BEACH CLEAN

HELP US KEEP THE LOCAL BEACHES CLEAN!


THE FRIENDS OF TANKERTON BAY

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BEACH CLEAN

Dear Friends of Tankerton Bay,
Well – we could have been on the Med; blue skies, warm sunshine and not a ripple on the glassy-blue sea.  An amazing weather-start to the Bank Holiday weekend – even if, sadly, it didn’t last throughout.  We didn’t know how the combination of the holiday weekend and such good weather might deter some folk for being with us, so we were very pleased still to have had 23 participants, including our regular two youngsters.  We were also pleased, yet again, to have the support of our KCC Councillor, Neil Baker.
Collected weights were:
Beach:   20kgs (19kgs last time)

Slopes:  17kgs (13kgs last time)

Total:     37kgs (32kgs last time)

Total since our first clear in April 2016: 3,849kgs

On the Beach – as was the case in March and April, we had lots of small, fragmented polystyrene to pick up, along with the usual glass and plastic bottles, cans, plastic straws and the more usual tiny pieces of plastic.  We also had yet more beach fishing tackle including lines, part of a rod and some netting, probably in off the sea.  Quite a few wet wipes were collected – mostly entwined in seaweed – together with some plastic packaging straps.  There was a spectacular pair of sunglasses, which we left in the little wooden ‘litter station’ by the Lifeguard Hut – and just one used vape container.

The Slopes – perhaps less litter than has been collected from around and behind the huts in previous times, but still the usual bottles, cans and snack wrappers e.g. crisp bags and odd bits of hut structure like roofing felt, probably coming adrift in some of the recent strong winds.

“Plastic Free Whitstable” – We (FOTB) are now formally one of their partner organisations, as is the West Beach Group, who operate on the last Sunday of each month. Some of our volunteers already bring down their own reusable ‘trugs’ / bags, and we’re asking again that more people should do this if they possibly can.  We will still have plastic bags for those who cannot do this and will still always have to leave our litter in the special CCC plastic sacks for Canenco then kindly to collect, but we are still looking at ways to reduce our own use of plastics in the spirit of “PFW” and the general environmental benefit. To find out more, visit:

 

“Summer Dog Orders” – from 1st May to 30th September: dogs on leads on the prom, and not at all on the beaches between Beacon House / The Street and the Pier Ave steps.  As part of our general community involvement, we take the opportunity of the Clears to remind / advise the many dog owners who pass us about these orders as, despite the various markings on the promenade and the few signs on railings, some people seem either to be unaware of these or else just choose to ignore them.
Given that the summer orders had only started a few days before, we were very pleased that the majority of owners were already complying.  Where this was not the case we ‘gently’ engaged with these owners and offered the CCC leaflets: “Dog Friendly Beaches”, which is a somewhat paradoxical leaflet in the sense that it features more about the places where there are restrictions.  Without exception these owners were grateful and usually apologetic – and either put their dogs on the lead on the prom or brought them up off the beach as well.  There is sometimes still some confusion, with people thinking that dogs could go on the beach provided they were on a lead as on the prom, and maybe this is something for CCC to consider in the future.

 

 

 

Finally, the usual “Big Thanks” to all those volunteers who joined us for this clear, and to our stalwart FOTB core group, who take all of the equipment down to the beach from our tennis court storage and then back uphill again afterwards, as well as managing the actual clear itself.
Further thanks as ever also to Canenco, for collecting and removing our FOTB bags so promptly, and for all their efforts day-to-day to help keep our Bay as litter-free as they are able.

 

 

Next clear: Sunday, 2nd June: 09.15 – 10.30 as usual.  We hope to see you again that day (subject to the weather of course) and we will send the usual reminder letter shortly beforehand.

 

 

 

Very best wishes,

David, Marilyn, & Viv

For The Friends of Tankerton Bay (FOTB)

Dear Friends,

Here is your usual reminder about the Beach Clean this Sunday, 5th May, to be carried out by The Friends of Tankerton Bay.  We will muster at the Lifeguard Hut on the Promenade at 9.15am as usual, until 10.30am.
Who knows what the weather will bring, although we’re hoping that it’ll be warmish! If it’s actually raining at, say, 9am, then consider the Beach Clean to be cancelled; otherwise we will soldier on.
Just to help us out at the end, when you are queuing to have your bags weighed, could you release the bags from the hoops and tie the bags in a knot; it would really assist with the organisation!
Hope to see you all then,
Best wishes,
Marilyn, David, & Viv
The Friends of Tankerton Bay

Last Beach Clean Sunday 7th April 2024:

Dear Friends of Tankerton Bay,

We expected some wind today, and the weather didn’t disappoint, although it was mostly warm and fairly sunny.  The weather forecast may have put some people off, as we mustered just 20 volunteers today, including one child, and our ex-Tankerton Councillor, Neil Baker. Four of the adults were newbies, and so we welcome them, particularly as they brought in good individual hauls!  Well done to them and to Barbara for the 3 kgs she brought in herself.

We were also asked by a passer-by whether we ever did Beach Cleans during the week, asking on behalf of a class of nursery-aged children.  We don’t do this, sticking to our usual first-Sunday-in-the-month, but if any Council member or fellow Beach Clean volunteer could help in this regard, we can put you in touch with the enquirer.

Collected weights were:

Beach: 19kgs (40kgs last time)

Slopes: 13kgs (18kgs last time)

Total:   32kgs (58kgs last time)

Total since our first clear in April 2016: 3,812kgs

On the beach – As was the case in March, we had a great deal of fragmented polystyrene to pick up, along with the usual bottles, caps, and tiny pieces of plastic.  One of our newbies commented that the beach looked particularly clean, until you “really looked” for the tiny pieces.  We also had fishing lines, netting, shoe soles, cardboard, large pieces of plastic, a tennis ball, a child’s scooter (left by the bins for a possible retrieval by the child), a litter-picker (brought back to its perch by the Lifeguard Hut for passers-by to use), bricks, and a long length of toilet roll, as if to wrap around a tree, as our volunteer described it! Sadly, one of our newbies also picked up a syringe, an extremely rare event for us, and although we would ordinarily have alerted the Council for a pick-up, this one was already in the bag, and described as possibly a diabetic syringe with a cap on the end. We therefore three-bagged it with a host of other rubbish.

The Slopes – a volunteer reported that a hut at Tankerton West appeared to be being used for rough sleeping (we will check on this) and bedding and a set of NHS crutches were found (and left) in the wooded area to the west of the flagpole. We have noted this as an area of concern for some time now.

Finally, the usual “Big Thanks” to all those volunteers who joined us for this clear – especially Jim, who stepped in and gave royal support, and to our stalwart FOTB core group, who take all of the equipment down to the beach from our tennis court storage and then back uphill again afterwards, as well as managing the actual clear itself.

Further thanks as ever also to Canenco, for collecting and removing our FOTB bags so promptly, and for all their efforts day-to-day to help keep our Bay as litter-free as they are able.

Next clear: Sunday 5th May: 09.15 – 10.30 as usual. We hope to see you again that day (subject to the weather, although we will be expecting “proper” Spring by then!) and we will send the usual reminder letter shortly beforehand.

Very best wishes,

Marilyn, David, & Viv

For The Friends of Tankerton Bay (FOTB)

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

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

 

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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 www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/

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