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
Pool extension 25th September 2017
We are pleased to let you know that through grants, donations and fund-raising we have finally reached the amount required to be able to undertake the extension project at Wirksworth Swimming Pool.
The building will be extended on the side facing the Anthony Gell car park, and the works will commence on Monday 25th September. The works will be undertaken by HA Briddon Building Contractors, and we estimate they will be completed by the end of January 2018.
Once completed, the extension will feature additional changing facilities, a disabled toilet, storage space and a new reception/office. The design of the extension has taken into account the main aim of improving customer experience, and we hope the additional space, although modest, will ease the pressure on the changing rooms during busy times.
Apart from the current swap in male and female changing rooms, we are not anticipating any major disruption to the Pool business on a day to day basis. If any disruption is anticipated, we will aim to let you know, well in advance, of any changes, cancellations, etc. by email, Facebook and the website.
Otherwise, we hope the building works bring only interest and excitement as we see the new extension taking shape. If you would like more information on the final design, or anything else in regards to the extension, please ask in Reception.
Dave Baker on behalf of the team of trustees and staff
Join us, during the Easter 2015 school holidays for fun activity hours and learn to swim crash courses.
Please note: the Pool will be closed over the Easter weekend (Friday 3rd April – Monday 6th April 2015)