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Spring trip to Hathersage pool

Please join us for a Spring trip to Hathersage pool in the Peak District on Saturday 1st April, returning on Sunday 2nd April.

We will swim at Hathersage Swimming Pool on Saturday, and then we have the choice of either Hathersage on Sunday or the geothermally heated New Bath Hotel Pool in Matlock. There’s an indoor cafe at Hathersage pool for any non-swimmers to keep warm in while we swim.

We’ll stay overnight in YHA Hathersage (costs £15 each, based on 6 sharing a private room). The dorms aren’t public and can be shared with up to 6 of our group. There are currently 3 more rooms available, to sleep a maximum of 18 people.

Practically, this means sorting ourselves into groups of six and then booking a room. The hostel recommends booking very soon as this was one of the last Saturdays that’s not booked up. There may be other accommodations in the village too.

It’s would take a long time by train, so we’ll need to work out lifts.

Approximate itinerary:

Saturday – Drive up in the morning, (2 hours 45 minutes) swim at Hathersage Lido, lunch, a walk nearby for anyone who wants to – it’s close to Stanage Edge and lots of lovely tors.

Sunday – Swim at either Hathersage or New Bath Hotel Pool in Matlock, lunch, and potentially another walk and then drive back returning early evening.

Timings, and more information on booking our swims at the lido coming soon.

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Winter Celebration at the Lido

Winter Celebration
Sunday 15th January 2023
11.00 – 13.00 @ the Lido

After a particularly successful and busy year at the pool, please join us for another chance to meet and socialise. Many of you will have enjoyed our previous winter gatherings, over the past 25 years, at friends’ homes & Hobbs Pavilion but now that the Lido is open year-round, once again this year we’ve decided that it’s appropriate to meet at the Lido.

Better have agreed to extend this Sunday’s opening time by an hour until 13.00 (the pool opens at 07.00), the café will be open but bring along food and drink to share – we hope to have a gazebo in case of rain. So come along, have a swim (before 11.00) Join us there!

Committee of the Friends of Jesus Green Lido:

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Urgent! Vote for Jesus Green in The World Cup Finals

Jesus Green has made it to the finals in The World Cup of Pools. You can vote on Twitter or Instagram (click the circular logo when on Instagram) but you have to do it right now! certainly before 7 pm Friday. You can vote either on Twitter or Instagram

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Jesus Green Pool 2023 Centenary Calendar: Call for Photos

We’re making a photo calendar as part of the centenary celebrations, and we’d like your help!

Do you have any pictures you’ve taken of the pool that you’re particularly proud of? Icy shots from the winter months and swimmers in the snow, underwater shots, seasonal photos, and not forgetting those roasting summer months… The choice is yours!

Please send them to by Friday 29 October, including which month you’d prefer the photo to be for. The photos must be taken at or of Jesus Green Pool but don’t need to have been taken in the last year. You can submit as many photos as you like.

If anyone’s face is clearly visible in your photo(s), please check with them that they’re happy for you to send it in.

Technical requirements for photos:
.jpg or .heic format.
At least 3-4MB at 300 dpi.
Maximum file size 15MB.
sRGB profile is recommended, but CYMK files are accepted
If you’re not sure about the size or quality, send it in just in case.

We’re looking forward to seeing your photos!

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Annual Felixstowe seaswim Excursion

Felixstowe excursion
Saturday 15 October 2022

Enjoy a cool autumn swim in the sea at Felixstowe, a long-time tradition for the Friends of Jesus Green Lido all are welcome there is no need to reply.
All arrangements are informal – drive, car share with friends or use public transport.

Our itinerary:
Meet at Fludyers Hotel on the seafront for coffee from 11.00 – 11.30ish
Take a swim
Enjoy Fish & Chips – plenty of options
Ice cream
Take a walk –  along the seafront promenade
Visit & view the Container port, Landguard Fort (English Heritage)

Public transport:
Hourly trains from Cambridge via Ipswich (lengthy connection!)
Depart Cambridge 08.47 arr Felixstowe 11.24
(or Cambridge 08.03 arr Felixstowe 10.24 via Ely)
Return dep 16.28, arr Cambridge 18.40
Normally no rail card fare/time restrictions on a Saturday

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Serotonin Swim – Your Invite

How good does swimming make you feel?

We want to help you and more people experience the incredible benefits of swimming outdoors at Jesus Green Lido.

Serotonin Swim is a once a month Sunday Swim club with simple aims:

  • Give everyone who swims 1 length or more a mini reward (sometimes edible) as recognition for their effort
  • Harness the knowledge of the JGL lido community to share tips and techniques to help people adjust to swimming in cooler temperatures
  • Strengthen relationships amongst the lido community. According to this 70 year Harvard study relationships are the single biggest influential factor on the quality of our life

You can register here. Takes 30 seconds.

How much does it cost? Zero. You only pay for entry to the pool. Registering this week will mean we love you more than a hot drink after a cool swim (that is a lot!)

Do you remember that day you felt a bit down and alone? And then you went for a swim and felt better. Maybe it was simply the swim, maybe you had a serendipitous conversation with someone by the pool. Whatever it was swimming helps in so many ways. Recap on the science at Serotonin Swim and you can read what inspired me (Sam) to start it.

Thanks for reading this, I’m sure you’ve had a busy day. Please hold in mind that you are important. You deserve a moment for you tonight (and maybe a swim in the morning?).

P.S – A big thank you to Nicky, Becky and Geoff for helping get this off the ground. And to Daryl and George from Better for their support.

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Summer Solstice 2022 pool celebration

Jesus Green pool will be open from 5 am to 10 pm on the longest day in 2022!

Summer Sostice 2022 poster

Additional information is that the Summer Solstice 2022 in Cambridge will be at 10:13 am on Tuesday, 21 June


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