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Channel Challenge 2019

The annual Channel Challenge takes place on Saturday, 28 September 2019 from 07:00-19:00

This popular FUNdraising event hosts 15 teams swimming the distance of the English Channel in the safety of the tidal Bude Sea Pool. That is a distance of 22 miles, 440 lengths of the 91m pool. The teams are both local and from all over the country. First swimmer in the water from each team at 7am.

This is a volunteer led event, being held for the 7th year. Our volunteers kindly provide hot drinks, cakes, homemade soup, etc to help keep the swimmers and spectators warm and motivated.

Please come along to cheer on the teams, sample of the refreshments and help us make this year another great event.

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Mourning the loss of our Treasurer and friend, Stephen Rosser

It is with heavy hearts that we share the sad news of the loss of our long-term Treasurer, dedicated Sea Pool supporter and great friend, Stephen Rosser who passed away last week.

We extend our deepest sympathies and support to his wife, Deb Rosser, his two children, Mark and Helen, his wider family and friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing and working with him.

He will be greatly missed.

Further information regarding tributes and funeral arrangements will be shared in due course.

Save Our Steps campaign has launched!

When all public funding for Bude Sea Pool was withdrawn in 2010 the Friends of Bude Sea Pool fought a vigorous campaign taking on full management in 2012.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 have undertaken much-needed repairs and continue to invest in new facilities. The cost of these refurbishments and improvements so far is £390,000.

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 1930’s 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 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 public to use.

This is a major undertaking and comes with a cost of £27,000 which mean 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 fund raising 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 https://membermojo.co.uk/fobsp/joinus

Or alternatively, please donate here, where your donation will be greatly received, thank you!

Save Our Steps Campaign

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 admin@budeseapool.org

If you would like to join as a Friend or donate please use this link http://www.budeseapool.org/get-involved/

SW Skinny Dip in aid of Mind

The SW Skinny is a public skinny dip, chunky dunk or fancy-dress swim celebrating togetherness and the importance of camaraderie and moral support, all whilst raising money for Mind – the mental health charity

Summerleaze beach/pool steps

Work is due to start on repairing the steps up from Summerleaze beach as soon after Easter Monday as tides and weather will allow. This is to allow for work to be finished in time for May half term, 27th -31st May.
Access up these steps will be out of action for the whole time, therefore access will be across the beach and up the far wall, or middle beach steps, or from the Downs and around to the far side for middle beach steps. Signs will be put up closer to the time.

Volunteer Coffee Mornings - all welcome!

Please find below dates and venues for our winter volunteer coffee mornings for your diaries. Tea and filter coffee will kindly be supplied by the host venue. Other refreshments will be charged for by the venue as requested.

So many of our volunteers join FoBSP not only to help the work of keeping Bude Sea Pool free and safe for use all year round but to meet other like-minded people in the area. Our coffee mornings are very social and are an ideal opportunity to meet current volunteers and find out how you can be involved.

To join our volunteer’s mailing list, please subscribe here.

All coffee mornings start at 11am:

Thursday 18th October – Life’s a Beach

Wednesday 21st November – The Beach at Bude

Wednesday 12th December – The Conservatory, The Falcon Hotel

Thursday 24th January – Olive Tree

Wednesday 27th February – Morwenna Cafe

Thursday 21st March – Rosies Café, conservatory

Wednesday 24th April – Elements

Thursday 23rd May – The Barge – £2 per head including cake

June – date TBA dependent on weather – Bude Sea Pool Hub

We're in Lonely Planet's Great Britain travel guide!

We have received the exciting news that Bude Sea Pool makes an appearance in the 13th edition of the Lonely Planet’s Great Britain travel guide, which will be published in May 2019!

Cheque presentation from Bude Carnival

FoBSP Vice-Chair, Martyn Holehouse receiving a cheque from the President of the Carnival Committee, Margaret Frost after fundraising at this year’s event. Huge thanks to Paul Hamlyn Photography.

Polar Bear Plunge

There’re already 11 teams of 4 entered for the relay event and 22 of the 48 individual event places have been snapped up too so it’s shaping up to be a good day – let’s hope tide and weather play ball!

To find out more and enter, click here