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 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.

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: 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:

THANK YOU for your support.

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!

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 to buy advance tickets via PayPal.

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

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!

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

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…

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…

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.

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.