Breathing life into old Burwell pool

NEW activities have been introduced at a village swimming pool to help aid a refurbishment project to improve the facility.

A special scuba diving course and weekly parent and baby classes are being held at Burwell Swimming Pool this month in a bid to increase public awareness of the site.

Members of Burwell Community Swimming Pool Association are hoping to apply for funding to update the building but have to prove it is regularly used by residents.

Jane Fowler, association chairman, said they were slowly trying to refurbish different areas of the pool to make it better for the community.

"People living in the village do not even know it is here, which is surprising actually," she said.

"It has had troubled times in the past but now we are trying to get more people using it and the more money we raise will help kick-start a proper refurbishment plan."

The pool, which is on the site of Burwell Village College, was built by members of the community about 25 years ago and is now run by the association on behalf of the village.

It is only open between May and October because the pool exterior is too cold for visitors during the winter months.

Under the refurbishment plans, the association would like to raise money for a new roof to replace the current one, which is not airtight and lets in water, as well as improving the poolside area.

The introductory scuba diving course, costing 20 per class, is being run over three sessions, starting on Sunday at 2pm and continuing on Wednesday, September 23, and September 27.

A qualified instructor has been drafted in to teach the course, which can count towards a diving qualification, and anyone fit and aged over 10 can take part.

In addition, the six-week parent and baby classes, which started last Tuesday, are designed to introduce youngsters aged six months onwards to swimming.

For further information and to book places on either course, contact Jane Fowler on 01638 602905.