Hampton Pool Trust

Introducing the Trust

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.

Hampton Pool is situated on the edge of Royal Bushy Park in Hampton, Middlesex and open 365 days a year. The main pool is 36-metres long with water maintained to a temperature of 28°C, providing opportunities for recreational swimming, swim teaching and aqua aerobics.

There is also a smaller learner pool dedicated to children and their parents and both pools are situated on a two-acre site with a large south-facing grass area surrounded by woodland. The facility also includes a small but well-equipped poolside gym, fitness studio and a café on the balcony.

The Sunday Times described Hampton Pool as “one of Britain’s coolest, biggest, hippest pools”.

Hampton Pool Trust 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.

Hampton Pool Trust’s vision is 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.

As a local social enterprise, Hampton Pool Trust exists to secure the future of this valuable local asset with its individual character and intimate charm for community use.

Information about the history of the Pool can be found here and information about opening times, activities, etc. can be found on the Hampton Pool website.

The Pool at Christmas under Covid  safety measures

The Pool at Christmas under Covid safety measures

Latest news

Chair’s update December 2020

Jane Savidge

16 December 2020

We are finally nearing the end of this strange year and despite the recent move into Tier 3, the pool remains open and the warm water is as inviting as ever. It is heartening to see so many people continuing to swim and take exercise. Thank you for your continuing support come rain or shine.

Christmas is almost upon us and the Christmas period swim and exercise slots are now bookable on the Hampton Pool App and via Book Online. I hope many of you will manage to swim during the Christmas period.

Although most of us will need to continue to arrive beach ready and change on the poolside, those over 70, with a specific medical need or with small children under 2 can now register for priority use of indoor changing rooms. Once registered, you can pre-book an indoor changing space at the same time as booking a swim, subject to indoor spaces being available. The numbers are restricted to ensure the safety of those using the facilities. Thank you to all our members who continue to change outside and to the pool team on behalf of all of us for all the hard work done to make the outdoor experience as comfortable as possible.

Whatever the Christmas period means for you this year, on behalf of Hampton Pool Trust Board, I would like to wish you, your family and friends good health and happiness.

Annual Report and Financial Statements

I am also pleased to provide a copy of Hampton Pool Trust Annual Report and Accounts for the year ending 31st March 2020 following completion of the external review. These have recently been published on the Companies House website and will be added to the Charities Commission website when we submit the annual return for the Trust. The Trust made a surplus of £86,103 and the Reserves increased to £1,283,858. A couple of points to note:

  • Covid 19 has had an impact on these accounts and will also impact the current financial year (year ending 31 March 2021). There is a section of the Trustees Report (p5) that addresses this topic
  • The line descriptions, particularly on the Income & Expenditure Account (p14), are not fully reflective of the underlying activity and so to provide a better understanding to Members, some additional explanatory comments have been added within the orange framed comment boxes.


The Annual Report can be downloaded here.

Green Transport Planning

Thank you to all members who responded to our recent travel survey. This has provided useful data on the factors influencing choices made about mode of transport when travelling to the pool. It had a particular focus on pedestrian access and provision for cyclists. We have used this data in our application to the community fund which, if successful, will enable some improvements to be made for pedestrians and cyclists ahead of the building redevelopment.

Members receive regular updates by email from the Trust Board

If you are a member of Hampton Pool Trust and not recieving these updates, it might be because your email address is out-of-date. If you think this might be the case, please send your new address to the secretary here.

New development plan skectch

An artist’s impression of the plans for the sun terrace and the café

Latest news

Approval of Hampton Pool Development Plans

Jane Savidge

19 November 2020

We are pleased to announce that Hampton Pool Trust’s proposals to develop Hampton Pool to provide fit-for-purpose buildings and infrastructure were approved by the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames Planning Committee on 18 November.

Our plans, which had previously been approved at Stage 1 by the Greater London Authority, meet all aspects of the London Plan and borough requirements, as such they were recommended for approval by Richmond Planning Department, a decision that was agreed unanimously by the councillors.

With planning permission in place, we now go back to the Greater London Authority for Stage 2 approval. From there we move on to the detailed design development, mobilising our fundraising campaign ahead of construction.

These approved plans, which have been developed with the support of the YMCA, were approved by members in 2018, represent the Trust’s vision to secure the long-term future of the pool by upgrading the facilities. Originally submitted to the Council in 2016 the plans have developed significantly in response to changes in sustainable technology and context. The new development will retain the focus on swimming and the open-air ethos of Hampton Pool whist ensuring stable income during the winter months when swimming numbers are lower.

Details

Full details of the plans, the planning officer report and the webcast of the Planning Committee may be found here.

New development plan skectch

Heart of the community

Hampton Pool has been at the heart of our local community for almost 100 years. We know how much the pool means to our local community and we will be in touch about the timing of member conversations as we move forward with the fundraising and design phase. One thing is clear, the unique opportunity to swim outdoors in heated water on the edge of beautiful Bushy Park, 365 days a year is at the centre of all our plans.

The story has also been reported in the Richmond & Twickenham Times here.

Members receive regular updates by email from the Trust Board

If you are a member of Hampton Pool Trust and not recieving these updates, it might be because your email address is out-of-date. If you think this might be the case, please send your new address to the secretary here.

Raise money for Hampton Pool with Amazon Smile

Help raise money for Hampton Pool while you shop

Hampton Pool Trust is registered with Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases back to Hampton Pool Trust, so next time you go online to do your shopping, please log in to Amazon via smile.amazon.co.uk and search for Hampton Pool Trust. It costs you nothing, but will help us to raise vital funds for the pool. Thank you!

Donate to Hampton Pool Trust at JustGiving

Help raise money for Hampton Pool with Just Giving

Hampton Pool Trust has a fund you can donate to at Just Giving.