them high and dry - until project staff and members of the North Warwickshire Council for Voluntary Service saved the day by putting together a convoy of five cars to get them to Fillongley. Heather Badham, the clerk to Fillongley Parish Council, had appealed to the youngsters to help clean out Bourne Brook, in Church Lane, which had become clogged by dumped rubbish.

Last year, it flooded in heavy rain because of the rubbish - and the village postmistress had to be rescued from her office by firefighters. Mrs Badham said: "We're very grateful for the work the young volunteers have done. It was a very muddy job."

It concluded a busy week for the reVOLve volunteers.

They had also responded to a plea by Hurley Community Association to clear their village churchyard and school of overgrown weeds and shrubs.

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SUPERHEROES... Young volunteers at Hurley, where they cleared the village churchyard and school ground of weeds.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 4, 2008
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