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Alveston Litter Busters

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We are a group of local residents concerned about litter spoiling our environment. Our aim is to keep Alveston looking clean, tidy and litter free resulting in a more pleasant environment for everyone and its wildlife to live in. We aim to achieve this through Litter Picks and contact with local schools and youth groups. We very much welcome new members. Please email alvestonlitterbusters@gmail.com

Alveston Litter Busters
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Bags collected so far

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Members

14

Years

45

Total number of events

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past Events

Severn Way Footpath Spring Clean

Event cancelled due to Covid 19 restrictions.

Winter Tidy up

Our next event will be a village tidy up on Saturday 18th January, meeting at The Parade at 10 am. Afterwards, we have been kindly invited back to The Ship for complimentary hot drinks. Wow what a br...

Autumn Litter pick

Meet at 9.30am at The Parade. All equipment provided. We'll be finishing up at the Cancer Research Fair at St Helen's School for drinks afterwards. £3 entrance to include drink and cake. Hope ...

Summer Litter pick

Severn Way clean up

The Severn Way/estuary is the nearest we have to a beach. We aim to tidy up the Severn Way footpath around the Old Passage, Aust and down to New Passage. Please meet at the Severn Services carpark, ...

Big Spring Clean

Meet at Alveston Parade for 9.30am. Everyone welcome to coffee afterwards at The Community Cuppa in the Mehtodist Hall. Equipment provided. Another well attended and successful event, thanks everyone...

New Year Litter Pick

Get out and get active for The New Year with a litter pick. Meet at 10am at The Alveston Parade. Coffee and catch-up afterwards Thanks to everyone who came along - what a great crowd we had ! It m...

10 Year Anniversary Celebration

Celebration lunch at The Swan, Tytherington 25 of us met for a lovely lunch together at The Swan, Tytherington. Great to socialise, and feel all that energy and enthusiasm still going strong for what ...

Autumn litter pick

Meet at Alveston Parade between 9.30 and 9.45 am. To collect equipment and agree routes. We'll meet back again for the Community Cuppa held at the Methodist Hall . Hope to see you soon. Another good ...

Summer litter pick

Meet at The Parade Alveston for 9.30am. Back for refreshments afterwards at The Community Cuppa (Methodist Hall). Thanks so much to everyone who came along today. It was pretty hot so glad that we st...

Severn Way TLC

Severn View and Severn Way Footpath Litter Pick Saturday 26th May Meet at Servern View Services by the Old Severn Bridge (in front of the Services café, to the left by dog walking area) between...

Beach Clear up

A Beach Clear up has been suggested - and will be something a bit different. Suggestions welcome, date to be confirmed. Watch this space.

Alveston Big Spring Clean

This event has been rescheduled from 3rd March due to the bad weather. Meet at The Parade, Alveston at 10am. meet back for coffee etc afterwards. Equipment provided. Please make contact if you hav...

Autumn Litter Pick

A bit of a damp start but we had 15 of us collect 10 bin bags of litter so did pretty well. One of our members Pam Forrest hosted us for after pick coffee and cake - very nice too, including the chat...

Alveston Big Spring Clean

This years Big Spring Clean is on Saturday 11th March. Meet at the Alveston Parade - at 10.00 am. Afterwards we've been kindly welcomed back to the Alveston House Hotel for coffee and biscuits. Our t...

Autumn Litter Pick

We had to postpone this event from October due to very wet weather - in fact the first time a litter pick has been rained off ! Today we had to battle with the Autumn leaves but our volunteers collec...

Spring Clean for the Queen

Meet at 10 am. in The Cross Hands Pub carpark. After the litter pick we'll meet back in the re-vamped pub for a drink, approx. 11.30am. Another successful litter pick. With 16 volunteers involved we...

Autumn Litter Pick

Meet at Alveston Parade, by the shops. 10am. Everyone welcome, equipment will be provided. Please suggest areas that you would like to focus on. We will meet up afterwards for a drink. Venue to b...

Summer Litter pick

Just 8 of us this time but we collected up 7 bags of litter then enjoyed drinks etc. in the sun, in the garden. Post script - One of our regular helpers Angela got back in touch after losing co...

Big Spring Clean

This year's big Spring Clean will be on Saturday 21st March. Meet at The Parade, Alveston at 10 am. Litter picking equipment equipment provided. We will meet up afterwards for coffee, kindly provid...

Autumn litter pick

A good turn out, managing to collect 9 bags of rubbish. Many of us met afterwards at Pam Forrest's Cancer Research UK coffee morning. Good for us and for a good cause. Thanks to all who supported ...

Summer Litter Pick

Summer litter pick. This will be on Saturday 2nd August, meeting at The Parade at 10 am. South Glos has cut the verges recently so litter is exposed and begging to be collected ! Peter Waller has ki...

Big Spring Clean 2014

Meet at The Parade at 10am, lasting for about 1.5 hrs. Alveston House Hotel have kindly invited us for coffee and biscuits afterwards.

Autumn Litter pick

The weather was definitely Autumnal - sunshine, breezy and the odd shower - but this didn't put off our happy band of volunteers. 15 of us collected up 10 bags of rubbish from around Alveston and Ru...

Summer Litter pick

Meet at 10am on The Parade. Everyone invited to BBQ Brunch afterwards to mark our 5 years in existance Not quite so many of us this time but may be because of the lovely weather we've been having. E...

Big Spring Clean

Meet at 10am in The Cross Hands Pub car park. Meet back for a drink and chat afterwards - 11.30am/12 noon. 'Well Done and Thank you'. This is what a cyclist shouted to me as he cycled past whilst I ...

Autumn Litter Pick

Meet in The Cross Hands Pub Car park at 10am. I hope to see lots of you there, please bring along anyone you can muster. Equipment provided. We should be out for approx 1.5 to 2hrs then back to The...

Jubilee Litter Bust

Lets get things tidy for the Jubilee Celebrations. Please meet at the Cross Hands Car park, 10.30am. Equipment provided. Thanks to everyone who came along. I'm glad to report that there wasn't so m...

Big Spring Clean

Our annual event to clean up the local area ready for the Spring. Please join us if you can, all welcome, equipment provided. Meet at 10am in The Cross Hands car park. Thanks to all who came along ...

Autumn Clear Up

Autumn Clear up will be on Sat 8th October. Meet at the Parade at 10.00am. Equipment will be provided but wear strong shoes or boots. Refreshments will be arranged for afterwards. Venue to be conf...

Alveston Show

Volunteers needed to litter pick the Jubilee/Lime Kiln Fields and collect the litter bags after the Show. Meet at 5pm outside the Youth Centre. Last year there was only a small amount of litter so ...

'Village of the Year' Tidy up

Meet at The Cross Hands Pub at 10am. Equipment provided. Lots of new equipment for youngsters to test out so please encourage all ages to join in. Hopefully the sun will be shining so we can enjoy ...

Big Spring Clean (Well almost)

Meet at 10 am Sat 12th March at Alveston Parade. Meet back for coffee afterwards at The Alveston House Hotel, around 11.30 am to 12.00 What a tremendous effort ! We had such a big team that we man...

Autumn Litter Pick

Meet at The Cross Hands Pub car park, 10am. We will go off from here, returning for refreshments after. We had a good morning in that a total of 18 volunteers turned out and gathered up 12 bin bags o...

An evening with the Cubs

One evening in September we shall be joining the local Cub Scouts for a chat about the anti-social behaviour of littering followed by a litter pick around the village. As part of their 'Community Chal...

Alveston Parish Community Show

Alveston Litter Busters will be having a presence at the local village show with a display of what we are about and to welcome anyone interested in joining in our activities. We shall also be helping...

'Village of the Year' Tidy up

Spread the word to help tidy up Alveston and surroundings in readiness for the 'Village of the Year' 2010 judging, mid June. To join in the communal Litter pick please meet at 10am at The Parade. Co...

Alveston Spring Clean 2010

Yes it's that time of year when we clear up our gardens to make way for the new growth of Spring. The hedgerows are being cut back, but 'Oh Dear' - what a mass of unsightly litter! South Gloucesters...

Brownies Litter pick

The Brownies are having their own litter pick. Litter Busters are really happy to help out, starting with a short talk before hitting the litter. The recent Alveston Brownie litter pick has been de...

Autumn Litter Pick

Leaves are falling and litter's gathering. Meet at The Parade at 2pm. Come armed with suggestions for picking, where are the litter hotspots. Equipment provided. Warm up with tea and biscuits after...

Cub scout Evening

Talking about litter with the Cub Scouts and joining them on an activity. The event has been postponed until lighter evenings in the Spring.

Calor Village of the Year Competition

The newly formed Alveston Community Forum has entered Alveston for the Calor Village of the Year Competition. A major part of this is tidyness so Litter Buster volunteers are needed. If you can spar...

Alveston Fun Run

The Alveston Scout Fun Run continues to be a great village event. Litter picking whilst running was a bit of a challenge but great publicity. It was good to see that very little litter was evident ...

Alveston Big Spring Clean-up

We had a very successful litterpick with eleven volunteers collecting nineteen bin bags of litter, four wheel hub caps, a car bumper and 'distressed' traffic cone.  Again the weather was good ...

Big Litter Pick

 Big Litter Pick around Alveston locality.  Meet at 10 am.  Litter Pick will be followed by an optional 'Bring and Share' lunch and meeting update.

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Clare
I come home to Newcastle now and again. I would encourage others who are here more permanently to create a group. Unfortunately as there isn't a group yet for Newcastle.
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The Rudloe Mob
We are not really a group! We are a loose alliance! We started as dog walkers and photographers back in the 70s. I would be walking with our hound and stop to take a picture only to find that foreground rubbish had to be removed. This led to always taking bags for rubbish whenever I went out. For larger items (fly-tips etc) I would move them to a suitable roadside location and call the council who were (and are) very obliging. My “comrades” would do the same. This has been going on ever since (our last dog departed some years ago but the walking and photography continue).

My current (well actually for many years) “bete noire” is bagged dog crap. Twas quite funny, some years ago we had a serial crap flinger - it was everywhere: undergrowth, behind walls, brambles, trees etc. So, one weekend we decided to have a blitz on the stuff. We found about 250 bags in the undergrowth along Leafy Lane, over 100 in one location behind a dry stone wall and so on - a total of around 700 bags altogether. I was walking down my road with a bin bag of bagged dog crap over each shoulder when a neighbour stopped me and asked what I had in the bags! Since that time he and his wife have been inveterate litter pickers. The bagged dog crap problem continues. I have picked up about 30 in various locations over the past couple of weeks (this statement will be approximately true whenever you are reading this!). I used to think that this was just one halfwit on the loose, but it appears that this extraordinary behaviour is common practice. I believe (and I have written to Wilts CC about this) that the socially-acceptable practice of bagging dog crap, binning it and dumping it into landfill is an aberration. We have programmes on TV where ologists of various kinds look at ancient middens to find out how people lived. What will future ologists think of our society?

“Look - they used to wrap up their dog crap and bury it - how weird!”

Talking of weird, an odd incident occurred during my 23 Jan 2012 pick-up. I had a good bin-bag full of rubbish which I was attempting to stuff into the waste bin at Northleaze Mobile Home Park when one of a posse of locals shouted over “Oi - what do you think you’re doing?”. A small exchange ensued during which I explained that this was at least a weekly occurrence and I was tidying-up THEIR environment. But they were having none of it - “You can’t do that”, one said. I should say that this lady did offer to put the rubbish in her own bin but by this time the bin-bag was ripped and taking it out again would have seen the rubbish spilled on the ground. Anyway, their objection seemed to be one of possession - it was their bin! This would be fair enough if the bin was ever used but every time I deposit rubbish in that bin, it is empty (as it was on this occasion). It seems that they want theoretical of the bin without ever using it! Anyway my bin-bag was stuffed into the bin; the bin was emptied by the council the next morning and I stuffed a further bag of rubbish into it later that day. It is odd that no account is taken of rubbish lying in the street but clearance of that same rubbish invokes local disapproval!

Another anecdote - for many years, on Sunday mornings when out walking the dog, I would find an empty bottle of South African white wine (always South African) and an empty (70cl) bottle of vodka tightly knotted into a Tescos plastic bag in the lay-by in White Ennox Lane. What a wild time they must have had and what an interesting drive home.

The bizarre things you find when out collecting rubbish! Today, 25 Nov 2012, it was the “Bath & Wells Diocesan News”, No 264, December 1980 (see pic)! This was by the bus stop at the top of Box Hill. I can imagine the Bishop of Bath & Wells waiting for the bus in his vestments with his mitre and crosier (or is that Catholic bishops?) and unfortunately dropping his News on boarding the bus. One of the News items was the 1980 General Synod at which a major issue would be the ordination of women! Now, thirty-two years on, the Synod has been voting on women bishops. What a slow-moving organisation the C of E is!

By the way, the 20,000 or so bags picked up is an estimate, but probably a conservative one. My weekly pick-up is about 8 bags - 8x52x32(years) is about 13,000. I am, no doubt, doing a great disservice to the rest of the Mob in estimating their input as only 7,000 bags - watch out for the update.

The following table started in 2012, which I will try to update regularly, gives an idea of the scale of the ‘problem’.

1 Jan 2012: B3109, Skynet Drive, field edge 4+bags+mattress - called Wilts CC
2 Jan 2012: Leafy Lane, woods and playing fields, 5 bags
3 Jan 2012: Boxfields Road, Box Hill Common 3 bags+ fly tip - called Wilts CC
4 Jan 2012: Quarry Hill, 3 bags + bagged dog crap (BDC)
5 Jan 2012: B3109, A4 to Hare & Hounds 5 bags+ BDC (7 bags)
6 Jan 2012: Leafy Lane & A4 towards Corsham, 5 bags
7 Jan 2012: B3109, Skynet Drive, Park Lane, 4 bags+ BDC
8 Jan 2012: A4 towards Box, 2 bags
9 Jan 2012: B3109 & A4 towards Corsham, 4 bags
12 Jan 2012: Boxfields Road 1 bag+ small fly tip - called Wilts CC
16 Jan 2012: B3109 & A4 towards Corsham, 4 bags
17 Jan 2012: B3109, Skynet Drive, The Carriage Drive, Pound Mead, 7 bags
23 Jan 2012: B3109 & A4 towards Corsham, 3 bags + BDC
24 Jan 2012: B3109 & A4 towards Corsham, 2 bags
28 Jan 2012: Leafy Lane & B3109 from small Fiveways towards Corsham, 1 bag
7 Feb 2012: B3109 and A4 towards Corsham, 1 bag
8 Feb 2012: Leafy Lane and woodland, 2 bags
12 Feb 2012: A4 towards Box, 4 bags
13 Feb 2012: Rudloe Firs and A4 towards Corsham 10 bags (and still stuff remaining)
13 Feb 2012: (later) B3109, 2 bags
21 Feb 2012: B3109, 1 bag
23 Feb 2012: B3109, Leafy Lane, Leafy Lane Playing Fields, 14 bags

Okay, I guess you get the picture so with one month being very much like another I will discontinue the diary. This is a week-on-week, year-on-year occupation. The last pick-up listed above is instructive though - let me elaborate .. Leafy Lane Playing Fields is a 20 acre site at the south-eastern edge of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Its users include football clubs, cricket clubs etc but the principal user is AFC Corsham who do an outstanding job in providing opportunities for young people to play football. AFC Corsham runs 15 teams for youngsters between the ages of around 5 to 15/16. You can imagine therefore the number of youngsters provided for and the scores of parents who ferry their charges back and forth from home to ground and back. All fine BUT it appears that not one of the committee, managers and coaches, parents or others gives a hoot about the enormous piles of litter which are left to accumulate week after week. Rather than an AONB, Leafy Lane Playing Fields resembles a rubbish tip. The Rudloe Mob has an onslaught on the accumulation every couple of months or so. Of the 14 bags collected on 23rd February 2012, 10 came from the playing fields and this was just the tip of the iceberg (see photographs of some of what still remains). The state of the playing fields is, I believe, representative of the state of Britain. A 20-acre site frequented by a community of users who deposit rubbish then cheerfully wander through that same rubbish without giving it a second thought. With regard to litter, whether it is at community or national level, in general “we” couldn’t care less.

In the eighties “that cow” (as described by our local MP at the time, the 6th Earl of Kilmorey or Sir Richard Needham) appointed Richard Branson as the uncrowned king of litter - see this 2005 Guardian article on the subject https://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2005/sep/24/comment - but his campaign along with all others, like the long-established Keep Britain Tidy, failed or is failing. It is not good enough to have high-profile personalities, photo-shoots and high-salaried executives with meaningless job descriptions - take a look at the job description for the £40k plus Head of Communications and Marketing at Keep Britain Tidy:

OUTCOMES TO BE DELIVERED
*Implementation and delivery of the five year communications strategy and annual action plan
*Enhanced reputation of Keep Britain Tidy and its sub-brands
*Senior management feel supported through provision of strategic advice and guidance
*New income streams developed, for example, from behaviour change campaigns
*Stakeholders strategically managed and influenced
*Resources managed effectively within budget to meet to customer demand
*Visible leadership to the relevant communications teams as well as across the wider organisation
*Enhanced profile of the organisation with the relevant audiences
*Public membership scheme developed and successfully implemented, when agreed

Talk about Nero fiddling while Rome burns! We are drowning in a sea of rubbish! You can see the outcome of almost 60 years of Keep Britain Tidy in the small community area covered by this Litteraction webpage. YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO GET OUT THERE AND PICK UP RUBBISH -REGULARLY!
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Christchurch in action
Christchurch in Action is a group supported by Sovereign Housing Association. The aims of the group are to lmprove the lives and environment of Christchurch, we hope to tackle social isolation by holding regular social events, and to improve the look of our community, hence regular litter picks.
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4 years
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The Killamarsh Wombles
Killamarsh village and surrounding areas
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17 months
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Mid Ulster Community Clean Up
A group to promote and celebrate the litter picking activities of individuals and groups in Mid Ulster
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Ingleby Barwick Community Litter Project
Ingleby Barwick Community Litter Project (IBCLP) is a volunteer organisation that actively addresses the litter problem in Ingleby Barwick by engaging the local community in fun group activities and working with the schools to promote environmental issues in and around the local area. We meet every Wednesday 12-1 pm and also an additional litter pick on the last Saturday of each month. Search Facebook for Ingleby Barwick Community Litter Project
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Brighter Uckfield Campaign (BUC Up)
The Group operates under the aegis of the Town Council. Every Sunday morning, at 9.00, a small band of volunteers (open to anyone to attend) meets at the Civic Centre to conduct a 'swift-pick' in the worst-affected areas (finishing at about 11.00). The Campaign has moved onto taking small patches of public land in the town and overseeing planting out and maintenance. The town's annual beautiful gardens competition is organised by the Group. The Group joins the annual clear-up of the River Uck that flows through the town. Weeding pavements and cutting back undergrowth are also tasks that are taken on. Most of this work is concentrated on the town centre, but a network of 'litter pickers' is being gradually established on the estates around the town. Volunteers are provided with a hi-vi vest, a litter picking stick, gloves and refuse sacks - and we even have wheeled trolleys to take round with you to deal with the large amounts of litter on a Sunday morning. The Campaign has its own (Don't be a) "Mucky Duck" logo.
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RE and CE Darby
work on our own, on ad hoc basis to keep local public roads, public footpaths and other private areas through our farm clear of fly tipping, litter and vandalism
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52 years
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TAT
Volunteer environmental group set up to encourage litter awareness in and around Totnes. Regular Litter pick events organised for members, targeting local littered hotspots. Supporting like-minded groups in the wider communities. Educate and change peoples behaviour in this \'throw away society\'. There is no AWAY !! Take it home or Bin It. !!
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St Helens
Our aim is to keep our beloved town St Helens clean by organizing litter picking events
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