Milborne Port Community Swimming Pool
The swimming pool now has a new on line booking website, at http://milborneportpool.co.uk/mpcsp/...
Facts & Figures
- The Milborne Port Community Swimming Pool is on the grounds of the Primary School, but is very much open to the whole community. The school do use it for lessons for 3 afternoons a week during the half term before & the half term after the summer holiday. We also organise for one or two life-guarded fun sessions after school each week during term time. After school, at weekends & during the holidays the pool is available to hire to anyone who wants to (& following certain guidelines!)
- Anyone going to Milborne Port Primary School will have learnt to swim in this pool.
- The pool is run entirely by volunteers from the school & community. They take the bookings & maintain the pool on a daily basis.
- During weekends & holidays the pool is available to hire for £10 per hour from 10am-7pm & during term time, after school from 3.30-6.30pm. (The fee was £8 per hour, but we have now increased this to help raise funds).
- The pool was first opened in 1981 as an open-air pool. In 1994 the current poly-tunnel was put over the pool. 30 Years on & essential maintenance was needed for us to be able to carry on using the pool. The cost of the work required was over £12,000 (£10k Net), which took into account that we could do a lot of the work ourselves.
- The Milborne Port Primary School PTFA raised over £10,000 during the 2011/12 school year, which covered the Phase 1 refurbishment.
- We now have less than 2 years to replace the current poly-tunnel. The metal frame is showing signs of corrosion, the plastic is torn & patched in places, & we would need to get planning permission to leave it up any longer. We could go back to having an open-air pool, but would rather put up a new & better roof. We are looking into various alternatives, but would rather not have another poly-tunnel, which would again have a limited life. We have looked at swimming pool enclosures, but the ones we’ve looked at have their problems too. Ideally we would like a conservatory-type glass structure, which would be longer-lasting, would keep the heat in better, be more soundproof & would provide us with better ventilation than we have now. We have had a quote for this & it comes in at around £60k (Net). We are hoping to negotiate on this price by offering to do some of the work ourselves. We hope to bring the price down to nearer £50k (Net).
- Following an £8,000 grant received from Councillor William Wallace last Autumn & continued fund-raising by the school’s PTFA, we already have £15k saved up, but have a long way to go.
- We are constantly looking for Grants to apply for, but it’s difficult identifying those which we’re eligible for. Grants have to be applied for by the school, since the PTFA – a registered charity – don’t own the pool or the land it’s built on. We applied for a Sports England grant last year, which we appeared to be ideal candidates for, but when reading all the criteria it was aimed at projects which were geared towards secondary school-aged children & adults. Our pool CAN be used by all, but is particularly suited to primary school aged children. We may try again, but will keep looking at other possible grants to apply for.
- Local businesses have already shown their support with lots for our Auction of Promises last year, raffle prizes & helped with the printing of publicity material.
- Many donations were received, including the following:
- £500 Milborne Port Commonalty
- £192 Charities Aid Foundation (via Sainsbury’s)
- £500 pupil’s grandparent
- £200 Sycamore Processing
- £350 Lions Club in 2011 & £500 in 2012 (following our help with Santa collections around village)
- A local firm from Holwell - Moormead Leisure - did the refurbishment work for us, but with a lot of help from friends & families of the school & the community as a whole.
- The pool has been booked by people from far & wide. Most bookings coming from families linked to the school & village, but some from the following places too: Melbury Osmond / Yeovil / Sherborne / Barton / Purse Caundle / Ilchester / Yenston / Horsington / Wincanton / Henstridge / Templecombe / Milborne Wick / Stalbridge
- Booking has been done by phone up until now, but for the 2013 season we are looking to use a Booking System on the Milborne Port website, similar to that for the Village Hall & Church House.
- We have raised over £3,200 from hiring the pool out since re-opening in 2012! This equates to over 400 hours of paid usage! This compares with around just £589 raised during the summer of 2011!
- We also run a summer swim school every year, which is well supported by the school & wider community.
- We have children in our school who wouldn’t get to swim if it wasn’t for our pool. Some children haven’t swum at all during the summer holidays, so if it wasn’t for our pool & our school’s lessons, these children wouldn’t get to swim at all.
- There are families in our village that don’t have their own transport to be able to easily visit public swimming pools in the nearby towns.
- Needless to say, we need all the help that we can get! If there is any way that you can help us financially, please let us know! This is very much a COMMUNITY PROJECT, which can benefit & be enjoyed by our whole community! We are very lucky to have such a lovely swimming pool in our village!