APRIL 2017 - PLANNING APPLICATION APPROVED
Following a 13 year journey a major milestone has been achieved with Cleveland Pools Trust being awarded planning permission to restore the pools. But there's still much to do before the Heritage Lottery Fund releases Stage II funding to ensure work starts early next year; primarily to engage fully with those Bathwick Estate residents concerned with certain elements of the plans, and raising the remaining £150,000 of the £530,000 match funding target.
David Barnes, one of the architects from Donald Insall Associates, and the Trust's Project Direct Christopher Heath spoke in support of the application, plus Dennis Toogood, President of the Bath Dolphin Swimming Club and former President of the Amateur Swimming Association, who highlighted the need for more swimming training sessions in Bath, and the recent Swimathon held by his club and seven swim schools in the B&NES area which raised over £12,000 - making the point that the swimming community of Bath is truly behind the Cleveland Pools.
Chairman Ann Dunlop says: "We can't relax quite yet but I remain positive and reassured that there are so many good people behind us willing to stick with the programme and help us deliver this project for Bath's community - hopefully within the next two years. I am enormously grateful to the trustees, sponsors, design team, project director, advisors, volunteers, former swimmers, and particularly those individuals who took time to support our planning bid......a big thank you to them all for helping us get to this point".
Read the Bath Chronicle report here
Photo: Councillor Rob Appleyard putting forward his recommendation to approve the application.
FEBRUARY 2017 - SPONSORED SWIMATHON RAISES £12,000 FOR THE CLEVELAND POOLS
Thanks to 600 swimmers from 8 swim schools/clubs who took part, including Bath School of Swimming (owned by trustee Suzy Granger), Angelfish, Barracuda, Water Babies, Swim Central, Jaime's Swim School, and Nicole's Swim School, a record £12,000 has been raised for our funds. This has been the single most successful fundraising event we've done and proves that having a swimming teacher trustee on board opens doors for us onto Bath's swimming community, so special thanks to Suzy for all her organisation. Our Paralympian patron Stephanie Millward MBE supported the event by attending a swim session to meet children and hand out 'Well Done' certificates.
WELL DONE EVERYONE TAKING PART AND A HUGE THANK YOU!
To add to the total please go to https://localgiving.org/appeal/clevelandpoolsswimathon
VOLUNTEERS SOCIAL IN BATHWICK - Wednesday 25th January 2017
36 people attended the Volunteers Social evening at St Mary's Parish church hall in Bathwick.
Following eats and drinks, trustee Sally Helvey provided an overview of the Pools' history, a project update, and a much-deserved tribute to all the volunteers many of whom have been helping out with the project for over two years; running events on site at Heritage Open Days, manning our Christmas Market chalet, fortnightly site maintenance sessions and carrying out research into our vast and varied history.
In addition to the volunteers, attendees included:
'In-house' graphic artist Catherine Phelps (middle-right in black, seated)
Photographers Beata Cosgrove (2nd from left) and Marc Aitken (in front of banner)
Chair, Ann Dunlop beneath the banner in the centre. Patrons June Hannam on her right (with glasses)
Stephanie Millward MBE seated in the front row wearing her 'Team GB' top and one of her gold medals from Rio.
Trustee Fred Parkinson (8th from right)
Longstanding advisor Mary Sabina Stacey (in pink, centre left)
If you feel you might like to volunteer at Cleveland Pools please visit our 'Volunteer' webpage.