Eastbourne beach clean team descends on Pinnacle Point

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SIX MEMBERS of Eastbourne Soroptimists took part in a Beach clean at Pinnacle Point, Eastbourne, on Saturday March 5 marking the Soroptimist international Day of Service.

They cleared three bags of rubbish, mostly plastic, but including parts of a propeller and other boating debris.

The beach cleans began in 2002 when the Club adopted the beach at Pinnacle Point which is popular for barbecues. Members clean around 100 metres of beach twice a year and, as usual, information was given to the Marine Conservation Society who keep a record of the weight and content of the rubbish collected.

When the group took the rubbish to the promenade for collection by the Council, they were surprised to discover the bags from the last clean up in September were still there, along with some other rubbish. But a further call to the Council ensured all was removed.

The Soroptimists then enjoyed tea and cakes at a nearby beach chalet which is owned by one of their members.

At their meeting on March 14, at the Red Lion, Willingdon, members heard that an email had been sent to their Link club in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami.

The Nara Soroptimists had replied that they were in the west part of the island so were unaffected, but were grateful for the concern of Eastbourne members.

Recent activities at the club included a successful Valentine’s supper at the Red Lion; a Soup lunch at a member’s home in Eastbourne which raised £155 for club projects; and a collection of old and unwanted jewellery to raise money for the Soroptimist International Project Sierra, which helps women and families in Sierra Leone.

The club, with members throughout the Eastbourne and Wealden area including Hailsham, Polegate, Willingdon and Seaford, is part of Soroptimist International, a world-wide women’s organisation who campaign and support projects, locally, nationally and internationally for women, families and the environment.

Further information from 01323 769004 or www.soroptimists-gbi.org