In 1980 Havering opened a state of the art pyramid roof swimming pool / leisure centre "The Dolphin". Great days were spent here swimming, teaching our children to swim. It provided a good place for meetings, exhibitions and social events. 

So it was sad that in 1995 it was closed to the public due to safety fears, costs to repair and operating costs. 

A new swimming pool was promised, but instead the council sold the land to build what is there today a residential tower block and a shopping center.

Now after 23 years, too long in my opinion, on the 3rd February, we will be getting our new Sapphire Ice and Leisure which is named after the sapphire reign of our Queen Elizabeth. Longest reigning monarch.

This will enhance Romford for sure, bringing in extra revenue to local shops as people flock from all over Havering to enjoy this multi million pound leisure centre which includes an ice rink, which will see the Raiders Ice Hockey team return, swimming pools, fitness area including saunas and steam rooms and dance studios. 

I am looking forward to this long awaited leisure centre as having lived in Havering for over 30 years, it is nice to see something good coming in for us residents. May this be a start for our Haveringinarians!  who could not travel too far to now have a fitness centre that the young and old can use for many years to come and improve our fitness and well being.