Clean Seas Please at this years St. Leonard’s Festival

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Clean Seas Please will again be present at this years St. Leonard’s Festival.

We are looking forward to being a part of this years popular event and we look forward to seeing you there.

This years theme is the 1950’s, so come and join us in our quest to improve the sea quality in Hastings in a fun and informative way.

For more information about the Festival and about what will be on, on the day, keep yourself updated by following the Festival on

twitter: @stleonardsfest

Facebook: St Leonards Festival

Hope to see you there.

The Clean Seas Please Team.

10-tonne ‘fatberg’ removed from west London sewer after causing £400,000 worth of damage

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A 10-tonne ‘fatberg’ measuring 40-metres-long has been removed from a sewer under a street in Chelsea, west London.

The Chelsea fatberg was so heavy it broke the pipe in the 1940s sewer under Draycott Avenue and Walton Street in March, leaving Thames Water with a £400,000 repair bill.

The water company has replaced 22 metres of broken sewer with new piping and still has another 17 metres to repair.

The team has been forced to dig down by hand to avoid damaging the other pipes in the earth below the street, making the task even more time-consuming.

Thames Water said this particular fatberg weighed the equivalent of five Porsches.

Fatbergs usually consist of solidified fat, wet wipes, sanitary items and household waste and have become something of a plague on British sewers in recent years.

A spokesperson for the Thames Water told The Independent the congealed masses are caused by people flushing things down toilets and sinks which they shouldn’t, such as cooking fats, oils and wet wipes.

“Wet wipes are particularly nasty when people flush them down the toilets, not just in Chelsea but all across region,” he said.

“When all these things come together in our sewers, wet wipes stick to fat and anything that is flushed down toilets that shouldn’t be, like nappies and sanitary items.

“Over time it builds up and builds up and then we are left with what we call a ‘fatberg’.

“The original sewer in Chelsea has been so badly abused by fat being chucked down the plughole we have had to opt for the time consuming and disruptive option of replacing many metres of pipe. I’d urge people to consider what lurks beneath their feet – and when it comes to getting rid of fat – ‘bin it – don’t block it’.”

Thames Water said “blockage hotspots” in London include Ealing, Hounslow and Harrow, while it has dealt with 200,000 blockages across the UK.

Parkrun Hastings New timed runs every Saturday at 9:00am

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This is very exciting news for all keen runners.

Parkrun volunteers have sat up a Parkrun in Hastings.

This is a free to attend event every Saturday morning from 9:00am.

The event takes place at Seaside Road, Hastings, TN38 0AG. Look online: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/hastings/ for course etc.

 

You will need to register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode.

You use the barcode to get a time so you can progress week by week.

This is not a fast run, you run for your own enjoyment and for your own progress. ITS IS FUN!!

Every week the runners can grab a post parkrun coffee in The Bo Peep Pub – please come and join!

This is a great way for you to enjoy an early start to the weekend and to enjoy the lovely view of Hastings seafront.

 

 

Beach Cleans 2015

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Hi everyone.

So far we have managed to be present for two beach cleans before Spring and now we have some excited news. We have our own Beach Clean on Sunday 10th May 2015 in Hastngs and we will join The Marine Conservation Society and M&S on one of their beach cleans on the 12th May 2015 at Glyne Gap.

If you would like to get involved using your Sunday morning on one of the most spectacular beaches please contact us either on facebook or

Cathrine Bach on either catherine.bach@rva.uk.com or 07527622725.

There are limited spaces for the Glyne Gap one and for the Clean Seas Please Team, but you can register yourself on http://www.mcsuk.org/foreverfish/register.php?beach=Glyne%20Gap

 

Hope to see you there.

Hastings Half Marathon

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Its nearly time for this years Hastings Half Marathon, the 31st of its kind.

We will be having a stall on the day as well ambassadors cheering on the runners at various points along the course of the race.

We also have a couple of volunteers running in the race so look out for the blue Clean Seas Please t-shirt on the day.

For more info and to enter click on this link: http://www.hastings-half.co.uk/

Look forward to seeing you there

Have you visited Hastings Beach?

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Hastings Beach

 

If not come and have a look, it is beautiful. As our work on The Clean Seas Please campaign progress, so does the steps to ensure the bathing water quality at Hastings beach.

Come and take a look and tell us what you think. We think it is amazing.

 

Hastings Beach does have expanses of sand, especially at low tide, but for the most part it is made up of sea-smoothed pebbles.

If sea bathing is what you’re after then look no further than the seaside award-winning Pelham beach along side it which offers lifeguard cover between May and September. Specially catered to families it has colourful character designated areas to help children (and parents) identify specific areas of the beach. With a diverse array of cafes, restaurants and attractions Hastings beach and seafront is fun for the whole family!

Deck chairs are available for hire and beach patrols cover the area in season (May to September). Dogs are banned from the beach between the pier and the harbour arm. Don’t forget to mind the red and yellow flag warnings and beware of incoming tides especially around the cliffs: check the tide tables information to be safe.

The contact details are for the Tourist Information Centre so please do plan your journey thoroughly and independently.

For more info please have a look at: http://www.hastingsbeach.com/

Alexandra Park

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Aexandra Park
As the summer comes closer and closer so does the beginning of our event season and we have some exciting new addition to this years event plan.
One of the events we did last year were the play days in Alexandra Park and we would like to highlight the many wonders the park has to offer. See you there!

Alexandra Park is well known for its diverse and abundant wildlife, especially at the Northern end, known as ‘Old Roar Gill’ which is now a Local Nature Reserve and well worth visiting with binoculars! However Kingfishers and Grey Wagtails can be seen any time of the year all over the park and not just in the reserve, especially at the Bucks-hole Reservoir and Harmers Pond areas.

It’s a great spot for twitchers of all orders because of the pleasing proximity to the coast, which means many rare migrant birds also regularly visit the park, including Night Heron and Little Bittern, plus the delightfully monikered Honey Buzzard and Ferruginous Duck!

The lower park highlights include an active boating lake, traditional bowls green, family friendly cafe, adventure playground, bandstand, war memorial and helpful public information point. The upper park includes tennis courts, multi play area, formal flower and rose gardens, reservoirs for fishing (permit required) natural woodland and a cute miniature railway that’ll be the gem of the trip for most kids.
Various special and seasonal events take place in Alexandra Park, largely during the summer months, including Hastings Beer Festival, various Band Concerts, Play in the Park and interpretive walks and activities, amongst other things.

For more info, events and history go to: http://www.hastings.gov.uk/community_living/places_spaces_facilities/allotments_parks_beaches/parks_gardens/alex_park/

Join Clean Seas Please on the 14-15th March 2015 as they join the Whalefest in Brighton

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WHALEFEST

WhaleFest is the world’s biggest event of it’s kind in the world – giving whales and dolphins a bigger voice. Be amazed, be entertained and be inspired by: science and campaign talks; Main Stage with celebs and experts; indoor whale watch trips; shark zone; careers workshops; hands-on bones and blubber; 30 life-sized whale replicas; top science; music, comedy and more. For beginners, experts, you, me, your yoga instructor . . . everyone!

To enter the two day event please use the following link to purchase your tickets: http://www.whale-fest.com/tickets