The average life of a community pool is 25 years, so it is with much excitement that the trustees of the Tenbury Community Pool are pleased to celebrate our recently renovated facilities 50th birthday!
The last 12 months have been incredibly challenging for the community and it is wonderful to see the refurbished Tenbury Swimming Pool and its new facilities being used by previous members and those wishing to take part for the first time. The town is certainly embracing the new feel of the whole building.
In the beginning. Who would know that the open meeting held on the 21st September 1966, organised by Leominster Rural District Council to consider the question of building a swimming pool in the town would result in our modern facility 50 years later?
The question of raising money was of paramount importance and a considerable number of suggestions were made, including the formation of an Entertainments and Carnival Committee and a Draws and Lotteries Committee. A Festive carnival was immediately arranged for Whit Monday in May 1967 and it was also agreed that a weekly draw be held in and around the District and would be called the 'High Dive'.
To help mange the journey to achieving the pool the Tenbury and District Swimming Pool Guild was formed. One young volunteer was Alan Dale who now celebrates being a trustee for over 50 years!
We are delighted to be managing Tenbury Swimming Pool on behalf of the ‘Tenbury Community Pool’ charity as it reaches its 50th Anniversary. This much-loved community facility has been enjoyed by generations of local residents and visitors and has played a key role in teaching many of them to swim. Given the particular challenges of the Covid 19 pandemic over the last 15 months the availability of the pool and its impact on physical and mental wellbeing is arguably even more important now than it has ever been.Ivan Horsfall Turner, Managing Director of Freedom Leisure
By early 1970 funds amounting to just over £20,000 had been accumulated, planning permission had been obtained and estimates for building had been received with the lowest being £43,550. Final grants from various trusts and organisations were being received, over £6,000 had been received in personal loans and discounts on some of the estimates for construction had been negotiated. On the 9th June 1970 work started on construction of the pool with a final cost of £68,000.
How things have changed. The recent refurbishment with state-of-the-art ventilation, air conditioning, new changing rooms, a studio and a welcoming reception cost £430,000. This followed 3 years of support from Tenbury Town Council, Malvern Hills District Council, Sport England, grants from local and national trusts, loans of £20,000 from two trustees and local fundraising. TCP would still welcome more funds to ensure the sustainability of the building for future generations.
Back to the present. The centre has new and exciting sessions including Mini Splash twice a week, family bubble sessions, aquafit and adult swimming lessons as the country slowly gets back to the new normal. Not forgetting the popular swim school and our early morning swimmers. It is also pleasing to see the schools come back for their important swimming lessons and the local care homes trying out the pool for the first time making use of the accessible changing rooms and the pool steps.