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A minor change to the popular booking event at 10 am on Saturdays.

 
The option of booking the pool at this rock-bottom price (of £30) has turned out much more popular than we could ever have imagined. Last  Saturday (1st August) all the available slots were hoovered up in about 3 minutes!

We set the price this low to ensure that local people who would normally have paid on the gate weren't 'priced out of the market’ by our normal hire fee of £60 (for an hour).  Also, we think at this time of difficulty with coronavirus, a safe swim at a great price is a little ray of sunshine!

But, this means there are many people who are disappointed and some people are getting slots while others are still tapping in their details. And a lot of the bookings are from out-of-town which makes the Wotton folk, whose pool it is, doubly disappointed.

Back in 2010 when we took over operational control from Stroud District Council we held a referendum in Wotton and people voted resoundingly (1,082 votes, vs 102 from an eligible electorate of about 4,400) to raise their own council tax (the ‘precept’) to support the running of the pool. Also there is a huge amount of voluntary effort going in locally to help run this community enterprise.

Since the referendum, some other local parish councils also contribute financially to the running of the pool every year, including Tresham, Hillesley and Kingswood villages

We therefore think we owe the folk of Wotton, Tresham, Kingswood and Hillesley a bit of priority and so they will get a short period (15 minutes) to have first choice on the bookings.
 
Please note, the person who books the pool is required to attend with the group

Everyone is welcome for a family-type swim (we are less enthusiastic about out-of-town swimming clubs, particularly if it is accompanied by tuition) but we do feel the people who have invested in the facility with their time and council tax should have a better chance to use their own pool…
 
In addition we have opened yet more slots for people to book (now a 9 am start)
 
Weekdays 9 am until 7 pm (finish at 8 pm)
Weekends 9 am until 5 pm (finish at 6 pm)
 
One constraint we insist on is that the booker turns up on the slot they’ve booked and doesn’t do informal swaps with others in a ‘grey market’.  If you want to swap a session get in touch with us and we will do our best to make that change for you -- or do a refund if we can’t get it to work.
 
Also, we have kept the price as low as we can so that as few people as possible (who might normally turn up and swim) are put off by the price.  In return it would be great if people avoid doing multiple bookings when the slots come available.  
 
And just to reduce the deluge (good water-based metaphor there!) of questions received via our contact email here are a few  things that we can usefully clarify...
  • The booking horizon is two weeks from the Saturday release date.  Asking for sessions after that horizon results in a polite demurral -- and we are happy to explain, but  it does take time to write a pleasantly respectful and friendly response -- and I hope you will understand that we are astonishingly busy at the moment.
  • We reckon babies are normally carried around in the pool by an adult so we think that the pair of them constitutes a single receive/deliver coronavirus risk entity.  So babies are not counted as individuals in the 10 swimmers.
  • Groups often have a few spectators with them to enjoy the trip out and help with child care etc.  We are happy to welcome 3 extra people on the pool side with up to 10 in the water.  We have judged that to go much beyond this raises the transmission risk for our supervising staff. 
We are having lots of fun delivering a service that the town so clearly enjoys and we hope you are enjoying it too!

We're doing everything we can so that as many people as possible can swim  safely at Wotton Pool.