The Friends of Settle Swimming Pool (FOSSP) was originally established in 1992 and is a Registered Charity which operates under the Charity Commission guidelines.   

The objects of the FOSSP Charity are to assist in providing, promoting, improving and sustaining the swimming facilities for the benefit of the communities within the Settle area. In simple terms, we provide vital financial support to the Swimming Pool Management Team so that the pool remains an excellent community facility.

There are currently two major fund-raising activities carried out by the Friends, namely waste paper/cardboard recycling and the 200 Club Draw. The waste paper/cardboard recycling relies on the community and local businesses to bring their paper to the collection point at the Pool, where it is packed into the skips by the volunteers and then collected by Rishton Waste Paper Company. There is also a trailer collection from Langcliffe and Long Preston which is also brought to the Pool. The waste paper/cardboard collection has developed into a major operation with volunteers manning the collection point at the Pool for 6 days a week Monday to Saturday.

The 200 Club is run by a member of our Trustees Committee and consists of approximately 200 local people who each pay £20 per year for a ticket in the Swimming Pool Lottery which has regular monthly prize draws. Draws are held on from February to November, with cash prizes of £50, £30 and £20 each month. The Christmas Draw in December has 5 cash prizes of £200 each. 50% of the £4000 ticket sales are returned in prizes whilst the other 50% is deposited into the FOSSP Charity funds.

In 2017, the waste paper/cardboard collection resulted in a total of around 385 tonnes being packed by the volunteers into 99 skips – that’s about 8 skips per month, resulting in an income of just over £24,000 for the year, an overall increase in weight and monies  on 2016 figures.
The 200 Club has been fully subscribed in recent years, with all 200 numbers being sold before the first draw in February. 
Financial support was provided to the Swimming Pool Committee in 2017, primarily for major refurbishment of the male changing room and shower area and als for urgent repairs to the roof above the male changing room. We were also able to continue to pay for a number of the Pool hire charges for both the Settle Stingrays Swimming Club and the Disabled Swimming Club.
Another major grant we were able to make again was for the subsidy of transportation costs so that the local schools can continue to send the kids to the Pool for swimming lessons, with each school receiving up to £850 towards those costs. 7 schools are currently taking advantage of this grant funding.