Rossall Beach Group working at Cleveleys
We're the original Fylde Coast beach-care group and look after the northern area of public seafront from the new cafe at the end of the stepped sea defences in Cleveleys up to the five bar gate at Rossall School.
Our aim is to improve the area for everyone who uses it, whether they are residents of Cleveleys or visitors.
Why don't you make this year the year you come to one of the Rossall Beach Group meetings?
In 2016 members and visitors enjoyed a variety of speakers on local subjects, including ‘Up Close with What’s on our Shore’, thanks to the Marine Biology Degree Students at Blackpool and the Fylde College.
If you find things like this and wonder what they are, come and learn more!
It was a fascinating insight into the life of the beach, as students and tutors introduced us to some of the wildlife which we’ll commonly find on our shore, and another student gave us more information about the damage of plastic pollution.
Earlier in the year just short of 100 people were welcomed to a talk by local historian Ken Emery about the folklore and fact of lost villages and archaeological finds right off Rossall Beach at Cleveleys.
The size of the audience was unexpected but very welcome, for what was probably the best meeting we’ve had in over eight years. Other local experts also came along, and with the many enthusiasts who shared their own anecdotes and evidence, between us we had a fascinating insight into a lost world which turned out to be directly offshore from our very own beach.
Meetings are held every four weeks from 6-7pm at Cleveleys Community Centre, on a variety of subjects with a local theme and on alternate fortnights the Group beach clean on a Monday morning. If you want to make friends and look after a beautiful place why don’t you come along?
Meeting dates for 2017
(Meetings are Wednesdays, 6-7pm at Cleveleys Community Centre)
4 January - Blackpool Museum Project
1 February - 1913 Tramride from Fleetwood to Lytham
29 March - Kong Live - LeftCoast
30 August - AGM
6 December - Christmas Meeting
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The Rossall Beach Group organise community beach clean events every four weeks on a Monday morning.
It's good fun and comes with a warm sense of achievement and it's a popular event. Meet at 9.30am on Rossall Promenade at Cleveleys - that's where the seafront car parking area is near to Rossall School. All equipment provided.
From about 10.45am head to The Venue for a brew and a natter. If you aren't aren't able to come out litter picking can come along for the coffee and join in with the friendship.
Why don't you come along? You can do one part of the morning or both. Just come along, all equipment will be provided.
2017 Beach Cleans
(Mondays at 9:30am at Rossall Promenade, FY5 1LP)
Lone Beach Cleaners
If you would like to beach clean at a different time, we can provide equipment for you to join our army of Lone Beach Cleaners.
You can go out litter picking at a time to suit you - all that we ask is that you report the amount of litter which you collect for our log.
MCS Beach Cleans
The Rossall Beach Group host the MCS beach clean event, held nationally at beaches all over the UK in September each year.
Discarded Things is a creative response to the worrying statistic that ‘by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish’.
Rossall Beach Community Group has been working over the past 18 months, in partnership with arts organisation LeftCoast and artists Invisible Flock, to create a piece of artwork that responds to this issue.
On 11 September a celebration event was held to launch a pop up exhibition about the project and a special close up preview of the brand new art work before it flies off to its new home on the beach.
On launch day, visitors were treated to Hotpot and Sea Shanties, and invited to look at the Rossall Beach Buddies Roadshow - the display of information which is used at local events.
During the period of the following 10 days, the pop-up cabin played host to a variety of drop-in events and workshops - where people found out about the project, the group and how each one of us can individually be more responsible for the world in which we live.
It was also the centre-piece of the Marine Conservation Society Great British Beach Clean on Sunday 12th - an annual event which the group host each year.
The pop-up cabin was a rip-roaring success with hundreds of people coming through the doors, a lot of community spirit generated and some really good things achieved during the time.
In 2015 the Rossall Beach Group, in partnership with LeftCoast, began to explore how they could commission an artist to develop a creative response to their much loved local beach. In particular looking at the work they do on their monthly beach cleans and how people respond to the beach. The group developed an artist brief that was advertised nationally to see how artists might work with them.
In early 2016 the group invited artist collective Invisible Flock, described by the Guardian as “real innovators” of digital and interactive art, renowned for creating ground breaking hybrid work across forms, to work with them to deliver their vision.
Inspired by the work of the Rossall Beach cleaning group, the artists decided to see how they could directly respond to the plastic that is washed up on our beaches.
The group, together with the artists asked the people of Cleveleys to donate their unwanted plastic bottles and send them a special message in a bottle.
Using brand new technology the artists built a machine to grind up plastics, turned this into printing filament and used a 3D printer to create a beautiful new object from these discarded objects.
Invisible Flock took inspiration from their time as Artist in Residence at Rossall Beach and after observing the uses and changes of the beach, the project has now culminated in the creation of two beautiful birds which have been 3D printed and inscribed with messages from the community.
Next Spring, the birds will have a perch out on the beach, and when the tide comes in they will appear to float above the surface of the water, responding to the elements and gently glowing.
As with the other birds that live on Rossall Beach, when the weather is bad, or the tide is too high they will retreat in land to take shelter, returning to their perch when the conditions allow.
Sunday 7 August 2016
The Rossall Beach Buddies tried to hold an information afternoon on 7 August, but true to form the wind was so wild that it was a struggle even standing up never mind hosting an event.
Had it been a good day there was lots to find out with the Rossall Beach Buddies Roadshow, how you can join in, how you can look after the beach yourself, and some fun fundraising games with the original Fylde Coast beach-care group who have been looking after the shingle beach at Cleveleys for the last eight years.
7 August was also the day of the Blackpool Airshow and the Beach Buddies were delighted that the Red Arrows had very kindly agreed to their request to perform a special fly-past on Rossall Beach.
Despite the wind that still took place, much to the delight of hundreds of people. Many were out on the promenade, others watched from their own gardens and living room windows.
Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group who look after the shingle beach at Cleveleys have been working closely with arts organisation LeftCoast to develop an arts commission which will take place on the unique location of their beach throughout the summer of 2016, funded by the LeftCoast Neighbourhood Commission Fund.
Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group have provided an Automatic External Debrillator (AED) adjacent to the shingle beach at Cleveleys for use by the public.
Your chance of surviving a heart attack is significantly improved with early CPR and defibrillation and without this, a person’s chance of surviving will decrease by 7-10% for every minute that treatment is delayed.
The UK Resuscitation Council suggests that a debrillator should be available wherever medical treatment is more than 5 minutes away. Our beach is always such an incredibly busy place and next to an area of dense housing, so being able to provide this facility is a wonderful benefit to the many hundreds of visitors and local residents.
The Rossall Beach Group has worked with the North West Ambulance Service to provide this piece of equipment for use by any member of the public in case of a medical emergency. Having dialled 999 for emergency assistance the operator will talk you through the patients condition, and if they decide that treatment is necessary the operator will provide a digital code for the keypad on the bright yellow housing unit, which releases the debrillator for immediate use.
Cleveleys based Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group are delighted to have been chosen as one of just two groups in Lancashire to receive the prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) for 2014 - the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others.
This unique national honour was created by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers; it has an equivalent status for voluntary groups to the MBE for individuals and is the highest award given to such groups across the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities.
First assessment visit in late 2012
The group was nominated for the Award in September 2012 and has undergone a rigorous process of assessment by a regional committee before being passed to a national committee for final selection and recommendation to the Queen.
The trustees are thrilled to have received this prestigious award. It's recognition for the volunteers who have given so much of their time and work with such passion and enthusiasm. The group has stuck together through thick and thin, and achieved such a huge amount – the size of the report for the assessors was proof of that – and everyone has made so many friends and had so much fun doing it.
This prestigious UK National Honour recognises the outstanding voluntary contributions and achievement of those who spend their time helping others in the community to improve quality of life and opportunities, and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest standard.
40 eligible groups were nominated for consideration in the North West, 18 of which were successful with just two of these being based in Lancashire.
The group has also received an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace later this month and will receive a certificate signed by the Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal; the award will be formally presented to the group by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant at a date to be announced later in the year. They are also now permitted to use the QAVS insignia for the life of its existence.
Published November 2013
Over the winter months of early 2013, members of the Rossall Beach Group started putting together a presentation about what they do, and how normal people can help to look after our beach without even having to leave the comfort of their own home!
Launch of Rossall Beach Buddies Roadshow with patron Dr Robert Keirle
There's lots of interesting stuff in it - rubbish that's been found on the beach, bottles of fat to show what comes out of your cooking, 'flushable' wipes that just don't disintegrate, 'YUK' stickers for your garden gate to stop dog foulers, and lots of leaflets and information. The Roadshow has it's own characters too, including Gary the Gull in his red wellies and Larry the Lugworm with his light on his head!
For groups there's a slide presentation with lots of photos of beach finds, and the accompanying display includes posters and messages from children, photos from beach cleans and explains what the Rossall Beach Group do.
This Roadshow has already been out to local shopping centres, libraries, community groups and schools, encouraging and educating people about how to look after our beaches.
Rossall Beach Buddies Roadshow at Fleetwood Library
The Group have carried out monthly beach cleans for several years and see first hand what washes up on our shore. Especially after the replacement of the litter bins with ones suited to a windy climate, the problem isn't so much people dropping rubbish, more what the windy weather and stormy seas washes up.
Nowadays, sewage is treated and not pumped out to sea as it once was in the past. However, after periods of heavy rainfall, the sewage system often overloads with the excess rainwater which means that the system overflows into the river Wyre - either that or it would come up your toilet and the drains in the road - which is clearly unacceptable. It's after these overflows that you'll see sanitary waste on the beach.
This is where the Rossall Beach Buddies Roadshow comes in, to show people that if they treat their drains with respect, it lowers the incidence of these 'combined sewer overflows' which inturn keeps our sea and beaches cleaner.
This fat came out of one chicken!
Don't put fats and oils down your sink/drains. Like cholesterol in your veins, it reduces the capacity of the sewage pipes and so they can hold less water.
Don't put wipes, nappies, sanitary products down your toilet - they can cause them to block and reduce the flow
Don't use your toilet as a bin - cotton buds and any other rubbish should go in a litter bin!
Are you cross connected? Make sure that your foul sewage drains at home aren't connected to surface water pipes, this often happens when extensions have been built.
Pick up your dog poo. When you're out and about always pick it up - wherever it falls! Dog faeces on a beach/promenade can significantly contribute to water pollution.
In 2015 the European standards for bathing water testing were almost doubled. It's important that we all play our part in helping our bathing waters to stay clean, so that our bathing waters continue to pass their test.
If they don't, signs will be erected advising people not to go in the water as it isn't clean enough.
This change affects all UK bathing beaches, not just those on the Fylde Coast. However, we have two challenges because we have the Ribble estuary in the south and the Wyre estuary in the north.
Formed almost nine years ago, the groups objective is to make the area of Cleveleys seafront between the cafe and five bar gate at Rossall School a nicer place for everyone who uses it.
We work with local authorities to carry out improvements, either to the fabric of the area or to the way it is maintained, to create a better place for everyone, and a better experience for visitors.
In September 2012, Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group became a registered charity.
We were thrilled to win the Wyre Stars in Tourism Award in April 2012, for 'Tourism in the Community', as a mark of what we've achieved.
Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group were delighted to win the award for Best Community Group at the Wyre Together Awards ceremony held in January 2013 (below).
We’ve had the handrails to the beach installed, new litter bins and benches, better street and beach cleaning, we campaigned for the roads and pavements to be resurfaced, and were instrumental in the installation of the new CCTV camera to reduce anti-social behaviour – which was why the group formed in the first place.
In Spring 2012 a series of five interpretation boards were installed at the edge of the sea wall. Over a two year period, we’ve secured funding from the National Lottery and DONG Energy who installed the cable for the windfarm, and members have researched and developed the content for the boards. They tell the story of what’s to be seen across the sea, all about the windfarm, and about the wildlife that you can find on the beach.
At the end of Thornton Gate, next to the board which tells you about the views over the sea, there was a coin operated telescope which was removed because of vandalism.
Dog fouling on the beach is also a big, continually ongoing campaign.
Beach cleans are held every four weeks all through the year on Monday mornings, along with additional events through the year on Sundays.
The litter which can be seen all year round on this beach is almost all coming from the water – from land and from boats. The rubbish which is collected at the MCS Beach Clean in September is weighed and monitored and reported back to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). The Rossall Beach Group adopted the beach, and findings from beach cleans are used by the MCS to petition for reduction of pollution at source.
If you come along to any of the events, it’s a chance for you to find out more about the group, and also to contribute your thoughts.
The Rossall Beach Group is also about having fun and making friends and building a strong community. Fundraising events are held throughout the year, along with a monthly meeting at Cleveleys Community Centre on Beach Road where you can keep up to speed with what’s happening, plus social events. We also get involved with events like the Light Up a Life Christmas switch on.
Everyone is welcome to come along to a meeting and see if it’s for you. Membership is just £1 and anyone is welcome to join no matter where you are from. You might want to be an active supporter and get involved, or just keep up to date with the group.
You can find out more with all the current event and meeting dates from http://www.rossallbeach.org.uk/ or ring 01253 829390.
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