Double Your Money to help get your Local Swimming Pool
Monday, 14 October 2013
Grow Your Tenner 2013 begins at 10am tomorrow, Tuesday, 15th October! Hebden Royd and District is now very close to getting it's own Pool - after 123 years of waiting.
Help raise the £200.000 needed to begin building.
You need to register, so tax can be claimed back on your donation. Localgiving is sponsored by the Office for Civil Society to the tune of Half a Million Pounds!
They will double all donations up to £10, so a tenner becomes £20 (or £22.50 with Gift Aid). And on monthly donations, they will double up to £10 a month for up to six months. Grow Your Tenner 2013 runs until all the £500,000 has been allocated.
If you want to donate more than £10, then please do it in lumps of £10, to repeat monthly to your maximum donation, to benefit from the match funding.
The Hebden Royd and District Swimming Pool Committee recently announced that they are close to the point when they have sufficient funds to start building a swimming pool for the local community of Hebden Royd and the surrounding parishes. They are close, but they need help to finish the job. They have a million pounds ready for this project and are looking for support from local people to find the last £200,000 that they need to make this age-old dream a reality.
The campaign to bring this about has had a long and dedicated history, going back 123 years to the year 1898 when Queen Victoria was still on the throne. In Hebden Bridge, at the turn of the 20th Century, a pool was planned as an integral part of the design of the brand new Council Offices, now known by many as the Town Hall. When councillors decided not to build a pool, there was a great deal of ill-feeling in the town and many disappointed local people never really forgave them for the decision.
The intervening years have seen many other well-intentioned projects flounder, but the latest committee has done its best to rescue a project that fifteen years ago, to all intents and purposes, had been shelved. When the Hebden Bridge Victoria Road scheme floundered, there was an impression left that the whole swimming pool dream had died. If this had happened, the Charity Commission would have insisted the funds were used in Calderdale, but not necessarily in the upper Calder Valley. After all those decades of fund-raising, the project would indeed have been completely lost!
It was about this time that Councillor Richard Marshall, a founder member of the Mytholmroyd Community Association in the 1960's, suggested the Community Centre car park as a suitable site. it seemed to be an appropriate location and this is where planning permission has now been granted for the pool to be built.
There is little doubt that mistakes have been made over the years, but the committee is now close to being able to proceed with this building - and the long-cherished dream of many people will finally be realised. To repeat - it has a fund of a million pounds and are close to achieving the target, but still need to raise the last £200.000.
Please look at the artist's impression and consider contributing to what we personally feel will provide all the people in this area with an invaluable, sustainable recreational facility, worthy of the 21st Century.
And if £10 would be hard for you to find, then please give as much as you feel you can afford.
Hebden Royd and District Swimming Pool Committee:
Coun. Mrs D Sutcliffe
Coun. Richard Marshall
Previously, on the HebWeb
HebWeb Forum - A Reply from the Swimming Pool Committee on the subject of the history of the project (Aug 2013)
HebWeb News: Mytholmroyd Swimming Pool: Calderdale approves plans (Aug 2013)
HebWeb News: Hebden Royd may finally have a swimming pool (March 2013)
HebWeb Forum: Swimming Pool update? (Dec 2012)
HebWeb Forum: Swimming Pool Plans/Mytholmroyd Community Centre (Jan 2011)
HebWeb Forum: Swimming pool plans (Sept-Dec 2010)
HebWeb News: Swimming Pool plans - comments sought (Sept 2010)
More coverage of the swimming pool issue on the HebWeb