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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
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.
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 email@example.com
Clevedon Marine Lake is a much-loved community asset. Lake users can follow six simple steps to help keep the water quality good in the lake:
- No dogs lakeside.
- Use the public toilets next to the arcade.
- Use crabbing bait like bacon sparingly and clean up any scraps.
- Not swim when unwell.
- Use the drinking tap and freshwater shower adjacent to HM Coastguard Clevedon rescue station.
- Drop £1 in one of the donation boxes every visit, to help pay for water quality testing and lake care.
During the warm summer months, when the lake is heavily used, the water quality in Clevedon Marine Lake is sampled before and after each series of overtopping tides (approximately those over 12.5m) to provide a baseline health check. The test results are shared to allow lake users to make an informed decision about entering the water.
Poor bathing water quality test results occur from time to time. The causes include:
- A prolonged warm spell. Although UV in sunlight kills off harmful bacteria, it is only effective at surface level where the light can penetrate.
- Heavy usage stirring up sediment from the lakebed.
- Heavy rainfall causing run-off into the Severn Estuary, entering the lake on overtopping tides.
- Contamination from human or dog waste.
Clevedon Marine lake is a semi-natural environment. It is a living space filled by sea water from the Severn Estuary. Faecal coliforms are present all around us and inside us. They live in our gut. Mammals (including humans), fish and birds produce them all the time. Faecal coliform bacteria can enter aquatic environments through direct discharge of waste from these species, from agricultural and urban storm runoff, and from human sewage.
There is a year-round ‘NO DOGS’ order in place at Clevedon Marine Lake and the splash pool for public health protection, to reduce the risk of unfriendly bacteria draining into the lake. A single gram of dog waste can contain millions of faecal coliform bacteria, known to cause cramps, diarrhoea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans. Faecal coliform bacteria can also present as eye or ear infections.
Updates on the water quality in Clevedon Marine Lake are shared here. If a poor result is reported, it is recommended that the public do not swim in the lake until the water has refreshed and been retested. People may choose to use the lake at their own risk in the meantime. Any swimmers doing so are advised to wear ear plugs and goggles to protect against infection. All visitors having contact with the lake water are advised to wash hands before eating.
In addition, the water quality in the Severn Estuary, which refills the lake, is monitored regularly by the Environment Agency throughout May to September, with samples taken from Clevedon Beach adjacent to Clevedon Marine Lake. Poor water quality warnings are issued on-line – and the most recent water quality test results also can be checked.
From Monday 11th to 20th March, Clevedon Marine Lake will be partially drained to enable contractors to access the inner lake wall to install an inlet valve in the splash pool wall – timed to avoid overtopping tides. The splash pool area will be fenced off for the week from 10th March. As the water level will be lowered, the lake will also be unavailable to users. The lake should refill on Tuesday 19th March at around 6pm.
The new drain works for the splash pool, costing over £4,000, will make sluicing and maintenance of the splash pool a lot easier for volunteers – as it normally requires pressure washers and electric pumps to clean it thoroughly. In future, thanks to this project, the same will be achieved using the sea wall valve to drain the pool and the lake wall valve to let water in to flush everything through. The investment will be well worthwhile, also enabling youngsters to enjoy good, clean fun every time they visit the splash pool.
There’s lots to do from Sunday afternoon on March 10th until March 19th, in terms of litter picking, muscle work and site management, so if you can spare any time to help out, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 was a fantastic year for life on the lake. Not only are visitor numbers ever increasing – but also much needed funds to keep Clevedon Marine Lake ship shape. Here’s a snap shot of some highlights we’d like to share with you, to give you a better understanding of all the improvements we’re making thanks to your generosity – in terms of both time and money.
Some significant donations in 2018 > £3,000
We’ve had some incredibly generous donations from individuals – who’ve either asked friends and family to gift money to MARLENS instead of a birthday present or nominated MARLENS to commemorate a loved one’s passing as an alternative to flowers – whilst others have invested their time and energy in organising social swims and swim challenges in support of the charity. In addition, in January 2018, a local business, MBDA based in Filton awarded MARLENS £1,700 through its Charity Challenge Initiative Scheme. Together these gifts totalled over £3,000.
Clubs and Coaches doing their bit – £3,500
Every time you see a Club or registered coach running a session on Clevedon Marine Lake, remember they’re contributing to everyone’s enjoyment of this amazing space. Clubs and Coaches register with MARLENS to use the lake by paying an annual fee as well as making a contribution per session.
Some Fantastic Fundraisers in 2018 – £11,000
Community events and subscriptions in support of MARLENS are making all the difference too. In round numbers, here’s a taste of how well they did last year – Clevedon Open Water events £3,300, MARLENS’ Lottery £1,900, Last Night of The Proms £1,700, Winterfest £1,200, The Curzon ‘Swimming under the Sky’ £900, New Year’s Dip £600, Friends of Clevedon Marine Lake £500, Avon Gorge Boat Trip £500 and Light up The Lake £400.
Just some of the costs in 2018 – £10,000
It costs a lot to run Clevedon Marine Lake, and many of the expenses are unseen. Administrative costs simply to run the charity amount to £3,500 per annum. In addition, in November 2018, MARLENS submitted an application to Marine Management Organisation for two silt removal sessions per year (March, October) for the next five years, 2019-2024. The application costs £1,500. It is required to enable MARLENS to deposit silt back into the estuary.
MARLENS spent over £1,500 on routine repairs and maintenance around the lake in 2018, and over £1,000 on equipment to support the work carried out by volunteers. Other investments at the lake in 2018 included non-slip matting for events, running costs for the webcam, new flags on the upper promenade and the installation of three murals which together cost over £2,500.
Some 2019 Investments – £10,000
From 2019 onwards, we are looking to carry out two drain downs for mud clearance each year. The lake’s annual heavy machinery bill for the de-silting programme alone will be £3,000.
We’re planning to digitise subscriptions and donations on Clevedon Marine Lake website this year, and together with continued water quality testing, we’re budgeting over £1,000. Another £1,500 will be set aside for more concrete benches and helpful fittings lakeside. There’s a major, remedial project planned to improve the splash pool in 2019 which will reduce on-going maintenance and is estimated to cost £4,500.
We’re excited about the year ahead and bringing all these plans to life – but we couldn’t do it without your continued support. Thank you from MARLENS and our growing community who ‘Love The Lake’. There’s lots to do – and lots of love for this amazing space!
MARLENS, the charity behind the lake is run solely by volunteers. Clevedon Marine Lake is run for the people by the people. New volunteers are always welcome.
Just before Christmas an elderly gentleman suffered a cardiac arrest after a brief swim in Clevedon Marine Lake. He was fortunate to receive immediate care from three swimmers lakeside, who were off-duty or ex-nurses; he was given CPR and the Coastguard Station defibrillator (pictured) was deployed. Three paramedic vehicles and the air ambulance attended and took over after approximately 15 minutes. The patient was stabilised and transferred to an Intensive Care Unit.
We are pleased to announce that after several days in ICU, the gentleman has been transferred to a Cardiac Unit for further treatment.
Marlens would like to say thank you and well done to everyone who assisted.
Take notice of the safety signs around Clevedon Marine Lake. Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous. Water depth may be shallower than it seems. Submerged objects like rocks may not be visible – these can cause serious impact injuries. Know the SIGNS. A red ring shape with a line running through it, white background and symbols mean you should NOT do this. There are ‘No Diving’ signs positioned around Clevedon Marine Lake. This means no diving in Clevedon Marine Lake, because most of it is shallow, the water is murky and there may be obstructions on the lake bed.