Wem Swimming Pool is set for a brighter future after huge improvements were made during a major summer re-fit.

Two new filters, new pipework and valves, and two new dosing units for the chlorine and C02 at the pool were funded by Wem Town Council.

Cadi Price, who oversees the committee which runs the swimming pool and lifestyle centre, believes the changes were needed, specifically the filters.

“During the two-week closure, the pool hall also had a facelift and new changing room features,” she said.

“Swim in the pool today and the environment is again bright and cheerful with warm, sparkling water.

“If you are recovering from surgery, a new session ‘Swim After Surgery’ is being introduced on Thursdays between 2.30-3pm, for anyone who would benefit from a swim or gentle exercise.”

Meanwhile, the Wem Swimming and Lifestyle Centre Ltd which operates the pool on behalf of the community, has launched a Community Shares Offer to raise £40,000.

The money is to help complete fundraising to build an extension of the gym with extra stations and reverting the current gym to a pool viewing/café area for parents watching their children during swimming lessons.

The group has seen £79,000 already been raised from its own reserves and small grants.

Cadi added: “To raise the capital required for this project we are now issuing community shares to ensure wider community support and ownership.

“Shares can be purchased from a value of £50 upwards, in multiples of £10, up to a maximum of £4,000.

“We hope the community will get behind the project to enable us to continue our programme of improvements.”