Jacobs Wells Community Hub
Annual General Meeting
Sunday 21 October 2018
Venue: Jacobs Wells Baths, Jacobs Wells Road, BRISTOL, BS8 1DX
Present: John Parke, Heather Watts, Vivien Hunt, Francis Harvey,
Gillie Bolt, Judy Goldsmith, Wayne Morris.
Apologies: Sally Silverman
Election of Honorary Members:
Sally’s letter of resignation was read to the group. We elected Sally Silverman as our Emeritus Chair.
We reflected on the chair’s report; especially the sentence that acknowledges “acts of kindness and connection”.
Election of Officers:
Judy Goldsmith was elected as Vice Chair. Heather Watts was elected at Secretary. There were no nominations for key roles from those present in the room.
We did discuss the name of members with un-named roles. Vivien H suggested “members”. The members present are listed above. Since the meeting I wonder whether Honorary Members reflects the knowledge and skill base of our members more effectively.
Finance and Role of Treasurer:
Jen Gerrard kindly prepares our accounts in a format recommended by the Charity Commission. We are charged a small fee to cover the Quick Book system used by the company for charitable organisations. This means we can function without an Acting Treasurer, given that Judy still undertakes the bookkeeping.
John P recognised the amazing work that Judy has done. Our accounts have passed the scrutiny of both the Heritage Lotter Fund and Quartet Foundation.
Our accounts reflect three categories of funds; Restricted Funds, un-restricted Funds, and Designated Funds. Our current bank balance is £3395.
Both Tai Chi and Craft Hub use Designated Funds.
Tai Chi is self-financing with a small (£15) rental of the room at Bristol University Students Union. Tai Chi is really healthy; operating initially with a Kickstart Fund. Karen Ferris our facilitator is an amazingly talented person. The current balance is £660.
Craft Hub will hopefully operate with a suggested donation of £2 per head. There is currently a balance of £147 for refreshments. Hence the Hub needs a small kitty to support outings that take place in and beyond Bristol. It is essential to keep the group going because it is a valuable lifeline for people living alone.
Our Neighbourhood Map Project has a balance of £750. This project was given money when the Neighbourhood Partnerships were running. The end date has been re-negotiated.
Our newsletter is send to 390 people using email.
Other social media is used. Judy currently maintains the website and Instagram accounts (40 followers). Sally, Heather, and John are more active on Facebook.
Anyone interested can see images from the Doors Open Day on Instagram.
Heritage Lottery Fund:
This project has been managed by Lori Streich and Ruth Myers (Local Learning). The aim is to keep people interested in the Jacobs Wells Baths while it is being renovated. The project needed to be match funded – hence 10% of the money came from Quartet.
The project has been extremely beneficial to our local St George’s Primary School. We have established connections with our community as well as people further afield who remember the baths.
Judy has created a memories book that people can add to.
Reflection on Doors Open Day:
We made £500 just from the donations for the Washing in the Well booklet. The important thing has always been to get people into the building. We did struggle to get volunteers for the 2017 event. For 2018 we had a total of 20 volunteers. Vivien suggested a video tour for the future. Some technical help would be needed for that idea.
Reflection on Fun Palaces:
In contrast working with the support of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute meant we had a larger group of volunteers (mostly students from Bristol University). This was a cost-neutral event.
Reflection on our connections with Bristol South Pool:
Wayne from Bristol South Pool extended an invitation for dialogue. The two pools thus create a virtual handshake across the water. Some shared activities were suggested – ideally a tour of Bristol South Baths.
Bristol South in figures:
- 85 year history
- 33 yards in length (30.5 metres)
- 9 meeting rooms.
In Wayne’s view Swimming Pools act as a community magnet and become a community space. We reflected on our status as a Green City.
We recommended that Bristol South write their history. Keeping in touch with Sarah Wex and Wayne Morris is therefore important. We could also offer some support on Doors Open Day in future years.
What should we be doing?
Wayne helpfully encouraged us to ask the council for a detailed explanation about the status of Fusion Lifestyle and Jacobs Wells Baths. Action Heather and Judy to prepare an email to John Bos. We need some clarity, and ideally details about what we can expect to happen in the following timeframes; 3months, six months, one year, two years, three years, four years, five years.
“In the absence of information assumptions are being made”
Judy indicated that Fusion have completed two other Lidos; Saltdean (Brighton) and Chiswick (Hounslow – London).
Any Other Business:
- Vivien reflected on her recent visit to the Museum – highlighting craft makers.
- Bristol University student volunteers – were unaware of our local heritage building.
- We asked John Parkes if he would be willing to do a Murder and Mayhem talk in the baths one winter evening.
- Similarly we asked if Francis would be willing to do some daytime tours from the emergency exit towers at St Peter’s House.
Thank you everyone for attending our 2018 Annual General Meeting
Notes on Fusion Lifestyle Pools:
Saltdean – Brighton
“Saltdean Lido is one of the finest remaining examples of modernist lidos in the UK. It has been saved by local residents who have set up the CIC and successfully secured a 60-year lease from Brighton & Hove City Council (the freeholders) to operate the lido site.
Our vision is to bring the building, swimming pool and grounds back into use for local residents and visitors by creating a range of all-year round vibrant amenities.
Saltdean Lido is brought to you by Saltdean CIC powered by Fusion Lifestyle, a highly experienced sports and leisure organisation. As a registered charity, Fusion reinvests to improve and develop what´s on offer in your community.”
Chiswick – Hounslow
“Welcome to New Chiswick Pool – your first choice for the whole family to stay fit and active.
We’ve got fantastic facilities on offer including a 25m swimming pool, gym with all the latest fitness equipment, an extensive programme of group exercise classes such as yoga and pilates as well as our indoor cycling studio.
New Chiswick Pool is brought to you by Fusion Lifestyle in conjunction with London Borough of Hounslow. Fusion is a highly experienced sports and leisure organisation. As a registered charity, Fusion continually reinvest to improve and develop what´s on offer in your community. Check out our Facebook page for instant updates, news and offers from your centre.”
Brockwell Lido – London
“Welcome to Brockwell Lido – your first choice for the whole family to stay fit and active in in south London. Nestled in the corner of Brockwell Park, the lido is a much-loved local landmark which has been at the heart of your local community since 1937.
We´ve got some fantastic facilities on offer including a 50m outdoor swimming pool, all the latest gym & fitness equipment, an extensive programme of group exercise classes such as yoga, pilates and HIIT, plus a café!
Brockwell Lido is brought to you by Fusion, a highly experienced sports and leisure organisation. As a registered charity, Fusion reinvests to improve and develop what´s on offer in your community. Check out our Facebook page for instant updates, news and offers from your centre!”
Shepton Mallet Lido
Last day of the 2018 season was Friday 14th September.
Thanks you for your custom in 2018 and we look forward to seeing you in 2019
Heated outdoor pools, perfect for a lovely swim in the fresh air during the summer season. Drinks and snacks available plus a lovely splash area for the children.
The Lido is brought to you by Fusion Lifestyle, a highly experienced sports and leisure organisation. As a registered charity, Fusion continually reinvest to improve and develop what´s on offer in your community. Why not check out our Facebook page for instant updates, news and offers from your centre!
Bristol South Pool – https://www.everyoneactive.com/cen
Our AGM was on Sunday 21st October. 3 to 5 p.m and we looked at pictures from our busy last year. Lots happened and we had some excellent memories to share.