Local sport association given financial boost

Newbury Building Society donates £500 to Winchester Lido Sports Association to assist with its restoration project.

The donation from the Society’s Community Support Scheme has helped the sports centre to reach its fundraising goal of £4000, the amount required to restore the historic lido to its former glory.

Charity trustee Francis Burgess said: “The response to our fundraising campaign has been fantastic. We’re very grateful for the support, including from grant-makers and those who offered rewards for the Crowdfunder. It’s clear that local people still love the lido building and want to see it restored.’’ 

The lido and its sports club were built in 1934 and is cherished by the community as a venue with a fascinating history. The original lido swimming pool and clubhouse once served as a WW2 base for the armed forces. Now owned by The Winchester Lido Sports Association, it sports hall hosts many sporting activities including martial arts. 

Michael Harden, Product Marketing Assistant at Newbury Building Society visited the Lido and said “I was so pleased to be able to visit the Lido and witness first-hand the beauty of the historic building. Now more than ever, local centres such as these play a vital part in the community and enable people to get together, have fun and stay fit in a beautiful setting. I look forward to seeing the restoration project progress in the future.” 

The Society’s Community Support Scheme funds are awarded four times a year and the next deadline for applications is Sunday 29 August 2021.   

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