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NEWS IN BRIEF


THERMALS SPA SPONSOR YOUTH FOOTBALL TEAM Wokingham and Emmbrook’s under-12s have gone into the new season with their kit sponsored by Thermals Spa. The company, which supply a range of hot tubs and swim spas recently opened up a branch in Wokingham. They see this as an exciting opportunity for the European brand not only to spread the word about their business, but also invest in the local community through the promotion of health and wellbeing. Louise Stringer,


Marketing Executive at Thermals Spa, handed over the new kit to club Chairman Steve Williams who commented: “The support of our local businesses is vital to the funding of the club kit and equipment and ensures the future of the largest youth football club in the area. We are very grateful to Thermals Spa.”


UKIP BACK POOL RENOVATIONS IN YORKSHIRE Bradford UKIP Chairman Jason Smith recently announced he and his party are backing a residents push to save a village pool in Queensbury, West Yorkshire. Under Council proposals, four leisure centres in the area could close with all four being replaced by four new-build swimming pools, within the city of Bradford. The locations for these have to be announced. Mr Smith said: “In UKIP we are proposing to use a portion of the money to instead renovate our local pools, use modern technology to cut down their operating costs and keep local services local. We will fight tooth and nail to protect our local pools and ask all local people to support us.”


Triogen Appoint New Managing Director


Triogen, a branch of Degremont Technologies (Suez Environment group), is pleased to announce the appointment on 1 January 2014 of Tom Kelly as Managing Director. Tom Kelly succeeds Jim Wheatley, founder of the Company. Jim retires after more than 30 very successful years at Triogen. Tom began his career in


Yarrow Shipbuilders and is a qualified electrician, draughtsman and design engineer. He has a BSc and B Eng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering. Tom joined Triogen in December 1990 as an Electrical Design Engineer and has progressed through various positions. Tom has been the Technical Director for the last four years.


Eric Dehouck, CEO of Degremont Technologies attended an official meeting on Thursday 9 January where Jim Wheatley and Tom Kelly shared the traditional Scottish ‘Quaich’ signifying the handover.


Tom Kelly, Jim Wheatley


and Eric Dehouck shared the traditional Scottish ‘Quaich’


“I look forward to keeping the company at the forefront of UV & ozone technology”, said Tom. “After many years with the company, I am looking forward to a rest but I am sure that Triogen will continue to grow over the years to come,” said Jim.


“It has been a honour to witness the handover between Jim and Tom. Nowadays, it is essential that the baton should be passed to a person who totally understands the


challenges present and future for Triogen,” said Eric Dehouck. Degremont Technologies extends its thanks and appreciation to Jim Wheatley who has been key to the development and progression of Triogen with his entrepreneurial values and ideas. These will no doubt remain beyond his retirement.


Triogen Ltd 01355 220598 www.triogen.com


Bicester Swimming Pool Reopens


A children’s swimming pool at Bicester Leisure Centre reopened in January following major rectification works. The Play ‘n’ Teach pool was closed in December 2012 because of sudden unexplained cracking of the pool base tiles. Following extensive technical investigations and advice, work was carried out by a number of specialist contractors to repair and replace the concrete base, replace pipe works, re-screed and completely retile the entire pool. Cllr George Reynolds, Deputy Leader for Cherwell District Council, said: “The closure of the Play ‘n’


Teach Pool has been incredibly frustrating for all concerned, not least our customers who we know have missed this popular facility.


“While concentrated efforts have been made to get the pool reopened as soon as possible, technically challenging issues have unfortunately extended the time scales to successfully do so. However we are now delighted to be able to reopen the pool for the start of the new year and would like to thank everyone for their patience during the closure.”


In addition to carrying out repairs, the closure of the pool also provided contractors with the opportunity to replace and install new water play features including a frog, rainbow slide and mushroom water fountain. Liyen Ashby, General Manager of Parkwood Leisure which manages the facility, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming back some of our youngest customers and their parents and to seeing the pool full again. We hope people will enjoy our new and improved facilities.”


www.swimmingpoolnews.co.uk SPN February 2014 19


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