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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.