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.
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.
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
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