Milton Road Baths Newsletter No 4

Milton Road Baths Newsletter No 4

Mechanics’ Matters Newsletter No 4
After what seems like an eternity, the project to restore and relaunch the Health Hydro is so very close.

The project has now appointed consultants. It’s their job to build up a programme of works to deal with the long overdue maintenance issues. And also to update the facilities and restore the key important historical features. They’ll also provide the outline of a business plan to sustain the building, enabling it to serve the town for another 130 years!

Make no mistake, we’re counting ourselves extremely fortunate to be within touching distance of such a sum of money – £6.5m – to spend on the building. The final stage of the business case for £5m of the funding must be submitted and approved in February. We’re indebted to SBC for pursuing this funding. The question is how far will the money stretch?

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Healthcare History and Swindon

Healthcare History and Swindon

This year, 2020, has another marker on it other than that created by Covid-19. For it’s also the 200thanniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Thus, the WHO (the World Health Organisation) has designated 2020 as the first ever year of the nurse and the midwife. Cause enough for celebration on its own then. And it makes a good excuse to talk again about healthcare history and Swindon – it being a story not that well told. Still. And when it is told it tends not to be accurate.

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The Health Hydro

The Health Hydro

Well listeners, as you know we’ve got a bit of a ‘how do you do’ and a ‘state of things’ going on with the Health Hydro. It’s a ta ta that looks set to run and run so I’ve dedicated a category to it on this here blog as a repository for sharing various pieces of writing about the building.

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