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

Beach Hut Bonanza

The Friends of Bude Sea Pool have been given the green light to proceed with a limited number of beach huts which will be situated on the terraces above the tidal swimming pool, looking out across Summerleaze Beach. The revenue generated by leasing these beach huts will go towards paying the staff costs for life-guarding the pool throughout the summer season, and towards the Pool’s maintenance and upkeep.

Following negotiations with Cornwall Council, the current plan is to erect permanent wooden structures which – in keeping with the FoBSP’s aim of using local suppliers – will be sourced from the Bude area. The precise lease terms are yet to be finalised, but are expected to include buildings and third party insurance, and the initial painting of the huts (lessees will be able to choose colours from a specific palette). Future maintenance will be an annual obligation of the lessee. The initial lease period will be five years, with the first two years paid in advance, and the balance payable at the start of year three.

It’s important to all of us that the area around the Sea Pool retains its unique charm, so the number of beach huts will be strictly limited, and we expect that demand will be greater than supply. To ensure that the allocation of beach huts is completely fair, the FoBSP will hold a public lottery. To enter this lottery, you must be a current, paid-up member of the FoBSP, and must confirm your interest by sending a cheque as soon as possible for £500. The balance of the first two years’ payment of £1500 will be payable on hand-over of the keys to the huts. The unlucky people who do not win the lottery will have their deposits refunded in full.

All cheques will be acknowledged and your entry into the lottery confirmed, and we’ll make a public announcement about when the lottery is to be held. Please make your cheque to FoBSP for £500 and send/deliver it to Seventh Wave Gallery, 28 Belle Vue, Bude, EX23 8JS. Any questions, please contact Martyn Holehouse, Beach Huts project coordinator, 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.

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.