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Felixstowe Day Out 2017

After last years very successful change of location, we are repeating our postseason seaside outing to Felixstowe on Sunday, October 15th, meeting by the Fludyers Hotel (Postcode IP11 7LU ) at 11 am.

We will be having a sea swim followed by fish & chips and a walk along the seafront.

Google Earth view of The Beach

Enter October with a splash!

Overcote by The Ouse Click image for more photos

Alex is planning to meet for an informal swim in the River Ouse and a picnic lunch at Overcote 12 noon on Sunday 1st October. It’s a short 1.5-mile walk from the Swavesey request stop on the guided busway.

From the village of Over, take the lane (Chain Road) signposted from a corner near the church and follow straight to the river, approx. 2 miles. Plenty of parking. Bring hot drinks, picnic and picnic rug, warm jumpers, swimming things. There’s a small concrete slipway good for getting into the water.


Election of new committee officers on 4th September 2017

Election of new committee officers on 4th September 2017

Chairperson: Nicky Blanning

Secretary: Anne Campbell

Treasurer: Nicky Maughan (with Alex Buxton as a second signature)

Membership/Website: Geoff Jones

Press Communications/Publicity: Becky Allen and Alex Buxton

Othe committee members are:

Mary Latham*, David Wells, Richard Folley, Francis Jeans, Will Hudson, Ben Pridgeon, Anie Morgan James,  James Murray-White, Caroline Lewis*, Rosie Tween*

  • changes on 19 April 2018 committee meeting

Minutes of the Friends of Jesus Green Pool Meeting on 23 August 2017

Minutes of the Friends of Jesus Green Pool Meeting on 23 August 2017

1. Nicky Blanning welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming. Over 30 people attended. Some apologies had also been received.

2. Matters discussed:
a) this summer at the pool including: showers; hot water; cleaning; lifeguards; rules in general; activities for children; queuing and fast track access for season ticket holders (the whole entrance issue); money raised in Kevan Heydon’s memory; long term aims.

b) Showers and Cleaning – the overall opinion was that the men’s showers were warmer now, but had been terrible. Cleaning generally very mixed – in the showers and cubicles, and leaves in the pool, but the opinion was that the pool was under-staffed. Insufficient lifeguards, chatting close together, did not help.

c) Proliferation of rules – Some Members commented on being shouted at by lifeguards when apparently doing some misdemeanour or breaching a rule, combined with a feeling that there was not a good atmosphere, partly as a result of the inconsistency of the enforcement of rules. All of this has led to a more negative experience of coming to this lovely setting. Improved management necessary.

d) Children – there appear to be fewer children using the pool than in previous years, with no fun activities or floats allowed, and the swim test that has to be re-taken on every visit. A few Members felt that some children had been upset by the lifeguards’ approach. Clearly, some Members themselves have been affected by the lifeguards’ attitude, but others felt that the lifeguards were doing their best, given the low numbers of staff. Parents were not able to take photos of their own children, even if taken with extreme care and providing evidence to the lifeguards.

e) Watching visitors – Another key message was that elderly (and other) visitors to the pool were no longer allowed to come in and watch, or to have a cup of tea, without having to pay the full swim entry price (even when the pool is virtually empty).

f) Swifter Card Entry – a discussion was held regarding swifter card entry for season ticket holders and the view that Better and the City Council should be doing more to enable fast entry, and this might also encourage new people to buy season tickets. Better/ GLL apparently manage to organise faster card access at other outdoor centres. Use of contactless cards would help, as the taking of cash is incredibly slow.

g) Maintenance – Important request was to understand who is responsible for repairs and maintenance – Better or the City Council or both? Members want to know in order to get some appropriate action.

h) Half price season tickets – there used to be half price season tickets on offer at the start of the school holidays. This really helped many families to be able to afford to come regularly.

i) Lottery funding – and long term Strategic aims – Members all felt that there should be a longer term ambition for improving the pool’s facilities, especially with the 100 year anniversary approaching (5 years’ time). Members felt this would be key for a new Committee.

j) The Pump room – looks a mess, and what is going on? A suggestion that a café could be built above, being accessible to users of Jesus Green itself and the pool.

k) Accessibility – both Better and the City Council should do more to promote the accessibility of the pool with its hoist.

l) The Friends’ bank account – now has over £1000 in it, thanks to the generosity of friends and family of Kevan Heydon. A key wish for Kevan was to improve the speed of entry for season ticket holders, so this will become a priority for the new Committee.

3. Formation of new Committee to raise the Friends’ profile and to meet both Better/ GLL and the City Council on a regular basis. Interested parties were asked to raise their hands and to get in touch with Nicky. A meeting date would be organised soon. Any Member not wishing to join the Committee would still be welcome to attend meetings.

4. Any Other Business – there was none.

5. Date of next meeting to be advised.

Meeting held at The Potting Shed, Waterman PH

New committee meeting proposal

Welcome all Friends of Jesus Green Pool

I am keen to create a new Committee for the Friends to assist our communication with
a) ourselves
b) Better
c) the City Council
d)to determine the use of any funds that have been raised.

If you would be interested in joining a new Committee, please email back to

The date proposed for an initial meeting is WEDNESDAY 23 AUGUST 2017 6.00PM AT THE BOATHOUSE PUB, Chesterton Road.

If you are interested but unable to attend on that date, please let me know.
Thank you all.

Best wishes
Nicky Blanning

Kevan Heydon 1967 – 2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of a valued ‘regular’. Kevan suffered a massive heart attack at home from which he tragically didn’t recover.

The details of his funeral, wake and a memorial swim follow. from his wife Michelle

From his wife Michelle

Dear All,

The funeral and wake have now been arranged for this Friday at 3:15pm. Please see details, and forward to any who need it.

Please note there will not be enough seats for everyone at the Lodge for the service, but the staff will be opening the bi-fold doors at the back, so if you’re up for standing – please do.

Love to all,


Kevan Heydon 1967 – 2017 Funeral: Friday 30th June 2017

Service: 3:15 pm at The Lodge , Arbory Trust’s Barton Glebe Woodland Burial Ground, Barton, Cambridge Family flowers only, donations to be made in Kevan’s memory to Friends of Jesus Green Pool (see below, or send to me).

Attire: Wear whatever you feel most comfortable in. Kevan’s preference was casual, and he’d hate to think he was making his family & friends wear a suit and black!

Burial: 3:45 pm at the Graveside (family only) The Arbory Trust’s Barton Glebe Woodland Burial Ground, Barton, Cambridge

Travelling details: The Burial Ground is located on Comberton Road, Barton (the B1046) between the villages of Barton and Comberton. For those of you with GPS systems, Barton Glebe does not have postal facilities, and therefore no official post code, but the closest one in operation is CB23 7BN. The co-ordinates are N52.18649 o , E0.04616 o . Otherwise, the map should guide you successfully to Barton Glebe. The M11 Junction 12 is the closest Motorway junction.

Wake: 5:00 pm til late, at our home, 5 Bandon Rd, Girton Cambridge CB3 0LU We will be providing a BBQ to send Kevan off in style, with 3 firkins of ale from Milton Brewery. So many friends have asked how they can help, and so here is the way! We would love to receive either a cake for the dessert table (that doesn’t need a fridge), a salad or wine/lager if ale doesn’t appeal 🙂 Parking @ Bandon Rd Our neighbours further down the street, at 17 Bandon Road have a construction site next door, and they have offered the site from 5pm for parking, which should take 20-30 cars. Do try and car share if possible, otherwise – it will be pot luck on the street.

Memories of Kevan

Please use these links above to upload photo’s and anecdotes of happy/funny memories you have of Kevan, and this will be curated and made into a book for the family to enjoy and reminisce later on. There will also be an opportunity to add new anecdotes at the wake, as the stories get longer!

Memorial Swim, There will also be a memorial swim for Kevan at Jesus Green pool on Sunday 2nd July, – gates opening early for us at 10:30 am. Do come along and enjoy the solitude of a swim before the public start arriving!

Donations in memory of Kevan

Donations to be made in Kevan’s memory to the pool he loved. We are hoping to raise enough to provide a quick access card swipe system for Members with season tickets, enabling them to get in quickly for lunchtime swims when the queues are long.

Friends of Jesus Green Swimming Pool,

Barclays Chesterton Road Cambridge
Sort code 20-17-35 Account no 43103676

Let me know if you need further details. Michelle, Abi, Nic & Jon. 01223 276425 07773 427303


Jesus Green pool merchandise now available at the basket room.

Today saw the arrival at the pool of swimming hats, t-shirts and postcards all sporting the new Jesus Green Logo designed by the local illustrator & artist C.G. Michaels.

The swimming hats are available in three colours bright green, blue & white all with the logo. They are priced at £7.50


Geoff Jones at Jesus Green

The author sporting the all new T-Shirt & Hat

The T-Shirts are white with the logo embroidered on and come in 5 sizes Extra Large, Large, Medium, Small and Extra small. They are priced at £8.90





Jesus Green postcard collection

There are three postcards one with a photo of the pool taken by Helen Dwyer last week, a historical one taken of the long defunct wooden high diving boards in the twenties and one with just the logo on the front. These are priced at 80p each.


In other news, the pool is now at 19 degrees with every likelihood it will be in the twenties over the upcoming bank holiday weekend. Be prepared to queue or arrive early 🙂