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Good neighbours rally around in wintry weather

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

  • DOING HER BIT: Snow warden Vanessa Price.

  • WELL STOCKED: Keith and Marion Roffey received a delivery from their local shop after they were housebound due to the snow.

  • DIGGING IN: Brandon Robbins, nine, helps free his dad's car in Berry Hill, Daniel Richards, 10, and Sophie Bird, nine, learn about properties of snow and ice at Bussage CofE Primary and, Brian Brown clears the path outside his house in Ruardean.

  • Daniel Richards (10) and Sophie Bird (9) learn about the properties of snow and ice. Bussage C of E Primary still buried in heavy snow after the weekend. Head teacher Andrew Ferguson decided tio use the snow as a teaching resource! January 21 2013 Pic Simon Pizzey

  • 21 JAN 2013 PICTURE BY ROBERT DAVIS Snow in the Forest.----- Brian Brown clears the path from outside his house in Ruardean.

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WHEN the snow and ice came, amputee Keith Roffey and his disabled wife Marion were left housebound.

But they are regular customers at Daily Fields store on Barton Street and when they couldn't get to the shop, the groceries came to them in the form of an impromptu home delivery service.

"I went into Daily Fields on Thursday to pick up some things as I knew there was snow on its way. The shopkeeper more or less insisted that if there was anything we needed, he would deliver for us," said Keith, 66.

"Once the snow arrived on Friday we were housebound. My wife and I both use electric scooters."

On Saturday they phoned Daily Fields with a short list and by 2.30pm it was delivered to their home off Milbrook Street.

"A couple of years ago he called by in the snow just in case we needed anything. The whole family is wonderful.

"They really care for the community."

And community spirit was alive and kicking in Stroud too.

Volunteer snow warden Vanessa Price was just one of many who have rallied around to help others.

Shop worker Mrs Price, 43, from Whiteshill, was quickly out in the white stuff organising a clear-up.

"I go out and organise some volunteers to start clearing streets," she said.

It is down to Mrs Price and her teams of householders to get out their wheelbarrows and spread salted grit from bins on minor lanes.

"Probably in each road about 20 people helped. Once a couple come out and start doing it everyone starts doing it," she said.

The driveways of vulnerable elderly residents were also given assistance.

Other people across the county have been doing good deeds for the neighbours.

Stroud councillor David Drew said a young woman in Archway Gardens took grit from a bin to help her older neighbours get out of their homes safely.

And workers from Severn Trent Water came in on their day off to make sure customers in Lydney didn't go without water.

Hucclecote resident Jacky Lord contacted The Citizen to say: "My work friend Teresa gives me a lift in, even on her day off, to make sure I am safe, even though she comes from Cheltenham."

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