Charity Registration No: 1171790 01729 823 626 Kendal Road Giggleswick Settle North Yorkshire BD24 0BU

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Make our swimming greener with solar panels
08 May 2022

We're excited to be doing our bit for the environment! Visit our Crowdfunding page to help us make our swimming greener with solar panels.

We are very lucky to be located in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park. Huge rises in energy bills are a huge concern we need to tackle but as is looking after our local area and the world we live in.

Head over to our Crowdfunding page and watch the video as one of our Volunteer Trustees heads up the campaign for Solar Panels.

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Customer survey - Have your say!
14 Apr 2022

We're so excited to be able to offer new classes and activities in our Health and Wellbeing Hub. We need your suggestions!

What do you want to see in the new dryside activity area? We've had loads of ideas over the many months since we started this project... now we need fresh thoughts and imagination which we know you have.

So we ask you to join with us and share your suggestions.

Please complete the survey here. Thanks for helping to keep Settle Pool a success!

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17 Mar 2022

Settle Swimming Pool, which was forced to close following storm damage to the roof late last year is now likely to remain shut until the completion of the redevelopment work later this summer.

Insurers have agreed to meet the full cost of repairing the pool roof and consequent loss of business. However hopes of making speedy repairs to the roof have been set back following the full assessment of the damage and the repairs needed to make the roof secure for the long term. 

The specialist materials needed for the roof repairs are now on order but such is delivery time that it looks unlikely that the work can done before completion of the redevelopment programme now underway.

This means that the most likely scenario is that a full re-opening of the pool and the new facilities will take place at the same time later this summer.

One positive development is that following the roof repairs it will now be possible to install solar panels on the roof area and a special fund-raising project is being launched to raise the estimated £18,000 installation costs. The cost of installation is expected to be recouped over a six year period, through reduction in the pool’s electricity bills and the sale of surplus electricity to the grid.

The first event in a fund raising programme will be through participation of a pool team in the Dragon Boat Regatta to be held at Coniston Cold lake on May 15.

A Justgiving page has been set up to sponsor the paddlers. This can be found at

The pool is also allocating the £1750 generously donated by last year’s Hellifield Harness Racing to the solar panel fund.

Pool chair Pat Taylor said: “Whilst it is disappointing that the roof repairs are going to take much longer than we hoped and we are  sorry that we are not able to provide the swimming facilities that our supporters value so much, the acceptance by the insurers of both the repair costs and loss of business means that financially we have suffered far less damage that might have been the case. 

“The opportunity to add solar panels will be of great long-term benefit to the pool and together with the new facilities will equip us well for the future.”

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Settle Pool makes a splash with Community Loans
13 Mar 2022

Settle Pool has launched a scheme where supporters can loan money to the pool through the government’s Social Investment Tax Relief Scheme.

This scheme enables charities and social enterprises like the pool to borrow money from supporters, who in turn get tax relief at a rate that gives a higher rate of return than they would expect to get from a bank or building society.

The pool is looking to raise £100,000 for three years to cover the period up to the point when the new health and wellbeing hub becomes financially sustainable.

Follow this link to the page where you can download the full prospectus...

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08 Mar 2022

Congratulations to Vera Walker on her award as Craven Citizen of the year in recognition of her early work in the building of the pool and her long support for swimming in the North Craven area.

We look forward to working with Vera again following the completion of our redevelopment work.

You can read more about the awards here:

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Dragon Boat Challenge Fundraiser 15 May 2022
28 Feb 2022

Calling all willing paddlers. Could you help paddle our Dragon Boat to raise money for the pool’s solar panels?

Settle Pool is entering a team in the Skipton Rotary Club  Dragon Boat Challenge. This is part of the fund raising drive  to finance the costs of solar panels which we plan to install at the pool following  the replacement of the storm damaged roof .

The challenge is to be held at Coniston Hotel Country Estate on the 15th of May.

The provisional race day timetable is:

  • 09:00 Team registration on arrival, Hot and cold food as well as refreshments available
  • 09:15 Safety briefings start
  • 10:00 Races start
  • 15:30 Dragon Boat Finals
  • 16:00 Presentation

Every team can expect to take part in a minimum of three races with the fastest teams racing in the semi-finals and winners of the semi-finals qualifying for the final. The course is approximately 200 metres long. Please note everyone who volunteers needs to be able to be a strong confident swimmer whilst fully clothed.

We need a team of at least 10 rowers and a drummer. All places for the boat team will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you would like to take part, please contact

Whether or not you can be part of the team, we'd love you to donate to this cause. See

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Tree planting for Settle Pool
14 Dec 2021

Friends and supporters of Settle Swimming Pool led by trustees chair Pat Taylor (centre) help plant a number of fruit trees on Craven Council owned land by Ribble Terrace in Settle to replace the trees that had to be removed to make way for the redevelopment work now taking place at the pool, which is on the opposite side of the river.

The six trees, included apples, and appropriately enough as the planting took place at Christmas time – two pear trees. The choice of trees and location was made in consultation with local Settle-based environmental groups and Craven District Council. 

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Settle Pool forced to closed after storm Arwen damages roof
28 Nov 2021

Settle Swimming Pool was among the buildings in Craven damaged in storm Arwen in the early hours of November 27. A substantial amount of damage was done to the pool roof and as a result the pool will remain closed into the New Year.

Major redevelopment work is taking place at the pool at present and, whilst some damage was done to the building site, work was able to resume later in the week.

The roof damage, which was not connected to the building work, has led to water damage to the ceiling and some leakage onto the pool cover. The pool was closed on Saturday November 27 as soon as the extent of the damage was recognised. Classes, private hire and public sessions have all been cancelled until further notice.

The pool had been operating on a reduced timetable with temporary changing arrangements whilst the redevelopment takes place and it had been hoped to keep it open for most of the building work which is due to be completed early next summer.

The building is fully covered for insurance purposes and discussions are now taking place with the insurance company.

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Closure of Paper Recycling at Settle Pool
10 Sep 2021

It is with regret that the trustees of Settle Swimming Pool have concluded that there is no prospect of resuming the paper recycling scheme at the pool car park in the foreseeable future. 

A year-long effort to recruit new helpers produced some welcome volunteers but unfortunately not enough to off-set the loss of those who for various reasons are no longer able to work on the scheme.

The option of opening part-time was considered but rejected based on our previous experience; when we found that, despite all our injunctions, people left paper and card beside the containers when they were closed. If this happened for longer periods there would be a real danger of materials building up and becoming a serious hazard.

The recycling of paper and card has been a significant source of funding from the time in the 1970s when the community was raising money in the hope of building a new pool. For many years the scheme was run by the Friends of Settle Swimming Pool, a separate charity associated with the pool, but responsibility was transferred to the pool trustees in 2019 as part of move to bring together the work of the two organisations.

Over the years it is estimated that the scheme has raised more than quarter of a million pounds and this has helped pay for repairs to the building. However in recent years the income has fallen significantly. 

For a period up to 2018 North Yorkshire County Council’s recycling credit scheme contributed about £10,000 a year: this more or less matched the income from the sale of paper and card and so its loss cut scheme income by half overnight.   

A further setback came with the collapse of world paper prices in 2019, meaning that In the final year before the Covid regulations led to the suspension of the scheme, total income was only just over £6,000 and for a period in the winter of 2019-2020 the scheme was generating no income at all. We continued in the hope of better times ahead but instead Covid led to closure. Paper prices have now risen again but are expected to remain volatile.

In the meantime however the pool charity shop opened in 2017 has proved to be a significant new source of income for the pool and means that despite the loss of the income from paper, the trustees are in a position to go ahead with the major redevelopment programme at the pool, due to start later this month (there is a separate item on this on the pool website).

Pool trustees’ chair Pat Taylor said: “We are immensely grateful to all those who have supported the paper recycling scheme over many years. We would have liked to resume what was seen not just as a means of fund-raising but an important link between the pool and the community. However without adequate numbers of volunteers it would be irresponsible to try and start again.  After a year of saying we hope to start again soon, it is now time to say clearly that regretfully we can see no prospect of starting again anytime soon. Thanks are due to everyone who has worked hard over the years to make the scheme work. Finally, we would urge everyone to continue to dispose of their paper and cardboard waste in an environmental sound way through the council blue bins and the recycling centre at Sowarth Field Industrial Estate.”

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Pool rebuild - update August 2021
13 Aug 2021

Plans for a major rebuild at Settle Area Swimming Pool have taken a number of big steps forward over the past few months, despite all the difficulties arising from the impact of Covid 19 regulations.


Tenders for the construction work have been received from a number of potential contractors and discussions are now taking place with a preferred contractor with the aim of work taking place over the autumn and winter.


It had been hoped that work on the first major rebuild since the pool was constructed in 1974 would have started by now, but rocketing building costs as Covid restrictions have been lifted meant that the initial quotes from potential contractors came back far higher than the £650,000 originally estimated. Detailed discussions have helped reduce the initial estimates, without any loss of quality and at the same time work has been undertaken to find additional sources of funding.


The new build will include a flexible dry-side area, suitable for health and wellbeing activities, including exercise classes and events. The changing facilities will be modernised, based on a cubicle and locker model – with additional facilities for families and disabled users. There will also be new shower and toilet facilities. The reception area will also be extended with catering and a viewing area.


The principal sources of funding remain the funds built up by the pool over many years, most recently supplemented by the highly successful charity shop in Duke Street; the funds generated by the Friends of Settle Swimming Pool; together with support from Craven District Council and a major national sporting body. A number of different bodies have now either agreed to make grants or long term low interest loans, or are in the process of doing so and the trustees aim to make a final decision to go ahead by early September.


Chair of Trustees Pat Taylor said: “the pool was created over 40 years ago thanks to the efforts of the local community. The people of Settle have continued to support the pool and it is thanks to all their efforts that we are now in a position to plan for a programme of work that will make the pool a major asset for the next generation. We have had  some serious difficulties but have worked hard to keep costs down and to raise the additional funds. I am very hopeful that in the next few weeks we will get over the line and start work on a project of which the town can be proud.” 

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Craven District Council support new Health and Wellbeing Hub
04 Mar 2021

Great news from Craven District Council who have agreed to give generous financial support to the new project at the pool. Full details are on the Craven Herald website

Chair of Trustees Pat Taylor says "We are delighted that the council has agreed to support us. The trustees will be meeting soon to decide on the next steps to take the project forward. We shall share details with the public when they become clear."

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A sad tribute to Councillor Richard Welch
25 Jan 2021

Everyone associated with Settle Area Swimming Pool will be sad to learn of the recent death of Cllr Richard Welch. Richard was a strong supporter of the pool for many years.

Pat Taylor, Chair of Trustees says:

Richard was indeed a loyal supporter of the pool along with many other local causes. My first contact with him was calling into his shop to barter for bits of furniture but also to get his take on local affairs!

He has served as a trustee of both the pool itself and The Friends of Settle Swimming Pool. He would always speak up in support of the pool, whether on the county council, the district council or simply in conversation with residents and local businesses. He was a man of strong views, some of them undoubtedly controversial but no one could doubt his unshakeable commitment to this area and its people.

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Online fundraiser promotes pool on Local Radio
13 Jan 2021

Jean Lonsdale, a leading online fundraiser for Settle Area Swimming Pool, has been sought out by Dales Radio and persuaded to share her thoughts. You can visit the podcast page and listen to the interview here.

Jean has been closely involved with the pool since it opened in the '70s. She shares her insights on the history of fund raising for the community pool, and the current position with the fund raising shop.

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Would you like to be a lifeguard?
16 Mar 2020

As an approved Royal Life Saving Society training centre we have in-house trainers and assessors who, on top of keeping our staff up-to-date with their qualifications, run courses to enable people to gain the qualification to become a lifeguard.

The details of our latest course, which includes the use of a automated external defibrillator, are as follows:

Next course dates: To be confirmed

Course price: £280

Please call the pool for further details/to book a place.

Limited places available and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

All applicants must be aged 16 years and over.

For further information about the course see RLSS website.

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Thank you to Settle Co-op!
10 Feb 2020

We'd like to say a big thank to Settle Co-op who chose us as one of their community causes.

Through their Co-op members they raised an amazing £2740.59

Thank you to the staff and customers of Settle Co-op for this much appreciated fundraising.

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Press Articles

25 March 2022 Reopening of Settle Swimming Pool likely to be delayed until the summer
8 March 2022 Craven Community Champions Award winners revealed
1 January 2022 The Friends who helped keep a swimming pool afloat
31 December 2021 Replacement trees are planted by supporters of Settle pool
16 Oct 2021 Work gets underway on £800,000 redevelopment of Settle Pool
14 Sep 2021 Major £800,000 redevelopment of Settle Pool due to start this month
9 Mar 2021 Settle pool extension could help boost wellbeing after lockdown
5 Mar 2021 Craven District Council agrees funding of new Settle Pool Health and Wellbeing centre
25 Sep 2020 Settle Pool suspends its fundraising paper collections until next year
10 Aug 2020 Settle Swimming Pool promised £150,000 from Craven District Council towards its new Health and Wellbeing centre
4 Aug 2020 Craven District Council councillors agree to support Settle Area Pool for its planned health and wellbeing extension
22 Jun 2020 Settle Pool waste paper recycling on hold
17 Dec 2019 Settle Swimming Pool to open next year with a new boiler
15 Oct 2019 Settle Pool receives grant from Freemasons
29 Sep 2019 Musical water celebration to raise vital cash for Dales swimming pool
4 Jul 2019 Open gardens raise cash for pool
29 Mar 2019 Settle Swimming Pool recognised for its good work by the Royal Life Saving Society
22 Nov 2018 Olympic medallist Jonny Brownlee opens new gym at Giggleswick School
15 Oct 2018 Cheese and wine evening in aid of Settle Swimming Pool
28 Apr 2017 New charity shop in Settle to support swimming pool
9 Mar 2017 Settle Stingrays swimmers celebrate cash grant from Sport England
1 Jul 2016 Settle Pool receives cash boost from Royal Oak
23 Jun 2016 Settle Pool receives more than £3,000 from local fundraisers
14 Mar 2016 Campaigners call on the community to support Settle Pool
29 Jan 2016 Life-saving package for Settle Pool
2 Dec 2016 Settle Pool Business Plan moves forward
20 Oct 2015 Julian Smith MP visits Settle Swimming Pool
Newsletter - November 2020

First announcement of a new Health and Wellbeing Hub at Settle Pool, Great news from the Charity Shop

Newsletter - June 2020

Waves of good news from the pool, news on rebuilding the pool, grants and donations, 200 club, paper recycling update

Newsletter - December 2019

Update on improvements to the pool and a personal tale of the rehabilitation benefits of hydrotherapy...

Newsletter - May 2019

Friends of Society certificate from RLSS, rookie lifeguard scheme details, charity updates and an AGM reminder.

Newsletter - October 2018

Charity and fundraising news, pool hire info, exercise sessions and club updates...

Newsletter - June 2018

Latest news events and fundraising updates, baby and toddler session details and more...

Newsletter - April 2018

Latest news, fundraising details, Stingrays success and more...