Pool to feature in new Channel 4 series on Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners.
In September 2012 London based television production company Betty came to
Wirksworth Swimming Pool to film for a new series on Channel 4 called ‘Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners’.
Until now, the pool team have been bound to secrecy, but with the programme airing, they can now revealed the full story, and want to publicly thank the many local people who helped.
It was a sunny weekend in September when filming took place for the Wirksworth edition of this new series which follows obsessive compulsive cleaners touring Britain to clean homes and public spaces.
Wirksworth Swimming Pool was chosen as a subject for the series because it had recently been taken over by the community, and with its limited cleaning resources being spent on priority areas such as water quality and poolside hygiene, there were other areas in need of some attention.
An army of local people set to work to help three of the contributors from the TV programme refresh every inch of Wirksworth Swimming Pool inside and out.
The pool’s staff, trustees and customers helped clean changing rooms and bathrooms; the Wirksworth Colts U16 Girls scrubbed mould from low level walls. Two parents in particular, Mr Bellingall and Mr Vega Arnanz, impressed the film crew with their tile scrubbing!
Father and son team Robert and Steven Beech sanded and painted lockers with metal paint donated by Matlock firm William Twigg (Matlock) Ltd.
To help maintain water hygiene, Steve Gregory of DCS offered advice while an automatic chlorine dosing system was donated and installed by ProMinent.
Outside a group of Wirksworth Scouts and their leaders ensured no litter could be found.
Local tradesmen Colin Nadin of CRN Construction and Colin Thompson of Thompson Tree Services worked tirelessly with pool trustee Steve Maskrey to excavate foundations for a buggy shelter using a mini digger from R G Millward, materials donated by M Markovitz Limited, and with the shelter itself donated by Urban Space Products.
To add the finishing touches ahead of the ‘big clean reveal’ local tradesman Steve Holt of Tradefast Builders Ltd helped hang new signage and a series of mural panels designed by local artist Lynne Hollingsworth to enhance the main swimming area.
The filming concluded with a visit from Dr Tony Wheeler of Wirksworth Rotary Club, who inspected all the hard work ahead of pledging to support the pool with a donation.
Wirksworth Swimming Pool Manager Glyn Booth comments: “I visited London recently to view the final footage that will appear on Channel 4. It is around 8 minutes long, and although the pool looks fantastic at the end, in the process of editing three days’ work to just a few minutes of television, it hasn’t been possible to reflect the hard work of all the local people behind the scenes. I would like to personally thank everyone who helped, either donating materials or labour as the pool is a much better place for your efforts.”
The Obsessive Compulsive Cleaner series started on Channel 4 on Wednesday 13th February 2013. Wirksworth Swimming Pool is due to appear on the Wednesday 27th February 2013 show.