Since the Environment Group was set up in the late 1970s it has been active in preserving some of Clevedon's best known landmarks as well as creating new features to enhance the town. Details of some of these projects can be seen by pressing the links above.
In the late 1980s the Group became active in maintaining these features as well and mounting a monthly working party during the summer months when we clean, paint and weed them - see below for details.
We also organise a "Big Litter Pick" before the Easter holiday each year to give the sea front a spring clean for the benefit of residents and visitors.
The Group works closely with North Somerset Council and the Town Council to achieve the objectives of maintaining and improving Clevedon's environment.
If you share these objectives please join us.
We meet every two months on a Wednesday evening. Please contact me for details.
Thanks to those members who were able to help with the work at the Pier Copse seating area this morning.
We pruned, weeded, painted bollards and litter picked – so a much tidier Pier Copse as a result!
Report: Bob Hardcastle
Photographs: Angela Slotte
Marine Lake Refurbishment
The Group’s chairman, Bob Hardcastle, attended a meeting of the North Somerset Council (NSC) Project Board. At it he learned that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) had confirmed the funding which had allowed the contract of appointment to be sent by NSC to Richard Fenton as the Engineer for the project. The Construction, Design and Management Co-ordinator had also been appointed. NSC will shortly be issuing a press release about the project and creating a dedicated website for information.
Exploratory work undertaken during March 2013
Heritage Lottery Fund inspection - 15 May 2014
On the 9th June 2014 it was announced that the North Somerset Council’s bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the restoration of the Marine Lake had been successful. Local groups involved in the project, including the Civic Society, celebrated a grant of almost £800,000.
Refurbishment of the Bandstand
The work to construct the new replacement panels was placed with Golding's and they were were fitted at the end of September 2014.
The project was supported, in part, by a donation of £2,000 from the Clevedon Civic Society.
Before the panels were covered in November 2010
After many years of battering from the West, our weather beaten Bandstand has this year undergone much renovation work.
A survey was undertaken by the Group of all the seats located in Clevedon, identifying those in need of repair and those that were sponsored.
The results of the seats survey undertaken by the Group have been given to the NSC at a meeting with John Flannigan and Gareth Withers.
Following that meeting the Environment Group sent NSC their proposal for a future policy on seats in the town.
The July working party:
The small gate to the town cemetery was brushed and scraped in readiness for repainting. Shrubs were cut back around this gate and the path tidied, elder was cut down near the main gate, and sycamore branches overhanging the pavement were removed. Some clearing work was also done on Marshall’s Field near the Jubilee seat.
The August working party
After a quick site visit and telephone calls it was decided to brave the heavy rain storms and clear the steps and footpath in Marshall’s Field. The area looks so much tidier now – and we left a notice saying that the area had been cleared by the Civic Society.
The September working parties:
Bob Hardcastle writes: ‘Thanks all those who were able to help with the painting of the gates to the cemetery on the 29th September after the de-rusting work the previous week. What a difference it has made to the entrance to the Cemetery now.’
The November working party:
On the 10th November six members cleared the the Donkey Path between Victoria Road and Elton Road.
Group Chairman, Bob Hardcastle, wrote: ‘Just to thank those who helped with the working party this morning.
As a result of the good turn out we were able to remove the leaves and mud from the path, prune the brambles etc and litter pick the area. It looks so much better now – and much easier for the public to use.’
The October working party:
Bob Hardcastle wrote: We finished clearing the area around the Marine Hill drinking trough, which had been started by others ( NSC? ). We arrived expecting a morning’s work but found that all the leaves had been cleared!
This must be a “first” as I do not think NSC have done this area before. We then moved on to Pier Copse and weeded and pruned the seating area – started by Angela on Friday – and then we cleared the greenery from the bench on the corner of Alexandra Road and Copse Road. It is now possible to sit on this bench and for pushchairs etc to get past on the pavement.
Big Spring Clean-up - 22nd March
For this year, the Environment Group’s annual ‘Big Litter Pick’, was combined with North Somerset Council’s ‘Big Spring Clean-up’.
Group member, Chris Stone, was appointed the ‘pickers’ point of contact and he sent this message of thanks to all those who helped:
‘I am pleased to report a very successful Spring Clean this morning. We had sixteen cleaner-uppers report for duty and there was an impressive heap of bags collected for Glendale to take away. Many thanks to everyone who so generously gave their time. Thanks too for the support and fixing ... provided by Nick and Kim from Glendale who ensured that things concluded tidily. Locals and visitors alike have much tidier spaces to enjoy.’
Bob Hardcastle, Chairman of the Environment Group, writes:
We managed to get the metalwork to the Civic Society’s Millennium bench painted as well as clearing the bridge and the steps onto Marshall’s Field before the rain started.
The work to the bridge and steps was well received by members of the public. It is interesting to see how well used both the bridge and steps are by the number of people crossing the bridge or using the steps in the short time we were there. One lady in a disabled “buggy” was very grateful for the work to the bridge as she was finding it very difficult to cross before because of all the brambles and nettles.
Group working party - Monday 6 July
Pier Copse seating area
Photograph taken by Angela Slotte after the Environment Group had finished tending to the flower beds in this area.
Note the progress of the building work at the Pier Hotel in the left hand corner of the picture.
Message from the Environment Group Chairman
What a successful working party we had on the 24th May!
Thanks to all of you who were able to help – one of the best ever in terms of numbers.
Just as well though as “many hands make light work” – and we managed to collect about twenty bags of mainly plastic rubbish from the sea shore area by Marshall’s Field – not to mention the three car tyres, plastic seat and numerous large plastic boxes etc.
Our thanks are due as well to Glendale for providing us with the “community toolkit trailer” and for taking all the rubbish away on completion. I think that is a facility we may well use again in the future.
May 2016 - Working Party
November 2016 - Donkey Path Working Party
We had a most successful working party this morning clearing the Donkey Path of leaves and accumulated mud. We were 4 Civic Society members ably assisted by a volunteer from the Woodcutters and a couple from neighbouring Pyne Point, to whom we are most grateful. Our volunteer hours were 11 in total.
Report and Photographs from:
We had a really good turn out for this Working Party and as a result managed to paint the metal railings around the circular seat area and the gate to the Lookout on Poets’ Walk plus generally weeding and litter picking the area.
March 2017 - Lookout on Poets’ Walk
Report: Bob Hardcastle
Photographs: Angela Slotte
New Seating Area is Open
by Frances Hardcastle
The eyesore which was the derelict gents toilet area opposite Clevedon Pier has now been transformed thanks to Clevedon Civic Society.
The Society was delighted when the go-ahead for a total revamp of the toilet area was secured by Clevedon Town Council recently. Councillors voted to allocate up to £4,000 to match the Society's contribution towards a new seating area which is planned for the derelict toilets.
The Society had previously obtained approval from North Somerset Council to replace the old gents toilet with a seating area with plants and a sign showing nearby shopping areas, local parks and walks. The design of the seating area has been carried out by John Tranter, chairman of the Society's Conservation and Planning committee.
“We are absolutely delighted with this news”, said Bob Hardcastle chairman of the Society's Environment Group who have led the campaign to improve this area which occupies a prominent place overlooking the entrance to The Pier. “The Society has pledged up to £4,000 as well towards the scheme which we hope will be completed by the end of this year”, he said.
“The area was an eyesore for some time following the closure of the gents toilet and their relocation nearby in the toilets block in Pier Copse”, he said. “So this is great news all round”.
The work was completed at the end of 2017.
Recent Working Parties
A message from the group chairman, Bob Hardcastle:
Just to thank all those who turned out in force to help with the clearing of The Donkey Path on the 13th November.
A record number of ten I think. Just as well as the Path seems to get longer each year!
The Path is now leaf and litter free – with bushes etc. cut back to provide clear access.
Thanks again – regards Bob
PS And just a reminder of the next Environment Group meeting at my house on Wednesday 22 November at 7.30.
Bob Hardcastle, Chairman of Clevedon Civic Society’s Environment Group, retired from this post at the annual meeting on January 11th 2018 and on behalf of the members he received a thankyou presentation from the Society Chairman James Foulds.
James Foulds paid tribute to Bob’s dedication to the Society over the past 40 years which saw him as Society Chairman, vice Chairman, a member of the Conservation and Planning Group and Chairman of the Environment Group twice.
Amongst other projects he has been involved in the restoration of the drinking fountains in Clevedon: the new seating areas in Pier Copse: the Lookout on Church Hill: the round seating area on Poets Walk and the reconstruction of the Marine Lake.
Bob has also spearheaded the setting up of the regular Environment Group working parties to maintain the Civic Society’s projects in the town which in turn support the Society’s aim of caring for Clevedon.
“Caring for Clevedon has always been my aim and I am very grateful to all those fellow members who helped and supported me with all these projects,” said Bob who received a stunning stainless steel bowl for fruit.
Environment Group member, Richard Young, writes:
We agreed at our last meeting that the first working party of the year should be in March, and would tackle the rubbish / plastic on the foreshore adjoining Marshall's Field.
I've checked the tide tables, and the best Monday looks to be that which falls on 12th March. So please put that date in your diary (or let me know if you can't make it).
I'll contact John Flanagan and arrange for a trailer to take away what we gather in.