Helping Out with the Great Stonehaven Spring Clean

By bellmannews / May 5, 2023
daffodils are out in bloom on the woodland floor

THE town will be buzzing with activity on Monday, when volunteers arm themselves with litter pickers, garden tools or wash cloths, to take part in the Great Stonehaven Spring Clean.

A range of groups are taking part, undertaking different jobs to help spruce up the town – and locals are invited to turn up and help.

Big Help Out – lend a hand, make a change

The event echoes the support given to the Horizon Group in last year’s successful entry in Beautiful Scotland when Stonehaven was named best coastal town and won a gold award.

Organiser John Cruicksank said: ”It’s great to keep the momentum going. We have had a great response to our Great Stonehaven Spring Clean, which I’m hoping will become an annual event, setting up the town for summer.

”As Deputy Lieutenant, I am delighted we are supporting The Big Help Out which aims to use volunteering to bring communities together and create a lasting volunteering legacy from the coronation weekend. 

”I really hope locals take the chance to join in, do something positive and maybe meet with a group they would like to join.”

Would you like to join in?

The weather for Monday, May 8, is looking a bit indifferent (risk of early summer showers, sunshine in the afternoon). With this in mind, groups have their own flexible schedules planned and information is already being posted on individual social media channels. But the following list gives an indication of what is on the cards along with names of group ‘leaders’:
Stonehaven Rotary Club with Debbie Thomson;  Sunday, May 07, 2pm to 4pm and also Monday, May 08, 10am to 12pm on a Promenade spring clean.

Stonehaven Lifeboat with Caroline and the RNLI crew; Sunday, May 07, 10am on the Boardwalk sweep and tidy from Backies car park.  

Stonehaven (Fatherland) Burns club with Douglas Samways; Sunday am, May 07 in the Burns memorial garden spring clean, washdown benches and tidy.

Paws on Plastic – Plastic Free Stonehaven with Marion Montgommery; 10 am Monday, May 08 rendezvous at the Craws nest, River Cowie pedestrian bridge on beach litter pick.

Stonehaven Horizon Project with Kath Boyne and Julie Lomax; 10 am Monday, May 08 on Market Square spring clean and wash down of the street planters.

Stonehaven Stand-up Paddle boarding with David Jacobs; 10 am Monday, May 08 at Botany Bay on a beach clean litter pick with Karen Reid, Horizon volunteer.

Stonehaven Fireballs with George Reid; 10 am Monday, May 08 on the Auld Toon spring clean

Tollbooth Museum with Cressida Coates; 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Monday, May 08, open doors for visitors with a demonstration of how to smoke mackerel. This event is in the Outer Courtyard.

Stonehaven Lions with Julie Lindeman; 2pm Monday, May 08 litter pick in Mineralwell meeting at the James Glenning pitches. Horizon will supply litter pickers and bags.

Dunottar Woods Management Committee and Friends with Daniel Veltman; 6.45pm, Monday, May 08, rendezvous Quarry car park for a litter pick

Stonehaven Men’s Shed with Bill Alan;  repainting of the community garden wooden planters and benches. Please note if weather has been wet and cold this work may change as dry conditions are needed

Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP) with  Jim Stephen & Paul Tosh  jet wash and clean community garden hard surfaces. Another job that may require flexibility as to when it can be done.

Mackie Academy with Nic Hamilton Mackie and their S2 Ambassador group; (30+ pupils) on their “Talking Trash” project on Thursday, May 11.

Special message from Daniel – said: ”The committee is delighted to play its part and everyone is invited to the Dunnottar Woods Litter Pick. Come and Help Out.  

”All the best to all other groups in their work. Best Regards. Daniel Veltman, Organiser of May the 8th Dunnottar Woods Litter Pick”

Special footnote

Stonehaven and District Lions, Saturday, May 6, 8am to 1pm at Farmers’ Market

Lions will shortly be on a recruitment drive looking for new members to volunteer in the community – their motto is “we serve”. There is no coronation quiche but bacon rolls at the ‘farmers’ market.

Stonehaven (Fatherland) Burns Club AGM, Thursday, May 11, 7.30pm

Douglas Samways, President has put a shout out for new members and lovers of our great Bard, Robert Burns, to help with the running of the club. AGM is 7.30pm at the Community Centre, Bath Street. Please do come along.

Feature image – a litter pick in Dunnottar Woods is one of the volunteer opportunities in the Great Stonehaven Spring Clean/ Big Help Out