Woodford Halse Community pool wins comedy night

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Efforts to raise the thousands of pounds needed to keep the Woodford Halse Academy’s swimming pool open were given a boost by winning an amazing comedy night competition.

The fund raising drive hopes to raise £8,000 in order to ensure the popular pools continued use by the community.

Flock Comedy, which runs innovative, ‘pop-up’ comedy clubs, pledged to help a good cause raise money through the medium of laughter.

The Academy was able to bag the prize of a comedy night by receiving the most votes in Flock’s Facebook competition, as well as illustrating the worthiness of the cause through an online submission. Flock Comedy is no strangers to the area having supported the Friends of the Deddington Library and the Deddington Arts Festival in the past.

The Academy has struggled to open the pool in the last few years but in May of this year, parents of the school were informed that the academy just didn’t have the funds to open the pool in the summer term, something the children look forward to every year.

With the support of the parents, local people and businesses, an staggering £9,000 was raised in just over three weeks.

Thankfully, this meant the pool opened for the children to swim, giving them a chance to learn the vital life skill of swimming and to have fun and enjoyment along the way.

Emma O’Hanlon, chair of the Woodford Halse Academy Swimming Pool Committee (WHASP), said: “The support to get the pool open in the summer term was overwhelming, which has inspired us to now aim to get the pool open every year without question.

“For this to happen, we need to raise £8,000 each year just to open it for one term, however, we have also set our sights on trying to get the pool open longer during the year by (possibly) getting it covered.

“We also want to be able to hire our pool out to local companies and other schools to generate additional income and of course revamp the pool with new changing rooms, new tiling and a general makeover.”

Mike Wills, headteacher of Woodford Halse Academy, said: “The pool is a great asset to our school. All children aged four to 11 have swam three times a week in the summer term and will continue to swim weekly in September.

“We are very grateful to all the generous donations we have received so far and to now have the WHASP committee in place proactively caring for the swimming pools future is tremendous.”

The event will be publicised by Flock which will also print flyers and tickets for the event.

Harry Stachini, Dave Arnold and Chris McCausland have been confirmed for the December 9 comedy evening which starts at 8pm at the Woodford Halse Social Club.

Tickets for the show are just £15 and can be bought by visiting the WHASP Facebook page.