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Chipping Norton lido receives Prime Ministerial approval

08 May 2012

New changing facilities at The Lido in Chipping Norton received the official seal of approval from Prime Minister David Cameron when he visited the pool on Friday 27th April 2012.

The pool, which re-opened for the 2012 season the previous day, has unveiled refitted changing rooms which it hopes will enable and encourage even more swimmers to take full advantage of its heated waters. The project, known as Changing for the Better at The Lido, was made possible by grants from Kellogg’s Swim Active, West Oxfordshire District Council, Chipping Norton Town Council and the Bartlett Taylor Charitable Trust, as well as funds from The Lido’s own reserves.

The Prime Minister, who is also the pool’s Patron, praised the project, saying “The changing rooms look terrific and very smart thanks to Kellogg’s. I’ve always thought this is a great local facility and I remember the threat of its closure and how bad that would have been for Chipping Norton. It’s great to see how the pool is fulfilling its social objectives and striving to ensure that it is able to meet the needs of all members of the local community.”

Trustee Claire Jarvis commented, “For some time now we had been concerned that our antiquated changing facilities, which dated back to the 1970s, were deterring some people from using The Lido, in particular families with young children, older people and disabled swimmers, for whom in every other respect the pool is very attractive.

Bruce Learner, Head of Corporate Responsibility for Kellogg’s added, “Kellogg’s has supported community swimming projects like this one for many years as part of its long term commitment to British Swimming. This project will break down barriers to participation for many people in the local community and encourage families to take part in healthy and fun recreational activities, which is what the Kellogg’s Swim Active project is all about.”

Heather Kennedy, National Development Officer for the ASA working as part of the GPS Team on products such as the Kellogg’s Swim Active Grant scheme to Get More People Swimming, said: “Through our partnership work with both Kellogg’s and the Swimming Trust we aim to get as many people in the pool and enjoying the fantastic benefits that swimming has to offer. Swimming for just half an hour a week can burn about 350 calories and can provide proven benefits to a person’s health and wellbeing. The reopening of the pool here in Chipping Norton is a wonderful example of how, by working together, we can make a real difference to the lives of local families by making an active lifestyle more accessible.”

The new changing rooms feature non-slip flooring, fully accessible cubicles in both the ladies and men’s areas, baby changing facilities, lockers and benches. Apart from the manufacture of the cubicles and lockers, all the work has been carried out by local people.

The Lido re-opened for the 2012 season yesterday and is one of the venues for the national Swimathon fundraising event which takes place over the course of the coming weekend. For details of opening times and other events, visit www.chippylido.co.uk

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