Chagford Pool Tea Shed Assistants Required

An exciting opportunity to join our friendly team at Chagford’s wonderful outdoor swimming pool this summer

Hours: 1.45 pm – 5.45 pm daily – we are recruiting 2 or more people to cover the 7 shifts a week between them.

Positions: Temporary and Part-time for the 2021 summer season:

The post is expected to begin on June 21st (relaxation of Covid restrictions permitting) and continue until early September when the pool closes (opening can be extended by a week or two in good weather)

Job Summary

Based in the Tea Shed the role is to:

welcome and check in pool users at the gate; serve drinks and snacks through the hatch; take card and cash payments and keep the shed in a clean, safe and hygienic condition.

Summary of essential personal qualities required

We are looking for staff who are unfailingly friendly, welcoming and polite.

They will need to be punctual, reliable and calm even when working under pressure (it can be very busy on hot days).

How to apply

Enter your details and Anne Searson will send you a full job description and an application form

Closing Date for Applications – 7th June 5 pm

Swim the Devon Coast Challenge at Chagford Swimming Pool

A mad idea in mid August started the ball rolling…

To Swim the Devon Coast from Coombe Martin in North Devon to Lyme Regis in East Devon.  According to the Southwest Coast Path guide the distance is 355km.

The pool length is 34m so 10,441 lengths were needed!  The Challenge could be divided into:

  • North Devon, Coombe Martin to Marsland Mouth which is 138km (4059 lengths),
  • South Devon, Plymouth to Starcross, 167km (4912 lengths),
  • East Devon, Exmouth to Lyme Regis 50km (1471 lengths).

Help and advice was received from Ken who runs the pool website & the JustGiving page was a challenge in itself.  Their helpline gave good assistance in locating the Chagford Recreational Trust account then how to create the challenge page.  Updating it has eluded me!

28 swimmers took up the challenge, the last 2 signed up in the final couple of days – the enthusiasm of all & determination of some of the swimmers to reach their own goals has been impressive!

The generosity of those sponsoring the swimmers or donating separately has surpassed all expectations!

And in ONE month this is what has been achieved:

  • 7485 Lengths = 254.5 km swum.
  • The N Devon & E Devon coasts have been completed. That is 188km (5730 lengths).
  • 5km of the S Devon coast has been swum going east from Plymouth. Almost Salcombe.
  • One swimmer challenged herself to complete the E Devon coast, 50km, & having completed that kept swimming. What an achievement!
  • Because the overall total was so big the decision was made in the first week to allow swimmers to include their lengths swum since July when the pool opened. Some did, some didn’t.
  • The youngest swimmers were 7 & 9 years & the age range extended to over 70!
  • The JustGiving page today is showing £2955 (plus £605 Gift Aid). There is £99 in cash so:

£3659 raised (& maybe more to come)

A huge thank you to the swimmers for fundraising and to all who have donated.

By being involved you have been supporting the pool through this very difficult year and, hopefully, helped it to be in a stronger position for the start of the 2021 season.

The JustGiving page will remain open into October so anyone wishing to donate can still do so – ‘click here’  or on the button, below.

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Devon Coast Swim Challenge update 3

Because the pool is remaining open til Sun 20th Sept the majority of the swimmers are keen to carry on with the challenge until closing day next Sunday.

Thank you to all the swimmers – it will be interesting to see how much more can be achieved with the extra week of swimming!

To date, Sun 13 September:

  • 164.5km have been recorded. Two swimmers will be telling us their totals at the end of this week so we know further has actually been swum.
  • One swimmer challenged herself to complete the E Devon coast, 50km, & she expected to complete that today. What an achievement!
  • Therefore 164.5 – 50 =  114.5km of the N Devon coast has been swum leaving 23.5km to complete that coast.

With this amazingly dedicated group of swimmers still going for it can we manage 23.5km?

And if you fancy helping us then sign up – as every length counts!

The JustGiving page tonight is showing £1605 (plus £309) gift aid) so we are nearly double the original target with a week to go!  Thank you to the swimmers for fundraising and to all who have donated.

If you would like to take part, ‘CLICK HERE TO REGISTER’ – there is still time!

And if you wish to donate and not swim…

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Adult swim – lengths

Thank you all so much for your patience!

A lot of work has gone in behind the scenes to bring you our live online booking system and during this initial roll-out of adult swim sessions, we would really appreciate your feedback. Please feel free to leave a feedback comment in the form provided at the end of each booking page, or you can do so using the form below.

Stay safe and well.

Ken – Webmaster

New online booking system

Soon you will be able to book and pay for swim sessions in advance, online, via this website.

Sessions will available for booking via a new bookings page to be launched this week.

To ensure swimmers and staff are as a safe as possible, in-line with government guidelines for the prevention of infection and transmission of Covid-19, we are working hard to prepare the pool environment and to roll out the new online booking system.

Please standby for our announcement when the booking system will go live. Bookmark this site and follow us on Facebook. Members will be notified via email.

IMPORTANT: To ensure that there is fair access to swim sessions for all, block bookings will not be accepted; sessions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for each swimmer – please do not attempt to book more than one swim-session at a time for each individual.