Monday, 24 September 2018

Swimming group fears closure after 40 years

A SWIMMING group that is celebrating its 40th anniversary fears it might sink if it doesn’t

A SWIMMING group that is celebrating its 40th anniversary fears it might sink if it doesn’t attract new members.

Henley Leisure Swimming Club was formed in 1976 and is aimed at swimmers who prefer a more gentle pace. It meets on Sunday mornings at Henley leisure centre in Gillotts Lane and hires the pool for half an hour.

However, the club now only has seven members and says its running costs are becoming unsustainable as a result. It needs to recruit at least three more people if it is to survive.

The club was started by a group of people who worked at the BBC Monitoring station at Caversham Park. It later expanded its membership to anyone who was interested.

Chairman Tony Koral said: “Most of the original members have gone but we’re keen to keep it going. It would be a shame if we couldn’t go on. If we can’t get back up to at least 10, the costs will get ridiculously high and then it becomes prohibitive.



“We actively discourage people who want to go charging up and down the pool. Our members want to go at their own pace and not get swamped. It’s about having a swim and a chat, though there’s probably more swimming than chatting.”

Membership is £35 per quarter. To find out more or join, call (01491) 681706 or email tonykoral@ btinternet.com



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