Looking back at Shepton's pools
THIS week’s Looking Back looks at Shepton Mallet swimming pool in the news. In this week in 1963 the Journal reported that Shepton Mallet Swimming Baths had been poorly supported on account of the weather, but the previous weekend had seen fair attendance for a final dip before the baths closed for the season.
Pool supervisor Mr A Stote, who returned to Shepton after three seasons at the Lymington Sea Baths, had with the assistance with his wife been giving free swimming lessons to children during the school holidays.
Numbers had to be limited, but 55 children attended the classes and 20 learned to swim, some obtaining certificates.
A number of children aged 10 to 13 were awarded certificates for swimming three miles.
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Nearly 100 others obtained certificates for swimming distances from one length to half a mile.
In this week in 1988 a major leisure survey which called for the closure of Shepton Mallet’s ageing outdoor swimming pool was lambasted by town and district councillor John Gilham.
At the unveiling of the £25,000 independent survey, known as Leisure Strategy 2000, Mr Gilham refused to be silent as he shouted his objection to suggestions that Shepton people could travel to a nearby pool elsewhere in the district until a new indoor pool is provided in their town.