Westwoods 12th Birthday Party
Our 12th Birthday Party was held on Saturday 19th July and many of your favourite activities from previous years were repeated along with some great new things to do! Our thanks go to Puffin the Balloon Man, Lorna the face painter from Cool Faces, Robert from M&S Simply Food for some lovely wine tasting, Michael Groves for his tennis coaching, Morag for massage tasters, Lynne from Vibe Beauty Clinic for her beauty tasters, Baby Sensory for entertaining of youngest members, The Animal Man for the Mini Zoo, Gary James and Stone the Crow for his magic show, Anne Dooner for her swim fun session, the creche team for their arts, crafts and tasty sea life designs, Colin Begg for running the triathlon, Samm for organising the treasure hunt, the brasserie team for the delicious BBQ and all the staff for helping out in a variety of roles throughout the day!!
Our thanks must also go to everyone who came along on the day to support the event - we hope you had a great day! You helped raised over £440 for Maggies Edinburgh which is fantastic. Please visit our charity page to see how much your Club has raised since 2012!
Scott Leonard, one of your Club's Leisure Attendants and an aspiring photogrpaher will shortly be posting his pictures of the event to a photo website.
Walk in Activities
|11.00am - 3.00pm||BBQ||The brasserie team will be cooking delicious BBQ food!|
|10.00am - 3.00pm||Face Painting||Lorna from Cool Faces will be available all day!|
|10.00am - 3.00m||Family Treasure Hunt||Pick up your first clue from reception then hunt around the club for the rest! Every completed form will be entered into a prize draw to win a fantastic prize!|
|10.00am - 3.00pm||Bouncy Castle||The giant bouncy castle will be in the sports hall all day alongside the bungee run!|
|12.00noon - 3.00pm||Balloon Man||Puffin the Balloon Man will be here for three hours. As last year we'll have a queueing system in place to ensure you don't have to wait too long to get the balloon of your choice.|
|11.00am - 3.00pm||Wine Tasting||Robert from M&S will be down with a selection of his favourite wines for you to try throughout the day.|
|1.00pm - 3.00pm||Vibe Tasters||Lynne from Vibe will be offering massage tasters for adults and sparkly nail treatments for children. No need to book, just turn up and say hello!|
Bookable Events for Children
|10.00am - 11.00am||Baby Sensory||The Baby Sensory team will be running a 1/2 hour class, with babies from 6 months to 18 months at 10am and 19 months old to 3 years at 10.30am.|
|10.15am - 11.15am||Swim Fun with Anne||Fun and Games in the pool with Anne. For children who can comfortably swim 25m|
|11.30am - 12.30pm||Animal Fun||Join the creche team as our animal expert introduces you to an exciting array of creatures (for 3-8 year olds).|
|1.00pm - 2.00pm||Magic Show||Magician Gary James and his sidekick "Stone the Crow" will entertain the children with an hour of magic! Open to children aged 3 to 10.|
|2.15pm - 3.15pm||Adult/Child Tennis||Bring your child along and help them learn some tennis skills with Coach Michael. For children aged 5-10. (Parents stay in activity with child).|
Bookable events for Adults
|8.30pm - 10.00pm||Triathlon||Enter our first of many triathlons and log your time to try and beat it at future events. It'll be a bike/swim/run in that order.|
|10.00am - 3.00pm||Massage Tasters||Morag will be hosting free 15 minute massage taster sessions.|
|1pm onwards||Adults Tennis||An hour of tennis coaching followed by a sociable tennis tournament, organised by the social tennis regulars.|
Westwoods Golf Outing 2014
Our 10th Annual Golf Outing took place on Friday 30th May at Prestonfield Gold Club, as as always the sun was shining! Members were grouped in threes to compete in the tri-am challenge and there were also prizes up for grabs for longest drive, nearest to the pin and nearest to the pin in two. We'd like to thank all the members who came along and also Prestonfield Golf Club for their wonderful hospitality. Congratulations to our winners listed below.
Champions 2014: Charlie Williamson, Cheryl Ford and Mike Harrington (pictured)
Ladies Longest Drive: Cheryl Ford
Men's Longest Drive: Colin Murray
Nearest the Pin: Des Woolgar
Nearest the Pin in Two: Colin Murray
Members' Christmas Party (Children)
Santa Claus came to Westwoods on 14th December as we hosted not one but two parties for our youngest members. Children aged three and under were entertained by Jo Jingles before their visit from Santa (12.45 - 1.45pm), while children aged three to eight had Magician Gary James and his sidekick Stone The Crow to keep the fun going (12.30 - 2.30pm). The creche team also organised party games such as pass the parcel and musical statues.
Members' Christmas Party (Adults)
Our Adults' party was once again held within Fettes College and the evening consisted of a drinks reception in the Callover Hall, followed by more drinks, party games, dancing and dinner in the main function suite, before we crowned our Members of the Year Emma Lougheed and Ian Gray. The fun went on until midnight and a fantastic time was had by all!
Business Networking Event
Our first Business Networking event took place on Thursday 14th November at 6pm. A good number of members turned out to hear a presentation by Sarah Morgan, Digital Marketing Co-ordinator for Morton Fraser Solicitors and swap business card afterwards.
We'd like to thank Sarah and Also Ian Gray from Morton Fraser for their help launching our business networking event. The members who turned out all gave us great feedback and are looking forward to the next event which will hopefully be in February.
If you are interested in networking with other members in the mean time, then you are welcome to join our LinkedIn Page.
Our annual Easter Party for our youngest members was a great success and including the traditional egg roll and a visit from the Animal Man!
Wine Tasting with M&S
Our latest wine Tasting Evening in conjunction with M&S Craigleith and their wine expert Robert Wright took place in March 2014 within Fettes College. Robert brought along some of his favourite wines from the M&S collection. M&S recently launched some great sparkling wines, so robert decided to bring a bit of fizz to the evening with three sparklers which were all very well received. If you would like advice on wine then Robert works in your local Craigleith store Thu - Sun from 10am - 6pm.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
A big thank you to everyone who came along to our MacMillan Coffee Morning on Friday 27th September. Thank you in particular to all the members and staff who took the time to baked some of the delicious goods on sale and to the staff who jumped on the spin bikes to help raise extra cash. In total, we raised £766.57 for MacMillan who provide support services for people with cancer every day! Well done everyone!
Robbie Renwick Club Visit
We were thrilled to have Robbie Renwick, Commonwealth 200m freestyle Gold medallist at your Club on Wednesday 19th June to complete a training swim in advance of his next competition which offers qualification for the World Championships later this year.
Robbie trained using a SWIMTAG wristband that all adult members have access to as part of their membership. As Robbie is due to compete in a few days, his training was structured accordingly but he still clocked up over 2500m in around one hour of pool time. We will be running some competitions for members to try to beat Robbie's 200m and 400m times which he recorded whilst at the Club although we feel it is only fair to point out that these times were recorded whilst swimming over 2500m and not in isolation!! They are still very quick!
Following his training, Robbie held two seperate swim coaching sessions, firstly for six lucky children who have swimming lessons at the Club and secondly for six adults who currently use SWIMTAG.
Robbie then offered a fascinating insight into his career to date during a Q&A session which included confirmation that he trains 6 days per week for up to 7 hours per day, that London 2012 was a very special experience and that he never, ever eats crisps!
A selection of photos of the event are available on the Westwoods Facebook Page (more will come back from the photographer will be with us in due course). On behalf of the Club we would like to say a big thank you to Robbie for visiting Westwoods Health Club and we wish him the very best for the future.