The ‘Lido lads’

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The Cleveland Pools

A unique riverside ‘chunk’ of Bath’s historic past is currently doing its bit to help two local schoolboys with their immediate futures!

As part of the city’s Open Heritage Week – which runs during the half-term holidays – the Cleveland Pools Trust is holding an Open Day at the site of the UK’s last remaining open-air Georgian lido.

It’s an historic gem that members want to see restored and used again by the people of Bath, and these two Year 10 youngsters from St Gregory’s School on Odd Down have been helping to publicise the special day and organise events.

Fin and Dec

Fin and Dec

Finbar Donovan-Murphy – who is 15 – and Declan O’Donoghue – aged 14 – got in touch with the Trust to see if it would help them with part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme activities.

The boys have designed a promotional flyer to email to parent/teacher associations around the city and are spreading the news of the open day at their own school and amongst their families and friends.

I caught up with the boys at the Cleveland Pools for a chat about their work.

We had better make it clear that any ‘swimming’ will have to wait until the Pools have been restored! Let us also hope that will not be too many years away. You can find the Cleveland Pools at the end of Beckford Gardens which is off the A36 on the Bathwick Estate. The entrance is between Hamptons and Cleveland Rows. The Pools are only a fifteen minute walk from The Podium car park in the town centre.

Dec and Fin with Sally Helvey from the Cleveland Pools Trust

Dec and Fin with Sally Helvey from the Cleveland Pools Trust

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The Cleveland Pools

If you bring a car you are asked to park it around Sydney Gardens and flat shoes are advised as the path and steps are steep. Children MUST be accompanied by adults.

You are invited to help build a bonfire, do some origami – making boats and lilies for you to float in the fountain  – with rubber ring throwing and other ‘nifty’ little games.

More information about the Trust on www.clevelandpools.org.uk

You can also find out more about other events around Bath and North East Somerset during Heritage Open Week via www.bathnes.gov.uk/openweek