Farleigh & District Swimming Club
Founded in 1932, the Farleigh & District Swimming Club is believed to be the oldest river swimming club in the world. This is a recreational summer club. There are no events. It is 4 miles west of Trowbridge, Wilts, on the A366. BA2 7RS. Grid Reference: ST 805577, N51.31805° W2.28200°.Turn into the field on the corner by the club sign. This is on the Trowbridge side of the two stone bridges. The Club is a member of RALSA (River & Lake Swimming Association), where a database of other swimming locations is available.
Ring Rob 07733 191395 or Phil & Cath 01225 752253 for more info.
Our Swimming Club is going on TV
The BBC was filming at the Club on August 8th. This was for the introductory part of the "Flog it" programme. The antiques valuation part was shot at Longleat House. The programme will be screened on tv in January 2014.
Three swim for Farleigh in the Frome Aquathon
Three Club members entered the Frome Aquathon run on Sunday 19th January. Our lead competitor Mark Fryer, a one time subs collecter, came 3rd, just 32 seconds off winning. If only he hadn't gone the wrong way by some 400 yards we'd have a picture of him with a medal round his neck. Better luck next time on Sunday 16th February in Trowbridge. Any other Club members up for joining our team? By the way we also took the last and second last place.
Membership. The Club is only open during the summer. This usually means from after silage (approx late April) May to mid September, but if there is warm weather outside of this period then the Club is usually opened up. Cows are put into the Club fields in winter. They may ignore swimmers, but they have been known to chase swimmers into the river! Club Membership Collectors are usually only on duty on warm sunny days when people are likely to want to swim. You can then join on site. If not you can join at the farm (Follow the "Cream Teas" sign.) which is 800 yards up the A366 towards Trowbridge. Alternatively you can join by post by sending a cheque (made out to the Farleigh & District Swimming Club) together with a completed Membership Application Form (printed out from the pdf available below) and a stamped addressed return envelope to Rob Fryer, 39 Portway, Warminster, BA12 8QQ. A Membership Card will then be returned to you. Membership is by Calendar year, and the 2012 membership cards will not be available until late March, so it is best to apply at or after that time. Membership for 2012 is: Families (up to 6) £20, Adult £10. Membership is open to everyone except those under 12. There is no waiting list. Please read the Safety Notice which is printed on the back of both the Application Forms and the Membership Cards.
Occasional visitors. Payment of membership subs can be made by instalments of £1 per adult and 50p per child on each visit, until the Instalment total of £30 per Family or £15 per Adult is reached. If you only come once or twice you will not have completed your membership payments. This does not matter. The Club does not expect you to pay the difference. So for occasional visitors the admission per day is just £1 per adult, 50p per child.(payment on site on the day)
Membership of the Club offers free parking in the first field and picnicking and/or swimming from the second. The river is about 8ft deep, but you can walk in from above the (slippery) weir. Do not swim if the river is in spate (brown water). There are two ladders. There are no life-guards so you should always swim with company and be able to provide safety cover for your group.
Dogs are not allowed. This is because of hygiene. just as they are banned from playing fields and most popular beaches in summer. Please tidy up and take any litter home. Thanks.
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER. Generally we find that the water quality is low after heavy rainfall, and children swimming during these periods may develop tummy infections. We believe that this is because that they tend to swallow water when swimming or playing in the river. Therefore we advise against swimming during these periods, especially children.
New Club T-shirts and Polo shirts embroidered in full colour can now be ordered from Rob Fryer. They are both 100% cotton (best for hot weather). T-shirts ref CD05 £10, Polo Shirts £15. See www.Ralawise.com for details of the quality. It is assumed that you will collect from Rob in the summer or at the Working Party. However if you want your's posted please add £4 and send a cheque made out to Farleigh & District Swimming Club at Rob's address on the Home page. The club will be ordering Forest Green and Olive for stock, but if you order in advance you can have any colour listed.
Work Party 10.30am Saturday 5th April 2014. All welcome. Tasks will include: cleaning changing areas, pavilion and toilets; laying ground panels by second entrance (RAF to supply); posting notices; ground clearance around steps and ladders; erecting bank rope by private ladder. Larger tasks for the ambitious include: laying new wood uprights for the weir steps, repairing the pavilion floor, making and erection a new notice board by the old diving board (the last one appears to have been stolen), laying a concrete extension "floor" to cover the eroded bank by the rope. Those undertaking any major tasks are invited to cut up and dispose of either the fallen branch or the fallen tree in the parking field.
Annual General Meeting 6.30pm on Thursday 13th November 2014 at the Hungerford Arms. All fully paid up members are entitled and very welcome to attend.
CLUB RULES - to follow