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Sally Goble swims at Jesus Green

Sally Goble has done an excellent post on her Postcards From The Pool blog where she visits the outdoor pools at Woodhall Spa, Bourne, Peterborough, Jesus Green, Letchworth & Hitchin for a 1km swim in each on her return to London, This is what she says about Jesus Green Pool

“Cambridge is my next stop, to Jesus Green Lido. As I walk through the turnstiles, eager to swim, I notice a sign with a lot of rules: no petting, no smoking, no drinking, no photos, no changing on the poolside. Surely this is a place of enjoyment and relaxation? Unheated, narrow, and a spectacular 91m (100 yards) long, it’s like swimming down a long, blue, road — a thing that only happens in my dreams. I pause before I jump in to remind my brain that the water might be chillier than I’ve experienced today. It’s deliciously cool and welcome. A relief in fact. I set off for the other end of the pool, in the far distance, dodging leaves. I watch the world as I swim: lifeguards cleaning and painting and fooling about; a sauna; a few older men sunbathing, their backs pressed against the warm timber walls of the changing rooms; a woman reading a book. My 11 lengths done, I need to press on. As I pack up, a regular tells me breathelessly about her pool and her love for it, and we smile and talk about the delight of swimming knowing exactly how one another feels.”

The whole article is worth a read.

Pool Committee Update

Aug 1st 2018
What a great summer we are having. We hope you are enjoying the Lido this year.

The Committee would like to provide a summary update of our activities and discussions on your behalf.

The Committee is holding regular meetings with GLL/ Better and the City Council about improving:

1. Cleaning – we now have a regular cleaner and more regular checks being carried out

2. Volunteers – are helping with cleaning too

3. Café opening times – more regular and published via Twitter

4. Lifeguards and the use of high visibility chairs

5. Access entry cards for the future to reduce queues

6. Publicity – leaflets printed and distributed across the city

7. Swim tests – a new wristband for children to show they have been tested

8. Fun floats for children

9. Possible introduction of timed swims at peak periods

10. Possible introduction of yoga and other activities, incl a Family Fun Day

We also expect to be involved in plans for celebrating the Lido’s centenary in 2023, and in the City Council’s feasibility study for possible future improvements.

If you have any issues that you would like the Committee to raise, please email:

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

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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.

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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

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