Saturday, April 24, 2010

St. Davids Community Pool Group Newsletter (9): April 2010

Susan Preece, Secretary of St Davids Community Pool Group, reports very good news in the last newletter:

"During February and March we carried out a market research exercise to find out more about what the community needs in respect of a swimming pool and additional integrated facilities to make it financially sustainable. We issued a questionnaire to obtain feedback from the community about the likely usage of various options. The questionnaire was made available through primary schools and other locations such as Post Offices, doctors’ surgeries and public houses across the peninsula.

Approximately 600 questionnaires were completed and returned and the data is now being collated. A big thank you goes to all who took the time and trouble to complete one of these questionnaires. Further consultation is planned with pool user groups over the next few months – any group interested in taking part in this consultation should e-mail their contact details to the email address below.

We have identified two potential sites for the pool and have been presented with a design concept that has given us a lot to think about in terms of defining our specification.

All of this has prompted us to establish the St Davids Pool Project Enablement Board to take things forward to the planning application stage. The Board initially consists of the Community Pool Group’s Chairman (David Lloyd), Secretary (Susan Preece), Member (Andy Dixon) and Jon Bowles of Perpetual Legacy. Project management for the enablement phase has been placed with LA Architects. The Community Pool Group Steering Committee’s role will be to keep the community informed of developments and in turn inform the Project Board of local concerns/issues.

In addition we have been working with a website developer to produce a dedicated website that will be updated with details about the project as it develops. The website has gone live so why not have a look at .

In due course the website will have a Donate Button to enable you to support the project with donations that can benefit from Gift Aid (claiming back tax from the government)."

Bravo, and let's keep fighting for our new pool!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Pictures taken with my iPhone today at 6:35 pm after the Evening Song in St. Davids Cathedral.

No editing.

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Gwanwyn Festival 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Today's Evening Prayer in Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King was sung by the visiting Boys' Choir of St David's Cathedral.

The Metropolitan Cathedral's Director of Music, Tim Noon, worked in St. Davids before coming to Liverpool.

Tomorrow at 12noon they will conduct an informal concert.

The children and some of the parents lead by the Organist and Master of the Choristers Mr. Alexander Mason left yesterday in a bus.

Deborah told me that today's Evening Song went very well and the Choir did a great job.

In its web page they explain that since 1958 choir of men's voices was formed by Canon Edward Murphy to sing in the Crypt.

In 1960 a Boys' Choir was established under the direction of Christopher Symons and amalgamated with the Men's Choir.

Since then music has been at the heart of the worship in the Metropolitan Cathedral.

The original Choir School was The Gables in Woolton.

In 1974 St Edward's College became the Choir School.

Today, the Cathedral Music Department is responsible for providing music at ten services every week in term time, plus numerous extra services when called upon to mark a particular occasion.

This work is shared between the Cathedral's four choirs and four organists under the guidance of the Director of Music.

(In the picture, the choir of Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral)