Community rallies to save swimming pool

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THE fate of a much-needed community-run swimming pool is looking bright not long after it was threatened with closure.

It was feared Wragby Swimming Pool would not reopen after the Christmas holiday because there was not enough funding to buy 1,000 litres of oil for essential heating.

But following an appeal in the Market Rasen Mail several residents made donations and the volunteers who run the pool managed to scrape together enough money to buy the oil.

And now the Wragby Swimming Pool Committee has secured a meeting this week with Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, East Lindsey District Council’s leisure department and the Amateur Swimming Association to discuss funding help that is available.

Committee chairman June Elborn said she was pleased the pool was still open – it reopened on Friday, two days after it was supposed to due to a delay in the oil being delivered.

She said: “So far we’re managing, we’re limping along but at least we got the pool open.

“We’re grateful for all donations we get, even small donations mean a lot to us. There’s an awful lot of things that need doing around the building – we desperately need new fire doors and windows, we’re losing far too much heat.”

If the pool closes people in Market Rasen would be forced to travel to Louth swimming pool – this would add an extra 15 miles onto a their trip and 20 minutes’ travelling time.

Wragby Swimming Pool opened in 1998 and has suffered financial problems for years. It is now closed at weekends and after 7.30pm on weekdays, but it is hoped this will only be a temporary measure until April.

June said: “Very few people want to go swimming when it’s cold outside. Once it gets warmer we’re hoping we’ll be able to start opening at weekends and in the evenings again.”

The pool is used by all of the pupils at Wragby Primary School, along with groups of disabled people and the over 60s.

Folk band A Bit of Ruff is doing a gig at Wragby Primary School on Friday, January 20 at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £5 and can be bought on the door. All proceeds will go to Wragby Swimming Pool.

If you would like to make a donation contact June Elborn on 01673 858807 or e-mail june.elborn@btinternet.com.