Summerleaze beach bude

Bude Sea Pool Art Auction

I learnt to swim in Bude Sea Pool. An important part of Bude’s heritage it is unique in the country as they aren’t many open air pools, certainly not of this size. An art auction to raise funds was an inspired idea.

Exposed to the Atlantic ocean and westerly weather, it takes a battering every year especially in the winter storms. The community took over it’s upkeep, preservation and making sure it is used with swim lessons, water polo and events some four years ago and in that time have raised thousands towards improving this amenity and landmark for the residents of Bude and it’s visitors.

I have always supported ‘The friends of Bude Sea Pool‘ where I can and I swim in it for as long as the season allows me to depending on the temperature and weather.

So when I was asked to donate something to the forthcoming auction, I decided to paint something specific. Titled ‘I want to stay forever’ I hoped it would appeal to the followers and people that keep links and membership to the pool but may live miles away from it.

The auction had some sealed bids and with bids in the room on the night raised £450 for Bude Sea Pool funds to restructure and strengthen the last part of the sea wall. The total raised was over £5000.

Summerleaze beach bude painting

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