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Brightlingsea Lido

90th Year Anniversary
1932 - 2022

Find out what's happening to celebrate 90 years of community service

Wooly Project

Help needed for a community wooly project please!

We are creating a wooly picture to be displayed as part of Brightlingsea Lido’s 90th celebrations.

This is an entirely volunteer run project – aimed at people wanting to share their “wooly hobby”. Anyone who can cobble together a square can be involved, and for those wanting to contribute more complex creations – there will be opportunity to do this as well (please leave contact details if interested at Mending Matters, FAO Nicola, or comment below).

*** Please pass on this request to family and friends who are housebound, not on social media or unlikely to see this – we would love this to reach out to people isolated at home and is the main aim of this project. The majority of this project will be completed by individuals in their own homes, but pulled together at the end to display outside the lido. Collection of completed sections can be arranged in B’sea.

We need:

• Knit or crochet (any stitch) BLUE (any shade) squares approx. 4 inches/10 cms ; and long lengths of 2 inch/5cm wide (up to approx 1m /1yrd in length)

• Donations of wool, especially blues of all shades, but all colours gratefully appreciated. Wool will be shared with Mending Matters for their classes and workshops.

Please drop off any completed squares to Mending Matters or The Lido Café, FAO Nicola before 21st May 2022.



Brightlingsea Lido 90 th Anniversary - Anthology and beyond

June 2022 heralds the 90 th anniversary of Brightlingsea Lido. From its origins as a tidal sea water pool in 1932, through to a total reconstruction in the 1970’s, the Lido as it is today has become an important and much loved feature of the Brightlingsea Western Promenade. It enjoys tremendous
community support and is admired by locals and visitors alike for its calm and welcoming atmosphere and sparkling clear blue waters.
The Lido is the No 1 tourist attraction in Brightlingsea and has received national recognition from the Guardian – ‘10 of the best lesser known UK Lidos’ - it has also featured in in a number of guides and appeared in full colour in the 2021 ‘Lido Ladies’ calendar.
Also in 2021 the Lido appointed Ruth Loten as Writer in Residence - believed to be the first such appointment in the country. Ruth has been the instigator and driving force behind the literary creation ‘90 words’ inviting contributions from swimmers and residents about their Lido experiences
and memories - these are published every Monday on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.
In addition, Ruth has been working very hard putting together an anthology of essays, short stories and poems which have been written by Lido friends and supporters of all ages.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the anthology entitled ‘DIPPING YOUR TOES’ which has
been published in limited numbers. Copies which cost £5.00 can be purchased from Brightlingsea
Lido office, Café Lido and through Amazon direct using this link All profits go towards supporting Brightlingsea Lido. You can meet Ruth Loten, and chat about the book in Café Lido on a Friday morning.

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