Croyde Surf Life Saving Club celebrates 60 years with new HQ
30th May 2022
Croyde Surf Life Saving Club will celebrate its 60th year with new headquarters double the size of its previous site.
Since its formation the club has been at the heart of Croyde, training thousands of lifesavers, young and old, to be safe on one of the UK’s wildest, most challenging beaches, with many fulfilling vital roles within the Croyde community.
However, the club faced its own challenge when the land it leased no longer became available.
Due to the nature of their work and their large membership, a lot of equipment is essential to the club for training, competitions, gaining qualifications, and keeping themselves and others safe in the sea.
Thankfully, help came in the form of a larger area of available land near the club’s current base with a 49-year lease, ensuring it would still have a permanent home come its 100th year.
When faced with fresh concerns following the discovery of a drinking water main running through the new site, the club reached out to South West Water to investigate a possible diversion of the pipe.
Following a positive meeting between the club, the water company and North Devon MP Selaine Saxby, it was agreed the diversion would be funded by South West Water’s Neighbourhood Fund.
Susan Davy, South West Water’s Chief Executive, said: “We play a critical role in the region and through our Neighbourhood Fund we are building on our work to support the lives of people and the places they love for generations to come.
“We are very pleased to support Croyde Surf Life Saving Club and to fund this diversion so they can continue to provide safety, training, fun and mental health benefits to the local community.”
Ben Byrom, Chairman of Croyde Surf Life Saving Club, said: “Following the easing of pandemic restrictions, we’ve seen a sharp rise in membership applications. Members young and old learn to respect the environment, enhance their mental health and have fun, so we’re grateful to South West Water for their help so our new base can be built and our vital work can continue.”
Selaine Saxby, Conservative MP for North Devon, said: “When the Croyde Surf Life Saving Club came to me for help, with a very expensive, potential problem, I was optimistic that South West Water would be able to help make it more affordable, but I was delighted when they told me that they would cover the whole cost of diverting the water mains.
“I look forward to seeing the new site when it is up and running and would like to thank South West Water and all of the other companies and organisations that continue to support our vital surf life saving clubs in North Devon.”
The new headquarters is expected to the completed around the end of September 2022.
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For more information on South West Water’s Neighbourhood Fund – visit southwestwater.co.uk/community/support/neighbourhood-fund/