Ambitious campaign to renew school swim pool

February 25 2019

PARENTS are pulling together to help raise £80,000 to refurbish a primary school’s swimming pool.

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The pool at Barley Close Primary School in Mangotsfield is well used, not only by pupils but also children from across the area who come for lessons outside school hours. It is also hired out for parties and private sessions.
But because the pool is in an uninsulated building and is not heated, it can only be used for part of the year and it also has a very basic changing area and no toilets.
Now volunteers from support group the Friends of Barley Close have made funding a complete refurbishment of the pool their next and “most ambitious” target.
Kath Pyne, from the friends group, said the group had recently raised funds for children to enjoy performance of pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk from a theatre company and committed to part-fund the school’s new ActivALL reaction wall.
Kath said: “At Barley Close we are incredibly lucky to have our own pool.
“Due to the nature of the building and lack of heating, the pool is only usable from Easter through to October. Friends of Barley Close aim to change this.
“Over the coming years, the current building will no longer be fit for purpose.
“Our vision is to house the pool in a more permanent and suitable building, with the addition of heating, changing facilities and toilets.”
The friends group is organising a series of fundraising events and is inviting supporters to come along, donate and enjoy themselves.
Their next event is a women’s pamper night, to be held at the our school on March 29 from 6.30pm until 9pm.
Local therapists and stall holders are taking part in the a “night of relaxation”, which will also feature a bar, game of bingo and raffle.
Kath said: “We’ve opened the night up to the whole community to help us raise the funds we need to reach our dreams and support our children.”