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Bude Sea Pool Protest

A Cornwall community group set up to protect a rare and historic open-air sea pool in Bude has won the support of open water swimming magazine H2Open and its editor Simon Griffiths.

Like many sea pools and lidos around the country, Bude Sea Pool is under constant threat of closure, primarily because of maintenance and life-guarding costs. However, these liquid assets confer benefits on their local and wider communities that go far beyond what shows up on a balance sheet and deserve to be kept open.

Built in the 1930s to provide a safe haven for swimming, Bude Sea Pool lies beneath cliffs and is refilled twice daily by waves from the Atlantic lapping over the sea wall at high tide. Cornwall Council, which currently manages the pool, is looking to transfer the pool to a third party. Local residents and other concerned supporters therefore decided to form the Friends of Bude Sea Pool, to take over management and operations from 2012.

When the recently formed Friends of Bude Sea Pool invited H2Open Magazine editor, Simon Griffiths, to become an ambassador for their campaign he accepted immediately. “I have a strong family connection to Bude and have spent many summers in and around the area,” says Griffiths. “The pool is a fantastic facility for the town offering a safe, outdoor venue for children to learn to swim and adults to train. I hope it remains open for many years to come.”

The Friends of Bude Sea Pool is a not-for-profit community group that aims to preserve, improve and enhance the historic Sea pool at Summerleaze Beach, Bude, Cornwall, as an amenity for the benefit of the community and visitors to the town. You can follow their progress on Facebook (search for “Save Bude Sea Pool”).

H2Open is the world’s first and only magazine dedicated to open water swimming. It provides training advice, gear reviews and racing tips to open water swimmers, as well as celebrating the pleasures of swimming outside and finding the best places to enjoy the water.


The Friends of Bude Sea Pool is a company limited by guarantee, number 07630060, registered at Bude EX23 8LE. An application for charitable status is under way. For more information contact Rowena Hoseason on 01288 381727 (business hours if possible, please) or

H2Open Magazine is published seven times per year. It is available through WH Smiths at £3.50 or via subscription for £20 per year.


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