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Sat, 21 May


Beach at the end of Albion Road, Selsey

SSBS 3rd Birthday Party

Our 3rd, can you believe it?! I thought it was high time we celebrated, and the fact that despite the Covid challenges, we have kept going - boosting our spirits and just celebrating nature and the sea together over all this time.  And we've secured a celebrity to come and talk to us - yes!

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SSBS 3rd Birthday Party
SSBS 3rd Birthday Party

Time & Location

21 May 2022, 12:00 – 15:00

Beach at the end of Albion Road, Selsey , Albion Rd, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK


About the event

Other than our inauguration, when we had a film crew from WSCC and one of our local councillors come along, we've never really celebrated our Society and our place in the world. So I decided it was high time we did, particularly as 1/3 of our existence has been during Covid times. I asked for a few ideas, Alex suggested a speaker and sent a list of the 10 most inspirational women in outdoor swimming and highlighted Jenny Landreth.  So I got on the blower (well, actually, Twitter) and just asked her if she'd come - and she said yes!! So that's started off proceedings for the day very nicely indeed and the rest will no doubt fall into place. Jenny has said she'd much rather it were an informal chat than a 'talk' as such, which I think works very well. We can all sit round and ask Jenny a few questions and just have fun together. For now, I just want to ensure you have this date in your diaries. And please, if there's anyone you know who was at the first gathering but no longer joins the swims, please message them to see if they'd come along.  

Links to Jenny's books if you want to read up in the meantime and get thinking about some questions to ask her:

PLEASE NOTE - THE LOCATION IS THE BEACH AT THE END OF ALBION ROAD (THE ONE WHERE THE LIFEBOAT INN IN IS, FOR THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS.  There is parking around and about - no meters in Selsey, but please be considerate. Please bring your own lunch and if you like, something to share. Or, if you fancy, order something in advance from Potters (they tend to run out quickly) see:  There are also loos nearby.  Justine will be bringing a birthday cake.

About Jenny Landreth

Jenny Landreth is an editor and writer. She is the author of Great Trees of London (Time Out Publications) and Swimming London (Aurum Press, 2014). Jenny was the main contributor to the Guardian’s weekly swimming blog, writing on everything from pool rules, to swimming with children, and where to swim in New York. In May 2017, Bloomsbury published Swell: a Waterbiography, Jenny's part memoir, part social history of women swimmers and how they were denied access to public swimming for generations. Swell was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and was named as The Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year.In 2020, Chatto published Jenny’s new book, Bad Rep, which explored "what our love of am dram says about us as a nation, why amateur theatre is important, and how it could change your life".Jenny is a script editor on popular CBeebies series, Hey Duggee, and writes the associated books. Jenny lives in London. When she’s not in, you’ll find her at Tooting Lido, Europe’s largest cold water pool, and her spiritual home. “With spot-on injections of humour and a frequently raised sardonic eyebrow, joy and warmth shine from this fascinating and funny book” - Jo Brand"Landreth's writing is accessible and down to earth, with wonderful asides" - The Times Literary Supplement. 

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