Jen’s Great North Swim June 2019




Our lovely Level 2 Swim Teacher Jenny is taking part in the Great North Swim in June 2019, doing a 1-mile open water swim on Lake Windermere to raise funds for our pool.

Money raised will go towards ongoing improvements in the next phase of upgrades.

The pool is already benefiting from the extension and canopy, and further plans are to improve the ladies’ changing rooms and poolside when funds allow.

Jenny has already started her training with the help of Pam Oliver.

We will post photos and updates as we get closer to the big day.











Any donations will be greatly appreciated. To sponsor Jenny, please click on the link below:

Jenny not only swam The Great North Swim in an amazing time but has raised a fantastic £1058.75 !!!

April 2018: Official Grand Opening of New Extension

The official opening ceremony was held on Saturday 14 April at 12.30 with refreshments, speeches, and performances by the local children’s choir, followed by a raffle draw – thanks to local businesses’ prize donations.

The much-needed new extension houses a large boys’ changing area, with separate toilet; a disabled changing room / wet room and toilet and an integrated office.

The extension was made possible thanks to grants from Landfill Communities Fund through Tarmac and another through The Exton Trust. A further generous donation enabled us to complete the building process; thanks to John Kirkland, whose late wife Sheila was a regular Aqua Fit user; she asked for all donations in her memory to be sent to Wirksworth Swimming Pool. It financed the pool’s full air con system, enabled the upgrade of the plant room to be more efficient, with a new boiler to improve running costs and for the extension to be finished to a high standard. In recognition of this wonderful kindness the staff and trustees have decided to rename the pool: ‘Sheila Kirkland Community Pool’.

Phase two of our building project will be funded by a grant from Sport England and will see the pool’s broken windows replaced and the ladies’ changing area upgraded.

Thank you to everyone in the local community who has supported our lovely pool, enabling us to continue to deliver life-saving skills and provide a service to benefit all of Wirksworth and surrounding areas.

March 2018: Proposal to re-name Wirksworth Swimming Pool

Over recent years, Wirksworth Swimming Pool has been generously supported by donations from the community. In particular, two local benefactors have supported the pool with significantly more funding than anybody else. It would be safe to say, that without the support of Sheila and John Kirkland, the pool would not be the fantastic community facility it is today.
Their support has meant that we have a new ventilation system, a new circulation system, new pumps, filters and, very shortly, a new extension.
Sadly, Sheila Kirkland passed away in 2016, and in recognition of the contribution made by Sheila and John Kirkland, the Pool Trustees and staff would like to rename the pool the Sheila Kirkland Community Pool, Wirksworth.

The Board of Trustees

Thank You Wirksworth

Wirksworth-Pool-DonationSupport for Wirksworth Swimming Pool continues with two new community donations.

Andy Lyne from the Hidden Gardens and Courtyards of Wirksworth popped in to Wirksworth Swimming Pool this week with a lovely donation of £500.00.

Andy and local residents, Jane Aitman, Peter Riddle, Kirstie Lyne and Les Biggs, host an annual event in the town. Visitors follow a trail around approximately 20 gardens and courtyards viewing intriguing sites that are often hidden from public view. Money raised during the event is gifted to local charities and Wirksworth Swimming Pool is very pleased to be one of those to receive a donation from the last event.

Andy comments: “We try to ensure the money raised in Wirksworth supports local charities or special projects that involve local people. Our next Hidden Gardens and Courtyards event is on the 27th and 28th June between 12-5pm and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to the town and being able to make further donations to local groups.”

In addition to this donation, Wirksworth Swimming Pool has also received money from the Friends of Wirksworth Swimming Pool fundraising group. The group recently held a raffle, tombola and balloon modelling stall at the town’s Farmers’ market. The event was a great success raising a fantastic £1107.80 for the pool. Many local businesses and pool users donated prizes, so thanks go to everyone involved for their support.

Fleur Fern, of Wirksworth Swimming Pool comments: “We are lucky, there is such great support in Wirksworth for the pool. We are only a small charity and put every penny donated to good use. When the Hidden gardens team called about their donation the boiler powering our showers had just broken. Their money has helped fund a new boiler, which all our pool users appreciate! As well as everyday projects we also have aspirations to extend the pool building and improve facilities and the money donated by the fundraising team will be split between current and future projects to ensure we invest for the future”.

As a self-funding charity, Wirksworth Swimming Pool is always looking for fundraising support and ideas. If you can help, please contact us on 01629 825704.

Award Nomination for Wirksworth Pool

Wirksworth Swimming Pool was recently nominated for an award at the inaugural Foundation Derbyshire Award Ceremony.

Foundation Derbyshire AwardsOut of 250 plus groups awarded funding through Foundation Derbyshire, over the last year,  just 12 local community organisations were put forward for awards, Wirksworth Swimming Pool being one of the 12, thanks to a nomination by The Michael and Annie Hall fund panel.

Writing to Wirksworth Swimming Pool, a member of Foundation Derbyshire commented: “Those shortlisted were selected because the panel felt they showcase the best of what the voluntary and community sector achieves here in Derbyshire.”

From the shortlist of 12 groups, six were selected to win full awards, at a ceremony which took place on Thursday 5th February 2015 at Derby Museum & Art Gallery. Sadly Wirksworth Pool didn’t make the final six, but we are grateful to the panel for their support and recognition of our work.

As a nominated group, the short film above, by John Felix, was made to showcase our charity.