We will be launching a new ‘SAVE OUR STEPS’ campaign in March.
Each year brings a new challenge in terms of maintenance and costs and 2019 brings our next major project. The steps leading from Summerleaze Beach to the pool were built in the 1930s and if you look at them carefully they have had at least three major overalls involving layering of concrete. Without major work, the steps will very soon become unsafe and will have to be removed if action is not taken now. The clock is ticking to ‘Save Our Steps’.
Without the steps leading from Summerleaze Beach access to the pool will only be possible from the downs or via the middle beach.
Rather than undertake yet another repair it has been decided to replace the steps altogether. The existing steps will be removed and replaced with local Cornish Grey Granite which will be more durable with little or no maintenance and more attractive and importantly safe for the public to use.
This is a major undertaking and comes with a cost of £27,000 which means that other much-needed maintenance work will have to be deferred for this year if we do not manage to find the funds elsewhere.
In the coming weeks, FoBSP will be running a major campaign to raise the additional funds – applying for any grants which might be available, running fundraising events and appealing to the public to help us raise the funds.
We welcome donations of any amount and will be appealing to anybody who is not already a Friend of Bude Sea Pool to become a Friend. So if you enjoy Bude Sea Pool and are not a member or your membership has lapsed please help us to ‘Save Our Steps’ by visiting our website or calling into the Bude Sea Pool shop and signing up for only £10.
After initial discussions with a limited number of people, we have already received £2375 towards the project which is an amazing start.
- Bude and Stratton Town Council immediately gave £200 when they heard about the project.
- Local artist Neil Butler & Seventh Wave Gallery collaborated on a limited-edition print created by Neil to raise funds for the much-needed replacement steps. Neil created a limited edition print which was published and sold by the gallery with £25 from each print sold donated to the ‘Save Our Steps’ campaign. This has generated an amazing £1875.
- Local 11 year old pool user Saul Barraclough undertook a tricky 5km ride around Tamar Lakes on his unicycle last year to raise funds for another worthy cause Bude’s Refill Water station. The Crowd funder had already reached its target so Saul has donated the £300 he raised to Bude Sea Pool’s ‘Save Our Steps’ campaign
When all public funding for Bude Sea Pool was withdrawn in 2010, the Friends of Bude Sea Pool fought a vigorous campaign taking on full management in 2012. Since then FoBSP has undertaken much-needed repairs and continue to invest in new facilities. The cost of these refurbishments and improvements so far is £390,000.
The local Cornish Grey Granite steps will be an attractive asset to Bude, Summerleaze Beach and most importantly safe for the public to use. If you can help in any way or have any Fund Raising ideas which you would like to help organise to ‘Save Our Steps’ please contact Fay Hargreaves firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to join as a Friend or donate please use this link http://www.budeseapool.org/get-involved/