Campaign launched to save school pool

PARENTS in Langrish and Stroud have launched a £25,000 campaign to save the village school swimming pool with a view to opening it up to residents. But the Friends of Langrish Pool (FoLP) only have until May 24 to convince governors at the school in Ramsdean Road, Stroud, they can do it. FoLP spokesman Angharad Snow said: “After years of swimming galas, races and lessons, we have been told the pool is to be closed. Our challenge is to take over its day-to-day running, funding and management and open it to the wider community. “But we have to convince the school governors we can run it and raise the money to repair it.”

The pool at the primary school was built more than 40 years ago and thousands of children have learned to swim there. But now it needs major repairs and Hampshire County Council will no longer fund it – but will pay to fill it in. Angharad said: “The pool liner has little life left, the heating system is old and costly and the changing rooms need updating. “To lose this incredible facility will be devastating. To see it replaced by a hardstanding is unthinkable.” For now, one last term of swimming is planned before the pool closes for good – but FoLP has other ideas.

Angharad added: “We are determined to do everything we can to see it used for another 40 years. We are talking to parents, MPs, local councillors, village residents, and, of course, Hampshire County Council.” The initial plan is to replace the pool liner and the heating system so it can continue to be used. The next step is to secure funds to manage, run and open the pool outside of school hours.

For information visit the website at www.friendsoflangrishpool.org and the Facebook page:@FriendsofLangrishPool or call Angharad Snow on 07796 134724.