Unfortunately, staff shortages mean that the pool will be closed again from 4pm this afternoon, John’s Aquarobics will run as normal at 7pm, and we apologise to anyone who is going to be disappointed at being unable to swim. While there have been a few recent closures, it’s a good time to reflect on what we’ve achieved so far!
Birmingham City Council had planned to close Moseley Road Baths completely in summer 2017 and we managed to convince them to extend that to give us time to prepare a business plan to see if we could run swimming ourselves. Our Trustees are all volunteers who have put in hours of work so that we were ready to take over in April this year and have continued to give their time to try to give our beautiful historic pool the future it deserves.
We’ve recruited a few members of staff and many more volunteers from the local community who have all been working hard to make Moseley Road Baths a friendly and welcoming place. Our new apprentice starts soon and we’re also still recruiting and training volunteers so that there will be fewer closures in the future and so that we can open for longer for local swimmers. We ran our first course of women only swimming lessons during the summer and our first women’s lifeguarding course starts this weekend so that we’ll be able to offer more women only sessions in the future and meet the needs of our local community.
We’re also continuing to work alongside Historic England, World Monuments Fund, National Trust and Birmingham City Council to try to find ways to restore Moseley Road Baths to its former glory. Whilst we’ve had a few problems lately, we’re listening to your feedback and working hard to #keepswimmingmrb!