Fundraising Auction Items

On March 3rd Rockfish Restaurant are hosting a charity dinner in aid of the pool. Tickets proved hugely popular and sold out within a week. Thank you Brixham we appreciate it! We’ll be running a charity raffle and auction at the event the items on offer are listed below. If you didn’t get a ticket maybe you’d like to place a bid? If so contact us and we’ll do it for you.

If you are coming along, please remember your cheque book, we expect bidding to be fierce as we have some excellent items on offer. Here are the details

A Professional Pet Photo Shoot

Thank you so much to “Shooting The Dog of Brixham“. They have kindly donated a free photo shoot for us to auction. Tom Horsley will give your pet a free photo shoot anywhere in Brixham, and a voucher for £50 for the frame. We’ve seen Tom’s work and it is brilliant. If you have a pet or know a family member who would love a fantastic gift. This one is for you.

A Sheepskin Rug

Flotsam of Brixham have given us a voucher towards the purchase of a sheepskin rug. Bring it to the shop and use it to get £50 off the rug of your choice. Well done Flotsam for supporting the pool.

A Bubbly Cream Tea

Our fantastic volunteer Kate will provide you with a truly memorable Brixham Cream Tea experience. Kate will serve you and your guests bubbly and a full cream tea including hand made cakes and scones baked entirely for you. Whilst having your cream tea, you’ll be able to enjoy amazing marine views of  Brixham harbour, Lyme Bay and the Jurassic Coast.This is a brilliant opportunity for up to eight people to enjoy the sea air and Kate’s legendary hospitality.

A Year’s Membership of Hoburne Leisure

Hoburne Devon Bay have given us a package worth over £300 with a full one year adult and child membership of the Devon Bay complex. This includes indoor and outdoor pools, fitness suite, steam room and sauna, basket ball and mini football courts. Plenty to keep yourself and a youngster occupied whatever the weather.

Two Beautiful Artworks from The Lynne Peets Gallery

Lynne Peets has kindly donated two beautiful artworks for us to auction. These would compliment any home or hideaway and are both authenticated by the artists. This is your chance to own some local artwork and look at it lovingly knowing that it helped you support a fantastic cause.

Half Day Sail for Two on the Pilgrim

The Pilgrim is the oldest surviving sailing trawler that was built and rigged in the port of Brixham. What better way could there be to sample the heritage and scenery of the Brixham coast than a sail upon this beautiful boat. This item is well worth bidding for. Two of you will be able to experience a sailing adventure upon the boat. Ahoy Me Hearties, let’s see your pieces of eight for this one!

Pool car parking – Important

A reminder to all volunteers and those using the pool that Torbay car parking permits are NO LONGER valid in either of the pool car parks.

The parking is now managed by an external company and you will need to pay at the machine to park your car or risk being fined.

Sharron Davies, Olympic Medallist, to open Shoalstone Pool

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.

Advertising at Shoalstone Pool

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 accounts@shoalstonepool.com to apply. 

We are now a Community Interest Company!

Since its inception in 2014, Shoalstone Pool Limited has always operated in the interests of the Brixham community. However as a limited company there have been some people who have been sceptical of our aims, and we have also found it difficult to apply for certain sources of funding.

We are therefore very proud to announce that we have made a successful application to become a Community Interest Company, officially recognising our status as a social enterprise using our profits and assets for the public good.

Our aims have not changed: our activities will continue to benefit the community of residents of, and visitors to, Brixham who use Shoalstone Seawater Pool and its immediate environs.

Specifically, we aim to:

  • Manage all the operations of Shoalstone Pool in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Raise money and provide volunteers to contribute towards maintenance, repairs and other activities, where necessary.
  • Help to update facilities when needed, for example by buying new equipment to further that goal.
  • Promote and protect Shoalstone Pool’s heritage and use as a civic amenity.
  • Promote its use for aquatic sports and the part this plays in people’s health and well being, both in Brixham and among the wider public.
  • Promote and provide educational opportunities for lifeguarding, swimming and other associated activities.

Any profit we make will continue to be used for maintaining the pool and furthering the activities of the CIC.

We are excited by the opportunities this successful application will open up, and look forward to continuing to take the pool from strength to strength.

Thank you for your continued support!

Code of conduct

As custodians of the Shoalstone Pool site, the directors of Shoalstone Pool Limited have a huge responsibility to make sure that everyone who uses the facility is safe and can enjoy their time with us.

Most people are very respectful of the site and the time and energy volunteers put in to keep it running, but there are unfortunately a minority who make our job, and that of our paid staff, very difficult.

With this in mind, we have put together a code of conduct for users of the pool site. This is in addition to the pool rules, and has been drawn up with everybody’s wellbeing in mind.

We hope you understand why these things are so important, and will cooperate with our lifeguard team and the pool caretaker when you visit our wonderful pool. Our focus os always on keeping the pool open, safe and accessible for local people and visitors to Brixham – but we need your help to be able to do that.

We have a code of conduct for staff and volunteers too, which can be found here along with some other key policies.

If you have any questions about this or any other aspects of our operations please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Pool Cleans

One of the wonderful things about Shoalstone Pool is that its water is refreshed by the tide on a regular basis. As regular Shoalstone swimmers will know, there is no keeping the sea out during the twice-monthly spring tides – it laps over the walls, the excess draining out as the tide falls.

This is not enough on its own to keep the pool clean, though.

Every ten days or so during the season we have to drain the pool completely, with our team of volunteers (led by Charlie the caretaker) scrubbing the floor and walls to remove the algae that builds up. We use a minimal amount of chlorine during this process, and this season we are experimenting with some environmentally friendly options which hopefully will cut out the need for that altogether.

These pool cleans are important not just to make sure the water is pleasant and safe to swim in, but also to make sure the water clarity is good enough for the lifeguards to be able to do their jobs! Algae can build up quickly during hot weather giving the water a greenish hue. Whilst this is not dangerous to health, it does make it very difficult for the lifeguards to see what is going on in the water.

There are, given the exposed nature of our site, a number of restrictions on when we are able to carry out pool cleans. We need the high tide to be at least 4.7m in order to guarantee that it will refill the pool, and the timings of the tides ideally need to fall within daylight hours! We also try to avoid weekends when the pool is at its busiest. The weather conditions are also a consideration, but these are a little harder to predict…

With this in mind, we have put together a planned schedule of pool cleans for 2017 which we are going to do our very best to stick to. These are included on our events calendar, but for ease of reference the dates on which we are planning to close the pool are as follows:

Thursday 8th June

Monday 12th June

Thursday 22nd June

Wednesday 28th June

Tuesday 11th July

Monday 24th July

Tuesday 8th August

Monday 21st August

In between these planned dates there will be a number of overnight ‘flushes’ when the pool will be fully emptied and refilled. Whilst we hope to open during our normal hours of 10am to 6pm on those days access might be restricted out of hours whilst the valve is open – please abide by the red flag and any other warnings and do not enter the pool at these times.

There may also be times when we have to close the pool for cleaning unexpectedly, either due to bad weather conditions bringing in seaweed and other debris, good weather increasing the amount of algal bloom, or human factors which have previously led to closures due to dog waste bags or glass being thrown in the pool, for example. We are very aware that last minute closures can cause major disappointment, particularly if the weather is good, but we hope you understand that we never take the decision to close the pool unless it is entirely necessary.

If you have any questions about the pool cleaning process, or you would like to join our team of volunteers working to keep the pool at its best, then please get in touch!

Parish Meeting

**UPDATE: this meeting will now be held in the Scala Hall**

We will be presenting our ideas again for possible development work at the pool at the Brixham Town Council Annual Parish Meeting.
7pm, Thursday 25th May, Function Room, Brixham Town Hall.

If you were unable to make the meeting on 9th May then please come along. And please spread the word – especially to people who might not have regular internet access.

Thank you!

Planning for the future

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!

Volunteers May 2,3,4

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.

Cheers charlie