Clevedon's heritage marine lake & the adjoining Salthouse Fields restored and maintained for future generations, taking its place in a beautiful and valued heritage sea-front running from Lady Bay to Clevedon Pill.
The marine lake as a water & waterside playground for Clevedon & North Somerset. A continuously and safely available resource for schools, youth groups, clubs, families, residents & visitors. The marine lake as a place to promenade and enjoy the splendid views; to relax and watch the world go by.
The marine lake as a hub of community activity, welcoming everyone who comes, especially young people and those who are disadvantaged.
These are the Objects stated in our application for charity status:
- To provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life.
- To advance in life and help young people through:
- The provision of recreational and leisure time activities provided in the interest of social welfare, designed to improve their conditions of life;
- Providing support and activities which develop their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals.
- To ensure the sustainable long term management and maintenance of Clevedon Marine Lake for the benefit of local people, visitors and for future generations to enjoy.
- To secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in relation to Clevedon Marine Lake and its environs for the public benefit.
Stage 1 GET WATER IN THE LAKE – Done 2005
The lake was almost watertight. Spring tides filled it and though there were substantial leaks the lake was usable for some weeks after a spring tide.
Stage 2 BRING BACK LIFE TO THE LAKE – Done 2005-2008
A community fleet of kayaks and sailing dinghies was provided, together with a community boat-store built in partnership with Clevedon Sailing Club. The original kayaks were donated by Palm Equipment; funding was secured for the rest from YANSEC (Yanley And North Somerset Environmental Company) who also sponsored our new Community Fleet Sailing Boats, with additional funding provided by North Somerset, Clevedon Town Council, Clevedon Sailing Club and MARLENS.
Stage 3 GROW THE ACTIVITY – Succeeding
Clevedon Model Boat Club are keen users of the Marine Lake and their fine models can often be seen sailing around. They also bring in fellow boat modellers from far and wide for regional events.
Clevedon Canoe Club makes use of the Marine Lake for enjoyment and training, and has started to explore the Bristol Channel and other waters, joining the sailors, swimmers, fishermen & jet-skiers. School activities, the training of volunteer instructors & Have a Go sessions, will continue.
Clevedon Sailing Club has established an RYA-approved sail training centre based at the Marine Lake which runs regular training sessions for local schools, giving youngsters nationally-recognised proficiency certificates.
Clevedon Lake And Sea Swimmers swim in the lake all year round.
Stage 4 GOOD AS NEW - Done.
With N.Somerset and Clevedon Councils and Clevedon Civic Society we have obtained lottery funding to: Restore the lake to "as new" condition:
Strengthen and seal the outer dam
Reinstall the original sluices to drain and refill the lake quickly and can prevent the silt from building up.
Resurface the lower promenade and level it all the way to the pump house corner.
Add a ramp at the Salthouse end for wheelchairs and baby buggies.
Add a toddlers splash pool at the Little Harp end with seats around it for parents.
Clean the lake and surroundings.