One BAG of Rubbish! Congratulations to Sparc and the People Of Werneth and Coppice for supporting a community litter pick today. Special thanks to the youngsters who worked so hard and thoroughly deserved their rewards of burgers and ice cream. Well done, everyone!
Wonderful presentation evening at Eastern Pavilion for The Mayor’s Charity Appeal. Honoured & humbled to receive an Active Citizen Appreciation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Local Community from Mayor Javid Iqbal. THANK YOU! 🙏
Great afternoon giving a talk about Rubbish Ruth’s Rambles to the amazing Funky Fitness and Fun group at the Satellite Centre, Greenfield. These young adults are so inspirational and enthusiastic and created some wonderful ideas about improving the environment. Thank you for such a happy and enjoyable time with you all 🙏💚
Bus Pass Trip 14 – North-East Circular
Just when I think I can’t improve on my previous trips I’m proven wrong! Last week I spent 6 days in glorious sunshine (albeit somewhat cold) exploring the beautiful countryside of North Lincolnshire, Humberside, East Riding, North Yorkshire, Cleveland, County Durham and West Yorkshire before returning to find the hills around Oldham bathed in sunshine too! Everywhere there were lambs in the fields, daffodils along the roadsides and blossoms on the trees, all enhancing the most breath-taking scenery.
To start my trip I caught the train to Hull and from thereon it was ‘bus pass’ travel to Grimsby, Hull, York, Whitby, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington, Richmond, Ripon, Harrogate, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and finally over the border into Greater Manchester where I boarded a (free) tram back into to Oldham . I travelled on 23 buses, stayed at 4 Anchor-Hanover Guest Rooms, visited 7 Wetherspoons’ pubs, researched my family history in 3 libraries and did 2 BBC Radio broadcasts about my adventures. Radio York invited me into their studios to talk, live, to their listeners and BBC Tees conducted a telephone broadcast whilst I was on a bus to Whitby! I spent £40 on accommodation, zilch on travel and my Wetherspoons bill is a secret!
As ever, I picked up and ‘talked’ a load of rubbish, distributed my Social Media information cards to anyone and everyone who was prepared to listen about the #1PieceOfRubbish campaign and received lots of positive and encouraging reactions. A lovely volunteer in Age UK in Richmond was very complimentary about my efforts, students in Darlington promised to share my details with their friends, the staff at Hartlepool library were keen to inform their colleagues and a young man I met in Hull Interchange is now an ardent litter-picker!
In an effort to show the route I was following, I bombarded you with pictures of rubbish going into various bins, photos of guest rooms and information about radio stations. I thank you all, most sincerely, for your responses, tweets, retweets, posts, shares, ‘likes’ and ‘loves’! Responding to every one of them is nigh on impossible but I appreciate your unerring interest in – and support for – the campaign. THANK YOU!
Bus Pass Trip 15 is already in the planning stage but until then I’ll leave you with this thought from Mahatma Ghandi:
“In a gentle way you can shake the world”
Much love and gratitude to you all. Go gently!
Bus Pass Trip 14 COMPLETED! Safely home after 6 days of a super trip with sunshine all the way! 😎 So lucky!!!
Bus Pass Trip 14, Day 6 cont’d: Richmond to Ripon to Leeds to Bradford to Huddersfield to Oldham! #1PieceOfRubbish times 6!
Left only a shadow & £7.50 for this beautiful room at Ryder Court, Richmond. Heading further south & nearer home! 😥
Bus Pass Trip 14, Day 5 continued: Hartlepool to Middlesbrough to Darlington to Richmond. Slowly heading south! 😢
Bus Pass Trip 14, Day 5: Left only a shadow and £10 at Anchor Housing, Lynton Court, Hartlepool.
Surprise phone interview with Antony Collins of BBC TEES earlier today – from the top deck of the 840 bus from York to Whitby. Called at the studio in Middlesbrough later to say THANK YOU 🙏 for providing a great publicity platform for the #1PieceOfRubbish campaign. Catch it on ‘catch-up’ !!
Bus Pass Trip 14, Day 4: York to Whitby to Middlesbrough to Hartlepool. #1PieceOfRubbish..times 4 !! 😀
Bus Pass Trip 14, Day 4: Leaving only a shadow, £15 for 2 nights at Anchor Barleyfields & a handful of rubbish in York!
Bus Pass Trip 14, Day 3: BBC Radio York! Great live broadcast with Jonathan Cowap to promote the #1PieceOfRubbish campaign. ‘Catch-up’ on BBC Radio York at 1 hour 39…to hear my dulcet tones! 🤣
Bus Pass Trip 14, Day 2: Grimsby to Hull to York.
Bus Pass Trip 14 Day 2: Left only a shadow & £10 at Anchor-Hanover, Kings Court, Grimsby.
Bus Pass Trip 14 Day 1…Oldham to Manchester to Hull to Grimsby. So happy to be ‘on the road’ again! Jack Kerouac has a lot to answer for!! 😂
New boots, new Bus Pass trip, new ADVENTURE!!! Watch this space! 👀