We are delighted that the 2021 Community Award has been won by Christine Witton.
Many of you will have seen Christine on her daily walk around the village, sometimes with her dog Bella, collecting litter.
Christine says: 'Daily I collect along the High Street, Farmingham High Street , Sparepenny Lane, Crockenhill Lane down past Eagle Heights and back to Station Rd ( I have to mention that Carol (Friends of Farmingham also covers the High Streets and Sparepenny Lane). Every other day I will either litter pick the main road down to Castle road up to the Hop Farm along the river path and along Lullingstone lane or Beesfield Lane, Donkey lane and along the A20 back into Farningham. Once a week I litter pick Upper Austin Lodge Road. On alternate months Carol and I will clear Button Street and Eglantine Lane.'
Christine is a medically retired ward sister and tissue viability nurse specialist, she has a chronic back condition which now no longer allows her to run long distances so, instead, she walks long distances with or without her dog Bella. Christine moved to Eynsford with her partner Wayne in 2011.
Christine's litter picking started about four years ago after taking a walk up Crockenhill Lane and being shocked by the amount of rubbish on the road and verges. This prompted her to start collecting litter.
Christine says: 'As I do not enjoy gardening I feel that litter picking contributes to Eynsford in Bloom and the Friends of Farnigham. I also have friends in different places that are happy for me to leave my full sacks and the council workers who empty the bins provide me with sacks and collect my sacks which I leave near the bins.'
Well done Christine, we are very grateful for this amazing service you provide for our village.
A certificate from Kent Association for Local Councils will be presented to Christine when conditions allow.
Thank you to everyone who nominated someone for the award, unfortunately the council could only choose one winner.