City Library gets in the Georgian swim!

After last week’s successful corporate launch – at which former Olympic champion Sharron Davies gave her support – the campaign to raise £3 million to restore the country’s last remaining Georgian Lido – moves to a new location to plead for public backing.

Edward Holland (PRT), Sally Helvey (CPT Marketing Co-ordinator), trustees Linda Watts & Ann Dunlop (Chair), Sharron Davies MBE, trustees Ina Harris & Ainslie Ensom, and Manuela Belle (PRT). Jeni Meade Photography
Edward Holland (PRT), Sally Helvey (CPT Marketing Co-ordinator), trustees Linda Watts & Ann Dunlop (Chair), Sharron Davies MBE, trustees Ina Harris & Ainslie Ensom, and Manuela Belle (PRT).
Jeni Meade Photography

Swimmer Sharron was at the Bath Spa Hotel to throw her weight behind an appeal being mounted by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust – in collaboration with the Cleveland Pool Trust – to raise the money needed to transform the Grade 2 listed pools complex at Bathwick, which closed to the public in 1984.

It’s hoped the money would provide a sports facility – within a heritage site – and sponsorship packages are available from £250 to £25,000 to help fund the different parts of the project. Anything from restoring the Georgian changing cubicles to providing a bike stand!P1050604

Trustees Ainslie Esom and Ina Harris beside one of the Pools boards at Bath Central Library
Trustees Ainslie Ensom and Ina Harris beside one of the Pools boards at Bath Central Library

Now this week people are being asked to come along and show their support for the scheme with a special display at Bath’s Central Library.

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That’s Monday to Saturday but excluding Wednesday.IMG_4407

Cleveland Pools volunteer Sally Helvey tells me: ‘We want to attract all generations. The older to recognise swimmers in our historical photos and the youngsters to get excited about swimming at the Pools in the future.

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Trustee Ina Harris will be running a little competition which will ask children to help re-write the original Rules of the Pools. They can also draw themselves swimming in them to win some sweeties.’

For more information on the campaign visit www.clevelandpools.org.uk 

The Cleveland Pools will be organising limited opening to the public in September during the city’s annual Heritage Open Days.

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© Wessex Water archives

That will be on Friday, September 13th, Saturday the 14th, and Sunday the 15th. Opening hours are between 2pm and 5pm on each day.

More information on this and other local venues involved via www.bathnes.gov.uk/heritageevents