Kindhearted couple Sid and Sally Bibby have a heart of gold – not stone – so when they heard about Ely’s rock art craze, they cobbled together pebbles to give away to residents.
That’s 250 bags of smooth Scottish pebbles, to be precise!
From tomorrow (Wednesday, January 31), people will be able to collect stones from Sid Bibby Turf & Landscaping Ltd, near Sutton, at set times.
The Bibbys are offering six pebbles per person (an extra six for every child turning up), so that the rocks reach as many people as possible.
Some of the pebbles will also be donated to Spotted in Ely Rocks’ community events, such as Rockfests, which are being organised throughout East Cambridgeshire and beyond, running free of charge or for a donation.
Sally Bibby told Spotted in Ely the idea had come from employee Mike King, whose family in Soham had recently got involved in decorating, hiding and searching for rocks.
“We thought it was a great way of supporting the community.”
The philanthropic couple often donate to charity but thought this latest idea would help bring an avalanche of joy to as many rockers as possible.
From 10am to 4pm from tomorrow to Friday, people will be able to come and pick pebbles from tonne bags in exchange for a like and a share of their Facebook page.
Rockers are asked to bring bags with them to cut down on plastic.
The Bibbys will also hand out rocks during the Tuesday and Wednesday of half term, between 10am and 4pm, subject to availability.
Spotted in Ely Rocks regularly runs free or very cheap community events, organised by volunteers.
Yesterday youngsters from Rock Solid Childcare (no really!) joined forces with residents from The Grange care home in an intergenerational Rockfest.
Numerous other Rockfests are planned throughout half term, including a Wildlife Rockfest at Ely Cathedral Conference Centre (February 10), a Pancake Rockfest at Habis in Littleport (February 13) and a Valentine’s Rockfest, celebrating a “carpet of love” made out of love rocks, at The Prince Albert Pub in Ely on Valentine’s Day (February 14).
For more information about the Bibby’s rock giveaway, and their address, click here.
To join Spotted in Ely Rocks and keep up with Rockfests click here.