Lawyers make clean sweep of beach

SHORE THING: Members of the Ellis Jones team and volunteers from Swanage Carnival committee joined forces for a beach clean along with Swanage Beach Buddies, who aim for a litter free Purbeck.

Community-spirited lawyers hit the beach to clean up litter and debris on the sands at Swanage.

The team from Ellis Jones Solicitors was joined by volunteers from Swanage Carnival committee for the sweep of the shoreline in collaboration with Swanage Beach Buddies, who aim for a litter free Purbeck.

Staff from Ellis Jones’ Swanage office in the High Street were among those to join in the clean-up operation.

Ellis Jones is a longstanding sponsor of Swanage Carnival, which this year runs from Saturday July 29 to Saturday August 5 with the theme of ‘Under the Sea’.

Craig Wells, who is a partner and based in Ellis Jones Solicitors’ Swanage office, said: “It’s a great pleasure to once again support Swanage Carnival.

“We have a very community-minded and environmentally conscious team here at Ellis Jones, and we wanted to do more than just provide financial sponsorship for the carnival.

“A beach clean was the perfect way to show our support and tie in with the carnival’s Under the Sea theme to mark 2023 being designated as ‘year of the coast’.

“It also meant that we could help the town sparkle in the countdown to one of its biggest weeks of the year. Well done to everyone who took part.”

Swanage Carnival will include eight days of fun-filled events and entertainment for local people and visitors, including a procession, aerial displays, stalls, competitions, entertainment, food and drink, games and firework displays.

An estimated 250,000 attend every year, making it one of the biggest carnivals on the south coast. Last year £29,150 was raised for charity.

Carnival secretary Kevin Langdon said: “Our thanks go to Ellis Jones for its continued support and the fantastic effort of its team for the beach clean.

“They’ve helped keep the beach in a pristine condition as we look forward to what we will hope will be another bumper carnival with tens of thousands raised for charity.”

Ellis Jones supports many local charities, organisations and good causes, including Ringwood Carnival, Swanage Railway and Swanage Cricket Club.

Earlier this year its team joined in a beach clean alongside Dorset Wildlife Trust at Kimmeridge Bay in Purbeck.

Ellis Jones has more than 170 staff including 22 partners. As well as Swanage it has offices in Bournemouth, Poole, Ringwood, Wimborne and London.