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 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.
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…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
With the summer holidays now upon us, all we need now is some sunshine so that local and visiting families alike can make the most of our beautiful pool!
After the extremely busy period we had with last month’s heatwave, though, we do need to issue a reminder about the importance of parents and guardians supervising their children at the pool.
It is extremely important that children under eight years old are accompanied in the water by a responsible adult. Our lifeguards are on duty to ensure the safety of all pool users, but young children understandably require an increased amount of supervision and this is not something that they can provide without your assistance.
There have been a number of cases this year where very young children – non-swimmers – have been allowed to enter the pool alone whilst parents remained on the deck, often with their attention elsewhere. Even when children are wearing floatation devices this is extremely dangerous – in fact floatation devices can give a false sense of security to both parent and child, and should never be a substitute for close adult supervision.
Our new User Code of Conduct clearly states the need for parents to remain responsible for their children at all times, and for a responsible adult to accompany under eights in the water. Our lifeguard team have been asked to take this extremely seriously, and will be required to ask people to leave the site if they do not adhere to this rule.
We are all working extremely hard to make Shoalstone Pool a safe and fun environment for people of all ages, but we need you to help us to make sure this is possible.
Any queries about this rule should be emailed to the directors at email@example.com.