Crewkerne Aqua Centre celebrated its 20th anniversary with the unveiling of a special feature to mark the occasion. The public swimming pool was officially opened by HRH the Princess Royal in 1997, although it had been opened for community use by TV celebrity Falcon, aka Bernadette Hunt from the Gladiators, the previous year. Princess Anne returned to Crewkerne by helicopter, landing on the Henhayes sports field, ten years later on February 15th 2007, when HRH officially opened the Active Lifestyle extension and spoke to members of staff and volunteers at the Aqua Centre.
Crewkerne mayor Ben Hodgson unveiled the new water feature inside the main doors of Crewkerne Aqua Centre on Saturday morning. The mayor said: “The Aqua Centre has been a fantastic facility for Crewkerne for the past twenty years, helping children to learn to swim and their families to keep fit and healthy. I commend Crewkerne Leisure Management, their staff and volunteers for all their hard work over the years. It is a great pleasure to unveil the commemorative water feature, which will provide a fitting celebration of the service that the centre has given to the town.”
A celebration cake to mark the 20th anniversary was cut by manager Neil Sturtivant, who was also celebrating 20 years of being at the helm of the popular community swimming pool and 10 years in charge of its gym and physical fitness centre. The celebration weekend included free general swimming sessions and special landmark swim cards were issued. Crewkerne Aqua Centre is governed by the charitable trust Crewkerne Leisure Management.
Volunteers are very much key to the successful day to day running of the Aqua Centre, who assist with the reception duties and other daily tasks. All lifeguards have the Royal Life Saving Society national pool lifeguard qualification and all swimming coaches are professionally qualified with the Swimming Teachers Association. Crewkerne Aqua Centre is open all year round except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day when it will be closed.