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
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.
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 toJOIN) and are available in advance in Bude from Colin Danks, Wroes and Anne’s Cottage Surf Shop, or you can pay on the day.
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.
‘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!
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 email@example.com 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.
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!
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/
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…
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…