Introduction

Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool is over 150 years old. Like any old building, the pool is in constant need of care and attention to its fabric. Every year there are pieces of work we have to undertake to keep the pool in a condition that complies with modern safety standards. In addition, keeping the pool at an average temperature of 27C involves large amounts of gas fired energy.

If you have been a user of the pool over a number of years you will have seen some major improvements, particularly the new changing rooms and pool covers. We also have plans in place for continual improvements and maintenance, including the installation solar panels to reduce our energy costs and a new pool hoist for our less abled visitors. 

In order to pay for these major capital projects as well as emergency repairs, we need to keep a significant cash reserve available to pay for them. While ticket sales contribute to offsetting our yearly operating costs, they do not cover what we need to maintain our cash reserves, so we undertake regular fundraising events and initiatives to help with the shortfall.

We always welcome help and ideas from our visitors and supporters. If you are able to help with our fundraising, please get in touch with our Fundraising Team via our Contact Page.

Fundraising News

  • Mon 27 Sep 2021

    Claire Webster - Channel Swim update

    Claire Webster who swam the English Channel on September 7th with the aim of raising £2,000 for

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  • Thu 26 Aug 2021

    Churn Project supports our Pool Hoist Campaign

    One of our regular swimmers, Richard O’Donnell, is using his regular swims to help raise money for

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  • Fri 20 Aug 2021

    Ecclesiastical Group donates £2,000 towards Pool Hoist

    We are very grateful to Ecclesiastical Insurance for donating £2,000 towards our fundraising for a

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Fundraising Events

2022 events

Dawn Swim (Provisional)

Dawn Swim (Provisional)

Saturday, 25th June, 2022 4:00 am
TBC

Enjoy the experience of an open-air swim as the sun rises while supporting your community swimming pool.

The aim of the dawn swim is for a quiet, contemplative swimming at an unusual time and hopefully, you will be treated to a gorgeous sunrise.

The money raised from this event will go towards pieces of specialist equipment for the pool.

Numbers are limited to 50 people

Night Swim (Provisional)

Night Swim (Provisional)

Saturday, 20th August, 2022 10:00 pm
TBC

Enjoy the experience of a swim under the stars while supporting your community swimming pool.

The aim of the night swim is for a quiet, contemplative swimming at an unusual time and hopefully, you will be treated to gorgeous night skies. While the session lasts for 2 hours there is no requirement to stay for the whole session. 

The money raised from this event will go towards pieces of specialist equipment.

Numbers are limited to 50 people

24 Hour Swim (Provisional)

24 Hour Swim (Provisional)

Saturday, 3rd September, 2022 12:00 pm - Sunday, 4th September, 2022 12:00 pm
TBC

2 Lanes max of 6 people per lane in 30 minute slots

Major Donors and Sponsors

Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool is extremely grateful to our major supporters and donors who have provided significant financial support to help us develop and improve our pool and amenities. Without their generous support, we would not have the wonderful facilities we have today. We thank them all for their support.

  1. Ecclesiastical Insurance
  2. WCCAEW
  3. St. James's Place
  4. The Winstone Trust

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Pool Hoist Donation

Ecclesiastical Insurance very generously provided us with a £2,000 donation in August 2021. The money will go towards a new pool hoist to enable our less abled visitors make full use of our swimming pool.

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Covid-19 Fund - Grant of £3,000

The Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (WCCAEW) very kindly provided an emergency grant of £3,000 to support the pool during the Covid-19 pandemic. This grant was particularly welcome to due to loss of income in May, June and July 2020.  

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Pool covers and Fencing

St. James’s Place provided half the cost of new pool covers, helping to reduce costs in heating the pool – and new fencing alongside Riverside Walk built, incorporating the storage of pool covers.

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Major Refurbishment 2016

The Winstone Trust together with Chris Morling, owner of Money.co.uk donated a significant sum towards the £750,000 redevelopment work.

The 147-year-old pool refurbishment included new changing facilities, meeting rooms, an office and housing for the pool's pump and heating machinery.

About The Winstone Trust

Kate Doreen Winstone, who died in 2003, left money in her will for a charitable trust fund to be set up to benefit Cirencester and its residents.

Mrs Winstone, whose late husband Bob was a shoemaker in Cricklade Street and ran Winstone and Sons shoe shop, wished for her fund to be used to help Cirencester Parish Church, educational projects, arts and cultural projects and other charitable projects which will benefit the community.

Pool Reopening 2017