HILSEA LIDO POOL FOR THE PEOPLE TRUST
When it became apparent that PCC planned to close Hilsea Lido at the end of the 2008 season the pressure group began investigating alternative ways of saving this much loved facility. Hilsea Lido Pool for the People Trust was formed and negotiations began with the aim of taking over Hilsea Lido, the Blue Lagoon and Hilsea Splashpool as a community asset transfer.
During this time HLPP Trust negotiated access to Hilsea Lido under licence in order to complete low level maintenance, host profile- raising and fundraising events and provide a visible presence on site. Our first event was to take part in National Heritage’s Heritage Weekend in 2009 and host a Family Fun Day. Preparation for the weekend meant we approached the Probation Service to gain assistance from the Community Payback Team, and they continue supporting this project on a weekly basis.
We have made some great progress over the last year but we could not have done it without our members’ support!
As a member you will be kept informed of our progress and events and receive regular membership newsletters.
Membership and donations are essential to the redevelopment of the Hilsea Lido and without them we would not be able to finance the day to day running of the project.
Now that we have taken ownership of Hilsea Lido and the Blue Lagoon we can begin the real work.
There’s lots to do & another pair of hands is always welcome.
We have regular volunteer days every Thursday, and most Sundays. In addition there are opportunities which offer greater flexibility.
Skills and talents required are many and varied.
Fundraising will be essential to achieve our aims and if everyone in the City of Portsmouth gave £1 we would raise £200,000 towards the initial restoration to enable us to celebrate the 75th anniversary in style in 2010.
If you would like to support HLPP there a variety of ways that this can be achieved. For example, you may:
We had a very disturbing incident today whereby an ice cream van tried to operate near to Hilsea Splash pool. We know that nobody has a licence to operate in that area & were very concerned about the effects this could have on kiosk sales (profits of which go directly to Hilsea Lido Pool for the People & the project to re-open Hilsea Lido). We approached the people in the van & they tried to tell us that they were members of HLPP Trust and were raising funds for the project - they even had a piece of paper in the window suggesting that they were part of the Trust (see the photo - the details on it are correct but the document itself does not come from the charity). They then said that 20% of their profit was being donated to the Trust, something we knew to be untrue. We managed to get the registration number of the ice-cream van & reported them to the Community Wardens, who are pursuing the matter. We will be contacting Trading Standards to report them. Please, please, please, if you are approached by anybody saying that they are raising funds for Hilsea Lido get in touch with us & check it out before handing over any money. We have a number of collection tins with various shops and other outlets & we attend a variety of fetes & other events & organise events ourselves. We need funds to assist us with this project but we do not want people to be giving money to charlatans and crooks posing as supporters of HLPP Trust.
Are you a Qualified Life Guard HLPP Needs You
The role of lifeguard will be to manage normal & emergency operating procedures concerning Hilsea Lido and Hilsea Splashpool, this includes ensuring the cleanliness of the sites and managing the water testing procedures, managing the entry of clients and user groups & assisting with the delivery of special events, in addition assisting the board of trustees in developing the offer of the larger lido. The ideal candidates for this role will be extremely flexible in their approach to work. We are keen to promote a friendly, informal but efficient and professional service.Lifeguard Job Spec