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Christmas Parties 2014

Our Children's and Adult's Christmas Parties will be held on Saturday 13th December 2014.  The children's party is held at the Club during the afternoon with information and tickets available in early November.  The adults party is held from 7pm at Fettes College with a drinks reception followed by music, dancing, entertainment, Member of the Year Awards, hot food and a cash bar.  Tickets are £17.50 for members and £20 for guests (max of 2 guests per member until 16th November).  Members who have attended the Club 10 times in October are entitled to a discounted £15 ticktet if booked by 15th November.  This sell-out event in 2012 and 2013 is a must...don't delay, book your ticket today!!

N.B: Adults party is strictly over 18 years old

Club 12th Birthday

Thank you to everyone who attended the Club's 12th Birthday and helped make it a fantastic day! It was great to see so many people of all ages taking part in activities on the day.  Photographs from Scott Leonard, a budding photographist and one of our Leisure Attendants, can be found here.  Full details of the events from the day can be found on our Club Events page.

Summer / Autumn Class Timetable Launched

Our summer / autumn class timetbale commences from Friday 11th July and full details can be found on our class timetable page.

Westwoods Health Club Shortlisted for Health Club of the Year 2014

We are absolutely delighted to announce that your Club has been shortlisted for the Members' Choice Health Club of the Year 2014!!  We are shortlisted in two categories:

  • Scottish Premium Club
  • Overall winner from the whole of the UK

Furthermore, we are delighted to announce that David Gibson, one of your fitness instructors has been shortlisted for the People Award.  He is one of only 20 individuals from across the whole of the UK to be shortlisted. Congratulations David!

It is really pleasing to know that we have been shortlisted solely on the feedback from our members.  The awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday 30th September and we will be sure to keep our members informed.  Thank you to everyone who took time to complete the questionnaire.

Westwoods Health Club Tough Mudder Team 2014

Congratulations to the Westwoods Tough Mudder Team who completed the Dalkeith course recently.  Pictures of the event can be found on our facebook page.  Thank you to everyone who sponsored them, raising over £1300 for The Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Golf Day at Prestonfield Golf Course

Congratulations to Cheryl, Mike and Charlie for their victory in the 10th Westwoods Health Club Golf Tournament on Friday 30th May.  Well done also to Cheryl, Colin M, Des and Colin M again for winning the ladies longest drive, men's longest drive, nearest the pin (par 3) and nearest the pin in two (par 4)! Finally our thanks to everyone for making the day so successful and to Prestonfield Golf Club for a fantastic day with glorious sunshine!

Fettes College Security

Over recent years the Governors of the Fettes Trust have become increasingly anxious as to the number of pedestrians walking though the school grounds and the apparent lack of control over who should and shouldn’t be doing so.  They recently commissioned the police to produce a review of the security on campus and highlight any areas of concern. The recommendations from this report together with a few recent incidents of theft and unauthorised use of facilities have emphasised the requirement to raise the security within the school grounds.  Enhanced security systems are currently being installed on all of the school buildings and it has been decided that the West Drive gate will be permanently locked from Monday 2nd June to avoid any pedestrian or vehicle access through this entrance.

We are fully aware that some members who live or work near the East Fettes Avenue side like to walk through the school grounds to access the facilities at Westwoods.  Unfortunately as there are many others completely unrelated to Fettes or Westwoods who are currently using this access route, the Governors, after much thought and deliberation, have decided to stop this access route for everyone except Fettes staff or pupils. I do hope that you can understand their decision regarding the paramount importance of the safety of the pupils at Fettes College.

The club would really appreciate if you could now only access Westwoods via the Crewe road south entrance. Please note that the blue lanyard that has been distributed to some members can now not be utilised to access the route via the East Fettes Avenue gates.

We realise that over the years there has been various communication regarding access and parking and we thank you for your patience and understanding where changes have had to be made.

Tough Mudder

The Club has some staff and members taking part in the Edinburgh Tough Mudder Challenege this summer.  They are raising money for various charities and fundraising details can be found on the links for MS Society Scotland and ITP Support Association.  Your support would be very welcome. Thank you.

Sport Relief

A huge thanks to all the members and staff who helped raise a total of £637 on Friday 21st March. Your generosity has helped the Club raise over £10,000 for various charities since September 2012.  Have a look at who you have helped on our Charity Support page.

Health Club Awards 2014

We have entered the Club into the Health Club Awards 2014 which is an impartial organisation collating the results and comparing them to others within the UK.  As our members will know, we are committed to providing excellent customer service and facilities and always strive to listen and respond to our member's feedback.  This award system is another tool for understanding how this is being recieved by our members.

To enter, members need to visit www.healthclubawards.co.uk and click on the 'Rate Your Club' icon. All entrants have the chance to win £1000 from the organisation just for taking part.  We would also encourage members to mention a particular member of staff by name in the comments section if they have gone out of their way to help you, as there is a People's Awards category too.

New Workout of the Week (WOW)

We are delighted to announce that in addition to our very popular instructor-led 30 minute workouts, we are introducing a WOW system to the fitness suite.  These have been designed to offer members an opportunity to try a different workout to what they might normally have completed on a visit to the Club to help keep their fitness training fresh and exciting.  Remember there are a variety of free fitness appointments available for members to book with full details here.

Westwoods Splash 'N' Dash

Our 3rd Splash 'N' Dash race took place on Sunday 9th February at 1pm! The Splash 'N' Dash is a short swim in our pool followed by a run outside, which is all timed by the staff here at Westwoods. This was our first race of the year  and the idea is for members to take part regularly to try and improve their time.

You can either enter as a Novice and swim 200m followed by a one mile (1.6km) run or you can enter as an Intermediate and swim 400m followed by a two mile (3.3km) run.

In February, members took up the personal challenge in the pouring rain and howling wind. It was blizzard-like conditions outside with heavy mud underfoot but several participants who took part in the race swam and ran hard and managed to improve their times, particularly our fastest female competitor Catriona Macaulay beating her personal best from last time by several minutes! Gary Sleator our fastest male deserves a lot of credit for putting in a top effort and setting himself a time to beat for next time. For the first time we also had a ‘Mother and Son’ competing against each other.  Mum, Mandy Soppitt just beat son Colin Soppitt who was running hard to catch up. Well done to all who took part in what were testing running conditions. It's a great target to work towards and an ideal starting point if you are thinking about entering a triathlon in the future.

Our Fitness Team have programmes prepared for running and swimming that will help you to do your best in the race, so contact your Instructor to pick up a swimming programme or to have a running programme added to your gym key. If you have any questions, please contact race organiser Colin Begg or any member of the team.

Maggies to Maggies Challenge & 2013 Fundraising

Congratulations to all the members who completed the distance from Maggies Edinburgh to Maggies Fife with Swimtag in November! We can now announce that all together everyone raised just over £6000 in sponsorship, (and there are still a few donations to come in).

At our 10th Birthday bash in September last year we raised £1300 and we also managed to collect £550 at our 11th Birthday Party in the summer. The participants from Morag's Healthy Hearts class handed in £250 bringing the overall total to just over £8000.

A cheque for £8,079.81 was presented to Mark Cooper from Maggies at our Christmas Party on Saturday. This money is enough to keep the centre running for over three days! For more information on the incredible work that they do please visit their website.

In addition to all the fundraising for Maggie's we also raised £766.57 for MacMillan during our coffee morning in September and £600 for Comic Relief in March and gave raffle prizes to various charities throughout the year, bringing the total raised this year to just under £10,000. You can see a summary of all our recent charity activities on our new Charity Support Page.

Jog Scotland Leaders of the Year Award 2013

We are delighted to report that Brendan and Fiona who lead the Jog Scotland programme from Westwoods have been recongised at the Jog Scotland and Scottish Athletics Awards 2013 as the Jog Scotland Leaders of the Year 2013!  We are very proud of what Brendan and Fiona have achieved over the many years they have led these programmes from the Club and this award is richly deserved.  Brendan and Fiona were nominated by their peers which is further testament to their abilities.  Congratulations to them both!

You can read more about this story on the Jog Scotland website.

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 we are now running two 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! You can enter by logging in to your SWIMTAG account and clicking "compete".

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.

Pilates Booking Procedure

Following a successful trial at the start of February, the Club is pleased to confirm that the trial Pilates booking policy has been made permanent as follows:

Booking for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night Pilates classes will open at 0630 on Monday of the preceding week. A member may book one class on that preceding Monday.

The same member may phone the following day, Tuesday, to book an additional Pilates class.

The same member may phone the following day, Wednesday, to book an additional Pilates class.

If a Pilates class is fully booked, you have the option to either add your name to its waiting list or book a class on a different day. If all classes are fully booked, you have the option of adding your name to one waiting list.

Halloween Party

There was a spooky feeling throughout the Club on Saturday 25th October as some of our younger members enjoyed a Halloween Party led by the Creche Team.  A magic show was followed by dangling doughnut eating and scary party games including a favourite Scary Musical Statues which involved a lot of toilet roll being wrapped around those taking part!

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

Time Activity Description
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

Time Activity Description
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

Time Event Description
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.

Easter Party

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.