A 60 year-old community swimming pool in Wotton-under-Edge has been transformed thanks to a refurbishment project funded by a £36,000 grant from Enovert Community Trust (formerly Cory Environmental Trust in Britain).
The project has included repairing and re-cladding the existing changing room structure to provide a modern, comfortable changing experience for visitors. In addition, the asbestos cement roof has been replaced with modern roofing material and an integral thermal solar panel to heat the pool, while an external veranda has been added to provide shelter.
Alan George, Chair of the Trustees of Wotton-under-Edge Swimming Pool Ltd, said: "We are extremely grateful to Enovert Community Trust for its generous grant to support our refurbishment project. The pool is a hugely popular and well-used resource for the community in Wotton, providing a low-cost sport and recreation facility within walking distance of the town.
"Looking ahead to the summer, I am sure the pool will be well-used and that the community will be delighted with the results of our hard work!"
The construction of the pool at Wotton-under-Edge began in 1959, led by a group of pupils and teachers from Wotton-under-Edge County Secondary School, and some local engineers. Their motivation for building the pool was educational: the curriculum included handicraft and constructional skills, and the pool became a project in which the whole school invested their enthusiasm and optimism.
Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary at Enovert Community Trust, said: "The Trustees were delighted to contribute to this project, which has dramatically improved this popular and highly valued community facility."