Our Day at the Hastings Half Marathon!

 

So, it all started off with the sun shining on the day of the Hastings Half Marathon. However, this was all to change. Our journey started with us getting stuck in a little bit of traffic, but we still made it with plenty of time to spare before the marathon commenced.

 

It was a great feeling to see the first runners pass us. They were running along in their stride, giving it their all and making it look so easy. We were very proud to see our CSP team, running on behalf of us, dressed in our blue Clean Seas Please t-shirts! It was fantastic that some runners had run in fancy dress; we witnessed a giraffe, a shoe, an American football player, and many a tutu!

 

Once all the runners had passed our first pit stop, we made our way to the finish line, where we had a Clean Seas Please stand set up. Runners were definitely appreciating our free Clean Seas Please water bottles that we were handing out!

 

It was at this point that the day took a turn for the worst; a torrential hailstorm. Luckily for us, we had decided to wear our wellies and waterproof jackets! We got very cold at this point, so decided to make our way back to our cars.

 

We would like to take this time to thank all of those who signed up to our campaign on Sunday; it’s great to have all of your support! Congratulations to all the runners, what an achievement!

 

Click on this link below to see our Facebook page – Many pictures were taken on the day!

Clean Seas Please at the Hastings Half Marathon today! Well done to all the runners!

Posted by Clean Seas Please on Sunday, 23 March 2014

 

From Beach Clean to Beach Cleaned!

Why, I ask myself, do I find myself standing on a beach, on a cold, wet and windy Saturday morning in the middle of December.  Litter picker in one hand, rubbish sack in the other.  Surely a nice warm cup of tea, watching the TV from the comfort of my sofa, relaxing after a busy week would be the more preferable option?

There are probably a number of answers to this question but I can think of 32 very specific reasons:

Disposable camera, fishing floats, plastic tops, tin can, concrete foot, rope, straws, wipes, wood, cardboard, netting, flossers, aluminium containers, multipack plastic, fishing line, white wax foam, syringe, plastic toy, dummy, condom, tennis ball, trainer, large plastic pipe, rubber glove, disposable lighter, dog poo, part of a plastic tray, plastic pen, plastic bottles, toothbrush, bag handle, paint brush.

All of these 32 items (along with a whole heap more stuff), were collected by a hardy team of volunteers during a beach clean I attended in December with the Bexhill Environmental Group.

I’m not even sure what some of these items are, (white wax foam anyone?), or where they came from (anybody missing a concrete foot?).  However, what is for sure is that these are items that we regularly find scatted on our beaches.

And with them, the worrying scenario of one day hearing the cry of joy from a group of kids, proudly standing over their freshly constructed sandcastle, complete with plastic windows, ramparts made from tin cans, lighters where the cannons will defend against the incoming tide and a condom, high atop the syringe made mast, fluttering in the breeze like a royal flag.

And this is just one small stretch of beach in Bexhill, scoured on one Saturday morning.

Isn’t it time we gave a bit more thought to our clean seas.  Please.

Spring into Action!

We don’t want to jinx it, but it feels like spring is finally here. The sun is shining, the daffodils are out and the trees growing their fresh leaves, ready for another (hopefully) glorious summer. Spring is known as a time for cleaning up, the ‘spring clean’ has always been a regular feature in my house in March. So as well as cleaning inside, why not get to the seaside and spring clean the beach? We’re attending the Bexhill Environment Group’s beach clean on 22nd March (all details can be found on our Facebook page), so feel free to come and join us to do your bit for the beach! If you can’t make it, feel free to do your bit in your own time, just picking up a few bits of litter can really help!

There has never been a better time to start helping, so #SpringIntoAction for Clean Seas Please this March!

Our Day at Priory Meadow

It was lovely to be at priory meadow on a sunny day for our#‎loveyourbeach‬ campaign! It was interesting to hear people’s opinions on what they loved about their beach; we had some interesting stories from the residents of Bexhill and Hastings about how they have spent all of their lives here, and that they, their children and grandchildren all learnt how to swim in the sea.

Many people found that they loved the calmness and tranquillity that the beach offered. On morning walks with their dogs and walks with their families. The kids who came to see us told us that they loved the parks by the beach and skipping stones in the sea (not to mention the love heart sweets and stickers we had to give away!)

Sarah Owen, prospective labour candidate for MP, Hastings and Rye

Sarah visits our stand in the town centre  on Pirates Day, 2013.

 


The Clean Seas Team are really pleased to receive support to our campaign from Sarah Owen, prospective labour candidate for MP, Hastings and Rye.  Sarah signed up to the campaign back in the summer of 2013 at Hastings Pirates Day.  she says:

“I signed the petition back in summer on Pirate Day and back the work of Clean Seas. On every level, the cleanliness of our beach and water is vital to our environment as well as our fishing and tourist industries – and on a personal note, even as a terrible surfer and keen sea swimmer it is important that everyone gets to enjoy our fantastic coast now and for future generations.”

Love Your Beach!

With it being Valentines Day today, we felt it would be a brilliant time to spread the love, not just with that special someone, but with something that we all have many fond memories of; the beach. The seaside is where many of us spent our childhoods, playing in the sand, eating ice cream and making sandcastles. But, our bad habits may have a lasting effect on our beaches. These bad habits include flushing baby wipes and nappies down the toilet, as well as putting fats and oils down our sinks!

To raise awareness of this issue we will be uploading pictures of our local beaches onto our Facebooks and Twitters over the weekend. These pictures can feature anything from a painting or picture of relevance to the Clean Seas Please campaign, to a pattern made out of beach stones! Use your imagination, and create something to really show off your love for the beach! Each picture should include the hash tags ‪#‎CSP‬ and ‪#‎LoveYourBeach‬.

Just please, remember, it’s not only people who need love this Valentines Day. The sea needs our love too! So, this Valentines Day, Love your beach!

Hastings Pier Charity works with Clean Seas Please

The Clean Seas Please team are very happy to welcome the support of Hastings Pier Charity, another important feature of our town for residents and tourists alike.

Simon Opie from the Hastings Pier Charity said:

‘Hastings Pier Charity strongly supports the Clean Seas Please campaign. Piers are designed to connect people with the sea and we want visitors to come to Hastings in large numbers to experience that connection and to engage more generally in leisure pursuits connected with the seaside. Clearly if our sea is deemed unsafe for whatever reason this will discourage visitors and give a poor impression of the town as a destination. It is therefore critical that we all do whatever we can to ensure that Hastings seawater is certified top quality.’

Amber Rudd MP Hastings and Rye

Amber Rudd is pleased to be backing the Clean Seas Campaign, she says:

“ I am committed to supporting the Clean Seas Campaign and would urge all residents to join the campaign to improve our sea quality for locals and visitors to enjoy. This is very important to the tourism trade and well being of the town and its continued economic regeneration. I am determined that we will win this battle and keep our seas clean!”