The second Bude Junior Triathlon started with a splash at the Sea Pool. The competitors had to complete up to three lengths of the Pool – a challenging swim of over 250m for the older triathletes – before climbing the cliff steps, cycling two tough laps of the Downs and then finishing with another lap on foot, all at top speed. Teams of three and individual entrants took part: congratulations to everyone who braved the not-so-warm waters of the Pool on a brisk and breezy day.
Despite the wet weather over the May Bank Holiday weekend, fund-raising efforts by the Friends of Bude Sea Pool got off to a superb start. A team of keen ‘Friends’ donned their highly visible SOS (Save Our Seapool) t-shirts down at the Pool on Bank Holiday Monday, meeting members of the public and explaining the current situation.
‘It’s absolutely vital that we tell the Pool’s regular users and occasional visitors what’s happening’ explained Rowena Hoseason who co-ordinates the FoBSP’s activities. ‘Many people come to Bude once or twice a year, and while they may have heard rumours about the Pool’s future they don’t know that we need to be self-funding for 2012. So an important part of our role is telling folk what’s going on.’
Many people were very generous in dropping coins into the FoBSP collecting tins, too, and the group will be organising a poolside presence again in the summer during key dates in August. Meanwhile, special ‘behind the scenes’ preview tours of the Strand Hotel took place over the weekend, with all proceeds going towards Sea Pool funds. North Coast Wines held a special wine-tasting evening and kindly donated their proceeds to the FoBSP too. Thanks to everyone for their very kind contributions!
The Friends of Bude Sea Pool officially formed and adopted that name at a public meeting on April 20th 2011 in Bude. The meeting agreed that the FoBSP should be set up as a limited company and a charity, and those arrangements were initiated shortly thereafter.
Negotiations with Cornwall Council regarding the future of the Pool were considered to be the FoBSP’s highest priority, followed by plans to successfully generate the fund required to keep it open permanently. Sea Pool enthusiasts are welcome to get involved with the FoBSP (contact us if you’d like to help out with a committee role), or keep checking this page for updates on our progress.