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:
We have managed to secure generous grants from Tarmac and the Exton Trust in order to replace the windows and doors at the end of the pool and also the ladies’ changing rooms. To minimize disruption to pool users, this work will take place for 2 weeks over Easter. We will close after lessons and Open Swim on Saturday 13th April and re-open on Monday 29th April.
A new glazed canopy was erected over the approach to the main entrance to the Pool on 10th-11th January, providing a sheltered area for school children to wait during the change-over of classes, and protection for parents using the buggy store.
The canopy was partly funded by money raised at the Chesterfield Half Marathon, so thank you once again to our fabulous runners and everyone who sponsored them.
Further building work to upgrade our facilities is planned for later in the year.
The new canopy over the Main Entrance
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.
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