River swimming campaigners launch film

THE group campaigning for safer bathing water in the river Avon at Conham River Park & Eastwood Farm Nature Reserve has stepped up its efforts.

Conham Bathing, which wants the popular swimming spot to be given Designated Bathing Water Status, has  launched a documentary-length film, Rave on for the Avon, which details the’  battle.

The movie, made by Eighty Sita Productions, was shown last month at the Tobacco Factory in Southville as Conham Bathing presented its Thriving Avon Charter with the support of another prominent group of activists, Surfers Against Sewage.

Former Bristol Mayor George Ferguson and actor and comedian Jayde Adams have given the film their backing. 

Mr Ferguson said: “I am delighted that this vital ‘call for action’ film has been shown at Tobacco Factory. It’s a testament to the power of persistence. I shall be supporting the Thriving Avon Charter and implore others to do so.” 

Jayde Adams said: “As a Bristolian who loves outdoor swimming, I support Conham Bathing’s Thriving Avon Charter and encourage residents of Bristol to do so too, to ensure that Bristol’s precious River Avon can flow free from sewage and is protected for generations to come. During these difficult times, people from all backgrounds rely on open water for their mental health and that is something worth getting behind, don’t you think?” 

Charlotte Sawyer, director and rroducer of Rave on for the Avon said:  “I see the gorgeous River Avon following past my house and it brings me such peace and joy. Two years ago I heard of the mad, wonderful and so distinctly Bristol ways river swimmers were pushing back in the face of such horrific river pollution. I grabbed my camera and started rolling. Rave On For The Avon emerged and shows just how much rivers mean to people and how grave we sense its destruction. 

“It is the actions of us ordinary folk that is conveying the urgency of this issue. It is not coming from those at the top, they seem to be asleep at the wheel. So we will keep shouting, raving and swimming until our rivers are healthy again”. 

Emma Nicol, Conham Bathing campaigner, said:  “The release of Rave on for the Avon has been instrumental for keeping the Conham Bathing campaign alive in the minds of local councillors. 

“We are pleased to have endorsement from  George Ferguson and Jayde Adams and hope this will help catalyse much needed action for our well-loved river.”