BANDS on the PITCH 26th July 2014

Music festival to raise funds for FoBSP

The Bands on the Pitch returns to Bude Rugby Club Ground on Saturday 26th July. Live music from Iguana Sunset, Rock the Night, Jet Pack, Littermouth and The Sum Of plus a DJ all live from 5pm through to midnight.

Hog Roast and Licensed bar plus a free ‘Kids zone’. This is an all weather event with everything housed inside a huge marquee.

Entry is £15.00 for adults (£12.00 if purchased in advance) Under 16′s cost £5.00 and anyone under 3 is free.

Tickets available from Courtenay Insurance Services, Seventh Wave Gallery on Belle Vue, Bude Tourist Information on the Crescent and the White Hart Hotel, Holsworthy.

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Sea Pool features in National TV Advert for Land Rover

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CJS DANCE PRESENTED ‘This is it’ on 14th June 2014

A huge congratulations and thank you to Charlotte Jenkins and her dancers who presented their “This Is It” variety show at Penstowe Leisure, Kilkhampton on Saturday 14th June.

Charlotte and her team raised £200.00 for Friends of Bude Sea Pool

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CHARITY CEILIDH 19th June 2014

Friends or The Earth, Bude invite you to their Charity Ceilidh on Thursday 19th June 2014 at The Falcon Hotel, Bude.

The event, starting at 7.30pm features live music from Reely Hammered. Tickets are £5.00 and are available from Seventh Wave Gallery or the Ark Angel Book Shop in Bude. All funds are being donated to Bude Sea Pool.

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GOLF COMPETITION

FoBSP Golf Day Monday 12th May.

16 golfers joined us at Bude Golf Club on Monday and the weather stayed dry for a great competition.

We would like to thank all those that took part, in Particular David Walls for allowing the use of the course for the afternoon of golf followed by a great putting competition.

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Simon Cowell

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David Walliams

Another celebrity message!

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Alesha Dixon

A message from our celebrity friends

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POOL MADE SAFE

We give a big thanks to Jeremy, of JB Scaffolding Service, Bude, for his excellent support & work. He has donated his skill & expertise (& scaffolding bars!) to
make the pool as safe as it can be in this extreme weather.

The recent weather has given the safety rails another hammering and we have lost more to the power of the sea. Jeremy has very kindly made the levels safe for our visitors to continue viewing the powerful waves from the beach hut levels. We do ask that our visitors do NOT venture out poolside during high winds and high tides. 

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WIDEMOUTH MANOR VALENTINE’S BALL-PARTY

Widemouth Manor raised £550.00 for Bude Sea Pool

Huge thanks must go to Tressa and Jo at Widemouth Manor for their support in organising a fantastic evening on behalf of the Friends of Bude Sea Pool. Although the event was supported by a medium sized crowd everyone kept the DJ busy dancing to mainly 80′s songs (That will give you an idea of the age group attending) and the auction was also well supported.

The cheque was presented to Bill Williams, FoBSP Events, by Jo and Tressa at Widemouth Manor on 8th April 2014

Thank you also to all the companies and individuals that donated auction items.

Auction lots included:

  1. Signed Autosport.  Donated by John Surtees
  2. Chef for the night. Donated by Widemouth Manor
  3. Fishing Trip. Donated by Gene Tape and Mike Dummer
  4. Coasteering. Tickets for two donated by Outdoor Adventure
  5. 2 VIP Festival tickets. For and donated by Leopallooza
  6. Golf Trip. St Mellion tickets for two Donated by Coors Brewery
  7. 2 Bottles champagne.  Donated by Coors
  8. Voucher for carvery at The Riverside in Tintagel
  9. Lynne Holehouse print. Donated by Seventh Wave Gallery
  10. Weekend break at Widemouth Manor
  11. 22″ LED TV with freeview. Donated by Philip Dennis

 

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GREAT PROGRESS AT THE POOL

Plenty remains to be done, but 2013 was an extremely productive year for FoBSP

2013 proved to be the Sea Pool’s busiest season for more than a decade. Over 50,000 people visited the historic tidal swimming pool on Summerleaze beach to enjoy the wonderful summer weather in safe surroundings.

The Sea Pool hosted a range of community events this year, including the school’s Life-Saving Festival, the Eden Project’s Big Lunch, and the ASA’s SwimSafe initiative. More than 2400 children received FREE swimming and beach safety lessons at the Sea Pool as part of SwimSafe, and the ASA made a special point of congratulating the Sea Pool staff for their attitude, helpfulness, knowledge of the Pool’s importance to Bude.

The Friends of Bude Sea Pool, a local charity, manages and funds the Pool entirely independently. FoBSP lifeguards were on station from April through to October, in all weather conditions, looking after the Pool and all the people who use it. FoBSP pays for the Pool’s staffing, maintenance and ongoing renovation from donations, sponsorship, fund-raising and memberships. FoBSP completed two important structural projects this year; the new water-gate which allowed the Pool to be drained and dredged, and connecting the site to mains utilities which is a key requirement for all future projects.

At the group’s AGM in October the FoBSP committee officially thanked all those who’ve contributed to the cause and made 2013 such a success. The group’s finances were reviewed at this meeting and the Treasurer confirmed that funds were in place to cover anticipated staff costs for the 2014 season, plus the first stage of urgent repairs to the sea wall (expected to cost over £30,000). The retaining wall is in urgent need of substantial repairs after years of neglect before FoBSP took over. FoBSP have raised enough for the first section, but need to secure a similar amount to complete phase two of the repairs.

The Treasurer emphasised the importance of grant funding, support from local businesses, and membership fees. Membership has risen to 1675 this year, up from 1008 in November 2012. This still leaves a considerable gap to the target of 3000 members which would provide a stable revenue stream to cover the Pool’s running costs.

The AGM also discussed the possibility of reducing the lifeguard cover in 2014 and saving up to £10,000 in costs; cutting through Coach Rock to provide a level walkway around the Pool; applying for further grants for repairs and development; the damage done to the Pool by continual coastal erosion; the ambition to establish a visitor facility at the poolside with toilets; issues with anti-social behaviour; re-establishing graduated steps rather than ladders into the water; the build-up of algae and slippery surfaces.

The committee thanked all the fund-raisers and volunteers who have supported the Sea Pool this year. Without the efforts of the volunteers – those on the committee and all those who help out on a less formal basis – the Pool would be forced to close. The Chairman noted that as a couple of long-standing committee members have stepped down this autumn, new faces would be very welcome to join the group.

Volunteers with experience in grant funding, marketing, admin, websites, and so on, or who could help at events, cleaning, painting or with maintenance would all be appreciated. FoBSP’s co-ordinator, Fay Hargreaves, would be delighted to hear from anyone with some time to spare who could help out: admin@budeseapool.org

FoBSP members are welcome to read the full minutes of the AGM including the treasurer’s report, which are also available from Fay.

Paul Tilzey, FoBSP chairman, ended the AGM by talking about the ‘big picture’ for Bude. Thanks in part to the excellent PR generated by the efforts to save the Sea Pool, Bude’s national profile is growing and there’s an increasing need for more facilities in the town. The Sea Pool is one of the town’s vital assets and, in his view, any improvements to the Sea Pool can only be good for Bude and the surrounding area.

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A COASTAL CHRISTMAS CRACKER

Give someone the Sea Pool for Christmas

OK, so maybe you can’t really give Bude Sea Pool to someone (think how hard it would be to wrap!) but you can give FoBSP membership to friends and family. It’s a simple gift which costs just £10, lasts for a whole year and helps us to keep the pool open!

We will send you or the recipient a gift certificate enclosed in one of Tim Martindale’s gorgeous greeting cards. Please contact terry@budeseapool.org for more details.

And that’s Christmas sorted…

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STEVE’S SWIM IS QUIDS IN

Swimmer raises over £300 for vital Pool repairs

Lifelong swimmer and surfer Steve Munday took to the water to raise funds for the Sea Pool this summer. So far he has raised over £300 for FoBSP following his open water swim from Bude to Widemouth – a challenging distance of around four miles, even on a calm day for an experienced swimmer.

‘I’m confident about being able to swim to Widemouth,’ says Steve, ‘but it just wouldn’t be safe for people who don’t swim regularly or aren’t familiar with the area. That’s why it’s so important to keep the Sea Pool open.

‘My children aged 12 and 10 love the Sea Pool,’ says Steve. ‘We went there every day during the summer. They would be devastated if the Pool were to close so I decided to help FoBSP raise funds for the urgent repairs to the sea wall.’

Steve swam his Atlantic marathon in August, accompanied by Steve McClure, Jasmine Finney and Louise Denby Smith – seen here with Steve just before starting the swim. With their encouragement, Steve accomplished his goal and raised £325 towards next year’s structural repair project. Thanks Steve!

You can reward Steve’s accomplishment and support the Sea Pool here.

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UP, UP & AWAY!

Bude lawyer goes sky high for the Sea Pool

Three cheers for local lawyer Iain Robinson who’s going to the top of the world to raise funds for the Sea Pool. Iain is currently in Nepal, climbing Gokyo Ri, Kala Pattar and then climbing all the way to Everest Base Camp. Rather than looking for donations in the usual way he is inviting anyone heartened by his endeavour to join the Friends of Bude Sea Pool.

Iain, whose firm Peter Peter & Wright very kindly carry out the FoBSP’s vital legal work free of charge, said; ‘It’s a fairly serious altitude for someone who’s lived pretty much at sea level on the Devon and Cornwall coasts for the past six years.  Each of the climbs tops out at well over 5000m – three miles higher than the sea pool – and I am sleeping under canvas for fifteen days straight.

‘As an alternative to asking for a few pounds for each peak, I’m inviting people to show their support by joining FoBSP.  It’s a terrific cause and a small increase in membership will go a long way to keeping an important tourist attraction, safety feature and community facility open.’

To support the Sea Pool and give Iain a reason to battle on at 5500m and -15C, you can follow his lead and join FoBSP for just £10 via www.budeseapool.net/join

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CHANNEL CHALLENGE SWIM SUCCESS

120 cheery swimmers braved the autumn storms on the Atlantic coast on Saturday 28th September 2013 to swim 22 miles, the distance of the English Channel, in a team relay event held at Bude Sea Pool.

The ten teams from around the country started at 7am sharp; swam through sunshine, showers and a small thunderstorm and — in an amazing effort — were all finished by 8pm. Each team completed 440 lengths of the historic tidal swimming pool in North Cornwall. For some swimmers in teams of 22 people that meant completing 20 lengths and a mile apiece. For one pair of training Channel swimmers, that meant swimming 220 lengths each!

Olympic medallist and open water swimmer Cassandra Patten swam a mile for the FoBSP team. Cassie travelled to Bude specifically to support this event, and was a huge hit with spectators. Together with the mayor Paula Dolphin, Cassie drew the names of the prize draw winners who won some fabulous prizes provided by swimwear specialist, www.blueseventy.co.uk

The Just Swim team who travelled from Bournemouth to take part said: ‘thank you for a fabulous event – superb organisation, fab refreshments. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and can’t wait to come back again soon.’

Garry Sibbald, who swam for the ‘Four Men and a Pink Lady’ team said: ‘We had the most brilliant weekend in Bude taking part in the Channel Challenge. You’ve got a great treasure there and I hope our teams efforts on Saturday have gone a little way towards helping you in maintaining it.’

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Five local teams – Surf Life Savers, FoBSP, FJ-RATs, Lundy and Hammond H2O – were joined by five other teams from across the UK
  • 120 swimmers clocked up 220 miles in Bude’s historic tidal swimming pool and swam an amazing 4400 lengths of the pool in total
  • Bude’s Mayor, Paula Dolphin, welcomed Cassie to the town and the two ladies compared ‘badges of office’. All agreed that Cassandra’s medal was probably more impressive.
  • The sea water in the Pool had been topped up by the tide the day before and was a refreshing 16-deg C. Suzanne Masters, swimming for the Surf Life Saving Club, completed her lengths wearing only a bikini!
  • Similarly, the Dorset Duo of Alison Budynkiewicz and Mark Vides were swimming to Channel rules, which meant they wore only standard swimsuits – no wetsuits – and completed the 22 mile distance between them. After the event, Ali commented: ‘without the hot tea and big smiles it would have been much harder!’
  • The first team to finish the distance was one of the smaller groups of four swimmers, local lads Lundy: Gary Readman, Steve Maclure, Guy Rolston, and Tim Moyle.
  • James Marshall, who swam two miles for FoBSP, produced one of the fastest turns of the day, scampering through his 40 lengths in a little over 45 minutes.
  • This event was generously supported by blueseventy (who provided prizes for the participants’ draw); Rosie’s Kitchen (who provided hot drinks for all swimmers and a snug place to warm up), and many local businesses who donated cakes and snacks to sustain the stalwart swimmers: Lansdown Dairy, Lansdowne Bakery, The Granary, The Bakery, Tasty Pasties, Sainsburys and the Co-op.
  • In the prize draw, the fabulous first prize of a blueseventy swimmer’s wetsuit went to Alison Stroudley of Bude SLSC. Jon Yorsten won the runner-up prize, with Lara Trewin taking third prize – all generously provided by swimgear specialist blueseventy.
  • Mel Bardsley, who teaches at Budehaven Community School, completed her mile and the last lengths for the FoBSP team in twilight. Mel was the driving force behind the event: it was her idea and she worked tirelessly to make it such a success.
  • And finally… local man James ‘Fluffy’ Wilson deserves extra credit. Fluffy swam his lengths in the morning and then dashed off – to get married.

The Channel Challenge helped to raise over £1000 for FoBSP, the charity which runs Bude Sea Pool. FoBSP must pay for the Pool’s maintenance, lifeguarding and ongoing restoration from membership, donations, sponsorship and events like this.

FoBSP needs YOUR support to keep the Sea Pool open.

Here’s how to make a donation: www.budeseapool.net/donate

Or you can join FoBSP for just £10: www.budeseapool.net/join

You can see more photos and video clips from this event on our Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/budeseapool

 

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LOSING POUNDS FOR THE POOL!

Dianne Garrett – Lost Pounds but Raising £££s! 

Despite the many delicious temptations of Christmas, Dianne has managed to lose a total of 2 stone 8lb since embarking on the diet in aid of Sea Pool funds last year and has raised £120. A fantastic achievement but Dianne is continuing on her diet and hopes to be able to lose more weight and raise more money in 2014. We wish her every success and look forward to hearing more good news later this year. Thanks so much Dianne from all of your friends at Bude Sea Pool!!

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FoBSP LIFEGUARDS: A Winning Team

As the 2013 season draws to a close, the FoBSP management committee would like to congratulate our Pool staff on the superb job they have done this season. Since April, our team of lifeguards have been on station every single day, in every extreme kind of weather, looking after the Pool and all the people who use it.

It’s been an especially demanding task this year, because of the wonderful weather which attracted thousands more people to the seaside. On top of that, the FoBSP lifeguards played a crucial role in making sure that more than 2500 SwimSafe lessons went smoothly. The ASA made a point of congratulating our team for their attitude, helpfulness, knowledge of the Pool’s importance to Bude, and the responsible way our team managed the large numbers of Pool users during the very busy summer holidays.

So please take a bow, Ben Sharp, Dom Clapton, Miles Lee-Hargreaves, Cameron Garty, Ella Henwood, Ben Halsey and Kelly Keat. You’ve been great, guys.

We would also like to give a big tip of the hat to volunteer Jim, who gave up many hours to help paint the beach huts this summer. And finally, our co-ordinator Fay also deserves a pat on the back for making sure everyone was where they were supposed to be at exactly the right moment!

The FoBSP lifeguards are still stationed at the Pool each day until the end of September. Then, depending on the weather, they’ll be keeping a watchful eye at weekends in October and during half-term week.

FoBSP pays for the Pool’s lifeguard cover from donations and memberships. To join FoBSP and contribute, please see www.budeseapool.net/join

 

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SCRUMMY CREAM TEAS RAISE OVER £500.00

SCRUMMY CREAM TEAS RAISE OVER £500 FOR BUDE SEA POOL

Hundreds of scones, gallons of clotted cream and lashings of strawberry jam were devoured by happy holidaymakers and enthusiastic locals on Bank Holiday Sunday, thanks to the efforts of friends and neighbours Angie Pearce, Christine Thomas and Norah Bosworth. The ladies baked batches of scones for days in advance which were served at Summerleaze Crescent, just a short stroll from the Sea Pool itself. They raised over £550 – a substantial contribution to the Sea Pool’s repair fund.

Angie Pearce says: ‘we were assisted by a wonderful band of helpers without whose hard work it wouldn’t have been possible to raise so much.’ Seen here with Angie, Christine and Norah are Chrissy, Lee and Caroline, Kathy and Paul and Marjory; while John and Marian (not pictured) were also a great help.

Work starts on the sea wall renovation this autumn, and this donation helps FoBSP get closer to the £25,000 we need to pay for the next stage of these vital repairs. So we’re very grateful to Angie, Christine, Norah and their helpers, and to everyone who attended or gave a donation on the day. Thanks to everyone involved!

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GET IN THE SWIM AT BUDE SEA POOL

FREE swimming lessons for children this summer 

Thousands of adults have taken up outdoor swimming in recent years, enjoying healthy activity in the natural environment. The opportunities for younger swimmers to experience the same benefits are rather more limited – but this summer the ASA and the RNLI have teamed up with FoBSP to offer FREE swimming and beach safety lessons for children at Bude’s historic tidal swimming pool in North Cornwall.

The ASA, the national governing body for swimming in England, and the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, are providing a unique and fun opportunity for all 7-14 year olds at Bude Sea Pool in this summer.  As Sea Pool supporters are aware, the Pool is now run and funded by FoBSP, who pay for its lifeguarding, maintenance and ongoing renovation via donations, sponsorship and membership.

Swim Safe will provide children with a practical understanding of swimming in the sea, as well as advice on how to stay safe at the beach.  Each 40 minute session is completely free and includes in-water tuition in a structured and fun swimming lesson with accredited ASA teachers, as well as beach safety advice from RNLI lifeguards.

Swim Safe will run every day except Saturday from 29th July 2013 until 30th August at Bude Sea Pool, and will be open to both visitors and local children who are able to swim at least 25 metres unaided.  Session times each day will vary according to the tide, and the Sea Pool will be open as usual to casual swimmers – it’s so big, there’s plenty of room for everyone.

Online Swim Safe bookings can be made at www.swimming.org/swimsafe from the 15th July or you can just turn up on the day and book on to a session.

The project is also being made possible thanks to the Swimming Trust and Visit Bude.

You can make a donation towards the Sea Pool’s running costs via:

https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/charity/view/9944/friends-of-bude-sea-pool

Or pay £10 to join FoBSP here: www.budeseapool.net/join

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SWIMMING FOR BUDE SEA POOL

Stalwart swimmers complete the Great North Swim.

Last month, Rob and Victoria successfully completed the 2013 Great North Swim, the largest open water swimming event in the UK.  Robert tackled two miles of Lake Windermere and Victoria swum a mile, both of them in chilly and challenging conditions. In the process they raised over £500 for an excellent cause – the historic tidal swimming pool at Bude in North Cornwall.

Rob and Victoria explain; ‘We decided to do the swim to raise money for FoBSP as Bude’s Sea Pool is a unique training venue for outdoor swimming in the UK.  It is fully lifeguarded in summer  and open all year round, giving great training opportunities for acclimatising to cold water temperatures and swimming in a stunning setting. When we trained there at the start of May the water temperature was only nine degrees!’

All that brave training certainly paid off with the pair reaching the finishing line with very respectable times. Among the 5000 other swimmers, Victoria completed her mile in 37 minutes. She was ranked 221st for her age group. Rob meanwhile swam TWO miles in 53 minutes and came an AMAZING 7th for his age group. What a star!

The couple were determined to do their best for the Sea Pool.‘We heard that the Council stopped funding the Pool two years ago and that the sea wall is in desperate need of repair. So we wanted to help to ensure that everyone can continue to use the Pool, whether for training or leisure. It is one of only three natural sea pools left in the UK and we would like to ensure it remains open for everyone to enjoy.’

Please reward their all-star achievement by supporting Bude Sea Pool: follow the link to make a donation or buy raffle tickets.

And THANKS again to Victoria and Rob for all their efforts!

https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/projects/view/19724

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HUT FOR HIRE

Exclusive opportunity to bag a brilliant beach hut at Bude Sea Pool

The beach huts at Bude Sea Pool boast one of the best views in town overlooking the historic tidal swimming pool, Bude Bay itself, and out across the Atlantic Ocean. Now one of these exclusive beach huts is available for short-term rent. So you could relax in comfort and enjoy the end-of-season sunshine and warm water in the Sea pool itself – solar heated throughout the summer!

The traditionally-built wooden beach huts have recently been decorated externally and are looking very smart – thanks to the efforts of FoBSP volunteers (Jim in particular has been brilliant with the paint-brush!), the hard-working Sea Pool staff, and the helpful folk at Brooks Garden Centre who supplied the materials at discounted rates.

If you’d like to rent the available beach hut then it’s available for a few days in July, and then throughout September and into the autumn. It costs £20 to rent per day, or if you book a full week then the rate is reduced to £100 for seven days.

To reserve the beach hut for your chosen dates please contact Fay on 07964 035989 or email admin@budeseapool.org

You’ll need to place a deposit to secure your booking. Beach hut rental is subject to a few sensible terms and conditions so that everyone who uses the huts and the Sea Pool can enjoy their time in a pleasant environment.

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SUPERSTAR SAMUEL’S CYCLE SUCCESS

Bude boy gets on his bike for charity 

On 13th July 2013, 11 year old Samuel Jennings successfully completed his gruelling cycle ride from Bude to Land’s End despite the extreme heat and busy holiday traffic, to raise funds for Bude Sea Pool. When Samuel heard that FoBSP need funds to pay for urgent structural repairs to the outer sea walls of the historic pool, he was determined to do his bit.

Starting at 7am, Samuel rode the 92 miles in seven hours and 40 minutes, with temperatures hitting 30-degrees. His dad said that ‘his little legs just kept pushing and never looked like stopping.’

What a superstar!

You can support Samuel by sponsoring him in one of these ways:

FoBSP would like to applaud Samuel for his superstar performance; with grateful thanks also to Samuel’s parents and his ‘support team’ for making the ride possible

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SCHOOLS’ RAFT RACE SUCCESS

Local schools took the plunge in the first Bude Sea Pool raft race.

A blowy but bright day greeted the five enthusiastic school raft teams at the inaugural schools’ raft race on Saturday 22nd June at Bude Sea Pool.

Two heats were closely fought by the teams representing Altarnun, St Petrocs, Budehaven and Stratton schools; the latter entering two teams in their bid for watery glory. The energy of the teams was palpable as they gamely fought a close battle to cross the historic Sea Pool in Bude against a stiff, onshore breeze. The course should have taken the teams over nearly 100m of the semi-natural tidal swimming pool, from its Summerleaze Beach side towards Middle Beach. However, steering the purpose-built rafts proved not to be an exact science and the ‘course’ seemed only to be a vague suggestion for some of the keen paddlers. All were encouraged (or otherwise…) from loyal bands of supporters on the sidelines.

The teams behind the rafts were a mixed bunch of ‘marine engineers’, the majority of whom were probably dads and teachers. A strong theme of rope, plastic barrels and outright optimism was at the fore, but most of the sailing vessels performed admirably.

St Petrocs went home wearing the yellow jersey, very proudly displaying the coveted Winners’ Trophy. The team from Budehaven carried off the runner’s up award, hoping for victory next time. The teachers involved seemed to forget the rules as they neared the finishing line aboard their vessels, but their sportsmanship, although definitely damp, was well intentioned.

Refreshments were supplied by girls from Year Seven of Budehaven School, who did the event proud by selling delicious home-made cakes with profits to the Sea Pool. A special mention goes to Yasmin Allsworth who swam a sponsored two miles in the Pool (around 40 lengths if you want to try it yourself), again to raise funds for the Pool’s ongoing restoration.

Headteacher and co-organiser Ray Newberry, who wasn’t on the winning team (this time), praised the organisation and willingness of the teams and supporters to get involved. Special thanks go to Mel Bardsley who pushed the boat out (…sorry) for Budehaven and helped FoBSP with all aspects of set-up and organisation.

Martyn Holehouse, vice-chair of the Friends of Bude Sea Pool, thanked everyone for all their superb efforts and promised to make the event an annual one. All participants went home with a small thank-you from FoBSP in recognition of their enthusiasm and sportsmanship.

Bude Sea Pool is funded and managed by FoBSP, a volunteer-run local charity. The Pool’s running costs and restoration must be covered by membership fees, donations, business sponsorship and grants.

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Bude Sea Pool is a Life Saver

Another amazing community event was held at Bude Sea Pool on Wednesday 19th June 2013 – the schools’ life-saving festival. Pupils from Budehaven and Bude Primary schools took part in a range of swimming and shore-side activities, were filmed by Sky TV, and got to meet Cassie Patten, open-water swimmer and Olympic medallist!

The festival was organised by Martin Raey, joint head of PE at Budehaven School, and his tireless team of helpers, aided immensely by the volunteers of the UK’s original Surf Live Saving Club, Bude SLSC.

The festival was hosted at Bude Sea Pool – the historic tidal swimming pool on the North Cornwall coast. The Pool is run by a local charity, FoBSP, and depends on membership, donations, sponsorship and grants to pay the annual running costs of £30,000. The FoBSP team of volunteers all gave up their free time to make sure this event went smoothly, while the FoBSP  pool attendants were on hand to safeguard the swimmers.

PLEASE SUPPORT BUDE SEA POOL by joining FoBSP for just £10:

www.budeseapool.net/join

And make sure that the Pool stays open for many more wonderful events like this in future!

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CROWDFUNDERS REQUIRED TO BACK BUDE TALENT

Talent show will raise funds for Bude Sea Pool

BigUpBude Talent must raise £750 ASAP to get this exciting new event off the ground. In 2014, BigUpBude Talent will showcase musicians, singers, comedians and undiscovered stars from Bude and the surrounding area, raising funds for Bude Sea Pool in the process.

BigUpBude Talent is being set up through Crowdfunding. This works by rewarding the people who pledge money to support the project – so for BigUpBude Talent the rewards include VIP tickets to the final, plus access to the prestigious green room.

Entrants to the competition will send in a snapshot video audition, leading to semi-final and final shows. Entrants will compete for a trophy plus the prestigious first prize of performing at a local festival or popular venue. This will hopefully be the start of an ongoing annual event which gives local people the chance to showcase their talents while raising money for community projects. For the inaugural event, FoBSP have been nominated as the official ‘good cause’.

BigUpBude Talent need pledges of £25, £50, £100, £250 or more to get the ball rolling. If the CrowdFunding target of £750 isn’t reached by 18th July 2013 then the project won’t go ahead.

So don’t hang around – if you’d like to support the Sea Pool and big up Bude’s talent, see http://crowdfunder.co.uk/bigupbude-talent/

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The Big Lunch comes to Bude Sea Pool. Sunday 2nd June 2013

Bude’s community celebrates as part of the Eden Project’s Big Lunch

The tidal swimming Pool at Bude has been at the heart of the community for over 80 years. So FoBSP, the local charity which now funds and runs the Sea Pool, wanted to give locals and visitors a chance to get-together and enjoy themselves by the seaside as part of the Eden Project’s annual Big Lunch celebration on Sunday 2nd June 2013.

Some 600 people stopped by during the day to swim, splash, snooze and smile. Heaps of people got their feet wet and sprawled in the sunshine; ate great grub and chilled out listening to the soulful singing of the GMC Choir, Tony Wade’s acoustic chums, and the Big Dog Boogie Band. The Sea Pool soon filled with inflatable dolphins, rubber rings and even a boat or two, all quietly watched over by the vigilant FoBSP lifeguards.

Sea Pool sponsor Life’s A Beach organised a bountiful barbecue serving fresh local produce, which contributed over £300 to the day’s takings. FoBSP were delighted to welcome ten new members to the volunteer group – annual membership costs just £10 and underpins the Pool’s finances. The FoBSP team were kept busy all afternoon, explaining the history of the historic Pool to newcomers and selling funky FoBSP pens and wristbands. In total, the day raised over £500 for the Pool’s ongoing renovation.

More importantly, the Picnic at the Pool provided a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to relax and enjoy the Sea Pool’s facilities with added entertainment. One family even travelled down to Cornwall from London, just to join the party!

‘It was fabulous’ said Vicky Hawkins. ‘A wonderful first weekend at Bude.’

Local Tristan Bolitho agreed. ‘What a fantastic afternoon spent relaxing at Bude Seal Pool. I’ve not seen it that busy since the 1980s. Great music and lovely people. Congratulations and thanks to all those involved in the Save Bude Sea Pool campaign!’

Malcolm Mitchell echoed those sentiments: ‘What a fabulous afternoon it was – amazing community spirit – smiles all round – perfect!’

The Sea Pool is open every day throughout the year, tides and weather permitting, and it is FREE for all to enjoy. FoBSP lifeguards are present during peak periods in the summer.

The next FoBSP event at the Sea Pool will be a school’s raft race on June 22nd. Schools must prebook to enter (contact admin@budeseapool.org) but spectators are welcome to turn up on the day.

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CHARITY RAFFLE BOOSTS SEA POOL FUNDS

You could win a cash prize of up to £2000, and help Bude Sea Pool in the process…

FoBSP are currently hard at work raising the cash for the next major structural project at Bude’s tidal swimming pool, to carry out crucial repairs to the Pool’s sea wall. You could contribute to the cause – and come up trumps in the process – with this online charity raffle which runs until August 2013.

Just hop over to the FoBSP page at The Big Give to buy your raffle tickets at £1 each (min purchase is 10 tickets).

https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/donation/raffle/9944/friends-of-bude-sea-pool

You’ll be in with a chance to win the top prize of £2000, or £1000, or £500, or one of ten prizes of £50, and FoBSP receive 96p for each £1 you spend.

Hopefully, some lucky Sea Pool supporters will be quids in when the raffle is drawn this summer!

Thanks for your support – please share this info and pass it to your chums…

[Fabulous photo by Eight Design]

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COMMUNITIES MINISTER APPLAUDS SEA POOL PEOPLE

Members of the Friends of Bude Sea Pool met with Communities Minister Don Foster, the Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he visited the North Cornwall town on Thursday, 9th May 2013.

FoBSP, a volunteer-run charity took on management of the historic tidal swimming pool at Bude in 2012 when its funding was withdrawn by Cornwall Council. The Minister braved the elements on a typically fresh Cornish spring day to walk along the cliff path to visit the Pool which is open access to all beach users. The group, which included councillors Nigel Pearce and Paula Dolphin, and Chris Sims, Cornwall Council’s Community Network Manager for the area, then retired indoors to discuss the challenging aspects of funding and managing such an unusual public amenity.

FoBSP founder member Rowena Hoseason  said; ‘The Minister was very complimentary about our efforts and the progress we have made so far in securing grants and developing revenue streams. However, much as we appreciate the kind words, it was a shame that he couldn’t offer anything more substantial. Most of the schemes touted under localism and devolution really don’t apply to a civic amenity like this one.

‘Pretty much, responsibility for the Sea Pool was offloaded by all levels of government; local, county and national, and it was left to the people of Bude, local businesses and the visitors who cherish this facility to save the day.’

The Sea Pool has annual running costs of around £30,000 which FoBSP now fund through membership, business sponsorship, fund-raising and grants. Since taking over its management FoBSP has successfully completed two major structural refurbishment projects and is now raising funds to pay for vital repairs to the retaining sea wall, scheduled for 2014. FoBSP has just recruited its 2013 lifeguarding team, and will provide direct employment to six young people from the area this summer.

You can help to support the Sea Pool by joining FoBSP. Membership costs £10 annually; see www.budeseapool.org/join/

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The Falcon Hotel Wedding Fair raises over £500.00

A further huge vote of thanks to everyone at The Falcon Hotel, Bude for continuing to support us by raising £505.00 at the wedding fair on Sunday 21st April 2013. A special thanks to Debbie at The Falcon for all her hard work organising the event. All the stall holders donated towards the Sea Pool whilst FoBSP staff held a raffle to win the red carpet treatment at a wedding in the future.

Our photograph shows FoBSP Chairman, Paul Tilzey with Tim Browning, Debbie Hatch and Norman Littleworth.

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SEA POOL SEEKS SUMMER STAFF

Would you like to be a lifeguard at Bude’s historic tidal swimming pool?

Over 30,000 people visited Bude’s iconic tidal swimming pool last year, which is run by a local charity, the Friends of Bude Sea Pool. On its busiest day in 2012 more than 500 people swam, splashed, bathed and lazed in the Sea Pool, and FoBSP provides lifeguard cover for peak periods to keep a watchful eye on everyone. FoBSP are now recruiting a team of committed and enthusiastic people to lifeguard the Sea Pool this summer. Being a Sea Pool lifeguard is a summer job with a difference. It’s physically demanding and requires commitment. The FoBSP will be working closely with the RNLI so the level of training, support and fitness will be aligned with RNLI methodologies. This job also involves overseeing the day to day management of this much-loved amenity, and acting as an ambassador to the public. The successful applicant(s) will be keen to work for a developing charity and engage with the local community; dedicated to providing a safe environment for the Pool’s users, and determined to work as part of a dedicated poolside team. The FoBSP lifeguards will be responsible, self-motivated and flexible; calm under pressure, and keen to work at a unique site in the outdoor environment in all weathers. The closing date for applications is 26th April 2013. FoBSP anticipate holding interviews thereafter.

To apply, please contact gill@budeseapool.org Applicants must be 16 or over and hold a valid surf/pool lifesaving qualification.

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St. Patrick’s day celebration at The Falcon Hotel

The FoBSP would like to thank staff in The Coachman’s Bar at The Falcon Hotel, Bude for organising a St. Patrick’s day celebration at such short notice. The event, organised to raise awareness and funds for the Sea Pool was held on Sunday 17th March and the ‘House Band’ Friggin Riggin played shanties and various other sing along tunes to entertain the crowd of locals and hotel guests.

The event raised a small amount of cash but we were also able to recruit new members to support the pool so the event was a great success and very enjoyable too!

Our photo shows Friggin Riggin doing their thing! Thank you to everyone involved.

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All Day Coffee Morning at The Falcon Hotel Bude Raises £455.00

A fantastic day, and some coffee, was had by all during the first Falcon Hotel coffee day on Saturday 14th April 2013. We were able to recruit several new members, including a long distance member from Hawaii.

The event was so successful that we hope to run a further coffee day later in the year.

The event was sponsored by Coffee West Limited who provided Fat Roc 100% pure arabica bourbon coffee which is fairtrade, organic and part of the rainforest alliance.

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Latest News 16 March 2013

Thanks for your continued support for Bude Sea Pool.

Here’s a quick update to keep you up to speed with recent and forthcoming events…

STRUCTURAL WORKS NEARLY FINISHED

The extensive building works at the Pool are nearly complete. Our contractors have been at work for the past month, carrying out some urgent remedial work (fixing the leak in the wall!) and replacing the defunct sluice gate with a more flexible system. This will allow us to get access to the Pool’s interior more easily, to remove the sand and rocks, and give it a good clean. If the weather and tides permit, the new gate system will be installed this week, and the Pool should be full again thereafter. This has been a major project for us, the second phase of vital structural repairs, and we couldn’t have done it without all the hard work from FoBSP members and supporters who’ve raised the necessary funds. Give yourselves a pat on the back!

To check on progress and see if the Pool is full again, see www.budewebcam.co.uk/seapool.htm or follow us on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/budeseapool for frequent updates.

CELEBRATE ST PATRICK’S DAY!

The Falcon Hotel are holding a St Patrick’s Day celebration this Sunday 17th in Bude, all evening, with the FoBSP team on hand to raise funds for the Pool. Drop by if you fancy a spot of the old Irish!

PUB QUIZ, March 27th

Fancy a fun evening with funds going to our favourite cause? Head to the Preston Gate pub then on Wednesday March 27th for a great night out. Quiz starts at 8pm so make sure you arrive a bit earlier to bag a table and sort out your team!

BRABHAM TICKETS SELLING FAST

Tickets for our awesome evening with world-class motor-racing star David Brabham are selling fast.

David, son of Sir Jack Brabham, will be at the Falcon Hotel in Bude on Wednesday 15th May where he will give an insight into the top levels of the international motor racing scene. Tickets are £30 (discounted to £28 for FoBSP members) and include dinner, interviews with David, an auction of racing memorabilia and more. See www.budeseapool.net/an-evening-with-david-brabham/

THE SEA POOL NEEDS YOU!

FoBSP now fund and manage the Sea Pool independently. We must raise enough money each year to pay for its upkeep, repairs and lifeguards, and to carry out vital renovations. Your membership fee directly contributes to the Pool’s upkeep, so please do renew your FoBSP membership when it falls due.

But in many ways, people are more precious than cold hard cash! FoBSP is run by a small committee of volunteers and more helpers would be very welcome to share the workload. If you’d be able to help out with occasional fund-raising, or could take on a regular task, please get in touch. All contributions count!

Contact volunteer@budeseapool.org

THANKS TO

…absolutely everyone who has helped to raise funds over this winter, and especially SimplyWood of Kilkhampton, whose Chef’s Kitchen event raised over £1500; Marion and Dave for their heroic Dart 10k swim last year; Tony Wade for his benefit gig at The Plough; Richard Wolfenden-Brown for staging Pool of Dreams; the staff of the Co-op supermarket for a superb contribution of over £450 from their Christmas raffle; and the guys at the Bude Tandoori whose Indian Feast evening also contributed a whopping £1500 to the kitty. And let’s not forget the efforts of our excellent volunteers who have been keeping the Pool clean and tidy during the winter season: you’re all wonderful people!

There are many more unsung heroes who’ve helped out, chipped in, and gone the extra mile to keep the Sea Pool in the swim. Your efforts are massively appreciated – not just by the FoBSP team, but by the thousands of people who enjoy swimming in the safety of the Pool every year.

 

SIGN UP, RENEW, LEARN MORE… at www.budeseapool.net/join/

 

 

 

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Bude Youth Theatre. Pool of Dreams play 14-16 March.

In order to support the campaign to keep Bude Sea Pool open and thriving,  Bude Youth Theatre have decided to re-stage their 2005 production of ‘The Pool of Dreams’ a play with songs which weaves local memories and stories around the history of Bude Sea Pool. Back in 2004,  thirty four members of Bude Youth Theatre researched the history of the pool from the opening day in 1930 to the events of 2005 when it very nearly closed for good.  Through interviews with local people, research from newspapers and books, and creative invention, a powerful play was created which celebrated the life of the Sea Pool and its people, through drama, music, movement, songs and a moving central story. The play begins with a drowning in the sea in 1929, the decision by local Bude councillors (Treleven, Jeffery, Gurney and others) to build the sea pool in 1930, the opening ceremony with Lady Thynne, the war years, the Americans in Bude, the birth of the Surf Life Saving Club in the 1950s, nippers training, the health and safety issues and the fight to save the pool from demolition. Local people shared their memories of the pool including Peter Truscott, Mini Fry, Len Tozer, Judith Gwynne, Ron Cann and Alice Hudson (the schoolgirl who initially organised the petition to save the pool in 2005) and many appear as characters in the play. The central role of Margaret Luxmore, aged 93yrs, is played by Amy Kerr, aged 14yrs, from Marhamchurch, whose sister Louise played the same character in the original production.

 

When Bude Youth Theatre first performed the play, the future of the pool was very much in the balance and the young actors learnt a great deal about the process of local democracy as events played out during 2004/5.  The play has now been updated to take account of recent events and will be performed by 34 young people aged 8 – 17yrs from eight local schools. The Pool of Dreams is being produced by the same team which staged “Unsinkable: the story of the Titanic” last year; it is adapted and directed by Richard Wolfenden-Brown with choreography by Clare Collingham and musical direction by Kath Morrison of original music by Matt Baker The performances will take place at Budehaven Community School in the John Ward Hall at 7.30pm from Thurs 14 – Sat 16 March with a matinee at 12.30pm on Fri 15 March.  Tickets for the evening performances (£6 adults/£4 children) or the matinee (£4/£3) can be obtained in advance from the Ark Angel Christian Bookshop in Bude or the Seventh Wave Gallery. 10% of all ticket income plus proceeds from the raffle and refreshments will be donated to the Friends of Bude Sea Pool. For further info call Richard WB on 01288 356537

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An evening with DAVID BRABHAM

BRABHAM REVS UP FOR BUDE SEA POOL

Motorsport star helps to raises over £1700

A hundred Sea Pool supporters and motorsports enthusiasts enjoyed an exclusive evening with international motor-racing star, David Brabham, at the Falcon Hotel in Bude on Wednesday 15th May. The three-times Le Man winner, son of Jack Brabham, heard about the Sea Pool and immediately offered to donate his time to help raise funds for its ongoing renovation.

‘I have been fortunate to have raced in a time where safety improvements have saved many lives,’ says David, ‘not like when my father was racing in the 1950s and 60s, when there were many fatal accidents. So I am delighted to support the Bude Sea pool as they also strive to give the people of Bude and the holiday visitors somewhere safe to swim and stay healthy.’

Bude’s youth ambassador, Gabrielle Woolner was on hand to greet guests as they arrived, and a queue quickly formed for people to have their photos taken with David’s coveted winner’s trophy from the ultra-demanding 24 hour Le Mans race. Once the cameras had stopped clicking, dinner got off to a flying start when David Brabham was himself ‘auctioned off’ to join one group of guests during the meal.

After dinner, David gave an entertaining talk about his career, life behind the scenes driving the most famous cars in the world on the most famous circuits, and his background, coming from a motorsports family which now boasts three generations of world-class drivers. He answered questions from the audience, and then the action really heated up as an array of motorsports memorabilia went under the hammer in a charity auction. David kindly stayed on, signing autographs and chatting with fans until everyone went home happy.

‘It was a fantastic evening and one I am proud to have attended within beautiful Bude’ said guest Angus Fruin.

The Sea Pool has annual running costs of around £30,000 which FoBSP now fund through membership, business sponsorship, fund-raising and grants. Since taking over the Pool, FoBSP has successfully completed two major structural refurbishment projects and is now raising funds to pay for vital repairs to the retaining sea wall, scheduled for 2014. FoBSP has just recruited its 2013 lifeguarding team, and will provide direct employment to six young people from the area this summer. The evening with David Brabham raised over £1700 towards the Pool’s costs.

‘We’re extremely grateful to David for so generously taking the time to come all the way to Cornwall for this event,’ said Paul Tilzey, FoBSP chairman. ‘The Sea Pool’s structure was neglected for many years so we’re catching up with all the renovation work required. This contribution is a huge help.

‘We’d also like to thank the staff at the Falcon Hotel for their assistance in hosting the evening – and Bill Williams, who joined the FoBSP team this year. Bill brings extensive fund-raising expertise with him, and worked extremely hard to organise this event. The Sea Pool needs more people like Bill!’

There are several empty seats on the FoBSP committee, and the Sea Pool team always welcome volunteers who can spare a couple of hours here and there. If you could offer your time or expertise to help keep it open, please contact admin@budeseapool.org

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Chefs Demonstration at Simply Wood

Simply Wood hosts chef's demonstrationWe would like to thank everyone at Simply Wood for a fantastic evening on Tuesday 5th March 2013 when Kit from The Castle Restaurant and North Coast Wines from Bude gave us a fantastic demonstration. A full update on the event will follow shortly but we would like to thank everyone involved for raising £1,600.00* for the sea pool.

*Confirmation of amount raised will follow shortly.

 

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COMMUNITY EFFORTS FUNDS POOL RENOVATION

A series of successful fund-raising events contribute towards vital structural repairs

A series of successful fund-raising events has raised over £5000 for Bude Sea Pool this winter, just in time to help finance important restoration works which start in February. The Bude Tandoori hosted a fabulous Indian feast in January, which included a giant raffle to which many shops and businesses gave prizes, and raised £1533.85. The staff of the Bude Co-op supermarket organised a range of activities during the festive season which contributed £460. Greenaways Tyres and Exhausts helped the Friends of Bude Sea Pool to secure £2350 from the Kumho Tyres Cash for Causes fund. And numerous other groups, shops, businesses and individuals have added to the total with musical concerts, coffee mornings, sponsored walks, raffles, cake bakes and more.

‘There has been a concerted effort from across the community’ says Paul Tilzey, FoBSP chairman. ‘It demonstrates just how important the Sea Pool is to so many people in this area.’

When FoBSP took on the management of this iconic swimming pool in North Cornwall last year, the structure of the Sea Pool was in urgent need of attention. So the newly-formed charity immediately had to undertake a rapid programme of critical repairs to prepare the Pool for last summer’s season. These were successfully completed, on time and on budget, which meant that the Pool was open as usual throughout 2012 and was visited by over 30,000 people during the summer season.

However, that was only the start of the Sea Pool’s renovation. It was originally built in the 1930s and has since withstood decades of Atlantic weather, when the high tides completely submerge the structure of the Pool, its steps and walkways. ‘Before we took over, the Pool wasn’t very well maintained’ explains Paul. ‘As a result, we’re having to catch up with work which should have been done years ago. Once we’ve brought it back up to scratch, the Pool should be good to last another century – if not longer!’

With the support of the local community and many Bude businesses, FoBSP have concentrated on raising funds to finance the next stage of the Pool’s renovation. A major restoration project will take place in February and March 2013 to replace the Pool’s aging sluice gate. The new water management system will enable FoBSP to inspect and clean the interior of the Pool more frequently, and dredge its interior to standardise the depth and improve the water quality. Additional work is scheduled to remove obsolete handrails, improve the walkways and replace damaged sections of concrete. This is a significant project with a budget of around £30,000 – a substantial sum for a newly established charity to finance.

‘This work is crucial to the Pool’s future, and it has to be completed in time for the Pool to be open again in the summer,’ says Paul. ‘We’re grateful to everyone who has contributed their time, effort and enthusiasm towards helping us pay for this important project.’

Watch this space for more details of the sluice gate project, and please bear in mind that the Sea Pool will be closed in February and March while renovation works are in progress. Works begins on February 6th and is expected to take three to four weeks – but that’s if the weather plays fair!

The best way to help FoBSP keep the Sea Pool open permanently is to join the group, which costs £10. You can sign up on the spot with a card or PayPal account.

Photos by Studio Southwest: www.studiosouthwest.co.uk

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BUDE SEA POOL NEEDS MEMBERS NOW!

Mayor and MP join celebrities to kick-start membership campaign

SONY DSCBude town centre has a new landmark, in the shape of the Friends of Bude Sea Pool ‘Membership Totaliser.’ The Totaliser is part of FoBSP’s winter campaign to attract members to pay £10 and join this local charity, which is now responsible for the management and funding of the town’s historical tidal swimming pool on Summerleaze Beach. FoBSP took on responsibility for the Pool when its public funding was cut last year.

‘People think that because we stopped the Pool being demolished last year then it has been permanently saved,’ explained FoBSP founder member Rowena Hoseason. ‘But that was only the start of the project: we have to staff the Pool for each season, and make up for years of structural neglect.

‘We’re asking local residents and visitors to pay £10 a year to join FoBSP. If enough people support the group then we can save the Pool – and keep it free for everyone to enjoy. On its busiest days in the summer of 2012 we had over 500 people a day using the Pool. It’s so important that people don’t take it for granted.’

The Sea Pool has also attracted considerable celebrity backing, and FoBSP appreciates the support shown by Rick Stein, Kirsty Allsopp, Dr Alice Roberts, comedy actress Joanna Scanlan and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge Amanda Holden. To launch their membership campaign, members of FoBSP were joined by the town’s county councillor, Nigel Pearce; TV presenter and ‘campervan cook’ Martin Dorey; the founder of Surfers Against Sewage Chris Hines MBE, and the MP for North Cornwall, Dan Rogerson.

Dan Rogerson has supported the campaign to save the Sea Pool since it began, and said: ‘In a short time, FoBSP have secured the future of the Sea Pool; a vital aspect of the town’s appeal to visitors and a well-loved institution for locals.

‘In order to keep this momentum, it would be fantastic to see the new Membership Totaliser in the Triangle zooming towards its target. With 30,000 people using the pool in the summer, if everyone took out membership then FoBSP can do even more next year.’

Martin Dorey emphasised how important the Pool is to the whole town, as one of Bude’s key visitor attractions. ‘We love the sea pool at Bude. It’s is a wonderful, naturally clean, safe and free resource that anyone can use. It is where lots of kids – mine included – can learn how to have fun and swim safely in open water. For a town like Bude that faces the wild Atlantic I would say it’s vital.’

Chris Hines MBE agrees: ‘My Mum and Dad took me to Widemouth and Bude when I was only a few months old. Later, I was 18 when Bude Sea Pool helped save a friend’s life in a stormy sea after he was sucked out in a rip with darkness coming in. The waves pushed him over the wall into the safety of the pool.

‘It’s important for our heritage and our quality of life that we keep these gems in place for now and for future generations.’

The Totaliser in the Triangle at Bude will be updated to show the increase in membership over the next six months. FoBSP hope it will prompt people to act on their good intentions and take out membership, which costs just £10 per year.

See www.budeseapool.net/join or drop in to the Seventh Wave Gallery on Belle Vue to sign up on the spot.

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Fund-Raising Indian Feast

Bude TandooriIt often feels like all the fun finishes when the New Year rolls around and the decorations come down – but Sea Pool supporters have an extra special event to look forward to after Christmas.

Bude Tandoori are generously hosting a charity fund-raising feast on Monday 7th January 2013 in aid of Bude Sea Pool in North Cornwall. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy excellent Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine, served with style in a lively and welcoming atmosphere, AND help to contribute towards the Sea Pool’s running costs.

For one night only, Bude Tandoori are offering a special price of £19.95 per person for a four-course meal, with 60% of the proceeds going to the Friends of Bude Sea Pool. FoBSP is a volunteer-run local charity,
which manages the historic tidal swimming pool on Summerleaze Beach. The Pool is funded entirely by donations, sponsorship and membership, so events like this are massively helpful.

The staff at the Bude Tandoori have also organised a bumper raffle with plenty of desirable and some high value prizes – tickets will be on sale in the run up to the Charity Night.

The restaurant will be open on January 7th from 5pm through to 11.30pm and bookings for the Charity Night are being taken now on 01288 359994 / 352504.

See www.budetandoori.co.uk

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SEASON ENDS WITH A SPLASH!

Super turnout for sponsored swim helps to raise funds, and all are invited to the FoBSP AGM at the end of November…

Some 60 stalwart swimmers were greeted with warm autumnal sunshine when they took the plunge at Bude’s historic tidal swimming pool at the end of October. Cheered on by enthusiastic crowds, the teams of swimmers swapped stints of the 88m pool for an hour – no mean feat, given that the sea water temperature was around 13-degrees that day.

The sponsored swim was organised by local architects, the Trewin Design Partnership, as part of their 40th anniversary celebration. After four decades in business, the company wanted to make a concerted contribution to the local community and the sponsored swim rounded off a full season of fund-raising activities. The hundreds of pounds raised by the sponsored swim for Sea Pool funds are a vital contribution towards its annual running costs.

The FoBSP’s first full season running the Pool has proved to be a huge success, but the volunteer-run group must now plan for the 2013 season and finance the vital repairs which the Pool requires.

All Sea Pool users and supporters are encouraged to join the FoBSP and annual membership costs just £10. FoBSP members have a say in how the Pool is run, and the group hosts its AGM on Thursday 29th November 2012 to formulate plans for next year. This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend (although only members of FoBSP are entitled to vote) at 7pm at The Falcon Hotel, in Bude.

Click here to join the FoBSP. You can pay by credit or debit card (no need for a PayPal account)

Thanks to the Trewin Design Partnership  for their photos, and for organising such a wonderful fund-raiser

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DREAM JOB FOR SEA POOL ENTHUSIAST

Would you like to work at Bude Sea Pool?

The staff working at the Sea Pool this season have done the FoBSP proud in our inaugural season, taking care of the Pool and the people who visit it. The Pool attendants have been led by Pool Manager Alex Boardman, who is leaving the organisation at the end of the season to further his career in education.

‘Alex helped to get us off to a great start’ says Gillian Keir, the volunteer committee member who acts as staff liaison, ‘and laid down solid foundations for how the Pool and the FoBSP can best serve the community. But now we need someone to develop that role for the future.’

So the Friends of Bude Sea Pool are seeking a committed and enthusiastic person to take on the role of Manager at this historic tidal swimming pool in North Cornwall. This job involves overseeing the day to day management of this much-loved amenity, and acting as the group’s ambassador to the public.

The successful applicant will be keen to work for a developing charity and engage with the local community; dedicated to providing a safe environment for the Pool’s users, and determined to build and manage a dedicated poolside team. The FoBSP Manager will be responsible, self-motivated and flexible; calm under pressure, and keen to work at a unique site in the outdoor environment in all weathers.

Customer service, health and safety and beach/pool safety experience are valuable but not necessarily essential. If not already qualified, the Manager must secure life-guarding, CRB, H&S, and first aid certification. Communication, team working, admin and core IT skills are essential.

The position is permanent and full time, although the seasonal nature of activities at the Sea Pool dictate that the majority of hours will be worked in summer, and holidays taken between November and February. The salary is expected to be in the range of £12,000 to £15,000 depending on experience and qualifications. A component of this remuneration will be performance related.

We anticipate holding interviews during October 2012.

You can download more information about the vacancy, and please apply in writing with your CV to gill@budeseapool.org

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SEA POOL SUPPORTERS ARE QUIDS IN

Save Bude Sea Pool and Save £££££s

Members of the Friends of Bude Sea Pool will receive a nice surprise this summer – a reward pack containing vouchers worth over £500 in discounts for goods and services. There should be a special offer to suit just about everyone: from a free cup of tea to 15% off furniture; free accountancy advice to insurance discounts; money off holidays, magazines, jewellery, beach gear, souvenirs, double glazing, surfboards, sportswear, computer repairs – even conservatories, kitchens and bathrooms!

When the FoBSP took on the Pool’s management this year, dozens of local businesses and organisations offered sponsorship and support, understanding just how important the Pool is to the whole community. Encouraging membership of FoBSP is key to keeping the Pool open permanently. The membership fund provides the core funding to pay the Pool’s running costs. More members helps FoBSP to access other sources of funding too. We’re more likely to secure substantial grants for the Pool’s refurbishment if we can show that we have broad support from across the community, visitors and locals alike.

So the member rewards are intended to encourage people to pay their £10 individual membership (or £5 for under 16s, or £25 for a family) and join the FoBSP. You pay just £10 and receive vouchers worth 50 times that much. So even if you just use one or two of the vouchers, you’ll easily get back the amount you spent in membership.

As well the voucher pack, all new members receive the 2012 FoBSP handbook with plenty of information about the Pool’s long history, some wonderful old photos and details of FoBSP activities, plus handy ‘we support the Sea Pool’ stickers so you can share your passion for the Pool with the world.

You can join FoBSP straight away online using a debit or credit card or PayPal account.

Or you can download a membership form and send a cheque to us in the post.

Or you can drop in to the Seventh Wave gallery on Belle Vue in Bude, and pay in person on the spot.

Or ask any of the FoBSP Pool Attendants when you next visit the Pool!

Then sit back and wait for your vouchers and handbook to arrive. And our thanks once again go to Adrian Eggett who generously provided the gorgeous photo of the Sea Pool which graces the handbook’s front cover. This photo is available to buy as a digital or traditional canvas print, from Adrian’s website www.timeandlightphotography.co.uk which features many more amazing sea- and landscapes.

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AUCTION EVENING: AUGUST 3rd

JOIN THE FOBSP FOR AN ENTERTAINING EVENING AND BE READY TO BID BIG!

Inspired by the success of the cake auction (held at the Brendon Arms during Jubilee weekend, which raised over £200), the FoBSP are hosting a major charity auction of collectibles, antiques, pledges and promises on August 3rd 2012. As the with cake auction, all profits will go to Sea Pool funds.

The Charity Auction will take place at the Falcon Hotel in Bude on the evening of Friday 3rd August 2012. Lots will be available to view from 7pm, with live music from the GMC Contemporary Choir and local talent Jim Keir to keep the audience entertained until bidding begins.

We expect people to really get into the spirit of things and be generous with their bids. Many of the sale lots are the kind of things that money can’t buy in any normal circumstances! Several valuable items have already been donated for the auction, including a selection of antique fob watches, First World War medals, collectible cigarette cards and packets, antique maps, rare artworks by local artists and vintage automobilia along with a range of pledges such as short-break holiday vouchers, babysitting hours, first aid training courses and more.

WE NEED MORE donations of collectibles and pledges, so that everyone can experience the thrill of winning a friendly bidding war. If you’d like to contribute an item to the auction then please contact Terry Jourdain or drop off the item at Seventh Wave Gallery on Belle Vue (01288 356935).

PLEASE CHECK your attic or shed, and see if you have any good condition collectibles or memorabilia to donate; jewellery, watches, medals, antiques, furniture, coins, artworks and so on. Pledges, promises and vouchers from individuals or businesses are also warmly welcomed.

Feel free to share and pass on the auction poster. Ideally, print it off and stick it up where people can see it.

This will definitely be one of those events where the MORE people come along, the MERRIER it will be.

Hope to see you there!

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SEA POOL CHIC ON SALE NOW!

Get geared up and show your support for the Sea Pool

Fabulous ‘Friends of Bude Sea Pool’ swim caps, polo shirts and T-shirts are available now in Bude town centre or by mail order. So Sea Pool supporters can look ultra-swish this summer, and demonstrate their support for the Sea Pool for all to admire.

The superb FoBSP swim-caps are top quality Zoggs items, long-lasting and great for protecting your head from the cold and your hair from too much salt water. They proudly display the FoBSP logo and come in one-size-fits-everyone at £5.99 each.

Our terrific Tees cost £10, also feature the FoBSP logo, and over half of the purchase price goes directly to Sea Pool funds. You can buy off the peg standard sizes straight away, or order a specific style of shirt to suit yourself: great for skinny girls, or guys who prefer polos, or pale people who need long sleeves…

The posh ladies’ polo shirts feature our SOS: Save Our Seapool graphic embroidered on the upper chest, and these shirts are tailored to suit the female figure. Other styles and sizes can be made to order. The polos are high quality Henbury shirts and cost £14.99 each, of which £5 goes directly to Sea Pool funds.

All are available from Bude Sports on Queen Street: mail order from 01288 352943. UK p&p is £2.

Don’t worry if your favourite style or size isn’t in stock; the helpful staff at Bude Sports will be happy to add your specific shirt to the next order.

And THANKS for supporting Bude Sea Pool…

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FoBSP MEMBER SAVINGS

Save the Sea Pool and save £££s…

The first reason for joining the FoBSP is obvious: it’s the best way to support our efforts and keep the Sea Pool open permanently. But’s there’s plenty of other good reasons to pay £10 and become a member – you’ll be able to attend exclusive members’ only events, like the Summer Solstice Swim in June, for instance.

But best yet, FoBSP members benefit from discounts from our business sponsors and supporters. So you can save more using these discounts than you spend on membership! We’ll be telling everyone about these discounts throughout the summer – and here’s one to get the ball rolling.

H2Open magazine is dedicated to open water swimming. It’s a great read, and each issue is packed with articles and info about technique, coping with cold, training, equipment, top swimmers and so on.

H2Open magFoBSP members can save 10% on the price of an annual subscription. Just call 01371 851886 or go to www.escosubs.co.uk/h2open and use the code FOBSP013. (You may also need to quote your FoBSP membership number or your post code).

More special offers for FoBSP members to follow – more great reason to join us and help save our seapool!

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BUDE GETS ITS POOL BACK!

Sea Pool returned to local management: next group meeting Tuesday May 1st

On Friday 30th March 2012, Cornwall Council transferred responsibility for the day-to-day management of the iconic Sea Pool at Bude to the Friends of Bude Sea Pool. We, the FoBSP, are a group of volunteers who were energised into action at the idea that this 80 year old facility might be forced to close.

Dozens of local groups have backed the FoBSP’s efforts and helped with fund-raising, organising all manner of inventive events to bring cash into the coffers. Recently, funds have been boosted by contributions from Bude Youth Theatre, St Petroc’s School, Bude Foyer and Bude Jive Club, as well as the spring Fashion Show hosted by Adventure International and supported by the town’s top hair stylists and fashion retailers. Other local authorities, including Launcells and Jacobstow Parish Councils, have chipped in, reflecting the Sea Pool’s importance as a visitor attraction for the broader area beyond the Bude town boundary.

The FoBSP has also secured grant funding from the NatWest Community Force scheme and Seaside Towns programme, as well as some £6000 in business sponsorship from a range of local and national companies. Many other private donations have been made, underlining the Sea Pool’s crucial role as a public facility which provides safe bathing on Summerleaze beach. Cornwall Council has agreed to grant the FOBSP a 99-year lease for the pool, and provided  one-off capital funding for outstanding maintenance and to provide the FoBSP with some financial security in the first few years.

However, taking the helm of one of the few tidal swimming pools still open in the UK today has been far from straightforward. Urgent repairs are needed to the Pool’s structure and the FoBSP has sought out the professional expertise of Cornish company Falmouth Divers who are experts in constructing and repairing marine structures. The FoBSP has initiated a lifeguard apprentice scheme in partnership with local training company Integer, with the aim of providing vital career skills to young people from the area. A range of traditional beach huts has been commissioned from Shed Scene; a timber building specialist based in Bude. Leasing out these beach huts, which will be sited above the Pool itself with stunning views out over the Atlantic, will generate vital revenue to keep the Pool ticking over in years to come.

Setting up a charity, ploughing through the legal paperwork and juggling all of these projects has kept the FoBSP committee very busy – especially as everyone on the team is working in their spare time. But it’s been worth it, says FoBSP Chairman, Paul Tilzey.

‘I, like most of the people of Bude, have a love affair with the pool. As children, we played, jumped, dived and swam, with no restrictions, in the safe confines of the pool. It is only right that we should allow our children, and children for generations to come, the privilege of using the facility. It is vitally important for Bude, as a major tourist destination, to look after and improve this iconic structure. The Friends are delighted to be able to take it over as the representatives of the people and, with the community’s support, look forward to transforming it.’

Now that the handover process is complete, the FoBSP will concentrate on its lifeguard programme for the summer, completing the beach huts project, looking for further grant funding for substantial renovations, and so on. All of these matters will be up for discussion at the group’s next open meeting which is on Tuesday 1st May 2012 at 7pm at the Parkhouse Centre in Bude. All Sea Pool supporters are very welcome to attend; you don’t have to be an FoBSP member to come along (although joining is the best way to help us keep the Pool open in the long term).

If you can offer any assistance or expertise; practical or admin help, or could organise fund-raising events, please come along to the meeting on May 1st. Alternatively, volunteers can contact us at any time via admin@budeseapool.org

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BEACH HUT BONANZA

The Friends of Bude Sea Pool have been given the green light to proceed with a limited number of beach huts which will be situated on the terraces above the tidal swimming pool, looking out across Summerleaze Beach. The revenue generated by leasing these beach huts will go towards paying the staff costs for life-guarding the pool throughout the summer season, and towards the Pool’s maintenance and upkeep.

Following negotiations with Cornwall Council, the current plan is to erect permanent wooden structures which – in keeping with the FoBSP’s aim of using local suppliers – will be sourced from the Bude area. The precise lease terms are yet to be finalised, but are expected to include buildings and third party insurance, and the initial painting of the huts (lessees will be able to choose colours from a specific palette). Future maintenance will be an annual obligation of the lessee. The initial lease period will be five years, with the first two years paid in advance, and the balance payable at the start of year three.

It’s important to all of us that the area around the Sea Pool retains its unique charm, so the number of beach huts will be strictly limited, and we expect that demand will be greater than supply. To ensure that the allocation of beach huts is completely fair, the FoBSP will hold a public lottery. To enter this lottery, you must be a current, paid-up member of the FoBSP, and must confirm your interest by sending a cheque as soon as possible for £500. The balance of the first two years’ payment of £1500 will be payable on hand-over of the keys to the huts. The unlucky people who do not win the lottery will have their deposits refunded in full.

All cheques will be acknowledged and your entry into the lottery confirmed, and we’ll make a public announcement about when the lottery is to be held. Please make your cheque to FoBSP for £500 and send/deliver it to Seventh Wave Gallery, 28 Belle Vue, Bude, EX23 8JS. Any questions, please contact Martyn Holehouse, Beach Huts project coordinator, via beachhuts@budeseapool.org

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BIG BODY SHOP BEAUTY EVENING

On Friday 25th November 2011 at Widemouth Bay, Cornwall

Sea Pool supporter Anne Marsh is kindly hosting a pre-Christmas shopping party at her home, where a wide range of Body Shop cosmetics and beauty products will be demonstrated and available to buy, including some wonderful gift ideas for all ages (suitable for fellas as well as females!)

Prices start from just £2.50  All your favourite Body Shop soaps, bubbles and beauty bits   At discounted prices  Starts 6.30pm   Snacks and refreshments served   Raffle   All proceeds to the Sea Pool

Pick up a catalogue from the Seventh Wave Gallery on Belle Vue in Bude. Or if you can’t come along on the evening, drop into Seventh Wave anyway and take part in a Prize Draw competition to win Body Shop vouchers: just £2 per entry

The Big Body Shop takes place at Rocklands, Marine Drive, Widemouth Bay EX23 0LZ.

All very welcome to attend but please call 07971 950501 in advance to confirm numbers if you plan to come along

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STAR SWIMMER BACKS BUDE SEA POOL

Olympic silver medallist David Davies has stepped up to become an ambassador for Bude’s historic tidal swimming pool, to help spread the word about how important the sea pool is to the local community and visitors to the town.

David, the 26 year old athlete who hails from Wales, won a silver medal at Beijing in the gruelling men’s 10km open water race so he’s very familiar with the challenge of outdoor swimming. He’s also won gold in the Commonwealth games, and further medals in the world champions ships and Athens Olympics at 1500m and 400m, as well as claiming British records in various classes.

David knows all about how hard it is to keep these iconic facilities open: ‘Having been brought up in a seaside town, I appreciate the enjoyment of a sea pool. We too had a sea pool on Whitmore Bay, filled by the waters of the Bristol Channel, which over the years has fallen into disrepair.

‘I would be delighted to champion your cause.’

This support was warmly welcomed by the committee of the Friends of Bude Sea Pool, a local group which formed this summer to save the sea pool and bring it under local management for the 2012 season. The FoBSP has also been backed by a variety of Bude businesses this summer, who have staged a series of fund-raising events to cover the cost of vital repairs to the pool’s physical structure and ensure that it opens as usual in April 2012.

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FASHION FOLLOWERS JOIN THE FIGHT

The catwalk comes to North Cornwall

The fight to keep Bude’s historic sea pool open continues with another exciting fund-raising event in November. Followers of fashion take to the stage at Adventure International in Bude town centre on Saturday 19th and this entertaining evening offers an excellent opportunity to let your hair down to support the Sea Pool. Or rather – it’s a chance to see people putting their hair up for a very special Fashion Show!

This light-hearted parade of the chic and the sleek brings the catwalk to Bude. We’re promised a fabulous hair and fashion show by Colin Danks, The Clip Joint, Wroes department store, Ann’s Cottage Surf and AirCulture, all supported by Barclays Bank.

As well as the fashion show itself, there will be live hair styling demonstrations and a disco to round off the evening’s entertainment. All the participants are donating their time and expertise for free, in order to raise funds for the Sea Pool which is likely to close unless the Friends of Bude Sea Pool can take on its management next year.

The Fashion Show takes place on the evening of Saturday November 19th 2011, at Adventure International on Belle Vue in Bude.
Tickets for the Fashion Show cost £5 (or £4 for FoBSP members: here’s how to JOIN) and are available in advance in Bude from Colin Danks, Wroes and Anne’s Cottage Surf Shop, or you can pay on the day.

Download the poster Here.

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VOTE NOW TO RAISE £££ THOUSANDS

Your vote needed for Bude’s Sea Pool

Voting opens on Monday 26th September 2011 for the NatWest Community Force scheme, and Bude’s Sea Pool could be granted thousands of pounds if we attract enough votes. So please take two minutes of your time to hop over to: http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/1257 and vote for our project.

We could be awarded up to £6000 if enough people vote for the Friends of Bude Sea Pool, and we’ll put the money to good use in 2012. We’d like to extend the pool’s ‘open season’ so that it’s properly open during the Easter holidays, and to buy some vital equipment – like deck-chairs to rent out – which will help us to generate more revenue in future.

If you can’t get through on the NatWest CommunityForce website, then please call 0800 2100 246. You want to vote for ‘Friends of Bude Sea Pool’.

You can vote up to three time but please ONLY vote for the sea pool in the Bude area – otherwise your votes will effectively cancel each other out! By all means vote for two other projects elsewhere in the country. The total number of votes will be counted from all the votes cast online and by phone.

Don’t forget to ask all your friends and family to vote, too: http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/1257

THANK YOU for your support.

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WHERE DID YOU GET THAT HAT?

‘I ♥ Bude Sea Pool’ swim caps now available

When the Outdoor Swimming Society heard that Bude’s historic tidal pool will close unless the FoBSP can raise enough funds to take on its management in 2012, they really were keen to help the cause. So the OSS designed and produced these nifty swim caps for us, with proceeds from their sale going to Sea Pool funds.

The caps are top quality, thick silicone which provides the best balance between comfort, durability and warmth. Ideal for insulating your grey matter while you’re swimming in the Sea Pool – or training anywhere in open water or even indoor pools. The swim caps fit snugly and are easy to care for (just rinse in clean water after use). One side carries the OSS logo and our web address, while the other side tells the whole wide world that you love Bude Sea Pool. So you can help to spread the word that the pool needs everyone’s support, even while you’re swimming!

Sea Pool swim caps cost £5.99 and you can purchase them in person from Bude Sports (on Queen Street in Bude) or the Candy Shop (top of Belle Vue, in Bude).

Or you can buy a Sea Pool swim cap via mail order. P&P costs £1 to the UK or £2 to the RoW.

Paid-up members of the FoBSP get their swim caps POSTFREE and just pay £5.99 (see here for details of how to join).

To order, please send your cheque payable to the FoBSP to PO Box 66, Bude EX23 9ZX.

(£5.99 FoBSP members; £6.99 non-members in the UK, £7.99 non-members RoW).

Then wear your swim cap with pride – knowing that you’ve helped to Save Our Seapool!

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BLACK GALLEON BENEFIT CONCERT

Join us for a magical evening of musical merriment and help to Save Our Seapool in the process, on Saturday 15th October 2011, at Adventure International in Bude, from 7pm.

Local musicians Black Galleon have been behind the Sea Pool campaign from the start. Last winter they composed a special song ‘Pool of Dreams’ when the pool was initially threatened with closure. This autumn they will host an entertaining evening of acoustic / Celtic / melodic / folk / rock music, with support from special guest Jenny Bishop.

All proceeds from the evening will go to Sea Pool funds – and you can expect to hear some exclusive new material from Black Galleon’s new album which will be launched at this event. Summer may be over, but we’ll still be enjoying a fine time by the seaside!

Tickets cost £3 for paid-up members of the FoBSP in advance, or £5 for non-members in advance and everyone on the door. Tickets are available from Seventh Wave Gallery on Belle Vue in Bude, or send a cheque to the FoBSP at PO Box 66, Bude EX23 9ZX (remember to include your postal details and allow 10 day for tickets to be sent to you). Or email info@budeseapool.org to buy advance tickets via PayPal.

See www.blackgalleonmusic.co.uk to learn more about the band and get a feel for their marvelous music.

Or click play below to hear ‘Pool of Dreams’

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CALLING ALL SEA POOL PEOPLE

NEXT MEETING: 7pm, 13/09/11, Bude

The next full meeting of the FoBSP is on Tuesday September 13that 7pm at the Parkhouse Centre, Bude. All sea pool supporters are very welcome to attend. We’ll be updating everyone on progress with various projects including grant funding, the possibility of leasing poolside beach huts, fund-raising activities, new sponsors, negotiations with Cornwall Council, and so on.

This is also the ideal opportunity for everyone to bring items for recycling (so bring any stamps, postcards, coins, keys, medals, mobile phones, etc). Recycling these items helps to raise funds for the sea pool and contributes towards a cleaner environment: it’s a real win-win.

If you’d like to get more involved with the sea pool project please come along and make yourself known. Please arrive 10 or 15 mins early so we can start promptly at 7:00pm. Thanks!

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BOTTOMS UP! SOS ALE ON SALE

If you need a reason to sample a special Cornish brew then here’s the ideal excuse: every bottle sold generates funds for the Sea Pool. So you can drink up and contribute towards covering the Sea Pool’s running costs – how great is that?

Local wine merchant Oliver Tullett of North Coast Wines was shocked when he heard that our historic tidal swimming pool might have to close next year when Cornwall Council withdraws funding for its life-guards. Determined to help the cause, Oliver created a custom-brewed Cornish ale which has just gone on sale in Bude.

SOS: Save Our Seapool ale comes from the Keltek brewery in Redruth. It’s 4% alcohol by volume and costs £1.95 per bottle, with 20p of that going directly to seapool funds. You can buy SOS ale direct from North Coast Wines, or try a tipple at one of several hostelries in Bude which are selling it to boost the Sea Pool cause. Stop by at the Falcon Hotel, the Atlantic House Hotel, Bellini’s, The Weir at Whalesborough or the Olive Tree bistro and see if they have any bottles left in stock!

Of course, the FoBSP are extremely safety conscious and would like to remind everyone that you should NEVER drink and swim, surf or sail. However, you can enjoy SOS ale once you’ve left the beach for the evening – so pick up a pack from North Coast Wines on your way home…

You can order SOS ale from North Coast Wines on 01288 350304 or see http://ncwine.co.uk/

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HUGE ‘WAVE OF SUPPORT’ FOR BUDE SEA POOL Competition to design logo attracts over 300 entries

When we launched a competition in June to design a striking emblem to sum up the SOS: Save Our Seapool campaign, we knew we were asking a lot. Entries had to be submitted in just four weeks, which isn’t a great deal of time to come up with a design that encapsulates just how special the Sea Pool is. So we were amazed to receive over 300 entries to the competition – which certainly gave local artist Lynne Holehouse, a tricky time when it came to the judging.

‘I was delighted to be asked to judge the Sea Pool logo competition,’ says Lynne, ‘and absolutely staggered by the huge number of entries. It  was  very difficult to choose a winner as the standard was high across the board, and the range of ideas was vast. The designs featuring sharks were particularly endearing, but I felt that as we’ve never seen a shark in the Sea Pool we could fall foul of Trades Descriptions!’

The positive response to this competition is an indication of just how important the Sea Pool is to people of all ages, explains Holehouse. ‘The large number of entries by local residents, aged from 6 to 70-plus, represents the strong support given to this wonderful attraction in Bude. If any proof were needed of the level of passionate commitment to this cause, then the involvement of the locals, both at the FoBSP meetings and with this competition says it all.’

After spending hours examining all the entries, Holehouse decided on a joint effort and the prizes, provided by Bude’s Seventh Wave Gallery, were awarded to Natalie Rowe, aged 11 from Stratton Primary School, and Leah Gemmel, aged 7 from Bude Infants. Their emblem will become a permanent part of the Friends of Bude Sea Pool’s campaign to save the Sea Pool, so you’ll see it appearing on the group’s merchandise and literature from now on.

Several of the runners-up designs were too good to pass over, so you’ll see them appear on here for all to admire. Some of the most striking designs will also be incorporated into our forthcoming range of beach-wear and other items – that’s just as soon as we get the merchandise organised, of course…

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BUDE SEA POOL: WHAT’S HAPPENING?

Like the Atlantic ocean which fills it, the Sea Pool itself is in continual, restless motion, so there’s always something happening on this page! The campaign to raise funds to keep the Sea Pool permanently open is ongoing, and the FoBSP committee are hard at work behind the scenes. Check back regularly to find out what’s been going on lately and see what we have planned for the future…

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MAKE A DATE

The next public meeting of the Friends of Bude Sea Pool is on July 4th 2011 at 7pm at the Parkhouse Centre in Bude. All Sea Pool enthusiasts are very welcome to attend; this is your chance to influence and contribute to how the Pool is run in future. If you’d like to learn more about what the FoBSP are doing, or could spare some time to help to keep the Pool open, then please do come along. Business starts at 7pm prompt so please arrive at around 18.45.

Click here for a Googlemap to find the Parkhouse Centre.

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SURF’S UP!

The Big Blue Surf School have kindly offered to donate the proceeds from their Gul Pro surf day on Sunday July 3rd 2011 to the Sea Pool fund-raising effort. So look out for the Big Blue team on Bude’s beaches on the 3rd; you may well find members of the FoBSP team in the area, too.

See www.bigbluesurfschool.co.uk

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TOP TRIATHLETES

The second Bude Junior Triathlon started with a splash at the Sea Pool. The competitors had to complete up to three lengths of the Pool – a challenging swim of over 250m for the older triathletes – before climbing the cliff steps, cycling two tough laps of the Downs and then finishing with another lap on foot, all at top speed. Teams of three and individual entrants took part: congratulations to everyone who braved the not-so-warm waters of the Pool on a brisk and breezy day.

See www.buderats.co.uk/junior-tri.html

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RAIN DIDN’T STOP PLAY

Despite the wet weather over the May Bank Holiday weekend, fund-raising efforts by the Friends of Bude Sea Pool got off to a superb start. A team of keen ‘Friends’ donned their highly visible SOS (Save Our Seapool) t-shirts down at the Pool on Bank Holiday Monday, meeting members of the public and explaining the current situation.

‘It’s absolutely vital that we tell the Pool’s regular users and occasional visitors what’s happening’ explained Rowena Hoseason who co-ordinates the FoBSP’s activities. ‘Many people come to Bude once or twice a year, and while they may have heard rumours about the Pool’s future they don’t know that we need to be self-funding for 2012. So an important part of our role is telling folk what’s going on.’

Many people were very generous in dropping coins into the FoBSP collecting tins, too, and the group will be organising a poolside presence again in the summer during key dates in August. Meanwhile, special ‘behind the scenes’ preview tours of the Strand Hotel took place over the weekend, with all proceeds going towards Sea Pool funds. North Coast Wines held a special wine-tasting evening and kindly donated their proceeds to the FoBSP too. Thanks to everyone for their very kind contributions!

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FRIENDS FORMED

The Friends of Bude Sea Pool officially formed and adopted that name at a public meeting on April 20th 2011 in Bude. The meeting agreed that the FoBSP should be set up as a limited company and a charity, and those arrangements were initiated shortly thereafter. Negotiations with Cornwall Council regarding the future of the Pool were considered to be the FoBSP’s highest priority, followed by plans to successfully generate the fund required to keep it open permanently. Sea Pool enthusiasts are welcome to get involved with the FoBSP (contact us if you’d like to help out with a committee role), or keep checking this page for updates on our progress.

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