Open day shows off refurbished Heckington swimming pool

Villagers were keen not to miss the first chance to take a dip in the refurbished community pool in Heckington - for free.

Heckington swimming pool gala open day after major refurbishment. L-R Rodger Doughty, Sheryl White, David O'Brien, Tracy Cooke, Maxine Aldred, Brian Grant. EMN-190605-103951001
Heckington swimming pool gala open day after major refurbishment. L-R Rodger Doughty, Sheryl White, David O'Brien, Tracy Cooke, Maxine Aldred, Brian Grant. EMN-190605-103951001

The revamped swimming pool was officially unveiled to the community at a public open day held on Saturday morning.

People could enjoy a free swim and see all the improvement work that has been done over a drink and cakes, as well as find out more about what is on offer or volunteer to help at the pool.

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Heckington Parish Council awarded a £4,000 grant plus a £4,000 loan to Heckington’s Community Swimming Pool Committee to help pay for the £16,000 worth of work which included replacing the damaged pool liner on the Howell Road facility.

Heckington swimming pool gala open day after major refurbishment. Sarah O'Brien and Alan Mellett at the new entrance. EMN-190605-104008001

An automatic chemical dosing machine has been fitted and a new entrance created. The pool is managed by local volunteers who sub-lease it from Heckington Parish Council.

New safety standards and regulations require that the pool flooring has a dimple surface making it non-slip and needs to be far more substantial to cope with usage by the neighbouring school.

Heckington swimming pool gala open day after major refurbishment. L-R Euan Watson 7 and Harley Rudkin 7. EMN-190605-104024001