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Winter Celebration Party Success

For many years the friends have held a winter party during the period of the pool closure, originally by invitation to a friend’s house but more recently at Hobbs Pavilion on Parker’s Piece.

These events were enjoyed by all but last winter there was no event so this year, with Covid continuing, we decided to get together socially at the lido.

After our morning swims (for some!) tables were set up and were soon full of food to share, warm mulled wine was served and the café was open for hot drinks.

The sun came out and we all enjoyed the opportunity for a friendly chat with old and new friends – over 50 people attending.

As with New Year’s Day, the interest and attendance at the event goes to prove how worthwhile the winter opening of the lido has been.

Thanks to Better & their staff for their help and support. Thanks to Antony & Will for the pictures & Richard forthe write up

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Poolside Winter Celebration Party

Friends of Jesus Green Lido
Winter celebration
Sunday 16th January 2022
11.00 – 12.00 @ the Lido

After a particularly good year at the pool, please join us for another chance to meet and socialise.

Many of you will have enjoyed our previous winter gatherings at Hobbs Pavilion but in this year of Covid, we’ve decided that it’s appropriate to meet at the pool.

Better have agreed to host the event on Sunday until 12.00 (the swim times remain 07.00 – 11.00), the café will be open but bring along food and drink to share – we plan to have a gazebo in case of rain.

So come along, have a swim (before 11.00)!
Join us there!

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2022 New Years Day Swim

A very well attended New Years Day swim with the pool temperature at a balmy 9.2°C much improved than the recent low of 4.8° seen on the 9th December

there was a lovely, friendly, sociable atmosphere. Friendly, helpful lifeguards – oh, & free mince pies & mulled wine..

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January 2022 Pool Opening

Forget the rumours! BETTER have confirmed that the pool will stay open all through January keeping the December timetable times









7 – 11



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Photo & Live ITV Filming at the pool

Two exciting photo opportunities and we need as many of you to come along as possible!

On Monday 20 December 2021 at 4.45 pm and at 6.15 pm, ITV wish to do some live filming at the Lido.  So the more people present the better (preferably some of you in the water!).

On Saturday 1 January 2022 at 11 am the Mayor is coming along and there will be a photograph taken with swimmers/ Friends of the Lido.

Please put these dates in your diary and come along, with friends and family.

Best wishes

Friends’ Committee

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Friends of Jesus Green Lido AGM

Calling all swimmers!

Please join us at the Friends of Jesus Green Lido AGM on Zoom. It’s a chance to connect with the Committee, discover more about the lido’s past, present and future, and get more involved in your swimming community.

We will be reporting on our successes in 2021, recruiting new committee members, and looking forward to celebrating Jesus Green Lido’s forthcoming centenary.

Come along! Join us! Have your say! at the:

Friends of Jesus Green Lido AGM, Wednesday 12 January 2022 at 7.00 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting:

We look forward to seeing you then.

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Better Booking System changes

Twitter version of the booking system changes

Over the next few days, we will be changing our booking system. You may experience some difficulties with booking until this change has been completed on the 1st of December. After the change, you may be required to reset your password before you are able to book online or on the App.

If you are having any issues after the 1st of December, please contact us at or visit reception when we are open.

Email version of the booking system changes

Hi All,

I wanted to let you know that overnight tonight we will be changing over our front of house (and App) booking system. This is to come in line with the rest of Cambridge who changed over in June this year. We have left it as late as possible and obviously, it was going to be closed but now we are keeping it going we have to make this change.

This will mean that after 8pm tonight the system will go offline and it will be down until around 12pm tomorrow when it will then come back live.

The same App icon is still valid so no need to download the App again – it will just look slightly different when you go to book.

Bookings are essentially all the same though and the way you book is very similar (you are still booking an entry timeslot for example)

When you then go into your App once it comes back live you should receive a pop up asking you to reset your password (please make a note of the requirement for capital letters, numbers and special characters as these have to be included in your new password).

Once you have created a new password you will be logged in and good to go again.

One thing I do need to make you aware of is if you have a Better Booking membership (it will say this on your membership card icon) then you will need to register for a new account once the system is up and live as these are essentially non-member accounts that do not transfer with the new system. Anyone who has a pay & play or a prepaid membership will be transferred across.

If you have any issues or know of people having issues then the below e-mails can be given to help them (these are Parkside people as they have been using it for months whereas the Jesus Green staff will be new to it):

George Pemberton (Assistant Manager) –

Dominic Dunklin (Duty Manager) –

Kind regards
Daryl Emes

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December & Christmas pool opening times

We are very pleased to let all Friends know that the Lido will be open in December as follows:

 FROM 5 December 2021

Mondays 7 am – 11 am and 4 pm – 7 pm

Thursdays: 7am – 11am and 4pm – 7pm

Sundays: 7am – 11am

Added to this, the Lido will open daily from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm from Boxing Day (26 December) to New Year’s Day (1 January 2022). So this will be a week’s worth of daily swimming available over the Christmas Holidays.

We encourage all swimmers to book and come along so that we keep this magnificent facility open all winter.  Swim safe.

On New Year’s Day, Better would like to organise a group photo.  Time to be confirmed.

 Our renewed thanks to Better and to the Council for enabling the extended season to happen.

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Thank you presentation

The Friends’ Committee presented Fitzbillie’s Chelsea buns to the Better staff and a plant to Mary in the cafe, together with cards signed by many swimmers. On behalf of everyone, we gave our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for their hard work and for making our visits to the Lido such a warm and positive experience.

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New Winter Opening Times

After a fantastic uptake in cold water swimming at Jesus Green Lido over the Autumn period, Better has confirmed the following operating hours will take effect from 1st November 2021:

 Monday 7am-11am & 4pm-7pm

Tuesday 7 am-11 am

Wednesday Closed

Thursday 7am-11am & 4pm-7pm

Friday Closed

Saturday Closed

Sunday 7am-4pm

 Your membership will remain live throughout the winter months which allows these extended hours to be possible. Plus, if the water does become a little chilly as the winter months draw in, don’t forget selected membership also includes access to over 150 swimming pools across the UK which includes local indoor pools in Cambridge at Parkside Pools & Gym and Abbey Leisure Complex. Please check with a Better member of the team to find out which pools you have access to.

 The Friends of Jesus Green Lido Committee would like to thank Better, the Council and all of our loyal swimmers for their support.  We look forward to seeing you through the winter as well as the summer and autumn months!

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