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Monday 18th October 2021

Crowdfunding campaign: weekly round-up

Our crowdfunding campaign pledges now exceed £31,500 with over 450 unique supporters! A lot of people have asked about the pledge of £10,000 from Sport England - this has now been added.

The Yorkshire Post ran an update news feature whilst the Wharefedale Observer made FooL the headline news feature - as both highlighted our progress since their last features and the significance of the pledge from Sport England.

The Yorkshire Post followed up later in the week with an opinion column proclaiming “Otley Lido reopening realistic after Sport England grant offer”. The column identifies “Yorkshire is in dire need for more pools”. Further, it notes Swim England - and others – recently sent letters to the government insisting swimming must play a key part in the national strategy for health. These provide further justification for - and impetus to - projects such as ours.

Meanwhile, the Wharfedale Observer also ran a history feature on our beloved lido later in the week. The baths provided nearly 70 years of benefits to the community acting as a social hub, improving health and well-being and improving the town's economy. Our aim is to bring these benefits back to our community. We want current and future generations to be able to enjoy the same opportunities and create memories of their own.

Special thanks this week go to:

Club Energy

Isca

Like Nana Did

Milk Bar

Otley RUFC

Print Crew

Landguard Pest Control

Michelle Hodgson

Tatton Settled Estates

Wharfedale Observer

Yorkshire Post

Zeppo Creative

We are grateful to every one of the over 450 supporters who have pledged - each and every one of you makes a difference! Similarly, our thanks go to the businesses whom continue to support us with both pledges and rewards. New rewards are being added daily – so keep checking back! Thank you to every individual and business who has supported us – we appreciate every single pledge or reward – we do not take them for granted. We are also grateful to Otley BID and Otley Chamber of Trade who continue to support us in developing our relationships with businesses.

If you’d like to support us but are not in a position to pledge why not help deliver some flyers!? We’ve had volunteers out in surrounding areas (Leathley, Bramhope, Pool, Menston and Burley) this week. There are plenty of homes that still need flyers in those areas plus Huby, Ilkley, Guiseley and further afield. Please contact us at friendsofotleylido@gmail.com if you are able to help.

You can also help by spreading the word or following us on social media. The more shares, likes and comments we get, the more the algorithms determining ‘reach’ are tipped in our favour! You’ll also get notifications when new rewards or news stories are added.

Addtional thanks go to the supporters and businesses who offered us rewards:

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Anonymous FoOL supporter

Donated a weekend for up to four people in a 5* apartment in central York plus £20 voucher for Betty’s, fizz and breakfast items.

Club Energy

3 month membership at Otley’s friendliest gym including a free tailored programme and unlimited access to classes.

Isca

Kindly donated two £20 vouchers for its independent store which sells a range of beautiful and practical interior accessories.

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Landguard Pest Control

Provided two £50 vouchers so our pledgers could keep the pests at bay or utilise environmental management and consultancy services.

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Milk Bar

Iconic Otley café and deli since the 1940s offered a £20 voucher – try the cooked to order food, coffee, brunch, snacks, home baked cakes or the ‘made in Yorkshire' products at the deli.

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Like Nana Did

Like Nana Did – the Otley refill grocery and household store aiming for zero waste donated a £20 voucher so you could help us and the environment.

Michelle Hodgson

Local music and singing teacher Michelle donated three 30 minute singing lessons.

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Print Crew

Simon Raybould has kindly offered to print advertising panels at cost to help with our hoarding advertising reward.

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Zeppo Creative

Creative design contributions for the advertising panels for the hoarding

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Thanks to Tatton Settled Estates who kindly agreed to host our banner on the railings in Otley Bus Station. Also to Otley RUFC whom displayed our banner before and during the match against Blackburn (home win by the way!).

 

If you able to host our 2m x 1m banners please contact us at fundingotleylido@gmail.com

 

This coming week we have meetings arranged with a number of supporters and we are hopeful of securing some significant pledges. We’ll let you know as soon as any are confirmed!

 

Thanking everyone for your support – we are another step closer to the target at the end of this week! Let’s all stay positive and we’ll continue to work hard to make this happen!

Friends of Otley Lido

 

Monday 18th October 2021

Fika North donates reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Fika North - in Far Headingley - for donating five £20 vouchers to support our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

Fika is a cool, friendly cafe nestled in the leafy suburb of Far Headingley. Their passion is brewing the finest speciality coffee from independent roasters in Leeds, Yorkshire, the UK and beyond.

Serving mouth watering pastries, cakes and brunch all day. Along with craft beers, wines and cocktails. Sourcing ingredients from local independent suppliers across Leeds, Yorkshire & the UK.

Inspired by Swedish coffee culture and their friends in Stockholm, we bring to you... Fika.

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - is able to donate a reward please visit our dedicated page here

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Sunday 17th October 2021

Yorkshire Post: "Otley lido reopening realistic after Sport England grant offer"

The Yorkshire Post followed up the news feature with an opinion column proclaiming “Otley Lido reopening realistic after Sport England grant offer”. The column identifies “Yorkshire is in dire need for more pools”. Further, it notes Swim England - and others – recently sent letters to the government insisting swimming must play a key part in the national strategy for health. These provide further justification for - and impetus to - projects such as ours.

Read the full Yorkshire Post opinion column here.

Read the full Yorkshire Post news feature here.

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The challenges we have faced are common for projects such as ours. However, the tide might be starting to turn as the need to address the impending shortage of swimming pools is starting to be appreciated.

 

Our crowdfunding campaign is live here and has some great rewards. Check it out!

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - are able to pledge a reward please visit our dedicated page here

 

Sunday 17th October 2021

Wharfedale Observer - history feature on Otley lido

The Wharfedale Observer followed up the feature earlier in the week with a history piece on our beloved Otley lido / baths / (outdoor) pool. Annette McIntyre looks back at the history from opening in 1924 until its close in 1993.

Read the full Wharfedale Observer history feature here.

Read the full Wharfedale Observer headline feature here.

 

Our crowdfunding campaign is live here and has some great rewards. Check it out!

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - are able to pledge a reward please visit our dedicated page here

Sunday 17th October 2021

Anonymous FoOL supporter donates reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to a FoOL supporter (who wishes to remain anonymous) for donating a weekend for up to four people in a 5* luxury apartment in central York to support our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

Fab location near Micklegate Bar and train station with parking space plus EV charger. Large bedroom - super king size bed (converts to two singles), double sofa bed in living room, TV, kitchen and walk in shower. Includes £20 voucher for Betty's, fizz and some breakfast items.

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - is able to donate a reward please visit our dedicated page here

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Saturday 16th October 2021

Otley RUFC display banner to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Otley RUFC for displaying our banner in support of our crowdfunding campaign before and during today's match against Blackburn. Our community shall be glad to hear it was a resounding home victory!

We are looking for other locations to display our banners which measure 2m x 1m. If you - or your organisation - can help us then please contact us on fundingotleylido@gmail.com or use the form at the bottom of the page.

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - is able to donate a reward please visit our dedicated page here

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Saturday 16th October 2021

Like Nana Did donates reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Jo at Like Nana Did - based in Otley - for donating a £20 voucher to support our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

The shop is a refill grocery and household store aiming for zero-waste.  It doesn’t quite sell everything, but it’s not far from it!  If you’ve been, you know how lovely it is. If you haven’t, pop in and restock your dry groceries, cleaning solutions, lotions and potions and lots more.

Like Nana Did is helping the wonderful community of Otley and surrounding areas to reduce waste. This a great chance to support FoOL and a great local business whilst simultaneously saving the environment. It doesn't get much better than that!

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - is able to donate a reward please visit our dedicated page here

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Saturday 16th October 2021

Landguard Pest Control donates reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Landguard Pest Control for donating two £50 vouchers to support our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

Landguard offer a full range of pest control services. Traditional pest control is at the heart of the business and its an area they excel in. They also offer environmental management and consultancy. Landguard Ltd is a member of the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) – the trade body for the pest management industry in the UK.

"Growing up in the local area the Lido has always had a special place in our hearts, as it has for many others.  We hope that by donating we will help to contribute to a long and happy future for Otley Lido."

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FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - is able to donate a reward please visit our dedicated page here

 

Friday 15th October 2021

Milk Bar Cafe & Deli donates reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Milk Bar Cafe & Deli for donating a £20 voucher to support our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

An iconic Otley Cafe since the 1940's with great views up to the Chevin. Milk Bar serves great coffee, brunch, snacks and amazing home baked cakes. All food is cooked to order and using local produce where possible. There is also a range of 'made in Yorkshire' products available to buy in the newly created shop area.

 

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - is able to donate a reward please visit our dedicated page here

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Thursday 14th October 2021

Wharfedale Observer - FoOL headline news as Sport England's pledge of £10,000 provides massive boost to crowdfunding campaign

FoOL made the headlines of the Wharfedale Observer again today as Annette McIntyre provides an update on our crowdfunding campaign including Sport England's pledge of £10,000 as part of the 'Activate Your Space' scheme.

Read the full Wharfedale Observer article here.

 

Our crowdfunding campaign is live here and has some great rewards. Check it out!

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - are able to pledge a reward please visit our dedicated page here

 

Thursday 14th October 2021

Club Energy donates reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Club Energy for donating a three month membership to support our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

Join Otley's friendliest gym! As a member you will benefit from a free induction and consultation, a free 6 week tailored training programme and unlimited access to all the exercise classes.

 

Club Energy's primary focus is your fitness and they are there to help you every step of the way!

Not only do they provide access to the latest fitness equipment and an extensive timetable of fitness classes but the support and advice you need to achieve your goals. 

 

So, if your bag is weights, HIIT, pilates, spin or boxing, they’ve got it.  Minimum age is 14 years.

 

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - is able to donate a reward please visit our dedicated page here

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Wednesday 13th October 2021

Yorkshire Post - news feature updating our crowdfunding campaign including Sport England's pledge of £10,000

FoOL made the pages of the Yorkshire Post again today as Grace Newton provides an update on our crowdfunding campaign including Sport England's pledge of £10,000 as part of the 'Activate Your Space' scheme.

Read the full Yorkshire Post article here.

 

Our crowdfunding campaign is live here and has some great rewards. Check it out!

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - are able to pledge a reward please visit our dedicated page here

 
 

Tuesday 12th October 2021

FoOL - in conjunction with Zeppo Creative and Print Crew - add new reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We have added advertising for 12 months on the lido site hoarding to our list of rewards for pledges to our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

The lido site hoarding is approximately 25m long and runs alongside the river adjacent to the children’s play area in Wharfemeadows Park. Footfall is high all year round with visitors to the town, walkers, dog walkers, and families visiting the play area.

Our advertising panels are high quality and can be professionally designed by our creative partner Zeppo Creative who shall work with you to bring your advertisement to life! Each panel is 150cm x 50cm with a design area of 135cm x 35cm (approximately). The reward includes design (contributed by Zeppo Creative), printing (supplied to us at cost by Print Crew), and installation. We shall also publicise your business on our social media platforms and our website.

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - is able to donate a reward please visit our dedicated page here

Thanks to Zeppo Creative for contributing their design talents (example below)

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Our thanks also go to Print Crew for offering to print the panels for us at cost

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Tuesday 12th October 2021

Michelle Hodgson donates reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Michelle Hodgson for donating three 30 minute singing lessons to support our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

Fancy learning something new or improving your singing? Qualified local music teacher, Michelle Hodgson offers bespoke and fun singing lessons to all ages, including exciting sessions for preschoolers where they can learn rhythm, pitch and reading skills. She works with children and adults and is offering 3 singing lessons.

In addition to singing Michelle also teaches piano and theory. She covers a broad range of genres from classical to pop, jazz to musucal theatre Piano, voice and theory. ABRSM, LSM andTrinity exams offered.

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - is able to donate a reward please visit our dedicated page here

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Michelle Hodgson - 07792 716299

 

Monday 11th October 2021

Isca donates reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Isca for donating two £20 vouchers to support our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

Isca an independent shop selling a range of beautiful and practical interior accessories including plant pots, candles, soaps, lanterns and cushions. It's very kind of them to support our campaign and it’d be great if you can support them and grab a bargain at the same time.

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - is able to donate a reward please visit our dedicated page here

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Monday 11th October 2021

Crowdfunding campaign weekly round-up

This week’s headline is the pledge of £10,000 from Sport England as part of the ‘Activate Your Space’ scheme (read the full announcement here). Our total – including this pledge which shall be added shortly – now stands at over £24,000! You can pledge to our crowdfunder campaign here.

The pledge from Sport England helps us take a big step forward in reaching our target of £53,000. However, the significance is much greater. Firstly, it demonstrates faith in our project - and the positive change it shall bring for our community - from a trusted, major funding body. Secondly, it reinforces and vindicates our approach of engaging in dialogue with potential larger funding sources. Finally, it demonstrates our ability to successfully secure funding at a time when we are in extensive discussions with a number of potentially large funders some of whom have previously pledged significant sums but which - for various reasons – need to re-approve or re-confirm those commitments. We shall continue to work tirelessly with them in order to achieve the best possible outcome.

Leeds TV also aired a feature in their news stories on our project to redevelop the lido site and our crowdfunding campaign. Thank you for the interest in our project and airing the story to thousands of households. Watch the full feature here.

However, we have not forgotten each and every one of you who has pledged – over 300 unique supporters so far! Individuals still represent our largest source of pledges and we appreciate that you have worked hard to earn the money you have entrusted to us.

 

Similarly, businesses have made a massive contribution - in what are very tough times for many – through both pledging money and also in offering rewards. We are so grateful to each and every one of you! Our thanks also go to Otley Chamber of Trade and Otley BID who are actively promoting and helping us build relationships with businesses.

We also appreciate that not everyone can support us in monetary terms. That doesn’t matter! You can still show your support by spreading word of our project and by following us on social media and engaging with our posts by sharing, liking and commenting. Every engagement furthers our cause.

We are also looking for people to deliver flyers in the areas surrounding Otley such as Bramhope, Pool, Menston, Guiseley, Burley or further afield. Please contact us at friendsofotleylido@gmail.com if you are able to help.

Similarly, businesses and individuals can show their support by downloading our flyer from our 'Opportunities' page here, printing it, and displaying it in a prominent position in business premises or homes. Post a photo on social media and tag us. In return, we shall publicise you or your business on social media!

We are grateful to this week's businesses who offered us rewards:

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Anonymous FoOL supporter – who enabled us to offer a £250 discount voucher toward the cost of a 1 week holiday in a Lake District cottage

 

Buttercups Play Centre – rewarded you with three after school meal deals for 2 children which also included access to the play area

 

Harriets Ladies Clothing & Accessories – for contributing three £20 vouchers for their lovely shop in Otley

 

Little Munchkins – donated two £25 vouchers so you could treat your little one and support us

 

Mosaic Mania – Frances Taylor donated a £75 voucher which could be used for anything from a house number, an animal plaque or towards the cost of a course

 

Patisserie Viennoise – for a beautiful gift box of hand crafted chocolates to treat yourself or someone else

 

Print Crew – Simon Raybould kindly offered us 10 x 25% discount vouchers on new orders over £100

 

Wharfedale Tutors – Dr Nikki James is still offering five weeks of online tutoring covering the fundamentals of science on our crowdfunding page.

If you are a business and want to support our campaign please check out our dedicated page here.

 

Our thanks would also normally go to the hosts of our banners…but we now have a secret banner competition! Search out our banners (Wharfemeadows Park play area doesn’t count!), take a photo, and post it on social media with #olsecretbanner and tag us. You’ll be entered into our end of crowdfunder prize draw for some FoOL merchandise!

 

If you able to host our 2m x 1m banners please contact us at fundingotleylido@gmail.com

Thanking everyone for what has been a tremendous week!

Friends of Otley Lido

 

Sunday 10th October 2021

Harriets donates reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Harriets Ladies Clothing for donating three £20 vouchers to support our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

Harriets is an independent Yorkshire based ladies fashion business now in it’s third generation of a local family.  They stock both designer and high street clothing and accessories, offering exceptional value for money.

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - is able to donate a reward please visit our dedicated page here.

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Saturday 9th October 2021

Print Crew donates reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Print Crew for donating ten 25% discount vouchers to support our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

Print Crew can produce anything print related – short run leaflets, annual reports to hoarding posters on building sites. They even print bespoke wall paper! Use your imagination. A chance to get a discount on your Christmas printing...just remember to order before the end of November.

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - is able to donate a reward please visit our dedicated page here

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Friday 8th October 2021

Huge boost as Sport England pledge £10,000 to crowdfunding campaign!

Friends of Otley Lido received a huge boost today from Sport England who has pledged £10,000 as part of the ‘Activate Your Space’ scheme. We engaged with Sport England prior to launching the crowdfunder campaign and extensive dialogue has been on-going ever since.

Donate to our crowdfunding campaign here.

 

Sarah Langli on behalf of Friends of Otley Lido committee: "We are absolutely delighted - and so grateful to Sport England – to receive this pledge which recognises the value of our project to our community".

Read the full announcement here.

 

Friday 8th October 2021

Buttercups Play Centre donate a reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Buttercups of Otley for the donation of three after school meal deals for two children to support our crowdfunding campaign. It includes entry to the play area and a meal deal for two children (adult entry is free). Full details available here.

Buttercups softplay centre, Otley, have offered an afterschool meal deal for 2 children.  It includes entry to the play area and a meal deal for 2 children (adult entry is free).  Come along with the kids and enjoy a fun-filled session and support this business's new owners.

Buttercups - located in Westgate Arcade in Otley -  is a softplay centre with separate areas for under 3s.  They can cater for children’s parties and have a lovely cafe so it’s fun for both the adults and the children.

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - is able to donate a reward please visit our dedicated page here

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Thursday 7th October 2021

Discount voucher for Lake District cottage donated as

reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful for the donation of a £250 discount voucher for a Lake District cottage to support our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

The owners - who have been a tremendous supporter of FoOL - have offered this great deal! Do you fancy a week away in the beautiful Lake District? For £170 you will get a £250 discount for a week’s holiday at The Old Bothy, Watermillock. The Old Bothy is a charming 3 bedroom property from 1750 with views of the hills and Ullswater a short walk away.

The Old Bothy, circa 1750, is a traditional, semi-detached, stone built holiday home which stands in a tranquil, elevated position close to the shore of Ullswater. This charming cottage combines character with modern facilities and enjoys spectacular views to the Eastern Fells. Perfectly placed between the lakeside villages of Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, guests will enjoy the varied outdoor activities close at hand amidst the most beautiful scenery. A stunning drive over Kirkstone Pass connects Ullswater to Windermere. A perfect holiday retreat for touring the Lake District National Park. Shops 3 miles, pub 1 mile and restaurant 300 yards.

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - is able to donate a reward please visit our dedicated page here

 
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Thursday 7th October 2021

Little Munchkins donates reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Little Munchkins for donating two £25 vouchers to treat your little one and also support our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

Little Munchkins are a small family run business with a small but very well stocked boutique in Otley. Specialising in children's footwear they pride themselves on being fully qualified, trained and experienced in measuring feet and fitting shoes correctly. They stock a wide range of popular footwear and children's clothing.

A long-standing supporter of FoOL this super local business worked in conjunction with us back in 2017 to host a fashion show at the Parish Church.

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - is able to donate a reward please visit our dedicated page here

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Everything made is individually designed and personalised to complement your special occasion whether it be wedding cakes, birthday cakes or celebration cakes. It will not only look amazing but taste wonderful too.

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FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - is able to donate a reward please visit our dedicated page here

Wednesday 6th October 2021

Patisserie Viennoise donates reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Patisserie Viennoise for donating a beautiful gift box of hand crafted chocolates to our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

Established in 1986 by Trevor Backhouse. Patisserie Viennoise based in Otley, Leeds brings a little bit of France and the continent to Otley. Trevor's experience whilst working in France provides inspiration for some of the designs, in particular the continental gateaux and desserts.

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Tuesday 5th October 2021

Mosaic Mania donates reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Frances Taylor of Mosaic Mania for donating a £75 voucher to our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

Have you ever noticed the amazing chair outside The Woolpack or the fantastic tiled step at Bloomfield Square?  Well, Frances Taylor, professional mosaic artist from Mosaic Mania is fully responsible and she has offered a voucher for £75.  This will cover the cost of a fabulous house number, or an animal plaque or go towards the cost of a course (currently not taking place but voucher will not expire). 

We are really grateful for this creative reward from Frances Taylor at Mosaic Mania. Frances is a professional mosaic artist with more than 20 years’ experience. She runs mosaic projects with schools and community groups as well as teaching mosaic making at her riverside studio in Otley.  Frances also undertakes public commissions as well as for individuals and businesses. She is always happy to discuss ideas and projects, so please get in contact with her if you need more information, or advice about your mosaic ideas.

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Frances is based in the market town of Otley, ten miles north of Leeds, West Yorkshire.

 

Email - frances@mosaicmania.co.uk           07984 424897

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If your business is able to pledge a reward please visit our dedicated page here.

 

Monday 4th October 2021

Leeds TV reports on Otley lido from the derelict site

FoOL were featured on the news on Leeds TV today with the local tv company speaking to Leonie Sharp (Chair) and Ian Lawson (Director & Treasurer) at the derelict site of the former baths / outdoor pool. We are grateful to Leeds TV for their interest in our campaign and airing the story to thousands of households.

View the full Leeds TV news story here.

 

Our crowdfunding campaign is live here and has some great rewards!

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - are able to pledge a reward please visit our dedicated page here

 

Monday 4th October 2021

Dr Nikki James from Wharfedale Tutors donates reward

to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Nikki for donating an online tutoring package in the 'fundamentals of science' to our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

Join experienced local science tutor Dr Nikki James from Wharfedale Tutors for 5 weeks of online tutoring covering the fundamentals of science.  The sessions will take place on Zoom on Sunday evenings between 6-7pm starting 14 November.  The topics are: biology - cells and genetics; chemistry - atom bonding, structure and properties, the periodic table; and physics - forces.  

Please see the website for further details.

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"I'd like to see the lido project succeed"

- Dr Nikki James

Nikki is an expert 4-in-1 science and maths tutor, with 20 years experience of helping GCSE and advanced students with their exams. Sessions are hosted by Nikki herself and are live, personalised and interactive. She has four years online teaching experience and a host of bespoke resources. Nikki uses Zoom with virtual paper and screen sharing. Students are sent bespoke infographics to save to their phones - to consult after the lessons.  

Nikki is passionate about supporting young people's learning, She has developed a free GCSE science playlist which covers the entire content of GCSE chemistry, biology and physics in just 30 hours. This can be accessed via her website.

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If your business is able to pledge a reward please visit our dedicated page here.

 

Monday 4th October 2021

Crowdfunding campaign weekly round-up

Our crowdfunder campaign total is now over £9,000 thanks to you wonderful people! We feel incredibly lucky to have a supportive community – and a national supporter base – of individuals and organisations that are pushing us toward our target. We understand times are tough and not every person can pledge or every business donate a reward. However, you can still help us by spreading the word and engaging with our social media posts - the more shares, likes and comments we get the more people hear about our campaign!

Our thanks also to the media who are bringing our story to tens of thousands of people. Both the Yorkshire Post (available here) and Wharfedale Observer (available here) have run stories about us over the last few days.

 

To the businesses who have pledged some great rewards this week – thank you so much! We could not be doing this without your support and that of Otley Chamber of Trade. More rewards are being added daily and others are in the pipeline. Keep checking our crowdfunder page to see the current rewards plus follow us on social media to get notifications every time we add a new one!

Last week’s rewards were all snapped up within hours – or minutes! - of being added. We are grateful to:

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Aura Jewellery - £100 voucher

Courtyard Planters – 3 hour 1-2-1 consultation with an experienced garden horticulturalist

Gifted Angel - £30 voucher

Otley Boats – a season ticket for 2022

Shadow Brewing – brewing experience for four people

If you are a business and want to support our campaign please check out our dedicated page.

 

Our thanks also go to the hosts of our crowdfunding banners:

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Asda (Otley)

Sainsbury's (Otley)

If you able to host our 2m x 1m banners please contact us at fundingotleylido@gmail.com

 

Many thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm and amazing support!

Friends of Otley Lido

 

Sunday 3rd October 2021

Aura Jewellery donate reward to support

crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Aura Jewellery for donating a £100 voucher to our crowdfunding campaign.

Full details available here.

How about a £100 voucher for Aura Jewellery for £90?  What’s not to like?  You support us, you support them and - most importantly - you can treat yourself!  This is valid for a new sale and can not be used for repair or remake work.

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Aura are an independent jewellers based in Otley. They carry out repairs on the premises, create custom pieces and stock a large range of jewellery. They specialise in making and repairing all types of jewellery and unlike many competitors they do the majority of the work on the premises. All work undertaken is guaranteed.

 

They supply engagement rings and wedding rings working in gold, silver, platinum, palladium, steel, titanium etc as well as making wedding rings to fit engagement rings.

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If your business is able to pledge a reward please visit our dedicated page here

Saturday 2nd October 2021

Yorkshire Post - Grace Newton reports on Otley lido

FoOL made the pages of the Yorkshire Post today as Grace Newton reported on our plans for the lido and the importance of our crowdfunding campaign in realising our vision.

Read the full Yorkshire Post article here.

 

Our crowdfunding campaign is live here and has some great rewards!

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - are able to pledge a reward please visit our dedicated page here

 

Saturday 2nd October 2021

Otley Boats donate reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Otley Boats for donating a very special season ticket for the 2022 season to our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

Do you enjoy bobbing about on the river? Dive in and grab this fun packed reward. You will be able to use a boat or pedalo for one hour every week between April and September 2022 (weather permitting).  You need to be 18 or over and standard boats rules apply.

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"I think this is a very worthwhile project.  The lido would benefit the whole riverside and support other businesses.”

Otley Boats hires boats and pedalos from April to September (weather permitting) each year in Wharfemeadows Park. Chris Thornton worked tirelessly over a number of years to bring the boats back to Otley and shares our vision to revitalise Wharfemeadows Park: “I think this is a very worthwhile project.  The lido would benefit the whole riverside and support other businesses.”

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - are able to pledge a reward please visit our dedicated page here

 

Thursday 30th September 2021

Shadow Brewing donate reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Shadow Brewing for donating a brewing experience for up to four people to support our crowdfunding campaign. Full details available here.

You will join Ian for a 4 hour session to create your own beer at the micro-brewery. Before the big day, meet with Ian at the tap house to discuss - over a pint - what type of beer you'd like to make. On the day Ian will take you through the process. You can then name your beer and design the pump clip (subject to approval).

Further, your brewing experience will continue to support the lido since Shadow Brewing shall contribute £1 from each sale to Friends of Otley Lido. It truly is a reward that keeps on giving!

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Shadow Brewing started selling beers to the public in April 2019. However, the story really began a couple of years beforehand after buying some basic equipment and starting to experiment with brewing alongside friends. Through support from other breweries, both locally and nationally the company have now produced dozens of beers for pubs and bars, festivals and for the public. Their commitment to themselves is that they’ll never make beers they wouldn’t be happy to drink (even though sometimes they’ve sold out before they’ve had the chance), and they’ll always support the communities in which they operate as much as they can.

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - are able to pledge a reward please visit our dedicated page here

Wednesday 29th September 2021

Sainsbury's support crowdfunding campaign

Friends of Otley Lido (FoOL) is grateful to Sainsbury's for agreeing to display our crowdfunding banner in a prominent position outside the Otley store. 

FoOL is a community initiative and many community organisations and individuals are rallying round to support our cause. A true community effort!

We are looking for other locations to display our banners which measure 2m x 1m. If you - or your organisation - can help us then please contact us using the form or contact information at the bottom of the page.

Wednesday 29th September 2021

Gifted Angel donate reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Gifted Angel hair salon for pledging a £30 voucher as a reward for our crowdfunding campaign.

Based in New Inn Court - in the heart of Otley - Gifted Angel celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this month. Louise and her team deliver a range of quality services to meet the needs of clients whom praise "fantastic haircuts" and "expert colouring". 

Find out more at www.facebook.com/GiftedAngelOtley

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - are able to pledge a reward please visit our dedicated page here

Tuesday 28th September 2021

Courtyard Planters donate reward to support crowdfunding campaign

We are grateful to Courtyard Planters for pledging a 3 hour 1-2-1 consultation with an experienced garden horticulturalist as a reward for our crowdfunding campaign.

Courtyard Planters is Otley based and was established in 2005. It is a shop with a difference - a garden boutique catering for expert gardeners and novices alike. Find out more at courtyardplanters.co.uk 

 

FoOL is a community initiative and the community are rallying round! If you - or your business - are able to pledge a reward please visit our dedicated page here

 

Saturday 25th September 2021

Asda support crowdfunding campaign

Friends of Otley Lido (FoOL) is grateful to Asda for agreeing to display our crowdfunding banner in a prominent position outside the Otley store over the weekend. Particular thanks go to manager Adrian.

FoOL is a community initiative and many community organisations and individuals are rallying round to support our cause. A true community effort!

We are looking for other locations to display our banners which measure 2m x 1m. If you or your organisation can help us then please contact us using the form or details at the bottom of the page.

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Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Wharfedale Observer - FoOL make a big headline splash! 

FoOL made headline news today in the Wharfedale Observer as Annette McIntyre reported on the launch of our crowdfunding campaign.

Leonie Sharp (FoOL Chair) provided greater detail and insight into both the project and the campaign. She discussed the 'all or nothing' approach, details of the studies, and the opportunity to seize this "historic moment".

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Leonie re-iterated the FoOL's determination and commitment to the project and cited the addition of new housing in Otley and the Covid-19 pandemic as recent additional drivers of the project.

 

"This last 20 months have demonstrated the need for healthier and more active lifestyles. We know also that our town has expanded with many more households coming to live in Otley in Yorkshire who need more facilities to make our town even more special than it already is."

Read the Wharfedale Observer article here.

 

Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Nearly 2,000 fewer swimming pools in

England by 2030 - Swim England 

Swim England's 'A Decade of Decline: The Future of Swimming Pools in England' makes for bleak reading (full report available here).

It highlights that if the current trend continues the number of available pools shall drop by 40% by the end of the decade. This is the result of pools constructed in the 1960s and 1970s coming to the end of their lifespan combined with a shortage of new pools being built.

This is exactly why projects such as ours are essential. Our community initiative is a partnership with Leeds City Council that would reduce the burden on the council whilst delivering the benefits that the community needs by virtue of being community owned and run.

Swim England is callling on the Government to make extra funding available "so communities can apply for grants to get design and feasibility studies completed – the costs of which can currently be a barrier to pools being built". Raising the funds for these studies is the biggest challenge Friends of Otley Lido face and the reason for our current crowdfunding campaign.

Read about our crowdfunding campaign and pledge here.

 

Saturday 18th September 2021

Crowdfunding campaign launched

Baroness (Judith) Blake of Leeds, Alex Sobel MP (Leeds North West) and Richard Hughes (Chair, Otley Town Council) unveiled the new 'fundraising pool' and 'vision' panels on the lido site hoarding ahead of the launch of the crowdfunding campaign on Monday 20th November.

The target is to raise the remaining £53,000 required in order to complete fundraising for Phase 1 which comprises of specialist studies. This is a necessary first step to progressing our journey.

Read more here.

We are grateful to Zeppo Creative for designing the 'fundraising pool' and 'vision' panels. Thanks also go to Print Crew for optimising the design of the banners and turning around the printing of both the panels and banners so quickly.

Our gratitude also goes to Mark Currie at Catapult Films for his video which brings the crowdfunding campaign to life.

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(Left-right): Alex Sobel MP (Leeds North West), Baroness Blake of Leeds and Cllr Richard Hughes (Chair, Otley Town Council)