Pool Made Safe

We give a big thanks to Jeremy, of JB Scaffolding Service, Bude, for his excellent support & work. He has donated his skill & expertise (& scaffolding bars!) to
make the pool as safe as it can be in this extreme weather.

The recent weather has given the safety rails another hammering and we have lost more to the power of the sea. Jeremy has very kindly made the levels safe for our visitors to continue viewing the powerful waves from the beach hut levels. We do ask that our visitors do NOT venture out poolside during high winds and high tides.

Widemouth Manor Valentine’S Ball-Party

Widemouth Manor raised £550.00 for Bude Sea Pool

Huge thanks must go to Tressa and Jo at Widemouth Manor for their support in organising a fantastic evening on behalf of the Friends of Bude Sea Pool. Although the event was supported by a medium sized crowd everyone kept the DJ busy dancing to mainly 80′s songs (That will give you an idea of the age group attending) and the auction was also well supported.

The cheque was presented to Bill Williams, FoBSP Events, by Jo and Tressa at Widemouth Manor on 8th April 2014

Thank you also to all the companies and individuals that donated auction items.

Auction lots included:

  1. Signed Autosport.  Donated by John Surtees
  2. Chef for the night. Donated by Widemouth Manor
  3. Fishing Trip. Donated by Gene Tape and Mike Dummer
  4. Coasteering. Tickets for two donated by Outdoor Adventure
  5. 2 VIP Festival tickets. For and donated by Leopallooza
  6. Golf Trip. St Mellion tickets for two Donated by Coors Brewery
  7. 2 Bottles champagne.  Donated by Coors
  8. Voucher for carvery at The Riverside in Tintagel
  9. Lynne Holehouse print. Donated by Seventh Wave Gallery
  10. Weekend break at Widemouth Manor
  11. 22″ LED TV with freeview. Donated by Philip Dennis

Great Progress At The Pool

Plenty remains to be done, but 2013 was an extremely productive year for FoBSP

2013 proved to be the Sea Pool’s busiest season for more than a decade. Over 50,000 people visited the historic tidal swimming pool on Summerleaze beach to enjoy the wonderful summer weather in safe surroundings.

The Sea Pool hosted a range of community events this year, including the school’s Life-Saving Festival, the Eden Project’s Big Lunch, and the ASA’s SwimSafe initiative. More than 2400 children received FREE swimming and beach safety lessons at the Sea Pool as part of SwimSafe, and the ASA made a special point of congratulating the Sea Pool staff for their attitude, helpfulness, knowledge of the Pool’s importance to Bude.

The Friends of Bude Sea Pool, a local charity, manages and funds the Pool entirely independently. FoBSP lifeguards were on station from April through to October, in all weather conditions, looking after the Pool and all the people who use it. FoBSP pays for the Pool’s staffing, maintenance and ongoing renovation from donations, sponsorship, fund-raising and memberships. FoBSP completed two important structural projects this year; the new water-gate which allowed the Pool to be drained and dredged, and connecting the site to mains utilities which is a key requirement for all future projects.

At the group’s AGM in October the FoBSP committee officially thanked all those who’ve contributed to the cause and made 2013 such a success. The group’s finances were reviewed at this meeting and the Treasurer confirmed that funds were in place to cover anticipated staff costs for the 2014 season, plus the first stage of urgent repairs to the sea wall (expected to cost over £30,000). The retaining wall is in urgent need of substantial repairs after years of neglect before FoBSP took over. FoBSP have raised enough for the first section, but need to secure a similar amount to complete phase two of the repairs.

The Treasurer emphasised the importance of grant funding, support from local businesses, and membership fees. Membership has risen to 1675 this year, up from 1008 in November 2012. This still leaves a considerable gap to the target of 3000 members which would provide a stable revenue stream to cover the Pool’s running costs.

The AGM also discussed the possibility of reducing the lifeguard cover in 2014 and saving up to £10,000 in costs; cutting through Coach Rock to provide a level walkway around the Pool; applying for further grants for repairs and development; the damage done to the Pool by continual coastal erosion; the ambition to establish a visitor facility at the poolside with toilets; issues with anti-social behaviour; re-establishing graduated steps rather than ladders into the water; the build-up of algae and slippery surfaces.

The committee thanked all the fund-raisers and volunteers who have supported the Sea Pool this year. Without the efforts of the volunteers – those on the committee and all those who help out on a less formal basis – the Pool would be forced to close. The Chairman noted that as a couple of long-standing committee members have stepped down this autumn, new faces would be very welcome to join the group.

Volunteers with experience in grant funding, marketing, admin, websites, and so on, or who could help at events, cleaning, painting or with maintenance would all be appreciated. FoBSP’s co-ordinator, Fay Hargreaves, would be delighted to hear from anyone with some time to spare who could help out: admin@budeseapool.org

FoBSP members are welcome to read the full minutes of the AGM including the treasurer’s report, which are also available from Fay.

Paul Tilzey, FoBSP chairman, ended the AGM by talking about the ‘big picture’ for Bude. Thanks in part to the excellent PR generated by the efforts to save the Sea Pool, Bude’s national profile is growing and there’s an increasing need for more facilities in the town. The Sea Pool is one of the town’s vital assets and, in his view, any improvements to the Sea Pool can only be good for Bude and the surrounding area.

A Coastal Christmas Cracker

Give someone the Sea Pool for Christmas

OK, so maybe you can’t really give Bude Sea Pool to someone (think how hard it would be to wrap!) but you can give FoBSP membership to friends and family. It’s a simple gift which costs just £10, lasts for a whole year and helps us to keep the pool open!

We will send you or the recipient a gift certificate enclosed in one of Tim Martindale’s gorgeous greeting cards. Please contact terry@budeseapool.org for more details.

And that’s Christmas sorted…

Steve’S Swim Is Quids In

Swimmer raises over £300 for vital Pool repairs

Lifelong swimmer and surfer Steve Munday took to the water to raise funds for the Sea Pool this summer. So far he has raised over £300 for FoBSP following his open water swim from Bude to Widemouth – a challenging distance of around four miles, even on a calm day for an experienced swimmer.

‘I’m confident about being able to swim to Widemouth,’ says Steve, ‘but it just wouldn’t be safe for people who don’t swim regularly or aren’t familiar with the area. That’s why it’s so important to keep the Sea Pool open.

‘My children aged 12 and 10 love the Sea Pool,’ says Steve. ‘We went there every day during the summer. They would be devastated if the Pool were to close so I decided to help FoBSP raise funds for the urgent repairs to the sea wall.’

Steve swam his Atlantic marathon in August, accompanied by Steve McClure, Jasmine Finney and Louise Denby Smith – seen here with Steve just before starting the swim. With their encouragement, Steve accomplished his goal and raised £325 towards next year’s structural repair project. Thanks Steve!

You can reward Steve’s accomplishment and support the Sea Pool here.

Up, Up & Away!

Bude lawyer goes sky high for the Sea Pool

Three cheers for local lawyer Iain Robinson who’s going to the top of the world to raise funds for the Sea Pool. Iain is currently in Nepal, climbing Gokyo Ri, Kala Pattar and then climbing all the way to Everest Base Camp. Rather than looking for donations in the usual way he is inviting anyone heartened by his endeavour to join the Friends of Bude Sea Pool.

Iain, whose firm Peter Peter & Wright very kindly carry out the FoBSP’s vital legal work free of charge, said; ‘It’s a fairly serious altitude for someone who’s lived pretty much at sea level on the Devon and Cornwall coasts for the past six years.  Each of the climbs tops out at well over 5000m – three miles higher than the sea pool – and I am sleeping under canvas for fifteen days straight.

‘As an alternative to asking for a few pounds for each peak, I’m inviting people to show their support by joining FoBSP.  It’s a terrific cause and a small increase in membership will go a long way to keeping an important tourist attraction, safety feature and community facility open.’

To support the Sea Pool and give Iain a reason to battle on at 5500m and -15C, you can follow his lead and join FoBSP for just £10 via www.budeseapool.net/join

Channel Challenge Swim Success

120 cheery swimmers braved the autumn storms on the Atlantic coast on Saturday 28th September 2013 to swim 22 miles, the distance of the English Channel, in a team relay event held at Bude Sea Pool.

The ten teams from around the country started at 7am sharp; swam through sunshine, showers and a small thunderstorm and — in an amazing effort — were all finished by 8pm. Each team completed 440 lengths of the historic tidal swimming pool in North Cornwall. For some swimmers in teams of 22 people that meant completing 20 lengths and a mile apiece. For one pair of training Channel swimmers, that meant swimming 220 lengths each!

Olympic medallist and open water swimmer Cassandra Patten swam a mile for the FoBSP team. Cassie travelled to Bude specifically to support this event, and was a huge hit with spectators. Together with the mayor Paula Dolphin, Cassie drew the names of the prize draw winners who won some fabulous prizes provided by swimwear specialist, www.blueseventy.co.uk

The Just Swim team who travelled from Bournemouth to take part said: ‘thank you for a fabulous event – superb organisation, fab refreshments. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and can’t wait to come back again soon.’

Garry Sibbald, who swam for the ‘Four Men and a Pink Lady’ team said: ‘We had the most brilliant weekend in Bude taking part in the Channel Challenge. You’ve got a great treasure there and I hope our teams efforts on Saturday have gone a little way towards helping you in maintaining it.’


  • Five local teams – Surf Life Savers, FoBSP, FJ-RATs, Lundy and Hammond H2O – were joined by five other teams from across the UK
  • 120 swimmers clocked up 220 miles in Bude’s historic tidal swimming pool and swam an amazing 4400 lengths of the pool in total
  • Bude’s Mayor, Paula Dolphin, welcomed Cassie to the town and the two ladies compared ‘badges of office’. All agreed that Cassandra’s medal was probably more impressive.
  • The sea water in the Pool had been topped up by the tide the day before and was a refreshing 16-deg C. Suzanne Masters, swimming for the Surf Life Saving Club, completed her lengths wearing only a bikini!
  • Similarly, the Dorset Duo of Alison Budynkiewicz and Mark Vides were swimming to Channel rules, which meant they wore only standard swimsuits – no wetsuits – and completed the 22 mile distance between them. After the event, Ali commented: ‘without the hot tea and big smiles it would have been much harder!’
  • The first team to finish the distance was one of the smaller groups of four swimmers, local lads Lundy: Gary Readman, Steve Maclure, Guy Rolston, and Tim Moyle.
  • James Marshall, who swam two miles for FoBSP, produced one of the fastest turns of the day, scampering through his 40 lengths in a little over 45 minutes.
  • This event was generously supported by blueseventy (who provided prizes for the participants’ draw); Rosie’s Kitchen (who provided hot drinks for all swimmers and a snug place to warm up), and many local businesses who donated cakes and snacks to sustain the stalwart swimmers: Lansdown Dairy, Lansdowne Bakery, The Granary, The Bakery, Tasty Pasties, Sainsburys and the Co-op.
  • In the prize draw, the fabulous first prize of a blueseventy swimmer’s wetsuit went to Alison Stroudley of Bude SLSC. Jon Yorsten won the runner-up prize, with Lara Trewin taking third prize – all generously provided by swimgear specialist blueseventy.
  • Mel Bardsley, who teaches at Budehaven Community School, completed her mile and the last lengths for the FoBSP team in twilight. Mel was the driving force behind the event: it was her idea and she worked tirelessly to make it such a success.
  • And finally… local man James ‘Fluffy’ Wilson deserves extra credit. Fluffy swam his lengths in the morning and then dashed off – to get married.

The Channel Challenge helped to raise over £1000 for FoBSP, the charity which runs Bude Sea Pool. FoBSP must pay for the Pool’s maintenance, lifeguarding and ongoing restoration from membership, donations, sponsorship and events like this.

FoBSP needs YOUR support to keep the Sea Pool open.

Here’s how to make a donation: www.budeseapool.net/donate

Or you can join FoBSP for just £10: www.budeseapool.net/join

You can see more photos and video clips from this event on our Facebook page:


Losing Pounds For The Pool!

Dianne Garrett – Lost Pounds but Raising £££s! 

Despite the many delicious temptations of Christmas, Dianne has managed to lose a total of 2 stone 8lb since embarking on the diet in aid of Sea Pool funds last year and has raised £120. A fantastic achievement but Dianne is continuing on her diet and hopes to be able to lose more weight and raise more money in 2014. We wish her every success and look forward to hearing more good news later this year. Thanks so much Dianne from all of your friends at Bude Sea Pool!!


As the 2013 season draws to a close, the FoBSP management committee would like to congratulate our Pool staff on the superb job they have done this season. Since April, our team of lifeguards have been on station every single day, in every extreme kind of weather, looking after the Pool and all the people who use it.

It’s been an especially demanding task this year, because of the wonderful weather which attracted thousands more people to the seaside. On top of that, the FoBSP lifeguards played a crucial role in making sure that more than 2500 SwimSafe lessons went smoothly. The ASA made a point of congratulating our team for their attitude, helpfulness, knowledge of the Pool’s importance to Bude, and the responsible way our team managed the large numbers of Pool users during the very busy summer holidays.

So please take a bow, Ben Sharp, Dom Clapton, Miles Lee-Hargreaves, Cameron Garty, Ella Henwood, Ben Halsey and Kelly Keat. You’ve been great, guys.

We would also like to give a big tip of the hat to volunteer Jim, who gave up many hours to help paint the beach huts this summer. And finally, our co-ordinator Fay also deserves a pat on the back for making sure everyone was where they were supposed to be at exactly the right moment!

The FoBSP lifeguards are still stationed at the Pool each day until the end of September. Then, depending on the weather, they’ll be keeping a watchful eye at weekends in October and during half-term week.

FoBSP pays for the Pool’s lifeguard cover from donations and memberships. To join FoBSP and contribute, please see www.budeseapool.net/join