Since Torbay Council withdraw all of our funding, Shoalstone Pool Limited has been working hard to protect the pool and its surrounds and secure its status as a vibrant community hub for generations to come.
As part of these efforts we are currently working with Kay Elliott Architects to create a vision for the future of the site which will aim to improve the experience of pool users, reduce ongoing maintenance costs, and provide a range of revenue streams to support the operation of the pool into the future – whilst keeping the pool itself free to use for locals and visitors alike.
We are currently in the very early stages of this work, and would like to invite all pool users and supporters to a meeting on Tuesday 9th May at 7pm in the function room at Brixham Town Hall.
We will be sharing information about our vision for the future, and asking you to help us develop it further.
Hope to see you there!
from our friends at the Friends of Shoalstone Pool
We would like to say a big thank you to Jacqui Caunter, Jo Dyer, Vikki Edwards and Wendy Lanyon – “The Riviera Walkers”. All four walked from Lands End to Brixham to raise money towards the Man and Boy Statue which is now situated down at the harbour. From the large amount they raised they also wanted to give something to the Friends of Shoalstone and last Sunday down at the pool they presented us with a cheque for £2,000.00. This has boosted our funds tremendously and we wanted to say how much we appreciate them supporting us. All money received will go towards getting the pool ready for the forthcoming season and any projects on going down at the pool. Thank you girls.
Plans changed from last Post, due to great effort by volunteers and favorable weather.
Nothing happening Tuesday 2nd May.
Wednesday 3rd May. Power washing the bottom of the Pool in the morning and painting railings.
3pm to 4pm help drying the Pool.
4pm onwards need volunteers to paint the deep end.
Thursday 4th. Any one interested in cutting back the grass from all the paths on green above.
This is some of what our wonderful volunteers were doing yesterday; and will be doing today. Thank you
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.
From the Friends of Shoalstone Pool –
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.
Happy Easter to you all.
With the days finally starting to become a bit brighter and the warmth of Spring in the air we are beginning the count down to the summer season here at Shoalstone Pool.
Every year it takes a huge amount of work to get the pool looking its best after the battering it takes from winter storms, and this year is no exception!
One of the biggest jobs that needs to be done is giving the entire site a fresh coat of paint – from the changing rooms to the railings to inside the pool itself. Our fantastic volunteer maintenance team are busy coordinating the programme of works, but we need as many hands on deck as possible to get everything done before we open on Saturday 27th May.
The current windows they are working around are as follows:
Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th March
Sunday 2nd to Saturday 8th April
Sunday 16th to Sunday 23rd April
Tuesday 2nd to Monday 8th May
If you are able to help for any of that time, even just for a few hours, then please get in touch with Charlie on 07966172679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also two big cleans planned on Saturday 8th April (8am start) and Tuesday 2nd May (2pm start). Again if you are able to help out with either of those please let Charlie know!
Since Brixham Town Council took over responsibility for Shoalstone Pool, we have relied entirely on volunteers to manage the site and carry out day to day maintenance. Our volunteers are still at the heart of everything we do, but we have got to the stage where we need a paid caretaker to oversee the site – and to help us take it from strength to strength.
It’s not just the pool itself that we are now responsible for: Torbay Council have handed over responsibility for the green, the car park and the toilet block as part of the lease. This brings with it increased opportunities, but also increased running costs – and a massively increased workload for our maintenance team.
We’re looking for someone local who is as passionate about preserving this pool for future generations as we are. Someone who has the skills and experience to be able to tackle the myriad of jobs that need doing around the site – who isn’t afraid to use initiative or to get their hands dirty. Someone who has great communication skills, and can work with everyone from the volunteer directors to our excellent lifeguard team, from paid contractors to our indispensable maintenance volunteers.
If you think this could be you then please get in touch! We look forward to hearing from 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.