BRIDGWATER folk are this month (July, 2019) invited to help celebrate the first anniversary of a canal litter picking community action group in the town.

Rage Against Rubbish organises monthly cleaning events along the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal and is hosting a party for its one-year anniversary at the Somerset Boat Centre on July 21.

Dan Perry, Chairman at Rage Against Rubbish, said,

“We would like to invite all our volunteers and supporters to our First Anniversary Party. Since we officially started just over a year ago, we’ve had a huge amount of support from the community and local businesses and we just wanted to host an event to bring us all together and enjoy the canal and to also say ‘thank you’.

“People who attend on Sunday, July 21 will get the chance to use the equipment at the Somerset Boat Centre in North Newton such as the paddleboards, Canadian canoes and single and double kayaks. There will also be mini skippered narrow boat cruises and the chance to have a go in a self-drive motorboat with a Rage Against Rubbish crew member.

“We’re keen to get more people on the waterway and enjoy the stunning canal which is on our doorstep.

“Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic with them on the day. There are toilets at the Somerset Boat Centre and space for picnic blankets to be placed.”

Tickets will cost £15 per adult and £5 for children aged 10 to 18. Under 10s are free. A family ticket, which includes two adults and two children aged 10 to 18, will cost £35.

The ticket money is to cover the cost of the activities at the Somerset Boat Centre with proceeds to Rage Against Rubbish for equipment.

Dan added,

“We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Ryan Chorley at the Somerset Boat Centre for organising this with us. The ticket cost will also include a non-alcoholic drink on arrival, a raffle ticket with the chance to win some fantastic prizes donated by local businesses and an ice-cream. Thanks also to Refresco for providing the entry soft drinks free of charge.”

Tickets can be purchased online via the Somerset Boat Centre website. Please visit https://bit.ly/2J4452I. Alternatively, tickets can be paid for in cash, please email [email protected] to secure a ticket and arrange payment.

Rage Against Rubbish was formed by Dan, his nine-year-old son Riley, Jason Winter, Sarah Johnstone and Trev Vass, all kayakers, who regularly paddle along the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal. They were fed-up with seeing vast amounts of rubbish and discarded items in the waterway.

Rage Against Rubbish host litter picks once a month along the canal starting and finishing at the YMCA in Bridgwater. The volunteers collect litter from the waterway and the towpath.

The group is aided by the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal Inland Waterway Association (IWA) volunteers. The IWA volunteers provide a flat work boat with on-board rubbish, storage containers and also dispose of the rubbish removed from the canal and towpath.

The YMCA in Bridgwater provide Rage Against Rubbish with canoes and kayaks free of charge to use on its litter picks and The Purplespoon Café at the YMCA also support the group by offering 10% off hot food & hot drinks on the day of each litter pick for volunteers.

The Rage Against Rubbish first Anniversary Party will take place at the Somerset Boat Centre in North Newton on Sunday, July 21 from 12noon until 4pm.

For further details about Rage Against Rubbish and its party, please visit www.rageagainstrubbish.co.uk, email [email protected], follow the company on Twitter at @RageRubbish or log on to www.facebook.com/rageagainstrubbish/.

To find out more about the Somerset Boat Centre, please visit www.somersetboatcentre.co.uk.

(Third from left) Ryan Chorley, owner of the Somerset Boat Centre, with (from left to right) Trev Vass, Jason Winter and Dan Perry from Rage Against Rubbish on the Somersun narrow boat.

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