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Hi Everyone,
 
Breaking news: we are now a member of Eastbourne Chamber. This will permit our group to have a much wider audience. Also, we hope to be more influencial in the business world of our community. Already, several businesses that belong to the Chamber are “Plastic Free Champions”.

Watch this space for more to be accredited! Our membership has been made possible because of the generosity of a benefactor who has paid our joining fee for this year: Go Plastic Pallets ~ Unit 6, Alder Close, BN23 6QF.

Jim Hardisty, who is the Founder and Managing Director has already steered his company to become our 11th Plastic Free Champion. Furthermore he was the benefactor who funded the distribution of 3 educational books by Ellie Jackson to every state primary school in Eastbourne. We are grateful Jim!
Welcome to this month's Newsletter. We hope that you will enjoy reading it.

With our target in mind for Eastbourne to become Carbon Neutral by 2030, we have outlined a new strategy for achieving this. There have been 2 meetings so far. What we need to do is evaluate how well we have done in this journey. We also need to set targets at least on an annual basis to check if what we are doing is going to realistically reach our objective.

To do so, we ~ Eastbourne Borough Council and Eco Action Network ~ need to engage with every organisation in our town to work as one. Our own Plastic Free Eastbourne needs to set our own targets too! Watch this space to see if this new campaign takes off!
Our postponed “Christmas Dinner” has become our “Festival Feast”. This is going to take place twice during our Eastbourne Spring Water Festival 22, so whoever cannot make one will be able to make the other! 
Please choose either Sunday 15th May or Sunday 22nd May, both sitting down at 7 pm.

Please email plasticfreeeastbourne@gmail.com with your choice of date and menu choices. See here for your menu choices. Please send a £10 deposit by the end of March to me. The total charge for the 3-course meal will be £24 which includes a tip.

Refill

Our new model of our future Refill Stations will hopefully be with us early this month! Anticipation and excitement are building ~ watch this space...
We have agreed on the location at the Devonshire Quarter ~ one of our next installations.

 
Planning of our Eastbourne Spring Water Festival:

Celebrating Water

Planning of our “Eastbourne Spring Water Festival 22” ~Celebrating Water ~ is continuing. The dates for your diaries, planners and calendars are
Friday 13th to Sunday 22nd May 2022.  

In our next Newsletters, we will be providing details as they appear.
We have many events planned already. There are new events too. 

 

  There is a Writing/Media Competition for all ages including adults. Entries will be judged in age categories. The title of this competition is “The Sea”. Your responses can take the form of poetry, creative writing or video.

If YOU wish to enter, please email suedixonjwg@gmail.com There will be prizes! This competition is ON NOW with the closing date Friday 13th May; this is the opening day of the Festival itself.

For details of events and how to book, please look at social media and next month's ~March~ Newsletter.

Events so far:

13th May, Friday: Opening Ceremony
    Closing date for sending in entries for Creative Writing “Sea” Competition.
    Start of “Refill Quest” daily event
    Start of Catch 22's planning for their event

14th May, Saturday: Stalls Fair ~ Western Lawns
Strandliners Citizen Science event, Seaweed Search ~ Cuckmere Haven. Studio on the Beach

15th May, Sunday: Big Beach Clean
    First Festival Feast ~ Crown & Anchor

20th May, Friday: Conference “Blue Planet at Eastbourne” ~ Lansdowne Hotel Conference Suite
21st May, Saturday: Strandliners Citizen Science event, Seaweed Search ~ Cuckmere Haven. Studio on the Beach
    Rock & Blue Concert ~ Crown & Anchor by “Southern Spirit”

22nd May, Sunday: Closing Ceremony ~ Holy Well
    Second Festival Feast ~ Crown & Anchor

Many more events are being created. Tickets will be available from MyTicketShop.co.uk ~ a free local service. Alex Hayter of Titan360 is going to be launching a publicity campaign that will encourage businesses to sponsor our publicity with benefits for them/you! Please “watch this space”.

 
Planning future activities:
we need and are searching for volunteers for 2 events:


1.    Eastbourne Carnival will be held on Saturday 4th June 2022. Plastic Free Eastbourne is looking to be using a float. We will need to decide on decoration and participants and other things! We are looking for creative and willing volunteers!

2.    Eastbourne Eco-Festival on the weekend of 29th, 30th, 31st July. We have been invited to be part of this festival with our publicity stall. We need several volunteers each day to help run it and for somebody at the end of the festival on Sunday to take the stall home until the following 15th August.

If YOU want to volunteer for either of these, please email plasticfreeeastbourne@gmail.com 
Biomass Plastics
Our lobbying campaign has stalled. We have made 3 attempts to persuade the parliamentary committee to agree that it can be published as a petition. I have now had discussions with a Member of the House of Lords. He has offered to discuss with colleagues the wording to make it more likely for the parliamentary committee to pass this potentially important petition.
Caroline Ansell, Eastbourne's MP, has been involved in our campaign and has been discussing this development in an ongoing dialogue.

 

Eastbourne Half Marathon

Please remember to support Christina Kearley, who is running in the Eastbourne Half Marathon. She is fundraising for Plastic Free Eastbourne. Please help her raise £1000 for a Refill Station...

Well done and GOOD LUCK Christina! 
YOU could be their 6th Supporter. The fund is growing!
DONATE NOW
February's Monthly Challenge

 Number 18: Clear-out! Replace the use of single-use cleaning product plastic bottles with refill.
 

Recycle your P.P.E. and Lateral Flow Tests.
Use a Refill Centre: Purevo/Reworks  warehouse in 104, Firle Road. BN22 8ES. Contact Joe Rose - 07527 119304
Also in Hailsham: “Simply Weigh”. Unit 2B St Mary's Walk, BN27 1AF. Contact 01323 441467  (Both are on FB)
Raise awareness in Eastbourne about these disposal places. Whatsapp Groups/emails and Social Media.

Monthly Meeting
February's Monthly Meeting is an online session once again. It will take place on  February 6th. Here is the link to gain access to the meeting, via Microsoft Teams: Click below to join the meeting It starts at 7pm. The Agenda will follow.
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Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place online this year. It incorporated our Steering Group Meeting. The minutes will be available on our website

Some key outcomes: we will be seeking volunteers to join our Board of Directors. In due course, we will publicise our application proforma. We also now have our policies, our Annual Report and financial accounts endorsed. These will all be available to view on our website: 
Click Here
Dates for your Diary
1st February
Eastbourne Greenpeace meets on the first Tuesday of each month, at 8 pm in the Crown and Anchor, Marine Parade, and also on zoom, for people who don't want to meet in person. 

Friday 4th
 our sixth “Eastbourne Spring Water Festival 22” Steering Group meeting
   
Sunday 6th
          Monthly Meeting number 38 ~ online via Microsoft Teams                                                
 
12th & 13th
 Come and join us at our sixth BHASSEXPLORE collective #greensockmovement Extreme Coastal Clearance weekend between Brighton marina and Ovingdean!  All welcome.... so much work to do! There are over 10 tonnes of plastic and synthetic materials trapped on these 'sea defence' boulders on this 2km stretch of coastline!  Come and help free them of these nasty harmful materials.... we shall be on the 2nd slipway east of the marina all weekend as the tide goes out all day.... you can help in many ways.... cutting... gathering.... bagging..... carrying and sorting these ropes and ghost nets etc for recycling.... or just come and say hello and give us some support!  It's a beautiful place so let's all work TOGETHER to help clear up all this mess! Please share this message with others who share our interests and concerns about the environment and bring some friends with you!  There is enough work for over a hundred people to get involved! Many thanks.... to find out more about our environmental work and project.... please visit our website....  bhassexplore.com .... or the BHASSEXPLORE Facebook page...

Sunday27th
Mucky Mermaids Beach Clean Eastbourne Redoubt 10 am
 

We can all help to be Plastic Free!

We hope you have enjoyed our newsletter. 


How YOU can take part in our campaign:

Sign our “Biomass Plastics” petition
Join in with our Adopt a Beach scheme
Make a pledge
Spread the word
Sponsor our campaign
Enjoy helping to improve our Planet bit by bit!
Interact with our Facebook group: Plastic Free Eastbourne and with our website: 
plasticfreeeastbourne.co.uk
Become involved via plasticfreeeastbourne@gmail.com

What we would also welcome is for participants to help lead one of our various projects. For example, our Adopt a Beach project needs monitoring. Could YOU help please???


Thank you,

Oliver Sterno, Community Leader
Sue Dixon, Deputy Leader

Plastic Free Eastbourne 

Tel: 07971 909454

plasticfreeeastbourne@gmail.com

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