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Pool Campaign

Bridgnorth’s community is rallying round to help make up a shortfall in refrubishment of the local pool – following the closure of the pool for 10 months.

What happened: Bridgnorth’s leisure centre has been overseen by Bridgnorth Endowed School who have financial responsibility as part of the new Academy status in 2014. The school appointed Halo Leisure to run the centre and together they have embarked on a much needed refurbishment programme.

While working on the pool changing rooms, asbestos was found within the building but more concerning was that the steel supports which hold the roof to the pool had perished. They were encased in concrete so not picked up in the handover survey. Thank goodness no accident.
So our pool has been closed for 10 months and the school business manager and governors have raised funds from sport England and central govt to pay for this unexpected work. They’ve done well (secured over £600k) and worked exceptionally hard but it emerged in the last few weeks that they are £70k short and there was a worry the contractors would leave the job.
Nancy Brown, a mother of 2, who is a cleaner in Bridgnorth and well know local person felt the community needed to do something….so called a public meeting 2 weeks ago. And blimey how things have moved on.  Bridgnorth Town Council have pledged £30k to help, provided Shropshire council matched this, so £60k pledged in a week. Furthermore our mayor Ron Whittle OBE has donated half his mayoral allowance of  £1000 and another councillor £1000 in memory of her husband. Fundraising is now in earnest to get the last £8 k in.
In the meantime there are plenty of things organised including Rotary and Northgate swimming club doing fundraisers and there’s a golf day organised.
A great community rally – well done Bridgnorth!

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