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GALLERY: New Bathing Pools a “community asset”

GALLERY: New Bathing Pools a “community asset”

Wednesday 22 June 2022

GALLERY: New Bathing Pools a “community asset”

Wednesday 22 June 2022


Vive La Valette’s Community Lead has called the redevelopment of the Bathing Pools “a real labour of love” following the gradual opening of facilities to the public since the Jubilee weekend.

Helen Bonner-Morgan told Express there were some initial concerns about “maintaining the history of the site,” but said there has been positive public reaction to the development.

“People love the building; it shows what considered architecture can do for an area.”

She said the team has been “pleased to welcome various community groups such as schools and the existing swimming community” to the pools, adding that those enjoying the facilities were multi-generational and from all demographics.

“It’s been a real labour of love for a lot of people, more are seeing the benefits and getting on board.

“If that’s a measure of success, then so far so good."

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Pictured: Community Lead for Vive La Valette, Helen Bonner-Morgan.

Ms Bonner-Morgan admitted there has been “a few teething problems, but that’s only to be expected,” saying market forces often affect major building projects. 

“We’ve been offering a limited menu at the café and have gradually opened up the changing rooms and gardens.”

A small garden area and some elements of pool-side work are still to be completed by States’ engineers.

“We still have some fundraising to do, and we would love to hear from people who are excited and want to support the charity,” added Ms Bonner-Morgan. 

Ms Bonner-Morgan said there are still some cladding strips remaining for people to engrave their names on, as a fundraising initiative. 

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Pictured: The building was completed in time for the Jubilee celebrations and heatwave.

The first private board meeting is happening today in the upstairs room at the site and has already been opened to other community groups.

These include a Sports Commission training day, fitness classes on the terrace, and a Guernsey Cheshire Home sunrise swim.

Ms Bonner-Morgan says they already have several corporate supporters. Packages are available too, allowing business to utilise the upstairs space twice per year. 

Last week, Guernsey Cheshire Home visited the pools. Ms Bonner-Morgan said she was “inspired to get involved with accessibility” so that all could “take advantage of the beautiful views”.

She said access to the café and water’s edge were “seamless and incredibly moving” to see.

“Most vulnerable people can visit this site with their children and grandchildren and take part.”

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Pictured: People enjoying drinks and snacks from the café on Wednesday morning.

Ms Bonner-Morgan said she was delighted that people have “seen dolphins, been taking part in early-morning swimming and enjoying coffee in the mornings".

The café is open from 07:00 to 16:00, and most of the showers share the same opening times.

She invited everyone to visit and share in “the community asset” of the pools. 

She also said a “grand opening is in our minds” for the future. 

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