New Year reminder: Bude Sea Pool needs more members
By Em_Williams | Monday, December 31, 2012, 12:07
With the New Year almost upon us, Friends of Bude Sea Pool are reminding people of their new membership drive. The winter campaign was launched earlier this month and has provided Bude town centre with a new landmark, in the shape of the 'Membership Totaliser.'
To ensure Bude Sea Pool stays open, FoBSP need 4000 people to join the group.
The Totaliser is a central part of FoBSP's quest to attract new members. It costs £10 a year to join the charity, which is now responsible for the management and funding of Bude's historical tidal swimming pool on Summerleaze Beach. The group took over the running of the pool when public funding was cut last year and needs 4000 people to sign up in order to keep it open.
FoBSP founder member Rowena Hoseason says: "'People think that because we stopped the Pool being demolished last year then it has been permanently saved, but that was only the start of the project: we have to staff the Pool for each season, and make up for years of structural neglect.
"We're asking local residents and visitors to pay £10 a year to join FoBSP. If enough people support the group then we can save the Pool – and keep it free for everyone to enjoy. On its busiest days in the summer of 2012 we had over 500 people a day using the Pool. It's so important that people don't take it for granted."
The Sea Pool has also attracted considerable celebrity backing with support coming from Rick Stein, Kirsty Allsopp, Dr Alice Roberts, comedy actress Joanna Scanlan and 'Britain's Got Talent' judge Amanda Holden.
At the launch of the membership campaign, members of FoBSP were joined by county councillor Nigel Pearce, TV presenter and 'campervan cook' Martin Dorey, the founder of Surfers Against Sewage Chris Hines MBE and MP for North Cornwall Dan Rogerson.
Dan Rogerson has supported the campaign to save the Sea Pool since it began and said: "In a short time, FoBSP have secured the future of the Sea Pool; a vital aspect of the town's appeal to visitors and a well-loved institution for locals.
"In order to keep this momentum, it would be fantastic to see the new Membership Totaliser in the Triangle zooming towards its target. With 30,000 people using the pool in the summer, if everyone took out membership then FoBSP can do even more next year."
Martin Dorey emphasised how important the Pool is to the whole town, as one of Bude's key visitor attractions. "We love the sea pool at Bude. It's is a wonderful, naturally clean, safe and free resource that anyone can use. It is where lots of kids – mine included – can learn how to have fun and swim safely in open water. For a town like Bude that faces the wild Atlantic I would say it's vital."
Chris Hines MBE agrees: "My Mum and Dad took me to Widemouth and Bude when I was only a few months old. Later, I was 18 when Bude Sea Pool helped save a friend's life in a stormy sea after he was sucked out in a rip with darkness coming in. The waves pushed him over the wall into the safety of the pool.
"It's important for our heritage and our quality of life that we keep these gems in place for now and for future generations."
The Totaliser in the Triangle at Bude will be updated to show the increase in membership over the next six months.
To become a member visit www.budeseapool.org or drop in to the Seventh Wave Gallery on Belle Vue to sign up on the spot.