Pool seeks £25,000 donations to ‘save it again’

PUBLISHED: 05:52 24 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:26 24 February 2017

Trustees and volunteers as work goes on.

Trustees and volunteers as work goes on.


People in Portishead are being called on to ‘save its pool again’.

The Portishead Open Air Pool’s community trust needs to raise £25,000 of the £250,000 required to fund extensive repairs.

The pool is undergoing refurbishment work this winter – and is due to reopen for the summer on April 13 – but the trust says the site needs revamping over the next few years. The original 1960s plant and pipework does not meet industry standards and the pool has suffered a serious leak within the past year.

While those essential issues are being addressed, the trust is also conscious other work is needed, such as improving the changing rooms.

A trust spokesman said: “A quarter of a million sounds like a lot of money but the good news is we have already saved up 90 per cent of this from revenue over the past eight years. This represents a lot of family days out and healthy exercise, and we all want this to continue.

Trustees and volunteers as work goes on.Trustees and volunteers as work goes on.

“We believe Times readers will be as enthusiastic and generous as they were when we fought to save the pool in 2008.

“We saved it once, now help us save it again.”

The pool will aid its fundraising drive with a quiz night and raffle at 7.30pm on March 24 at the lido’s café.

Teams of up to six are permitted and places can be booked by emailing info@portisheadopenairpool.org.uk and donations towards the overall refurbishment can be made through the pool’s website.

The pool meanwhile needs more volunteers to help out across the lido’s reception, café and tuck shop, as well as general maintenance jobs.

Anyone interested in helping can contact Ann at annppct@gmail.com or on 07813 095126 for the pool and shop, or Lynda at lyndappct@gmail.com or on 07787 538380 for the café.

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