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.

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 Applicants must be 16 or over and hold a valid surf/pool lifesaving qualification.

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.

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.

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…


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 or follow us on Facebook: for frequent updates.


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!


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.


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!



…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.



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

An evening with DAVID BRABHAM


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

Chefs Demonstration at Simply Wood

We 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.

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:

Bude Sea Pool Needs Members Now!

Mayor and MP join celebrities to kick-start membership campaign

Bude 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 or drop in to the Seventh Wave Gallery on Belle Vue to sign up on the spot.