Swimmer & artist: I paint swimmers, design swim hats, and also do commissions.
I have a special picture to unveil…! kept it quiet for a few weeks because I’ve donated it to the Friends of Bude Sea Pool for their fundraising in aid of the lovely Sea Pool. They are selling prints and I believe they also plan to have it printed on things – cards and mugs and so on maybe. So this is the first time I can show you. Please note you can’t get it from me, (except that it features in next year’s calendar). If you’d like a print, which are lovely gallery-quality prints like my others – it will also be on their website in due course and available from the shop in the Summerleaze Car Park. Prints: £25, £35, £60 for print alone, mounted, or framed respectively.
….the text is from next year’s calendar (available soonish)….
“Bude Sea Pool”
With the temperature in the high twenties and no air con in the car, Lucy and I drive down to Bude to visit the Sea Pool there. It’s a year in which we actually seem to be having Summer, and of course it’s too hot, because this is England, we are not used to this sort of weather and we weren’t expecting it.
Now we can watch the antics and faffing of the great British Public, who haven’t had the opportunity to practice their waterside faffing skills since last summer. Some jump straight in it’s so hot. But we are pros at this: there is much talking, there are local swimmers to meet, there is the history of the rescuing of Bude Sea Pool from threatened demolition: it takes us nearly an hour to get into the water. It’s so, so lovely once you’re in!
This October sees the return of the Channel Challenge, the 5th one that FoBSP has arranged to raise funds for Bude Sea Pool.
Each year, 15 teams swim the distance of the English Channel in Bude Sea Pool paying to take part.
That is a distance of 22 miles, 440 lengths of the 91m pool. Some teams enter 22 people, but some teams -amazingly – are only 2!
The day starts early at 7 am with the first swimmers setting off in the dark, and the last swimmer in the water is usually around 7 pm.
Teams both local and from all over the country to not only enjoy the Challenge, but to also help raise in excess of £2000 annually.
The swimmers are kept warm and motivated by our merry bunch of volunteers who kindly provide hot drinks, homemade soup and cakes.
Do come along to cheer on the teams and to sample some of the refreshments.