The Great Cam Cleanup will take place on Saturday, starting at the Fort St George at 10am.
The amount of rubbish retrieved during this day is truly staggering - and makes the river such a joy to enjoy.
I have enclosed a email from Camboaters chairman Luther Phillips, who is still looking for volunteers. It sounds like great fun and it would be good to see some JGA members getting involved.
FROM LUTHER PHILLIPS
The long awaited Great Cam Cleanup is nearly upon us, A BIG THANK YOU for all your support and help in advance of the day.
At the latest count over 200 volunteers have pledged their time to clean up and beautify our beloved river Cam and some of our most treasured green spaces. We aim to collect as much rubbish as we can find from the cleanup areas. River Care has kindly provided public liability insurance; gloves, litter pickers and refuse sacks. Streetscene will collect the rubbish and recyclable materials from the designated collection points alongside the river throughout the event.
Registration will commence at 10:00am at the Fort St George, at which time you can collect your litter picking equipment, sign in and have a coffee/tea or water & hot sausage roll, compliments of Gail at the Fort St George. Andrew Walters, the RiverCare Project Manager, will then give a brief health and safety chat, followed by our distinguished Mayor Cllr Mike Dixon who will declare the event open. Then it's your turn to express your environmental ethos, volunteers will be sent off to Jesus Green, Midsummer Common, Stourbridge Common & Ditton Meadows, the Backs, the towpath from the Penny Ferry to Baits Bite Lock, Baits Bite to Clayhithe and onto Bottisham Lock. In addition there will be small craft picking rubbish from the entire stretch of the river down to Bottisham Lock. The Paparazzi will probably want to have a photo call before the off, so don't be shy.
Please arrive early in order to make the registration process easier. Wear old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and sturdy boots or wellies. If you plan to cycle, do check your bikes before the event and wear appropriate safety kit/gear. And watch out for the nettles!
Those of you starting at Baits Bite please arrive promptly at 9:45am, Dr Pip Noon of the Cam Conservancy will be there to hand out equipment and brief you.
We plan to terminate the event at 1:30pm, please return to the Fort with your equipment whence you can collect your BBQ tickets and indulge in the finest fodder cooked up by our gastronomic maestro Dave of The Cambridge Cheese Company.
If you have not already given me your name and plan to turn up on the day, I would advise you to email us ASAP to avoid disappointment; I will need your name for insurance purposes, barbeque numbers or you may like to let me know if you have any special dietary requirements.
For small craft/boats assisting with the cleanup from the water, make sure your insurance is up to date.
If you are a registered First Aider or would like to be a Team Leader do let me know.
We are creating a photo gallery on the Camboaters website, so please send your optimised photos taken on the day to the email address below.
Look forward to welcoming you on Saturday.
Thank you to all our silent partners: Paul Savoury - Tesco Newmarket Road, Nick & Co. at Treeworks, Whoover Swans by mike at blogshank.com, Steve & Tarquin - The Georgina Riverboat & Vic Lambert.