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Dursley Pool to bury time capsule

Published: Monday, 7 December, 2015

With demolition work starting on the main office block at Dursley Swimming Pool as part of its transformation into a new leisure centre, staff at the pool are looking to the future by asking its customers and local residents for contributions for a time capsule.

Angela Gillingham, general manager of the Stroud District Council run pool, said:

“The pool is already considered a key part of the community and we want to give local people the opportunity to be part of this exciting and historic development. We’re asking people to provide and suggest items that should go into the capsule, which is intended to be opened in 50 years’ time.”

In January, the foundations will be laid for the new leisure centre building and the time capsule marked ‘Open in 2065’ will be buried within them.

Mrs Gillingham added:

“We already have letters from past managers, memories from children who swim with their school and have a book in reception for current customers to contribute. We’re looking for anything which relates to current times or has a local connection.”

The council is investing just over £1.7 million to provide new facilities including a gym, spin and dance studio, and improved viewing and disabled changing areas to turn a standalone swimming pool into a fully-fledged leisure centre. The centre’s gym is currently located at Rednock School and is only open part time. The new centre, due to open in July next year, will be open from early morning to late evening, seven days a week.

In the past month a new ramp has been installed as part of changes required to access the new building. The car park will be reconfigured with disabled parking next to the ramp. Over the next few months a temporary car park layout will be in place as building work progresses.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the time capsule should email dursley.pool@stroud.gov.uk call 01453 546441 or visit the pool, by 20th December 2015.

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