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 and they look after the northern area of public seafront at Cleveleys. That’s the beach from the new cafe at the end of the stepped sea defences in Cleveleys up to the five bar gate at Rossall School.

Next Meeting – Celebrating 10 Years!

Wednesday 29 August at 2pm

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Join Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group and invited guests at their Annual General Meeting. There’ll be a minimum of official business and a lot of partying as the original Fylde Coast beach care group celebrate their 10th anniversary.

Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group AGM 2017
Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group AGM 2017
Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group AGM 2017
Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group AGM 2017
Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group AGM 2017
Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group AGM 2017

See just what’s been achieved over the years with a fun picture show, and celebrate with refreshments. It’s an ideal time to come along as a new visitor, to see just what this amazing group of people get up to.

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Beach Cleaning with Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group

The Rossall Beach Group organise community beach clean events every four weeks on a Monday morning. It’s good fun and comes with a warm sense of achievement and it’s a popular event.

Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group

  • Meet at 9.30am on Rossall Promenade at Cleveleys – that’s 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 colder on the beach and you can always take some layers off.
  • From about 10.45am 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:

Gathering before the beach clean
Listening to the briefing
Volunteers at the Annual MCS Beach Clean
Volunteers at the Annual MCS Beach Clean at Cleveleys
One of the newly installed information boards
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. Date for beach cleans in 2018 are –

  • 18th June
  • 16th July
  • 13th August
  • 16th September – MCS Beach Clean (Sunday)
  • 8th October
  • 5th November
  • 3rd 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 our 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 and that 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?

Marine Biology Rossall Beach Group
If you find things like this and wonder what they are, come and learn more!

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 is being repeated later in 2018 so make sure you don’t miss it!

Rossall Beach Group Meeting

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

Meetings are held every four weeks from 6-7pm at Cleveleys Community Centre, on a variety of subjects with a local theme and on alternate fortnights the Group beach clean on a Monday morning. If you want to make friends and look after a beautiful place why don’t you come along?

Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group Meeting Dates 2018

(Meetings are Wednesdays, 6-7pm at Cleveleys Community Centre) 

1st August – Wyre Archaeology – Singleton Thorpe
29th August – AGM
26th September – Plastic Packaging with DPA Packaging
24th October
21st November
19th December – social evening and ‘party’

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.

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.

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!

Had it been a good day there was lots to find out with the Rossall Beach Buddies Roadshow, how you can join in, how you can look after the beach yourself, and some fun fundraising games with the original Fylde Coast beach-care group who have been looking after the shingle beach at Cleveleys for the last eight years.

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 De­fibrilator (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 de­brillator 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 patients 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 de­brilator 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 – and everyone has made so many friends and had so much fun doing it.

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, and 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

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 inturn 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.

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. Over a two year period, we’ve secured funding from the National Lottery and DONG Energy who installed the cable for the windfarm, and members have researched and developed the content for the boards. They tell the story of what’s to be seen across the sea, all about the windfarm, and about 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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