Plastic Free Eastbourne's
“The Sea” competition has ended, winners have been chosen, and prizes will be awarded!
A very popular Eco-Fair took place on Western Lawns with a variety of eco-aware stalls to raise the importance of making efforts to heal our Planet.
A fundraising concert took place in the Crown and Anchor, which is where our Festival Feast took place earlier in the Festival.
Run Wednesdays ran all along our Spring Water Way from Birling Gap National Trust Visitors Centre to Defiant Sports Inclusion Hub in Sovereign Harbour Retail Park ~ visiting our Refill Stations along the route.
Eastbourne has a World First
Two Refill Stations have arrived in our town in the form of Dolphins. The company that makes them is Our Only World, based in Polzeath, Cornwall. These are the first-ever sold in the whole world and we are excited! These are going to be installed in our town to help grow our network of about 70 refill stations. They have a small carbon footprint, being made in Cornwall, England. They are also eco-friendly since the plastic is made from repurposed discarded fishing net in Cornwall. Also, they are attractive and this fact should encourage them to be a popular place for refilling your drinking bottle.
These refill stations will be able to be located by the public using the Refill App ~ free to download and use. Refill is a national network run by the charity ~ City to Sea.
Firstly, I want to pay tribute to a very close colleague and friend who has passed away very recently. Claire Sumners was someone who was dedicated to our cause. She was my equivalent in Seaford ~ she was the Plastic Free Community Leader. As well as that, she was the Regional Rep for Surfers Against Sewage. She was my inspiration when I first began campaigning. You will be sorely missed, Claire.
Our “Eastbourne Spring Water Festival 22” ~Celebrating Water ~ is now open for booking and planning. The dates for your diaries, planners and calendars are Friday 13th to Sunday 22nd May 2022. You will all be able to find something to interest you.
Thank you to all of our sponsors and benefactors who are helping to support this Festival. A full list will be published later.
We have been accepted by Aviva again to run a fundraiser. This time we are seeking £1500 as a contribution for a Refill Station in Shinewater Park.
Please contribute whatever you can and also please share this among your contacts, family and friends. There are rewards too for donors: 1 of 10 stainless steel refillable drinking bottles, worth £20 for a donation of £20. 2 pairs of tickets to our Rock and Blues Concert by local group “Southern Spirit” worth £16 a pair for a donation of £50.
Breaking news: we are now a member of the Eastbourne Chamber. This will permit our group to have a much wider audience. Also, we hope to be more influential 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!
Happy New Year to you all!
Welcome to this month's Newsletter. We hope that you will enjoy reading it.
We are now just 9 years away from our target in Eastbourne to being Carbon Neutral by 2030. We need to evaluate how well we have done in this journey. We also need to set targets on an annual basis to check if what we are doing is going to be realistic.
What we would also welcome is for participants to help lead one of our various projects. For example, we now have a volunteer to take on the management of our Adopt a Beach project. More about this excellent development in our next Newsletter!
Our Monthly Meeting - October's will already have taken place by the time you read this Newsletter. You are welcome to join this reviewing and planning session each month. Our November meeting will be on 14th. Our venue is going to be the Crown and Anchor 15-16 Marine Parade, BN21 3DX. This public house is one of our Plastic Free Champions and is a community hub! We start at 7pm. Our Guest Speaker for November is Paulina von Hellerman. Her topic: “Eastbourne Eco Action 2030 ~ a challenging ambition”: this campaigning group entails contributing to our ambition for our town to be carbon neutral by 2030!
Everyone is welcome.
The minutes from last month's meeting, the Agenda for this next meeting can be found via https://www.plasticfreeeastbourne.co.uk/meetings . The details for the meeting can be found via our Face Book Group ~ Plastic Free Eastbourne “Events”.
Our Monthly Meeting - 5th September: you are welcome to join this reviewing and planning session each month. During Covid-19 restrictions, these meetings have been via Zoom or Jitsi. From this month ~September~, we are holding these sessions in our hotels, choosing a different one in turn. Our first 2 (September and October) are going to be in the Lansdowne Hotel, starting at 7 pm. This hotel is one of our Plastic Free Champions!
Our Guest Speaker for September is Oliver Sterno. His topic: “Lobbying government and local politicians to legislate for 'Benign Plastics'” ~ a challenging campaign! Everyone is welcome.
The minutes from last month's meeting, the Agenda for this next meeting can be found via https://www.plasticfreeeastbourne.co.uk/meetings. The details for the meeting can be found via our Facebook Group ~ Plastic Free Eastbourne “Events”.
This most successful campaign will have ended by the time you read this newsletter. We had a target of £1500. To date, we have a staggering £3600 with 79 total pledges! East Sussex County Council have joined our fundraising by pledging £1500 through their “Building Stronger Communities Fund”.We are hoping to raise enough funds to pay for a Refill Station at Fishermen's Green.
If you did not notice this campaign and you would like to make a contribution, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a response to this fundraiser a Benefactor has pledged to pay for a Refill Station in the area of the Welcome Building. Watch this space for further details and developments...
This is an important element in our campaign. We now already have 40 Champions and we are looking for many more. If you run a business, be it a shop, office-based company or any local business, please contact Sue Dixon (email@example.com
or 07736 063397) and she will guide you and help you through the very straightforward process.
STOP PRESS: our most recent (40th) Champion is Little Flower Florist Please support this business which is determined to reduce single-use plastics.
November's Monthly Meeting will be a little later this month: it is happening on Sunday 14th November upstairs at the Crown and Anchor ~ 15-16 Marine Parade, BN21 3DX. This public house is one of our Plastic Free Champions and is a community hub. You are welcome to join this reviewing and planning session each month.
We start at 7pm.
Web Manager - We are delighted to welcome Gemma Courtney-Davies to our campaign. She is part of our Publicity and promotion team - She has produced and shared this months newsletter. More about this development in next months newsletter.
Titan 360 - This company was our official photographer during our Festival. They were more than that as you will see when the visual record is launched for public viewing. There are stunning films and interactive opportunities that will be coming on stream. This is a true 21st Century innovation and we will be seeing a lot more of this company's products.
Stop Press - Our most recent Plastic-Free Champion has just been presented with his award. We welcome Karl Hopper-Young and his company - Sussex Independent Financial Advisers - to join our campaign as our 39th Plastic-Free Champion.
Plastic Free Champions- This is an important element in our campaign. We already have 40 Champions and we are looking for many more.