A huge thanks to David and Carolyn McHale who raised £170 selling tea’s at their garden open day. It is only with the help of people like this and our charity shop that YOUR community pool and gym remain here for you.
We have been awarded £35,000 to alter / renovate the pool building.
We intend to demolish the redundant spa plantroom, remove the spa and erect a full width glass partition between the spectator area and poolside, this will allow the area to be our spectator / coffee shop. We should have enough room to have a small soft play area for non swimming younger kids.
The ex coffee shop will be re-roofed and converted into a staff room and office with a second reception desk to the corridor, the old staff room will make way for 3 or 4 extra much needed changing cubicles.
Outside we hope to build (planning consent required) a playpark
Below are a couple of photographs of the internal plans:
The swimming pool have a defibrillator in the building, this is available to the wider community when we are open, in emergency call 01557 331881 and we will do all we can to help.
We at Kirkcudbright swimming pool think we represent tremendous value to the taxpayer, this is due to prudent financial management and more importantly a fine team of volunteers.
We receive £25,000 deficit funding per year from D & G Council, compare this to £160,000 for Castle Douglas pool and £177,000 at Sanquhar.
The friends of the pool donate around £30,000 per year (mainly from the charity shop) to our operating deficit of £55,000, even so we run at less than 1/3 of the operating costs of comparable Council run facilities.
Latest user number show we are slightly better than Castle Douglas with KBT pool having 19,880 for the summer season as opposed to CD having 19,725, Sanquhar faired better than both with 21,983
A Day to remember
Colin and Jenni from the pool were invited to the Queens Garden party at Holyrood to represent the pool as winners in the Jubilee peoples millions competition last year. The prize enabled the pool to install a 30kw solar system to help keep the operating costs down.
At the last minute Colin received a call from the Lottery press officer to say that the palace had requested a personal presentation to the Queen prior to the party starting.
Colin and Jenni were ushered in the private entrance and lead through the palace to emerge out onto a red carpet in front of the 8000 crowd and were first to meet the Queen after the national anthem was played.
They told her Majesty about the hard work undertaken by many volunteers to raise money to build the facility and the ongoing work by all to keep it going, including the charity shop and various fundraising events.
After this they met Alex Salmond who commented on Colin’s saltire tie. Tea was taken and many people from the Town bumped into, all in all a very memorable day and a great honour for the swimming pool.