The Friends of the Settle Swimming Pool is a charity whose aim is to assist in providing, promoting, improving and sustaining the swimming facilities for the benefit of the communities within the Settle area. The charity is registered with the Charity Commission as number 1058832.
It was established in 1992 and since then has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to maintain and improve the facilities at the pool.
It is run by a group of trustees, elected at an annual meeting.
The idea of having a separate charity was to ensure that long-term funding for the major repair work inevitably needed in a building like this was kept apart from the day-to-day financing of the pool.
What do we do?
The principal means of fund raising for the Friends was through the collection and sale of waste paper and cardboard.
Over the years this raised around £250,000 for the pool.. Unfortunately in March 2020 at the start of the Covid 19 lockdown it was necessary to close this facility. The position will be reviewed in Spring 2021, but a lack of volunteers and low prices for paper and card make it questionable whether it will be viable to re-open.
A 200 club was also operated through the Friends and this has been fully subscribed for a number of years. It raises approximately £4,000 a year. In January 2021 the running of the club transferred to the pool trustees.
The Friends have also given financial support to Settle Stingrays and Settle Disabled Swimmers clubs and helped local schools pay for transport to swimming classes.
Originally, the idea of having a separate charity was to ensure that long-term funding for the major repair work was kept apart from the day-to-day financing of the pool. However following the re-constitution of the principal pool charity as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) there is less of a need to separate the long-term fund raising from the day-to-day running of the pool.
The intention is for the Friends organisation to wind up and funds be transferred to the main charity once the currently in-progress building plans are ready to go. Future volunteer work would continue under the main pool charity.