by Paul Tilzey
Inspired by the success of the cake auction at the Brendon Arms in Bude over Jubilee weekend, the Friends of Bude Sea Pool will host a major charity auction of collectibles, antiques, pledges and promises on August 3rd 2012. As the with cake auction, all profits will go to Sea Pool funds.
Several valuable items have already been donated for the auction, including a selection of antique fob watches, First World War medals, collectible cigarette cards and packets, antique maps, rare artworks by local artists and vintage automobilia along with a range of pledges such as short-break holiday vouchers, babysitting hours, first aid training courses and more.
The Charity Auction will take place at the Falcon Hotel in Bude on the evening of Friday 3rd August 2012.
Lots will be available to view from 7pm, with live music from the GMC Contemporary Choir and local talent Jim Keir to keep the audience entertained until bidding begins.
More donations of collectibles and pledges are being sought by the group, so that everyone who attends the auction can experience the thrill of winning a friendly bidding war.
So please check your attic or shed, and see if you have any good condition collectibles or memorabilia to donate; jewellery, watches, medals, antiques, furniture, coins, artworks and so on.
Pledges, promises and vouchers from individuals or businesses are also warmly welcomed.
All donations will contribute towards an entertaining evening, with a wide variety of lots to suit all tastes and budgets. All bidders will have the satisfaction of knowing that the funds raised will go towards the upkeep of a vital local amenity and visitor attraction.
If you’d like to contribute to the auction lots then please contact Terry Jourdain or drop off the item at Seventh Wave Gallery on Belle Vue (01288 356935).
Did You Know?
The historic tidal swimming pool at Bude in north Cornwall provides safe bathing in beautiful surroundings. Thanks for the FoBSP, it’s open this summer and is FREE for all to enjoy
The Pool was created in the 1930s to provide safe swimming at Summerleaze beach. It’s open access from the beach and is free to use.
The sea-water Pool is nearly 100m long and is topped up twice a day at high tide. Very few tidal pools of this type still exist in the UK: we know of just a handful that are still open.
In recent years, Bude Sea Pool was run by Cornwall Council, but funding for the pool was withdrawn in late 2010.
A vigorous campaign convinced the Council to keep the pool open for the 2011 season, but from 2012 the Council indicated that the pool would close, be permanently demolished, or transferred to a third party.
Our volunteer, not-for-profit community group, the Friends of Bude Sea Pool, was formed in summer 2011 to secure the Pool’s future. A 99-year lease was agreed and management of the Sea Pool was formally passed to the FoBSP on 30th March 2012.
In the year since fund-raising begun, the FoBSP raised over £50,000 towards the Sea Pool’s running costs and successfully completed Phase One of crucial structural repairs to the Pool. Over 4800 people now follow the FoBSP’s activities on Facebook.
Annual membership of the FoBSP costs £10 for adults, £5 for under-16s, £25 for families.
Further information about the Sea Pool and the work of the FoBSP can be found at Bude Sea Pool