Friends of Charlton Lido are organising introductory meetings this week at the White Swan pub, on Wednesday 8th February at 7pm and Friday 10th February at 12 noon. Find out more – and let the organisers know if you’re coming along – at the Friends of Charlton Lido website.
Charlton Champion reader Rosemary Leeke has been in touch with plans to start a user group for Charlton Lido:
“Back in the autumn of 2013, a group of committed Lido swimmers held an initial meeting to discuss setting up a user group under the banner Friends of Charlton Lido; lots more expressed an interest but weren’t able to attend the meeting.
“The consensus, both of those who attended the meeting and of those responding via the Charlton Champion website, was that a group would be beneficial. However, at that time there weren’t enough people able to commit to getting it off the ground, and there was a hope that the full reopening of the Lido with the new gym and café would increase usage and address many of the concerns that were being expressed at the time.
“Three years on it is clear that many of the same issues still continue to surface on a regular basis, so perhaps the time is now right to return to the proposal of establishing a Friends group to try to find a constructive way of tackling these. Informal conversations in the pool and the changing rooms suggest that lots of regulars would support the idea – so let’s try and make it happen!”
To find out more or to get involved, visit friendsofcharltonlido.co.uk or email charlton.friends.lido [at] gmail.com.
***UPDATE 3rd OCTOBER 2016***
Friday morning sessions have now been reinstated until the end of October. The pool will be open 7am-12 noon.
***UPDATE 28th SEPTEMBER 2016***
A note has appeared on Charlton Lido’s website announcing changes to the new winter pool opening hours: the pool will now open on Tuesdays and close on Fridays.
Presumably they’ll be emailing members with the update at some point….Many thanks to the commenters on this post for alerting us to the change. We’ve also been told that there will be a customer forum held on October 18th; email invites are due to be sent on the 3rd of October.
Charlton lido swimmers’ hopes that a late summer heatwave would lead to extended winter opening hours have been dashed, with news that the pool will be completely closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until March.
The announcement on the centre’s website – yet to be communicated to members at the time of writing – says:
We hope you have enjoyed the summer and are planning to swim into the winter months. Unfortunately the colder months will be soon upon us. With this in mind we would like to introduce you to our winter programme which will operate from the 1st of October 2016 through until March 2017.
Monday 7am-12noon & 2pm-8pm
Tuesday – Thursday Closed
Friday 7am-12noon & 2pm-8pm
The programme has been carefully thought out taking into consideration last years trends in usage, customer feedback and facility feasibility.
If you are an annual or monthly member here at Charlton Lido & Lifestyle Club you will shortly recieve[sic] an email to confirm the programme changes. This email will also outline alternative options available to our members over the winter months.
Last winter saw a reduction in opening hours, though not to the extent of closing the pool for three days a week, and by November had been extended to daily opening:
Tuesday: 7am-12pm & 2pm-8pm
Wednesday: 7am-12pm & 2pm-8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am-3pm
It’s unclear why – after a presumably busier-than-usual summer, thanks to the good weather – it’s necessary to cut opening to this extent; GLL have held fewer customer forums this year than previously, and emails to members remain infrequent. Hopefully the email to members mentioned above will shed some more light.
In the meantime, enjoy midweek swimming while you can! Current pool hours are:
Saturday & Sunday: 7am-5pm
We recommend checking the timetable before visiting.
Charlton Lido are holding an open weekend on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of July, with special offers on membership, and a chance for non-members to try out the facilities – including the recently ‘relaunched’ cafe. They’re also looking for local businesses who may wish to take a stall over the weekend.
If any local businesses are interested in securing a stall during our open weekend on the 23rd & 24th July pls contact us on 0208 856 7389
— Charltonlido (@charltonlido) July 7, 2016
As an aside, we’d suggest that if Better are now describing the lido as ‘Charlton’s best kept secret’ it might be time for them to do a bit of proper advertising and promotion…
PS. Tried the cafe since it reopened? Tell us what you thought of it in the comments below.
The new timetable will be:
Tuesday – Friday: 7am-8pm
The main changes from the current timetable are an earlier start on Mondays, and all-day opening on Thursdays and Fridays. This timetable will run to September when it will be ‘reviewed’.
Finally, there’s a Customer Forum for members taking place this Thursday evening (May 26th). We’ve heard of members who’ve not received the email that was sent out last week and – as with other events at the lido – there’s been no mention of it on Better’s website. It may be too later to register, but if you’re a member and want to apply (or get on the list for future customer meetings) we suggest dropping a line to charltonlido [@] gll.org.
It’s not always straightforward to find out what’s going on at Charlton Lido. The website’s updated sporadically and not particularly easy to navigate, and they’re still not in the habit of emailing updates to members. We’ve been digging, though, and found 5 Interesting Things Happening At Charlton Lido In The Coming Weeks:
- May Bank Holiday opening times: “…Charlton Lido & Lifestyle Club will be open 9-5pm on Monday 2nd & Monday 30th May. All Fitness classes between 9-5pm will take place as normal and the Lido will be available 9-4pm”.
- The cafe – closed back in October last year for refurbishment – is now due to reopen in May.
- There’s a weekly drop-in swim clinic on Monday nights between 7 and 8pm, with tuition included in the price of a swim.
- Greenwich Tritons are organising a Clash of the Tritons event taking place at the lido and Hornfair Park on June 5th. You can follow Greenwich Tritons on Twitter here: @greenwichtriton.
- Adults can get a free swimming lesson on June 25th, sponsored by Speedo. Sign up here.
Charlton Lido has a 50m heated outdoor pool, and can be found at Hornfair Park, Shooters Hill Road, London SE18 4LX.
Charlton Lido hosts a charity ‘Snowflake Swim’ swim for Demelza Hospice Care for Children on Sunday 31st January, from 2pm. Maybe you’ve been inspired to give the lido a try by the new Land Rover advert, or you’re a regular who wants to raise some money from your weekend swim for a local charity – you can sign up online here. Good luck to all who take part!