March 2024

March 2024 News & Events

Contents

Future Events
What to look for in March
Past events
Social media presence
Membership of Strandliners

Could you nominate Strandliners for an award?
An award from Movement for Good could be used towards putting on more events like Love Our Rother to help increase public awareness of plastic pollution and climate change, and what we can do to help.
Please follow this link to nominate us for the £1,000 draw under the environment and climate category, and continue through to nominate us for £5,000 if you wish. This should only take 2 minutes.
Note: when you type Strandliners CIC in the search, it will say no results found – simply tick the box that says registration exempt and complete the short form. Thank you for your support. 

Future Events

Lewes Climate Hub 
Rethink Rubbish 2nd-17th March 

Saturday 2 March: Turning the tide on plastic
TALK 1pm-2.15pm: Strandliners
TALK 2.30pm-3.15pm: Ocean Clean-Up
Thursday 7 March: What really happens to our rubbish? 
7pm-9.30pm, Upstairs at the Elephant & Castle
White Hill, Lewes
Saturday 9 March: Reuse, repurpose, remake
WORKSHOP 11.30am-12.30pm: Trainer Repair Kit
PLUS: Superlooper – discover baby clothing rental
TALK 1pm-3pm: Redesigning rubbish
Sat 9 March, 12pm-2pm: DARN IT!
Bring your holey socks, jumpers etc & learn to darn with Lewes Repair Café’s sewists
Sun 17 March: Great Big Lewes Litter Pick
Join Litter Free Lewes at 10.30am at The Gallops
Full details of these events can be found here

MCS Survey Dungeness
Saturday 9th March 1 to 5 pm
This is a quarterly survey for the Marine Conservation Society. It is a tough event with a 40 minute walk over shingle to reach our survey area, but we could find treasure! Not suitable for young children or anyone with mobility issues. Numbers are limited. 
Please sign up through the Marine Conservation Society website.

Big Plastic Count
11th to 17th March 
Greenpeace and Everyday Plastic have teamed up to run The Big Plastic Count.In 2022, the Big Plastic Count showed that almost 100 billion pieces of plastic are thrown away in the UK each year, with hardly any of it recycled. Could you count your plastic for one week? Sign up here.

Hastings Silent Disco Beach Clean & Survey
23rd March (in case of bad weather, 24th March) 2 to 4pm
This will be a silent disco, and a short talk and investigation of the rubbish, found but the aim is to collect beach rubbish for artists to create an exhibition, as part of Curious Agenda‘s festival. (Seal image: BBC News) 

Three Rivers Project
We would love you to complete our questionnaire before we start events.
The Three Rivers’ Project (Rother, Brede and Tillingham) will raise awareness about local waterways, bring communities together and find solutions to improve our health and our environment.

MOOC Masterclass
Some of our volunteers completed a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with the UN and OU Netherlands in 2020-21. A new MOOC is currently being developed but there is a Masterclass on Unnecessary, Avoidable and Problematic Plastic Products and Polymers available now to study now at your own pace. There is no cost. This could be a taster for a future MOOC. The Strandliners team is happy to give support, if anyone would like to take part. 

Young Strandliners
Congratulations to our Young Strandliners who have made a brilliant short video about protecting wildlife. This will be available soon when a national campaign is launched at the end of March.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 11th April (Friday 12th as a reserve date) when we will be looking at what is in our strandline. If you know anyone who would like to be involved, please email.

What to look for in March

This month we are asking you to look out for Smartie lids. These might be thought of as one of the earliest beach visitor items! The first plastic Smartie lids were produced in the 50s. The lids have undergone many changes over the years, for example the Rowntrees wording was replaced with Smarties in the early 90s. See more in our blog.

Past Events

Love Our Rother 2024A brilliant day with a focus on ‘From Pollution to Solution‘. Local organisations brought stands and activities promoting reuse, refill and repair, composting, zero waste strategies, and alternative transport, showing ways we can reduce our impact on the environment and live more sustainably.. And of course, there was a survey of rubbish in the middle of the room. You can read more on our website or in the next edition of The Fulmar.

Social media Presence

We appreciate your support through subscribing to this newsletter, please share with friends and family. Another way to help Strandliners reach a greater audience is through our social media presence. We are notoriously slow at keeping up with social media, but if all subscribers were able to support through following us and liking, sharing and/or reposting, it would really helpful in boosting our presence. 

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Membership of Strandliners

Benefits of becoming a member include a quarterly online magazine, The Fulmar, a monthly raffle to win a sea heart, and opportunities to join beach, marine & citizen science workshops.