What’s Up

Sirena the mermaid, who has been watching over the lake since December 2018 retired from marine life in January, somewhat dishevelled and weather-weary!

The sunken buoy has been relocated nearer to the model boat lake and is now visible above water, so should no longer give swimmers an unwelcome start!

MARLENS’ AGM opens its doors to the lake community on Sunday 15th March starting at 6.30pm in Clevedon Sailing Club.  All welcome including volunteers, Friends, Lottery members, lake users, clubs and coaches.

January’s Winterfest raised over £700 for MARLENS, the charity behind the lake, which will be put to good use supporting major projects in March.

The lake will be drained on 29th February to enable mud clearance commencing 2nd March, before beginning to refill on 8th. This is part of an annual programme to dredge the lakebed each October and March costing £7,500 a year. If you are able to help with litter picking and/or cleaning during the week, please contact volunteer@marlens.org.uk

Six new concrete benches are being installed whilst the lake is empty, costing over £3,000, creating more seating around this amazing space.

It costs £15,000 a year just to run Clevedon Marine Lake, on top of these investment projects, which is raised solely through fund raising, so please remember to drop a coin or two into one of the collection boxes at the access points on the upper promenade.

MARLENS is recruiting! A secretary to help with meeting administration and organisation. For more details on pay and hours, contact info@marlens.org.uk

Lost property is regularly picked up by MARLENS’ volunteers from around the lake and stored in the boathouse. For items left behind, contact 07867 336480.

Use these 3 words for a faster emergency response

In an emergency situation 3 words can be used to direct emergency services to either end of Clevedon Marine Lake, sourced from the what3words App:

Pump house @ Poet’s Walk end of the lake = THIRD.ZONE.ANGEL

Slipway @ arcade end of the lake = FAULT.WANTED.WORM

The location linked to each set of ‘3 words’ is indicated by the red crosses on the satellite map above.

The what3words App is being used by South Western Ambulance Service, UK Coastguard, Avon Fire & Rescue and Avon & Somerset Police.

what3words is an App designed to help people communicate an exact location simply, for example to find their tents at festivals, navigate to B&Bs, pinpoint remote spots – and importantly to direct emergency services to the right place. The App assigns each 3m2 in the world a unique 3 word address that will never change. It means you only need three words to find or share any exact location.  More information about the App can be found here.

AEDs near Clevedon Marine Lake

An AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It’s a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyse the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

There are two AEDs located near Clevedon Marine Lake.  Their locations are indicated by the red crosses on the above satellite map.

COASTGUARD STATION

An AED is located on the side wall of the HM Coastguard rescue station, facing the arcade and on the walkway to Elton Road.  The building is on the upper promenade above the splash pool slipway, before the arcade.  Emergency vehicle access to this end of Clevedon Marine Lake is via Elton Road.

SALTHOUSE PUB

An AED is located at the front of The Salthouse Pub, to the right of the front entrance, on the wall facing away from the lake.  The building is off the upper promenade before Poet’s Walk woods, above the children’s playground.  Emergency vehicle access to this end of Clevedon Marine Lake is via Salthouse Road.

 

 

Help Us Help The Lake

You can help Marlens help Clevedon Marine Lake by shopping on-line through Give As you Live and Amazon Smile. Every time you buy through these channels, Marlens benefits from a donation which is either a percentage of the sales price or a percentage of the shop’s listing commission.

Help Us Help The Lake Collect… HUH? TLC… Yes please!

Marlens puts on another foot stomping fundraiser!

On 27th September 2019, just two weeks after the curtain closed on the biggest classical music festival on earth, Marlens hosted its very own tumultuous musical celebration at Clevedon Community Centre. Two hundred and sixty-five people attended a rousing night of popular music and singalong songs to raise funds to maintain and further develop Clevedon Marine Lake. Leading the fantasia was BOLD BRASS with Rachael Cooper (Soprano), John Prescott (Tenor) and Sue Parker (Accompanist).

A spokesperson for Marlens commented, ‘The event not only made a great profit – approaching double the amount raised the previous year, but prommers also said – the evening was fantastic and the band and songs were excellent. Marlens would like to thank the organisers, performers and volunteers for putting on such a good show, and the staff at Clevedon Community Centre for all their support.’

Clevedon Marine Lake is run by Marlens charity for everyone to enjoy year-round. Major fundraising events like Last Night of The Proms and the annual trio of Clevedon open water swimming events are essential to enabling Marlens’ volunteers to carry out cleaning, maintenance and improvements at Clevedon Marine Lake – which is why this amazing space is always ship shape for visitors.

Over the next year, sizeable chunks of money are required specifically for mud clearance from the lakebed, construction of six more benches, installation of a fourth mural to cheer up the wall, water quality testing during peak times, improvements to digital information and on-line donation and administrative support.

Everyone can do their bit to help the lake be it bagging and binning any rubbish created during visits, donating in the one of the boxes lakeside or becoming a volunteer.

Photo credit: Chris Emmerson

 

Clevedon Marine Lake will be closed… Sunday 20th to Saturday 26th October 2019

Clevedon Marine Lake will be drained down and remain empty next week, to allow for its autumn programme of maintenance work including dredging mud and silt from the lakebed that has accumulated since its renovation and reopening in 2015.  Mud clearance in the main lake will be undertaken annually over future years to minimise build up.

When the model boat lake was last cleared out in September 2017, a mini digger shifted an estimated 16 tonnes of silt in just one day.  That volume alone had settled over 9 months – the equivalent to 250 black bin liners full of mud!

The lake should fully refill during the first high tide on Sunday 27th October at 6am, and be usable between 9am and 5pm, avoiding overtopping tides that day.

Next week’s schedule is as follows:

Sunday, 20th October Lake drain from 10am. Litter picking and evacuation of lakebed, 2pm – 6pm.
Monday, 21st – Friday, 25th October Lake empty for digger access, silt clearance and cleaning of lake surrounds.
Saturday, 26th October from 6pm Lake refill which continues during Sunday, 27th October with two overtops from 5am and 5pm.

 

Good bathing water quality

On Wednesday 7th August 2019, a sample of water was taken from Clevedon Marine Lake.  The results indicate that the water quality in the lake is ‘GOOD’, as stated for Coastal and Transitional waters in The Bathing Water Regulations, 2013.

Fresh sea water from the Severn Estuary is next expected to spill over into the lake between 15th – 18th August 2019; these tides are not big enough to fully refresh the lake, simply freshen the water.

Happy crabbing

Crabbing can be an enjoyable way to introduce young children to the marine ecology when done responsibly, so here are some guidelines on good crabbing.

DO’s and DON’Ts

Don’t put too many crabs in one bucket. Stick to 5 per bucket.
Don’t store your bucket in the sun.
Don’t keep them all day long – return them to sea after an hour.
Don’t use a line with a hook on. Either tie a small amount of bait on or use an old pair of tights/bit of net to hold it in.

Do use crabbing bait like bacon sparingly and clean up any scraps.
Do add rocks and seaweed to the bucket to help replicate the crab’s natural environment and reduce stress.
Do hold your crab correctly – gently hold it either side of its shell or pick it up with one finger on top of the shell and one finger underneath – avoiding the claws.
Do remove any crabs which are fighting – male crabs tend to be more aggressive than the females.
Do remember to take all your equipment and rubbish home with you.

REMEMBER: People swim in Clevedon Marine Lake every day, so please consider carefully what bait you use. Ask yourself if you’d feel happy swimming near it? Raw chicken contains harmful bacteria such as salmonella and E. Coli so shouldn’t ever be used.