Today Jeremy, Nick and Charlie spent a few hours cleaning and getting the pool ready for painting this weekend. We need more than just the one lovely person who’s signed up already to help. So, if you have time, and fancy some alternative outdoor activity (and you can still dip in the sea and eat at Shoals!), please head down to the pool this Friday, Saturday or Sunday between 9am and 1pm, and ask for Charlie. The earlier the better 😉
Not just new, but our first caretaker. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of local volunteers, FoSP and Brixham Town Council we are employing a paid part-time caretaker. After interviewing a few applicants the job went to one of our existing volunteers, Charlie Gorton. Well done Charlie.
As well as looking after the pool and its surrounds, Charlie will be working with volunteer cleaners, maintenance, painters and others throughout the year.
Our fund raising dinner at the Berry Head was another great success and we raised the grand total of £500.70. The Berry Head Hotel did us proud and the meal was hot and plenty of it. They provided three big screens for the showing of the BBC film of the building of the Mayflower at Uphams Yard, so no one missed a chance to see what skills men had in the 1950’s. No hard hats in those days. A truly wonderful film to watch starting from the oak tree being cut down to the final launching of her. Proper apprenticeships were served there for young men like John Wilson, Gilbert Dalley, Edward Dalley and Francine Rogers’ brother to name just a few. Wendy and Sally the daughters of Stuart Upham who owned the yard were invited and Wendy gave a short talk after the film. Although only a handful of the 177 members bought tickets 74 people sat down for the meal so thank you to those who again supported us. We mustn’t forget Alan Griffiths “cosmo” who offered to entertain us with some magic whilst having our meal. So thank you Alan.
Another date for your diary is Sat. 3rd June when we are having a coffee morning at the Methodist Community Hall in Fore Street. If you are in town please pop in for tea or coffee. Thank you.
Thank you to The Oldenburg pub, on Winner Street in Paignton, for asking for one of our collection pots for their bar. The landlady, Tanya, has lots of memories of using Shoalstone Pool and wanted to give back.
If you’ve a bit of space on your show or bar counter, let us know and we’ll bring a collection pot round.
One way to revive a pool is to use it for races. As part of our Shoalstone Revival we want to embrace the cold water swimming community…and visitors and locals who fancy a bit of madness on New Year’s Eve. So we got a cup – which we’ll award every year – cleaned the pool, baked mince pies and organised volunteers and lifeguards to look after our visitors.
Carl Reynolds won our inaugural two width sprint (we’ll need to adjust his handicap!), second was a visitor from London in his undies, and third was Tony Medlock. And thereafter the pool echoed to the cries and thrills of twenty or more people taking a reviving dip in our seaside jewel. And we raised a few more quid in donations.
Meanwhile over on Bolton Street, the Friends of Shoalstone Pool organised a coffee morning and raised £215 for the pool. Apologies to those of you who wanted to do both.
We’re currently planning a series of swimming and social events for 2017. If you’ve got a plan, idea or just want to help out, please get in touch.