In the spirit of Asda's continuing commitment to positively engage within the community of which it is part, Colleagues at the Northfield Avenue store have taken up the challenge to remove 1 metric ton of litter and fly tipped refuse, from the Kettering locality. The event will commence on Wednesday 15th May and will run till we hit our 1000 Kilogram target.

In addition to the well documented benefits of living in a clean community, we intend to make this our first sponsored charity event, aiming to raise funds for two local charities. These will be Children In Need and also Kettering, Thrapston and District Angling club, who work tirelessly in the interests of the River Nene waterways and its amazing wildlife.
    It is planned to involve as many Asda colleagues as possible, to contribute to the total amount of rubbish collected, so hopefully it should take approximately 10-15 litter picks or 3 to 4 weeks to reach our 1 TON goal. I will be picking after my night shifts and also on my days off work each week, so it should be an achievable target
    The intended sites are; the entire Slade Brook green corridor, Wicksteed park, A14 verges between junction 4 Rothwell and Junction 12 at Thrapston, the River Nene at Titchmarsh, Aldwinkle, Wadenhoe, Pilton and Barnwell country park,
the A43 link road between Rothwell Road and Stamford Road, the Grafton Underwood roads from Weekley and
Geddington and further between the Grafton Underwood turn off, through Twyell/Slipton up to the Thrapston stone
bridge, and lastly the Nene valley from Thrapston through to Denford, road and riverbanks.
       We do realise the large scope of the picking areas, however in our view it's all the more opportunity to reach or exceed our objective.  Fingers crossed, more people will put their hand in their pockets to raise money, and fewer people will put their hand in their pockets to pull out litter in the future.

              If you feel that this issue is important enough to pull you away from the TV for 1/2 an hour, please get in touch and we'll be only too enthusiastic to get you involved, so we can all make Kettering a better place for the families of the future.  Even if you fancy picking up a bag of litter when you're walking the dog, let me know and I'll add it to our community clean up total.

           As usual Scott Melville, our GSM, has been happy to let us dispose of the rubbish in our store compactor and any sites that are not near to the store will be dealt with by the Kettering or Thrapston Street cleansing teams. We continue to
owe our gratitude to Kettering council for all their great community work and hopefully soon we will see the
installation of two new litter bins in key sites, giving us even more tools to give our area a well deserved green make-over.

Updates: FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!!!!! As of 26/06/2013 we have collected 1000KG of Litter and raised £325 for our two charities.

On the 4th of June I spent 8 hours picking on my day off and managed to get 362KG from the notorious Violet Lane between Rothwell and Kettering. This is a record for our group and has really pushed us toward our 1 ton target.

We did a pick today, the 12th of June, of Wicksteed Park, including all the waters and green spaces. This was followed by picking Northfield Avenue from the B&Q store, along to the Hill St. bridge. Thanks to the grounds staff at Wicksteeds for getting rid of the rubbish for me.

Today 20/06/13, I picked from 6:30am till 5:00pm, tackling Northfield Ave up to Grafton Street, the Rockingham Road roundabout up to the Harvester, Rockingham Rd. roundabout to the Weekley roundabout (A43 link road) and the Weekley roundabout up to Boughton house. The day's total was 64KG, bringing the event total to 814KG so far.

Today, 26/06/13, I hit the Slade Brook between the Hill Street bridge and the B&Q store on Northfield Ave. This yielded 190KG in rubbish, consisting of such crazy items as a 47KG gas cylinder, a £200 fold away wheelchair, 2 trolleys, a chair and a bloomin massive truck tire that almost put my back out when I dragged it up the steep banks of the brook. This brings our 1 ton tidy-up to a very successful conclusion. It has been very hard work, involving 20 individual litterpicks, 200 hours of labour, spanning 9 weeks in total. We have raised £325 for our two causes and the community is looking better for it. In addition to this, the hard working chaps  at Kettering Borough Council have been saved an approximate £1500 in labour costs, which goes further to benefiting the Kettering community.

The 1000kg target that we set ourselves, 9 weeks ago, has just been successfully met, with the last litter pick of our store's 1 Ton Tidy-up charity event. We collected 190Kg from the Slade brook along Northfield Ave, hitting a rich vein of fly tipped refuse in the brook itself. A large gas cylinder was dragged up to road level, hopefully allowing the Council to claim a £5 donation to the 'Make A Wish Foundation'. In all we raised £325 for our causes and saved the local council approximately £1500 in expenditure, due to our 200 hours of volunteer community labour.

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Past Events

  • Mon 31 Dec 2018
    2018 1 Tonne sponsored River Plastics Clean-Up campaign
  • Tue 26 Jun 2018
    A14 Verges of insanity, you Crazy truck, dodging, mayhem litterpick
  • Wed 06 Jun 2018
  • Wed 30 May 2018
    Kettering Arena leisure village lake super pick
  • Wed 18 Apr 2018
    Slade brook clean up 9th pick 2018 1 Tonne River plastics clean-up
  • Wed 28 Mar 2018
    Slade brook Malham Drive to Leisure Village river clean up
  • Wed 14 Mar 2018
    Willowbrook lake and River Nene Thrapston mini litter pick
  • Wed 07 Mar 2018
    Burton pocket park mini pick
  • Mon 26 Feb 2018
    River Ise East bank clean up Barton Seagrave
  • Sat 27 Jan 2018
    Asda Kettering woodland winter clean-up
  • Wed 24 Jan 2018
    Ringstead mini pick
  • Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Cambridge line River Ise west bank clean up
  • Sun 24 Dec 2017
    2017 Ton of litter challenge
  • Wed 25 Oct 2017
    Kettering to Wellingborough A509 pick.
  • Wed 27 Sep 2017
    Barnwell Plantation, Pilton and Aldwinkle verges litterpick 2017
  • Sun 24 Sep 2017
    WDNAC Spinney Lakes mini-pick
  • Sat 23 Sep 2017
    ASDA Kettering Flytipping 18th 1 Tonne pick
  • Tue 05 Sep 2017
    Thrapston Drayton Estate Nene green corridor litter pick 17th 1 Tonne event
  • Sat 26 Aug 2017
    Malham Drive woodland clean up or Tidy up Asda's rubbish, because they won't! 16th 1 T event 2017
  • Wed 03 May 2017
    Northfield Ave Slade Brook corridor clean up 15th event in the 2017 1 tonne
  • Tue 18 Apr 2017
    Last pick A43 Corby link road, Kettering end 14th 1 tonne event
  • Mon 17 Apr 2017
    Wadenhoe reserve 13th 1 Tonne eventlitter pick
  • Mon 10 Apr 2017
    Pilton 12th pick 1 Tonne event
  • Sat 08 Apr 2017
    River Ise clean up Cambridge line stretch 11th 1 Tonne pick 2017
  • Thu 06 Apr 2017
    Corby link road penultimate pick 10th mini event 1 Tonne
  • Tue 28 Mar 2017
    Wadenhoe and Pilton quick pick 9th 1 Tonne pick
  • Wed 22 Mar 2017
    Kgh landfill pick 8th 1 Tonne event
  • Tue 21 Mar 2017
    Asda perimeter and Northfield Ave pick 7th pick
  • Wed 15 Mar 2017
    Kettering A43 link road 6th 1 Tonne pick
  • Tue 14 Mar 2017
    River Ise Barton clean-up 5th 1 Tonne event
  • Tue 07 Mar 2017
    Kettering A43 link road 4th 1 Tonne pick-middle stretch
  • Mon 06 Mar 2017
    Wadenhoe fishing 3rd litter pick
  • Sat 04 Mar 2017
    Great British Spring Clean 2nd 1 Tonne pick
  • Thu 02 Mar 2017
    A43 Link road pick 1st 1 Tonne pick
  • Wed 03 Aug 2016
    Barnwell country park and Dutchess lake pick
  • Tue 26 Jul 2016
    Ringstead WDNAC litter pick
  • Sun 24 Jul 2016
    Wadenhoe and Barnwell clean up
  • Sat 23 Jul 2016
    Wadenhoe nature reserve and Manor farm verges clean-up
  • Sat 23 Jul 2016
    Cobden Street rubbish
  • Thu 21 Jul 2016
  • Wed 20 Jul 2016
    Wadenhoe mini pick/illegal theft of fish.
  • Wed 06 Jul 2016
    Westfield Park mini pick
  • Tue 05 Jul 2016
    Wadenhoe clean up
  • Tue 08 Dec 2015
    Asda Kettering woodland winter clean-up
  • Wed 02 Dec 2015
  • Sat 28 Nov 2015
    2015 1 Metric Ton litter pick for KGH Charity Fund and KTDA
  • Thu 26 Nov 2015
    clearing other people's stuff up.
  • Wed 09 Sep 2015
    7TH Mini event-Slade Brook clean up
  • Wed 05 Aug 2015
    6th mini-event 1 Ton litter pick- A43 link road to Boughton House
  • Wed 29 Jul 2015
    5th Mini event in the 2015 1 Ton litter pick
  • Wed 01 Jul 2015
    2015 Spring Pick.-KGH 4th mini event-woodland pick.
  • Wed 24 Jun 2015
    1 Ton Litter pick 3rd sub-event
  • Wed 20 May 2015
    KGH 2nd 1 Ton mini-event LITTER PICK
  • Tue 21 Apr 2015
    Kettering Northfield 1ST mini-event 1 Ton litter pick
  • Mon 16 Feb 2015
  • Tue 11 Nov 2014
    Sixth Mini-Event in the 2014 1 Ton litter pick
  • Tue 28 Oct 2014
    5TH Mini-Event of the 1 Ton litter pick 2014
  • Mon 27 Oct 2014
    4th Mini-Event of the 2014 1 Ton Litter Pick
  • Fri 24 Oct 2014
    3rd Mini-event of 1 Ton Litter Pick 2014
  • Wed 22 Oct 2014
    2nd mini event of the 1 Ton litter pick.
  • Tue 30 Sep 2014
  • Tue 02 Sep 2014
    Wadenhoe reserve litter pick
  • Tue 25 Feb 2014
    Northfield Ave green corridor clean-up
  • Wed 26 Jun 2013
  • Thu 20 Jun 2013
    Boughton House wall clean-up
  • Wed 12 Jun 2013
    Kettering Angling association litterpick
  • Fri 01 Mar 2013
    Asda Kettering 2013 Spring clean.
  • Wed 12 Sep 2012
    Asda Kettering woodland litterpick.
  • Fri 03 Aug 2012
    Northfield Avenue summer spruce up
  • Thu 07 Jun 2012
    Wicksteed lake margins litterpick
  • Mon 28 Nov 2011
  • Fri 01 Jul 2011
    Wicksteed Park river clean up
  • Fri 10 Jun 2011
    Asda Kettering June clean up
  • Sat 26 Mar 2011
    ASDA litter pick

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