Friends of Weston Shore – AGM


Our Annual General Meeting this year is on Thursday 30th November at 7pm, Woolston Community Centre, Church Road, Woolston, Southampton, SO19 9FU. We’ve had an amazing year, the highlights of which include being awarded the Southampton City Care for the Environment Award, the Sea Life Discovery Day and having the largest litter pick ever on the shore earlier this month.

Come and visit us and help us look forward to 2018 and plan the year ahead. Its free to attend and there will be tea, coffee and biscuits!

You can also find this event on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/events/478695582529969/

Hope to see you there!

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Autumn Beach Clean with Surfers Against Sewage and Solent University Student Union


There’s another great chance to help us clean up the beach on Saturday 14th October 2017 between 11am and 2pm.  The Friends of Weston Shore are teaming up with Surfers Against Sewage and Solent University Student Union and we are looking forward to seeing lots of people on the shore to help. This event is part of Surfers Against Sewage’s Autumn Beach Clean campaign and we are delighted that they have included our beautiful beach.

The starting point will be near the Pitch and Putt Course and the On the Water Café on Weston Shore, Weston Parade, Southampton.  We hope that you can join us. Litter picking is easy, fun work and to look back afterwards and see the beach looking beautifully clean is a wonderful feeling.

For more details, have a look at the Surfers Against Sewage’s Facebook page for the event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/131184307507761/

Our next meeting – Thursday 31st August 2017


Our next meeting is set for 7pm on Thursday 31st August 2017 at Woolston Community Centre, Church Road, Woolston, Southampton, SO19 9FU.

We will be joined by a special guest from Bird Aware Solent to talk about what they do and how we might be able to work together.  You are very welcome to visit our meeting and will be very welcome.

We shall all be discussing our future plans, including our next litter pick, which is Saturday 16th September starting at 11am.  This litter pick is with our friends from the Marine Conservation Society and will start from the car park on Weston Parade opposite to the entrance on Westwood (that is the end of the shore nearest to Netley).

 

Sea Life Discovery Day at Weston Shore


The Friends of Weston Shore are excited and delighted that Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trusts are running a Sea Life Discovery Day at Weston Shore next Saturday, 12th August 2017.  This is a twelve hour dash to record as much wildlife on the shore as possible.  Wildlife Experts, including Phil Budd from the Southampton Natural History Society, will be there to help identify all the different species.

The Trust says children are welcome, as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult. This free, family friendly day runs from 9am to 9pm and their starting point is at the Rolling Mills, near the Pitch and Putt course on the shore. Please wear wellies if you are going to take part.

For more information, go to the Trust’s Facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/909082812582488/

The Friends of Weston Shore will be there as well to join in the fun!

Litter pick with Royal Bank of Scotland


On a beautiful early summer morning recently, the Friends of Weston Shore were delighted to meet new friends, volunteers from Royal Bank of Scotland.  We held a litter pick on the shore and soon the volunteers had cleared up a lot of rubbish.

We are very grateful to them for all their help in supporting our goal of keeping the shore as clean as we can. Have a look at our slideshow of photos from the day.

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Award for Friends of Weston Shore!


The Friends of Weston Shore are delighted and honoured to have been awarded the Southampton City Care for the Environment Award at the St. George’s Day Community Awards held at Southampton City College on Sunday 23rd April 2017.

A number of wonderful and very worthy individuals and community organisations had been nominated. We were thrilled to have been nominated, let alone to win an award!

The awards were presented by the Mayor of Southampton, Cathie McEwing, and none other than Southampton legend, Lawrie McMenemy.

Special thanks to those that nominated us and for the honour of the award itself, which is deeply appreciated. We love Weston Shore, we love Southampton and we are looking forward to more fun helping looking after our beautiful beach!

For the report on the event at the Daily Echo, please go to : http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15242122.PHOTOS__All_the_St_George__39_s_Day_award_winners_on_a_day_of_celebration/

The following are some photos from the day; for a closer look click the  photo.

Our next meeting – Thursday 20th April


The next meeting for Friends of Weston Shore is this Thursday, 20th April starting at 7pm. The venue as always is Woolston Community Centre, Church Road, Woolston, Southampton, SO19 9FU. There is free parking and everyone is welcome.

It looks like this year is going to be busy for our group and we are hoping to meet new volunteers who want to help us in our aim of protecting and enhancing the shore. The agenda for the meeting includes discussing our litter picks, the forthcoming Bioblitz and lots more.

Hope to see you there!