Heritage Lottery Fund award for Cleveland Pools
Well, we did it! We're absolutely over the moon that we have been awarded the money we need to get the Cleveland Pools firmly back on the Bath map: a development grant of £366,200 with earmarked funding of £4.1m. Huge thanks go to the Prince's Regeneration Trust for their expert advice and support in helping make this happen while a key factor in unlocking the HLF funding was Bath and North East Somerset Council's promise of £200,000 for the project.
Now the work really begins for the trustees and other volunteers, including our principal adviser Mary Sabina Stacey, who is heading up our bicentenary plans for next year. Two people who can't be forgotten – recently retired trustees Janice Dreisbach and Linda Watts – played a huge part in the long-running campaign to restore the Cleveland Pools and are both still keeping their hands in.
We've recently discovered some amazing history about the characters and events which have taken place over its long history and – along with its unique architecture, the tranquil setting and the soon-to-be-reinstated river pontoon allowing people to arrive by boat – we at last feel we are really on to an all-round winner. The HLF grant is, of course, the icing on the cake and we feel so proud that they have finally shown their faith in us.