Saltdean Lido CIC:
A story of two halves ... This is a community project to restore Brighton’s last Historic pool. It’s owned by Brighton & Hove County Council (BHCC) who don’t have enough funds to restore it themselves.
1. The volunteers have already found funding to restore the pool and it opened last year. It’s now the warmest lido in the U.K. and biggest pool in Brighton.
2. Behind the hoarding the building is crumbling. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) was set up to help buildings of this nature (which councils cannot afford to restore by themselves).
The volunteers now need people who care about community resources to help unlock the HLF and other grants.
All supporters need to do is pledge a donation, which won’t come out of their account until the big funding is in place.
Without these public pledges the project won’t happen! https://www.spacehive.com/saltdean-lido
Plastic spiraling out of control
By Libby Darling
After setting up a beach cleaning group & after years of running beach cleans, picking up plastic after plastic piece I realised that just like at home, once the plastic was put in the kitchen bin it was forgotten...the same was happening on the beach, once the plastics are placed in the Volunteers collection bag they are again forgotten.
I wanted people to talk about what they were finding, develop narrative, plant ideas and hope that those ideas grow.
I trained many years ago as an artist and always had a special interest in spirals, from painting to making ceramic spirals; knowing that in ancient history spirals bought people together. I knew that this was what I had to continue doing, create another spiral and thus Plastics spiraling out of control was born.
Last year I launched a live community art installation on the beach at the close of one of my beach cleans on Ovingdean beach. After the clean everyone came together and tipped their contents onto a large blue tarpaulin...the spiral was created. An independent film maker came to film it.
It was an amazing day and has driven me to want to make more of it this year. This year it’s on Rottingdean beach and we are planning a fabulous beach festival to celebrate everyone and everything that the amazing volunteers have accomplished (the removal of 6 tonnes across 6 years of beach cleaning) with a silent disco beach clean, yoga on the beach for all ages and abilities, drumming workshops, Mosaic making, 5 rhythms dance and so much more. It’s going to be an amazing day.
Next year I plan to bring the beach festival to Saltdean too, spreading the beach cleaning news that plastic is spiraling out of control. See you on the beach for a huge amount of 'feelgoodfactor'. So I’m developing another project around it and from that another piece of art work developed by the community for the community, inspired by beach cleaning and the beautiful marine conservation zone that we all live on, which Amanda Davidson local artist will help make into a fabulous mural to adorn the Rottingdean ‘under’ terrace or as I’m now addressing as Rottingdean cave and the mural becomes The Rottingdean cave drawing. Watch this space!
More about me - I work as a Volunteers not only on the beaches with local schools and youth groups delivering a plastics challenge to them every year and hope that every time I talk about the issues of plastics that young ears will listen, learn and pass on their knowledge.
I’m blessed to live in the vibrant villages of of the Deans, on the beautiful marine conservation zone Beachy head west to the south east and west and the South Downs National Park to the north east and west.
We are also recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere area; bringing together the people, the culture and the amazing nature. I’m so lucky I am able to help protect it and to teach about its beauty.
Warmest Regards, Libby, Lead volunteer Co Founder of GRAB.
So when is the festival? Hit this link to find out >
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Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company:
We’re off to a flying start with over £9k pledged online towards the crowdfunding campaign. This is amazing - Thank you!
Please remember that any donation pledged towards the £104k fund will not leave your account until the project is successful (but it’s essential that people pledge - if we don’t reach £104k the lido won’t get a penny).
PLAYING FOR TRUMPS
By Janet Kelly
When people who have ‘made it’ are asked what they can thank for their transformation, few people would cite cancer, near poverty or isolation.
But then author, illustrator, publisher, satirist and general ‘cool guy’ Mike Dicks isn’t your average Joe Public!
''Facing an illness that stopped me from working actually got me to do what I love. I can only thank it for bringing me to Brighton and making my life meaningful,'' Mike has just launched the first edition of his Brexit comic – a ‘tongue in cheek but possibly fist-in-face’ look at the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
With characters including the Reverend May and her Brexit Bunch, David Dealin’ Davis and Boris “Captain Brexit” Johnson, the first of the monthly publications was launched in Hove this week – to national and international acclaim and a public crying out for more.
Based loosely on the classic 1960s children’s TV programme Trumpton and the Beano comic it came about after Mike successfully raised enough money through crowdfunding to get the title off the ground. It is also a further extension of his hugely successful Facebook page, The Trumpton Establishment, which he set up mainly so he could write a joke every day.
''Even when I had a job I liked I still just wanted to make a gag about politics. So I had to find a way to make it pay.''
The Brexit comic isn’t the first time that the former TV producer and digital expert rubbed the edges off the pomposity of politics.
It is widely believed his ‘Show Your Rump to Trump’ campaign – which culminated in a plastic bum being presented to a full size cut out of the POTUS on regular occasions through social media and also TV’s The Last Leg – has resulted in the US President’s decision to give a visit to the UK a ‘miss’ for the time being.
He also hit the headlines when UKIP MEP, David Coburn, thought that Mike had set up a fake account representing his party – when he was just making jokes about Nigel Farage and his friends.
''He urged his 9000 Twitter followers to complain about my account and get it shut down. The opposite happened and my hobby site went from having a few hundred followers to 20,000 in the space of a few weeks.''
Since then, Mike has built a following on Facebook and Twitter of nearly 50,000 followers and published a book about Donald Trump called Mr Trump Goes To Washinghton and now his Brexit Comic has sold out of the first print run of 2,500 copies after an article about it appeared in the Observer – with the strong likelihood each and every one will soon become a collector’s item.
''I’m not printing any more of the first edition but new ones will be coming out monthly, with more value and more pages, '' he said, not only that but Mike is now rubbing shoulders with the likes of John Cleese and Hugh Grant two of the backers of the Byline Festival which will be held this Auguust Bank Holiday in Pippingford Park, Nutley.
He – and his –Trumpton community has been invited to set up a ‘Trumpton Village Fete’ at the four day festival of writing, music, politics and comedy– including pub singers, knobbly knees competitions and of course a number of people acting out very significant extracts from the Trumpton era.
''We’re aiming to put on a traditional village fete, with a twist and there will be a mixture of great bands and comedians, debate and workshops as well as funny vegetable contests and father/daughter beauty pagents,'' said Mike.
If it all sounds like he is keeping very busy, then he is. ‘Finding humour in lots of things is keeping me cheerful.’
Although Mike see’s Brighton as his creative home, there is an irony in that one option for treating his ‘skirmish’ with cancer could involve moving to Portugal or Finalnd and taking advantage of the current freedom to seek medical support anywhere in the EU – while it lasts.
‘That opportunity could all change with Brexit, which is one subject not quite so funny.’
While Mike might flirt with the idea of a move away from Brighton, it would seem the City has captured his heart and also given him a new lease of life – and work.
Within a short time of him settling into his flat in Hove he acquired a dog called Scrabble, who soon became inspiration for a number of cartoons – some of which now adorn the side of a Brighton and Hove bus. His ‘Mike and Scrabble’ books, alongside a cartoon publication about Donald Trump, have been sell-outs.
''But as any author will tell you, it doesn’t make you any money,'' said Mike, who added that it might have been Scrabble’s negotiating terms that let him down.
''I let her do all the talking which may well have resulted in a contract very much skewed to her own demands rather than mine.''
Thankfully a mixture of activities and projects now keep him gainfully employed and his first forays into art, including various depictions of the locality now for sale in local galleries, have given him strong roots – and a loyal following only too willing to help him further up the rungs of success.
''I’m constantly amazed at the support of people in Brighton. Their open generosity and genuine desire to help others on their way to do what they want to do is heart-warming.''
The next Brexit comic is available at Descience.shop/collections/trumpton-brexit at a cost of £4. Further information about taking part in the Byline Festival can be obtained by joining The Trumpton Establishment on Facebook or Twitter– where your ability to join in with the jokes will form the main admission criteria.
''Our gang is self-regulating. Those who are silly enough to join in, do. Those who think we are very silly, don’t - which suits me fine.''
Pugh, Pugh, Barney Mcgrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub...
We would just like say a big thank you to everyone would kindly brought donations of clothing and food for our collection down to the Saltdean Lido Community Hall this Easter.
All the donations have been greatly received at the First Base homeless centre in Brighton and Foodbank at Whitehawk. Your kindness will make a difference to local people currently in need - Thank you!
Food donations being delivered to Whitehawk Food Bank ...
SALTDEAN LIDO: Final Push to Get Back to Glory!
By Janet Kelly
Over £4.2m has is up for grabs for the second stage of Saltdean Lido’s restoration – meaning the art deco building can be brought back to life as a community facility and tourist attraction.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) would like to give the Lido the massive grant, on the provision that local people and other funders can also commit to supporting the project.
To start this phase, the Saltdean Lido Trust has launched a crowdfunding campaign which aims to generate £100k worth of finance within the next two months.
Deryck Chester, who sits on the board of the Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company, said that to reach this goal would send a huge message to the HLF’s trustees about continued local involvement and the ongoing desire to get the building back into full use.
''Saltdean Lido is now one of the most famous lido in the UK, it is Brighton’s last historic pool and it is also our local community facility and landmark’’ he added.
There has been a continuous drive to reclaim the Lido’s original facilities since Dennis Audley announced plans in 2010 to fill the pool with concrete and build 125 flats on the site.
Residents soon kicked into action and petitioned English Heritage to upgrade the Lido listing to Grade 2* and within a couple of years the Community Interest Company successfully bid for the site’s 60 year lease.
From the first HLF grant which helped with feasibility studies to the latest pledge of £4.19m from the HLF, fundraising has continued through various other means including support from Social Investment Business, The Big Lottery’s ‘Peoples Millions’, the Coastal Communities Fund and local events which have been exceptionally well supported by people in the area – and beyond.
There is a huge fondness for the Lido as it is one of just three key buildings in Brighton which link it to its seaside pleasure status – the others being the Royal Pavilion and Palace Pier. It also represents the era of the 1930s when people of all backgrounds could get together to enjoy a social space.
Phase One of the redevelopment culminated last summer with over 4,000 people enjoying the opening day of the lido’s pool – and 37,000 visiting throughout the summer to enjoy the heated pool and sunbathing lawns as well as many fundraising events.
The key to getting the next stage complete is to convince the HLF that there will be a sustainable pipeline of funding should the Lido building be renovated.
Plans for Phase Two include a licensed heritage café and bistro, reinstatement of the spiral staircase and extending the café space to the first floor. A new community room, a first floor ballroom and new facilities to include disabled access and a lift are also on the list of requirements. The restoration will also enable to the recreation of the library which currently exists in the 60s extension and is in a terrible state of repair.
''The income revenue once we completed Phase Two will come from community events, corporate hospitality, weddings, private parties and so on. In the meantime raising the £100,000 through the crowdfunding campaign will demonstrate to the HLF the fantastic level of public support this project has, and the fact that people do not want the Saltdean Lido’s building to crumble into a state of total disrepair,'' said Deryck.
He added that many people have already helped with the Lido’s 'bricks campaign' which funded a new substation (which now services both the Lido and Saltdean’s grid) but this is the first time the volunteer group is asking for money to go directly towards the restoration of the building.
''We very much appreciate everyone’s contribution to saving this spectacular facility which, once restored to glory, it should give many people pleasure for generations to come'' - Deryck added.
To contribute to the crowdfund please visit - Help-release-funding-from-the-national-lottery-heritage-fund-to-help-transform-saltdean-lidos-cafe or write a cheque payable to Saltdean Lido Trust (Charity no 1173503) and send it to: Saltdean Lido Trust, Saltdean Lido, Park Road, Saltdean BN2 8SP. Pledges and cheques will not be drawn until the lottery fund have given approval for the restoration works to begin.
This weekend (April 7th-8th) there will be a special exhibition about the Saltdean Lido plans being held at the Saltdean Lido Lower Community Hall, for more info please follow this link >
After a Long campaign - you can now Walk the path from Brighton to Newhaven along the clifftop UNINTERRUPTED by a trip to the busy road!
Pathway to success!
By Peter Seed
Now that the clocks have gone forward and we have lighter evenings it is time to emerge from hibernation and perhaps take a walk along the clifftop for some exercise. If venturing eastwards it is no longer necessary to make that sometimes unpleasant detour on to the A259 at Telscombe Cliffs. Here you could find yourself assaulted by the noise of traffic, enveloped in the exhaust fumes of heavy lorries that had ignored weight restrictions or risk being knocked over by a speeding cyclist approaching silently from behind. All of these hazards can now be put to one side as the now partly diverted footpath through the wastewater site re-opened towards the end of last year.
An official application to close the path temporarily through the works site to enable the construction of a new headworks on the foreshore was made in 1971 by the Brighton Sewers Board. In the event the project wasn’t completed until well into the 1980s.
It was in 2005 that representatives of the Ramblers Association and Friends of the South Downs (formerly the South Downs Society) met and concluded that the path had not been diverted nor extinguished but still legally existed on its historic line although the ground had been excavated from beneath part of the path. A surviving record of a site meeting held in the 1970s considered the provision of a bridge to span the missing section but concluded that such a structure would be dangerous for children!
In 2005 the campaign to secure the re-opening of the path was begun by the Ramblers Association and the South Downs Society. East Sussex County Council as the highway authority with responsibilities to keep the highway open and in good repair, including rights of way, stated they were unaware of the situation.
The campaign gained additional recognition locally with the support of Telscombe Residents Association which organised a cliff-top protest in 2012. This in turn brought the matter into sharper focus with Telscombe Town councillors giving support. Saltdean Residents Association, Peacehaven and District Residents Association and other local and national amenity organisations also joined in along the way.
Over the years East Sussex County Council worked to find a solution to the problem. A number of diversions of the path were proposed most of which were unacceptable to one or more of the parties involved.
One proposal sought to formally ‘divert’ the path around the perimeter of the Portobello site where the public could already walk which was of course tantamount to an extinguishment of the obstructed path. Other proposed routes crossed land owned by the on-site residents or ran over the ventilation shafts of the pumping shaft and so raised objections. In the event the route now open was accepted as a compromise and received no objections from the public. A celebratory re-opening and walk of the path was conducted by the mayor of Telscombe, Councillor Joanna Wilkins, on 30 November 2017 with many campaigners present.
Continuing on your cliff-top walk you can sustain yourself with refreshments at the Smugglers Rest or Telscombe Tavern both of which have outdoor seating areas with coastal views for the warmer weather. Various eateries can be found further along the South Coast Road in Telscombe Cliffs and Peacehaven.
Photo by Christine Bowman of The Telscombe Residents Association.
a chance to Go and See and ask questions about what's planned for the Saltdean Lido building at an exhibition this Coming weekend!
PUBLIC EXHIBITION OF LIDO PLANS
Saltdean Lido CIC: There will be an exhibition of the restoration plans at the Saltdean Lido Community Hall (lower) this coming Saturday on 7th and then on Sunday 8th APRIL, on both days the exhibition will run from 11am to 3pm.
Please come along and meet the volunteer team. You’ll be able to ask questions about the building’s condition, see the plans, and learn about our aims to restore it as a tourist destination and community hub.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company
Saltdean Lido's planned heritage cafe.
The Rotunda, where you would look out from the planned cafe as it looks today.
Are you ready to drop everything to help someone who might be in danger off the coast?
Are you physically fit and able to get to Newhaven within ten minutes?
If so, our local RNLI station is calling for volunteers to help crew the lifeboat and assist with launch and recovery when called out on service According to Coxswain, Paul Legendre, no previous experience is needed as full training is given to turn ordinary people into lifesavers.
He added that only a handful of new recruits come with any maritime experience and men and women who volunteer come from all backgrounds.
The only criteria is that you need to be local, aged 17-60 and in good health and have suitable availability for the role.
The RNLI do stress that being part of a lifeboat crew is a major commitment, which could include risk of life. Also, the commitment isn't only measured in the time spent on rescues as new equipment and faster boats mean there is a need for regular training as well.
What’s in it for you?
Volunteering with us offers you the opportunity to make a difference in your local community, to save lives and be part of the larger RNLI family.
It can offer you one of the most exciting and fulfilling volunteer roles available.
If you are interested in volunteering for the RNLI at Newhaven Lifeboat Station, call the station on 01273 514143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org o edit.
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Sorry, short notice but volunteers needed to help run this Sunday's Deans Beach Clean at Saltdean - Can you help?
The Deans Beach & Environment Volunteers:
We need support from one of you lovely Saltdean volunteers to help run this beach clean.
Our wonderful photographer Michael is able to support but Libby and Boyd are beach cleaning in Devon for Easter!
We can supply all equipment and feelgoodfactor! Let us know via a message to our Facebook page, the link is below:
email us here: email@example.com
Or message on the Facebook event page here: