Keep Overton Swimming!

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Total raised £51,726

raised so far

+ est. £2859.50 Gift Aid



Our pool needs a major refurbishment to keep Overton swimming for the next 25 years. This crowdfunding appeal will replace the pool liner.

We're still collecting donations

On the 22nd July 2022 we'd raised £49,198 with 286 supporters in 35 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

We have a wish list of extras that would bring our pool up to date, extend our sessions and reduce the workload for our volunteers. 

Improving our pool covers and overhead lighting are examples of this. Lighting would enable us to run evening sessions broadening when we can open. This will be part of our full refurbishment - work that needs doing to get us set up for another generation of swimming. 

Extending our target to £55 000 will help us get closer to our full refurbishment budget to get our pool fully refurbished.

Who are we?

Lordsfield Swimming Club was established in 1963 and was a community effort from the start. Initially it was for the children of Overton but since we gained charitable status we have expanded our sessions.

“The benefit to the children is incredible. It’s inspiring to watch them grow in confidence in and out of the water”. (volunteer)

Saturday afternoon swimming1653545717_general_pool_low_res.jpg

Community impact

Generations of Overtonians have learnt to swim at the Overton pool and it holds a fond place in the hearts of the villagers. 

"The pool is a vital community asset. It ensures school age children learn to swim, as I did myself over 50 years ago. It provides healthy exercise for the whole community." (member).

How our project will be United by Birmingham 2022, Commonwealth Games

We all know how excited we were watching our GB swimmers in the Olympics - especially watching GB win gold with the inaugural 4x100m mixed medley relay in a world-record time as we had a local family connection to Kathleen Dawson who swam alongside, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Anna Hopkin.
With the Commonwealth Games coming to Birmingham in 2022 we will again be focussed on inspiring our young swimmers in Overton to extend their swimming skills and distances. Our project to invest in our local pool will really build a future legacy. Many local pools have closed in recent years and this refurbishment will set our pool in good stead to last for another generation of swimmers and who knows, we may have a champion in our midst!

Kids with their challenge certificates


Newer residents have taken the pool to their hearts too, with many joining our team to settle in to village life and become a part of our community.

“The pool side attitude embodies inclusivity. This should be something to build on and an example for others to follow. I am proud to be a small part of this wonderful village asset.” (volunteer)


We have a whole range of sessions to appeal to as wide an audience as possible.

  • Low cost swimming lessons
  • Children's swims
  • Family swims
  • Lane swimming for competent swimmers
  • Aquafit 
  • Teen sessions 
  • Early morning swim sessions

Our pool is entirely run by volunteers, over 100 of them. They fulfil roles such as life guarding and first aiders, pool plant operators keeping the back room running as well as admin, accounts, membership and fundraising. 

“My kids learnt what it's like to be part of a community who support each other. Maybe that why we get young people joining the ranks of our volunteers when they're older. The pool is just amazing!” (parent)

Volunteers training to be poolside lifeguards


Our volunteers get so much back from giving their time: 

“Volunteering made me feel valued, useful and gave me a sense of purpose that I had thought I’d lost. I’m so very grateful for the friendship and positivity that the pool community offers.” (volunteer)

Aquafit classes 1653583001_aqua_fit.jpg

“I loved the aquafit classes and was so grateful for the opportunity to take part, chat and swim with a lovely bunch of friendly people.” (member)

Why are we crowdfunding?

The pool is due a major refurbishment to keep Overton swimming for the next 25 years. Our ambitious Crowdfunding goal will enable us to replace the pool liner which has some small tears and leaks, as part of a broader project. Without the investment now we would face closure within the next few years.  

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How we’ll spend the money raised

A new pool liner costs in the region of £35 000 to replace – we don’t have a tiled pool, instead we have a vinyl liner that lasts for around 20 years. The pool liner replacement is one part of a larger pool refurbishment project that is planned for the closed winter seasons of 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024 to minimise impact on our opening. 

The project will be a major undertaking for our membership and community. We currently have £85 000 in our reserves earmarked for the full project. The money has been raised through membership fees, fundraising events and donations from individuals and from local companies (thanks Editorial Office!) as well as grants from the Parish Council, County Council and other organisations. We are continuing to apply for grants and run events to reach our greater target and we have now stretched our initial target to £55 000 to help us reach this broader goal with your help.  

What does our pool liner and surround currently look like?

Missing hand rail


Leaky Liner


Crumbling pool surround


What do our broader refurbishment plans look like?

Arial view and cross section - most of the works will be underground


The details of what we will do:

  • A new plantroom building, pumps, filters, air source heat pump, controls and ancillary equipment
  • Replacement of all supply and return pipework, inlets and sumps
  • The most challenging part of the work will be to turn a 1960’s pool into a modern “splash deck” pool. This will require a new reinforced concrete spill channel along one side of the pool. This will collect the overflow from the pool from where it will be piped back to the plantroom.

Once work is complete it will take Overton's pool forward for the next generation of swimmers.

Confident young underwater swimmers (and our current pool liner!)


How you can play your part?

Our campaign lasts just 5 weeks 17th June to 22nd July - support us now and help us reach our goal! There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out and add you to our wall display of local businesses who have supported the refurbishment project.

4. Sign up for our sponsored swim (9th July). Use the button on our page to get started. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. 

5. Or create a fundraiser of your own... and let us know what you are doing so we can help get more support for your cause!

To contact us press the "Contact the project" button at the top right of the page or email us on [email protected] or message us on Facebook 


Thank you to Janice Stott our official (and volunteer) photographer, for the amazing photographs and Izzie Kater, one of our young volunteers, for the video.

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This project offered rewards

£9 or more

Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants

A £10 voucher for Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants Nursery in Freefolk Priors.

£9 or more

Fresh Milk To Your Door

A £10 voucher for Sunrise Dairies! Milk and dairy produced delivered direct to your door!

£9 or more

Toni Hair - Boys Hair Cut

£10 voucher towards a boy's haircut at Toni Hair in Overton

£12 or more

Toni Hair - Mens Hair Cut

£15 voucher towards a man's haircut at Toni Hair in Overton

£15 or more

Death in the Stars

Paperback copy of Death in the Stars, Kate Shackleton Mystery by Frances Brody. Signed and dedicated to the supporters of Overton Community Pool.

£18 or more

Need a Plumber?

£20 voucher for any service from Stickland Plumbing and Heating Ltd.

£20 or more

Y6/Y7 Tutoring Session

90 minute tutoring session for a Y6/7 child about to start secondary school - a fun & confidence-building session to help a child prepare to start secondary school in September.

£20 or more

Tutoring Session (Core Subjects Aged 7-16)

Need a little help with Maths, English, Science or History? Choose this 90 minute session with an experienced local tutor for any 7-16 year old - a fun & confidence-building session on any core curriculum subject.

£20 or more

Murder in the Afternoon

Hardback copy of Murder in the Afternoon, Kate Shackleton Mystery by Frances Brody. Signed and dedicated to the supporters of Overton Community Pool.

£35 or more

Improve your French

One hour French conversation with a native French speaker (Anne) with a home-made brioche and French coffee.

£35 or more

Improve Your Spanish

One hour Spanish conversation with a native Spanish speaker (Maria) with Spanish coffee and Catalan pastry known as Coca de St Joan

£50 or more

Hot Tub Relaxation Spa

An hour of relaxation in the spa hot tub at Laurabella Day Spa in Kingsclere. 4 people, RPI £60

£7 or more

Yoga class - The Level Spirit

Yoga class with Natalia RRP £8 Wednesday evenings in Laverstoke and Friday afternoons in Overton - leave feeling revitalised, refreshed and relaxed. Suitable for all levels

£7 or more

Core Health Training Classes

Join this popular fun class for a fitness workout with Core Health Training instructor, the wonderful Charlotte Bonner.

£8 or more

Ikebana Floral Design £10 voucher

£10 voucher for any purchase at Ikebana at 19 High Street

£9 or more

£10 Afternoon Tea at Overton Gallery

Enjoy a £10 voucher towards an afternoon tea at the Gallery in their lovely garden

£9 or more

£10 Turners Butchers

A voucher from our High Street butchers in Overton 12 High Street, Overton

£9 or more

Window Cleaning

£10 voucher for Window Cleaning from KB Window Cleaning

£9 or more

Italian Flavours

£10 voucher for Amore Italian in Winchester Street, Overton

£9 or more

The Greyhound

£10 voucher for drink and food order at The Greyhound Pub

£12 or more

£14 Wilson and Sons - Vegetable box

Local greengrocer on Overton High St - vegetable box delivered or collect from the shop 25 High Street Overton

£18 or more

Redfort Tandoori Voucher

£20 voucher towards a meal or takeaway at RedFort Tandoori in Overton.

£18 or more

Treat yourself - Caviste Vouchers

A £20 voucher for Caviste Independent Wine Merchants.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

"A 1kg truckle of Godminster's famously creamy Vintage Organic Cheddar, made in the heart of Somerset. The cheddar is made to a traditional 90-year-old recipe and matured for up to 12 months" RRP £25+

£22 or more

Hobbs Hairdressing £25 voucher

£25 voucher for any Salon service at Hobbs in Overton High Street

£22 or more

BabySitting (4 Hours)

Treat yourself to a night out! 4 hours babysitting. Available in Overton by an experienced trusted local student, Bertille.

£23 or more

£25 Renasci Designs (High St, Overton)

Voucher for gift and homewares shop in Overton 35 High Street Overton

£27 or more

£30 Personal Training session

Join our Aquafit teacher Charlotte of Core Health Training in Overton on land for a personal training session and a personal fitness plan.

£27 or more

£30 Sports massage - Optimal Sports Therapy

30 minute sports/deep tissue massage from Seb Challen at Optimal Sports Therapy Centre rrp £30.

£27 or more

Jo South: All About Overton Jigsaw

Based on her limited edition art print, this jigsaw shows all the wonderful village of Overton, Hampshire and its resources, festivals, activities and fun! Have fun spotting….The Sheep Fair, Duck Race, Wheelbarrow Race and wedding party. Or The Scouts, The Mummers, football, tennis, cricket and golf. Not to mention 3 buffalo, 2 cats, 12 chickens, 3 horses, 18 dogs, 1 llama, many ducks and sheep, 25 scarecrows & more! RRP £30

£35 or more

£50 Family Photo Shoot at the pool

Half hour photo shoot with Janice Stott, photographer including free access to digital photographs

£35 or more

Barbies Dream Wardrobe

Handmade and donated by one of our wonderful supporters, is this stunning wardrobe of 5 knitted outfits for Barbie to strutt her stuff in. It includes jumpers, leggings, and a stunning ballgown. A brand new Barbie doll is also included. Have a look at the photos on our facebook page at

£40 or more

Indian Cooking Session

Learn to cook a curry from scratch with all the spices - session for two people.

£48 or more

MOT Berrydown Garage

MOT from Berrydown Garage Worth £53 London Road Overton

£50 or more

60 Min Relaxing Massage - Becky Brown Beauty

A fabulous hour long massage treatment with Becky Brown Beauty in North Waltham. RRP £55

£99 or more

Garden Design Advice

Want to Refresh Your Garden layout or get advice on the best plants to fill your borders? Choose this garden design advisory session (1 hour) & written report from local garden designer Claire MacMillen. RRP £125

£100 or more

Light AirCraft Flight Over Overton

45min Cessna light aircraft flight from Popham airfield. The opportunity to view the village from the air and take some photos. Date to be arranged after 15th July and weather permitting.

£200 or more

Carfest South - One Day Family Ticket

One day family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) to Carfest South 2022. Cars, Food, Fun and Music!! Line Up over the weekend includes James, Blunt, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Kaiser Chiefs and Steps!

£500 or more

Private Vineyard Tour for 10 Guests

Coates & Seely’s sparkling wines, made from grapes grown on the chalk slopes of the North Hampshire Downs, ten guests will be given a private tour of the Hampshire-based winery, with tastings.

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