It's Crunch Time AGAIN!

On Wednesday 20th July the Pool Trustees will be meeting with Buckfastleigh Town Council to discuss the seriously shocking rising running costs and the threat this brings to the future of our pool after this summer.

We will be asking the Town Council to listen to the community and to support the community view on whether to meet the future costs of running the pool from an increase in local council tax, OR to close it from January 2023. We would like this to be a COMMUNITY decision and for as many people as possible to have their say in the decision.

We will be holding a range of consultations over summer and into autumn so you can add your voice. All we ask is that the Town Council listen to that consultation and go with the majority view.

The meeting on Wednesday 20th July 2022 will be our first formal conversation with the council and the meeting is open to everyone. Please do come along and join us to hear more about the funding crisis and add your voice to the conversation.

If you wish to have input into this discussion, please come along to the meeting at 7pm on Wednesday 20th July 2022 in the Main Hall of the Town Hall.

If you have an opinion but are unable to attend, please email us at bfl.pool@yahoo.co.uk or the Town Clerk at clerk@buckfastleigh.gov.uk before the meeting. There will be plenty of opportunity to add your view over the coming months too.

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ITV News filmed at Buckfastleigh Pool

ITV West Country News filmed at our pool on the 21st June 2022 highlighting the serious financial situation which could close our pool in 2022.

We will be holding a series of consultations over the summer and talking to our town council on the 20th July 2022.

It's vital that we get your views on the future for the pool and park. Please do come along to the meeting, drop us a line or talk to us over the summer.

We won't be open in 2023 unless we can show that the town wants to keep it open.

"Rising energy costs could close Buckfastleigh Swimming Pool after 130 years!"

Teenager’s life saved thanks to swimming pool’s lifeguard training

 

Local teenagers Adam Castle and Harry Bates have been praised for taking swift action to save the life of their friend, William Hodge-Brooks who had an accident on Good Friday whilst swimming at Spitchwick on Dartmoor.

 

Adam, who comes from Buckfastleigh, had just carried out his lifeguard training at Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool and will take his qualification exam in June. He says that it was this training that gave him the skills and confidence to know what to do in the emergency.

 

The friends had been swimming at the popular Dartmoor beauty spot and using a rope swing to jump into the river. William fell from the swing, hit his head on a rock and disappeared under the water.

 

Adam said, “Harry and I jumped into the river, rescued William, who was unconscious, and brought him to the river bank, where we kept him still, braced his neck, bandaged his wounds and covered him with towels until the paramedic and air ambulance arrived. I always carry a first-aid kit with me, and I was so pleased I had it with me."

 

“The week before, I had just taken a lifeguard course at the pool. In the course, we are shown how to rescue people and deliver first aid. This training just kicked in when I saw William go under the water.”

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Ian Savage, manager of Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool, who run the training said, “We are incredibly proud of Adam who jumped in to get to his unconscious friend. We've offered him a job when he qualifies in June and look forward to welcoming him to the team.”

 

"Every year we train around 6-8 young people to become lifeguards and offer them work at the pool. We believe that this is a great way to support the young people of the town to gain new skills. Adam was able to put his new skills to good use to help William in this terrible accident.”

 

The pool offered to reimburse Adam’s lifeguard training fees as recognition of his bravery and quick-thinking, but he has refused this offer, saying the pool should keep it and put it towards further training to help keep others safe.

Fifth Ice Gala goes with a splash

Our fifth annual Ice Gala #BIG5 took place on Sat 29th February 2020. The weather held out and there was even some sunshine! Brilliant competitors, organisers, teams and volunteers. Thank you so much everyone.

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Forth Ice Gala goes with a splash

Our forth annual Ice Gala #BIG4 took place on Saturday 2nd February 2019. Perfect weather, incredible costumes and even some seriously cold swimming. Well done and thank you to everyone who took part.

Ian's 10k run for the pool boiler

Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool was forced to close its season early due to the boiler unexpectedly breaking down beyond repair. The boiler now needs to be replaced, this will cost thousands of pounds.

 

Ian, the pool and park manager, along with lifeguards and friends of the pool are running in the 10k part of the Sibelco Dartmoor Vale Road Races 2018 on Sunday 28th October to try to raise as much as possible to go towards the cost of replacement. Please help us to surpass our goal. 

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Fabulous Ice Gala goes with a splash

Our third annual Ice Gala took place on Sat 17 February 2018. Great fun was had by all and we would like to thank everyone who volunteered or took part. This year's Best in Show was won by Team Plastic Not Fantastic. Great job ladies!

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