News

Storm damage

We have been seeing some pretty crazy weather round these parts lately, and unfortunately the pool has not emerged unscathed from the storms that have been battering the Devon coastline.

The combined forces of Storm Emma, the Beast from the East and very high spring tides unleashed havoc on the night of March 1st, causing a considerable amount of damage to the pool and its surrounds.

As well as destroying the snack kiosk (which is still under the control of Torbay Council) the waves ripped away railings, tore up slabs of concrete and destroyed doors to our storerooms. Much of our kit was washed out to sea and strewn across the bay – and further afield.

Our caretaker has been working hard to make the site safe and calculate the cost of the substantial repairs that are going to be needed if we are going to be able to open on time for the 2018 season. We are exploring a range of different sources of funding for this, including insurance and government winter storm coffers, but in the absence of any immediate answers from these avenues we have decided to set up a crowdfunding campaign so that we can get started on repairing the damage caused as quickly as possible.

You can find out more about our Just Giving campaign here, and we hope that you will feel able to donate and/or share the link to help us reach a wider audience.

Thank you for your ongoing support – we are determined that we will be open this summer as planned, it’s just going to take a little more effort than usual this time round…

Quiz Night

Friends of Shoalstone Pool

Quiz Night at the Berry Head Hotel Friday 9th March 7 for 7.30 pm start. £4.00 per head. Teams of 6/8.  Please still come along if you are on your own or as couple we can make a team up when you arrive. You can ring and book a team at Bertie and Crew on the marina 858118 or myself 855115. Alternative just turn up on the night you can pay then. We had a good turn out the last quiz at the Berry Head so hopefully it will be just as successful.

Friends events

Dear Friends
An update on fund raising events we have planned so far for 2018.
FRIDAY 9th MARCH QUIZ NIGHT AT THE BERRY HEAD HOTEL. Teams of 6/8 £4.00 per person.
SATURDAY 17th MARCH COFFEE MORNING IN THE COMMUNITY HALL FORE STREET.  10am to 12.00.noon.
FRIDAY 13th APRIL CONCERT AT THE BERRY HEAD HOTEL TICKETS £6.00. More information to follow.
Membership
At the last meeting it was decided that the 1st April will be when memberships of £5.00 will be due.  Some members have already sent memberships but if you still want to support the Friends please can you either send a cheque (if you still have a book!) to 59 North Boundary Road Brixham TQ5 8LH or pay in to our account at HSBC  sort code 40- 15- 01 account number 81238051.  Your continued support is essential to keep the pool open. Thank you.

Lifeguard Jobs (soon)

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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!

FoSP Fashion Show

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.

Shoalstone Revival – results of consultation

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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

Drone use at Shoalstone Pool

We know that Shoalstone Pool is a spectacular location and is very attractive to operators of drones. However the laws on drone use are very clear:

  • Drones must NOT be flown within 150m of congested areas with lots of members of the public
  • Drones must NOT be flown within 50m of properties or persons whose permission you do not have – this also includes vehicles, public highways and any seagoing vessels

If you wish to use your drone anywhere on the Shoalstone Pool site, you will need to email info@shoalstonepool.com to obtain written permission. We are very happy to hear from professional drone operators who have the appropriate licenses in place.

If you attempt to use a drone without obtaining this permission, you will be asked to stop flying it immediately and will be reported to the police if you do not comply. If you fail to adhere to these rules set by the Civil Aviation Authority you could be prosecuted and fined up to £5000.

Unfortunately this summer we have had a number of incidents where our staff and volunteers have been subject to abuse from members of the public when asking them to comply with drone legislation. This is completely unacceptable and we are working with the local police to avoid incidents like this in the future.

We take our responsibilities for the safety of our staff, pool users and members of the public on the Shoalstone Pool site very seriously, and hope you understand that these rules are in place to protect everybody and keep Shoalstone Pool a safe and pleasant place to be.

Volunteer to host art at Shoalstone Pool

Do you have some free weekends in September?

We need your help to host an exciting arts event happening around Torbay.

The Tale is a guided trail through artworks and performances made for the coast of Torbay. From the streets of Torquay, through hidden coves and historic harbours, to Berry Head Nature Reserve and Brixham’s Shoalstone Pool.

A collaboration between people and place, ‘The Tale’ is an adventurous arts event for explorers of all ages.

We need passionate people to get involved with:

– Welcoming audiences 


- Supporting artists


– Helping out behind the scenes 

Be part of an exciting event, meet new people and help us bring ‘The Tale’ to life.

Shifts at Shoalstone Pool: 

3 x Volunteer Hosts per performance to help with greeting audience, stewarding and providing information

Shift times: 5 – 8pm

Shift dates:                                    

Weds 6 Sept (briefing)

Fri – Sun 8 – 10 Sept

Fri – Sun 15 – 17 Sept

Fri – Sun 22 – 24 Sept

Hosts can select shifts to suit their availability.

This is an unpaid voluntary position, however Situations can provide a free ticket to The Tale and expenses reimbursed (local travel and refreshments).

 Interested?

 Sign up at: https://goo.gl/forms/XyeC9ymdnYMU6g4B2

 For more information contact: deirdremakepeace@btinternet.com

 Website: www.the-tale.co.uk