From sea glass to a glazed grand design - ambition is flowing

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 5 Dec 2018

SEA glass from Cleethorpes and other UK beaches is part of a new jewellery collection that could one day be produced from a stunning grand design soaking up an inspirational view.

Ebb & Flo Living Ltd has revealed both a shiny new strand to the ethical resort business and a potential future location, as Toni-Ann Buckle-Weavers and husband Vince look to bring forward an iconic new build on the North Promenade.

The three-storey mixed use development would feature a home for the family behind it, and new business premises, with a workshop for the sparkling designs a potential inclusion.

It would also see the original stand-up paddle board and kayak hire and instruction element expanded, with a third strand – raising environmental awareness in education - also potentially accommodated.

The proposed development for Cleethorpes' North Promenade.

A special launch event was held for the jewellery at neighbouring Moon On The Water, with plans also revealed for land immediately beyond the shack, acquired earlier this year.

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“We have had a pre-application meeting with the local authority, and in principle there have been no major objections,” Mrs Buckle-Weavers said. “I may need a bigger workshop, there could be classrooms for the environmental work, we are keeping options open at this stage. The ground floor will be an extension of the water sports, we still want to get more boards, as on some days we are completely hired out.

“We are hoping to have full plans submitted for 2019, then see how it goes.”

The new eco jewellery collection featuring seaglass which is now available.

Estimated at £900,000 for the full build, it is a major addition and underlines ambition, with one option being to phase the construction to minimise business risk.

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Of the jewellery, which has been worked on privately for a few years to get to a level she has felt happy to sell, Mrs Buckle-Weavers said: “I have always been hands-on and artistic – drawing, painting, anything art and crafty. When you sell jewellery you have got to be good.

“It has been an evolving passion. I have been making sea glass for two years and like with any skill development, it progresses. I thought I would challenge myself more and try to do something different, but related to the ethos of the business, and something different to what other people do locally as well.”

Plans are in place to expand the Ebb & Flo business.

Beach cleans have been an element of the environmental arm, with the rubbed glass shard finds a result. One saw 320 people participate.

“The environmental education is the most important thing we do, but the least in value, but we are not going to scrimp on this,” she added.

“The jewellery provides a revenue stream for the winter months when watersports are limited. It is ethical, sophisticated and promotes our environmental values.”

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