Because we like all things Birmingham and because we have such a talented group of people involved in our campaign and Pool of Memories project, I wanted to take a second to plug two smashing artists.
Vivienne Harrison has been a member of the Friends of Moseley Road Baths from the word go. When she’s not keeping the Pool of Memories project on track by keeping on top of finances, recording volunteer hours and making sure that we’re on target to get everything done, she’s often found organising art exhibitions and working on her own visual arts practice. She is currently organising the ‘Women Photographers!’ visual arts exhibition as part of ‘Shout!’ – Birmingham’s Festival of Queer Culture. There is a private view on the 16th November, and then the exhibition will run from the 17th-20th November at Jubilee Trades Centre, Pershore Street, Birmingham, B5 6ND.
I was really pleased this morning to see Robert Geoghegan featured as an artist on the We Are Birmingham site. Robert is a regular swimmer at Moseley Road Baths and has volunteered to record oral histories for our Pool of Memories Project. I love his cheeky take on familiar views of Birmingham. Anyone who has ever caught the 50 bus will have a giggle at his take on the bus to Druids Heath! A selection of his work will be on sale at the We Are Birmingham shop in Dale End once it opens on Saturday 13th November.
Founded in April 2000 the Gay Swim Group, Moseley Shoals, has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the biggest gay sports clubs in the UK. As well a providing a space to ‘splash and chat’, the exclusively LGB club is open to swimmers of all abilities and offers the opportunity for swim coaching and competition standard swimming.
Affiliated to the Gay Outdoor Club and supported by Birmingham Pride they ensure that there are plenty of opportunities to socialise as well as swim, with the chance to head to the pub after sessions, as well as the occasional BBQ, picnic and even holiday.
The group began when staff at Moseley Road Baths encouraged the group to hire the pool for swim sessions. Staff also encouraged two of the group to take the lifeguard course and qualify. They are celebrating their tenth anniversary in Hamburg this year (where a previous member now lives and has joined their local LGB Swim Group – who are hosting a swim tournament). In the past ten years they have attracted members from all over the Midlands, and the world.
Recently the group have linked up with the SHOUT festival which has helped with some Sport England money to introduce coaching on the first Wednesday of the month and water polo on the other Wednesdays. This has been made possible with the support of the Birmingham LGBT Community Trust. Please contact the Baths in advance on 0121 464 0150 to check that these sessions are taking place.
They currently hold three swim sessions a week at Moseley Road Baths. These are:
Mondays and Wednesdays: 8:00-9:00pm
Sessions cost £4.00, and swimmers of all abilities are welcome, although non-swimmers should check that there is a coach available before their visit.
For more information see the Moseley Shoals website at www.moseleyshoals.org.uk
If your swimming group meets, or used to meet at Moseley Road Baths please get in touch, we want to hear from you!