People whose New Year’s resolution is to volunteer in 2020 are encouraged to join a community action group that keeps Bridgwater’s canal and towpath litter free. 

Rage Against Rubbish organises canal cleaning events once a month and is calling for volunteers for its next litter pick on Saturday, January 25 from YMCA George Williams Centre.

Thirty-four-year-old Sarah Johnstone, who lives in the town and is part of the group, said,

“Volunteering is so rewarding. I take great pride in seeing the difference we make to the canal after each litter pick. I also really enjoy meeting and talking to our liked-minded volunteers, who are of all ages and from all backgrounds. It’s a really positive experience.

“Volunteering provides so many benefits both mentally and physically. By volunteering with us in 2020 you’ll be helping the environment, meeting new people and making new friends and you’ll be outside in the fresh air exercising by walking the towpath or paddling a kayak or canoe.”

Rage Against Rubbish was formed by Sarah, Dan Perry, his ten-year-old son Riley, Jason Winter & 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’s next litter pick will be held on Saturday, January 25 from 9.50am until 12.30pm from the YMCA in Bridgwater heading towards the docks.

The Rage Against Rubbish Crew and volunteers will paddle and walk towards the docks and collect rubbish from both the waterway and the towpath. The community group has bin bags, litter pickers and bag hoops for volunteers to use.

Rage Against Rubbish would also love to see more people on the water. The YMCA supports the litter picks and offer the use of its kayaks, Canadian canoes and life jackets for people to use free of charge.

Sarah added,

“We only have one Canadian canoe and single sit in kayaks available now. If people would like to use a kayak or a canoe for our next litter pick, please get in touch via our boat booking form on our website People can also just turn up on the day and join us to collect litter from the towpath.

“To entice people further The Purplespoon Café at the YMCA will give each volunteer who attends our litter pick 10% off hot food & hot drinks on January 25. We will hand out a voucher to each person when they sign on to the litter pick and it can be used before and after the event.

“For more information about our January litter pick and how to get involved, please visit our website. No one is too old or young to join in, but we do ask that all children are supervised by adults.”

The West Country Branch of the Inland Waterway Association (IWA) support Rage Against Rubbish with its litter picks by supplying volunteers and a flat work boat with on-board rubbish, storage containers. The IWA volunteers also dispose of the rubbish removed from the canal and towpath.

The IWA is a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country’s 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.

The next Bridgwater & Taunton Canal litter pick will take place on Saturday, January 25 from 9.50am until 12.30pm from YMCA George Williams Centre on Friarn Avenue in Bridgwater.

For further details about Rage Against Rubbish, please visit, email [email protected], follow the organisation on Twitter at @RageRubbish or log on to


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