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LAURA SMITH MP ENJOYS A VISIT TO SEAHORSE
Crewe and Nantwich MP Laura Smith visited the Lifestyle Centre on 8th March 2018 to observe members of Seahorse at their weekly swimming session.
The MP was given a brief account of Seahorse by long standing volunteer and vice chairman, Michael Roberts. She also observed and interacted with the swimmers and chatted to the club officials and the families of the swimmers.
Laura Smith commented: “What an absolute pleasure it was to attend Seahorse and to meet all of the members and the fantastic volunteers. The atmosphere in the Lifestyle Centre pool was wonderful, with people with varied disabilities and of mixed ages all having fun and taking part. The volunteers do a marvellous job but as always more are needed, and I would encourage anyone who likes to swim to look into volunteering at this fantastic club for an hour a week. Thank you to everyone who welcomed me so warmly.”
Pictures above: Laura Smith MP with Seahorse members
SEAHORSE MEMBER SEAN ON A 999 CHARITY MISSION
Sean Savage is currently fundraising for the Air Ambulance with a 9 mile walk, a 9 mile bike ride and a 9 mile swim. He will carry out his swim during his weekly swimming sessions and hopes to complete his challenge by May 2018.
ZACK'S BIG SWIM FOR CHARITY
Swimmer Zack Beeston is aiming to swim five miles during his weekly swimming sessions with Seahorse to fundraise for Action for A-T. The charity raises money to carry out medical research to find a cure that will enable children who suffer with Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T) to live a longer and have a healthier life. Zack's swim will be during February, March and April 2018. www.actionforAT.org
SUMMER DAY OUT TO YORK
Seahorse's 2018 annual day out will be to York on Saturday 7th July.
ROTARY COMMUNITY DAY
Members of Seahorse attended the Rotary Club of Crewe's annual Rotary Day on 23rd February 2018 at the George's Community Centre, West Street, Crewe.
DONATION FROM THE TREFOIL GUILD
Wistaston Trefoil Guild made a donation of £245.00 to Seahorse in December 2017. The donation will assist Seahorse to compete in the swimming galas during 2018. Seahorse is very grateful for this support from Trefoil Guild, who assist the local Girl Guides units.
SEAHORSE MEMBERS HELP SANTA
Seahorse volunteers and swimmers were Santa's helpers on 17th December 2017 when they turned out to assist the Rotary Club of Crewe with their Christmas Float collection. Over £615 was collected on the night thanks to the generosity of the Crewe public. The funds raised are distributed by the Rotary to good causes and charities in the Crewe area.
CLUB AWARD WINNERS 2017
Well done to Seahorse swimmers Zack Beeston and Jessica Johnson who were the award winners for 2017. Zack won the ‘Endeavour Award’ and Jessica was winner of the ‘Most Improved Swimmer Award’. Both swimmers received their cups and medals by Club Chairman Rob Dutton at the Christmas Party, held at Willaston Sports and Social Club on 9th December.
Zack, a regular member of the Seahorse gala team for many years, has greatly improved in the pool during the year. His competitive spirit has been one of the reasons why Seahorse has been so successful at regional and national level.
Jessica regularly attended Seahorse during the year, and with the help of volunteer Reg Latham, has made great progress to learn to swim.
SUPPORT FOR PUDSEY
Members of Seahorse dressed up in yellow clothes to support Children in Need at their swimming session on 16th November 2017. Some swimmers wore yellow swimwear, T-shirts or socks and one swimmer wore a Pudsey onesie. The swimmers had fun with a ‘best splash’ competition and a ‘survival’ taster by removing some of their clothing in deep water. A total of £100 was raised and everyone had a great time and it was pleasing to support a worth while cause.
BINGO NIGHT TO SUPPORT SEAHORSE
The Crewe Bingo Ladies - Hazel Gregory, Lisa Lodge, Sue and Rebecca Collins held a Bingo Night on 11th November 2017 at St. Barnabas Church Hall, West Street, Crewe with 50% of the proceeds donated to Seahorse.
The ladies went to great lengths to find some fantastic prizes for the event. Seahorse members thoroughly enjoyed themselves, especially those who went home with a raffle, tombola or Bingo prize. Seahorse are very grateful and thankful to Hazel, Lisa, Sue and Rebecca for organising the event and supporting Seahorse.
NEW ROBES FOR SWIMMERS
New robes have been purchased for Seahorse's gala swimmers thanks to the support of the Charity Fund at Wincanton Ltd (a Road Haulage Company based in Middlewich).
The robes will have the Seahorse logo embroided on them and will be of great value to the swimmers while competing in the galas. Seahorse is extremely grateful to Wincanton's Charity Fund.
EVERYBODY SPORTS AND RECREATION NOMINATION
Members of Seahorse were thrilled to be nominated for a 2017 Everybody Award in the 'Disability Sports Achiever' category. The awards ceremony took place on 6th October at Wrenbury Hall in Nantwich. Guest speaker at the event was former Olympic Silver and double Commonwealth Gold medal swimmer Sharron Davies MBE. Ella O’Donnell (Wilmslow swimmer) and Sophie Thornhill (GB Cycling Team from Poynton) were also shortlisted for the award.....and the winner is Sophie Thornhill.....many congratulations to Sophie.
LORD LIEUTENANT PRESENTS QUEEN'S AWARD
The Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, Mr David Briggs MBE, presented Seahorse Swimming Club with the prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, at the Lifestyle Centre on 7th September 2017. Mr Briggs paid tribute to the volunteers at Seahorse and thanked them on behalf of the Queen for their work with people with disabilities.
The award is equivalent to the MBE and the highest award a voluntary group can receive. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
Joining the Seahorse volunteers for the presentation was the Mayor of Cheshire East Council, Cllr. Arthur Moran and the Mayor of Crewe Town Council, Cllr. Diane Yates. John Lea from Mornflake Oats and Rotarians Neil Fearn (President), Ray Stafford MBE and Frank Baldwin were also present to offer their congratulations. It was also pleasing that Mrs Margaret Platt, one of Seahorses’ founder members attended the event with several former volunteers.
“Everyone at Seahorse is extremely proud to receive this award. It is recognition for the commitment and enthusiasm of all the volunteers who have helped out. The Club relies on volunteers and it’s thanks to them that people with disabilities are given opportunities to exercise, socialize, have fun, freedom and a challenge in the water which is often denied to those who are unable to move freely." - Gareth Roberts, Secretary.
Pictures above showing the presentation of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs MBE, and members of Seahorse Swimming Club.
CYCLE RIDE TO BOOST SEAHORSE FUNDS
Seahorse Secretary Gareth Roberts recently took on a challenging three day bicycle ride from Cardiff to Caernarfon to raise funds for the Club. The ride started at Cardiff Castle on 21st August and ended on the 23rd at Caernarfon Castle. Over 180 miles was covered with the highest peak over 1500 feet. Gareth, who rode with two friends, raised over £300 for Seahorse.
SUMMER FUN GALA
Seahorse members and their families and friends were treated to a fun gala, followed with a disco and refreshments on Saturday 22nd July 2017 at the Lifestyle Centre. A great time was had by all and the giant inflatable in the pool was a big hit with many.
SEAHORSE OFFICIALS VISIT TREFOIL GUILD
Seahorse officials Michael Roberts and Gareth Roberts visited the Wistaston Trefoil Guild on 11th July 2017, to give a talk about the swimming club. Over 30 members of the Guild were present and they gave some positive feedback about Seahorse, as they were shown photographs and given an insight about Seahorse's 60 year history.
Trefoil Guild is a branch of Girl guiding. Many members pass on their skills and knowledge to local guiding units, from helping Brownies work towards a badge to preparing older girls for a camping adventure. There are over 1,100 Trefoil Guilds in the UK with over 20,000 members.
SUMMER DAY OUT TO KNOWSLEY AND SOUTHPORT
Seahorse members enjoyed a wonderful day out at Knowsley Safari Park and Southport on 1st July 2017. A 70 seater coach was full and everyone came back home to South Cheshire having had a great time as the sun shone for most of the day. The Sea Lion show at the Safari Park was one of the favourite attractions and many enjoyed taking in the sea air as they walked along the pier at Southport.
CHEQUE PRESENTATION FOR STEWART'S WHEELCHAIR
Swimmer Erin Yoxall presented former Seahorse member Stewart Bloor with a cheque for £825.65 in June 2017, after the Club held various fundraising events during the year, which included a 21 mile sponsored swim (the distance of the English Channel). The money was raised to help Stewart purchase a racing wheelchair so he can hopefully fulfil his dream of competing for Team GB in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.
"Everyone at Seahorse was pleased to help Stewart and his wife Kirsty with their fundraising campaign to help give him the best chance of fulfilling his dream" - Michael Roberts, Vice Chairman.
THE GREAT GET TOGETHER
Seahorse members got involved in The Great Get Together on Sunday 18th June 2017, with a six mile walk followed with a picnic in Crewe's Queen's Park.
The walk was from the park along the Greenway to Nantwich, and then back to the park. Some took part in a less energetic walk around the park.
"The day was a huge success. Everyone enjoyed the social aspect of the event and participating in some exercise. Those who got involved in the walk stated how they enjoyed the challenge. Others loved the fun of playing racket games in the park and entertaining each other, while some were pleased to simply spend time in the beautiful surroundings of Queen's Park. The weather was glorious and it was pleasing to see the refreshments going down so well by everyone." - Gareth Roberts (Seahorse Secretary).
Neighbourhood celebrations took place throughout the UK to bring communities closer together, which have been inspired by Jo Cox, who was tragically killed on 16th June last year.
SEAHORSE VOLUNTEERS AT ROYAL GARDEN PARTY
Seahorse Volunteers, Jackie Roberts and Steph Evanson, attended the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on 23rd May 2017 as representatives of Seahorse, after the Club won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This was a wonderful experience for Jackie and Steph and they both felt immensely proud and privileged to attend such a prestigious event.
SEAHORSE TO RECEIVE QUEEN'S AWARD
Seahorse has been honoured with the prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. It is considered to be the MBE for volunteer groups.
The award was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen's coronation. The Club will be presented with the award by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire on the 7th September 2017 at the Lifestyle Centre.
"This is a great honour for the Club and reward for all the hard work of all the volunteers who have helped out at Seahorse." - Gareth Roberts, Secretary.
ENGLISH CHANNEL FUNDRAISING SWIM
Former Seahorse swimmer Stuart Bloor, joined forces with his past club mates at Crewe’s Lifestyle Centre on 27th April, in a 21 mile sponsored swim - the distance of the English Channel – to help raise funds for Stewart to purchase a specialized racing wheelchair so he can hopefully fulfil his dream of representing GB at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.
The challenge was a collective effort by over 30 club members, which included volunteers and swimmers, as well as Stuart and his wife Kirsty. The event took place during two of Seahorse’s swimming sessions, to give everyone an opportunity to take part.
"Swimming the distance of the English Channel was an enormous challenge for our members, and our volunteers did a great job motivating the swimmers to reach their goal. It was pleasing to see so much effort by everyone, whether they swam 10, 20 or 50 lengths or over a mile. It was also good to see Stewart and Kirsty joining in. Stuart, who competed in the wheelchair racing at the London marathon recently, was a member of Seahorse for many years and took part in several galas at regional and national level. He was selected for the GB Disability Swimming team in 2005 and everyone at Seahorse is thrilled to see him competing at such a high level in wheelchair racing these days." - Gareth Roberts, Secretary.
Seahorse has held several events to support Stuart and have raised £825.65 for his cause.
ROTARY'S SUPPORT TO SEAHORSE
Seahorse has received a £200 donation from the Rotary Club of Crewe. Rotary has been very supportive to Seahorse for many years, to which the Club is very grateful. The donation will assist Seahorse as they prepare for the 2017 swimming galas.
DONATION BY WINCANTON CHARITY FUND
A donation of £300 has been made to Seahorse by the Charity Fund of Wincanton PLC - A UK company based in Middlewich, who provide road haulage and transport services.
Seahorse Secretary Gareth Roberts said: "The Club is very grateful to the Wincanton's Charity Fund for their kind donation, which has helped Seahorse purchase a new storage locker and pool equipment."
ROTARY COMMUNITY DAY
Seahorse members Ann Triner, Rob Dutton, Steph Evanson and Ben Triner attended the annual 'Rotary Day' at the Wishing Well (The George's Community Centre) on 24th February 2017. Presentations were given by representatives of local charities and organisations and by the Rotary speakers. There were also speeches by the Mayor of Cheshire East, Mayor of Crewe and Edward Timpson MP, who highlighted all the good work by organisations and the Rotary Club in this area.
DONATION FROM WEST END BAND CLUB
The Club was given a financial boost after kind hearted regulars from the West End Band Club in Crewe collected £160 for Seahorse. The money was presented to Seahorse Treasurer, Steph Evanson, after Seahorse's swimming session on 2nd February 2017. The donation was made on behalf of the West End Band Club by Jane Booth, to which Seahorse is very grateful.
TRIBUTE TO VOLUNTEER TERRY AT CREWE ALEX FC
Members of Seahorse were saddened to hear that volunteer Terry Edwards had passed away on 17th December 2016. Terry, aged 74 years, became a volunteer at Seahorse in 2003 and took on the role of poolside assistant. He helped at the Club's swimming galas and also served as a committee member and as the public relations officer.
After leaving school Terry became an apprentice at Charlesworth of Crewe Ltd. He spent almost 20 years as an electrician with the company and later worked at Rolls Royce/Bentleys Motors, where he spent most of his working life, before retiring.
Terry was a true gentleman and was very popular at Seahorse. He gave a great deal of encouragement to the swimmers and made them feel at ease as they prepared for the galas. Terry's influence proved to be a winning formula, as the Club went on to achieve much success. He enjoyed every moment at Seahorse and was very proud of all the swimmers, whether they represented the Club at the galas or simply enjoyed the social aspect of the Club.
As an avid life long Crewe Alex supporter and a season ticket holder for many years, it was fitting for Seahorse members to pay their respect to Terry as the Alex Flag Bearers at the home match against Accrington Stanley on 31st December, when they waved the Alex flags to greet the players onto the pitch.
CLUB AWARDS 2016
Congratulations to Sean Savage and Harry Dewsbury on winning the 2016 Club awards. Sean won the 'Endeavour' prize for his commitment to Seahorse and fundraising activities. Earlier this year he took on a one-mile swimming challenge to raise funds for Sports Relief and was involved in Seahorse's sponsored walk in May. He also represented the Club at the galas.
Harry won the 'Most Improved Swimmer' prize. He has made vast improvements in the pool this year and thoroughly enjoys his swimming sessions.
Sean and Harry received their awards from Club Chairman, Rob Dutton, at the Christmas Party, held at Nantwich Cricket Club.
The Club's volunteers joined forces with the Rotary Club of Crewe on the evenings of 13th and 17th December 2016 as Santa's collectors with the Christmas Float. The funds raised are distributed by the Rotary to good causes in the Crewe area.
CHRISTMAS DISCO PARTY
An enjoyable Christmas Party was held at Nantwich Cricket Club on 9th December 2016 to celebrate another successful year at Seahorse. The Club are grateful to everyone who donated raffle prizes and to the Cricket Club and also to DJ Kieran and his team for their disco music.
STUART BLOOR'S 2020 DREAM
Seahorse will be holding fundraising events for Stuart Bloor's 2020 Dream during 2016/17. The former Seahorse member is hoping to compete in the Wheelchair Racing at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, and to help him achieve his goal, he will need a specialized wheelchair.
Stuart was born with Spina-Bifida, and had his right leg amputated in 2007 through injury. He was forced to give up competitive swimming and started Wheelchair Racing in 2010. Since then he has won numerous National titles and represented Team GB in 2014. To continue winning titles at this level and to make further progress, he will need a racing wheelchair, which comes at huge cost.
His goal is to raise £10,000 to cover the cost of the wheelchair, its maintenance, the training schedule and the competitions. To reach this target, Stuart and his wife Kirsty, are organizing several fundraising events.
Seahorse will be holding a sponsored swim for the appeal in April 2017, having already collected over £120 at the Club's 60th anniversary party and over £50 at the Christmas party.
HALLIWICK WORKSHOP FOR VOLUNTEERS
Halliwick AST will hold a workshop for Club representatives in 2017. The aims are:
* To create a support network, to share common issues with clubs and discuss possible solutions.
* To discuss how the Halliwick AST could better help members.
* To consider how we might involve more members in the Halliwick AST organisation.
* To share best practice and ‘brainstorm’ ideas for the future development of Halliwick AST and its members.
(DATES TO BE CONFIRMED BY HALLIWICK)
PRIDE OF CREWE NOMINATION FOR SEAHORSE
Seahorse members were proud and thrilled to be one of the nominees in the 'Excellence in Sport' category at the first ever PRIDE OF CREWE awards.
The event was launched by the Chronicle Newspaper and sponsored by Cheshire East Council and supported by South Cheshire Chamber. Local employers Bentley Motors, South Cheshire College, Mornflake, Virgin Trains and QHotels backed the event, which was held at Crewe Hall Hotel on 22nd September 2016.
The 'Excellence in Sport' category was sponsored by Mornflake. Seahorse was nominated for the award alongside: Joey Singleton (Boxing), Crewe Alexandra FC, Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sports and Arts and Crewe Flyers Swimming Club.
Long serving Seahorse volunteer Reg Latham and his wife Cath represented Seahorse at the ceremony.
And the winner is......Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sports and Arts. Many congratulations to the Academy from everyone at Seahorse.
SPORTS AWARD NOMINATION FOR JAMIE HINDE
Congratulations to Seahorse member Jamie Hinde, who was nominated for an Everybody Sports and Recreation Award (Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year) for 2016.
Jamie has been swimming with Seahorse for over 20 years and as well as representing the Club at regional and national galas, he has taken part in many of the Club's fundraising events. During 2015/16, he raised £800.00 for the Ronald McDonald House Trust at Alder Hey Children's Hospital after completing a 50 mile sponsored swim. Jamie swam an average of one mile during his weekly swimming sessions to complete his challenge before the closure of the Flag Lane Pool in March 2016.
Everybody Sports and Recreation is a charitable trust delivering leisure, including facilities and development, in partnership with Cheshire East Council.
SEAHORSE'S 60TH ANNIVERSARY
Seahorse celebrated its Diamond Anniversary with a Fun Gala at the Lifestyle Centre, followed by a disco/buffet at Willaston Social Club on Saturday 17th September 2016.
"It was great to celebrate this special occasion. Everyone had a great time in the pool and it was good to see the Club's volunteers, swimmers, their families and some past members enjoying themselves." - Gareth Roberts, Secretary.
A collection was also held at the disco for Stuart Bloor - a former Seahorse swimmer, who is appealing for support to cover the cost of a specialised wheelchair. Stuart is hoping to compete in the wheelchair racing at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Over £120 was collected and Seahorse is planning to hold further events to raise more funds for Stuart.
DAY OUT TO COSFORD
The RAF Museum at Cosford was the venue for the 2016 summer outing. The weather was glorious and it was great to see so many aircrafts of international importance in the three Wartime Hangars. Among the aircrafts were the world’s oldest Spitfire and a Lincoln Bomber. A visit to Shrewsbury on the return journey was also enjoyed by the Club members and their families.
HONORARY AWARD FOR VOLUNTEER PAM MULLINER
Congratulations to long serving volunteer Pam Mulliner who was added to Seahorse's Honorary Membership list on 26th May 2016 for her dedication and outstanding service to the Club. Pam has been a volunteer for over 25 years and has spent much of her time as Membership Secretary.
WALKING FOR JULIAN
Seahorse members took part in their annual six mile sponsored walk on 22nd May 2016, which raised £200 for Leighton Hospitals' Critical Care Unit. The event was held to give a boost to Seahorse member Julian Douglas, who spent several weeks in the Critical Care Unit with pneumonia and later at the Crewe Neurological Care Centre in Sherbourne Road, Crewe. The walk started and finished at the Rising Sun Pub, Middlewich Road, Crewe (via Crewe Road and Nantwich). Everyone at Seahorse wish Julian a speedy recovery.
LIFESTYLE CENTRE OFFICIAL OPENING
Seahorse Officials Michael Roberts and Gareth Roberts attended the official opening of the Lifestyle Centre on 26th May 2016. The Centre was officially opened by Sir Philip Craven MBE, who serves as the President of the International Paralympic Committee.
A SEAHORSE TALE
A new book titled 'A Seahorse Tale', which gives an account of Seahorse from its early days to the present day, has been produced to celebrate the Club's 60 years and its relocation from the Flag Lane Pool to the new Lifestyle Centre. The book, which was compiled by Club Secretary Gareth Roberts, has over 100 photos and is available for £5.00 at the Lifestyle Centre, Moss Square, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2BB.
TRIAL SWIM AT THE LIFESTYLE CENTRE
Seahorse members were given a trial swim at Crewe's new Lifestyle Centre on 24th March 2016, and it was pleasing that the response from the swimmers was very positive. Seahorse will use the new pool from 7th April 2016 following the closure of the Flag Lane Baths, which was home to Seahorse for 60 years.
SPORTS RELIEF SWIM BY SEAN
Sean Savage swam a mile during his Seahorse session on 17th March 2016 to raise funds for Sports Relief. Sean was supported by Seahorse volunteer Darren Shenton, who also swam the distance, and gave vital encouragement to Sean. As part of his challenge, Sean walked five miles the following day.
Everyone was pleased for Sean, including officials from the Rotary Club of Crewe who visited Seahorse on the night. They praised Sean for his efforts and Darren for his valuable support.
* Sport Relief is brought to you by Comic Relief which, since 1985, has helped countless people thanks to the amazing generosity and fundraising brilliance of the British public. *
Seahorse received a £200 donation from the Rotary Club of Crewe on 17th March 2016. Rotary officials Ray Stafford, Frank Baldwin, Tom Protheroe and Neil Fearn visited Crewe Pool to meet the Seahorse members and make the presentation to Club Chairman Rob Dutton. It was Seahorse's last ever swimming session at the Flag Lane Baths before relocating to Crewe's new Lifestyle Centre.
LIFESTYLE CENTRE VISIT
Seahorse members were given a guided tour of the new Lifestyle Centre on 17th March 2016 by the Centre Manager, Richard Jones. Everyone seemed pleased with this new community facility, which opens to the public on 1st April 2016.
CIVIC AWARD FOR SEAHORSE VICE CHAIRMAN
Great news about Seahorse's Vice Chairman, Michael Roberts BEM, who was presented with a Civic Award by Councillor Dennis Straine-Francis, the Mayor of Crewe, on 26th February 2016, at the Hotel ibis Styles, Crewe. Michael was given the award for his 50 years volunteering at Seahorse. Congratulations for this well deserved award.
ROTATRY COMMUNITY DAY
Seahorse members Rob Dutton and Gareth Roberts attended the Rotary Club of Crewe's annual 'Community Day' at Crewe Library on 26th February 2016.
SEAHORSE SWIMMER COMPLETES 50 MILE SWIM
A huge well done to Seahorse swimmer Jamie Hinde who raised £800.00 with a 50 mile sponsored swim over 12 months for the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Trust at Alder Hey Children's Hospital. Jamie handed over the proceeds of his charity swim to Denise Byrne, the fundraising officer for RMH, on her visit to Crewe's Flag Lane Baths.
"This is a fantastic achievement by Jamie, who has put hours of hard work into this marathon swim during his weekly sessions at Seahorse. He has inspired others at the Club and everyone is so proud of him." - Gareth Roberts, Secretary.
CLUB AWARDS 2015
Congratulations to Jamie Hinde and Katie Cooke who won the 2015 'Endeavor' and 'Most Improved Swimmer' awards. They received their awards from the Mayor of Crewe, Cllr. Dennis Straine-Francis at the Christmas Party, which was held at Nantwich Cricket Club.
Jamie was given the 'Endeavour' award for his efforts in the 50 mile sponsored swim he is undertaking, to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, and Katie was given the 'Most Improved Swimmer' award for making such good progress in the pool throughout the year.
Well done to both swimmers.
HALF A CENTURY AT SEAHORSE
Volunteer Michael Roberts was given a surprise at the Christmas Party on 11th December 2015, when he was awarded with a glass plaque for his 50 years service to Seahorse. The presentation was made by the Mayor of Crewe Town Council, Cllr. Dennis Straine-Francis, who was a special guest at the party.
Michael started volunteering in 1965 and has taken on many roles on the Seahorse committee, including Chairman.
In 1996 he was awarded the British Empire Medal for his charity and community work and during 2002/03 he served as Mayor of the former Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council.
"It was fitting for the Club to recognise Michael's achievement. He has been loyal to Seahorse, and as well as encouraging the swimmers, he has influenced many people to get involved as volunteers at the Club." - Gareth Roberts, Secretary.
ROTARY CHRISTMAS FLOAT
Seahorse members became Santa's helpers on the evening of 21st December 2015, as they helped with the Christmas float collection for the Rotary Club of Crewe. Thanks to all involved.
SEAHORSE MEMBERS ENJOY INDIAN CUISINE
Seahorse members enjoyed an evening at Jalfrezi's Restaurant in Crewe on 1st November 2015 to support swimmer Jamie Hinde's sponsored swim for the Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool. Jamie has already completed 35 miles of his 50 mile marathon swim at Crewe Baths and is well on course to complete his challenge by early 2016.
VISIT BY ROTARY CLUB PRESIDENT
The Rotary Club of Crewe's President, Ray Stafford MBE, visited Seahorse on 29th October 2015 to congratulate the swimmers following their success at this year's Halliwick Regional and National Gala's. He also complemented the volunteers at the Club for all their work with the swimmers.
CLUB CHAIRMAN WINS EVERYBODY VOLUNTEER AWARD
Congratulations to Seahorse Chairman, Rob Dutton who won Cheshire East's Everybody Sports and Recreation's 'Volunteer Of The Year' Award on 9th October 2015. As well as volunteering at Seahorse, Rob is also a football coach for the Cheshire Blades FC (Disability Team) and he has also been very active this year, fundraising for 'Friends for Leisure' - a voluntary organisation for young people with disabilities.
Well done to Rob from all the members at Seahorse.
NEW LIFESTYLE CENTRE
Seahorse members Ann Triner, Ben Triner and Gareth Roberts were given a guided tour around the new Lifestyle Centre on 26th September 2015. The Centre, which is still under construction, is due to open on 1st April 2016.
SUMMER FUN GALA AND DISCO
Seahorse's annual 'community games' event took place on 25th July 2015 with a fun session at Crewe swimming pool followed by a disco and buffet at the Purple Onion (Lady Verdin Trust) Drop In Centre.
The event was for people with disabilities and their friends and families, as part of the community games, which are aimed at bringing communities together by taking part in sporting and cultural activities inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.
The Mayor of Crewe Town Council, Cllr. Dennis Straine-Francis attended the gala and he was pleased to see everyone enjoying themselves. He was also part of a judging team at the disco when a HATWALK competition took place.
"There was fun with plenty of laughter in the pool and at the disco. The HATWALK competition saw some excellent summer hats and the Mayor handed prizes to Paula Latham and Colette Tyre whose bright and colourful hats gave us a real flavour of summer." - Gareth Roberts, Secretary.
SUMMER OUTING TO WALES
A day out to Llanberis and Llandudno on 4th July 2015 was the venue for this years summer trip. Members and their families and friends enjoyed a train ride alongside Llanberis Lake before heading to Llandudno for a stroll in the sunshine on the pier and the sea front.
A six mile sponsored walk by Seahorse members took place on 31st May 2015 from the Rising Sun Pub, Crewe, to the Barony Park, Nantwich and then back to Rising Sun. The event was held to support FRIENDS FOR LEISURE - a voluntary organisation in Cheshire East for disabled children and young people. Despite the threat of rain, it remained dry and everyone enjoyed the walk.
HMS AMBUSCADE REUNION
Members of Seahorse teamed up with former Seamen from HMS Ambuscade at their bi-annual reunion at Crewe on 30th May 2015. A boat event was held at Queen's Park with timed races on the lake. Everyone had lots of fun on a warm sunny day and Seahorse came close to winning the event.
SWIMMING FOR THE RONALD McDONALD HOUSE
Seahorse member Jamie Hinde has set himself a challenge of swimming 50 miles at Crewe Pool to raise funds for The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, which provides a 'home from home' so parents or carers can stay close to the critically ill children at little or no cost. Jamie's marathon swim began in February 2015 and will take place during his weekly sessions at Seahorse. He is hoping to complete the swim by January 2016.
"Raising funds for such a worthwhile cause is a great idea. Despite his disabilities, there is no stopping Jamie in the pool. He swims non-stop every week and has plenty of determination." - Gareth Roberts (Secretary).
The RMH is an independent Charity and relies totally on public donations. If anyone would like to sponsor Jamie they can donate online at:
Good luck Jamie.
VISIT BY PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE
Dr Adrain Heald, the Crewe and Nantwich Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate, visited the Club on 26th March 2015.
He presented the swimmers with certificates for taking part in the 'Down Syndrome Awareness Day' by getting involved in a sponsored swim on the 19th March, which raised £238 for the cause.
The Cheshire Down's Syndrome Support Group appealed for individuals, groups, schools and businesses to take on a challenge based on the numbers 21 and 3, which represent the date (21st March) of the Awareness Day. To make the event more fun the 21 Seahorse members who took part wore odd socks for the challenge and everyone donated at least £5 to the charity.
Dr Heald congratulated the swimmers and was thrilled to award the certificates. He praised the volunteers at the Club for all their efforts over the years and he was also pleased to hear about the Club's achievements at the galas in recent years.
SUPPORTING CREWE ALEXANDRA FC
Seahorse members visited the Alexandra Stadium, home of Crewe Alexandra, on 21st March 2015 to watch the Alex play Oldham Athletic in a League One fixture. Despite a 1 - 0 defeat to the Alex, it was a great day out and everyone enjoyed the experience.
ROTARY CLUB OF CREWE COMMUNITY DAY
Seahorse members Rob Dutton, Gareth Roberts, Ann Triner and Ben Triner attended the Rotary Day at Crewe Library on 20th February 2015 - a celebration of the local clubs and charities who are supported by the Rotary Club of Crewe.
BASEMENT TOUR AT CREWE SWIMMING POOL
Paul Cartwright, Duty Manager at Crewe Swimming Pool gave Seahorse members a guided tour of the basement area at the baths on 29th January 2015. He lead us through the laundry room, which still houses the traditional 1930s laundry equipment and then explained the filtering system and how the pool works before taking us through the corridor alongside the pool, which allowed underwater viewing of the pool through the inspection windows. To finish the tour we were shown the underground area used as an Air Raid shelter during the Second World War.
AWARDS AT CHRISTMAS PARTY
Congratulations to Seahorse swimmers Holly Cooke and Dan Cope who won the Club awards for 2014. Holly won the 'Endeavour' award for her commitment and hard work during 2014 and Dan won the 'Most Improved Swimmer' award for learning to swim and continually improving his skills in the pool during the year.
The awards were presented by Club Chairman, Rob Dutton at the annual Christmas Party held at Nantwich Cricket Club on 12th December. Well done to both swimmers.
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT VISIT
Edward Timpson MP for Crewe and Nantwich visited the club on 6th November 2014 to congratulate the swimmers who competed in this year's swimming galas. As well as interacting with the swimmers, he chatted to the volunteer helpers and gave them praise for their work and thanked them for giving up their time to help out.
"This was Mr Timpson's third visit to the club. It's great that he supports the club. Our swimmers were thrilled to see him and they were proud to show him their trophies and medals following their success at this year's galas." - Gareth Roberts, Club Secretary.
ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
Most of our members took part in the Ice Bucket challenge at Crewe Baths during September 2014 to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The Mayor of Crewe Town Council, Cllr. Pam Minshall attended and praised the swimmers for their efforts. A total of £25 was raised for the Charity.
COMMUNITY GAMES FUN GALA AND DISCO
A Community Games Swimming Gala was held on 19th July 2014 at Crewe Swimming Pool, for people with disabilities. Dozens took part and the participants had fun with swimming aids and on the giant inflatable structure, some competed in races and others enjoyed ‘aqua dancing’ with music playing on the pool-side.
After the pool session, the swimmers joined their friends at a disco and buffet at the Purple Onion - the Lady Verdin Trusts’ drop-in centre in Edleston Road. The disco had a football theme, to celebrate this year’s World Cup in Brazil, and many of the participants wore their favourite football shirt.
Everyone involved in the gala were presented with a Community Games certificate by the Mayor of Crewe Town Council, Cllr. Pam Minshall. The event was organised by Seahorse Swimming Club, as part of the country-wide Community Games programme, which brings communities together by getting involved in sport and cultural activities, inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.
“The event was a huge success and our thanks go to the town mayor and the staff at the pool and at the Purple Onion for their support. It was good to see so many people with disabilities having such a good time, and staying active in the pool and on the dance floor. With all the rain, the pool was the best place to be on the day, as it was probably one of the wettest days this summer!” - Seahorse Secretary, Gareth Roberts.
VISIT TO BLACKPOOL
Members and their families enjoyed a day out to Blackpool on 5th July 2014. It was an fabulous day and everyone made the most of the good weather by walking along the promenade or visiting the Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool Zoo, Madame Tussauds, Tower Circus and other attractions in this Lancashire seaside resort.
SPONSORED WALK FOR ST. LUKE'S HOSPICE
Seahorse members and their families and friends took part in a six-mile sponsored walk on Sunday 18th May 2014, and raised £670 for St. Luke's (Cheshire) Hospice.
The walk, which started at the Rising Sun Pub on Middlewich Road, Crewe was along footpaths at Valley Brook, Church Lane, Crewe Road, Birchin Lane, Barony Park Nantwich and the Greenway alongside Middlewich Road, before returning to the Rising Sun. Some of the walkers completed the shorter walk of two-miles, joining the walk at the Barony Park.
Club Secretary Gareth Roberts said: "It was a super day for the walk and the youngest walker was only six years of age. Everyone who took part was so pleased to get involved and raise funds for this worthwhile cause."
COMMUNITY AWARD FOR SEAHORSE SWIMMER
Congratulations to Sean Savage who won the 'Achievement of the Year' Award at The Cat Community Awards for Crewe and Nantwich on 22nd February 2014.
The annual event is held to celebrate our community heroes for their achievements, volunteer work and fundraising efforts.
Sean won the award for his voluntary work at St. Luke's (Cheshire) Hospice and at the Crewe Christian Concern and fundraising for local causes and charities and for his swimming success as a member of Seahorse Swimming Club, who were national joint winners, at the 2013 gala in London.
ANNUAL AWARDS AT CHRISTMAS PARTY
The Club's annual award presentations were made at the Christmas party at Nantwich Cricket Club on 13th December 2013. Erin Yoxall won the 'Agnes Buttery and Ettie Broom Endeavour Award' and Colette Tyre won the 'Margaret Jones Award for Most Improved Swimmer'. Congratulations to both swimmers and to everyone who made 2013 a memorable and successful year for Seahorse.
CHESHIRE EAST MAYOR VISIT
The Mayor of Cheshire East Council, Councillor Dorothy Flude and her Consort, Alexander Flude, visited Seahorse on the 7th November 2013 to congratulate the swimmers for their success in the Halliwick National Swimming Championship, held in London last month. They also chatted and praised the volunteers at the Club for their work and presented Sean Savage with a certificate for completing his sponsored swim to raise funds for St. Luke's (Cheshire) Hospice.
SEAHORSE MEMBERS' CHARITY SWIM
Seahorse swimmer Sean Savage swam 30 lengths (over half a mile) at Crewe Swimming Pool on 31st October 2013 to raise funds for St. Luke's (Cheshire) Hospice. Sean, who wore pyjamas for the swim, was accompanied by Seahorse Volunteer Carolyn Jones who encouraged him to complete the swim. Carolyn said: "Sean did remarkably well and it was pleasing to see him reach his target, especially in front of his family." Sean's efforts have raised over £350 for the charity.
VISIT TO CAERNARVON CASTLE
Club members and their friends enjoyed a visit to this splendid medieval building on 13th July 2013. The castle was the attention of the world in 1969, during the Investiture of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. After spending a few hours in Caernarvon, we moved down the North Wales coast to the Victorian town of Llandudno, where some of us visited the shops, walked along the pier or took an adventurous ride in a speed boat in the bay.
ONE IN ELEVEN APPEAL - 11 MILE SWIM IN 1 HOUR
Seahorse held a sponsored swim at Crewe Baths on 28th February 2013, to raise funds for the Leighton Hospital 'One in Eleven' Appeal.
The appeal was set up to revamp the neo-natal unit at the hospital by improving and modernising the facilities and services at the unit.
"Our members were so pleased and proud to reach their target of swimming 11 miles in 1 hour. The swimmers, of mixed ability, swam the 11 miles between them with some swimming 5 lengths of the pool, some 10 to 20 lengths, some swam half a mile and a couple managed to swim one mile. It was a tough challenge and a fantastic achievement by the swimmers who raised £630 for this worthwhile cause." - Gareth Roberts, Secretary.
SEAHORSE JOINS FACEBOOK
Information about Seahorse can now be found on Facebook, the social networking service. Thanks to Baz Gibson for adding us on.
CHESHIRE EAST COUNCIL SPORTS AWARD NOMINATIONS
Congratulations to Seahorse member, Neil Jones, who was nominated for a Cheshire East Council Sports Award in the Disabled Sports Achiever category for 2012. Neil has been a swimmer with Seahorse and a gymnast with the Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sports and Arts for over 25 years. He has been successful at regional and national level in both sports and has won a haul of medals and trophies. Also nominated in the Club of the Year category was Seahorse Swimming Club for their community involvement, charity fundraising and swimming success.
The Christmas Party was held on 14th Decemeber 2012 at Nantwich Cricket Club with a Disco and Buffet. Our guest was the Mayor of Crewe Town Council, Cllr Margaret Martin. As well as praising the efforts of the swimmers, Councillor Martin gave a special thank you to the volunteers at the Club for their continued support.
CLUB HELPERS HEAD FOR UNIVERSITY
Seahorse members passed on their best wishes and thanks to two of the Club's young volunteer helpers during October 2012. Club Secretary, Gareth Roberts, said "Becky Pressland and Richard Jarvis have been a credit to the Club. They have given up their time and offered valuable support to the swimmers over the last few years. They have shown much commitment and we wish them the best of luck at University, as they further their education."
VISIT BY PROSPECTIVE PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE
Dr Adrian Heald, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Crewe and Nantwich Labour Party and Mick Roberts, Labour Party Chairman, visited Seahorse on 6th September 2012 to observe and chat to our swimmers and helpers. They were delighted with what they saw and complimented the good work carried out by the helpers.
VISIT TO CADBURY'S WORLD
Club members and their families and friends visited the world famous Cadbury's World in Birmingham on 7th July 2012 - the place where chocolate comes to life! The Cadbury visit was then followed by a stop at Shrewsbury for a few hours.
COMMUNITY GAMES - CELEBRATION FUN GALA
A celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee took place at Crewe Baths on 16th June with a ‘fun gala’ for people with disabilities. Those who took part competed in swimming races, had fun with swimming aids and gave themselves a challenge by climbing onto the inflatable structure. The participants then attended a disco and buffet at the Lady Verdin Trust Drop-In Centre.
HMS AMBUSCADE ASSOCIATION
Members of were invited to a 'Fire Engine Pull' on 12th May 2012. The occasion was a reunion of former seamen of HMS Ambuscade and also the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War where the ship had seen active service.
A kind donation was made to Seahorse from the fundraising events during the weekend. Other beneficiaries were the Crewe Sea Scouts and the Mary Rose Trust
As well as being grateful to the HMS Ambuscade Association, members of Seahorse wish to thank Mornflake Oats Ltd, Virgin Trains, Barrie Green of Cheshire Fire Service and Crewe Fire Cadets for their support.
ROTARY CELEBRATION DAY
Members of Seahorse were invited to attend the Rotary Club of Crewe's Community Celebration Day at Crewe Library during February 2012. Club Secretary, Gareth Roberts, gave a presentation about Seahorse Swimming Club. Also attending the event was Cheshire East Cllr. Roy Cartlidge and Edward Timpson MP.
NOMINATION FOR COMMUNITY AWARD
Seahorse was nominated for an award in the 'Fundraising' category at the 'The Cat' local radio community awards during February 2012. The nomination was for the sponsored swim, which Seahorse members took part in during November 2011, raising £1935.25 for the children's charity, Newlife Foundation.
SEAHORSE RAISE £1935.25 FOR THE NEWLIFE FOUNDATION
Seahorse held a sponsored swim at Crewe swimming baths in November 2011 to raise funds for the Children’s Disability Charity, Newlife Foundation, who are assisting with funding for a lightweight wheelchair for one of the Club members.
"The Club is thankful to everyone who made this event happen and be so successful. The swimmers worked hard to raise so much for this worthwhile cause." - Brian Triner, Club Chairman.
The event, which raised a staggering £1935.25, was supported by Edward Timpson MP and Cllr. Margaret Martin, who attended the swim and encouraged the swimmers as they swam a total of 10 miles between them.
"The amount raised by our swimmers was incredible. It far exceeded what we expected to raise and everyone at the Club are over the moon with their achievement. Their efforts will go a long way towards purchasing the £3,374.64 wheelchair – the cost of this type of wheelchair. Thanks to everyone who got involved." - Gareth Roberts, Club Secretary.
Many of the volunteers took part in Health and Safety and Club Policy training, which was provided by Event Stewarding and Training Consultancy (ESTC), who are based at Nantwich, in 2011. The training was of immense value as it highlighted the Club's responsibilities and offered guidance to the volunteers, especially with regard to safeguarding, when working in the pool with the swimmers. The training was held at the Alexandra Stadium, home of Crewe Alexandra Football Club.
SUMMER TRIP AND CHRISTMAS PARTY 2011
Seahorse had its summer outing with a trip to Llandudno and the annual Christmas Party was held at Nantwich Cricket Club.