Aston Lodge Residents Association

Volunteering

The ALRA Volunteers have already swung back into action in 2022... They have edged, cleared and swept the pathway that runs from the giant oak tree on Mercer Avenue, through the grassed area, to Lyndhurst Grove.

Footpath between Lyndhurst Grove & Mercer Avenue - Before
Footpath between Lyndhurst Grove & Mercer Avenue - Before
Footpath between Lyndhurst Grove & Mercer Avenue - Work in Progress
Footpath between Lyndhurst Grove & Mercer Avenue - Work in Progress
Footpath between Lyndhurst Grove & Mercer Avenue - Job Done!
Footpath between Lyndhurst Grove & Mercer Avenue - Job Jone!

Since the association was formed, we have been organising regular Volunteer Work Parties, which have been focused on the footpaths across Aston Lodge, many of which had become overgrown and at times impassable.

Clearing footpath between Mercer Avenue & the Park
Clearing footpath between Mercer Avenue & the Park

Currently, it is unlikely that the Highways Authority or Borough Council will adopt the pathways around and through our estate. And, frankly, we can do a decent job of maintaining them ourselves, whilst respecting the natural environment.

Footpath cleared between the Park & Pembroke Drive
Footpath cleared between the Park & Pembroke Drive

The team always welcomes new volunteers. The work parties are usually for 45 minutes to an hour and take place most weeks, sometimes twice a week. You can join the sessions as little or often as you wish, there is no obligation. The sessions are easy going, sociable and good exercise. You can do as much, or as little, as you like... or, you can just bring us a tray of tea!

Tidying cobbles on the roundabout
Tidying cobbles on the roundabout

If you'd like to get involved and meet other resident volunteers, then please send us an email to register your interest in volunteering (secretary@alra.org.uk).

The sessions are advertised each week by WhatsApp, text or Facebook messenger.  Once registered, you can join any session that's convenient for you.

Clearing gutter on Saddler Avenue near Leacroft
Clearing gutter on Saddler Avenue near Leacroft

A big thank you to the organisers and volunteers who achieved so much in 2021 and have hit the ground running in 2022!