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

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Pool rebuild - the next steps
15 Mar 2021

Statement from Settle Area Swimming Pool Trustees March 2021...

Following Craven District Council’s confirmation of its decision to grant £150,000 towards Settle Area Swimming Pool’s proposed extension to create a health and wellbeing hub, together with a further £135,000 underwriting income generation and funding bids, the pool trustees are now in a position to prepare tender documents for the building project.

We have only reached this stage thanks to generous support of the local community over many years. But as Craven pointed out in agreeing to our grant, the margins on the £650,000 project are tight and we will need to continue and intensify our fund-raising efforts over the coming months. There is a donation facility on the front page of this website.

It is notoriously difficult to set out a time line for building work, especially so now, when it is still unclear when Covid restrictions will be lifted completely, however we hope to be able to award contracts in May and begin building work soon after. If all goes well the project should be completed in early autumn.  We would hope to be able to set out a fuller timeline, including the period in which the pool will have to be closed later this spring.

The extension will include a new 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.

An artist’s impression of building is on the website and we will shortly be uploading a video showing a scale model. The model itself (one fiftieth actual size) will be on display in the window of the charity shop on Duke Street in the centre of Settle from next week.

In other news, we hope to be able to re-open the pool once lockdown restrictions are eased. This is scheduled for April 12, but still subject to confirmation by the government. Once the position is clear booking will resume for the limited sessions, based on a similar timetable to that which operated last autumn.

On the same basis we hope to be able to re-open our charity shop on April 12 and resume taking donations at the container in the pool carpark soon thereafter. 

We will give further details as soon as these are available.

Many thanks for your continuing support for our community pool.

Pool Trustees

March 2021.

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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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Friends of Settle Swimming Pool AGM 2020
10 Dec 2020

The Friends of Settle Swimming Pool annual general meeting will be held over zoom on Thursday 10 December starting at 6.30pm. All supporters of the pool are invited to attend what will probably be the final meeting of the Friends.

The decision was taken last year to hand over our resources to the main pool committee, and wind up the organisation once contracts have been signed for the new building work at the pool. It is hoped work on the extension will start in the spring 2021.

Here is the link to join the meeting

Alternatively, launch the zoom web conferencing webpage or app and enter:

Meeting ID: 832 1229 0830
Passcode: 895039

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Bentham and Beyond Calendar 2021
08 Nov 2020

Every year Bentham Town Council produce a calendar with all proceeds going to a Registered Charity. This year we are pleased to confirm that Council Members have chosen to help Settle Pool!

Copies are priced at £8.00 (which includes an envelope suitable for posting) and has some lovely pictures of our local area. It would make a great Christmas present and all monies raised are to be donated to the pool!

If you wish to purchase a copy, please submit a Donation of £8 using our online payment page here. Once we have received your payment, we will send you an e-mail confirming a collection point.

On re-opening after the November lockdown, the Pool and Charity Shop will also have copies available to purchase. In Settle, please pop along to: Lamberts Newsagents, Lay of the Land Garden Centre, Forage and Feast or Settle Railway Station, who have all kindly agreed to support this fundraising by stocking and selling the calendar.

In Bentham copies are kindly being stocked and sold at Bentham Post Office.

On behalf of everyone at Settle Pool we wish to say a big thank you to Bentham Town Council and hope you will support us with this much appreciated fundraising.

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Planning permission for new Health and Wellbeing Hub
29 Sep 2020

We applied on 29 September 2020 to Craven District Council (CDC) for Planning Permission to extend the pool buildings for a new Health and Wellbeing Hub. This is an exciting new development which we've been working on since public consultation with pool users in 2016. 

CDC have registered our application and created a timescale for response, we're hoping for approval by early  January 2021. You can view the full application with plans, supporting documents and surveys on the local council planning website here 

More details of the new activities, and a floor plan of the new development can be seen on our own website here

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No Paper Recycling at Settle Area Swimming Pool for Winter 2020
24 Sep 2020

The paper recycling scheme at Settle Swimming Pool, which over the years has raised more than quarter of a million pounds to support the pool, will not be re-opening this year.


The scheme closed in March 2020 at the start of the coronavirus lockdown and a review was promised this month.


After looking at all the options, the team running the scheme has concluded that it would not be feasible to start up again before next spring 2021.


Despite some welcome offers of help following an appeal for new volunteers, there are still not enough helpers to run the scheme. In addition, there are continuing concerns about the Covid 19 restrictions and their implications and, crucially, the fluctuations in the prices obtained for recycled paper mean that it is unlikely that the scheme would generate a significant income for the pool over the next few months.


A further review will take place next spring, by which some of the volunteers who have other commitments over the winter will be available and it is hoped that the position both on Covid and on paper prices will be clearer.


In the meantime, the pool charity shop is now generating a substantial amount of income for the pool and the area where the paper recycling containers were sited is being used to house a container to collect donations for the charity shop. This is open for donations on Tuesday and Friday mornings 9.30am – 12.30pm.


Settle Pool itself is also now open for pre-booked swims. Details of session times and how to book are on the pool website

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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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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...