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Hindley Sings the Blues
Thursday 23rd June, 2011

Hindley Sings the Blues
The Hindley Bluebells - Edna Whiteside, Margaret Smith and Maureen Sandilands sing their eco-songs.

Meet the Hindley Bluebells – three lively ladies who have come together to sing the praises of the humble recycling bin.

Despite having over 230 years’ combined experience between them, Edna, Margaret and Maureen are no Golden Girls – in fact, they’ve got the blues.

They will be serenading the council’s new blue recycling bins live on stage at Hindley St John’s Youth Club on Friday night (1st July, 7.30pm), as part of their continuing creative work with the youngsters there.

“It all started 2 years ago with an Arts Challenge Grant,” says Helen Pye. Helen is a youth leader at St John’s and perhaps could be said to be the manager of the ‘band’ Hindley Bluebells itself. “We had young people successfully working with their grandparents to learn about the environment and recycling,” she adds. “And we have songs, a video, some wonderful artwork and even an animated film to show for it.”

The Youth Club open evening on Friday starts at half six, and the Hindley Bluebells are likely to steal the show with their eco-song. There will be a variety of arty activities and console games on offer as well for visitors and members, plus a chance to find out more and get involved.

The group has been working with the council waste management team for a couple of years – and they were especially taken by proposals by officers to offer an improved paper collection service. The blue bins, now being trialled across the borough, enable tetra pack soup and drinks cartons as well as cardboard to be easily recycled. They are being offered as an alternative to the (paper only) white sack if people prefer.

Deputy council leader Cllr David Molyneux knows members of the group. He says: “Community groups like the Hindley Bluebells do excellent and valuable work. The ladies are of a generation where make-do-and-mend and recycling were the norm, and even though today we have much better facilities to help the public reuse and recycle the things they buy, we’ve got a lot to learn from their example.”

Helen Pye is inviting people along to the Youth Club open evening, especially Hindley youngsters with an interest in the arts and the community.

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