Fundraising events help Bude Sea Pool renovation get going
By Em_Williams | Monday, January 28, 2013, 16:06
A series of successful fund-raising events have raised over £5000 for Bude Sea Pool this winter, just in time to help finance important restoration works due to start in February.
Mohammed Khan (centre) takes a break from his duties as chef at the Bude Tandoori to present the Friends of Bude Sea Pool with the proceeds from a fabulous Indian feast (photo by Studio South West)
Staff from the Bude Co-op supermarket hand over a cheque for £460 to FoBSP chairman Paul Tilzey and co-ordinator Fay Hargreaves (photo by Studio South West)
Earlier this month the Bude Tandoori hosted an Indian feast which included a giant raffle and raised £1533.85 meanwhile staff at the Bude Co-op organised a range of activities over the festive period to contribute £460.
Greenaways Tyres and Exhausts helped the Friends of Bude Sea Pool to secure £2350 from the Kumho Tyres Cash for Causes fund and numerous other groups, shops, firms and individuals have added to the total with events such as coffee mornings, sponsored walks, raffles and cake bakes.
FoBSP chairman Paul Tilzey says: "There has been a concerted effort from the community. It demonstrates just how important the Sea Pool is to so many people in this area."
When Friends of Bude Sea Pool took over the management of the iconic swimming pool last year, the structure of the Sea Pool was in urgent need of attention. The newly-formed charity carried out a rapid programme of critical repairs to prepare the Pool for the summer season but that was just the start of the renovation.
A major restoration project will take place during February and March to replace the Pool's aging sluice gate. The new water management system will enable FoBSP to inspect and clean the interior of the Pool more frequently, and dredge its interior to standardise the depth and improve the water quality.
Additional work is scheduled to remove obsolete handrails, improve the walkways and replace damaged sections of concrete. The budget for the project is around £30,000.
Paul explains: "Before we took over, the Pool wasn't very well maintained. As a result, we're having to catch up with work which should have been done years ago. Once we've brought it back up to scratch, the Pool should be good to last another century, if not longer!"
He adds: "This work is crucial to the Pool's future, and it has to be completed in time for the Pool to be open again in the summer. We're grateful to everyone who has contributed their time, effort and enthusiasm towards helping us pay for this important project."
The Sea Pool will be closed in February and March while renovation is in progress.
For more information on FoBSP visit www.budeseapool.org