CDCA Beach Care Group - Keeping our beautiful beach clean

This informal group of volunteers work together and individually to keep the beach and warren clear of litter.  Much of the litter is washed up as flotsam and jetsam from the sea, but there is also quite a lot of 'normal' litter left behind by visitors especially in the good summer weather.   Regular 'litter picking' sessions are organised in the Spring and Summer, but members of this group also work all year round keeping different parts of the beach free of litter.  New volunteers are always welcome and we will supply you with litter pickers and gloves.  Contact group organisers  Howard Gregory on 07912388943

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES in memory of Eric Rainey MBE.


It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Eric Rainey MBE.

Eric was the Warden on Strangford Lough for the National Trust for many years before retiring to Cloughey. He then worked tirelessly for the community of Cloughey joining the CDCA and taking a great interest in the environment. This is why this announcement is on our Environment page as he would liked nothing better. As well as the environment he lobbied for years to get the Council to take ownership of Cloughey Beach and it was only last year that he finally managed to achieve this, the result of dogged determination. He received many awards for his efforts from Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and encouraged others to take part in regular beach cleans. He loved to involve the local school children to promote a caring attitude towards our environment. In 2014 after the bad storm he was instrumental in the setting up of the Ards Peninsula Coastal Erosion Group. This group succeeded in alerting our Executive to the lack of a Government body to take responsibility. Unfortunately the Executive has been suspended for the last two years so the process has somewhat stalled.

Eric had been battling Cancer for many many years but he did not let something like that get in his way but unfortunately it was a battle he finally lost late on 17th May 2019.

Eric was one of life's gentlemen and will be sadly missed in the village and our thoughts are with Sheilagh and the family circle.

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The children from Kirkistown Primary School turned out in force to clean Cloughey

Beach and the Warren.

On Friday 12th April all the staff and pupils accompanied by some parents turned out on a windy day to do battle 

with the rubbish on the beach . They engaged the task with enthusiam and gusto and as the attached photograph

shows they had great success. Apart from the many bags of litter they collected 5 tyres, 2 full oil drums, and quite a 

large piece of fishing net. The community should be proud of the effort made by all involved.

As it turned out the next day was to be the first beach clean by the Beach Care Group but due to even stronger winds this had to be cancelled, replaced by refreshments in the Pavilion and partaking of Sheilagh's great homebaking. A new date will be announced in due course to carry out the cancelled beach clean.

Thanks to the generosity of "CHIP BUDDY " in Cloughey

all the children who took part in the

Beach Clean got a token for a FREE

Ice Cream


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