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We are so tremendously excited to announce that we have been awarded the Community Swimming Pool of the Year for the South West of England 2020/21 by Prestige Awards.


The judges review the quality, efficiency and delivery of the product/service provided, with decisions being made based on service excellence, industry recognition, employee satisfaction, marketing & branding, ethical practice and customer feedback. The judges were impressed with the Flamingo Pool’s community ethos as well as cleanliness, helpful staff and excellent service provided to the local community of Axminster and beyond.


For the last 16 years Prestige Awards have been running national and international awards under the Luxury Travel Guide and Corporate Live Wire platforms. In 2018 they introduced regional awards to recognise businesses that are extremely successful and hard working on a local level. Judges consider whether the individual or business is providing the best product/ service in their particular sector or industry.


Thank you so much to every single one of you who have ever supported us in any way. This award is for you! 🥇 🏆


We can’t wait for the restrictions to ease so we can bring all activities back for you once again but in the meantime please come along for a splash at your safe and friendly Community Swimming Pool of the Year!

Pool manager supports epic swim into the record books.
Steve Buxton has been chosen to be one of the 300 hundred to swim in with Ross Edgley.  The swim is planned to be one mile. But this is subject to change on the day, depending on the conditions. This will be a half-mile swim out to meet Ross and a half-mile swim back to shore with him. Just off the shore you will be diverted and Ross will complete the final few meters on his own.

Self-dubbed “scientist, sociologist, and philosopher of training and nutrition” Ross Edgley is in the midst of one of his many perilous stunts: an attempt to become the first person to swim around Great Britain. The goal is to not touch solid land until the swim is complete.

August 30, he set a world record in a 900-mile portion of the swim: the length of Britain from Lands’ End to John O’Groats.

Fund Raising with Needles
Knitters successfully raise £ thousands for The Flamingo Pool
Dedicated local volunteers have been busy knitting to help raise funds for self-funded local charity, The Flamingo Pool.
A group of local volunteers have managed to raise £5653.60 since December 2013 by knitting seasonal items such as Easter chicks, Easter bunnies, Father Christmas’ and hats for The Flamingo Pool. This figure is likely to have reached £6000 in the near futre.
Each year the sales and demand for the hand knitted items increases. Last year alone, £1143 was raised from sales.

The knitting circle started in December 2013 and has gone from strength to strength. Shirley Parris, Hazel Wignell, Joy Tedbury, Lorna Winterborne, Carole Hanna, Diana Hunt and Claudine Grynprez each have donated not only their time but also the materials for free.
The money that The Flamingo Pool has raised from the sale of the knitted items has paid for a TV screen in the reception area, new grating around the main pool, re-painting and new equipment in the ageing first aid room and has made a contribution towards new mannequins used for teaching CPR. The remainder of the cost of the mannequins was paid for by a generous legacy donation.

Steve Buxton, from The Flamingo Pool, said: “We would like to thank all of the ladies that have tirelessly kitted to raise funds for The Flamingo Pool. We really couldn’t have raised this money without their help. I would especially like to thank Shirley Parris who has been fundraising with complete dedication for The Flamingo Pool, since its concept, over 20 years ago”.
“Without the help and commitment of these ladies, we would not be able to provide such fantastic facilities to our local community.”
Knitted items are for sale at The Flamingo Pool reception. Cash donations are also grateful accepted. In addition, donated books, puzzles and games organised by
Shirley Parris, contribute towards the staggering £1500 per day that it costs to run the pool.
The Flamingo Pool, a self-funded charity embraces eco-friendly technology to lower their carbon footprint and save money. This allows them to provide more activities at the pool.

Ross Edgley round Britain swim
Ross Edgley round Britain swim
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Axe Vale Festival helps to upgrade Flamingo Pool equipment
The Axe Vale Festival presented a cheque donation of £4000 to The Flamingo Pool to help them upgrade their ageing plant room.
The generous donation from the Axe Vale Festival was as a result of proceeds raised at the hugely successful Axe Vale Festival, that was held in June this year. This year was the Festivals 23rd year. The sun shone throughout the weekend and crowds gathered from far and wide to attend this popular family community event.
The Axe Vale Festival was set up 23 years ago to raise money for the Axminster charity, The Flamingo Pool. The Festival is run completely by volunteers who care about the community and the money raised, is donated to a range of local charities and good causes, one of which is The Flamingo Pool.
Liz Stonex, from the Axe Vale Festival committee said: “We are delighted to have had such a successful event this year and to be able to help The Flamingo Pool.”
The Flamingo Pool had been faced with a bill of £20,000 to upgrade three ageing pumps in their plant room. Grants for essential items such as these are rarely available. By changing this equipment, The Flamingo Pool could save a substantial amount every month on their electricity bill, with every penny counting for the self-funded charity.
Tireless fundraising by staff and volunteers during the year consisted of Coffee mornings, Pamper evenings, Quiz nights, Golf Day’s, local fetes and the Axe Vale Festival have contributed to the remaining funds needed.
Steve Buxton, from The Flamingo Pool, said: “We would like to thank the Axe Vale Festival for their generous donation. We are grateful to them and the community for their continuous support”.