Chesterfield Half Marathon 2018

Staff members Maria, Jordan, Naomi and Emily are swapping flippers for trainers and running 13.1 miles in the Chesterfield Half Marathon on 21st October 2018. They will be raising money for our pool and, as all their lives have been affected by cancer in some way, half the money raised will be donated to Macmillan.

 

The money raised for the pool will go towards a canopy over the main entrance, easing congestion in our small lobby and providing shelter in bad weather.

 

Sponsor forms are available in reception or visit our Virgin Money Giving page:

 

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?campaignId=6253&charityId=1006040

Free Pool Time for Dales Housing Residents

Dales Housing Fund
Dales Housing and Wirksworth Swimming Pool launch initiative to help residents improve their health and wellbeing.

Social housing provider Dales Housing has opened a £5,000 fund with Wirksworth Swimming pool for local tenants to use on free pool sessions.

Under the scheme, the first 100 residents, from Dales Housing properties, to apply will be entitled to a £50 voucher for activities at Wirksworth Swimming Pool. The voucher can be used as full or part-payment on activities such as children’s learn to swim lessons, adult AquaFit, 1-2-1 swimming tuition or public swimming.

Speaking on behalf of Dales Housing, Samantha Taylor commented: “We are delighted to work with the pool as they provide a valuable local facility for the people of Wirksworth and surrounding areas. There is an opportunity for our residents of all ages to access the amenity and this support fits perfectly with our aim to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our residents.”

Wirksworth Swimming Pool Manager, Glyn Booth comments: “We are extremely pleased to be working with Dales Housing and grateful for their support with this initiative. This fund is a fantastic opportunity for residents to learn to swim or exercise in water. It also provides a boost to the pool’s finances: which as a self-funding charity is needed to support the long term sustainability of the facility.”

Vouchers are available from Wirksworth Swimming Pool reception for the first 100 applicants and are limited to one per household. A formal proof of address (ie a utility bill) will be required. For more details call 01629 825704 or email us by clicking here

Rewards for Wirksworth Swimmers

Children completing Wirksworth Swimming Pool’s learn to swim programme receive rewards donated by local businesses.

The very first ten children completing Wirksworth Swimming Pool’s “Learn to Swim” programme had more than one reason to celebrate this month. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses the children each received a set of rewards worth over £40.00 in recognition of their efforts.

The rewards, which the pool plans to offer to every child completing its full “Learn to Swim” programme, consist of an adult and child ticket for the Northern Light Cinema in Wirksworth, a horse riding experience or family pass to Matlock Farm Park and a climbing experience at Alter Rock in Derby. The children also receive a photo keepsake and appear on the” Wall of Honour” at the pool.

Pool Manager, Glyn Booth, said: “Congratulations to the first children completing our learn to swim programme. We are delighted with their progress demonstrating stroke perfection in front and back crawl and breast stroke.

I’d also like to sincerely thank our business supporters. It is fantastic that, with their help, we can give rewards of real value to celebrate a child’s success. It was also heart-warming when Northern Light Cinema gave Jack Webster, the first ever child finishing our programme, the added bonus of selecting a film to be shown at the cinema.

I’m proud to say Wirksworth pool is establishing a growing reputation for quality swimming lessons and the rewards package is a great motivator to our pupils. In the forthcoming term, we will surpass 290 learners, double the amount of pupils inherited when the pool passed into community ownership back in April 2012, so it seems we’re getting something right.”

 

Wirksworth Swimming Pool Appear on Channel 4

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.