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General notices

Swim details

The Tewkesbury Leisure Centre, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5SX, will be open for Severn Vale swims on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays in each month with every fifth Sunday being a "costumes optional" swim for anyone who wants to see what our club is like but feels a little too shy to undress completely.  In addition to this, first time visits to a swim by any lady are now also costume optional For further details including swimming times, please contact the club on 07988 271760 or 07988 271750, or via e-mail at clubsecretary@severnvalesc.org

Charges

The entry fee for Members is £5.00 and for visitors, £8.00
(It would be greatly appreciated if you could try to bring the right money)

Loyalty Scheme

Free swims are now available, based on a loyalty card system for each member. When attending a swim with your membership card it will be punched, then when 8 attendances are accrued, the 8th swim will be free and a new card will be issued. Cards will not be punched retrospectively if it has been forgotten, and accrued attendances cannot be carried over from one club year to the next. Obviously free swim nights will not qualify towards the loyalty scheme.

Please note: It is important that all non-members contact the club before attending a swim for the first time. See the “contact us” page for details.  In addition, time can be saved at the door if you print and complete a “First Time Visitor Registration Form”. You can download the form here

Cost of membership

Currently, the annual cost of membership is £10.00 for members renewing before the last swim in June and £15.00 thereafter. New members are charged £15 for the first year only.

Memberships not renewed since the 2019 AGM have now expired. Late renewals will be charged at the new member rate of £15. Renewals can be done at a swim or by post to Howard Claridge, Rose Cottage, The Stenders, Mitcheldean, Glos, GL17 0JE

Swimming Coaching
On the last Sunday swim in February, VivienneH will be running swim training sessions again. From 6:30 – 7:30 pm she will be in the shallow pool giving help and advice for beginners or anyone who wants to learn a new swimming style. From 7:30 – 8:30 pm she will be doing more advanced coaching in a swim lane in the main pool. Please go along and take advantage of her qualified swimming training experience.

Social events

Summer Party 2020
Details to be announced

Skittles 2019
A successful skittles social was held on 13 October at the Civil Service Club in Tewkesbury Road. 17 members attended and played 6 hands of skittles before indulging in a fine spread of sandwiches and finger food. Best scores of 44 were achieved by JohnH and LynF, winning them some very drinkable prizes. After the buffet, most people enjoyed a game of ‘Killer’ with the cash prize going to DaveP.

Winter Party 2020
The Winter Party was held on 27 January in the Leisure Centre foyer after the swim. Many members and visitors brought plates of cold food to share for a finger buffet and the Club provided soft drinks, beer and lager. As you can see from the picture, there was plenty for everyone.

The Club AGM 2020
Will be held on Sunday 26th April commencing at 4:45pm. The meeting will be held in one of the first-floor studios at the Leisure Centre. Tea and coffee will be provided by the Leisure Centre staff.

INF Swimming Gala
DuncanH and other SVSC members were in the British Naturism (BN) team at the International Naturist Federation swimming gala in Paris recently and helped the BN team gain 24 gold medals and plenty of others. The German team won overall as they always do, as they turn up with a large team of very good young swimmers, who take it all very seriously – and apparently they only undress to get in the water and wear a team uniform in between swims! Duncan managed to win several medals in his age group (70-75), with a gold in the backstroke, a silver in the butterfly and a bronze in the breaststroke. He missed the freestyle silver by 2/100 of a second!

Nation

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total
Medals

Total Swimmers

Germany

53

32

17

102

28

United Kingdom (BN)

24

9

7

40

20

France

16

20

10

46

37

Italy

7

9

11

27

30

Austria

4

0

2

6

4

Luxembourg

3

1

1

5

2

Spain

2

7

3

12

15

Swiss

2

2

1

5

7

Esperanto

2

0

1

3

7

Sweden

1

2

4

7

1

Liechtenstein

0

3

2

5

5

Belgium

0

1

0

1

11

Duncan has posted a personal report on the BN website forum (only visible to BN members), here: https://www.bn.org.uk Members’ Area > Home > Forums > Bare Necessities > Events > 48th INF-FNI International Swimming Gala (Paris)

The BN Swimming Gala
The BN swimming gala is usually held in Leicester in April, and though we don’t have a date yet, this will probably be happening again this year. Last year four SVSC members attended and enjoyed the evening, even coming back with a few medals. If any SVSC members (you also need to be a BN member) would like to take part this year and make up a bigger team, or just to get more information, please contact Duncan Heenan at one of our Tewkesbury swim nights, or email duncanheenan@tiscali.co.uk. You don’t need to be a brilliant swimmer, just able to swim 2 lengths with your chosen strokes – anything more is a bonus. It is mostly for fun, and it is fun. It costs very little and swimmers and spectators could share transport. Why not give it a go, try something different!

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