A few regular swimmers have been talking about starting a Lido Bookclub for the winter months. If you’d be interested in joining us for some gentle book chat over a cuppa or a pint once a month between now and next Spring, email Becky@Beckyallen.org
With Jesus Green Pool closing for the season at 6.30pm on Sunday 23 Sept., Some of our regular swimmers are having an informal swim in the Ouse near Over. A map of the location is here
Come and hear Rob Fryer, veteran wild swimmer, talk about his comprehensive guide to European swimming spots on Friday 14 September at 5.30pm at Jesus Green Lido. The talk is free but standard Lido entrance charges apply.
18 years of meticulous research, 30+ countries, 1700 places to swim. Soup and sandwiches available.
Many thanks Alex
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.
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: email@example.com
We are pleased to announce our first event of the New Year will be our:
Winter ‘Bring and Share’ Lunch
12.15 to 3.30pm
Saturday 6th January 2018
The Meeting Room – Hobbs Pavilion
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We will be having a sea swim followed by fish & chips and a walk along the seafront.
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.