Paddling Pool Update – 7 days to save the pool!

*******Since publishing this post, Councillor Mike White has reached out to us to assure FOHP of his, and BoPs, unwavering support. Read more here *******

Dear Friends,

The Trustees attended a meeting with the Council on January 9th regarding the paddling pool refurbishment project.

Paddling Pool Project – funding gap

At this meeting, we were informed by Council officers that the paddling pool project is underfunded by approx £83,600. We were told that this additional funding must be found by 21st January in order for the work on the paddling pool refurbishment to commence. As you can understand, we were shocked! The amount needed and the timescale given to raise the funds seem designed to spell the end of the paddling pool project.

Why has this happened? 

Up until the meeting on 9th January, the Friends had been told that the project was going ahead. We had raised the issue of a potential funding gap at a meeting in October but were reassured by Council officers that the project finances had been evaluated and signed off to proceed.

We knew we had lost one funding bid for £50,000 in late November but, again, had been assured throughout December and early January that the project would be proceeding according to schedule.

Despite these assurances, at the meeting on 9th Jan, we were told there were only 11 days to find approx £83,600 of funding (made up of the initial funding gap, the loss of the £50,000 funding bid, and the difference between the projected cost and the final cost of the project.)

What is being done? 

Council officers are looking for alternative funding but sufficient funds have not been forthcoming with only 7 days now remaining to the deadline. In the meantime, FOHP will continue to do everything we can to get this project over the line.

We have released the £25,000 raised by the local community towards the construction of the pool and have offered an additional £6,000 to the funding pot. We are talking with various funding providers and will spend the remaining time up to 21st January approaching local businesses and looking for additional donations wherever we can find them.

How can I help?

We need FOHP members to spread the word to any businesses or potential donors who could help.

If you can help, please contact our Treasurer, Stan Chatterton, on 01202 568173, visit our Mydonate page, or email us on:

Talk to the Trustees

The Trustees will be in Hamworthy park, by the Park Cafe, on Wednesday, 16th January, 10.00-14.00, and on Saturday, 19th January, 10.00-14.00, to answer your questions and to talk to any members who want a more detailed update.

We are doing everything in our power to raise as much money as we can to see this project to a happy conclusion. We are not giving up.

With thanks for your support,

FOHP Trustees

*******Since publishing this post, Councillor Mike White has reached out to FOHP to assure us of his, and BoPs, unwavering support. Read more here *******


We are still taking donations for the Paddling Pool fund. Thank you for your support.

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Calendar Pictures 2018 – FOHP calendar

In 2018, we sold all 250 FOHP calendars and raised well over £1100 towards the paddling pool fund. Thank you! There has been fantastic support from the local community and local businesses – so we are looking forward to the 2019 calendar – coming soon!

Although we are confident of raising the funds necessary to save the paddling pool, we are not there yet and so the fundraising continues.

Reintroduction Of Hamworthy Park Overnight Car Park Barrier

During the Winter of 2016 the barrier to Hamworthy Park Car Park was removed on a trial basis.

This allowed the car park to be used by commuters working in the Quay area and allowed a car dealership to store cars. This led to a situation where sometimes there were few or no car parking spaces left for the general public to use on weekdays. Furthermore, we received ongoing complaints regarding late night antisocial behaviour in the car park from local residents.

Although all park users were affected over the year we received complaints from the following groups of residents:

  • Parents who could not park within a reasonable walking distance of the school.
  • Windsurfers who could not park to pursue watersports.
  • Park volunteers
  • Dog Walkers
  • Parents wishing to use the playground with children

After a year of campaigning, supported by local residents with an e-petition in June 2017, the car park barrier will be reintroduced from midnight 10th December 2017 and opened at 08:15am daily.  We’d like to thank the Borough of Poole and our local Councillors for their support in reaching a workable solution for our Community.

Winter Park Improvements 2017

We’re excited about the improvements going on in the park recently. The improvements cover:

Completed 6th October: Footpaths – Creating a tarmac link from the pedestrian bridge to the promenade (60 linear metres in total)

Starts w/c 16th October: Improvements to the older children/fitness area including the installation of the Proludic Street Workout unit

Signage – Improving the on-site signage with a high end product and introducing signage at Branksea Avenue and Pedestrian Bridge link

Landscaping – introducing new landscape schemes, specifically at the pedestrian Lulworth Avenue pedestrian entrance and Branksea Avenue entrance

Natural Play – Introducing natural play within the eastern end of the park alongside a new natural maintenance scheme. (Note: This did not materialise – perhaps something for the future.)

There is some more information about it at this link:

Harbour Reach Footbridge


In December 2015 we celebrated the opening of the pedestrian and cycle bridge across the railway at Hamworthy, linking the Harbour Reach development with Hamworthy Park.

The crossing was built by Avon Construction and provides safe and easy access for residents walking or cycling from the Harbour Reach development over the tracks to Hamworthy Park. It forms part of an important pedestrian and cycle route that links Poole Town with Hamworthy, allowing residents to avoid significant sections of the busy Blandford Road.

The bridge was campaigned for by Friends of Hamworthy Park over a period of 10 years.