Report for 18th December Litter Pick

Ho, ho, ho welcome to the Ravensbourne Residents Association Christmas litter pick report. We also had support from our friends in the neighbouring Culverley Green Residents Association.

Our thanks to the seventeen volunteers including: Steve, Julie, Denise, Theresa, Benedict, Alison, Alan, Ron, Debbie, Jean, Jill, Diana, Eric, Mick, Geoff and Kate. Your fellow local residents supported our direct action to clean up some of the streets in Catford South and Forster Memorial Park.

Three volunteers tackled Bellingham Road and others covered Daneby Road, Callander Road, Crantock Road and Thornsbeach Road.

It’s always nice to give Forster Park some love by cleaning up some of the neglected corners of the park too.

In total we collected seventeen bags of litter which was taken to Churchfields recycling centre for disposal.

Our thanks to all our local residents that have given up their time and contributed to the street clean-ups this past year in the name of community spirit.

Here’s hoping this year Santa brings you all a litter picker and a bag hoop!

Julie’s Apple Cake

Here’s the recipe for the apple cake that some of the litter pickers enjoyed at the weekend. It’s called an Apfelkuchen (German apple cake).

4oz butter
4oz caster sugar
8oz self raising flour
1 egg (beaten)
2 cooking apples, peeled, cored and diced
1oz sultanas
1 tbsp soft brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Icing sugar for dusting

Grease and line an 8 inch cake tin (ideally a loose bottomed one).
Set the oven to 160C / gas mark 4.
Melt the butter and caster sugar over a low heat.
In another bowl, sift the flour and add the beaten egg.
Add the melted butter and sugar. It makes an oily dough rather than a batter, so don’t be alarmed.
In yet another bowl mix the apples, sultanas, cinnamon and brown sugar.
Put half the dough into the cake tin, spread it out evenly (use your fingers to move it to the edges).
Put the apple mixture in, spread it out evenly.
Now put the rest of the dough on top. The easiest way to do this is a little at a time, again using your fingers rather than a spoon. Don’t worry if you have gaps, the fruit will bubble up through them and add to the cake’s rustic appearance.
Cook for about an hour. Some apple juice will sometimes ooze out, so I always put an oven tray at the bottom of the oven while it’s cooking.
Let it cool in the tin. Dust with icing sugar or drizzle a thin water icing over it when you’re ready to serve it.

It freezes really well.

Although it’s an apfelkuchen I’ve made it with dried apricots that have been soaked overnight in apple juice and I’ve made it with the gin infused damsons that I used to make damson gin with (minus their stones). If using different fruit you can leave out the cinnamon or try adding mixed spice or ginger instead.

Conisborough College

The Friday before the official clean up, one of our team members did a little clean-up around the back entrance of the college and park entrance. The statistics are shocking, 145 discarded face masks and forty plastic bottles amongst the litter. Many of the bottles still had liquid in them. Clearly the school is responsible for the extreme levels of litter in this area which raises the question about the standard of education children are getting when it comes to respecting the environment and disposing of their own waste responsibly.

Santa's litter helper
Santa’s litter helper

Community Action

Join our next litter pick on Saturday 22nd January at 10.30am meeting at the top Thornsbeach Road at the Forster Memorial Park entrance. Please bring your own protective gloves.

You will not only be helping your community combatting litter, also meet other like-minded people, get some fresh air and some exercise. We provide all the training needed and equipment to borrow on the day.

See you at the next litter pick. Come and join in the fun.

Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year


When the pavement is full please use the bin

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