POOL NOTES 48
Newsletter for Friends of Narberth Pool
To thrive, we need your continued support for your community swimming pool
SwimNarberth: In November 2014 (over three years ago!!) we ceased to be a municipal pool, we are now a community owned pool, named and registered as ‘SwimNarberth CIO’
Inflatable fun & Easter Egg Hunt in Easter Holidays
Tuesday 3rd April, 2 inflatable sessions: 1.15-2pm and 2.15-3pm, £4pp. As part of the Funday Inflatable event, there will be an Easter egg hunt with a small present for joining in!
-Booking advisable. Tickets available via the pool, so please ring the pool to book: 01834 860 940 or pop in (please be patient as staff may be poolside. We cannot take bookings via Facebook)
Building work: The disabled facility is all but finished, but the builders will come back to re-install the rails and supports as they are loose. It has moved into the next phase with the installation of the overhead ceiling hoist and the provision of a changing trolley. We will see the completion of the shower area with screens and curtains very soon.
The kitchen is on its way and should be in very soon.
Short notice updates and information: Even if you do not use Facebook, you can still see the SwimNarberth page and latest pool updates (such as closures) and the information album, by entering the links below in your search bar. When it asks if you want to "create new account", click "not now' and just scroll down...
-Page link: https://www.facebook.com/swimnarberth/
-Information album link:https://www.facebook.com/pg/swimnarberth/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1293692730667493
Swim Lesson payments:
Please make payment by, at the latest, a week before the lessons start.
Please remember that we are a charity and community run organisation and we need prompt payment, so we can maintain our current level of activities.
Thank you for your understanding.
Work started on 7th July 2017 and should have been completed by February 2018!! We still have some bits to finsh and problems to be ironed out but it will not be long now!
Grateful thanks to Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014–2020, for their generous grant of £128,000.00 towards our building project.
Everyone has been very understanding and continued to swim as much as they can and manage to enjoy the experience despite the building work.
A Very Big Thank You________________
To South Hook LNG Community Fund for their generous gran of £5000.00 towards our new disability changing facility.Thanks also to Carl Stone, at Snowdrop Independent Living and Laura Bailie Occupational Therapist for their advice regarding the appropriate equipment. (Sally)
To the Bluestone Foundation Community Fund for their generous donation of £5000.00 towards our new kitchen which will be going in shortly.
To everyone who stuck by us during the build and came back to us after the unscheduled closure of eleven weeks.
To all the staff who have been stalwarts throughout the whole thing, especially Steve.
To John Rees for all the hard work he put in for weeks, to refurbish the benches for the changing rooms.
To John Dale and John Rees for all the hard work they put in for weeks completing work that was needed, including putting a cubicle around the toilet in the Gents, re-installing all the benches in the changing rooms, putting up shelves and constructing the desk in reception; watch this space as their work goes on!
To Peter Howitt for all his help throughout.' (Sue Rees-Chair)
To Sally Fitzgerrald for all her hard work finding quotes and applying for extra grants for the disabled facilities, the kitchen and the Training Room.
But especially to you for Supporting your pool!
Any ideas?: Anybody with brilliant ideas for fundraising activities -always appreciated. We are always looking for new ways of fundraising.
If you are able to help out during Ironman or the Long Course, we can raise £200 for 10 volunteers registered by us, as part of our team (more info below).
Long course and Ironman:
- If you are able to help out during Long Course or Ironman, we can raise £200 for 10 volunteers registered by us, as part of our team!
-You will be based in and around Narberth, either marshalling or at a feed station. The event participants are very appreciative of the feed stations. Where you are sited would be decided nearer the time. Volunteers need to be 16+ years. On the day you need a packed lunch, a chair and a smile!
-You get a free T.shirt and a nice, fuzzy feeling that you have helped your local pool!
IRON MAN last year was a great success!
Our 53 volunteers were based in and around Narberth, some marshalling but most at a feed station where the event participants were very appreciative of the feed stations and the smilling faces that greated them there. They raised £1050.00!!
Greatful thanks Helena, Kelly and all who took part, for your hard work. A BIG WELL DONE TO ALL!!!
DO YOU KNOW ANYONE who has some time to volunteer on reception, just a couple of hours a week, no experience needed?
Who has great FUNdraising ideas to contribute?
Who can spare a bit of time to help to clean?
Many hands make light and fun work and volunteering looks good on your CV, or as part of your DofE….please get in touch!! Thank you
Trustees SwimNarberth CIO(Charitable Incorporated Organisation):
Sue Rees (Chair), Ruth Barnes (Financial Officer), Jennifer Price, Bryn Etchells.
Friends of Narberth Pool committee are:
Ruth Barnes (Financial Officer), Jennifer Price, Bryn Etchells, Sally Fitzgerald, Sue Rees, Sam Lewis, Kelly Harrison, Helena Warne, Ruth Silverstone.
FUNdraising: Kelly Harrison, Sally Fitzgerald, Helena Warne.
If anyone would like to join the FoNP committee and support their local pool, plus have coffee and cake at meetings, then please get in touch via FB or email us at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Our valued Staff members are:
Steve Howitt (Manager), Sam Lewis (Duty Officer), Ian Mayes (Lifeguard), Joel Rees (Lifeguard)
Cathy Simmons (Volunteer Lifeguard), Plus all our lovely teaching staff.
Child Swim Lessons__________________
If you would like to book lessons please contact the pool to book. Thank you
Holiday Child Crash Courses
-Maximum 6 per class, beginners and improvers
Bags2Pool-At the last collecting we had 420kg of bags, raising £168
Easyfundraising : 57 supporters have raised £361.68 so far. Thank you! http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/swimnarberth
Co-op Funding from account supporters so far: £157.12.
…Thank you all for your continued support.
Co-op local causes: Supporting SwimNarberth:
your local community pool
Bag2Pool: **NEXT collection-Tuesday 20th March at 9am **
Please bring your bag (or bags!) to Narberth Pool any time this week, or Monday and help us have a really good collection
We need: adults' and childrens clothes, shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, handbags and soft toys. Please note bedding, curtains and household linen cannot be accepted (see www.bag2school.com for details).
-If you fill the donation bag and still have more, then you can use any other bag to donate your items and don't forget to ask grandparents, friends and neighbours to have a sort out as well!
Please consider supporting us and raising money for your pool, at no cost to yourselves by shopping via Easyfundraising.
It really is easy fundraising
1. Go to:
-There are nearly 3,000 retailers on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Tesco, Argos, Halfords, Aviva, the train line and Sainsbury's – it doesn't cost you a penny extra!
Cold drinks and sweets: available to buy at the pool during opening hours. Please ask a member of staff.
Suggestion Box: in the foyer for sensible ideas for the running of the pool and fundraising, or for you to pop in your name and number if you can help in any way.
The Gift of Swimming__________________
Why not give the special gift of fun and improved fitness?
You can buy a membership for unlimited use during public sessions or Aquafit.
(Aquafit sessions run by SwimNarberth, none run by an independent coach)
The gift voucher will be A5 in size, with a white envelope. For more information, please call the pool: 01834 860966
Infant and Adult:- Have fun introducing your infant to their local community pool. A unique session dedicated to quality “Infant and Adult” time. Thursday 12-1pm, Adults: £3, 3+:£2.20, under 3 free. Just turn up, no booking required. Ages from 1 day upwards. As long as you are confident, one adult can take two children into the Pool, water is 86⁰c / 30⁰f.
-Disability sessions: 3.30-5.30pm on Fridays. Please call Sue Christopher or Sam Lewis (at the pool) for information or message them on FB.
-Adult lessons: 6 week course from: 7.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursdays. Beginners: 7.30-8pm, Improvers: 8.00-8.30pm. The coach is Jenny Price. Please call the pool or message Jenny on Facebook for enquiries or to book.
-Child Swim lessons: Lessons do need to be booked and paid for in advance to secure your child’s place. If you have any questions or would like to book, please call the pool.
Bookable on Saturdays from 1pm. For more information, see our Facebook album "Activities- Narberth Community Pool. To book please call the pool.
Do you know anybody out there who could spare a couple of hours a week to cover the reception desk, so that Steve and Sam can get some paperwork done!
Some Lovely comments on our FB page:
“Thank you SwimNarberth for making such an essential service for all to use”
“You run a brilliant facility in Narberth”
“Doing a good job for the community all the best”
“SwimNarberth is a fab pool and I want to see it thrive, … for the whole community.”
Thank you for your support!
…please continue to support your local community pool.
SwimNarberth, The Old School Grounds, Station Road, SA67 7DU