Action Fraud

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime. People are scammed, ripped off or conned everyday and we want this to stop.

The service is run by the City of London Police working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) who are responsible for assessment of the reports and to ensure that your fraud reports reach the right place. The City of London Police is the national policing lead for economic crime.

Report fraud and cyber crime crime

You can report fraud or cyber crime using our online reporting service any time of the day or night; the service enables you to both report a fraud and find help and support. We also provide help and advice over the phone through the Action Fraud contact centre. You can talk to our fraud and cybercrime specialists by calling 0300 123 2040.

When you report to us you will receive a police crime reference number. Reports taken are passed to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. Action Fraud does not investigate the cases and cannot advise you on the progress of a case.

Brightlingsea Lido

​​Brightlingsea Lido is a classic 1930s open air swimming pool right on the coast at Brightlingsea, Essex. Run by the community for the community, it is the place for a few hours of family fun or a regular fitness session.
Many pools from the golden age of Lidos (the 1920s and 30s) are no longer in existence and so Brightlingsea Lido is not just a leisure facility but a living part of Britain's history.

Early days

The Lido was opened in 1932, one of the many open air pools built across Britain in the 1930s as healthy outdoor pursuits became popular. Some notable examples include Brockwell Lido in south London and Saltdean Lido near Brighton. In 1930 the local council decided to build the pool as part of a wider scheme of improving the town's recreation facilities.

A grant for completing the work was obtained from the Unemployment Grant Committee in February 1931 and provided much welcome work for the large number of local unemployed men. Then on 23 June 1932 the official opening of the Open Air Swimming Bath and Boating Lake took place. In October of that year it was decided to fence the swimming pool and build 24 changing cubicles, 12 for ladies and 12 for gents as well as erecting a spring board and small chute.

A fresh start

In the 1970s the Lido was changed from a tidal salt water pool to a chlorinated freshwater pool with upgraded changing facilities.
By 2017 the Lido had fallen into disrepair and was earmarked for closure by Tendring District Council. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated local people, a volunteer group was formed to take over the facility and the relaunched Lido was opened in 2018 with record attendance numbers thanks to a blistering hot summer.

Heart of the Lido

In 2018/19 the Lido celebrated the completion of two projects, made possible by grant funding, which will help to secure the long-term future of the lido. The first project ‘The Heart of the Lido’ merges old and new technology to provide an effective and efficient plant room function. The work included replacing antiquated pipework, refurbishing two enormous filters and introducing state of the art automatic dosing and ultra-violet water cleaning systems to cut down on chemicals and to save time for the technical volunteers operating the plant room.

Café Lido

The second project ‘Café Lido-Community Cafe’ extended the existing small shed-like structure, doubling the size of the kitchen and adding indoor seating and decking areas. The café uses volunteers and hospitality students to provide quality food and beverages to people using the lido, locals and visitors. Income generated by the café is expected to support the lido as a whole.

The works were part-funded by generous grants from the Government's Coastal Revival Fund and the Essex County Council Community Initiative Fund with additional investment from Brightlingsea Town Council and Brightlingsea Lido Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). The Brightlingsea community has provided significant support for the project through voluntary labour, subsidised goods and professional services.

(Information taken from Brightlingsea Lido website)

Brightlingsea Foodbank

Brightlingsea Foodbank supplies emergency food parcels to families or individuals in crisis who cannot afford enough food for themselves or their families. It's a satellite of Colchester Foodbank and is part of the Trussell Trust’s national network of Foodbanks.

Clients turn to the Foodbank, which has been running since December 2015, for help because of a whole range of unforeseen situations. These include sudden loss of income through redundancy, lack of work on zero hours contracts, benefits changes, accidents, illness, unexpected caring responsibilities, home break-ups and many more. These reasons have all at least doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic volunteers delivered food parcels directly to clients’ homes every week, but the face-to-face service has now resumed on Wednesday mornings at the Parish Hall.
Clients seeking help are asked – if possible – to call any of the contact numbers below on Tuesdays if they need a food parcel the next day. This advance notice means that fresh food can be bought and added to the packs.

The Foodbank also directs clients to other agencies or organisations which might be able offer further assistance for their specific issues – and there's always a welcome cup of tea or coffee and chat on offer, with everything conducted in the strictest confidence.

Cash donations from Brightlingsea residents, along with grants from Essex County Council and the Essex Association of Local Councils, help the Foodbank supplement basic grocery parcels of tins and packets, with fresh food. This money has also helped some clients with much-needed school clothes, as well as assisting with heating or other household fuel costs, such as logs, electricity etc.

The continuing generosity of Brightlingsea people is greatly appreciated and enables the Foodbank to give the best help it can to those in extremely difficult times.

British Gas

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Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners

Essex County Council

Tendring District Council

United Church

St. Sabina RC

St James C of E

Brightlingsea Spiritualist Church

Oasis Community Church

Brightlingsea Foot Ferry


First Bus

Post Office (Spar)

Colchester Hospital

Brightlingsea Library

Clacton Hospital

Manor Parade Dental & Cosmetic Clinic

Brightlingsea Dental Practice

Colne View Dental Surgery

Boots Pharmacy


Colne Medical Centre

All Saints C of E

Brightlingsea Town Council