Scrummy Cream Teas Raise Over £500.00


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!

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 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:

Or pay £10 to join FoBSP here:

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!

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 possibl


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.

Bude Sea Pool is a Life Saver

Another amazing community event was held at Bude Sea Pool on Wednesday 19thJune 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:

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

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

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 2ndJune 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 but spectators are welcome to turn up on the day.

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).

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]

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