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Support Diversity Swim for GRT

All are welcome to support the fundraising activity through November for Gypsy Roma+Traveller Charities, wherever you are. You can take part by doing some swims or dips, sponsor and support those who take part, send messages of solidarity or if you can you could donate. Sponsorship page,, or send messages to me on Facebook or Contact me

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From 5 Nov to 1 Dec Can I swim, or drive to get there?

Yes, you can swim outdoors (though not in a pool or organised venue), and you can drive or travel to get there (though you should minimise the number of journeys and the distance you travel). Leaving your home for recreation or exercise (including swimming) must only be done alone, with one other, or with members of your household or support bubble. This note is about England only.

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Solidarity with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people

This article and the swim event aim to raise awareness and understanding of racism against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities (GRT), and to raise funds for organisations advocating for their rights and needs. Event details below and on the sponsorship page,, and here, All were welcomed to join in or support. (This article can also be downloaded as a Note, Word.doc, 6 pages)

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Black people, swimming and other outdoor activities

Black people, and many ethnic minorities, and groups who face prejudice and discrimination, often feel or are made to feel unwelcome in the countryside or taking part in outdoor activities or in swimming (indoors and outdoors). This is a short article. I write as a white person wishing to be an ally, and have used quotes from and links to writings from others more eloquent and who are speaking from their own experience, and in more detail – see the links.

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River Lark and Mildenhall changes and swimmers

Changes are planned for the river Lark between Barton Mills (cut-off channel junction) and just downstream of Mildenhall, under several of the BFER projects over the next few years. These will have implications for swimmers and other recreational users of the river, and there are opportunities to ensure that our views are heard and for swimmers to get involved with the river restoration and improvement (particularly local swimmers).

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Rivers not fit to swim in?

In the last couple of years we have had a succession of media stories saying that no river is safe to swim in, in part because none are currently monitored under the bathing water directive. Is this true – are all our rivers dirty and unsafe for swimming? Are all the media reports and campaigns relevant and helpful for swimmers? I think not. Swimmers can get advice to make a pragmatic judgement about when the water is clean enough to swim. Continue reading Rivers not fit to swim in?

Drowning prevention

National safety organisations initiate a campaign week every June to prevent drowning. This year (2020) they are encouraging people to take personal responsibility to stay safe by water or when swimming. As swimmers we urge people to safely enjoy swimming and playing around water. These are fun and healthy activities that can be safe in most locations by following advice: Be a responsible swimmer, know how to float if you fall in, check the risks, look after children and teach them about safety. Continue reading Drowning prevention