Ready to dive in with a roof over our heads

The new roof at Chinnor Community Swimming Pool
The new roof at Chinnor Community Swimming Pool

Given the appalling British weather putting a retractable roof on a swimming pool would seem a no-brainer.

And that is just what fundraisers for the Chinnor Community Swimming Pool at St Andrew’s School have done.

The £70,000 roof at the formerly open air poor is nearing completion ready to be open in time for the summer season.

Chair of the community pool committee Carrie Mumby said:“We are absolutely thrilled and I can’t wait to get it open and see the kids enjoying it because that’s what it’s all about.”

Work on the roof began shortly after September before the Christmas cold snap struck making things tricky.

The committee chair is excited about making the pool available to more of the community.

She added: “The school uses it come rain or shine but we wanted to open it up to more of the community.

“We have some ladies use it in the evenings and you can’t really expect them to swim in the rain.

“It will help extend our swimming season now. We’ll see how it goes and then continue to lengthen our seasons.”

There is still a flooring project to complete at the pool before it can be officially unveiled to the public on May 6.

The building of the roof also means the pool will now save money on its annual heating and chemical bills.

The committee is also busy looking for new members to join the team and needs more volunteers to train as lifeguards and to help with maintenance jobs.