Hour or Two

Big Barton Blitz, 5th & 6th April

The Olympus Theatre project in Barton Street is seeking to be a real agent for change in the local area, bringing pride, events, activities and people to the Barton area of the city. To this end as we start to renovate the theatre we also want to try and improve the street and address some of the issues regarding its general condition and care.


Therefore on Friday 5th April and the morning of Saturday 6th April we are organising a “Spring Clean “ for the Barton Conservation area which runs from the lights at GL1 to Derby Road.  We are being supported by Gloucester City Council and Amey the waste management company for the city, so all we are now missing is your support form the local community to make it a great success.


Flytipping can be a great problem along Barton Street, so on Friday 5th we will have some large skips along the street to take any large items of House Hold waste from residents on the street. We will also be collecting, sorting and disposing of the existing fly tipped objects on the street. On the morning of Saturday 6th we’ll be having a mass walk through of the street, litter picking any stray pieces of rubbish that are still around. We’ll also be asking local shops and businesses to pitch in and give their windows and shop fronts a clean to make sure that the street really sparkles.


In the long term we are also looking at possible sites to place permanent industrial bins in the area so people don’t have to fly tip to get rid of their rubbish.

What's involved?

On Friday 5th April you can pop down to the Barton Street area to help us remove the big  pieces of rubbish that have been fly tipped. Pop into the Olympus Theatre  to find out where we are up to in the street and we will direct you on to where we need help. If you live in the Barton Street area you will also receive a flyer through your door inviting you to bring to our skips any big household rubbish that you would like to get rid of.


On the morning of Saturday 6th April you can join in the big litter pick and street clean, by joining our walk along and picking up any rubbish that remains on the street for proper disposal. Again pop along to the Olympus Theatre to find out where the main group is working if you can’t spot them.


If you run a business along Barton Street you will also be invited to help make sure your shop fronts are clean and tidy and we are sure that a few window cleaning volunteers to help with that would be greatly appreciated.


Throughout the day there will be refreshments available at the Olympus Theatre as well as a chance to tour the theatre and find out more about plans for its future and the impact we hope it will have on Barton Street and the wider city.

Why get involved?

The Barton Street area is a thriving, vibrant and proud community, with a true community spirit at its heart. We want to make the appearance of this area of the city match the pride we have for it in our hearts. A big clean up will make it look aesthetically better, but it will also provide us with a much better platform to maintain the cleanliness and appearance of the streets from. Long term  additions of things like big industrial bins for waste that means people do not have to leave rubbish out on the street to be collected, or resort to fly tipping will mean that we can all play our part in making Barton Street look like the welcoming and vibrant place it is.

If you live in the area it is also a good chance to dispose of your big household waste items without effort or hassle.

This will be a great chance to meet and get to know other people in your community that also recognise how important Barton Street is and have a good chat while you do the cleaning to those neighbours you already know. It is also a great chance to have a look around the Olympus Theatre and discover the pivotal role it will play in not only Barton Street but the wider culture of the City. And there will be refreshments laid on at the theatre.


How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge
  3. Wait for a response from the Gloucester Arts Council / Olympus Theatre team.

Ideal Skills

  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Customer Service
  • Event Stewarding
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Project Management
  • Working independently

Ideal Interests

  • Architecture and Building management
  • Business and management
  • Commercial Development
  • Community Work
  • Conservation
  • Creative and Arts
  • Event & Project Management
  • Food & Beverage

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