Marlow Wombles smash their “CaptainTom100” target

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Most of us in town are aware of the Marlow Wombles, but if you are not – they are a group of individuals who give up their free time to go out litter picking, helping to keep Marlow beautiful, and encouraging others to help or just not to litter in the first place!

The Wombles decided to ask the town to join them in a “#CaptainTom100” challenge over the bank holiday weekend. The challenge laid down by Sir Captain Tom Moores’s family was to complete a challenge linked to the number 100 over the weekend, to celebrate his legacy of walking 100 laps of his garden, and raising an incredible £38.9 million for the NHS Covid-19 appeal.

Emma Hawkins of the Wombles told MyMarlow: “One of our team, Debbie Jones, asked if we were up for the challenge and we decided to give it a go! We pledged to collect the 100 bags over the bank holiday weekend and set about promoting it locally. Wild Marlow, Marlow Bridge Rotary, some of our  friends and family joined us as well as a growing group of caring people in Marlow who have noticed how much litter there is to be found in Marlow and the surrounding areas”

In the end, the Wombles and all those residents who chipped in to help managed to collect 130 bags!!

Emma added “The Wombles team are feeling encouraged that the community has run with this challenge and we hope the community can continue to love Marlow and keep it litter free whilst donating to Captain Tom’s charity” (link to charity donation here)

MyMarlow says…

Many thanks to all the residents who took part in this campaign – you have helped make Marlow a cleaner, better place to be ! It is a shame that this litter collecting work is required in the first place, of course – but hopefully this, and the Wombles regular efforts will keep raising awareness of the issue.

We are delighted to share this “roll call” to name all those involved 🙂

The Marlow Wombles can be found on Facebook here:

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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