Anniversary Celebrations Friday 30 July - Sunday 1 August

July 19th 2021

Dear member,

Hopefully you’ll have noticed we’re gearing up to mark 150 years since your club first opened its doors on 1 August 1871.

Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, we have over twenty events, including a colourful community street gala, junior members mini-masterpieces exhibition, pondside operatics and guided history tours packed into three days of celebrations.

Our programme doesn’t lack ambition and with your support it shouldn’t lack an audience. I hope you’ll reward the efforts of everyone involved by doing just 4 things to help make our big birthday celebrations a success.

First and foremost have some fun! Most events are free. Find something you fancy, ask pals to join you, book tickets through our page on EVENTBRITE and do please invite people to come along to the street gala outside the club.

Help publicise our celebrations by leafleting our community. If you can spare an hour, come to the club at 12 noon any day from now until the 30 July and we’ll give you a bundle of brochures to deliver locally.

Take 10 brochures (or as many as you need) away with you and get them to your friends, family, workmates and neighbours.

Like and share our posts online and use your own social media feeds and email to promote events you reckon your followers, friends and contacts would be interested in.

Our printed publicity material and website have details of everything that’s on, but I’d also like to take this opportunity to spotlight a couple of events that should be of particular interest to members old and new:

Mindful Mark Making Art Workshops Saturday 31 July 2pm-4pm  

You’ll be able to express your thoughts and ideas in a visual way, in a relaxed environment. An enjoyable session to experiment and explore line, shape, pattern and texture using a variety of materials to help you regain the creative freedom of your childhood. All inspired by our stunning surroundings.

Memories Cafe - 11am-2pm Sunday 1 August  

Come for a wander down memory lane at the very first Arlington Memories Café. You can drop in for free tea, coffee, sandwiches, cake, and a chat. We’ll have some club memorabilia to share , but if you have any old photos, gala programmes, newsletters etc please bring them, along with your recollections of years gone by.

Pondside Performance - 7.30pm Sunday 1 August  

Booking recommended as tickets for this will go fast. It’s an extra special treat for members with just 60 seats available pondside (although you’re welcome to slip into your costume and listen in as you swim). A scintillating programme of vocal splendour and airy persiflage. Fresh from their brilliant performances on the greatest stages of the world, for one night only, Miss Linda Ormiston OBE, mezzo-soprano, and club member Mr Julian Tovey, Bass-baritone, come together in joyful song accompanied by Maestro Robert Melling. They will entertain and divert us with a short programme of stirring songs and splendid duets.

There’s lots more to tempt you, including our first waterpolo match in decades, inspiring lectures and rare archive film screenings. If you haven’t already done so, please help yourself to copies of our souvenir programme in the foyer.

You can also click on the programme cover to see the brochure, which also has full listings for all our events.

Thank-you again for your continued support and thanks to all the new members who’ve recently joined. I hope to meet you at some point over the weekend.

Enough talk, enjoy your swim.

Gordon McDougall


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