One of the objectives of the Friends of Stokes Bay is to provide practical assistance, advice and support to Gosport Borough Council and their contractors in maintaining a clean and safe environment in the area while remaining an apolitical and independent society.
A massive thank you to all our loyal litter picking helpers who come along and give their support with our litter clean-ups throughout the year. Litter recorded on beaches has risen by 10% in a year. The clean-ups and surveys of almost 340 beaches around the UK also show ‘on the go’ litter items from our eating out and about lifestyle made up 20% of all the rubbish found.
We have taken on the responsibility for maintaining the paintwork of the two shelters along the promenade at Stokes Bay. Members’ help with this is always welcome.
We have agreed to maintain the two flower beds in front of the Pebble Beach Cafe. Any members who have time to spare and have a talent for nurturing plants will be welcomed with open arms. This is not an easy environment for cultivating seaside plants but we are determined to make a difference so that visitors can enjoy the flowers.
We usually have a stall at the Alverstoke Michaelmas fair held each September with our stall helping to promote our activities. We usually have a selection of our publications on display and for sale. Anyone who can spare some time to assist on the stall are always welcomed; contact the secretary for more details.
Our 49th AGM was held in 2023 and was followed by a talk by Keith Thomas on the history and valuable work of the Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service concluding with our usual complimentary buffet.