UPDATE ON POOL: October 2019
Having saved the pool from closure by raising £65,000 to replace the roof, we were also able to raise the extra needed to replace the front doors and obtain a grant to replace the water heating boiler which broke down in September 2018. In total we have raised £80,166.99 up to the end of March 2019 and have spent £76,967.00 so we have brought forward a balance of £3166.99 to go towards the next part of the ongoing maintenance project.
The first priority this financial year was to replace the intruder alarm system which was done in the summer term and now we are working on raising the £10,000 needed to replace the pool covers which are now in a poor condition and becoming too heavy for one person to roll back on their own.
What’s next for the pool work?
We were able to make a start on the decorating of the pool building in the summer and are very grateful to Richardsons Decorating who supplied us with the paint at cost price which saved us quite a bit of money but still cost £603.26. This work will continue.
2019-2020 Fund Raising for the swimming pool
£925 has been raised by Aqua Academy from a sponsored swim in March.
£1075.64 was raised at the Summer Show in June
£159.00 was raised at Sultan Show
£30.94 from the Small Change/Big Difference – Milk bottle collections. We do this every 2 years and plan to start this collection again in September.
£261.87 from the Quiz & Curry Night which was a great evening. Mrs Wild created a brilliant quiz and Mrs Long provided the excellent food!
£33 was raised at Bridgemary Carnival
£94.25 was raised at the Michelmas Fair
We continue to try to get out into the community as much as possible to raise awareness of the pool and to raise funds. We don't make lots of money at these events but it is lovely to be in the community and raising awareness. Unfortunately we were unable to be at Leesland Parkfest on 14 September as it clashed with the Heritage days.
FRIENDS OF LEESLAND SWIMMING POOL
We are looking to set up a FOLSP group to support the pool and the fund raising efforts needed to keep it up together. We would like to see representatives of all the stakeholders involved in the pool including staff, governors, parents, hirers, local businesses, St. Mary’s Parish, and anyone else who is interested and willing to be part of such an important facility. We hope to have our first meeting in the autumn term. If you would like to know more please speak to Kate Hedges.