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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.

REFRESHING NEWS

Clevedon Marine Lake will be open as normal, full of fresh water from Friday 2nd August, allowing for three overtops to fully refill the lake.  Please note: The lake might not be full on Thursday 1st August.

Refills have become a popular spectacle to watch – as 30 million litres of sea water gushes over the seawall into the lake.  THE LAKE SHOULD REFILL ANY TIME AFTER 6PM ON 31ST JULY.

The penstocks will be opened at around 8am, and volunteers will be cleaning in and around the lake from 10.30am on 31st July.

Clevedon Marine Lake will be closed to the public and fully drained on Wednesday 31st July so that it can refresh with water from the Severn Estuary repeatedly during the next sequence of overtops between 31st July and 5th August.

The water quality will be retested on 7th August, after the overtops.  Updates on the water quality in Clevedon Marine Lake are shared here.

There’s always lots to do at the lake in terms of litter picking, cleaning, muscle work and site management, so if you can spare any time to help out, please contact volunteer@marlens.org.uk

POOR WATER QUALITY ADVISORY

A sample was taken from Clevedon Marine Lake on Monday 22nd July and the results indicate that the water quality in the lake is currently poor.

Test results are shared to allow lake users to make an informed decision about entering the water.  Anyone choosing to swim is advised to wear ear plugs and goggles to protect against infection.  All visitors having contact with the lake water are advised to wash or cleanse hands before eating.

The sample taken on 22nd July showed raised levels of enterococci, a naturally occurring bacteria normally present in sea bathing waters.  With lots of people enjoying the lake, sediment from the lakebed has been stirred up.  Combined with storm run-off and the hot weather, bacteria levels have risen.  Although UV in sunlight kills off harmful bacteria, it is only effective at surface level where the light can penetrate.

It is recommended that the public do not swim in the lake until the water has refreshed.  The lake will be drained on Wednesday 31st July so that it can refresh that evening at around 7pm with water from the Severn Estuary – and repeatedly during the next sequence of overtops between 31st July and 5th August.

The water quality will be retested on 7th August, after the overtops.

ADVICE AGAINST BATHING

Swimming in Clevedon Marine Lake is NOT ADVISED until further notice.

A sample was taken from Clevedon Marine Lake on Monday 22nd July and the results indicate that the water quality in the lake has decreased.

The lake will be drained on Wednesday 31st July so that it can refresh with water from the Severn Estuary, then repeatedly during the next sequence of overtops between 31st July and 5th August.

The penstocks will be opened around 8am on 31st July, and the lake should refill any time after 6pm.  Volunteers will be cleaning in and around the lake from 10.30am on 31st July.  Refills have become a popular spectacle to watch – as 30 million litres of sea water gushes over the seawall into the lake.

The water quality will be retested on 7th August, after the overtop.  Updates on the water quality in Clevedon Marine Lake are shared here.

There’s always lots to do at the lake in terms of litter picking, cleaning, muscle work and site management, so if you can spare any time to help out, please contact volunteer@marlens.org.uk