written by Jonathan Stone
I came down to the Club just before 6.30am on Sunday 4 March. The Club was already open and its lights on, the dawn was as pretty as … … And Peter Collie greeted me with a fresh-brewed coffee; a welcome surprise. I donned one those high visibility vests, and set up a table just in front of the Club.
Within minutes people came by for the ‘dawn patrol'. Peter of course, and I remember Josh, Stephen, Yves and his team, Simon, Pippa, and many more from DBSC. A dozen lads from Cranbrook came through looking serious about it; they touched base before moving through. A good mixture of Laser and big boat sailors, and other members of the community.
More importantly, they brought in maybe 20 bags of rubbish. Yves’ team commented on the cigarette butts near the park seats - ‘you should ban smoking!’. Bits of tape and wire; but all in all the beaches are showing improvement over the years - no reports of needles, little broken glass. The beaches were clean by 7.15am; the rest by 10.30am.
At the end, the rubbish was sorted (recyclables were separated) and the residue was consolidated into fewer bags, and taken out to Bay St for collection. I will call the Council in the morning. Unused bags and gloves were packed and stashed in the workshop for next year.
The job was done, in great spirit, by many volunteers - all thanks to them.