Copmanthorpe Community Pool – Make or Break Time

Since our last update the future of our Project to renovate and re-open the school swimming pool for the benefit of the School and the whole community has become in doubt. This is despite the hard work of the Trustees and other volunteers of the Copmanthorpe Community Pool charity to make progress in the many aspects necessary to achieve a start date for the renovation.

Since our August update, grant applications have been submitted to the Postcode Community Trust, the Tudor Trust, and the Garfield Weston Foundation. Unfortunately all three applications were unsuccessful. The Hobson Charity also responded to our March 2020 application to ask that we reapply once we have two thirds of our funds raised. Our applications to Sport England and the National Lottery for grants to cover the majority of costs cannot be submitted as both funders are currently closed to non-Covid-related projects.

We have also been in discussions with Copmanthorpe Primary School Governors and, in May, we presented an update to them after which we were asked to demonstrate that we had 50% of the necessary funding in place by their October meeting. Given the difficulties of fundraising during Covid-19 we appealed against this criterion and the Governors asked instead for a detailed report against three criteria: funding applications, time frames, and project costs. Our detailed 6-page report showed that, whilst some progress is being made, numerous obstacles remain that are beyond the control of the charity. This included major funders not accepting applications for non-Covid-related projects, project timescales being dependent on City of York council processes, and building costs and duration likely to be increased by additional Covid-19 working measures (full report here). Following their October meeting, the Governors decided to withdraw their support for the Project as – in their view – the Project is not viable in the current climate. Without the Governors’ support our Project cannot continue.

We have requested a meeting with the Governors to discuss their concerns on project viability and hope to reverse their decision in the view of the considerable support for the Project expressed by the community survey, the Parish Council (also one of our funders), and Copmanthorpe’s Ward Councillor David Carr.

However, if a Project of this size does continue, it also needs much more support from the community. As the least deprived ward in York, Copmanthorpe may not access as much funding so a significant proportion of total costs will need to come from private and community funding. Given the Project’s uncertain future, are asking for Pledges of future donations rather than donations. Whilst we sincerely appreciate all the support received so far, responses to previous requests for Pledges have been low. If we are to continue, we need as many Pledges as possible. If you are considering making a contribution to the pool, now is the time to do so. Make a Pledge here or by sending your name, address and Pledge (future donation) amount to or drop off this information at Copmanthorpe Post Office.

Village lottery winning numbers – June to September, 2020

After a summer break, when the lottery draws continued, but the results weren’t posted, we need to catch up with the last four months…
June winners were: first prize, number 15, second prize, number M46, and third prize, number 43.
July winners were: first prize, number 104, second prize, number 17, and third prize number 205.
August winners were: first prize number 58, second prize, number 32, and third prize, number 41.
Lastly, this month’s winners were: first prize, number 201, second prize, number 214, and third prize number 63.
Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you all for your continued support. We hope you are all keeping well.

May village lottery winners

The latest lottery has been drawn and the first prize was won by ticket number M43. Second prize went to ticket number 74, and third prize went to ticket number 177. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you for continuing to support us.

Prize draw winners and brief update

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we had to cancel our end of survey event. So, we conducted the prize draw online, using the system that we have in place for the SinkorWin lottery.

Four prizes were drawn. Ali Adams was the lucky winner of the first prize of a voucher for £40. Steve Dawson won the £30 second prize and very kindly donated it back to Copmanthorpe Community Pool. Gail Blackburn-Barker won the £20 voucher as a third prize, and Rebecca Davies won the £10 third prize. Congratulations to all these lucky winners.

The March and April lottery draws have been made, and the winners notified. The winning numbers for March were 212, 204 and 104. The winning numbers for April were 92, 189 and 62. Thank you all for your continued support.

Brief update: we are currently busy writing and submitting grant applications, using the information from the survey. We are also working on the lease, and other legal issues that will need to be resolved before any work can start. We had lots of volunteers from the survey, and we will be contacting people to ask for their help, as needed. We are considering running an online quiz to raise funds. If anyone would like to help, please do let us know. Thank you.

Community Survey – The Results are in!

The results are in from the community survey we conducted in March. Even with social distancing coming into effect halfway through the survey, nearly 300 people let us know their thoughts about Copmanthorpe Community Pool. The survey reinforced that local people do see a need for the pool with 244 people responding that this was very important or extremely important. The full survey report is now available on the pool survey website.

We are very grateful to Imagine Projects for coordinating the community survey for us.

Please remember to complete our survey

We have a good number of responses, but we need more – please could everyone complete the survey, if you haven’t already done so. Every person in the household can complete the survey. We particularly need responses from retired people and young adults.

The prize draw event will no longer take place, but there is still the opportunity to win a prize. We hope you are all staying safe and well. Thank you for your support.

Please complete our survey

We have had lots of responses so far, but we need more. The survey can be completed by everyone – not just one person per household, so please encourage partners, children, parents and grandparents to complete it. Everyone who completes the survey will have the chance to enter a prize draw.

The pool will be open to everyone, and we hope to have activities for people who are retired, as well as parents, working people, people with disabilities, and children. There will also be the opportunity for private hire, if you prefer to swim only with close friends or family.

You may see us out and about with the surveys over the coming weeks, as we try to meet our quota! Thank you for your continuing support.

February Lottery winners

Congratulations to the winners of the February draw. Ticket number 173 won first prize. Ticket number 155 won the second prize, and ticket number 64 won the third prize. Congratulations and thank you all for your continuing support.