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, 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…
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!