A message from our chairman, Ann Dunlop:

“We wish to reassure all those following the project that our genuine intention is for people of all ages and backgrounds to be able to come and swim in the naturally-cleansed and heated original pool when we open. The site is in such an idyllic spot and we want people to come and absorb some of the history of those who have swum there in the past, and be inspired whilst they learn even more about the Pools’ place in Bath's history."


One of our biggest milestones was overcome on 5th April when we were granted planning approval to begin the process of restoring the Cleveland Pools. We still have to raise £155,000 of the £600,000 match-funding target and work hard at neighbourly relations but all being well the Heritage Lottery Fund will release the £3.7m Stage 2 funding ear-marked for us to start restoration early next year.

Dennis Toogood, the longstanding president of the Bath Dolphin Swimming Club, spoke in our favour at the planning committee meeting and highlighted the need for more swimming training sessions in Bath; he pointed out how our recent Swimathon, in which his club participated, raised a staggering £12,400 – evidence that the swimming community of Bath is truly behind the Cleveland Pools. 

We had over 12,500 views on Facebook when our planning application went in and our followers continue to support with encouraging comments and ‘Likes’.

Cllr Rob Appleyard (Lib Dem, Lambridge) putting forward his recommendation to approve the application.


Thanks to 600 swimmers from eight swim schools/clubs who took part, including Bath School of Swimming (owned by trustee Suzy Granger), Angelfish, Barracuda, Water Babies, Swim Central, Jaime's Swim School, and Nicole's Swim School. A record £12,400 was raised for us.

This has been the single most successful fundraising event we've done and proves that having a swimming teacher trustee on board opens doors for us onto Bath's swimming community, so special thanks to Suzy for all her organisation.

Our Paralympian patron Stephanie Millward MBE supported the event by attending a swim session to meet children and hand out 'Well Done' certificates.     


We have a great team of volunteers behind us who help with site maintenance and events. We had a social event in January at St Mary’s Church Hall in Bathwick where we had a slide-show about our history, and pictures of the volunteers at work. Our marketing trustee, Sally Helvey, now runs workshops which involve research, admin. and future planning but the Trust is in desperate need of the following people: a VOLUNTEERS' CO-ORDINATOR, an EDUCATION LIAISON OFFICER, and an EVENTS' CO-ORDINATOR. You can learn more about us by looking up our volunteer section on the website here: http://clevelandpools.org.uk/volunteer


Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, and designer Catherine Phelps' wonderful Christmas cards and ever-popular 'Diving Lady' posters, we took £571.60.

Just being there to spread the word had its own rewards. We met umpteen former swimmers and engaged with visitors to Bath fascinated by our heritage pool with its 'Georgian crescent'.


After Savills of Bath's initial sponsorship of our bicentenary events in 2015, they have kindly agreed to help out again this year and cover the costs of the marketing division.  Director Luke Brady (now head of Savills’ Southern Residential Division) and his colleagues will even be making up a joint team with us for the Bath Boules in June – so come along and watch. Our “BOULES FOR THE POOLS” T-shirts are on order!

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At the end of last year we welcomed two new patrons, Stephanie Millward MBE and Professor June Hannam. They join existing patron, Sharron Davies MBE, who was a special guest our sponsorship party at the Abbey Hotel’s Igloo Bar in November. We are very honoured to be supported by this inspiring and encouraging trio.

Stephanie Millward, MBE – the Paralympian swimmer who has had Multiple Sclerosis since she was 17-years-old but has the most incredible outlook on life. Stephanie is a double Paralympic gold medallist, 10 x Paralympic medallist, 4 x world champion, 15 x European gold medallist, has numerous British and European records and is a 3 x world record-holder. She enjoys inspiring youngsters to be the best they can be.

Prof June Hannam – a specialist in women’s history from the late 19th century to 1940s, June has published books on socialism and feminism and undertaken local research into suffragette activity in Bath. She helps run the Larkhall History Society and co-chairs the West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network.

Sharron Davies MBE – the Olympic, Commonwealth, World and European swimming medallist and holder of over 200 British records and three World Masters' records. She competed in three Olympics and was ambassador for the British Olympic Association London 2012 bid team. Also a working mum of three and campaigner for a fitter society, starting with our youngsters.

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  • World Heritage Day – Sunday 23rd April. We’re on a stall in Parade Gardens from 11am until 3pm, with fun and games – plus a free hour’s tour to the Pools.
  • Fringe Art Bath – w/e 26th-28th May, w/e 3rd-4th June, & w/e 9th-11th June. Artist Laura Denning is back, this time with “Primordial Soup” – an exhibition bringing together eleven artists whose work considers how living things relate to water. Digitally-presented, with ecological/geopolitical perspectives to get you thinking.
  • Boules in Queen Square – Sunday 11th June, the first time we’ve entered a team and Savills of Bath will be joining in the fun. Come along and cheer us on!
  • Heritage Open Days – the afternoons of Friday 8th, Saturday 9th, & Sunday 10th September. This coincides beautifully with the Jane Austen Festival. Every year a group of them take time out to visit the Pools in all their finery.

 Full details will appear on our website:



Trustee Sally Helvey continues with her Tuesday tour to the Pools, supported by the Bath Tourist Office in Abbey Churchyard. She has now put the tour onto a slide-show for those who might not be able to visit the site. If you would like to book a talk for a club, care home, group or association near you, please contact sally@clevelandpools.org.uk  All slide-show equipment will be provided.

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Cleveland Pools Trust

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