Minutes from AGM from 11th November 2017

Chair Anna Mdee , Minutes Jo Smeele

Present:_ Anna Mdee, Sarah Sullivan, Iain Wild, Mary and Arthur Pitchforth, Ros Dawson, David Hesletine, Jo Wheatley, Catherine Gomersall, Julie Sykes, Matt Martindale, Maureen Wells, Jo Smeele.

Apologies:- Jag Picknett, Mark Shaw, Steve Watkins, Polly Shaw

General welcome to attendees old and new.

Trustees update:  Jenny Woodward has stepped down, and Matt Martindale has joined as a Trustee (from October 2017)

Discussion of the Annual Report November 2016 – October 2017 and Finances.

Trustees to remain the same for the coming year plus the addition of Matt Martindale as a new trustee who will be helping FOBP work towards Community Asset Transfer ( CAT ).

Discussion around the Asset Transfer.

FOBP aim is to stop Bingley Pool from closing. However various uncertainties remain around timing of closure, accounts, funding. Bradford  council’s building of the new replacement pool(s) not even started yet despite closure date of 2020. FOBP anticipate the closure may be later.

A formal application of CATransfer for phase 1 ,  was made in July 2017 and approved in September 2017.

Phase 2 is the next stage and will be a much more detailed business case.

Thanks given to Bingley Town Council, who awarded FOBP with a grant for £5880.00. Money from this grant was used to fund a full Building Services Survey by CouchPerryWilkes . This highlighted areas for immediate investment/ work such as electrical work/ flooring and possibilities such as new boiler, plumbing work.

The grant is also funding a Business Plan from Paul Smith ( from Withington Baths). This piece of work is ongoing and Paul has had discussions with Bradford Aquatics and Bradford council, and there may be a draft by Christmas.

Once all the above are completed, with the structural survey and , full pool/tank survey,  then FOBP will proceed to Phase 2 application.

FOBP may be able to apply for more funds due to being a charity.

Discussion around Membership.

Membership is now free since July2017.

Sarah reported that there are about 60 members. Discussion around encouraging our membership at  Bingley Pool ,swimming club etc. Discussed using Facebook ,twitter and advertising. Sarah mention about further meet with Jag regarding this.

The Biathlon. 

Discussion on the smooth running of the Biathlon and Friends of Bingley Pool, Bingley Harriers & Athletics Club, and Bingley Swimming Club working together and wonderful volunteers, sunshine and the Brass Band. The Biathlon will be on next  year on 8th July  using similar format with handicap and team option.

Special mention  and thanks to Richard Kunz and Richard Dawson for their sponsorship.

Friends of Bingley Pool -FINANCES VIEWED.

Income total £ 7049.35 and Expenditure total  £1231.12


Overall intention is that Bingley Pool will run self sufficiently without Bingley Town Council support.

Matt Martindale met with Locality. Locality have previously helped Withington and Bramley Baths. Joining and annual fee of £ 100 in return for their knowledge and network expertise. Best Strokes have offered to pay for the first year. Agreement given for Matt to do this and we will be classed as a social enterprise

Discussions around possible use of Crowd Funding  and locals getting involved. There was a suggestion made about looking at the model from Crowd Fund Aberdeen.

Various funding options available, ie funding from Rotary club and other village clubs

Possibility of FOBP going for CAT before 2020 as long as we are ready

Suggestion of looking at Gift Aid after Community Asset Transfer if people are using pool facilities.

Priorities for coming year

Business plan- possible push for Phase 2 , no fixed date as yet.

Use of political pressures onto the council

Discussion on shortage of Bradford water space and if it is economically viable to save the pool. Due to council funding  shortages, they will need the CAT of Bingley Pool.

Need to investigate the pool accounts as Bingley Pool does not show as bad a loss as other pools.


Next meeting to be arranged when Paul Smith can  come over to discuss business plan.


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