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2017 Pre season meeting report

 

Friends of Jesus Green Swimming Pool – Pre Season Meeting

Date: Tuesday 14th March 2017 Time: 18:30-20:00
Venue: Sir Jack Hobbs Room – Hobbs Pavilion
Note Taker: Julie Durrant
Attendee’s Ian Ross, Julie Durrant, Daryl Emes, Shirley Oliver

Nicola Kerrison, Lucy Hines, Becky Allen, Nicky Blanning, Paul Mylrea, Charles Geach, Caroline Lewis, Katherine Hodson, David Carpenter, Christopher Thorpe, Victoria Bursa

Apologies: Anne Campbell, Francis Jeans, Emma Bateman, Richard Folley, Colin Stewart, Owen Spencer-Thomas, Jenny Simmons, Richard Murrant

 

Agenda Items:
1 Arrival & Refreshment
2 Personnel in place for 2017 season
2 Female and Male shower/toilet blocks – Everyday issues & refurbishment
3 Suggested change of early morning swim days
4 Leaf & general cleanliness
5 Basket room attendant
6 Café – opening times & retail items
7 Planned events
8 AOB

 

Notes / Actions
1 Shirley Oliver to be General Manager of Jesus Green for this season with

Sam & Helen from last year being Duty Managers again

2 Opening date is Saturday 13th May until 24th September

Pre-opening for Friends and regulars on Friday 12th May

3 Basket room will remain the same but Better,

Suggestion of volunteers for this role and others in exchange for time credit scheme.

4 Change of early morning swims was discussed and agreed due to the pump out facilities being at its worst on Mondays, Early morning swims will be Tuesday 7am, Wednesday 6.30am & Fridays 7am.

JD advised that Friends that were unable to make the meeting wanted to raise if there was scope for 5 early morning openings but unfortunately this is not possible.  There was also a suggestion of early opening for season ticket holders but again this is not possible.

5 DE explained the fast track kiosk is still being looked into but costs may be prohibitive.
6 A suggestion was made to simplify the pricing display board.
7 Toilets and shower are to have a refresh

Suggestion was made for a hand rail on the opposite side to the showers in the ladies as this area can get slippery.

8 Hot water in the men’s showers was mentioned and the temperature to be monitored.

 

9 The timing of the ladies showers to be looked at as they only come on for around 10 seconds and need to be constantly pressed.
10 The café will be open regardless of the weather at the following times below outside of these times there will be vending machines and a hot drinks machine.

Monday & Thursday – 12-3pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 11-3pm

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11 Café area to back of basket room will open again and signs put up to ensure customers know that they can use this area.

This area will also stock retails items such as swimming costumes, goggles etc.

12 Becky brought forward the idea of selling postcards of the pool and other suggestions of retail items were

Jumpers, T-shirts, silicon swimming hats, tote bags

Any other suggestions please email pools@cambridge.gov.uk

13 Events planned in so far out of hours are

Pre-opening for Friends and regulars

Chesterton Childrens Orchestra in June

Star & Mouse Film Festival May half term

Family Day

14 Trees and bushes were raised and CCC will try and arrange for these to be pruned.  An area to be cut back which could be used as a viewing window for potential new customers.
15 Becky confirmed that she will be organising the Swim in the Cam again this year.

 

2017 Pre-Season Meeting

Dear All,

We would like to hold a pre-season meeting on Tuesday 14th March 2017 from 6.30pm to 8 pm to discuss the 2017 season.

The meeting will take place in Hobbs Pavilion on Parkers Piece (I have booked and double checked booking the room).

Proposed Agenda

Attendees: Ian Ross, Julie Durrant, Daryl Emes, Shirley Oliver

  1. Arrival & Refreshment
  2. Personnel in place for 2017 season
  3. Female and Male shower/toilet blocks – Everyday issues & refurbishment
  4. Suggested change of early morning swim days
  5. Leaf & general cleanliness
  6. Basket room attendant
  7. Café – opening times & retail items
  8. Planned events
  9. AOB

If you could ask people to let me know if they wish to attend that would be great so that I can keep track of numbers (julie.durrant@cambridge.gov.uk). I am also happy if anyone is unable to attend but would like to raise any items that they forward them to me in order for them to be included.

Kind regards

Julie

Julie Durrant – Recreation Technical Officer, Cambridge City Council (01223 458644

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Pre-Season Meeting 14 March 2017

Dear All,

We would like to hold a pre-season meeting on Tuesday 14th March 2017 from 6.30pm to 8pm to discuss the 2017 season.

The meeting will take place in Hobbs Pavilion on Parkers Piece (I have booked and double checked booking the room).

If you could ask people to let me know if they wish to attend that would be great so that I can keep track of numbers (julie.durrant@cambridge.gov.uk). I am also happy if anyone is unable to attend but would like to raise any items that they forward them to me in order for them to be included.

Kind regards
Julie
Julie Durrant – Recreation Technical Officer, Cambridge City Council 01223 458644

Swim the Cam 2017 – call for volunteer organisers!

Swim the Cam 2017 – call for volunteer organisers!

The team behind last year’s ‘Swim the Cam’ event are looking for volunteers to help organise another ‘Swim the Cam’ for summer 2017. ‘Swim the Cam’ is a sponsored 3.8km swim in the River Cam from Byron’s Pool to Sheep’s Green. Primarily it is to raise money and awareness for the Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub project, but participants are welcome to raise sponsorship for a cause or charity of their own choice as well. 23 swimmers participated in last year’s swim, and the finish line event was attended by the mayor of Cambridge, Jeremy Benstead.

If you’re keen to volunteer, please email Duncan Catchpole, duncan@cofco.co.uk

Autumn Sea Swim – Felixstowe 9th October

Change of Location
Following feedback on trips to Dunwich in recent years we decided to suggest Felixstowe instead of Dunwich for 2016.

We felt that the benefits were:

  • Relatively safer swimming at all states of the tide
  • Easier, quicker access by car from Cambridge with easy parking
  • Accessible by public transport from Cambridge
  • Numerous cafes for lunch and afternoon cakes
  • Plenty of shelter if needed
  • Possibly a beach hut as a base – thanks to Seamus

Trip Report
On Sunday 9th October, in a break with tradition, we visited Felixstowe for our annual Autumn swim in the sea.
The day proved to be a great success and started well with bright sunshine although there was a heavy rain shower just as most of were changing after swimming – never mind, the sun soon reappeared and some even returned to the sea later in the day!

The result was a very enjoyable day out, with around 27 people attending and many positive comments.

Thanks for joining us and here’s to next year!

RF

Summer Solstice Swim Event – 21st June 2016

1-IMG_2004Better are organising a relaxing evening summer swim at Jesus Green Pool to the sounds of Chesterton Community Youth Orchestra and you can enjoy drinks, provided by Cambridge Wine in the new cafe area.

The event is from 7.30pm to 9pm on Tuesday 21st June. Tickets are available from the pool reception or by calling 01223 302579. Priced at a reasonable £7.50 for members and season ticket holders. Non member tickets are £10

We are pleased to say that it looks as if the male showers are finally fixed 🙂 with a constant stream of hot water!

The pool is currently at a barmy 18.6degrees for the weekend 🙂

Jesus Green Pool ‘working party’ and pre-season event

Hello,

helendwyerMy name is Helen and I am the Assistant Manager at Jesus Green Lido this year.

Pre-season preparation and refurbishments are well under way and looking great. I am really excited about this season.

This year we thought it would be a nice idea to have a ‘working party’ in preparation for the season ahead. We would like to invite you down to the Lido on Tuesday 10th May to help with the final touches to the lido. These things may include sweeping, touching up some paint work, weeding, window cleaning…the smaller details that will make a huge difference to the overall feel to the Lido. For anyone who would like to help out, we will open the doors at 10am. We will have spring cleaning from 10am to 2pm followed by opening up the lido for anyone who has contributed and would like a fresh swim from 2-3pm. Please let me know if you are interested in getting involved.

We will have some brushes, tools and paint brushes, but anyone who has their own that they could bring with them, it would be really appreciated.

I would also like to invite you down to the Lido on Friday the 13th of May for the pre-opening event. We will be opening the pool between 17.30 and 18.30 for anyone who would like a swim. There will be complimentary food and drink available from our newly refurbished café. We hope that you can all make this event.

I look forward to meeting you all and to a great season.

Kind regards,
Helen Dwyer
Assistant Manager

23 February meeting notes

JG Pool meeting

23rd February 2016 @ Hobbs Pavilion

Brief notes based on the agenda: –

Present:    Daryl Emes – Better/GLL Partnership Manager, Todd Baxter – Better/GLL General Manager, Ian Ross – Cambridge City Council and around 25 ‘friends’ of Jesus Green Pool

1    Men’s showers – variable water temperature seen as related to pressure variability and the Houseboat discharge facility adjoining the Men’s shower block –  being investigated.

2    Ladies Showers & drainage – drains being cleared of roots (as they are every year)

3    Men’s toilets smell from houseboat discharge – essentially a design problem with the interconnected drains. Being investigated but probably little prospect of any immediate fix.

4    Cleanliness of showers & toilets – request from those present for better monitoring by pool staff

5    Pool water quality – much discussion about occasional poor water quality. Usually occurs during busy periods when the filter pumps struggle to cope with the volume of water – not thought to be related to sun cream usage.

6    Lane etiquette – Ensure that lane/direction boards are placed (& fixed) at both ends of the pool – request for pool staff to monitor problems and take action when necessary.

7    Staffing & lane closures – aim is to keep open the whole pool at all times. Suggestion that Triathlete swimmers should be restricted to their own lane when possible.

8    Opening times – Times are expected to follow last years schedules with additional extended opening times unlikely (although a special occasion late opening will be looked into eg. mid-summer day?)

9    Cafe provision – Cafe will be run in-house by Better/GLL with a limited offer of drinks and snacks. Note – A Catering Manager has been appointed at Parkside and will be responsible for Jesus Green.

Other items:

  • There was a general acknowledgement by those present that GLL have improved the running of the pool and were thanked for their efforts.
  • Summer 2016 opening date: Saturday 14th May (also a brief opening evening of Friday 13th May)
  • Trees – there is a long term plan to remove all the the Lelandi and replace with alternative trees.

Post meeting note – The new Catering Manager, Maurizio Cavaliere has been in touch and is keen to promote the new cafe at Jesus Green Pool.

notes of the meeting taken by RF and approved by DE

Sports Relief Swimathon – Friday 18th March

We’ve put a small team together to swim for Sport Relief. It’s the first time that we have done so but as we swim together 3 times a week it seems like a good idea – we’re aiming for 160 lengths on Friday 18th March at Cambridge Parkside Pool. Do come along and support us
Team JG (Francis, Chris & Richard – Jesus Green Pool swimmers