Official opening of Swindon Sub-aqua Club’s new premises at Swindon Supermarine
After being without a dedicated clubhouse and home for 13 years, Swindon Sub-aqua Club, established in 1957 and one of the oldest branches of British sub-aqua clubs, is looking forward to the official opening on 25 May of its hard-fought for new premises at Swindon Supermarine in South Marston.
Swindon Sub-Aqua Club’s press officer Gill Marsh said it had been a long journey to opening their own purpose built facility. “In 1975 the club acquired the former Methodist Mission Hall on Dixon Street in Swindon. It was converted and opened by David Bellamy in 1978. It provided a stable base and during the 1980s our membership topped one hundred.
“But by 2000 the problems of being in a narrow residential street in the town centre were making themselves felt. We needed a new home.”
From September 2003 the members met at Supermarine, where land for a new clubhouse was secured in 2006. Due to the tireless efforts and voluntary skilled labour provided by the membership, and with working capital of just £145,000 following the sale of the Methodist Hall, Swindon Sub-Aqua Club now has a brand new building worth £1 million.
Describing the open day Gill said: “It will be a family fun event from 12pm to 4pm including a bouncy castle and tombola. There will also be the opportunity to have a go at a dive, and Dr David Bellamy OBE will once again open the facility at 2.30pm.”
Book a scuba session by calling dive officer Pete Gruncell on 07796 900935.