Churches in a big splash to help save pool

Campaigners Artwell and Jane Alexander, with Megan Sharp, nine, making a donation

Campaigners Artwell and Jane Alexander, with Megan Sharp, nine, making a donation

First published in News

WITH the power of prayer behind them, protesters continued their fight to save Temple Cowley Pools yesterday.

Six churches from across Cowley prayed for the campaign at services yesterday morning ahead of The Big Splash, a fundraising swim hosted by the Save Temple Cowley Pools campaign group.

Adults were invited to swim the length of the pool free of charge and make a donation towards the campaign.

Protesters are fighting Oxford City Council plans to close the pool and sell the site for housing.

A replacement swimming pool is due to open at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre in December.

Campaigners have until October 7 to make an offer to the council to take over the Temple Cowley site before a decision is made on its future.

Megan Sharp, nine, from Hollow Way, Cowley, donated £1 to the campaign and said: “It’s the best pool in Oxford.

“I used to come here with my best friend. I hope it doesn’t close.”

The churches that took part were St Mary’s and St Nicholas in Barton, Holy Trinity Church in Headington, the Oxford Bible Church in Headington and St James The Apostle and the Christian Life Centre Church in Cowley.

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6:01pm Mon 18 Aug 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

Why don't they just put their money where their mouth is?. All this bluster to cover up the fact they can not raise the money. Thanks for wasting my council tax on your petty objections.
Why don't they just put their money where their mouth is?. All this bluster to cover up the fact they can not raise the money. Thanks for wasting my council tax on your petty objections. HomerSimpsonDoh
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3:50pm Tue 19 Aug 14

smartie03 says...

Oh my goodness. Religious leaders should be ashamed that this took up time in their services, prayers should be given to humans suffering in the world! There is far too much of this going on at the moment. These selfish toss pots, who can't get on a bike to cycle 10 minutes, to a pool that will provide another community with leisure opportunities don't deserve a thought let alone a prayer. The only positive is that they are showing themselves for what they really are; self obsessed individuals who are 3 enjoying the attention of this fight as they clearly don't have anything else to do! Try some fundraising if you've got spare time on your hands Jane Alexander and Co!
Oh my goodness. Religious leaders should be ashamed that this took up time in their services, prayers should be given to humans suffering in the world! There is far too much of this going on at the moment. These selfish toss pots, who can't get on a bike to cycle 10 minutes, to a pool that will provide another community with leisure opportunities don't deserve a thought let alone a prayer. The only positive is that they are showing themselves for what they really are; self obsessed individuals who are 3 enjoying the attention of this fight as they clearly don't have anything else to do! Try some fundraising if you've got spare time on your hands Jane Alexander and Co! smartie03
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