Kingfishers News – 16th Dec 2020

Dear Member/Parent/Guardian

The committee, officers, coaching and teaching teams wish everyone connected with Kingfishers a peaceful and (as much as it can be in the circumstances) restful Christmas and New Year – and we hope to see you all when we resume in January, all being well and subject to social distancing!


Please note below the Christmas break dates and information about membership renewals and training plan costs.  A huge amount of time has been given this year to keeping the club running safely and as ‘normal’ as possible for our swimmers in these very strange and challenging times.  The club is grateful and thankful for the support of volunteers, members and their families as we look forward to 2021 and beyond …

:: Annual membership not increasing for 2021

:: Deferment of payment of annual membership due 1st January until 1st February

:: Swim England Cat 1 affiliation fee continues to be included

:: Cat 2 fees and Level X Series 2

:: No immediate change to training fees (subject to review in March)

:: Last session before Christmas break and return date

Annual Membership Renewal, Cat 2 and Level X

Following last week’s AGM and committee meeting I am very pleased to report the club continues to be in a strong financial position during these uncertain times.  We will be sharing shortly the Chair’s report and key Officers’ reports with you.

I can confirm Swim England affiliation fees are not increasing and county fees are suspended due to the current circumstances.

I am also pleased to confirm there will be no increase in annual membership this year, and Cat 1 affiliation for swimmers continues to be included.

The Level X Racing Series 2 competition will be run during normal Top Squad sessions and held under gala conditions.

The coaching team intend for all top squad competitive swimmers to take part.

Level X competitors will be renewed as Cat 2 at an additional cost (as usual) of £18.55 payable on 1st February.  Inclusion in the Level X entry list confirms your agreement to this charge as the club will be billed even if no other licenced meets occur this year.  Entries will be communicated separately in the near future.

If you are a tax payer please ensure you log in to Swim Manager and tick acceptance of the Gift Aid form for our records so we can make your annual membership payment benefit our swimmers even more, at no additional cost to you.

The club have deferred the date for payment of annual membership from 1st January until 1st February (but the payment will need to be the full amount).

We realize many families have been affected by furlough or employment changes and we want to help ease the burden after early payment of December salaries and other expenses you may have at this time of year. We need to collect payment in full as we pay Swim England affiliation by mid-February, so please budget for this. If you have any concerns regarding payment of membership or training fees please contact me at the secretary@ email address below on a confidential basis.

Training Fees

More good news – training fees will not be increased in the first quarter of 2021.

The committee would like to encourage as many swimmers as possible to continue to swim with the club and the more that do the less pressure on club finances. The committee will review swimmer numbers and costs in March with the hope there will be no need for any adjustment if numbers swimming remain sustainable for the current pool time hired. We will give notice if any changes are required nearer the time and seek to minimize them.

In the meantime … please keep safe and keep swimming!

Break Dates and Covid Health Forms!

If you/your child has not returned since lockdown 2, but intends to do so in January please ensure you return the Covid Health Survey and Covid Declaration Forms before the first session.

Final session before Christmas break is Sunday 20th December 2020.

Even though there are no club sessions during the Christmas period we still have a duty to provide details for Covid 19 track and trace.

The Club Secretary is the point of contact for track and trace. If you are asked to provide details as part of the track and trace procedures please use the secretary@ email address.

First session after Christmas Break – note any timing changes – Monday 4th January 2021.

Timing Changes

Please note Monday’s session will be running half hour earlier (6.00 pm – 8.00 pm)

If you started at 6.30 pm, your new time will be 6.00 pm and so on.

Masters swimmers, your Wednesday session has been moved to Fridays, 7.00 pm – 8.00pm.

Christmas Raffle – To be drawn at our last swim session on 20th December

You’ve got to be in it to win it !!

From iPad to Go-Ape voucher and lots more there’s no reason not to partake in this years fabulous Christmas draw.

Only £1 a number can you afford to miss out?

Spread the word with friends & colleagues and help Kingfishers Swimming Club raise funds in these challenging times.

If you or anyone would like to join in the fun message or email Kay and she’ll pick your lucky numbers out.

Look at this fantastic prize list :

  1. Apple iPad

  2. Nintendo DS Switch

  3. Luxury Food Hamper

  4. 1 Years Membership, Kit Bag & Towel

  5. 1 Days Gardening from Dave Eves

  6. Body Shop Hamper

  7. Sega Mega Drive Console

  8. £50 Love To Shop Vouchers

  9. Hotel Chocolate & Prosecco

  10. Hotel Chocolate & Prosecco

  11. Red Lindt Hamper

  12. Brown Lindt Hamper

  13. Meal for 2 Delivered to your door courtesy of Tap & Spile

  14. £30 Go Ape Voucher

  15. £30 Eat Me Café Voucher

  16. £25 Amazon Voucher

  17. Lego – Harry Potter Bus

  18. Prosecco & Chocolates

  19. Puzzle & Snowman cuddly toy

  20. Haribo Selection Bag

Many thanks to all our sponsors, parents & fundraisers who have donated these fantastic prizes

Good luck everyone !


Thank you.

Vicky Gough

Honorary Secretary

Kingfishers Swimming Club


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