We are going to be advertising for lifeguards in a few weeks time. We’ll be looking for a Pool Manager, Senior Lifeguards and Lifeguards. Our season starts in late May and runs to early/mid September.
We will pay at least the 21-24 aged National Living Wage (more if you’re 25 or over) rate of £7.38/hour (plus holiday pay). So if you’re under 21, you’ll still get this rate. The Seniors and Manager will get more.
We understand that you might be at school or university or looking for short term employment…we will take all variables into account. You will need to have a current NLPQ (or equivalent) and be DBS checked.
Interviews currently planned for Saturday March 10th for manager and senior lifeguards; 13/14th March (5-7pm) for other lifeguards.
Watch this page and other outlets (for example our Facebook page) for the advert in a few weeks time. Or message us with your email if you want an application pack when it comes out.
The Directors of SPCIC are all volunteers, so you may need to exercise patience and empathy during this recruitment process!
From our Friends –
The Friends of Shoalstone Pool fashion show was a great success, raising over £1600. This is the biggest amount we have ever raised in a single event. The Friends would particularly like to thank the many people who helped make it such a success – the models, hairdressers, makeup, compare, DJ, and “Missin Tackle” who sang for us. And the stall holders who exhibited their wares for people to see in the interval.
The raffle was a great success with 13 prizes worth up to £100. Those who won were highly delighted. Our thanks for these prizes goes to the proprietor of the Regatta Shop in Fore Street whose clothes was also modelled; and Bertie and Crew situated on the Marina.
The Friends biggest thanks goes to Nicola from Bertie and Crew who organised the whole event with her band of helpers. A lot of time and hard work goes into organising these fund raising events and this is where Brixham scores with people coming together as a community to give their time which in turn benefits the town e.g. Shoalstone Pool. We are most fortunate now to have Nicola on our small committee – so look out for other fund raising events (Christmas beetle drive at the rugby club!). Finally we mustn’t forget the Berry Head Hotel who let us use the Mulberry Room free of charge and all those all bought tickets and supported us. Thank you one and all.
Learn all about our filter system with Ted.
Those of you following this blog or our Facebook or Twitter feeds will be aware that we came up with some ideas to develop the pool, in order to keep it open and build a repair fund. Over the Spring and Summer we conducted three face to face public meetings (one attached to a Brixham Town Council meeting); an on-line survey; a youth evening and random poolside surveys while it was lifeguarded.
The Shoalstone CIC will consider these figures and respond to a host of other comments and ideas, but in the meantime we’re sharing the numbers.
We had around 100 visits to our face to face events and 55 people completed the on-line survey. In total 134 people filled in a feedback form.
The types of people responding broke down like this (all % are rounded) –
Men 45%, Women 55%
Under 18 20%; 18-24 7%; 25-34 7%; 35-44 10%; 45-54 14%; 55-64 24%; 65+ 18%
Have a disability? 12%
TQ postcode 84%; Visitor 16%
Responses to questions
Strongly Agree and Agree; and Strongly Disagree and Disagree are combined. I’ve omitted the neutrals, but know that you can work that out!
Day or weekly Beach Hut hire – Agree 72% Disagree 5%
Overnight Beach Huts – Agree 54% Disagree 29%
Extend restaurant – Agree 65% Disagree 14%
Create a small kiosk – Agree 59% Disagree 24%
Kayak/SUP etc hire space – Agree 79% Disagree 8%
Outdoor cinema (occasional) – Agree 69% Disagree 19%
Use overflow car park – Agree 84% Disagree 0%
Poolside hot tubs/Sauna – Agree 71% Disagree 16%
Natural Playground – Agree 76% Disagree 15%
Changing rooms – Agree 87% Disagree 6%
Accessibility improvements – Agree 76% Disagree 3%
Youth provision – Agree 81% Disagree 3%
A word of caution
Before the nay-sayers or the yay-sayers get too excited by these results, remember that Shoalstone CIC was testing ideas. And it has yet to come back on a range of commentary…and they have to get funding to develop the ideas to something workable…and then get the money to do the work. And at the same time keep you informed and consulted as they go along. But as the person doing the analysis (I am a volunteer), it struck me that, generally, people are keen to see the pool generate more income, but not at the expense of what they see as the aesthetic of the place. And this is a very personal thing.
Let’s take green space. Several commentators said they loved the ‘natural’ green space. Those of you with longer memories than I, will remember when the green space had a putting green on it. And those of you with an ecological bent will no doubt say that there is very little natural about a lawn. And the one person who said, “children don’t use the playgrounds and activities we already have in Brixham” is, I believe, deeply misinformed.
The visuals were developed by Kay Elliot, who were paid for some initial work and then donated their labour for free. And the consultation events, on-line survey and processing of results were done, for free, by the Board of Shaolstone Pool CIC and several of its many volunteers.
More to follow in the next few months
If you wander down Bolton Street you’ll come across the wonderful – it is full of wonders – Hammer and Nails. Run and owned by Andrew and Angela for nearly 30 years, they are one of our pool sponsors. Without them, and many others, the pool would close…as we are dependent on your generosity.
They both highlight how the pool is used by families and children (it’s the only lifeguarded bit of the Bay) and contributes to the character of Brixham – it’s friendliness, it’s time to pause and talk, it’s uniqueness.
Although Andrew says he’s never swum in it, but he has dined at Shoals Cafe on the Lido, he makes the point that “once it’s gone, it’s gone”. At Hammer and Nails they give a little bit every year to a range of local causes – this week they’re supporting the RNLI Lifeboat Week – so every piece of hardwear, kitchenware or timber you buy goes, in a small way, to helping our pool, other local assets and keeping a vital local shop going.
Thank you Andrew, Angela, the staff at Hammer and Nails (01803 852050) and Teddy for helping us and Brixham to be the lovely place it is.
We’re in this. And one of the co-authors helps run Portishead Lido. We’re helping – can you?
As some of you know we’re thinking about how to keep the pool open, better and repaired into the future. To do this we need to raise income from improvements to the site. Change is always contentious for some and exciting for others. We already have responses to our ideas from neighbours, staff, volunteers, visitors and other towns people. But we want more!
This Sunday (9th July) at midday, will see another race in our efforts to use the pool in a variety of ways. This is an Open to All race of 60m. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd and a wristband for all entrants.
To help us we ask for a £2 donation as a race fee. Given the highly random nature of those who turn up for races, you’ll always stand a chance of winning.
On July 23rd we’ll have a July Sprints Cup (50m) for the under18s, to celebrate the start of the summer holidays.
And on August 12th we have a Summer Holidays Cup (25m), as part of our Fun Day, for the under 12s.
The final cup of the summer season is the September Medley (4 strokes – 25m each) on Sunday 3rd September.