Fund-Raising Indian Feast

It often feels like all the fun finishes when the New Year rolls around and the decorations come down – but Sea Pool supporters have an extra special event to look forward to after Christmas.

Bude Tandoori are generously hosting a charity fund-raising feast on Monday 7th January 2013 in aid of Bude Sea Pool in North Cornwall. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy excellent Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine, served with style in a lively and welcoming atmosphere, AND help to contribute towards the Sea Pool’s running costs.

For one night only, Bude Tandoori are offering a special price of £19.95 per person for a four-course meal, with 60% of the proceeds going to the Friends of Bude Sea Pool. FoBSP is a volunteer-run local charity,
which manages the historic tidal swimming pool on Summerleaze Beach. The Pool is funded entirely by donations, sponsorship and membership, so events like this are massively helpful.

The staff at the Bude Tandoori have also organised a bumper raffle with plenty of desirable and some high value prizes – tickets will be on sale in the run up to the Charity Night.

The restaurant will be open on January 7th from 5pm through to 11.30pm and bookings for the Charity Night are being taken now on 01288 359994 / 352504.


Season Ends With A Splash!

Super turnout for sponsored swim helps to raise funds, and all are invited to the FoBSP AGM at the end of November…

Some 60 stalwart swimmers were greeted with warm autumnal sunshine when they took the plunge at Bude’s historic tidal swimming pool at the end of October. Cheered on by enthusiastic crowds, the teams of swimmers swapped stints of the 88m pool for an hour – no mean feat, given that the sea water temperature was around 13-degrees that day.

The sponsored swim was organised by local architects, the Trewin Design Partnership, as part of their 40th anniversary celebration. After four decades in business, the company wanted to make a concerted contribution to the local community and the sponsored swim rounded off a full season of fund-raising activities. The hundreds of pounds raised by the sponsored swim for Sea Pool funds are a vital contribution towards its annual running costs.

The FoBSP’s first full season running the Pool has proved to be a huge success, but the volunteer-run group must now plan for the 2013 season and finance the vital repairs which the Pool requires.

All Sea Pool users and supporters are encouraged to join the FoBSP and annual membership costs just £10. FoBSP members have a say in how the Pool is run, and the group hosts its AGM on Thursday 29th November 2012 to formulate plans for next year. This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend (although only members of FoBSP are entitled to vote) at 7pm at The Falcon Hotel, in Bude.

Click here to join the FoBSP. You can pay by credit or debit card (no need for a PayPal account)

Thanks to the Trewin Design Partnership  for their photos, and for organising such a wonderful fund-raiser

Dream Job For Sea Pool Enthusiast

The staff working at the Sea Pool this season have done the FoBSP proud in our inaugural season, taking care of the Pool and the people who visit it. The Pool attendants have been led by Pool Manager Alex Boardman, who is leaving the organisation at the end of the season to further his career in education.

‘Alex helped to get us off to a great start’ says Gillian Keir, the volunteer committee member who acts as staff liaison, ‘and laid down solid foundations for how the Pool and the FoBSP can best serve the community. But now we need someone to develop that role for the future.’

So the Friends of Bude Sea Pool are seeking a committed and enthusiastic person to take on the role of Manager at this historic tidal swimming pool in North Cornwall. This job involves overseeing the day to day management of this much-loved amenity, and acting as the group’s ambassador to the public.

The successful applicant will be keen to work for a developing charity and engage with the local community; dedicated to providing a safe environment for the Pool’s users, and determined to build and manage a dedicated poolside team. The FoBSP Manager will be responsible, self-motivated and flexible; calm under pressure, and keen to work at a unique site in the outdoor environment in all weathers.

Customer service, health and safety and beach/pool safety experience are valuable but not necessarily essential. If not already qualified, the Manager must secure life-guarding, CRB, H&S, and first aid certification. Communication, team working, admin and core IT skills are essential.

The position is permanent and full time, although the seasonal nature of activities at the Sea Pool dictate that the majority of hours will be worked in summer, and holidays taken between November and February. The salary is expected to be in the range of £12,000 to £15,000 depending on experience and qualifications. A component of this remuneration will be performance related.

We anticipate holding interviews during October 2012.

Sea Pool Supporters Are Quids In

Members of the Friends of Bude Sea Pool will receive a nice surprise this summer – a reward pack containing vouchers worth over £500 in discounts for goods and services. There should be a special offer to suit just about everyone: from a free cup of tea to 15% off furniture; free accountancy advice to insurance discounts; money off holidays, magazines, jewellery, beach gear, souvenirs, double glazing, surfboards, sportswear, computer repairs – even conservatories, kitchens and bathrooms!

When the FoBSP took on the Pool’s management this year, dozens of local businesses and organisations offered sponsorship and support, understanding just how important the Pool is to the whole community. Encouraging membership of FoBSP is key to keeping the Pool open permanently. The membership fund provides the core funding to pay the Pool’s running costs. More members helps FoBSP to access other sources of funding too. We’re more likely to secure substantial grants for the Pool’s refurbishment if we can show that we have broad support from across the community, visitors and locals alike.

So the member rewards are intended to encourage people to pay their £10 individual membership (or £5 for under 16s, or £25 for a family) and join the FoBSP. You pay just £10 and receive vouchers worth 50 times that much. So even if you just use one or two of the vouchers, you’ll easily get back the amount you spent in membership.

As well the voucher pack, all new members receive the 2012 FoBSP handbook with plenty of information about the Pool’s long history, some wonderful old photos and details of FoBSP activities, plus handy ‘we support the Sea Pool’ stickers so you can share your passion for the Pool with the world.

Auction Evening: August 3rd


Inspired by the success of the cake auction (held at the Brendon Arms during Jubilee weekend, which raised over £200), the FoBSP are hosting a major charity auction of collectibles, antiques, pledges and promises on August 3rd2012. As the with cake auction, all profits will go to Sea Pool funds.

The Charity Auction will take place at the Falcon Hotel in Bude on the evening of Friday 3rd August 2012. Lots will be available to view from 7pm, with live music from the GMC Contemporary Choir and local talent Jim Keir to keep the audience entertained until bidding begins.

We expect people to really get into the spirit of things and be generous with their bids. Many of the sale lots are the kind of things that money can’t buy in any normal circumstances! Several valuable items have already been donated for the auction, including a selection of antique fob watches, First World War medals, collectible cigarette cards and packets, antique maps, rare artworks by local artists and vintage automobilia along with a range of pledges such as short-break holiday vouchers, babysitting hours, first aid training courses and more.

WE NEED MORE donations of collectibles and pledges, so that everyone can experience the thrill of winning a friendly bidding war. If you’d like to contribute an item to the auction then please contact Terry Jourdain or drop off the item at Seventh Wave Gallery on Belle Vue (01288 356935).

PLEASE CHECK your attic or shed, and see if you have any good condition collectibles or memorabilia to donate; jewellery, watches, medals, antiques, furniture, coins, artworks and so on. Pledges, promises and vouchers from individuals or businesses are also warmly welcomed.

Feel free to share and pass on the auction poster. Ideally, print it off and stick it up where people can see it.

This will definitely be one of those events where the MORE people come along, the MERRIER it will be.

Hope to see you there!

Sea Pool Chic On Sale Now!

Get geared up and show your support for the Sea Pool

Fabulous ‘Friends of Bude Sea Pool’ swim caps, polo shirts and T-shirts are available now in Bude town centre or by mail order. So Sea Pool supporters can look ultra-swish this summer, and demonstrate their support for the Sea Pool for all to admire.

The superb FoBSP swim-caps are top quality Zoggs items, long-lasting and great for protecting your head from the cold and your hair from too much salt water. They proudly display the FoBSP logo and come in one-size-fits-everyone at £5.99 each.

Our terrific Tees cost £10, also feature the FoBSP logo, and over half of the purchase price goes directly to Sea Pool funds. You can buy off the peg standard sizes straight away, or order a specific style of shirt to suit yourself: great for skinny girls, or guys who prefer polos, or pale people who need long sleeves…

The posh ladies’ polo shirts feature our SOS: Save Our Seapool graphic embroidered on the upper chest, and these shirts are tailored to suit the female figure. Other styles and sizes can be made to order. The polos are high quality Henbury shirts and cost £14.99 each, of which £5 goes directly to Sea Pool funds.

All are available from Bude Sports on Queen Street: mail order from 01288 352943. UK p&p is £2.

Don’t worry if your favourite style or size isn’t in stock; the helpful staff at Bude Sports will be happy to add your specific shirt to the next order.

And THANKS for supporting Bude Sea Pool…

Fobsp Member Savings

Save the Sea Pool and save £££s…

The first reason for joining the FoBSP is obvious: it’s the best way to support our efforts and keep the Sea Pool open permanently. But’s there’s plenty of other good reasons to pay £10 and become a member – you’ll be able to attend exclusive members’ only events, like the Summer Solstice Swim in June, for instance.

But best yet, FoBSP members benefit from discounts from our business sponsors and supporters. So you can save more using these discounts than you spend on membership! We’ll be telling everyone about these discounts throughout the summer – and here’s one to get the ball rolling.

H2Open magazine is dedicated to open water swimming. It’s a great read, and each issue is packed with articles and info about technique, coping with cold, training, equipment, top swimmers and so on.

FoBSP members can save 10% on the price of an annual subscription. Just call 01371 851886 or go and use the code FOBSP013. (You may also need to quote your FoBSP membership number or your post code).

More special offers for FoBSP members to follow – more great reason to join us and help save our seapool!

Bude Gets Its Pool Back!

Sea Pool returned to local management: next group meeting Tuesday May 1st

On Friday 30th March 2012, Cornwall Council transferred responsibility for the day-to-day management of the iconic Sea Pool at Bude to the Friends of Bude Sea Pool. We, the FoBSP, are a group of volunteers who were energised into action at the idea that this 80 year old facility might be forced to close.

Dozens of local groups have backed the FoBSP’s efforts and helped with fund-raising, organising all manner of inventive events to bring cash into the coffers. Recently, funds have been boosted by contributions from Bude Youth Theatre, St Petroc’s School, Bude Foyer and Bude Jive Club, as well as the spring Fashion Show hosted by Adventure International and supported by the town’s top hair stylists and fashion retailers. Other local authorities, including Launcells and Jacobstow Parish Councils, have chipped in, reflecting the Sea Pool’s importance as a visitor attraction for the broader area beyond the Bude town boundary.

The FoBSP has also secured grant funding from the NatWest Community Force scheme and Seaside Towns programme, as well as some £6000 in business sponsorship from a range of local and national companies. Many other private donations have been made, underlining the Sea Pool’s crucial role as a public facility which provides safe bathing on Summerleaze beach. Cornwall Council has agreed to grant the FOBSP a 99-year lease for the pool, and provided  one-off capital funding for outstanding maintenance and to provide the FoBSP with some financial security in the first few years.

However, taking the helm of one of the few tidal swimming pools still open in the UK today has been far from straightforward. Urgent repairs are needed to the Pool’s structure and the FoBSP has sought out the professional expertise of Cornish company Falmouth Divers who are experts in constructing and repairing marine structures. The FoBSP has initiated a lifeguard apprentice scheme in partnership with local training company Integer, with the aim of providing vital career skills to young people from the area. A range of traditional beach huts has been commissioned from Shed Scene; a timber building specialist based in Bude. Leasing out these beach huts, which will be sited above the Pool itself with stunning views out over the Atlantic, will generate vital revenue to keep the Pool ticking over in years to come.

Setting up a charity, ploughing through the legal paperwork and juggling all of these projects has kept the FoBSP committee very busy – especially as everyone on the team is working in their spare time. But it’s been worth it, says FoBSP Chairman, Paul Tilzey.

‘I, like most of the people of Bude, have a love affair with the pool. As children, we played, jumped, dived and swam, with no restrictions, in the safe confines of the pool. It is only right that we should allow our children, and children for generations to come, the privilege of using the facility. It is vitally important for Bude, as a major tourist destination, to look after and improve this iconic structure. The Friends are delighted to be able to take it over as the representatives of the people and, with the community’s support, look forward to transforming it.’

Now that the handover process is complete, the FoBSP will concentrate on its lifeguard programme for the summer, completing the beach huts project, looking for further grant funding for substantial renovations, and so on. All of these matters will be up for discussion at the group’s next open meeting which is on Tuesday 1st May 2012 at 7pm at the Parkhouse Centre in Bude. All Sea Pool supporters are very welcome to attend; you don’t have to be an FoBSP member to come along (although joining is the best way to help us keep the Pool open in the long term).

If you can offer any assistance or expertise; practical or admin help, or could organise fund-raising events, please come along to the meeting on May 1st. Alternatively, volunteers can contact us at any time via

Big Body Shop Beauty Evening

On Friday 25th November 2011 at Widemouth Bay, Cornwall

Sea Pool supporter Anne Marsh is kindly hosting a pre-Christmas shopping party at her home, where a wide range of Body Shop cosmetics and beauty products will be demonstrated and available to buy, including some wonderful gift ideas for all ages (suitable for fellas as well as females!)

Prices start from just £2.50  All your favourite Body Shop soaps, bubbles and beauty bits   At discounted prices  Starts 6.30pm   Snacks and refreshments served   Raffle   All proceeds to the Sea Pool

Pick up a catalogue from the Seventh Wave Gallery on Belle Vue in Bude. Or if you can’t come along on the evening, drop into Seventh Wave anyway and take part in a Prize Draw competition to win Body Shop vouchers: just £2 per entry

The Big Body Shop takes place at Rocklands, Marine Drive, Widemouth Bay EX23 0LZ.

All very welcome to attend but please call 07971 950501 in advance to confirm numbers if you plan to come along

Star Swimmer Backs Bude Sea Pool

Olympic silver medallist David Davies has stepped up to become an ambassador for Bude’s historic tidal swimming pool, to help spread the word about how important the sea pool is to the local community and visitors to the town.

David, the 26 year old athlete who hails from Wales, won a silver medal at Beijing in the gruelling men’s 10km open water race so he’s very familiar with the challenge of outdoor swimming. He’s also won gold in the Commonwealth games, and further medals in the world champions ships and Athens Olympics at 1500m and 400m, as well as claiming British records in various classes.

David knows all about how hard it is to keep these iconic facilities open: ‘Having been brought up in a seaside town, I appreciate the enjoyment of a sea pool. We too had a sea pool on Whitmore Bay, filled by the waters of the Bristol Channel, which over the years has fallen into disrepair.

‘I would be delighted to champion your cause.’

This support was warmly welcomed by the committee of the Friends of Bude Sea Pool, a local group which formed this summer to save the sea pool and bring it under local management for the 2012 season. The FoBSP has also been backed by a variety of Bude businesses this summer, who have staged a series of fund-raising events to cover the cost of vital repairs to the pool’s physical structure and ensure that it opens as usual in April 2012.