Ryedale District District Council are providing equipment and have suggested the best areas for litter picking. With our Heritage Day the following Saturday this is a perfect opportunity to pull together and have a ‘Big Tidy Up’. Steve at the Kings Head has kindly agreed to supply teas and a room at 8pm and Jane […]
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by Erica Rose Well, here are three happy faces! That’s because they’ve just helped save these six wheelie bin loads of recyclables from ending up in landfill after Ryedale Show. June Emerson, Steve Skelton and Chris Helliwell (pictured) joined me along with Helmsley residents Anne Stewart and Jean Marsden, making six of us in all […]
Got two hours spare? That’s all it takes to help save huge quantities of aluminium cans, glass and plastic bottles from ending up in landfill after Ryedale Show, according to Helmsley resident and Green town councillor Erica Rose. She is organising a group of volunteers to go along after the Show ends on July 26th and retrieve recyclables […]
Got two hours spare? That’s all it takes to help save huge quantities of aluminium cans, glass and plastic bottles from ending up in landfill after Ryedale Show, according to Helmsley resident and Green town councillor Erica Rose. She is organising a group of volunteers to go along after the Show ends on July 26th […]
Still have a Christmas tree to dispose of? Please don’t follow the example of one thoughtless person who simply abandoned their tree in the Old Road Play Area for someone else to deal with! Apparently lions love to play with Christmas trees, and goats will eat them, but if neither of these creatures is roaming […]
Hundreds of plastic bottles and drinks cans will be left behind by Ryedale Show visitors – but willing hands on Wednesday can help to make sure they go into RECYCLING and not into landfill.
It’s time to pull together and make Kirkbymoorside a tidier and better place to live for us all. Let Monday 4th May go to waste and ‘Tidy Up Your Town’!
Saturday 21 March is the official start of spring and whether you’re a group of friends and neighbours, a litter clean-up group, a local business, a school or on your own, what better way to kick off the season than with a big spring clean? It’s really simple and fun to take part in Community […]
The Marine Conservation Society is looking for people to join beach cleans around the county coastline. The UK’s leading marine charity says it hopes people who love the coast around Yorkshire will take part in a nationwide beach clean event which includes clean-ups at Robin’s Hood Bay, Scarborough, Filey and Flamborough. The Marine Conservation Society […]
Can you spare an hour on Saturday July 5th or Sunday July 6th at 6.00pm to tidy the town in preparation for town judging in Yorkshire in Bloom competition? Meet outside the Memorial Hall. Collection bags, gloves etc. will be provided. Members of the Kirkbymoorside In Bloom Group will be present on both occasions. If […]
No 32: Fitter Litter. Welcome to Coniser Howl, which is on the North York Moors and looks like this. I know it’s called Coniser Howl now because I’ve just looked at the map, but although Mr CF and I know it quite well from our walks and bike-rides, up until now we’ve called it – […]
No 31: Magically disappearing litter. Suddenly I’ve started coming back from litter-picks with less rubbish. Good news? Well, not really – it just means that the verges are now so lush that anything flung from a car simply plops down into hip-high greenery and vanishes. I wade the cow parsley with a silly walk that John […]
Ah, ‘heritage’ – the El Dorado of marketing – it’s everywhere, isn’t it? All those dinky jars of jam with the word ‘cottage’ somewhere on the label and a bit of gingham on top, the gardening tools (made in China and bend the first time you use them) that look like props from Downton Abbey, the stripy […]
No 29: Carbon-offset litter-picking If you’re reading this, I’m guessing there’s a fair chance that you’re a fellow member of the Crap Fairy community yourself, to one extent or another, because these days it seems like every other person I meet tells me that they’ve got into the habit of keeping a carrier bag in their coat pocket and […]
No. 28: Luxury Litter Sometimes the Crap Fairy is not a twinkly and happy fairy. Sometimes the Crap Fairy is a little bit of an angry fairy – and one of those times is now. In fact, do forgive me if these words are harder than usual to read because of the little marks […]
Success! The first part of my litter-picking goal for the year has been achieved: I have finished a deep-clean of the 1 km stretch of the A170 between the Eastern edge of Helmsley and the end of Riccal Dale – including all those lovely ditches I wrote about last time. So now all I need […]
Well, it’s taken me weeks to get this one written, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been idle – far from it. In fact, I’ve got a new CF project, which is basically to see if I can get just one kilometre of the A170 properly clean, and keep it clean all year. I’ve chosen […]
Commemorative litter Ye-e-s… it’s going to be a tricky one, this. I did have a bit of a rant when I found this, and I want to write about it here because whatever else it’s been in the past, what it is now is litter. But it’s not straightforward, is it? Because the reason it’s […]
Hurray! The Crap Fairy is back on the beat, refreshed after a Christmas rest, and ready for a little change of location to mark the New Year – it’s Carlton Road, which is really just a country lane going North from Helmsley towards the moors. I cycle this way often with Mr C-F, so we’ve […]
After my latest litter-pick, I was in a bit of a quandary about which bit to focus on; but in the end I decided to lead with ‘worst-smelling thing ever picked’, and – believe it or not – this is it. I know it seems improbable, but the trouble is that when it comes to […]
Pick of the week: Lottery tickets Mr C-F’s been away with the car, so I was back out with the wheelbarrow this week, and close to home. Which was OK, actually, because it gave me an opportunity to pick a bit of side-road that’s been bugging me all Summer – the bit between […]
Yes, we thought, standing at the edge of Rackwick Bay on a day of soft rain, watching the gannets plummeting into the sea after fish, this is what we came for. There were the mist-veiled cliffs, the hushing waves and behind it all a vast quiet that – for all we could tell – stretched […]
Pick of the Week: Gloves Ah, yes, the gloves. I did mention some weeks ago that I was saving them up to see how many I got, and I can now reveal that over the last 10 picks I found 15 – and here they are (along with my cat, Dave, who thought it […]
Pick of the week: Mushrooms Well, it’s been a funny old week in the Crap Fairy world, and no mistake. For a start, I’ve done two litter-picks this week and failed to find a single thing of of interest, which is why I’ve put in this nice picture of mushrooms instead. I did find them […]
Pick of the Week: A boot, a bucket and some roasting tins In fact, not only a boot, a bucket and some roasting tins, but actually a selection of lunch trashoramas and an antidepressant packet as well – but I ran out of space for the heading. One of the (admittedly few) charms of rural […]
Pick of the Week: A fairy-cake, a respirator, a billboard… and a Guest Pick! First, the cake. As the box was in a hedge-bottom not far from the Beadlam Grange Farm Shop, and looking as if it had been grubbily stuck there for some time, I was expecting to find something pretty mouldy and unpleasant […]
Pick of the Week: Tampon applicators (Plus a GUEST PICK invitation!) Yes, I know. But since the whole point of a blog like this is, after all, to draw attention to distasteful stuff that you don’t normally notice because you’re whizzing by at 60 miles an hour, here they are. The thing is, you see, […]
Pick of the week: The electric fan-heater Slightly surreal, but true. Unfortunately I haven’t got a photo of the bits in situ, because to start with it just looked like a patch of smashed plastic and electrical components about a metre across, which I did my best to pick up without knowing what it was. […]
Pick of the week: Un-Rubbish What do you call a container that’s light, transparent, waterproof, will not rot, has an airtight seal, and can last usefully for years? Yup, that’s it: and here are three that I found this week, shoved under a hedge in a lay-by, along with a couple of sandwich boxes and […]
Pick of the week: The Up-Yours ice-cream wrapper Yes, I know it looks like just any old ice-cream wrapper, but what this really is, is a rare example of Up Yours litter, and that means it’s actually a little bit special. And how is it special? Because it arrived on the verge next to […]
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