Community launches campaign to save Beyton’s outdoor swimming pool

Campaign to save Beyton Swimming Pool'Thurston College Sixth Form, Drinkstone Rd, Beyton, Bury St Edmunds.'A group of swimmers have joined forces with Thurston Community College to save the popular swimming pool in Beyton.'Helen Geake campaigner with principle Helen Wison'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160202-161815009
Campaign to save Beyton Swimming Pool'Thurston College Sixth Form, Drinkstone Rd, Beyton, Bury St Edmunds.'A group of swimmers have joined forces with Thurston Community College to save the popular swimming pool in Beyton.'Helen Geake campaigner with principle Helen Wison'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160202-161815009
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A group of swimmers are campaigning alongside Thurston Community College to save the popular outdoor swimming pool at Beyton.

The pool, which has been open for the past 46 years, sits in the grounds of the college’s Beyton Sixth Form campus.

Beyton pool has had public swimming since it was dug in 1969. This photo was taken in the 1980s by club member Liz Pratt. ANL-160302-124748001

Beyton pool has had public swimming since it was dug in 1969. This photo was taken in the 1980s by club member Liz Pratt. ANL-160302-124748001

The open-air facility has been shut since 2015 after the boiler stopped working but now an appeal has been launched to raise money to refurbish it.

Helen Wilson, Principal of Thurston Community College, said although she would love to see the pool up and running again, the school can’t use its budget to renovate.

“We would really like to see the pool used by both students and the community, she said.
“But as our secondary school curriculum doesn’t include swimming lessons, there’s a limit on how much we can invest in the pool.”

Steve Chubb, Club chairman, said: “Thurston Community College are doing all they can to help, but we need to replace the heating system and run the pool in the future.

“It’s a mammoth job and we’re appealing for help.”

Swimming club member Helen Geake said: “Beyton pool could be used much more than it has been in the past, and could become a real community hub for the whole area.

“But saving a swimming pool isn’t an easy job - we will have to learn how to fund-raise, run a campaign and a business, as well as all the day to day swimming pool activities. We really need to find volunteers to get involved.”

If you would like to help email Steve Chubb at 
spchubb@btinternet.com