The meeting was held at Bingley Pool.
Present: Anna, Sarah, Polly, Phil, Brian, David, Maureen, Kevin (Pool Manager)
Committee we delighted to learn that funding has been secured from Bradford Council Facilities to update the changing rooms before the school holidays in Summer. This will include full redecoration of both Male and Female changing rooms.
Anna is looking to secure a meeting with the Council in early April and will communicate details of this once arranged for those wishing to attend.
A visit has been scheduled to Withington Baths in Manchester for the 31st of March, one of only two dates available that the committee member, Paul Smith, was available. So far attending will be Anna (with children), Sarah (possibly with child) and Polly. Anyone else interested in attending should contact Anna so we can possibly lift share on the day.
This will be an ideal opportunity to see how baths similar to Bingley operate on a community run basis.
There will also be contact made with Rhodesway Baths, again a similar going concern to Bingley, with a view to meeting with Kevin Firth. Anna will be arranging this meeting soon, Kevin will supply details of the contact he knows.
It was discussed that we will be making a poster to display at the pool to advertise the changes due to take place in regard to the upgrade of the changing rooms to bolster interest from the public. Phil will also update the website to reflect this.
David again highlighted initial grants that may be available to us to apply for. In the first instance being Sportivate (£500) and Community Funding (£350+). In the absence of any other volunteers Anna will look into this.
The main focus of the meeting was additional fundraising and it was decided that the committee, along with Bingley Harriers and Bingley Swimming Club, would look into the possibility of staging an Aquathon (swimming and running) event in the Summer. This would involve a run in Myrtle Park and a swim at the pool on a sponsored basis. Committee all agreed this would be a worthwhile event and Kevin suggested that a Sunday would be best when looking at suitable dates as this is when the pool has it’s least usage.
Dates will be discussed at the next meeting.
Date of next meeting: 16th April, 9.30am @ Bingley Pool