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PLANS FOR 2017-Press Release 16/01/17

A new sunken sensory garden is being planned for Woodhall Spa’s Jubilee Park.

The garden, which will include a water feature- will be accessible for those with all forms of disability as well as the able bodied and is designed to give those with impaired senses, or those just wanting a quiet moment, a peaceful corner to enjoy.  Anyone wishing to contribute to the project, which is being funded by donation, should contact the park manager

The garden is part of a wider commitment by Jubilee Park Woodhall Spa Ltd (JPWS) to improving the health and wellbeing of the local community. During 2017 JPWS will be bringing together a number of initiatives to help people of all ages to improve their health, no matter what their circumstances. The swimming pool already offers aquacise classes and half price swimming for seniors on Tuesday as well as one to one swimming lessons for adults who have never got round to learning how, but would like to try. Trustees are also planning a series of talks to local organisations explaining the benefits of exercise in general and swimming in particular and how this local facility can help members to improve their health. The talks will also cover information about the Park and plans for the future.

“We have already approached some groups and as many take bookings a long time in advance, it may be some time before we get the opportunity to get round them all,” explained Trusteee Amarylis Midgley. “If anyone would like us to speak to their organisation in Woodhall Spa or any of the surrounding villages, please contact us and we’ll  arrange a date.”  She stressed that Jubilee Park was as much a ‘local’ resource for villages around such as Kirkby on Bain, Tattershall, Coningsby, Stixwould, Bucknall, Martin and Roughton as for Woodhall Spa itself. “We’re no longer constrained by the artificial barriers created by parish and district boundaries, “she  added. “This means we can develop closer relationships with our whole catchment area and become their local resource too. “

New Supporters Packs’ listing ways organisations, businesses and individuals can support the park in 2017 are now available. They can be downloaded from the website: www.jubileeparkwoodhallspa.co.uk or picked up from Woodhall Spa library.

“There are lots of ways people can help and support us without having to put their hands in their pockets,” Park Manager Joe Stanhope added. “The packs have lots of ideas but  we’re always open to suggestions.”

Longest season ever planned for spa pool- Press release. 

Woodhall Spa’s Jubilee Park swimming pool will be open from Easter to October in 2017 for its longest ever swimming season.

The Trustees have made the decision following popular demand and a successful run of extra funding raising events and projects this year.

A registered charity,  the park receives no public funding and has to ensure all its costs, including any improvements, are met from its income.

Announcing the extended season, the Trustees say they are excited to at last be in a position to offer the extended hours  and hope swimmers will respond by supporting the pool during the extra six weeks so that the longer season can continue in future years.

Since taking over the running of the park in 2014, Jubilee Park Woodhall Spa Ltd (JPWS) have been establishing new, often less weather dependent, sources of income to set their finances on a more predictable footing. These initiatives have included the open air screening of iconic films in conjunction with the Kinema, regular midnight swims, swimming lessons, the regular hire of the pool by outside clubs and groups and, crucially, support from the local business community who benefit so much from the extra visitors the park and the events it hosts attract.

The number of regular swimmers has also increased, notably those attending the early morning adult only swims right through the season, whatever the weather.

“As Easter is so late in 2017 it seemed an  ideal time to open as the park will be busy.  At the other end of the summer, September, like this year, often has lovely weather,” commented Park Manager Joe Stanhope.

He added that the good weather in August made up for  a poor June and early July this year.

The Trustees are hoping to encourage more local people to adopt the healthy swimming habit early in the season. “Until the schools break up there are plenty of opportunities for a quiet swim no matter how good the weather,” Joe explained. “it’s one of the healthiest ways to keep fit, control weight and boost wellbeing and we have such a wonderful setting to do it in, right on our doorstep.”

Details of the new opening hours, charges and events for 2017 will be posted on the JPWS website www.jpws.co.uk later this autumn.

Easyfundraising bonus

Supporters have raised more than £500 for the park so far this year without it costing any of them a penny by accessing popular websites through easyfundraising.com when they do their shopping.  It only takes a couple of minutes to register and select Jubilee Park Woodhall Spa as your favoured charity. The websites, such as Amazon and eBay, make a donation each time you spend with them.

Volunteers

To help use the park’s volunteers more effectively a simple form has been devised so organisers can see who is prepared to do what, when and can then ask for help when its needed- for anything from gardening to painting, distributing leaflets to putting up posters . Anyone can lend a hand, even if its just for a few hours a year. The forms can be downloaded from the website or picked up from Woodhall Spa library.