Pells Re-Opened Sat 25 July

Tickets on sale online

 

Ticket sales for sessions at the Pells

Please note admission to Pells for our 2020 season is by pre-booked ticket only - there is no sale of tickets on the door for immediate entry.

Tickets on sale now for sessions up to Friday 21 August - but sessions now fully booked. The link to the booking site is here:

The tickets for the week of sessions from Saturday 22 August to Friday 28 August go on sale on our booking system from 3pm on Thursday 13 August. 

Full details about our 2020 season is on the 2020 season pages on this site.

 

Pells update: re-opening confirmed for Sat 25 July


Dear Pells Friends and Supporters

We are pleased to be able to confirm that the Pells will re-open on Saturday 25th of July.

The equipment that we need for the training and assessment of our lifeguards has been delivered, so that training & assessment will take place tomorrow and Friday.

For Saturday and Sunday we will be trialling a weekend opening pattern as follows:

  • 10am-11am:  adult morning swim (over 16s only) 
  • 11:30-1:30pm:  family session (including under 16s with adults) 
  • 2.30pm-4.30pm:  family session (including under 16s with adults)
  • 5pm-7pm:  evening lanes swim (over 10s allowed in with adult)

Our prices for adults will be £3 for our hour-long sessions; £4 for our 90 mins sessions; £5 for our 2 hour sessions. Children will be £2.50.

We will put tickets for the first fortnight on sale online tomorrow (Thursday),we hope that this will be at around 3pm. We will notify people of this by email and social media.

This is a new online booking system for us, and we know that other online systems for pools have crashed on launch due to demand, so please bear with us if there are teething problems!

Please note admission will be by pre-booked ticket only - there is no sale of tickets on the door for immediate entry.

For more information on plans for 2020 season please see our webpages.

Please note that we have a new web provider - Shopblocks - so the website looks slightly different but it's still us! 

Best wishes

Conrad Ryle (Chair of PPCA)
Phil Ranlsey (Pool Manager)

Re-Opening Put Back To 24 Or 25 July

Dear Pells Friends and Supporters

We are very sorry to say that we will need to put back the opening of the Pells to Friday 24th or Saturday 25th of July.

The equipment that we need for the training and assessment of our lifeguards cannot now be delivered in time for that training & assessment to happen on Monday and Tuesday as planned. We cannot therefore open on Wednesday

We have done all we can to source the equipment as quickly as possible. The specialist RLSS equipment is coming from three different suppliers, including one in Ireland. We have to have this in order to have our lifeguards certified to be able to carry out the new COVID-19 secure life-saving procedures.

We are grateful for everyone’s support and understanding - and we realise that this slight delay will be a disappointment, since we are so keen to open for everyone to enjoy the pool.

Our apologies for the disappointment we know this will cause.

We will put tickets on sale for the first fortnight of the season as soon as we have complete confirmation that we have a firm opening date.

Best wishes as ever

Conrad Ryle (Chair of PPCA)
Phil Ranlsey (Pool Manager)

Update sent on 15 July

Pells Update: Provisional Date Of Opening Weds 22 July

Tickets Should Go On Sale On Friday 17 July

 

Dear Pells Friends and Supporters

We have made a lot of progress with getting the pool ready, including shifting uncounted numbers of buckets of the goo from the base of the pool. We did this by hand rather than trying to get a tanker in - and are now completing jet washing of the pool tank (ie the floor and sides). 

We should be refilling with water starting overnight tonight, which takes 72 hours. Then we commission the pumps over the weekend, and finally complete the important stage of lifeguard training and assessment in the pool itself on Monday and Tuesday, on the new Covid-19 secure RLSS standards.

Subject to those arrangements being confirmed this week, we then hope we can open on Wednesday 22 July. Since this date is currently provisional, we will only start selling tickets once we can confirm that opening date.

So we aim to put tickets on sale on Friday 17 July. These will be sold online and you have to buy tickets for sessions in advance and not on the door. We will also sell tickets in advance at the kiosk for those who do not have internet access.

We are also finalising that new online booking system now - since it is a whole new approach, as individual sessions have to be bought in advance. We are aware that Parliament Hill Lido booking system crashed when they launched it last week, so please do bear with us if there are any glitches or problems with ours.

We aim to release tickets for the first fortnight and then on a week by week basis thereafter.

Finally, we should remind folks that the pool is unheated - and filled with spring water from the aquifer under the pool. It will therefore be cooler than usual, since it will have much less time than usual to heat up under the sunshine.

Please see our Q&A pages - we will add to them if you have any more questions. Please do check these and email thepellspool@yahoo.co.uk if you have any more questions.

Child Ratios
We have clarified government guidance which initally appeared to suggest a 1:1 ratio. On further enquiry, that seems to relate to limiting the number of additional adults supervising a child’s activity, not to limiting the number of children per adult.

Under the guidance, parents are however responsible for the safe behaviour of their children - we are therefore not allowing children under-16 to be admitted without adults.

For admission to the pool, therefore, children under-16 will need to be accompanied by an adult, and one adult can bring in up to four children with them to the family sessions.

In the water itself, our normal child ratios apply - which is for 1:1 for under-4s in the pool, and 1:2 for under-8s. Over-8s who can swim are allowed in the water on their own, but will continue to be the responsibility of their accompanying adults.

Please note, as with all arrangements we will keep this closely under review and may need to amend these in light of experience for everyone’s safety.

Evening swim sessions

Our evening swimming sessions will be lane swimming, and we will allow accompanied over-10s to come to the pool, but this is for lane swimming not for playing in the water.

Thanks for everyone's patience and understanding.

Reminder: How will it all work?

We have said arrangements for the 2020 season will necessarily be very different - with limited numbers, ticketed sessions paid for in advance, and socially distanced swimming.  We have drawn up some Q&A which are now on our website on how expect the 2020 season to work, which we hope are helpful. If you have any more questions at this stage, please let us know.

Thanks to all Friends - do drop by and visit!

Finally, we want to repeat our thanks everyone for their help and support and especially all those who have supported our Friends scheme during this period. We also have a volunteers' day on Sat 18 July, 10am-4pm, if you want to come along to help with any final prep. See info on both of these below

In the meantime, on sunny afternoons do visit and say hello  - we have the kiosk open for ice creams and drinks, from noon-5:30pm on days when the weather is nice.

Very best wishes from all at the Pells Pool Community Association

Conrad Ryle (Chair of PPCA)
Phil Ranlsey (Pool Manager)

 

 

Dear Pells Friends and Supporters

We wanted to provide an update on our assessment of the actions needed to open the pool - and the rules now issued by the government on re-opening leisure facilities, which includes outdoor pools.

We hope to be able to open on a weekday during the week beginning 20 July 2020. This could be as early as Tuesday 21 July, but might be later that week. The uncertainty at present is the state of the pool when it is fully drained.

We will aim to announce the specific opening date by Wednesday 15 July and hopefully one week in advance, and we will release the first fortnight's tickets at the same time. Tickets will then be released on a week by week basis.  

We are also reviewing the detailed government guidance which places specific constraints on what can and can't be allowed. This appears to include requiring 1:1 adult to child ratio in the pool for any children using the pool in family sessions. We are seeking to clarify.

Steps needed to open the pool

We have assessed the state of the pool and steps for re-opening. Those steps include:

  • finishing draining the pool (we had already taken out 250,000 gallons in readiness). We left around 6-10 inches of water in the pool to prevent the pool tank being left empty and potentially misused;
     
  • Assessing how much gunk is left - much more than usual since we have been closed for additional 3-4 months already, and how that can be shifted (normally it would be pumped out by tanker); 
     
  • Fully spray cleaning the pool tank (we have to do this manually);
     
  • Refilling with spring water from the pool aquifer - 350,000 gallons which takes 72 hours;
     
  • Commissioning the pumps and water filter system (done by professional water engineering company);
     
  • Treating and testing the water so it meets all hygiene standards. 

Alongside this we are finalising all the other steps we need to take, including the ticketing and booking arrangements; training for lifeguards; signage and information around the pool.

How will it all work?

We have said arrangements will necessarily be very different - with limited numbers, ticketed sessions paid for in advance, and socially distanced swimming - we have drawn up some helpful Q&A on 
how expect the 2020 season to work. If you have any more questions at this stage, please let us know.

Thanks to all Friends - do drop by and visit!

Finally, we very much look forward to re-opening as soon as we can and thank everyone for their help and support and especially all those who have supported our Friends scheme during this period.

In the meantime, on sunny afternoons do visit and say hello  - we have the kiosk open for ice creams and drinks, from noon-5:30pm on days when the weather is nice.

Very best wishes from all at the Pells Pool Community Association

Conrad Ryle (Chair of PPCA)
Phil Ranlsey (Pool Manager)

 

Welcome For Government's Swimming Pool Re-Opening Plans: 9 July 
 

Thursday 9 July 2020

Dear Pells Friends and Supporters

Welcome for Government's Swimming Pool Re-opening Plans  

We very much welcome the government's announcement today that pools are to be allowed to open. This comes after a period of lobbying and campaigning which we were pleased to support. If you signed the Swim England petition which was presented to Downing Street recently - thank you!

Re-opening date for Pells to be announced as soon as possible

We are urgently now assessing how quickly we can open - since it takes a good number of days to empty, clean and refill the pool, as well as to put in place all the other necessary health and safety arrangements. While we have got the pool as ready as can be so far, it would not have been wise or safe to keep our open air pool clean and filled over the weeks when we have been forced to stay closed and any opening date unknown.

We will therefore provide an update to all our Pells community as soon as possible on our re-opening date. As soon as we know this, we will publish further information about all the arrangements. This would include plan for volunteer days to help prepare the pool for re-opening. 

Very different arrangements for 2020 season

While we are really pleased to be able now to open in this our 160th season, we want to remind all our pool goers that the arrangements for the season will be very different from previous years.  

For safety reasons, we will have shorter ticketed sessions, paid for in advance, with strictly limited numbers, and predominantly lane swimming. We hope to include some family sessions - though, inevitably, these will be much more limited than usual at the Pells.

We would expect tickets for sessions to go on sale a week before we open, and to be released weekly throughout the season. The specific session plans may be subject to change as the season goes on, depending on how they work out in practice.

Safety is paramount

In all this, we will be following the guidance that had been generated in recent weeks by both the Royal Life Savings Society (RLSSUK) and Swim England for the safe operation of pools, with effective social distancing and health & safety arrangements in place for swimmers and staff.

We note that all the same safety arrangements could have been ready for earlier opening for pools this season, and regret this unnecessary delay has already meant some pools will not open at all in 2020, and we stand in solidarity with them and their communities.

Thanks to all Friends - do drop by and visit!

Finally, we very much look forward to re-opening as soon as we can and thank everyone for their help and support and especially all those who have supported our Friends scheme during this period.

In the meantime, on sunny afternoons do visit and say hello  - we have the kiosk open for ice creams and drinks, from noon-5:30pm on days when the weather is nice.

Very best wishes from all at the Pells Pool Community Association

Conrad Ryle (Chair of PPCA)
Phil Ranlsey (Pool Manager)

 

Pells Pool - Keen To Open As Soon As Government Allows: 24 June

Message of 24 June 2020

Dear Pells Friends and Supporters

We were very surprised and disappointed when we saw the 
government announcement yesterday on plans for further reopening the UK from 4 July to see that swimming pools were specifically excluded from the plans.

The guidance that had been generated in recent weeks by both the Royal Life Savings Society (RLSSUK) and Swim England should have allowed for the safe opening of pools, with effective social distancing and health & safety arrangements in place for swimmers and staff. And at the Pells we were prepared for this to happen from 4 July, if it had been allowed by government.

Specifically, we would have carefully controlled numbers, pre-bought ticketed access only, proper social distancing, cleaning regimes and safe lifeguarding arrangements.  In our view, this means we would be a safer and more well managed space than some other facilities that are now being allowed to open.  (Sadly, we cannot open as a pub garden with a large Covid-19 cleansing facility on the side.)

We are continuing to link up with other pools and providers across the country to add our voice to those who have suggested that swimming - and especially outdoor pools - should be an important part of how local communities are given healthy activities and outdoor spaces for their mental health and positive, safe socialisation.

What you can do?

We would suggest that there might be a 
number of steps our supporters can take:

  • Signed the Swim England petition
  • Write to our local MP
  • Share your concerns politely on social media

As soon as we hear any more, and can plan to re-open, we will let you know.

We have sadly now postponed the Volunteers' Weekend activities which we had planned for this weekend, since we will only ready the pool as soon as we have confirmation of the opening date.

We would love to see you visit and say hello  - we have already got the kiosk open for ice creams and drinks, from noon-5:30pm on days when the weather is nice, so do come down and visit.

We hope to be able to update you with better news soon

Very best wishes from all at the Pells Pool Community Association


Conrad Ryle (Chair of PPCA)
Phil Ranlsey (Pool Manager)

 

 

 

Invitation to become a friend of the Pells Pool 2020


As announced in our recent newsletter, in response to generous offer of financial help from our season ticket holders and others, we are now launching our 'Friends of the Pells Pool' fundraising scheme.

To become a friend please pay £30 (and feel free to donate more as some have offered if you want!) We appreciate that for some people £30 is hard to find.

By completing the payment information on our Membermojo system:


Friends will be entitled to the equivalent of a 10% discount on the price of an adult season ticket should they buy an adult or family season ticket next year. Please be aware that becoming friend does not entitle you to a discount on any ticketing schemes we may introduce this season if we are able to open.

We would love to open this season but don't want to raise expectations unnecessarily. The truth is we just don't know and it is out of our hands. All any of us can do is stay safe and follow the rules.

Very best wishes from all at the Pells Pool Community Association

Conrad Ryle (Chair of PPCA)
Phil Ranlsey (Pool Manager)

 

 

Pells Pool Remains Closed Until Safe To Re-Open: 23 March 2020

Update published on 23 March 2020

We want to provide friends and supporters of the Pells with an update on planning for our 2020 season.

Very regrettably but we hope understandably, the Pells this season will not be open, until it is safe to do so.

We are not therefore promoting the pool season, since we cannot know when it would start, nor are we yet selling season tickets, since we cannot know when they would be valid from, or how long any season might be.

We are continuing to prepare the pool so it can be ready to open at some point in this year, as soon as the Government measures in place are changed and allow social gatherings again. When that will be, we cannot of course know.

While the virus is killed - like other such viruses - by exposure to the chemical treatment we apply, the unnecessary social contact involved in travelling to and from the pool and attending the pool, even in small numbers, would not seem to be advisable.

We have a very small team of staff in place to prepare the pool - and we judge that this work in the outdoors, with no contacts during work, with appropriate social distancing, cleaning and provided they have safe travel to the pool, is appropriate. If control measures change, then this would need to be stopped as well.

The health of our staff is paramount and we will not hesitate to put preparations on hold for this reason.

We have already put on hold the usual upgrading works that would have taken place around the pool which we plan for each season.

We recognise that the Pool provides a valuable sanctuary and support network for pool users and we are sorry that we cannot be available to play this role in these unprecedented times. Our thoughts and best wishes are with everyone.

We will re-open the Pool, and welcome you back to the Pells, once it is safe and appropriate for us to do so.

Conrad Ryle (Chair of PPCA)
Phil Ranlsey (Pool Manager)

 

 

About The Pells Pool

The Pells Pool is the oldest documented freshwater outdoor public swimming pool in the United Kingdom, set in the beautiful town of Lewes in East Sussex. We celebrated our 150th anniversary in 2011 and continue to welcome thousands to our unique lido pool in the summer months each year.  

The Pells is an unheated spring-fed pool - 50 yards (46 metres) long by 25 yards (23 metres) wide. There are facilities for the whole family to enjoy, from our tree-lined green lawn, sun terrace and exercise lane, to our children's paddling pool, floats and other recreational equipment. 

Come for the day and enjoy a picnic on the tree-lined lawn. We sell snacks, coffee & tea, soft drinks & ice cream. 

Customers get 20p reduction if you bring your own cup and we will be selling reusable cups.  We also have a water fountain - so bring your own water containers to refill.

The pool is heated only by the sun, so water is usually cool at the start of the season and warms up as the weeks go by. For people interested in open water swim training, wetsuits can be worn to swim in the pool whenever we're open and we always have a lane set aside for lap swimming. 

There are male and female changing areas, and there are small lockers free to use. There are four open-air warm showers beside the lawn which edges the pool, and one cold water shower on the flint wall side.

Male and female toilets and an accessible toilet.

We have ramp access to the pool for people with mobility needs - and wheelchair available for use to access.  There is an accessible toilet, shower and changing area. 

We do not allow dogs to be brought into the Pells.