Conservative Wiltshire Council delivers a successful official opening event for Springfield Community Campus
Above (left to right): Richard Britton, chairman of Wiltshire Council; James Gray MP; Nicola Alberry, deputy lord lieutenant of Wiltshire; John Thomson, Wiltshire Council deputy leader and cabinet member for communities and campuses; Stephanie Millward MBE, Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, leader of Wiltshire Council; Sir David Hempleman-Adams, The High Sheriff of Wiltshire
Paralympian swimmer Stephanie Millward MBE was guest of honour at the official opening event for Springfield Community Campus yesterday (16 February 2017).
The Paralympian gold, silver and bronze medalist was part of the official celebrations joining Conservative Councillor Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council.
Special plaques were unveiled at the entrance to the campus to mark the official opening and by the pool, which was renamed the Stephanie Millward MBE Swimming Pool to mark the local athlete’s remarkable performance and pride of her home town.
The event included a range of activities and facilities for all generations, showcasing what the centre in Corsham has to offer. There were also special offers available including discounts on gym memberships and exhibition stands from local groups and organisations.
Younger visitors were able to enjoy a bouncy castle, soft play and climbing wall sessions. There was a KiK radio station workshop and exhibition stands including the Youth Zone, Springfield Community Gardens and health trainers. The Pound Sound Choir performed and free swimming was available.
Conservative Councillor Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council said:
This was a special day for Springfield Community Campus, as we not only marked the success of the first of our community campuses but also recognised the incredible achievements of Stephanie Millward, Corsham’s finest athlete, by dedicating the pool to her.
Springfield is a shining example of what can be achieved when you have a clear vision and work together with the local community to deliver what’s needed, and the busy programme was an opportunity for all people to see what the centre has to offer.
After unveiling the plaque in her name, Stephanie Millward MBE, said: “This is absolutely incredible. I’ve been coming here since I was 10, and almost every day since, and I never would’ve thought the pool would be named after me. It really is amazing, and I hope it offers hope and inspiration to everyone who comes here.”
Springfield Community Campus has a gym membership of 1,600 and swim school membership of 475. The popular library has 8,360 registered library members and last year there were more than 115,000 visits. Schools regularly use the centre as do around 35 organisations and clubs. The campus has at any one time around 30 to 40 volunteers helping in a range of activities including the library, computer club, swimming and looking after the grounds.
The Springfield Centre is part of the wider £80m campus programme which is providing local communities across Wiltshire with improved facilities and services.
Below: Stephanie Millward, MBE