Another season has come to a close and even with the slow start to the season this year due to the delay with the refurbishment of the veranda, it has been another hugely successful season!!
We kicked off the season with the annual Marie Curie Swimathon over our opening weekend 7th- 9th April . As usual over the weekend we ran 3 sessions, attracting 100+ swimmers to take part and raise money for Marie Curie. Swimmers of all ages took part completing either 1km, 2.5km or 5kms, with some working in team and others taking on the challenge all on their own. In total over Â£10,000 was raised through our session. Which is a fantastic achievement by all.
With the refurbishment of the veranda finished in early may (except for the access lift and steps at the far end), the parish council was keen to hear our customers thoughts on the work and their suggestion about how we could further improve the facility and service. We hosted a Cheese and Wine evening on 9th June so we could do just that, over 50 regular swimmers attended and expressed their delight about how good the veranda now looked with its new photovoltaic roof and came up with some good suggestion which will be put forward for discussion in future meetings.
Throughout the season we have run many different fundraising event that help ensure the continued future of the pool. The most popular have been our Night Swims to live music which run on the 3rd Friday of each month. Each of the night swims has been a complete sell out, with swimmers enjoying music from a host of local musicians. Whatever the music everyone had an amazing evening, swimming in the dark and enjoying the selection of cakes and soups on offer up on the veranda after their swim.
Our biggest event of the year was the 24 hour Summer Solstice Swim. We opened the doors at 3:30am Saturday 24th June and remained open until 3:30am Sunday 25th June. There was a few different challenge going on throughout the day, we had 4 teams trying to swim a mile every hour for 24 hours with all teams being successful, one person even manage it on her own!! Also we challenge every one that swam, to help us swim from Hathersage to Stonehenge. To reach that target we needed to swim 11648 lengths. All swimmers took part in the challenge and contribute to our goal, whether they swam 100+ lengths or a child swimming their first. We reached Stonehenge by 12:10am Sunday morning Â and continued on for a further 18 miles, swimming an amazing 15483 lengths in total.
For the last couple of years we have participated in the Macmillan Coffee morning, which as you may all be aware helps raise money for Macmillan cancer support. This year with everyone’s generosity we raised Â£375. Which is a fantastic amount for such a worthy cause.
As the nights began to draw in that could only mean one thing, the pools heated season is drawing to a close. So to finish the season with a bang we organised 2 end of season events on Friday 17th November we hosted a Pub Quiz in Hathersage Memorial Hall with a cheese platter provided by Colemans Deli. Over 80+ attended and a fantastic evening challenging themselves with the quiz set by our very own lifeguard Joanne Wilman. Lastly on Sunday 19th November we opened up for last heated swim of the year from 10 – 5, with live music from Pluk (a four piece acoustic band). Over 150 swimmers turned up to enjoy a beautiful afternoon music whilst having their last Â heated swim of the season.
Don`t forget you can continue to enjoy the pool throughout the winter, the pool will be open for 4 session a week at a reduced temperature of 20c from Tuesday 21st November until Sunday 17th December. Then the boilers will be turned off and the pool will be open every weekend until 25th February, full details of the winter season can be found on our website.
Lastly all the staff and volunteers would like to say a big thank you to everyone for their continued support of our wonderful facility and for helping make the 2017 season our best yet!! We look forward to seeing you all in 2018.