Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group

Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group

Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group look after the shingle beach at Cleveleys. The aim of the group is to improve the area for everyone who uses it, whether they are residents of Cleveleys or visitors. Just as importantly, it’s about making friends and having fun too!

It’s the original Fylde Coast beach-care group. They look after the northern area of public seafront at Cleveleys. That’s the beach from the cafe at the end of the stepped sea defences up to the five bar gate at Rossall School.

Meet Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group

Join Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group

Anyone of any age, from anywhere is welcome to come along and join in! There’s a community beach clean and a separate meeting each month for you to join in with. Plus other activities and events throughout the year.

Next Meeting – Wednesday 30 October, starts at 2:30 pm

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Brine Watch – Gas Storage in Wyre

Halite Energy has controversial plans to store billions of cubic metres of gas in disused underground salt caverns. Washing out the caverns will entail pumping large amounts of brine into the Irish Sea, just off Rossall School.

Brine Watch is a group of marine professionals and concerned residents from Wyre. They are concerned about Halite’s plans to pump up to 80,000 cubic metres of brine PER DAY into the sea at Rossall, Fleetwood as part of this plan.

It will create a dead zone in our sea (as agreed by the contractors Halite) and destroy the food chain. This will have a dramatic effect on all the associated wildlife and impact upon our local livelihoods. It will continue day after day for at least 10 years.

If you are concerned and want to find out more, just come along. No need to be a member of the group.

Monthly Meetings of the Rossall Beach Group

Once every four weeks the group meet to hear a variety of speakers on different topics of local interest. The subject ranges from what’s happening within the group, to environmental issues, things specific to our own area of public realm, and sometimes subjects related to the wider Cleveleys area or interesting topical things.

Everyone is welcome to come along and learn something new, make friends and generally be part of the local community. Just come along, there’s no need to book, and you’ll be made very welcome. Meetings are held at Cleveleys Community Church Centre, Kensington/Beach Road, Cleveleys.

Same day, same venue, different time

Starting from 13 February 2019, monthly meetings are held in the afternoon. It’s the same Wednesday as previously scheduled – four weekly on alternate fortnights to the beach clean. The only difference is the time.

The meeting time is 2.15pm for a 2.30pm start. Arrive earlier if you wish and enjoy a brew from the cafe in the centre.

2019 Meeting Dates:

30 October
27 November
18 December

Beach Cleaning with Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group

Why don’t you join the Rossall Beach Group community beach clean, every four weeks on a Monday morning?

It’s good fun and comes with a warm sense of achievement. It’s a popular event which regulars and new people alike enjoy.

Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group
Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group
  • Meet at 9.30am on Rossall Promenade at Cleveleys. Where the seafront car parking area is near to Rossall School.
  • All equipment is provided.
  • Please wear sensible shoes for walking on the pebble beach.
  • Make sure you wrap up warm. It’s always much colder on the beach and you can always take some layers off.
  • From about 11am head to The Venue for a brew and a natter. If you aren’t aren’t able to come out litter picking you can come along for the coffee and join in with the friendship.

These photos are from the beach clean on Monday 21 May 2018.

Staff from Virgin Media, based in Manchester, came along to help:

Meet for a briefing before community beach cleaning
Meet for a briefing before community beach cleaning
Listening to the briefing
Community beach cleaning at Cleveleys
Community beach cleaning at Cleveleys
One of the newly installed information boards at Rossall Beach Cleveleys. This one is about plastics in a marine environment
One of the newly installed information boards at Rossall Beach Cleveleys. This one is about plastics in a marine environment
Cleaning around the planter
Cleaning around the planter
Cleaning the sand away from the planter
Clean and tidy and the garden tidied up
Beach cleaners coming back to base
An interesting find
Rubbish collected at the annual MCS beach clean at Cleveleys
Rubbish collected at the annual MCS beach clean at Cleveleys
Someone if feeling armless!
Helpers from Virgin Media at Manchester
Enjoying a brew at The Venue in the sunshine
Can we have a nap now?
Miss Seaside Award 2018

Why don’t you come along? You can do one part of the morning or both. Just come along, and join in. Dates for beach cleans in 2019 are

  • 28 January
  • 25 February
  • 25 March
  • 29 April
  • 20 May
  • 17 June
  • 15 July
  • 12 August
  • 9 September
  • 14 October
  • 11 November
  • 9 December

Lone Beach Cleaners

If you would like to beach clean at a different time or on your own, we can provide equipment for you to join the army of Lone Beach Cleaners.

You can go out litter picking at a time to suit you. All that we ask is that you’re a regular member of the group and you report the amount of litter which you collect for our log.

Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Beach Cleans

The Rossall Beach Group host the MCS big beach clean event, held nationally at beaches all over the UK in September each year.

Rossall Beach Group Meetings

Why don’t you make this year the year you come and join Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group?

In 2016 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. This talk was repeated in 2018 to an audience of the same size!

Talk about the Lost Village by Ken Emery for Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group
Talk about the Lost Village by Ken Emery for Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group

The size of the audience was unexpected but very welcome. Other local experts also came along, with many enthusiasts who shared their own anecdotes and evidence. Between us we had a fascinating insight into a lost world which turns out to be directly offshore from our very own beach.

If you want to make friends and look after a beautiful place why don’t you come along?

Join In

You can find out more on Facebook at Rossall Beach Buddies.

Join the Rossall Beach Buddies Facebook Group

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Discarded Things: Rossall Beach

Discarded Things is a creative response to the worrying statistic that ‘by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish’.

Discarded Things feathers

Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group has been working in partnership with arts organisation LeftCoast and artists Invisible Flock, to create a piece of artwork that responds to this issue.

Celebration Event

On 11 September 2016 a celebration event was held to launch a pop up exhibition about the project and a special close up preview of the brand new artwork before it flies off to its new home at Northfold School.

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.

Discarded Things pop-up exhibition

Discarded Things exhibition and launch event

Rossall Beach Group Discarded Things exhibition

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.

MCS September Beach Clean

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.

Rossall Beach Group MCS Great British Beach Clean

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.

More About Discarded Things

In 2015 Rossall Beach Residents and Community 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 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.

New artwork from discarded objects

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.

Seabird artwork at Discarded Things launch event

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.

The birds are now on display at Northfold Primary School.

The Red Arrows visit Rossall Beach

Sunday 7 August 2016

Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group tried to hold an information afternoon on 7 August. True to form the wind was so wild that it was a struggle even standing up never mind hosting an event!

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.

Red Arrows flypast for Rossall Beach Group

Public Life Saving Equipment on Rossall Beach

Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group provided an Automatic External De­fibrillator (AED) adjacent to the shingle beach at Cleveleys for use by the public.

Defibrillator on Rossall Beach Cleveleys

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 defib­rillator 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 patient’s 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 defi­brillator for immediate use.

Prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service awarded to Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group

Published June 2014

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.

Being assessed in late 2012
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. Everyone has made so many friends and had so much fun doing it.

Recognising Outstanding Contributions

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. It 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 also received an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace and received 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.

Launch of Rossall Beach Buddies Roadshow

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
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!

Rossall Beach Buddies Roadshow at Fleetwood Library

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
Rossall Beach Buddies Roadshow at Fleetwood Library

Windy weather and stormy seas = rubbish!

Rossall Beach Residents and Community 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 in turn keeps our sea and beaches cleaner.

So what can you do?

Bottle of fat
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.

Bag it and bin it

Revised EU Bathing Water Directive

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.

This is just a broad look at what’s a big issue – you can find out more from www.rossallbeach.org.uk and the group is also on Facebook at Rossall Beach Buddies.

More about Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group

Formed in 2008, the objective of Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group 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.

Rossall Beach Group Awards

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).

Rossall Beach Group win Best Community Group Award

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.

Wildlife and information boards

In Spring 2012 a series of five interpretation boards were installed at the edge of the sea wall. The group secured funding from the National Lottery and DONG Energy who installed the cable for the windfarm. Members researched and developed the content for the boards. They explain what’s to be seen across the sea and all about the wind farm. Plus 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.

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