Enterprise swimming club for disabled people​
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Socialising together is an important aspect for the Club, such that the secondary Object of the Club is to “enhance the above (recreational swimming activities) by the provision of appropriate social activities”.  ​​

When people meet together at any of the Social Events, it gives them an opportunity to get to know one another better and helps to build relationships.   The Social Committee, under it’s Chairman, organises outings and other events throughout the year. 

These are just a few of the many activities which the Social Committee organise.   The New Year for Enterprise Swimming Club starts with a Bang.  Every year at the end of January we have a New Year’s party at which we have had  live bands in the past, but recently we have hired a fabulous Disco.  All who come bring a dish for the table and everyone enjoys a buffet meal before the dancing begins.  We have a raffle and a tombola which are very popular fundraisers, and we also present the Trophies to successful swimmers.  

There has been a long tradition in the Club to spend a day at a coastal resort and swim in the sea.  2017 saw us visit Eastbourne and over the years, we have been to many south coast beaches, and some in Essex.   Other trips organised are a visit to France in the run-up to Christmas and a trip up to London to see the Christmas Lights.  Plus over the Summer, a long weekend away is organised and we have been to the Isle of Wight one year and Wales another recently.

Enterprise members have travelled to the West End to see several popular musicals including Hairspray, Oliver, The Lion King, and The Wizard of Oz. Memorable, and very popular, recent outings include boat trips on the Thames and visits to the London Eye, Hampton Court, Windsor, Arundel and Leeds Castles, Kew Gardens, Woburn Abbey, Buckingham Palace and Beaulieu Motor Museum.   The outings are always well attended and everyone seems to enjoy themselves.

Support from Croydon Council

From the inaugural meeting of the Club in September 1959 swimmers could only reach the baths by public transport or with the help of car owning members providing lifts.  At a committee meeting in May 1960 the minutes reveal that Pam Harris and Ella Gore (Chief Instructor and Secretary) had been invited to meet Mr Borroff, the Chief Welfare Officer of the London Borough of Croydon, with one of the matters under discussion being transport.  At this meeting, Mr Borroff promised help with the provision of a Council coach on Friday evenings.  In August, approval was given for the council's coach to be made available to Enterprise on Friday evenings for swimmers residing within the County Borough of Croydon, with the Club providing a suitably qualified driver and an escort.  The Club benefitted from this arrangement until the late 1990's when the Council disposed of their fleet.

Croydon Round Table

At a Committee Meeting in July 1968 our Club Chairman, Charles Buchanan, announced that Croydon Round Table had intimated that they might be buying the Club a minibus as their project for the following year, and in March 1969, the Round Table advised that the go ahead had been given.  The total cost, including £25 road fund licence and £20 for sign writing, would be £1,160. Then on May 28th the minibus, registration number  XML 877G, was officially handed over To the club in the presence of the Mayor of Croydon. Almost at the same time a letter had been received from Mr Borroff of the Welfare Department agreeing to the parking of the minibus at the Council’s Stubbs Mead Transport Depot with no time limit.

Later minibuses and nowadays.

Looking back over the records available it seems that our first minibus was replaced around 1979-80. In the August 1987 newsletter there is an item relating to the purchase of a new minibus which refers to the existing vehicle being over 7 years old.  Then in around 1994 the next new minibus, with the registration M382 SKN, was purchased and dedicated to our former Chairman, Andy Anderson.  The Club retained this vehicle until 2006.
In April 2006 Enterprise purchased a new minibus, largely with a legacy from former member John Davey, but also with donations from Purley Round Table.  In 2015 a second bus was purchased. Both are managed through Croydon Accessible Transport (CAT), whereby CAT insure and maintain them.

Now;

Enterprise have decided not to run a minibus from 2018.