Newsletter for Friends of Narberth Pool
To thrive, we need your continued support for your community swimming pool
SwimNarberth: In November 2014 (over FOUR years ago!!) we ceased to be a municipal pool, we are now a community owned pool, named and registered as ‘SwimNarberth CIO’
CHRISTMAS PRESENT AMNESTY
If you have any unwanted Christmas presents, we would be very happy to take them off your hands, so bring them along to the pool!
Building work: The disabled facility is finished!
The kitchen is in and it will be opperational very soon. We have been able to purchased a hairdryer thanks to a generous private donation, which will be fitted asap! The notice boards and the mirror in the gents are also on their way but unfortunately our two 'handy men' are off sick at the moment and we don't have anyone else who will volunteer to do the work.
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.
A Very Big Thank You to the Co-op Community Fund for selecting SwimNarberth as one of their local charities for 2018.
The Co-op members donated a grand total of £6347.98. We will be putting this towards finishing off the Kitchen, Training Room, and installing a set of bi-fold doors.
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, continued to swim as much as they can and manage to enjoy the experience despite the building work. We hope that you will continue to support the pool well on into the future.
A Very Big Thank You to:________________
To South Hook LNG Community Fund for their generous grant 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 up and running 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.
To John Dale and John Rees for all the hard work they put in for weeks completing work that was needed, watch this space as their work goes on!
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.
To Kelly and the fundraising team at FoNP for the great job they have done to raise funds that help to keep the pool afloat!!
And to everyone else who just quietly gets on with the job, giving their time to the pool unnoticed.
But especially to you for Supporting your pool! Please tell everyone about us and where we are.
We desperately need volunteers to help:- If you are qualified at anything we need your help, if you are not qualified at anything you can still help us and releive the presure on the staff and the few volunteers we have.
Any ideas?: Anybody with brilliant ideas for fundraising activities come along to a Friends of Narberth Pool meeting -always appreciated. We are always looking for new ways of fundraising.
For more information please ring the pool
It is a bit soon yet but don't forget!! It really is great fun!!
If you are able to help out during Ironman or the Long Course, we can raise £200 for every 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 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 £1210.00!!
Greatful thanks to Lloyds Bank who also donated £500.00 as matchfunding for the event and to 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(Teaching /Management), Bryn Etchells(Training/Technical Advisor).
All of whom are volunteers.
Friends of Narberth Pool committee are:
Ruth Barnes (Financial Officer), Jennifer Price, Bryn Etchells, Sally Fitzgerald, 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), Faye Goldsworthy (lifeguard)
Plus all our lovely teaching staff.
Childrens Swimming 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
-Monday-Friday 9-9.30am and 9.30-10am
-Coaches: Jenny and Ian
For information or to register your interest, please contact the pool.
Co-op local causes: Supporting SwimNarberth:
your local community pool received a grand total of :-
Thank you everyone for this Fantastic Result!!
Bag2Pool: **NEXT collection-Monday 4th February at 9am **
Please bring your bag (or bags!) to Narberth Pool any time the week before, 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!
Many thanks indeed for helping us with this unique fundraising opportunity.
It is so easy to raise funds whilst you shop online. Just register with Easyfundraising, choose SwimNarberth as your charity and raise each time you shop- at no cost to yourself.
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:
http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/swimnarberth and sign up for free.
2. Shop......Every time you shop online, go to Easyfundraising first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping.
3. Raise......After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!
-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!
You can also Join Amazon Smile email@example.com and donate to SWIMNARBERTH
Cold drinks and sweets: available to buy from reception during opening hours.
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.
Monthly Membership (no min term) :£23
Half yearly (one off fee): £110
Yearly (one off fee): £190
Aquafit (one off fee): 10 sessions: £49.50
(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
Courses (Please check for correct prices, editting in progress)
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 Steve (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 ask at reception.
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:
"My son was literally scared to death of the water but 4 weeks in and he loves coming and is even going the deep end!" Sarah 30.01.19
"Thank you Narberth Pool team for a fantastic 9th birthday party for our twins. Very easy birthday party from an organising point of view and all the kids had an absolute ball in the pool together. The Lifeguards made sure everyone was safe without dampening any of the fun. Would very much recommend! Thanks again" Sophie 25.01019
“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.”
“I have been going to Narberth pool for many years, I find it very welcoming and the staff are always on hand to assist. My children have swimming lessons and I am always kept up to date with their progress. The pool is kept ery clean and tidy and the community is very lucky as the team at the pool work very hard not only to keep a high standard but also in the fundraising it takes to keep the pool open."
Thank you for your support!
…please continue to support your local community pool and don't forget to tell everyone about us.
SwimNarberth, The Old School Grounds, Station Road, SA67 7DU