Welcome to Save the SpArC

The Save the SpArC campaign began in 2016 in response to fears that our precious Leisure Centre might close, after the Council announced it would withdraw funding for leisure services across the county. Following a furious outcry, Bishops Castle and district residents persuaded them to change their mind and designate SpArC as one of only two ‘Rural Hubs’ in the whole county to escape the axe.
It has taken almost a year to form a registered charity – Sport and Arts in the Community (SpArC) South West Shropshire (Reg.no. 1170997), which, if not the snappiest name in the world, is now up and running and has raised £83,000 to date, with  the enthusiastic efforts of trustees, volunteers and residents from the whole district.
(for details of trustees, fundraisers etc, see Who’s Who page)
Discussions continue with Shropshire Council as to how SpArC may operate in the future.  In the meantime, it has confirmed its £80k annual subsidy up to 2020 – a major triumph for all of us, although the future is by no means certain.
Shropshire Council has now allocated a £100,000 commitment for urgently needed repairs to the changing rooms and other parts of the pool building. A new pool dehumidifier has already been installed, which is working well.
The remaining works outstanding are now scheduled to happen sometime after Christmas – watch this space!

We are very keen to welcome any ideas, views or comments – please let us know – use the form on the contact us page.

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