Sharron Davies, Olympic Medallist, to open Shoalstone Pool
in Brixham at 12pm on May 25, 2019
Shoalstone Pool – Brixham’s iconic seawater lido – will open for the 2019 season at the late May Bank Holiday, as part of the town’s Brixfest celebrations.
“I am delighted to be launching the 2019 season at Shoalstone Pool. I know it holds a special place in Brixham’s history as a beautiful 1920s seawater lido, but Shoalstone is also, first and foremost, a family pool. There are so many parents in Brixham today who remember coming to the pool after school and in the holidays, and now their children are doing the same.”
“I started swimming when I was about 6, and was first selected to swim for England when I was 11. Without my local pool in Plymouth and the constant support of my parents my Olympic career would never have got off the ground. So well done Brixham for keeping the Devon swimming tradition going, let’s keep encouraging the youngsters, the next Olympic medallist could be swimming in Shoalstone right now.”
Sharron Davies, MBE
Once again Shoalstone is only opening due to the hard work of the local volunteers who have repaired, repainted and cleaned the pool to help it recover from the ravages of a hard winter. Every year the pool is attacked by wind and waves through the winter months and every year it is open to everyone throughout the summer. Last summer was long and hot with record numbers flocking to the lido – we are hoping for great weather again this summer.
We have advertising boards at the pool sized 800 x 400 mm, which are currently placed on the wall between the pool office and our store room. These are fully visible from the pool and as people walk past.
For a cost of around £100 a year (to be reviewed annually), if you supply your own board (usually approx. £30) to the above dimensions we will display your advertising board from 1st April to 31st March at the pool, and also include your details on our business sponsors page.
We would be pleased to have your support and to help advertise your business.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
One of the challenges at Shoalstone Pool is to manage the lifeguard to swimmer ratio effectively, ensuring that our high safety standards are maintained without spending more than we need to on lifeguard salaries.
We calculate our staffing numbers based on average numbers and weather forecasts at different times of the season, and cannot factor in the unexpected arrival of large groups of swimmers from any single organisation.
We also rely almost entirely on donations to keep the pool running, with a suggested donation of £2 per swim or £5 per family.
With this in mind, we kindly request the following:
- Any organisation planning to bring a group of people to the pool should notify us at least one week in advance by email (see our ‘Contact Us’ page), or by speaking to the pool manager or their nominated deputy.
- Any group which includes children must ensure they are appropriately supervised – under 8’s and non-swimmers must be accompanied in the pool by a responsible adult.
- Organisations should make an appropriate donation for their size of group to help cover the cost of running the facility. This can be made in cash at the pool, or via BACS transfer – please email us for details.
We are very keen to ensure that the pool is available to all who wish to use it, but we regret that if we are not given sufficient notice of your intentions to visit with an organised group then we may need to turn you away.
In addition to the above arrangements for non-exclusive use of the pool, the pool is available to hire for exclusive use for a large group. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this possibility further. See our ‘Contact Us’ page.
Thanks to Dave Passmore of Protec-Fire, who delivered free fire training to our lifeguards today. He also provides free extinguishers to the pool. Thank you Dave for supporting Shoalstone.
We would be grateful if you could pass the following message around children and parents in relation to issues we are currently experiencing at Shoalstone Pool. This follows on from the difficulties we had last season from a small minority of pool users.
We’re very sad to report we’ve had to call the police this week following vandalism and damage to beach huts by children and verbal abuse to our volunteers when asked to stop. Our tenants at Shoals Café are also struggling with kids messing around on the roofs of the café and associated shelters, generally making themselves a nuisance, and the verbal abuse their staff members receive when they ask them to move on. Once again, it is a small minority who are making life very difficult.
This kind of behaviour is frustrating to all who help and work down the pool, the volunteers, the fundraisers and the residents of Brixham who always come out in force to help us keep the pool open. This has been particularly the case this year after the damage by Storm Emma, when we have been overwhelmed by the incredible support we have received as the whole community has rallied around to keep our pool open.
The amount of rubbish, including glass, that is being left is also a problem, and our volunteers and Shoals Café staff are spending considerable time each day cleaning up the poolside and green. Please put litter in the bins provided or take it home with you.
As the season looks to get underway once again, we ask that users please RESPECT the pool and surrounds, and all who work on-site, on poolside and within Shoals Cafe. If we have to continue to pay out for repairs due to acts of petty vandalism and suffer this verbal abuse it puts the future of the pool at risk.
We’re very proud of our lovely pool and would hate to see it close. As we all wish for a lovely hot summer, it is there for the enjoyment of all.
Thank you for your support.
The volunteers at Shoalstone Pool have set up a schedule for cleaning, painting and preparing the pool for the opening.
If you are on Facebook please see events at https://www.facebook.com/pg/shoalstone/events and indicate if you’re going.
If you’re not on Facebook, please use our ‘Contact Us’ page to get in touch.
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 2018, 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…