Gorleston Gal’s Community News April 2019
Gorleston Gal, Melanie Ruse reports
as published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine
It’s Beach Clean time and the sponsor from last year, Playmob, who are involved in Pokemon Go!, are including us in their World Earth Day events. There might be some grant funding for an Arts related project which could help brighten up some features around the seafront!
Marina Bay Cafe Rocks!
The Gorleston Community Beach Clean takes place on April 21st and starts at our usual venue of the Marina Bay Café on Gorleston Seafront. Registration is from 9.30am, planning to have everyone on the beach by 10am. The Facebook page Gorleston Community Beach Clean has full details and you can get more information there
Last year, I made some painted Rocks as a fun game for the kids to find. We were overwhelmed by the response. We have used some of our existing funds to buy 3 bags of cobbles and clear sealant to make more. I asked the Marina Bay Café if they would help by sponsoring the permanent markers Each rock will have the Marina Bay Café written on the back
We now have 140 pens which were collected by Eleanor Smail and Chloe Punter to be used by the Cliff Park Ormiston Academy School Art Club. They will also be the first school to benefit from litter picking kits to help in environmental awareness education. This will help around the school premises and the Duke of Edinburgh Award students
I'm talking to the Scouts and Army Cadets about provision of equipment to help them achieve environmental badges
If you have a youth group or school interested in owning the kit please contact me. It’s available from small kids up to adults, we can either donate the kit or loan it as required
Kiosks on the Promenade?
A controversial planning application has caused upset on the seafront. The plan was only entered on 1st March and comments needed to be in by 26th March. The description didn’t really explain much ‘Proposed 3 no. A5 concessions with outside seating. Change of use on Beach concession from inflatables to other beach amusement uses including hiring of deck chairs and associated items’. It was only when the story appeared in the Mercury that local traders realised it meant 3 new businesses by the Splashpad. A public meeting took place at the Marina Bay Café on Monday 11th of March to discuss the details for a change of use of the former inflatables site on the beach and the possibility of Kiosks being built along the promenade by the splash pad
Cllr Graham Plant in an interview on Harbour Radio said the new businesses would not duplicate existing ones. However, local feeling is that people only have a set amount of money and so the competition would prove detrimental. Hopefully an extension will have been granted on the kiosks for a full public consultation
Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever!
On July 13th 2019, the Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever is planned to hit Gorleston-on-Sea. It’s a flashmob dance event held around the world recreating the music video for Kate Bush's 1978 song Wuthering Heights. Great Yarmouth Borough Council, The Pavilion Theatre and MESH are helping me organise the event in Pier Gardens. You need no dance skills, it’s open to all age ranges, genders and physical abilities but there will be a limited number of places. Anyone who would like to join me in wafting about in the park and having a picnic after, get in touch. Facebook page Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever Gorleston on Sea or contact me direct
photo: Mark Buckley Photogaphy, Gold Coast, Australia