THIS small swimming club was formed in 1976 from a group of swimmers, mostly employees of the
THIS small swimming club was formed in 1976 from a group of swimmers, mostly employees of the BBC and the landlord and regulars of the Bottle and Glass in Binfield Heath (sadly, currently closed).
It was formed with but one objective — to provide a leisurely swim in an uncrowded pool.
To this end, the pool at Henley leisure centre was hired on a Sunday morning before it was open to the public and membership was limited to 16 adults.
Health and safety regulations have subsequently changed, so we now have to have separate insurance.
The club and all swimmers are insured as members of the Amateur Swimming Association and, even after lifeguard training, members are not allowed to patrol their own sessions, so lifeguards are also hired.
With the backing of South Oxfordshire District Council, which is very keen to promote good health and fitness for the over-thirties, the club continues to cater for those more leisurely swimmers who prefer to take their time swimming, rather than participate in more energetic lane swimming sessions and continues to meet on Sundays from 8.30am to 9am at the leisure centre pool.
Apart from that, nothing has materially changed, although due to the advancing age of a few members and relocation, membership has now dropped to a level which may inevitably force closure of the club.
Consequently a few (four or five) new members are being actively recruited in order to keep the fees affordable.
Anyone who is interested is invited to contact either the secretary James Cushing at firstname.lastname@example.org or the chairman Tony Koral at email@example.com