Hampton Pool Trust

Who we are

Hampton Pool Trust is the governing body of the public open-air swimming pool at Hampton, having taken over responsibility for this from the Council in 1985. It is a not-for-profit Company limited by guarantee which is registered as an educational charity.

The objects for which the Trust is established are:

  • To provide swimming and associated facilities at Hampton Swimming Pool situated at High Street, Hampton, Middlesex, for the benefit all of all the inhabitants of Hampton, Hampton Hill and local area aforesaid without distinction of sex or political or other opinions.
  • To associate with local authorities, voluntary organisations and the said inhabitants in a common effort to provide, in the interests of social welfare, such swimming and associated facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life of the said inhabitants.
Hampton Pool logos

Hampton Pool logos over the past 30 years

How we operate

The Company is led by an unpaid volunteer Board of Directors, who are also Trustees of the Charity, and who are elected to carry these responsibilities by the Members of the Company. Trustees serve a three-year tenure and must then stand for re-election by the Members if they wish to continue to serve on the Board.

The Trust fulfils its duties through the following committees, each of which operate under Terms of Reference that are reviewed annually:

  • Operations & Oversight
  • Communications & Outreach
  • Finance
  • Governance & Ethics
  • Building Development
  • Fundraising

There is also a Summer Picnic concerts team who have delegated responsibility for the organisation and production of 6 fundraising events each year.

Hampton Pool Trust Company Strategy

Review

The Board reviewed and developed the 2011 strategy (last revised in 2015) at the HPT Away Day held in October 2019 and developed the strategic headlines for the five years from 2020.

Strategic Vision 2020

To secure the future of Hampton Pool as a sustainable, enjoyable, year-round, open-air environment for swimming and other activities to benefit the health and wellbeing of our community.

Objectives

Hampton Pool Trust is a non-profit making organisation that runs Hampton Pool for the benefit of the local community. The objectives of the Hampton Pool Trust Board are detailed here. These headline objectives are supported by action/project plans which in some cases are developed by specific Board Committees and in other cases by project teams led by specific Board Directors.

1. To be financially and environmentally sustainable.

Financial sustainability:
  • By completing the building development for year-round revenue streams.
  • By developing and implementing the fundraising strategy for the Trust.
  • Through the development of pool infrastructure and by ensuring effective maintenance.
  • By negotiating relevant licences from The Royal Parks to secure the pool throughout the period of the development and beyond.
  • By finalising arrangements for the new management contract to cover pool operation throughout and following the development.
Environmental sustainability:
  • By developing environmental initiatives in line with best practice (with London Plan and local plans as a minimum)

2. To provide a safe, welcoming and enjoyable user experience:

  • By meeting customer expectations through proactive partnership with our service provider.
  • By ensuring that our buildings and infrastructure are fit for purpose and are updated in line with regulatory changes.
  • By developing the pool in line with best practice in the open-air swimming pool community.

3. To extend community engagement in health and wellbeing activities.

  • By further developing positive relationships with stakeholders.
  • By review and redevelopment of our communication platforms and content.
  • By developing our networks to extend community outreach and engagement in line with our charitable objectives.

Legal structure

Hampton Pool Trust is a registered charity (294117) and a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (1870925).

The Trust has a board of voluntary honorary directors/trustees drawn from the local community who are also the trustees under charity law.

These people constitute the board of management who have overall responsibility for the policy and proper direction of the company. The day-to-day management and administration of the Pool is carried out by professionally qualified staff from the leisure industry. Since 1 April 2007, Hampton Pool has been managed by YMCA St Paul’s Group (formerly YMCA London South West) on behalf of Hampton Pool Trust. The YMCA are also a charity organisation and, importantly, have a wealth of experience in the leisure industry, running gyms, cafes and other sports facilities.

The Trust does not have shareholders but has members who have each guaranteed an amount of £25 should the company fail. These members have the right to elect directors at the Annual General Meeting and vote on matters relating to the Trust. Membership of the company is open to anyone over 18 who has the best interests of Hampton Pool at heart and applications are subject to the approval of the Board.

Trustees

Jane Savidge – Chair and interim Company Secretary
Mark Doyle – Interim Finance director
Ralph Arundell
Andy Cowper
Sandra Cummings
Alex Fell
Grahame Hadden
Jean Hughes Bell
Tim Lawes
Stuart Leamy
Sam Murphy
Daphne Wharton
Michael White

Relationship between Hampton Pool Trust and YMCA St Paul’s Group

(formerly YMCA London South West and prior to that Kingston & Wimbledon YMCA)

Since April 2007 the day-to-day management of the facility has been contracted out to YMCA St Paul’s Group (formerly YMCA London South West and prior to that Kingston & Wimbledon YMCA).

The YMCA are also a charity organisation and, of particular importance, have a wealth of experience in the leisure industry and share our strategic focus on community health and wellbeing. This has resulted in a higher level of management professionalism and the arrangements run very smoothly.

This does not mean, however, that Hampton Pool Trust has no ongoing job to do. Trustees have a duty to monitor the management agreement with the YMCA, to strive to improve the facilities and to ensure that there are contingency plans for the continuation of swimming at Hampton Pool if the management agreement with YMCA is terminated.

Furthermore, Hampton Pool Trust remains the owner of the main swimming tank, the learner pool, the buildings and most of the equipment. The directors/trustees therefore have duties of ownership of these substantial assets. Hampton Pool Trust holds the licence to use the site and lastly, but perhaps most importantly, the Trustees are also the main guardians of the unique nature and special ethos of Hampton Pool.

History of the Trust

Opening day in 1922

Opening day in 1922

The pool and cubicles in the 1930s

The pool and cubicles in the 1930s

The pool in the 1950s

The pool in the 1950s

The Urban District Council of Hampton originally opened Hampton Pool in 1922 and successive local authorities managed it until it was temporarily closed after the summer season of 1980.

Over the years the swimming pool had been enlarged and the current building was erected in 1960. For four years after closure in 1980 the pool became a fly tipper’s paradise. In 1983 the Council announced the permanent closure of the pool and the intention to return it to parkland. However, the plan was turned down by the planning committee, thanks to the late Councillor Gordon Banks who voted against his party and said that the Sink or Swim campaign should be given a chance to see what they could do.

The vigorous local ‘Sink or Swim’ campaign, along with a local by-election that led to a change in control of the Council in 1984, resulted in the Council challenging what is now Hampton Pool Trust to prove (via fundraising in the community) that there was sufficient local support for the reopening of the facility. They offered to match our efforts with a grant of a pound for every pound raised up to a total of £20,000. In fact, a total of £25,000 was raised, largely thanks to the organisation and inspiration of John Bryce (then Headmaster of Buckingham School), who marshalled a small army of volunteers who rattled buckets, ran events and generally worked tirelessly in support of the pool. That, and the grant of £25,000 from the soon to be defunct GLC, persuaded the Council and The Royal Parks that the pool should be reopened.

The first step was to provide heated water but other refurbishment was also carried out. This refurbishment was given a huge amount of support by the Manpower Services Commission’s Youth Training Scheme (YTS) which provided, at almost no cost to the pool, the staff who, along with an army of local volunteers, did a great deal of the work in clearing, painting and refurbishing the site ready for reopening. The YTS staff then went on to be the lifeguards for the first season.

Marshall Lees with local councillor Toby Jessel and other supporters

Marshall Lees (centre with sheepskin coat) with local MP Toby Jessel (fourth from left) and other supporters

Overgrown and closed

Overgrown and closed for over four years

Tony Harris, Gavin Alexander, Stuart Leamy, Jane Smith and Roy Freeman after the pool was handed to the Hampton Pool Limited (now Hampton Pool Trust) in December 1984.

Tony Harris, Gavin Alexander, Stuart Leamy, Jane Smith and Roy Freeman after the pool was handed to the Hampton Pool Limited (now Hampton Pool Trust) in December 1984.

Our achievements

Hampton Pool Trust is a not-for-profit company and a registered charity. Since 1985 when the pool re-opened to the public, the pool has developed into a valuable community facility, thanks to the huge, unpaid effort of trustees and well-wishers.

Over the years
  • The second teaching pool was built at a cost of £120,000.
  • Additional land was acquired from the Royal Parks (our landlord).
  • The gym was created in 1989 and was completely refurbished in 2008.

In 1994, a major redevelopment plan, costed at £2.3 million, was submitted for planning permission and an application made to the National Lottery for part funding. Unfortunately this application was turned down.

Marshall Lees with Ronald Sim at the Sink or Swim fundraising Fun Run

Marshall Lees with Ronald Sim at the Sink or Swim fundraising Fun Run

The Sink or Swim fundraising Fun Run in Bushy Park

The Sink or Swim fundraising Fun Run in Bushy Park

Guest of honour Olympic Gold winning medallist Duncan Goodhew cuts the cake at the Opening Party in 1985

Guest of honour Olympic Gold winning medallist Duncan Goodhew cuts the cake at the Opening Party in 1985

With financial assistance from Hampton Fuel Allotments Charity (now Hampton Fund) and LBRuT, 2004 saw the completion of improvements that included the refurbishment of the pool tank (at a cost of some £370,000) and a new roof covering to repair the leaking building and the ‘new look’ Hampton Pool was reopened.

The first refurbishment of the interior of the main building during 2006 included the reception area, studio, changing rooms, underfloor heating and level access. In the autumn of 2007, the gym was refurbished with a second phase of changing room refurbishment completed in 2011 (jointly funded by HPT and YMCA London South West).

There remains much to do to improve the facility – including improvements to the changing rooms, gym and café, providing access to the first floor for people who cannot climb stairs and resurfacing, drainage and lighting of the car park.

Opening poster and subsequent timetable leaflets

Opening poster and subsequent timetable leaflets

Promoting the Splash For Cash fundraising event around the streets of Hampton

Promoting the Splash For Cash fundraising event around the streets of Hampton

Splash For Cash fundraising event with guest of honour Chris Tarrant

Splash For Cash fundraising event with guest of honour Chris Tarrant

Working with the YMCA

Since April 2007 the day-to-day management of the facility has been contracted out to YMCA St Paul’s Group (formerly known as YMCA London South West and previously Kingston & Wimbledon YMCA), resulting in a higher level of professionalism.

This does not mean, however, that Hampton Pool Trust has no ongoing job to do.

Trustees have a duty to monitor the management agreement, strive to improve the facilities and ensure that there are contingency plans for swimming at Hampton Pool to continue if the Management Agreement with YMCA St Paul’s Group is terminated.

Furthermore, the Trust remains the owner of the Hampton Pool facilities, the main swimming pool, the learner pool, the buildings and most of the equipment. The directors/trustees therefore have duties of ownership of these substantial assets.

Hampton Pool Trust also holds the licence to use the two-acre site. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, Trustees are also the guardians of the unique and special ethos of Hampton Pool.

Reinforced concrete new tub, 2004

New reinforced concrete tub, 2004

Heavy lifting required, 2004

Concrete for the base is pumped in, 2004

The new tank is re-tiled, 2004

The new tank is re-tiled, 2004

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