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Greenfylde community pool in Ilminster back in action

A swimming pool in Ilminster has officially reopened after closing nearly two years ago.

The Greenfylde community pool, which was built in the 1890s, was forced to shut after the pool's fibreglass lining was found to be damaged.

More than £19,000 had been raised through fundraising and grants to allow the work to be completed.

Anne-Marie Davies, who helped raise the cash, said the whole town had supported the project.

'Fantastic support'

She said as well as the damage to the liner there were plants growing through the roof.

"The place was really in a bit of a state," Ms Davies said.

"During the time it's been shut people have had to travel to Taunton, Chard or Crewkerne and a lot of children at the school haven't been able to use it during the day.

"We have been incredibly lucky with the fundraising and have had a grant from NatWest and the Lottery together with money from other local organisations.

"The people of Ilminster have really got behind us and have supported us - it's been fantastic.

The pool is in the grounds of Greenfylde CofE First School and is run by a committee of the Friends of Greenfylde School.

It is also available to be hired by members of the community.

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