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Interactive arts collective flocks to Rossall Beach to work on Discarded Things

Work is well underway with our exciting interactive art project as Invisible Flock, the group of artists we have commissioned, have been busy with the details of how they will be working in our beautiful and unique beach location and have already completed 5 residency workshops.

As part of the commission the artists are setting up collection points with an invitation; “Help us turn your plastic waste into something beautiful. Drop a message in a bottle and donate your clean and dry plastic bottles here.” Look out for these collection boxes now at Cleveleys Library, Tesco Metro, Cleveleys Community Centre and The Venue. We shall also have some in Northfold CP School and Manor Beach CP School.

Victoria Pratt from Invisible Flock said, “These collection points will be an opportunity to hear from local people and what the beach means to them. Through this process we hope that residents will help to paint us a picture that will inform and develop the resulting artwork.”

Jane Littlewood, Chair of the Rossall Beach group said “It’s so exciting to be starting work, this is a really unique project and probably something no one would expect a group of older volunteers to choose! We wanted a unique and creative project to be about the environment and also about what we stand for as a group.”

Laura Jamieson, Creative Engagement Manager at LeftCoast, said: “The Rossall Beach Project is part of a group of neighbourhood commissions that we are working on this summer and beyond. They are all very different and Rossall is the first to start work. All of the groups we have worked with to develop the projects have been so involved – really making the decisions and leading the work."

“The process we follow is led by the community groups so they develop the commission brief and select the artist, seeing their enthusiasm and excitement for finding the right artist to fit their community is fantastic.”

Watch this space for more information about what Invisible Flock are going to do with your plastic they collect – Rossall beach will be involved in something extra special this summer.

 

 

     
   

Cleveleys branch of Skipton Building Society take part in ‘Giving something back to our communities’ with members of staff cleaning up Cleveleys beach.

 

Grassroots Giving was launched in 2013 to celebrate Skipton Building Society's 160th anniversary and has so far donated £241,500 to 483 small community groups across the country. In 2016, we have another £81,500 in pots of £500 to give to 163 organisations.

To demonstrate Skipton Building Society's commitment to local communities through action, as well as money and to launch this year's Grassroots Giving for 2016 we organised "The Great Grassroots Giving Community Clean-up" involving colleagues from all around the country.

Skipton wanted to demonstrate how we can improve our surroundings.

Branch Manager Ann Nester said "Litter picking and cleaning up local communities in general is very much in keeping with the Grassroots Giving ethos - making local communities more attractive and better places in which to live. It emphasises the Society's aim of: "Giving something back to our communities''.

"The Cleveleys Team chose to take part in the Beach Cleaning as we felt that we could make a bigger impact, each member of staff spent 1 hour and altogether we collected 8 bin bags of rubbish from the beach.
 
   

Branch Manager Ann Nester with staff members Shirley Spencer, Jonathan Evans and Diana Mallinson

 

Check out our new medical equipment which is now fully operational on Rossall Promenade.

 

 

 

When you have a casualty who is unconscious and not breathing, you ring 999 and their process determines whether you need to shock them with a defib to bring their heart back into rhythm. If they do, they tell you where it is and give you the code to release it from the box. The defib then talks you through what to do with it. You can't shock them if they don't need it - they are clinically dead at this point so you can't make them worse! 60,000 people a year have a cardiac arrest in public open spaces - without treatment they have a 4-5% chance of survival and with a defib that raises to an 80% chance. Which is why we wanted one on our beach. Rossall Beach Buddies - making our beach a better place for everyone, casualty's included!

 

Promotional Film

We've put together this promotional film to show people what we do and what we are about. Please share this with your friends and neighbours and perhaps they would like to join and have some fun!

 

 

 

Successful
Big Beach Clean

At our recent annual Sunday beach clean we had 68 Volunteers and collected 72 Bags of rubbish weighing a total of 220kgs.

We carried out a detailed survey of everything we picked up in a small area of the beach and multiplied this by the total area of the beach we cleaned to get a rough idea of everything we picked up on the beach during the day. This information will be sent to the Marine Conservation Society along with data from hundreds of beach cleans carried out by thousands of volunteers nationally this weekend.

Our beach clean included - 1,243 crisp/sweet/lolly/sandwich wrappers, 1,487 pieces of plastic, 226 cotton bud sticks, 672 caps/lids, 273 pieces of polystyrene, 129 balloons/balloon string and 17 bags of dog poo!

Two of our youngest volunteers Theo and Xavier Croquette came with Mum and Dad all the way from Altrincham, Manchester.

Hot drinks and homemade biscuits were very kindly provided for everyone by Rossall School.

It was a very successful event and one we are looking forward to doing again next year.

 

 

A New Patron announced at our Annual General Meeting

We are delighted to announce that Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, has agreed to be a Patron of the group.

The highlight of the recent Annual General Meeting was the news that Paul Maynard MP would be joining actress Alison Steadman and environmental consultant Dr Robert Keirle as a Patron.

Jane Littlewood, Chair of the group, said “Paul has been a friend and supporter of our group since before he very first stood for election and we wanted to both acknowledge that and work with him to continue to improve the Rossall Beach area for the benefit of everyone who uses it. It’s a very popular spot, but it’s outside the central section of Cleveleys seafront, and it’s important to us that it’s as good a resource as it can be.’

At the meeting, Paul spoke to the members and visitors about how he was looking forward to making sure that the potential of Rossall Beach was realised, and that he would be supporting the group in their work. He said “When I was originally elected as an MP, there was a lot of new potential in Cleveleys with the brand new promenade and associated facilities, and now, more than eight years later, there is still a lot of untapped potential which can be unlocked.

“It’s an asset to the area that there are organisations like the Rossall Beach Group who can just roll their sleeves up and get on with doing just that.”


 

 

 

Scarecrows

You may remember we took part in the Fleetwood Scarecrow Festival earlier in the year. Here is a comical short film showing how we made the scarecrows at the community centre one afternoon!

 

   

 

Alison Steadman OBE

Alison, one of our Patrons was unable to join us for our AGM but she sent this short film with her best wishes.

 

 

 
     

QUEENS AWARD

We are delighted to have been chosen to receive the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) - the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others. The group also received an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, and we have been presented with a certificate signed by the Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire at a formal reception at County Hall, Preston.

Check out our video on the right for the full story and click here to see more photographs of this prestigious event in Preston


 


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BEACH BUDDIES ROADSHOW

Beach Buddies Roadshow went to Fleetwood Library and welcomed their special guest, Brett Davison from Radio
Lancashire. You can see how the interview went by watching this short video.

 
   

 

 

 

 

           
     
           
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