MORE people need to take the plunge to help safeguard the future of Mid Cheshire's only out-door swimming pool.

The pool, in a woodland setting in Marbury Country Park is about to open its doors for the new season - and one which could prove to be its last if visitor numbers do not increase this summer.

The dedicated band of volunteers who run the pool need to raise money to replace the pre-war pump and the pipework which keep the water circulating.

Last year, income from membership fees and day ticket sales just covered pool running costs, leaving little over to pay for much-needed improvements.

Jeanette Jackson, membership secretary, said: 'On a hot summer's day, the Marbury pool is a little oasis. It is surrounded by sunny lawned grounds and stands in the woods at Marbury Park.

'The problem is the pool is a little off the beaten track and surprisingly few people who visit the country park are aware of its existence.

'This year, we will be charging £3 for a day-pass in the hope that people come along and eventually decide to join our club.'

Over the past few weeks, pool members have been busy refurbishing buildings on the site and clearing the grounds. At the weekend, they planted new trees and bushes to brighten up the play and picnic areas around the pool.

Jeanette added: 'We are now ready for business and, with a glorious summer predicted, we hope to get record numbers of people through our gates to help safeguard the future of our pool.'

A website has been set up to give people more information about the pool. To download a membership application form, visit

You can also write to Jeanette at 9a Maori Drive, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7BS to request a form. Adult membership is £20 a season, child membership (three to 16 years) is £10 and under threes are free.

The pool is open every day from May 7 to September 1.