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NEWS WATER BABIES REACHES 50,000 LANDMARK Market-leading Water Babies has reached a landmark for teaching babies and toddlers each week. It reached a figure of 51,603 during the Autumn cycle of its four annual terms. Co-founder and Chairman, Paul Thompson said: “This feels like a really huge moment for the whole company. We have come a long way since first sitting round the kitchen table and creating the business all those years ago. “But our ambitions do not end here. Our Water Babies Centres are set to be a game-changer in the early years sector. We have worked with industry-leading designers to deliver a premium and holistic Water Babies experience through our lessons, underwater photography and product offerings. From its UK roots, it now has offices in Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Canada and China with Germany also set to open next year. With several bespoke centres also set to open across China next year, it’s growth is expected to accelerate further in 2018.

POOL CAMPAIGNERS EFFORTS REWARDED IN LANCASHIRE The future of two swimming pools in north Lancashire looks bright – much to the delight of groups who campaigned to save them. Hornby pool closed last March while Carnforth pool was due to close on New Year’s Eve, after Lancaster City Council said it could no longer afford to keep the properties open. Campaigners have worked hard to secure the future of both pools by raising money, preparing business cases and setting up charitable companies to take the leisure buildings over – and their efforts seem to have paid off with the County Council agreeing in principle that ownership can be transferred to the volunteer-led community groups.

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City Pool And Turkish Baths Visit Inspires Historic Pools Of Britain Historic Pools of Britain – the organisation set up to represent Britain’s bathing heritage – visited the Newcastle City Pool and Turkish Baths site at the end of September to see the plans to restore it to its former glory. The group, which is celebrating its second anniversary and has raised awareness of other historic pools across the country that require restoration, has kept a keen eye on the plans to reopen the City Pool and Turkish Baths. Gill Wright, founder of Historic Pools of Britain, said: “There is huge interest in the restoration of pools across the country and it was good to discover how the Newcastle City Pool and Turkish Baths

project is developing. “Over the past two years, we have seen the positive impact on the public when historic pools have been preserved and reopened, and I’m excited about that happening for the people of Newcastle.” The pool and baths will be given a new lease of life following a £5m refurbishment by Fusion Lifestyle, a sports and leisure management organisation and registered charity. Campaign group Re-open Newcastle Turkish Baths and City Pool played a fundamental role in raising awareness of the building’s situation and Fusion Lifestyle saw the opportunity to get on board and add the site to its UK portfolio. Cait Read, of Re-open Newcastle Turkish Baths and City Pool, said: “We were delighted to be able to host an event here in Newcastle for members of Historic Pools of Britain. “While we were campaigning for the City Pool and Turkish Baths to re-open, membership of Historic Pools provided invaluable support, inspiration and insights from other pool campaigns around the country, so we were thrilled to welcome the group here as the restoration of Newcastle City Pool and Turkish Baths is about to begin.”

Swimming Club Urges Support For New Pool Facility In Kent Plans to build a new pool and leisure centre on Princes Parade in Hythe, Kent have been praised by Hythe Aqua, the biggest swimming club in the district. An application has been submitted to Shepway District Council that includes a leisure centre consisting of a six-lane 25m competition pool, teaching pool, spectator seating for up to 100 people, three exercise studios and a fully-equipped 100-station gym to replace the existing pool. Hythe Aqua Club has been based in South Road since 1975 and has a growing membership of around 500, with the majority

under the age of 16. Apart from a large swim school for learners, club members compete in competitive swimming, synchronised swimming, water polo, masters and open water events. Chairman Jim Parris says members, past and present, are excited to see the unveiling of the long-awaited plans for the new pool, which is desperately needed to replace the ailing facility. The club is urging

members to lodge their support during the public consultation process, especially younger members as they will ultimately be the long-term users of the new centre. Previous efforts to build a new pool have been thwarted by local objectors over the past 15 years and Jim is critical of opponents of this latest scheme, who he feels are putting the future of his club in danger by their attempts to block the development. “If the objectors to the Princes Parade scheme stop this proposal I fear Hythe pool will be forced to close when the next big maintenance issue arises and our community club in its current form will cease to exist,” added Jim.

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