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About FoNESP

The Friends of New Earswick Pool (FoNESP) are a registered charity (1188111) who formed in October 2017, in response to the news that the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust planned to close the New Earswick Pool.


After a successful campaign FoNESP  took over the running of the Pool in January 2019, and today the pool is used 12 hours a day, 7 days a week by a range of swimming clubs, schools, a care home and parent and toddler groups. It is registered with the Local Authority as being an asset of community value.

Our pool has a unique history, having been opened in 1966 by the Rowntree Trust with the support of local community, notably children being asked to donate 'Half a Crown' and the villagers joining a 'Buy a Brick' scheme. As part of the Garden Village scheme, it was built to enhance the health and well being of the local community. 

The vision of our charity is to:
“develop our pool into a modern, sustainable asset providing benefit to swimmers of any age or ability.”

FoNESP is made up of a diverse group of volunteers who bring a range of skills and knowledge to the team. We are always keen to welcome new members. Find out more and take a look at any volunteer vacancies here.


Andrew Calverley - Chair 

Cllr Sue Glenton - New Earswick Parish Council representative

Mike Peters


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