Swimming

September 2015 Newsletter

It is with much regret that we have had to close the swimming group.

Sixteen regulars happily met every Friday morning at 10.00 for a private session at Bramcote Baths. We would swim for an hour and challenge ourselves, and each other, to go that extra length. What tremendous health benefits we had: weight loss, extra stamina, improved fitness and just good exercise.

Sadly, this has had to stop. Why? Not enough regular swimmers to make it viable – especially in the summer months. The cost of hiring the pool for an hour also went up without prior notification to us. Although many of the regulars kindly said they would pay more it would not clear our debts and it could mean even more would drop out if the cost increased up front. We could apply for another health grant but any new grant would have to show sustainability for the group and that is something we cannot do.

Personally, I shall miss our get-togethers over chlorinated water; our little chats about other groups and what was happening; I shall miss the tingling sensation when extra effort has been put into the strokes. It is undoubtedly cheaper, as senior citizens, to go when the baths are open to the public but how many of us will do so? We have enjoyed being of a similar age even if our ability has ranged from novices to good swimmers. We have appreciated the timing as other sessions for 50+ are at 8.00 in the morning when some of us are still gradually getting up. We have also encouraged each other to attend which will not happen if we all go at different times.

A special “thank you” to all of you who supported this group over the last year. A thank you too, to the U3A member who thought of this as an interest group in the first place – even if you could not make it yourself (you know who you are)! An interesting experiment but, unless someone can come up with a new way of approaching it, one that has now folded.

Helen

June 2015 Newsletter

As we go into the summer months sixteen swimmers have managed to attend on a regular basis. For some of us it is the only exercise we do each week and we look forward to it immensely. The health benefits have been enormous and nearly everyone has a story to tell as to how regular swimming has helped with their own medical condition.

Unfortunately, the baths have put up their costs for an hour from £69.00 to £72.50. This means that we are still not breaking even. Consequently, as many people want to be able to come for a one-off – as they are planning summer holidays or spending weeks away with the family – I have accepted individual swims at £4.00 a session. This means that the people who pay the full ten week price are still benefitting as I can keep the rate down to £3.00 an hour for them.

Despite putting up the costs Bramcote Baths have been very helpful towards us and I would like to mention Helen Stocks, in particular, who has tried to make it a good experience for us all.

If you are interested, contact me on Tel 922 7717 helen.stewart1@btinternet.com

Helen

March 2015 Newsletter

Imagine yourself floating in a warm bath; imagine yourself swimming in a pool without children and aggressively active youths; imagine having a chat to friends in between exercise. We do this every Friday morning at Bramcote Baths from 10.00 – 11.00 and it is sheer heaven. A small group of us started back in September. Over the weeks others have joined us and we are now approximately fifteen swimmers of mixed ability.

It costs us £690.00 for the pool rental and life guard service for each 10 week session and we each pay £3 per swim. Those of you who are quick with maths will see that we need 23 people to break even for ten sessions. We haven’t reached that number and many of us feel that we like to keep it a smallish group so that there is no danger of bumping into each other. Thanks, though, to a Beeston doctor, we were pointed in the right direction to receive a grant from Lifestyle Broxtowe of £300.00. This will ensure that we can continue for the next ten sessions after Christmas and beyond. All I have to do is to prove that it has been of a health benefit to many of us – I know that I, for one, have already lost weight! If you are interested, contact me on Tel 922 7717 helen.stewart1@btinternet.com

Helen

December 2014 Newsletter

Imagine yourself floating in a warm bath; imagine yourself swimming in a pool without children and aggressively active youths; imagine having a chat to friends in-between exercise. We do this every Friday morning at Bramcote Baths from 10.00 – 11.00 and it is sheer heaven. A small group of us started back in September. Over the weeks others have joined us and we are now approximately fifteen swimmers of mixed ability.

It costs us £690.00 for the pool rental and life guard service for each 10 week session and we each pay £3 per swim. Those of you who are quick with maths will see that we need 23 people to break even for ten sessions. We haven’t reached that number and many of us feel that we like to keep it a smallish group so that there is no danger of bumping into each other. Thanks, though, to a Beeston doctor, we were pointed in the right direction to receive a grant from Lifestyle Broxtowe of £300.00. This will ensure that we can continue for the next ten sessions after Christmas and beyond. All I have to do is to prove that it has been of a health benefit to many of us – I know that I, for one, have already lost weight! If you are interested, contact me on Tel 922 7717 helen.stewart1@btinternet.com

Helen