“VOID” Public Meeting yesterday.

It was a very good meeting, five of us all together. Thank you for coming.

I showed a few photographs, shared some stories, some knowledge on the beach plastic situation and midway through the evening we watched a twenty five minute video by Boyan Slat who updated us on his magnificent OCEAN CLEAN UP project. (The link to it is below).

We spoke about the notion of paying people to clean our coastline of plastic. We spoke of how to fund it.

I showed a few very short videos that I have made, funny ones. At least I think they are funny! I am pretty much convinced that I can raise money from corporate sponsors who in return for funding beach cleans will get their business’ promoted by me.

I called a mate this morning. He has agreed to fund a day’s beach clean. I am going to promote his business. He sprays wood. He sprays it well. He works near Pangbourne in Berkshire. I’ve known him for over thirty five years. I will be doing the beach clean tomorrow morning, (Friday 17th November). Here is his website, my first corporate beach clean sponsor. Thanks Neil.

https://mayowoodfinishers.com/

The Ocean Clean Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du5d5PUrH0I&t=470s

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Fliers going out.

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Keeping the ball rolling…

Local radio, Breeze Radio interviewed me yesterday. Hopefully they will put something out towards the end of the month and then do some promotions nearer to the Public Meeting on the 15th November.

I was asked how I thought the beach cleaning organisation would work. I had to give the simplest of answers! People will arrive at designated beaches, clear the plastic, take it to specified recyclers or to specific storage depots, clean up, go home, start again next day. End of week get paid!

But I realise things will inevitably be more complicated than that.

I am getting some help with regards to the best way to go as far as Social Enterprise, Not For Profit, Charitable status goes.

I am also wondering how to start. I feel I need some sort of a plan to offer at the meeting.

http://www.chuffed.org, the social enterprise crowdfunding site have a good template to work through. It helps you come up with a near on fool proof plan.

What if I centred my initial plan on a two week clean up of Chesil Beach? Plenty of space to work in. More than likely plenty of plastic and fishing gear to pick up. It is also very well known and might spark off further interest in a long term plan for VOID, (major beach cleaning/coastline project).

I need to consider money, workforce, transport, equipment, health and safety, legal structure, relevant places to take waste plastic, publicity…

What do you think of that, a two week ‘paid’ clean up of Chesil Beach, perhaps with a working party of five people?

I think I will work towards this idea.

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Public Meeting.

For anyone interested I have hired the ‘small room’ in the Quaker Meeting House, Abbey Walk, Shaftesbury, Dorset for a public meeting from 7.30 pm-9 pm on Wednesday 15th November 2017.

The public meeting will centre around the feasibility of setting up an organisation that will very efficiently clear high volumes of plastic debris from our coastline.

The ‘small room’ can take about twenty people, so if you are interested in coming along please express your interest beforehand so that I can arrange enough chairs!

I am looking at the different ways of funding this work, and I hope I will be able to get expert help from areas such as logistics, marine health, recycling, health and safety, transport, equipment, legalities, employment possibilities etc.

If you would like to attend, please do get in touch.

Many thanks, Simon.

 

 

 

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Carry on…or give it a break for a year?

Damn, having just gone down to Kimmeridge Bay to shoot some unprofessional but well meaning videos I get back to Costa Coffee in Blandford to download and make the semi-useless but well meaning video…to find that You Tube have stopped their easy to use, free, and basic video editing package!

I still have the videos.  I still have the few photographs I took.  Oh well!

My laptop is so old that it won’t support up to date video editing packages, so I either need to bring myself up to date, or find someone willing to do the work for me.

I dropped into Shaftesbury Town Hall the other day.  It is possible to hire the main hall for the evening.  It has seating for around 100 people, (hopeful Simon, hopeful!).  For ‘notforprofit’ organisations it’s £57 for the 4 hour session.  I think it ‘could’ be good to hire it and promote the session, hopefully getting people interested in’ clearing up plastic debris from our coastlines’ to come along and brainstorm.

Here are the few photographs I took.  They are on the theme of ‘various objects instantly disappearing’.

Was that a wasted morning?  Shall I give this up for a year?  Should I hire the hall?  How can we clear all this plastic up?  It could be easy.  It could be fun.  It could be rewarding.  It could give a lot of people, quite a lot of ongoing work.

I won’t give up today, (for a year), but I might give up tomorrow, (for a year).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VOID-various objects instantly disappearing.

There is a crowdfunding site that specializes in helping you raise funds for social enterprises. http://www.chuffed.org

They liked my beach cleaning idea, and said yes, you can raise money to pay people’s wages. Excellent. At last. Just maybe this is another way to help clean up our coastline of plastic and trash.

It will take a while to work out a suitable and efficient pitch and in the meantime I am thinking of organising a public meeting to thrash out ideas.

Any relevant feedback very welcome.

I have got my thinking cap on.

Maybe I can make this happen at last!

I thought I would name the project VOID, as above.

Have a good day.

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