Market ‘plunge’ for Pools charity.

The Cleveland Pools Trust will be in the charity chalet in Orange Grove at the Bath Christmas Market, from 10am until 8.30pm, on Thursday 8th December.

The black arrow on the map points to the position of the Charity Chalet in Orange Grove.

Items for sale include signed autobiographies by the Trust’s latest swimming patron Stephanie Millward who won two golds, one silver and two bronzes at the Paralympics in Rio.

Stephanie has Multiple Sclerosis but was full of beans when she visited site recently and is very excited about joining the project, with full endorsement from the Trust’s other local swimming ambassador Sharron Davies.

Cleveland Pools Trust volunteers in the charity chalet in 2015.

Do go along and say hello and make the most of the deals on offer, particularly the very gorgeous ‘Diving Lady’ poster:  a FREE pen or bag if you buy one !  The Christmas cards and puds are selling fast through trustee Sally Helvey already so please spread the word, especially amongst any former swimmers you know who will otherwise miss out.

Some of the items the Cleveland Pools Trust will be selling.

For your information:  The Cleveland Pools in Bathwick are the most extraordinary open-air public swimming venue in the country, and also the oldest.  Closed for swimming in 1984, a Trust was formed in 2005 by local campaigners to save the 200 year-old site with its crescent-shaped cottage and changing cubicles.

In 2014, the Cleveland Pools Trust finally won a grant of £4.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, set aside for them as they adhere to a strict programme of works.  In order to secure the Stage II capital grant of £3.7million, and kick-start the restoration process, they need to raise a further £191,000 – either in cash or pledges – by March 2017.

If you can’t attend the market but would like to donate, or find out more about the progress of the project, please go online here: