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 email@example.com.
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.
Are you local to Brixham? Would you like to help your lido go from strength to strength? Well now’s your chance! We are on the look out for two new volunteer directors to join our team…
Being a director for Shoalstone Pool is a very important role. The board meets once a month, and discusses everything to do with running the pool including day to day operations, special events, grant applications, fundraising and marketing. We are looking for someone who can think strategically, but also has the time and the energy to be hands on with the variety of tasks that need completing.
Specifically, we are looking to fill two key gaps in our team: we would love to find a maintenance director and a personnel director who could bring skills and experience from their own lives to support us in these areas.
The maintenance director would ideally be someone with an interest and aptitude in fixing things (not necessarily pool related), and would be heading up an enthusiastic team of volunteers. There are a range of maintenance jobs that need doing at the pool, from cleaning to painting to general repairs. Where necessary we do pay to pull in professionals (to carry out electrical work for example), but wherever possible we need to conserve funds by using our volunteer maintenance team.
For the personnel director, we are looking for someone who has excellent people skills, and ideally experience in managing and leading teams. The role would involve overseeing the management of our volunteers as well as recruiting new ones, and also overseeing the paid lifeguard team in season alongside the pool manager.
Both directors would also play a key part in managing the future of Shoalstone Pool, helping us to ensure that it stays at the centre of our community and can be enjoyed by many more generations to come.
If you think you might be interested in either of these roles, and have a few hours a week to spare to help support your local lido, then please do get in touch!
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.