Portsmouth church launches clean-up scheme

Members of Portsmouth North Family Church (l-r) Marie Houghton, Paul Pigney and Barbara Gamblin
Members of Portsmouth North Family Church (l-r) Marie Houghton, Paul Pigney and Barbara Gamblin
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COMMUNITY spirit was in the air as members of a family church helped clean up a garden at a house.

Portsmouth North Family Church were in Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove, on Saturday as part of their new adopt-a-block scheme.

They were clearing the garden for a couple who live in the road.

Barbara Gamblin, from the church, said the group get satisfaction from helping out.

She said: ‘This is the first time we’ve done this. I get great satisfaction doing this and helping people.

‘I know that people really appreciate what we’re doing.

‘It’s a great witness for the community for our church.’

The church meets at King Richard School in Allaway Avenue on Sunday at 10.30am.

Marie Houghton, who was also clearing up, said the new scheme evolved from litter picks that the group does.

She said: ‘All the churches have a block they’ve adopted.

‘I deliver parcels here but I noticed they had some rubbish here and I was talking to the residents.’

The group also works with wardens in Paulsgrove to help people in the area.