Bude Metric Brass presents BAND TOGETHER 9

Seventy musicians from ten brass bands join together for a Brass Band Extravaganza! Saturday 25th February at 7:30pm Penstowe Manor, Kilkhampton. In aid of Friends of Bude Sea Pool & Cornwall Air Ambulance

Art Auction in aid of Bude Sea Pool

You’ve heard of ‘Homes under the Hammer’ but now it is time for ‘Art under the Hammer’! All in the name of raising money for Bude Sea Pool.

The Art Auction is being held at the Falcon Hotel on Friday November 25th. Viewings from 6pm, first lot at 8pm.

Please come along to show your support,
but also to bag yourself a bargain, or a rare piece of Art, viewing from 6pm.




JellyBabes complete channel swim for Bude Sea Pool

Early on 10 August, Nik Barnes and Maretta Robinson, half of a 4-person relay team called the JellyBabes, successfully completed the 22-mile Channel swim to raise funds for the Friends of Bude Sea Pool!!

This is such wonderful news as Nik and Maretta have been training in Bude Sea Pool all year round for a number of years and wanted to complete this challenge to give something back and raise money for the Friends of Bude Sea Pool.

If everyone reading this were to give just £1, every penny will go to maintaining and developing Bude Sea Pool. Please support Nik and Maretta’s efforts by giving online here.

Bude Nominated for Best UK Coastal Resort 2016

VoteForBude-1Bude has once again been nominated as the UK’s Best Coastal Resort in the very prestigious British Travel Awards, after winning Gold in 2015 and Bronze in 2014.

If everyone who loves Bude takes the time to vote, we have a very real chance of winning Gold once again.

If you love Bude then please vote for us:


Fat Face ‘Black Friday’ Donation

IMG_0376Bude Sea Pool was chosen by the local branch of Fat Face to receive a share of their profits from trading over the ‘Black Friday weekend’ at the end of November 2015. So thank you to everyone who shopped in Fat Face during that weekend for your contribution.

Pool friends applauded at Rotary Club

A VISIT from the ‘Friends of Bude Sea Pool’ WEB-Hols-Rotarywas welcomed at the Holsworthy Rotary Club’s meeting on February 1.

Holsworthy Rotary Club members were delighted to have Fay Hargreaves and chairman Paul Tilzey from Friends of Bude Sea Pool as guests at their meeting to speak about the past, current and future of this iconic structure.

Paul Tilzey described the history of the pool and the work the group had put in to save it from the threat of being demolished in recent years.

In 2011 the friends’ committee took over the organisation and running of the pool, raising funds to meet health and safety regulations, arranging opening times and lifeguard cover for the pool.

Fay Hargreaves emphasised the value to the local community of keeping the pool as a working amenity for local people and visitors during the holiday season.

Last year the pool was used 50,000 times by individuals, some being local regulars and some visitors.

Fundraising and support is important to the friends and much has been provided in cash or in kind by the community — the subscription of £10 per year to become a friend has meant there are friends from all over Britain.

With additional support from Sport England, future development includes a water polo club, a new building providing changing spaces, storage and a community room to enable student groups to leave property safely in the dry while carrying out beach studies.

Fay and Paul were thanked by Rotarian Ray Hockin for their presentation, which was well received and applauded by the members.

Are you interested in a quiz night?

Last weeks social evening at The Bank was actually a banquet, the food was fabulous, with a huge selection of all the favourite tapas delights! The food did not stop coming and all were astonished that Justin and his team looked after us all so well!

We are looking to plan another evening along a similar theme but with a quiz too, during February.
If you are interested in this please can you email admin@budeseapool.org so we can guage the numbers and if its worth doing.



Planning Permission Granted

PERMISSION has been granted for the removal of the existing hut and surfboard storage hut from the terrace at Bude Sea Pool and replacement with a larger timber framed building.

The application to Cornwall Council was already granted planning permission in March last year, but because the Friends of Bude Sea Pool (FoBSP) made amendments to the approved design, they had to submit it as a new application.

The building is to be an improved base for the FoBSP and to offer other facilities to the public, including shelter, storage and changing. It will only be in operation during the summer months.

The storage hut will also be used to store surfboards and body boards for Adventure International, which currently stores its equipment on site in a separate structure.

In a letter to Cornwall Council, the FoBSP explained the reason behind the change in design: “The change in design was brought about through consultation with our volunteers who, on a daily basis throughout the winter, when no staff are on duty, clean the surrounds of the pool, remove the stones etc.

“Instead of the store being inside the main room — which would mean they would have to gain access to that room — it made sense for the store to have a separate entrance.

In essence, the change has involved the alteration of where doors and windows are positioned. The application was eventually passed.

It has taken just over a year to get to this point, with much consultation between Cornwall Council and the FoBSP, but, barring any more alterations, the sea pool will have a new timber framed building in place in the not too distant future.

Headland Reunion raises £1353 for FoBSP

THE second Headland reunion night went off with a bang last month, eclipsing last year’s maiden event by almost doubling the number of partygoers. In doing so it raised a lot of money for local charities, writes Ryan Cox.

After last year’s success at the Bullers Arms in Marhamchurch, which saw all 225 tickets sell out weeks before the event, the reunion team, Gary Provan, Amanda Davis and Paul Martin, secured a bigger venue for this year’s event — Penstowe Manor.

The Headland was famous for being Bude’s popular nightclub for many decades until its closure in 2007. Over the years the venue had several different owners and a few different identities — but one thing was common, it was always a great night out with top DJs and music. Like last year’s event, many DJs that were part of the Headland’s success were back to show their support this time around.

The event, on Saturday, October 10, had a real party atmosphere with balloons, confetti cannons, lasers, great lighting, and a top quality sound system encouraging people to take to the dance floor as soon as they entered the venue.

Laughter and beaming smiles filled the room from 7pm right through to 2am, aided by another new feature to this year’s event — the photo area.

The team concentrated this year on creating an experience within the experience with the addition of the photo area that consisted of cartoon cut-outs in which scores of partygoers poked their heads through, as well as props such as hats and moustaches, for the obligatory funny snaps.

A sweet cart made by local carpenter Simon Goodearl was also a popular feature and was filled with an assortment of sweets such as popping candy, cola cubes and assorted lollies that were popular in the 1980s and ’90s.

As the party got into full swing, out came the neon face paint, and the result was spectacular — some with creative designs, to one man who had his whole face and head glowing neon green and pink.

The main purpose of the events was to raise money for local charities.

More than £2,000 was raised from ticket and raffle sales and the Friends of Bude Sea Pool, Bude Skate Park and Pirate FM’s Pirate trust all received a great boost for their causes.

Gary Provan said: “For us, as the reunion team, when we were asked the very next day ‘when is the next event?’, we knew we had done something right.

“Everybody that attended the night made it such an enjoyable occasion with some travelling from over 200 miles away.

“The whole ‘reunion’ experience is all about meeting up with friends that you haven’t seen for many years and it’s what keeps the event alive for us.

“Planning has already started on the 2016 event and we know it will be hard to better this year but we, as a team, are determined to create another Headland reunion experience and the date has been set for September 10th 2016 to be held again at Penstowe Manor.

“These events would not be possible without the help and commitment by so many local people.

“We owe our grateful thanks to Simon and Jennie at Penstowe for allowing us the use of the venue, Martin Group Services for being the local ticket outlet, The DJs, who gave up their time, and also those who travelled many miles to take part in the event. To all the local businesses for the donation of so many wonderful prizes, there are far too many to list individually, and the volunteers from the sea pool, who gave up their time to help us on the evening.

“We all do this for the memories and the passion that was felt about The Headland Nightclub and also for the good causes we can help.

“Next year we have decided to help smaller charities local to Bude and the surrounding areas. These will be announced in due course.

“More details are available on the Facebook page which has already been launched and we’ve already had over 80 people say they will be attending within the first week of announcing the new date.”