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] gmail.com) 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.