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Mill Chase Leisure Centre
- Dawn Hoskins (12th Oct 2020 13:07:46)

Since Covid I've been swimming twice a week at Mill Chase which has been great exercise with a brilliantly organized (socially-distanced) entry and exit system.

A swim costs:
£4.75 for an adult
£3.50 for a senior
FREE for a pensioner (not sure what the age criteria is)

I take my lovely old Dad with me (he goes for free) and I'm reminding you about his facility on our doorstep because sometimes we are the ONLY 2 people in the pool.

I swim twice a week at £4.75 which is £9.50 per week / £38pcm. So I have full membership wich costs £39 for everything (gym, swimming, classes, aqua aerobics, and swimming). It also enables me to access any of these facilities at Alton and Petersfield centres free of charge.

I'm really looking forward to the new leisure centre opening in 3 weeks time - but think that the price of membership will likely go up. Luckily if you join now the price is guaranteed for a least 1 year.

I know that Mill chase is a bit run down and the changing rooms are a bit grubby - but when I'm the only person swimming up and down I do wonder where the rest of the community are getting/keeping fit.

If you're going to have a swim the rules are that you go in with your swimmers on under your clothes. You disrobe at the poolside. Although the swim session is normally an hour - during Covid it is 50 minutes.

After your swim, they open the changing rooms and disinfect the area where you came in and disrobed. You go out a separate way from where you came in - so the people coming in don't meet the people going out. Only 10 people are allowed in the pool at a time.

It is a bit drafty in the changing rooms as they have the door at the bottom open to allow a through draft. So take a warm coat.

I hope you are all keeping well in these worrying times.
all the best to everyone

Re: Mill Chase Leisure Centre
- Susan (12th Oct 2020 14:22:38)

Sounds great Dawn,but had a quick look and no mention of any price reductions for either pensioners or seniors anywhere.

The new centre is managed by a large national, seems one price fits all on their web page;

12 month and direct debit commitment, whilst there is a 25% discount offer currently, t&cs and FAQs don't address any reduction based on age. The price is 'over 16' only as far as I can see.

Looks like the current deal is the only deal.

Re: Mill Chase Leisure Centre
- Dawn Hoskins (14th Oct 2020 11:33:14)

I can assure you that my Dad goes free. I will ask them about it when there next and post the info here.

However, even at £4.75 for a swim - I still think this is good value for an hour of exercise which is carried out with strict adherence to social distancing rules.

I would point out though that as the temperature drops, as they still need to keep the doors open, it is v chilly out of the water.

Dad and I were there last night and we noticed that when our shoulders were out of the water they were chilly. This just makes you stay in the water swimming for longer though - so it is not really a drama. also, it makes the water feel quite hot when you get in!

Re: Mill Chase Leisure Centre
- Dawn Hoskins (15th Oct 2020 10:10:55)

Spoke to 'Everyone Active' about this.

The FREE gym use and FREE swimming is available to all over 80's.
It is an agreement that they have with the District Councils at all their leisure centres.

You just pop in and get a membership card, then use the centre for FREE

Re: Mill Chase Leisure Centre
- Helen (15th Oct 2020 10:41:37)

I think also worth pointing out that it only works if you are living in the EHDC area for instance would not apply if you used that card at the Herons in Haslemere which is closer to me than Bordon.

Re: Mill Chase Leisure Centre
- Susan (15th Oct 2020 14:05:11)

Interesting, still not on their web pages !

So no concessions for “seniors”, as I thought, and that you mentioned in your OP.

It’s one price fits all “over 16”,as it states on their T&Cs.
DD is a requirement to get their opening offer with all the small print and usual caveats included to cancel.

To get any VFM, you would need to be a regular,and classes are not allowed under C19, or no bigger than 6,( not viable)so you would need to want to swim,or workout alone.

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