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Ipswich Society Heritage Open Day Booklet
 
Aug 16, 2017
 

Please find PDF link for Ipswich Society's concise guide of all places that you can visit during the Ipswich Heritage Open Day weekend (9 and 10 September).

 

This includes details of the Ipswich Transport Museum Bus service running on Saturday 9 September.

 

http://www.ipswichsociety.org.uk/assets/heritage-open-day-booklet-2017-for-emailing.pdf

 

 
TOP ARTIST CELEBRATES POOL’S PAST & FUTURE.
 
Jun 14, 2017
 

BROOMHILL POOL TRUST - PRESS RELEASE
TOP ARTIST CELEBRATES POOL’S PAST & FUTURE.

Ipswich, June 15, 2017.
 
http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/designer-s-souvenir-products-give-broomhill-pool-project-fresh-boost-1-5061149
http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/designer-s-souvenir-products-give-broomhill-pool-project-fresh-boost-1-5061149
 
Broomhill Pool has taken its place among Britain’s most loved locations and buildings, being immortalised by illustrator Dave Thompson.
 
Thompson’s work revisits a classic era of poster design, recreated in the vibrant tones of 1950s travel art. Ipswich’s Grade II lido has been added to his portfolio, with a design that captures the pool’s glorious past and exciting future.
 
Dave Thompson said: “I’ve really enjoyed illustrating such an iconic building and it is pleasing to add another Lido to my collection”. Thompson consulted the Broomhill Pool Trust about the lido’s past, plus local firm KLH Architects - who is project lead for the pool’s restoration - for its future design. The image therefore unites the pool’s opening in 1938 and its planned restoration in 2018/2019. Fusion Lifestyle, the registered charity that is spearheading the proposals, will be shortly be submitting their second stage application for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the application for planning permission for the project. Brockwell Park Lido run by Fusion Lifestyle has previously featured in Thompson’s work.
 
Alan Wilkinson, Lead Architect at KLH Architects, Ipswich said “Dave’s image of the Broomhill lido is an evocative and heart-warming tribute to this beautiful Ipswich asset,  I am going to put a print on my Xmas list!”
 
Mark Ling, Chairman of the Broomhill Pool Trust said “Dave’s work is a real “Who’s who” of Britain’s top landmarks. This is a stunning design and a real coup for Ipswich”.
 
The new Broomhill Pool design is available to purchase as a print or in an extensive range of merchandise at www.DaveThompsonArt.co.uk. Needham Market based Star Editions Ltd is the global art distributor handling Thompson’s portfolio, along with many other notable artists. Star Editions are hoping to find numerous local shops and outlets to help distribute the products locally.
 
Will Marston, CEO of Star Editions added “Star Editions were delighted to be able to work in partnership with Dave Thompson and Broomhill Pool Trust. As a Suffolk based manufacturer the project appealed both for the company, and on a personal level as well, (as I remember swimming there!). And even more so, in being able to play, even just a small part, in bringing this iconic Lido back to life”.
 
Please note all images are © Dave Thompson
 

 
Broomhill Pool Restoration Project - Public Consultation
 
May 06, 2017
 

Broomhill Pool Restoration Project - Public Consultation

at Castle Hill Community Centre this Saturday 6th May 10-16:00

 

PLEASE COME AND VIEW THE PROPOSALS: YOUR CHANCE TO SUPPORT and HAVE YOUR SAY on the final stages. 

Online Survey : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KY5GZ25.

 
The full design proposals for the restored Broomhill Pool will be put on display at Castle Hill Community Centre on Highfield Road later today, where it will remain until 4pm on May 6. Members of the public will be invited in for a day of consultation on May 6 from 10am to 4pm, where representatives from Fusion and KLH will be on hand to answer any questions about their proposals.
 

 
 Step forward for Broomhill Lido project
 
Apr 26, 2017
 
This week, Fusion Lifestyle – the leading registered charity providing quality sport, leisure and fitness activities to local communities – announces a major step forward in their exciting plans to restore and redevelop Broomhill Lido, the historic grade II listed pool on Sherrington Road, Ipswich.
 
Fusion is now in the final stages of preparing their second stage application for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the application for planning permission for the project. As part of this work, Fusion is working with local firm KLH Architects to consult on their design proposals and is inviting local people to review and provide their feedback on the plans.
 
The design proposals will be put on display at Broomhill Library from 12.00noon on Friday 28th April until 4.00pm on Wednesday 3rd May. The display will then be moved to the Castle Hill Community Centre on Highfield Road where it will remain until 4.00pm on Saturday 6th May.
 
Members of the public will be invited in for a day of consultation on 6th May from 10.00am to 4.00pm, where representatives from Fusion and KLH will be on hand to answer any questions about their proposals.
Residents will also be able to participate in an on-line survey. (Further details of this will be provided by Fusion in due course).
 
Tim Mills of Fusion Lifestyle said “This is a particularly important time for the project as we put the finishing touches to our planning application and the final funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our previous consultations have shown that this project enjoys the support of many Ipswich residents and this is the last chance for people to express that support before the HLF considers Fusion’s proposal”.
 
Mark Ling, Chair of the Broomhill Pool Trust, long-term lobbyists and supporters of the restoration project said ““Lidos are enjoying a renaissance and Ipswich has one of Britain’s finest. Fusion has an exceptional track record of restoring and operating listed lidos. We are confident that they will deliver a scheme that is popular locally and celebrated nationally.”.

•Picture supplied by KLH Architects
 

 
 Broomhill Pool featured in Ipswich Star/EADT "Ipswich icons"
 
Jan 28, 2017
 

Broomhill Pool featured in Ipswich Icons

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/ipswich_icons_broomhill_pool_was_a_lido_so_full_of_life_1_4864043

Note: correction: should read Broomhill is just one of 16 listed lidos in Britain (13 in England, two in Scotland, one in Wales).
 

 
HISTORIC POOLS OF BRITAIN - 2016 Round Up.
 
Jan 06, 2017
 

HISTORIC POOLS OF BRITAIN - 2016 Round Up.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Ipswich's Grade II listed Broomhill Pool is a proud founding member of Historic Pools of Britain.

2016 marks the first full year of Historic Pools of Britain; it's been a year that's seen both excitement and disappointment for pools across the nation. What has been very clear is the nation's passion for historic pools and the need for representation, so we are extremely grateful for your support. Collectively we are starting to make our voices heard and are enjoying the benefits of learning from each other, and we look forward to continuing this work in 2017.


Read the national round up, by clicking the link below:

http://eepurl.com/cunJi5
 

 
 Latest artist impressions of Broomhill Pool indicate bright future ahead
 
Oct 19, 2016
 

"Latest artist impressions of Broomhill Pool indicate bright future ahead". Ipswich Star.

Latest artist impressions for the revamped Broomhill Lido have been revealed by architects – with the latest designs highlighting the vibrant space’s potential.
 
See the images and read the full report at:
http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/latest_artist_impressions_of_broomhill_pool_indicate_bright_future_ahead_1_4742306
 

 
KLH Architects latest images for Broomhil
 
Oct 18, 2016
 

http://www.klharchitects.co.uk/161018.php

"Broomhill pool, Ipswich’s lido to be brought back to life by KLH Architects"

"The future of Broomhill Lido looks bright after an exhibition of artwork demonstrated how the historic baths could be brought back to life.

The images were created by KLH Architects’ senior architect Alan Wilkinson and his team, who are thrilled to be playing a key role in its restoration.

They were unveiled ahead of Heritage Open Days by Fusion Lifestyle, a sports and leisure management organisation set to run the venue.

Broomhill Lido in Sherrington Road was Broomhill Pool was built in 1938 at a cost of £17,000 and flourished for several decades.

But a lack of funding, a steady decrease in opening hours and new health and safety regulations meant the number of swimmers started to decline. And in 2003 it was closed by Ipswich Borough Council.

However, the Grade II listed pool, which is the only remaining outdoor 50+ metre pool in East Anglia, was not forgotten and for a decade The Broomhill Pool Trust fought to save it.

Now, thanks to scheme by project managers Fusion Lifestyle and The Broomhill Pool Trust, backed by Ipswich Borough Council, renovation plans for the Grade II listed building were announced.
And these will be delivered by KLH Architects.


The restoration and redevelopment plans will see the complete restoration of the outdoor swimming pool, reinstatement of the site’s art deco clock tower and will incorporate a new permanent exhibition celebrating the historic and architectural significance of the site.


The redevelopment will also include a new build extension which will provide health and wellbeing facilities and a cafe, creating a commercially viable leisure destination.


A survey – part of a wider public consultation - has been launched to help the developers get a steer from the community on the overhaul. This online questionnaire will be open from Friday 9th September until Sunday 26th October 2016.


To get involved visit http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BroomhillLido

 

 
Fusion Lifestyle Exhibition dates and Survey Link
 
Sep 12, 2016
 

Dont forget to have your say on plans for the restoration at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BroomhillLido

Public consultation survey for the Broomhill Pool restoration.

Thanks to the 1200+ who attended the Heritage Open Day weekend at Broomhill Pool.

For those who missed the event, Fusion Lifestyle's exhibition showing plans for the restoration of Ipswich's grade II listed lido will also be ‘on tour’ at the following leisure centres and available to view during opening hours:

CrownPools – Monday 12 September to Sunday 18 September 2016
WhittonSportsandCommunityCentre – Monday 19 September to Sunday 25 September 2016
NorthgateSportsCentre – Monday 26 September to Sunday 2 October 2016
ForeStreetPool – Monday 3 October to Sunday 9 October 2016
GainsboroughSportsandCommunityCentre – Monday 10 October to Sunday 16 October 2016
MaidenhallSportsCentre – Monday 17 October to Sunday 23 October 2016

The online questionnaire will be open from Friday 9th September until Sunday 26th October 2016.
 

 

 

 
Super Heritage Open Days weekend at Broomhill Pool.
 
Sep 11, 2016
 
Super Heritage Open Days weekend at Broomhill Pool.
 
1200+ visitors viewed the grade II listed lido and Fusion Lifestyle plans for its restoration.
 
Thanks to all of you who visited.
 
Dont forget to have your say on plans for the restoration at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BroomhillLido
 

 
Ipswich Star reports "Early artist images reveal bright future planned for Broomhill Lido in Ipswich
 
Sep 09, 2016
 

 Ipswich Star reports "Early artist images reveal bright future planned for Broomhill Lido in Ipswich"

 

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/early_artist_images_reveal_bright_future_planned_for_broomhill_lido_in_ipswich_1_4690247

 

 
BBC Suffolk "Proposals for Broomhill Swimming Pool on show"
 
Sep 09, 2016
 

Proposals for Broomhill Swimming Pool on show

BBC Suffolk report at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-37313488

Dont forget to have your say in Fusion's online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BroomhillLido

 

 
Important weekend for Broomhill (restoration to be unveiled) 10/11 September 10:00-16:00
 
Sep 06, 2016
 

BREAKING NEWS: Important weekend for Broomhill Pool!

 

Want to find out whats happening with Broomhill Pool's restoration? Then come and visit Broomhill Pool this weekend to find out more and have your say on the emerging proposals for its restoration.

 
Fusion Lifestyle's project team will be exhibiting proposals and images of the restoration scheme. They will be seeking your input and views.
 
An online survey will be launched to coincide with events. Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BroomhillLido to complete the survey from 10 September until 23 October, 2016. The exhibition will also tour other leisure centres in Ipswich during this period n(see survey link for details)
 
The project team will be running an oral history activity. Please drop by the "Memory Corner" to share your stories with us. Bring along any old photographs or mementos you have of the lido which can be digitally record.
 
On Saturday 10th September at 14:00, we will unveil our second "Legends of Broom Hill" interpretation board, covering legends associated to this area: Nobel Prize winner Sir Charles Scott Sherrington, Sir Alf Ramsey, Sir Bobby Robson, Ipswich Town AFC who played here in 1878, Channel Swimmer Mike Read and high diving pioneer Betty Slade.
 
Broomhill Library will also be open; offering reasonably priced refreshments and "Scrumptious Sisters" hand made cakes.
 
Ipswich Transport Museum will be running a vintage bus service which will include regular stops at Broom Hill on Saturday. For a timetable, and to see a complete list of the magnificent Ipswich buildings partaking in Heritage Open Days please visits: www.ipswichsociety.org.uk/events/heritage-open-days-ipswich-2016/
 

 
Fusion's plans for Broomhill restoration to be unveiled at Heritage Open Days 10/11 September.
 
Aug 30, 2016
 

Fusion's plans for Broomhill restoration to be unveiled at Heritage Open Days 10/11 September.

Please come and see Fusion Lifestyle restoration designs and proposals for Broomhill Pool at our Heritage Open Days on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September (10:00 to 16:00).

This event will launch a formal public consulatation exercise. Ipswich Transport Museum will be running a vintage bus service on the Saturday and will include a regular call at Broom Hill.

We will also be unveiling our "Legends of Broom Hill" interpretation board at 14.00 on Saturday 10th September.

For more details look out for updates on our Facebook page.

 

 
KLH Architects appointed to lead Broomhill restoration scheme.
 
Aug 13, 2016
 
Breaking news in today's EADT (with Ipswich Star to publish Monday). Respected Ipswich based architects KLH have been formally appointed (by the operator Fusion Lifestyle) to develop the scheme to upgrade and restore Broomhill Pool. The designs will be drawn up by Alan Wilkinson, a senior architect at the company.
 
The proposals are set to be unveiled on Heritage Open Days of Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September (10:00 to 16:00) at the pool (postcode IP1 4HT).
 
The Broomhill Pool Trust is delighted, that after a robust selection process, a top local company will be taking the lead. It is a further boost to our local economy and demonstrates why it is so important for the town to compete for - and win - lottery funding for the town's heritage and culture. With Alan Wilkinson we know that we have an architect with a true love for the pool and equipped to produce a sympathetic and practical restoration.
 

 
Ipswich Star previews Broom Hill Legends board
 
Aug 09, 2016
 
Ipswich Star preview of our second Broom Hill Legends interpretation board

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/ipswich_legends_to_be_celebrated_on_broom_hill_board_1_4650035
 
 
 

 
Victoria Baths Trust selects Fusion Lifestyle
 
Jun 15, 2016
 
Victoria Baths Trust selects Fusion Lifestyle as Lesiure Operator for Phase 2 of its restoration.
 
The plans will bring back into public use one of the pool’s original leisure facilities and see the appointment of Fusion Lifestyle as leisure operator, who will partner with Victoria Baths Trust to deliver its vision.
 
Currently running a seasonal calendar of events as a cultural venue, Victoria Baths attracts over 25,000 visitors per year; it is expected that the Turkish Baths and Health Suite, which will both operate all year, will attract a further 17,000 visitors.
 
Jill Earnshaw, chair of Victoria Baths Trust, says, “Fusion is exceedingly well placed to help us reach our goal; the team clearly understands what we want and what we are trying to achieve and I believe we’ll be able to work really well in partnership with them. The appointment marks a crucial step forward for the Trust, and will give others confidence in the project as it moves forwards.”
 
http://aboutmanchester.co.uk/featured/turkish-baths-plan-revealed-for-victoria-baths/
 

 
Trust and Payback win High Sheriff Award
 
Apr 01, 2016
 

We are delighted to advise that NSCRC (Community Payback) and The Broomhill Pool Trust have jointly won The High Sheriff's Corporate Community Partnership Award 2016.
In an unusual turn of events, the judges could not split two nominees for this category, so the award is shared equally with Proscope and Bury in Bloom. Our congratulations to them.
NSCRC will share the trophy with Proscope; and both Broomhill Pool Trust and Bury in Bloom each received £500 cheques !
Our thanks again to the Community Payback team members who have helped and to Suffolk Probationary Services (NSCRC) for the wonderful cooperation over the last 7 years !
For more photos see our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BroomhillPoolTrust/

 

 
Visit our Facebook Page for more news and photos
 
Jan 18, 2016
 

For more stories, more photos, and more news - please visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BroomhillPoolTrust

 

 
The Broomhill Pool Trust - Chairman’s Report 2015
 
Oct 22, 2015
 

The Broomhill Pool Trust - Chairman’s Report 2015

“The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded funding to help restore, redevelop and reopen to the public the grade II listed Broomhill Pool lido in Ipswich….HLF has agreed to give Fusion-Lifestyle £180,000 in development funding with a view to granting a full £3.3 million at a later stage to fund the restoration of the site”.

After 13 years of campaigning, this news - announced on 9th October - marks a significant decision and giant stride forward in Broomhill Pool’s revival. Of course, there is still lots to do and an April 2018 target date before the pool may re-open, but with all the funding now ring-fenced this is no doubt, a major milestone. With a substantial £3.3m Heritage Lottery Fund award [towards a £5.3m scheme] at stake, it really focuses the resolve of all parties to successfully conclude.

With the launch of a national group “Historic Pools of Britain” we hope that a successful outcome for Broomhill Pool will encourage and inspire other project campaigners that it CAN be done, and that it is worth them investing their time and energy. On behalf of the Broomhill Pool Trust and the pool’s supporters we all say well done and a massive thank you to Fusion Lifestyle for their leadership and an outstanding bid, and to the Borough and the Heritage Lottery Fund for their shared commitment and vision !

It has been an epic 13 year campaign working to reach this point where all funding is agreed in principle. Since 2002 the Trust has worked in cooperation and close partnership with three administrations at the Borough (changes in 2004 & 2011), positively lobbying each to win their attention and on-going commitment. We supervised the main feasibility study in 2006, which became the central plank in the pool’s revival. We led a rejected Heritage Lottery Fund bid in 2008; we failed, but learnt valuable lessons - taking on board all the Heritage Lottery Fund findings and advice - and resolving to come back even stronger with a bid/bidder that would not only meet, but surpass their requirements. We worked hand in hand with the Borough in an All Options Appraisal in 2009.  We lobbied two administrations across 2010 & 2011 to ring-fence and formally budget their financial commitment and to put out an expression of interest for an operator to invest and lead the project. In 2011, we were delighted that our preferred operator, Fusion-Lifestyle, entered an agreement with the Borough. Then despair, as the wonderful and brilliant London Olympics of 2012 effectively drained many of the main funding pots that the pool was reliant upon. However, perhaps in reflection 2013 was a turning point as the Heritage Lottery Fund announced a new “Heritage Enterprise Fund”; and after many years attempting to make Broomhill Pool fit a funding pot, the new fund was like Cinderella trying on her glass slipper! Even so, there was plenty more lobbying behind the scenes and tough brokering throughout 2014 before Fusion-Lifestyle took the bold decision to proceed with a formal public consultation, and then submit their new vision and outstanding bid to the HLF in June 2015.

We are delighted for people of Ipswich, and for our many supporters and key local businesses who backed it all the way. With such an exciting scheme and a huge investment into Broomhill and Ipswich within grasp, we believe that all parties will work diligently toward a positive outcome.


Finally, I would like to pay tribute to all those who have supported us over the last 13 years. The Trust Committee has been backed by an army of support throughout these years. 20,000 signatures on the 2003 petition was just the start. We have been backed generously with public donations (approx. £30,000 over 13 years) to finance the campaign; enabling us to secure crucial supporting data; keep the site clean & tidy; and to promote the campaign. We have had enormous support, technical assistance, and good favour from local businesses. We have enjoyed fair media and events coverage; and great cooperation from Borough Officers and Councillors of all parties, the Borough Leader and our MPs; plus many community partners, notably Suffolk Probationary Services and Community Payback team members. We have been supported by a very wide spectrum of local and national politicians.

We could not have validated or presented our arguments, nor continued the campaign for Broomhill Pool, without all of the above. Lastly, I want to pay tribute to the Trust committee - and those who have served on it over the years - for their tireless dedication and commitment.

Mark Ling.
Chairman of the Broomhill Pool Trust. 
October 2015

 

 
BREAKING NEWS: HLF agree £180,000 development grant, with view to £3.3m funding for Broomhill Pool.
 
Oct 09, 2015
 

BREAKING NEWS: HLF agree £180,000 development grant, with view to £3.3m funding for Broomhill Pool.

Trust says "Well done and a massive thank you to Fusion Lifestyle for an outstanding bid, and to the Borough and the Heritage Lottery Fund for their shared commitment and vision".

Key news links:

http://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/major-national-lottery-grant-restore-and-reopen-ipswich%E2%80%99s-grade

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/ipswich_s_broomhill_pool_wins_the_lottery_could_millions_of_pounds_be_on_the_way_to_the_town_1_4264617

http://ipswichspy.com/news/heritage/item/3928-ipswich-back-in-the-swim

 

 
BBC Look East coverage of Heritage Lottery Award
 
Oct 09, 2015
 

BBC Look East 09 October feature:BROOMHILL POOL / HERITAGE LOTTERY FUNDING

Here is the iPlayer link to the Look East programme today

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06fp8kk/look-east-east-09102015 

feature runs from 05:47 to 08:12

 

 
A new voice for Britain's historic pools
 
Oct 02, 2015
 

Daily Telegraph reports: New hope for Britain’s historic swimming pools as a new organisation dedicated to helping those who are involved in the protection, restoration and operation of heritage baths across the country launched in London. "Historic Pools of Britain" will offer a shared voice for the hundreds of indoor and outdoor pools in the UK, mostly pre-dating 1939.

The Broomhill Pool Trust will become a founding member of this new and exciting group.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/11904278/Historic-swimming-pools-of-Britain-Preserving-our-bathing-heritage-in-pictures.html?frame=3459724

 

 
Heritage Open Days 12/13 September
 
Sep 13, 2015
 
Thanks to all those who came to visit Broomhill Pool this weekend for the Heritage Open Days. We welcomed an estimated 500 visitors on Saturday plus 350 visitors today. We received £224 in donations to the Broomhill Pool Trust. POOL STATUS: Fusion Lifestyle has developed an outstanding and exciting £4m+ scheme to restore and re-open Broomhill Pool. Fusion will invest £1m+, IBC has budgeted up to £1m, Fusion also submitted a Heritage Lottery Fund bid for £2m in June. The pool's future rests on a positive response from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Their decision is expected this month. It really is crunch time for Broomhill Pool and the 13 year campaign to save it. The Broomhill Pool Trust thanks you for all your interest and support this weekend and over these many years.
 

 
Broomhill media coverage August 2015
 
Aug 08, 2015
 

Two great media articles this month featuring Broomhill Pool

East Anglian Daily Times & Ipswich Star "Kindred Spirits" From Broomhill lido to West End Bathing.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

Here's the link for the online version of David Kindred's excellent feature on Ipswich swimming pools. Plenty of great photos of Stoke Bathing Place, West End Bathing Place, Fore Street, St Matthews, Pipers Vale and Broomhill Pool, Ipswich. Anyone notice anything different about the Broomhill Pool photo used ?

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/kindred_spirits_from_broomhill_lido_to_west_end_bathing_place_the_lost_swimming_pools_of_ipswich_1_4180480

Additionally, Ipswich's Broomhill Pool has also been listed as one of the Top 10 British Lidos, according to Brandish TV (a website for men interested in fashion, technology and sport).

See the full article and selection by Brandish TV Correspondent Harry Finegold below:

http://www.brandish.tv/2014/07/21/top-10-lidos-uk.html
 

 

 
KLH Architects unveil images for Broomhill revival
 
Jul 01, 2015
 

KLH Architects unveil images for Broomhill revival

 

 
KLH Architects unveil images for Broomhill revival
 
Jul 01, 2015
 

KLH Architects unveil images for Broomhill revival

 

 
June 2015 Broomhill Status
 
Jun 20, 2015
 

June 2015 Broomhill Status:

Thanks everyone for for all your interest (up to 15,000 views on many of our Facebook postings: https://www.facebook.com/BroomhillPoolTrust).

We have the Broomhill Summer Fete on Sat 4 July from midday; and Heritage Open Days where you can view the pool on 12/13 September.

There is plenty going on behind the scenes with Broomhill, and we are entering the most critical time in the pool's life.

Following the public consultation in November, Fusion Lifestyle has put together a superb 1st stage Heritage Lottery Fund bid, which has been submitted.

If this is successful then a 2nd stage bid would be submitted before the end of 2015.

Subject to planning permission by Ipswich Borough Council, with a 12 month build time for the project, it is anticipated that the pool could be opened in the summer of 2017.

However, ALL depends on the HLF approving Fusion's bid.....

 

 
Latest news on Broomhill Pool - June 2015
 
Jun 12, 2015
 

Latest news on Broomhill Pool - June 2015

Ipswich Borough Council, North West forum meeting Minutes from March 24, 2015 just published:

https://democracy.ipswich.gov.uk/documents/s11053/Minutes%20of%20Previous%20Meeting.pdf

Fusion Lifestyle Update on Broomhill Pool

 

68.1 Tim Mills from Fusion Lifestyle updated residents on the consultation which had taken place in September 2014 and gave the following background into the Broomhill Pool project. Opened in 1938, the pool had closed 13 years ago. In 2011, Ipswich Borough Council had committed £1m of funding to reopen the pool when Fusion Lifestyle had been appointed as the preferred partner to move the scheme forward. It was proposed to restore the Lido to its former glory with the grandstands, terraces, Clock Tower and a children’s pool. In order to make the business sustainable it was proposed to create a small health and fitness centre with dedicated changing facilities, a kiosk and a café with an exhibition of the heritage of the site included.
 
 

68.2 Various media solutions had been used during the consultation, 3,300 replies had been received and 95% of residents had expressed their support. 92% had said that they would use the pool or the health and fitness facility, the café and dining facilities were considered important to cater for young people and families. Concerns identified through the survey process included car parking, accessibility, traffic control via public transport and affordability.
 
 

68.3 The £4m project would be funded by £1m from Ipswich Borough Council, £1m investment from Fusion Lifestyle and the remaining £2m would be from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid under the Heritage Enterprise Scheme. Following the consultation, Fusion Lifestyle would now put together a 1st stage HLF bid which would be submitted in June 2015. If this were to be successful then a 2nd stage bid would be submitted before the end of 2015. Should planning permission be granted by Ipswich Borough Council, with a 12 month build time for the project, it was anticipated that the pool could be opened in the summer of 2017.
 
 

68.4 Mr Mills confirmed that the pool would require no subsidy and would therefore not be a burden on Council Tax payers and he thanked all those who took part in the consultation. Councillor Vickery asked who would pay to complete the project should it go over budget and it was confirmed that this would be Fusion Lifestyle who would address any shortfall.
 
 

68.5 A resident asked where any on site car parking would be and Mr Mills confirmed that work on the bid continued and details of a sustainable travel plan for the site would be addressed as part of the planning application should the HLF bids come to fruition. Concern was raised by Rev Dotchin about the impact of a health and fitness facility on other sports centres in the area and Mr Mills said that the facility would be relatively small and this would also be taken into account as part of the planning permission.


 

 

 
2015 Broomhill Pool Trust EVENTS
 
Feb 18, 2015
 

MAY 2015 - TRIANON CONCERT Saturday, 9th May. Starts 19:30 Trianon Concert on behalf of Broomhill Pool Trust & St Peter's by the Quay. Singers and Strings section. Venue: St Peter's by the Quay. Tickets £7 per head Online at http://www.stpetersbythewaterfront.com or call 01473 225269

JULY 2015 – THE BROOMHILL SUMMER FETE Saturday 4th July 12.00pm- 16:00pm at Westbourne Library The Broomhill Pool Trust and Westbourne Library Friends join forces to host music, craft and local produce fair, children's entertainment, heritage, books, BBQ and refreshments.

SEPTEMBER 2015 – HERITAGE OPEN DAYS Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 September, 10:00m to 16:00pm at Broomhill Pool & Westbourne Library. Broomhill Heritage Site Open Days. Explore both E.McLauchlan's gems; 1938 Broomhill Lido and 1942 Westbourne Library. http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory

DECEMBER 2015 – THE BROOMHILL CHRISTMAS FAYRE Date TBC at Westbourne Library 12:00-16:00.

 

 
BBC NEWS Ipswich: Broomhill swimming pool survey shows '95% backing'
 
Dec 21, 2014
 
BBC NEWS Ipswich: Broomhill swimming pool survey shows '95% backing' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-30552160 More than 95% of people who took part in a consultation into the reopening of an open-air swimming pool were "fully supportive" of the plan, a leisure charity has said. Broomhill Pool in Ipswich closed in 2002 but the Fusion Lifestyle charity wants to bring it back to life. About 3,300 people took part in its survey. Fusion said it would be used as part of its bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to get £2m for the £4m project. Fusion has taken over the project to reopen it and said it could make a £1m investment, while the council has pledged £1m. Tim Mills, Fusion's director of development, said: "We think the 3,000-plus figure reflects real intent for the historic restoration of the pool. "We are confident there are enough people who want to use the pool and the other facilities to make the entire development viable. "We need to use this to demonstrate this support in the community to the Heritage Lottery Fund for our grant application." Brockwell Lido Fusion Lifestyle runs the Brockwell Lido in Brockwell Park, south London Fusion said its proposals would also include gym and studio facilities similar to its operation at the Brockwell Lido in south London. The charity said it needed a core of 1,600 users to make Broomhill Lido a financial success. Fusion said the gym would be available all year round. The pool would be seasonal at first but the firm wants to open it at other times of the year.
 

 
HAVE YOUR SAY ON FUSION LIFESTYLE'S PLANS TO RESTORE AND REOPEN BROOMHILL POOL.
 
Nov 22, 2014
 

HAVE YOUR SAY ON FUSION LIFESTYLE'S PLANS TO RESTORE AND REOPEN BROOMHILL POOL.

PLEASE TAKE THE SURVEY AT: https://ipswich.typeform.com/to/dg5ihd

MORE INFORMATION OF FUSION'S PLANS FOR BROOMHILL POOL:

Sports and leisure management organisation Fusion Lifestyle is looking to return Broomhill Pool to its former glory by reinstating its original use.
 
Broomhill Pool is one of Ipswich’s lesser-known treasures, a Grade II listed 1930s lido that is currently lying unused. Historically, it was a much-loved local attraction, drawing up to 60,000 swimmers each year during its 1970-80s peak, with declining regular numbers prior to closure in 2002.
 
As well as the historic “Olympic-size” pool, Fusion Lifestyle's proposal for the restored facility will include health and fitness facilities and opportunities for other water based leisure activities, such as canoeing and water polo. This will help to ensure that the site would be well used throughout the year and financially sustainable.
 
It is proposed that the Broomhill Pool complex will include:

* a restored lido, grandstand and sun terraces;
* a children’s pool;
* a reinstated clock tower;
* a warm-weather refreshment kiosk;
* a health and fitness centre with a state of the art fitness suite, studios and an indoor cycling room;
* aedicated changing facilities for the lido;
* a café with indoor and outdoor seating;
*  an exhibition celebrating the Pool’s heritage.
 
Fusion Lifestyle is currently preparing a bid for Heritage Lottery Fund support, which would make a crucial financial contribution towards the careful renovation of the Pool’s remaining historic fabric.
 
As part of this process they are looking to gain the views of local people and incorporate your ideas into the design process. They want to hear about your suggestions for new and restored facilities and possible additional activities and to capture memories of how you used the Pool before it closed.
 
Fusion Lifestyle will have a stall at Cornhill Market on Saturday 4 October 2014 between 10.00am and 4.30pm to discuss their emerging proposals with local people.
 
An exhibition will also be available to view at the following locations during normal opening hours:
 
Crown Pools Monday 6 to Sunday 12 October 2014
Whitton Sports and Community Centre Monday 13 to Sunday 19 October 2014
Northgate Sports Centre Monday 20 to Sunday 26 October 2014
Fore Street PoolMonday 27 October to Sunday 2 November 2014
Maidenhall Sports Centre Monday 3 to Sunday 9 November 2014
Gainsborough Sports and Community Centre Monday 10 to Sunday 16 November 2014

 

 
The Broomhill Pool Trust - Chairman’s Report 2014
 
Oct 16, 2014
 

The Broomhill Pool Trust - Chairman’s Report 2014

We enter quarter 4, 2014 with cautious optimism, and look ahead to 2015 with great hope.
Fusion-Lifestyle has begun its public consultation process regarding their plans for Broomhill Pool; and will look to proceed with a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in early 2015.
As far back as 2004, the Trust had identified Fusion-Lifestyle as an outstanding operator; perfectly equipped to restore and re-open Ipswich’s grade II listed lido at Broom Hill. Fusion’s pedigree is impressive, they operate 79 pools, plus around 90 further sports facilities. Notably, they have achieved great success and acclaim, restoring and operating lidos at Brockwell Park, Uxbridge and Wycombe Rye. They are the largest operator of lidos in the United Kingdom, and the addition of Broomhill Pool, Ipswich, would represent a significant coup.
The Trust was delighted when Fusion responded to Ipswich Borough Council’s Expression of Interest in late 2011. We have been working with both parties, positively lobbying, during over the last three years.
As with many schemes dependant on private + public + lottery funding and cooperation, timing is absolutely critical. What may seem an age from the outside, can actually be calculated timing to ensure best success. The 2012 Olympics was a substantial success for Britain, its heritage, culture and sport. Yet it also had a substantial draw on funding pots! Only by mid-2013 were those pots showing some signs of replenishment. Significantly, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) also launched a new “Heritage Enterprise Fund” inviting bids up to £5m.
Fusion’s scheme for Broomhill is a perfect fit for this new fund, with its emphasis on "enterprising community organisations across the UK to rescue neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential." Link here:
http://www.hlf.org.uk/HowToApply/programmes/Pages/Heritage_Enterprise.aspx#.U-36kVYk-f0
During 2014, the HLF has shown its willingness to substantially invest in re-opening Lidos; with its ground-breaking grant for grade II* listed, Cleveland Pools at Bath. The £4.1m scheme was supported with an unprecedented £3.5m (85%) grant.
http://www.hlf.org.uk/news/Pages/Clevelandpools.aspx#.U-35i1Yk-f0   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-28736702   
Nationally, the HLF has consistently shown willingness to invest in lidos in other parts of the UK, including:
·                     2010-2014: £2.3m to restore one of Wales’ largest and only remaining listed lidos in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd
·                     2006: £999,500 to the Grade II listed Uxbridge Lido in north-west London (operated by Fusion-Lifestyle)
·                     2006: £382,000 to Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham
·                     2005: £500,000 to redevelop Brockwell Lido in south London (operated by Fusion-Lifestyle)
 
So, will it be our turn this time? Our revealing studies have demonstrated that the north west of Ipswich (in the separate Central Suffolk & North Ipswich constituency) has received ZERO Heritage Lottery Funding in 18 years; and that overall Ipswich has received £100m less across all lottery funds versus our almost identical neighbour, Norwich. This disparity is significant cause for alarm!
The Trust is deeply concerned that this funding disadvantage is costing Suffolk dearly; that the city-sized town of Ipswich (Suffolk’s regional champion) is losing out - not only on heritage investment - but the combined third party investment; local construction jobs, heritage jobs, local tourism jobs, local and regional cultural influence, and its positive effect to boost civic pride and confidence too!
CONCLUSION & OUTLOOK:
Fusion Lifestyle’s public consultation has been met with overwhelming positive support from the people of Ipswich. 2500 surveys have been completed in the first few days! The vast majority are in favour of Fusion’s scheme and wish to see the lido reinstated. The surveys also provide vital feedback on preferred activities and facilities, heritage memories, and also any areas of concern which can now be evaluated and addressed during the planning stages.
Regardless of the outcome, I would like to pay tribute to those who have supported us over the last 12 years. The Trust Committee has been backed by an army of support throughout these years. We have been backed generously with public donations to finance the campaign. We have had enormous support, technical assistance, and good favour from local businesses. We have enjoyed fair media and events coverage; and great cooperation from Borough Officers and Councillors; and many community partners, notably Suffolk Probationary Services and Community Payback team members. We have been supported by a very wide spectrum of local and national politicians. We could not have validated or presented our arguments, nor continued the campaign for Broomhill Pool, without all of the above. Finally, I want to pay tribute to the Trust committee - and those who have served on it over the years - for their tireless dedication and commitment.
Let’s hope that everyone’s efforts are rewarded, that Broomhill Pool will be an example of great achievement for the Borough, Heritage Lottery Fund and Fusion-Lifestyle; and will, once again, become a place of great pride and happiness for the people of Ipswich.
 
Mark Ling.
Chairman of the Broomhill Pool Trust. 
October 2014
 

 
VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE BROOMHILL POOL TRUST.
 
Sep 30, 2014
 
Fusion Lifestyle’s plans to restore BROOM HILL POOL SURVEY LINK HERE:

Please have your say https://www.ipswich.gov.uk/content/broomhill-pool-restoration-survey

 
Ipswich Star reports: "Ipswich: Pool update takes a big step forward"

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/ipswich_pool_update_takes_a_big_step_forward_1_3788381

 

 

 
Broomhill Pool plans presented to residents
 
Sep 26, 2014
 
Fusion-Lifestyle's plans for Broomhill Pool presented to NW Area committee & residents (first stages of public consultation on Fusion's £4m scheme).
 
Ipswich Spy reports:
 
http://ipswichspy.com/story/heritage/item/3108-broomhill-pool-plans-presented-to-residents
 

 
Facebook Page hits 4400 likes
 
Sep 21, 2014
 

 4400 people like our facebook page, we hope that you do too. Follow our "Lido of the Week" series, and find out about "Broomhill legends" (Sir Charles Scott Sherrington, Sir Alf Ramsey, James Ried Moir FRS, Captain Schrieber, Sir Henry Wingfield KG, the legend of Brooks Hall, and the birth place of Ipswich Town F.C)  


www.facebook.com/pages/The-Broomhill-Pool-Trust-Ipswich/219942557174?ref=hl
 

 
Heritage Open Days
 
Sep 13, 2014
 

 Broomhill Pool & Westbourne Library - Heritage Open Days - Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September: 1000-1600

 

https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/broomhill-pool

Sherrington Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 4HT

Opening Times

Saturday 13th September: 1000-1600

Sunday 14th September: 1000-1600

 

Additional information:

Broomhill Open Air Swimming Pool is just one of thirteen Grade II listed lidos left in the UK. It is the only “Olympic” plus length lido in Suffolk, Norfolk & Essex; and the only “Modernist” style public building left in Ipswich. The lido operated for 64 years before closure in 2002. It provided important, moral boosting leisure during WW2 and was also used by the National Fire Service as an emergency source of water to put out incendiary fires in NW Ipswich. As widely reported, at a meeting on 22 November, Ipswich Borough Council Executive decided to support a not for profit operator’s proposed scheme for Broomhill Pool. It is hoped that the scheme will be subject to a Heritage Lottery Fund bid later this year.

Westbourne Library was awarded a Grade II listing by English Heritage in November 2012.The EH listing stresses the unique group value of the “Broomhill twins”, and further strengthens the seventy year bond between the library (built 1942) and her adjacent sister building, Broomhill Pool (built 1938).  Both facilities were designed by County-Borough of Ipswich engineer, E. McLauchlan. Westbourne Library was originally built as a WW2  bomb-proof, decontamination unit and public shelter. It was converted for a more peaceful purpose in 1948, as has served as public library ever since. The buildings are located in beautiful BroomhillPark, a natural woodland purchased by the County-Borough in 1925 (from the illustrious Sherrington family).

 

For further information on this site visit the PastScape website at http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1438431

 

Directions

Sherrington Rd is off A1156 Norwich Rd, 300 metres N of Norwich Rd/Valley Rd interchange. Parking in specified area immediately past pool entrance.

Map link http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=IP1 4HT&ie=UTF8&z=16&iwloc=addr

Organised by

The Broomhill Pool Trust & Westbourne Library Friends

www.savebroomhillpool.org & http://www.friendsofwestbournelibrary.co.uk/

 

 
Why has there been a revival of the lido? And what does it mean for Broomhill Pool?
 
Jul 17, 2014
 

Superb lido feature in EADT & Ipswich Star. Written by Broomhill supporter and national lido campaigner, Sally Wainman.

 
http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/features/gallery_why_has_there_been_a_revival_of_the_lido_and_what_does_it_mean_for_broomhill_pool_1_3687679.
 
or
 
http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/features/gallery_why_has_there_been_a_revival_of_the_lido_and_what_does_it_mean_for_broomhill_pool_1_3687679
 
 
P.S DONT FORGET - it's the Broomhill Summer Fete on Saturday 12:00-16:00 at Westbourne Library !!
 

 
Payback works continue at Broom Hill.
 
Jun 01, 2014
 

The Trust is very grateful to our partners at "Community Payback" who have started this year's programme of works at the pool. 

 
Over the summer the teams will be cutting back the grass areas, weeding the terraces and grandstands, clearing the footpaths, and applying a fresh coat of white masonry paint to the front entrance building, main walls and changing rooms. 
 
The Trust has allocated £500 for materials this season (paint, brushes, rollers and protective gloves. 
 
The Broom Hill summer fete will take place on Saturday, 19 July 12:00-16:00 (at Westbourne Library); and Heritage Open Days (for pool and library) will be held on Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 September. 10:00-16:00. 
 

 
BROOM HILL LEGENDS - FACEBOOK ARTICLES
 
Apr 24, 2014
 

Did you catch our Broom Hill heritage legends series on facebook over last 2 weeks. 

You can see them on https://www.facebook.com/BroomhillPoolTrust?ref=hl 
 
These are the number of views to date:
 
6. LIFE IN BROOM HILL TWO MILLION YEARS AGO !!! 493 views
 
5. Broom Hill's FOUR knights of the realm. 1165 views
 
4. THE LEGEND OF BROOKS HALL 1,459 views
 
3. DID NOBEL PRIZE WINNER PLAY FOR IPSWICH TOWN FC ?? 618 views
 
2. IPSWICH (BROOM HILL) MAN WINS NOBEL PRIZE ! 336    views
 
1. Ipswich Town FC played their first matches 1878-1888 at Broom Hill 1,626 views
 

 
Facebook page hits 4000 likes !
 
Mar 18, 2014
 

Over 4000 people like our facebook page, we hope that you do too:


www.facebook.com/pages/The-Broomhill-Pool-Trust-Ipswich/219942557174?ref=hl
 

 
Assis Carreiro receives MBE
 
Jan 05, 2014
 

The Broomhill Pool Trust would like to congratulate former DANCE EAST boss, Assis Carreiro, on her MBE in the New Years Honours.

 
Mark Ling from the Trust said "Assis is an inspiration for our town. She supported Ipswich as a regional centre, was a key driver in making our town the Eastern regional centre for dance, and she also backed other arts and heritage projects for the town. She fully supported a revived Broomhill Pool and had plans for a Dance East extravaganza at the grade II listed lido to celebrate it's reopening. Assis is not only a visionary, but she recognizes clear opportunities and works hard to make them happen. We miss her talent in Ipswich, but congratulate her on her deserved honour!"
 
Assis Carreiro was appointed as the Artistic Director & Chief Executive of DanceEast in January 2000, and led the organisation through a period of redevelopment and expansion. She also led the successful campaign to develop the Jerwood Dance House in Ipswich, which opened in September 2009.
 
http://www.theguardian.com/stage/dance-blog/2014/jan/03/dance-new-year-honours-uk
 

 
OUT NOW ! Broomhill Pool 1938 opening "Souvenir Programme" (repro).
 
Dec 04, 2013
 

Broomhill Pool 1938 opening "Souvenir Programme" (repro).

OUT NOW ! To commememorate the 75th Anniversary of the opening of Broomhill Pool, the Trust has faithfully reproduced the original 1938 "opening Programme". 32 pages of heritage and nostalgia; featuring opening words from County-Borough of Ipswich, Mayor Underwood. Broomhill Pool & Pipers Vale specifications, and original photos, opening gala Ipswich V Leamington; list of contractors; original 1938 adverts for the contractors and suppliers.

 
A superb stocking filler for lovers of Ipswich, lovers of lidos, lovers of heritage, lovers of architecure; and just lovers.
 

·       -  If you live near Ipswich, you can pick up a copy for £5.00 sterling, cash, at Westbourne Library IP1 4HT.

·        - If you are further afield, then we can send you a copy for £7.50 sterling (incl P&P). Please order using paypal the Trust website at http://www.savebroomhillpool.org/FriendsDonations.aspx  ;

·        - Otherwise please send a CHEQUE made payable to "The Broomhill Pool Trust" to Mrs Janet Adams, 18 Dales View Rd, Ipswich, IP1 4HL.

Please ensure that you let us have your postal address, and we will endeavour to dispatch with 5 working days. 

 

 
Chairman’s Report 2013 - The Broomhill Pool Trust
 
Oct 17, 2013
 

Chairman’s Report 2013 - The Broomhill Pool Trust.

Broomhill Pool’s 75th Anniversary, and eleven year campaign to save it, has demonstrated steadfast public support and sentiment for the much loved lido.

Whilst we would have liked to have forged ahead in support of the restoration plans, we have had to stand back whilst the major players determine Broomhill’s fate.  However, the Trust has used our time carefully;  presenting further evidence and argumentation as to why Broomhill Pool’s restoration is justified and widely supported; and why the project should receive adequate and equitable Heritage Lottery Funding:

FUNDING FOR N.W IPSWICH:

The Trust exposed serious concerns - which must be addressed by our political leaders -  that North West Ipswich (in the separate CSNI constituency) has received ZERO Heritage Lottery Funding  in 18 years, and the 30,000 urban area risks becoming a heritage desert if its only serious and genuine bid is stonewalled by the HLF.

We also brought to public attention, statistics proving that Ipswich’s direct [and identically situated] regional rivals in Cambridge & Norwich have consistently (for 18 years) submitted up to three times more bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund; and have won up to four times more HLF funding.

We have raised concerns that funding disadvantage is costing Suffolk dearly; that the capital town of Ipswich (Suffolk’s regional champion) is unfairly losing out - not only on heritage investment - but the combined third party investment; local construction jobs, heritage jobs, local tourism jobs, local and regional cultural influence, and its positive effect to boost civic pride and confidence too !

MEETING HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND PREREQUISITES:

In 2008 the HLF rejected the Trust's original bid on following grounds:

"The Regional Committee recognised the importance of this project to the area's heritage and agreed that the project could deliver strong community and social benefits. They acknowledged the work of the Trust to date and the dedication and expertise of its membership. Nevertheless they considered that the risks in project management and financial viability in this application were too high to merit support

In particular there were concerns that there was insufficient assurance about the future sustainability of the pool’s operation and management. There were concerns about the capacity of a volunteer group to manage and deliver this scale of project without additional support and contingency arrangements in place. In discussion it was noted that as the owner of the site with a responsibility for maintenance, Ipswich Borough Council might have been expected to demonstrate greater financial commitment, and play a stronger role in supporting the Trust in delivery of the project. They noted further concern at the level of partnership funding still to be secured”.

The Trust took on board all of these concerns; we spent a further 5 years to not only meet, but exceed them. We secured up to £1m, FULLY BUDGETED, commitment from Ipswich Borough Council. IBC put out expressions of interest and appointed Fusion Lifestyle - a proven not for profit operator – to lead the project. Fusion also agreed to invest up to £1m. So we achieved the HLF’s key demand of a risk averse, sustainable scheme, financially backed, and with the full commitment not only of IBC but an operator too !

We have worked hard to bring the main parties to the table; to deliver a robust scheme; to demonstrate the heritage content; to demonstrate public desire; to achieve a democratic (endorsed) consensus; to expose that the region has a shortfall of HLF funding; to call for adequate and equitable support from the HLF; and to encourage Fusion Lifestyle to submit a HLF funding application for fair & sufficient funds (based on their most cost effective, viable scheme).

CONCLUSION & OUTLOOK:

The Broomhill Pool Trust hopes that Fusion Lifestyle will proceed in the near future, with a full HLF bid, perhaps for a figure closer to £1.9m (based on quantifiable heritage content from 2006 Feasibility Study). This would allow a viable scheme to proceed, whilst meeting all HLF obligations on heritage content.

The Trust hopes that the HLF will apply common sense and fairness; to fully back this much deserved, needed and supported project for Ipswich; and to proceed with it.

And for our future commitment? The Trust will gladly move away from 11 years of campaigning and will relish a role as Fusion's community & heritage partner. 

Mark Ling. Chairman of the Broomhill Pool Trust.  

October 2013

 

 
Broomhill Pool STATUS AUGUST 2013
 
Jul 18, 2013
 

AUGUST 2013 STATUS: BROOMHILL POOL

1. Grade II listed in 2001

2. Closed in 2002. 

3. A decade long campaign has been run to save Broomhill by the Broomhill Pool Trust www.savebroomhillpool.org 

4. In 2009, Ipswich Borough put out expressions of interest.

5. Top leisure trust, Fusion Lifestyle applied. Fusion are a not for profit trust, with 52 leisure facilities; including 41 pools. 

6. Fusion are also the largest and unrivalled operator of lidos; with three lidos (including two restored grade II listed lidos; Brockwell Park & Hillingdon).

7. In 2011, Ipswich Borough voted through and budgeted up to £1m towards a Fusion led project. Fusion will match £1m; and are possibly seeking up to £3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out the scheme. 

8. The project involves full restoration of Broomhill lido; plus the addition of a fitness suite. The fitness suite would run year round as a members club; the lido would open as it always did, as a public lido (plus additional demand).

9. In August 2012, Fusion & Ipswich Borough met the Heritage Lottery Fund. This was behind closed doors, but it is clear that the HLF would not meet anywhere near the full funding request of £2.5m desired by Fusion. 

10. After enquiries by the Trust, the HLF announced in the East Anglian Daily Times that that it “set out our expectations for a grant of the size being sought, in the region of £2.5m". The Trust believes that the HLF statement was misleading because it suggests to the public that the £2.5m figure is still under consideration by the HLF. Yet, behind closed doors, the HLF had already rejected the £2.5m figure; and indicated it would only fund up to £1m, a figure which the HLF fully knows will jeopardise the scheme. 

11. From the £67,000 Feasibility Study in 2006 (and £9000 All Option Appraisal in 2009) the Trust believes that HLF Funding in the region of £1.9m may be enough to allow a revenue sustainable, basic scheme to proceed. The Trust also knows from its 2008 rejected HLF bid that there is at least £1.9m of costs which are of direct contributable heritage content (and which the HLF can and should cover).

12. The HLF demands that any bid from Broomhill Pool should not conflict with other planned IBC schemes; and that Suffolk's capital must time-manage its bids. However, the HLF has (for 18 years) accepted up to three times the number of bids from Cambridge (where it is headquartered) and Norwich. The rules do not appear to apply so stringently for the capitals of Norfolk & Cambridgeshire. 

13. The HLF has invested a massive three to four times more in its preferred East Anglian centres; £46m in Cambridge (population 123,000); £36m in Norwich (population 132,000). Yet, Ipswich constituency (which is bigger than both Cambridge or Norwich at 133,000) has received just £13m in the last 18 years.

14. Broomhill is in the separate Central Suffolk & North Ipswich constituency. There are an additional 30,000 urban folk (and two areas of deprivation) in this part of Ipswich. In stark contrast, this politically separate area and one in greatest need of investment, has received £0 (zero) funding in 18 years from the HLF. 

15.Broomhill Pool is the only heritage project in North Ipswich, it has the broad support of the people of Ipswich, its has the backing of the Borough and of a proven operator. Yet, the HLF risks turning our area into a Heritage desert. Additionally, our taxpayers and lottery players are in basic terms subsidizing our biggest regional rivals.  

16. In 2008 the HLF rejected the Trust's original bid on following grounds: "The Regional Committee recognised the importance of this project to the area's heritage and agreed that the project could deliver strong community and social benefits. They acknowledged the work of the Trust to date and the dedication and expertise of its membership. Nevertheless they considered that the risks in project management and financial viability in this application were too high to merit support.

In particular there were concerns that there was insufficient assurance about the future sustainability of the pool’s operation and management. There were concerns about the capacity of a volunteer group to manage and deliver this scale of project without additional support and contingency arrangements in place. In discussion it was noted that as the owner of the site with a responsibility for maintenance, Ipswich Borough Council might have been expected to demonstrate greater financial commitment, and play a stronger role in supporting the Trust in delivery of the project. They noted further concern at the level of partnership funding still to be secured”. 

The Trust took on board all of these concerns;we spent a further 5 years to meet and exceed them. We secured £1m FULLY BUDGETED commitment from Ipswich Borough Council. IBC put out expressions of interest and appointed Fusion Lifestyle  - a proven not for profit operator – to lead the project. Fusion also agreed to invest up to £1m. So we achieved the HLF’s key demand of a risk averse, sustainable scheme, financially backed, and with the full commitment not only of IBC but an operator too ! 

17. Meanwhile, Fusion has been valiantly and diligently reviewing their cost plans towards a revised scheme.

18. The Broomhill Pool Trust hopes that Fusion will be encouraged to submit a HLF bid, for closer to £1,9m, which would allow a scheme to proceed, whilst demonstrating that it has met all HLF obligations on heritage content. The Trust hopes that the HLF will reconsider and apply common sense and fairness; to fully back this much deserved, needed and supported project for Ipswich; and to proceed with it. The Trust will gladly move away from 11 years of campaigning and will relish a role as Fusion's community & heritage partner.  

 

 
Ipswich: Town loses out in lottery race as huge sums awarded to neighbouring Norwich and Cambridge
 
Jun 05, 2013
 

 Ipswich: Town loses out in lottery race as huge sums awarded to neighbouring Norwich and Cambridge

 
Paul Geater paul.geater@archant.co.uk
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 
10:00 AM
http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/ipswich_town_loses_out_in_lottery_race_as_huge_sums_awarded_to_neighbouring_norwich_and_cambridge_1_2193197
 
  
Figures show how Ipswich has missed out in the race for lottery millions – winning only a fraction of the sums awarded to neighbouring Norwich and Cambridge.
 
Now a leading campaigner seeking funds to help restore the town’s Broomhill pool has called on Heritage Lottery Fund bosses to reverse the town’s lag in the race for lottery funds.
 
Since the first major lottery funds were distributed in 1995, Ipswich has received £56 million – including £13 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
 
Cambridge has received £119million, including £46million from the HLF and Norwich has received £157million – including £36 million from the HLF.
 
Norwich also received £32 million from the Millennium Commission to develop The Forum in the heart of the city.
 
Mark Ling from the Broomhill Pool Trust said he hoped the HLF would provide about £3million to go towards the restoration of the pool.
 
The HLF is also likely to be asked for a substantial grant to go towards the £10million project to improve and upgrade the town’s High Street Museum.
 
And the borough council is currently awaiting a decision on an application for £3.5 million to restore the town’s Holywells Park.
 
Mr Ling said: “‘Now-rich’ has treble our grants, and they are clearly better at winning public money and winning willing partners.
 
“We have to ask ourselves why; and what the borough needs to do to not only win a fairer share, but also to work smarter with developers – in partnership – to entice them in.
 
“Norwich had 20 projects over £1m, including one for £32m for the Millennium Library. Ipswich has just nine grants over £1m.”
 
A spokeswoman for the HLF said bids were all considered on their own merits – regardless of their location.
 
She said sometimes bids were more successful if they did not come at the same time as other applications for finance.
 
Robin Llewellyn, head of the HLF for the east of England, said: “Heritage is about our past, but it is also about our communities today, and our future.
 
“We offer a range of different grant programmes from £3,000 to over £5million.
 
“We welcome the opportunity to talk to and support organisations large and small so they can explore the heritage around them and pass that on to future generations.”
 
 

 
Broomhill - WE ALL REMEMBER (A poem by Adrian Bullard)
 
May 30, 2013
 

 BROOMHILL

WE ALL REMEMBER
 
 
A poem by Adrian Bullard (born in 1971 and a regular at Broomhill between 1982 – 1990)
 
 
I came here as a young lad,
the water was cold, I jumped in, I must have been mad!
Within moments I was used to the temperature and glad,
having so much fun, it was time to leave and therefore feeling sad.
 
When older, I came again for the day with friends,
diving off the top board, being brave was the trend.
Sadly, it went a bit wrong stinging myself, but soon on the mend,
time for refreshments I would share my money or lend.
 
I decided to go there by myself in the rain,
my mum was surprised and asked “do you have a brain?”
On that day, the water was warm as I moved like an express train,
and kept diving in again and again…….
 
After school, I would walk through the Crookerty Arch swiftly,
I would get changed and fill the basket with my load quickly.
I would swim for a while doing lengths happily,
then stand on the grandstand and look down Broomhill Road merrily.
 
This lido was built in 1938 and everyone came here,
the bus was always full until the Emperor Inn’s stop, with the smell of beer.
Walking up Sherrington Road with a laugh and a cheer.
a wonderful full day out for all, so close and near.
 
The sun terraces were packed with bathers in the hot sun,
people jumped off the spring board or the three higher boards with fun.
Children learnt to swim proud at what they had done,
so much space to play around and run.
 
Now it is closed, it is sad to see,
what life was like there and could be again, maybe…..
I would love my sons to go here and have happy memories like me,
and I am sure you have too and they are all free!!!
 

 
FIRST PLACE - Julie Oldring - 75th Anniversary writing competition
 
May 06, 2013
 

FIRST PLACE - Julie Oldring - 75th Anniversary writing competition 

Guilty Pleasures – by Julie Oldring

 
It was the School’s Sports Day 1959 and the state schools closed at 12 o’clock, so that the children could support their teams at Portman Road. Attendance was expected, but not compulsory.
 
The sun scorched down on us, so we decided unanimously we would give the sports a miss, it was Broomhill Pool for us.
 
After a rushed lunch, we set off on bikes but as the pool came into view, to our dismay, we beheld a queue of biblical proportions, which stretched the length of Sherrington Road and spilled out on to Norwich Road. Undaunted, we took our places and for a miserable two hours crept agonisingly slowly towards the entrance in the intense heat.
 
Finally, we were through the turn styles. There was not a clothes basket to be had and all changing room cubicles were littered with jettisoned clothes.
 
The scene in the pool was like an epic movie with a cast of thousands. The water, viewing terraces and sun slopes were packed with people. Nevertheless, we managed to get into the pool but there was little hope of swimming. Indeed, the shallow end was so packed with swimmers, we were like sardines but we all enjoyed just being in the cool water anyway.
 
The Evening Star ran an article about all this and our Headmistress saw it.
“Who went swimming on Wednesday when they should have been at Portman Road?” She boomed.
 
Our guilty silence spoke volumes but we got away with it.
 
The next year attendance was compulsory. Undeterred, we wore our swimming costumes under our dresses but unfortunately the opposition had reinforcements and as we tried to leave surreptitiously a teacher stepped out and firmly ordered us back to our seats where we sweltered for the rest of the afternoon -  ouch!
 

 
SECOND PLACE - Roy Gladwell - 75th Anniversary writing competition
 
May 05, 2013
 

SECOND PLACE - Roy Gladwell - 75th Anniversary writing competition

From the early days when Broomhill Pool was first opened untilI joined the Royal Navy in 1944 my friends and I, living mainly in Ashcroft Road, would walk through Crookety (Railway) Arch to Sherrington Road to enjoy many hours at the Pool. 

 
In the summer months we would hurry home from school to spend the evening, until closing time, swimming and diving followed by a hot chocolate at the Pool Cafe.
      
During the school holidays we would take sandwiches for the day, although they later closed the baths at lunch-time and made us pay again to come in again in the afternoon. In those days it was not uncommon to see a queu waiting to get in at least 5o yards long.
 
It was during an afternoon in August 1942 that can remember whilst sunbathing on the "pink and white" concrete sections overlooking the pool that I looked up to see a "dog fight" between two or three of our Spitfires chasing and machine gunning German aircraft in a clear blue sky over the park.    I still wonder how we all took these events for granted at the time and nobody would bother to head for shelter.
 
These were the happy days. despite the war, and I will never forget our visits to Broomhill Pool
 

 
Happy 75th Anniversary Broomhill Pool
 
Apr 30, 2013
 

Happy 75th Anniversary Broomhill Pool !

photo courtesy of Matthew Mallon

 

 
IPSWICH SPY - Broomhill Pool 75th Feature (written by Sally Wainman)
 
Apr 26, 2013
 

IPSWICH SPY - Broomhill Pool 75th Feature (written by Sally Wainman)

http://ipswichspy.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/broomhill-pool-75th-anniversary-1938-2013-living-heritage/

 

 
Broomhill Pool - 75th Anniversary - Writing Competition.
 
Apr 03, 2013
 

Broomhill Pool - 75th Anniversary - Writing Competition.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 will mark the 75th Anniversary of the opening of Broomhill Pool.

Our grade II listed lido has the clear potential to be a heritage and community gem for North Ipswich. So, to mark the lido’s remarkable 75th Anniversary, the Broomhill Pool Trust is inviting the public to email in their best memories or experiences of their time at Broomhill Pool over the last seven and half decades. The best entry, judged by the Trust’s Committee, will win £150. The runner up will win £75. Great thanks to ICE Transport Inc for sponsorship http://iceuk.homestead.com 

Articles should be around 300 words max (we don’t want to limit good stories, but please keep it concise), and submitted with the entrant’s name, address, and email address to savebroomhillpool@yahoo.co.uk. For those without email, hard copy entries may be handed in at Westbourne Library reception desk (marked for the attention of Margaret Butler). Please also indicate what age you were; or what year your story at Broomhill occurred.

The competition closes on Sunday April 28, 2013. The winner and runner up will be announced (and published on our website), on Broomhill Pool’s 75th Anniversary on Tuesday, 30 April. Terms & conditions below:

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Broomhill Pool 75th Anniversary writing competition Terms and Conditions:
1. The Broomhill Pool 75th Anniversary writing competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland of all ages. However, if the winner is under 18 then we may only agree to pay prize money to their parents/legal guardian.
2. All information detailing how to enter forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
3. Entries should be submitted to savebroomhillpool@yahoo.co.uk email address; or for those without email, hard copies may be handed in at Westbourne Library reception desk (marked for attention of Margaret Butler). You must include the entrant’s full address and telephone number. All entries must be received by April 26, 2013 to be entered into the competition; and entry is restricted to one per person. We do not accept email attachments - please send your entry with the text in the email itself rather than attached.
4. To participate in this competition, entrants must write a feature article on their favourite Broomhill Pool experience or memory  in approx. 300 words. Entries must be the work of the individual submitting. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that no element of their entry infringes the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entries will be judged on which are the most original, interesting and entertaining.
5. The judging panel will be comprised of representatives of The Broomhill Pool Trust. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence shall be entered into.
6. Copyright in all submissions to the competition remains with the respective entrants. However, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to The Broomhill Pool Trust to feature any or all of the submissions in any of its publications, its websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.
7. Illegible, incomplete or defaced entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of sending will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.
8. The winning and second placed entry will be published on www.savebroomhillpool.org Tuesday April 30, 2013 (Broomhill Pool’s 75th Anniversary).
9. The winning entrant of te competition will receive £150 payable by cheque; and the runner up £75 payable by cheque. Prizes must be claimed within 60 days of the winner being notified. 10. The prizes as described are available on the date of publication and are subject to availability.
10. The winners may be requested to participate in publicity.
 
 

 
Canoeing & dinghy sailing at Broomhill Pool (mid 1980s)
 
Mar 02, 2013
 

If you thought Broomhill Pool was only swimming, diving, socialising and posing, this amazing photo shows that Broomhill has many more facets. Along with sub-aqua, water polo, diving displays the 55 yard pool was perfect for canoeing and dinghy sailing too !

 

 
Pontypridd's Ynysangharad Park lido's £3m EU cash boost
 
Feb 19, 2013
 

Pontypridd's Ynysangharad Park lido's £3m EU cash boost

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-21497154

The Grade ll listed lido, built in 1927, is the only listed one in Wales

A derelict lido has been given £3m of European funding to plough into its multi-million pound redevelopment.

The paddling pool at Ynysangharad Park in Pontypridd will be replaced as part of a £6.2m lido scheme, despite local opposition.

The new lido would be open for about four months a year and include three heated pools, changing blocks and a new cafe.

The Grade ll listed lido, built in 1927, is the only listed one in Wales.

It closed in 1991 but there was local opposition last year when plans were announced by Rhondda Cynon Taf council to redevelop and reopen the lido but not the paddling pool next door.

A community poll backed keeping the pool by 2,077 to 151.

But the council said it could not afford both the lido and the pool.

The lido, built in an arts and crafts style, fell into disrepair in the 1980s and closed in 1991
Alun Davies, the Welsh government's deputy minister for European Programmes, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to invest EU funds to help restore this unique landmark which will create employment and social opportunities for the local community and attract visitors to Pontypridd and beyond, bringing further economic benefits to the region."

But Trallwn Liberal Democrat councillor Mike Powell said he would be "grateful" for the extra money if the council was spending it on something that would be used.

He said: "Refurbish the lido but run the paddling pool as it is.

"I fully expect the could to off-load the facility to a private contractor because they won't be able to afford it."

Work is expected to begin shortly and finish by summer 2015.

 

 
Pipers Vale (by popular demand)
 
Feb 19, 2013
 

Ipswich was blessed with not one, but two magnificent lidos built in the late 1930's.

The fantastic Pipers Vale lido was completed in 1937.The main pool was 150 feet long (50 yards), by 37'6 width. The lido was designed and built by Ipswich County-Borough engineer E McLaughlin, who completed Broomhill Pool a year later in 1938 (at 165 feet (55 yards) x 60 feet (20 yards).

Both these lidos had state of the art heating systems allowing a water temperature at 70F. Alas both lost these systems as they were requisitioned for use in world war II.

Pipers Vale also experimented with shingle across the sun terraces to forma  beach (lido means beach or shoreline in Italian), but after much of it ended up in the pool the idea was dropped.

Pipers Vale also had a 50ft by 35ft paddling pool and enjoyed a stunning outlook over the banks of the Orwell.

10,000 visitors per month attended during the 5 month season.

Broomhill's lido sister is now long gone, but never forgotten.

 

 
The remarkable life of Betty Slade, 1936 Olympian.
 
Feb 14, 2013
 

The remarkable life of Betty Slade, 1936 Olympian (and Broomhill legend).

Edwin Mason’s precious 1947 footage of Broomhill Pool has sparked many memories concerning Ipswich’s grade II lido. So we are delighted to have been contacted by the niece of former British & European Champion, Betty Slade.

A star of the 1947 professional diving display at Broomhill, Betty, is seen performing a back dive and a forward dive. Even more extraordinary is that the display used a temporary extension which increased Broomhill’s Wicksteed diving stage, from 5 to 10 metres high!

Caroline Baker writes:

“Betty was my aunt, my mother’s elder sister.

"Betty had a very colourful life. Having won the British Springboard Diving Championships aged 12, she became the youngest member at 14 of the British Olympic team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. She was introduced to Hitler -maybe because of her blonde Aryan looks ! Despite her young age Betty came ninth and was tipped as a potential future gold medallist .Unfortunately the outbreak of World War Two robbed her of the chance to compete at the 1940 Tokyo Olympics.

"In 1938 Betty became British and European Springboard & High-board champion – titles she retained for 10 years. During World War Two she served her country in the Women’s Royal Air Force . She also organised charity galas and as a member of the Red Cross “ Victory Squadron Cascade” , she entertained thousands of service men and women with her diving feats.
When Betty turned professional in 1948, she toured the world starring in Buster Crabbe’s “All American Aquatic Parade ”. She certainly had an eventful life working with the likes of Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan). I believe she once told me she taught Johnny Sheffield to dive as well (he played “boy” in the famous Tarzan films, alongside Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan) and Maureen O’Sullivan (Jane); and he also starred as “Bomba the Jungle Boy”). In India she gave a special performance to PM Nehru and his grandson Rajiv Gandhi and she gave swimming lessons to the son of the Governor General of Pakistan.  For several years she toured England in “Grin and Splash”, a stage show in which her dives were performed into a large glass tank on stage. I remember being taken to see her in one of these exhibition shows at Ilford Baths – her local pool.

"Betty eventually ended up in America and worked for several years at the Washington Post at the time of the Watergate scandal. At the age of 70 she took up ice skating and possibly because of her previous diving training , she became quite proficient at that too !

"Sadly Betty died in 2000 but on her behalf I’ve registered with the Save Broomhill Pool Trust”.

 

Mark Ling, Chairman of the Broomhill Pool Trust said: “We are very grateful to Caroline for contacting us. Betty Slade was - and remains - a role model for so many young people. Even in these times when equality is perhaps taken for granted, her accomplishments were ground-breaking and years ahead of her time. We are delighted that she graced Broomhill Pool; and we hope that our lido may once again provide an all-inclusive heritage & sporting venue that inspires future generations.


Links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OvlKgrlwtA
Features 1947 Diving Display& 2001 appeal film:

The exquisite 1947 footage covers:

1) An exhibition of professional high diving, featuring Miss Betty Slade, who competed in the 1936 Olympics at the age of just 14 years old.

2) Professional high diving from a Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan) look-a-like.

3) A diving board extension to increase the top board from 5 metre to 10 metres !

4) The 700 seat grandstand in full use, plus seating on the sun terraces to accommodate a sell- out crowd.

4) Film of the entrance fountain (aerator for the children’s pool) in full flow. Plus shots of the original outdoor flood lighting.

The footage has been uploaded to YouTube by local film maker James Sharpe and is free for all to view. The film is 3 minutes long and is accompanied by James’ own 2002, 4 minute film “The Pool”.
 

 

 
BROOMHILL BLOG LATEST EDITION...
 
Feb 07, 2013
 

BROOMHILL BLOG LATEST EDITION...
is available to view on http://www.friendsofwestbournelibrary.co.uk/3.html
This edition covers Broomhill area stories during Autumn and Winter 2012, featuring the Grade II listing of the Library, Mayor's visit, Broomhill's Credit Union and a tribute to Broomhill's Nobel Prize Winner, Sir Charles Scott Sherrington OM.

 

 
Community Payback Works Continue..
 
Jan 15, 2013
 

Community Payback teams have continued with the excellent job of cutting back overgrown foliage, and tidying up the Broomhill Pool car park area. The project is a joint venture between Suffolk Probationary Services, Ipswich Borough Council, The Broomhill Pool Trust and Westbourne Library Friends.

The Payback Team have been working to improve the area around the Broomhill Pool for the last 4 years and have made a considerable difference. Apart from Broomhill Road Grandstand walls (which we cannot reach), the pool building is clean, tidy and painted. For those with long memories, the area photographed is where the walled bicycle rack area used to be.

Who can remember turning the concrete cycle blocks on end and making a perfect cricket court ? Playing with a tennis ball, the pool fence represented a four or six, and I remember many a time running half way down Sherrington Road to retrieve the ball !

 

 
Community Payback Works continue around the pool
 
Jan 14, 2013
 

Community Payback teams have continued with the excellent job of cutting back overgrown foliage, and tidying up the Broomhill Pool car park area. The project is a joint venture between Suffolk Probationary Services, The Broomhill Pool Trust... and Westbourne Library Friends.

The Payback Team have been working to improve the area around the Broomhill Pool for the last 4 years and have made a considerable difference. Apart from Broomhill Road Grandstand walls (which we cannot reach), the pool building is clean, tidy and painted. For those with long memories, the area photographed is where the walled bicycle rack area used to be.
 
Who can remember turning the concrete cycle blocks on end and making a perfect cricket court ? Playing with a tennis ball, the pool fence represented a four or six, and I remember many a time running half way down Sherrington Road to retrieve a ball !
 

 
Seasons Greetings
 
Dec 23, 2012
 

On behalf of the Broomhill Pool Trust, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy 2013, to Broomhill Pool supporters and friends of lidos across the nation !

 

 
Modernist Christmas Tree to represent the Broomhill Pool Trust
 
Nov 28, 2012
 

Modernist Christmas Tree to represent the Broomhill Pool Trust

The Broomhill Pool Trust is pleased to support the St Mary-le-Tower Christmas Tree Festival; benefitting this awe-inspiring church, plus many local charities.
 
The Trust is exhibiting a Modernist style tree, befitting Ipswich's Grade II listed Lido. Our tree was hand-crafted by Genisis Orwell Mencap in 2011.
 
The Festival runs from this Thursday, 29 November thru to Tuesday, 4 December at the Tower Street, town centre church.
 
Links:
 
http://www.stmaryletower.org.uk/Tree%20Invitation%202012.pdf
http://www.orwellmencap.co.uk/garden_furniture.html
 

 
The Broomhill Christmas Fete
 
Nov 27, 2012
 

The Broomhill Christmas Fete

 
Saturday, 1 December. 12:00 – 4:00pm
At GRADE II LISTED Westbourne Library, Sherrington Road, Ipswich IP14HT.
 
Meet Broomhill’s M.P Dr Dan Poulter and your local IBC/SCC councillors, hear the Springfield Junior School choir (from 1:30pm); and visit our Welsh Father Christmas (Nadolig Llawen everyone !!) PLUS up to fifteen stalls including:
 
·         Homemade produce (“Scrumptious Sisters”)
·         Refreshments.
·         Broomhill at war display.
·         Christmas Arts & Crafts. Phoenix Cards, Avon (for gifts), hand-made fabric, wooden and glass gifts.
·         Ipswich Community Police Officer.
·         Book reading.
·         Face painting.
·         Springfield Junior School.
·         Author Julia Jones (http://golden-duck.co.uk/the-salt-stained-book/)
·         Broomhill Pool Trust display.
·         Friends of Westbourne Library display.
 
Support your area, support Broomhill !
And if you come by car, please park with consideration for our neighbours. Thank you !
 

 
Westbourne Library has been awarded a Grade II listing by English Heritage.
 
Nov 09, 2012
 

The Westbourne Library Friends are delighted to announce that Westbourne Library has been awarded a Grade II listing by English Heritage.

 
The EH Listing stresses the unique group value of the “Broomhill twins”, and further strengthens the seventy year bond between the library (built 1942) and her adjacent sister building, Grade II listed, Broomhill Pool (built 1938).
 
Garath Jones and Mark Ling from the Westbourne Library Friends said:
 
·         “This is a unique accolade for Ipswich and its Broomhill area. It represents an acknowledgement of the area’s extraordinary - and now celebrated - late 1930/early 1940s municipal architecture.
 
·         “Both buildings have served their community for over 70 years, both remain immensely practical and are valued by Ipswich residents today.
 
·         “Both facilities were designed by County-Borough of Ipswich engineer, E. McLauchlan, in the Modernist style.
 
·         “Both facilities had a significant role to play during world war 2. Westbourne Library is absolutely unique in being the country’s only library originally built as a bomb-proof, decontamination unit and public shelter. Broomhill lido provided important, moral boosting leisure during WW2 and was also used by the National Fire Service as an emergency source of water to put out incendiary fires in NW Ipswich. The buildings are located in beautiful Broomhill Park, a natural woodland purchased by the County-Borough in 1925 (from the illustrious Sherrington family).
 
·         “The Westbourne Library Friends would like to thank the Twentieth Century Society for their support in this successful application, and to English Heritage for this prestigious endorsement for our library.
 
The new listing can be found on http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1408534. Summary details below.
 
For questions, please email garathmjones@hotmail.co.uk
 

 
Trust sponsors a page of the 2013 "Have a Heart" calendar.
 
Nov 08, 2012
 

The Brooomhill Pool Trust has sponsored a page of the 2013 "Have a Heart" calendar.

If you would like to purchase a 2013 calendar and support this wonderful cause, please contact Janine on the facebook page below: http://www.facebook.com/GWOC2013?fref=ts 

or email Janine on j-holland@hotmail.com

Calendars cost £7.50 plus £1.95 p+p. We understand that 100% of the calendar sales goes to the charity.

 

 
Chairman's Report 2012
 
Oct 18, 2012
 

The Broomhill Pool Trust - Chairman’s Report 2012

Photo: Fusion Lifestyle's restored Uxbridge Lido
Recap:
As widely reported - at a meeting on 22 November 2011 - Ipswich Borough Council’s Executive decided to support Fusion Lifestyle’s proposed scheme for Broomhill Pool, and to commit up to £1m funding towards a successful scheme.
The Trust had targeted and worked tirelessly to court this top, not-for-profit operator. We identified Fusion Lifestyle because they have an outstanding track record in reviving lidos, success in fundraising for these types of schemes, and because they are probably the largest operator of lidos in the country.               
During the 22 November Executive meeting, IBC Portfolio Holder, Cllr Bryony Rudkin, emphasised that a revived Broomhill Pool would be a good thing for Ipswich. She also stated that community safety could be achieved: “through design [we] can overcome transport, parking and planning issues” and that the “facility would be an excellent heritage, community and social hub for Ipswich”. Ruling councillors expressed unanimous support, citing a “youth foundation report & social interaction agenda” and stressing “the many positives of physical health, mental health, social interaction and confidence building for the young” and the “importance of retaining the site’s listed and heritage status”.
Council Leader David Ellesmere stressed the difficult financial hurdles to overcome, but that his group had made “a manifesto pledge to try to find a way to reopen Broomhill Pool and that they would stick to it”. The scheme is obviously dependent on a substantial Heritage Lottery Fund bid, but that his administration was committed and that this was the best chance for Broomhill Pool.
From the immediate and generally positive public reaction to IBC’s decision, the Trust remains confident that a revived Broomhill Pool will fast become a source of great pride for the town, delivering so many social, health, cultural, community and heritage benefits.
The Trust is extremely grateful to the IBC leadership, officers, and many councillors (of all parties) for their backing of this proposal; and for giving the restoration scheme a fair and reasonable chance for success.
Current status:
In the interim period, the operator has been reviewing its business plans and has been working towards a preliminary application for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
In September 2012, the operator and borough met the Heritage Lottery Fund to discuss a preliminary application, to present a proposed scheme, and to seek out if HLF match funding is obtainable for the scheme.
Feedback from the meeting [reported in the Ipswich Star] suggests that:
1.       That the scheme meets the general principles of the HLF and is eligible for funding. However, there appears to be an indication that the favoured £5m scheme is beyond what the HLF are willing to match-fund. Note: The HLF will only fund works on restoration areas (and not new facilities).
2.       To have best chance to succeed, the application process will require
a.        the operator and borough working in unison; a high prioritization by the borough to back the scheme;
b.       and for the Heritage Lottery Fund to recognise the regional heritage importance of saving arguably Britain's finest urban lido.
The Trust is heartened that post meeting feedback indicates that the operator is still keen to pursue the project and is willing to explore alternatives; perhaps a more basic cost scheme or phased scheme.
The Trust’s committee has reaffirmed its full support for Fusion Lifestyle as the most suitable and skilled operator. Plus our intent to support the operator - as their community partner - should a revised scheme/bid be made, and if HLF approval is given to it.
Community:
At the beginning of 2012, the Trust was delighted that our President, Mike Read, was awarded an MBE for his services to sport and the community.
Throughout 2012 the Trust has strengthened its role as a “community partner”. Our youth officer, Garath Jones, was elected Chairman of the Friends of Westbourne Library, and the two groups have worked to form a very strong - and now wholly independent - Friends of Westbourne Library group. We also recently offered assistance to the Friends of the Emperor Pub in their campaign to retain their pub (which has also been Trust’s committee meeting place for a decade).
 “Community Payback” works to clean, tidy and remove graffiti at the pool have been more limited this year due to cutbacks in Suffolk Probationary Services budgets. However, the facility is generally presentable (with the exception of the garden areas and high grandstand walls at the top of Broomhill Road, where we still have yet to find an ideal solution). Our sincere thanks to Suffolk Probationary Services and Payback teams for their help throughout the year.
The next 12 months
The next 12 months is likely to reveal whether we have been successful in our objective; to find a long term solution to restore and reopen Broomhill Pool.
Regardless of the outcome, the Trust has acquitted itself extremely well over the last decade. Our campaign has been factual; we invested our supporter’s funds to produce robust, supporting evidence to prove the pool was viable; and we focused on a positive campaign to highlight all that a restored Broomhill could offer the people of Ipswich.
Recent news that Pontypridd lido secured £2.3m Heritage Lottery Funding proves that if funding for lidos is available in Wales, then there is no reason why an equally viable scheme in the East Anglia should be excluded.
We now look forward with cautious optimism that a favourable outcome will be achieved, as reward for the people of Ipswich, for our remarkable and determined supporters, and for this splendid, unique and cherished piece of Ipswich community heritage – Broomhill Pool!
 
Mark Ling.
Chairman - The Broomhill Pool Trust
October 2012
 

 
Take a visual tour of Broomhill Pool !
 
Sep 10, 2012
 

 

Take a visual tour of Broomhill Pool !
 
For those who missed our Heritage Open Days this weekend - or those curious to know how Broomhill Pool looks today – we are most grateful to Martin Sawyer of East Media Productions who has uploaded his visual film tour of Broomhill Pool.
 
To see Martin’s film of Ipswich’s grade II listed lido please click on the following You Tube link: http://youtu.be/bub2yvuTZ-4.
 
East Media Productions are a local company producing high quality video productions for business, music and entertainment. For more information on East Media Productions on http://www.eastmediaproductions.co.uk/
 

 
Broomhill Journal - All the news from Broomhill area of Ipswich
 
Sep 05, 2012
 

Broomhill Journal

All the news from Broomhill area of Ipswich:

See link: http://broomhillnews.wordpress.com/

This month:

* IPS - a new future for Westbourne Library
* Credit Union services available at Westbourne Library
* New meeting area, chairs and projector at Westbourne Library thanks to local councillors and friends group.
* Date set for Friends of Westbourne Library AGM

* Emperor Pub future in the balance.

* Broomhill Pool restoration project – update.
* Broomhill Pool - memories of school swimming galas.
* Broomhill’s Olympics sporting legacy by Mike Read MBE (King of the Channel)

* Broomhill “Winter Fete” date announced

 

 
Broomhill Pool - 2012 Heritage Open Days
 
Aug 25, 2012
 

 

Broomhill Pool - Heritage Open Days - Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September: 1000-1600
 
http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/hod008046e
 
Sherrington Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 4HT
 
Broomhill Pool is a 1938 Modernist lido, closed since 2002. The Broomhill Pool Trust are currently working with Fusion and Ipswich Borough Council to seek funding from the HLF for full restoration of the pool. Open for viewing (safe areas) only.
 
Opening Times
Saturday 8th September: 1000-1600
Sunday 9th September: 1000-1600
 
Additional information
 
For further information on this site visit the PastScape website at http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1438431
 
Directions
 
Sherrington Rd is off A1156 Norwich Rd, 300 metres N of Norwich Rd/Valley Rd interchange. Parking in specified area immediately past pool entrance.
Map link http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=IP1 4HT&ie=UTF8&z=16&iwloc=addr
 
Organised by
 
The Broomhill Pool Trust
Website - www.savebroomhillpool.org
 

 
Pontypridd lido: £2.3m Heritage Lottery Fund cash to restore listed pool
 
Jul 29, 2012
 

Pontypridd lido: £2.3m Heritage Lottery Fund cash to restore listed pool
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-19002657

Plans to restore and reopen a Grade-II listed lido have received a "huge boost" with £2.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a council says.

The open air swimming pool at Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd, which closed in 1991, is to be modernised as part of a £6.2m project.

Dr Manon Williams, chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for Wales, said the lido was a "unique heritage asset" which deserved to be saved.

"This project will restore the lido to its former glory and in doing so create a fantastic visitor attraction and community hub with significant economic and social benefits," she said

 

 
Broomhill to feature on BBC Radio 4 program
 
Jul 28, 2012
 

Broomhill Lido is set to feature in a BBC Radio 4 documentary; "In Praise of the Lido" which celebrates the cultural and heritage value of Britain’s surviving lidos.

The program will air on 92.5FM at 10.30am on Saturday 25th August 2012.
 
http://www.savebroomhillpool.org/
 

 
Broomhill Summer Fete - Saturday 14 July 2012 (12-4pm) at Westbourne Library.
 
Jul 14, 2012
 

As part of our annual heritage and cultural events (& subject to reasonable weather), we welcome your attendance.

In conjunction with Sherrington Road Residential Home; The Broomhill Pool Trust and Friends of Westbourne Library proudly present

Broomhill Summer Fete - Saturday 14 July 2012 (12-4pm) at Westbourne Library.

Featuring:

• Dr Dan Poulter M.P (tbc)
• David Ellesmere (Leader IBC)
• Local IBC councillors of all parties
• Spirit of 78 Independent ITFC supporters Club (tbc)
• Holly Lodge Baptist Church (tbc)
• The Fire Service
• The Police Service
• Westbourne School Samba band or Dales Hall Choir
• Bouncy castle
• Punch & Judy
• Book stalls
• Baby Craft
• Raffle/Tombola
• Cakes & drinks stand
• Plants stand
• BBQ & Refreshments at Sherrington Road Residential Home
• Plus much, much more

Support your area, support Broomhill: Broomhill, Ipswich: home to three great knights, Sir Charles Scott Sherrington (Valley Road) Sir Alf Ramsey (Valley Road) and Sir Bobby Robson (Constitution Hill); original home of Ipswich Town FC (1878-1888); home to beautiful Broomhill Park, Ipswich’s only natural woodland (purchased by the Borough in 1925); home to Westbourne Library, the only library in North Ipswich (built 1937 as a decontamination unit; becoming a public library in 1948); and home to Broomhill Pool (built 1938)- one of only thirteen grade II listed lidos in the United Kingdom. Broomhill, Ipswich – an area to be proud of !

And if you come by car, please park with consideration for our neighbours. Thank you !
 

 

 
IPSWICH Star reports "Next few months will be crucial for future of Broomhill lido"
 
Jun 21, 2012
 

Ipswich Star Reports: "Next few months will be crucial for future of Broomhill lido"

By PAUL GEATER Thursday, June 21, 20126:28 PM

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/ipswich_next_few_months_will_be_crucial_for_future_of_broomhill_lido_1_1418313

THE next few months are likely to be crucial for the future of the long-closed Broomhill lido in the town.

The borough is working with leisure company Fusion Lifestyle to develop a future strategy to restore and operate the pool – but that depends on the success of a multi-million pound lottery bid.

Councillor with responsibility for leisure Bryony Rudkin told last night’s full meeting of the borough that Fusion was working hard to draw up detailed proposals.

She said: “Fusion Lifestyle continues to progress matters with the pool.

“They have appointed a consultant to look at funding options, and have been liaising with a number of potential external funders and have met with the Broomhill Pool Trust and Sport England.

“They are in the process of trying to arrange further meetings including with the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

The cost of the restoration of the pool has been estimated at £5million. The borough has offered £1m towards this and Fusion itself is expected to put in some investment – but up to £3m could be needed from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A spokeswoman for Fusion did not want to add anything further to Mrs Rudkin’s comment at the council meeting,

However the Star understands borough officials are hopeful that Fusion will step up its efforts to secure the redevelopment of Broomhill because it has recently signed an agreement to take on a leisure complex at High Wyc-ombe in Buckinghamshire.

A borough source told the Star: “Now that agreement has been reached, we hope Broomhill will move forward.”

Mark Ling from the Broomhill Trust said: “We are hopeful that things will get moving now – this is the crucial period.

“Fusion have a good track record. They have already secured two lottery grants but this is by far the largest bid they have sought so it obviously needs to be handled with great care.”

Fusion wants to develop a year-round leisure complex at the site with a gym and other facilities alongside the pool.

 

 
Penzance's Jubilee Pool in £1.5m funding bid
 
Jun 06, 2012
 

Penzance's Jubilee Pool in £1.5m funding bid

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-18306711
 
Leisure managers are hoping to secure £1.5m in funding to restore and protect the future of an open air swimming pool in west Cornwall.
 
Carrick Leisure Ltd has put in a bid for the Heritage Lottery money to maintain Penzance's Jubilee Pool.
 
Built in the 1930s, the Grade II listed structure is one of the oldest remaining art deco pools in the UK.
 
Currently subsidised by Cornwall Council, the long-term plan is for volunteers to help manage the site.
 
Carrick Leisure service manager Richard Allen said the majority of the money was needed to take care of the interior structure of the pool and the exterior walls of the facility, "securing the building, making it resistant to tides and storms".
 
"The concrete bottom of the pool has become detached from the reef underneath and as a result it is cracking and breaking up, so it needs to be re-secured to the reef underneath the seabed," he added.
 
The remainder of the grant would be used to restore the architectural features.
 
The Jubilee Pool was designed in the early 1930s by Captain F Latham, the Borough Engineer, and was opened in May 1935, the year of King George V's Silver Jubilee.
 

 
Lido Revival Continues
 
May 21, 2012
 

Holywell Mead Lido re-opens under Fusion.

 
Holywell Mead Lido in Bucks has reopened thanks to a £2m Fusion Lifestyle led scheme.
The Broomhill Pool Trust wishes Fusion Lifestyle & the people of High Wycombe our heartiest congratulations and very best wishes for the future.
The Broomhill Pool Trust is working hard to support Fusion Lifestyle with their plans for Broomhill Pool and we hope that they will emulate their success at Ipswich's magnificent Grade 2 listed lido.
 
See links:
http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/localnews/wycombedistrict/9715173.Dig_out_your_swimwear____Holywell_Mead__is_open_again/
www.WycombeRyeLido.com
 
 
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Reopening of a Grade II-listed lido would bring major regeneration for Pontypridd
 
The reopening of a lido in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd, will help bring people back into the town, it is claimed.
 
Detailed plans for the lido, which was built in 1927 but closed over 20 years ago, are on display. They include three new pools, a cafe, learning spaces and restoration of the original buildings.
 
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council says the £4m scheme, part of the ongoing regeneration of the town, will boost visitor numbers.
 
The council drew up initial restoration plans four years ago and secured £75,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2010 to further develop the project. A bid for more Lottery cash is expected to be made in the spring which, if successful, would provide the bulk of the funding, alongside other sources such as Welsh heritage body Cadw and RCT council itself.
 
See:
http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/en/news/archive/2012/march/publicwelcomepontypriddlidoproject.aspx
http://www.pontypriddregeneration.co.uk/index.php/en/news/6-news/110-pontypridd-lido-funding-success.html
http://www.pontypriddregeneration.co.uk/images/stories/Regeneration/37450-55_Pontypridd_Exh_Final_Version_online1.pdf
 

 
Broomhill Pool Trust Secretary, Tom, is National "Wife Carrying" Champion !
 
Mar 27, 2012
 

Broomhill Pool Trust Secretary, Tom, is National "Wife Carrying" Champion !

The fifth annual edition of the UK Wife Carrying Championships took place on an overcast day in the sleepy town of Dorking, Surrey on Sunday (March 18).

The unusual sport is said to have evolved from Scandinavian tradition, where being swift on your legs was crucial to the practice of stealing womenfolk from neighbouring villages.

On this occasion Tom Wilmot shouldered the burden of his other half the most effectively, transporting his petite significant other across the finish line in the fastest time to claim what event organisers insist are the key prizes on offer: pride, honour and, perhaps most importantly, beer.

See video: http://www.3news.co.nz/VIDEO-Bizarre-sport-of-wife-carrying-takes-town-by-storm/tabid/415/articleID/247286/Default.aspx

 

 
Broomhill Pool - UCS "site specific" art project – great new photos.
 
Mar 17, 2012
 

 

The Broomhill Pool Trust welcomed local students from UCS; encouraging them to take inspiration from E. MacLaughlin’s “Modernist” style wonder to complete a site specific art project.
 
Images of work undertaken by Year 1 UCS Fine Art students at the Broomhill Pool, as part of their drawing assignment. Link: http://www.savebroomhillpool.org/album.aspx?id=1
 
Students were asked to make work which responded to the site, and to prepare work in a range of media and formats. They then documented the work , which included  items brought in as part of sound sculptures, installations, sculptural work and drawing/painting. 
 
The students came to the pool on two separate occasions,  and had undertaken an impressive amount of preparation and thought in order to maximise the potential of their site access. The project will be followed up with an exhibition of their finished work later in the year. The Trust will provide details in due course.
 

 
IMPORTANT NEWS - NW AREA COMMITTEE MEETING - 7:30pm, Tuesday, 13 March at Westbourne Library
 
Mar 13, 2012
 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE

NORTH WEST AREA COMMITTEE MEETING - 7:30PM WESTBOURNE LIBRARY, TUESDAY 13 MARCH.
 
The Ipswich Borough Council, North West Area Committee meeting will take place [for the very first time] at Westbourne Library on Tuesday 13 March at 7:30pm. This group aims to allow local residents to meet localcouncillors & have more input over decisions affecting the area.
 
Frankly, the Broomhill area of Ipswich has been neglected since 2001, when the ward name was dumped, and redrawn boundaries placed half of us on the periphery of Castle Hill and half on the periphery of St Margaret’s wards. There has been little community cohesion since and our assets like the lido and library have been at risk since.
 
Whilst we applaud the committee for coming to the Broomhill area for the first time, the agenda and committee reports show the size of the task we have to gain greater recognition and support for our area. On the committee maps, there is not one listed amenity shown in Broomhill area. The pool is closed, the park facilities ignored and even Westbourne Library (where the meeting is being held) isn't even shown on the N.W amenities or N.W activity map !
 
Equally the N.W Services Map is strongly biased towards Whitton & Whitehouse. There is no mention of the Norwich Road range of shops (Inkerman to Emperor PH); nor Dales Road parade on the NW Area Committee list of Services !
 
So, please turn out to support your area. Let’s give these councillors a very warm welcome back to Broomhill, but leave them in no doubt that Broomhill has been neglected for too long and this must change.

 

 
Pontypridd lido restoration seen as a key factor in its towns regeneration.
 
Mar 12, 2012
 

Pontypridd lido restoration seen as a key factor in its towns regeneration.

With many similarities to Ipswich and its Grade II listed Broomhill Pool Lido, the BBC story (10 March 2012) reports:


“The reopening of a Grade II-listed lido in Pontypridd will help bring people back into the town, it is claimed.
Detailed plans for the lido, which was built in 1927 but closed over 20 years ago, are on display until Saturday.
They include three new pools, a cafe, learning spaces and restoration of the original buildings.
Rhondda Cynon Taf council says the £4m scheme, part of the ongoing regeneration of the town, will boost visitor numbers”.
“The council drew up initial restoration plans four years ago and secured £75,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2010 to further develop the project.
A bid for more lottery cash is expected to be made in the spring which, if successful, would provide the bulk of the funding, alongside other sources such as Welsh heritage body Cadw and RCT council itself.
For full details see Links:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-17313092
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-11400044
 

 

 
Public feedback to Big Local Trust Survey shows strong support for a restored Broomhill Pool.
 
Feb 22, 2012
 

 

Public feedback to Big Local Trust survey shows strong support for a restored Broomhill Pool.
 
The Big Local Trust Project is coordinated by ICVS, and focuses on the wards of Whitton, Whitehouse and Castle Hill, in NW Ipswich. The BLT will provide over a million pounds worth of funding, which will be available over the next ten years.
 
‘Big Idea’ Postcards were distributed across the NW Ipswich area in 2011.  Over 8,500 cards were delivered by the Community Payback Team asking local people for their views on what they would like to see the BLT funding used for.
 
Feedback was categorized into Environmental Improvements; Support for Young People; Support for Older People; Community Support; Sport & Health; Arts & Culture & Services.
 
A restored Broomhill Pool/swimming featured in several of these categories. However, in the Sport & Health category, a restored Broomhill Pool represented 50% of the proposed ideas.
 
Broomhill Pool was an important sports, recreation and social hub for almost 65 years prior to its closure in 2002. The facility was a prized facility for those in Whitton & Whitehouse, but it was also an unrivalled melting pot for children across Ipswich and beyond. In November 2011, Ipswich Borough Council backed an option to allow not-for-profit operator, Fusion Lifestyle, to formulate a plan to restore and reopen the facility. As an example, local funding such as BLT could potentially be used for specific purposes, such as to reinstate Broomhill’s famed high diving venue, making the facility just one of two facilities in the United Kingdom with an outdoor 5m top board.
 
Notes:
 
BLT Project Plan:
 
http://www.nwipswichblt.co.uk/
 

 
Deserved coup for Beccles Lido as Sharon Davies becomes Patron
 
Feb 19, 2012
 

http://www.edp24.co.uk/olympic_medallist_sharron_davies_becomes_beccles_lido_patron_1_1212999

Olympic medallist Sharron Davies becomes Beccles Lido patron

Eastern Daily Press
Friday, February 17, 2012
4:25 PM

 
AN Olympic medallist and MBE has become a patron of Beccles Lido.

Former swimmer Sharron Davies has taken on the position after learning about the award-winning group on social networking site Twitter.

The multi-medal winning swimmer spoke to director Eric Wareham through the site about the open-air swimming pool, the work the volunteers had done and their Big Society Award. And much to Mr Wareham’s delight accepted his offer of becoming a patron.

Ms Davies said: “As a passionate supporter of swimming for the community and as a patron of many charities, but not a lido, I was thrilled to be asked to support Beccles.

“The community has really rallied around to make sure that this project has been a success. There are so few lidos left in good working order around the country and so many that close down, it’s great to be part of a group that have been recognised by the Prime Minister through his Big Society Award.”

She added: “I know that Mr Cameron is a patron of Chipping Norton lido so, as a swimmer, it’s great to put my name to this worthy cause. Lidos need all the help they can get and the work will not stop even though Beccles Lido had a successful first season last year.

“I hope that my patronage of Beccles Lido will not only draw more attention and support to this worthy community cause but that it will also encourage others to get involved in community projects especially linked to swimming.”

Mr Wareham said that as a notable figure in swimming, Ms Davies was an ideal patron and hoped she would be able to visit after her London 2012 Olympics commitments.

He added that Beccles Lido Limited (BLL) is also looking for a figure involved in the arts and theatre to support Beccles Public Hall, which the group is currently in the process of taking over.

 

 
A Tribute to Edwin Ives (by Sally Wainman)
 
Feb 16, 2012
 

 

EDWIN HARRY IVES

30TH JULY 1936 - 27TH JANUARY 2012

R.I.P.

Edwin Ives was one of the founder members in 2002 of the Friends of Broomhill Pool, the group that preceded the official formation of the Broomhill Pool Trust. He was a regular and enthusiastic attender at our committee meetings ( held handily in the local Emperor pub) and always came  equipped with pen & paper and lists of his ideas, beautifully handwritten. He helped in the very first electoral campaign, (2003), distributing leaflets in the Priory Heath area and occasionally getting lost!

On 14th February, 2012, [Trust representative] Garath Jones and I sadly attended Edwin’s funeral at the West Chapel Crematorium in Ipswich. Edwin's twin sister, Rosemary, had written a tribute to him, which the presiding priest read out near the beginning of the service. It started with the words:

"He was my twin brother and I looked out for him. That's what you do."

 Rosemary described his early life and work and then continued:

"He was a quiet, unassuming, home-loving man, very kind and loyal. His two passions in later life were the Neighbourhood Watch group covering Sherrington Road and the Broomhill Swimming Pool restoration project."

Since 2002 of course a great deal has happened both with the Pool and the adjoining Library, so I like to think that he would be extremely pleased with some of the most recent developments: the formation of the Friends of Westbourne Library, and the momentous decision taken by Ipswich Borough Council in November 2011 to give leisure operators, Fusion Lifestyle, a chance to take over and restore the Lido.

Edwin was indeed a very kind and persevering person, so obviously I hope that the Broomhill Pool restoration project comes to fruition, as a way of acknowledging the part he played in the campaign's early years.

Sally Wainman (Pool Campaigner)
16th February 2012

 

 
New campaign image for Broomhill's sister library
 
Feb 08, 2012
 

New campaign image for Broomhill's sister library

 
The Friends of Westbourne Library have unveiled a brand-new campaign image for Broomhill Lido's sister building - Westbourne Library.
 
Friends Chairman, Garath Jones, said:
 
"We asked Nicki Porter, a mature student, to create a new campaign image for our unique Library".
 
"The “Broomhill twins” - Broomhill Pool and Westbourne Library were built from the same materials by Borough Engineer E. McLachlan in 1938 & 1942. In fact, Westbourne Library was originally built as a decontamination unit and bomb shelter to protect the Ipswich public from Nazi chemical warfare. However, it has been a tremendous and valued asset in peacetime - serving North Ipswich and many satellite villages as a public library since 1948".
 
"Nicki has achieved exactly what we asked. We wanted to transport our benign, modest library back to its inception. And in doing so, awaken several generations as to its value and origin. It's a bit like seeing an old photo of your lovable, cuddly granddad in WW2 "battle dress" with a bayonet at the ready !"
  
"Nicki Porter successfully retrained and now works as a freelance graphic designer. You can find out more about Nicki at www.mrspcreative.co.uk   For Friends of Westbourne Library: http://www.friendsofwestbournelibrary.co.uk    
 

 
Broomhill Pool's Channel swimming legend receives MBE
 
Dec 31, 2011
 

 

Broomhill Pool's Channel swimming legend receives MBE
 
Broomhill Pool Trust President, Mike Read, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List.
 
Open Water swimmer, Mike has held the Channel Swimming Association title of "King of the Channel" over a 26 year period !
 
In May 2011, Mike was formally inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF).
 
It was at Ipswich's magnificent Broomhill Pool that Mike trained and prepared for his record breaking accomplishments and hence his desire to see the popular facility reinstated.
 
From all at the Broomhill Pool Trust we wish you all a happy, peaceful & prosperous 2012 !
 

 
Influential heritage society praises "far sighted" Borough Executive over Broomhill.
 
Nov 28, 2011
 

Influential heritage society praises "far sighted" Borough Executive over Broomhill.

Following Ipswich Borough Council‘s Executive Committee “green light” for an interested, proven operator to work towards the re-opening of Broomhill lido, The Twentieth Century Society has publically praised the Administration.
Senior Case worker, Dr Christina Malathouni applauded the Borough on a "highly commendable, very brave and far-sighted decision in the current difficult times".
 
See full report: http://c20society.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/welcome-back-my-lido/
 
The Council also renewed their pledge to give £1 million to the project, which will, they hope, help to attract other funding. The operator, which has expressed a strong interest in restoring the pool and changing rooms and building a new fitness suite on the site, will now be asked to develop detailed plans for the £5 million project - which will also need Heritage Lottery Funding in order to succeed.
 
The Twentieth Century further states that "it has always been a great pleasure for the Society to support this great cause [reviving Broomhill Pool], and we remain committed to it, but the full credit goes to Broomhill Pool Trust. Our congratulations to them for this great result and for their incredibly hard work on this project for many years. There is of course still a lot more to be done at Broomhill, but this latest news gives us confidence that both BPT and IBC will see this through and deliver a restored lido to the people of Ipswich!"
 
Notes & Link:
 
"The Twentieth Century Society exists to safeguard the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards. The Society’s prime objectives are conservation, to protect the buildings and design that characterise the Twentieth Century in Britain, and education, to extend our knowledge and appreciation of them, whether iconic buildings like the Royal Festival Hall or everyday artefacts like the red telephone box".
 
Case Officer: Dr Christina Malathouni, Senior Case Worker.
christina@c20society.org.uk
http://www.c20society.org.uk/
 

 
Evening Star - Broomhill gets a lifeline as restoration backed by the Borough.
 
Nov 23, 2011
 

Ipswich Evening Star reports: "Broomhill gets a lifeline as restoration backed by the Borough".

See link: http://www.eveningstar.co.uk/news/ipswich_broomhill_gets_a_lifeline_as_restoration_backed_by_borough_1_1134178

 

 
BBC Suffolk Reports: "Broomhill Pool gets £1m pledge from Ipswich council"
 
Nov 23, 2011
 

"Broomhill Pool gets £1m pledge from Ipswich council"

BBC Suffolk reports: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-15841721

 

 
BROOMHILL POOL DECISION IMMINENT - YOU CAN BE THERE TOO
 
Nov 22, 2011
 
Dear Broomhill Pool supporter,
BROOMHILL POOL DECISION IMMINENT - YOU CAN BE THERE TOO
IBC Executive Meeting, Tuesday 22 November 2011. 6:00pm.At IBC Offices, Grafton House, Russell Road, Ipswich IP12DE.
The public may observe this meeting and so the Trust and Broomhill supporters may attend to observe only (and show their respectful support for Option1). Please arrive before 5:45pm
 
Notes & recap:
 
The Borough Executive has five options on the table; including demolition and change of usage (studies show that these would cost far more  than the £1m currently budgeted by IBC and deliver little benefit for taxpayers).
However, also of concern to the Trust is option 2 which would see a developer look to de-list the site (challenge and overturn Grade 2 status), reduce the pool length from 55 yards to 25 metres, demolish the grand stand, and build housing on the pool car park (which is part of Broomhill Park’s attractive open frontage). We believe that the neighbouring Westbourne Library building (which is in essence the pool’s twin building & built by same Borough Engineer) is threatened by this option as it would look to move the library service into the revamped pool site.
In simple terms option 2 currently shows 10 houses to be built to fund the scheme, so as a rough estimate selling at £150k each they would only raise £1.5m less the costs to build (est. £500k). Even if the scheme found an operator to pay some rent  there still isn’t anywhere near enough funds to cover the estimated £4m cost to develop the pool site. The money has to come from somewhere, and we believe it will be from further  housing on the Library and Library car park site. Along with the clear cultural and heritage damage, this “Frankenstein” scheme has NO operator in line (and they are unlikely to find one without any parking at all left at the site). The whole option 2 scheme relies heavily on revenues from housing in a very depressed housing market.
The Trust fully backs option 1 which is our preferred operator's scheme which intends to fully and sympathetically restore the pool to its original 1938 condition. We find it hard to fathom that IBC would not back this option which is politically a “no lose” scenario for them. The Operator has an unrivalled track record in fundraising for exactly these projects; and they are the foremost operator in the country for lidos. In simple terms if they fail to raise necessary third party funding then IBC & local taxpayers lose nothing (the £1m promised and budgeted by IBC is simply returned); but if they succeed then IBC & taxpayers get a £5m fully restored grade II listed lido for just £1m of taxpayer money. You simply won’t get a better deal than that in times of austerity.
 
The Trust took out full page adverts in the East Anglia Daily Times and Ipswich Evening Star on 9/10 November to bring to the public’s attention the five options being considered by IBC, plus our total backing for our preferred operator's option. We hope that the IBC Executive will let common sense prevail to choose Option 1, to keep their manifesto promise on the budgeted £1m, and to work closely with our preferred operator to give this scheme every chance to succeed.
 

 
BROOMHILL POOL - PLEA FOR SUPPORT
 
Nov 08, 2011
 

To: All Supporters of Broomhill Pool. NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO ACT !

Please Email to IBC Executive members the following statement; and forward to & ask all supporters and friends of the pool to do the same ! Cut and paste the following message; or send your own thoughts; and send to the IBC Executive Committee members below:

david.ellesmere@councillors.ipswich.gov.uk; neil.macdonald@councillors.ipswich.gov.uk; martin.cook@councillors.ipswich.gov.uk; bryony.rudkin@councillors.ipswich.gov.uk; john.mowles@councillors.ipswich.gov.uk; phil.smart@councillors.ipswich.gov.uk; carole.jones@councillors.ipswich.gov.uk; sandy.martin@councillors.ipswich.gov.uk

Dear IBC Executive members, The future of Broomhill Pool is likely to be determined at the next IBC Executive meeting on Tuesday 22 November 2011. I support Broomhill Pool and believe that it is an important asset for the town.

I support OPTION 1 (Fusion Lifestyle’s bid) as it represents an exceptional opportunity for IBC & Taxpayers for a multi-million £ scheme, led by an outstanding not-for-profit trust; restoring Broomhill Pool to its former glory, plus a state of the art fitness centre for North West Ipswich. I believe the cost to mothball, demolish, change use are likely to cost taxpayers just as much ! Additionally, the pool is built on parkland, so there is NO commercial value (only extra costs) for IBC or taxpayers to demolish and clear the facility.

Options 2, 3, 4 & 5 will cost taxpayers in excess of the £1m currently approved and guaranteed by IBC (as per findings of the 2006 Feasibility Study & 2009 All Options Appraisal). There is also a significant risk that the pool car park will have to be developed for housing to offset higher rebuild costs. Such a scheme is unlikely to attract a top operator, will destroy Broomhill Park’s open environment and could lead to greater transport and parking issues.

Third party funding is less likely because these options are likely to fail to meet listing consent. I therefore call upon IBC Executives to do the right thing and choose OPTION 1 (Fusion Lifestyle’s bid) putting the £1m budgeted guarantee to optimum use. I urge you to secure this bid as it would represent an outstanding return for the people of Ipswich, plus outsourcing of operational costs and liabilities to a leading operator.

Your name & address here

 

 
Chairman's Report 2011
 
Oct 20, 2011
 

 

The Broomhill Pool Trust
Chairman’s Report 2011
 
In September 2012, we mark a decade since the closure of Ipswich’s Broomhill lido.
 
The last decade has been a momentous and worthwhile journey, requiring great teamwork and a strong legacy to “carry the baton”. In October 2010, our much respected Chairman, Mike Cook, stepped down after 6 years. Mike continues to play a key role in the Trust and has been a great support to me, since my election.
 
The Trust has always been aware that empty protesting (particularly now in times of austerity) was never enough to save our lido. So, during the last decade we have invested our supporter’s funds carefully; securing indisputable and supporting evidence to confirm the pool’s viability. We have also built up a loyal network of professional and qualified committee members - and associates - to validate and present our argumentation. In 2010-11, we were fortunate to welcome three new committee members, offering expertise in local government and charitable management.
 
Across 2011 the Trust has retained its high profile, and has revelled in its evolving role as a “community partner”. In February, 2011, the Trust helped to establish the Friends of Westbourne Library (FWL). Our youth officer, Garath Jones, was elected Chairman of the Friends of FWL, and I, myself, have represented Westbourne Library trying to help shape the Ipswich Library Managers pilot scheme. The Trust & FWL held the first “Broomhill Fete” in July, which brought together the whole community (plus many delighted senior citizens at Sherrington House !). We also welcomed 200+ Westbourne High students to visit the pool in November 2010; and have engaged & supported their excellent “School of Samba”.
 
We’ve worked hard to enhance our community - by continuing the excellent “Community Payback” works; to clean, tidy and remove graffiti at the pool; and to assist the FWL in giving the library a much needed makeover. We extend our sincere thanks to Suffolk Probationary Services and FWL, but particularly the payback workers themselves. They have not only cleaned up the pool, but enhanced the whole area. We must also thank our local MP, Dr Daniel Poulter, for his unswerving support and assistance for both the Trust & FWL.
 
The political landscape changed dramatically in 2010-2011. Following a Conservative-Lib Dem national coalition at Westminster in 2010, the roles were reversed in Ipswich local elections in May 2011, with Labour forming a new administration at Ipswich Borough Council. The Trust remains neutral throughout, and tries at all times to retain positive and professional relations with all.
 
All the major Ipswich party leaders were lobbied prior to the election, and we will continue to do so. The Trust would like to publicly thank Cllrs Andrew Cann & Elizabeth Harsant and their teams for including restoration of Broomhill Pool in IBC’s 2010 Cultural Strategy; agreeing to formally budget the £1m IBC commitment; and for authorising the revised “Expression of Interest” to attract an operator. We would also thank Cllr David Ellesmere and his team for their 2011 manifesto pledge: “Working with the Broomhill Trust & interested parties to reopen Broomhill Pool”. In fact this was the first listed, intended action for recreation in the town by the Ipswich Labour group.
 
2012 & the Road Ahead
 
The Trust is in excellent organisational & financial shape. We have completed a 5 year business plan that maps out our future direction - and plan of action - in both eventualities: a) our strategy and objectives if IBC/Operator agreement succeeds; and b) our strategy and objectives if IBC/Operator agreement fails.
 
The Trust has also completed provisional business plans to advocate options for an operator to 1) retain a high diving stage; and 2) reintroduce heated water - a restored pool. Note: Wicksteed stage would not meet current H&S, and Broomhill’s boilers removed 1941.
 
We have also worked on an integrated Parking & Transportation action plan to manage and mitigate any negative impact on a reinstated lido. We aim to work closely with our preferred operator to ensure that this key issue is well planned and addressed from the outset; to ensure minimal disruption for local residents, and equally to ensure that public transport, bicycles and walking are maximised.
 
Finally, the pool’s future now clearly lies with the new administration at IBC. In early September 2011 we met with senior officers and the new leaders of the Borough. The Trust was asked to formally confirm our preference of the Borough’s five possible options for Broomhill Pool, vis-à-vis:
 
  1. Our preferred operator’s scheme to fully and sympathetically restore Broomhill Pool, with addition of a fitness suite.
  2. Ipswich Borough Council scheme to restore parts of the facility, with addition of a fitness suite. Reduction of the pool length from 55 yards to 25 metres. IBC to develop the existing car park for housing.
  3. Ipswich Borough Council project for basic repairs to make facility operational.
  4. Ipswich Borough Council project to demolish Broomhill Pool and restore to parkland; or mothball.
  5. Ipswich borough Council project to restore parts of the facility, remove pool tank and change usage to a dry play or community area.
 
The Trust has formally confirmed that we continue to strongly support our preferred operator’s option. We also provided IBC leaders and officers with a summary of supporting economic and political benefits, which demonstrates that this scheme is the best option - not only for the Trust - but in the clear interest of taxpayers, voters, the administration and the Borough. In fact, all options carry a similar cost to taxpayers (approx £1m), yet - in a time of austerity - only our preferred operator scheme would deliver a positive return and tangible benefits for local taxpayers.
 
We believe that all the facts (from the 2006 Feasibility Study & 2009 All Options Appraisal) strongly concluded that our preferred bidder’s scheme to restore and operate Broomhill Pool would resolve a difficult and costly problem for the Borough; as well as providing an asset to the people of Ipswich. The option is financially viable and would solve the complex capital and legal problems associated with the facility.
 
The Trust has respectfully appealed to the administration and officers of Ipswich Borough Council to seize this outstanding opportunity and to reach an agreement with our preferred operator; to provide them with the very best prospect to secure the pool’s future.
 
Mark Ling
Chairman, The Broomhill Pool Trust
19 October 2011
 

 
Fundraising Dinner at Arlingtons (13 November)
 
Oct 19, 2011
 

The Broomhill Pool Trust is delighted to announce our first ever fundraising dinner.

Sunday, 13 November. 6:00pm for 6:30pm

An exclusive night at a top Ipswich restaurant - "Arlingtons"

Arlingtons,
13 Museum Street,
Ipswich. IP1 1HE
www.arlingtonsbrasserie.co.uk

£25 per head (with £10 proceeds from each sold ticket directly to the Broomhill Pool Trust),

includes an excellent three course set meal, tea & coffee, light music, raffle and an after dinner speaker. 

MENU

(a choice of):
starter: seasonal vegetarian terrine; or fish terrine
Main: butternut squash and sage risotto; or beef bourginion
dessert:sticky toffee pudding; or selection of gourmet cheeses and crackers with fruit; or fresh fruit salad
Tea & coffee.

DETAILS
Attire - smart casual.
Group or table requests can be accomodated.
For tickets, please email enquiries@arlingtonsbrasserie.co.uk or call on 01473 230293
 

 

 
Broomhill Pool to feature in Dave Kindred's latest book on Ipswich
 
Oct 16, 2011
 

Broomhill Pool to feature in Dave Kindred's latest book on Ipswich "A cetury of change for better for worse". £19.95 avaiable from local book stores from 22 October.

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The Broomhill Pool Trust is delighted to announce our first ever fundraising dinner.

An exclusive night at a top Ipswich restaurant

Sunday, 13 November. 6:00pm for 6:30pm

Arlingtons,
13 Museum Street,
Ipswich. IP1 1HE
www.arlingtonsbrasserie.co.uk

£25 per head (with £10 proceeds from each sold ticket directly to the Broomhill Pool Trust),

includes an excellent three course set meal, tea & coffee, light music, raffle and an after dinner speaker.

 

 
Outstanding first season at Beccles Lido.
 
Aug 29, 2011
 

Outstanding first season at Beccles Lido.

The Broomhill Pool Trust is pleased to report that our friends at Beccles Lido have produced an excellent result in the first full season managed by (community run), Beccles Lido Ltd.

Beccles Lido has so far welcomed 23,000 swimmers, with 2 weeks of their season still to go. This compares with 8,500 in the last season when Waveney District Council ran the facility.

As a Charitable Trust, the company has had success in raising capital funding to carry out essential refurbishments. Operationally, Beccles Lido Ltd should produce a break even in its first critical year !

Our warmest congratulations to Beccles. They have not only proven that their lido is viable, but also proven that with third party charitable funding, plus the right operator and community partnership that lidos are not only sustainable, but can bring immense pleasure and pride to their communities.

Note:

Beccles Lido has applied for a big new grant to install further energy saving and energy generating measures at the pool. Beccles Lido Limited Director Shaun Crowley says "If we are to assure the future viability of the Lido we have to continue to reduce our running costs AND we want to be ecologically sustainable as well. The Energyshare grant would allow us to install Solar powered showers, more SolarPV and other energy saving measures at the Lido – saving thousands of pounds and generating cash through the Government’s Feed in Tarriff Scheme (FITS). But we need people’s support to win!" Please go to

www.energyshare.com/beccleslido to register as a supporter".

 

 
Community makeover for Westbourne Library & Broomhill Pool.
 
Aug 23, 2011
 

Community makeover for Westbourne Library & Broomhill Pool.

The Friends of Westbourne Library (FWL) & Broomhill Pool Trust (BPT) have been busy enhancing two of the town's valued but endangered assets.

The Friends of Westbourne Library has just completed a project to repaint Westbourne Library. The “make over” (see photo) was carried out at no cost to taxpayers, using materials purchased with funds raised from the recent FWL & BPT "Broomhill fete". All unsightly graffiti has been removed, and the Library has been restored to its original white. The library and pool were both built simultaneously in 1938. The library is believed to be the only former WW2 decontamination unit in the country being used as a public library (converted in 1948).

The Friends of Westbourne Library are playing a key role, working very hard behind the scenes to find, and shape, a long term solution to save all Ipswich Libraries.

Garath Jones has been working with (Suffolk Probationary Services) “Community Payback” team for this years clean up of Grade II listed Broomhill Pool. BPT member, and FWL Chairman, Garath, is a trained horticulturalist, and has given his skills & time freely to specifically revamp the front entrance borders. Garath has redesigned the borders with a Mediterranean feel, using white chippings and natural grasses. The borders are visible from the roadside so the pleasing result makes a positive difference to the local area. Community Payback teams have been working hard throughout the spring & summer to tidy the pool grounds, repaint the buildings and to clear litter. Community Payback works are arranged by the Trust with virtually no cost to local taxpayers. All materials were paid for by the Trust from its campaign funds.

 

 
Heritage Open Day & Latest supporter photos
 
Aug 20, 2011
 

1) HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - BROOMHILL POOL
BROOMHILL POOL TRUST - 2011 EVENTS
SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER and SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER (10am-5pm).
HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - BROOMHILL POOL

Those two magical days when [safe areas of] the facility is open to the public for heritage viewing. Come and see what we have all been missing. Learn more about the rich history of Broomhill, the benefits it can still bring to the community and the fight to save it.

2) More supporters photos uploaded.

2a)Thanks to Paul Bailey for his historic photo of Broomhill (circa 1985?) showing front entrance (with windows un-boarded), plus a very tidy car park, and original cycle racks. Anyone remember using the cycle racks as a cricket court ?

2b) Thanks to Film Director, James Sharpe for 9 new images of the facility today.

3) The Trust has also been contacted by one of the two girls sunbathing at a packed Broomhill (circa 1998) in Paul Nixon's iconic shot for the Evening Star ! This photo is on our main webpage. We are hoping that we may be able to re-act and update the shot for Heritage open day.
 

 

 
Latest photos of Broomhill Pool
 
Aug 04, 2011
 

The Trust is pleased to publish latest photos of Broomhill Pool (link http://www.savebroomhillpool.org/album.aspx?id=5)

An ongoing annual maintenance plan to keep the Broomhill Pool site clean, tidy and graffiti free has been agreed between The Broomhill Pool Trust, Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk Probationary Services.

Mark Ling, Chairman of The Broomhill Pool Trust said

“You can see for yourselves how good the facility is looking and what it could deliver for Ipswich ! This represents an excellent example of Community Payback. The workers have delivered a terrific civic benefit by cleaning up a much loved, Grade II listed public building; and enhancing the local area”.

“The payback teams also succeeded in making the pool presentable for "would-be operators", allowing them to see that the lido has true potential. We are hopeful that there will be positive news from IBC and operator negotiations very shortly”
 

 

 
Broomhill Pool Trust Press Release - New campaign image for Broomhill Pool
 
Jun 18, 2011
 

The Broomhill Pool Trust is delighted to unveil a brand new campaign image for Broomhill Pool.

Nicki Porter, an ex UCS mature student, was chosen to create a fresh design to reflect the grade II listed lido.

Trust Chairman, Mark Ling, said:

“Nicki has really captured what Broomhill Pool was - and what it can be again!”

“Nicki has retrained and now works as a freelance graphic designer at www.mrspcreative.co.uk/. The Trust likes to support local talents and businesses, and we are also trying to forge links with UCS because we believe their students will have much to gain from Broomhill Pool re-opening.

“Nicki’s design perfectly pans the generations and styles; reflecting part art-deco when the lido was created; part 1960’s Beatles artwork; plus a crisp modern update showing how stunning the restored Broomhill can be today”

“The new image is unveiled at a most critical time in the pool’s future. Ipswich Borough Council officers have been in negotiations with interested operators for the pool. The officers are due to make their recommendations to the new IBC executive hopefully in July"

 

 
"Double Barrel" to headline at Broomhill Music Day !
 
May 23, 2011
 

"Double Barrel" to headline at Broomhill Music Day !

The Hilton Empire Sound System are proud to present..

DOUBLE BARREL, plus a full day of live music and guest DJs !

at the Emperor Inn, Norwich Road, Ipswich
Saturday July 23, 1.00pm till late

£5.00 on the door, in aid of the Broomhill Pool Trust.
BBQ & drinks on sale throughout the day.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=186883418026878

 

 
Mike Read formally inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
 
May 16, 2011
 

Broomhill Pool Trust President, Mike Read, has been formally inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame. At a prestigious ceremony in Miami on 5th May, Mike received his award from Micki King, US gold medal diver, 1972.

Mike shared the platform with 15 Olympic Gold medallists, and with H S H Prince Albert II of Monaco, the recipient of the Hall's Gold Medal for 2011. Open Water swimmer, Michael Read, represents Great Britain, having held the Channel Swimming Association title of “King of the English Channel” for 26 years !

As a further civic honour to celebrate Mike's achievement, he will be a guest of the Mayor of Ipswich later this month.

You can watch ISHOF highlights of Mike's amazing career highlight at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zmgxmw5S9Y&feature=related

Mike joins other illustrious British swimmers, including (FINA Masters World Record Holder) Jane Asher, and (Olympic Champions) Adrian Moorhouse and David Wilkie.

It was at Ipswich’s magnificent Broomhill Pool that Mike trained and prepared for his record breaking accomplishments and hence his desire to see the popular facility reinstated.
 

 

 
Tom completes 837 miles for Broomhill.
 
May 06, 2011
 

The Trust would like to congratulate our secretary, Tom Wilmot, for completing a 837 mile sponsored bike ride from Landsend to John OGroats. Tom has raised £250 for Trust campaigning funds.

You can see footage of Tom's epic journey across England, Wales and Scotland at the youtube link below. Tom's journey included views of the incredible Jubilee Lido at Penzance, crossing the Severn bridge, and sampling all the local delicassies. Copious amounts of local cheeses were consumed so, despite some vivid dreams, we are assured Tom did not make the whole trip up !!

Lands End to John OGroats bike ride highlights:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k60jPPhL8M.

You can sponsor Tom at:
http://www.justgiving.com/tom-wilmot/

Footage of Broomhill Pool is also available on YouTube on:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VJUNescIZg

 

 
Tom goes the extra [837] mile for Broomhill !
 
Apr 06, 2011
 

Adventurous Westbourne High School Teacher, Tom Wilmott, is going more than the extra mile to support Broomhill Pool, he is cycling 837 miles from Landsend to John OGraots to raise funds for the Trust !

Tom says

"I am cycling from one end of the country to the other, with a swim at each end to raise money for the Broomhill Pool Trust".


"I will be be setting out on Saturday 9th April, and with a decent southwesterly wind and some glorious sunshine I should be taking a dip at John O’Groats on the 22nd".

"It is a crucial time for the Broomhill Pool Trust as they work with potential operators and the council to ensure that Suffolk, Norfolk & Essex’s only Olympic length lido is resurrected as the much loved and inspirational facility it once was".

"Any donations will be gratefully received and will be a big help to the Trust in their valuable work".

Lets just hope Tom's pupils dont let his tyres down !!!

You can support Tom and follow his progress at:

http://www.justgiving.com/tom-wilmot/

 

 
Ipswich Labour manifesto commitment for Broomhill.
 
Mar 25, 2011
 

March 21, 2011

Labour has produced a 10 page manifesto for the Borough Council campaign. Broomhill Pool is the first mentioned in their list of intended actions for leisure in the town:


http://www.ipswich-labour.org.uk/uploads/7f093cef-9b8d-4214-9169-9b3105ad3464.pdf

Quote:

Page 10

A More Enjoyable Ipswich

A Labour council would maintain and improve sport and leisure services and make sure they are available to all Ipswich residents.

The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have presided over the steady decline of cultural and leisure services in Ipswich. A volunteer group had to step in to run the Film Theatre after the council closed it. The Corn Exchange is closed for part of the year. Landseer Play Centre is in a state of limbo. Broomhill Pool is still closed. The council is now looking to offload many of its sports and leisure facilities with seemingly little regard for how this will affect Ipswich residents.
What Labour Will Do

* We will work with the Broomhill Trust and interested parties to re-open Broomhill Pool.
....

....

Unquote.

 

 
Broomhill Pool Trust - March 2011 - Newsletter is now available.
 
Mar 17, 2011
 

Broomhill Pool Trust - March 2011 - Newsletter is now available.

The single A4 PDF newsletter provides latest news on Broomhill Pool operator bids, the fight for Westbourne Library, Trust 2011 events and Membership.

Please send an email to savebroomhillpool@yahoo.co.uk marked "newsletter" and we will send you a free copy.

 

 
"IN THE SWIM" - OUR BRAND NEW MEMBERSHIP PACKAGE FOR FRIENDS OF BROOMHILL POOL
 
Feb 18, 2011
 

"IN THE SWIM" - OUR BRAND NEW MEMBERSHIP PACKAGE FOR FRIENDS OF BROOMHILL POOL

Welcome to a new and exciting era for Broomhill pool. We are inviting YOU to play your part in securing our lido’s future, whilst adding your name in the history of the pool by becoming a member of “In the swim”, a friend of Broomhill Pool!

For full details see:

http://www.savebroomhillpool.org/FriendsDonations.aspx

 

 
IBC "Three companies interested in re-opening Broomhill Pool"
 
Feb 03, 2011
 

THREE companies have expressed an interest in re-opening and managing a restored Broomhill swimming pool.

The lido was closed in 2002 by Ipswich Borough Council, after being seemed unsafe to open and too expensive to restore.However, the bids could mean that a brighter future is on the horizon for the iconic site.

Councillor Andrew Cann, Culture portfolio-holder, said: “We are encouraged by the increase in interest we received by the closing date of 26th January and now we go on to the next stage of the process.

“All three expressions of interest include retaining a pool on the site and now we are looking for more detailed proposals, including funding and sustainability.

“These details will need to be with us by the end of March.”

The borough council has formally pledged £1 million to help the project bring Broomhill back to life and is working closely with the Broomhill Trust.

The Broomhill Pool Trust has warmly welcomed the news that IBC has received expressions of interest to restore & operate the grade II listed lido.

Broomhill Pool Trust Chairman, Mark Ling, said "The pool is built within Broomhill Park and the land is assigned for leisure and recreational use only. The Trust has always reasoned therefore, that it is better for local taxpayers to invest £1m supporting a skilled operator to deliver a multimillion pound, year-round asset for the town, than it would to spend the same amount to mothball or demolish the pool.

"We hope that IBC will be true to their word, that the lido be retained within the facility and that the £1m capital commitment is budgeted, allowing parties to expediently reach an agreement".

 

 
New Broomhill Pool Film Montage.
 
Jan 27, 2011
 

New Broomhill Pool Film Montage.

The Broomhill Pool Trust is delighted to release a short film montage by Ipswich born film director, James Sharpe.

The 3 minute documentary is narrated by channel swimming legend Mike Read, and was recorded by Ian Benfield. The short film contains new photographs of Ipswich's grade II listed lido.

For the short film, please click on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoikypefAOo

For a link to James Sharpe Films, please click to: www.showreels4u.blogspot.com

 

 
URGENT ACTION REQUIRED - IBC Cultural Strategy Questionnaire.
 
Jan 06, 2011
 

URGENT ACTION REQUIRED - IBC Cultural Strategy Questionnaire.

Dear Broomhill Pool Trust and Town of Ipswich supporter,

Please take 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire on-line at http://www.ipswich.gov.uk/site/custom_scripts/snap/cultstrat2011.htm by Monday 31st January 2011.

BACKGROUND:

Ipswich Borough Council is in the process of consulting residents and stakeholders regarding a new Cultural Strategy for Ipswich. This strategy sets out how Ipswich Borough Council will focus on six key objectives to further improve the town’s cultural assets while facilitating the development of others.

This is an excellent chance for you to strongly encourage the council to prioritise [under Question 7, Item 5]: “capital support to assist a partner(s) to lead and operate a restored Broomhill lido”.

The Broomhill Pool Trust is not only a resolute supporter of our lido we are equally proud of our home town. We would therefore encourage all our supporters to have their input and influence on the town’s cultural strategy. Thank You.

The Broomhill Pool Trust

 

 
"Suffolk Icons" thank you from the Broomhill Pool Trust.
 
Jan 05, 2011
 

SUFFOLK ICONS VOTE

The Broomhill Pool Trust would like to thank all those who viewed and voted on Broomhill Pool’s entry on Suffolk Icons website.

Our page received over 2000 views, making it the second most popular viewed icon in Suffolk. The grade II listed lido was in fact the No.1 most viewed entry for a Suffolk building on the website!

A reminder that supporters can watch exquisite 1947 footage of 10 metre high diving at Broomhill Pool, featuring 1936 Olympian Betty Slade:

SEE BROOMHILL VIDEO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OvlKgrlwtA

 

 
Evening Star: Students plunge into the past at Broomhill Pool
 
Dec 20, 2010
 

Ipswich: Students plunge into the past at Broomhill Pool

IPSWICH: They are the lost generation – the youngsters who have never known the joys of swimming in one of the town’s most treasured secret venues.

See full report at:

http://www.eveningstar.co.uk/news/ipswich_students_plunge_into_the_past_at_broomhill_pool_1_754949

 

 
Broomhill included in IBC's Future of culture and sport in Ipswich
 
Dec 16, 2010
 

Broomhill included in IBC's Future of culture and sport in Ipswich

http://www.ipswich.gov.uk/site/scripts/news_article.php?newsID=565

An expanded arts festival, more blockbuster events and the completion of a £4 million investment in swimming are all highlighted in Ipswich's new Cultural Strategy.

The strategy, which will be taken to the Borough Council's ruling Executive next week to approve consultation with key stakeholders and the wider community by Culture portfolio-holder Andrew Cann, outlines the delivery of key arts and sports goals.

These include:

- Completing the £3.4 million investment programme at Crown Pools next year - this follows a £600,000 refurbishment at Fore Street;

- Bringing more open-air events to Ipswich;

- Formally pledging £1 million to help the project aiming to bring life back to Broomhill lido;

- Developing the £600,000 fund-raising appeal to buy the former Ipswich Art School for use as a permanent contemporary arts space;

- Applying for Lottery and other funding to develop an 'arts quarter' around the Art School and Ipswich Museum;

- Aspire to make Gainsborough sports centre a state-of-the-art sports village;
Review operations at Maidenhall Sports centre (owned by Suffolk County Council) in order to cut operating costs.

Councillor Cann said: "This is a very exciting long-term blueprint for culture and leisure in Ipswich. Yes, we do face enormous financial pressures and we must cut costs but this Council has an incredibly successful record when it comes to doing more for less in both culture and sport. We will continue to work with private sector partners and others to deliver an enhanced programme.

"We are very excited by our events programme; we are pleased with the improved programming - and audiences - at the Ipswich Regent; we are committed to keeping the Grand Hall in the Corn Exchange for entertainment; we will complete our ambitious investment into swimming and we will enhance our key sports centres when and where funding allows.

"Of course, we have to cut operating costs, and Maidenhall is by far the least used and most 'old fashioned' sports centre in the town. We operate this for the owner, Suffolk County Council, but this costs the council taxpayer a lot of money. The past few years has seen the development of many more sports facilities in the town - Chantry Sports Centre, Suffolk One and the new arena at Suffolk New College - so we must recognise this changing landscape."

Councillor Cann added: "But with our Olympics partnership with Azerbaijan, our commitment to sporting excellence and our leading role in regional arts and culture, we will move forward with what is a very exciting programme."

The Cultural Strategy will be discussed by Executive on 14th December and it is hoped a consultation exercise will then commence and continue until 31st January 2011.

 

 
IBC advertises for operator to repair and run Broomhill Pool
 
Dec 14, 2010
 

IBC ADVERTISES FOR OPERATOR TO REPAIR AND RUN BROOMHILL POOL (with potential £1M capital funding, subject t&c)

Details below of IBC's filing with OJEU and advertising on Lesiureopportunities.com

http://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/LOemail/micro/prop/index.cfm?companyID=100052043&sitecode=LO&codeID=6833&CFID=13129078&CFTOKEN=42083223

Invitations for Expressions of Interest (subject to contract) - Broomhill Outdoor Pool
Ipswich

Broomhill Outdoor Pool, Sherrington Road, Ipswich

Ipswich Borough Council (the “Council”) is seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably experienced parties wishing to work up detailed proposals to repair, refurbish and operate this redundant outdoor swimming pool. The facility was built in 1938 and is a Grade II listed building. The site is owned by the Council and includes a car park.

Planning conditions are likely to limit further re-development potential to ancillary recreational and leisure activities.

The Council may provide up to a maximum of £1 million of capital funding that may be available from 2013/14. The capital contribution from the Council will be conditional upon:

• confirmation of sufficient third party capital funding to allow the redevelopment to be completed.
• no further capital, revenue or other form of financial guarantee or underwriting being required from the Council.
• the pool being open to the public for swimming.

To register your interest and receive an information pack please contact:
Simon Unthank, Ipswich Borough Council -
t: 01473 432212 e: simon.unthank@ipswich.gov.uk

The closing date for receipt of Expressions of Interest is noon on 26 January 2011.

 

 
Trust President inducted to “International Swimming Hall of Fame” (ISHOF).
 
Nov 10, 2010
 

The Broomhill Pool Trust is delighted to report that our President, Mike Read, has been inducted into the prestigious “International Swimming Hall of Fame” (ISHOF).

The “Honouree Induction Class of 2011” consists of eight of the greatest names in aquatic history. Open Water swimmer, Michael Read, represents Great Britain, having held the title of “King of the English Channel” for 26 years !

Mike joins other illustrious British swimmers, including (FINA Masters World Record Holder) Jane Asher, and (Olympic Champions) Adrian Moorhouse and David Wilkie.

It was at Ipswich’s magnificent Broomhill Pool that Mike trained and prepared for his record breaking accomplishments and hence his desire to see the popular facility reinstated.

 

 
AWESOME NEW Aerial PHOTOS OF BROOMHILL POOL (Credit & copyright Mike Page)
 
Nov 02, 2010
 

AWESOME NEW Aerial PHOTOS OF BROOMHILL POOL (Credit & copyright Mike Page)

The Broomhill Pool Trust is extremely grateful to the outstanding local aerial photographer, Mike Page. With his permission we are delighted to publish two, new, awesome aerial photos of Broomhill Pool and surrounding area.

Link to our website, and click on the photos to see full sized image:

http://www.savebroomhillpool.org/album.aspx?id=5

Credit & copyright Mike Page.
http://www.norfolkskyview.flyer.co.uk/

 

 
Mike Cook stands down as Trust Chairman.
 
Oct 20, 2010
 

Mike Cook stands down as Trust Chairman.

Mike Cook has announced his decision to step down as Broomhill Pool Trust Chairman. Dr Cook has led the Trust since its formation as "Friends of Broomhill Pool" in 2002, becoming a registered charity and "The Broomhill Pool Trust" in 2003.

Under Mike's seven year leadership the Trust has vociferously campaigned for the reinstatement of the grade II listed lido. The Trust secured Manifesto pledges for a £1m grant in 2004, project managed the 2006 £67,000 Feasibility Study, worked with IBC on the 2009 "All Options Appraisal" and has just lobbied for IBC to reinstate the £1m pledge aimed at attracting a not for profit operator to secure the pool's future in 2011.

Dr Cook is a true Ipswichian, a member of "The Ipswich Society", with a genuine passion for the town. He will continue as a highly valued committee member of the Trust.

The Trust's Press Officer, Mark Ling, was elected as Chairman at last night's annual general meeting.

 

 
CASH OFFER WOULD BOOST BROOMHILL BID
 
Oct 14, 2010
 

CASH OFFER WOULD BOOST BROOMHILL BID
 
Ipswich Borough Council is set to reinstate a £1 million lifeline to breathe new life into the bid to resurrect the disused lido.
 
Councillor Andrew Cann, Culture & Sport portfolio-holder, is to ask Executive to provide the money to the successful private bidder aiming to re-open the pool as a swimming and leisure complex.
 
Discussions will take place with potential bidders over the next few months, with the aim of agreeing a partner in the new year.
 
“This is good news for everyone,” said Councillor Cann. “We know any bidder will have to seek Heritage Lottery funding; this grant would give them a better chance of securing that. At least we have a fighting chance of securing a future for the pool.”
 
Councillor Cann accepted that there would be a delay. “But it will be worth it. My colleagues and I see this as a positive step forward - one that will be supported by the Trust and many local people.”
 
As to the future funding of the pool, he stressed: “There is no question that the Council will pay for the running of Broomhill if it does re-open. “We are making very clear that any future operator will have to make it work.  The £1 million would be a major sign of our continuing support to the campaign but we would not agree to underwrite the project or pick up any debts incurred if things don’t succeed.”

The Broomhill Pool Trust has warmly welcomed IBC’s decision. Trust Spokesman Mark Ling said "The Trust has always reasoned that it is better for local taxpayers to invest £1m supporting an operator deliver a multimillion £ asset than it would to spend a similar amout to mothball or demolish the pool. We hope that an operator will come back to the table and that all parties will work together expediently to reach a deal. It’s a bit like being in the 6th round of the FA Cup, we have a good chance of success, but there is still a long way to go".

 

 
NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO ACT !
 
Sep 28, 2010
 

To: All Supporters of Broomhill Pool.

NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO ACT !

Please Email to IBC Executive members the following statement; and forward to & ask all supporters and friends of the pool to do the same !

Cut and paste the following message; or send your own thoughts; and send to the IBC Executive Committee members below:

elizabeth.harsant@councillors.ipswich.gov.uk; inga.lockington@councillors.ipswich.gov.uk; richard.atkins@councillors.ipswich.gov.ukjohn.carnall@councillors.ipswich.gov.uk ; andrew.cann@councillors.ipswich.gov.uk; nadia.cenci@councillors.ipswich.gov.uk; tanya.dehoedt@councillors.ipswich.gov.uk; michelle.bevan@councillors.ipswich.gov.uk; richard.pope@councillors.ipswich.gov.uk

Dear IBC Executive members,

The future of Broomhill Pool is likely to be determined at the next IBC Executive meeting on Tuesday 21 September 2010.

1) I support Broomhill Pool and believe it is an important and valued asset for the town.
 

2) I believe that the Fusion Lifestyle bid represents an exceptional opportunity for IBC & Taxpayers for a multi-million £ scheme, led by an outstanding not-for-profit trust; restoring Broomhill Pool to its former glory, plus a state of the art fitness centre for North West Ipswich.
 

3) I believe the cost to mothball Broomhill Pool for another decade is likely to cost taxpayers just as much ! Additionally, the pool is built on parkland, so there is NO commercial value (only extra costs) for IBC or taxpayers to demolish and clear the facility.
 

4) I therefore call upon IBC Executives to restore the original £1m capital guarantee and secure this bid as it would represent an outstanding return for the people of Ipswich, plus outsourcing of operational costs and liabilities to a leading operator.

Your name & address here

 

 
Broomhill Pool - Trust Statement
 
Sep 06, 2010
 

Broomhill  Pool - The Situation at September 2010

Three years ago, Ipswich Borough Council's full council agreed to and budgeted for a one off – grant of £1M towards restoration of Broomhill Pool. This guarantee was to be reviewed in December 2009.

In May 2009 we discussed with the Council the idea of outsourcing Ipswich Grade II listed lido to an independent operator. By August, Ipswich Borough Council had agreed and an advertisement for expressions of interest was placed in the appropriate trade journals. We were told that no less than sixteen expressions of interest were received. However, ultimately, only two have proved serious. One is from a highly regarded, not-for-profit, leisure trust that operates many centres including lidos; they do not lose money.

We are lead to believe that the operator’s proposals are for a £5m scheme to fully restore the pool and add a health club/gym all the year round. The operator would probably invest £1m, £1m must come from IBC, forming the basis for “match funding” with about £3m from grants. The operator would likely take full operational responsibility and liability for the facility. Clearly, without IBCs £1m, this scheme cannot proceed.

We know nothing about the other bid. The council insist that commercial confidentiality precludes any information release.

Bids were supposed to be received by last November; this was postponed until February 2010 . Meanwhile, at its last meeting in December 2009, the Executive Committee of the Council tactically withdrew the £1m guarantee on the grounds of the current austerity situation.

The elections, local and general and a change of Council portfolio holder, has further delayed a decision. Now, they are awaiting the outcome of the Governments' Departmental Spending review, expected in early October. It is not likely that it will bring good news. Currently no officer or Councillor will discuss the bid status with us.

The Trust believes that local taxpayers would support the promised £1m capital funding knowing that an outstanding operator was willing to deliver the scheme. This would be an extremely cost effective solution to deliver an outstanding local facility.

Mike Cook
September 4th 2010

Note: Please come and see the Pool and meet us at Heritage Open Days this Saturday and Sunday, 11th and 12th September.

 

 
Broomhill Pool featured on "British Listed Buildings Online"
 
Aug 23, 2010
 

Broomhill Pool featured on "British Listed Buildings Online"

http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-488059-broomhill-pool-ipswich/photos

Ipswich's magnificent Grade II listed Broomhill Pool features in "British Listed Buildings", an online database of buildings and structures that are listed as being of special architectural and historic interest.

As well as reading Broomhill Pool's official listing data, you can also view the location on a map, and, where possible, see it in Google Streetview and Bing Birds Eye View. You can also add your own comments, information and photos and view comments and photos submitted by other users of the site.

The Trust is also delighted that the pool is the most viewed "Suffolk Icon" (760+ views to date) on the prestigious Choose Suffolk website. http://www.suffolkicons.com/icon.asp?id=111

 

 
EVENING STAR - Rival Bidders interested in Lido
 
Jul 26, 2010
 

Evening Star, 26 July 2010 - Rival Bidders interested in Lido.

See Evening Star story online:

http://www.eveningstar.co.uk/news/rival_bidders_want_to_buy_historic_lido_1_548378

Broomhill Pool is currently No.1 viewed Suffolk Icon on the Choose Suffolk website.
You can see the entry for the lido at http://www.suffolkicons.com/

 

 
New Facebook Page + Suffolk Icon update
 
Jul 05, 2010
 

LATEST NEWS - No.1 Suffolk Icon & New Facebook Page

New Facebook Page:

Please join us on the Trust's new FACEBOOK page, dedicated to Broomhill Pool:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=135003939858823&ref=ts

No.1 Suffolk Icon:

We are also delighted to advise that Broomhill Swimming Pool is currently the most viewed Icon on the Choose Suffolk "Suffolk Icons" webpage.

You can view the pool's Icon and learn why we believe that Grade II listed, Broomhill Pool fully deserves to be considered as one of Suffolk's finest assets. http://www.suffolkicons.com/icon.asp?id=111

 

 
BROOMHILL POOL ADDED TO SUFFOLK ICONS
 
Jul 04, 2010
 

BROOMHILL POOL ADDED TO SUFFOLK ICONS

Broomhill Pool has been added to the ChooseSuffolk.com Website as a true "Suffolk Icon".

Please see the Pool's entry on:

http://www.suffolkicons.com/icon.asp?id=111

 

 
LISTED LIDO premiers at Ip-Art Festival.
 
Jul 03, 2010
 

LISTED LIDO premiers at Ip-Art Festival.

LISTED Theatre dives into the deep end, premiering Listed Lido at Crown Pools, Ipswich. Water is the main character in Listed Lido, and this site-specific piece is performed in and around the water. For the last six months, LISTED have been gathering memories from local people about outdoor pools all around the country - including Ipswich's Broomhill Pool.

These memories are the inspiration for Listed Lido, a true story set in a real pool. The LISTED Theatre Company slip into swimsuits from all eras to tell the watery story of lidos through the ages in Britain.

Tickets
£10 adult, £6 concessions

Event Details

Date: 03 July 2010 and 10 July 2010 *
Time: 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)
Venue: Crown Pools
Tickets: BOX OFFICE 01473 433100; or online https://online.ipswich.gov.uk/PEO/
Category: Performing Arts

* Note: World Cup football. The Trust recommends that non-football fans can "get away from it all" by attending the 3 July date (as this is world cup quarter final date). For England football fans, relax and unwind at the 10 July performance - the 10th is "third place play-off" day (which in football terms let's face it, is a non-event).
 

 

 
Broomhill campaign - latest news
 
May 29, 2010
 

BROOMHILL CAMPAIGN LATEST NEWS

The Trust is encouraged that a leading not-for-profit operator - with unrivalled experience in restoring an operating lidos - has stepped forward with a multi-million pound scheme to restore the pool to its original condition (plus state of art fitness suite) as a major tourist attraction, and important public facility, for Ipswich.

A cost effective, sympathetic and deliverable solution has been found for Broomhill Pool. However, it is wholly dependant on Ipswich Borough Council playing their part. It will simply not be realistic, or possible, for the operator to secure “match” funding (from third party funders) unless funding bodies can see that the local council has taken an appropriate stake in the outcome.

The desired circumstances outlined for the Broomhill Pool Trust to secure IBC’s £1m Broomhill Pool pledge have been presented. With IBC's contribution, along with the operator’s own investment, there would be a sufficient basis for third party funders to support. But, without IBC’s £1m pledge, then this fabulous opportunity will not only be lost, it is unlikely to ever present itself again.

It has, and continues, to cost Ipswich taxpayers in the region of £50k per year to keep Broomhill CLOSED. So, we believe that most will back IBC in meeting the operator’s wholly reasonable needs and fully support them in delivering an outstanding asset - and deal - for the town.
 
The Broomhill Pool Trust
www.savebroomhillpool.org

 

 
Broomhill on Ipswich Community Radio Community Access Programme
 
May 17, 2010
 
Ipswich Community Radio Community Access Programme Monday 17th May @8pm Wednesday 19th May @1pm Broomhill Pool ICRFM's Nick Kabay reports: "Take a trip down memory lane as we visit one of Ipswich's most iconic landmarks, Broomhill Swimming Pool and we speak to Mark Ling and ex-Olympic swimmer Mike Read from the Broomhill Trust who are fighting to get this Grade 2 listed Lido re-opened to the public. We also hear from Sally Wainman, who feels so strongly about the pool that she has run in a total of seven Council & General Elections(including the recent General Election)on a "Save Broomhill" ticket". The programme can be heard at the above times on 105.7fm in the Ipswich area or www.icrfm.co.uk (click on High or Low by listen live button in top left corner) It will also be available as a "listen again" feature from Monday 24th - Sunday 30th May on www.icrfm.co.uk (click on Listen Again drop-down menu in top right corner and click on Access show).
 

 
Trust reveals unseen Broomhill photos
 
May 12, 2010
 

IPSWICH 12 MAY 2010
“Trust reveals unseen Broomhill photos”

The Broomhill Pool Trust has published previously unseen photographs of the grade II listed lido. The four underwater shots are part of a collection owned by former head lifeguard John Carter.

Mr Carter, now living in New Zealand, says “I have been pleased to gift the Trust many of my personal photos of Broomhill taken in the 1995 & 1996 seasons. The pool was consistently attracting 40,000+ swimmers per season, and provided a significant social and recreational hub for the town. I recognise the work of the Trust and I'm very proud to support that end. Broomhill’s diving boards were a major attraction, but I think many may have forgotten that the size and depth of Broomhill is also perfect for sub-aqua, water polo, triathlon training, canoeing & dinghy sailing. I guess lots of us have fond memories of diving down into the 15ft pit, the excitement of looking up at the shadows of the boards above.”

Mark Ling of the Broomhill Pool Trust commented “Ipswich Borough Council has received a comprehensive bid from a leading operator. The recently withdrawn £1m pledge could still secure the future of the pool and deliver taxpayers with a terrific return on their investment. Otherwise, local taxpayers may unwittingly spend the same to let this wonderful facility rot !”

The new photos can be viewed on the Trust website www.savebroomhillpool.org, photo gallery tab; and "Using the Pool" folder.

Mark Ling
http://www.savebroomhillpool.org/WhySave.aspx

 

 
Poulter pledges his support to save Broomhill
 
May 07, 2010
 

Dr Daniel Poulter secures Central Suffolk & North Ipswich seat; emphasising commitment for Urban North Ipswich, and his support to save Broomhill Pool. 

Read interview in full (courtesy of Ipswich Evening Star):

http://www.eveningstar.co.uk/news/poulter_wins_central_suffolk_and_ipswich_north_1_295275

“My first job is to represent my constituency and my constituents, putting them first is my priority.” But he emphasised he will not be ignoring the urban part of his constituency. He has plans for two surgeries each month in north Ipswich.

“I am very aware that this is not just a rural constituency. I am looking to support the campaign to save Broomhill pool, also the issues surrounding Ipswich Hospital are something I am particularly interested in and are very high in my thoughts.”

The turnout in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich was 70.6% across the three local councils, Mid Suffolk District Council, Suffolk Coastal and Ipswich Borough. That is 4% up on the turnout recorded at the last general election in 2005.

 

 
ELECTION 2010: Will your vote count for Broomhill Pool ?
 
Apr 26, 2010
 

IPSWICH 26-4-2010.
http://www.savebroomhillpool.org/WhySave.aspx

Ahead of Ipswich Borough Council elections, and the General Election on 6 May, the Broomhill Pool Trust has attempted to survey prospective councillors & MPs to enable our 18,500+ supporters to make an informed electoral choice for Broomhill Pool on 6th May.

The Trust has endeavoured to reach all candidates. The survey was, however, conducted via email, and we accept that this is not foolproof. We apologise unreservedly, in advance, if we have missed out, or misrepresented, any candidate. Inevitably, some politicians were not able to provide a straight “yes” or “no”, so we have summarised their key statements regarding IBC’s [withdrawn] £1m pledge and the future of Broomhill Pool.

So, will your prospective councillors, MPs and parties secure Broomhill Pool’s future as a lido ?
We asked:

SURVEY QUESTION:

If it is required - to secure an operator willing to restore Broomhill Pool to its former glory as a public swimming facility (55 yard lido) - will you support the use of the £1m (originally pledged by IBC) towards the restoration ?

YES*

NO*

* Delete as applicable.

 
Summary of response by Party:

UKIP

Chris Streatfield - UKIP – p.p.c Ipswich supports using the £1m; and has made saving Broomhill Pool his key local election issue.

SALLY WAINMAN - INDEPENDENT

Sally Wainman – Independent p.p.c Ipswich supports using the £1m; and has made saving Broomhill Pool her sole election issue.

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne - Lib Dems – p.p.c Central Suffolk & North Ipswich supports using the £1m.

Several Lib-Dem prospective IBC Councillors support using the £1m. Senior Lib-Dems, Andrew Cann (Westgate Ward), Dr Tim Lockington (Westgate Ward), Inga Lockington (St Margarets); Jane Chambers (Alexandra Ward) all support using the £1m.

The Lib-Dems are currently coalition partners (with The Conservatives) on IBC Exec. However, current Lib-Dem councillors serving on the IBC executive have not responded.

LABOUR PARTY

No Labour Group member was allowed to individually respond to our survey. However, the Labour Group Secretary did provide a detailed statement on behalf of all prospective Labour MPS and IBC Councillors. Key extracts below:

“The fact that the £1million was withdrawn at a point when it looked like it might actually be needed has led some people to wonder whether the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats ever seriously intended to hand over the money… … Labour councillors have not been allowed to see the details of any of the Expressions of Interest submitted to the council…. For these reasons we do not believe it would be honest for us to commit IBC to spending £1m on a scheme until we know what the scheme is and whether the £1m exists. We do wish to see Broomhill reopen. But we would need to see the details of the Expressions of Interest and the effect on the council’s finances before committing the council to this level of expenditure”

THE GREEN PARTY

Both Green Party prospective IBC Councillors, Barry Broom (Stoke Park Ward) & Rick Deeks (Bridge Ward) support using the £1m.

CONSERVATIVE PARTY

The Conservatives are currently lead-coalition partners (with the Lib Dems) on IBC Exec. Not one Conservative prospective IBC Councillor responded to our survey. 18,500+ Broomhill Pool supporters, and the people of Ipswich must draw their own conclusions.

However, Dr Daniel Poulter Conservative p.p.c for Central Suffolk & North Ipswich supports using the £1m. He has publically stated:
“the taxpayers of North Ipswich deserve a first rate community facility and pool at Broomhill. Ipswich council promised the money and they must now deliver.”

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The Broomhill Pool Trust wishes all candidates our very best wishes for Election 2010. We look forward to working closely with both elected, and opposition parties, to achieve a successful reinstatement for the town’s magnificent grade II listed lido.
We believe Ipswich taxpayers would prefer to benefit from an iconic, outdoor 50+ metre swimming facility (and attraction for the town); rather than unwittingly spending the same to let Broomhill Pool rot!

 

 
RESTORATION OF BROOMHILL POOL BACKED BY INFLUENTIAL SOCIETY.
 
Apr 24, 2010
 

RESTORATION OF BROOMHILL POOL BACKED BY INFLUENTIAL SOCIETY.

The Outdoor Swimming Society (OSS) was founded in 2006. The nationally recognised, and highly influential Outdoor Swimming Society has published a report supporting the campaign to save Ipswich's endangered grade II listed lido.

http://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/index.php?p=news&s=

Pool campaigner standing for MP


Pool campaigner Sally Wainman will be standing to become the MP for Ipswich in the forthcoming general election on the single issue of saving Broomhill lido.

Sally has stood previously in six elections (both local and general) with the aim of keeping the pool's plight in the public view and encouraging action to save the grade II listed lido.

Sally and the Broomhill Pool Trust have continuously campaigned for the pool's reopening since its closure in 2002.

The next few months will be critical, as Ipswich Borough Council considers expressions of interest from parties looking to re-develop the site of the pool.

Among these is a high profile leisure trust with a first class track record in restoring pools - but the Council are unable to confirm whether the other developers intend to keep the site as a swimming pool or not.

An additional frustration for campaigners is the Council's recent withdrawal of a pledge of £1m towards the cost of restoring the pool.

The money was initially promised by councillors elected in 2004, but at the end of last year it was removed from the budget, just as expressions of interest were being received.

The £1m sum also proved controversial in 2008 when the Trust's application for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund was rejected. The HLF found that the money was ‘unsecured' and that the council needed to show ‘greater commitment'.

The Council queried the building's listed status in 2001, and in 2008 were only stopped at the last minute from filling in the pool.

A representative for Ipswich Council said: '"The Council maintains its position of working with the Broomhill Pool Trust. We have received a number of expressions of interest over the pool's future and these will be properly evaluated in the coming months."

Surveys conducted by the Broomhill Pool Trust and by the Council itself have shown that restoration would be popular with Ipswich residents. The Trust estimates the cost of keeping the facility closed at £50k per year.

Sally said: "Ipswich Borough Council cannot expect an outside operator to bear the financial brunt of the council's decision to leave the pool needlessly derelict and neglected since the end of 2002."

The OSS fully supports Sally in her campaign and will be following events closely.

Jonathan Knott, April 2010

 

 
Strong UKIP & Independent support for Broomhill
 
Apr 21, 2010
 

UKIP parliamentary candidate for Ipswich, Chris Streatfield, has made reopening Broomhill Pool a top local policy, if elected.

Independent candidate, Sally Wainman, stole the show at the Election Hustings on Monday evening. Sally is campaigning to save Broomhill Pool. Her camapign demands IBC to honour their £1m pledge, particularly as an operator has expressed interest in the facility.

EADT Coverage/links below:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/politics/ipswich_is_a_must_win_if_brown_is_to_remain_at_no_10_1_216082

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/politics/candidate_s_protest_at_her_exclusion_from_hustings_1_215666

 

 
Prospective Tory M.P backs Broomhill re-opening
 
Apr 16, 2010
 

 

"I thoroughly enjoyed my tour of Broomhill Pool earlier in the year. As you know, Sir Michael Lord MP has worked hard to support the Broomhill Trust and since my selection as his prospective successor, as you know I have been campainging to support the Broomhill Trust.

North Ipswich needs more community facilities. The re-opening of Broomhill Pool would provide an excellent community facility, gym and swimming pool to be used by the local community all year round. You have my continued and full support for re-opening Bromhill Pool and no matter which party wins control of Ipswich Council after May 6th, provided I am elected, I shall go into bat for Broomhill as the taxpayers of North Ipswich deserves a first rate community facility and pool at Broomhill. Ipswich council promised the money and they must now deliver.

With best Wishes

Yours sincerely

Dr Daniel Poulter"

 

 
Open letter to prospective M.Ps and councillors
 
Apr 12, 2010
 

The Broomhill Pool Trust recommends that taxpayers, like swimmers, should only take a plunge with their eyes open, and when fully aware of what lies beneath the water. On the surface, any decision to keep Broomhill Pool closed looks to be a cheap option. However, Ipswich taxpayers are blissfully unaware of the hidden costs, estimated at £400,000+, for Ipswich Borough Council to keep Broomhill CLOSED during the last 8 years. These ongoing costs, estimated at £50,000+ per year, relate to taxpayer's responsibilities for IBC administration, health & safety, security, maintenance, insurance, and management & officer time.
 
Broomhill Pool is Grade II listed, and is built within Broomhill Park. It is a legal obligation that IBC must ensure that the site is protected and maintained. So, continued “mothballing” would not only be a wasteful, slow death for a much needed asset. It is a decline likely to cost taxpayers a further £1m+ of costs, plus liability, over the next 10-20 years.
 
In 2009, a joint IBC & Broomhill Pool Trust project explored an “all options appraisal” for the site. This encouraged IBC to go out to the market for “Expressions of Interest”. From sixteen genuine responses, four have been selected by IBC to make bids by 31 March 2010.
 
As an example of what can be achieved, the Trust is aware that amongst the bids, is an operator who has submitted a cost effective scheme to restore Broomhill Pool to its former glory. This top-drawer, not-for-profit operator would take full operational responsibility for the facility, thus saving taxpayers £50k+ p.a. The operator has an unrivalled reputation, and proven track record, in successfully restoring and running historic lidos; combining them with modern (all year round) fitness facilities.

We believe that operators of this calibre should be taken seriously. If they are successful with their funding plans, then taxpayers would benefit from a restored, and improved, swimming facility worth several times the value of their outlay. In our view that’s taxpayers money used to greater effect and very well spent! That’s why we believe the IBC Executive must at least honour their manifesto pledges, and use to maximum effect the £1m guarantee (which they inexplicably retracted on 31-12-09).
 
It is absolutely vital that Ipswich has major cultural attractions, promoting health & heritage. The restored lido would tackle several other costly problems, such as obesity, swimming space and social cohesion. Taxpayers face a real choice; to benefit from an iconic, outdoor 50+ metre swimming facility; or to unwittingly spend the same to let it rot.

So, we invite taxpayers to join us, in appealing to IBC, to seize this genuine opportunity; to benefit the whole community and to secure real value for your hard earned council taxes!

Mark Ling & Mike Cook
The Broomhill Pool Trust
www.savebroomhillpool.org

 

 
Dr Daniel Poulter speaks out for Broomhill Pool
 
Mar 27, 2010
 

Following Sir Michael Lord's retirement at the next election, Dr Daniel Pouter has been selected as parliamentary prospective candidate for the Conservative Party, in the North Ipswich & Central Suffolk seat.

Dr Poulter met with the Trust at Broomhill Pool on 4th February. Following that meeting, Dr Poulter has written to the leader of Ipswich Borough Council in support of the pool, and backing prompt action on operator bids to restore the facility as lido & fitness venue.

Read Dr Poulter’s letter by cliking the following link: http://www.drdanielpoulter.com/downloads/documents/20100319_harsant.pdf.

 

 
Ipswich Flyer/Flyer Online - "Can broomhill Pool be saved ?"
 
Mar 01, 2010
 

Broomhill Pool featured in Ipswich Flyer Magazine, March 2010 edition (pages 1 & 9):

LINK: http://www.yudu.com/item/embedded_reader/135728/Ipswich-Flyer-Mar-2010?refid=18003

 

 
Chairman's Report
 
Jan 22, 2010
 

Thursday January 21st 2010
Chairmans Report

There have been recent decisions which all Broomhill Pool’s supporters should know about.

At The Executive Committee Meeting of Ipswich Borough Council on Tuesday December 16th 2009, Cllr Terry presented a paper describing the Options available for the future of the Pool and supported Option 2 ("transfer of Broomhill Pool to an alternative provider").

The Chairman of The Trust, Mike Cook, was then invited to speak; he supported Option 2 pointing out some of the sporting and cultural attractions that would be made available at no future cost to the Council. However, he was concerned that the cancellation of the £1m pledge would encourage the idea that the Council was not supportive of the project. He said there would be no financial improvement to the Council’s balance sheet [by withdrawing the £1m] as the pledge would remain there [in IBC contingency fund] until April at least.

Below is a copy of the relevant IBC Exec minute: -

++++++QUOTE++++++

“118.1.Councillor Terry reported that following the receipt of 16 expressions of interest in support of Option 2, three companies had been requested to submit costed proposals by early February 2010.

118.2.Dr Cook spoke on behalf of the Broomhill Pool Trust and reported that the Trust were in support of Option 2, which provided the best opportunity for Broomhill Pool to be turned into a cultural attraction for Ipswich. He was concerned that the Council was not providing financial support in the commercial negotiations.

118.3.Councillor Terry reported that the advertisement for expressions of interest did not indicate that the Council would be  providing funding, and that an application for funding could be made
to Executive in the future.

118.4.Councillor Terry thanked the Broomhill Pool Trust and the officers for all their hard work in preparing the options for Broomhill Pool.

118.5.A revised recommendation in support for Option 2 was tabled and agreed.
Resolved:

(i) Executive resolves to support pursuing Option 2, namely the transfer of Broomhill Pool to an alternative provider, and authorises the Head of Culture and Leisure Services to report back to the Portfolio Holders for Arts, Culture and Leisure and Finance the outcome of negotiations with potential providers,and further, that the Head of Culture and Leisure Services subsequently reports to Executive on any viable proposal – in the absence of a viable proposal, that the Head of Culture and
Leisure Services maintain the position as set out in Option 4 until further report;
       Reason: The Council needs to make a decision based upon the leisure/cultural needs survey

(ii) that Executive note that the Borough Council offer of £1million to support the BHT efforts to refurbish the pool expires on 31st December 2009 and that any future application for support would be subject to the usual budget setting.”

++++++UNQUOTE++++++

The Broomhill Trust have had lengthy discussions of this outcome; generally members felt that the Council were giving it away without any financial pledges or guarantees. However, the Chairman remained 85% sure of a good outcome; he felt the Council knew that they would have to give some financial support at some time but they were not prepared to put their cards on the table at this time but would wait for commercial proposals.

At the present time, therefore, the function of the The Broomhill Pool Trust has changed.

If there were to be a successful commercial bid, the Trust would be an essential part of that - as a vital link to to ensure that a restored facility would integrate back into the community, a source of volunteer labour and as a fund raising group.

If there is not a satisfactory commercial outcome and IBC were to adopt Option 4 [mothballing] we would revert to a full campaigning mode.

IBC has received three expressionsof interest, and we believe that a large well run not-for-profit leisure trust are preparing a fully costed proposal to take over the Pool, restore it and then operate it for presentation to the Council in mid February.

We await the outcome with great expectations.

Mike Cook
Chairman
The Broomhill Pool Trust
www.savebroomhillpool.org/WhySave.aspx

 

 
Tooting Bec Lido features on Blue Peter
 
Jan 12, 2010
 

Tooting Bec  - the largest fresh water lido in England - featured on yesterdays Blue Peter (in a article on Zorbing):

Key times:
16 mins:40 secs feature on Zorbing starts
17 mins:30 secs filming from Tooting bec
20 mins:20 secs outline on lidos

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00q0cnw/Blue_Peter_12_01_2010/

 

 
IBC Exec Resolutions - what do they mean ?
 
Dec 17, 2009
 

The positive news is resolution 1 that IBC Exec will allow expressions of interest with operators to be fully explored.

The bad news is resolution 2 that IBC Exec has withdrawn their £1m manifesto pledge right at the most critical moment. Remember that both Conservatives and Lib-Dems were voted in with manifesto pledges to "work with the Trust on the future of Broomhill…to conduct a feasibility study into the future of the pool [managed by the Trust] …and if salvageable a pledge of £1,000,000 towards its restoration".
 

It now remains to be seen what will transpire "behind closed doors" - and within realms of a commercial negotiation - between borough and would-be operators.

Here's the two IBC rulings:

(Tuesday 15th December 2009) the IBC Committee passed two recommendations from
the Officers and the BPT that :-

1. "That the Executive agrees to support Option 2, namely the transfer of Broomhill Pool to an alternative provider and authorises the Head of
Culture/Finance to report back to the Portfolio Holders for Culture and Leisure/Finance the outcome of negotiations with potential providers and,
further, that the Head of Culture and Leisure subsequently reports to Executive on any viable proposal. In the absence of a viable proposal, that the Head of Culture and Leisure maintain the position as set out in Option 4 until further report"

2. "That the Executive note that the Borough Council offer of £1 million to support the BPT efforts to refurbish the Pool expire on 31st December 2009 and that any future application for support would be subject to the usual budget setting procedures."

 

 
Evening Star 16-12-09 - "Broomhill Pool could reopen in three years"
 
Dec 16, 2009
 

IPSWICH: Hopes rose today that Broomhill Pool could be open for business again in the summer of 2013.

Members of the borough's executive approved a proposal to hand over the lido to a private sector operator who would restore the pool and bring it back into use.

The move has the backing of the Broomhill Pool Trust - for whom Mike Cook said it could see the pool open again in three years' time.

The borough has short-listed three potential operators who are interested in taking over the pool, and will make a final decision on who will take it on in February next year.

If they decide that none of the potential operators have the financial stability to take on the work, the pool could be left in its current state until 2014 when its future would be re-examined.

Leisure spokeswoman Judy Terry said the £1 million dowry that had been on offer to attract an operator had not been renewed because of the financial problems facing all councils.

“However all three operators are aware of this before we go into talks with them about their proposals for the pool,” she added.

Mr Cook had asked the executive to extend the offer, but after the meeting remained confident that the long fight for the pool would have a positive outcome.

He said; “I'm 85 per cent confident a deal will be reached - we have spoken to one of the potential operators and they are very serious. This is good news for the pool.”

Would you use a reopened Broomhill pool? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

 

 
Evening Star 14-12-09 - Trust issues open appeal ahead of Broomhill Pool "All Option" decision.
 
Dec 14, 2009
 

Evening Star 14-12-09. Page 13:

BROOMHILL POOL CAN BE SAVED !
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Quality operators have expressed interest.
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Open letter to Ipswich Borough Council Executive

Ahead of Tuesday’s key “all options” decision, the Broomhill Pool Trust, supporters of the Trust (some 18,500+), and enthusiasts of the lido in Ipswich and beyond, call upon Ipswich Borough Council Executive to do the right thing for this iconic 1930’s Grade II listed swimming facility. Quality operators are preparing their proposals for IBC’s 10th February 2010 deadline, so we respectfully appeal to the IBC Executive to:
 
1. Approve Option 2: Disposal of Broomhill Pool to a quality operator; to restore the pool as a swimming facility.
2. Fulfil manifesto pledges and continue your £1m guarantee, thus allowing Option 2 (and funding options) to be fully explored; and to encourage an operator to secure the facility’s future.
3. Commit fully to delivering a successful outcome for the facility.

The 2006 Feasibility Study and 2009 All Options Appraisal studies prove conclusively:-

o That there are clear expressions of interest from quality operators.
o That business plans in 2006 & 2009, professionally and independently prepared by leading consultants (with input from 22 similar situated outdoor pools and lidos), demonstrate that the facility can run without an operating loss.
o That the facility currently has no structural defects beyond repair.
o That it can be reinstated with just 9 months building work as a heated outdoor pool with enhanced community facilities providing benefits 12 months a year.
o That at a [2009] revised rebuild cost of just £3.6m (down from £4.2m), the project addresses an undersupply of water space in Ipswich - as highlighted in IBC’s Nov 2006 Swimming Needs Assessment (consultants: Torkildsen Barclay).
o That demolition would be both costly, and is highly unlikely. The facility is Grade II listed and is built within Broomhill Park (thus having no commercial resale value).
o That mothballing the facility will bring no benefit to the people of Ipswich; only continued health & safety and management costs. It would represent a wasteful use of a much needed public facility. The site would slip into further disrepair, increasing future refurbishment costs, and leave taxpayers with a much bigger bill for tomorrow. 

 

 
Anglia TV New Report (1947 footage) posted to youtube
 
Dec 01, 2009
 

 

Anglia TV's news report covering 1947 rare footage has now been uploaded to youtube:

29 October, Anglia TV News report. Broomhill 1947 rare footage.

(ref: 7mins:58 secs to 10mins:08 secs):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3YDdKd63zE

 

 
ANGLIA TV Report - Rare footage of Broomhill Pool 1947 posted to YouTube.
 
Oct 30, 2009
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OvlKgrlwtA

The Broomhill Pool Trust would like to thank Mr Edwin Mason of Kesgrave for providing us with rare 8mm footage of Broomhill Pool during 1947 season. Mr Mason and his family enjoyed many happy days at the lido and wish to see the unique, and practical, asset reinstated for future generations of Suffolk people.

The exquisite 1947 footage covers:

* An exhibition of professional high diving, featuring Miss Betty Slade, who competed in the 1932 Olympics at the age of just 14 years old.
* Professional high diving from a Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan) look-a-like.
* A diving board extension to increase the top board from 5 metre to 10 metres !
* The 700 seat grandstand in full use, plus seating on the sun terraces to accommodate a sell out crowd.
* Film of the entrance fountain (aerator for the children’s pool) in full flow. Plus shots of the original outdoor flood lighting.

The footage has been uploaded to YouTube by local film maker James Sharpe and is free for all to view. The film is 3 minutes long and is accompanied by James’ own 2002, 4 minute film “The Pool”.

 

 
Ipswich Borough Council seek "Expressions of Interest" for Broomhil Pool
 
Sep 18, 2009
 

As part of an “All Options Appraisal” for Ipswich’s grade II listed lido, Ipswich Borough Council have taken out “Expressions of Interest” advertisements, in two respected industry journals. Ipswich Borough Council are “seeking parties wishing to work up detailed proposals to either refurbish, or redevelop, the existing redundant outdoor swimming pool, as a leisure facility in north-west Ipswich”.

Ipswich Borough Council states that “Ipswich is the fastest growing centre in the East of England... With 350,000 people within a few miles of the facility…this provides a unique leisure related opportunity. Ipswich is the cultural envy of other regional centres, its diversity of arts, entertainment and leisure is unparalleled. The development of University College of Suffolk along with the £1 billion investment in Ipswich Waterfront makes for exciting opportunities within Ipswich”.

Interested Parties can obtain further details and information pack, by contacting Simon Unthank, Ipswich Borough Council on 01473 432217 or email simon.unthank@ipswich.gov.uk. Closing date for receipt of Expressions of Interest is noon 23 October 2009.


Mark Ling, Press Officer, Broomhill Pool Trust says:

“We welcome any initiative by Ipswich Borough Council to find a suitable, long term solution for Broomhill Pool. This is a tremendous opportunity for any leisure operator, and not least IBC themselves, if they have the political vision & will to make it happen. The 50m + pool IS the answer to Ipswich’s acknowledged, desperate shortage of swimming space.

The facility has tremendous potential, providing many future opportunities for an interested leisure operator:

1. Broomhill was built as a out door, HEATED POOL. The boilers were removed for WW2, but the proposed restoration includes sustainable energy heating. This means the pool can be potentially be open all year round. It has the only outdoor high diving boards in East Anglia.

2. The pool can additionally be used 12 months a year for many other leisure pursuits such as training, triathlon, sub aqua, wind surfing, dinghy sailing, water polo, and model boating.

3. There is also great interest from outdoor theatre, dance, arts and music to stage suitable events, using a unique setting, and the 700 seat grandstand.

4. The facility has also buildings ideal for conversion to exhibition centres, class rooms, and community rooms.

As just one of twelve grade 2 listed lidos left in Britain, Broomhill represents a practical & prestigious asset for any leisure operator !”


REFERENCE/LINKS:

http://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/LOemail/wider_propdetail1.cfm?codeID=4993&CFID=25683689&CFTOKEN=79727172
http://www.egi.co.uk/
http://www.savebroomhillpool.org/WhySave.aspx


Mark Ling.
On behalf of The Broomhill Pool Trust

www.savebroomhillpool.org/WhySave.aspx

 

 
Why Save Broomhill Pool ?
 
Sep 15, 2009
 

Unsure why Ipswich Borough Council should be making Broomhill Pool its TOP PRIORITY for Culture and Leisure in Ipswich, please see our updated "WHY SAVE ?" page:

http://www.savebroomhillpool.org/WhySave.aspx

We ask the good people of Ipswich that if you feel the same way, to please ensure your views are registered, and incorporated, into the Council's strategy, using the survey at:

http://www.pmpconsult.com/uploads/documents/ipswich_cultural_and_leisure_needs_analysis_survey.htm

 

 

 
IBC seek your views on leisure needs
 
Aug 28, 2009
 

IMPORTANT

Have your say on the Cultural Strategy for Ipswich

The survey being used to canvas local opinion is available to complete here:

IBC’s latest "Culture and Leisure Needs Analysis Survey" represents a landmark survey (and moment) for the future of leisure in Ipswich.

Just in case Ipswich Borough Council needs a gentle reminder, 18,500 petition signatures have already been registered seeking the re-opening of Broomhill Pool. The reason is that a restored Broomhill can deliver community cohesion - and access to healthy pursuits - in a deserving area of Ipswich.

We believe that Broomhill Pool must be the top priority for IBC’s leisure and cultural strategy. So, we ask the good people of Ipswich that if you feel the same way, to please ensure your views are registered, and incorporated, into the Council's strategy, using the survey at:

http://www.pmpconsult.com/uploads/documents/ipswich_cultural_and_leisure_needs_analysis_survey.htm


 

 

 
£1149.40 raised at Morrisons
 
Aug 17, 2009
 

£1149.40 RAISED AT MORRISONS ! 

May I, on behalf of the Broomhill Pool Trust, thank the generous customers of Morrisons Ipswich, who last weekend contributed a magnificent £1149.40 towards the Trust’s fighting fund ! We would also like to thank the wonderful management and staff of Morrisons for allowing us to conduct a collection at their superstore, along with all their kind support and assistance.
 
The Trust is currently engaged in a joint project team with Ipswich Borough Council to explore all options for the iconic grade 2 listed lido. The “all options appraisal” and its recommendations will be presented to IBC Executive in October.
 
The Trust also has a joint project with “Community Payback” (Suffolk Probationary Services) to clean, weed, tidy and paint the site. This represents a meaningful scheme for “Community Payback”, whereby offenders can make amends. It helps preserve a cherished Ipswich landmark and demonstrates to IBC that the public cares deeply about the fate of the pool.

These generous contributions come at a critical time. They allow the Trust to buy materials for the clean up; and to ensure that the case and business plan for the restored facility is watertight. Finally, we would also like to welcome the public to visit the pool on Heritage Open Days 12/13 September to view the tremendous works that “Community Payback” teams are performing.

 
Janet Adams
Treasurer
The Broomhill Pool Trust
 

 

 
Fundraising Morrisons
 
Aug 15, 2009
 

The Trust will be conducting a fund raising (bucket collection) at Morrisons on 14/15/16 August
to help raise vital funds for paint & materials; and to contribute towards the Trust’s costs to review and update our capital cost & business plans - as part of the review process.

If you support our campaign; if you support the Community Payback preservation works (that the Trust and Probataionary services are performing), and if you would like the Trust’s professional volunteers to continue our work to try to save Broomhill Pool. Please donate at our collections at Morrison’s Superstore on Friday thru Sunday, 14/15/16 August; or at our Heritage Open Days (at Broomhill Pool) on Sat/Sun, 12/13 September.

 

 
Donate your BROOMHILL memories to LISTED THEATRE
 
Jul 25, 2009
 

Announcement on behalf of LISTED THEATRE

Help save Broomhill Pool by donating your memories to LISTED THEATRE.
 
LISTED THEATRE is hoping to stage a live performance, in the summer of 2010, to celebrate BROOMHILL POOL'S history and importance within the community; to increase awareness among our local youth; and to raise fighting funds to campaign for its restoration.

The show will be devised with material and ideas inspired by the memories of those who used the pool before its closure.

We are asking for people to pop into Westbourne Library (next to Broomhill Pool) between 10am-5pm on either 25th or 26th of July to answer a couple of questions and to talk about their memories of Broomhill Pool.
 
There will be coffee, tea, juice and biscuits for all who attend!
 
If possible please rsvp to listedtheatre@gmail.com or call 07886847712 with an indication as to which day and time is best for you.
 
Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th July 2009.
Doors open @ 10am - 5pm
Westbourne Library, Sherrington Road, Ipswich, IP1 4HT
(Left of the entrance to Broomhill Pool at far end of car park)

 
A little more history about the project -
LISTED THEATRE is a site-specific theatre company combing art and activism.
Listed Theatre integrates traditional theatre story telling to revitalize and revive places of historical significance.
For more information please visit:

www.listedtheatre.com

 

 
New Mayor to visit Broomhill
 
Jun 14, 2009
 
The Broomhill Pool Trust and Suffolk Probationary Services are delighted to announce that Ipswich’s new Mayor, Councillor David Goldsmith and the Lady Mayoress will formally visit Broomhill Pool on Sunday, 14 June at 2.00pm. The Mayor will be given a guided tour to hear more about the ongoing campaign to save East Anglia’s only grade 2 listed lido. The Mayor will meet the Community Payback teams & Suffolk Probation Services who are performing a six month (and ongoing) project to clean up, weed, paint and help preserve the site. This represents a meaningful scheme for “Community Payback”, whereby offenders can make amends. The works will help temporarily preserve the much loved facility. Meanwhile, the Trust is currently engaged in joint project meetings with senior IBC managers to produce an “all options appraisal” for the future of Broomhill Pool. A recommendation will be made to IBC Executive in late summer. ************************************************************************************ PAY PAL DONATIONS Please help the Trust raise vital funds. Quite simply, every penny we raise will go towards paints and materials to help preserve the facility; and to enable us to prepare professional supporting evidence for the business case for Broomhill. Please use our new PAY PAL donation facility on our "freinds and donations page". THANK YOU
 

 
Mayors Visit - Video/Audio coverage
 
Jun 14, 2009
 

Thanks to James Sharpe for this short film of the Mayors’ and Mayoress’ visit on Sunday 14 June 2009.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmpBopIxdrA

 

 

 

 
Community Payback Scheme underway
 
May 18, 2009
 

Community Pay Back project featured in Evening Star:

http://www.eveningstar.co.uk/content/eveningstar/news/story.aspx?brand=ESTOnline&category=News&tBrand=ESTOnline&tCategory=xDefault&itemid=IPED17%20May%202009%2016%3A50%3A51%3A113

The Trust has engaged the services of “Community Payback” (Suffolk Probationary Services) who have agreed to a 6 month project to spruce up, tidy and paint the site. This represents a meaningful scheme for “Community Payback”, whereby offenders can make amends. It helps preserve a cherished Ipswich landmark and helps us demonstrate to IBC that the public cares deeply about the fate of the pool.

PLEASE SUPPORT THE BROOMHILL POOL TRUST.

You can now donate on line using our PAY PAL account. Your contributions will allow the Trust to buy materials for the clean up; and to ensure that the case and business plan for the restored facility is watertight.

 

 
ASDA Collection
 
Apr 27, 2009
 

May I, on behalf of the Broomhill Pool Trust, thank the generous customers of ASDA Ipswich, who during the weekend of 25/26 April contributed over £650 towards the Trust’s fighting funds! We would also like to thank the wonderful management and staff of ASDA for allowing us to conduct a collection at their superstore, along with all their kind support and assistance.

The Trust is currently engaged in a joint project team with Ipswich Borough Council to explore all options for the iconic grade 2 listed lido. The “all options appraisal” and its recommendations will be presented to IBC Executive in late summer.

The Trust has also engaged the services of “Community Payback” (Suffolk Probationary Services) who have agreed to a 6 month project to spruce up, tidy and paint the site. This represents a meaningful scheme for “Community Payback”, whereby offenders can make amends. It helps preserve a cherished Ipswich landmark and helps us demonstrate to IBC that the public cares deeply about the fate of the pool.

These generous contributions come at a critical time. They allow the Trust to buy materials for the clean up; and to ensure that the case and business plan for the restored facility is watertight.

Janet Adams
Treasurer
The Broomhill Pool Trust

 

 
Halfway to Heaven (PRESS RELEASE)
 
Mar 29, 2009
 

“HALFWAY TO HEAVEN”
MOVIE PRESS RELEASE

www.halfwayto.blogspot.com

“…The hewl town is full of ghosts…”

James Sharpe’s much anticipated, first feature length film has just reached completion. James has gained cult status in his home town, with a succession of short length films offering more twists than John Sergeant.

Filmed with less than a shoestring, Sharpe pulled in favours, bribes and naked photographs, assembling a cast of established talent - Mark Killeen (Rise of the Footsoldier), Lisa Armytage (Neighbours) James Fisher (The Zombie Diaries) - mixed with raw new talent  - James Lacey, Peter Barfield, etc.

Written, filmed, produced, edited and given birth by James, the plot is Fantasy Romance with comedy. A man is visited by God. She tells him he will be spending time at a "halfway house" when dead….until she can make up her mind about where to put him. While in his suburban limbo he meets others in the same situation of which one could be the "Girl of his dreams", they plan to spend eternity together but God has other plans.

A true independent “Brit-flick” filmed in and around Ipswich (including Broomhill Pool).

Cast

Andy: James Lacey
Devil: Mark Killeen
Doctor: Andrew Lindfield
God: Catherine Locardi
Joyce: Lisa Armytage
Louise: Ciara Dooley
Patrick: Paul Easter
Paul: Peter Barfield
Priest: James Fisher

ABOUT JAMES SHARPE

James was born in Ipswich in 1972 and lived there 25 years before moving to Elstree, Boreham Wood where he began making films. He has 2 children James JR and Harrison Sharpe. He is now living back in Ipswich. James has shot 2 films since moving back to Suffolk; and a pop video. He is also a member of www.savebroomhillpool.org and is making his first feature film HALFWAY TO HEAVEN proceeds being donated to save the pool.

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TO RESERVE YOUR FUTURE COPY (OR FOR ANY INTEREST) OF "HALFWAY TO HEAVEN" EMAIL: info@savebroomhillpool.org.

 

 
Joint IBC & BPT project team to perform “all options appraisal” for Broomhill.
 
Mar 23, 2009
 

Latest News : Joint IBC & BPT project team to perform “all options appraisal” for Broomhill.
Latest News : Trust engage “Community Payback” to help preserve site.


The Trust has been invited by Ipswich Borough Council to form a joint project team to explore all options for the iconic grade 2 listed lido. The “all options appraisal” will be presented to IBC Executive in late summer.

2. The Trust has also negotiated to engage the services of “Community Payback” (Probationary Services) who have agreed to a 3-6 month project to de-vandalize and tidy the site in the interim period.
This represents a meaningful scheme for “Community Payback”, whereby offenders can make amends. It will help preserve a cherished Ipswich landmark and helps us demonstrate to IBC that the public cares deeply about the fate of the pool.

3. The Trust will be conducting a fund raising (bucket collection) at ASDA on 25/26 April to help raise vital funds for paint & materials; and to contribute towards the Trust’s costs to review and update our capital cost & business plans - as part of the review process.

 

 
BROOMHILL POOL TRUST - 2009 EVENTS
 
Mar 19, 2009
 

ASDA BUCKET COLLECTION

Trust members and volunteers will conduct a fund raising collection at the ASDA Superstore on Goddard Road. The Trust will have a public display of the history and planned future for the facility; and provide the public with up to date information on the fight to save Broomhill.

We are extremely grateful to ASDA for this opportunity and their support. This is a key fundraising activity at a critical time for the pool, so the Trust would welcome any supporters/volunteers to help us conduct the collection.

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SUNDAY 3 MAY (11am-5pm).

MAY DAY FESTIVAL - ALEXANDRA PARK

The Trust will have a public display of the history and planned future for the facility; and provide the public with up to date information on the fight to save Broomhill.


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SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER/SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER (10am-5pm).

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - BROOMHILL POOL

Those two magical days when [safe areas of] the facility is open to the public for heritage viewing. Come and see what we have all been missing. Learn more about the rich history of Broomhill, the benefits it can still bring to the community and the fight to save it.

These two days are critical to fundraising for the Trust. The previous generosity of visitors has enabled the Trust to continue its work.
 

 

 
BROOMHILL FEATURED IN EADT SUFFOLK MAGAZINE
 
Jan 22, 2009
 

BROOMHILL FEATURED IN EADT SUFFOLK MAGAZINE

"SEASONS in the sun".

BROOMHILL POOL is featured in the latest [February 2009] edition of EADT Suffolk Magazine. Available in all good newsagents, priced at £2.95 per copy. The Broomhill article is on page 64/65.

 

 
Trust responds to Paul Geater regarding taxpayer exposure.
 
Jan 10, 2009
 

Evening Star letters 10-1-09

Sir,

Paul Geater has largely ignored a very detailed and factual reply given by the Trust on 31 December. However, he is quite right to be concerned about any waste of local taxpayer’s money. The Trust is therefore pleased to explain why we believe taxpayers should back our efforts to lobby Ipswich Borough Council to “come off the side lines, and become fully engaged in delivering a solution for Broomhill Pool”.

* IBC’s own needs assessment shows that Ipswich has an “under provision of swimming pool supply that is likely to grow as the population of the Borough continues to expand”. We welcome news that Crown Pool and Fore Street are to be refurbished, but the fact is that this adds no additional swimming space.

* IBC own figures also reveal that the cost of any new build pool will cost the taxpayer 6-10 times more than restoring Broomhill Pool (including heated water).
 

* The current IBC £1m guarantee for Broomhill remains until end 2009. However, to put this into context, the public should be aware that £1m would not even pay for Broomhill’s demolition and stabilisation of the site (which lies within Broomhill Park).

* Broomhill Pool is the responsibility of IBC. With their full engagement IBC & the Trust stands an excellent chance to secure 50-75% of the £4m capital funding needed to restore the facility. This can be raised from lottery, government and third party funding but it will only happen if there is active IBC leadership for the program.

* Taxpayers are also entitled to ask why IBC would ignore the findings of a £67,000 feasibility study (that taxpayers paid for) ? The study was prepared by independent experts and states that “the pool can be run without an operational loss”. In fact operating budgets within the study were conservatively estimated on attendances of just 21,000 pa. (Note: when the pool was well maintained and operated actual attendances were often 45,000+ per year).Naturally, it is also more likely that such an operator will be more attracted if the pool owners (IBC) carry out the appointment directly (rather than through the Trust as third party volunteers).

So, with a more hands on approach from IBC, it is clear that i) CAPITAL funding can be found that limited exposure to tax payers; and ii) experts believe that NOT FOR PROFIT operators can be found who will run the pool at no cost to the taxpayer.

It is the Trust which is working to SAVE local taxpayers money and to find an effective solution for a needed public asset. Paul Geater may think we have “rose tinted spectacles”. However, we are working to hold our elected officials to account. Ironically, we thought that was Paul’s job.

 

 
FORMER STAR POLITICAL EDITOR ATTACKS BROOMHILL SUPPORTERS
 
Jan 03, 2009
 

FORMER POLITICAL EDITOR OF IPSWICH EVENING STAR ATTACKS BROOMHILL SUPPORTERS.

COLUMNIST PAUL GEATER writes:

"I KNOW I've never been popular with Broomhill campaigners - over the years I have tried to balance reports about the pool and the fact is there have always been people questioning the figures of those trying to reopen the pool.

I don't believe anyone wanted to see the pool close for its own sake, or wanted to see the efforts to gain finance to reopen it fail.

What I have been concerned about is that some campaigners have seen the issue through rose-tinted spectacles and imagined that everyone in the town was as committed as them to reopening the pool.

It's one thing to sign a petition on the Cornhill - it's another thing for people to be happy about paying a lot of money in council tax to maintain a facility most of them are unlikely to use.

And that is something the authorities know and the campaigners need to constantly persuade them that the pool could be viable".

The pool failed to get National Lottery funding because the campaigners were not able to persuade those making the grant that they had the necessary financial and practical backing".

It does them no good to be constantly told what a wonderful thing Broomhill is, they need to be challenged to build a case robust enough to win the argument.

That is something they have failed to do so far as the National Lottery is concerned. And I can't believe I'm the only person who now feels that in the current climate there is nowhere left for them to go.

 

 
IT'S TIME TO FACE THE FACTS.
 
Dec 31, 2008
 

The Broomhill Pool Trust would like to wish its many friends and supporters a happy New Year !

IT'S TIME TO FACE THE FACTS.

In response to Paul Geater’s (Ipswich Evening Star) article on December 19 (“Its time to forget the open-air pool dream”) the Trust has published the following response which is printed in todays Evening Star.
 

Here are the facts:

 

1.      Broomhill is just one of twelve Grade II listed lidos in the UK. It is the only 50m + length lido in East Anglia; the only “Moderne” style building left in Ipswich.

2.      The Grade II listing requires that any demolition order must be made to the Secretary of State. The owners (IBC) would need to prove that the lido is not restorable or viable for its purpose. However, the IBC/Trust, £67,000 feasibility study (conducted in 2006) already confirms that IT IS fully restorable (just £3.9m) and can be run without an operational loss. Operating budgets within the study were conservatively estimated on attendances of just 21,000 pa. (however, when the pool was well maintained and operated actual attendances were often 45,000+ per year.

3.      The lido is within Broomhill Park. IBC would face a battle to use the land for anything other than recreational use. Demolition of the pool, remediation and stabilisation of the site would cost in excess of £1m (IBC has so far pledged £1m for its restoration).

4.      Broomhill Pool was built in 1938 as a heated outdoor pool allowing extended seasonal opening (the boilers were requisitioned for WW2). The feasibility proposed scheme includes modern sustainable boilers to heat the pool. The facility would also house an education and heritage suite, catering, and promote many other outdoor pursuits such as canoeing, sailing, triathlon and suba.

5.      St Matthews and Pipers Vale have gone; school pools at Northgate and Westbourne have gone. Crown Pools and Fore Street are inadequate for a growing Ipswich population. Any new built indoor pool for would cost six times more than restoring Broomhill. So, Broomhill is by far the most cost effective solution to meet the towns swimming needs and seasonal peak demands.

6.      Broomhill could quite easily be restored to Olympic length. However, our objective is to cater inclusively for ALL Ipswich residents and user groups to increase healthy and social activity – more than just pandering to a handful of elite athletes.

7.      We have NOT “exhausted every area of funding and failed”. On the contrary, we know exactly where funding must and can come from, but no one will make the first move until the owners (IBC) and the majority funders (HLF) have reached mutual agreement on their commitment.

8.      During a period of economic turmoil a local capital project like Broomhill will secure local jobs in construction, civil engineering, surveying, and long term jobs for pool operators and staff.

9.      The first £1.99m bid for Heritage Lottery Funding was rejected in 2008. The project met the three key HLF objectives. However, the HLF indicated it was seeking “greater long term commitment from the pool’s owners”.

10.  The Broomhill Trust has continued to lobby councillors on all sides. We hope to convince our council to provide long term commitment; and to present a combined, enhanced bid to the HLF in 2009.

 

FACT FILE

 

Lastly we re-iterate the expert findings of the 2006 Feasibility Study

 

·         Public and user groups would like the facility re-opened (18,500 petition signatures (2008), 88% of IBC’s own (2003) survey;, 3000 hits per month on www.savebroomhillpool.org

 

·         The pool does not suffer from major structural defects.

 

·         There is suitable funding available for re-development costs for the pool. 

 

·         The pool can operate without making an operational loss.

 

·         Operators are willing to take over, manage and operate the pool

 

·         The re-development of the pool is a cost effective solution for all.

 

 
IBC Executive Minutes 16 Dec 2008
 
Dec 16, 2008
 

106.  Swimming Pool Options

         Councillor Terry introduced the report and detailed the options for each pool.
         
         At the invitation of the Chair, Mrs Wainman speaking as a supporter of Broomhill Pool, raised concerns relating to proposals to fill in the pool and the lack of consultation that had been carried out.
        
         In response the B&DS Co-ordinator confirmed that consultation with the appropriate bodies would be carried out once finance had been agreed.

Ref: M Hunter
B&DS Co-ordinator.


         Resolved:

that option A2 in respect of extending the life of Crown Pools for 10 years be adopted and that the Head of Finance make the necessary financial provision in the agreed capital programme for future years.

Reason: to ensure adequate swimming provision is retained for the community in the short to medium term whilst a comprehensive review of sports facilities is undertaken.

(ii) that the Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure    
           commissions a Sports Facility Needs Review for Ipswich
           utilising internal resource supported by external funding
           following the outcome of Local Government Review
           and to report back to Executive or the new authority as the
           case may be on the outcome.

Reason: to clearly identify the strategic sport facility needs both (wet and dry) in Ipswich for the next thirty years.

(iii) that option B1 in respect of Broomhill Pool to make the
           Pool safe, pending a longer term review at an estimated
           cost of £113,000 be adopted and that the Head of Finance
           makes the necessary provision in the capital programme
           financial year 08/09.

Reason; to improve health and safety at the pools as outlined in the report and to provide Broomhill Trust more time to seek the necessary third party funding to reopen the pool at some point in the future if possible.

(iv)    that option C1 in respect of Fore Street Baths to bring the        building up to date and more suitable facilities at an estimated cost of £300,000 be adopted and that the Head of Finance make the necessary financial provision in the capital programme for 2009/10.

Reason: to make the pool fit for purpose.

 

 
Broomhill boards gone but not forgotten
 
Dec 08, 2008
 

EVENING STAR 8-12-08

Massive revamp for pools on cards
08 December 2008 | 12:00

A MAJOR bid to give Ipswich's swimming pools a radical makeover is being launched today.

A report on possible developments at Fore Street swimming pool, Crown Pools and Broomhill Pool is published today, and explores the issues of improvements and health and safety measures to be undertaken.

The options include a £300,000 makeover at Fore Street, which would mean a massive renovation project, including repairs to the roof, retiling the floor and general redecoration work.

Judy Terry, Ipswich Borough Council's portfolio holder for arts, culture and leisure, who will be presenting the report to the Executive committee on December 16, is also hoping that a £4million bid for improvements at Crown Pools will be granted, which would allow them to reconfigure the changing rooms, repair the roof and undertake major redecoration.

Mrs Terry said: “We have put quite a lot of money into improving the pools on things like plant machinery and safety issues, but it is not work that people can see. They are tired-looking and need proper refurbishments.”

It is also requested in the report that health and safety measures are undertaken at Broomhill Pool, which would consist of draining the pool and replacing the water with innate material, like foam, and removing the diving boards.

She added that plans to redevelop the borough's sports centres also need to be looked at and an assessment would be carried out across the whole area if they achieved unitary status.

She said: “The sports centres are also tired. They need a complete reconfiguration and extensions but we cannot afford to do that.”

Crown Pools consists of a competition, leisure and teaching pool, as well as other facilities like a fitness suite and crèche. The council has been considering either renovating or replacing it for several years.

Fore Street pool was built in 1854, and is primarily used for clubs, schools and private hire.


CAMPAIGNERS trying to save Broomhill Pool today said they are heartbroken that the site has become a magnet for vandals and thieves.

Money is now having to be spent on improving security and health and safety measures after it emerged youngsters were breaking in and jumping off the diving boards.

Part of the Pools Development Options report looks at making some safety improvements at the disused pool, which closed in 2002, following a number of incidents.

A film of youngsters jumping into the water has been placed on video sharing website, YouTube, and has already had had hundreds of viewers. Thieves have also stolen copper from wires and pump motors, and vandals have smashed an underwater observation window, which let out a third of the water.

The council has installed a palisade fence to make it more secure and the observation windows will be made vandal proof.

Mrs Terry said: “We have spent £100,000 on safety issues. We need to drain the pool and put some innate material there to stabilise it which can easily be removed. We also have to remove the diving boards for health and safety reasons.”

Since its closure, campaigners have been fighting for the restoration of the pool as it is the only open-air Olympic pool in East Anglia.

Mark Ling, of the Broomhill Pool Trust, said: “Anything that detracts from the pool as it is, is heartbreaking but at the end of the day health and safety is paramount. We know IBC cannot do anything other than comply with health and safety rules.

“I would prefer to see the money spent on the restoration of the pool but in reality, that is not going to happen. Any derelict building is going to draw certain people in and that is the additional reason why if the pool was restored and run by a professional operating group it would be a good facility and safer in the long run. It has become a magnet for vandals which is heartbreaking.”

Since the Trust's Heritage Lottery bid for restoration was rejected in October, they have been lobbying all the political parties and are working closely with IBC to explore options for a re-bid.

“We are pretty upbeat about it and remain cautiously optimistic. We know the people of Ipswich are behind us,” Mr Ling added

 

 
AGM - Chairman’s Report 2007 – 2008
 
Nov 20, 2008
 

The Broomhill Pool Trust

Chairman’s Report 2007 – 2008

FINANCIAL REPORT


Note: A full financial account has been published and filed. This shows that nearly £18,000 has been raised to support the efforts to save Broomhill Pool in the last two years. Two significant grants had been received from IBC (£1500) and AHF (£3000), and generous corporate donations from BT OpenReach, Cory Brothers and Nick Glenndining. However, an outstanding £13000 has been raised from public donations. Local people have therefore paid the main contribution of the Heritage Lottery Fund bid application (£9122) and towards the Trust's £9000 contribution for the 2006 feasibility study. Although consultancy fees are inevitable, both projects were managed by the Trust and largely completed by professional volunteers. We believe this demonstrates the depth of support and public demand for East Anglia's only Olympic length lido.

GENERAL REPORT


This has been a very difficult year for the Trust. In the first half of the year the Project Team prepared and delivered the bid for £1.9m to the Heritage Lottery Fund  complete and on time. There followed silence for fourteen weeks, leaving only eight weeks before the final decision. Following the HLF visit, they told us they were unhappy with certain aspects of the restoration programme, which we have been able to adjust; and then, that Ipswich Borough Council’s support was, as it stood, inadequate to ensure a successful bid. Despite high level meetings with the Council we were unable to secure the necessary change of Council policy in time for the vital HLF committee meeting on September 9th.

Debriefing by HLF to the Trust showed that it had been a close run decision; particularly because of the reduction in funding of the HLF (due to 2012 Olympic drain and competition for funds). However, the restoration of the Pool and its operation would fulfil all the HLF’s requirements as to heritage, education, opening hours and accessibility. Since then we have been meeting the IBC team with oversight of the Pool and making presentations to the party groups on the Council.

We are making audio recordings of peoples’ memories of the Pool over the past seventy years – our living history project.

Many hours of filming have been carried out at the Pool by James Sharpe for his feature length film which is to support us. We’ve done many interviews with the press, TV features, and photographic sessions.

We have approached a number of other funding organisations which have, as yet, not been successful. It is clear that they will not come on board until the HLF makes us a major grant.

We celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Pool’s opening in April with an open day at the Pool followed by an evening fund-raiser courtesy of The Emperor Inn; in June we benefited from an evening 20/20 cricket match at Copdock between Ipswich CC and Suffolk CCC ‘A’ team. Attendance at fairs and fetes culminating in the Heritage Open Day in September raised over £5000. We were helped by a small grant from IBC. This enabled us to pay for the expenses in making the HLF bid.

We have also been active in improving our website which averages 300-500 hits a week in normal times.

It is sad to record that there has been an increased level of vandalism at the Pool, with an episode of youths swimming and diving (a recent test of the water showed it to be perfectly clean!) and a professional breaking and entering to steal copper from wires and pump motors. Both of these groups were apprehended. Vandals succeeded in putting a scaffolding pole through an underwater observation window thus letting out a third of the water into the drains.


The Council has installed a palisade fence and will make it even more secure. The observation windows will be made vandal proof. In all, this will cost in the order of £55,000.

Finally, I am extremely grateful to all the Bid Team members and to the Trust Committee for their extra hard work this year which has had such a disappointing outcome and for their support in such tough times.

We are completing presentations to the main political parties in Ipswich (all elected councillors) and remain hopeful to convince the council to take greater ownership & leadership on a new HLF bid. We see HLF lottery bid like a “driving test” - if you fail, you do not throw aside all the good work, but look to put right what is missing, and then retake it.


We live to fight another day and I remain convinced that we will be successful in restoring the Pool to many years of use to the people of Ipswich; we know at least 20,000 people support us.

 

Mike Cook
29th October 2008
 

 

 
IBC COUNCIL MEETING – 8 OCTOBER 2008
 
Nov 18, 2008
 

IBC COUNCIL MEETING – 8 OCTOBER 2008

Question 9 to be put to Councillor D J Terry by Councillor N E Macdonald

Councillor Macdonald:  Thank you Mr Mayor.  The Heritage Lottery cited ‘lack of support’ from Ipswich Borough Council as the reason for turning down the bid to refurbish Broomhill Pool.  Can Councillor Terry tell me what support was requested by the Broomhill Trust and what was offered by the Council?

Mr Mayor:  Councillor Terry.

Reply:

Councillor Terry:  Thank you Mr Mayor.  According to a letter from HLF to the Broomhill Pool Trust dated 11 September, the reasons for refusal included risks in project management and financial viability as well as future sustainability.  The HLF also cited the level of partnership funding still be secured as one of their concerns.  The Council has given considerable support to the Trust as was acknowledged during the debrief with me and officers only last week.  Not only did the Council put £1 million, which was secure and not unsecure - as subsequently reported, but also contributed £58,000 towards the feasibility study.  The Council also extended the deadline for the Trust to raise external funding and to provide extra time for the HLF bid to be submitted.  At two meetings attended by me and officers, including either the Head of Legal Services or her deputy, and immediately prior to the HLF’s final deliberations, the Trust indicated that the HLF wished assurances that the Council would effectively underwrite the project by entering direct into contract with the main contractor for the capital works, procuring and entering into an operations and management agreement with the operator, underwrite the operation and management agreement to future-proof the HLF’s investment.  We were advised by Legal that this was a fundamental change to the original terms of the Executive Report of 3 April 2007 and it would not only have been irresponsible to accept an open-ended risk, it would also have been illegal without a further report to Executive.  However, the Trust was assured that a report would be taken to Executive to consider this request and a letter to that effect was addressed to the Trust Chairman by Legal Services to be made available to the HLF to assist them in their deliberations.  I have the letter here if anyone would like me to read it to them.  Does anyone want me to read it?  A copy can certainly be made available.  It’s not breaching anything as far as I am aware, I have checked that. 

Supplementary:

Councillor Macdonald:  Is the Council prepared to increase its support to the Trust to allow a further bid to be successful?

Reply:

Councillor Terry:  I think as I have already said Councillor, the Executive will receive a report shortly to discuss the options. 


Councillor Atkins:  Can I move under Standing Order 6.13 that the time be extended Mr Mayor?
 

 

 
BROOMHILL PLIGHT FEATURED IN PRIVATE EYE MAGAZINE
 
Oct 02, 2008
 

Broomill's plight has received national recognition with an article in this fortnights Private Eye magazine. The magazine is the UK's number 1 best-selling news and current affairs magazine edited by Ian Hislop.

The magazine is currently on sale at £1.50 per copy. Broomhill is featured on page 12.

 

 
"Half Way to Heaven" Movie Trailer
 
Sep 18, 2008
 

HALFWAY TO HEAVEN MOVIE TRAILER

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MMGSGJoeS9w

Ipswich based Film Director James Sharpe has almost completed his feature length movie "Halfway to Heaven". The movie was shot around Ipswich and on location at Broomhill Pool. Subject to success of the movie, James and the cast have generously agreed to make proceeds from the net profits to the Broomhill Pool Trust.

The film will be ready for DVD release to the public in January. Meantime, James will be seeking a distributor for the film. The film will be available in January at £5 per DVD copy through www.savebroomhillpool.org website.

Many British Independent movies have gained cult status and made significant revenues through the DVD charts. So, please view the trailer, spread the word and if you know any good distributors be sure to let us know !

 

 
Mike Read to appear on BBC RADIO SUFFOLK, 8:20 tomorrow (16-9-08).
 
Sep 16, 2008
 

BBC RADIO SUFFOLK, 8:20 tomorrow (16-9-08).

Broomhill Pool Trust President, Mike Read, speaks with Mark Murphy about Heritage Lottery Fund bid rejection and next steps in the campaign to save the grade 2 listed lido.

 

 
Sally Wainman raises £105 for Trust fighting funds
 
Sep 15, 2008
 

ORWELL WALK 2008
The Orwell Walk took place in September this year after the Rotary Club of Ipswich East had had to cancel the Walk in June after torrential rainfall had flooded parts of the course.
 
Sally Wainman received pledges of  £140 in total: - 25% of which goes to the Rotary Club (who distribute all funds raised to different charities) and 75%  for Broomhill Pool.
 
This means that the Broomhill Pool Trust have received  £105 as a result of the Walk this year.
 
Sally says, "Grateful thanks, once again,  to the Rotary Club for organising this wonderful event and good luck to the Trust in all their efforts to see the Ipswich Lido back on the map as a fully fledged sporting and heritage attraction."

Sally is nationally recognised as one of the foremost campaigners in the fight to preserve Britain's lidos. Sally also created and moderates http://groups.yahoo.com/group/poolingresources/

Sally says "This group was set up to help people in their campaigns for their local swimming pools. Six years ago I started campaigning for our local lido, Broomhill Pool in Ipswich. As the fight to save it became better known I realized that other people were also fighting pool closures and it therefore made sense to try and "pool resources".

 

 
Historic pool denied £2million lifeline - EAST ANGLIAN DAILY TIMES FRONT PAGE 12-9-08
 
Sep 14, 2008
 

EAST ANGLIAN DAILY TIMES FRONT PAGE 12-9-08
Historic pool denied £2million lifeline
12 September 2008 | 07:00

http://www.eadt.co.uk/content/eadt/news/story.aspx?brand=EADOnline&category=News&tBrand=EADOnline&tCategory=news&itemid=IPED11%20Sep%202008%2023%3A47%3A13%3A523

 
CRAIG ROBINSON
 
Broomhill Pool 
SUFFOLK's only Olympic-sized swimming pool has been denied a £2m lifeline - a decision that campaigners said “flew in the face” of a 2012-inspired drive to get more people involved in sport and fitness.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) yesterday rejected a bid to restore the historic Broomhill Pool in Ipswich, which has been closed for six years.

The decision was met with dismay by campaigners - especially at a time when the Government is promoting the need for exercise to prevent growing levels of obesity.

The Grade II listed lido, in Sherrington Road, was shut in 2002 because Ipswich Borough Council thought it was unsafe and too expensive to renovate.

The council has since pledged to give £1m to help with its restoration - so long as members of the Broomhill Pool Trust could guarantee the rest of the £3.9m that would be needed for it to be re-opened.

But last night their hopes suffered a huge blow when the HLF announced that it had rejected the group's bid for £1.9m in funding to help with the renovations.

Long-distance swimmer Mike Read, who is a member of the trust, said: “We are always told the Government want to support sport at grassroots level - they are saying people can swim for free in an effort to stem obesity but when is it going to happen? Where is it going to happen? Certainly not Ipswich.

“This decision totally flies in the face of what they have said in the past. I can't help thinking they get carried away with terms of utopia and centres of excellence - what we really need are centres of activity.”

Mr Read, who has swum the English Channel a staggering 33 times, added: “It's heartbreaking because a golden opportunity has been lost.”

Mark Ling, spokesman for the Broomhill Pool Trust, said the group was “extremely disappointed” but pledged to continue with the restoration. “We believed we had submitted a strong case that showed the pool was viable,” he said.

The lido, which celebrated its 70th birthday in April, was opened in 1938 and is Suffolk's only Olympic sized swimming pool.

Judy Terry, Ipswich Borough Council's arts, culture and leisure portfolio holder, said she would soon meet members of the trust and then report back to the executive committee.

“We made a commitment to give £1m to the trust if they could raise funds to restore the pool and now we'll have to review our position,” she said.

In June the Government announced that England's swimming pools could be free to use by the time of the London Olympics as part of a bid to get more people involved in sport by 2012.

Robyn Llewellyn, head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said it was a “tough decision” to reject Broomhill's application.

“We are aware that this project has a huge amount of public support in the local area,” he said. “There were, however, significant concerns about project delivery and future sustainability without a greater commitment from Ipswich Borough Council, the owners of the site. Therefore the committee considered that the project was too high risk.”

The HLF was set up by Parliament in 1994 to give grants to a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the UK.

Its decisions about individual applications and policies are entirely independent but it reports to Government through the department for Culture, Media and Sport .

N Mr Ling said Broomhill would still be opening its doors tomorrow and Sunday between 10am and 5pm. Members of the public will be able to view safe areas of the pool site and there will be an exhibition of the lido, competitions and raffle prizes. There will also be a barbecue and party tomorrow at the Emperor public house on Norwich Road at 6pm.

 

 
BBC LOOK EAST 12-8-2008 Live from Broomhill Pool.
 
Sep 14, 2008
 

BBC LOOK EAST 12-8-2008 Live from Broomhill Pool.

HLF Chief says that with greater backing by Ipswich Borough Council that a new bid can be made to save Broomhill Pool.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7612758.stm

Reaction to Broomhill Verdict: Richard Powell, regional chairman of the Heritage Lottery fund, explains why the Broomhill Lido pool was refused funding.

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7613539.stm

Full Look East Program

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/england/realmedia/lookeast/norwich/lookeast?size=16x9&bgc=C0C0C0&nbram=1&bbram=1&nbwm=1&bbwm=1

 

 
HERITAGE OPEN DAYS
 
Sep 13, 2008
 

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - BROOMHILL POOL 10:00-17:00 on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September 2008; plus BBQ AND PARTY - EMPEROR PUBLIC HOUSE on Saturday 13th September at 18:00 onwards (Norwich Road, bottom of Sherrington Road)

The Broomhill Pool Trust will host Heritage open days at the pool from 10:00am to 17:00 on Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 September 2008. The public will be able to view safe areas of the pool site. There will be an exhibition of the pool, competitions and raffle prizes.  Entrance is free, but donations to the Broomhill Pool Trust will be welcome.

On Saturday 13 September at 18:00 an evening BBQ and party will be held at the Trust's worldwide HQ at Emperor Public House on Norwich Road. Entrance is free, but donations to the Broomhill Pool Trust will be welcome. All proceeds from the BBQ go to the Trust.

A special "Broomhill 70th Birthday" souvenier booklet will be sold at £2.00 per copy.

 

 
Broomhill Pool - Heritage Lottery Fund Bid REJECTED
 
Sep 11, 2008
 

The Heritage Lottery Fund has rejected Broomhill Pool Trust’s application for lottery funding to save Suffolk & Norfolk’s only grade 2 listed lido. Despite the backing of a detailed £67,000 feasibility study and 7 months of professional bid preparation, the Cambridge based, East of England Regional Committee has declined the £1.99m bid application. HLF staff will meet with the Trust to outline their reasons for rejection in due course. Celebrating its 70th year, the future for the Ipswich Borough Council owned facility is now uncertain.

 

 
Town 102 FM Visit to Broomhill
 
Aug 28, 2008
 

The Trust are very grateful to Town 102 FM for their continued support - and extensive coverage of our campaign - to restore Ipswich's rare grade 2 listed lido.

A delegation from Town 102 including; Breakfast Club Presenter Dave James, Mark Pryke (Mid-morning slot) and Susie Broderick (News) visited the site on 26 August.

See link below:

http://www.town102.com/gallery/category.php?urlcategory=Broomhill+Pool&catref=772

 

 
Town102 Webpoll RESULT
 
Aug 21, 2008
 

A regeneration project for Castleford town centre - planned with input from its own people -prompted Town102 FM (David James' Breakfast Club) to poll listeners on what they would like to add/change about Ipswich. Results below:

Which of these areas of Ipswich would you like to see as a priority for regeneration and redevelopment?
 
21% voted for a large new shopping complex on the edge of town, with everything under one roof and lots of free parking
 
42% voted to restore and renovate Broomhill Pool to a modern version of its former self, for families to enjoy all year round.
 
11% voted to spend some serious money to clean up and modernise Felixstowe seafront, including a new pier to boost tourism
 
23% voted to develop the Odeon building into an arts centre for young people, with clubs and activities to keep them off the streets
 
3% voted to update and redesign Chantry park, with a new safe play area and a clean pond for the children to enjoy.

 

 
John Carter's Photographic Record 1996 Season
 
Aug 14, 2008
 

See Broomhill Pool - 1996 Season – John Carter’s Photographic Record at www.savebroomhillpool.org

The Broomhill Pool Trust is indebted to John Carter, a former Head Lifeguard at Broomhill Pool, who has donated his personal scrapbook of the 1996 season. John’s journal brings back a lot of fantastic memories, and importantly provides a complete photo journal of a season at Broomhill. We hope that the full scrapbook (with over 180 images) will form one of many exhibition pieces at a restored Broomhill. However, for now, we are delighted to share with you 24 of John’s images.

John’s notes also show an official end of season report for 1995 showing that 42,922 swims took place that season. 19785 in August; and a huge 1572 in one day on 31 July 1995 ! Just think what an asset a restored and heated Broomhill Pool would be for the people of Suffolk !

 

 
Join Broomhill Group on FACEBOOK
 
Aug 06, 2008
 

A new friends group has been set up on www.facebook.com (by Daniel Sawyer). 393 members have signed up (so far) to make friends, and to share memories and stories about our much loved and much missed lido.  

 

 
Sally walks for Broomhill (Orwell Walk)
 
Aug 05, 2008
 

 

As you may have heard the Orwell Walk planned for 8th June2008 had to be cancelled due to flooding on that weekend, making the course untenable. It has been re-scheduled for Sept 2008 and therefore anyone wanting to make a donation still has time to do so!

We are delighted that Pooling Resources campaigner Sally Wainman will be entering the 32nd Orwell Walk and will be raising funds for the Broomhill Pool Trust. Sally successfully completed the whole 25 miles both last year and the year before.

The Broomhill Pool Trust thank Sally for her generous support and wish her luck !

If you would like to sponsor or support Sally, please contact her directly on 01473-414853 or e-mail sally.wainman@ntlworld.com. For Sally’s Pooling Resources website please clink on following link http://groups.yahoo.com/group/poolingresources/

 

ORWELL WALK will now take place on SUNDAY 7th SEPT 2008

 

 
King of the Channel to swim Gulf of Toroneos (Greece) for Broomhill Funds
 
Jul 17, 2008
 

NEWS UPDATE

“King of the Channel”, Former Olympian, and Trust President Mike Read completes swim across the Gulf of Toroneos (Greece) to raise funds for Broomhill Pool !

On July 19th 2008 Ipswich’s “King of the Channel”® Mike Read completed a 27 km swim across the Gulf of Toroneos in Northern Greece from Kallithea to Nikiti to raise funds for the Broomhill Trust in support of the restoration of Broomhill Open-Air pool.

If you have sponsored Mike [or would still like to] and help SAVE BROOMHILL POOL pleas send donation cheques to Mrs Janet Adams, 18 Dales View Rd, Ipswich, IP1 4HL Tel: 01473 742721. For copies of the sponsorship form or questions please email Mark Ling on info@savebroomhillpool.org.

 

 

 

 
BBC Look East News Report
 
Jul 01, 2008
 

A BBC Look East news team visited Broomhill Pool on 01 July to report on the current status of the pool.

A recent act of vandalism had lead to a substantial loss of water from the pool. Whilst the damage is fully repairable, it is yet another demonstration of the vulnerability of the derelict site. It also provides an urgent reminder of the need to restore our grade 2 list pool without delay.

To view the article in full, please refer to following weblink:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7483749.stm

 

 
Owzat for Help !
 
Jun 12, 2008
 

The Broomhill Pool Trust is delighted to announce that Ipswich Cricket Club will host a "Twenty20" game against a Suffolk County Cricket XI in aid of the Pool to raise funds. Our inside reporter advises us that "county are picking a strong team for the Twenty20 game".

The match starts at 6.00 pm on Thursday 12 June at the Ipswich Ground at Clayhall, Copdock (see directions below).

Entrance prices are just £2.00 per adult (children under 16 free).

Ipswich cricket Club have also kindly allowed the trust to provide a Barbeque (all profits to the Trust). A public bar is also available.

LINKS:

http://www.suffolkcricket.co.uk/

http://www.ipswichcricketclub.co.uk/news.asp

DIRECTIONS: from Ipswich: Junction 32B on the A12, turn left on the Old London Road at the cattery after going under the bridge. Postcode is IP8 3JL

 

 

 
Broomhill Pool 70th Anniversary Event - Thank You
 
Apr 30, 2008
 

The Broomhill Pool Trust would like to thank all those who attended the Grade 2 listed lido’s 70th Anniversary event on Saturday 26 April.

 
Around 500 visitors attended, helping raise over £900 towards the Trust’s fighting funds. We would like to publically thank our Mayor, Cllr Inga Lockington, Sir Michael and Lady Lord, Cllr Judy Terry and Ben Gummer for their visits and for their genuine interest in our progress. We are most grateful to Andy & Heather Kempton at the Emperor Public House for hosting the evening party and for generously donating 100% of the barbecue profits. We also thank Ken Sheppard and Ivan Rooke for exhibiting their beautiful vintage cars; and to all those who donated prizes for the raffle.
 
The Trust has raised around a further £6000 to complete our £2m Heritage Lottery Fund Bid application. The work took 7 months and was mainly completed by professional volunteers. However, we do have to pay technical and legal consultants, etc. The donations from the 70th Birthday event are therefore essential to replenish our fighting funds and enable the Trust to continue completing further professional bids to the bigger charitable funds & foundations.
 
Broomhill Pool is a flagship leisure facility and unique attraction for Ipswich, one that successfully served the citizens of Ipswich for 70 years. With continued public support and with the Trust's efforts we hope to preserve this immensely practical icon for the town, forever.
 
 
 

 
URGENT MESSAGE - Broomhill Pool Trust Fighting FUNDS
 
Apr 17, 2008
 

Dear Supporter,

We write to ask your help to raise vital fighting funds to enable the Trust to continue with its work.

The Trust has already successfully raised:

1) Around £9000 towards the £67,000 feasibility study completed in 2005. The study concluded that Broomhill was restorable and viable. However, most significantly, it secured a £1million guarantee from Ipswich borough Council.
2) Around £6000 towards the professional completion of our Heritage Lottery Fund bid. If successful this bid will secure a £2million HLF grant.
3) The Trust also maintains this website, produces leaflets and regular events to maintain a strong public profile for Broomhill.

Whilst we eagerly await news from the HLF, we must continue the process of approaching other significant charitable funding bodies to secure the remaining funds needed to restore Broomhill. The Trust committee consists of many professionals who give their time and resources absolutely free. We do, however, need to engage and pay external professionals for legal and technical advice.

CAN YOU HELP?

Either directly or indirectly, can you help us raise funds to continue our with our efforts ? Please lobby your employers or friends to support a most worthy local cause:-

A personal donation of £10, £25 or even £100 makes a huge difference to our working funds.

A business donation of £100, £500 or £1000 could enable us to complete a bid application that could secure £25,000 to £500,000 from a key charitable fund.

Please send cheques made payable to “The Broomhill Pool Trust” to Mrs Janet Adams, 18 Dales View Rd, Ipswich, IP1 4HL

For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities please email Mark Ling at savebroomhillpool@yahoo.co.uk.

Please visit us on Broomhill Pool’s 70th Anniversary on Saturday 26 April (10:00-17:00) followed by BBQ at the Emperor Pub immediately afterwards.

 

 
IMPORTANT News - HLF Bid !
 
Apr 02, 2008
 

Our Heritage Lottery Fund Bid was safely delivered to HLF Cambridge offices 16:30 on Monday 31 March 2008. Many thanks to all of you who helped in any way, but particularly to Bill Haward who has slaved all night to get our bid in perfect presentation order. We now have to wait about three months to hear.

Meantime, we have EVENTS planned to mark the 70th Anniversary of Broomhill Pool. Please see our website events page for full details.

 

 

 

 
HALFWAY TO HEAVEN (feature film)
 
Jan 16, 2008
 

Broomhill supporting fim director James Sharpe is currently filming a feature film HALFWAY TO HEAVEN. A percetage of all the profits will be donated to the Broomhill Pool Trust.

THE STORY

Halfway to heaven is a story about a man who is visited in his sleep by God. God tells him he will be spending time at a "halfway house" when dead, until God can make up her mind about where to put him.

God, who is female in this film, puts more people in the house with him. There he falls in love with a girl. They plan to spend eternity together but God has other plans.

 

 

 
Broomhill Pool film premieres on www.itvlocal.com website.
 
Nov 25, 2007
 

Broomhill Pool film premieres on www.itvlocal.com website.

James Sharpe’s film “The Pool” has been selected to air on ITVlocal webiste.

The 5 minute short film is a touching tribute to the Broomhill Pool lido in Ipswich.

Film director James spent many happy days at the pool. He publicly supports the Broomhill Pool Trust in its efforts to save the popular and unique facility.

To view and rate James film on itvlocal, please use the following weblink http://www.itvlocal.com/anglia/shortfilms/

 

 
Broomhill Pool film premieres on Channel 4 “Four Docs” website.
 
Oct 09, 2007
 

Broomhill Pool film premieres on Channel 4 “Four Docs” website.

James Sharpe’s film “The Pool” has been selected to air on Channel 4’s website “Four Docs”.

The 5 minute short film is a touching tribute to the Broomhill Pool lido in Ipswich.

Film director James spent many happy days at the pool. He publicly supports the Broomhill Pool Trust in its efforts to save the popular and unique facility.

James says “If supporters take time to log in and favourably review “The Pool” then there is a good chance that Channel 4 will fully air the film on its terrestrial TV channel. This would help to further raise the profile of Broomhill Pool and may attract further supporters and funding”.

To view and rate James film on Four Docs, please use the following weblink http://www.channel4.com/fourdocs/film/film-detail.jsp?id=52345

 

 
War Spirit for Broomhill
 
Sep 16, 2007
 

On behalf of the Broomhill Pool Trust we would like to thank all those who supported us at our recent, fundraising events.

The Heritage open days on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September raised £410. Over 600 visitors came, demonstrating their terrific vision and support for our endangered, grade 2, Olympic length lido.

On Sunday 16th we staged a “Jitterbug Picnic” at Castle Hill Junior School. Around 200 people attended the afternoon event. Broomhill Pool was built in 1938 and gave up it’s water boilers for the war effort. It was therefore fitting that a Jitterbug group performed war-time 1940’s music and dance in aid of Broomhill’s own fight for survival !

We are extremely grateful to Cactus Promotions whose Jitterbug troop of 20 dancers gave their services free to help us raise awareness and vital funds for the Trust.  Ken Farrow, the Ipswich born artist was visiting from Australia. Ken had donated his “Framsden Windmill” painting to raise funds; and he personally presented it to the  Whitmore family who had bid £500. Film Director, James Sharpe provided free viewing of his excellent films. We would also express our gratitude to the Head Teacher, PTA and children of Castle Hill Junior school for their efforts.

The Trust is proud of Ipswich’s heritage. We are extremely thankful that so many talented people - who share our value for living culture - have supported us.

We have raised around £1100 for our funds. This enables the Trust to continue our important work towards attracting lottery funding; and working with Ipswich Borough Council to save Ipswich’s iconic and unique lido. 

 

 
David Whitmore bids £500 for Framsden Mill
 
Aug 27, 2007
 

 

2) David Whitmore has generously bid £500 for Ken Farrow's Framsden Mill painting.

1) King of the Channel - Mike Read opened bidding at £300. We believe the painting is worth in excess of £1000.

 

 
Broomhill Pool Trust announces "on-line auction" of Ken Farrow's painting - "Framsden Mill".
 
Aug 16, 2007
 

Broomhill Pool Trust announces "on-line auction" of Ken Farrow's painting - "Framsden Mill".

“King of the Channel” Mike Read opened the on-line bidding today of international artist Ken Farrow’s “Framsden Mill”. Mr Read has started bidding at £300 with all profits towards the Broomhill Pool Trust’s fundraising to restore Suffolk’s majestic 1930’s Olympic length lido.
 
* There will be a 4 week bid on-line auction via the www.savebroomhillpool.org website.
* All parties interested to buy Ken's painting can submit an offer using the www.savebroomhillpool.org website email contact page.
* The Trust will update the website daily (or as needed) to show latest bid price.
 
* The Trust will reveal the highest bidder (or if preferring to stay anonymous their bid total) at our Heritage Open Day on Sunday 9 September.

 

 
BBC Radio Suffolk interview Ken Farrow today
 
Aug 15, 2007
 


BBC Radio Suffolk 103.9 FM to announce Broomhill Pool Trust “on-line auction” of Ken Farrow’s painting - "Framsden Mill".

TODAY between 14:00-15:00 on the Luke Deal afternoon show.

BBC Radio Suffolk will interview artist Ken Farrow & "King of the Channel" Mike Read today. BBC Radio Suffolk will exclusively provide details of the Trust's “on-line auction” of Ken Farrow’s painting - "Framsden Mill".

Outline details:
 
* There will be a 4 week bid on-line auction via the www.savebroomhillpool.org website.

* All parties interested to buy ken’s painting can submit an offer using the www.savebroomhillpool.org website email contact page.

* The Trust will update the website daily (or as needed) to show latest bid price.
 
* The Trust will reveal the highest bidder (or if preferring to stay anonymous their bid total) at our Heritage Open Day on Sunday 9 September.

 

 
AHF - Outstanding Support
 
Jul 06, 2007
 

The Broomhill Pool Trust would like to acknowledge the outstanding support of The Architectural Heritage Fund. The AHF has provided advice to the Trust in the early stages of setting up and commissioning the options appraisal (feasibility study). AHF has also provided grant assistance towards the Trust’s portion of the Feasibility costs.

The AHF have provided invaluable advice; and are also looking to support us with further grants and/or working capital loan subject to the project and the Trust remaining eligible (eg. The Broomhill Pool Trust or our appointed operator has to be a charity, not a company or local authority to be eligible)

AHF Overview
The Architectural Heritage Fund
Alhambra House
27-31 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0AU

The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity founded in 1976 to promote the conservation of historic buildings in the UK. It does this by providing advice, information and financial assistance in the form of grants and low interest working capital loans for projects undertaken by Building Preservation Trust (BPT) and other charities throughout the UK.
AHF activities include:

  • Advising on the restoration and reuse of historic buildings which are listed or in a conservation area.
  • Advising on the setting up of building preservation trusts, charities specialising in historic building regeneration.
  • Giving grants to charities intending to restore historic buildings.
  • Making low-interest loans to charities to help them finance projects on site.
  • Providing information on sources of funds for retoring and repairing historic buildings
  • Producing helpful publications.
 

 
Summer Fetes
 
Jul 02, 2007
 

The Trust would like to thank the pupils, parents and teachers of Castle Hill and Broke Hall Junior schools for allowing us to participate at their summer fetes (16 & 30 June).

The Trust raised over £100 towards our funds; and gained a further 100+ signatures supporting our work.

We are aware that most local children under the age of 10 will never have experienced an outdoor swimming pool; or have no knowledge about Ipswich's unique, Olympic sized lido. We are therefore delighted to have an opportunity to raise their awareness; and hope one day families will return to a restored Broomhill.

 

 
IBC Security for Broomhill during summer 2007
 
Jun 21, 2007
 

IBC letter to local residents:

To

The Residents
Broomhill Pool area
Ipswich
21 June 2007

Dear Resident

I am writing to you to inform you of the planned security measures adopted by Ipswich Borough Council’s Swimming Service with regards to Broomhill Pool, for the summer season 2007.

As you may well be aware, Broomhill Pool will remain closed whilst the Broomhill Pool Trust continue to explore the options for the funding and management of the facility. You may be interested to know that the Trust are again planning to open limited areas of the site on the weekend of 8th/9th September as part of Heritage Open Days 2007 (organised nationally by the Civic Trust and English Heritage).

We have again introduced a number of increased security measures for the summer period, including utilising the services of Timely Help Security, who will be carrying out numerous site visits from Monday 2nd July through to Sunday 2nd September (the end of the school summer holidays).

If at any time you believe that there may be trespassers on the site, please feel free to call Timely Help’s control centre on 0800 052 8104 (freephone). In an emergency you should of course call the emergency services by dialling 999.

If you require further information or if I can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me on the above number,

Yours faithfully

Ian Lipman

Swimming Centres

 

 
IPSWICH BOROUGH COUNCIL & BROOMHILL POOL TRUST
 
Mar 06, 2007
 
RESTORED HOPE ! IBC AGREE FEASIBILITY STUDY FINDINGS. In late 2005 Ipswich Borough Council provided a grant to The Broomhill Pool Trust to undertake a Feasibility Study. The purpose of the Feasibility Study was to ascertain the viability of reopening Broomhill Pool.

 

The Feasibility Study Final Report dated December 2006 has now been formally issued by The Broomhill Pool Trust and in a joint statement today Councilor Judy Terry (Portfolio Holder for Culture & Leisure) and Dr Mike Cook (Chairman of Broomhill Pool Trust) announced the findings of the £67,000 study, and outlined the future for Ipswich's iconic 1930's Lido.

 
Full details are in the press release which is available to download here http://www.savebroomhillpool.org/supportPack.pdf
 

 
Petition to save local pools
 
Feb 27, 2007
 

 

Following the success and publicity surrounding the road pricing petition, you can now petition Tony Blair directly on the subject of saving local pools too. Click on link to see the E-Petition.

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/savelocalpools/

Local Swimming Baths across England are facing closure because Local Authorities are cutting back funding. Local Swimming baths are essential to local Communities and local schools. In some areas Local Swimming Pools are the only Local Amenity that communities have. We want the Prime Minister to Save Our Local swimming Pools!

 

 

 

 
Events Programme 2007
 
Feb 23, 2007
 

Broomhill Pool Trust - Events Programme 2007
The Trust Committee are working to deliver the following program of events and fund raising in 2007.

The dates quoted are provisional only, and will be confirmed as soon as we can.

James Sharpe/Broomhill “Movie Night”.
Venue: Ipswich Film Theatre
Date: 30th April 2007
Details: Premiere of Ipswich born Film Director’s short movie “Letters” plus “The Pool” (both filmed at Broomhill). Plus media campaign to locate other suitable films about Broomhill or Lidos that would compliment the event. Proceeds to the Trust.

May Day Festival.
Venue: May Day Festival, Alexandra Park, Ipswich
Date: 7th May 2007
Details: The Trust will have a stall at this popular event. Exhibition prints, photos and plans + T-Shirts, leaflets, petition + latest updates from Trust Committee members.

Broke Hall Primary School Summer Fete
Venue: Broke Hall Primamry School, Chatsworth Drive, Ipswich
Date: 30 June 2007
Details: The Trust will have a stall at this popular event. Exhibition prints, photos and plans + T-Shirts, leaflets, petition + latest updates from Trust Committee members.

Broomhill “Jitterbug”
Venue: To be confirmed
Date: August/September 2007
Details: In the mid 1930's - as Broomhill was being planned and built - "Jitterbugging" emerged as the latest dance craze to sweep across America. A popular, local jitterbug troop will be recreating this wonderful period, demonstrating the dance and inviting the public to participate. Proceeds to the Trust.

Heritage Open Days
Venue: Broomhill Pool
Date: 8th and 9th September 2007.
Details: Those two rare and special days when the gates of Broomhill are opened to allow the public to view the pool; and leave convinced that this magical and iconic place MUST be restored for future generations !

 

 
James Sharpe Movie "Letters"
 
Feb 21, 2007
 

On Monday 19 February, Ipswich born Film Director James Sharpe filmed his latest short movie "Letters" at Broomhill Pool. Photo stills available on www.savebroomhillpool.org.

The film stars James Fisher (who appeared along side Elijah Wood in Green Street) and Elle Louise Berrie (who appeared in Footballer's Wives). Filming will be complete by early March; and James has offered an exclusive film night to raise funds for the Trust ! Details in due course..

 

 
'Town 102' Interview the Trust
 
Dec 09, 2006
 

Town 102 interview the Trust

Mark Ling, Broomhill Pool Trust Press Officer, was today interviewed by Ipswich’s new radio station “Town 102”, seeking the Trust’s views on IBC plans for a new £21m indoor swimming pool.

The interview is due to be broadcast at the weekend.

 

 
Broomhill goes Global!
 
Dec 09, 2006
 

Broomhill goes global on BBC News 24 !

BBC News 24 has a new cultural program exploring communities in the UK. On Thursday, 7 December two BBC News 24 teams visited Ipswich to film various projects and sites of interest. These included Broomhill Pool and Crown Pools.

The Program is due to be broadcast globally on BBC News 24 on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December at 0330 and 1530.

Both broadcasts will be available on digital, freeview, cable and satellite! However, those with terrestrial TV will not miss out - the 0330 edition will also be broadcast on BBC1.

However, the Broomhill Trust strongly recommends sleeping off the “hangover” and setting your VTR !!

 

 
"Played in Britain"
 
Dec 07, 2006
 

“Played in Britain” Lecture by Simon Inglis.

Ipswich Museums’ “Ipswich at Play” community heritage project invites you to an illustrated talk by writer and architectural historian Simon Inglis. A passionate and entertaining speaker on Britain’s sporting heritage, Simon is editor of the “Played in Britain” series (which features Janet Smith’s wonderful "Liquid Assets" book featuring open air lidos in Britain) and has just brought out “The Best of Charles Buchan's Football Monthly” (www.playedinbritain.co.uk). 

Broomhill Pool features in the current “Ipswich at Play” exhibition at Ipswich Museum, and we are hopeful that Broomhill will be mentioned in Simon’s talk.

This fun evening will be an ideal opportunity to view the “Not all Balls!” exhibition privately, with the added bonus of an integral pay bar!  Admission is free.

Thursday December 7th, Gallery 3, Ipswich Town Hall, 7 – 9 p.m.

There’s nothing to prevent people turning up on the night, but for more information or to book a seat contact Ruth Gillan O1473 433544 ruth.gillan@Ipswich.gov.uk.

 

 
Get Busy with the Divi !
 
Nov 23, 2006
 

Get Busy with the Divi !
You can now support the Broomhill Pool Trust as you shop !

The Trust now have a share account with the East of England Co-operative Society.

The Trust share number is 220474.

Every time you use the dividend number at your Co-op the Trust will earn points. Twice a year, in June and December, the board will declare how much profit the group has made and how much each point is worth - expected to be 1p in the £1.