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Meldreth Primary School


Any child attending the school over the past fifty years will have singular and cherished memories of swimming in the school’s learner pool across the playground. Generations of rubber-capped children have gingerly climbed the steps into the waist deep water - usually as temperate as a tepid cup of tea - and awaited instructions from the teacher perched on the raised platform at the side. It became a tradition during my years as the Year 6 teacher for the leavers to have a ‘pool party’ on their final day at the end of the summer term, where any teachers standing at the poolside would become utterly and entirely soaked! But for three long years now, the door to the pool has been closed. Briars and brambles have grown thick and dense at the poolside while stagnant pond water, bloomed with algae trails has settled in the bottom of the pool itself.


When the pool was condemned in our centenary year of 2010, the cost of replacement seemed too great a challenge for the school to meet. However, years of dogged determination, most particularly from our fantastic PTA, led by the tireless enthusiasm of Jane Fosbeary, and the generous support of the local community, have finally brought about a return of swimming at last to Meldreth Primary School! The local community has been amazingly supportive over the past three years, making many donations to the fundraising group. Money has been raised from coffee mornings, school cake sales, quiz nights, raffles, fairs and even a sponsored sky dive. In addition, wonderful donations from the British Queen after their Band event and also the village May Fayre committee have helped to raise a phenomenal amount of money which at last has turned around our pool’s fortunes. Even six months ago it really looked as though this would be a battle we could not win, but a final and resolute push from an ever


Above: the pool prior to renovation 20


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