Society Activities:

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.

In order to do this we undertake practical work along the Bay.

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.

Sadly, the latest report from the Marine Conservation Society  identifies that our seas are becoming more polluted and the main culprit is plastic.  Litter has increased by 135% since 1994, with plastics increasing by a staggering 180%. Plastic has been found in the stomachs of almost all marine species including fish, birds, whales, dolphins, seals and turtles.

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. The MCS is calling on UK governments to put a levy on disposables.

Litter Picking

Next Litter Pick

Our next litter pick will be:
Saturday 12th October at 10.00am
Meet by the Splash Pool.


Previous Litter Picks


June 2019
Thanks to all those who helped with this litter pick despite the low temperature and strong winds. We are happy to report that the amount of litter collected was small compared with previous picks. This must be down to the fact that the public are dropping less and the hard work of GBC employees who regularly tidy up along the Bay.

Litter Pick June 2019

March 2019
We had the first beach and litter clearance of the season on 23rd March and this was in conjunction with the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean campaign and what a success!  We were delighted that over 160 volunteers turned up including the Gosport Wombles, children from the local junior schools, Brownies & scout packs, local families and FOSB members.  The weather was perfect and we collected approximately 65 bags of rubbish.  Our sincere thanks to everyone for helping to keep our Jewel in the Crown a beautiful clean area to enjoy.

Beach clean 23-03-09

Beach clean 23-03-09

September 2018
We took part in the Great Solent Beach Clean in conjunction with The News.
Here are the 6th Gosport cub scouts, who helped with the litter pick.

6th Gosport Air Scout Cubs

6th Gosport Air Scout Cubs

March 2018
An excellent turnout with over 100 people and children coming to help keep Stokes Bay tidy. Everywhere you looked people with blue bags picking up litter could be seen. The weather was kind to us with a warm, Spring day. Thanks to all who helped.

Litter Pick March 2018

Litter Pick March 2018

Litter Pick March 2018

Litter Pick March 2018


June 24 2017
Despite the sizzling temperatures throughout the week, who’d have guessed that we then had to cancel our litter pick on Saturday 24th June.  Although half a dozen of us did brave the elements, the strong winds and heavy rain beat us in the end!

March 4 2017
What a spectacular turnout we had for this litter pack. Over fifty adults with more than thirty children (thanks to parents from Gomer Junior School) helped to scour Stokes Bay for  litter. So many volunteers that litter was scarce. There seems to have been a great reduction in the number of carrier bags, bottles and cans. A significant improvement on previous years.



October 8th 2016

Another sucessful litter pick with the weather much kinder this time. Thanks to all who turned up and helped.

Litter Pick October 2016 Litter Pick October 2016


June 25th 2016

Well done to all those who turned out for the litter pick despite the forecast heavy rain. Twelve sacks of litter were collected.

June Litter Pick

Litter Pick June 2016

Our first litter pick for 2016 saw a wonderful turn out for our ‘Clean for the Queen’ event on 5th March.
This was an initiative by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign and we were joined by members of Alverstoke Women’s Institute, staff from Hampshire County Council, Gosport Street Pastors, County Councillor Chris Carter and local families.

Litter Pick March 2016

Litter Pick March 2016


Litter Pick March 2016

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Litter Pick March 2016

‘Round the Harbour’ litter clean at Stokes Bay on 6 June 2015.

Litter Pick June 2015

Litter Pick June 2015


We organise 4 clearances a year along the Bay – covering the beach and green areas stretching from Bayside cafe to the Gilkicker lagoons.


The Friends 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. Contact the society if you feel you are able to assist.


Promenade with shelter looking east

Flower beds

The friends have agreed to maintain the two flower beds in front of the Pebble Beach  cafe close to the Sailing Club. 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 the Friends are determined to make a difference so that visitors can enjoy the flowers.
May 2019 Update: We are grateful to Gosport Borough Council for the installation of new oak edging boards around the beds.  Compost and plants will be arriving soon so we look forward to seeing the beds looking smart for the summer.

Flower Bed

The flower beds alongside the Pebble Beach Cafe


The Friends have volunteered to maintain these flower beds

 Maintained by The friends of Stokes Bay

Michaelmas Fair

The Friends usually have a stall at the Alverstoke Michaelmas fair held in September of each year in the streets surrounding Alverstoke Village and church.  The Friends’ stall helps to promote the Friends and 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 will be welcomed. Contact the secretary for more details.

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Michaelmas Fair September 2016

Annual General Meeting

The Friends of Stokes Bay hold their Annual General Meeting in June of each year at the Village Centre in Green Road Alverstoke Gosport PO12 2ET. As well as delivering annual reports to the members and electing officers and members of the Committee the AGM usually has a informative talk, followed by refreshments.
our 45th AGM meeting will take place on:-

Wednesday 26th June at 7.00pm in St Mary’s Parish Centre, Green Road.