Sunday 22 April 2018 - Heritage Open Day

Thanks to all helpers and supporters who came along on. Not only was the weather kind but we met lots of new families whose children took part in our 'Captain Evans' Hat throwing and Hat design/colouring competitions. We had 54 Hats to judge which was not easy - they were all so good! 

Bathwick local Archie Miller came dressed as Captain Evans for the Sydney Gardens event in the afternoon to help capture the imagination of our young visitors. He played the part brilliantly! 

Overall we took nearly £250 in merchandise sales and donations, 81 people filled in our postcard survey (99% with positive comments), and 23 people joined the tours to the Pools. 

Thank you to Savills Bath who are sponsoring our marketing again this year and for donating the prizes and games materials. 


Our latest evening to thank volunteers for the help they give in keeping the Pools maintained and in good condition while we continue to look to bring them back into use. 

Our new chair, Paul Simons (kneeling, front, 2nd left) gave a short update on progress following a recent meeting with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and on a meeting to be held the following day with the site owners, Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES). 

To ensure a clear and consistent message, any further announcement on the way ahead will await agreement by CPT, HLF and B&NES. 

If you would like to consider becoming a volunteer, please see our dedicated webpage


Sunday 26 November was our chance to occupy the Charity Stall at the Christmas Market.  A beautiful day, dry and cold, great for stall-holders and shoppers alike. 

We took a record-breaking £636.60 and gathered about 130 new signatures of support.

All this is down to those who helped, and thanks go to Lesley, Lucy, Ina, Alastair, Ann, Mary, Helen, Jill, Elaine, Etain, Steve, Anne, Alison, Fred, Nick and of course to Sally without whom all this would just not happen!

If you missed the market, you can find our cards and posters at the Bath Area Play Project on Odd Down on Tuesday 12 December (Odd Down Community Centre, Odins Road, Bath BA2 2TL, 1530 to 1730).  You can get the Snowman Xmas card from The Small Shop in the London Road, and A2-size Diving Lady posters from the Framing Workshop in Walcot St and Meltone Gallery in Powlett Rd on the Bathwick Estate.  


Another huge success with more than 600 people turning up to show their support over the three afternoons. Despite the slightly wet and windy weather, our merchandise and the tea room sales raised £827. 249 signed our support form,150 of which were BA1/BA2 post codes, sending a powerful message to the Heritage Lottery Fund of our local support.

Our Sydney Gardens canal invitation - please come on in!

PCSO Barrington Scott with old swimming pal Mark who had not seen each other for some years. 

Molly Taylor, aged 8, pebble-painter.... just one of the many activities which took place

John Pash, now living in New Zealand, met his late wife Pauline at the Pools in 1952. 


Around 45 of the great and good of Bath’s professional establishment attended the event, hosted by Savings Champion, a local Bath business, and their sister company The Private Office. 

Emphasising how much extra funding is still needed, Ina Harris, Head of our Fundraising Working Group, thanked Savings Champion for their generous support: “The future of the Pools lies in the balance. If we are to secure our Stage II Heritage Lottery grant of £3.7M to get restoration work underway next year, we have to meet our match-funding target of £530,000. We still have to raise £150,000 and cannot take anything for granted so we continue to appeal to Bath businesses and individuals to help us achieve our 2020 opening”.

Julian Frere from The Private Office said: “We are very happy to support the Cleveland Pools Trust and it’s great to have had the chance to do so in its own beautiful surroundings. The project is a worthy cause for Bath and we hope to highlight the importance of this site both historically and to the broader community”.

Guests were treated to delicious canapés, and given an entertaining slide-show talk on the fascinating history of the Cleveland Pools -  the UK's only surviving outdoor Georgian lido - dating back to 1815, marked more notably as the ‘end of the Napoleonic wars’.

Thanks go to Katie Horne from Savings Champion, also a Cleveland Pools volunteer, and her colleague Lily Warne for organising the event. 

Invited guests are addressed by The Private Office's Julian Frere