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.”

Channel Challenge

TEAMS of experienced swimmers of all ages took the plunge into the Bude Sea Pool from 6am on Saturday 10 October, and swam their chosen distance — a mile or more — in relays.

It was the third such event hosted by the Friends of Bude Sea Pool. Their first Charity Channel Challenge was in 2013.

The aim for the teams was to complete 22 miles in the water to match the width of the English Channel, raising funds for the sea pool with every stroke.

The teams were not only local. Teams from Christchurch, Bournemouth, Essex and beyond also took part.

Among those who took the plunge was Cassandra Patten, Olympic Open Water medal-winning swimmer. Cassandra also offered free swimming training and coaching sessions at Bude Sea Pool on Sunday

Cassie Patten – Open Water Coaching

Bude Sea Pool was the venue for some fantastic open water coaching from its ambassador, Beijing Olympics 10k Open Water swimming bronze medallist, Cassie Patten.
With local people increasingly competing in open water events, such as the Channel Challenge held on Sat 10th Oct, it was decided to tag on an open water coaching session the next day, Sun 11th Oct to not only raise funds for the sea pool but to provide expert tuition to improve performance.
Fifteen swimmers turned up for the open water sessions which focused predominantly on breathing, head position, spotting, body rotation and arm propulsion. Everybody came away having received high quality technique feedback and keenly await the next session, hopefully next year when the water is warmer!
Following the success of this first session, it is envisaged that with Cassie’s continued strong support of the Sea Pool we will look to hold more coaching this space a coaching opportunity not to be missed!

SURPRISE FREE GIG 19 August 2015

Matt Owens (of Noah & the whale) will be performing LIVE & FREE in aid of ‘Save Our Seapool’ at the Widemouth Manor, Bude (EX23 0DE) on Wednesday 19th August. The gig starts at 9pm; more info on Matt can be found at

The Friends of Bude Seapool are delighted to welcome Matt to sunny Bude, & thank him for his support!

Last 3 days of Swim Safe

Swim Safe with the ASA and the RNLI

17 – 19 August 2015 last 3 days of swimsafe at Bude Sea Pool. FREE improver swimming lessons and beach safety advice to children aged 7 to 14. Several lessons will be run on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday .

Back in Stock FoBSP / BeachCare Refillable Water Bottles

It’s Cornish. Right down to the very last drop. Cornish tap water REFILL.

Bude Sea Pool have teamed up with local retailers and Keep Britain Tidys BeachCare programme to offer tap water refills at establishments displaying the ReFILL sticker this summer.
Refillable water bottles will be available for sale at the outlets listed below. By buying and reusing this water bottle you’ll help keep Bude’s beautiful beaches litter free. You’ll also help to keep our lanes lorry free too. That’s important because they pump out carbon into our clear Cornish air and clog up our country lanes.
Every time you refill one of our bottles you will help to save the local environment from the damage that transporting and using bottled water can bring – and you will get to enjoy one of Cornwall’s finest natural ingredients: Cornish Tap Water.
Supporting Retail Outlets selling our refillable water bottles:-
Rosies, Crooklets Beach / Tourist Information Centre, The Crescent / The Cabin, Morwenna Terrace
FoBSP Pop Up Shop, Belle Vue / Seventh Wave Gallery, Belle Vue / Bude Sea Pool
Supporting Retail Outlets offering free refills and will display the sticker:-
Rosie’s, Crooklets / Bude Surf Cabin ‘The Cabin’, Morwenna Terrace / Seventh Wave Gallery, Belle Vue
Tourist Information Centre, The Crescent / Bude Sea Pool Hut / Life’s a Beach, Summerleaze / Wroes, BelleVue
Crooklets Beach Café, Crooklets / Cornish Ice Cream Café, Lansdown Mews / Taste of Cornwall, Belle Vue
The Weir, Whalesborough / Coastalyarns, The Wharf / Café Limelight, The Castle / FoBSP Pop Up Shop, Belle Vue

Ian McNeice Charity Evening raised over £2000

A CHARITY event in aid of Bude Sea Pool with actor Ian McNeice has raised more than £2,000.

More than 80 people were at the town’s Falcon Hotel on Saturday evening where they watched a short film about the actor, who plays Bert Large in the popular TV series Doc Martin, heard of his career and were able to ask questions.

Chairman of the Friends of Bude Sea Pool Paul Tilzey said: “It was excellent. A good social night much appreciated by all those who attended.

“He talked about his career and there was a short film of all the things he had done and is still doing, which was quite fascinating.”

Mr Tilzey added the money will go partly towards the security aspect at the pool, if it can be improved, and that the friends are liaising with police on the matter.