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FoOL TIMELINE

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2015

5th October 2015

Leeds City Council issues an ‘Expressions of Interest Invited’ for the former Otley Lido (commonly known as baths or outdoor pool).

5th - 17th October 2015

A group of local residents - calling themselves FoOL - start to mobilise in response to the ‘Expressions of Interest Invited’.

17th October 2015

FoOL's first Facebook post.

29th October 2015

FoOL's first tweet on Twitter.

30th October 2015

FoOL visits the lido site for the first time.

4th November 2015

FoOL meets with Leeds City Council officers and notifies intention to submit a proposal in response to 'Expressions of Interest Invited'.

10th November 2015

The inaugural meeting of FoOL takes place at The Black Horse.

17th November 2015

FoOL presents its plans to Otley BID and Otley Chamber of Trade.

1st December 2015

Attendees agree Constitution, Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association for FoOL.

Leonie Sharp electied as Chair of FoOL.

9th December 2015

FoOL submits its proposal in response to Leeds City Council's 'Expressions of Interest Invited'.

26th December 2015

Boxing Day floods on the River Wharfe cause the retaining wall on the lido site to collapse.

 

2016

14th January 2016

Leeds City Council grant FoOL a 12 month exclusivity agreement on the lido site.

16th February 2016

Friends of Otley Lido incorporated as a Community Interest Company with Companies House in England & Wales.

21st March 2016

FoOL presents its vision to Otley Town Council and secures a grant for £500 to erect hoarding at the site to replace the retaining wall which collapsed as a result of the Boxing Day floods.

17th April 2016

Philip Longthorn becomes our first benefactor and makes a very generous donation.

22nd April 2016

FoOL fundraises and engages with the community at the Otley Core.

25th April 2016

Otley BID agrees to match the £500 grant from Otley Town Council to go towards erecting hoarding on the site to replace the retaining wall which collapsed as a result of the Boxing Day floods.

26th April 2016

Leeds Community Foundation provides a Food Relief Grant of £2,000 

27th April 2016

FoOL erects hoarding to make the site safe and secure following the collapse of the retaining wall during the Boxing Day floods supported by grants from Otley Town Council and Otley BID.

28th April 2016

FoOL paints the hoarding in Tour de Yorkshire colours to commemorate Stage 2 of the race starting in Otley on 2nd May 2016.

28th April 2016

Leeds Community Foundation approves a grant for FoOL.

5th June 2016

Sport Chevin Family Activity Day – FoOL fundraises and engages with the community.

17th June 2016

St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School fundraises for FoOL with an ‘Own Clothes Day’.

18th June 2016

Otley Carnival - FoOL fundraises and engages with the community.

26th June 2016

Otley Lions Club announces FoOL is nominated for the President’s Project for 2016/17 

18th July 2016

FoOL promotional video produced by Catapult Films is released.

25th July 2016

Stacey Blackwell deploys her sign writing skills on the lido site blacboard.

27th August 2016

Otley Lions Club announces FoOL as the President’s Project for 2016/17.

17-18th September 2016

FoOL attend the National Lido Conference at Portishead Lido.

17th October 2016

Alan Peel Decorators paints the hoarding - at no cost - using paint contributed by Beks Electrical & Hardware.

22nd October 2016

Lido Site Hoarding Launch Day – the freshly painted hoarding is launched displaying the Zeppo Creations ‘Lido Memories’ and FoOL logo and information panels all printed at no cost by Imageco.

11th November 2016

FoOL fundraises and engages with the community at the Buttercross.

15th November 2016

FoOL presents an update on the project to the Otley Chamber of Trade.

22nd November 2016

Aviva Community Fund – FoOL announced as a finalist and later receives a grant.

4th December 2016

Otley Victorian Fayre - FoOL fundraises and engages with the community.

7th-10th December 2016

Otley Christmas Tree Festival - FoOL decorates a tree.

 

2017

1st January 2017

New Year’s Day Otley Memorial River Swim in memory of Joe Town - with the kind agreement of Joe’s daughter FoOL fundraises and engages with the community whilst providing hot refreshments.

1st January - 26th February 2017

Crowdfunding campaign raises £2,465 with 115 supporters.

1st-28th February 2017

Waitrose Otley Community Matters – FoOL selected as a charity for Green Token scheme.

12th February 2017

Otley Lions Club presents FoOL with cheque for £5,000 as recipients of the President’s Project for 2016/17.

8th April 2017

The Yew Tree Inn hosts a Race Night to raise funds for FoOL.

6th May 2017

FoOL give a short introduction before the film 'Tomorrow' at an event organised by the Friends of Gallows Hill at the Otley Courthouse Arts Centre.

20th May 2017

Otley Show - FoOL fundraises and engages with the community.

28th May 2017

Liverpool Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon – Tom Wriglesworth plus friends Andy and Nick run to raise money for FoOL.

25th June 2017

Yorkshire Lido Tour visits the site – FoOL hosts a breakfast.

25th June 2017

Otley in Bloom Open Garden scheme fundraises for FoOL.

11th September 2017

Otley Town Council unanimously supports a motion proposed by Cllr Ray Georgeson and seconded by Cllr Mick Bradley and resolves to pledge the final £5,000 top-up needed when the fundraising is within reach of the final target of £55,000 for the feasibility study.

11th October - 21st December 2017

Community Payback Team clear the site of rubble and rubbish and paint the Farnley Lane side of the building. Leeds City Council's Outer North West Community Committee and Parks & Countryside provide skip facilities.

13th October 2017

FoOL meets with Leeds City Councillors for Otley & Yeadon Ward (Cllrs Colin Campbell, Ryk Downes and Sandy Lay), Otley Town Council Chair Ray Georgeson MBE, and representatives of Leeds City Council at Otley Core Resource Centre.

14th October 2017

FoOL paints the hoarding at the lido site.

26th October 2017

Otley Carnival announces FoOL as one of its 2018 beneficiaries.

27th October 2017

FoOL hosts a Fashion Show at the Parish Church in conjunction with Harriets and Little Munchkins.

3rd December 2017

Otley Victorian Fayre - FoOL fundraises and engages with the community.

6th - 9th December 2017

Otley Christmas Tree Festival - FoOL decorates a tree. 

19th December 2017

First advertising panel installed on site hoarding publicising Courtyard Planters, Bondgate Bakery and Casa Vitae.

21st December 2017

Second advertising panel installed on site hoarding publicising Little Green Frog.

2018

3rd May 2018

FoOL supporters Colin Campbell, Ryk Downes and Sandy Lay re-elected as Members of Leeds City Council for the Otley & Yeadon Ward.

6th May 2018

Tour De Yorkshire - FoOL fundraises and engages with the community in Wharfemeadows Park.

1st - 30th June 2018

Waitrose Otley Community Matters – FoOL selected as a charity for Green Token scheme.

16th June 2018

Otley Carnival - FoOL fundraises and engages with the community.

4th August 2018

Otley Lido Site Open Day – over 400 visitors attend to see the derelict site, view architect’s concepts, ask questions and listen to guests including Alex Sobel MP (Leeds North West), Cllr Ray Georgeson MBE (Chair, Otley Town Council) and Cllr Ryk Downes (Leeds City Council, Otley & Yeadon Ward)

7th October 2018

FoOL releases its new promotional video produced by Catapult Films.

24th October - 27th November 2018 

Crowdfunding campaign linked to Aviva Community Fund voting raises £460 with 22 supporters.

13th November 2018

Otley Skate Park User Group makes donation to FoOL.

27th November 2018

Aviva Community Fund – FoOL announced as a finalist and later receives a grant.

2nd December 2018

Otley Victorian Fayre - FoOL fundraises and engages with the community.

12-15th December 2018

Otley Christmas Tree Festival - FoOL decorates a tree.

 

2019

12th February 2019

FoOL gives a presentation and Q&A session with the Womens’ Institute in Pool-in-Wharfedale.

2nd May 2019

FoOL supporter Ryk Downes re-elected as Member of Leeds City Council for the Otley & Yeadon Ward.

15th June 2019

Otley Carnival - FoOL fundraises and engages with the community.

19th June 2019

Otley in Bloom transforms a flower bed in Wharfemeadows Park is transformed to resemble the fountain in the lido.

4th August 2019

Pool Feast - FoOL fundraises and engages with the community.

1st December 2019

Otley Victorian Fayre - FoOL fundraises and engages with the community.

 

2020

20th February 2020

Otley Neighbourhood Plan is adopted after a referendum – the lido site and FoOL is included.

25th May - 7th June 2020

FoOL runs a colouring and drawing competition providing a resource for children during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

2021

6th May 2021

FoOL supporter Sandy Lay re-elected as Member of Leeds City Council for the Otley & Yeadon Ward.

12th July 2021

FoOL meet with Wharfemeadows Bowling Club at the site to discuss temporary expansion of its footprint on the site. 

31st August 2021

Andrew Hillas Properties Ltd kindly sponsors the printing and delivery of flyers advertising the Crowdfunding Campaign.

8th September 2021

FooL attends a meeting at the lido site with Leeds City Council and two local developers.

16th September 2021

FoOL paints the hoarding at the lido site.

20th September 2021

Crowdfunding Campaign Launch Event - Baroness Blake of Leeds, Alex Sobel MP and Cllr Richard Hughes (Chair, Otley Town Council) unveil the new 'fundraising pool' and 'vision' panels on the lido site hoarding.

20th September 2021

Crowdfunding campaign begins.

21st September 2021

FoOL presentation to the Otley Chamber of Trade.

22nd September 2021

The Wharfedale Observer leads with an article on FoOL's Crowdfunding Campaign.

5th October - 2 November 2021

FoOL leases an iconic red telephone box in Market Place for publicity for the crowdfunding campaign - made possible by Otley Town Council offering free hire to community groups.

8th October 2021

Sport England pledges £10,000 to Crowdfunding campaign.

18th October 2021

FoOL presents to the Otley Town Council Community Development Committee.

19th October 2021

Rachel Reeves MP (Leeds West) and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer endorses FoOL.

Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin endorses FoOL.

20thOctober 2021

Otley Chamber of Trade pledges £1,000.

21st October 2021

Otley Town Council re-affirms its vote of 11th September 2017 to pledge the final £5,000 towards the cost of a feasibility study.

Otley BID matches Otley Town Council's pledge of £5,000.

22nd October 2021

Sport England pledges another £3,500 to Crowdfunding campaign.

26th October 2021

Alistair Brownlee MBE visits the site for an interview with BBC Look North (Yorkshire) to promote the crowdfunding campaign.

27th October 2021

Crowdfunding campaign passes target of £53,000 with over 5 days remainin - stretch target of £65,000 set.

1st November 2021

Crowdfunding campaign ends - £60,711 raised with 876 unique supporters in 42 days.

11th November 2021

Initial project review with local retired sport & leisure consultant (pro-bono).

23rd November 2021

Further project review with local retired sport & leisure consultant (pro-bono).

15th December 2021

Awarded £1,000 grant by Persimmon Community Champions.

2022

24th January 2022

Further project review with local retired sport & leisure consultant (pro-bono).

1st March 2022

Full project review with multi-disciplinary team - sport & leisure consultant, architect, engineer, project manager (pro-bono).

5th May 2022

FoOL supporter Colin Campbell re-elected as Member of Leeds City Council for the Otley & Yeadon Ward.

21st May 2022

Otley Show - FoOL fundraises and engages with the community.

18th November 2022

FoOL meet with Marie-Claire Spicer (Project Manager) in relation to the Flood Alleviation Scheme and flood risk to the lido site.

4th December 2022

Victorian Fayre - FoOL fundraises and engages with the community.

2023

17th January 2023

FoOL meet at the site with a local civil / structural engineer with over 20 years' experience in the sport and leisure sector (pro-bono).

20th February 2023

Graffiti Away removes graffiti from the hoarding at the site (pro-bono).

4th May 2023

FoOL supporter Sandy Lay re-elected as Member of Leeds City Council for the Otley & Yeadon Ward.

17th June 2023

Otley Carnival - FoOL fundraises and engages with the community.

25th July 2023

FoOL seeks proposals for feasibility study and business planning.

21st August 2023

Leeds City Council informs FoOL it is likely it shall need to formally review its position in relation to the lido site.

29th August 2023

Deadline for proposals for feasibility study and business planning.

31st August 2023

FoOL meets with Wharfemeadows Bowling Club at the site to discuss the project.

13th September 2023

FMG & Saunders Boston Architects appointed to undertake feasibility study and business planning (subject to positive outcome from review Leeds City Council has indicated it is likely to undertake in relation to the lido site).

29th September 2023

Leeds City Council formally informs FoOL it needs to review its position in relation to the lido site.

3rd December 2023

Victorian Fayre - FoOL fundraises and engages with the community.

2024

13th February 2024

Emily (E.C.R) Roberts attends FoOL committee meeting for ideas and inspiration for her upcoming lido-based musical - FoOL love the idea and agree to support Emily with publicity.

19th March 2024

FoOL presents a project update to a meeting of the Otley Chamber of Trade.

2nd May 2024

FoOL supporter Tracy Brabin is re-elected as Mayor of West Yorkshire.

FoOL supporter Sandy Lay re-elected as Member of Leeds City Council for the Otley & Yeadon Ward.

18th May 2024

Otley Carnival - FoOL fundraises and engages with the community.

7th June 2024

Drip Drop Theatre performs All Those on Board a new lido-based musical by E.C.R. Roberts to a sell-out audience at Otley Courthouse - FoOL provides a pre-performance introduction and update.

11th June 2024

Leeds City Council completes its review of the lido site and asks FoOL to produce a business plan later in 2024.

15th June 2024

Otley Carnival - FoOL fundraises and engages with the community.

26th June 2024

'Kick off' meeting with Darren Lamb & Tim Mills (FMG) and Nathan Swift (Saunders Boston Architects) for feasibility study and business planning.

28th June 2024

FoOL announces the appointment of FMG & Saunders Boston Architects to undertake feasibility study and outline business planning.

4th July 2024

FoOL supporter Katie White OBE elected Member of Parliament for Leeds North West - constituency MP for Otley.

FoOL supporter Alex Sobel elected Member of Parliament for Leeds Central and Headingley.

FoOL supporter Rachel Reeves elected Member of Parliament for Leeds West and Pudsey - appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer.

8th July 2024

FoOL meets with Darren Lamb and Tim Mills of FMG (sports & leisure consultancy) and representatives of Wharfemadows Bowling Club at the lido site.

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