Friends of Jubilee Pool

Friends of Jubilee Pool

Friends of Jubilee Pool (Bristol) Ltd (FoJP) is a limited company (no. 13796140) and registered charity (no. 1200342) entirely run by volunteers. It was set up in 2021 to lead on the submission of the application for the Community Asset Transfer of Jubilee Pool and Gym. After the successful completion of the transfer of the pool from Bristol City Council to FoJP on October 1st 2023, FoJP has a 35 year fully repairing lease to run the pool.

FoJP entered into an operating agreement with Parkwood Leisure Ltd/Lex Leisure CIC to act as operator for the day-to-day delivery of services to our members and users. We are very grateful to Parkwood Leisure Ltd/Lex Leisure CIC for bringing their expertise and experience to FoJP and for supporting our plans to grow and develop our services to the community. 

FoJP has six Trustees from the local neighbourhood, and over 40 volunteers who help with fundraising, events, maintenance and more.  

Getting involved with Friends of Jubilee Pool

We always welcome people who would like to get involved with FoJP.

We currently have working groups that help out wih different elements of the pool, each headed by a Trustee. These are:

  • Building and capital works
  • Grant funding
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Events
  • Marketing and communication

If you’re interested in joining any of these groups, please get in touch using the button below.

Friends of Jubilee Pool trustees

Trustee Jules Laming pic

Jules Laming (Chair) holds a BA Hons in Town & Country Planning and a Bachelor of Town Planning. She is a chartered town planner and has been a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1999. Jules is a member of Bristol’s Conservation Advisory Panel, representing the Bristol Neighbourhood Planning Network. She has managed large city centre commercial schemes through to bespoke heritage-led projects. Jules heads our building and capital works working group.


Rachel Heaton runs the office of two construction businesses and is experienced in company formation. She is a Beaver Scout Leader trained in all aspects including First Aid and Safeguarding, Chair of Redcatch Art Club and a member of the management committee for Entertaining Local Knowle, bringing the arts to Knowle. She is a community activist and has lived in Knowle for over thirty years. Rachel heads our marketing and communication working group.

Sarah Petherbridge is a qualified chartered accountant and a chartered tax advisor. She has worked for various accountancy firms in the UK in senior management roles, including EY, one of the largest global accountancy firms. Sarah now runs her own disability awareness training business, helping organisations become more disability aware and confident, and is a public speaker on disability, inclusion and mental health. Sarah heads our finance working group.

Trustee Debbie Reid pic

Deborah Reid has worked within the design and advertising industry as a graphic designer for 36 years. Deborah shares her knowledge through mentoring and as a brand and marketing consultant to small companies. Deborah heads our events working group.

Trustee Dereth Wood pic

Dereth Wood has worked in education and training for over 40 years. She has been an executive director and operations director, managing an annual budget of over £100 million and 150 staff. Dereth was a Trustee of the Greater Bristol Trust for six years (now the Quartet Community Foundation) and the co-founder and the Chair for 10 years of Accommodation for Recovery from Addiction (ARA) a charity that still operates in Bristol. Dereth heads our grant funding working group.

Trustee Matt Blanchard pic

Matt Blanchard is an NHS doctor who previously had a successful career in leisure. After starting, growing and selling a community fitness business in Kent, Matt worked as a service manager for Virgin Active before moving into council-owned facilities as an operations, then general manager. Matt can still occasionally be found teaching group exercise or swimming lessons in some of Bristol’s leisure centres. Matt heads our operations working group.

Friends of Jubilee Pool mission and values

FoJP’s vision is for an inclusive and accessible, community-led, not-for-profit, high-quality leisure facility for the people of Knowle and South Bristol. 

FoJP’s mission is to provide a quality, sustainable local resource that is welcoming, affordable, inclusive and accessible for everyone in the community – encouraging people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and needs to start and continue to swim and exercise at every stage of their life.

By being community-led and not-for-profit, FoJP will ensure Jubilee Pool always best serves the future health and wellbeing requirements of its diverse range of users. FoJP will guarantee a future where the facility – with its rich history and fond memories – is able to not just survive but thrive.

FoJP’s values:

  • Community: FoJP believes in the power of being community-driven, providing a resource that meets the health and wellbeing needs of its diverse range of local users. 
  • Quality: FoJP will guarantee Jubilee Pool is well-run, reliable, maintained and improved.
  • Social: FoJP will build and enhance Jubilee Pool’s reputation as a hub for locals to not just swim and gym, but also meet and socialise together.
  • Inclusive: FoJP will ensure Jubilee Pool is a resource for all – delivering activities, classes, swimming sessions and groups that cater for every member of our community, irrespective of health, ability or demographic.
  • Memorable: FoJP will preserve and promote the rich and intergenerational history of the pool, while investing in the future to ensure it provides positive memories for generations to come.

Useful documents

You can download a copy of FoJP’s latest accounts using the button below.

You can download a copy of FoJP’s safeguarding policy using the button below.