Word on the street is that volunteers from a communications firm in Liphook have been taking out the trash in Petersfield.

Thirteen workers from Gallagher Communication and Pen Underwriting recently gave parts of the town a spring clean after joining forces with the Petersfield Society.

Town mayor Cllr JC Crissey also got his hands dirty with weeds and litter being cleared from the likes of Pages Court and Folly Lane.

The party filled up 19 bags with litter and garden waste with Andrew Bulmer of local ‘Rubbish Singers’ fame thanking volunteers for their help.

“It was, as always, a real pleasure working with Gallagher,” said the Petersfield Society member.

“You feel people’s appreciation for the work, from the mayor and councillors to shop owners and those passing by.”

Plenty of the town’s independent traders showed their appreciation with heartfelt thanks from the likes of Margo’s, Bambino Baby and Cantina Rosita.

The Great British Cake Shop and Chinwags generously donated cakes and coffees to fuel the volunteers during their clean-up.

“It’s such a wonderful surprise seeing smiling faces from those taking time out of their day to help out,” said Lauren Kates, Chinwags owner.

The Petersfield Society clean-up was the third to involve a team of Gallagher volunteers. The latest effort means that Gallagher volunteers have dedicated more than 150 hours through the firm’s ‘Gives Back’ scheme.

*The Petersfield Society will hold an Open Forum in the United Reformed Church Hall from 7pm on Wednesday, May 29, about ‘Enhancing Greenspace in Petersfield’.