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Bude's number one tourist attraction will now boast improved facilities

Posted in: Foundation

Colin Gray tells us how his Community Award will help improve the facilities at Bude Sea Pool on the Cornish coast.

Bude Sea Pool was built in the 1930s, providing a safe haven for people of all ages to swim and enjoy the Cornish coast. Bude’s sea pool is not a man-made lido; it is a semi-natural pool created under the curve of the cliffs which fills twice a day at high tide. The pool is one of only three of its kind in the country and it is crucial that we work to preserve our history.

"The Bude Sea Pool is important to both the local community and the thousands of tourists that visit the pool each year."

On a sunny summer’s day, the pool comes alive with all kinds of activities. You’ll see young children enjoying their first experience of the British seaside while their parents sunbathe on the terraces above. Older children and teenagers learn how to stand upright on surfboards before braving the waves, and kayakers practice their rolls. The Sea Pool is important to thousands of people.

However, in the winter of 2010/2011, the pool’s public funding was withdrawn. That’s when we formed The Friends of Bude Sea Pool, which I am a part of, to help secure the pool’s future.

"Before we heard the news that we had received the award, we didn’t even know if we would be able to go ahead with the project."

We really need to improve the facilities at the sea pool by building a completely new large hut containing lockers, changing facilities, a kiosk and an educational hub for children doing school projects. We have been fundraising through a variety of activities for some time, including swimming distances equivalent to the English Channel. We have raised around £4,000 to go towards the £9,000 cost of the much needed new facility. Thanks to the £5,000 award from the Foundation, this important project can now begin.

Before we heard the news that we had received the award, we didn’t even know if we would be able to go ahead with the project. Now that we’ve got that support, we are so excited to get started: it will benefit both the locals and the thousands of tourists that visit the pool each year. Our local community has always been so supportive and we really hope they continue to get behind us as the project develops.