Hog roast and live band will launch fundraising

Mhde-23-07-13-pool-july24'Woodford Halse Come and Play Group who are fundraising to reopen the school's swimming pool. ''Pictured, Mike Wills (head teacher),Mum's Joanna Collins,Laura Disley,Hannah Barker and Emma O'Hanlon.
Mhde-23-07-13-pool-july24'Woodford Halse Come and Play Group who are fundraising to reopen the school's swimming pool. ''Pictured, Mike Wills (head teacher),Mum's Joanna Collins,Laura Disley,Hannah Barker and Emma O'Hanlon.

A group of mums who raised more than £20,000 to 
refurbish a village park are taking on another challenge at Woodford Halse Primary School.

The Come and Play Group estimates its needs about £70,000 to refurbish and re-open the outdoor swimming pool on the school site, which closed for the first time this year due to lack of funds.

Fundraiser Laura Disley said: “The pool is in acceptable condition but it is old and outside. We would like to update it. It needs new changing rooms because the current ones aren’t big enough for a class to change in; it also needs a cover so that the facilities can be used all year round.”

The National Curriculum states that by the end of Key Stage 2 all children should be able to swim a minimum distance of 25 metres unaided. Most pupils at Woodford Halse did leave school able to swim due to the regularity of swimming lessons and thanks to the on-site pool.

Headteacher Michael Wills said: “The pool is a really valuable asset but obviously with funding being really tight it has had to close this year, but we are determined to re-open it next year with the help of the Come and Play Group. The group has had massive success in the past with the pocket park and they approached me to help out with the pool which I gladly accepted.”

Mr Wills said having the pool on site allows the children to swim at least three times a week in the summer meaning most children leave Woodford Halse Primary with good swimming skills.

Ms Disley said: “It’s really important that children primary school age learn how to swim. My two young children have a long time at the school and it would be a shame for them to miss out on the pool.

“The pool is an asset to the children and obviously we don’t want to let it go.”

For details search comeandplay Woodford Halse on Facebook.