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 has been through the collection and sale of waste paper and cardboard. Over the years this raised around £250,000 for the pool. In 2019 in preparation for the merger of the Friends with the main pool charity (see below) the operation of the scheme was transferred to the pool trustees and a small committee was established to run it.
Unfortunately in March 2020 at the start of the Covid 19 lockdown it was necessary to close this facility. The position was reviewed in Spring 2021, but a lack of volunteers and low prices for paper and card made it questionable whether it will be viable to re-open.
Although our latest efforts, by May 2021, prompted a few more volunteers we are still not in a position to restart with confidence that we can continue in the long term. However, there was a substantial piece in the June issue of Settle's Community News and we are intensifying our efforts to recruit more volunteers - please help us spread the word around.
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.
Join the 200 Club today!
Support the pool with a donation of £20, each year, and in return your given number will be entered into a monthly prize draw to win a cash prize from £20 up to £200 at Christmas!
Numbers don't come up very often so call Julie on 07432 506295 ASAP - If you would like to join when a number becomes available.
Settle Pool September 200 Club Draw Results!
This months lucky winners are:
1st Prize - £50 - No.10 - Eric Parker;
2nd Prize - £30 - No.121 - David Blackburne;
3rd Prize - £20 - No.138 - Clive Newby.
The draw was kindly made by Maxine Roberts at Settle Slimming World. Thank you Maxine.
Congratulations to our lucky winners and, once again, many thanks to our members for your continued support!
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.