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Dear Friends,
We had a really good event on Sunday morning – in very kind, warm weather (albeit a little breezy – SW) for the 2nd January. Not only was a significant amount of litter collected from the beach and Slopes areas (see below) but we also had a record number of clearers so were able to cover the beach, in particular right from “The Bubble” in the west, to the skate park in the east. We had 36 volunteers out – including 5 ‘youngsters’ and 12 new folk arriving from various ‘sources’, with several having seen us on certain Facebook and “Nextdoor” pages. We were further assisted by a couple of splendid dogs – a gorgeous Alsatian and a wonderfully huge Great Dane.
Special thanks also to those ‘stalwarts’ who came early and stayed late to deal with the equipment, as well as to log our volunteers out and back and weigh their ‘finds’ – we couldn’t manage without you!

Totals collected:

Beach: 26 kgs (17 kgs last clear: 5 Nov)

Slopes: 33 kgs (21 kgs)
Total: 59 kgs (38 kgs)
Total since the Friends’ first clear in April 2016: 2,391 kgs.

We expected some residue from New Year’s Eve celebrations, and we were not disappointed! Litter found included:

Spent fireworks, lots of empty bottles – often of Prosecco (!), lots of other empty bottle and cans.

Other more regular ‘finds’ included: a discarded disposable BBQ, black rubber straps – (from the oyster racking?), small plastic ‘straws’ from cotton wool buds, plus a few items of random discarded clothing and the odd swimming shoe – no visible swimmers in the water!

Less regular finds included:

a dirty disposable nappy, a baby’s potty (presumably not linked!), a very spikey angling weight, a spent shotgun cartridge; the base of a traffic cone.

The recent high winds had ripped off various sections of beach hut roofing felt – and there were lots of face masks around reflecting the current Covid situation . . . whilst good that people have been using them, it’s very bad that they can’t be bothered to dispose of them properly (but that’s also true for most of the other things we find).

It was really heartening to have such a good community turnout and sense of comradeship at the very start of 2022, and also to see lots of new faces.  Hopefully the weather will be just as kind for our next scheduled session on SUNDAY 6th FEBRUARY.  We look forward to yet another opportunity to make Tankerton Bay an even better place for us residents to live in and for our visitors to enjoy.

Very best wishes everyone for 2022; let’s hope it’s better than the last two! Oh, and if all newcomers to this newsletter (and others who haven’t done so already) could email back with a “Got it” so that your email address can be easily added to our list, it would be much appreciated!

David, Marilyn, and Viv

The Friends of Tankerton Bay


Next Beach Clean is on Sunday 6th February 2022 at 9.15am.

Meet at the Lifeguard hut, please read the message below.

Meet at the Lifeguard Hut on the Beach Front, adjacent to Tankerton West.

An hours energy, well spent for the benefit of the community.



Held in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society’s

“Adopt-a-Beach” Scheme and Canterbury City Council Foreshore Services

Meet on the beach at the bottom of Tankerton Slopes, by the NEW White Lifeguard hut

Do come along and join us – all equipment will be provided.

All collecting gear will be provided by Canterbury

City Council.

 For information on beach cleans in general 

go to

 An hour’s exercise, rosy cheeks, and a clean beach!  You’ll feel better for it!