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.”

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 sessions..watch 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 www.mattowensmusic.com

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 .