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Bourne pool new swimming sessions
Bourne pool new swimming sessions
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Bourne Outdoor Pool needs your help to keep afloat this summer as swimming numbers struggle to reach the surface.

The pool on the Abbey Lawn re-opened its doors in May with the hope of bringing in more support after a decline in visitors last summer, due to the bad weather.

After a much needed revamp, the pool now needs the support of the local community to make the project a success.

To help attract more swimmers to the outdoor pool, a number of new sessions have been introduced, including an adult morning session on a Saturday, running from 8am until 10am, at a cost of just £3 per swimmer.

Pool supervisor, Ben Lewis said: “ The new session has been well received and there has been some good feedback from swimmers on the pool’s Facebook page. In previous years when the weather has been good we can get a few hundred people using the pool, so hopefully the weather will pick up and we will get some more swimmers.”

The temperature of the pool has also been increased from 21 degrees to 24 degrees, in the hope that more people will attend during the cooler months.

Chairman of the Bourne Outdoor Pool Preservation Trust, Mandy Delaine-Smith said: “The amount of people we get using the pool is very weather dependant and at the moment we are struggling, we cannot afford to open more sessions unless we get more people using the pool.”

The 50 yard, near Olympic sized heated pool, is one of the largest of the few surviving outdoor pools in the country, and has been re-painted by hand each year.

The pool is open from 12.30pm until 6.30pm weekdays and 10.30am until 6.30pm at the weekend.

Bourne Outdoor Pool also offers a takeaway cafe, toddlers’ pool, play area and picnic tables.

For more information visit www.bourneoutdoorpool.org/