Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Lenton Pool every day a little closer

Chris doing his first length.

Chris enjoying Lenton Pool for the first time in years.

Me, wallowing in the shallow before I swim my first length.

Today, my neighbour and friend Chris and I took up an invitation of some weeks to go for a pre-reopening swim in Lenton Swimming Pool, which is part of The Lenton Centre. The pool will be officially reopened four years to the day after it was closed by Nottingham City Council on 4 September 2008. It was part of Lenton Leisure Centre which was also closed. In 2006, after nearly two years of negotiations with Lenton Community Association, who had occupied a third of the same building as the leisure centre, the City Council sold the building to the Association for £10 after it had reconstituted itself as The Lenton Centre.

Having played a part in three campaigns to save the pool from threatened closure in 1994, 2001 and 2004, then the committee to draw up a viable business plan, together with Susan and others, it is difficult to put into words what the swim today has meant to me. To be in The Lenton Centre at the same time as Mairi, Carl and Andy I felt proud to point of bursting. I cannot imagine living in Lenton and not having some kind of involvement with The Lenton Centre.

On the 4th and 5th September this year there will be two days of events to mark the official reopening of the pool. The celebrations will provide a few moments when we can bask in the glory of it all, before moving onto the next task. There will be money to raise for better changing facilities and the creation of a large fund to pay for regular maintenance and contingencies in years to come not just for the pool, but for the entire building.

To find out more about The Lenton Centre visit:
You can find a direct link in the column to right of this column.

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