Newsletter 1 – 2020

Welcome

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. This forms an ongoing commitment from the pool committee to keep you up to date with our strategy, plans and events lined to the Shoalstone Seawater Pool. We will be publishing the newsletter quarterly and welcome any contributions you may have or ideas for its improvement.


Shoalstone Pool Strategy

In November last year we published a draft strategy for the pool. If you haven’t yet seen it you can find a copy here. Following publication we’ve taken the strategy to consultation including presentations to the pool AGM, local Council, Chamber of Commerce, Brixham College and their Student Council meeting, YES and the Peninsula Community Partnership. We also ran an online survey to which many of you contributed.

We’re pleased to say that the feedback was amazing. There’s huge support for  the direction we are taking and many constructive comments and ideas. We are indebted to those who contributed and are in the process of revising the strategy and building a set of plans to deliver it. 

As a result of the feedback we can announce that we are fully committed to the dissolution of the Community Interest Company and the formation of a new organisation by which we can gain charitable status. This is critical to our plans for fundraising. Linked to this is our will to continue providing access to the pool for free with a donation advised.

We took on board many comments concerning charging but the majority of feedback indicated that the pool should remain open to any and all with no restrictions.  A significant number of you expressed concern about the phrase “membership scheme” and we understand that it has sown some confusion. We’re going to have a long look at our wording as the intention was to recruit patrons to our cause rather than charge for the pool via a membership levy.

The name of the pool was raised by some and we were asked to consider a rebrand as a “lido”. However, we feel that the pool is known locally and nationally as a pool. We want to keep the phrase “seawater” in the name as this clearly distinguishes us from swimming pools and thus are pushing ahead as “Shoalstone Seawater Pool”.

Finally we’ve poured over all of your ideas as to how we can improve the pool’s infrastructure, raise the pools profile and raise more funds. Thank you so much for these, there is a lot to think about and a lot to do. As a result we’re reorganising the way we work as a team to allow us to manage these effectively. We recognise that we have gaps in our team that must be filled in order for our vision to be achieved. We are actively looking for those people including new volunteers to help with all aspects of pool development and management.

If you think you are one of them please get in touch.


Committee Matters 2020

The pool committee meet monthly and even though the pool is closed we have a lot on our plate. We commissioned an expert to carry out a Health and Safety audit of our operations and are busy putting corrective measures in place.

We are looking at the signage around the pool site, and also on the way in to Brixham to make sure folks know where we are.  You would be surprised how many visitors and Torbay residents alike don’t know the pool exists. This was highlighted in a survey we carried out at the pool last summer.

And on a related issue, we have been considering how we can improve the disabled access around the site.  As a first step, with improved signage, hand rails and some widened paths we hope we can make visits for those with disabilities a lot easier. We hope to make significant improvements this year and are also making accessibility a cornerstone of our development plans moving forward.

Dave Barter has recently joined the committee and will be helping us enhance our website and drive forward our strategy.


Pool Infrastructure and Cleaning

Throughout winter we still need to empty and clean the pool in order to prevent a build up of silt and debris. Recent storms have interrupted our schedule with our last full clean happening on the 27th December. Ten of our hardy volunteers helped us scrape the base clean and powerwash the walls and decking. A solitary crab was returned to the sea. 

You may have noticed that a set of railings were damaged in a recent storm and we will be repairing these prior to opening. We also suffered vandalism from a graffiti artist, damage to changing rooms and the sea itself which has thrown up a large volume of stones onto the decking (now cleared).

As always we are hugely grateful to our volunteers who help us inspect, clean and maintain the pool. It may not seem like it but we are as busy when the pool is closed as we are during high season.

Dates for Your Diary

2020 brings two exciting fundraising events for the pool. On March 3rd Rockfish Restaurant held a charity dinner in aid of the pool. Tickets proved hugely popular and sold out within a week. Thank you Brixham we appreciate it! A charity raffle and auction raised an AMAZING £2000 on the night. Thank you so much to all who attended and dug deep into their wallets. And thanks also to those who provided the prizes

Saturday the 11th April sees another dog swim at the pool starting from 11:30am. These have proved very popular and are great fundraisers. Come along and see the spectacle even if you haven’t got a dog. 

On Friday April 17th The Friends of Shoalstone Pool are putting on a concert in aid of the pool with local musicians entertaining us for the evening. The event will be held at the Scala Hall starting at 7:30pm. We’re very excited to announce that the local MusicAtTheEdge group from YES will be launching the evening with a song written especially for the pool. Please tell your friends and family, tickets will shortly be available from The Friends. 

The pool opening date has been set for the 23rd May at 3pm. We will be running stalls and have a live band playing. Watch this space for details of who will be opening the pool. We’re just waiting to hear back from them… 


Other News

If you’ve been down to Breakwater Beach recently you may have seen two bearded gentlemen swimming away in the freezing seas. These two fellows are Chris and Bear  also known as the 365 Sea Swimmers. They are taking a dip in the sea every day, whatever the weather, for a year in aid of the pool and the Seal project. You can show your support here https://www.gofundme.com/f/365swim


The Friends of Shoalstone Pool

The Friends of Shoalstone Pool http://www.friendsofshoalstonepool.co.uk/ continue to support us with their drive to raise funds to sustain and develop the pool. We all owe them a huge debt for their tireless efforts and the events they run throughout the year. The Friends fund many of our initiatives and actively support and promote the benefits of using the pool. Thank You!

Please consider supporting the Friends by becoming a member. It’s a small donation and every little helps. More details at http://www.friendsofshoalstonepool.co.uk/square-metre/4588968275


Can you Help?

In order to drive forward our plans to safeguard and improve the pool we are looking for someone who has deep civil engineering or site operations experience from a strategic point of view. Are you the sort of person who could help us build a tactical and strategic plan for the pool and then help us deliver it? Maybe you know someone who has retired and would be willing to give us some time. Maybe you know a relevant business who are looking to do some good in the community?


Contact us

We’re always keen to hear from you on any matter concerning the pool be it fundraising ideas, offers for help or anything that we may not have thought of. Please feel free to get in touch via our email address info@shoalstonepool.com or phone Dave on 07799 414702.

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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.

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.

FoSP AGM

A message from our friends –
The Friends of Shoalstone Pool (FoSP) are holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 23rd May at Brixham Rugby Club at 7pm.  The minutes of the AGM 2016 have already been circulated, but should anyone need a hard copy please ring Sheila on 852704. 
We would welcome a few more people to join our small committee; in particular the position of Secretary is available.  We meet once a month to discuss possible fund raising and have a break during the summer months. If you feel you, or anyone you know, have the time and energy to join us and keep the Friends going, please contact one of the committee or, better than that, come along to the AGM.
We normally ask for your £5.00 membership at this time of year (some members have already paid) and have kept this amount for some years now; so would welcome as many £5.00’s as possible. Payments can be made before the AGM; so arrive a little early to pay.

Thanks

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.

Mayflower Dinner

From the Friends of Shoalstone Pool –

Dear Friends
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.