Friends of Charlton Lido – time for action?

Charlton Lido - August 2012
Charlton Lido – August 2012

Following some vigorous discussion in recent posts about our lido potentially being renamed, and closing early for winter, the idea of forming a ‘Friends of Charlton Lido’ group has been mentioned and seems worthy of further investigation.

I thought it was worth floating the idea here first as a way of finding out if there’s sufficient interest; if there is, we’ll move things on and set up a public meeting to discuss it further.

A quick look at the website of Brockwell Lido Users Group shows what’s happening elsewhere – and highlights what’s not happening at Charlton at the moment.

Some questions to think about:

  • How would a Friends group engage with GLL and the council?
  • What are the overall aims and objectives for the Friends group?
  • Which of the other London lidos have successful Friends groups (and do we have any contacts there)?
  • How do we get started?

Some possible Friends group objectives for discussion:

  • to provide a forum to give GLL user feedback
  • to represent the interests of users of the lido and related facilities
  • to help build links between GLL and the local community
  • to campaign to secure the long term future of the lido in the interests of swimmers.

At the very least a Friends group could exist to gather feedback which would help GLL understand users’ likes and dislikes.

While a Friends group would sit independently of the Charlton Champion, it’s anticipated that the Champion would be a good platform to publicise it.

So what next?

A useful start would be a virtual show of hands: let us know in the comments below, on Twitter or by email (at neilclasper [at] if you think this is a good idea (don’t worry, this doesn’t amount to a commitment to get involved – though any willing volunteers would be extremely welcome!). And if you have ideas, advice, experience, or similar, then we’d love to hear from you. If there’s sufficient interest, we’ll draft some outline aims and objectives, follow up contacts at other lidos’ groups, then set up a public meeting to discuss the whole thing further.

14 thoughts on “Friends of Charlton Lido – time for action?

  1. Susan Edwards September 19, 2013 / 11:34

    Would become a member of Friends of Charlton Lido

  2. Mary September 19, 2013 / 15:19

    Yes, I would be interested in supporting this but not that interested in the donkey work – meetings etc – to be really honest!

  3. sarah September 19, 2013 / 17:42

    Yes, would join this

  4. Stuart September 19, 2013 / 21:21

    If with the support of the local community. We can help maintain the Lido. This hopefully will keep it open. With enough support or endorsements from local businesses. I cannot see why the Lido could stay open throughout the winter season. Possibilities of working with local sports clubs will keep the lido in the focus of the residents.
    Then with this the supporters of Charlton Lido may be able to apply for grants from the national lottery.

    • Stuart Logan September 20, 2013 / 19:45

      I’m new to the borough. But if you want any help. I’m interested. Keeping Charlton Lido open can only be good for the borough and the community.

  5. Fiona Veacock September 19, 2013 / 21:55

    Yup, as per my email earlier Neil, I’m in! F

    • Patricia nicol September 19, 2013 / 22:28

      Definitely interested in supporting this.

  6. Bill September 20, 2013 / 07:55

    i would support a friends group

  7. Kate September 21, 2013 / 19:24

    I’m in.

  8. Kate October 21, 2013 / 09:38

    Any news on this? Anyone go to the BBQ organised by management?
    I swam twice last week and at least 10 swimmers in the pool both times. Are they going to close just as they’re getting some “regulars”? Any news on when the pool will re-open?

    • Neil Clasper October 21, 2013 / 09:46

      Hi Kate,

      A few of us went along to the barbecue (it was a good event, and one they really should have been doing regularly through the summer).

      The indications were that the gym will open in Jan, and the pool in Spring (though exactly when in Spring seems unclear at the moment).

      I came away from the event feeling optimistic about the plans for the lido as a whole, but quite pessimistic about their plans for promoting the facility – the management flat out denied that there was any issue with their marketing or local awareness of the pool.

      They did agree that if a Friends Group were to be formed, they would listen.

      In terms of what happens next, we’re hoping to set up an informal meeting in the next few weeks to discuss how it could work, and what it should aim to do. I’ll put the info up here and email an invite out as soon as we’ve got a date and venue.


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