November 27, 2008
M.A.D.S.P.A. - Winter 2008
The Halloween Fancy Dress Disco was a big success with many children receiving their badges and certificates from Kerri and Becky, the swimming teachers. Kerri has taken over from Dave Williams and Becky is the Assistant teacher. Becky is "Home Grown" in that she swam in the pool as a child, went onto Rookie Lifeguards, then Bronze Medallion and Lifeguarded at the pool. She assisted the Rookie instructor at the pool and Lifeguarded for the school lessons. She trained as a LIVES First Responder and can often be seen on duty in the Village. We are very proud of her.
If you would like to follow in Becky's footsteps and would be interested in Lifeguarding and earning part time money in the Summer, then contact Dian on 07932 520362 or 01526 321581. If you are 15/16 you can train during the Spring to start work when the pool opens in May. Branston Community College offers training to pupils, and you have to be 16 years old to work with us. Alternatively, we offer Rookie Lifeguard courses to young people as a fun sport and an introduction to lifesaving and water safety. Children need to be secondary school age preferably, classes are on Tuesday evenings, for an hour and start from 6pm.
The Association are very grateful to the family and friends of Dian Willis, who sadly died recently. Dian requested that any money raised at her funeral be given to the swimming pool. Dian was involved with the pool from it's beginning. We have commissioned a wooden seat from a local craftsmen to be put in the pool picnic area, and we will put a plaque on it to remember her generosity. Also, thanks are given to the patrons of the Star and Garter, who donated the proceeds from the annual vegetable show to the swimming pool. We may have to spend the majority of both donations on replacing the Summer covers, which are totally beyond repair now.