Golden oldies keep beauty spot clean

Chas Prouten, 80, Bernard Pearson, 80, and Dennis Jones, 81, are encouraging young people to get involved.
Chas Prouten, 80, Bernard Pearson, 80, and Dennis Jones, 81, are encouraging young people to get involved.

a GROUP of enthusiastic octogenarians is setting a shining example to the younger generations by cleaning up a popular beauty spot.

Three of the volunteers at the Don Gorge Community Group, who have have between them celebrated 241 birthdays, are now encouraging young people to get involved and learn from their years of experience.

Bernard Pearson turned 80 at the end of June and joins an exclusive club of over 80s volunteers at the Don Gorge Community Group.

Dennis Jones, and Conisbrough’s Chas Prouten, 81, enjoy mucking in with Mr Pearson.

Mr Pearson, said: “I’ve enjoyed working with the Don Gorge Volunteers for the past five years and have spent ten years as the chairman of the Don Gorge Community Group.

“It keeps me fit and I enjoy the company of the other volunteers and hopefully I’ll still be helping out in five years time. I hope that by then we’ll have lots of young people coming along to volunteer and make a big difference to their area.”

The three are extremely active and regularly lend a hand when the group helps clear litter, fit signs and complete various other voluntary tasks at the picturesque riverside area of outstanding natural beauty.

The community group works to preserve and enhance the area, encouraging wildlife, establishing habitats and improving facilites and access for cyclists and walkers.

Councillor Cynthia Ransome, cabinet member for communities, accompanied the trio on a recent day with the group. She said: “I really enjoyed meeting these splendid public spirited gentlemen and it was a real honour to join them in helping out and taking pride in Sprotbrough.

“Congratulations to all of them for their continued hard work and for setting such a fantastic example to other residents.”

The gorge, which cuts through the limestone cliffs from the west of Doncaster to the east of Conisbrough, is reknowned for its flora , particularly orchids.

To volunteer contact 01302 313030.